Senior club news

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, Oct. 28 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

Dues are $5 per person per year and must be paid no later than the January meeting to remain a member. Members can pay 2014 dues at the meetings or send checks payable to Collins Center Seniors and mail to: Collins Center seniors c/o Mary Strickfaden, 3111 Foster Road., Gowanda, NY 14070.

The motor coach for the Oct 17 trip to Corning will depart from the parking lot behind the store on Main Street in Gowanda at 8 a.m. The departure time for the Seneca Niagara Casino trip Oct 22 will be 8:30 a.m. from the same location.

Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome to join the group Nov. 7 for great food at the Cove Restaurant and Banquet Facility and to enjoy “Singing With The Stars.” The show features songs from mega-stars such as Englebert Humperdinck, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Patsy Cline. En route home the group will stop at the original Made in America Store.

Dec. 2-4 a trip is planned to “Festival of Lights” in Wheeling, W.Va. This is a “bright and cheery tour” package. There are more than 300 acres of displays and over a half million twinkling lights to enjoy. A laser light show, model train exhibit, gingerbread houses, holiday village and great music are sure to encourage Christmas spirit. A stop at Cabalas’ was added for the sportsmen. Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome.

Dec. 8 the joyous sounds of the Buffalo Choral Art Society can be heard during an afternoon performance at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Buffalo. A wonderful sit-down dinner and a drive to view holiday light displays follows the concert.

Two motor coaches are hired for the Tony Orlando show at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Dec. 11. The package includes motor coach transportation, tickets for the matinee show, $20 slot play and $10 food voucher. Seats are available and nonmembers are welcome.

Flyers may be available at the next meeting for a trip to Branson in April 2014.

For additional information, contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.

50-Plus Seniors

This past spring the 50-Plus Seniors lost a very special lady from our group. Eleanor Arendt, who passed away on May 25, not only was a delightful member in every respect but also was willing to share her painting talents with us. She provided our members with many painting classes during the years and we wish to honor her memory at a Celebration of Eleanor’s Life on Friday at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room.

For those of you who may have known her as a bowler, a card player, a painter, a relative or a friend are invited to come Friday afternoon to share with us your memories of Eleanor. Anyone who would like to display either a painting of Eleanor’s or one of your own made in one of her classes is encouraged to bring it and share it along with your memories of a delightful woman who is very much missed.

The Center will be closed Monday in celebration of Columbus Day. Regular Monday activities will resume the following Monday.

The first fall Tuesday Senior Soup and Sandwich Lunch will be this Tuesday at noon in the Senior Room. Menu: Chicken Noodle Soup, Tuna Fish Sandwich, Dessert. Cost: $2.50. Those who missed registering can call Joan Byrne, 532-2507 no later that Oct. 13. Speaker will be Veronica Sullivan from Community Concern. Cards and Sequence will follow lunch.

Gentle Arthritis Exercises will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. in the Gymnasium.

Wednesday activities are: Indoor Walking and Exercises led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium, “Quilting with Florence,” 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Community Room, Collins Public Library. For more information call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Open Crafts led by Pat Tucker plus an informal Euchre Game, 1 p.m. Senior Room., Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Fee is $1.75 per game or 3 games for $5.

Thursday: Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium. Tai Chi has been canceled for month of October. Watch for start up date in this publication.

Friday: Indoor Walking and Exercises led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., Celebration of Eleanor Arendt’s Life, 1 p.m., Senior Room. Sunday: Euchre and Pinochle Card Party, 1:30 p.m. Gymnasium. Cost: $5 includes cash table prizes, dessert and beverages.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Senior Center held an informational meeting about health insurance options on Oct. 9. The session was run by the Office for the Aging and coordinated by Marcia Bartley, a dedicated GBS member. As soon as exercise class ended at 10 a.m., dozens of seniors entered the Center to have coffee and listen to the representatives from different supplementary insurance companies.

On October 10, a full bus load of seniors enjoyed the beautiful fall foliage as they drove to St. Jacobs, Ontario for a day of shopping and exploring this picturesque village.

There is no exercise class on Monday, Oct. 14.

There is still time to sign up for the pot-luck luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 11:30. Handmade arts and crafts will be available for purchase. The GBS board is meeting before the luncheon.

Anyone who likes to knit or crochet is welcome to come to the Center on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 10:15 a.m. to meet with a group of women who enjoy these crafts and sharing their skills with others. Bring any project you are working on or just come and watch or ask questions.

On Monday, Oct. 21 the gentle stretch class will meet again at 10:30 a.m.

Stockton, Cassadaga and Lily Dale Senior Citizens

On Sept. 9, the Stockton, Cassadaga and Lily Dale Senior Citizens had their monthly luncheon meeting at the Cassadaga American Legion, Post 1280. Thirty-four members enjoyed the fellowship.

President June Woollett opened the meeting. Pastor Richard Hamilton gave the table blessing.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and “God Bless America” was sung.

Janice Carlson won the door prize. The 50/50 winners were Lena Elliott, Dick Kennedy and Julia Swanson.

The secretary and treasurer reports were read by Florine Christy. Ken Wise made a motion to accept them, which was seconded by Lois Franz.

Krista Boylan attended the luncheon as a guest.

Dorothy McQuiggan celebrated a birthday in September. Louise and Robert Page celebrated 55 years of marriage.

The Oct. 14 meeting will be a pizza party at the Cassadaga Legion. Members need to bring their own table service.

Carrol Kennedy made a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Lake Shore Senior Citizens

The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Stella Michalak led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “God Bless America.”

A reading entitled “My Prayer” was given by Loretta Hemink. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read on a motion by Barb Barberich with a second by Charlene Hallmark.

The treasurer’s report was read by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read on a motion by Jeanne Hauser with a second by Sophia Kubasik.

Korzeniewski, Hallmark and Carrie Gawronski won attendance prizes. Helper of the day was Irene Christopher. Others assisted.

The kitchen committee for Oct. 23 is Ronnie Ginley and Patty Halas.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Betsy Sandera. It was seconded by Hallmark.

Big Bingo will be held Oct. 16 at the Dunkirk Senior Center. The next meeting will be Oct. 23, also at the Dunkirk Senior Center.

Dunkirk Senior Center

The Dunkirk Senior Center will sponsor a trip to the Seneca Allegany Casino on Thursday, Dec. 5. The trip includes bus transportation and driver gratuity, reserved ticket for the 11:30 a.m. matinee showing of the “Sha-Na-Na Holiday Show,” $20 in slot play, $10 in comp. points redeemable for dining or retail, a chance to win one of two $5 cash prizes and Christmas goodie bags. The cost of the trip is $31. Due to the popularity of this trip, a second bus has been reserved. Reservations may be made at the Center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

There are still a few openings for the fall trip to the Springville Center for the Arts. The group will attend a matinee performance of “The Drawer Boy” on Sunday, Oct. 27. This play is based on a true story of events from the 1970s. The story introduces Miles, a young Toronto actor who visits the Ontario farm of Morgan and Angus, two fifty-something WWII veterans, to research farm life for an original play. The two farmers, friends since childhood, live in an uneasy balance which Miles senses. Angus, nicknamed “The Drawer Boy” because of his artistic skills, suffered head trauma during the war and has lost his memory. Morgan, tough-minded, stubborn and protective of Angus, has an old story he uses to calm Angus. Miles sees the story as worthy of being central to the play he is helping to write. But the story has its own surprises, and in Miles’s conversion of life into theatre, a powerful transformation takes place, which affirms the power of art to heal and restore.

This trip will include transportation and driver gratuity, the theatre ticket, a buffet dinner at Ponderosa including tax and gratuity, a chance to win one of two $5 bus drawings and a goodie bag. The cost is $25 and open to members only. Reservations can be made at the Center.

The Center will be closed on Monday, Oct. 14 in observance of Columbus Day.

Silver Creek Seniors

Vice President Joan Suski opened the meeting at the Silver Creek Senior Center with the Pledge of Allegiance and “God Bless America.” Twenty-five members were present.

On Saturday, Oct. 12, flu shots will be given from 9 a.m. to noon.

Next week Lorrie Newman and Janice Snyder will make birthday cakes for those people who have celebrated birthdays in the last two months.

An auction will be held soon. Members are asked to bring in items.

Ernie Hilliker called Bingo.

On Oct. 29 at noon, the seniors will have a Halloween party.

Harry Suski and Janice Snyder won the weekly drawing.

Refreshments were provided by Carl Mohart and Bud Anger.

The next meeting is Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. New members are always welcome.