Senior club news

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting of the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, Oct. 28. at the Gowanda American Legion. A pot luck lunch at noon is planned 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 mail a check payable to Collins Center Seniors to: Collins Center Seniors c/o Mary Strickfaden, 3111 Foster Rd., Gowanda, NY 14070.

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

A few seats are available and nonmembers are welcome to join the group Dec. 2-4 to the annual “Festival of Lights” in Wheeling, W.Va. 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 will bring out the Christmas spirit. A stop at Cabalas’ was added for the sportsmen.

On Dec. 8, the group will travel to hear the joyous sounds of the Buffalo Choral Art Society at an afternoon performance at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Buffalo. Following the concert the group will enjoy a wonderful sit-down dinner and a drive to view holiday light displays.

Seats are available on the second motor coach for the Tony Orlando show at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Dec. 11. Package includes motor coach transportation, tickets for the matinee show, $20 slot play and $10 food voucher. Non members are welcome.

Flyers should be available at the next meeting describing a fun filled and entertaining trip to Branson in April 2014.

For additional information please 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

A celebration of the life of Eleanor Arendt was held last Friday at L. K. Painter Community Center. The gathering was a vivid reminder that this was the room in which seniors spent many days learning to paint from a friend and teacher who so willingly gave of her time and talent over the years. She will always be in our thoughts and hearts.

Fall is flying by all too fast as October comes to a close next Friday. Hopefully all senior witches, ghosts and goblins are getting costumes ready for the annual Halloween party Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room. Participants can’t win a prize unless dressed in costume so it’s time to get busy.

Activities for the week are:

Monday: Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium.

Tuesday: Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m. gymnasium.

Wednesday: Indoor Walking and Exercises, 9 a.m. gymnasium. Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Community Room of Collins Public Library. For more information call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Cost is $1.75 a game or 3 games for $5. Open Crafts with Pat, 1 p.m. and Informal Euchre Game, both in Senior Room.

Arthritis Exercises normally held at 10 a.m. Thursdays have been canceled for this week in order to get ready for the Halloween Party

Friday: Indoor Walking and Exercise, 9 a.m., gymnasium. Showtime, movie co-sponsored by 50+ Seniors and Collins Public Library will start at 1 p.m. in the library Community Room. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this tale of the captivating world of the super rich. For more information call the Library, 532-5129.

Unfortunately not enough people signed up for the final matinee performance Sunday of “The Drawer Boy” at the Springville Center for the Arts. Some will be traveling by auto to see what promises to be a really good show. Those members will need to remember to set the clocks back an hour before going to bed Saturday night.

Silver Creek Seniors

The recent meeting of the Silver Creek Seniors began with the group welcoming back Dorothy Miniri. All 28 members were glad to see her.

The club enjoyed the “soup day” meeting, sharing soup, bread, crackers and desserts.

President Ed Newman opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and “God Bless America.” Chaplain Irene Conny said a prayer. Lorrie Newman gave the financial report.

The auction will be held Nov. 15.

Next Tuesday’s meeting, Oct. 29, will be the Halloween party. It begins at 1 p.m. All members are asked to come dressed up. The refreshment committee includes Conny and Mary Ann Seibert.

Lorrie Newman shared a few funny stories.

The 50/50 drawing was won by Joan Suski, Lorrie Newman and Miniri. Door prizes were won by Jane Park and Evie Martin. Suski called Bingo.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors held their monthly board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 23. One of the topics they discussed was the new policy being established for opening the Center. Catherine Pratt will be opening the building a little before 9 a.m. and with everyone’s help, exercise class should be able to begin at 9:05. Special thanks go out to Marcia Bartley, Janet Jagoda, Kathy Hart and Cheryl Sheedy for opening up the building in the past and preparing the coffee and treats.

Coffee hour follows the exercise class on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Everyone is invited to enjoy some refreshments and visit with friends starting at 10:05 a.m. There has been good attendance at the stretch class, which takes place on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.. New participants are always welcome to try out the class.

Those who enjoy knitting and crocheting will be meeting on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. Beginners as well as experts are encouraged to participate in this friendly and helpful group.

The Readers’ Theatre will be meeting again on Wednesday, November 5 at 10:30 a.m.. The group encourages anyone interested to stop by and see what it is all about.

The travel club is gathering suggestions for future day trips as well as some longer adventures. The next trip to the Niagara Casino is scheduled for Dec. 13 and includes an evening performance featuring Tony Orlando. Call Judy Marino at 6672-5778 to see if places are still available or to make a payment.

The Grape Belt Seniors are still collecting cut and clipped coupons to send to service men and women. Feel free to drop coupons off at the Center and while there check the calendar to see upcoming events. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the GBS, can see Jane Russo.