Senior club news

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club

Thirty-one members attended a recent meeting of the Mt. Carmel Social Club on Nov. 20 at the church hall. President Carm Tampio opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer. All reports were read and accepted on motions by the group.

Joe Ark is recuperating, as is Connie Manzella. Both members are missed and wished speedy recoveries by their friends.

A Chinese auction will be held at the next meeting, with Dorothy Miniri in charge. Members should bring an item for auction.

Melanie Bates is now collecting $10 per person for the Christmas party, which will be held Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the Colony House in Irving. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m., and all the members are looking forward to it.

The next meeting will be Wednesday, Dec. 4. chairpersons are Carm Morabito, Leo Morabito, Jeannette Mula and Gerry Peide.

The meeting was adjourned and the members enjoyed refreshments. Bingo was played and a 50/50 raffle was held.

Stockton, Cassadaga and Lily Dale Seniors

On Nov. 11, the Stockton, Cassadaga and Lily Dale Seniors enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner at the Cassadaga Country Club.

Twenty-six members and one guest, Lani Spaulding, attended. President June Woolett opened the meeting. Larry Carlson gave the table blessing. Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “God Bless America.”

Don Franz won the door prize. Rich Kennedy and Fred Wing won the 50/50. The club recognized the birthdays of Elaine Wood and Jane Wing.

The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read by Florine Christy.

A few members were ill, including Fred Wing, Mickey Hamilton and Carrol Kennedy. The members wish them all speedy recoveries.

Seven members of the club are United States veterans. They were each given a small token in gratitude for their service.

Throughout the winter months, if the local schools are closed due to inclement weather, there will also be no meetings, as safety is a priority.

Reservations must be made by Dec. 2 for the upcoming Christmas Party at the country club on Dec. 9. Call Christy at 595-2490.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Senior Board met on November 20 for their monthly meeting. They discussed their budget and planned some special activities for the next few months. Since a few of the board members will be away for the winter, plans are being made for other members to take over some of their duties.

The monthly pot luck luncheon was very well attended and recipes were exchanged. Although all of the entrees and desserts were excellent, two of the favorites were the corn casserole and grape dessert.

There is always a great deal of laughter during exercise class and a great many of the quips come from Wanda Szymanski, who would make a great stand-up comedian.

On Friday, Dec. 13, representatives from CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for abused and neglected children) will come to coffee hour at 10 a.m. to talk about the program and hopefully to recruit some interested volunteers.

Many of the seniors are looking forward to the Dec. 13 Seneca Niagara Casino trip, which includes a performance by Tony Orlando in the evening. For those who like to plan ahead, the next casino trip will be on April 15 and then there will be at least one casino trip every month. There is also a three-day trip planned in June for touring New York City, including a boat cruise and a Broadway musical. For more information, call Marianne Serio at 672-5274.

50-Plus Seniors

Time seems to fly by fast for senior citizens. It’s hard to believe that by the end of this week Thanksgiving will be over, November will be on its way out and December and Christmas will be here.

This is a short program week for 50-Plus Seniors because the center is closed on Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Monday and Wednesday: Indoor Walking and Exercises will be held at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. Tuesday: Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium. Wednesday: Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Collins Public Library Community Room. For further information on quilting call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075. Also on Wednesday Open Crafts with Pat Tucker and Informal Euchre game will be held. Both begin at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room. Senior Bowling is at 1 K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Cost is $1.75 a game or three games for $5.

Sign up sheet and fliers for the June 11-13 motor trip to Gettysburg, Pa. and to see “Moses” at Lancaster, Pa. are now available in the Senior Room of L. K. Painter Community Center during regular program hours. The cost for the three-day trip is $357 based on double occupancy and $456, single occupancy. Price is based on 40 paying customers. Price will be $15 more per person if we only have 33 to 39 paid people. A refundable $50 deposit must be paid by January 31 with a $157 payment due by March 5 and a final payment of $150 due by April 15. For more information or to sign up for the trip call Joan Byrne, Senior Program Coordinator, at 532-2507.

Bell ringers are needed for the Salvation Army’s annual Red Kettle Drive to start Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Shop and Save in Gowanda. As many of the 50-Plus Seniors know, volunteers are needed for the two hour shifts scheduled for Wednesday and Friday this week and Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays ending Dec. 21. To register please call Gina Paul, 532-0935.

The annual Christmas party for all those attending any of the 50-Plus Senior activities is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 13 at noon in the Center’s gymnasium. There is no charge for the holiday lunch which will consist of pizza, salad, desserts and beverages. However, reservations are required and must be made no later than noon on Monday, Dec. 9 by calling 532-2507 or registering on the sign up sheet available in the Senior Room during regular program hours. Volunteers to make desserts would be greatly appreciated. Please call Joan at 532-2507 or sign up on Bakers’ Sheet also located in the Senior Room. Christmas Bingo will be played. Attendees are asked to bring a small unwrapped holiday gift to be used for prizes.

Programs for December and the December Calendar will be available next week.

Collins Center Seniors

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, Nov. 25. at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting. Members are asked to bring nonperishable food items for the area food pantry.

Note: The itinerary will be available at the meeting for the Dec. 2-4 trip to the “Festival of Lights” in Wheeling, W.Va.

Jan. 28 will be the first Seneca Niagara Casino trip for 2014. Casino trips will be taken on a monthly basis.

An overnight trip to the Seneca Allegany Casino is scheduled for Feb. 16 and 17. The package includes motor coach transportation, overnight accommodations at the casino’s hotel, $50 free play and $20 for food.

A trip to Branson is planned for April 5-12. It includes deluxe motor coach transportation, seven nights’ accommodations (five nights in Branson) seven shows, including Shoji Tabuchi, Legends in Concert and Kirby Van Burch, illusionist. The group will tour the Titanic exhibit, enjoy dinner on the Showboat Branson Belle Boat Cruise, visit Branson Landing, historic downtown and tour the College of the Ozarks.

Information and flyers are available for a 10-night, 11-day western Amtrak adventure in Sept. 2014 organized by Know How Tours. The group is transported to Chicago by deluxe motor coach to Chicago then by Amtrak to Flagstaff, Ariz. Highlights of this trip are: Grand Canyon National Park, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and Las Vegas, Nevada. On the way back to Chicago, the group will enjoy a scenic tour through the Colorado Rocky Mountains via Amtrak with a brief stop in Denver. From Chicago, the group will again use deluxe motorcoach.

Day trips for 2014 are planned: Feb. 26 to the Old Library in Olean for a “Chocolate Extravaganza;” April 21 Dyngus Day at Coves’ with lunch and a polka band; May 23 Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus at Kleinhans for “Star Spangled Pops;” June 5 a mystery trip; July 9 Sonnenberg Gardens and Mansion; Aug. a sightseeing cruise on Seneca Lake in Watkins Glen; and Oct. 4 the Windmill Farm & Craft Market in Penn Yan.

The “Thrills of Louisville” is scheduled for June 8-10. Sept. 14-18 we are going to Mackinac Island and Frankenmuth is set for Sept. 14-18. The day on the Island will include lunch at the Grand Hotel. The hotel in Frankenmuth is adjacent to Bonner’s Christmas Wonderland and dinner will be at Bavarian Inn Restaurant.

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

Share & Care Seniors

The Share & Care Seniors will celebrate the season on Wednesday, Dec. 11 with a holiday party. It will be held at St. Joseph’s Church School Hall at 145 E. Main St. in Fredonia. Doors will open at 4 p.m. with a buffet dinner served at 5 p.m. Admission is $8 per person. Prepaid reservations are due by Dec. 6, and can be made by sending checks to Share & Care Seniors, P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, NY 14063. For more information, call Rose Cerrie at 679-4386.

Brocton-Portland Seniors

Monday, Nov. 25 luncheon and program at noon at Brocton Legion for members signed up with Rita for pizza and wings. Members are to bring own table service and optional desserts.