Senior club news

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors were pleased to get back into their normal routines after a week in which the Center was closed. Monday’s 10:30 stretch class is going to continue as long as the interest is there. Starting on January 10, a free yoga class will be offered on Fridays at 10:30 for GBS members. It will be led by Norman Chambliss and Carol Goodman.

Participation in activities at the Center requires membership in the GBS. The very reasonable dues are only $1 for Pomfret residents and $5 for non residents. The membership cycle runs from June to June.

The knitters donated several dozen hats to the New Beginnings Baptist Church in Amherst and received a heartfelt thank you note from the director of their food pantry. They are currently in need of gloves and mittens for the less fortunate individuals living in their community.

The next board meeting will be on Wednesday Jan. 15 at 10:15 a.m. followed by the monthly pot luck at 11:30 a.m.

Several exciting trips are being planned for the upcoming months. The next trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino will be in April and the next longer tour will be to New York City from June 10 to the 12. David Wendt, the tour director, will be coming to the Center in March to talk about this tour and other tours being planned for the GBS. Call Marianne Serio at 672-5274 with questions or to make reservations.

50 Plus Seniors

Holidays are over and the 50-Plus Senior Program is ready to start up again after having a two-week shut down.

It is doubtful that both of the rooms in the Center will be ready for occupancy during our first week back so our programs will be held in our present Senior Room and gym. The group will have to patiently wait to utilize our new second senior room. In the meantime, a contest to see what to call this second room is possible. Ideas anyone?

The schedule for this first week in January is as follows:

Monday: indoor walking and exercises led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m. gymnasium. This three part program starts with walking and proceeds to segments of chair and walk in place exercises. Considering the snowfall our area experienced thus far, it’s fortunate to have a gymnasium in which to operate.

Tuesday: gentle arthritis exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium. These are mainly chair exercises excellent for increasing seniors’ leg and arm strength along with promoting improved balance.

Wednesday is the busiest day for the 50-Plus Seniors. The morning hour and a half walking and exercise program begins at 9 a.m. Quilting with Florence starts at 10:30 a.m. in the Collins Public Library Community Room. For more information on this fascinating craft call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075 or drop into the Community Room some Wednesday between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to see these talented ladies and their lovely quilted wares. Pat Tucker will open the Senior Room at 1 p.m. for an afternoon of informal crafts and euchre. Bring that craft item that hasn’t been finished, begin a new project or just socialize with friends for an hour or two. The informal euchre game starts at 1 p.m. and beginners are welcome. Senior bowling is held at 1 p.m. at K&L Lanes in Gowanda for a cost of $1.75 a game or three games for $5. Anyone is welcome to join these friendly senior bowlers.

Thursday: gentle arthritis exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium followed by Tai Chi at 11 a.m.

Friday: indoor walking and exercises, 9 a.m., gym. Showtime is held at 1 p.m., Collins Public Library Community Room. An unlikely team of elite operatives join up for a second time as they attempt to track down a missing portable nuclear device in a movie starring Bruce Willis and Helen Mirren. Popcorn provided. The monthly movies are sponsored by the 50-Plus Seniors and the Collins Public Library.

Reminder: Reservations are due soon for the June 11-13 trip to Gettysburg, Pa. and the new show “Moses” at Sight and Sound Millennium Theatre. The cost is $357 per person (double occupancy) with a $50 deposit due by Jan. 31. The first AARP Defensive Driving Course of 2014 has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 4. Information on both will be forthcoming next week.

Sheridan Happy Seniors

The group’s next meeting will be Jan. 7, 2014 and at that time the duties will be assumed by the new president.

Dunkirk Senior Citizens Council

Reservations are now being accepted for the Jan. 12 Gala. The menu features hors d’oeuvres, homemade chicken soup, salad, goulash, bread and butter and dessert. The price is $5.

Orders are being taken for both short and long sleeve shirts with an exercise logo.

The next Big Bingo games are scheduled for Jan. 22, Feb. 19 and March 12. Players should listen to WDOE in the event of bad weather.

Dues are being accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Pinochle tournaments played every Monday at the center. New players are always welcome.

A craft/rummage/bake sale is planned for Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the Senior center. Tables may be rented for $15. Reservations should be made by Jan. 15.

Future trips include Niagara Falls Casino on Jan. 20 and Salamanca on Feb. 17. In addition the seniors are planning to return to Atlantic City on Sunday Aug. 24 through 27, 2014 for four days and three nights. d.

The next meeting of the Dunkirk Senior Citizens Council will be held on Thursday at 9 a.m.