Senior club news

Share and Care Seniors

On a cold winter night, Dec. 18, the Share and Care Seniors held a festive holiday dinner at St. Joseph’s school in Fredonia.

Holiday music was provided by Katherine Damiano.

Evergreen centerpieces by Margaret Larson decorated the dinner tables.

Poinsettia plants were donated by Michael Fantauzzi and given as prizes. Winner were Rose Cerrie, Phyllis Laurito, Sam Sasso, Maryann Frazita, Ann Kurgan, Doris LaSpada, Margaret Valone, Kathryn Damiano, Betty Donovan, Brenda Drummond, Fran Sullivan, Gene Hauser and Gene Hyte.

Party favors were made by Barbara Burtner and Samantha DeJohn.

A delicious dinner was served by Pat Tripp.

Grape Belt Seniors

Grape Belt Senior activities were slightly curtailed this week due to the inclement weather but a full schedule is planned for the coming weeks. Starting on Friday, Jan. 12, a free yoga class will be offered at 10:30. Even those who have never participated in any other GBS activity might be interested in stopping by the Center to see if this class is right.

On Monday, Jan.13 the gentle stretching class will again meet at 10:30 a.m. The one-hour class has been quite popular. The participants enjoy the quiet music and the individualized instruction.

The monthly board meeting will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 10:15 a.m. followed by the monthly potluck luncheon which will begin at 11:30 a.m.. Some of the favorite recipes from each luncheon are later distributed to anyone who is interested.

Those who enjoy knitting and crocheting are invited to join a friendly group which meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m. The group recently donated dozens of hats to the New Beginning Baptist Church Food Pantry in Amherst and is now embarking on another very worthwhile project. The group members are now going to make mittens for some needy elderly members who frequent that food pantry. For more information call Marianne Keller at 672-7771.

Readers’ Theatre will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 10:30. New members are always welcome, either to participate or to be part of the audience. They meet on the first Wednesday of every month.

Kathy Park, Coordinator of Chautauqua County CASA, will be speaking at the Center on Monday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. about the work that this volunteer organization does. Members of the community are invited to stop by and learn more about ways to help children who are abused or neglected in our county. Coffee and dessert will be served.

The travel committee has been busy planning some exciting day trips and longer tours. It’s not too early to call Judy Marino at 672-5778 to sign up for the next Niagara Casino trip in April or to find out about other day trips scheduled for the spring and summer. The two scheduled tours will be to New York City in June and to Cape Cod and Southern New England in September. The travel arrangements for both tour are made by Wendt Touring Company and include transportation, sightseeing, entrance fees, lodging and some meals. Call Marianne Serio at 672-5274 for more details or to register.

Collins Center Seniors News

The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Mon., Jan. 27 at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.

Reminder: Payment is due for the Jan. 28 trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino. An overnight trip to the Seneca Allegany Casino is scheduled for Feb. 16 and 17. Seats are available and non-members are welcome on both trips.

A chocolate extravaganza is scheduled for Feb. 26. The first stop will be the World War II Museum in Elder, Pa. followed by a delicious sit down lunch with a seven-dessert buffet at the Old Library. The day ends with a stop at Cuba Cheese. Seats are available and non-members are welcome.

March 19 a group will head to Erie, Pa., to tour St. Patrick’s Cathedral before enjoying “The Golden Follies”, a musical comedy at the Station Dinner Theater.

A Dyngus Day Party will be April 21 starting with a stop at the Broadway Market before heading to Cove Restaurant and Banquet Facility to enjoy a Polish buffet before dancing and enjoying the music of the Fritz’s Polka Band.

May 7 a trip to the Senecal Allegany Casino will feature a performance of The Osmonds. On May 14 a tour will be taken to “Gooseneck Hill Bird Sanctuary”. While there it is possible to see over 50 varieties of birds, singing and dancing swans and over 25 rock gardens. Next scheduled is a delicious sit down lunch at Sprague’s Maple Farm before traveling to Ellicottville Brewing Co. A stop at Watson’s Chocolate will take place before heading home.

Star Spangled Pops takes place May 23. The group see the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus at Kleinhans Music Hall for a patriotic concert. Lunch will be at the Pan Am Grill at the Hotel Lafayette and the day ends at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park.

June 8-10 features a trip to Kentucky for “The Thrills of Louisville.” The group will enjoy a backstretch breakfast tour at Churchill Downs and visit the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Louisville Sluggers Museum. An evening aboard the Bell of Louisville is scheduled to enjoy fine dining and dancing with big band music and entertainment. A stop to the Jim Beam distillery will take place before heading home.

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

The first AARP Defensive Driving Course for 2014 has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 4 at L. K Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. The one day course will begin at 9 a.m. in the Center’s Community Room with a half hour lunch break at noon, and end at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Price has been raised by AARP to $20 for those with valid AARP membership cards and $25 for all others. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling Joan R. Byrne, Senior Program Coordinator, at 532-2507. Payment made out to AARP must be made within five days of making telephone registration and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention AARP, P.O. Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. Payment must be by check or money order. Cash is not accepted.

Participants may bring a bag lunch if they so wish; however, a luncheon made by members of the 50-Plus Senior Program will be available but must be ordered when making their phone reservation. Cost of lunch is $2.50 per person to be paid in cash the morning of the course.

Participants are asked to use the back parking lot of the Center and must bring their driver’s license and a pen with them.

Senior activities for this week are:

Monday: Indoor Walking and Exercises, 9 a.m. gymnasium. This three-part program is led by Pat Tucker and includes walking, chair exercises and walk in place exercises.

Tuesday: Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium. This program is performed mainly in chairs and helps participants to develop leg and arm strength and maintain balance.

Wednesday: Indoor Walking, 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 or stop in during quilting hours to see the lovely items being made by these talented ladies. Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Cost: $1.75 a game or three games for $5. This is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon winter and you need not be an expert at bowling. Pat Tucker will open the Senior Room at 1 p.m. for Open Crafts and an Informal Euchre Game.

Thursday: Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., followed by Tai Chi at 11 a.m., gymnasium.

Friday: Indoor Walking and Exercises, 9 a.m., gymnasium. Pot Luck Luncheon, noon, Senior Room. Bring a dish to pass. Beverages and table service provided. Sequence Game or cards to follow.

On Sunday, January 19, a euchre and pinochle card party will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. The Cost is $5 and includes cash table prizes, dessert and beverages.

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to think about taking a motor coach trip when the weather gets warm. Because of numerous requests for Gettysburg, Pa., we have arranged a three day trip June 11-14 to visit the place where President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous speech and tens of thousands of soldiers lost their lives. In addition to two nights lodging at Gettysburg, a narrated tour of the Civil War famous battlefield, a visit to President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s family home at the Eisenhower National Historic Site, a side trip will be taken to see “Moses,” the newest show at the Millennium Theatre. One of the Bible’s most epic sagas, “Moses” comes to life in this all-new, adventurous production.

The cost for the trip is $357 per person (double occupancy) with a refundable $50 deposit due when signing up no later than Jan. 31. Payment of $157 is due by March 5 and final payment of $150 must be made by April 15.

Fliers, a sign-up sheet and trip cancellation protection insurance forms are available in the Senior Room during programming hours or call Joan Byrne, 532-2507 for more information. Insurance protection form must be paid within 14 days from the day the first deposit for trip is received by Joan. Checks payable to Town of Collins are to be sent to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan Byrne, P.O. Box 420, Collins, NY 14034.

Dunkirk Senior Citizen news

The Dunkirk Senior Citizens are looking for people interested in an indoor rummage/craft /bake sale scheduled for Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the senior center in Dunkirk. Tables are available for $15.

There will be something there for all age groups. Look for the 10 cent and 25 cent tables. The sale is open to the public and will be advertised. Reservations can be made at the Senior Center located on Cliffstar Drive in Dunkirk Monday through Friday for 9 a.m. until noon.

There are a few openings for a bus trip to the Niagara Falls Casino on Monday, Jan 20. Departure is scheduled for 10 a.m. The cost is $25. A $20 free play bonus is included as well as prizes on the bus and goodie bags.

Tickets are also on sale for a trip to the Salamanca Casino on Monday Feb. 17 Departure is at 10 a.m. The cost is $25 which includes a $35 free play bonus, prizes on the bus and goodie bags.

Tickets will go on sale Jan. 11 for the Feb. 9 gala. The menu will include Chef’s choice and dessert.

Look for more news to follow about the Super Bowl luncheon and potluck dinner.

Stockton, Cassadaga, Lily Dale Seniors

On Jan. 13 the Stockton Cassadaga Lily Dale Senior Citizens will be having a soup, sandwich and dessert luncheon at noon at the Cassadaga Legion.

Attendees are asked to please bring their own table service and beverage. New members are welcome.