The annual AARP catered picnic was held on Aug. 15 at noon at the pavilion at Point Gratiot.
President Ellie Dietzen welcomed the group and led them in a prayer before the buffet started. After everyone had their food, a Chinese auction was held led by Irene Rozamulski and assisted by Antoinette Pietro Snyder. A fun time was had by all.
Sept. 19 at 1 p.m. is the next meeting. It will now be held at the group's new location, the Dunkirk Senior Center, across from Cliffstar. All members are urged to attend. New members are welcome.
Any questions, call Elaine at 672-6810.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The August meeting of the Collins Center Seniors was moved inside due to the threat of rain.
On Sept. 21, the seniors are off to The Station Dinner Theater in Erie, Pa., to enjoy "Salute to the Crooners."
On Oct. 4, the seniors look forward to the cabaret act "Diva and the Italian Guy" and lunch at Tillman's Historic Village Inn Albion.
On Oct. 27, the seniors will let their imaginations run wild at the Tony Award- winning Broadway sensation "The Lion King" at Shea's followed by dinner at Prime 490 Restaurant.
On Nov. 11, the seniors are off to Cleveland to the Fabulous Food Show. Experience the Midwest's premier culinary event of the year. Reserved seats for a live cooking demonstrations by celebrity specialist Bobby Flay. There will also be live cooking demonstrations by regional chefs, cake, pastry, candy, chocolate bar by popular confectioners and pastry chefs. Sample a variety of special foods and taste wine and spirits. Check out the marketplace with cookware, gadgets and more. Frankie Avalon is returning to the Seneca Niagara Casino Dec. 7. The trip includes transportation by luxury motor coach and tickets for 1:30 p.m. show. Passengers will receive $15 for slot play and $10 for food. The cost is $49 with a $20 deposit due by Sept. 26.
The "Halos and Holly" luncheon and Christmas show at Salvatore's Italian Gardens is planned for Dec. 12. Our first stop will be the Buffalo & Erie Co. Botanical Gardens Poinsettia Show and Display. Trip-goers will arrive at Salvatore's and have time to enjoy their holiday displays before lunch. The show is a heartwarming story unfolding on Christmas Eve.
2012 will be another fun year for travel starting Feb. 4 with a trip to the Lancaster Opera House to see "A Chorus Line."
The Alaska Cruise June 6-16, 2012 is full and the seniors are looking into maybe two short three- and four-day trips plus the casino and day trips.
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.
Dunkirk Senior Citizens Board of Directors
The Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors met recently to finalize activities to be held in September. The center will be closed on Labor Day, Sept. 5. Openings are still available for a bus trip to the Salamanca Casino on Sept. 8. The Sunday Gala scheduled for Sept. 11 and the indoor rummage, craft and bake sale will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information regarding these activities is available by calling Larisa Aldrich at 366-9886.
Plans are being made for a bus trip to the German Festival in Erie with a side stop at the casino in October.
Nancy Crandall and Shirley Palmatier will serve as co-chairman of the Monday pinochle group at the center beginning in September.
The AARP organization of Dunkirk will begin to meet at the Senior Center every third Monday of the month at 1 p.m.
The craft committee is busy working on September and October favors for Meals on Wheels clients.
Exercise classes are conducted Monday through Friday at the center. Silver Sneakers meets Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 9 a.m. Classes are free for members of Independent Health or 50 cents per session. Exercise with Catherine is scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. The charge is 50 cents a session and everyone is welcome.
The menu for the September Gala will include appetizers, punch, Italian sausage on a roll, scalloped potato, coleslaw, ice cream sundae, coffee and tea. Reservations may be made at the center or by calling Larisa Aldrich at 366-9886 by Sept. 9 at noon.
Work at the center continues. On Sept. 9 an "Introduction to the Wii" will be held for interested seniors from 10 to 11 a.m. Several games are available. Seniors are encouraged to use the equipment and library free of charge.
Vendor tables for the indoor yard sale are available for $5. The directors will provide baked goods for sale. Crafts and yard sale items will be available. No clothes or furniture will be allowed.
Angel Food Ministries will distribute food orders on assigned Saturdays each month until further notice.
The directors continue to encourage membership and participation in all senior activities. Membership is free and may be accomplished by signing up at the center. In addition to scheduled activities there is a Tuesday and Wednesday group that meets weekly at 1:15 p.m. It is an opportunity to socialize and make friends.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Charlene Hallmark led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "I have Never Walked Alone" was given by Chaplain Loretta Hemink. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Irene Christopher with a second by Betsy Standera.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Sophia Urbanik. It was accepted as read by Dorothy Cooper with a second by Pat Kaus.
Attendance prizes were won by first, Albertine Jakubowicz; second, Hemink; and third, Barb Barberich.
Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for Aug. 31 is Jane Steffan and Jean Szot.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors met Aug. 19 at St. Bosco Hall with 30 members present. President Ellyn Sutehall opened the meeting inviting Bob Wray to give a prayer, after which all said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang "God Bless America" and the Happy Seniors song.
Mabel Warner gave the roll call and minutes of Aug. 5, read by Secretary Clara Griffin and passed as presented. The treasurer's report was given by Angie Logan and passed.
Guests were recognized by Sutehall, Earl and Ruth Sheeler and Abbie, Angie Logan's granddaughter. Jo Wehust fell and is in the hospital.
The Riles and Woolley drawing was won by Ruth Stebbins and the 50/50 drawing were won by Wilma Crowell and Ellyn Sutehall.
Program director Bob Sutehall introduced Cheryl and Paul who work for CARTS- "Courteous And Reliable Transportation Service" of Chautauqua County. Anyone can ride to a medical appointment, work, college or visit a friend. For dial and ride and wheelchair transportation call toll-free from anywhere at 1-800-388-6534.
The Chautauqua County CARTS travel 900,000 miles a year and make 184,000 trips in the county a year. The speakers were informative and interesting. They gave out several prizes. On Sept. 2 at noon, the seniors will have a picnic at St. Bosco with hot dogs, salads, baked beans and beverages. Enibel Merando, Dick Mosher, Arlene Miller, Karla Niebalski and Ed Pasierb are on the food committee. There will be a $2 charge.
COLLINS - Summer goes by all too fast and it doesn't seem possible that September will be arriving this week. Soon autumn will be arriving and the senior program at L. K. Painter Community Center will be back in full swing.
This Wednesday will be the final Quilting with Florence at the Community Room of the Collins Public Library until October. Florence and her quilters take a well-deserved vacation as The Friends of the Library take over the room to set up for the Library's annual Book and Bake Sale Sept. 15 through 17. The Quilters also have generously donated some quilted items that will be raffled off during the three-day event. For those who would like to find out more about Quilting with Florence, she can be reached at 532-3075.
Open Crafts with Pat Tucker, also held on Wednesday afternoons in the center's Senior Room, has elected to forego a September vacation and will continue its 1 p.m. program in the Senior Room.
Showtime will holds its monthly first Friday movie this coming Friday at 1 p.m. in the Collins Library's Community Room. The film is a remake of "True Grit" starring Jeff Bridges, Mat Damon, Josh Brolin and Hailee Steinfeld. A 14-year-old girl enlists the help of a one eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall and a hardened Texas Ranger to track the man who shot and killed her father. This perilous adventure can only have one outcome: retribution. This film is reported to be better than the earlier version by several of the seniors who have already seen it. Popcorn will be served.
Also coming up this week is the AARP Driving Course on Tuesday in the Lounge Room. Class starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 3:45 p.m. with a 45-minute lunch break. Lunch payment is due the morning of the class. Participants are reminded that they must bring their NYS Driver's License and a pen with them. Parking in the back lot is recommended.
Registration is open for the next AARP Driving Course on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the center's Lounge Room. Pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507. Cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for all others. Interested participants are asked to have AARP card available when calling. The $2.50 lunch must be ordered when signing up for the course.
There are still several vacancies for both the Ft. Erie Raceway Oct. 1 and Roger Williams Christmas Concert at the Riviera Theatre on Dec. 13. Call 532-2507 for information.
Reservations are being taken for the "25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," a musical matinee at SUNY Fredonia on Sunday, Oct. 23. A soup supper will follow at the center. Cost is $30 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia. For more information or to make reservations, call 532-2507.
Flyers and sign up sheet available in the senior room on Wednesdays from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m.