COLLINS - There are two announcements for special 50-Plus Senior Programs coming up in May and June. On Saturday, May 19, a trip get-together has been scheduled for participants on the June 6-8 trip to Lancaster, Pa., to see "Jonah."
The event will be at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. It is of utmost importance that all participants attend in order to receive itineraries, badges, luggage tags and other important information for the trip. All are asked to bring the name and telephone number for their emergency contact along with any special medical needs such as motion sickness, meds needing refrigeration, smoking or non-smoking room, unable to do stairs, etc., as they will be required to fill out a form that day.
Anyone unable to attend should send the information with partner or contact Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, 532-2507, to make other arrangements. Coffee and light refreshments will be available.
The final AARP Driving Course until fall has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 12 at 9 a.m. in the center's Conference Room (formerly the Lounge Room). Cost is $17 for those having a valid AARP membership card and $19 for all others. The course is six hours plus a 45 minute break for lunch. A lunch will be available from the senior program but must be ordered when making reservations. Cost is $2.50 payable the day of the class.
Course pre-registration is required and can only be made by calling 532-2507. All are asked to have AARP Membership Card available when calling. Payment must be made by check or money order payable to AARP. Cash is not accepted. Payment is required within five days after telephone registration and should be sent to: Collins Town Hall, attention AARP, P.O. Box 420, Collins, NY 14034. Back lot parking is recommended. Bring New York state driver's license and a pen to class.
Last week's notice of the June movie at the Collins Public Library was an error. The June movie will be on Friday, June 1, film to be announced.
Highlight of the coming week's senior activities is the final Pot Luck Luncheon Friday at noon in the senior room. Bring a dish to pass. Beverages and table service furnished. Following lunch, Keith Elkins will introduce the Brainstormers, a group of "seasoned" actors. They will present a vignette entitled "Welcome Home" featuring two middle-aged sisters who agonize over whether to place their increasingly debilitated mother in a nursing home against her will.
The Brainstormers are well-known in the Buffalo area for their dramatizations of moral dilemmas and issues of concern regarding these dilemmas for senior citizens. Sequence Board Game will follow for those wishing to play.
Other activities for the week are: Indoor Walking and Exercises led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; Informal Euchre Game, 1 p.m., senior room, Monday; Gentle Arthritis Exercises, Tuesday/Thursday at 10 a.m., gym; Open Crafts with Pat, 1 p.m. Wednesday, senior room.
The June 28 trip to Seneca Niagara Casino is filled but standbys will be accepted. If sufficient numbers sign up it may be possible to order a second bus. Seats are still available for the Carol Burnett Show and Buffet at the Station Dinner Theatre is Erie, Pa. Trip also includes a two-hour stop at Presque Isle Casino where $10 free slot play is included in the tour price of $76 for residents of town of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $77 for all others. For more information, call 532-2507.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Barb Barberich led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America." A reading entitled "The Meadow" was given by Chaplain Loretta Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Sandy Tapasto with a second by Charlene Hallmark.
No treasurer's report was given.
Attendance prizes were won by Hallmark, Dorothy Sarzyniak and Ronnie Ginley. Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for May 16 is Dorothy Cooper and Mary Dworak.
Members also welcomed two new members. They are Marion Genovese and Mary Mursol.
Sophia Urbanik's sister Mary Gebczyk passed away. She is from Auburn. A special prayer "To Trust in Thee" was read by Chaplain Hemink.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - Sheridan Happy Seniors met Friday at 1 p.m. with 37 members including two new members, Jan Polisoto and Toni Arcara. Vice President Mabel Warner opened the session asking Arlene Miller to give a prayer followed by all saying the pledge to the flag, singing "God Bless America" and the Happy Senior song.
Minutes were read by Secretary Clara Griffin and the treasurer's report was presented by Angie Logan; both were passed.
Pat De Pasquale sent a sympathy card to the Teachman family as member Betsy passed away last week.
Fifty-three people took the bus trip to the Casino in Niagara Falls as Joanne Martin reported, and some would like to do it again. Martin also reminded members about the bus trip June 12 to go on the Maid of the Mist, eat at Red Coach Inn, then the aquarium. The cost is $70.
The Riles and Woolley drawing was won by Shirley Sikorski.
The dessert committee for May 11 will be Josephine Wilkosz, Carolyn Wood, Robert Wray, Vera Bell and Anita Brown.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday on Route 5 with 27 present. President Ed Newman called the meeting to order with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny presented a prayer.
Newman announced that Dot Jones is at Lake Shore Hospital. Newman's wife was present after having had foot surgery and was welcomed back.
Hole Parker drawing was won by Iva McClenathan. Several people won prizes. Minutes were read by the secretary and were accepted. Lorrie Newman gave the treasurer's report and it was also accepted.
Bingo was called by Marv Smith. President Newman introduced the speakers who spoke on the school budget for the 2012-2013 school year, Interim Superintendent David Kurzawa and Business Executive Cindy Mackowiak. Members are encouraged to vote at the school on May 15 from 1 to 9 p.m. in the high school lobby.
The Sikorskis will serve dessert on May 8.