COLLINS - Unfortunately, the trip to see the Lennon Sisters on Oct. 4 at the historic Riviera Theatre has had to be canceled due to insufficient interest.
"While I would hate to stop doing trips, this is not the main focus of the 50-Plus Senior Program and this area has an abundance of groups whose main focus is strictly trips, " Joan R. Byrne, senior program coordinator at the L. K. Painter Community Center, said.
"With our senior program starting its fall, winter and spring activities at the center in October, perhaps it is time to concentrate more on them and limit our trips. I would appreciate comments from those of you who attend our trips or center activities. I truly would like to see if we could get enough people to ring in the Christmas Spirit with the joyous sounds of handbells and a 120-voice chorus on Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Church in Hamburg.
"Unfortunately, the Sunday afternoon concert in St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo is the same day that Collins Center Seniors are having their Christmas trip. I will check the prices but please let me know what you think by giving me a call at 532-2507." Byrne concluded.
The only 50-Plus Program during the rest of September will be Pat Tucker's Wednesday Open Crafts at 1 p.m. in the senior room. Quilting with Florence usually held Wednesdays in the Community Room at Collins Public Library has been canceled for the month in order that library staff and Friends of the Collins Public Library can prepare for the annual Book and Bake Sale to be held Sept. 13, 14 and 15 during regular library hours.
The weekly quilters, who are a 50-Plus Senior Program, have generously donated six quilted items for a Raffle during the sale. They are now on display in the Library entrance and tickets will be on sale only during the three days. Drawing will be Saturday at approximately 1 p.m. but you do not have to be present to win.
The Senior Program is grateful to the Collins Library for their wonderful cooperation in not only sharing their Community Room, but also co-sponsoring the monthly Showtime movie held the first Friday of each month except for September when preparations are under way for the sale.
Come to browse, buy and enjoy the three day event. There will also be music by the Stone Country Band Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. in the main room of the library. All the books, baked goods and quilt tickets will also be available during this time.
The next AARP Driving Course at the center will be held in November. Veterans and their spouses will be free. Watch for more information on the AARP Course and the Seniors Christmas trip in future issues of the OBSERVER.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Monday-Wednesday-Friday exercise group, which meets at 9 a.m., set a new record for attendance with 39 people in attendance on Wednesday. The group not only exercises together but also enjoys each other's company and laughs together. It is $1 per class and new members are always welcome. There is also a coffee hour every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. where you can meet new people and renew old acquaintances.
The monthly pot-luck luncheon will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at noon. There is always good food and good conversations. All attending are asked to bring a dish to pass with an accompanying recipe.
On Oct. 1, at noon, there will be a special luncheon to thank all the members who have joined the Grape Belt Seniors this year. Book club will be starting up again on Oct. 10. The participants share their love of reading by talking about a book that they recently read and enjoyed. For information, call 679-0001. A flu clinic will be held on Oct. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. On Oct. 17, Univera Health will be at the center at 11 a.m. to talk about their insurance plans for seniors and to answer questions .
The travel committee is very excited about two big trips being planned for 2013, one in the spring and one in the fall. David Wendt will be making a Power Point presentation about these trips on Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. The spring trip will include bus and train travel to Pennsylvania with two nights in Lancaster with a different dinner theatre experience each night. The fall trip will be to Quebec City. If interested in either trip, be sure to come for the Power Point presentation. Coffee, tea and dessert will be served. All of the activities take place at 321 E. Main St.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. Vice President Irene Christopher led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless American."
A reading entitled "Golden Flowers" was given by Loretta Hemink. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read on a motion from Charlene Hallmark, seconded by Jean Kubera. The treasurer's report was read by treasurer Carol Kozlowski, and accepted as read on a motion from Betty Erick, seconded by Jane Steffan.
Attendance prizes were won by Marian Genovese and Antoinette Arnone. Helper of the day was Stella Michalak. The kitchen committee for the Sept. 12 meeting is Irene Christopher and Antoinette Arnone.
The club recently had its picnic at the Dunkirk Senior Center. The turnout was really good; 31 members attended. Punch, popcorn were served as a snack. Texas sheet cake with ice cream was also served. Attendance prizes were given and money raffles were held. Barb Bajdas, board president, was a guest at the event. Sandy Tapasto complimented Barb Barberich for putting on the picnic which all members enjoyed.
Club members Barberich, Agnes Warner and Dorothy Cooper are not well and get-well cards will be sent to them. Nancy Woloszyn was welcomed as a new member to the club.
The club is having a bake sale for the Alzheimers' Association on Sept. 7 and Sept. 14. It will begin at 10 a.m. on both days. The public is invited.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - Sheridan Happy Seniors met recently on a warm, windy day with 38 present. Angie Logan read a significant prayer. President Ellyn Sutehall opened our session with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America" and the Happy Seniors Song. Roll call was taken by Mabel Warner. Clara Griffin read the minutes and Angie Logan gave the treasurer's report. Both were accepted.
Birthdays for September were recognized - Patricia Smith, Theresa Warner, Fred Sikorski, Dolores Trewiler (90 on Sept. 5), Irene Coon, Arlene Lawrence and Betty Bull. The group also recognized Bob and Ellyn Sutehall whose 59th anniversary was on Sept. 5. Joan Martin announced a senior bus trip on Sept. 24 to Tillman Village Inn in Albion, N.Y. The cost is $60 and includes transportation, lunch, and The Marcy Downey Show, a musical. Call Joanne at 934-3458.
Bob Sutehall introduced Rolland Kidder who spoke about the American Soldiers' Monument, World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., a 2-mile-long wall near the Lincoln Memorial.
The next meeting will be today at 1 p.m. The food committee will be Theresa Warner, Jo Wehust, Josephine Wilkosz, Bob Wray and Betty Kuzora. The Riles and Woolley drawing was won by Cecelia Petrella.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday with 19 present. President Ed Newman opened the session with all saying the Pledge of Allegiance, and offered a prayer.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved. Lorrie Newman gave the treasurer's report, which was approved.
Several members attended the last summer party at St. Columban's last week and enjoyed it very much.
The petty cash report was given by Mary Ann Seibert and passed.
The 50/50 was won by Lucille Wells and Bart Adams. The Hole Parker drawing was won by Clara Griffin, with prizes also won by Conrad Pawlak and Bud Anger. Joan Suski called Bingo.
The Sept. 11 food committee will be Marv and Fran Smith.
Flu shots will be given Oct. 6 at Silver Creek Senior Center, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.