COLLINS - Next week, it's time to say farewell to October and get ready for Thanksgiving. For 50-Plus Seniors, November will start off on Thursday with its final trip for the year to Seneca Niagara Casino. Motor coach will depart at 11 a.m. from the front parking lot of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. Those who have a Players Club card should bring one and if not, a driver's license must be brought to obtain one. To be eligible for casino incentives, all patrons must have valid state issued photo identification.
All payment is due no later than Nov. 2 for the Big Band Christmas Spectacular on Thursday, Dec. 6 at SUNY Fredonia. Checks are to be made out to Town of Collins and sent to the Collins Town Hall, Attention: Trips, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
Vacancies are still available and Nov. 2 is the final day for reservations. Cost is $30 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $32 for all others. Call 532-2507 for reservations.
The final AARP Safety Driving Course for the year will be held Tuesday, Nov. 13. Veterans and their dependents are being honored and receive the six-hour class for free. Course is filled and there is a stand-by list so in the event that a veteran who is on the list for some reason cannot attend, call 532-2507 no later than Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11 so that someone on the list can take advantage of this offer.
Regular senior programs will be held this week, with the exception of Gentle Arthritis Exercises on Thursday, due to the casino trip.
The monthly movie will be shown at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. For information on the movie, call the library at 532-5129.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The October meeting for the Collins Center Seniors was well attended and the luncheon was enjoyed by all.
The motor coach for the Nov. 6 trip to the Station Dinner Theater in Erie, Pa., will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 9:30 a.m.
Seats are available and non-members are welcome on the trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino Nov. 20. Cost of the trip is $17 and the casino incentive is $25 slot dollars and $5 for food. The motor coach will depart at 8:30 a.m. and return 4:30 p.m.
Know How Tours and Niagara Scenic Tours customer appreciation event at the Seneca Niagara Casino will be on Feb. 13, 2013. The event package includes: tickets to the show "Love Las Vegas Style" performed in the Bear's Den, motor coach transportation, casino incentive and free lunch buffet.
On March 24, 2013, seniors will enjoy the performance of "Sister Act" at Shea's Buffalo Theater. A family-style dinner is included following the show at Ilio Dipaolos restaurant.
On April 13-21, 2013, the seniors are going to New Orleans. The trip includes four nights in New Orleans with a city tour including the French Quarter, a visit to Houmas Plantation and Gardens, Mardi Gras World, New Orleans School of Cooking, Jackson Brewery and a luncheon cruise on the Mississippi Queen. Guided City Tours of Atlanta, Ga., and Nashville, Tenn., are also included and much more.
Many other fun trips are in the works for 2013.
For more information or to sign up, 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.
Cassadaga, Stockton and Lily Dale Senior Citizens
The November meeting of the Cassadaga, Stockton and Lily Dale Senior Citizens will be held at the Cassadaga Country Club on Nov. 12. The club will be having its annual Thanksgiving dinner starting at noon for members and their guests.
The cost of the dinner will be $6 for members and non-members will pay $13. Reservations and payments must be made to Florine Christy at 595-2492 by Oct. 31.
New members are always welcome.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Fifty-two members of the Mayville Senior Citizens recently met for lunch at the Mayville VFW. The tables were set by Dolly Gilbert, Mary Carlson and Bonnie Johnson. Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the group and the meal. The seniors went to help themselves from the many casseroles and desserts as Carlson called their table numbers.
President Joyce Ayers opened the business meeting and Goodrich read "An Irish Joke," "Old Irish Farmers Dog," "Indian Chief" and "The Dash Poem" and then led the group in prayer.
Secretary Izetta Ayling read the minutes and correspondences and Treasurer Edna Brown gave her report. There was no Senior Council report. Carlson reported she had sent several well wishes to ailing members.
Trip co-chairs Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey reported there were seats available for The Riverside Theater on Nov. 27 due to several cancellations. The day includes the bus ride, a meal and an all new Christmas show in the old Cambridge Springs Inn. Call 753-7814 or 753-2663.
Ayers stated that it is time to pay the dues for 2013. Also, the Harvest Dinner will be on Nov. 3 at noon in the VFW. This will be a full turkey dinner prepared by the members of the Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Dewittville. Reservations are required. Everything will be provided by the chefs. This will be the only meeting in November.
There was no lottery winner. Door prizes were won by Bev White, Shirley Burnett and Betty Walters.
New member Deb Selkregg was made welcome.
Program Chair Bill Tornstrom introduced Judge John Ward, who started his career in Chautauqua County as an assistant district attorney and was made District Attorney at the age of 29. Ward explained the confusing court systems and what each court handles. The case load has grown from 100 to approximately 500 a year. He also explained the complexities of extraditions. He answered several questions asked by the seniors.
Call Joyce at 761-6004 or Edna at 789-2316 for reservations for the Nov. 3 meeting and harvest dinner. Deputy Jason Beichner will be the guest speaker. He will bring his K9 dog, Drago.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday with 27 members on Route 5 on a rainy fall day. President Ed Newman called the meeting to order with all members saying the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny read a prayer called "The Visit."
President Newman announced that Dot Jones and Rose Falcone are at St. Columban's. Lorrie Newman read some jokes. Registered numbered were won by Rose Falcone and Iva McClenathan, who was celebrating her birthday. Other drawings were won by Marv Smith, Janice Snyder and Bart Adams.
Members are asked to bring items for a raffle to be held soon. Bingo was called by Smith. A refreshing fruit dessert was served.
On Oct. 30 the club will have a pizza party for a Halloween costume meeting.