COLLINS - The 50-Plus Senior Program members are happy to be starting back with daily activities this Monday, Jan. 7, and hopes that many area seniors made New Year's resolutions to try out some of the activities that will help improve their health, starting with the Indoor Walking and Exercise program led by Pat Tucker.
This three part, hour-and-a-half activity starts at 9 a.m. in the gym and is held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday unless the center is closed for legal holidays. With snow finally arriving for the holidays, it is time to remind everyone that Senior Program closures for inclement weather can be found on Channels 2 and 4. The L. K. Painter Center is also closed for legal holidays.
In addition to the morning exercise program on Monday, an informal Euchre game returns at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room. Anyone wishing to learn to play Euchre or to brush up on his or her skills is welcome.
Tuesday mornings the Gentle Arthritis Exercise Program returns at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium. This is a chair-based exercise specially designed to benefit people who suffer from arthritis. The hour-long activity starts at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Wednesday is the busiest day of the week for 50-Plus Seniors with activities held at the Center, the Collins Public Library and K & L Lanes in Gowanda. Center events start off with Indoor Walking and Exercises with Pat Tucker at 9 a. m. in the gym. Pat returns at 1 p.m. with her Open Crafts afternoon in the Senior Center. This is a fun afternoon and is filled with learning new crafts, finishing up one that has been put aside for awhile or just chatting with friends.
Wednesday activities away from the Center include Quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. If people have ever wondered if they could make quilts or if they are experts and would like to share their skills with others, they might want to stop in some Wednesday between 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. to find out what these very talented ladies are up to. For more information, call Florence Reynolds at 532-3075.
Another very popular Wednesday activity is the Senior Bowling program that starts at 1 p.m. at K & L Lanes in Gowanda. This is a great activity during the cold weather for those who are waiting for the golf courses to open in the spring. Best of all, no one has to be an expert to enjoy this game. There is a fee: $1.75 a game or three games for $5.
Thursday morning is the 10 a.m. Arthritis Exercise Class and on Friday morning Indoor Walking Exercises will start at 9 a.m. The first Pot Luck Lunch of the New Year will be at noon on Friday, Jan. 11 in the Senior Room. Diners should bring a dish to pass. Beverages and table services are provided. A Sequence Board Game will follow lunch.
As the 50-Plus Senior Program progresses into 2013, the remainder of their regular monthly events will start up along with some special events and day trips. They are exploring new activities and anyone with suggestions is asked to call Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors are starting some new activities in the new year. Starting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, there will be a knitting and crocheting group organized by Marianne Keller. The group will meet at 10:30 a.m. the second Wednesday of the month. Everyone who is interested in this craft are encouraged to come to the meeting with their own supplies and any projects that they've started.
Starting on Friday, Jan. 11, at 10:45 a.m., there will be a weekly yoga class for the rest of January and February. Readers Theatre will meet again on Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 10:30 a.m. and will continue to meet the first Wednesday of each month. Exercise class followed by coffee hour takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. There is still time to sign up for the trips to Lancaster, Pa., and Montreal and Quebec planned by Wendt Tours. For additional information on these trips, call 672-5274.
Mt. Carmel Social Club
SILVER CREEK - At the Mt. Carmel Social Club's first meeting in 2013 on Thursday, 29 members were present.
Carm Tampio opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Carm Morabito read the opening prayer. Roll call was called by Josie Crino. She also announced the refreshment committee for Jan. 16, which is Nancy Greco, Angie Rogan and Joe and Theresa Ark. This meeting will include soup and bread and dessert. All members should bring their own bowls and spoons.
The secretary report was given. Financial reports were read and all carried. It was noted that a monetary donation was given to the food bank at the Christmas party. It was also decided that for the first meeting of every month, all are to bring a food donation or monetary donation for the food bank.
When Silver Creek School is closed due to bad weather, there will be no meeting.
Plans are being made to invite different insurance representatives to explain prescription and medical policies to help members understand them.
The meeting was followed by Bingo. Everyone enjoyed themselves. For future meetings, anyone interested in playing cards should bring cards.
Share and Care Seniors - Birdie's Pinochle Players
On Dec. 21, Birdie Walczak's card groups of the Share and Care Seniors enjoyed a Christmas dinner together at the Fredonia Beaver Club. The groups include Birdie's Bidders, Birdie's Flock and Tuesday's Best.