By Terry Duffy
The Town of Lewiston Senior Center will host its Thanksgiving Day get-together (a hearty turkey dinner luncheon with all the trimmings) at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at its Lower River Road site. Hosted by the Niagara County Office for the Aging, a number of area officials have been invited including members of the Lewiston Town Board and area seniors.
It’s one of several news items of interest for the reopened Senior Center, now operating under the direction of coordinator Melinda Olick.
“I just wanted to give you some items on how we’re doing,” Olick told Lewiston Town Board members at Monday’s meeting.
She said the Center is slowly getting back to normal from its months-long shutdown due to COVID-19. Among the news tidbits: the venue hosted 418 seniors for its NCOA lunch program in September; 45 participated in bingo games over two weeks; medical transportation was provided for 18 seniors; and 71 seniors utilized the Lewiston senior van for lunch services.
Olick said the gradual restart at the senior center is continuing. For November, resistance band exercise is set to return with the first session from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3. It joins billiards as another favorite now offered for area seniors.
“It’s the perfect activity during these trying times. You can social distance, cues and high touch surfaces can be cleaned and disinfected,” she said.
Other news items of interest for River Region seniors:
•The senior van will be providing transportation to area polling sites for the Nov. 3 election. To reserve a spot, contact the Senior Center at 716-754-2071.
•The Senior Center will offer its Veterans Day luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Those interested in attending are asked to call Mary at 716-280-1878. No meals will be served Wednesday, Nov. 11, as the site will be closed for Veterans Day.
•Carol will be organizing the center’s annual mitten tree, which provides mittens, gloves, slippers, hats, scarves and socks to those in need in the River Region.
“At this time of year when we are thinking of all the things we have to be thankful for, think about how we can help others,” Olick said.
She said the mitten tree will assist children in need from the Lewiston-Porter School District.
“We will soon have a list of children’s names and sizes to purchase gifts for,” Olick said.
Further information on this will be available at the Senior Center.
Daily activities for the month of November include: Mondays – 9:30-10:30 a.m., yoga; 1-2 p.m., afternoon movie club (on the fourth Monday of each month); Tuesdays – 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Niagara County Office for the Aging attorney; 1 p.m.; Senior Club; 1:30-3 p.m.; afternoon book club (held on the third Tuesday of each month); Wednesdays – 9:30-10:30 a.m., music sight reading class; 1 p.m.; bingo; Thursdays – 9 a.m. wood carvers and quilters; and Fridays – 9:39 a.m., tai chi.
For more information, call the Senior Center at 716-754-2071.