Senior Citizens Center
Senior Center & Senior Services
35 Main St., 692-7029
Senior Citizen Director
For the safety of our residents and staff the senior center is closed until further notice.
Tax preperation by AARP is available at the Amherst Senior Center by appointment only. Please call 636-3050. The address is 370 John James Audubon Pkwy 14228. AARP is there Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am to 3pm. This is open to all who meet the age and income requirements.
The Erie County Department of Senior Services now hosts a website that contains information about many of the programs and services available for seniors. Information on the HEAP program, Adult Day Care and Respite, as well as upcoming events and activites are available on the County site: www.erie.gov/depts/seniorservices
Anyone 55 years and older (not old, but older), is welcomed at the Tonawanda Senior Center located at 35 Main Street, Monday through Friday from 9:30am - 4pm. A lifetime membership is just $5.00. We have been hard at work sprucing up the calendar and offering new activities to make it a more active center. In addition to special events, regular programming includes: card games, mahjong, billiards, yoga, Wii bowling, singing, crafts, ceramics, line dancing, ballroom dancing and more.
"The City of Tonawanda Recreation Department's mission is to provide a comprehensive recreation and park program suitable to the needs and interests of is residents in a safe leisure environment. We will strive to provide, assist and coordinate community resources to implement services and programs for youth, adult, and senior groups, related to the well-being of the City's residents in a professional, efficient, and courteous manner."
"GOING PLACES VAN"
"GOING PLACES" VAN SERVICE 505-1172
This service is for City of Tonawanda residents only, 60 years of age or older, who are capable of getting in and out of the van without assistance. The van is available Tuesday through Friday beginning at 7:30am. Last pick up is 2:30pm. We take request for transportation every Monday morning for appointments that week. The cost is minimal, a donation of $2.00 each way for appointments in our city and $3.00 each way for Kenmore, Buffalo, Williamsville and Amherst appointments. We work on a priority basis - doctor and hospital appointments are first, then banking and grocery shopping. Contact the Parks and Rec office at 505-1172 for more information and to get an application. This service is made possible by the City of Tonawanda, Erie County Department of Senior Services, and the NYS Office for the Aging.
Click here for the application
CURRENT SENIOR CLUB OFFICERS:
President: Cheryl Doran
V.P.: Jean Hammond
Treasurer: Carol Dammann
Secretary: Sue Toth
SPECIAL PROGRAMS AT THE CENTER
Dinner meetings are held on the last Monday of each month. Tickets must be purchased by the Friday before the meeting. Call the center for more information.
READING AND PUZZLES
The center has a small library of hard cover and pocket books along with jigsaw puzzles. Stop in and see what is available for our members.
8-BALL BILLIARD TOURNAMENT
Mondays at 12:30PM.
9 BALL TOURNAMENT
Thursdays at 12:30PM.
VIAL OF LIFE SERVICE PROJECT
The Vial of Life project is under way for seniors (60 years and older), who are residents of the City of Tonawanda. Applications will be available at the Senior Center or you can call Doreen at the Center to have application mailed to you.The vial will contain medical information about you that will be stored in your freezer, attached to the shelf with two rubber bands, and identified by either a sticker or magnet on the outside of the freezer door. The vial will become a valuable tool to EMS personnel in the event of a First Aid situation. All information on the application will be confidential.
Season opens May 13th.
Wii BOWLING and MORE
Come and join us on Friday mornings at 10:30am for some Wii fun. If you are unable to attend Friday mornings, feel free to come to the Center any time to play. The system is available to use any time and is easy to start up.
Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:00pm. You do not need a partner-just come on in!
On Tuesdays at 1pm the ladies will play pinochle. All ladies are welcome.
Every Tuesday morning at 9:30 am, the members play. If you have always wanted to learn, there are members who will help teach you and you do not need a partner.
The room is available 9:30am to 3:45pm daily. Feel free to stop in and use it any time.
LINE DANCE CLASS
Mondays at 11:00am. This class has Mary Morgan as the instructor. There is a fee of $2.00 for this class and you may join at any time.
BALL ROOM DANCING
Fridays at 1:00pm.
This class is limited to 5 people per class. To register call Kim at 531-094. This class is $40.00. She will go over all questions regarding the internet, email, facebook, digital photos,word processing and more.
Every Thursday at 11am .
Join us Tuesday mornings for combined chorus at 11:00am.
Fridays at 1:00pm, only ladies hit the tables.
Wednesdays at 12:30PM.
Check the calendar for lots of options.
This class will be held on Thursday at 10:00am. New ideas always welcome!
Gert Ahrens is the instructor for this class, which is held on Wednesday mornings at 10am. There is no fee for this class and you may join at any time.
FOR YOUR HEALTH
ASK THE PHARMACIST
Walgreen's Pharmacist Dawn Hoffmann will be at the Center once a month. Call to find out when she will be here. Stop in and ask her any questions regarding prescriptions. You may bring your medications with you.
BLOOD PRESSURE SCREENING
The City of Tonawanda Fire Department will provide this free service on the first Thursday of each month from 11-11:30am. No appointment is necessary. Also Fire Chief Stuart would like to remind our members that in keeping with your Health Programs the Fire Department will take your Blood Pressure at Fire Headquarters anytime you may have to have a regular reading before going to your doctor.
CENTER EXERCISE EQUIPMENT
The Center has a health maintenance room in the lower level of the building with several pieces of exercise equipment for use by the members. You may stop in any day from 9:30am to 3:30pm to take advantage of this program. Stop in to see the renovations that have been made.
PHOTO IDENTIFICATION AVAILABLE
If you are leaving on a trip some time soon or no longer have a photo ID you can stop by the City's Recreation Office at any time to get one. The Recreation Department is located at 291 Kohler Street, and are available from 3:00pm-5:00pm for this service. These photo ID's are available for $10.00 and are good for two years.
MESSAGE FROM THE BUILDING INSPECTOR
If you are in the process of, or planning to hire a contractor to do work inside and/or outside your home, and you reside in the City of Tonawanda, call Erik Lindhurst the City's Building Inspector, at 695-1806. He can let you know whether the contractor has a current City of Tonawanda license and whether any complaints have been filed. Mr. Lindhurst recommends that you get three estimates before you decide. DO NOT BE PRESSURED. Take the time to check out the contractor.
We are collecting your unwanted eye glasses and hearing aids for the Lions Club. Please drop them off at the Center at any time.
SENIOR AND ENHANCED STAR EXEMPTIONS
Are accepted only between November 1st and March 1st every calendar year. The 2019 Exemption filing date is closed. Check the Assessors Home Page for more information.
Everybody Has Needs – Do the Right People Know What Yours Are
If you or someone in your household has a disability or a special medical need, the people whose job it is to respond when you call for help in an emergency need to know. Whether it affects your entire community, your street or just your home, seconds can make a life-or-death difference. Having specific details about your special situation will significantly help us help you.
Follow this link to print out form and send to Fire Department, 44 William Street, Tonawanda, NY 14150
GRANDPARENTS' RIGHTS PROGRAM
The Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled or Disadvantaged of Western New York, Inc. has developed the Grandparents' Rights Program, a program funded by the Erie County Department of Senior Services. The Grandparents' Program represents seniors in family court on matters involving custody of minor children. Seniors seeking assistance need not be a grandparent; he or she can be a great-grandparent, aunt, or other family member. However, since the funding for this program is derived from the Federal Older Americans Act, the senior must be 60 or older to be eligible for the services. Further information on the Grandparents' Program is available at 853-3087.