Older Adults

West Side Community Services offers a wide variety of programming for older adults under the umbrella of “West Side Seniors.” All programs listed below take place at West Side Community Services (161 Vermont Street) unless stated otherwise.


Current Schedule


Bi-weekly get-together

Wednesdays and Fridays – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

West Side Seniors bi-weekly program includes coffee and conversation, bingo, and lunch. Van transportation is provided. You must call in advance to be added to the van service.


Yoga (restarts October 12, 2022)

Wednesdays – 9:15-10:30 a.m. (mat yoga)

Wednesdays – 10:45-11:45 a.m. (chair yoga)


The Scribblers Creative Writing Group at Baptist Manor

Tuesdays – 1-2 p.m. at Baptist Manor (276 Linwood Ave, Buffalo, NY 14209)

The Scribblers is a weekly creative writing group for seniors that is open to the public. Attendees work on and share all kinds of writing projects, including poetry, novels, short stories, memoirs, and more. Lunch is provided at each meeting.


Upcoming Special Events & Programs

In addition to our weekly programs, West Side Seniors also hosts guest lectures, holiday parties, and other special activities.


University Express Classes (please call to register)

University Express classes are offered through Erie County Senior Services. All classes start at 10:30 a.m. and include lunch.


Wednesday, October 5, 2022: Jazz in Buffalo

We’ll look back at some of the big names that came through and look ahead to what’s in store at the Colored Musicians Club. Be prepared for a toe-tapping good time! (Instructor: George Scott, former president of the Colored Musicians Club and chairman of the Michigan Street African American Heritage Corridor Commission)


Wednesday, October 19 : WNY Hispanic History

Hispanics have been part of the fabric of the Western New York community since the late 1800s and early 1900s. We’ll learn about the contributions of Hispanic Americans and celebrate this Hispanic heritage and culture. (Instructor: Esmeralda Sierra, MPA, president of the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY Inc.)


Wednesday, October 26: Diversity in WNY – the New WNY

Learn the difference between refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers; the process they go through to come to the U.S.; and the challenges when they arrive. We’ll also learn about our new neighbors and their journeys to WNY. (Instructor: May Shogun, director of international exchanges and education at the International Institute of Buffalo)


Wednesday, November 9 : Hide in Plain Sight

The Hollywood movie, which was filmed in Buffalo and starred the recently deceased James Caan, was inspired by articles written by our own organized crime expert, Lee Coppola. Lee will take us behind the scenes of the filming and production of this movie. His class discussion is sure to include some interesting “tidbits” about James Caan, as only Lee can tell. (Instructor: Lee Coppola, veteran newspaper and TV reporter and retired dean of St. Bonaventure University Journalism School)


Friday, November 18: A Pharmacist’s Role

Learn about the ways a pharmacist can help and what questions you can ask. (Instructor: Mark S. Lenard, RPh, pharmacist at Mobile Primary Care)


Friday, December 2: Planes, Pianos, and Paraphernalia
This class is being rescheduled for a new date.

The little corner of the City of Buffalo known as Black Rock and Riverside has been the home of some major industries and some you would never have expected. Come learn a little of the history of the northwest corner of the City of Buffalo. (Instructor: Mary Ann Kedron, PhD, MBA, member of the board of directors of the Black Rock Historical Society)


Friday, December 9: Stretching the Grocery List

We’ll discuss cost-cutting strategies when shopping at the grocery store to lower your bill and prevent waste. We’ll also discuss what to do before, during, and after your trip to the store, and how to stock your pantry for quick, inexpensive meals. You’ll also learn about the benefits you may be eligible for that can help supplement your income. (Instructor: Erie County Department of Senior Services)


Saturday Academies at PS 30 (21 Lowell Pl, Buffalo 14213)

Join us at PS 30’s Saturday Academies! Each event runs from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. You can meet us there or request to be picked up by the van service.

Saturday, October 22, 2022 – We’re Back!

Saturday, November 19, 2022 – Turkey Buzz

Saturday, December 17, 2022 – Cross-Generational Ball

Saturday, February 11, 2023 – The Color Red

Saturday, March 11, 2023 – Upward March

Saturday, April 22, 2023 – Art That Blooms

Saturday, May 13, 2023 – “May I Have This Dance?”

Saturday, June 10, 2023 – Come Ride Along



Income Assistance

We offer one-on-one assistance with social service issues, such as HEAP, SNAP, and STAR applications, Medicare and Medicaid recertification, and other needs. Simply call us to make an appointment!