Classes & Activities

 

The Senior Center offers a broad range of in-person and virtual programs, activities and services to meet the needs of a diverse and growing West Seattle community. We also welcome volunteers to contribute their time in all our programs. All in-person programs are by appointment, and masks are required.

 

Update on our fees

New in 2021, our classes and activities are free for members, unless indicated for specialty services. Non-members pay $5 per class, except specialty services. Consider becoming a member for only $50/year for ages 50+.

 

Senior Center’s Mask Policy

To keep our staff, members and guests safe, we are asking that everyone—whether you are vaccinated or not—wear a mask at all times while inside at the Senior Center. Thank you for understanding that safety continues to be our top priority.

 

 

Health and Wellness Programs

The Senior Center supports our community’s physical, emotional and mental health. From in-person fitness classes and foot care clinics to technology support groups and virtual Qigong, we provide a holistic approach to keeping you healthy as you age.

 

Mobile Barber

Thursdays September 30 and October 28, 10:30 am-1:30 pm

Suggested donation: $10. Appointment required.

Are you due for a trim or buzz? We now offer mobile barber and hair cut services in partnership with Ola Salon for our community. To book your appointment, call Ola Salon and mention the Senior Center of West Seattle: 206-743-8938.

 

Dental Hygiene

Fridays October 22, December 10, April 22, 9am-4pm

Fee: Low cost. Appointment required.

Get your pearly whites cleaned at the Senior Center by Dental Hygienist Jan Loder. By appointment only. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1 or stop by to pick up a registration form.

 

Enhance Fitness Class In-Person

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-10am

Fee: Free for members and $5 per class for non-members. Enhance Fitness class is free to Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage members and some Silver and Fit providers. Check eligibility with your insurance company.

Join the Senior Center’s fitness instructor for this innovative class combining aerobics, strength, balance and stretching three days per week. No experience needed to join in the fun and stay active.

To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Foot Care

Fridays October 1 and October 15, 9am-4pm

Fee: $30 for members, $40 non-members. Appointment required.

Give your feet the attention they deserve with a foot care appointment with Nurse Keith Germain. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Gentle Yoga

Mondays, 9:30-10:30am

Join certified yoga instructor Chris Tanaka (she/her) for chair and standing poses (no floor sitting) to improve breathing, flexibility, balance and mood. Postures can be adapted to your abilities or limitations. Wear comfortable clothing. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Healing Touch

Thursdays beginning September 16, 9-10am

Healing Touch is a compassionate energy therapy in which practitioners use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and self-healing. Board certified practitioner Patty Bodzioch offers 20-minute sessions of gentle, light or near-body touch. To book your appointment, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Qigong with Terry Leers – In-Person and on Zoom

Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am

Pre-registration required for Zoom class

Join us for Qigong (pronounced chee gung), an effective practice for improving your immune and respiratory systems and overall health. No special equipment, clothing or experience is necessary. To register and receive the Zoom link, contact Terry Leers at 206-999-5381 or terryleers.sfq@gmail.com.

 

Tai Chi

Thursdays (except October 21 & 28), 10-11am Improve your balance and increase your energy, strength and coordination. Join instructor Richard Lazeres for a blend of exercises for health benefits, longevity and fun. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Walking Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 9-9:30am

Fee: Free to everyone

Lace up your sneakers and join us for a walk in the Junction neighborhood! We’ll meet up at the front door of the Senior Center and enjoy the social and physical benefits of getting our steps in. Walkers of all paces are welcome.

 

Connection to the Community Programs

The Senior Center is a community gathering place for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities where everyone is welcome. We offer a place to meet friends, enjoy a healthy meal, take a class and engage in a vibrant social network.

 

Acting Class

Wednesdays, 1-2:30pm

Come choose a scene or monologue from a play, and veteran actor Margaret VandenBerghe will direct you in developing the piece into performance level. Choose to memorize or hold your script—either can offer a wonderful learning experience in rehearsing each piece and bringing it to life. This class is open to all levels of acting skills. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

American Mahjong

Wednesdays, 1-3pm

Stimulate your brain by playing this ancient Chinese tile game that is similar to the card game Rummy. Meet new people and have fun. All levels of players are welcome. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Coffee with Vets

Tuesdays September 14 and October 12, 11 am-1 pm

Come enjoy a cup of coffee and find common ground in good conversations about shared experiences with other veterans. This monthly event is possible through the support of former Navy pilot Jon Gerhardt. By appointment only. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Community Dining & Meals

Our Community Dining Program and Margie’s Cafe are open! Please see our Food and Dining page for more details.

 

Cribbage

Tuesdays, 12:30-3pm

If you are a cribbage player, it’s time to meet up again at the Senior Center. To sign up, contact Jay Fulwider: budandotis@msn.com or 206-257-5599.

 

Current Events Discussion Group

Thursdays September 16, September 30, October 14 and October 28, 2-3pm

Join us for an engaging discussion of what’s going on in the world. Led by our social worker Toni Ameslav, MSW, this group meets every other week at the Senior Center. To register, call Toni at 206-932-4044 x9 or tonia@soundgenerations.org.

 

Game Day

Fridays, 1-3pm

Meet at the Senior Center for an afternoon of games! We have Backgammon, Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit or bring your own games. Anyone interested in teaching Bunco or Mexican Train Dominoes?

 

Let’s Be Pen Pals

This fun program matches you with a pen pal from around the world. To sign up, contact Karen Pfeiffer Bush: karen@housewarmingseattle.com or P.O. Box 80132, Seattle, WA 98108.

 

NW Accordian Society

Mondays September 13 and October 11, 7:30-9:30pm

Enjoy an evening of listening and dancing to accordion music. Interested accordion players can sign up to perform during Open Mic times. For questions, contact John Giuliani: 425-255-2121 or testaduda@ gmail.com.

 

Older Westside Lesbian Group (Owls)

Tuesdays September 28 and October 26, 6-8pm

To be added to our mailing list and get connected to this fun group, contact Dee Quiggle: deequiggle2@ gmail.com.

 

Party Bridge

Wednesdays, 10 am – noon

We’re excited to bring Party Bridge back to the Senior Center. If you’ve missed playing cards with your friends, it’s time to start winning tricks in person again. To sign up, contact Kim Roper: kimputer@comcast.net.

 

Pinochle

Thursdays, 12-3pm

No partner needed for this fun game. We will be playing in person at the Senior Center. To sign up, contact Susan Berven: suebee98126@yahoo.com.

 

Rhythm and Hand Drumming Workshop

Tuesdays, 3-4pm

Experience relaxation, energy and well-being when you join Kenny Mandell’s popular workshop. No experience necessary. Drums and/or rattles provided, but if you have your own, please bring them. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Second Thursday Out

Thursdays September 9 and October 14, 7pm

We welcome all GLBTQ+ members, their neighbors and friends to join us for monthly Zoom and/or in-person meetups. If you would like to receive our meet-up notices, please contact David Pelton at kramerpelton@gmail.com.

 

Sea Mar Activities en Espanol

Tuesdays, 9am-2pm

We welcome all members of the Sea Mar Community Health Center for a full day of fun activities, socializing and lunch.

 

Ukes Sing-a-Long

Mondays, 1-2:30pm

Join this lively group for weekly ukulele playing and singing. Open to all musicians and singers. For more information, contact Charlie Strong: charliestrong@ earthlink.net.

 

Lifelong Learning and Growth Programs

At the Senior Center you can expand your interests, launch a new hobby and learn something new every day. Our members, participants and volunteers have a wealth of knowledge and talents, and we provide opportunities to both share and learn. You can practice a foreign language, learn to paint, find fellow hobbyists, share your love of cinema, write a memoir, hone your computer skills and much, much more. We are adding new programs every quarter.

 

Arts & Crafts Group

Thursdays, 12-4pm

If you do beadwork, paint, do collage, mixed media, bookmaking, doll making, embroidery, knitting, crocheting or are looking for a place to explore a new art form, come join us. For more information, contact Linda Hulce: 206-755-1472 or lulce6@aol.com. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Art Class

Tuesdays, 11am-12:30pm

In this class, you will draw and paint using a variety of art materials, such as drawing, pencils, pastels, charcoal and watercolors. You’ll also learn how to color-mix to create your own beautiful shades for your paintings. Instructor Peggy Abby creates a casual and encouraging environment for all participants. Class fills up quickly. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

Conversational German

Tuesdays, 10-11am

Come speak German and make new friends at this informal weekly gathering, back in person at the Senior Center. Begleiten Sie Uns! To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Ham Radio Group

Monday October 4, 5:45-7:30pm

Meet with members of the West Seattle Amateur Radio Club and find out how amateur radio can benefit you and your community. To sign up, contact Jim Edwards: wsbigband@gmail.com.

 

Quilters Group

Mondays September 6 (in person), September 20 (virtual), October 4 (in person) and October 18 (virtual), 7-9pm

Share your recent work, get inspiration and join a fun community of local quilters. Quilters of all levels of experience are welcome. To sign up, contact Mary Anne Spada: spada01@comcast.net or 206 795-5774.

 

Writing Group

Wednesdays, September 15, October 6 and October 20, 11am-12pm

This fun writing group encourages you to write for your family or for yourself. Facilitated by Natalie Bumgardner, the group shares stories in a comfortable environment with fellow writers offering comments and encouragement. To sign up, contact Natalie: nataliebumgardner@yahoo.com.

 

Technology Programs

 

Burke Dykes Computer Lab

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am-4pm

Come to the Senior Center to check your email, surf the internet or play games. Appointment required. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Guided Computer Support

Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-4pm

Do you need to use a computer to complete an important task? Or do you want someone to be there while you work to offer you tech support and guidance, just in case? Our volunteers can help with a variety of online tasks such as renewing your driver’s license online, responding to jury summons, opening your first email account or researching a topic. By appointment only. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

Internet for Absolute Beginners

Thursdays, 11:30am-12:45pm

Are you wondering if it’s finally time to jump into the World Wide Web? Join us in learning the A-to-Z of the “connected” world. You don’t need any tech devices to join this class. We’ll provide all the gadgets. Class size is limited to 4 people, so sign up now!

 

On-the-go Media

Fridays, 10am-4pm

Senior Center volunteers will teach you how to access the extensive libraries of digital books, movies and music through the King County and Seattle Public Library systems. After your one-to-one training, we’ll send you home with all the equipment and free internet access you need to read, watch and listen to your heart’s content for five days. Bring your library card. By appointment only. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Tech Support

Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-4pm

Bring in your smart phone, tablet or laptop to get help from our tech-savvy volunteers. We can help you recover forgotten passwords, download apps for your smart phone, fill out online forms, text a photo, delete old email addresses, manage icons on your home screen, updates Windows, connect a Bluetooth device, and much more. By appointment only. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Zoom Room

Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-4pm

Make a private video call (Zoom, Skype, Facetime, etc.) to a loved one or to participate in a video appointment from the Senior Center. Our volunteers will be on-hand to get you set up and to help if any tech problems arise. The Zoom Room volunteer can also teach you how to make your own video calls from home. By appointment only. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Accessible Services Programs

The Senior Center is an important gateway to services that many of us need as we age. We provide meals, counseling and referrals to services like transportation and public benefit services. Our professional staff social workers ensure our community’s most vulnerable seniors are safe, healthy and connected. Many West Seattle seniors need additional services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Aging Well Group

Mondays 1-2

Fee: Free to everyone.

Are you feeling challenged by the pandemic, changes in your health, relationships, housing, mobility or income? Or are you looking for ways to make new connections, communicate, increase self-esteem, manage anxiety or cultivate acceptance? Join our professional social worker, Mo Fain, LICSW, for this weekly group that is back meeting in person at the Senior Center. We will share stories, learn coping strategies and provide and receive support. We also have occasional speakers on a variety of topics. All discussions are confidential. For more information, contact Mo at 206-932-4044 x2 or maureenf@soundgenerations.org.

 

Low Vision Group

Tuesdays, September 14, October 5, 2-3pm

Fee: Free to everyone. Pre-registration required.

We welcome you to participate in this group to share the challenges of dealing with low vision and receive resources and support. Led by our social worker Mo Fain, LICSW, the group will also host guest speakers to share community resources and new technologies. The Low Vision Group will meet in-person at the Senior Center. To register, contact Mo at 206-932-4044 x2 or maureenf@soundgenerations.org.

 

Legal Consultations

Need legal advice? Our volunteer attorneys provide free 20-minute consultations if you need legal resources, help with estate planning or have questions about elder law. By appointment only, in person or via Zoom. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

Heather De Vrieze, Attorney

Last Tuesdays September 28 and October 26, 2:30-4pm 

John Llewellyn, Attorney

First and third Thursdays September 16, October 7 and October 21, 3:30-5pm

 

Medicare 101

Presentations: Thursdays Sept. 16 and Oct. 21, 11am-12pm

One-to-one 30-min. appointments: Thursdays September 16 and October 21, 12-1:30pm

If you are turning 65 and intend to sign up for Medicare or if you are thinking about changing your plan or adding coverage, come to the Senior Center and learn about your options. Get all your questions answered during a presentation or a 30-minute one-to-one session with long-time supporter Ann-Marie Murray. To register, call the Senior Center: 206- 932-4044 x1.

 

WeCare Medicare and You!

Presentation: Monday, Oct. 18, 11am-12pm

One-to-one 30-min. appointments: Monday, Oct. 18, 12-1:00pm and 2-3pm

Kelsey Rauenhorst will be presenting an educational overview of Medicare to inform you of your various options. Following the presentation, she will be available for one-on-one appointments to answer specific questions or assist with enrollments. She is an employee of Sound Generations, so all commissions go directly to help fund the work being done for older adults in King County. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1. If you are unable to attend, but would like to meet with Kelsey one-on-one, please call 855-727-6234 to set up an appointment.

 

Meals on Wheels

If you need additional food support, Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meal delivery at no cost for people ages 60-plus who qualify. The Senior Center operates this program in coordination with Sound Generations. To sign up or to volunteer, visit soundgenerations.org.

 

Westside Friends Outreach Program

Our Westside Friends program matches you with a Senior Center volunteer for ongoing companionship and practical help. Our volunteers can chat over the phone, visit with you in-person while taking COVID-19 safety precautions, or help you with tasks like grocery shopping or picking up library books. Many of our volunteers and seniors have created deep, long-lasting connections. To register, contact Michele Fawcett-Long at michelef@soundgenerations.org.

 

West Seattle Food Bank Distribution

Tuesdays, 9am

In partnership with the West Seattle Food Bank, we offer weekly boxes of nutritious food at no cost. Pick up is at the Senior Center every Tuesday. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Understanding Medicare

Presentation: Thursday October 7, 11am-12pm

One-to-one 30-min. appointments:  Thursday October 14, 12-1:30pm

Medicare can be so confusing. How do you know which Medicare health insurance plan will work best for you? Join Patrice Lewis for a presentation or a 30-minute one-to-one appointment about Medicare. Patrice will go over the basics, review options available to you and discuss what you need to consider when selecting a plan. To sign up, contact Patrice: 206-430-3782 or patricelewis@wespeakmedicare.org.

 

West Seattle Skylink Presentation

Wednesday, September 29, 10:30-11:30am

The Senior Center is hosting a free presentation about the proposed SkyLink gondola system. It would connect six areas of West Seattle to both SODO and International District light rail stations as early as 2025, rather than 2032 as light rail plans. Learn how urban gondolas work and what the vision is for West Seattle. A presentation will be followed by Q&A and discussion. To register, call the Senior Center at

 

Movie Mondays

Our in-person movies are back on a new day of the week. Join us Mondays for a great flick. Advance registration is required. Movies are free for members, $5 for non-members. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

A Journey Through Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Mondays, 12:30-12:50pm

We will be showing documentaries surveying various Alfred Hitchcock films. It answers the question “Why is Alfred Hitchcock important to all movies—past, present and future?” We will be showing them in 20-minute segments.

Terry’s “Greatest Movies You’ve Never Heard Of”

Nucor Room, Second-Floor, Mondays, 1-3pm

Sept. 13: Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) featuring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty, Denis O’Hare, Emily Blunt. (97 min.) Rated R

Sept. 20: The Whistle at Eaton Falls (1951) featuring Lloyd Bridges, Dorothy Gish, Anne Francis, Ernest Borgnine, Arthur O’Connell. (96 min.)

Sept. 27: And Now Tomorrow (1944) featuring Alan Ladd, Loretta Young, Susan Hayward, Barry Sullivan, Beulah Bondi, Cecil Kellaway. (85 min.)

Oct. 4: Beyond Glory (1948) featuring Alan Ladd, Audie Murphy, Donna Reed, George Macready, George Coulouris. (82 min.)

Oct. 11: Clash by Night (1952) featuring Barbara Stanwyck, Paul Douglas, Robert Ryan, Marilyn Monroe, Keith Andes, J. Carrol Naish. (105 min.)

October 18: Sapphire (1959) featuring Nigel Patrick, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig. (92 min.)

October 25: The Blue Gardenia (1953) featuring Anne Baxter, Richard Conte, Ann Sothern, Raymond Burr, Jeff Donnell, George Reeves, Nat King Cole. (90 min.)