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

Our classes and activities are free for members, unless indicated for specialty services. Nonmembers pay $5 per class, except specialty services. Consider becoming a member for only $50/year for ages 50+.

 

Update on Our COVID Safety Policies

Effective June 2, masks are HIGHLY recommended, although not mandated while you are at the Senior Center. We feel with the current COVID surge, people should wear masks indoors.Please consider wearing a mask while you participate in activities at the Senior Center. Staff and volunteers who serve food will be wearing masks. You are free to take off your mask while eating in the café or dining room.Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is still required for entry.Thanks for helping us continue to provide a safe environment for our community’s seniors.

 

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.

 

Balance & Strength

Wednesdays and Fridays, 10-11am

This class is designed to improve balance and prevent falls. We incorporate exercises to learn, practice and improve the many components of balance. Such exercises include specific balance exercises, lower body strength, flexibility and mindfulness. We also utilize elements of tai chi, qigong and yoga. The class allows for a wide range of abilities and we use assistive devices such as chairs and tables. We want all participants to be comfortable knowing they are working in a safe environment.

For more information, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Dental Hygiene

Friday August 26, 9am-4pm

Estimated Fee: $94-124. Appointment required.

Get your pearly whites cleaned at the Senior Center by Dental Hygienist Jan Loder-Gaidos, RDH. Pick up an application form at the Senior Center and call Jan’s  office at 206-498-4023 to set up an appointment.

 

Enhance Fitness

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-10am

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

Join Senior Center fitness instructor Janet Sweet for this innovative class combining aerobics, strength, balance and stretching. No experience needed to join in the fun and stay active.

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

 

Foot Care

Friday August 19

Wednesday August 31

Fee: $35 for members, $45 nonmembers. Appointment required.

Give your feet the attention they deserve with a foot care appointment with Nurses Keith Germain or Carly McCaffray. Various times are available. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Chair Qigong with Terry Leers – In-Person and on Zoom

Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:30am

Pre-registration required for Zoom class

Looking to relax, restore balance and return to inner peace? Join Terry Leers in person or on Zoom to practice in the ancient Chinese moving meditation known as Qigong (pronounced chee-gung). Qigong has been scientifically and medically proven as an effective method for improving your immune and respiratory systems and overall health. No special equipment, clothing or experience is necessary. Preregistration required for Zoom class and replays are available for viewing later. To register and receive the Zoom link, contact Terry Leers: 206-999-5381 or terryleers.sfq@ gmail.com.

 

Tai Chi

Thursdays, 10-11am

Improve your balance and increase your energy, strength and coordination. Join instructor Richard Lazeres for a continuing six-week class that blends exercises for health benefits, longevity and fun. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Walking Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 10-10:30am

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.

 

Gentle Chair Yoga

Mondays, 10-11am

** No class Monday, August 15 **

Join us 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.

 

Hatha Yoga

Fridays, 11:30am-12:30pm 

** No class Friday, August 19 **

Certified yoga instructor Nadine Blinn’s slow and soft class follows the breath. Poses are soft versions just for seniors and are held for longer periods allowing the body to soften into them. This class includes mostly floor and seated exercises so please bring a mat. Expect a calm beginning and end at a relaxed pace. Chairs are available for assistance in balancing and pose adaptations. Beginners and experienced yogis 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.

 

Actividades En Español Con El Apoyo De Sea Mar Community Health Center’s Staff

Sea Mar Activities in Spanish

Martes (Tuesdays) 9am-2pm

El Personal de Sea Mar le da la bienvenida a todos los miembros para disfrutar de un día completo de actividades divertidas, socialización y almuerzo en Español. Para obtener más información, envíe un correo electrónico a Yanin Diaz a yanindiaz@ seamarchc.org o llame al 206-764-8041.

We welcome all members of the Latinx community for a full day of activities, social time, and lunch. For more information, contact Yanin Diaz at yanindiaz@ seamarchc.org or call 206-764-8041.

 

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.

 

Birthday Luncheons

August Birthday Lunch – Mexican BBQ

 

Coffee with Vets

Tuesdays, September 13, October 11, 11am-12pm

Come enjoy a cup of coffee and good conversations with other veterans, then stay for lunch! 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

Every other Thursday

Join us for an engaging discussion of what’s going on in the world. We welcome a diversity of opinions. 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.

 

Dance Time With Lauren Petrie

Wednesdays, September 7, October 5, 6:30-8:30pm Entrance fee: $5

Dance your heart out or come for the music and company at this lively monthly event sponsored by Terry Holm. Also featuring a no-host bar.

 

Special Line Dancing Summer Sessions

Monday August 29, 11am-noon

Come meet new instructor Chris Banta who will continue teaching Yvonne Martin’s fun dances. All levels are welcome. Three dates only until regular schedule resumes in the Fall.

 

Older Westside Lesbian Group (Owls)

No OWLs meetings at the Senior Center through Sept, but the group will instead have a picnic in August and September. For details, please e-mail Dee Quiggle: deequiggle2@gmail.com.

August and September picnic dates to be determined.

OWLs meeting will return to the Senior Center  on October 17 at 3.

 

Party Bridge

Wednesdays, 10am – 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, 2:30-4pm

** No class Tuesday, August 16 **

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.

 

Scrabble Club

Fridays, 12:30-1:30pm

Meet up at the Senior Center with your friends for the ultimate crossword game where every letter counts. It’s fun, engaging and good for your brain, too.

 

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.

 

Book Club for Adventurous Readers

Fridays, September 9, October 14, 1:30-2:30pm

We will explore it all—fiction, non-fiction, bestsellers, fantasy, sci-fi and young adult literature. Please come prepared to share a book recommendation and enjoy lively discussion. Space is limited. To register, call the Senior Center: 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

Mondays September 5, October 3, 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.

 

Handwork

Thursdays, 10-11:30am

Come create works of art with this social group interested in all kinds of needlework, including knitting, embroidery, crocheting and Norwegian Hardanger. All levels welcome.

 

Quilters Group

Monday August 15, 6:30-9pm

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, 11am-12:30pm

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-4:30pm

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, by appointment

Do you need access to a computer and want someone to help guide you as you use it? Our tech savvy volunteers are here to help you on your tech journey. We can support you as you browse online or work in apps like Word, Excel, Zoom, Skype (and more!), and we can assist you with online tasks such as renewing your driver’s license, responding to jury summons, opening your first email account, setting up online banking, researching a topic (and more!). By appointment only. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Tech Support

Thursdays and Fridays, by appointment

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.

 

 

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 1-2:30pm 

Fee: Free to everyone.

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 meeting in person at the Senior Center. We will share stories, learn coping strategies and provide and receive support. We also have speakers on a variety of topics. All discussions are confidential. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Caregivers Support Group

Wednesday August 17, 1:30-2:30pm

Share your challenges and successes with other caregivers. Peer support can help with both the practical and emotional aspects of caregiving. All caregivers are welcome, whether the person you care for is local or in another city. If you are interested in joining the group or have questions, please contact our social worker, Toni Ameslav, MSW, at 206-932-4044 x9 or tonia@soundgenerations.org.

 

Diabetic Support Group

Fridays September 2, October 7, 1-2pm

All people affected by diabetes are invited to join in these monthly meetings. Topics will include nutrition, foot care and vision care. If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, have a friend or family member who is, or are simply interested in the topic, please contact our social worker, Toni Ameslav, MSW, at 206-932-4044 x9 or tonia@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. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

Heather De Vrieze, Attorney

Tuesday August 30, 2:30-4pm

John Llewellyn, Attorney

Thursday August 18, 3:30-5pm

 

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.

 

Understanding Medicare

One-to-one appointments: Thursday, August 18, 11am-12:30pm

Medicare is so confusing. Trying to make sense of it all can be overwhelming. And how are you supposed to figure out which plan to choose? Don’t struggle on your own, let someone help you. Join Patrice Lewis for a Medicare presentation. Patrice will go over the basics, review options available to you and discuss what you need to consider when selecting a plan.

Patrice will also be available to meet one-to-one with participants who would like to discuss their individual situation.

 

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.

 

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

A Journey Through Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Mondays, 12:30-12:50pm
Nucor Room, Second-Floor

We will be showing documentaries surveying various Alfred Hitchcock films to answer 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”

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

FREE POPCORN! Now Featuring Newsreels, previews and cartoons.

August 15: My Name is Julia Ross (1945) with Nina Foch, Dame May Whitty, George Macready. (65 min.)

August 22: Dead of Night (1945) with Mervyn Johns, Miles Malleson, Sally Ann Howes, Googie Withers, Michael Redgrave, Basil Radford, Naunton Wayne. (103 min.)

August 29: Michael Shayne-Sleepers West (1940) with Lloyd Nolan, Lynn Bari, Mary Beth Hughes, Louis Jean Heydt, Edward Brophy. (74 min.)