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.

 

Update on Class RSVPs

We are no longer requiring advanced RSVP for most of our programs, classes and activities. Just show up and sign in for the day using our new, easy sign-in system. A few specialty programs and events require an RSVP, which we note on our website and in program listings. If you are not a member of the Senior Center, you are welcome to participate in all our programs. We charge $5 per class or activity, except specialty services which vary by fee. Consider becoming a member for only $50 per year.

 

Update on Our COVID Safety Policies

Masks optional

While masks are not required, please respect those who chose to wear one.

Vaccinations Strongly Encouraged

Per the King County Department of Health, vaccinations are strongly encouraged, but no longer required, to enter our facility.

Please note – in some instances where programs or services are offered in a one-on-one setting, masks and vaccinations may continue to be required.

Thanks for helping us continue to provide a safe environment for our community’s seniors.

 

 

Upcoming Special Events and Workshops

 

Free Tax Return Preparation

February 2 – April 12, 9am-2:30pm

Free for members/non-members who qualify

Have your federal tax return prepared free of charge by IRS-certified AARP volunteers at the Senior Center. This service is provided to low- and moderate- income taxpayers; AARP membership not necessary.

Appointment required. Schedule at the front desk.

 

 

Piano Bar

Thursday,  March 7, 7 – 10 pm
Doors open at 6:45 pm

$10 members and non-members
Pay at the door

Join Larry Knapp and his guest musicians at the Senior Center of West Seattle as they host an evening of music and merriment featuring favorites from the Great American Songbook and the early jazz era. Singers and musicians of all ages are welcome. Feather boas, fancy hats, or any vintage swank will help set the mood and add to the fun! Wine, beer, specialty cocktails, non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase. Limited seating!

 

History Hour Lectures

We are presenting fantastic topics these next two months. Our lecture series covers a broad range of topics, hosted by various local authors and speakers. Advance RSVP requested.

 

March: Women’s History Month

“And It Has Pockets! The Battle for Women’s Clothing Equality”
Thursday, March 14, 4:30-5:30pm

Comparisons have shown that modern garments designed for women have about half the storage space of clothing designed for men. From their invention, pockets in women’s fashion have represented

independence—so much so that in the 18th century, laws were enacted to strip women of their personal liberty by making the contents of their pockets the property of their husband. The right to have pockets went hand-in-hand with the right to vote. And people today are still speaking out about the inequality between men’s and women’s clothing based on this simple storage system. Join theater teacher and costume designer Diane Johnston in this entertaining and educational presentation about fashion history and the historical trends that find their way into our modern closets. Free to members and non- members, thanks to sponsorship from Humanities Washington.

 

April: Earth Month – “Recycling & Composting 101”

Wednesday, April 10, 1-2pm

Do you have questions about what goes in your recycling and compost? Ever wonder what happens to all the things you throw out after the truck takes them away? A representative from Seattle Public Utilities will show us the basics of how to sort and the benefits to our climate and community. Feel free to bring confusing items you’ve encountered and other questions about our waste streams. Free to members and non-members.

 

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.

 

Here’s To Your Health Series for the New Year

This series of workshops and services will help you get ready for a fresh start this year. Free for members/non- members. Advance RSVP requested.

 

Haircuts By Talia

Wednesdays, March 6, April 3, 1:30-4:30pm

Are you due for a trim or buzz? We offer mobile haircut and barber services once a month in partnership with licensed cosmetologist Talia Landau. Haircuts will be offered on a pay-what-you-can scale with all proceeds going to support the Senior Center. Please arrive with clean, dry and unstyled hair, if possible. Pictures of desired styles are welcome.

To book your appointment, call Talia at 206-317-4656 and mention the Senior Center.

 

Hypnosis For Restful Sleep And Beyond

Wednesday, February 28, 1-2:30pm

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to explore the transformative benefits of hypnosis in a friendly and supportive environment. Discover practical techniques for deep, natural sleep and stress reduction, guided by experienced registered hypnotherapists. Engage in interactive sessions to demystify hypnosis and gain valuable tools for everyday life.

 

Brain Health & Wellness

Thursday, February 29, 1-2:30pm

Learn ways to keep your brain healthy and improve your memory and attention skills. Dr. Larissa Del Piero, a licensed clinical psychologist and expert in brain-behavior relationships, will discuss practical tools to keep your brain active and engaged. She will also discuss how our emotions and daily activities can either help or hinder our ability to remember and pay attention to important information. She’ll also provide concrete tools that anyone can apply to improve their daily life.

 

Ongoing Fitness & Wellness Classes

 

Balance & Strength

Wednesdays and Fridays, 10-11am

Improve your balance and prevent falls with this class that utilizes elements of tai chi, qigong and yoga. We incorporate exercises to learn, practice and improve the many components of balance such as specific balance exercises, lower body strength, flexibility and mindfulness. We allow for a wide range of abilities and use assistive devices such as chairs and tables.

 

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

 

Gentle Chair Yoga

Mondays, 10-11am

Join certified yoga instructor Nadine Blinn for a fun and relaxing class of chair and standing poses (no floor sitting) to improve breathing, flexibility, balance and mood. Poses can be adapted to your abilities or limitations. Wear comfortable clothing.

 

Get Moving!

Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am

Physical therapist Sherryl DeVries leads this multi-level variety workout class designed for everyone, especially for people with a Parkinson’s diagnosis. Exercises will include big movement, cardio, weight training, dance movement and boxing. All movements can be modified with a chair.

 

Hatha Yoga

Fridays, 11:30am-12:30pm

Certified yoga instructor Nadine Blinn uses soft versions of poses designed for seniors that are held for longer periods allowing the body to ease into them. This class includes floor and chair exercises, so please bring a mat. Expect a calm beginning and end with a relaxed pace. Chairs are available for assistance in balancing and pose adaptations. Beginners through experienced yogis are welcome!

 

Meditation Class

Tuesdays, 9-10am

This class will explore a variety of ways to make friends with our minds. Each week will include on-the-spot practice, a review of what has been covered, as well as discussion of the results. The goal is to develop and deepen the skills needed to be more present and relaxed.

 

Moving Through Cancer Exercise Class – On Zoom

Mondays, 1-2 pm
Wednesdays, 10-11 am 

This virtual class is designed for cancer survivors in collaboration with UW Medical Research. Participants have completed their cancer treatment and are looking for specialized exercises. Led by a certified Cancer Exercise Trainer. Contact the front desk at 206-932-4044, Ext 1, to see if you qualify.

 

Parkinson’s Support Group

Tuesdays, March 19, April 16, 2-3pm

Are you looking for a group to support you in your Parkinson’s experience? This monthly in-person group is for people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, spouses and significant others. Our goal is to help everyone live their life to the fullest by providing information, resources and space to share personal experiences. We will also host outside speakers from the Northwest Chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. RSVP and info: Anne Bowman: mikeannewa@comcast.net.

 

Rejuvenating Yoga

Wednesdays, 3-4pm

Join certified yoga instructor Katy Aversenti Schumaker for this new afternoon offering! This class will be a combination of hatha yoga, a low and slow flow, restorative yoga and yin yoga. We will check in at the beginning of class, and Katy will customize the hour to fit the desires of the yogis in attendance. This is a gentle, all-levels class and is appropriate for all bodies. Chair yogis welcome as well. Please bring a mat, block and blanket if you have them.

 

Strong Bodies, Strong Bones

Thursdays, 2:30-3:30pm

Join certified yoga therapist Milo in weight bearing movements that will help you become stronger and steadier—slowly, gradually and safely. You will be led through a series of movements that strengthen your bones and muscles, which will give balance to your body and help avoid osteoporosis. Using light weights offers resistance and is helpful for building bone mass but will be optional. This class can be enjoyed by all levels. Please bring a mat, blocks and a blanket and pillow if you have them.

 

Tai Chi

Level 1 Beginners: Thursdays, 9:30-10am 
Level 2 Advanced: Thursdays, 10-11am 

Improve your balance and increase your energy, strength and coordination. Join instructor Richard Lazeres for a continuing class that blends exercises for health benefits, longevity and fun. Level 1 is for both beginners and those looking for a review of basic moves and combinations. Level 2 will be for those experienced in tai chi, and ready to add on to their basic skill set.

 

Health & Wellness Services

 

Dental Hygiene Clinics

Contact front desk at 206-932-4044, Ext 1 for availability

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.

 

Foot Care

Contact front desk at 206-932-4044, Ext 1 for availability

Fee: $40 members, $50 non-members. Appointment required.

Give your feet the attention they deserve with a foot care appointment with one of our nurses. Contact the front desk for availability. Limited appointments available; also booking for 2024.

 

Healing Touch

Thursdays, 9-10:30am

Enjoy the feeling of “relaxation and well-being” after a 20-minute seated session of Healing Touch. Patty Bodzioch, Health Touch Certified Practitioner, offers these sessions of gentle, light or near body touch.”

 

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.

 

Chess Club

Tuesdays, 1:30-3pm

Are you looking for a new activity to keep your brain sharp and clear? Join us for lessons, short tutorials and chess for all levels of expertise. For info: Conwell Dickey: conwell@conwelld.net.

 

Coffee with Vets

Tuesdays, March 12, April 9, 11am-12pm

Local veterans enjoy coffee and conversation, then stay for lunch! This is a great opportunity to get to know other veterans and hear stories about their time in the military and other topics.

 

Community Dining & Meals

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

 

Conversation & Friendship Corner

Thursday, February 29, 1-2:30pm

We may know the value of friendships, but many of us have trouble maintaining regular contact or even recognizing where there may be opportunities for friendships to grow. Joe Lamy will lead discussions that encourage group reflection and provide tips on how to cultivate richer connections. Comprised of two separate groups alternating weekly. Drop-ins welcome.

 

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

Thursday, February 22

Two sessions: 1-2:30pm (full) and 2:30-3:30pm

Free to members/ non-members

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: Toni Ameslav: 206-932-4044 x9 or tonia@soundgenerations.org.

 

Special Luncheons

February Birthday Luncheon – Mardi Gras

 

 

Older Westside Lesbian Group (Owls)

Thursdays, March 7, 7pm; April 4, 6:45pm

In March, OWLS are going to meet at the Senior Center for Piano Bar; $10 admission.

In April, our outing will be to visit the Nordic Museum on free admission day.

We welcome everyone to join us for OWLS where we always do something fun! For info: Dee Quiggle: deequiggle2@gmail.com.

 

Party Bridge

Wednesdays, 10am – noon

Join us for Party Bridge at the Senior Center. If you love playing cards with your friends, come win tricks with us every week. 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.

 

Scrabble Club

Fridays, 12:30-1:30pm

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

 

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.

 

 

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, 12-2pm

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.

 

English as a Second Language (ESL) Class

Tuesdays, 9:30-10:30am

Students from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Salvador and Peru are paired with volunteers who give one-to-one English lessons to practice their pronunciation as well as their comprehension skills. The group has a lot of fun getting to know each other and making new friends. For info: Jerie Milici: jerie.milici@gmail.com.

 

Exploring Art Class

Tuesdays, 10:30am-12pm

Explore, learn and create art using a variety of techniques and materials, from watercolor and acrylic paint to pastels and pen and ink. Even if you feel like you aren’t creative or an artist, we can find a way to create something amazing together. Instructor Laura will share her techniques and tricks with you to make sure everyone feels that creative spark.

 

Book Club for Adventurous Readers

Fridays, March 8, April 12, 1-2pm 

We will explore it all—fiction, non-fiction, bestsellers, fantasy, sci-fi and young adult literature. Come prepared to share a book recommendation and enjoy lively discussion.  These selections are subject to change, based on group decisions and availability of books. New members are welcome! 

 

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!

 

Ham Radio Group

Mondays, March 4, April 1, 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. This meeting runs concurrent with the club’s Monday Night Net (6:15-7 p.m.) so you can listen in or join the conversation. For info: Jim Edwards: wsbigband@gmail.com.

 

Hand Drumming Workshop

Tuesdays, 2:30-4pm

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.

 

Line Dancing

Level 1 Beginners: Mondays, 11am-12pm

Level 2 Advanced: Mondays, 12-1pm

Dancing is a great source of fitness, and line dancing helps keep the mind young. Experienced instructor Chris Banta teaches line dances to a variety of music, from traditional country to ballroom, Latin and waltz. Level 1 focuses on simple beginner dances good for those who are starting or continuing line dancing. In Level 2 the dances will be a little more complicated. All students are welcome in either class.

 

Journaling For Mindfulness

Wednesday, February 28, 11 am – 12:30 pm

Certified teacher Kristine Kero explores the daily practice of mindful journaling which can improve wellness and relieve stress. Timed prompts will provide self-reflection to explore how to journal for mindfulness, focus on breathing for calmness and other empowering strategies. Please bring a journal or notebook to do writing exercises. You do not have to share what you write.

 

Quilters Group

Mondays, March 4, 18, April 1, 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.

 

Casual Spanish Conversation Class

Thursdays, 10-11 am

This class has weekly themes with vocabulary and grammar support and lots of opportunities to practice speaking in a relaxed and comfortable environment. All levels are welcome. For info: Jerie Milici: jerie.milici@gmail.com.

 

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.

 

Writing Group

Wednesdays, March 6, 20, April 3, 17, 11am-12:30pm

This 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 participate, contact Natalie in advance for materials and other info (space limited): nataliebumgardner@yahoo.com.

 

Technology Programs

 

Burke Dykes Computer Lab

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 8:30am-4:30pm

Come to our lab and use our Windows desktop computers to check your email, surf the internet, search online resources and access popular software, like Microsoft Office. If you want support while using our computers, sign up for an appointment with our Digital Navigation service for one-on-one help.

 

Digital Navigation

By appointment, suggested donation: $10

Our Digital Navigator and volunteers guide you in the use of your computer, tablet or phone. We can help you make and receive calls and texts, set up and access voicemail, recover forgotten passwords, install new apps, manage email, update operating systems, decipher error messages, organize cloud storage and much more.

 

Walk-in Digital Navigation Support

Mondays and Thursdays, 1-3:30p.m.

Do you have a quick question about your cell phone, tablet, or personal computer? Stop by the computer lab for a quick visit (20-25 minutes) with one of our volunteers.

 

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 1-2:00pm 

Fee: Free to everyone.

Through discussions and sharing, participants in Aging Well support each other at this weekly group that meets in person at the Senior Center. All discussions are confidential. To register, contact our social worker Mo Fain: 206-932-4044 x2 or maureenf@soundgenerations.org.

 

Virtual Caregivers Support Group

Wednesdays, March 13, April 10, 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

Friday, March 1, 1-2pm

If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic, have a friend or family member who is or are simply interested in the topic, join our monthly meetings. Topics include nutrition,foot care and vision care. To register, contact our social worker, Toni Ameslav: 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.

Attorneys John Llewellyn, Dianlyn Cenidoza, and

Marisa Samuelson

Thursdays, March 7, 21, April 4, 18, 3:30-5pm

 

Heather De Vrieze, Attorney

Tuesdays, February 27, March 26, April 30, 2:30-4pm

 

Low Vision Group

Tuesday March 12, April 9, 2-3pm

We welcome you to participate in this group to share the challenges of dealing with low vision and receive resources and support. To register, Toni Ameslav: 206- 932-4044 x9 or tonia@soundgenerations.org.

 

Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels provides nutritious meal delivery at no cost for people age 60+ who qualify. Operated together with Sound Generations. Sign up or volunteer: soundgenerations.org.

 

Medicare Presentations

With Patrice Lewis

Thursdays, March 7, April 4, 11am-12pm

Patrice Lewis will go over the basics of Medicare, review options available to you and discuss what to consider when selecting a plan. Patrice is also available to meet one-to-one with a pre-scheduled appointment.

 

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.

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

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

FREE POPCORN! Now Featuring Newsreels, previews and cartoons.

 

February 19th: Presidents’ Day – Senior Center closed

February 26th: Boston Blackie Goes Hollywood (1942) Chester Morris, George E. Stone, Richard Lane, Forrest Tucker, Lloyd Corrigan-(68m) 

March 4: Not As a Stranger (1955) with Frank Sinatra, Robert Mitchum, Olivia de Havilland, Broderick Crawford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin, Charles Bickford, Harry Morgan, Lon Chaney, Jr. (135 min.)

March 11: Roughshod (1948) with Gloria Grahame, Robert Sterling, John Ireland, Jeff Donnell, Martha Hyer, Myrna Dell, Claude Jarman, Jr. (81 min.)

March 18: Wagon Train, The Sacramento Story (1958) with Ward Bond, Margaret O’Brien, Marjorie Main, Linda Darnell, Robert Horton, Dan Duryea, Reed Hadley (55 min.)

March 25: Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948) with Edward G. Robinson, Gail Russell, John Lund, Jerome Cowan, Virginia Bruce, William Demarest (80 min.)

April 1: The Lusty Men (1952) with Robert Mitchum, Susan Harward, Arthur Kennedy, Arthur Hunnicutt, Frank Faylen (113 min.)

April 8: Queen Bees (2021) with Ellen Burstyn, James Caan, Ann- Margret, Jane Curtin, Christopher Lloyd, Loretta Devine (100 min.)

April 15: Living Proof (2008) with Harry Connick, Jr., Tammy Blanchard, Amanda Bynes, Jennifer Coolidge, Amy Madigan, Swoosie Kurtz, Regina King, Bernadette Peters. (91 min.)

April 22: The Glass Wall (1953) with Gloria Grahame, Vittorio Gassman, Ann Robinson, Jerry Paris, Kathleen Freeman. (80 min.)

April 29: Senior Moment (2021) with William Shatner, Jean Smart, Christopher Lloyd, Ruta Lee, Kaye Ballard (92 min.)