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 and social distancing 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+.

 

 

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 online emotional support groups and virtual dance classes, we provide a holistic approach to keeping you healthy as you age.

 

Mobile Barbar

Fourth Thursdays, May 27, June 24, 10am-4pm

Fee: $10

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, June 25, Friday Aug. 27, Friday Oct. 22, 8am-5pm
Fee: Low cost

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.

 

Foot Care

Fridays May 7, May 21, June 4, June 18

Fee: $30 for members, $40 non-members

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.

 

Virtual Qigong

Tuesdays, 9:30am

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. Classes take place over Zoom. To register and receive the Zoom link, contact Terry Leers at 206-999-5381 or terryleers.sfq@gmail.com.

 

Virtual Mindfulness Class

Mondays, 10-10:30am

Thursdays, 10-11am

In this ongoing class, we explore mindfulness, meditation, stress reduction and other empowering strategies and how they can be applied in daily life. These simple and subtle practices invite us to patiently retrain our bodies and minds to establish a more regulated nervous system. This class blends instruction, activities, discussion and practices of mindfulness and mediation. Kate Jarvis is a certified yoga instructor with a master’s in teaching and is the founder of Practice Seattle. To sign up, contact Kate: kate@practiceseattle.com.

 

Live Fitness via Zoom

Active Fitness: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9am

Chair Fitness: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1pm

Join Senior Center fitness instructor Maria Dowell for classes every weekday over Zoom. No experience needed to join in the fun and stay active. To join, contact Maria: 206-574-8944 or ma15dowell@gmail.com.

 

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.

 

Community Dining & Meals

Monday through Friday, 11:45am-12:30pm

Our community dining program is currently being offered through sack lunches, which are available every weekday. You can pick up your lunch between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Senior Center. Lunches can also be delivered to your home. To sign up for a meal, call 206-932-4044 x1. We look forward to when we can reopen our in-person community dining.

 

Older Westside Lesbian Group (Owls)

If you would like to be included in our mailing list or to hear about plans for future in-person meet-ups and activities in May, contact Dee Quiggle: deel.quiggle@yahoo.com.

 

Virtual Second Thursday Out

Second Thursdays, May 13 and June 10, 7pm

We welcome all GLBTQ+ members, their neighbors and friends to join us for monthly Zoom meetups. If you are not currently receiving our meet-up notices, please contact kramerpelton@gmail.com.

 

Virtual Bridge

Do you miss playing cards with your friends at the Senior Center? Let us know if you’re interested in a virtual Bridge group. Contact Kim Roper: kimputer@comcast.net.

Virtual Cribbage

If you are a cribbage player, join us for virtual cribbage until we can meet again in person at the Senior Center. Happy pegging! To sign up, contact Jay Fulwider: budandotis@msn.com or 206-257-5599.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Artists Group

Wednesday, 1-4 pm

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 Classes

Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am

In this six-session 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 Cindy Babbitt creates a casual and encouraging environment for all participants. Class size is currently limited to four. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Burke Dykes Computer Lab

Monday through Thursday, 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.

 

Coffee with Vets

Second Tuesdays, May 11, June 8, 1-3pm

Find common ground in good conversations about shared experiences with other veterans. This program is possible thanks to Jon Gerhardt. By appointment only. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Zoom Room

Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-3pm

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.

Tech Support

Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-3pm

Bring in your smart phone, tablet or laptop to get help from our tech-savvy volunteers. We can help you recover forgotten passwords, download and organize apps, set up video calls, stream music and movies, clean up unnecessary icons on your home screen, find lost files, update operating systems, connect your devices and much more. By appointment only. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

New! On-the-go Media

Fridays, 10am-3pm

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 King County or Seattle Public Library card. By appointment only. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

New! Guided Computer Support

Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-3pm

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

 

Virtual Writing Group

First and third Wednesdays, 11am-12:30pm

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

 

Virtual Quilters Group

First and third Mondays, 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Aging Well Group

Mondays, 1-2pm

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 monthly group that is currently meeting virtually. 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. To register, call Mo at 206-932-4044 x2 or email maureenf@soundgenerations.org.

 

Low Vision Group

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 with dates announced soon. To register, contact Mo at 206-932-4044 x2 or maureenf@soundgenerations.org.

 

Current Events Discussion Group

Thursdays, May 13, May 27, June 10, June 24, 1-2pm

Join us for an engaging, online discussion of what’s going on in the world. Led by our social worker Toni Ameslav, MSW, this group meets bi-weekly over Zoom. To register, call Toni at 206-932-4044 x9.

 

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 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.

 

Understanding Medicare Phone Help

If you are confused about signing up for Medicare or your Medicare benefits or have general questions about Medicare, our two volunteer facilitators may be able to help answer your questions over the phone.

Patrice Lewis: 206-430-3782 or patricelewis@wespeakmedicare.org

Ann-Marie Murray: 206-660-0416 or annmariemsme@gmail.com

 

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

Last Tuesdays, May 25, June 29, 2:30-4pm
in person at the Senior Center

 

John Llewellyn, Attorney

First and third Thursdays, May 6, May 20, June 3, June 17, 3-5pm
via Zoom

 

NEW Day! Movie Mondays

Our in-person movies are back on a new day of the week. Join us Mondays for 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”

Mondays, 1-3pm

May 3: Night Train to Munich (1940) with Rex Harrison, Margaret Lockwood and Paul Henreid (93 min.)

May 10: The House on 92nd Street (1945) with Lloyd Nolan, Signe Hasso, Gene Lockhart, Reed Hadley and William Eythe (88 min.)

May 17: Footlight Parade (1933) with James Cagney, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell and Frank McHugh (104 min.)

May 24: Spellbound (1945) with Gregory Peck, Ingrid Bergman and Rhonda Fleming (111 min.)

June 7: The League of Gentlemen (1960) with Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick, Roger Livesey, Richard Attenborough, Bryan Forbes, Kieron Moore and Nanette Newman (114 min.)

June 13: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) with Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Karl Malden, Craig Stevens and Neville Brand (95 min.)

June 20: The Big Lebowski (1998) with Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Sam Elliott and John Turturro (117 min.) Rated R

June 27: Bernie (2012) with Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey- (98 min.) Rated PG-13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On-Site Programs

All Senior Center on-site programs and services are by appointment only. To schedule, call 206-932-4044 ext. 1.

 

Zoom Room

Sign up for an appointment in our Zoom Room to make a video call (Zoom, Skype, Facetime) to a loved one with help from our volunteers. Up to two members at a time can use this room, and volunteers will be on-hand to get you set up and help if any tech problems arise. The Zoom Room volunteer can also teach you basic video call skills so you can make calls from your own home later.

Fridays, 10am-2pm, by appointment only

 

Tech Support

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 address, manage icons on your home screen, update Windows, connect a Bluetooth device and much more!

Fridays, 10am-2pm, by appointment only

 

In-Home Connects – Coming Soon!

Our volunteers can also bring tech support to you at home similar to our Zoom Room at the Senior Center. We can help you set up a private video call with a family member or troubleshoot your computer or smartphone issues. We can also loan you a hot spot for internet access or a tablet if you don’t have a device so you can make your own video call from home.

Times vary, by appointment only

 

Foot Care with Nurse Keith

Give your feet the attention they deserve with a foot care appointment with Nurse Keith Germain. Fridays, March 19, April 16, May 14 9:30am-4:30pm, by appointment only

Fee: $30 for members, $40 non-members

 

Dental Hygiene

Please stop by our reception desk to pick up an information packet and registration forms if you are interested in getting your pearly whites cleaned at the Senior Center by Dental Hygienist Jan Loder.

Friday, April 23 8am-5pm, by appointment only

Fee: Low cost

 

NEW! Mobile Barber

Are you due for a trim or buzz? We are excited to announce a new partnership with Ola Salon to pilot a mobile barber/hair cut service for our community. Thursday, March 25 10am-4pm, by appointment only

Fee: $10 members/$15 non-members

 

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.

Heather De Vrieze, Attorney

Last Tuesdays of the month, March 30 and April 27 2:30-4pm, by appointment only

John Llewellyn, Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorney

First and third Thursdays, March 4, March 18, April 1 and April 15

3-5pm, by appointment only (consults are done virtually via Zoom from your home or at the Senior Center’s “Zoom Room”)

 

Online or Phone Programs Hosted by the Senior Center

We are offering a wide variety of online and virtual programs to keep you active and connected.

 

Aging Well

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 monthly group that meets virtually. 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.

Mondays, 1-2pm, sign up in advance by calling 206-932-4044 ext. 2

 

Current Events Discussion Group

Every other Thursday, 1:00-2:00pm
April 1, April 15, April 29, May 13, May 27, June 10, June 24

Join us for an engaging, online discussion of what’s going on in the world. We meet bi-weekly over Zoom.

To sign-up, contact Toni Ameslav, MSW 206 932-4044 x9, or email tonia@soundgenerations.org

 

Legal Consultations

John Llewellyn, Elder Law & Estate Planning Attorney

First and third Thursdays

3-5pm, by appointment only (consults are done virtually via Zoom from your home or at the Senior Center’s “Zoom Room”)

 

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 by mail at P.O. Box 80132, Seattle, WA 98108.

 

Live Fitness via Zoom

Join Senior Center fitness instructor Maria Dowell for classes every weekday over Zoom. No experience needed to join in the fun and stay active. To join, contact Maria: 206-574-8944 or ma15dowell@gmail.com

Fee: Free for members, $5 non-members

Active Fitness with Maria Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9am

Chair Fitness with Maria Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1pm

 

Medicare

Understanding Medicare – No Charge

Currently offsite taking calls

Facilitator – Patrice Lewis patricelewis@wespeakmedicare.org
(206) 430-3782

 

Medicare 101 – No Charge

Currently offsite taking calls

Facilitator – Ann-Marie Murray annmariemsme@gmail.com
(206) 660-0416

 

Older Westside Lesbian Group (OWLS)

Due to current COVID restrictions on social gatherings OWLs is dormant, but not extinct! If you would like to be included in our mailing list or to hear about plans for future in-person meet-ups and activities email Dee Quiggle at deel.quiggle@yahoo.com.

 

Qigong for Health

Join us for Qigong, an effective practice for improving your immune and respiratory systems and for reducing stress. No special equipment, clothing or experience is necessary. Classes take place over Zoom.

Tuesdays, 9:30am Fee: Free for members, $5 non-members To register, contact Terry Leers: terryleers.sfq@gmail.com

Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82811578844?pwd=VEdZMHh5Q1VoNkswSW5Jd29GZ1Judz09
Meeting ID: 828 1157 8844
Passcode: 339975

 

Quilters Group

First and third Mondays, 7:00pm-9:00pm

Please contact Mary Anne Spada for more information or to join the group 206 795-5774 or via email, spada01@comcast.net

 

Second Thursday OUT!

Welcomes all GLBTQ+, their neighbors and friends, to join us on Zoom meet-ups. If you are not currently receiving our meet-up notices please contact kramerpelton@gmail.com to be added to the roster.

May 13th and June 10th at 7:00 pm.

 

Virtual Mindfulness Class

Mondays, 10:00-10:30am, 30-minute class

Thursdays, 10:00-11:00am, 60-minute class

In this ongoing class, we explore mindfulness, meditation, stress reduction and other empowering strategies and how they can be applied in daily life. These simple and subtle practices invite us to patiently retrain our bodies and minds to establish a more regulated nervous system. This class blends instruction, activities, discussion and practices of mindfulness and meditation. Kate Jarvis is a certified yoga instructor with a Master in Teaching and is the founder of Practice Seattle. To sign up, contact Kate: kate@practiceseattle.com.

Fee: $20/month. Scholarships available.

 

Writing Group

First and third Wednesdays 11:00-12:30

Please contact Natalie Bumgardner for more information or to join the group: nataliebumgardner@yahoo.com

 

Virtual Bridge

Do you miss playing cards with your friends at the Senior Center? Let us know if you’re interested in a virtual Bridge group. Contact Kim Roper: kimputer@ comcast.net. Please include your name, email address and phone number.

 

Online Programs from the Community

 

LGBTQIA+ Senior Yoga Classes

GenPRIDE GenPride is now hosting yoga and stretching classes online. Classes are free and open to all senior and older adult LGBTQIA+, their significant others, friends, family, allies and caregivers.

Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays

Go to: zoom.us/j/5174247532 Password: 927207

Mondays: 3:15-4:15pm, Wednesdays: 11am-12pm, Fridays: 3:45-4:45pm

 

Silver Kites Arts Community

King County Library System is offering free online classes for seniors. Visit silverkite.us/kcls and use the password: KCLS2020 to register.

 

 

 

Seattle Public Library

Our city’s fantastic library system has resources designed especially for people age 50+. You can find online book clubs, art classes, skill-building workshops, special collections and more. Go to SPL’s 50+ page.

 

Volunteer Student Chaplain

In these challenging times, it can help to have spiritual or emotional support, or even just a conversation with someone who can provide a compassionate presence.

Jill Boone is a Buddhist lay minister and interfaith chaplain in training, and is offering her services as a volunteer chaplain to listen and help navigate the challenges of our isolation, aging, loss, political angst, or other issues. Sometimes, it can be reassuring to share our questions about how to make sense of our world, our lives and how we are living them. Just being heard and supported in life’s journey can make these times a bit lighter and less worrisome.

No matter your faith, spiritual leanings or lack thereof, a chaplain can serve as an empathetic ear to anyone who would like spiritual or emotional support or just a conversation.

Jill’s personal spiritual practice includes a variety of meditation teachers and retreats over the course of several decades. Additionally, she has participated in Courage & Renewal practice, which is inspired by Quaker teachings and Parker Palmer.

If you have questions about this or would like to schedule a time to talk via phone, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, etc, please email Jill at santutthi@gmail.com.

 

West Seattle Art Walk

See art online, new artists featured every month. Visit wsartwalk.org.

 

West Seattle Writing Group

This fun writing club 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

Every other Wednesday, 11am-12:30pm