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+.

 

Senior Center Vaccination & Mask Policy

All members, guests and participants at the Senior Center must show proof of vaccination or a negative test result. Masks are encouraged but not required. The pandemic continues to evolve, and these policies may change suddenly. Please call 206-932-4044 x1 for the most current information.

 

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

Fridays May 27, July 29  9am-4pm

Estimated Fee: $90-115. 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.

 

Free Vaccine Clinic

Friday May 20, Noon-5 pm

Come get a free vaccine at the Senior Center. No insurance is required. First vaccines and boosters of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are available.

To register: yourcovidvaccine.kingcounty.gov and enter code W7Z8-N6S2-Q2G4Drop-ins welcome!

 

Foot Care

Fridays May 20; June 3, 17, 24
Wednesday, June 15

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.

 

Gentle Yoga

Mondays, 10-11am

Join our certified yoga instructor 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, 9-10:30am

Maintaining health and ultimately preventing disease is a dynamic, lifelong commitment. Come experience Healing Touch, an energy therapy that helps to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. Many people report a sense of “relaxation and well-being” after a 20-minute session. Certified Practitioner Patty Bodzioch offers these 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 – 10:30am

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, except May 26 and June 2

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, 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.

 

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

Sea Mar Activities in Spanish

Martes, 9am-2pm
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

 

May Birthday Lunch

June Birthday Lunch

 

New! Celebrate Pride with Your Stories

Five sessions on Mondays beginning May 23, 12:30-2pm

Over the course of our lives, the LGBTQIA+ community has moved from secret societies and unjust laws to public celebrations and landmark Supreme Court rulings. Join Martin Piccoli in this writing group to share what you have personally experienced and to celebrate—with pride—the journey of your life. Over five meetings, each of us will contribute three short written pieces that will be collected and bound together for each participant. (Just in time for June Pride celebrations if we hurry!)

 

Coffee with Vets

Tuesdays, May 10, June 14, 11am-1pm

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.

 

NEW TIME! Dance Time with Lauren Petrie

Wednesday June 1, 6-8pm

Entrance fee $10

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

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

 

Line Dancing

Mondays, 10:30-11:30am

Fee: Free to members, $5 non-members.

Back by popular demand, instructor Yvonne Martin will teach your favorite line dances. All levels are welcome to this friendly group and no partners needed. Come for fun and exercise! Space is limited. To register, call 206-932-4044 x1.

 

NW Accordion Society

Monday June 13, 7:30-9:30pm

Enjoy an evening of listening and dancing to accordion music by our featured players. Also, accordion players can sign up to perform during open mic times. To sign up in advance, contact John  Giuliani, 425-255-2121 or testaduda@gmail.com.

 

Older Westside Lesbian Group (Owls)

Monday June 13, 3:15-5pm

We welcome everyone to join us for OWLs where we always do something fun! To be added to our email list and get connected to this group, contact Dee Quiggle: deequiggle2@gmail.com.

 

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.

 

New! Pride Month Workshop 

Thursday, June 9, 4-6pm

 

This special presentation and Q&A led by GenPride will include an overview of gender, gender identity and respectful language/personal pronouns used with the trans and non-binary community. Learn about 2SLGBTQIA+ people through personal storytelling and a historical context of the discrimination that this community has faced.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Second Thursday Out

Thursday, May 12, 6-9pm – CANCELLED

Inviting all LGBTQ+ and their friends and neighbors to a monthly meetup. We are a casual group that enjoys dining and visiting. If you would like to receive notices of our activities contact David Pelton at montana59028@yahoo.com or 206-932-8662.

 

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

Friday June 10, 1:30-2:30pm

Come “meet and greet” fellow book lovers! We will explore many genres – fiction, non-fiction, bestsellers, fantasy, sci-fi and young adult literature among others. Members will participate in choosing, presentation and, of course, lively discussions. Please come prepared to share a book recommendation. 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.

 

Cooking with Chef

Wednesdays May 25, June 29, 1:30-2:30pm

Supplies fee $10 members, $15 nonmembers.

Learn how to cook your favorite dishes and other specialties from our amazing Chef Francisco. Space
is limited to 10 students.  To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Ham Radio Group

Monday June 6, 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.

 

New! Play Reading Class

Thursdays starting May 5, 10-11:30am

Join veteran actress Margaret VandenBerghe and be part of a play reading production. With script in hand this group will create a final performance for friends and family to enjoy. This is not a drop-in class, so please come on May 5th to be included. Open to all levels of acting skills.

 

New! Poetry Writing Class

Wednesdays May 25, June 8, 22, 11am-12:30pm

Internationally published and award-winning poet Koon Woon will show beginners and serious students the joy of poetry writing and even how to get published.

 

Quilters Group

Mondays May 16; June 6, 20, 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 May 18; June 1, 15, 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, 9-11am; 3-4:30pm
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 1-2pm 

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

Wednesdays May 18, June 15, 1:30-2:30pm

Come share your challenges, frustrations and successes with other caregivers. The experience exchange among caregivers will provide you with free peer support monthly and might just give you an energy boost to keep you at your best. 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.

 

New! Diabetic Support Group

Fridays, May 6, June 3, 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.

 

Low Vision Group

Tuesdays May 10, June 14, 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 also hosts guest speakers to share community resources and new technologies. The Low Vision Group meets in person at the Senior Center. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

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

Tuesdays May 31, June 28, 2:30-4pm

John Llewellyn, Attorney

Thursdays May 19, June 2, June 16, 3:30-5pm

 

Living Deeply, Dying Well Workshop Series

Wednesdays, May 11, 18, 25, 3-5pm

Fee: A series of three workshops and materials, $125

Facilitator Jennifer Kropack will present this three-part workshop to help you complete an Advance Healthcare Directive, understand current resources, share stories and take control of your own end-of-life choices. Register by contacting Jennifer: jwakropack@ comcast.net or 206-713-8973.

 

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.

 

Medicare 101

Presentation: Wednesday, June 8, 3-4pm

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 with long-time supporter Ann-Marie Murray. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

 

New! Transportation Table Events

Stop by the Senior Center lobby on the following date in May. King County Metro Transit will be there for you to ask questions, pick up schedules and sign up for bus training class.

King County Metro Transit

Monday, May 23, 11:30am-1:30pm

 

Understanding Medicare

Presentation: Thursday, May 12
One-to-one appointments: Thursday, May 26, 2-3:30pm

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

 

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.

May 16: Morituri (1965) with Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin, Trevor Howard, Wally Cox (123 min.)

May 23: Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935) with Warner Oland, Rita Hayworth, Frank Conroy, Stepin Fetchit (72 min.)

May 30: Senior Center closed for Memorial Day holiday

June 6: The Gay Bride (1934) with Carole Lombard, Chester Morris, ZaSu Pitts, Leo Carrillo, Nat Pendleton (80 min.)

June 13: Give Me Your Heart (1936) with Kay Francis, George Brent, Roland Young, Patric Knowles, Henry Stephenson, Frieda Inescort (87 min.)

June 20: King Creole (1958) with Elvis Presley, Carolyn Jones, Dolores Hart, Dean Jagger, Walter Matthau, Paul Stewart, Vic Morrow (116 min.)

June 27: Michael Shayne-Private Detective (1940) with Lloyd Nolan, Marjorie Weaver, Joan Valerie, Walter Abel, Elizabeth Patterson, Donald MacBride (77 min.)