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 Barber

Thursdays, July 29, and August 26, 10am-4pm

Fee: $10. Appointment required.

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

 

Dental Hygiene

Fridays, Aug. 27, Oct. 22, 8am-5pm

Fee: Low cost. Appointment required.

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

 

Foot Care

Fridays August 6, August 20, 9am-4pm

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

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

 

Qigong with Terry Leers – In-Person and on Zoom

Tuesdays, 9:30am

Pre-registration required for Zoom class

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

 

Virtual Mindfulness Class

Mondays, 10-10:30am
Thursdays, 10-11am

Fee: Free for members/$5 for non-members. Pre-registration required.

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.

 

Enhance Fitness Class In-Person

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-10am

Fee: $5 per class for members and non-members. The in-person Enhanced Fitness class is free to Kaiser Permanente Medicare Advantage members and some Silver and Fit providers.

Join certified fitness instructor Maria Dowell for these innovative and fun classes featuring strength-training, aerobics, balance and stretching. No experience needed to join any class and stay active.

 

Live Fitness via Zoom

Active Fitness: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 1-2pm

Chair Fitness: Tuesdays, Thursdays, 1-1:45pm

Fee: Donations accepted. Pre-registration required.

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.

 

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.

 

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

Our Community Dining Program and Margie’s Cafe are open! We also continue to offer sack lunches. Please see our Food and Dining page for more details.

 

Coffee with Vets

Tuesdays, July 13, Aug. 10, 11 am-1 pm

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

 

Cribbage

Tuesdays, 12:30-3pm

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

 

Current Events Discussion Group

Thursdays, July 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 19, 2-3pm

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

 

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.

 

New! Fun and Festive Fridays

July & August, Fridays 11am – 4pm

Fee: Free for everyone

Welcome back to your community! Join us for music, refreshments, entertainment, friends and more. For more information, stop by reception or call 206-932-4044, ext 1.

Free Live Music Fridays in July

As part of our Fun & Festive Fridays, the Senior Center is hosting live music every Friday in July. Stop by for refreshments and entertainment. Free for members and the community.

Here’s the concert line-up:

Friday, July 9
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Elvis, a.k.a. Shane Cobane

Friday, July 16:
3-4 p.m.
Stephen Ryals, performing favorites from the Great American Song Book

Friday, July 23:
3-4 p.m.
Stanley Alleyne, steel drum soloist

Friday, July 30:
3-4 p.m.
Sylvia O’Stayformore, performing summer breezy tunes

Ham Radio Group

Mondays, August 2, 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.

 

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.

 

Mahjong

Wednesdays, 1-3pmStimulate 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.

 

Older Westside Lesbian Group (Owls)

Thursdays, July 29, Aug. 26, 6-8pm

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

 

Party Bridge

Wednesdays, 9:30-11:30am

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.

 

Second Thursday Out

Thursday, Aug. 12, 7pm

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

 

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.

 

Art & Crafts Group

Thursdays, 12-4pm

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

 

Art Class

Tuesdays, 11am-12:30pm

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

 

Burke Dykes Computer Lab

Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am-4pm

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

 

Quilters Group

Mondays, July 19, Aug. 2, Aug. 16, 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.

 

Guided Computer Support

Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-4pm

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

 

On-the-go Media

Fridays, 10am-4pm

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

 

Tech Support

Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-4pm

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

 

Zoom Room

Thursdays and Fridays, 10am-4pm

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

 

Writing Group

Wednesdays, July 21, Aug. 4, Aug. 18, 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.

 

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

Wednesdays, 10-11am

Fee: Free to everyone. Space is limited and pre-registration is required

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

Tuesdays July 13, Aug. 10, 2-3pm

Fee: Free to everyone. Pre-registration required.

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

 

Legal Consultations

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

Heather De Vrieze, Attorney

Last Tuesday, June 29, Aug. 31, 2:30-4pm 2:30-4pm
in person at the Senior Center

John Llewellyn, Attorney

First and third Thursdays, July 15, Aug. 5, Aug. 19, 3-5pm
via Zoom

 

Meals on Wheels

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

 

Westside Friends Outreach Program

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

 

West Seattle Food Bank Distribution

Tuesdays, 9am

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

 

Understanding Medicare

Presentation: Aug. 5, 11am-noon

One-to-one 30-min. appointments: July 15, Aug. 19, 11am-1pm
Medicare can be so confusing. How do you know which Medicare health insurance plan will work best for you? Join Patrice Lewis for a presentation or a 30-minute one-to-one appointment about Medicare. Patrice will go over the basics, review options available to you and discuss what you need to consider when selecting a plan. To sign up, contact Patrice: 206-430-3782 or patricelewis@wespeakmedicare.org.

 

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”

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

July 12: They Won’t Believe Me (1947) Robert Young, Susan Hayward, Jane Greer, Rita Johnson-(95m)

July 19: Winchester ‘73 (1950) James Stewart, Millard Mitchell, Will Geer, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea-(92m)

July 26: The Last Picture Show (1971) Jeff Bridges, Cloris Leachman, Ben Johnson, Randy Quaid, Cybill Shephard, Sam Bottoms, Ellen Burstyn- (118m) Rated R

August 2: Same Time, Next Year (1978) Ellen Burstyn, Alan Alda-(117m) Rated PG

August 9: Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty, Denis O’Hare, Emily Blunt- (97m) Rated R

August 16: Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) James Cagney, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer, Marjorie Rambeau, Jim Backus, Jack Albertson-(122m)

August 23: Force of Evil (1947) John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor, Beau Bridges-(78m)

August 30: Patterns (1956) Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, Beatrice Straight-(83m)