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 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.

 

Holiday Events and Classes

 

 

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.

 

Dental Hygiene

Fridays, December 9, February 24, April 21 – 9am-5pm 

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

 

Foot Care

Fridays, December 16, January 6 and 27, February 3 and 17

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 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 will teach this multi-level variety workout class 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. Show up ready to move!

 

Hatha Yoga

Fridays, 11:30am-12:30pm

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 through experienced yogis are welcome!

 

Healing Touch

Thursdays, 9-10:30am

During ancient times “laying on of hands” served as a first-line therapy for people who were suffering. Today, these same energy practices are finding a place in modern medicine. Many clients report a sense of “relaxation and wellbeing” after a 20-minute session in the chair. Patty Bodzioch, Healing Touch Certified Practitioner, offers these sessions of gentle, light or near body touch.

 

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. Call 206-932-4044, Ext 1 for more information.

 

Tai Chi

Thursdays, 10-11am (No class 10/27)

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.

 

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.

 

 

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? The SCWS Chess Club welcomes both novice and experienced players. Join us at 1:30 p.m. for lessons, short tutorials and chess for all levels of expertise. Fun is promised for all. For more information, contact Conwell Dickey at conwell@conwelld.net.

 

Coffee with Vets

Tuesday December 13, 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 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

Thursdays December 1, 15, 1-2:30pm

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

Wednesday December 7, 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.

 

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.

 

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

Mondays 11am-12pm

Experienced instructor Chris Banta is stepping in to continue teaching Yvonne Martin’s line dances. All levels are welcome in this friendly group and no partners needed. Come for fun and exercise!

 

Special Luncheons

 

December Holiday Luncheons

 

 

Older Westside Lesbian Group (Owls)

Monday December 12, 3:15-5pm

Owls return to the Senior Center. 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

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.

 

Second Thursday Out!

Thursday December 8, 6-9pm

Inviting all LGBTQ+ and their friends and neighbors to a monthly meetup. We are a casual group that enjoys dining and visiting. To be added to our email list, contact David Pelton: 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.

 

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, 12-4pm

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.

 

Book Club for Adventurous Readers

Friday, December 9, 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.

 

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!

 

Cooking With Chef

Wednesday, November 30, 1:30-2:30pm

Monthly supplies fee: $10 members, $15 non-members

Learn how to cook your favorite dishes and other specialties from our amazing Chef Francisco. Space is limited to 10 students.

 

Ham Radio Group

Mondays December 5, 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.

 

 

 

History Hour Series

This lecture series will cover a broad range of topics including local West Seattle history, the Duwamish River and Native peoples, letter writing during World War II and more. Lectures will be hosted by various local authors and speakers.

Entrance Fee for each lecture: $5

Call to RSVP 206-932-4044

Bonus: The Seattle Public Library has curated reading recommendations that pair well with the History Hour Lecture Series. Click here to access the link and place items on hold.

Sapphire Promise – A WWII Memoir

Wednesday, December 7, 1-2:30pm

In recognition of Pearl Harbor Day, join author Sally Brandle to discuss her WWII memoir Sapphire Promise featuring a Dutch-American nurse recounting six years in her life, beginning in 1939 colonial Batavia, Indonesia; through her idyllic, teenaged years of horseback riding with her pet monkey; and how falling in love imploded on December 7, 1941. Enter to win a book themed gift basket!

 

Journaling For Mindfulness

Wednesday December 14, 11am-12:30pm

Counselor and certified teacher Kristine Kero explores the daily practice of mindful journaling which has been scientifically shown to 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. This is not a writing class; you do not have to read what you write

 

Quilters Group

Mondays December 5, 19, 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 December 7, 21 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.

 

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.

 

Virtual Caregivers Support Group

Wednesdays November 30; December 14, 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 December 2, 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 November 29, 2:30-4pm 2:30-4pm

John Llewellyn, Attorney

Thursdays December 1, 15, 3:30-5pm

 

Low Vision Group

Tuesday December 13, 2-3pm

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.

 

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

Presentations: Tuesday December 6,- 3:30-5pm

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 for a Medicare presentation or schedule an individual appointment, please visit our Front Desk or call 206-932-4044, x1.

To register for a Medicare presentation or schedule an individual appointment, please visit our Front Desk or call 206-932-4044, x1.

 

We-Care Medicare & You!

One-to-one appointments: Monday December 5, 3:30-5pm

Retiring soon? New to Medicare? Questions about your current Medicare plan? David Washington is the new independent broker with WeCare Medicare, a program of Sound Generations. David has been in the insurance industry for more than 15 years and enjoys making navigating Medicare options an easy and painless decision for people’s health and their wallet.

 

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, 1-3pm
Nucor Room, Second-Floor

FREE POPCORN! Now Featuring Newsreels, previews and cartoons.

December 5th: The Dam Busters (1955) Sir Michael Redgrave, Richard Todd, Ursula Jeans, Basil Sydney- (125m)

December 12th: Sitting Pretty (1948) Clifton Webb, Maureen O’Hara, Robert Young, Richard Haydn, Ed Begley, John Russell, Willard Robertson-(84m)

December 19th: One Foot in Heaven (1941) Fredric March, Martha Scott, Beulah Bondi, Gene Lockhart, Harry Davenport, Grant Mitchell-(107m)

December 26th: Senior Center Closed-Christmas Vacation-No Movie