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

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+.

 

Senior Center’s Mask Policy

To keep our staff, members and guests safe, we are asking that everyone—whether you are vaccinated or not—wear a mask at all times while inside at the Senior Center. Thank you for understanding that safety continues to be our top priority.

 

 

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

Explore ways to improve your balance and reduce the fear of falling. We will engage in gentle balance, strength and stretching exercises. Appropriate for those who are mobile or are more comfortable sitting in a chair while exercising. Class does not include aerobic exercises such as dancing. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Dental Hygiene

Fridays October 22, December 10, April 22, 9am-4pm

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.

 

Enhance Fitness Class In-Person

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9-10am

Fee: Free for members and $5 per class for non-members. 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.

 

Foot Care

Fridays October 1, October 15, November 5, November 19, December 3, December 17, 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.

 

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, 9-10am

Healing Touch is a compassionate energy therapy in which practitioners use their hands in a heart-centered and intentional way to support and facilitate physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health and self-healing. Board certified practitioner Patty Bodzioch offers 20-minute sessions of gentle, light or near-body touch. To book your appointment, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Mobile Barber

Thursdays October 28 and November 18, 10:30 am-1:30 pm

Suggested donation: $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.

 

Qigong with Terry Leers – In-Person and on Zoom

Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 am

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. Zoom replays available for viewing later. To register and receive the Zoom link, contact Terry Leers at 206-999-5381 or terryleers.sfq@gmail.com.

 

Tai Chi

Thursdays beginning November 18, 10-11am

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

Damos la bienvenida a todos los miembros de la comunidad Latinx para un día completo de actividades divertidas, tiempo social y almuerzo.

We welcome all members of the Sea Mar Community Health Center for a full day of fun activities, socializing and lunch.

 

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.

 

Coffee with Vets

Tuesdays Nov. 9 and Dec. 14, 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.

 

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 October 14, October 28, November 4, November 18, December 2, December 16 and December 30, 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 at the Senior Center. To register, call Toni at 206-932-4044 x9 or tonia@soundgenerations.org.

 

Game Day

Fridays, 1-3pm

Meet at the Senior Center for an afternoon of games! We have Backgammon, Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit or bring your own games. Anyone interested in teaching Bunco or Mexican Train Dominoes?

 

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.

 

NW Accordion Society

Mondays November 8 and December 13, 7:30-9:30pm

Enjoy an evening of listening and dancing to accordion music. Interested accordion players can sign up to perform during Open Mic times. For questions, contact John Giuliani: 425-255-2121 or testaduda@ gmail.com.

 

Older Westside Lesbian Group (Owls)

Tuesdays October 26, November 30 and December 28, 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, 10 am – 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.

 

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.

 

Second Thursday Out

Thursdays October 14, 7pm
Thursday, Nov 11, 6pm social time, 6:30 pizza party
Thursday, Dec 9, 6pm social time, 6:30 dinner and holiday party/gift exchange

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 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.

 

Art Class

Tuesdays, 10:30 am-12:00pm

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 Peggy Abby creates a casual and encouraging environment for all participants. Class fills up quickly. To register, call the Senior Center at 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.

 

Ham Radio Group

Monday November 1 and December 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.

 

Monday Memoirs with Martin

Mondays beginning November 8, 1-2:30pm

You’ve probably said to yourself, “Someday I’m going to write this all down.” Now is the time! Join us for a new writing group focused on helping you organize, write and print your most treasured personal stories. If you start now, you just might have a finished manuscript before the end of the year. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Quilters Group

Mondays October 18 (virtual), November 1 (in person), November 15 (virtual), December 6 (in person) and December 20 (virtual), 7-9 pm

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 October 20, November 3, November 17, December 1, December 15, 11am-12pm

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 9am-1pm
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.

 

Guided Computer Support

Thursdays 1-4pm; 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.

 

Stop The Email Madness

Mondays beginning November 8, 3-4:30pm

Do you get too much email? Do you have hundreds (or thousands) of emails in your inbox? Join us on
Mondays for tips and tools to vanquish the email beast. We’ll also take time during each class for you
to practice your new skills and to work toward the day when you reach “Inbox Zero!”

 

Tech Support

Thursdays 1-4pm; 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.

 

Unlimited Books, Music And Movies

Thursdays through December 9, 11:30am-12:45pm

With just your library card, we will show you how to access thousands of free digital books, audio books, music and movies through Seattle Public or King County libraries. We will provide all the technology you need, and we’ll lend it to you for a month. No computer experience necessary!

 

Zoom Room

Thursdays, 1-4pm; 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.

 

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

Fee: Free to everyone.

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 weekly group that is back meeting in person at the Senior Center. 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. For more information, contact Mo at 206-932-4044 x2 or maureenf@soundgenerations.org. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1.

 

Caregivers Support Group

Coming in 2022: Thursdays, January 6 and February 3, 10:30-11:30am

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

 

Low Vision Group

Tuesday, November 9, 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. November meeting will feature Dennis Foster from Vision Matters, a company offering magnification devices to assist with low vision. 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, in person or via Zoom. To register, call the Senior Center at 206-932-4044 x1.

Heather De Vrieze, Attorney

Last Tuesdays October 26, November 30 and December 28, 2:30-4pm (at Senior Center)

John Llewellyn, Attorney

Thursdays October 21, November 4, November 18, December 2 and December 16, 3:30-5pm (via Zoom)3:30-5pm

 

Medicare 101

Presentations: Thursday October 21, 11am-12pm; Wednesdays, November 3 and December 1,
10-11am.

One-to-one 30-min. appointments: Thursday October 21, 12-1:30pm; Wednesdays, November 3 and December 1, 12-1pm

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 or a 30-minute one-to-one session with long-time supporter Ann-Marie Murray. To register, call the Senior Center: 206- 932-4044 x1.

 

We-Care Medicare and You!

Presentation: Monday, October 18 and Thursday, December 2, 11am-12pm

One-to-one 30-minute appointments: Monday, October 18, 12-1:00pm and 2-3pm; Thursday, December 2, 12-1:30pm

Kelsey Rauenhorst will be presenting an educational overview of Medicare to inform you of your various options. Following the presentation, she will be available for one-on-one appointments to answer specific questions or assist with enrollments. She is an employee of Sound Generations, so all commissions go directly to help fund the work being done for older adults in King County. To register, call the Senior Center: 206-932-4044 x1. If you are unable to attend, but would like to meet with Kelsey one-on-one, please call 855-727-6234 to set up an appointment.

 

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: Wednesday November 10, 11am-12pm

One-to-one 30-min. appointments: Tuesdays, November 9 and November 23, 11am-12:30pm

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. Or, if you’d prefer, schedule a one-on-one session with Patrice to go over your personal situation. To register for either, call the Senior Center: 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 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

November 1: The Ranger, the Cook and the Hole in the Sky (1995) starring Sam Elliott, Jerry O’Connell, Molly Parker, Ricky Jay. (94 min.) Rated PG

November 8: Patterns (1956) starring Van Heflin, Everett Sloane, Ed Begley, Beatrice Straight. (83 min.)

November 15: The Devil Wears Prada (2006) starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Stanley Tucci, Emily Blunt, Gisele Bundchen. (109 min.) Rated PG-13

November 22: All the King’s Men (1949) starring Boderick Crawford, Joanne Dru, John Ireland, Mercedes McCambridge. (109 min.)

November 29: Morituri (1965) starring Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Trevor Howard, Wally Cox. (123 min.)

December 6: The Jayhawkers! (1959) starring Jeff Chandler, Fess Parker, Nicole Maurey, Henry Silva-(100 min.)

December 13: Pressure Point (1962) starring Sidney Poitier, Bobby Darin, Peter Falk. (91 min.)

December 20: Charlie Chan on Broadway (1937) starring Warner Oland, Keye Luke, Joan March, Leon Ames, Donald Woods, Marc Lawrence. (68 min.)

December 27: Blue, White and Perfect (1941) starring Lloyd Nolan, Mary Beth Hughes, George Reeves (73 min.)