Activities/Classes

The Center offers a true variety of classes and activities.
Costs and fees vary and are discounted for members.  Check out the newsletter  (on home page right hand sidebar) for dates and times or call the front desk for the most current information at 206.932.4044 x 1

  • Westside Dance Classes
  • Regain Your Balance
  • Chair Massage
  • Gentle Yoga
  • Tai Chi & Qigong
  • Mindfulness Mediation
  • Zumba Gold
  • Enhance Fitness
  • Line Dancing
  • Book Reading/Discussion Group
  • Watercolor Art
  • Mixed Media Art
  • Artist Group
  • Computer Classes
  • Computer Assistance
  • Drumming Circle
  • Film History
  • Terry’s “The Greatest Movies You May Have Never Heard Of” – MOVIE TIME
  • US/World History
  • Conversational Spanish
  • German
  • Special Series such as:  Entomology,  DIY Day Spa, AARP Driver Safety, Paper-crafting, Cannabis 101,  Recognizing Fraud, Fall Prevention, Medicare 101, Photography, and many more.

Most of our classes will allow drop in’s, please call the front desk for more information.  Occasionally classes will be on hiatus.  Check the schedule of events in the newsletter or call our front desk for more information.   (206.932.4044 x 1)

Ongoing Activities/Classes

  

COMPUTER ASSISTANCE
By Appointment!
Free
Call (206) 932-4044 x. 1 to arrange for a one-on-one appointment with one of our computer volunteers.

Do you have a computer problem that you need help with?  We encourage people to set up appointments and let us help you solve your computer issues.

Additional Computer Classes are routinely scheduled and will be announced when scheduled.

WESTSIDE DANCE LESSONS 


Put on Your Dancing Shoes!   No experience or partners needed! Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.
The Center is pleased to provide 6-week dance class series led by one of
Seattle’s most in-demand dance instructors, Dean Paton. This
former shortstop abandoned the baseball diamond for the dance
hall in 1994, and he’s been dancing ever since. The Center and Dean are both very excited to bring some partner dancing to West Seattle. Social-style dancing prepares you to dance with multiple partners when you go to dances. “Once you learn some basics, there’s no doubt you’ll get hooked once you see how much fun it can be to glide around the room in the arms of another person,” says Dean. You won’t want to miss these classes!

Dean makes it safe for dancers to screw up, step on the incorrect foot (including your partner’s), and do the simplest of moves completely
wrong. Dean says, “You get extra credit for making mistakes!”
Dean suggests wearing shoes without sticky soles. Suede or leather soles work best, but even rubber soles or sneakers can work, as long as the bottoms are well worn. Women should avoid spike heels, opting for flats or wider heels of an inch and a half or shorter.

No previous dance experience is necessary to join these classes, nor is a partner. Of course LGBTQ friendly.

REGAIN YOUR BALANCE
Each Friday, this class is led by body expert Erik LaSeur.  Are you afraid of falling?  Are you finding it more difficult to get in and out of a chair?  Explore easier ways to move our body and regain your sense of balance.  Sign up at the front desk.  Drop-ins welcome.

CHAIR MASSAGE – by appointment only.
Relax and enjoy 20 minute neck and back massage while seated by body expert Erik LaSeur every Friday.  Call the front desk for available appointment times 206.932.4044 x 1

GENTLE YOGA
Chair and standing postures – no floor sitting.  The 1 hour class is offered Mondays & Wednesdays and led by Cindy Pope. Improve breathing, posture, flexibility, balance and peace of mind.  Postures can be adapted to your abilities or limitations.  Wear loose and comfortable clothing.

TAI CHI & QIGONG – On Break
Improve your balance and increase your energy, strength, flexibility and coordination.  Join us for a blend of Eastern exercise for health benefits, longevity and fun.  Taught by Sifu Viola Brumbaugh.  Viola has over 26 years of extensive training including some of the Grandmasters of the world.  Sign up at the Front desk 206.932.4044 x 1. Drop-in’s always welcome.

MEDITATION CLASS  -“MINDFULNESS, MEDITATION & MORE!”
Explore mindfulness, stress reduction, meditation and other strategies to apply in your daily life during this ongoing class.  Class blends instruction, activities, discussion and practices.  These simple and subtle practices invite us to patiently practice to retrain our bodies and minds to establish a more regulated nervous system.  Please register by calling 206.932.4044 x1

ZUMBA GOLD 
Zumba is a form of exercise with a contagious blend of Latin and international rhythms that provides a fun and effective workout that incorporates fun, easy dance steps to make you feel great!  Zumba Gold is a modified Zumba class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity. The class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance!

ENHANCE FITNESS  


Finally a fitness class you can enjoy at any age or ability.  Whether you are fit or frail, Enhance Fitness can meet your needs for physical activity.  Stay strong, flexible and balanced as you age.  The Enhance Fitness program was created in partnership with University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center and Group Health Cooperative.  Classes held Monday, Wednesday & Friday mornings.

LINE DANCING
A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows, all facing either each other or in the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time.

Everyone is welcome, from novice to advanced.  You do not need a partner.  It’s great exercise and fun!  Thursday mornings.

ART CLASSES 
Our art classes vary depending on interest and instructor availability.

INTERMEDIATE WATERCOLOR with TORI SMITH
Expand and refine your watercolor painting skills with other watercolor painters.  Explore a variety of watercolor techniques and design concepts each month.  Paint at your own pace.  This class is designed for students with some prior experience with watercolors.   Supplies provided ($5 fee)  Sessions start the first Monday of each month.  Register in advance with Tori at 206.409.3356 or victoriaasmith4@gmail.com

MIXED MEDIA WITH TORI SMITH
This class is designed for beginners, but rusty and active artists are welcome to join the fun.  Spend your afternoon creating!   Pastel, watercolor media, collage, printmaking, pencil and more.   A variety of techniques will be explored in one and two week projects.  Supplies provided ($5 fee)  Sessions start the first Monday of each month.  Register in advance with Tori at 206.409.3356 or victoriaasmith4@gmail.com

ARTIST GROUP
If you do bead work, pain in any/all of the many water medias, do collage, mixed media, bookmaking, doll making, embroidery, knitting crocheting or are looking for a please to learn a bit more or to explore another art form – come join the fun!  Contact Linda 206.755.1472 or lulce6@aol.com for more info.

DRUMMING CIRCLE
Experience relaxation, energy and well-being when you join your drumming circle.  No experience necessary.  Drums and/or rattles provided but if you have your own, please bring them.  Led by Kenny Mandell

 “THE GREATEST MOVIES YOU MAY HAVE NEVER HEARD OF”

Terry Holm presents Matinee Movies every Wednesday and Friday at 1pm.

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FILM HISTORY
Film History course taught by Film expert Terry Holm each Friday.  This 25 minute weekly class is taught before our weekly movie.

US/WORLD HISTORY
These popular South Seattle College classes taught by Jim Lockerbie are held each Fall, Winter and Spring Quarters.  Contact the College to register. 206.934.5339

CONVERSATION SPANISH/SPANISH MOVIES
Sharing, speaking and writing in Spanish each week.  Plus short lessons in Hispanic cultures and visits to Hispanic restaurants.  The participants’ Spanish speaking ability ranges from fluent to newbie.  Ours is a supportive collaborative group.  Drop-ins are most welcome.  The class is facilitated by Suzanne Duffy-Kane, retired World Languages Educator.

GERMAN CLASS
Ann Root, native German speaker will teach this weekly class oriented toward beginners.