Activities/Programs

We’ve gone virtual while the Senior Center is closed for social distancing.

 

We’d Love Your Feedback!

Help Us Formulate Our Reopening Plan

During this unprecedented time, we have really missed seeing all of our members and volunteers at the Senior Center of West Seattle! We are excited to formulate a plan for re-opening activities at the Senior Center, and we’d love your feedback in helping us make this transition as safe and comfortable as we can.

Thank you so much for taking the time to fill out this brief 4 question survey – we appreciate it! Stay safe and healthy, and we hope to see you soon!

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Exercise

From Senior Center Instructors ~

Live Fitness

SCWS Fitness instructor Maria Dowell is offering online Live Fitness classes at 9 am Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Please email Maria ma15dowell@gmail.com if you are interested and for details about how to connect. Optional $3 class fee.

 

Cardio Salsa with Maria

Tuesdays 10:30 am

Thursdays 4:00 pm

Dancing is the most complete workout there is and is fun for everyone!

      • Bring your happy spirit
      • Wear comfortable clothing and supportive shoes. (If you have carpet, please use socks or go barefoot to reduce friction when twisting.)
      • Bring a big water bottle
      • Make sure you have a clear space where you can move freely

Get ready for good music to lead you from an easy warm up, to a little heat and to a cool down, all in 45 minutes!

(Always make sure that you consult your doctor before taking classes and be safe this is to your own risk)

Maria loves dancing and looks forward to sharing that with all of you! Contact her at maria15dowell@gmail.com  or (206) 574 8944 for information about how to connect. Suggested donation is $8, but any contribution is welcome. Pay via “Venmo www.venmo.com/Maria-Dowell.

Chair Yoga with Kathleen Dowd

When: Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 AM
Where: Zoom – Join Zoom Meeting, https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88676273874,  Meeting ID: 886 7627 3874
By donation: Suggested donation $5 / person / class; no one turned away for lack of funds.
Payment can be made to Kathleen Dowd via PayPal (specialkdowd@gmail.com) OR contact Kathleen for address if you prefer to send a check.

Kathleen is a certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a 500-hour level certified yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga for 8 years and practicing for 25 years.

 

From the Community ~

Yoga and Movement with GenPRIDE Instructor Elizabeth Kovar GenPRIDE

Healthy Living Room from the YMCA

Find on-demand online workouts and resources for keeping your brain and body healthy on the YMCA’s Healthy Living Room page.

 

Art

From the community~

May West Seattle Virtual Art Walk –

See beautiful artwork by West Seattle Artists, including the Senior Center’s own Alexis LaFlamme, on the West Seattle Artwalk website (scroll down the page to see photos). You can also watch a curated virtual Art Walk on YouTube.

King County Library System

Daily Arts Activities by Silver Kite

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver Kite Community Arts is offering daily online intergenerational workshops, talks, social hours, and performances FREE for KCLS patrons. We hope that by offering these opportunities, we are providing stimulating creative engagement opportunities and social connection during this challenging time. New classes weekly.

Gage Academy of Art “Art to Go” Free Online Classes

Art to Go – Unlock your inner artist from the comfort of your home. Art to Go is a free community art series presented by Gage 360. As a public service to the community, Gage has developed twice-weekly classes that are FREE to anyone interested in learning about art. This new program will provide free art tutorials, demos and lectures from Gage artist instructors.

Attending the class via Zoom is on a first-come-first serve-basis as seats are limited, so click here to register online.

Online Art Resources from MoMA

MoMA (Metropolitan Museum of Art) has a number of free online art classes and resources in both English and Spanish.

 

Meditation

From Senior Center Instructors ~

Meditation with Kathleen Dowd

Join Kathleen on Facebook and for two free guided meditations per week.

Wednesdays – Join Kathleen for a guided grounding meditation on the Kathleen Dowd Yoga Facebook page. You can go to Kathleen’s Facebook page at 8AM each Wednesday morning.

Mondays – Join Kathleen for guided gratitude meditations on her private 365 Days of Gratitude! Facebook group. Anyone who wants to share a gratitude practice in community is welcome to first join the group and then participate Mondays at 8 AM.

Kathleen is a certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists and a 500-hour level certified yoga teacher. She has been teaching yoga for 8 years and practicing for 25 years.

Mindfulness Classes from instructor Kate Jarvis

MINDFULNESS CLASSThursdays from 10am-11:15am.  FREE. This is an ongoing class. Email kate@practiceseattle.com if you are interested. 

CHECK-IN CLASS, Mondays 10-10:30 am, this is an ongoing class. Email kate@practiceseattle.com if you are interested. 

From Kate: We all encounter anxiety and fear in daily life. During this current crisis, it is crucial to cultivate inner resources of safety, strength and connection. Drawing on these resources, we can practice staying present when fear arises and meeting the situation with courage, intelligence and care. We can practice responding, rather than reacting. In this class, we will explore mindfulness, meditation, stress reduction and other empowering strategies and how they can be applied in daily life.  This class blends instruction, activities, discussion and practices of mindfulness and meditation.

Instructor Kate Jarvis, MIT. Founder of Practice Seattle, an organization dedicated to daily practices, peace and service. Kate is a student of awareness practice, a certified yoga instructor, and has studied with Jack Kornfield, Tara Brach, Cheri Huber, Mindful Schools and more.

 

Social

From the community~

Let’s be Pen Pals Progam

Even though we need to keep our distance from each other for now, it doesn’t mean we can’t make new friends. In fact, it’s a great time to make new friends and to bring back the lost art of letter writing!

The Let’s be Pen Pals Program has an awesome group of people of all ages from around the country and the world who would love to be pen pals with you.

Once you’ve signed up to participate, Let’s Be Pen Pals will match you with a pen pal. They’ll send the first letter (or poem or piece of artwork) via USPS mail to you and include their return address so you can write back to them. Or you can email if you prefer. You can also write to more than one pen pal.

If you’re interested in being matched with a pen pal, please contact Karen Pfeiffer Bush at Karen@Housewarmingseattle.com or by mail at PO Box 80132 Seattle, WA 98108.

 

Great Resources

From the community~

Seattle Public Library 50+ Page

SPL has a new page designed especially for people 50 and older. You can find online book clubs, art classes, skill-building workshops, special collections and more. Whether you are learning a new technology, planning for retirement, exploring a creative hobby or delving into geneology, you will find something of interest.

17 Ways to Enjoy Your Time at Home While Social Distancing

Lots of great ideas, activities and links to resources from Synergy Homecare.

 

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Ongoing Activities – Classes Below Will Resume When SCWS Reopens

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
  • Qigong
  • Mindfulness Mediation
  • Enhance Fitness
  • Line Dancing
  • Book Reading/Discussion Group
  • Watercolor 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
  • Current Events Discussion group
  • Sing-Along group
  • Ukulele group
  • Hardanger
  • Bridge For Fun
  • Duplicate Bridge
  • Pinochle
  • Bingo
  • 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)

  

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.  Improve breathing, posture, flexibility, balance and peace of mind.  Postures can be adapted to your abilities or limitations.  Wear loose and comfortable clothing.

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

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.

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

View Movie Listings   

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

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

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH – Instructor needed!
¡Hola y bienvenidos a la clase conversacional de español!
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 and collaborative group. Drop-ins are most welcome. (We are searching for a facilitator for conversational Spanish, once the Center re-opens. If you are interested, please contact Alexis at alexisl@soundgenerations.org)

CURRENT EVENTS DISCUSSION GROUP
If you are an avid follower of the daily news and would like to discuss current events with others, we have a new group for you! This group will meet the first and third Fridays of each month to share information and opinions about the news. Facilitated by Toni Ameslav, Social Worker.

SING-A-LONG
Music is an important part of everyday life and has been shown to enhance mood, improve health, and
even improve/sustain memory. We are so lucky to have Michael Harris (of 1960’s HAIR fame) lead our Sing-A-Long group. We sing songs from the 20’s, 30’s, 40’s, and beyond and are sometimes joined in by ukulele players. All ages and abilities welcome. We would love to have you join us too. We could make such beautiful music together! Questions? Call Holly McNeill at 206-932-4044 x2.

UKULELE GROUP
Open to all musicians and singers

HARDANGER
Hardanger is Norwegian embroidery that dates further
back than the 1700s. Come check out this traditional
craft. Newcomers always welcome!

 

QIGONG WITH TERRY LEERS
Come explore and experience the calming physical and mental health benefits of the ancient Chinese practice of QiGong (chee gung). Find out for yourself why Qigong has been officially endorsed by Harvard Medical School, CDC, National Council on Aging (NCOA) and the World Health Organization, among others. Research suggests the relaxation response resulting from practicing Qigong helps to cut health care costs, as well as, reduce stress and pain, improve balance, provide better sleep, improve mental clarity, and prevent illness. This weekly class includes instruction and practical application of mental focus, gentle movements, simple breathing, and meditation techniques. All activities are easily learned and adaptable to all students’ physical needs and can be practiced while lying down, seated, or standing. No special equipment nor experience necessary. Drop-ins and all ages are welcome!
Taught by Spring Forest Qigong Certified Qigong Trainer of the Year for 2018, Terry Leers