New Partnership with ArtsWest

ArtsWest is inviting our members to attend the upcoming award-winning play English at an exclusive discounted rate all season long. Plus, attendees at the Thursday, April 11, showing can stop by the theater’s box office for a special gift from ArtsWest.

English is written by Sanaz Toossi, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2023. It is co-produced with Seda Iranian Theatre Ensemble and directed by Naghmeh Samini.

As described by ArtsWest: “Two words set in motion award-winning playwright Sanaz Toossi’s intricate and profound New York debut: ‘English Only.’ This is the mantra that rules one classroom in Iran, where four adult students are preparing for the TOEFL — the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Chasing fluency through a maze of word games, listening exercises, and show-and-tell sessions, they hope that one day, English will make them whole. But it might be splitting them each in half.”

ArtsWest is a professional, nonprofit theater and art gallery that has been an artistic hub in the West Seattle Junction since 1998.

Tickets: $30 tickets are available for Senior Center members. Use the code WS_SENIOR24 when purchasing at artswest.org or by mentioning the Senior Center to the box office in person or at 206-938-0339.

Meet Volunteer Larry Schwab

Story and photo: Charles Wallace, Stop ‘N Shop volunteer

Larry Schwab has been a Stop ‘N Shop volunteer for three years, helping us transport unsellable items to other nonprofit charities. We’re so grateful for Larry’s help—it has been hard to fill this essential role because it requires heavy lifting and a large vehicle.

Even when he had some serious medical issues, Larry has remained consistent and reliable in his support of the Senior Center’s thrift store. We can tell that it’s important to Larry that he spends time helping others.

Originally from Bismark, North Dakota, Larry has lived in West Seattle since 1975. He really enjoys art and music, and Larry plays the guitar, piano and harmonica.

He also has a small landscape maintenance business. He’s a friendly guy, and many of his clients are members of the Senior Center, so some of you may already know him!

 

 

New Staff and Transitions

Jack Jannack and Danny Perez

We are excited to welcome three new staff members to our team.

Jack Jannack is our new Program Supervisor who will be managing our program team. He has many years of nonprofit experience, including working at food banks and with Sound Generations as a volunteer coordinator.

Our new Volunteer Coordinator is Danny Perez. Danny has 25 years of experience as a trainer and flight attendant, so his ability to connect with people and build relationships will be super helpful in this position.

Our new Stop ‘N Shop Coordinator is Angela Nichols, who comes to us with more than 20 years of experience in retail sales. As the previous owner of Funky Janes and Fuzzy Caterpillars, she brings marketing, scheduling, procurement, customer service and training skills.

And three staff members are making transitions.

Due to back health issues, Tessa Bowden will be moving to an administrative position in our office. We will miss her in the Stop ’N Shop!

We are also marking two transitions on our program team. Nancy Cossette is moving into a program support role, working part-time from home due to health reasons. Nancy did an amazing job bringing programming back to normal after the pandemic and then growing our offerings to meet our community’s needs. Nancy will help support our plans to soon expand our programs into the late afternoons.

We will miss Mira Fisher, Program Coordinator, as she has decided to pursue her next career opportunity. Mira built many great relationships with our members during her time with us, but she will still be living in the community and stopping by to visit.

 

Why We Are Changing Our Name

Thank you to all of our members, volunteers and visitors who recently took our survey about potential name ideas for the Senior Center. We have been listening to your feedback and are reading every idea and suggestion. We want you to know that we value and respect each of your opinions. Some of you asked, “Why are you changing your name?” Great question!

We are one of the hundreds of senior centers across the country that is exploring changing or have changed names. That’s because a lot of folks over the age of 50 don’t identify as a “senior” and don’t see themselves ever going to a “senior center.” We know that some people love the name “senior center” (we love you, too!)—and we know that others simply don’t.

As part of our long-term strategic plan, our board and staff leadership want to make sure that everyone in our community feels welcome and included in our building and in our programs. Our goal is to listen and anticipate the future needs of West Seattle residents years and even decades down the road and be well-positioned to support the physical, mental and emotional health of our community members as they age. One thing that will not change is our broad, engaging and fun programming. In fact, we plan to continue to add events, classes and activities based on what you tell us you want and need.

Stay tuned! We hope you like—or can graciously accept—what we land on.