New Programs for May and June!

Check out our eleven NEW classes, support groups and events

 

Celebrate Pride with Your Stories – The LGBTQIA+ community has moved from secret societies and unjust laws to public celebrations and landmark Supreme Court rulings. Join Martin Piccoli in this writing group to share what you have personally experienced and to celebrate–with pride–the journey of your life. Three short written pieces will be collected and bound together for each participant. Six Sessions on Mondays beginning May 9, 12:30-2 p.m.

Dance Time with Lauren – Dust off your dancing shoes and kick off a new hobby with live music and dance at this monthly evening event. Wednesdays, May 4 and June 1, 6-8 p.m.$10 entrance fee.

Diabetic Support Group– 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. Fridays, May 6 and June 3, 1-2 p.m.

Free Vaccine Clinic– Come get a free vaccine at the Senior Center. No insurance is required. First vaccines and boosters of Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are available. To register: kingcounty.gov and enter code W7Z8-N6S2-Q2G4. Drop-ins welcome! Friday May 20, Noon-5 p.m.

Play Reading Class – Join veteran actress Margaret VandenBerghe and be part of a play reading production. With script in hand this group will create a final performance for friends and family to enjoy. This is not a drop-in class so please come on the first day to be included. Open to all levels of acting skills. Thursdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Poetry Writing Class – Internationally published and award-winning poet Koon Woon will show beginners and serious students the joy of poetry writing and even how to get published. Wednesdays, May 11, 25, June 8, 22, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Pride Month Workshop– This special presentation and Q & A led by GenPride will include an overview of gender, gender identity and respectful language/personal pronouns used with the trans and non-binary community. Thursday, June 9, 4-6 p.m.

“Scan to Pay” Parking Tutorial – Meet in the Senior Center lobby. We’ll walk to the parking lot behind the Senior Center for a demonstration on how to use phone-based parking meters. Hosted by Diamond Parking. Friday, May 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Sunny Sprouts School – Facilitated by Master Gardener Mary Hecht, this class is for anyone who wants to grow herbs and other plants to flavor food, as well as learn tips about vegetable growing. Whether indoors or outdoors in pots or in the ground, all you need is a sunny spot. Seeds will be provided to all registered attendees. Fridays, May 6 and June 3, 1-2 p.m.

Transportation Table Events – Stop by the Senior Center Lobby on the following dates for Q&A information from Hyde Shuttle (Tuesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.); a “Scan to Pay” Parking Tutorial hosted by Diamond Parking (Friday, May 13, 12:30-1:30 p.m.); and King County Metro Transit (Monday, May 23, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.).

Tree Talks ­– Learn to recognize many of the amazing trees we have in West Seattle! Retired university professor and self-taught tree expert, Al Rouyer, will share facts, trivia, stories, blooming seasons and the strange history of trees arriving in Seattle. Photos and Tree Pages will help you identify them on walks. May 26, “The Ten Most Common Trees in West Seattle,” 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; June 23, “Some Unusual and Uncommon Trees in West Seattle,” 11am-12:30 p.m.

To register for any of these classes (unless otherwise noted) visit our front desk or call 206-932-4044 ext. 1.

You can also find a complete list of all current offerings on our Activities page.

 

 

Meet Stop ‘N Shop Volunteer Noelle

Stop ‘N Shop volunteer Noelle lived in central Seattle for several decades, but moved back to West Seattle because she missed its beauty. We’re glad to have her in the neighborhood!

Noelle finds great satisfaction in organizing and keeps our retail display shelves and back work areas neat and tidy. We should have a before and after camera shot of all her projects! Thank you, Noelle.

How to Avoid Email and Text Scams

By the Senior Center’s Digital Equity Coordinator, Martin Piccoli

With email and texts, it’s OK to have trust issues. Americans wake up to billions of new emails delivered to their inboxes every day. By comparison, the U.S. Postal Service delivers only millions of pieces of mail to our homes. And the Postal Service cuts us a break on Sundays. But email? It just keeps coming.

Managing email is challenging, and it can be risky too. Email scams abound. Sometimes they are obvious, but too often scammers create emails that look 100% genuine. What’s a person to do? Here are some tips to help you avoid scams.

1. Start from a strong place

Before you click on your inbox, take stock of your feelings and your schedule. Is it a good time for you to engage in what could be a can of worms? Are you rested? Is your stress level low? Many scams capitalize on us being in a hurry or not having energy or strength to scrutinize our emails.

2. Be skeptical

Before you click and open any email, you can check where it really came from. One Senior Center member received an email supposedly from “Customer Service at Norton Antivirus.” When she looked closer at the sender’s electronic address, it read “darrelgrineharth582@gmail.com.” Norton would never send its mail through gmail, so she knew it was a scam.

3. Monitor your emotions

Many scammers use our emotions against us. If an email creates a strong reaction, we are more likely to act on impulse. If you open an email and suddenly feel a strong emotion—excitement, anger, joy, curiosity or frustration—the best strategy may be to walk away from your electronic device and let the emotion pass. Come back to the email later and scrutinize it carefully.

4. When in doubt, stop and check it out

If an email looks or feels at all suspicious, do not click on any link or call any phone number included in the email. Instead, use a trusted method to check the validity of the email. If you receive an unexpected email claiming to come from your bank, pull out your debit or credit card and call the 800 number on the back to verify over the phone that the email actually came from your bank. If you receive an email from a friend and it has an unusual request or contains a link to click, pick up your phone and call your friend to determine if they really sent that email.

Finally, keep in mind that the Senior Center is a resource for you. We have ongoing programs and services that can help you navigate the world of technology. Learn more on our website at sc-ws.org.

 

 

Bingo is a Winner for the Senior Center

In 2006, the Senior Center of West Seattle launched a new fundraising event. It would feature classic Bingo, drag queens, music, food, drinks and a new way to support our community’s seniors. Rainbow Bingo was an immediate hit.

A big reason for the event’s long-time success has been the dedication and talent of emcee Sylvia O’Stayformore. Sylvia’s mission from the beginning has been to rally our supporters for a good cause, create a fun atmosphere and support the LGBTQ+ community.

Rainbow Bingo has been a bedrock event for the Senior Center for the past 15 years. It brings together people of all ages and backgrounds and introduces many new supporters to the Senior Center. It has even been replicated at dozens of other senior centers and churches around the region.

In December, we welcomed Rainbow Bingo back to the Senior Center after a pandemic pause. With a smaller-than-normal group of attendees (to ensure distancing), we reached a major milestone that night. Since its start, Rainbow Bingo has now raised $1 million to support the Senior Center’s operations. To everyone who has attended Rainbow Bingo over the years, a big thank-you for your support.