January Presentation at Horizon House:

Aging and Creativity

Against Aging/For Creativity!
With writer & teacher Priscilla Long
Tuesday, Jan. 22, 7:30 PM, Anderson Hall, Horizon House

900 University Street, Seattle

Join Priscilla Long for an illustrated talk with a focus on world-class old creators  artists, writers, composers. Topics include neuroscience, population trends, theories of aging and creativity, and the advantages of being an old creator.

Priscilla Long is a poet and a writer of science, history, creative nonfiction, and fiction, and a longtime independent teacher of writing. She is author of six books including Minding the Muse: The Writer’s Portable Mentor, a book of poems titled Crossing Over, and a collection of creative nonfiction, Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? 


New Writing Group with Rebecca Crichton

Letting Go: Writing Our Way to Lighter, Clearer and Freer
with NWCCA Executive Director Rebecca Crichton
1 – 2:30 PM on 3rd Wednesdays starting on January 16
Location near University Village

Sliding fee of $15-25 per session

Bringing her more than 35 years of professional writing and facilitating to the table, Rebecca Crichton is excited to be entering the New Year with this new group.  

Through discussion and writing, we will inquire about the “stuff” in our lives. Whether it is the things we own, the relationships we’ve had, or the personal stories we carry, this topic yields rewards  not the least of which is a sense of spaciousness and understanding.

Email Rebecca for more information. She is also offering a single session of this group, open to all, at Wallingford Senior Center. A great way to try it out! Details below.


In the Larger Community

On Our Own: Senior Support Group for People Living Alone
Facilitated by NWCCA ED Rebecca Crichton
Wednesdays, Jan. 2, Feb. 6, March 6, 7  8 PM
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Join a new group of older adults who live alone to explore and share the challenges and surprises of solo living. We will learn together and redefine what it means to be on our own! RSVP for this free group to 206-297-0875. 


King County Library System Wisdom Cafés: Who Is Your Family?
Tuesday, January 2, 2 PM, Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Avenue NW, Shoreline

We often assume older people have or have had partners, children and grandchildren, and belong to “typical” families. But our assumptions can be wrong, and people can feel hurt and excluded. What determines “family” for you?

NWCCA Board President and 2019-2020 member of Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau Dori Gillam will facilitate the discussion. No registration is required for this free event. 


First Friday Film Series
1 PM at Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

A free monthly program curated by long-time film buff Ruth McCormick.

  • January 4: My Afternoons with Margueritte (2010)
    A semi-literate and lonely odd-job man bonds with a much older and well-read woman.
  • February 1: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
    Two con men try to settle their rivalry by betting on who can swindle a young American heiress out of $50,000 first.


Master Gardener Clinic
Saturday, January 5, 10 AM – 2 PM, Federal Way Library
34200 First Way South, Federal Way

Master Gardeners are trained volunteers providing research-based information on home gardening and pest control. Get answers to general gardening questions. Learn about proper plant selection. Bring a sample of a diseased plant for diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Have an insect identified. Learn least toxic ways to treat diseases and pests. The Master Gardeners offer one-on-one assistance and are eager to help!


Alzheimer’s Café at the Frye
Monthly on Second Tuesdays: January 8, Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

  • Pre-café Gallery Discussion: 2 PM
  • Alzheimer’s Cafe 2:30  4 PM

A unique opportunity for people living with dementia, their care partners, family, and friends to enjoy companionship, good food, music, and fun in a relaxed environment. No registration is required and there is no cost, except for food and drink ordered from the menu.

Immediately before the Alzheimer’s Café, visit a favorite painting or explore a new work of art in a gallery discussion tour led by a museum educator or gallery guide. For more information, contact Mary Jane Knecht, Manager, Creative Aging Programs, 206-432-8265 or


Let’s End Ageism: TED Talk and Discussion
Wednesday, January 9, 1:30  3 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Seattle

It’s not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It’s ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves  and each other. Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudice: “Aging is not a problem to be fixed or a disease to be cured.”

$3 members, $5 public. Advance registration appreciated. 


Ignite Seattle Storytelling and Speaking Workshop
Wednesday, January 9, 6:30  8 PM, WeWork
107 Spring Street, WeWork Basement, Seattle

Want to improve your ability to tell your story? Learn how to organize and structure a truly compelling presentation? Or finally get past your fears of speaking in public? This is a great opportunity to improve your storytelling and speaking skills, plus be entertained and educated by other participants. 

This event is not focused on the Ignite format, although it is referenced, and you do not need to have a talk prepared to attend. Register here for $5 (it’s a bargain!).


Harnessing Your Creativity
Thursday, January 10, 10:30  11:30 AM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

What did you love to do when you were eight years old? Tim Lundquist shares his story about how his Parkinson’s diagnosis made him reconnect with his artistic self. His storytelling, cartooning and performance skills, teaching, and essential message combine for an entertaining and interactive experience. 

RSVP for this free presentation by calling 206-297-0875. 


Letting Go: Writing Our Way to Lighter, Lesser, Clearer
Friday, January 11, 1  2:30 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Seattle

Our writing might be about the things we own, the relationships we’ve had, or the personal stories we carry. Rebecca has been writing professionally for more than 35 years and is currently exploring the rich and daunting process of downsizing and selling her home of 41 years. Writing materials provided.

$8 members; $10 public. Advance Registration appreciated. 


Seattle Song Circle
Sunday, January 13, 7  10 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Join a bunch of folks who enjoy getting together to sing. No expertise is required, but ability to stay in key is nice. Mainly folksongs (definitions abound). Instruments are welcome, but jams are not the mainstay of a typical evening. Though there is no official songbook, many people bring Rise Up Singing (The Blue Book).

Contact Bruce Baker for more information about this free event, 425-998-6134 or


A Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Inspiring a Beloved Community in Song, Spoken Word and Dance
Monday, January 21, 7 PM, Edmonds Center for the Arts
410 4th Avenue N, Edmonds

This event will feature NWCCA Board member, Dr. Gloria BurgessThe Sound of the Northwest Choir, directed by Juan Huey-Ray; Price Arts Dance; Josephine Howell & Band; Barclay Shelton Dance Center and JHP Legacy.

Presented by Edmonds Center for the Arts and Lift Every Voice Legacy.
Make your reservation here. General Admission $10, Student $5, GA day-of-show $12.


“MeToo” Discussion
Wednesday, January 23, 1 – 3 PM, Greenwood Senior Center  

525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Using humor, compassion, and critical thinking skills, this discussion for women only will explore current affairs and the “MeToo” movement through the lens of our experiences. Led by Denise Malm, Wallingford Senior Center social worker.. 

Call 206-297-0875 to RSVP for this free event.


How to Help a Grieving Friend
Thursday, January 31, 10:30 AM  Noon, Greenwood Senior Center

525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Join GSC Social Worker Carin Mack as she shares ground rules for providing support for friends and family who are experiencing loss. RSVP for this free event to 206-297-0875. 


Perspectives on Memory: Creative Aging Conference
Friday, February 1, 8:15 AM – 6 PM, Frye Art Museum Auditorium

704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

A one-day conference designed for social and healthcare professionals, artists, educators, and lifelong learners. Through the wide lenses of creativity and aging, this conference will explore the topic of memory from multidisciplinary perspectives including psychology, sociology, neurology, technology, as well as the visual, literary, and performing arts.  

A limited number of scholarships are available at a reduced rate. Please contact Mary Jane Knecht, Manager, Creative Aging Programs, for an application. Registration is now open and always fills quickly.


Winter Memory Loss Programs at Greenwood Senior Center
Various dates & locations

A brochure listing upcoming support groups, meetings, organizations, programs, counseling and activities.


UW Alumni Association Winter 2019 Public Lectures
Various dates & locations

From cutting-edge research to historical perspective, UW faculty and guest lecturers share their knowledge and insights about issues facing our world today. View the complete list of UW public lectures from The Graduate SchoolFriends of the UW LibrariesUW TacomaUW Bothell and more.