Global Grooves at World Dance Parties
An article by NWCCA Board President Dori Gillam

How would you like an opportunity to hear music from different countries, eat dinner, meet people from several cultures, and learn dances from around the world? If so, check out Dori’s article about this event that happens in southeast Seattle three times a year. 

March Presentation at Horizon House is Canceled Due to Illness
Join us for our April Presentation

West Side Story: Something Good Still Coming!
With Misha Berson
Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 PM, Anderson Hall, Horizon House

900 University Street, Seattle

Freelance arts critic and author of Something’s Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination, Misha Berson speaks to the enduring and evolving value of this iconic American musical. Seattle’s Fifth Avenue Theatre, in collaboration with Spectrum Dance Theater, will open a new production on May 31. Steven Spielberg will begin shooting a new film version new film version this summer, and in December, Broadway mounts a new version directed by Ivo van Hove, and Definitely a good time to take another look at this musical theatre classic!  

Misha Berson was the theater critic for the Seattle Times for 25 years and continues to write for the Times and other local and national publications. She currently teaches at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UW and other programs in Seattle.


Writing Group with Rebecca Crichton

Clearing Space for What’s Next: A Writing Group for Women
with NWCCA Executive Director Rebecca Crichton
1 – 2:30 PM on 3rd Wednesdays: March 20
Location near University Village

Sliding fee of $10-15 per session

We all have “stuff” that weighs us down and holds us back from moving forward. It might be the things we own, the relationships we have (or had!), the stories we keep telling ourselves that need rewriting. Join Rebecca Crichton for a supportive monthly gathering where we will explore what we want to let go of and how having more space can help us feel freer and more empowered.  

Rebecca brings more than three decades of professional writing and facilitating to the table and is currently exploring the rich and daunting process of downsizing and selling her home of 41 years.

No writing experience is necessary to benefit from this opportunity. Registration is necessary since space is limited to 6 at each session. Email Rebecca to register or for more information. Because of increased interest, starting in April, Rebecca will be offering this group from 1 to 3 PM on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at the same location near University Village. Registration is required to hold a space, which will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


In the Larger Community

On Our Own: Senior Support Group for People Living Alone
Facilitated by NWCCA ED Rebecca Crichton
Wednesday, April 3, 7  8 PM
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Share and explore the challenges of solo living with a companionable group of older adults who live alone. Learn together and support each other as we discuss what it means to be on our own!
RSVP for this free group to 206-297-0875. 


Letting It Go, Letting It Grow: Creating Vision and Space for Your Whole Life
Saturday, March 9, 9:30 AM  2:30 PM, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
7000 35th Ave SW — Walmesley Hall, Seattle

The New Year is often a time for clarifying our values, getting organized, cleaning and downsizing. It’s also a wonderful time to take inventory of financial affairs and planning. Participants will hear from Donna Oiland of Radiant Joy Ministries, participate in a program and interactive workshop with Rebecca Crichton of NW Center for Creative Aging, meet with exhibitors, and enjoy lunch. This worksop will help you clarify your priorities, purpose, personal mission and values, and develop a thoughtful plan. 

RSVP and for questions/directions: Marion Kari at 206-935-0358. $10 donation requested for coffee, refreshments and lunch. 


Reignite the Mind with Improvisation and Play

  • 10:30 AM  12 PM, Mondays: March 4, 11, 18 & 25,
    Taproot Theatre’s Isaac Studio, 
    212 N 85th Street, Seattle
    There is a $10 drop-in fee for this class. Care partners are invited to attend for free.
    For more information, email Pam Nolte at
  • 2:30  3:30 PM, 2nd Mondays through June: March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10.
    Edmonds Center for the Arts,
     410 4th Ave N, Edmonds
    $5 per person/$2 Arts for Everyone for seniors with limited disposable incomes. $15 each for all 4 classes. Drop-ins welcome!
    Register at  or call the ECA Box Office at 425-275-9595.

Improv students engage fully in the present moment, making improvisation a perfect theatre class for individuals with early stage memory loss (ESML). There is no memory requirement, just the delight of participating in a creative experience that releases the imagination while giving a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence and social enrichment.

These classes are highly recommended for both those experiencing ESML and their care partners as class exercises can add a wonderful new dimension to shared daily life. 


Alzheimer’s Café at the Frye
Monthly on Second Tuesdays: March 12, April 9, 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


Ashton Applewhite: A Manifesto Against Ageism

Monday, March 11:
1 PM, Kirkland Library,
308 Kirkland Ave, Kirkland.
7 PM, Elliott Bay Book Company, 1
521 Tenth Ave, Seattle.

Tuesday, March 12, 7 PM, Third Place Books Seward Park,
5041 Wilson Ave S, Seattle

From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old: that wrinkles are embarrassing, and older people are useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed these myths too, until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Applewhite will talk about how ageism divides and debases, and will conclude with a rousing call to action. Whether you’re older or hoping to get there, Applewhite will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life! 

All events are free and open to the public.


Wisdom Café: Who Are You Becoming?
2 PM, Tuesday, March 12, Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Avenue NW, Shoreline

Getting older challenges us to continue to grow and change. Who are you now? How have your roles and interests contributed to your present identity? We’ll explore how we transition to the next version of ourselves. 

No registration is required for this free event, facilitated by NWCCA Board President Dori Gillam. 


To Err Is Human, A Patient Safety Documentary
Thursday, March 14, 6  8 PM, UW Medical Center
Hogness Auditorium, UW (Room A-420), 1959 NE Pacific Street

In partnership with the UW Center for Health Sciences Interprofessional Education, Research and Practice & UW Medicine, the Washington State Patient Safety Coalition is delighted to invite you to a free public screening of this film during Patient Safety Week.

Through interviews with leaders in healthcare, footage of real-world efforts leading to safer care, and one family’s compelling journey from tragedy to triumph, the documentary provides a unique look at our healthcare system’s ongoing fight against preventable harm. 

While the event is free, registration is mandatory. Attendance limited to 200. 


Conscious Eldering in the Time of the Great Turning
A Weekend with Lynn Iser, Elder Activist, Facilitator, Teacher
Friday, Saturday & Sunday, March 22, 23 & 24 Sunset Hill Community Center 
3003 NW 66th St, Seattle
Presented by Rite of Passage Journeys and Antioch University Seattle

Friday, 3/22, 7 – 9 PM • Speaking Engagement: Befriending Our Elder Years
$10 – $25, sliding scale. 

Saturday, 3/23, 10 AM  5 PM • Workshop: Conscious Eldering in the Time of the Great Turning
$100 – $175, sliding scale (financial assistance is available).

Sunday, 3/24, 1 – 4 PM • Gathering: A Networking/Council Circle for Elder Activists
By donation at the door.

What does it mean to become an “elder” – a respected, integral member of your community, sharing your life experience and considering your legacy? For details, click here.  


Aging Into The Future: Pierce County 2020 – 2030
Saturday, March 23, 9 AM  1 PM
McGavick Conference Center, Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW, Lakewood

This conference looks toward how we can prepare Pierce County (government, businesses, non-profits, faith communities, etc.) to prepare for a future when over 25% of our residents will be older adults. The program will include speakers on eight different topics: The Built Environment (Infrastructure), Transportation, Long Term Health, Personal Wellness, Social Security & Medicare, Legislation, Threats to Independence, and the Economics of Aging. The audience will have generous opportunities to provide feedback, suggestions and additional comments throughout.

Admission is free, but tickets must be ordered in advance online or by calling 253-798-4600 or 1-800-562-0332. questions asked). Click here for more details.  


Emerald City Women’s Chorus Spring Concert
Sunday, March 24, 2 PM, St. Andrews Episcopal Church
111 NE 80th Street, Seattle

Emerald City Women’s Chorus is a non-audition chorus in North Seattle that provides an easy-going, fun, and welcoming community for all women who love to sing simply for the joy of it. A supportive community of singers who sing a mix of 3 and 4 part music and a variety of genres, including contemporary, classical, folk and rock ‘n roll, they continually strive for an excellent sound.

Annual Chorus Fundraiser: Tickets $10 each. Complimentary refreshments following the concert.
For more information contact:


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

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


2019 Washington State Senior Games
July 26 – 28 at various sites throughout the South Sound

Over 2,000 participants took part in the 2018 Games! Events for the 2019 Games include: Archery, Basketball, Badminton, Bowling, Cowboy Action Shooting, Cycling, Dance, Disc Golf, Golf, Pickleball, Power Walking, Race Walking, Racquetball, 5 & 10K Runs, Rock Climbing, Shuffleboard, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track & Field, Trap Shooting and Volleyball.

For more information, contact Jack Kiley, President: or 360- 754-4937.