Letting Go and Moving Forward
A Writing Group for Women with Rebecca Crichton

Group moving to the 4th Wednesday: Jan. 22, Feb. 26, March 25, 1 – 3 PM. Sliding fee $10–$15 per session. Location near Green Lake

We reconvene in 2020 to continue exploring what it means to let go of what holds us back from creating our futures. From the things we own to the stories we keep telling, or the relationships that keep us trapped, we can start to look at what hinders us from having the lives we want. Honesty, humor and wisdom continue to be among the gifts shared by past participants.

The group will meet on the fourth Wednesdays of January, February and March and is open to new members. No writing experience is necessary to benefit from this opportunity.  

Since space is limited to 6, registration is required to hold a space, which is on a first-come, first-served basis. Email Rebecca to register or for more information.


In the Larger Community


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Winter 2020 Courses

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington (OLLI-UW) invites adults over thege of 50 to come together to share intellectual interests and make new friends through a range of exciting programs. Learn for the joy of learning, without tests, grades or papers. Courses are offered in Everett, Mercer Island, Mukilteo, Redmond, and Seattle.


Men’s Focus Group
Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1 – 2 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Research has shown that men over 65 are more likely to be socially isolated than older women and have less contact with their children, family and friends. Because of this, the GSC wants to offer new programming specifically targeted to this demographic and are cordially inviting men to participate in a focus group, facilitated by their tech mentor and volunteer receptionist Bob Davis, to explore interests and possible future programming. Both regular attendees and those who are simply interested in assisting are encouraged to attend.

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


Jim Crow in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries
Wednesdays, Jan. 8 – Feb. 26, 7 – 8:15 PM, Greenwood Senior Center  
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

The 13th Amendment abolishing slavery was ratified on December 6, 1865. Nonetheless, beginning with the end of Reconstruction in 1877, the Southern states established laws and practices that kept black people in a condition of servitude that was slavery in all but name. This course describes the reality of life for black people beginning in the post-Reconstruction period up to the 1964 and 1965 Civil Rights Acts – and beyond.

There is no textbook; instructor will provide a course packet with all the readings. The reading for the first week will be sent out as an email attachment as you register for the course. The remaining readings will be available for purchase beginning the first week of class.

Registration required: 206-297-0875. $10 PNA members/$15 public for the series + $15 for course readings. 


Is a Smart Phone for You?
Thursday, Jan. 9, 11 AM – 12 PM, Greenwood Senior Center

525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Smart phones are a regular part of modern life, but are you still not sure they’re for you? Explore real life uses for these devices; from the critical, to the informative, to the simply entertaining. We’ll also discuss how to find the best phone plan for your lifestyle. Get your questions answered. 

Pre-registration required for this free event. Call 206-297-0875.


Breaking White Silence Book Group Winter ’20
Thursdays, Jan. 9 – Feb. 6, 7 – 8:15 PM
Organized by PNA & Greenwood Senior Center

Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Breaking White Silence project hopes to create anti-bias consciousness-raising groups in our community. Using Dr. Robin DiAngelo’s book What Does It Mean to be White: Developing White Racial Literacy to encourage personal reflection and conversation, this study group, facilitated by Paul Finley, is a first step to open up conversations about whiteness, white privilege, and racism.

The study groups are geared to adults of all ages. Middle school and high school students are also welcome. Although all are encouraged to purchase the book, there are some available to borrow.

Email Paul Finley to register for this free program and for location information.


Clothes Swap
Friday, Jan. 10, 12 – 3 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Clothes swaps are an environmentally and budget-friendly way to clear out your closets of outfits you don’t wear while spending nothing for new clothes! Plus, it’s a fun way to spend an afternoon!  

Bring between 3-10 pieces of clothing or accessories in good condition by 12 PM for sorting before the event, which starts at 1 PM. They will have treats, but feel free to bring some more to share!

RSVP to 206-297-0875. Free, but bring gently used clothing or accessories of good quality to participate.


AARP Home Fit Presentation
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1 – 2 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

The goal of the AARP HomeFit® program is to empower and equip individuals with information to safely remain in their home as they age. The workshop leads participants through the process of thinking about each area of their current home and whether it will meet their needs as they age, from an accessibility and livability viewpoint. In an AARP survey, eight out of ten people age 45 and older say they want to remain in their homes and communities for as long as possible.

The workshop offers ideas and inspiration on making modifications, ranging from simple do-it-yourself fixes to more complex solutions, depending on the individual’s needs and desires. Learn how to live comfortably, independently, and injury-free at home. 

Register for this free event at 206-297-0875.


Movies with Scarecrow Video: The Straight Story
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1 – 3 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

This film, directed by David Lynch and starring Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek and Harry Dean Stanton, chronicles a trip made by 73-year-old Alvin Straight from Laurens, Iowa, to Mt. Zion, Wis., in 1994 while riding a lawn mower. The man undertook his strange journey to mend his relationship with his ill, estranged, 75-year-old brother Lyle.

Scarecrow Video, a local non-profit film organization, brings a monthly film series to WCSC. Each screening is followed by a discussion led by one of their resident film experts. Popcorn and drinks provided!

Advance registration appreciated: 206-461-7825. $2 members; $4 public.


Craft Class
Third Thursdays, Jan. – March, 10 – 11 AM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Who doesn’t like a good crafty hour? No experience needed.

  • January 16: Bird Feeding Wreath
    A bird feed wreath would look great hanging on an outdoor tree, or give as a nice gift to a friend or neighbor who enjoys birds.
  • February 20: Painted Jar 
    The canning jar craft phenomenon is not over! You will paint a few jars that will transform your cotton swab storage into shabby chic countertop art.
  • March 19: Initial Mug 
    These mugs will be a one of a kind item to keep or gift away. Initials or a simple outline will make your mug a special statement.

One week advance registration required. $10 members; $13 non-members.


Spirituality and Aging: Cultivating Well-Being
Thursdays, Jan. 16 – Feb. 20, 10:30 AM – 12 PM,  Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Spend 6 weeks exploring this stage of our lives. What is the legacy we want to leave? We will look at our relationship with our bodies, how to expand nourishing relationships with family and community, forgiveness and reconciliation, living with loss, and conscious dying.

RSVP to 206-297-0875. $10 PNA members; $15 public for the series.


Wrinkles in Time Improv Performance
Thursday, Jan. 16, 1 – 2 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

An ensemble of elders who believe that the spirit doesn’t age, as they create a playful performance of skits and stories, movement and sound… Improvised on the spot and in the moment using the stuff of our lives and yours as our content… Sometimes poignant, sometimes amusing, always entertaining. What you will see today has not been seen before and may never be seen again! 

Advance registration appreciated. $7 members; $9 public.


Daniel Levitin Discusses “Successful Aging”
Thursday, Jan. 16, 8 – 8:15 PM, Central Library
1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

In his new book, Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives, award-winning neuroscientist and bestselling author Daniel J. Levitin, looks at the science behind what we all can learn from those who age joyously, as well as how to adapt our culture to take full advantage of older people’s wisdom and experience. Throughout his exploration of what aging really means, Levitin reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone can do as they age.

No registration required for this free event.


Be Counted in the 2020 US Census
Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 – 9 PM, Phinney Center Blue Building
6534 Phinney Avenue N, Seattle

The once-a-decade population count is quickly approaching. Find out how you can be counted by pressing a few buttons on your smartphone. Learn how your participation affects the amount of funding and representation our community receives. Learn about the well-paying, flexible jobs available.

Advance registration appreciated for this free event..


Advance Directives 101
Friday, Jan. 17, 1 – 3 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center 
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Social worker Denise Malm, MSW, and Mitzi Weiland, LMFTA, CT, will lead a discussion about advance planning. Questions discuss will include: What IS an Advance Directive? What does it DO? Where should I PUT it? And many more! Ease into the discussion about getting your Advance Directive done. And procrastinate no more! 

Advance registration required. $3 members; $5 public.


Who’s Watching You? Privacy in a Digital Age
Wednesday, Jan. 22, 1 – 2 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Technology has made it possible for more people and entities, both corporate and governmental, to surveil each one of us. In an age where your “data” is currency and everything is online, how can you know who’s watching you and why should you care? What trade-offs do we make when we order online, or use social media and smart home devices?

Kevin Orme of Seattle Privacy Coalition will discuss our expectations of privacy, common misconceptions, what the laws say, how and where you are being watched, and what you can do about it.

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


Artful Afternoon
Thursday, Jan. 23, 1 – 3:30 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Reconnect with your own creativity while making art alongside others. In this loosely structured workshop and supportive environment, work on your own unique art. Meet, mingle and trade inspiration with other students and art facilitator/instructor Cynthia Yatchman, Bring a project that you are working on at home. Spend a couple hours working alongside your fellow artists getting feedback and encouragement. Materials provided. 

Advance registration required. $10 members; $15 public.


Ooh La La Art Class
Fridays, Jan. – March, 1 – 2:30 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

In partnership with Alliance Francaise, a language class, using art to learn key words and phrases in French!

  • January 24: Learn key words for weather and time in French using art!
  • February 21: Learn key words for love and friendship in French using art!
  • March 20: Learn key words for spring, flowers and rebirth in French using art! 

Advance registration required. $15 members; $20 public per class.


Design With Us! UW Future Technology Senior Study
Fridays, Jan 24. – Feb. 28, 12, 10:30 AM – 12 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Have you ever been frustrated with a website that didn’t seem to meet your needs? Want to help make technology be better?  If so, join this study! You will work in a group with students from the University of Washington to brainstorm and discuss, evaluate, and imagine new ideas for technologies. They are looking for folks who are interested in technology, willing to collaborate in groups, want to express their creativity and use their talents to turn ideas into something tangible. No extensive technology experience is needed.

Register for this free event at 206-297-0875.


Jazz Concert with the Jane Addams Middle School Jazz Band
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2 – 3 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Join the award-winning, 23-piece Jane Addams Middle School Jazz band for a wonderful afternoon of music.

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


The Art of Visible Mending
Thursday, Jan. 30, 10 AM – 12 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Instead of hiding rips and tears, the visible mending movement turns them into art. Come explore the hot new trend of visible mending. It combines embroidery with patching to make your garments a work of art. Bring an item of clothes that has a spot to cover or a hole to mend. Instructor Perry DeMeritt will bring everything else to start you out. Presented by Seattle Recreative.

RSVP to 206-297-0875. Cost: $10.


Meet Me at the Movies: Travel, with a Focus on the Pacific NW
Saturday, Feb. 1, 11:30 AM – 1 PM, Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

Entertaining, inspiring, and uplifting, Meet Me at the Movies is an interactive film program that celebrates the wonder of film and its ability to connect us with memories. Designed for people with memory loss and their care partners, this program can be enjoyed by all adults. Theme-based clips from classic and contemporary films are shown, followed by facilitated audience discussion. The same program is offered on February 4 at the Rose Theater in Portland and February 21 at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art.

RNo registration required. Doors open 30 minutes before event begins. First come, first-seated.


Elderwise Watercolor-Plus Program
Mondays, Feb. 3, March 2 & 16, 3, 2 – 3 PM, Homage
5026 196th Street SW, Lynnwood

A series of wet-on-wet painting sessions led by an Elderwise facilitator. Specially designed for people living with memory loss and their care partners. 

Registration required for these free sessions. Email or call Shannon Serier, 425-290-1268.


Perspectives on Legacy: Creative Aging Conference 2020
Friday, March 6, 8:15 AM – 6 PM, Frye Art Museum
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

A one-day conference designed for social and healthcare professionals, artists, educators, and lifelong learners to explore the topic of legacy from the perspective of making a positive difference in an imperfect world. The conference will bring together speakers from multiple disciplines and life experiences, inspiring participants to consider what legacy means to them and how they can meaningfully shape the world left to future generations.

Registration is now open. Limited number of reduced rate scholarships available.


Monthly Programs

Look Again: Early-Stage Memory Loss Guided Art Discussions
10 – 11:30 AM, every first Friday, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art
550 Winslow Way East, Bainbridge Island

Individuals living with early-stage memory loss and their care partners are invited to enjoy a facilitated art discussion in the museum’s galleries in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Socialize with other participants over light snacks and fun conversations afterward. 

This program does require pre-registration. To register, please contact Kenna Little, Alzheimer Association’s Early Stage Memory Loss Manager at 206-529-3868 or


Here:Now Gallery Tour
Art Engagement for Adults Living with Dementia and Their Care Partners
2 – 3:30 PM on Tuesday, Jan. 7, and Wednesday, Jan. 29
Frye Art Museum, 704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

Each month, specially trained museum educators and gallery guides lead discussion-based tours highlighting works of art in the Frye galleries. Conversation creates an exchange of ideas without relying on short-term memory or recall of art historical information. Tours also include in-gallery activities. 

Space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to register, email or call 206-432-8265. 


Ongoing Activities at NEST

Northeast Seattle Together (NEST) is a non-profit grassroots community based on the national “virtual village model.” By providing a strong support network through volunteers and trusted business referrals, older residents can stay in the homes of their choosing and stay engaged in the neighborhoods they love, for as long as possible.

  • Moving with Greater Ease: Feldenkrais: Tuesdays, 11 AM – Noon, NEST Office, 8008 35th Avenue NE, Fireside Room
  • Morning Walking Group: Wednesdays, 10 – 11 AM, Magnuson Park, 6505 NE 65th Street
  • Restorative Exercise: Intro to Biomechanics and Alignment for Better Balance with Erin Doty: Thursdays, 11 AM – Noon, NEST Office, 8008 35th Avenue NE, Choir Room
  • Qigong with Erin Doty: Thursdays, Noon – 1 PM, NEST Office, 8008 35th Avenue NE, Choir Room

These free NEST events are open to the public. They have an extensive list of local and national resources here.


Alzheimer’s Café at the Stage Door
1 – 2:30 PM on Second Mondays, September through June 
208 N 85th Street, Seattle. Paid parking available in the lot behind the Taproot Theater 

The Alzheimer’s Café provides an opportunity to socialize in a safe environment No judgment, no expectations—just support, good food & fun! (Participants buy their own food.) 

Questions? Email or call Carin Mack, MSW: 206-297-0875.


Re-Ignite the Mind with Improv & Play
2:30 – 3:30 PM, Second Mondays, Taproot Theater (following Alzheimer’s Café at The Stage Door)
212 N 85th Street, Seattle. Paid parking available in the lot behind the Taproot Theater 

Join your favorite Taproot Improv actors for stimulating theater fun that activates the brain and the funny bone! Perfect for people with ESML as it is about creative engagement in the present. 

Questions? Email Pam Nolte.


Alzheimer’s Café at the Frye
Monthly on Second Tuesdays, 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


Rainbow Community Lunch
Thursdays, Noon – 12:45 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Are you an older adult? Are you looking for new friends and connections? Join WCSC’s Community Lunch on Thursdays to celebrate and dine in community. In proud partnership with GenPRIDE, Mature Friends, and Lake City Seniors LGBTQ2+Allies. 

Suggested donation: $4 Members; $6. Drop-ins encouraged! 


Death Café
Second Thursdays, 7 – 8:30 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

A safe space to discuss mortality, dying & death. There is never an agenda, but there is always cake, tea, and interesting conversation. Everyone is welcome. With Mitzi Weiland, LMFTA, CT, and Denise Malm, MSW.

Advance registration appreciated for these free events.


East Side Community Chorus
Fridays, 10:30 AM – Noon, North Bellevue Community Center
4063 148th Avenue NE, Bellevue

New singers are welcome at any time. No audition and no advance notice are required. Just come as you are to this free group! This chorus sings for fun and enjoyment with piano accompaniment, mostly, popular songs from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Typically, the chorus sings at a nursing home on the 2nd Friday of each month, with occasional appearances elsewhere.

Call 425-452-7681 with your questions and for the monthly schedule.


Sprouts and Seniors Play Group
4th Fridays, 10 – 11 AM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Older adults play a critical role in shaping the well-being of young children, and vice versa, but we live in a society that is increasingly segregated by age. The mutual benefits of intergenerational interaction between senior citizens and children have been abundantly researched and proven.

Children from birth to preschool age with their caregivers are encouraged to join. Greenwood Senior Center will have some toys, books, and puzzles available, but you can bring along favorite toys and books for children to share during the playgroup.

Call 206-297-0875 with questions and to RSVP.


Dementia-Friendly Dance Class
Saturdays, Noon – 12:45 PM, Bellevue Arthur Murray
13122 NE 20th Street, Suite 200 

Arthur Murray Dance Schools are offering dance classes for those living with memory loss and their care partners. Join to learn a variety of dance styles, connect with others in your community, and spend time with your loved one in a fun and welcoming environment! No cost to attend.

For more information, contact Kelly Peters: 425-747-6611 or email.


Wisdom Cafés
Come share your wisdom! Wisdom Cafés provide an opportunity to converse and connect with others in discussions of universal topics such as gratitude, legacy, happiness, and what gives life meaning.  

No registration is required for these free events.