May Presentation at Horizon House

West Side Story: Something Good Still Coming!
With Arts Critic Misha Berson
Monday, May 20, 7:30 PM, Anderson Hall, Horizon House

900 University Street, Seattle
Note change from our usual Tuesday!

Misha Berson, freelance arts critic and author of Something’s Coming, Something Good: West Side Story and the American Imagination, 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 this summer and in December, Broadway mounts a new version directed by Ivo van Hove. 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 – 3 PM, Wednesday, May 1
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.  

No writing experience is necessary to benefit from this opportunity. Since space is limited to 6, registration is required to hold a space, which will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Email Rebecca to register or for more information.


In the Larger Community


Caregiving Community Survey

The Diverse Elders Coalition has just launched a new online survey for family caregivers in communities of color, American Indian and Alaska Native communities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities.

This is an opportunity for those providing care for an aging spouse, partner, parent, grandparent, other relative, neighbor, or friend to anonymously share their experiences and help the Diverse Elders Coalition develop tools and resources to better meet the needs of our communities. Participants will be entered into a drawing to win a $25 Target gift card at the conclusion of the survey collection period. 

Survey collection will end on May 10.


Look Again:
Early-Stage Memory Loss Guided Art Discussions

10 – 11:30 AM, Every First Friday: May 3
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 
550 Winslow Way E, 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. After, socialize in the BIMA Bistro with light snacks and fun conversations.

This program requires pre-registration. Please contact Kenna Little, Alzheimer Association’s Early Stage Memory Loss Manager, at 206-529-3868 or


Bone Health Cooking Demonstration
Friday, May 3, 1 – 3:30 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

In this cooking demonstration and workshop, you will learn what nutrients and foods are helpful to maintain bone health. Leave with simple recipes (and cooking techniques) you can include in your diet to strengthen those bones! Enjoy a few small tastes of what we prepare.

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


Meet Me at the Movies: Vacations & Travel
Frye Art Museum: Saturday, May 4, 11:30 AM
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

Rose Theatre: Tuesday, May 7, 1 PM
235 Taylor Street, Port Townsend

Bainbridge Island Museum of Art: Friday, May 10, 10:30 AM
550 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island

Meet Me at the Movies is a unique film experience. Theme-based clips from classic and contemporary films are shown, followed by audience discussion and reminiscence guided by a moderator. Designed for people with memory loss and their care partners, this program can be enjoyed by all adults.  

From the hilarious French classic Mr. Hulot’s Holiday to the contemporary, contemplative Lost in Translation, May’s program will feature a series of film clips with facilitated discussion on the theme of vacations and travel.

No registration required for this free program.


I Feel the Earth Move: Songs of the 1970s
Joyful! Noise Spring Concert

Sunday, May 5, 3 PM, Mercer Island Congregational Church
4545 Island Crest Way

Earth Day, Watergate, the ERA, the Silent Majority — profound changes begun in the 1960’s continued in the 70’s. Inspired by monumental events, we celebrate the music that both captured and reflected that the earth was, indeed, movin’ under our feet.

The mission of Joyful! Noise is to use the power and magic of singing to be the community they want to see in the world as they reach out to the broader community in song. 

Advance tickets are $15.00 for Seniors ($20.00 at the door). Order tickets here.


Friday, May 10, Tukwila Community Center
12424 42nd Avenue South, Tukwila

A day-long educational event featuring two programs, one for providers (CEU available) and one for patients/caregivers:

The Provider track will feature sessions highlighting lung cancer screening, advancements in immunotherapy for lung cancer, radiation therapy for lung cancer treatment, smoking cessation in the clinical setting, reducing COPD readmissions, pulmonary rehabilitation, and palliative care for advanced lung disease. CEU will be available for nurses, respiratory therapists, and pharmacists.

Patients will be treated to sessions on lung cancer screening, pulmonary rehab, indoor air quality, tobacco cessation, where to turn for support, as well as an inspiring patient and caregiver panel with Q&A. Patients with lung cancer and all lung diseases will benefit from the program. Registration fee is $10 (financial hardship waiver is available).

Register and learn more here.


Alzheimer’s Café at the Frye
Monthly on Second Tuesdays: May 14, 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


Restorative Justice Circle and Practice
9 AM, Saturday, May 11, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral
1245 10th Avenue E, Seattle

Facilitators: Pam Orbach, A Center for Restorative Solutions, and Susan Partnow, Compassionate Listenings

This hands-on experiential immersion will support those seeking a paradigm shift away from Either/Or thinking that leads to shame and blame, and often results in punishment and disconnection. Restorative Justice is an alternative approach to accountability that brings connection and dignity for everyone.

Registration and more details at Brown Paper Tickets.


State of the Theatre/Double Threats:
Actors Who Sing, Singers Who Act
Monday, May 13, 7:30 PM, Floyd & Delores Jones Playhouse
4045 University Way NE, Seattle

These days, whether in contemporary or classical musicals, operas and even some plays-with-music, many in-demand performers are expected to be equally skilled in acting and singing. In this discussion with several lauded musical theater professionals, we will consider the demands of both art forms, and consider the training, outlook and techniques needed to blend and burnish both skillsets. Educator, author, and former Seattle Times theatre critic Misha Berson will moderate.


Wisdom Café: Our Neighbors, Our Friends
2 PM, Tuesday, May 21, Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Avenue NW, Shoreline

Do you know your neighbors? Who lives near you that you can count as community? Join NWCCA Board President Dori Gillam to explore some ways to get to know the people who live close to you — and why it’s worth it to do so. 

No registration is required for this free event. 


No Place for Hate: Teaching Tolerance
Thursday, May 23, 1 – 3 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

An opportunity to come together and learn skills and tools to promote equality, inclusiveness and equity in our community. Based on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Project, anti-bias resources and ways to engage in critical conversations will be shared.

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


Managing Inflammation
Friday, May 24, 1 – 2 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 North 85th Street, Seattle

Inflammation is often talked about but rarely defined. This is an opportunity to learn a deeper meaning of the word and how to incorporate more anti-inflammatory foods and habits into your life. In the class, dietitian Christy Goff will summarize what the research says about how food can reduce chronic inflammation to protect against heart disease, diabetes and manage arthritis symptoms.

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


Family Caregivers Conference
Monday, June 3, Tukwila Community Center

This annual conference is designed for family and community caregivers and offers practical, up-to-date resources and information to help you in your caregiving responsibilities. Dynamic speakers from a variety of backgrounds including health care, rehabilitation, social work, and law will share their expertise and knowledge in twenty sessions offered throughout the day. You choose the sessions you need most in your own situation.

Sign up now to receive the conference brochure/registration form as soon as it’s available. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.


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.