Virtual Offerings from Rebecca Crichton
Zoom into writing or cooking—or both!
Cooking with Taste: Rebecca’s Kitchen
Date & details TBA
During these days when we are confined to our homes and forced to be in a different relationship with all aspects of our lives—including cooking—Rebecca Crichton joins many chefs and others in the food business who want to make these times easier and more fun.
As she shared last month, Rebecca is a former caterer, recipe developer and food writer. Her quarterly articles for 3rd Act Magazine offer seasonal recipes and suggestions for cooking food that is both easy and healthy.
Join Rebecca in her kitchen to see her prepare some of her favorite recipes. For our first session, Rebecca will demonstrate how to make her Famous Cilantro Salsa. The recipe shows what good cooks know: one recipe can often be transformed into meals that span a week.
Registration required via email to Rebecca. Group limited to 8. You will need to be able to accept an invitation to a Zoom meeting.
What We’re Letting Go of Now
A Virtual Writing Group for Women
Wednesday, June 24, 1 – 3 PM. Suggested contribution $5 – $15.
Payment not required to attend. Please visit the Donate page to make a contribution
Meet, share and write about what this current situation means to us. How do we want to frame the losses and opportunities of this current time?
Rebecca brings more than 35 years of professional writing experience to the table. Write together, using prompts and other exercises, to discover and face what this time means to us.
Registration required via email to Rebecca. Group limited to 8.
Virtual Offerings in the Larger Community
A pay-it-forward campaign to support indie bookstores & share the joys of reading
Like a chain letter for books, #ReadIndieForward, launched by Shelf Awareness and Sourcebooks, encourages readers to buy one book a week from indies for as many as eight to 10 weeks, send those books to family and friends, ask recipients to pay it forward with their friends and families—and mention the gift and bookstore on social media.
Enjoy inspiring stories, incredible online experiences, and livestreams with the Atlas Obscura—a global community of explorers, who have together created a comprehensive database of the world’s most wondrous places and foods—20,992 of them contributed by their community so far, and more every day.
WCSC continues to remain closed until further notice. They are, however, offering the following services:
- Connection to essential services (grocery shopping, prescription pickup, etc.)
- Check in phone calls.
- Social worker phone sessions available for resource connection, or just to talk. Please call for an appointment.
- Online classes and support groups.
- Technology Support via Phone/Zoom Sessions.
- Masks: One per person as available. Porch drop off or coordinated pick ups available.
Interested in any of the above? Email them or call 206-461-7825 and leave a message. Staff is working remotely but regularly checking the voicemail—they will get back to you!
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. They have an extensive list of local and national resources here.
- Moving with Greater Ease: Feldenkrais
Tuesdays, 11 AM – Noon
This class, led by Gail Thompson, uses the Feldenkrais Method of gentle movements to help students move with increased comfort, flexibility, and balance. No experience needed; lessons take place on the floor or in chairs. Students should wear warm, comfortable clothing and have a mat or blanket.
- Mind, Body, Spirit, Healing Community: Qigong
Thursdays, Noon – 1 PM
Quiet the mind, experience a grounded and centered state using focused intent, breath, and body postures. Virtual Class materials: floor space, armless chair/stool, comfy place to sit, stand, and lie down for relaxation forms. If your internet signal stretches and you have safe access to the outdoors with social distance, consider practicing in nature!
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute/UW Online: Secret Lives of Birds We Love
Mondays, June 1, 8 & 15, 10:30 AM – 12 PM
As we go about our daily lives, thousands of birds do the same—away from our perceptions, out of our control, wild and free, yet bound to our lives as we are bound to theirs. Join master birder Connie Sidles as she takes us into the secret lives of the urban birds we love best: hummingbirds, owls, and raptors. The more we know about the birds that live all around us, the more connected we can feel to our own world. Click here to register.
Virtual Cultural Conversations
ADLaM: An Alphabet, an Answer and the Pacific NW Connection
Tuesday, June 2, 1 – 2:30 PM; Virtual “doors” open 12:30 PM
Register now! Space limited to 80 participants
How a new alphabet is helping an ancient people write its own future.
When they were 10 and 14 years old, two brothers in Nzérékoré, Guinea, Africa, set out to invent an alphabet for their native language, Fulfulde, which had been spoken by millions of people for centuries but never had its own writing system. Learn about the creation, spread, and impact of this alphabet, called ADLaM, an acronym derived from the first four letters of the Fulfulde language alphabet. ADLM is translated as “the alphabet that keeps the people from vanishing.”
Sharing the story will be freelance journalist Sara Lerner, who interviewed, ADLaM’s creators the Barry brothers for a Microsoft Story Labs article. Also shared will be an interview with Suwadu Jallow, a local UW alumna originally from The Gambia, through whom we learn the empowering impact of ADLaM in her life, for her people and especially for women back home.
The storytelling and sharing will be followed by small facilitated virtual breakout rooms, that will mirror their usual table conversation. Please email or call 425-452-6836 to register or for more information. Your registration, one per person, will be confirmed with a Zoom Link along with additional instructions to connect to the event.
Greenwood Senior Center Online Coffee Hour
Thursday, June 4, 9 – 10 AM
An opportunity to meet virtually with staff and others for morning coffee (or tea). This gathering will take place virtually and will require an internet connection to attend. Please email to register or for more information.
Wisdom Café: Summer Dreams
Tuesday, June 9, 2 – 3:30 PM, Online event offered by Richmond Beach Library
What were summers like when you were a child? How does your routine or activity level change when the weather warms up? What will you do this summer that you haven’t done in a long time?
Facilitated by Dori Gillam, NWCCA Board Chair. Space is limited. Online registration required. The Zoom link will be sent to you by email after 10 AM on the day of the event. Register online.
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.
Close to Home is brought to you by Seattle Human Services, Aging & Disability Division. Join them at https://bit.ly/CloseToHome4 (see Discussion for detailed instructions) to hear Stories of #Health, #Tech and #Resilience. No sign-in required, just navigate to that week’s URL and watch in MicrosoftTeams, or on the web (it’s easier than it sounds).
Gentle Zumba Online Class
Mondays, 11 AM – 12 PM, Virtual Class offered by Greenwood Senior Cente
Led by instructor Penny Fuller, Gentle Zumba is a seated exercise optional dance party designed for low-impact fun! Wear comfortable shoes and clothing, have water available, and be prepared to have fun. Drop-ins and adults of all ages welcome. Memory loss inclusive.
This class will take place online via Zoom and will require an internet connection to attend. Please email to register or with questions.
Zoom Practice Sessions
Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10:30 AM, Virtual Class offered by Greenwood Senior Center
As we continue this time of “social distancing” many groups, gatherings, events and classes are making their way online. The most popular virtual conferencing application is Zoom. Are you interested in trying to use this software in a low-pressure and judgement-free situation? Would you like to explore the controls with someone who can answer your questions?
Join Office Manager Cassie McFadden for a free weekly session of entry-level Zoom exploration and get comfortable with it at your own pace. This class will take place online and will require an internet connection to attend.
Please email Cassie to register.
The Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) is a free, unbiased and confidential counseling service of the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioners (OIC). SHIBA’s trained and impartial volunteers are available to assist consumers with their Medicare related questions.
Register online for a one-hour session that will be conducted over the phone.
Commit to reading for at least 30-45 minutes (but feel free to read the full two hours). Read a print book, eBook, whatever you like! Read on your own or as a family. Feel connected thinking about all of the people reading with you at the same time from where ever they are. When you are done reading for the night, email your book’s title, author and a quotation from your favorite passage or one sentence that tells what you love about the book.
Librarian Laurie Field will compile an online list of all the things read plus quotations to post on their library Bibliocommons site and then send it all out to you. You might even find your next great read!
Until further notice,
the following Monthly Programs
are not meeting
Look Again: Early-Stage Memory Loss Guided Art Discussions
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.
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.
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.
The King County Bar Association provides free 30-minute consultations with volunteer attorneys regarding civil legal issues. Attorneys cannot represent clients but can refer to other assistance. Court certified interpreters available for all languages.
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.
There are five Alzheimer’s Cafés in Seattle as well as in Bellevue, Edmonds, Gig Harbor, Marysville, Mercer Island, Silverdale, Tacoma and Tumwater. To learn about when and where these Cafés take place, take a look at the Momentia Calendar or click here for a complete list.
Both Sides Now: Men & Women Sharing Points of View & Stories
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center
An opportunity for seniors to meet and share in a relaxed atmosphere. Led by Denise Malm, social worker, and Chandler Clifton, WCSC volunteer.
Rainbow Community Lunch
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center
In proud partnership with GenPRIDE, Mature Friends, and Lake City Seniors LGBTQ2+Allies.
A safe space to discuss mortality, dying & death. There is never an agenda, but there is always cake, tea, and interesting conversation.
Age Friendly Seattle Coffee Hours
Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Avenue, 4th Floor, Seattle
These events bring community elders closer to City officials to explore topics of interest. Guests learn about City programs and services, and officials hear from the community. A broad range of issues have been discussed over the years, and presentations often include cutting edge information about healthy aging, legal and planning issues.
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.
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.
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.