Events

Virtual Offerings with Rebecca Crichton

 

Interesting Conversations: Wendy Pender
Thursday, September 10, 11 AM
Click here for the Zoom link.

Wendy Pender is Older Adults Program Coordinator for the King County Library System. Passionate about changing people’s lives via the power of information, she is particularly interested in the field of healthy aging, Wendy has hosted many classes on wellness topics at the library, chaired KCLS’​ “Transforming Life after 50” committee, and is also a HealthRhythms facilitator, an evidence-based protocol which leverages the power of music for stress reduction..

In addition to her MLS from the University of Pittsburgh, Wendy has a Certificate in Gerontology from the University of Washington and over 25 years of experience as a librarian and branch manager. In 2016, the Urban Libraries Council honored Wendy at its annual conference in Kansas City as one of the recipients of a 2016 Top Innovator Award.

 

Rebecca’s Kitchen: End of Summer Bounty
Monday, September 14, 2 PM
Suggested contribution $5 – $15.
Payment not required to attend. Please visit the Donate page on our website to make a contribution.

Click here for the Zoom link. Letting us know via email that you’re planning to attend appreciated but not required!  

From Apples to Zucchini, September is the Harvest month, tempting us to cook with and possibly preserve the cornucopia of choices for present and future meals. Rebecca will share some unusual Zucchini recipes along with other summer produce ideas worth learning.  

A professional foodie who writes a monthly column on her favorite topic for 3rd Act Magazine, Rebecca’s expertise and enthusiasm make her the perfect culinary instructor. 

 

Virtual Offerings in the Larger Community

 

Understanding Happiness
Wednesday, September 2, 10 – 11:30 AM
Free Virtual Class offered by Greenwood Senior Center & HomeStreet Bank

There is excellent research on the subject of happiness. In this group, explore how to act on this research and create happier lives. The focus will be on congenial conversation and the importance of relationships and community. Email Cecile Andrews to join.

 

KCLS presents Author Voices with U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal
Tuesday, September 8, 7 PM

A conversation about political engagement with U.S. Representative Pramila Jayapal, author of Use the Power You Have: A Brown Woman’s Guide to Politics and Political Change. A former Washington State Senator and a lifelong organizer for immigrant, civil and human rights, Congresswoman Jayapal was elected to Congress in 2016 where she now serves as the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Author and former Seattle City Council member Nick Licata will moderate.

Click here to register and learn about submitting questions and more.

 

Experience Elderwise Virtually

The Elderwise Adult Day Program provides, among other things, a supported, therapeutic and enriching experience with art, movement, music and meaningful conversation—all while forming a close-knit community with caring connections.

Each virtual session is $20 for both participant and caregiver and will be led by two trained facilitators, with a maximum attendance of 7 couples. People living with memory loss and their care partners are invited to participate.

New ArtWise starts September 23: 6 Wednesdays, 3 – 4 PM
Featuring a different theme every week. Play with projects including watercolor, mandalas and collage while sharing your creations with one another. Art supplies will be provided for a one-time supply fee.

Join MiniWise Gatherings Any Time: Mondays, 11 AM – Noon
These ongoing meetings, which you can join at any time, are the Elderwise enriching adult day program forged into an online event but with the added benefit of being a shared experience for participant and caregiver.

To register or for more information, please email Nancy Lang.

 

Wisdom Cafés
Offered by King County Library System
Wisdom Cafés invite groups of older adults to engage in intentional dialogues led by trained facilitators. Participants engage with others, are motivated to try new things, and are inspired by sharing life experiences.

  • Rise and Shine with Rebecca Crichton
    Thursday, Sept. 3, 10:30 AM – Noon
    Looking forward to each day relates to living fully. What gets you up every day? What would get you up with enthusiasm and a sense of purpose? We’ll discuss how to infuse our days with the elements that rouse us.

  • Care Plans with Dori Gillam
    Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2 – 3:30 PM
    What plans have you put in place if you need care, either temporarily or long term? What about insurance? Caregivers? Home modifications? Are you fearful of these unknowns?

Registration required. Click the above links.

 

Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Scams & ID Theft
Saturday, September 12, 2 – 3 PM
Offered by Newcastle branch of King County Library System

Scammers often prey on the vulnerabilities of individuals and the COVID-19 outbreak has created an opportunity for scammers and identity thieves to prey on consumers. A representative from the Washington State Attorney General’s Office will provide information about identity theft and scams, particularly those related to COVID-19, how you can protect yourself and your loved ones, and how to recover if your identity is stolen or you fall victim to a scam. An opportunity to ask questions and get answers will be provided.

Click here to register.

 

The Gathering Place Online
A virtual early stage memory loss enrichment program
Tuesdays starting Sept. 15, 1 – 3 PM

The Gathering Place is a weekly virtual enrichment program for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early stage memory loss (ESML). The five pillars of their program are: Cognitive stimulation; Cultural enrichment; Physical movement; Social engagement; Anti-stigma activism.  

Carin Mack, MSW, will perform a brief assessment of potential participants and provide information about all of the programs and support groups for people living with memory loss. This in not a drop-in group but rather an ongoing commitment and is limited to 8 participants. The cost is $20 per session and scholarships are available.  you will have an opportunity to have your transportation questions answered. 

For more information, email or call 206-230-0166, Carin Mack, MSW.

 

Social Distancing Sing-Along
Thursdays, September 3 & 17, 1 – 2 PM 
Offered by Greenwood Senior Center 

Join All Present choir director Elena Louise Richmond for a fun afternoon of standards and favorites. Song sheet will be emailed upon registration. This event will take place virtually and requires an internet connection to attend. 

Please email to register or for more information. Donations appreciated to support this ongoing event.

 

Building Communities Online
Wednesday, September 9, 1 – 2 PM, Free virtual event offered by Greenwood Senior Center

Cecile Andrews, author of Living Room Revolution: A Handbook for Conversation, Community, Sharing, and Happiness, will discuss how to build thriving communities, and how to bring people together even when they have to be physically apart.

Please email Ariel to register or for more information.

 

Senior Center Visioning
Thursday, September 10, 11 AM – 12 PM
Free Virtual Event offered by Greenwood Senior Center

What can we expect from our new normal and what directions should Greenwood Senior Center be taking over the next six months? Please join them at their visioning session to share your ideas. They will talk about the pivot they have made from a brick and mortar center to a largely online senior center. What other out of the box ideas might create a new hybrid center? GSC needs your input now more than ever. 

Please email Ariel to register or for more information.

 

Too Young To Retire: Recharging and Rebalancing in Your Bonus Years 
Thursdays, Sept. 10, 17 & 24, 6:30 – 8 PM Free virtual class facilitated by Patrice Tabor, M.Ed.

Thanks to medical advances, people can expect to live longer lives. How will you find the ways to make these bonus years more vibrant and meaningful to you? This class will support you in re-discovering your strengths, values, passion and priorities to design a purposeful life. By examining key issues, such as money, wellness, work, community service, leisure and travel, you can design a life plan filled with possibilities for your next step. Group support will provide motivation to take action immediately, even before completing the course. 

Patrice is an adult educator, speaker and strengths-based life coach who has spent the majority of her career in the healthcare industry as a professional trainer. Her passion is to assist retired and pre-retired individuals through transition to ensure a vibrant and meaningful second half of life. Patrice is a certified Dependable Strengths® and 2Young2Retire® facilitator.

Email Patrice with questions and to register.

 

Zoom Hosting 101
Friday, September 11, 2 – 3:30 PM
Free Virtual Event offered by Greenwood Senior Center

Join instructor Katie Freeman to learn the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation, an evidence based practice that supports our physical, mental and spiritual health. Each weekly session will include guided group meditations and instructions for simple practices you can use in your day-to-day life.

This is also a dementia-friendly program, suitable for those with MCI or ESML. This class will take place virtually and will require an internet connection to attend. Please email Ariel to register or for more information. Offered by donation. 

 

Humanities Washington Talk: Storm Warning
Wednesday, September 16, 1 – 2 PM
Free Virtual Event sponsored by Humanities Washington and offered by Greenwood Senior Center

Local broadcaster and historian Feliks Banel explores our region’s darkest weather days and most infamous storms. With archival photos, radio, and TV clips, Banel takes us back in time to hear stories of those who survived some of the worst Pacific Northwest weather in recorded history. Further, Banel explores how these storms can revive our shared humanity. Participants are encouraged to share their own memories of how they survive being snowed in, washed out, or left without power in the wake of a big storm—and why we remember those moments for the rest of our lives.

Feliks Banel is a writer and producer, and serves as editor of COLUMBIA, the quarterly magazine of the Washington State Historical Society. He has been a host and contributor for KIRO Radio on matters of Northwest history and culture for many years; created the history series This NOT Just In for KUOW Public Radio; and produces documentaries for the Seattle Channel.

Please email Ariel to register or for more information.

 

Bringing Lives to Life in Writing
Tuesdays, September 17 & 24, 11 AM – 12 PM, Free Virtual Event sponsored by Poets and Writers and offered by Greenwood Senior Center 

Writers of all genres employ memory, either overtly or covertly, in fragments or in long sweeps of recollection. Explore what Honor Moore calls “the mercurial nature of memory”—from life experiences, journal entries, family history, and our reflections thereon—to transform memory into a resource that we can break into, interrogate, embellish, assemble and re-assemble.

Through this creative alchemy, we will turn memories, observations, and insights into story, bringing our lives to life through exercises and suggestion, discovering how to enter the alternative dimension that memory is, and learning to summon and deepen its images, moments and narratives. The writing we create may be poetry or prose.

Instructor Carolyne Wright is a teacher, a Pushcart Prize winner, and an author of nine poetry books, five volumes of poetry in translation from Spanish and Bengali, and a book of essays. A 2020-2021 Fulbright Scholar Award will take her back to Bahia after the worldwide CoVid-19 travel advisory is lifted.

Please email Ariel to register or for more information.

 

Meal Prep for 1 or 2 During COVID
Wednesday, September 23, 1 – 2 PM
Free Virtual Event offered by Greenwood Senior Center

Let’s discuss how to plan meals for just 1-2 people! In this webinar, you will be given tools and expert advice on the best ways to manage your food for health. We’ll touch on tips for planning, saving money at the store and meal preparation. You will leave with tools, recipes and a strategy to get started with little stress. Presented by Christy Goff, RDN, CD of the Living Well Alliance Team from Pacific Medical Centers.

Please email Ariel to register or for more information.

 

Physical Therapy for Incontinence
Tuesday, September 29, 1 – 2 PM
Free Virtual Event offered by Greenwood Senior Center

Do you experience any of the following symptoms; Leaking of urine on sneezing, laughing, walking, running or lifting something heavy? Leaking of urine with urgency? Do you experience constipation on a regular basis, despite a proper diet? Passing gas or stool without control? Have you undergone a surgery in the chest, pelvic or abdominal region? Join Ishwari (Ishi) Upasani, PT (Pelvic Health) from Salmon Bay Physical Therapy to discuss the causes and management for these issues.

Please email Ariel to register or for more information.

 

Woodland Park Zoo Wildlife Conservation Program Talk
Wednesday, September 30, 1 – 2 PM
Free Virtual Event offered by Greenwood Senior Center

Bobbi Miller, Manager of Woodland Park Zoo’s Wildlife Conservation Division will talk about the zoo’s involvement in conservation programs, both locally and internationally. Learn how you can help and to see some great animal photos. Bring your questions as well!

Please email Ariel to register or for more information.

 

Online Meditation Group
Tuesdays, 9:30 – 10 AM, and Fridays, 11 – 11:45 AM
Virtual Class offered by Greenwood Senior Center

Join instructor Katie Freeman to learn the fundamentals of mindfulness meditation, an evidence based practice that supports our physical, mental and spiritual health. Each weekly session will include guided group meditations and instructions for simple practices you can use in your day-to-day life.

This is also a dementia-friendly program, suitable for those with MCI or ESML. This class will take place virtually and will require an internet connection to attend. Please email Ariel to register or for more information. Offered by donation.  

 

Wallingford Senior Center Virtual Activities
All Zoom classes must be registered through these links:

Email with questions and to find about additional classes.

Services Available Now from Wallingford Senior Center

  • Social Work Appointments
  • Technology Support
  • Check In Phone Calls
  • Fabric Masks Available
  • Online Support Group
  • Connection to other services

Interested in any of the above? Email or call 206-461-7825 and leave a message. Wallingford Center staff is working remotely but regularly checking voicemail. 

 

Seattle Public Library Arts Access
Two free services for streaming videos available: Kanopy and Access

All you need is a library card. You can get one now, for digital access, at spl.org. On Kanopy you can stream 5 free programs a month. And Access is unlimited streaming.

 

Seattle Public Library’s Lit Line
Call to have a poem, short story or historic news item read to you

If you dial the SPL Lit Line at 206-386-4656, any time, you can select to hear a poem or short story (in English or Spanish), or a historic Seattle news item, read by an SPL staffer.

Visit their website or read about it in the Seattle Times.

 

Silver Kite Community Arts

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Silver Kite is offering daily online intergenerational workshops, talks, social hours, and performances for the community. 

If you live in Seattle, the Seattle Public Library is offering FREE registration for selected online classes. Please visit the SPL Access webpage and use the password SPL2020 to register.

If you live in greater King County, the King County Library System is offering FREE registration to selected online classes. Please visit the KCLS Access webpage and use the password KCLS2020 to register.

 

Virtual NEST Events Open to the Public

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.

  • NEST High Tea: Nature and You
    Thursday, September 17, 2 – 3 PM

Orla Concannon is founder and CEO of Eldergrow, an innovative Seattle-based company that brings nature indoors to elders in senior living. Orla will share how nature plays an important role in our daily lives. She will explain the different kinds of nature interventions that have been used to treat and alleviate common health issues including cancer, dementia, and depression. She will also provide practical takeaways for easy daily integration of nature, especially during this time of COVID.

Call (206) 525-6378 or email NEST for information on how to join.

  • 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!

Click here for information on how to join both classes. You can download the NEST newsletter here.

 

Play Free Online Board Games
An open-source board game platform

Enjoy free high-quality games on any device that can access the web. Study how the games are made, change them, and contribute back to the community!

 

#ReadIndieForward
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. 

Readers can purchase books directly from their favorite independent bookstore, indiebound.org or Bookshop.org, which has a special page for #ReadIndieForward.