December Program at Horizon House
900 University Street, Seattle

The Most Successful Team in Broadway History 
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 7:30 PM, Anderson Hall

Composer Richard Rodgers and writer-lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II were not just the most successful team in Broadway musical theater history. They also introduced innovations that left a lasting imprint on the world’s most popular modern theatrical genre from their very first partnerships: on Oklahoma! (which debuted in 1943) and Carousel (which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2020). 

In this talk with film clips, theater critic and book author Misha Berson will talk about the duo’s contributions to the art form, and demonstrate the lasting vibrancy of their legacy.


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 will reconvene in 2020 to continue exploring of 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

UW Do More, Feel Better Program for Depression

The University of Washington is recruiting individuals ages 60 and older who are experiencing depressive symptoms.

This 9-week program is based on research showing that increasing participation in pleasurable and rewarding activities can lead to improvement in depression symptoms. Sessions will take place at local Seattle senior centers:

If you are eligible to participate, you will receive $90 over the course of the program. Participation is limited. For more information, e-mail Mariah Corey, Graduate Research Assistant.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Autumn Lecture Series

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Washington (OLLI-UW) invites adults over the age 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.

  • Museum Masterpieces in the US Part II
    Mondays, Dec. 2 & 9, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Stroum Jewish Community Center
    3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island
  • Presidential Powers
    Tuesdays, Dec. 3, 10 & 17, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Othello-UW Commons
    4200 South Othello Street, Seattle (just east of the Link Light Rail Station). Located on the first floor of the Assembly 118 apartment building.
  • Museum Masterpieces in the US Part II
    Mondays, Nov. 11 & 18; Dec. 2 & 9, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Stroum Jewish Community Center
    3801 East Mercer Way, Mercer Island
  • Our Sun
    Wednesdays, Dec. 4 & 11, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM, Mercer Island Community & Events Center
    8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island
  • J. S. Bach:The Progress of a Musical Mind
    Wednesdays, Dec. 4 & 11, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM, Mirabella
    116 Fairview Ave. N, Seattle
  • Unveiling the Artist 
    Wednesdays, Dec. 4 & 11; 10:00 AM – Noon, University of Washington Main Campus
    Allen Library Auditorium, Seattle


here:now Art-Making Class and Gallery Tour
2 4 4 PM, Wednesdays, Nov. 6, 13 & 20; Dec. 4, 11 & 18; Frye Galleries and Art Studio
704 Terry Avenue, Seattle

This six-session class offers conversation-based gallery tours and studio art-making experiences for adults with dementia and their care partners. Art making in the Frye Studio encourages experimentation with various media including watercolor paint, clay, and collage. A short social time concludes each class.  

Call 206-622-9250 for more information.


Introduction to Rockhounding
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1 – 2 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Want to learn more about the geology of our region? Do you love rocks? Perhaps you need something interesting to search for while you get your exercise? Larry Ostler will draw from his 60 years of “rockhounding” in our area to talk about the best way to get started collecting rocks; what to look for, where you should go, and why it’s so much fun.

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


Ridwell Recycling Presentation
Thursday, Dec. 5, 1 – 2 PM, Greenwood Senior Center  
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Curbside recycling won’t take everything, but some things really don’t belong in the trash either. Ridwell is a local small business that makes regular pickups and partners with a variety of companies to reuse and recycle these items sustainably. They even take those thin plastics (like bubblewrap, baggies and air pillows) that don’t go in the recycle bin!. Learn more about them and bring your questions!

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


Compassionate Listening Intensive
Led by Andrea Cohen and Susan Partnow
Saturday – Sunday, Dec. 7 – 8, 10 AM – 5 PM, The Bridge at Green Lake
6720 E Green Lake Way N, Seattle

In the face of increased stress, polarity and disparity in our world, how can we live the values we care about…with both skill and grace? Compassionate Listening practices reach deep into the heart of discord and polarization, teaching people to connect with a different “ear” and more compassionate heart to those around them. This 2-day non-residential experiential workshop has been taught throughout the United States and abroad for many years.

More details and registration information here.


39th Annual Winter Festival and Arts Fair
Saturday – Sunday, Dec. 7 – 8, 10 AM – 5 PM, Phinney Center
6532 Phinney Avenue N, Seattle

Enjoy a unique holiday shopping experience in two historic buildings full of specialty goods by 120+ local artists and makers, curated by a jury. You’ll find an amazing array of items: home goods, jewelry and accessories, art, pottery, apparel, gifts for cooks, gifts for guys, gifts for mom, gifts for kids, gifts for yourself… Take a break from shopping and enjoy performances on two stages—from bluegrass, jazz, and holiday pop to Middle Eastern, Morris and Jewish dancing. Munch tasty lunch items, grab an espresso drink at the Snowflake Cafe, and indulge yourself with a huge bake sale selection.

Entry: $2 PNA Members / $4 public. More details here.


Baby Boomer Bootcamp
Sunday, Dec. 8, 1 – 5 PM, Hosted at Issaquah Senior Center
75 NE Creek Way, Issaquah

Thinking about retiring soon? Have you recently left the workforce? Join us for the last of 4 complimentary Baby Boomer Bootcamps in our 2019 series, hosted by the Issaquah Senior Center, in partnership with King County Library System and Era Living. You will learn about various topics from experts who will share their knowledge and wisdom, and offer best practices and guidelines to help you make the most of your next chapter.   

Opening keynote by NWCCA’s Rebecca Crichton. We all have the capacity to tap into our unique creative beings to discover how getting older can lead to surprising discoveries. Rebecca will share stories, lessons, and strategies for engaging and learning as you age.

RSVP to 425-392-2381 by December 6. Space is limited.


Joyful Noise Presents: On Our Way Home
Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 PM, or Monday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 PM, Seattle First Baptist Church
1111 Harvard Avenue, Seattle

Coming home at Christmas means a return to the heart, a return to the memories that shaped us, a return to the possibilities of making a new and better future while honoring the past. In this concert, celebrate being wherever home is at Christmas.

Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets.


Emerald City Women’s Chorus Holiday Concert
Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 – 4 PM, Maple Leaf Lutheran Church
10005 32nd Ave NE, 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. All are invited to their holiday concert, directed by Stacia Cumberland and accompanied by Tom Hecker.

Freewill donations gratefully accepted.


Financial Education and Scam Prevention
Monday, Dec. 9, 1 – 2 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

The Senior Money Project provided by CENTS (Consumer Education and Training Services) provides seniors with tools and resources that can be used to combat identity theft and other types of scams. In this presentation, you’ll learn how to identify and avoid financial scams that impact seniors, and about the steps you can take to reduce the likelihood of being scammed. Presented by Tony Leahy of CENTS.

Advance registration appreciated for this free event.


Star Fleet: Ming Dynasty Star Rafts Visit the World
Wednesday, Dec. 11, 1 – 2 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Join Jeff Jordan for another installment in his popular Travel in Time series. The Star Fleet is a nearly modern topic, set only a century before tiny Iberian ships and guns conquered half the world. These Chinese multi-cultural armadas with massive treasure ships sailed for only a few decades before they, along with their eunuch admirals and a trove of records, were destroyed by Confucian officials. In that time, however, the fleets reached well beyond Asia and perhaps to every other continent, before Henry the Navigator and Columbus.

This is a geographical history rarely explored in schools, but it is a fascinating and important piece to help expand our understanding of human accomplishment.

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


Costume Jewelry Sale
Thursday, Dec. 12, 1 – 7 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

The Greenwood Senior Center’s Practice English Talk Time group been collecting costume jewelry since early October, and there sure are a lot of treasures! Find fascinating pieces from vintage to modern, and score some great new “bling” at very reasonable prices. All proceeds benefit the Greenwood Senior Center.

Click here to find out about volunteering to sort, set up, clean up and assist customers as they look for sparkly treasures.


Jingle Bell Karaoke
Friday, Dec. 13, 7 – 10 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Rock an ugly Christmas sweater or bling out in LED lights, play rollicking games of bingo (for cash prizes!), wow the crowd with your karaoke skills, and buy your friends a round of drinks and snacks.

All proceeds support activities and services for seniors like yoga and dance, painting and writing, daily meals, memory loss programs, and support groups at the Greenwood Senior Center (a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association).

Get your tickets before they sell out! Includes a free drink and popcorn. $29/PNA Members, $39/Public per seat.


Holigay Bingo! A Celebration for LGBTQ Elders, 55 and Up
Saturday, Dec. 14, 4 7 PM, Hillman City Collaboratory
5623 Rainier Avenue S, Seattle

Learn about resources available to LGBTQ Elders over dinner and bingo. Win prizes, make friends, build community!

RSVP required for this free event presented by the NW Network and GenPride.


Annual Holiday Gala
Saturday, Dec. 14, 6 – 10 PM, Central Area Senior Center
500 30th Avenue S, Seattle

Featuring Jazz Diva Eugenie Jones, a Soulful Holiday Dinner of traditional foods with a modern twist, Gourmet Desert Dash, 50/50 Raffle, Silent Auction and Portraits by Flyright, Keith Williams, photographer. All proceeds will benefit the future ownership of the building. Individual tickets and table sponsorships available. 

RSVP to 206-726-4926 by December 1. $100 – $150. Details here.


Classic Movies with Scarecrow Video: Christmas in Connecticut
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2:30 – 4:30 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

A food writer who has lied about being the perfect housewife must try to cover her deception when her boss and a returning war hero invite themselves to her home for a traditional family Christmas. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan and Sydney Greenstreet.

Scarecrow Video, a local nonprofit film organization dedicated to championing the role of film arts in community, cultural, and civic life, presents a classic movie every quarter at the GSC! This event is free.


Silver Fox Players Present: A Foxes Christmas
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1 – 2 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

From the Edmonds and Mountlake Senior Centers, the “Foxes” have been delighting audiences for the past two years. They will take you down memory lane to Christmases past in this fun variety show. Director Kent Johnson has an extensive background in theatrical production. Expect to have fun! 

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


Movies with Scarecrow Video: Christmas in Connecticut
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 3:30 – 6 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Another opportunity to see this classic 1945 movie! 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!

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


WCSC Holiday Party
Thursday, Dec. 19, 3 – 5 PM, Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Lower Level Good Shepherd Center

Join in community with your friends at WCSC and enjoy hot apple cider, hot cocoa and treats to celebrate the Holiday Season!

No need to RSVP. Just come on by!


Benefit Concert for Memory Loss Programs
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2 – 4 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

The OK Chorale and the GSC’s own All Present Song Circle (an ESML-friendly community choir) will be singing a collection of holiday and winter favorites, guaranteed to put you in a festive mood! All proceeds will benefit GSC’s early stage memory loss programs. Feel free to bring cookies to share with others, and bring your appetite!

$10 suggested donation.


PNA Christmas Meal at the GSC
Wednesday, Dec. 25, Noon – 3 PM, Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th Street, Seattle

Share in the joy of Christmas Day with friends, family, and community at the PNA’s Annual Christmas Meal. Doors open at noon with a light reception. The meal includes turkey, ham and all the trimmings. All are welcome! Doors open at 12 PM; meal is served at 1 PM. Free, donations gladly accepted.

Must RSVP to 206-297-0875 for this free event by Friday, Dec. 13.

To volunteer to help prepare, set up, serve, clean up – and partake in the delicious spread! – click here.


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, Dec. 3, and Wednesday, Dec. 18
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. 


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! 


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.


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.  

  • Staying Connected: Strategy for a Full Life
    Thursday, Dec. 5, 11 AM – 12:30 PM, Downtown Bellevue Main Club
    209 110th Ave NE (in the Boys & Girls Club on the west side of Downtown Park)
    As we age, our relationships and responsibilities change. How do we stay connected with our children, our communities, and the environment? Facilitated by NWCCA Board President Dori Gillam.  
  • Food for Thought
    Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2 – 3:30 PM, Richmond Beach Library

    19601 21st Avenue NW, Shoreline
    Do you feel invisible or that you don’t “count?” Discuss the positives and challenges of not being noticed because of age, and how to stand out or be heard (when you want to). Facilitated by NWCCA Executive Director Rebecca Crichton. 
  • What Has Made Your Life Fun?
    Monday, Dec. 16, 10:30 AM – Noon, Shoreline Library
    345 NE 175th Street, Shoreline
    What did your family do for fun when you were growing up? What was considered a “treat?” What was the best present you ever received as a child? Can you repeat some of those things now, or something like them, either for yourself or to give to others? Facilitated by Dori Gillam.
  • Sounds of the Holidays
    Friday, Dec. 20, 1 – 2:30 PM, Issaquah Senior Center
    75 NE Creek Way, Issaquah
    What are the traditions worth celebrating?

No registration is required for these free events.