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Ballard NW
Senior Center

A community partner site 
of Sound Generations

Contact Us

5429 32nd NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: (206) 297-0403
Fax:     (206) 297-0558

Monday   8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday   8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday  8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

On select Saturdays only
TBD, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM


Memorial Day  

Monday, May 30

Independence Day       
Monday, July 4

Labor Day        
Monday, September 5

Veteran’s Day  
Friday, November 11

Thanksgiving Day        
Thursday, November 24

Day after Thanksgiving
Friday, November 25

Christmas Eve 
Friday, December 23

Christmas Day
Monday, December 26

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Not Just For Seniors! 

Membership and our events and classes are open to ALL ages.

Take a class, join a group, or attend an event with a parent, grandparent, or friend.

Come by yourself and meet new friends! Find an event for you.

You don't have to be a senior to be a part of the excitement at the Ballard NW Senior Center.


Thank you for supporting Center programs and services in 2016:

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Rainbow Bingo (February Event):
Hilliard's Beer
Jim Coleman

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Night in Paris Dinner:

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 $pring For $eniors Auction:

Holland America Line
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.
Sagebrook Senior Living in Ballard
ERA Living
Henry Grenley
Nancy & Leo Parks
Claire Phelps
Norse Home
Ballard LandMark Inn
Brown Bear Carwash
Carter Subaru
Seattle Divorce Services
Swedish Medical Center - Ballard Campus
Ballard Ornamental Ironworks
Bowie Electric Service
Camco Electric Inc.
Stimson Marina
Ken & Janice Wherry
Tim & Sharon McKenzie
Rutha Thomas, Century 21
Visiting Angels
Foss Home & Village
Garden Seasoning, Inc.
Ballard Emblem Club No. 216
Ballard Hardware & Supply, Inc.
Ballard Oil Company
KMS Financial Services, Inc.
Law Office of Dan L. Larson
Stoneway Hardware
The Lawless Partnership, LLP

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2015 Santa Breakfast:
Champion Party Supply

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2015 Seahawks Friday with Steve Raible:
Sagebrook Senior Living at Ballard

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2015 Taproot Theatre Event:
Sagebrook Senior Living at Ballard

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2015 $pring For $eniors Auction:

Holland America
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SPRING & SUMMER RAFFLE - $2 per Ticket
The Spring & Summer Raffle tickets are out!  We hope you can sell or buy your book of raffle tickets.  Tickets are $2 each or $20 for a book of 10.  Who wouldn't want these great prizes!

1st Prize   
$150 Cash
2nd Prize
$100 Cash
3rd Prize
  $75 Cash
4th Prize
  $50 Cash
5th Prize
  $25 Certificate to Red Mill Burgers

Could your family or friends help us meet our goals by selling a book or two to their contacts?  Thank you for your support.  The drawing is at the Summer BBQ on Thursday, July 14th!


Friday       June 10th, 9:00am-4:00pm
Saturday  June 11th, 9:00am-3:00pm
I continue to be amazed at our Rummage Sale results.  We are known as the 'Quality Rummage Sale' and 'Best Bargain in Ballard'.  We budget to bring in $20,000 from our sales to support our center.

We need your help with organization and pricing, setup.  And we need your 'don't needs' now and through the summer and fall.  Please bring in your items or call for larger pick ups. 

If you can help with the setup, sale days, and/or Saturday clean up, please sign up at the front desk or 2nd floor reception desk.  Please help, thank you!

Set Up of Rummage Sale
Thursday, June 9th   7:00am - 4:00pm
Sign up now to volunteer - 
Call 206-297-0403 or stop in at the 1st or 2nd Floor Reception Desk. 
Thank you!
Set Up Day Schedule
 7:00am  - 12:00pm
 Moving Crew:  Tables/Rummage/Boxes
 9:00am  - 12:00pm
 Organize Rummage, Placement and Pricing
12:00pm - 12:30pm
 LUNCH - for Volunteers Only
12:30pm -   3:00pm 
 Rummage Display and Pricing
 1:30pm  -   2:00pm
Chef Bob's Cafe - Rummage Sale Open Hours
Friday      June 10th  10:00am-3:00pm
Saturday  June 11th  10:00am-2:00pm
Menu includes soups, sandwiches, pies, and beverages.

Saturday  June 11th, 9:00am-3:00pm
We will have our first Open Saturday this year on June 11th, the same day as our Rummage & Book Sale.  Find rummage treasures, all your summer reading materials, have lunch in Bob's Cafe, and participate in Open Saturday activities.  A full day at the center!  Open Saturday features Bridge, Social Worker appointments, Movie, and more!

10:00am -  2:00pm
 Open Computer Lab
10:00am -  2:00pm   Bridge Group - $1
10:00am -  2:00pm   Book Sale
10:00am -  2:00pm 
 Social Worker (By Appointment)
10:00am -  2:00pm   Job Bank (By Appointment)
10:00am - 12:00pm   Massage (By Appointment)
10:00am - 11:00am   Balance Exercises
11:00am -  2:00pm   Movie:  Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
            Starring Harrison Ford and Sean Connery
12:00pm -  2:00pm   Bead Works


Friday, June 17th, 12:30pm
Join us for our Father's Day Celebration on June 17th in the Harmony Dining Hall after lunch.  Dads are such special people in our lives.  Please come and honor fathers on this day.  If you have special memories to share with others, we look forward to everyone's favorite dad memories.  Look forward to this day! 
Come for the Party!    

No sign up required.

Thursday, June 23, 2016
The center is such a busy place and we all get caught up in our work, activities, volunteering, and on it goes.  So, I truly value Coffee with Carlye times.  I enjoy hearing your good ideas or concerns, and I have the opportunity to let you know about center activities and plans.  Please join me for coffee and a cookie on June 23rd at 11:00am. No sign up required.

Friday, June 24th, 9:00am - 10:00am
All men are invited and encouraged to join in on this 'men only' breakfast.  Chef Bob prepares scrambled eggs accompanied by buttermilk pancakes, bacon, and seaasonal fruit.  Beverages include:  orange juice, coffee, and tea.  Speaker:  John Comicello just got back from another trip to Cuba.  Meet John and view his intriguing Cuban photographs.
Tickets online, by phone, and at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk.


SUMMER BBQ - $12 Adults / $8 Kids
Thursday, July 14th, 6:00pm
The Summer BBQ is always fun and delicious.  Plan to join us for your choice of grilled chicken, hamburgers, or brats, served with corn on the cob, potato salad, coleslaw, watermelon, and chocolate chip brownies topped with vanilla ice cream.  Live entertainment by Cheri Adams, singer and musician. 
Tickets available online, by phone, and at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk.


Thursday,  August 18, 2016     4:00pm - 6:00pm
We salute our volunteers!  Volunteers with 20 or more hours of service will get your invitation in mid-July.  The theme is Olympics for all our stars and medal winning volunteers.
RSVP by phone, at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk, or by emailing KristinaW@SoundGenerations.org.


Thursday,  August 25, 2016    2:00pm - 4:00pm

What's better on a hot summer day than ice cream, ice cream cones, sundaes, floats, and more.  Put August 25th on your calendar and join us for all things ice cream.

Rainbow Bingo October


Friday, October 7th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Bingo starts at  7:00pm
Theme: Oktoberfest
Celebrate diversity, have fun and support the center.  Enjoy good entertainment, exciting bingo games, fantastic prizes, and yummy food and beverages.  Cafe menu and beverage service starts at 6:00pm.  Bingo is 7:00pm to 9:00pm with Sylvia O'Stayformore and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Purchase Tickets for Rainbow Bingo:
  • BY PHONE by 206-297-0403
  • IN PERSON at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk
  • ONLINE tickets coming soon!


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

You are the first to know.  We are bringing the world famous Irish Tenors to Benarooya Hall to celebrate the Ballard NW Senior Center.  The Irish Tenors Holiday Concert is scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th at Benaroya Hall.  This is our huge holiday fundraiser and center celebration.  Come celebrate more than 43 years of center services and activities. Tickets go on sale in September.  Please enjoy this magnificent evening and support the center.  More information will be in our July newsletter.  Stay tuned!


2016 $pring for $eniors Auction & Dinner

was on Sunday, April 3rd

What a fantastic event. The best result in center history. Our dream goal was $75,000. We raised $72,152 and then one generous center couple donated another $1,425 toward our dream goal through the GiveBig campaign. That donation will be higher with the “stretch” gift from the Seattle Foundation. We are so thrilled and delighted with the amazing support of our sponsors, donors, guests, and volunteers. What amazing results! I’m overwhelmed with the community support. Thanks

Read more about our Auction on our Auction Page here and check out the fantastic Sponsors who made this night possible! And look through our fantastic Auction Catalog.

Our next Auction is scheduled for:

$pring for $eniors Auction & Dinner
Returns Sunday, March 26, 2017 at 5pm

Regular Tickets: $50 

Benefactor Tickets: $75

Rainbow Bingo October


AARP & Others Oppose Proposed United Way Funding Cuts for Seniors

AARP Washington and more than 40 other advocacy and community service services organizations that advocate and serve thousands of older adults in King County and the State of Washington are deeply concerned that United Way’s new funding priorities will no longer include investments in programs that serve older adults and people with disabilities. Read more here.

How Bingo Saved This Seattle Man's Life When Bernie Sadowski first came to the Ballard Senior Center in 2009, he didn’t care about life. His wife of 50 years had died. “It was like, OK, I’ll go to sleep when I feel sleepy no matter where I was,” he said. He didn’t care if he woke up, and he didn’t know what to do with himself. Sadowski’s doctor told him he was going through depression and suggested that he get out and socialize. Sadowski’s daughter took him to the senior center. “Frankly, this saved my life,” Sadowski said. 

Read more here.


Membership dues for 2016 are $50 for the year and are available for purchase now. Membership is a good deal for anyone who wants to receive reduced fees on foot care, trips, many classes, as well as invitations to the member’s only luncheon and other benefits. Members receive coupons which provide some additional savings. We offer 3 options for payment to make it easier to support us. 

Payment Plans:

1) Make one payment of $50.

2) Make two payments of $25.
    (1st payment by 1/31/2016, 2nd payment by 6/30/2016)

3) Make four payments of $12.50.
    (1st and 2nd payment now, 3rd payment by 6/30/2016, 4th payment by 9/30/2016)

4) Member Sponsorship

Paying someone’s membership makes a wonderful gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. We also accept donations to help pay dues for those who cannot afford them. You do not have to be a member to participate at the Center.