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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

Hours     
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

Closed
Memorial Day
Monday, May 29, 2017
Independence Day
Monday,  July 3, 2017
Tuesday, July 4, 2017


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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.


Sponsors

Thank you for supporting Center programs and services in 2016:

Ballard Taco Time 
Laurel Ink
Rain City Video

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Food Programs:
Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Night in Paris Dinner:

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2017 $pring For $eniors Auction:

Annie's Nannies 
Ballard Emblem Club No. 216   
Ballard Hardware
Ballard Industrial
Ballard Market
Ballard Oil Company
Ballard Ornamental Ironworks
Banner Bank
Bowie Electric Service
Brookdale Senior Living
Brown Bear Carwash
Carter Subaru
CD Stimson Companies
Century 21
Dock Street Brokers 
ERA Living 
Foss Home & Village 
Genesis HealthCare
Holland America Line
Homestreet Bank
Howard & Cindy's
      Adult Family Home
Keller Williams Realty
      Greater Seatlle
KMS Financial Services, Inc.
Lantern Brewing
Malone Law Group
Mountain Pacific Bank
Norse Home
Old Ballard Liquor Co.
Sagebrook Senior Living
      in Ballard
Seattle Divorce Services
Sunset Hill Veterinary
      & Rehabilitation Center
Swedish Medical Center
      Ballard Campus
Total Wine & More
Trident Seafoods 

Thank you for Sponsoring our 2016 Birthday Celebrations:
Sagebrook Senior Living
      at Ballard


Thank you for Sponsoring our 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Reception:
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.

Thank you for Sponsoring our 2016 Halloween Luncheon & Party:
Foss Home & Village

Thank you for Sponsoring our 2016 Art, Wine, & Chocolate:
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Rainbow Bingo Events:
Hilliard's Beer
Jim Coleman
Pacific Maritime Brewing Co.

Thank you for Sponsoring our 2016 Santa Breakfast:
Adams Elementary School
Champion Party Supply
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.
Glo Holcomb
Stephen Sill

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Irish Tenors Holiday Concert:
AM 880 KIXI Radio
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.
Marguerite Casey Foundation
Norse Home -
    Retirement & Assisted Living
    Community
Stoneway Hardware
Trident Seafoods

Sponsor Us!
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Presentations & Classes

    Continuing Education & Workshops

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Presentations

Presentations are held in the Harmony Dining Hall after our 12:00pm Lunch.
Speakers begin speaking on a variety of topics at 12:30pm.  All presentations are FREE.

DOWNSIZING FOR AGING
Thursday, May 25th, 12:30pm
94% of seniors want to stay home as they age. Yet many of them cannot because they didn't prepare their home for aging! Do you know the keys to living independently as long as possible? Learn the keys of Downsizing your Life! This class helps you to simplify your life, and can help improve your financial picture for your later life years. Learn the facts from top professionals in the industry that can help you find the perfect home, and ways to stay safe and independent far into your aging years.

Special Guest Speaker: Suzanne Newman
                                      Founder & CEO- Answers for Elders & Host of the Answers for Elders Radio Show
Special Guest Speaker: Jaden & Valicia Zugel
                                      Senior Specialists in Real Estate
Special Guest Speaker: Kathy Lyons
                                      Independent Living Expert from Aging in Place

TECH TABLE AT LUNCH
1st Tuesday, 12:00pm-12:30pm, June 6th
Join Administrative Assistant Kristina for lunch on the 1st Tuesday of each month to ask questions, discuss technology issues, and listen to information on new tech. Everyone is welcome to bring their phone, tablet, laptop, or computer book. Remember we have Free Wi-Fi throughout the whole building and an open Computer Lab. Check the Computer Lab page for the open computer lab schedule.


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Continuing Education

AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM
$15 AARP Member / $20 Non AARP Member
Choose one two-day course from these available courses:
2-day Course - Wednesday and Thursday, May     24th and 25th, 9:00am-1:00pm
2-day Course - Wednesday and Thursday, June    28th and 29th, 9:00am-1:00pm
2-day Course - Wednesday and Thursday, July     26th and 27th, 9:00am-1:00pm
Learn new rules of the road and review driving techniques.  Must attend both days to complete the course, which may qualify you for multi-year discounts on auto insurance.  Please pay instructor directly.  Sign up by phone at 206-297-0403 or at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk.

ESL STUDY GROUP - FREE
Wednesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Come practice speaking and hearing English. Each group meeting will have one or two English Tutors to talk with. This is a study group and not a class. Please bring study materials.

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Workshops

June and July Upcoming Workshops To Be Announced When the June Newsletter is Published.

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Art and Crafts Classes

ACRYLICS
Fee:  $10 Member, $20 Non-member
Instructor/Artist:  Joanne Hansen
Wednesday, 1:00pm-3:00pm 
Artist/Instructor Joanne Hansen teaches you acrylic painting techniques to create your own art work.  The world of art and creativity is at your fingertips.  Joanne shares with you the simplest to most difficult skills to ensure your experience in the class is fulfilling.  You may bring any supplies you have, but most supplies are available.

MULTI-MEDIA ART CLASS
Fee:  $5 Member, $10 Non-member
Instructor/Artist:  Joanne Hansen
Thursday, 9:30am-11:30am
Artist/Instructor Joanne Hansen shows all the amazing ways that you can create meaningful collages and also some of the best ways to do print-making.  Materials are provided.  Bring your creative side and your laughter and have a blast!.

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP - Free 
Watercolor Painting
Instructor & Photographer: Boon & Paul
Tuesdays, 1:30pm-4:00pm & Select Saturdays

Photography taught in a supportive atmosphere, using a standard or digital camera.  Activities include outdoor trips.  The photography workshop is open to all levels. Photographer leader Boon Goh has the approach that everyone can learn to see through the lens and capture an amazing moment in time.  The group has become family and welcomes new members.

QUILTER’S 'Bee' - Free 
Leader/Quilter - Sandie Jardee
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm 
Practice basic to advanced skills with three available sewing machines.  Yards of 100% cotton along with Fat Squares in an array of patterns and colors including holiday fabric are available.  Join the quilters, if not for quilting then for sharing stories and laughter.

WATERCOLOR CLASS
Fee:  $12 Member, $24 Non-member
Instructor/Artist:   Susan Schneider
Tuesdays   10:00am-12:00pm
Class starts again on Tuesday, September 13th
Taught by well known Ballard artist and instructor Susan Schneider Beginners and drop-ins welcome. Learn many basic to advanced techniques that will build upon your expertise.  You may choose to bring your materials or supplies, but most supplies are provided. 

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Fitness-Exercise Classes & Activities



BALANCE EXERCISES - FREE
Group Leaders:  Mary, Kristina, Bernie
Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays   11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Practice positions to build strength and balance. Everything we do relies heavily on our ability to balance. This is a fantastic class to increase balance and also is a great way to get started exercising. All abilities are welcome.

ENHANCEFITNESS® MONTHLY CLASSES - $25/Month
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays -  8:45am Class (class is full, sorry!)
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays -  9:45am Class 
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays - 10:50am Class
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays -   3:30pm Class

One hour classes led by trained and certified instructors.  These classes focus on strength training, balance, aerobics and stretching.  All levels are welcome.  $25/month or Approved Group Health.   Participants can qualify for no fee.  See our 2nd floor receptionist for form.  Need doctor's approval.

FALON GONG - Free   New for Spring 2017!
Mondays, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Falun Gong (also known as Falun Dafa) is a system of self-improvement through cumulative exercises, which are traced back thousands of years to ancient China. 

The benefits of practicing Falun Dafa include improved health, newfound energy, mental clarity, stress relief, and peace of mind. Each class includes five sets of easy-to-learn gentle stretches and meditations. Variations on these are available for those who wish to sit during the class. Drop-ins welcome!

CHAIR YOGA - $5 Members / $10 Non-Members
Tuesdays     1:00pm-1:45pm
Thursdays   1:00pm-1:45pm

Practice positions to build strength and flexibility while deepening relaxation. All abilities are welcome. Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that is practiced sitting on a chair, or standing using a chair for support. This class is perfect for people who want additional assistance to balance during yoga poses. Certified yoga instructor. Punch Card for 4 classes available.

GENTLE YOGA - $5 Members / $10 Non-Members
Tuesdays      9:30am-10:45am  (1 Hour Class)
Thursdays    9:30am-10:45am  (1 Hour Class)
Build strength, balance, and flexibility with traditional yoga poses.  MAT REQUIRED (You will not be permitted to participate without a mat.)  Shoes are okay to wear.  Certified yoga instructor. Punch Card for 4 classes available.

LAUGHTER YOGA - FREE - Currently on Break
Tuesdays    11:00am-11:50am

Laugh your way to good physical and mental health. These classes introduce techniques to effectively exchange your oxygen, by ridding you of old oxygen and bringing in new oxygen. Laugh your way to better health.

YOGA for ACTIVE SENIORS - NEW - $5 Members / $10 Non-Members
Thursdays    12:00pm - 1:00pm
Certified Yoga Instructor Judy will show you how you can strengthen your core and feel the positive effects mentally and physically.  MAT REQUIRED (You will not be permitted to participate without a mat.)  Drop by the second floor reception desk to pay for this new class and ask for a Punch Card!

ZUMBA - $5 Members / $10 Non-Members
Thursdays, 11:00am-12:00pm
Dance and aerobics for great fitness, flexibility, coordination, and balance. Before you know it you’ll be getting fit and also improving your energy level. Experienced fitness instructor shows you all the right moves!

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Language Classes

Please purchase a punch card at the reception desk, if you'll be attending multiple classes. Saves time and paper, we appreciate it!

ESL STUDY GROUP - NEW & FREE
Wednesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Come practice speaking and hearing English. Each group meeting will have one or two English Tutors to talk with. This is a study group and not a class.

BEGINNING FRENCH
Fee:  $1 Member, $2 Non-member
Instructor:  Marilyn
Thursday, 9:30am-10:30am

French instructor Marilyn Severson invites all who wish to learn French from the very beginning.  New students welcome.

CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH
Fee:  $1 Member, $2 Non-member
Instructor:  Marilyn
Thursday, 10:30am-11:00am

French instructor Marilyn Severson invites all who wish to converse in French for 30 minutes prior to Intermediate French class.  Intermediate Level Students Only.

INTERMEDIATE FRENCH

Fee:  $1 Member, $2 Non-member
Instructor:  Marilyn
Thursday, 11:00am-12:00pm

French instructor Marilyn Severson comes to us from SPU where she taught all levels of French for twenty-five years.  Feel free to join at any time.

PARIS THEATER—Free   NEW For Spring!
2nd Thursdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Practice hearing and understanding French with friends. We will be showing French and American movies in French each month.

BEGINNING SPANISH   NEW For Spring!
$1 Members / $2 Non-members
Instructor: Octavio
Tuesdays, 4:00pm-5:00pm

Popular Spanish Instructor Octavio has returned to the center to teach Spanish each week. This is the perfect opportunity to start learning a new language! Sign up at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk or call 206.297.0403

CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH
Wednesdays, Starting in May!
The instructor provides you with Spanish instruction and can assist with all levels at the same time.  Enjoy immersing yourself in the Spanish language.  New students welcome.

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Literature Classes

MEMOIR WRITING - Free
Instructor:  Published Writer Claire Anderson
Fridays   1:30pm-2:30pm

Here’s your opportunity to join a fantastic and caring writing class and work with local published writer Claire Anderson.  Claire and other students assist each other with developing writing skills.  These writers have published two books under the guidance of Claire!

WRITING:  IT'S ALL ABOUT THE STORY - Free
Instructor:  Published Writer Gail Martini-Peterson
2nd and 4th Wednesdays    1:00pm-2:30pm

It's all about story!  Bring your fiction or non-fiction to our group.  We'll discuss some aspects of writing followed by reading your stories.  Are you feeling too shy to share your work.  That's okay too.  Just come and help us critique others.  When you feel comfortable, you can take a turn.  Just being in the presence of other writers can put you in the mood to write.  Gail taught English and writing for 32 years and wrote for a publication for the last eighteen years.  She is also well published on the internet and in newsletters.

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Meditation Classes

MEDITATION Workshop - Free

Wednesdays,  10:00am - 12:00pm
Facilitator:  Lee
Lee Rogers offers a practical guide to making friends with your mind.  Working with the mind we begin to feel happy and content with the world we live in.  We learn to stay with ourselves without having to put labels on our experience.  Become wiser and free.  Connect with your heart.  Sign up by phone 206-297-0403 or stop by the Second Floor Reception Desk.

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Music Classes

Drama, Music, and Singing
Join in on our growing music and theater offerings. Enjoy theater, acting, music, and singing. Our classes and groups are free or low cost. RSVP for these programs by calling us at 206.297.0403 or stop by the 2nd Floor Reception Desk.

DRUM CIRCLE
Instructor:  Simone LaDrumma
Drum circles are happening all over the world!  That’s because hand drumming is a wonderful way to increase coordination, sharpen memory and lift your spirits! In this joyful “playshop,” you’ll learn how to play hand drums (like West African djembes and Cuban congas -- supplied) and how to feel rhythm rather than count it.  Within minutes you’ll be playing the music you love to dance to!  No musical background required!  Register by calling the center 206-297-0403 or in person at the 2nd floor reception desk.

About the instructor

Simone LaDrumma has been teaching her course, Drumming & The Holistic Expression of Rhythm, for over 25 years.  She has brought the Spirit of the Drum to thousands of folks of every skill level, age and gender throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe.  Check her out on www.LaDrumma.com.



INTRODUCTION TO MUSICAL THEATRE - FREE        Matt Giles
Instructor: 

Seattle Repertory Theatre professional director Matt Giles


Wednesday Workshops at Ballard Center, 1:00pm—2:00pm

Plus Theatre Outings at dates listed below.


Love to sing? Interested in acting? Itching to dance?  Learn how to sing, dance, act, and all about musical theater history.  You can participate as much or as little as you want.  Join this Public Works workshop to discover your talent and practice your skills with Seattle Repertory Theatre’s professional director Matt Giles every Wednesday afternoon throughout the autumn.

These workshops will include field trips to see shows at Seattle Rep
and opportunities to socialize with other folks from around Seattle. No experience necessary and newcomers always welcome! Register today at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk or by calling 206-297-0403.

Winter and Spring Quarter Theatre Outing Field Trips

Wednesday, May 31st
Audition Workshop (Optional) on-site at Seattle Rep

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Paige, Piano InstructorPERSONAL PIANO LESSONS!
Fee: $10 Members / $20 Non-Members
Instructor & Classical Pianist:  Paige

30 Minute Lessons By Appointment
Personal piano lessons with talented and friendly Paige.  Learning music has proven to improve your memory and coordination, reduce stress, and it’s fun.  Pianos are also available here at the center for practicing. 

Paige has taught piano for many years.  She is trained in classical piano, has written for theater in Seattle and composes music for piano and other instruments.  She loves to share her own pieces in the classical style with others. She has traveled and lived in many places and now has returned to Seattle, which she considers her true home.  

Call 206-297-0403 or stop by the Second Floor Reception Desk to contact Paige and arrange lessons.



MARKET STREET SINGERS
Instructor & Leader:  Chris
Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm
This wonderful group meets every week to practice singing together.  They often do performances.  They are fantastic, and we are privileged to have them at the Center.  Stop by at a rehearsal, sit in.  If you feel inspired to participate and join, ask Chris to join this group.  Beginners are welcome!