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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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Featured Event:

How to Give Big:

Step 1: Click on the GiveBig logo to the right.

Step 2: Our community partner Sound Generations’s GiveBig webpage will open.

Step 3: Fill in your donation amount and contact information.

Step 4: In the Comments Section type “Ballard NW Senior Center”.

Step 5: Finish filling out the form and click Show Total.

2015 was fantastic and 2016 is even better! Ballard NW Senior Center is not just a senior center, it is YOUR Senior Center. Our motto is “a place where friends meet friends” and our mission is provide as many programs and services as we can to better your life and the lives of your family, friends, neighbors, and everyone in Ballard, Magnolia, Queen Anne and the surrounding area.


Each month we offer a wide selection of programs and services at low or no cost to you and over 4,000 people every year, and this is only possible with community support.

SCHEDULE YOUR GIFT TODAY or any day leading up to May 3. Your credit card won’t be charged until May 3. GiveBig is a one day event by Seattle Foundation, who will match portions of the donations made to Seattle area non-profits including us through their website.

We need your support.

Please schedule your donation today.

Thank you,

Carlye Teel, Director

Please Note: While we appreciate donations sent in the mail, please note that donations are only eligible for GiveBIG matching funds if they are made via credit card or checking account transfer through our GiveBIG page.

Orca to go Cards


Monday, April 25th, 12:30pm 

Stop by the nurse's office to get an Orca To Go Card or add money to your Orca To GoCard. The ORCA card is all you need to pay your fare on buses and trains in the Puget Sound region. After you load E-purse (electronic purse) value or a monthly pass on it, your ORCA card works like cash or a pass, automatically tracking the value of different fares and transfers so you don't have to. ORCA cards cost $5. Once you have a card, you can add between $5 and $300 in the card’s E-purse to pay for trips as you go. With the E-purse feature, the ORCA card works similar to a debit card, and pays for your fare out of the E-purse. When the card’s balance gets low, just add additional value. Purchasing a Orca To Go Card is a great way to celebrate the Earth this month! Orca To Go Cards are also available at these Puget Sound locations.

No sign up required.

Administrative Professional's Day

Wednesday, April 27th
We have a fantastic administrative assistant in Kristina. April 27th is the appreciation day for admins. Thank you Kristina for all you do for the center. Please offer her your thanks too. Please thank Lauren also for all her work as Program Coordinator. We honor both of them for their service to the center.


Mens' Breakfast Club

Friday, April 29th, 9:00am-10:00am
Friday, May  27th, 9:00am-10:00am
Friday, June 24th, 9:00am-10:00am
The Men's Breakfast Club is going strong.  All men are invited and encouraged to join in on this 'men only' breakfast. 

In March we hosted Josh de Lacy who walked 6,700 miles 'Traveling On Trust'. If you would like to hear about a specific subject or know a great speaker contact Lauren at 206-297-0403 or by email at LaurenO@SoundGenerations.org

The speaker in April will be Gymnast and Fitness Instructor Sterling Luke who will talk about his specialty men's fitness. So relax, enjoy great food, and talk about exercise.

The speaker in May will be Ballard's Maritime Pacific Brewing Company owner George Hancock.  He will speak about the brewing process and about the Mens' Only Tour coming on Monday, June 20th.

Chef Bob whips up his fluffy scrambled eggs accompanied by buttermilk pancakes, bacon/sausages, and seasonal fruit.  Beverages include orange juice, coffee, and tea.

Cost per Breakfast: $3

Purchase Tickets for Men's Breakfast on April 29th:

Rainbow Bingo Tickets: $15
(includes entrance and 10 games of bingo)

Purchase Tickets

Star Wars Day

Wednesday, May 4th, 12:30pm
It's Star Wars at Ballard NW Senior Center.  Stick around to see Luke Skywalker, Princess Leah, C3PO & R2D2.  Trivia game and the new movie.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Thirty years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, the galaxy faces a new threat from the evil Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order. When a defector named Finn crash-lands on a desert planet, he meets Rey (Daisy Ridley), a tough scavenger whose droid contains a top-secret map. Together, the young duo joins forces with Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to make sure the Resistance receives the intelligence concerning the whereabouts of Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), the last of the Jedi Knights. Watch the Trailer here.

No signup required.

Cinco De Mayo

Thursday, May 5th, 12:30pm
Join us for a celebration party on May 5th after lunch in the Harmony Dining Hall, as we celebrate Cinco De Mayo. Fun, entertainment, food, and a great celebration.  Come for the party!

No signup required. 

Rainbow Bingo


Friday, May 6th 6:00pm-9:00pm

Bingo starts at  7:00pm
Theme: Cinco de Mayo
Celebrate diversity, have fun and support the center.  Enjoy good entertainment, exciting bingo games, fantastic prizes, and yoummy food and beverages.  Cafe menu and beverage servic starts at 6:00pm.  Bingo is 7:00pm to 9:00pm with Sylvia O'Stayformore and the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. Wear festive hats and attire, the evening's theme is Cinco de Mayo!

Purchase Tickets for Rainbow Bingo:

Mothers Day Celebration

Monday, May 6th, 12:30pm
Please join us for our Mother's Day Tea on May 5th after Lunch in the Harmony Dining Hall.  Mothers are so important!  And remember we have a Mother's Day Tea coming on the following Monday, May 9th.
Come for the Party!

No signup required.

Mothers Day Tea

Sponsored by Foss Home & Village.
Monday, May 9th, 2:00-4:00pm

Please join us for our Mother's Day Tea on May 9th after Lunch in the Harmony Dining Hall.  Mothers have, do, and will play very important roles in all our lives.  Come be a part of our Mother's Day Celebration Tea.  Thanks to all mother's for being such a special part of this day.

Wear a pretty hat and have a delicious plate of tea sandwiches, petite salads, light desserts, comforting teas, and enjoy!

Decorate your 'Tea-Hats', there will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes awarded.  Come for the Tea Party!

Mother's Day Tea is FREE

RSVP for the Mother's Day Tea:
  • BY PHONE at 206-297-0403
  • IN PERSON at the 2nd Floor Reception


Are you the next big raffle winner?  Who couldn't use some extra summer cash?  Books containing 10 raffle tickets each go in the mail the week of May 15th and will also be available at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk.  Tickets are $2 each.  The drawing is at the Summer BBQ on July 14th.
Please return your tickets by noon on the 14th.  Hope you can purchase or sell to family and friends.  Maybe they can help and sell to their circle of friends and contacts.  Thank you for your support!

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


Thursday, May 19th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Dinner at 6:00pm
Eleanor Roosevelt, as portrayed by Storyteller Debbie Dimitre, makes her second appearance at Ballard NW Senior Center.  Debbie was here for our Thanksgiving Feast as Grandma Moses, and it was an awe inspiring performance.  We welcome back Deebbie Dimitre as Eleanor Roosevelt.  Join us for an evening of yesteryear.  Chef Bob will prepare a cuisine fit for royalty.

Menu:  Spring salad, roasted chicken with mushroom sauce, new red potatoes with dill, summer squash, zucchini and red peppers, and a homemade rosemary biscuit.  Then Eleanor's favorite dessert is served - Pink Clouds on Angel Food Cake.

Tickets are available online at BallardSeniorCenter.org, by phone at 206-297-0403, and at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk.


Friday, May 27th, 12:30pm
We honor all who gave their lives in service to our country to protect our rights and freedoms so we can remain the "land of the free and the home of the brave".   Please note that we will be closed the following Monday May 30th in honor of these patriots.

No sign up required.


Friday       June 10th, 9:00am-4:00pm
Saturday  June 11th, 9:00am-3:00pm
We are known for our quality Rummage Sales.  Someone's Rummage is another's treasure.  Our next big sale of 2016 is on June 10th and 11th. 
Please volunteer - We need lots of help to get ready.  Please join the Rummage Sale Committee facilitated by Bob.  The Committee members plan, organize, price, give their good ideas, and help make the sale a spectacular success.  We especially need pricing help now:  This is a fun thing to do as a group - price, laugh, and take some ownership of the sales.  We also need your 'don't needs':  While spring cleaning, put a box or two aside for the center.  Need a pick-up?  Call and we will come for larger loads.  These sales bring in over $20,000 a year and we truly need you help!  Our 2nd Floor Board Room will be transformed into a very special place. 

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.

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 2nd Floor Reception Desk.  Thank you!

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!


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.



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 by 4/3/2016, 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.

2016 $pring for $eniors Auction & Dinner

was on Sunday, April 3rd

Thanks to all that volunteered, planned, donated, sponsored, attended, setup, cooked. served, and helped in any way.  To you all my heartfelt thank you.  You were instrumental in our success.  As reported in my Director's Message we almost made our dream goal of $75,000.  We did meet our realistic goal and raised $72,151 to support our wonderful center.  Thanks everyone, I am grateful.

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.

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

Regular Tickets: $50 

Benefactor Tickets: $75