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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 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 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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$3 per meal
Friday, July  29th, 9:00am - 10:00am
Friday, Aug  26th, 9:00am - 10:00am
Friday, Sept 30th, 9:00am - 10:00am
Join in on the Men's Breakfast Club and enjoy a scrumptious breakfast accompanied by good friends.  Chef Bob prepares his buttermilk pancakes with scrambled eggs, bacon, and seasonal fruit.  Beverages include orange juice, coffee, and tea.  Male speakers share their stories and  experiences - including tours of local establishments.
Sign up by phone at 206-297-0403 or at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk.


Thursday   August 18, 2016,  4:00pm - 6:00pm
We salute our volunteers!  Our volunteers are the heart and soul of the center.  They help make us great!  Invitations go out in mid-July to those volunteers with 20 or more hours of service  The theme is Olympics for all our gold medal volunteers.  Join us for fantastic entertainment, delicious food and beverages, awards, and our opportunity to honor and thank you, our volunteers, for all your superior service.  Thank you! 
Please RSVP by August 15th for our planning purposes - by phone, at the Second Floor Reception Desk, or by emailing KristinaW@SoundGenerations.org.

Sponsored by our Genesis HealthCare



Saturday August 20th, 8:00am - 1:00pm

This Open Saturday is a very special day at the Center.  We have several offerings and options to enjoy. 
  • All in the community are welcome to enjoy Chef Bob's delicious breakfast.  Whole families can enjoy fluffy scrambled eggs, regular or blueberry pancakes, sausage or bacon, orange juice, coffee, and tea.  Only $5.00 for each person for the sumptuous repast! 
  • This is also the day for the Gigantic Book Sale offering all the brand new books donated by a bookstore when it closed.
  • Palettes, Pastries & P.J.s is happening in the Crafts Room from 9am - 11am for $30 per person.  See the detailed description below!
  • Open Saturday activities will be available and be specified in the August newsletter.
  • Plus!  On this extraordinary Saturday you can also schedule 'My Photo Portrait'.  Sign up for an appointment to get your portrait taken on this Open Saturday.  Prices range from $20 to $40.  More information is available at the Second Floor Reception Desk.


Saturday August 20th, 9:00am - 11:00am
Jump out of bed and hurry to the Ballard NW Senior Center's first Palettes, Pastries & P.J.s!  You are welcome to wear appropriate P.J.s, and since it's so early we'll have coffee, tea, and pastries.  Follow along with artist and instructor Joanne Hansen as she walks you through step-by-step painting your own interpretation of her art.  Please sign up early as there will be limited seating.  Purchase tickets by calling the center at 206-297-0403, stopping at the Second Floor Reception Desk or online at BallardSeniorCenter.org.


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

What's better on a hot summer day than ice cream!  Join us for ice cream cones, sundaes, root beer floats, and banana splits.  Andy, Opie, Barney, Aunt Bee, and the whole town of Mayberry will be there for lots of laughs!  No sign-up required.


Friday  September 23rd, 12:00pm Noon
All Ballard NW Senior Center Members are invited to this special luncheon.  Everyone who pays their dues are all stars!  You help so much by being members.  This is also United Way of King County's Day of Caring, and we are fortunate often to be chosen by a local business.  If you are a member, sign up by September 17th for planning purposes - in person at the Second Floor Reception Desk or by calling 206-297-0403.


Thursday  September 29th, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
$20 per person
A wide variety of artists display their artwork for you to enjoy and purchase.  There are six wines to taste and purchase.  Chocolatiers offer chocolate confections to go with wine and art.  Combine art, wine, and chocolate with delicious hors d'oeuvres, mouth-watering desserts, and the music of the Anne Merrifield Jazz Trio; and you'll have a beautiful night to remember.  Don't miss this grand night of Art, Wine, & Chocolate!  Register online, in person at the Second Floor Reception Desk, or by calling 206-297-0403.



Friday, October 7th, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Bingo starts at  7:00pm
$15 per person with pre-event purchase
$20 at the door
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


Honoring Senior Talents and Crafts!
Saturday  October 22nd
10:00am - 4:00pm
In addition to talented quilters and craft vendors showcasing and offering their creations for sale, the Bake Sale offers sweet-tooth satisfying treats, including sugar-free and gluten-free, baked by our Seniors.  As you peruse the creative offerings, avail yourself of Chef Bob's Cafe Menu including his specialty sandwiches, soups, and sides.
If you wish to be a vendor to showcase your talents or volunteer please contact Lauren at 206-297-0403 or email her at LaurenO@SoundGeneratios.org.



Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at Benaroya Hall

Ticket Range:  $47 to $150

We are excited to bring the world famous Irish Tenors to Benaroya Hall.  Their holiday concert benefits Ballard NW Senior Center.  This is our huge holiday fundraiser and Center celebration.  Ronan Tynan, Anthony Kearns, and Finbar Wright are the renowned Irish Tenors and have performed at famous venues world-wide.  Their 'Ellis Island' and 'Live in Belfast' concerts topped the charts, thrilling fans with inspirational music.  VIP tickets include a wine and dessert reception with the Irish Tenors after the concert.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 6, 2016

  • Online at BenaroyaHall.org
  • By Phone at 206-215-4747 or 1-866-833-4747 (toll free)
  • In Person at the Benaroya Hall Ticket Office, Location:  Corner of 3rd Avenue and Union Street in downtown Seattle, Hours:  Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 1pm-6pm.



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. Thank you!

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



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.