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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 - 4:30PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

On select Saturdays only:
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM
Sat. August 23rd
Sat. September 13th
Sat. October 25th

July 4 - Independence Day
Sept. 1 - Labor Day
Nov. 11 -  Veteran's Day
Nov. 27th & 28th - Thanksgiving 
Dec. 24th & 25th - Christmas

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  Not just for Seniors

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You don't have to be a senior to be a part of the excitement at the Ballard NW Senior Center. Check out the great events coming up!

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Thank you for supporting the programs and services of the Center:

Red Mill Totem House
Chihuly Garden & Glass
Woodland Park Zoo
Ballard Emblem Club
SSCC Culinary Arts Dept.
Old Ballard Liquor Co.
U Frame It
Grocery Outlet

Thank you for Sponsoring the Night of Art, Wine, & Chocolate:

Fran's Chocolates
Trader Joe's
Chocolati Cafe
Sweet Mickey's

Thank you for Sponsoring a Night in Paris Dinner:

Seattle Shores Chorus
S. Seattle Community College
Ballard High School French Class

Thank you for Sponsoring Rainbow Bingo: 

Ballard Loft
Emerius at Northgate
Merrill Gardens at Northgate

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2014 21th Anniversary $pring For $eniors Auction:

Dr David Aoyama
Trident Seafoods, Inc.
Eye Associates Northwest
Ballard Care & Rehab Center
Brown Bear Car Wash
Car Wash Enterprises, Inc.
Ballard Landmark
Genesis HealthCare LLC
Camco Electric Inc.
Lou Roebke
Sequoia In-Home Care
Carter Subaru
Ballard/Swedish Hospital
Dr Grant Chyz, DDS
Annie's Nannies
Ivy Law Group
Century 21
Tim & Sharon McKenzie
Wendy McCallum
Ann & Bob McIntyre
Ballard Oil Company
Ballard Hardware & Supply, Inc.
Senior Financial Consultants
Pacific Fishermen Shipyard
   & Electric, LLC
Lawless Partnership, LLP
Hawley Realty, Inc.
Ballard Ornamental Ironworks
Cathe Clapp
Bayview Manor
Roland Gerard
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Classes and Activities

Classes & Activities

August 2014



Wednesday, August 6th @ 12:30 pm

The “Raging Grannies” are here! OUR Mission: In the tradition of wise women elders, the mission of the Seattle Raging Grannies is to promote global peace, justice, and social and economic equality by raising public awareness through the medium of song and humor. Modeling themselves after Canadian Raging Grannies. Using tunes of old songs and writing lyrics to fit what they sing about. We are challenged to keep step with current issues.

Wednesday, August 13th @ 12:30 pm

Discusses his published novel, “Man with a Gun”, the Kennedy Assassination. NW author and ten-time Emmy award winner Bryan Johnston shares amazing facts and stories he uncovered about the US Military, snipers and the Kennedy Assassination. Bryan talks in-depth about: the motive for killing Kennedy most people don’t even know about, sniper’s mission that borders on unbelievable, the Incredible D-Day experience of “Scotty” from Star Trek, a Recreation of the infamous Kennedy Assassination and the “Magic Bullet Theory”.

Wednesday, August 20th @ 12:30 pm

Penny Hinke our new Creative Writing instructor, says, “It’s Never Too Late” to write! Join Penny as she talks about how she will instruct students and shares how anyone can become a “Creative Writer”!

Language Classes

Language Classes

Friday, 1:00pm-2:00pm

 Is English your Second Language? Work on pronunciation, grammar, and expanding your vocabulary. Class taught by experienced instructor Beatrice Ruhli.

Thursday, 2:00pm-3:00pm

Learn conversational Mandarin Chinese through games, practice and socializing. Books, games, and materials provided in class.

Thursdays, 10:30am-11:00pm

French instructor Marilyn Severson invites all who wish to converse in French for 30 minutes prior to Beginning French class.

Beginning French Thursdays, 11:00am-12:00pm

French instructor Marilyn Severson comes to us from SPU where she taught for 25 years all levels of French.

Intermediate Spanish Fri, 9:00am-11:00am
Beginning Spanish Fri, 11:00am-12:00pm

Do you already know a little Spanish and want to learn more? Beginner and Intermediate classes are taught by Spanish instructor Beatrice Ruhli.


Art and Crafts Classes

Wednesday, 1:00pm-3:00pm

Artist/Instructor Joanne Hansen, teaches you acrylic painting techniques to create your own art work. The world is at your fingertips. Bring any supplies you have.

Thursday, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Collage allows for self expression. Supplies provided. Joanne Hansen is your experienced instructor.


Thursday, 10:00am-12:00pm

Instructor Howard Hansen instructs on how to create
your own landscapes, seascapes and learning the basics to advanced drawing techniques. Materials provided or pick up a list of approved supplies from Howard and purchase them yourself. Just ask Howard prior to class.

KNIT OR CROCHET - $10MEM/$12NON Fridays, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Intructor Praqveena Patel

Learn to knit and crochet. Create wonderful hats, carves, and more. Great for hands, fingers and increases dexterity.

Friday, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Instructor Jeffrey Mayo experienced Pastel artist welcomes all levels of students. Materials are provided, but you may bring others if you wish. Learn the creative world of Pastel drawing.

Tuesday, 1:30pm-4:30pm
Boon Goh Photography taught in a supportive atmosphere, Can use a standard or digital camera. Activities include outdoor trips.

Wednesday Nights, 5:00pm, Exercise Rm
Wednesday Nights, 6:00pm, Exercise Rm
NEW Class Begins July 5th for 10 weeks @ 5:00pm

Piano in a Group setting taught by Katy Gilberts. This class is Recreational Music Making at the Piano. Com-bines reading notes and learning chords by ear. Great for brain stimulation, as it involves memory. One time fee of $25 fee for CD & Book. Pay 2nd floor receptionist before class. Keep receipt for Katy to record.

Monday, 1:00pm-2:30pm

Nicole McMlellan Pottery class focuses on hand building without a wheel, employing the three techniques of pinching, coil building and slab building. These techniques, while often overlooked are very natural and organic forms of pottery. Hand building lessens arthritic and joint pain and the act of pinching the clay is very therapeutic and relaxing. The clay being quite pliable provides limitless options to create and form your own masterpieces. Ceramic Artist Nicole McClellan is your experienced instructor and is looking forward to working with all levels of students.

Monday & Wednesday, 10:00am-12:00pm

Practice basic to advanced skills. NEW Sewing machine and some materials provided. 1st Quilt & Crafts Fair, Sat., Aug 9th - 10:00am-4:00pm, Vendors must be 55+ Please contact Lauren Overlock to be a vendor or to Volunteer @ 206-297-0403 or LaurenO@seniorservices.org

WATERCOLOR CLASS - $10MEM/$12NON Watercolor Painting

Tuesday, 10am-12pm
(Art Group- July/Aug-FREE)

Taught by well known Ballard artist and instructor Susan Schneider. Beginners and drop-ins welcome. Learn basic techniques to advanced practicum. Bring materials. Some materials provided.


Groups & Clubs

1st Thursday each month, 12:45pm-1:45pm
This fun and dedicated group of bookworms meets every month. Members of this group will select, read and discuss books. Join in.

2nd & 4th Tuesday, 10:30am-11:45am

Discuss current and recent global events. The group decides the topic and how the discussion will run. All inquiring and open minds are welcome.


Friday, 1:30pm-2:30pm

Here’s your opportunity to join a writing class and work with Claire Anderson a published writer. Claire will assist with developing your writing skills.

Monday, 1:00pm-3:00pm - Sept., 8

NEW Writing Instructor: Penny Hinke’s work has appeared in magazines including Sing Heavenly Muse!, Quality Women’s Fiction (QWF), and M slexia. Her story "The Lottery of Lava Falls" placed first in Mslexia’s Travel Writing Competition (2006). Although her first love is memoir, Penny also enjoys writing and performing poetry. She received a BA in French and an MA in French literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More recently, she completed a Certificate in Memoir Writing from the University of Washington. She is a candidate in the MFA program in creative writing at Goddard College. Penny enjoys running, yoga, playing the piano and listening to jazz.

Fitness Classes & Activities

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
8:45am Class, 10:45am Class, or 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 and fill-out form.

Tues/Yoga & Thurs/Gentle - 9:30am-10:45am
NEW TIME: YOGA - Thurs - 2:00pm-3:15pm

 Practice positions to build strength and flexibility while deepening relaxation. All abilities are welcome. Certified yoga instructor. Pick up a 5 class punch card from our 2nd floor reception desk. $25 Punch Card for 5 classes

Tuesdays, 1:00pm-2:00pm  
Randy Engel
Starts: Tues., July 8th through Aug., 12th

Sign-up w/2nd floor reception 8 students only Why join? It’s fun, improves coordination (right and left hand) and balance, increases range of motion and flexibility, improves upper body strength. Provides mild cardio activity, reduces anxiety and improves concentration. MRI studies have shown that learning how to juggle increases both the amount of gray and white matter in the brain. May indicate that the normal loss of brain cells with age can be at least partially counteracted by juggling. Come Join!

Thursdays, 11:00am-11:50am

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

Mon., Wed., Fri., 1:00pm-3:00pm Thurs., 12:00pm-2:00pm

Ping Pong in the Exercise room. Ping Pong, also called Table Tennis, greatly improves hand eye coordination.

Thurs, 3:00pm-4:00pm - NEW 
Begins July 10th 
The traditional Chinese fan dance has been a part of China's heritage for over two thousand years. Mrs. Wang covers Fan Dancing and Sword Dancing. Like Tai Chi, this class assists good coordination, balance, and fitness. 

Tuesdays, 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.

Other Classes

Thanks to the hard work of our wonderful IT team the computer lab now has an additional new computer.  Our two new computers have Window 7 and Microsoft Office 2010 on them. Our older computers run Windows XP and Microsoft Office 2003. For computer lab & wi-fi hours, click here.

Personal Computer Lessons

Tues., 10:00am-11:00am
Wed., 10:00am-11:00am
Wed., 6:00pm-7:00pm
Wed., 7:00pm-8:00pm
$5/class (By appt. only, call (206) 297-0403 to sign up). 

By popular demand!  One-on-one technology lessons with a knowledgeable instructor. Ask your questions and get answers.  Learn more about the computer, iPad, iPod, and all cell phone types in personalized classes just for you.

AARP Driver Safety Program

Wednesday, July 30th - 9:00am-1:00pm &
Thursday, July 31st - 9:00am-1:00pm
$15/AARP member and $20/non-AARP member.  Pay directly to instructor.

AARP offers the popular Driver Safety Program for all drivers 50 years and older. Graduates may be eligible for multi-year discounts on their auto insurance. Must attend both days to complete the course. SIGN-UP REQUIRED!

Wednesday Evening Activities


Car Game

Wednesday Dinner
Cost: $7
Every Wednesday at 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Dining Hall is open to all. Expect delicious meals which include a salad, a protein, a vegetable, a bread & a dessert. Please contact the Center at 206-297-0403 for additional information and to reserve your a table/seat. 

Dinner $7.00 @ 5pm,
Little Cinema $2.00 @ 6pm, Group Piano $10.00@5&6
BINGO $6.50 buy-in @ 6:30pm
PLEASE Reserve your Meal by Monday of that week, so Chef Bob can plan the food to prepare. Thank you!

August 6th
Antipasto Salad, Buttered Noodles, Garlic Bread, Dessert

August 13th
Philly Steak Sandwich, Sweet Potato Fries, Roasted Corn, Salad, Dessert

August 20th
Fried Chicken Strips with Ranch Dressing; Stuffed Potato Skins; Sautéed Broccoli; Cole Slaw; Dessert

August 27th
Creamy Pesto Shrimp w/Linguini; Watermelon, Spinach, and Feta Salad; Summer Vegetable Ratatouille; Garlic Bread; Dessert

Dinners include: Salad, protein, vegetables, bread & dessert!  

Dinner & Movie
Wednesdays.  Dinner $7 at 5:00pm, Movie Donation $2 at 6:00pm.  

Every Wednesday we show a new movie on our 52” TV. Our theater includes wonderfully comfortable chairs, choice seating and hot POPCORN!
Dinner & Bingo!
Wednesdays.  Dinner $7 at 5:00pm, Bingo Buy-In $6 for each session.
Have you ever screamed “BINGO?” Well, here's your chance to scream as loud as you like as we host BINGO every Wednesday evening. Bring your friends and family members and get caught up in the game of chance and luck!