MJ McDermott's Coming Back!
Tuesday, March 11th, 12:30pm—1:30pm
The first woman and TV weather person to win the annual UW Forecasting Competition in more than 60 years is coming back to Ballard NW Senior Center to share her career/professional experiences with us! MJ McDermott will keep your attention with her witty humorous personality. MJ will answer all of your weather questions and mostly any other question we throw at her. Join us for an hour of weather insight from our favorite Channel 13 Weather Gal!
Seattle Fire Department
Wednesday, March 12th, 12:30pm
You need a Smoke Alarm installed, you want to learn how to be safer in your home/apt. Come and listen to Reema Rafi and her colleagues as they instill in all of us , “Best Practices to Keep Fire out of your Home.”
Wednesday, March 19th, 12:30pm
Marcia Appleton can enhance the ability of people with vision loss to lead active, independent lives. Questions can be addressed and Marcia can assure that your life can be both happy and an enjoyable journey.
Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right
Monday, March 24th, 12:30pm
Kaitlin Todd, RD, CD - Community Dining Operations You’ll find out there’s more to reducing blood pressure than kicking the salt!
“Life Through the Rearview Mirror”
Wednesday, March 26th, 12:30pm
Ed Lincoln, Owner of Lincoln Towing. The Pink Toe Truck! Come and laugh with Ed. He’s got a lifetime of stories about towing and much more.
ESL: English as a Second Language
Is English your second language? Work on pronunciation, grammar, and expanding your vocabulary. You'll enhance your English speaking and writing abilities. Open to Spanish speakers who would like to work on Spanish writing abilities. Taught by experienced Language teacher, Beatrice Ruhli.
The language of love! Instructor Marilyn Severson retired from SPU in 2004. During her 25 years at SPU she taught all levels of French, including literature courses, served as chair of the department of Foreign Languages & Literature for ten years, and was involved in leading several student trips to Europe. Join French Class and immerse yourself into the French culture!
German Class - ON HOLD
Instructor: Nancy Eichner
Beginning Spanish (Fridays, 11:00am-12:00pm)
Intermediate Spanish (Fridays, 9:00am-11:00am)
Do you want to learn another language? Do you already know a little Spanish and want to learn more? Come to the Center for a beginning or intermediate class taught by Beatrice Ruhli.
The Art of Storytelling - FREE
Last Monday of the month 12:45pm-1:30pm
Instructor Janet Hollander Guren guides you through the art of storytelling. Storytelling can assist you with better memory, enhance continuous flow of speech and can be a retrieving tool for those “lost” words on the tip of your tongue.
Art and MORE...Classes
Acrylics Class - ONGOING
$10 for members/ $12 for non-members
Taught by artist Joanne Hansen, this class is for beginners and up to advanced. Learn acrylic painting techniques and create your own acrylic art work. Please bring any supplies you have.
Drawing Class - ONGOING
Knitting & Crocheting
$10 for members/ $12 for non-members. $12 one time supply fee
Landscapes and seascapes all created by you!. Pencil drawing with popular instructor Howard Hansen. Learn to create landscapes and seascapes from the master. Sign up at 2nd floor receptionist's. The one time supply fee of $12 provides you with the proper paper, pencils, and erasers, etc. Or acquire list of approved supplies and purchase them yourself, just ask Howard prior to class.
$10 for members/ $12 for non-members
Learn knitting and crocheting skills to create your own handmade wares. The instructor is Praveena Patel, a long time experienced knitter and crotchetier. Start now so you can sell your lovely items at our 1st Annual Ballard NW Senior Center Quilt & Craft Show Sat., Aug 9, 2014 from 10am-4pm.
$6 for members/ $8 for non-members
Collage is the art of using all types of misc. materials that can be created into meaningful memories. Joanne Hansen, experienced collage artist/instructor facilitates your needs with a plethora of supplies. Be part of the center’s first Quilt & Craft Show! Saturday, August 9, 2014 from 10am-4pm. Sell your creative art.
Photography Workshop - FREE
All are welcome, regardless of experience or type of equipment (film or digital).
Learn photography in a fun and supportive atmosphere, with activities that suit every type of photographer. Instructor Boon Goh will help you expand your awareness of Ballard/Seattle and the world from behind the lens.
Jean Chen, a member of this group is showing her work at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work through December 19th, 2013. Find out more about Jean's work here.
Thursdays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm (1/2 hour lessons)
$15 for members / $20 for non-members
It is never too late to learn to play! This class will focus on Classical, Contemporary, and/or Jazz. Call the Center to register at 297-0403. Private Lessons $15 Members/$20 Non-Members (1/2 hour)
$10 for members/ $12 for non-members
Taught by well known Ballard artist/instructor Susan Schneider welcomes beginners and drop-ins. Learn basic techniques to advanced practicum. Please bring your materials. Some materials are provided. The watercolor to the right is an example of Susan's superb talent.
Humorous Memoirs Writing Class - FREE
Fridays, 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Remember all those funny stories. Let's write them for our families and friends to enjoy.
Writing For The Moment
$10/class, $90 punch card for 10 classes
As offered through Cancer Lifeline since 2007, discover the power of writing as a way to process everyday life, whether dealing with illness, loss or just the every day. Each week includes two writing and sharing sessions, facilitated by Peggy Sturdivant. Bring writing materials. For more information write or call firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-419-5845.
Fitness Classes & Activities
Tuesday, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Cost: $5/class or 5 classes for $20 punch card
When participants see a Zumba class, they will want to join in. Dance and aerobics, for great fitness, flexibility, coordination, and balance. Before you know it, you will be getting fit and improving your energy levels.
Balance & Fall Prevention Exercises - FREE
Mondays and Thursdays, 11:00am -12:00pm
Learn and practice exercises that are specifically designed to strengthen those muscles that are key to giving us good balance and decreasing our risk of falling with this free class.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:30am-10:45am
$5/class or $25 punch card for 5 classes
Practice positions to build strength and flexibility while deepening relaxation. All abilities are welcome. Certified yoga instructor. Please pick up 5 class punch card at reception on the 2nd floor.
Laughter Yoga - FREE
Thursdays 11:00am – 11:50am
Laugh your way to good physical and mental health. These classes introduce the techniques to effectively exchange your oxygen, by ridding you of old oxygen and bring in new oxygen. These exercises are done through Lively Laughter, movement, stretching, humming meditation, and eye contact. Certified Laughter Yoga Instructor. No floor mats or floor work required. Drop-ins are always welcome.
EnhanceFitness Monthly Classes: Early Morning, Late Morning or Afternoon
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 8:45am, 10:45am or 3:30pm classes
$25 per Month or Approved Group Health Participants can qualify for no fee.
One hour classes lead by a trained, certified instructor. These classes focus on strength training, balance, aerobics and stretching. All levels are welcome. To sign up 1) Drop by the 2nd floor Reception desk to fill-out the form, 2) Decide which timeframe meets your needs, 3) Then pay for your month of EnhanceFitness. 3-Easy Steps to better fitness!
Table Tennis / Ping Pong- FREE
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Exercise Room
One of the most popular sports in the world, played in almost every country. Beginners to experts are all welcome! If you don't have a partner please ask for Bob at 2nd floor reception.
T'ai Ch'uan is Back!
Coach Fitch is back! Learn Beijing Form. Standing to build inner strength, stepping exercises which will emulate animals to fortify your lower limbs which will aide in loosening and releasing tight muscles to improve agility. Sign up with 2nd floor receptionist.
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
Mondays, 11:30am - 12:30am
By appointment, call (206) 297-0403 to sign up. $5/class
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 & Thursday, March 26th & 27th. 9am-1pm
$12/AARP member and $14/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. Pay $12/AARP member and $14 for Non-AARP members to the instructor during your class. SIGN-UP REQUIRED!
Wednesday Evening Activities
BINGO, DINNER & MOVIES!!!
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 & 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!