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Monday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday 8:30 AM - 4:30PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

May 26 - Memorial Day
July 4 - Independence Day
Sept. 1 - Labor Day
Nov. 11 -  Veteran's Day


Not Just For Seniors! 

  Not just for Seniors

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. Check out the great events coming up!

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

Chihuly Garden & Glass
Woodland Park Zoo
Ballard Emblem Club
SSCC Culinary Arts Dept.
Old Ballard Liquor Co.


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

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 & Activities


APRIL 2014

April 23rd - Meet Georgie Bright Kunkel!  The faces and voices of the World War II era are disappearing from among us as time goes by and takes its inevitable course. Georgie Bright Kunkel, the 93-year-old West Seattle writer/performer/activist and a “Rosie the Riveter” is making sure that all of these stories and memories continue to be told. 

April 30th - Join us as Mary Kuzmick from Swedish provides information about which foods and nutrients are important for promoting health and vitality during our Golden Years. Which food groups are commonly lacking in the American diet and how you can find ways to add them back into your life. Learn where to get good sources of important vitamins and minerals, as well as why staying active can enhance your life. 

Language Classes

ESL: English as a Second Language
Fridays, 1:00-2:00pm
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. 

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

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

Spanish Class
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
Wednesdays, 1:00pm-3:00pm. 
$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
Thursdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
$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.

Knitting & Crocheting
Fridays, 1:00pm-3:00pm
$10 for members/ $12 for non-members

Learn to knit and crochet.  Create wonderful hats, scarves and more.  Great for hands, fingers and to increase dexterity. 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.  If you'd like to be a vender you must be 55+. Contact Lauren Overlock at 206-296-0403 or LaurenO@seniorservices.org.


Thursdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm

$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
Tuesdays, 1:30pm-4:00pm

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.  You can use a standard or digital camera.  Structured field trips are scheduled for all to participate.   Students published a 2014 calendar!

Piano in Group Setting - NEW!
Wednesday, 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Starts 4/16)
Piano in a group setting taught by Katy Gilberts!  This NEW class is Recreational Music Making at the Piano.  Combines reading notes and learning chords by ear.  Great for brain stimulation, as it involves memory.  Has been proven to contribute to making you happier and healthier.  One-time fee of $25 fee for cd & book.  Will do a lottery for 1 winner for complete materials!  Pay 2nd floor receptionist the Tuesday before class. Keep receipt for Katy to record prior to class.

Watercolor PaintingWatercolor Class
Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
$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
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.

"Jumpstart Your Memoir" Class

2nd Mondays, 1:00pm-3:00pm

$10/class, $90 punch card for 10 classes

Local writer at large for the Ballard News Tribune, Peggy Sturdivant says, “You should write about your memoir” Friends and family want to read it, but they expect you to write it! Bring writing materials and a photo that speaks to an important time in your life. $10/class. 

Pottery Class - NEW 
Mondays 1:00pm-2:30pm (FIRST class April 21st)
This NEW 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. 

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.

Gentle Yoga
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!

Wed, 9:00am-10:00pm 

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. 

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
Mondays, 9am-10am
Mondays, 10:30am-11:30am
Mondays, 11:30am - 12:30am

Wednesdays, 6pm-7pm
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, April 23rd & 24th.  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


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 & 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!