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Ballard NW
Senior Center

A community partner site 
of Sound Generations


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5429 32nd NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: (206) 297-0403
Fax:     (206) 297-0558

Hours     
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

Closed

Presidents Day

Monday, February 20

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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.


Sponsors

Thank you for supporting Center programs and services in 2016:


Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Food Programs:
Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Night in Paris Dinner:

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2017 $pring For $eniors Auction:

Brookdale Senior Living
Genesis HealthCare
Swedish Medical Center - Ballard Campus
Sagebrook Senior Living in Ballard
Carter Subaru
Mountain Pacific Bank
KMS Financial Services, Inc.
Bowie Electric Service
Annie's Nannies
Ballard Oil Company
Malone Law Group
Ballard Ornamental Ironworks
CD Stimson Companies
Ballard Emblem Club No. 216
Foss Home & Village
Dock Street Brokers
Sunset Hill Veterinary & Rehabilitation Center

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 our 2016 Halloween Luncheon & Party:
Foss Home & Village

Thank you for Sponsoring our 2016 Art, Wine, & Chocolate:
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Rainbow Bingo Events:
Hilliard's Beer
Jim Coleman
Pacific Maritime Brewing Co.

Thank you for Sponsoring our 2016 Santa Breakfast:
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.
Adams Elementary School
Champion Party Supply
Glo Holcomb
Stephen Sill

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Irish Tenors Holiday Concert:

Marguerite Casey Foundation

AM 880 KIXI Radio
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Trident Seafoods
Norse Home Retirement & Assisted Living Community
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.
Stoneway Hardware

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Clubs & Groups

Art Groups

Adult Coloring - Free
Thursdays, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Did you know that coloring is a Stress Reliever?  Materials will be provided and you are welcome to bring yours.  Relax and color!

Bead Works - Free
Leaders:  Gail, Sheri, and Sue
Monday, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Beads with all of the fixtures, sizes, and colors are available for all who wish to make jewelry or try their hand at bead working.  Due to a generous donation of beads and beading materials, we are offering this drop-in group to explore beading possibilities.  Come and join in on the FREE group!  Bring your ideas, books, and creative side!

KNITTING & CROCHET - FREE
Leader and Tutor: Gail
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm

Knit with friends! Beginning and experienced knitters can create fun gift items. Gail will help beginners and assist skilled knitters with new projects. Materials provided.

Pea Patch - FREE

Monday—Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Enjoy gardening outside. The only rule do not remove anyone else's plant. Pea Patches in Seattle have a very long waiting list. This is a FREE activity you can use now. Tools and gardening plots are provided. The staff does reserve the right to remove plants.

Photography Workshop - Free

Instructor:  Photographer Boon Goh
Tuesday, 1:30pm-4:00pm

Practice and discuss the art and techniques of photography.  The last Tuesday of each month is a scheduled field trip.


Quilters 'Bee' - Free 

Leader/Quilter - Sandie Jardee
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm 
Practice basic to advanced skills with three available sewing machines.  Yards of 100% cotton along with Fat Squares in an array of patterns and colors including holiday fabric are available.  Join the quilters, if not for quilting then for sharing stories and laughter.

Card Groups 

Bridge Group - $1
Mondays,      12:30pm-4:00pm
Fridays          12:30pm-4:00pm 
Grab a friend and join in! Bridge is a trick-taking card game played by four players in two competing partnerships. Each group of four individuals sit around a square card table, with the partners facing each other.

Cribbage Group - FREE
Tuesdays, 9:30am-11:30am

Cribbage is a card game played with two to four or more players. This game involves playing and grouping cards in combinations to gain points. Cribbage also includes a cribbage board for scorekeeping.

Pinochle Group - $1
Tuesdays, 8:30am-11:00am
Wednesdays, 8:30am-11:00am

This game is a "trick-and-meld" card game, players score points by trick-taking and also by forming combinations of cards. With many different types of Pinochle, you will never get tired of this group.

Games Group
Fridays, 12:30pm-4:00pm

Compete against others in cards games and more with this wonderful group. Meeting regularly in the Craft room or Dining Hall after lunch, this group learns and plays wonderful card games for the pleasure of announcing “I win!”

Discussion Groups

Bible Study Group - FREE
Leader:  Kim
Monday, 10:00am

We have a new Bible Study Group leader.  Please join Kim and join a really great group as they explore, discuss, and learn from each other.  There is a vibrant and caring atmosphere.  Come and try this group for a meaningful experience.

Board Advisory Meeting - Free
Board President, Jan
Last Tuesday of Each Month, 4:30pm

Each month the Advisory Board meets to talk.
Contact KristinaW@SoundGenerations.org to attend.

Book Club - FREE

Leaders:  Rachel and Pat

1st Thursday of each month, 1:00pm-2:00pm

This fun and dedicated group of bookworms meets every month. Members of this group will select, read and discuss books from the Seattle Public Library. Want to join? Call 206-297-0403 Any time on Monday, Thursday, or on Friday Morning and ask for the Social Worker for the latest book.

Book Movers Group - FREE
Meets Regularly Throughout Month

The Bookstore Leaders meet regularly to discuss new books, book organization, and everything that is happening in the Bookstore. Join this group to learn what is new at the Bookstore. Call Kristina at 206-297-0403 or stop by to join this group.

Current Events Group - FREE
Leader:  Bernie Sadowski
Thursday, 10:00am-11:30am

Discuss current and recent global events.  The group decides the topic and how the discussion will run.  All inquiring and open minds are welcome.  You are encouraged to bring recent articles from newspapers and or magazines to enhance the discussions

Exercise Groups

Ping Pong-Table Tennis - Free
Group Leader:  Bob Brown
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  1:00pm-3:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday      2:00pm-4:00pm
Ping-pong is one of the most popular sports in the world. What exactly does table tennis have to offer you? This game offers a fun why to social while exercising, and working on your hand-eye coordination and reflexes. And it is free! No partners needed; if you need a partner to play with please call and ask for Bob Brown or Kristina.

TABLE TENNIS COACHING - FREE
Coach Carl
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm

Coaching will improve the game you already have by making good use of spin and placement. Table Tennis Coach Cal represented the USA in international matches, played for the professional team Seattle Sockeyes, and won many table tennis tournaments.
Why play table tennis?
The benefits include: great aerobic exercise, a terrific way to improve hand eye coordination, a thinking persons sport involving a good deal of strategy, social, not dependent on weather, inexpensive, doesn’t require organizing a team, and injuries are rare.

Social Groups

A.B.L.E. - Aging Ballard Lesbians Exchange

Group Leader: Ruth
4th Thursdays, 12:00 Lunch ($3 suggested donation), 1:00pm Meeting (Free)

The Ballard NW Senior Center is hosting this new group, A.B.L.E, for aging lesbians, sponsored by Puget Sound Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (PSOLOC). The purpose of the group is to connect, socialize, and support each other. If you would like to take part in A.B.L.E then please come to the Ballard NW Senior Center for lunch. Then meet in the on the 2nd Floor to share. For more information call Ruth Emily Vogel at 206-295-5855 or connect with her by email at Ruth@IvyLawGroup.com. Everyone is welcome and appreciated at Ballard NW Senior Center.

Men's Breakfast Club - $3.00
Group Leader:  Chef Bob
Last Friday of Each Month, 9:00am - 10:00am
All men are invited and encouraged to join in on this 'men only' breakfast.  Enjoy buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, seasonal fruit, and beverages.  Beverages include:  orange juice, coffee, and tea.
Sign up online, by phone or at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk.

RED HATS:  Scarlet Belles of Ballard Red Hats:  Scarlet Belles of Ballard

Group Leader:  Judy
1st Monday, 1:00pm (Meeting)

Wear your purple and red!  This fun group meets each month and plans trips, dine outs, and fun events to do together.  Get involved and assist with events and go on Red Hat Trips. 
No sign up required for the monthly meeting.
Sign-up with 2nd floor reception for monthly trips.
Must attend one Meeting to go on Red Hat Trips.


Seattle Prime Timers - New Group & Free
Group Leader:  Gregry
2nd Thursdays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Time for gay men and their admirers to socialize and play cards.  We will play Hearts and/or Cribbage depending on how many people show up and what their preferences are.  We are also open to teaching.  Join in this new group!

Wisdom Circle - FREE & NEW
3rd Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Group Leaders:  Barbara and Helen
Our Wisdom Circle gives us an opportunity to explore, understand, and share what is important.  We can share and learn from each other through talking and listening about topics related to aging and changing roles.  We tell about life, happiness, gratitude, in addition to looking forward to an increased safe and respectable place.  We have learned much as we have grown to be senior.  Please RSVP by calling 206-297-0403 or stop by the 2nd Floor Reception Desk

Support Groups

ART THERAPY SESSIONS - FREE
Social Worker Carleen
Available Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays

Art Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. You don’t need to be talented or an artist to receive benefits. For the most part, anyone can use art therapy. In a world where there is a multitude of ways to communicate and express one’s self, expressive therapy is yet another. One of the beauties of art as therapy is the ability for a person to express his/her feelings through any form of art.

Aging Well Group - Free
On hold.
Make life easier.  Helpful tips for easy ways to put on shoes to how to vacation safely.  If you have a tip that works, be sure to share.
No sign up required.

Caregivers Support Group - Free
Alzheimers Association
Fridays, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Join us to discuss issues, share solutions, and get the support necessary when caregiving for someone with memory loss.
No sign up required.

Grief and Loss Support Group - Free
On hold until Carleen our new social worker restarts this group.
Join our warm and caring group for comfort and support in loss or life situations.
No sign up required.

LIFE TRANSITIONS GROUP - FREE

Social Worker Carleen
2nd and 4th Mondays, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Ready or not, we all go through numerous transitions in our lives—like it or not. Some are by choice, by opportunity; others come from natural ends. Transitions are inherently periods of uncertainty and instability. How we react is frequently related to our past experiences with loss and change and our family experience growing up. Realize this is a new/old chapter in your life. Think positive, think opportunity

Low Vision Support Group - Free
Group Leader:  Mary
2nd Monday of each month, 10:30am-12:00pm

This is your opportunity to get involved in this new Low Vision Support Group. This group is open to anyone dealing with vision issues.

NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS GROUP - FREE
Social Worker Carleen
Thursdays, January 5th - February 9th, 1:00pm

New Year’s Day. A fresh start. “We spend January 1st walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives…not looking for flaws, but for potentials.” (Ellen Goodman, American Journalist and syndicated columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1980).

Sunshine Committee - Free
Bring some sunshine into the lives of people who are ill. This group sends cards to ill members of the center. Contact us 206-297-0403 to join this new and caring-giving group. If you know of a center member who could use some caring, cheerful and encouraging words please contact us to add them to our list of card recipients.

Wednesday Movies

Movie Groups

All movies are subject to change due to availability.  Movies are provided in partnership with Rain City Video.  If there is a movie or actor you would like to see please tell Kristina at KristinaW@SoundGenerations.org

Wednesday Night Movies - $2/movie + free popcorn!

Group Leader:  Ana

Movie Starts at 6:00pm

This fun group meets after dinner on Wednesdays.  Everyone who watches has a vote on the next movies chosen.   Every Wednesday we show a new movie on our 52” TV.  Our theater includes wonderfully comfortable chairs, choice seating, and free hot POPCORN!  No sign up required.

Feb.  1
 Magnificent Seven
 Denzel Washington, a town hires outlaws and hired guns to save them from Mr Bogue.
Feb.  8
 Sully
 Tom Hanks plays Pilot Captain “Sully” Sullenberger in the true story of Miracle on the Hudson.
Feb.15
 Snowden
 A hero or traitor, you decide in this true story thriller about when Snowden revealed NSA secrets.
Feb.22  Deepwater Horizon
 See the heroism during the world’s largest man-made disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Thursday Movies

Hollywood in Ballard Movies - FREE
Thursdays, 1:00pm (FREE popcorn!)
Come enjoy classic movies and meet some new friends.  This group is open to suggestions for future movies and everyone who watches has a vote on the movies chosen. Free popcorn provided!  No sign up required.

Feb. 2
I Love Lucy, I Love Lucy, Series Continues Disc 7 & 8, Lucy Ricardo is the wacky wife of Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo. Living in New York these two get into mischief & fun!
Feb. 9
Holiday Inn, At an inn which is only open on holidays, a crooner and a hoofer vie for the affections of a beautiful up-and-coming performer. Fred Astaire.
Feb.16
Soap Dish, Backstage story of the cast and crew of a popular fictional television soap opera. Sally Field.
Feb.23
The Man With One Red Shoe, Tom Hanks, a man picked randomly out of a crowd is made
the target of CIA surveillance and pursuit.