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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

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

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.


Sponsors

Thank you for supporting Center programs and services in 2016:


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 Retirement & Assisted Living Community
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 our 2016 Art, Wine, & Chocolate:
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.

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

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Irish Tenors Holiday Concert:
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

Announcement - Drum Circle Forming - Free!

We are interested in forming a facilitated drum circle.  Research has shown that drumming promotes optimal health and wellness.  The drum is the foundation of music, and rhythm is the glue that sticks it together.  Drums are fun!  Participants at other centers say "Playing the drum makes me feel like a kid again."  The drum is cross cultural, expressive, and easy to play.  One leader said "Seniors are always looking for something new, fun, diverse, interesting, and playful."  Kristina is looking for a trained leader.  If you are interested in being a part of a drum circle let us know!  Sounds good to me!  See our October 11th presentation circle!

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!

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.

Summer Art Group—NEW & FREE - Last Day is September 6th!
Instructor/Artist Susan Schneider
Tuesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Learn and practice basic to advanced drawing, painting and other art projects with friends.
Watercolor Class returns September 13th.

Card Groups 

Bridge Group - $1
Mondays,      12:30pm-4:00pm
Wednesdays 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

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
Wednesday Evenings  5:00pm-9:00pm

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.

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

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!

Support Groups

Aging Well Group - Free
On hold as we advertise for a new social worker.
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 as we advertise for a new social worker.
Join our warm and caring group for comfort and support in loss or life situations.
No sign up required.

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.

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 and Bingo Groups

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

Group Leader:  Ana

Movie Starts at 6:00pm

Cool off with fantastic movies this summer. Come enjoy classic and new release movies. This fun group meets after dinner on Wednesdays. Everyone who watches has a vote on the next movies chosen. Free popcorn provided!  No sign up required.

Sept  7th    Me Before You, a girl in a small English town forms an unlikely bond
                         with a recently-paralyzed man she's taking care of. Heart warming!
Sept 14th   Elvis & Nixon, starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley
                          and two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon,
                          comes the untold story behind the most requested photograph
                          in the National Archives. Rated R
Sept 21st   Mother’s Day, starring Jennifer Aniston, Shay Mitchell, Julia Roberts, Britt Robertson,
                          and Kate Hudson, this is a story about mothers and daughters.
Sept 28th   The Jungle Book, after a threat from the tiger, Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle.
                          A man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther,
                          Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo.

WEDNESDAY BINGO! - $6.50 BUY-IN
Group Leader:  Ana
Wednesdays, 6:30pm
Grab a dauber and a friend and head to Bingo!  Enjoy 10 games of Bingo and meet new friends.
No sign up required.

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.

Sept 1st      I Love Lucy, episodes 3-4
Sept 8th     The Man in the White Suit, (1951) An altruistic chemist invents a fabric
                        which resists wear and stain and big business realizes it must be suppressed.
Sept 15th    Guns, Germs, & Steel, documentary chronicling the way that the modern world came to be.
Sept 22nd   Leave It To Beaver, episodes 1-2
Sept 29th    A Shot in the Dark, Inspector Clouseau is called to a house where every clue points to the maid.