Events in the Community

Staying Sane When the World Feels Crazy
Interactive workshop with Rebecca Crichton
Tuesday, July 30, 10 – 11:30 AM, $20, check or cash at the door
NEST Office, Wedgwood Presbyterian Church, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle
It’s a hard time for maintaining hope, positivity and sanity in the face of continued war, scary politics, climate change and other painful realities. How do we balance staying informed without becoming anxious or outraged beyond control? We know that nobody else is responsible for how we manage stress. Rebecca will share techniques that can help us find equanimity, or at least calm, by sharing tools to navigate turbulent times. Learn to identify your internal responses to upsetting situations and practice ways to control ourselves before escalating potentially uncomfortable situations. Click here to learn more.

Jointly presented by NWCCA, Lifetime Learning Center (LLC), and North East Seattle Together (NEST).

NWCCA’s Collaboration with Seattle’s Town Hall will resume in September.

Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy the insights and wisdom from some of our previous programs.

Virtual and Live Offerings in the Larger Community

Look Again: Early Stage Memory Loss Guided Art
First Fridays: July 5, 11 AM – 12 PM
Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way E
Facilitated art discussion for individuals living with early-stage memory loss and their care partners. Look Again uses a combination of Visual Thinking Strategies and other facilitation techniques to support an engaging and accessible discussion. Prior registration not required. Email with questions. Click here for all of BIMA’s Creative Aging offerings.

Alzheimer’s Café at the Memory Hub
Second Tuesdays, 2:30 – 4 PM
: July 9, August 13
The Memory Hub,1021 Columbia St., Seattle
Join the Frye Art Museum and the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center for an uplifting time of social connection. A unique opportunity for people living with dementia, their care partners, family, and friends to enjoy companionship, live music, and fun in a relaxed environment. Advance registration required.  Click the date links to learn more and to register.

Ten Thousand Things: Artifacts of Asian American Life
Thursday, July 11, 6 – 7 PM
Presented by Humanities Washington
In many Chinese sayings, “ten thousand” is used in a poetic sense to convey something infinite, vast, and unfathomable. In a sense, the story of Asians in America is just that. In this talk enriched by audio clips, Shin Yu Pai shares intimate stories from Asian American communities drawn from two seasons of her chart-topping NPR podcast.  Click here to learn more and to register.

Brick by Brick: Building One Seattle
Saturday, July 13, 1 – 4 PM, Lake Union Park

Produced as a partnership by MOHAI and  Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development
What are the building blocks of a thriving community? Join urban planners from Seattle’s Office of Planning and Community Development for interactive design challenges with LEGO® bricks. Explore creative solutions to hurdles facing Seattle today. Imagine your ideal city, one block at a time. Click here to learn more.

Free Dementia Education
Third Wednesdays, 1 – 2:30 PM: July 17, August 21, Sept. 18
The Memory Hub, 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle
Each month, the Alzheimer’s Association hosts a free in-person education program on a topic related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Light refreshments provided. Click the date links to register and learn more.

In-Person Offerings at Greenwood Senior Center

Unless indicated, events are free and held at GSC.
525 N. 85th Street, Seattle

Whodunit Book Group
Tuesday, July 2, 6:30 – 8 PM
The Whodunit Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the GSC. The books are available in print, e-book and audio from Seattle, King and Sno-Isle libraries. All are welcome – even if you haven’t read the book! Call or email Ariel Burnett for questions and book info: 206-297-0875.

Farmers Market
Friday, July 5, 12, 3 – 7 PM
Phinney Center Campus: Brick Building 6532 Phinney Ave. N
Come and get your fresh produce, flowers and treats! Free admission.

Living Independently with Memory Loss
Wednesday, July 10, 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Online & Virtual
If you have diagnosed memory loss and are managing life alone, you are invited to join this facilitated conversation of shared concerns and resources. To learn more or RSVP, email Kristen Oshyn.

CPR/First Aid/HIV Certification
Saturdays, 9 AM – 12 PM: July 13, August 17
$55 PNA Members/$65 Public
Phinney Center Blue Building, Room 7
Learn first aid, infant, child, and adult CPR, HIV and blood-borne pathogens, with a focus on injury prevention and safety. Taught by Ken Norris, a 26-year veteran of the Seattle Fire Department who has taught CPR for 25 years. Modified to meet COVID-19 safety requirements. Certificates issued at the end of class. Click the date links to reserve your space.

Summer Beer Taste
Saturday, July 13, 4 – 7 PM
PNA Members $35; Public $40; Designated driver $10
Phinney Center Campus: Brick Building 6532 Phinney Ave. N
Kick-off your summer with the newest and best IPAs, Lagers, Pilsners, Sours, Farmhouse Ales, and more new favorites.Taste microbrews from more than 30 Northwest breweries and cideries, including beers made just for these events. All proceeds support PNA’s community-driven programs and services. Click here to learn more.

Documentary Screening and Director Talk: Last Lap
Monday, July 29, 1 – 2 PM, Free
Last Lap tells the story of Doris Brown Heritage’s extraordinary journey from a barefoot girl sprinting on the beach to a world-renowned running legend who set the pace for generations of female athletes. Director Andy Yardy has been working as a documentary and video creator for over 20 years. Following the screening, he will discuss the film and answer your questions. RSVP by calling 206-297-0875.

Forest Therapy Guided Walks
Tuesdays, July 30 & August 27, 1 – 3 PM, $10
Woodland Park, 1000 N 50th St, Seattle
Forest Therapy is immersion into nature that invites you to connect with the environment through all five senses. Walks will be led by Cascadia Forest Therapy. Must be paid in advance at the GSC front desk or by calling 206-297-0875. 

Virtual Offerings from King County Library System (KCLS)

Wisdom Café
Wisdom Cafés provide space for older adults to engage in ongoing and facilitated conversations about livability issues affecting all people, as we grow. Registration not required. Click the title link to learn more.

  • Going Solo Facilitated by Rebecca Crichton
    Thursday, July 11, 2 – 3:30 PM
    Richmond Beach Library, 19601 21st Avenue NW, Shoreline
    Whether we live alone by choice or circumstance, there are both opportunities and challenges. What strategies can we share so we can be solo but not lonely? How do we manage being alone vs. lonely? Can we be lonely even though we have friends and family?

First Tuesday Book Group
Tuesday, July 2, 7 – 8 PM
New members are always welcome! Click here for the reading list for November 2023-September 2024. Click here to register.

Tech Programs with Bridget of GentleTechHelp.com
Click the title links to register.

  • Personal Webmail
    Wednesday, July 3, 2 – 3 PM
    Look at the basics of personal webmail services such as Google and AOL and learn helpful tips and tricks.
  • Tech Terminology — What Does It Mean?
    Wednesday, July 10, 2 – 3 PM
    Tech lingo can be confusing. Look at words you see often and demystify this digital language.
  • Tech Ecosystems — Who Does What?
    Wednesday, July 17, 2 – 3 PM
    Get a general overview of Microsoft, Apple and Google. Did you know that each has its own word processing software? 

This Book Group is Queer
Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
This month’s theme: Queer Around the World
Conversation and community in a lively LGBTQIA+ book chat on the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Click here for a list of reading suggestions on this month’s theme.  Click here to learn more and register.

Well Read Book Group
Wednesday, July 10, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
A book group that focuses on reading, discussing, and amplifying books written by authors of color. New members are always welcome. This month’s selection is The Bandit Queens by Parini Shroff.  Click here to learn more and register.

Cook’s Book Group
Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
This month: My Vermont Table by Gesine Bullock-Prado and New England Open-House Cookbook by Sarah Leah Chase
Due to limited availability of each title, KCLS two titles to choose from in July. You may use one or both titles. Please only check out one at a time. Try making a recipe of your choice from the same cookbook! Send a photo of your finished dish to the librarian host along with brief comments about your experience. Click here to learn more and to register.

Introduction to a Death Doula
Thursday, July 18, 5 – 6 PM
Join Lashanna (she/they), a board director from A Sacred Passing, as she talks about what a death doula, also known as a death midwife, is and how they help others meet end-of-life needs. Sponsored by KCLS Foundation. Click here to register.

Aging Well Learning Community
Saturday, July 20, 11:15 AM – 1:30 PM
An open-learning community dedicated to aging well with consciousness, courage, and contribution. New members are always welcome. Click here to register.

Author Voices with Ken Liu
Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 – 8:30 PM
Join a discussion with Ken Liu, award-winning author of The Dandelion Dynasty Series, short story collections The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (2016) and The Hidden Girl and other Stories (2020), and translator of works including Liu Cixin’s 3 Body Problem and a forthcoming translation of the Tao Te Ching. Click here to register.

Wallingford Community Senior Center

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140, Seattle
Unless indicated, events are free and held at WCSC.
Click here for complete listing of special events.

Cinema Termite Presents: The Princess Bride
Wednesday, July 3, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
A 1987 American fantasy adventure comedy film directed and co–produced by Rob Reiner and starring Cary Elwes, Robin Wright, Mandy Patinkin, Chris Sarandon, and Wallace Shawn. To RSVP, call (206) 461-7825 or email.

UW Greenhouse Tour
Tuesday, July 16, 12:45 – 3 PM , $2 members; $4 non-members
A guided tour of the UW Department of Biology’s 20,000 foot greenhouse, home to 3,400 unique plant species in four separate biomes, and is utilized for research and science classes. Leave WCSC at 12:50 PM for a 1:15 PM tour. RSVPs required. Call (206) 461-7825 or email.

Scarecrow Presents: Donkey Skin
Wednesday, July 17, 1:30 – 3:30 PM
Told with the simplicity of a child’s fairy tale but with emotional undertones and a surrealistic style with appeal to adults. Directed by French New Wave legend Jacques Demy. To RSVP, call (206) 461-7825 or email.

Tilth Composting Presentation
Tuesday, July 23, 1:30 – 2:30 PM
Our neighbors at Tilth will be presenting about the benefits of composting, and how you can compost even without a backyard. Also learn about the power of composting worms in this hands-on class.  RSVPs appreciated. Call (206) 461-7825 or email.

Recompose Tour
Monday, July 29, 10:30 AM – 1230 PM, $2 members; $4 non-members
Continuing GSC’s Death Café inspired program series, join a tour of Recompose, the first-ever human composting and funeral home facility in the world. Walk through the facility and learn about their history, goals, and the human composting process. RSVPs required. Call (206) 461-7825 or email.

Food and Finality

Discussions facilitated by Rebecca Crichton around death and dying, grief and loss, discussions that honor and acknowledge the discomfort, judgments, confusion and other emotions that these topics can engender. Rebecca creates and holds the space with the intention that everybody is included and feels safe.

  • Invite six to ten people who want to talk about end-of-life concerns.
  • Provide food (takeout is fine) and a space for the gathering.
  • Sliding scales ranges from $25 to $50 per person, payable to NWCCA.

If you’ve ever wanted to discuss some of the concerns and questions you have around the daunting topic of end of life, but couldn’t imagine how that could happen, this might be a good way to start. Contact NWCCA to begin the conversation.

On-going Events & Programs

End of Life Ready Planning Sessions
Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Review how to fill out and document a set of Advance Directives, how to choose a Health Care Agent if you can’t speak for yourself, and what choices are legal and accessible to die on your terms in Washington State. Presented by End of Life Washington. Click the date link to register. To learn more, click here.

The Gathering Place: In-Person & Virtual
An early stage memory loss enrichment program
Virtual: Tuesdays, 1 – 3 PM
In-Person: Thursdays, 1 – 4 PM, Greenwood Senior Center, 525 N 85th Street, Seattle
A weekly enrichment program for people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early stage memory loss (ESML). Not a drop-in group but an ongoing commitment limited to 8 participants. Virtual: $20 per session; In-person: $40 per session. Some scholarships available. For more information, email or call Carin Mack, MSW, 206-230-0166.

Humanities Washington Programs
Humanities Washington holds events and programs led by cultural experts, scholars, and storytellers, who discuss everything from Washington State history to philosophy to current social issues. Click here for their current calendar and to learn more.

Seattle Public Library Arts Access
Two free services for streaming videos available: Kanopy and Access. All you need is a library card. You can get one now, for digital access, at spl.org. On Kanopy you can stream 5 free programs a month. Access is unlimited streaming.

Silver Kite Community Arts
SilverKite is teaming with the local library systems to offer online intergenerational arts workshops, talks, social hours, and performances for the community. Visit their website for schedules and to learn more.