Events in the Community

NWCCA’s Collaboration with Seattle’s Town Hall

Hello Old Lovers Wherever You Are!
with Dori Gillam and Mack McCoy

Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 PM, Wyncote NW Forum
1119 8th Ave. (entrance off Seneca St.), Seattle

$5 – $25 sliding scale

Can you find lifelong love with an AARP card in your wallet? Dori (72) and Mack (69) did, and they’ve got a lot to say on the subject!

Join them for a candid chat where they dish on discovering love later in life. Balancing time for each other, family, friends, and furry companions? Yep. Talking about merging households? Yep. Starting a family? Probably not going to happen.

People in their third act of life tend to seek more than mere flesh and flash, instead craving depth and maturity. Ignorance of each other’s previous lives provides the bliss of having an abundance of stories, perspectives, and wisdom waiting to be discovered; an endless adventure!

Click here for more details and ticket info.

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.

Here’s how Food and Finality works:

  • 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.

Virtual and Live Offerings in the Larger Community

S.O.A.R (Shared Outdoor Adventures for Resilience)
First Thursdays 10 AM; End times vary — Free

Reinforce your strengths and connect with others through monthly small group hikes and other outdoor adventures in the Seattle area. This program is for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s before age 65, and a family member or friend. Optional van transportation from Jefferson Community Center on Seattle’s Beacon Hill. Participants can also meet at the trailhead. Details about each event are here. Space is limited and advance registration is required.

Look Again: Early Stage Memory Loss Guided Art
First Fridays: May 3, June 7, 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.

NEST Series on Living and Dying
NEST Office, Fireside Room, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle
Non-member $5 – $10 sliding scale fee per event
Click the title links to learn more and to register.

  • Let’s Talk. . . with the End in Mind
    Thursday, April 11, 1 – 2:30 PM
    Advance Care Planning made easy. Learn straightforward ways to get your end-of-life wishes decided, documented, and discussed with those who matter most.
  • When Things Get Bad: Patient Autonomy in the Face of Serious Illness
    Thursday, April 18, 1 – 2:30 PM
    Dr. Hope Wechkin, Medical Director for EvergreenHealth Home Health & Hospice, provides an overview of options—everything from discontinuing life-prolonging therapies like dialysis and cardiac devices, to declining interventions like antibiotics for recurrent infections, to actively hastening death through measures like medical aid in dying (aka Death with Dignity) and Voluntary Stopping Eating and Drinking (VSED).
  • The Last Act: A Short Documentary about Life and Death
    Thursday, April 25, 1 – 2:30 PM
    Screening of the film will be followed by Q&A with director Amy Benson and film participant Patsy Benson. Winner of the Audience Award at the Friday Harbor Film Festival, this film illuminates what it is to be curious and open up until the end. 

Seattle Folklore Society Presents
Saturdays, 7:30– 10 PM,
Phinney Center Concert Hall
Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle
Click the title links to learn more and order tickets.

  • April 13: Joe Jencks — a baritone known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration
  • May 4: Whiskey Deaf — bluegrass, old-time and early country
  • May 11: Hank Cramer — one of the best-loved folksingers in the American West
  • May 18: Larry & Joe — a fusion of Venezuelan and Appalachian folk music 

Memory Loss: A Guide to Next Steps
Second Thursdays, 2 – 3:15 PM

Virtual using Zoom: April 11 & May 9; In-person: June 13
The Memory Hub, 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle
A free one-time introductory class for those recently been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Get your questions answered by an expert panel including peer mentors who share strategies for living well with memory loss, and a medical provider from the UW Memory & Brain Wellness Center.  Click here to register and learn more.

When Your Grandpa is a Bot: AI, Death and Digital Doppelgangers
Monday, April 15, 7 – 8 PM, Presented by
Humanities Washington
After his father passed away, Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad brought him back—digitally. To give his young children the experience of knowing their grandfather, he created an artificial intelligence (AI) simulation he called “Grandpa Bot” that could act like his father. Ahmad uses his experience to explore how AI will transform our society, culture, and relationships. Join him for a talk about how technology is shaking up the foundational questions of life. Click here to learn more and register.

Alzheimer’s Association Education: Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body
Wednesday, April 17, 1 – 2:30 PM
, The Memory Hub
1021 Columbia St., Seattle
Hosted by the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center
A free in-person education program on a topic related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Light refreshments will be provided.s are shown, followed by facilitated audience discussion. To register, email Kimber Behrends or call 206-529-3865.

Big Apples, Big Business; How Washington Became the Apple State
Wednesday, April 17, 2 – 3 PM, Presented by
Humanities Washington
Explore how Washington became the top apple producing state in the country, and how, in the process, it transformed apples into an industrialized commodity. How does the history of Washington apples reflect larger changes happening in the American food system—changes that continue to affect our environment and the way we eat today? Click here to learn more and register.

Crones: Women growing older with power, passion and purpose
Rolling Crones Performance
Monday, April 22, 12:30 – 1:30 PM; Free
Wallingford Community Senior Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140, Seattle
The Rolling Crones Singers is a women’s choral group that performs music from Broadway musicals, vocal jazz, renaissance madrigals and contemporary choral composers. Call 206-461-7825 to RSVP.

Introduction to Meditation
Four Wednesdays: May 8, 15, 22 & 29, 6:30 – 8 PM

Seattle Mindfulness Center, 6306 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle
Cost: $150 – $250 (sliding scale)
Explore mindfulness meditation, using Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg,as a resource and inspiration. Beginners are welcome, as are those wishing to refresh their practice. To register, email Sherry Williams. Click here for more details.

In-Person Offerings at Greenwood Senior Center

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

AARP Tax Assistance
Fridays, 9 AM– 4 PM; Free: April 12, April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31
Once you have compiled all the necessary paperwork to complete your return, schedule an appointment with the AARP volunteer tax preparers. While this service is free (such a bargain!), donations to the GSC are appreciated. Call to schedule your appointment: 206-297-0875.

Restorative Yoga
Wednesdays, 9 – 9:45 AM; $5 PNA Member, $6 Public
April 10, April 17, April 24
Restorative Yoga is practice for opening the heart, soothing the nervous system, and relaxing tension in the mind and body. Students will be guided into poses supported by bolsters, blankets, blocks, and soothing music in order to experience complete relaxation. Limited amount of bolsters and blankets available – please bring from home if possible.To learn more, call 206-297-0875.

Short Format Story Writing
Thursdays, 4 – 5 PM; Free: April 11, April 18, April 25
With special emphasis on microfiction and creative nonfiction, come prepared to write and experiment, read and critique, learn and teach. Writers of all levels welcome to collaboratively establish a safe creative environment. Taught by Emily Sawan, MFA.  Click the date links to learn more. Register by calling 206-297-0875.

Collecting vs. Hoarding
Friday, April 19, 1 – 2 PM; Free at GSC
Hoarding behavior frequently interferes with normal daily functioning. This class will clarify the causes and symptoms of the behavior and will identify practical approaches to changing the behavior. Instructor Karen Kent is a retired geriatric mental health counselor who worked with people who hoard for 15 years. Call to register: 206-297-0875.

Self-Guided Forest Therapy Group
Tuesday, April 23, 1 – 3 PM
Woodland Park, 1000 N 50th Street, Seattle
Forest Therapy is immersion into nature that invites you to connect with the environment through all five senses. Benefits include a reduction in stress levels and blood pressure and an increase in calm and connection. Participants will be given instructions for an initial self-guided session, followed by a tea circle with a facilitated discussion about your experience. Email Teresa Tam to register and receive detailed event location instructions.

Scarecrow Video Presents: Written on the Wind
Wednesday, April 24, 1 – 3 PM; Free
Scarecrow Video, a local nonprofit film organization dedicated to championing the role of film arts in community, cultural, and civic life, presents quarterly classic movies at the GSC. Written on the Wind is a 1956 American Southern Gothic melodrama that follows the dysfunctional family members of a Texas oil dynasty. Directed by Douglas Sirk and starring Rock Hudson and Lauren Bacall. RSVP by calling: 206-297-0875.

UFO Northwest: How Washington State Spawned the Men In Black
Friday, April 26, 1 – 2 PM; Sponsored by Humanities Washington
On August 1, 1947, the tragic crash of a B-25 bomber in Washington State triggered an FBI investigation of “The Maury Island Incident”—an infamous Northwest UFO sighting, and history’s first alleged encounter with the so-called “Men in Black.” Relying on the FBI records, Steve Edmiston exposes a Washington story that shapes our current UFO narratives, from 1950’s pulp magazines to the ubiquitous X-Files and Men in Black film franchises. Call to RSVP: 206-297-0875.

Virtual Offerings from King County Library System (KCLS)

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

Wisdom Cafés
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 links to learn more.

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

The Opioid Crisis: What You Need to Know
Tuesday, April 2, 6 – 7 PM
Learn about the dangers of opioids and how everyone can take part in the effort to reduce opioid abuse and overdoses, keeping our community healthy and safe. Presented by Dr. Tom Miller, Medical Director, Quality & Safety, Overlake Medical Center. Click here to learn more and to register.

Meditation for the Stress of Dealing with Modern Life
Wednesday, April 3, 7 – 8 PM
Meditation is a tool that can be used to cope with the challenges of everyday life and reduce stress. Learn a simple, time-tested technique with long-time meditator Ajili Hodari, Esq. Click here to learn more and to register.

Artwork Discussion with Frye Art Museum
Tuesday, April 9, 1 – 2 PM
Join an open-ended artwork discussion led by an educator from Frye Art Museum.  Click here to register.

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

Well Read Book Group
Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Join 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 Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris.  Click here to register.

Poetry Workshop: Say It Loud!
Sunday, April 14, 4 – 5:30 PM
For National Poetry Month, hone the power of our own poetic voices through writing exercises. Explore these questions: What are your origin stories? What are the textures of your world? Whose voices do you carry? What futures are you reaching for? Presenter Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic and recombinant. Click here to learn more and to register.

Support Learn and Share: How to Show Up for the LGBTQIA People in Your Life
Wednesday, April 17, 6 – 7 PM
An interactive conversation with Seattle PFLAG representatives about the resources and local support networks available for those with LGBTQIA+ people in their lives. PFLAG is the nation’s first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, their families and allies. Click here to learn more and to register.

Genealogy Workshop: Sources to Use in Replacing the 1890 Census
Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
The 1890 Census was lost in a fire leaving a 20-year gap in our ancestors’ lives. Learn what records we can use to fill those 20 years of our ancestor’s life. Where they lived, who they were living with, what was their occupation and much more. With professional genealogist Winona Laird, from South King County Genealogical Society. Click here to register.

Cookbook Book Group
Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
This month: Ripe Figs: Recipes and Stories From Turkey, Greece and Cyprus by Yasmin Khan
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 register.

Aging Well Learning Community
Saturdays, 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 the date links to register. The schedule through June 2024:

Talking to Children about Grief
Saturday, April 20, 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Bridges Center for Grieving Children believes it’s important for the community to know how to support grieving families. Presenters Mat Ledin and Erin Carpenter will lead a conversation for adults on how to talk and help children cope with grief and death. Click here to register.

On-going Events & Programs

End of Life Ready Planning Sessions
Wednesday, April 3, 12 – 1 PM
Wednesday, April 17, 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 dates to register. To learn more, click here.

Ongoing NEST Classes Open to the Public
Northeast Seattle Together (NEST) is a non-profit grassroots community based on the nation“virtual village model.” Check their calendar for ongoing and special events that are open to the community. Call 206-525-6378 or email with questions.

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.

Wallingford Senior Center
Wallingford Senior Center is offering an extensive selection of both Zoom and in-person programs. Click here for details. Email with questions.

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.