Events in the Community

NWCCA’s Collaboration with Seattle’s Town Hall

Community is a Radical Act of Love
Growing Older as LGBTQ+

Monday, February 19, 7:30 PM, Wyncote NW Forum
1119 8th Ave. (entrance off Seneca St.), Seattle

$5 – $25 sliding scale

Join Judy Kinney, Executive Director of GenPride, and members of the LGBTQ+ community for a lively discussion about how to stay proud and engaged as they age. GenPride advocates for Seattle/King County older LGBTQIA+ adults’ unique needs through programs and services that cultivate well-being and belonging.

Judy Kinney (she/they) is an experienced non-profit leader and community builder who has devoted 20 years of her career to protecting, supporting, and advancing the well-being of older adults, including promoting the equality, safety, and health of older LGBTQIA+ people. Judy is deeply committed to centering the intersections of age, race, and LGBTQ+ identities in GenPride’s work.

Click here for more details and ticket info.

Seniors are alive and well in Seattle’s theatre world!

Strong Waters
A new play by Claire Zaslove

Now through February 3, 12th Avenue Arts Studio, 1620 12th Avenue, Capitol Hill

A new play written, directed, and produced by a team of veteran local theatre artists. According to the author, the play was written with “actors of a certain age” in mind. Read about it in Northwest Prime Time. Click here for more details and ticket info.

Virtual and Live Offerings in the Larger Community

Befriending Dementia: The Elderwise Way and Spirit-Centered Care
Wednesday, January 31, 1 – 2:30 PM ,
NE Seattle Together (NEST)
Fireside Room, 8008 35th Ave NE, Seattle
Non-member suggested contribution: $5 – $10
Join Sandy Sabersky, founder and Executive Director of Elderwise, for a discussion on ways we can be in relationship with our friends and family experiencing cognitive loss. Along with NWCCA Associate Director Ruth Neuwald Falcon, Sandy is co-author of The Elderwise Way: A Different Approach to Life with Dementia. Click here for more information. Registration is recommended.

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: Feb. 2, March 1, April 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.

Cinema Termite Movie Day: What’s Up Doc?
Wednesday, February 7, 1:30 – 3:30 AM, Free

Wallingford Community Senior Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140, Seattle
1972 American romantic screwball comedy starring Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich. Email or call 206-461-7825 to learn more.

Tech Help for Tranquility: Introducing Memory-Friendly Environments
Thursday, February 8, 9:30 – 10:30 AM, Free

The Memory Hub, 1021 Columbia Street, Seattle
In this presentation, explore the use of smart home devices, like Alexa’s routines, to create calming and memory-enhancing atmospheres. Presenter Jesse Fish is a local technology coach with a knack for working with older adults.  Click here to register.

Calder in Motion: Seattle Art Museum Outing
Thursday, February 8, 1 – 4 PM
, Members $10; non-members $12
Wallingford Community Senior Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140, Seattle
Following a guided tour, there will be time to explore the museum on your own. Exhibitions include Calder in Motion, Anida Yoeu Ali .Hybrid Skin, Mythical Presence and Honoring 50 Years of Papunya Tula Paintings. Email or call 206-461-7825 to register.

The Oldest Hatred: Coming to Terms with Antisemitism
Thursday, February 8, 6 – 7 PM, Presented by
Humanities Washington
How religious and racial prejudice shaped Jewish experience over millennia and came to unite diverse Jewish people around the world. Topics will include the origins of Jewish stereotypes, how antisemitism intersects with white nationalism, and the difference between critiques of the Israeli government and discrimination against Jews. Click here to learn more and register.

Introduction to Meditation
Four Sundays: February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 10:30 AM – 12 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.

Seattle Folklore Society Presents Jim & Susie Malcolm
Sunday, February 11, 7– 9:30 PM,
Phinney Center Concert Hall
Brick Building, 6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle
Jim is known for his fine voice, excellent guitar & harmonica skills, a large dose of humor, well-told stories, and, not least of all, his great adaptations of traditional songs, as well as excellent original songs. Susie Malcolm is an award-winning singer with a special knowledge of the musical traditions of North East Scotland. Click here to learn more and for tickets.

Meet Me at the Movies
Tuesday, February 16, 11 AM – 12 PM

Buxton Auditorium, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, 550 Winslow Way E
Presented in partnership with the Frye Art Museum
An interactive film program that celebrates the wonder of film and its ability to connect us with memories. Designed for people with memory loss and their care partners, this program can be enjoyed by all adults. Theme-based clips from classic and contemporary films are shown, followed by facilitated audience discussion. Click here for more information. Email with any questions.

Alzheimer’s Association Education
Third Wednesdays, 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.

  • February 21: Managing Money: A Caregiver’s Guide to Finances
  • March 20: Understanding Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias
  • April 17: Healthy Living for Your Brain & Body

In-Person Offerings at Greenwood Senior Center

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

El Centro de la Raza Tour
Thursday, February 1, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM; Free
El Centro de la Raza has been serving the Latino/a community of Seattle since 1972. They administer programs for youth and seniors and provide classes, housing and job skill training, as well as many other things. Tour their historic building and learn more about what they do. Lunch in the Beacon Hill neighborhood to follow. Meet at the GSC. Bring bus fare and money for lunch. Register by calling 206-297-0875.

Financial Services
Thursday, February 1, 1– 3 PM; Free
Kylle B. Bernethy is an independent financial services professional who assists with financial questions relating to IRAs, Mutual Funds, Retirement Income Planning, Health Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, and Annuities. Call for a free 30-minute appointment: 206-297-0875.

AARP Tax Assistance
Fridays, 9 AM– 4 PM; Free: February 2, February 9, February 16, February 23
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.

Humanities Washington Talk: A Space for Black History
Saturday, February 3, 1 – 2 PM; Free
Across the country, efforts to suppress Black history have taken root. Anger against “critical race theory” and “wokeness” has led to new laws prohibiting what can and cannot be taught to students of all ages, and what books can remain in libraries. Why are there efforts to limit this knowledge? Are some ideas just too dangerous? If so, how do we decide what those are as a society? Shouldn’t we have the freedom to think, to know, to aspire? To counter some of these efforts, Professor Luther Adams – Free Man of Color, uses Black thought, images, and poetry, as well as local history, to create an open space to ask questions about Black history and why it matters to all of us. RSVP by calling 206-297-0875.

AARP Smart DriverTEK
Tuesday, February 6, 1 – 2 PM; Free
Technology is changing the driving experience. Blind spot warnings, drowsy driver alerts, emergency response systems—all of it designed and included in most new vehicles to keep you safer. This workshop familiarizes drivers 55 and up with all of the latest car tech features. Taught by Corine Olson, AARP.  Register by calling 206-297-0875.

Literary Birthday Series
Wednesday, February 14, 1 – 2:30 PM
Join the GSC (and special appearance by SPL branch librarians) to celebrate the winter birthdays of a few influential English-language writers. Click date links for more details on these free events.

Virtual Offerings from King County Library System (KCLS)

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

Wisdom Café: What Does It Mean to Age Creatively?
Facilitated by Dori Gillam
Monday, February 5, 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Redmond Library, 15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond
As the holidays unfold, what are the foods that bring you joy? Bring some recipes you want to share and the stories that go with them. 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 here to learn more.

First Tuesday Book Group
Tuesday, February 6, 7 – 8 PM
New members are always welcome! Click here for the reading list for November 2023-September 2024. Click here to register.

Death Care for the BIPOC Community
Wednesday, February 7, 4 – 5 PM
Join Joél Simone Maldonado, also known as The Grave Woman, for conversation and Q&A touching upon the importance of cultural competency, racial inclusion and diversity in end of life, death and grief care. Click here to register.

Writing Workshop: Power Couples for Romance
Sunday, February 11, 4 – 5:30 PM
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, write the perfect duo to dazzle your readers in any genre, with a focus on romance. Practical, hands-on strategies for making lovers who pop off the page. Click here to register.

Artwork Discussion with Frye Art Museum
Tuesday, February 13, 1 – 2 PM
Join an open-ended artwork discussion led by an educator from Frye Art Museum.  Click here to register.

Well Read Book Group
Wednesday, February 14, 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 What Happened to Ruthy Ramirez by Claire Jiménez.  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:

Genealogy Workshop: County Histories
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
Learn about the American County Histories and how to use them in your research. When did county histories start? Why use county histories? Learn what personal, historical and cultural histories can help in our genealogical research. With professional genealogist Winona Laird, from South King County Genealogical Society. Click here to register.

Cookbook Book Group
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 – 7:30 PM
This month: Africana: More Than 100 Recipes and Flavors Inspired by a Rich Continent by Lerato Umah-Shaylor
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. Click here for additional dates.

Meet the Author: Darrin Bell
Tuesday, February 27, 6 – 7 PM
Darrin Bell, winner of the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning and author of The Talk, shares personal experiences that vividly show some of the ways racism has impacted his life. When he was six years old, his mom told him he couldn’t have a realistic water gun because she feared for his safety. Now, as the father of a six-year-old, he has to decide when it’s time to have The Talk.   Click here to register.

On-going Events & Programs

End of Life Ready Planning Sessions
Wednesday, February 7, 12 – 1 PM
Wednesday, February 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 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.