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525 N 85th St.
Seattle, WA 98103

206.297.0875
gsc@phinneycenter.org

Hours: M-F 8:30 am-4:30 pm

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Computers and Technology

 

All computer classes are held in our Community Technology Center.

 

Computer Support for Seniors
Ongoing, various weekly hours.

Suggested Donation: $5
Calling all seniors! Are you having problems on your personal computer and not sure how to find the answers? Sign up for an hour long session and receive personalized help. Volunteer computer mentors will work with you to improve your skills. Bring your own laptop, or use one of our Windows lab computers. By appointment only. To make an appointment call 206.297.0875.

 

Drop-In Computer Use: FREE!
PNA and GSC Members can always use our computers when a class is not is session. We have Microsoft Office, Photoshop elements, Internet access, a scanner and printer! Just ask at the front desk for more information.

 

Apple Mentoring
By appointment, call 206.297.0875 for dates & times

$5 PNA Member, $7.50 Public
Got a Mac laptop, iPad or iPhone and want some help figuring out how to use it? Get help with your specific questions or learn about some of the features and applications. Schedule an hour-long appointment for one-on-one help. Participants must bring Apple device and appropriate power cord.

 

Cell Phone Mentoring
By appointment, call 206.297.0875 for dates & times

$3 PNA Member, $5 Public suggested donation
Would you like to understand your cell phone better? Whether you just want to add a contact to your flip phone, or want to figure out how to use your smart phone efficiently, help is available. Remember, it’s only useful if you use it! Please bring your device fully charged and operational with cell service.

 

Tablet Mentoring

By appointment, call 206.297.0875 for dates & times

$3 PNA Member, $5 Public
Do you have a new tablet computer that seems neat, but also a little confusing? Come and get your questions answered! Schedule an hour-long appointment for one-on-one help. Participants must bring their tablet, or reserve one of ours prior to appt. Manuals are helpful for specific hardware questions.

 

Get Started With Windows 10
Fri, Dec 2, 3:30-4:30pm, $5 PNA Member, $7 Public
Learn all the essential features of Windows 10. This course is intended to be a basic overview of the program, and an opportunity to ask your questions in a non-judgmental environment with patient instructor Jennifer Somers. Bring your own laptop, or paper to take notes. 8 students maximum, 4 students minimum. Register: 206.297.0875.

 

Photo Editing/Adobe Elements
Mon-Fri, Feb 20-24, 10-3pm, $20 PNA Member, $30 Public
A five-day class for repairing, sharpening or improving photos! Learn the basics of cropping and adjusting color, then focus on separating and combining images to create personal projects. Good memory retention skills and ability to use Windows programs are necessary to enroll. It is helpful to have Adobe Elements 11 or 12 at home to practice. Led by Lynn Mickelson, Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens computer mentor. Register: 206.297.0875.


Learn Video Editing
Mon-Fri, Jan 23-27, 10am-3pm, GSC $20 PNA Member, $30 Public
Learn to do hands-on video editing. Students will be provided with a full set of clips and be guided to create a short video. We’ll cover assembling the shots, editing, adding transitions, making titles and learning how to overlay clips. Edit the sound, provide audio transitions and add a music track. Combines well with Photo Editing class. Led by Lynn Mickelson, Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens computer mentor. Register: 206.297.0875.


  

Arts and Crafts

 

Jewelry Making Workshop
1st & 3rd Tue, Dec 6 & 20, Jan 3 & 17, Feb 7 & 21, Mar 7. 1-3pm, $5 class fee & $10 supply fee
Learn to make beautiful, unique jewelry from an experienced and patient instructor. Bead a necklace, make an eyeglass chain, or a design a bracelet to match your favorite sweater. Use gems, glass beads, shells and metal materials. No experience necessary; drop-in group. All supplies are provided.

 

Collage For Wellbeing
Fri, Jan 20, 10am-1pm, Free
Access your own inherent wisdom and guidance. You will tap into your intuitive side, then create a mixed-media collage that reveals your inner wisdom. You will have the opportunity to journal about and share your creation with others. Collage is a powerful medium for self-expression that is accessible to all of us—no artistic experience needed! Led by Ruthie Neilson and Geri Frick. Register: 206.297.0875.

 

Winter Card Making
Thu, Jan 26, 1:00-3:00pm, $7 PNA Member, $10 Public
Handmade cards are fun to receive and even more fun to create! All materials included in this hands-on workshop. Veteran card makers will help show you the ropes and provide assistance with stamping, embossing, cutouts and a variety of other techniques. Whether experienced or not, you will leave with several gift-ready cards. Registration required. Register: 206.297.0875.

 

Watercolor & Drawing
Wed, Ongoing, 10am-12pm, $12 PNA Member, $15 Public *No class Nov 23.
Students may work in watercolor, acrylic, charcoal or colored pencil. Bring art supplies. Newsprint and charcoal provided. Two-hour drop-in class for all skill levels. Instructor Susan Schneider is a professional artist and experienced teacher. Beginners welcome in this friendly, relaxed class. Register: 206.297.0875.


 

 

 

 

Watercolor Painting
Wed, Ongoing, 1-4pm
GSC, $15 PNA Member, $18 Public
Join a great group and learn to paint, led by instructor Glen Oberg. Some experience is necessary. Bring your own supplies. Fee due for each class. Register: 206.297.0875.

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Be Prepared

 

AARP Smart Driver Course
Thu & Fri, Jan 5 & 6, Feb 16 & 17, 9:30am-2:30pm, $15 AARP Member, $20 Public
Come and join this informative class in “smart” driving. This course has been scientifically proven to reduce driving errors, and is approved by insurance companies for a safe-driving discount upon completion. Bring your AARP card or member number with you on the first day. Register: 206.297.0875.

 

Project Management For The Rest Of Your Life
Fri, Feb 10, 17 & 24, 1-3pm, Free
Emptying a closet? Planning a reunion? Just curious about project management? It’s a life skill we can all use as we age. Learn clear steps to help plan any project, large or small. Discuss timelines and problem-solving with instructor Marguerite Langlois. Finish with examples you can use in your current or next project. Expect sticky notes, colored pens, and good discussion! Register: 206.297.0875.

  

Home and Garden

 


Airbnb Hosting for Beginners
Tue, Jan 10, 11am-12pm, Free
Interested in renting space through Airbnb? Learn from an experienced host, Barb Rowan, how to set yourself up for success. Topics include thoughts on host attitude, location and amenities, establishing pricing, writing a good listing, setting house rules, communicating with guests and upcoming changes to city rental regulations. Registration required. Register: 206.297.0875.

Downsize to the “Rightsize”

Wed, Jan 25, 1:30-2:30pm, Free
Join transition expert Eric Rovner for a presentation of practical approaches to the process of Downsizing (he likes to call it Rightsizing!). Topics will include; what is rightsizing, why/how/when to begin the process, what to do with all that stuff, and tips and tricks for success. Register: 206.297.0875.

  

Fitness, Health and Wellness

 
 

Line Dancing For All Levels
Tue, Ongoing, 1-2pm, (tutorial for new students 12:40-1pm)

$6 PNA Member, $8 Public
In this easy, upbeat class, you'll explore some Zumba, Western and Rock and Roll inspired line dancing moves. It's great for everyone who loves music. Exercise never felt like such fun! Benefits include increased flexibility, brain enhancement, better balance and stronger muscles. All levels are welcome, taught by MaryLee Lykes. Register at 206.297.0875.

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Exercise
Mon, Wed, Fri, Ongoing, 10-11am. Suggested donation $1
Health benefits for all in this popular and low-key ongoing class. Socialize while you get in shape, and you'll have the strength and flexibility to enjoy your independence. What a fun way to keep moving! All skill levels welcome in this fun, social class with instructor Gerry Joyce. For information call 206.297.0875.

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Yoga For All Levels
Thu, Ongoing, 2:30-3:45pm.

GSC, $5/PNA Member, $6/Public
Improve your posture, flexibility and balance! This eclectic Viniyoga class incorporates modern dance, Pilates, Feldenkrais® and free form movement. Improve flexibility, relaxation and balance in standing, chair, kneeling, and lying down poses. Instructor D'vorah Kost has 35 years of movement education. Wear loose clothing, bring a blanket and water bottle. Register at 206.297.0875.

 

Tai Chi & Mind-Body Fitness for Boomers & Beyond
Tue, Thu, 9-10am, $100 (10 classes) or $170 (20 classes)
Improve body awareness, cultivate efficient breathing, wake your senses from head to hands to feet, achieve peace of mind, strengthen the body and move with ease! This class practices specific techniques from meditation, the MELT method and Tai Chi to boost your vitality and support a vibrant, active life. All are welcome! Please contact Karin directly with questions or to register at 206.898.5048; karin@karincollins.com.


Yoga For Osteoporosis And Osteoarthritis
Tue, Thu, 10:30-11:30am, $5 PNA Member, $6 Public
Come let a trained Yoga Therapist, Connie Fisher, accommodate your individual issues. With Yoga, force and gravity strengthen bones, while movement stimulates renewal of joints. Yoga is well suited to the twin perils of Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis. Come enjoy this time honored practice. Wear loose clothing; bring a blanket and water bottle. Register: 206.297.0875.

 

Zumba Gold

Fridays, ongoing, 8:30-9:30 am, $3.
Zumba Gold is a dance party that is designed to meet the needs of seniors and those new to working out. It has many health benefits, is easy to follow and is low impact. Come in comfortable clothes and shoes, bring water, and be prepared to have
fun. Drop-ins and adults of all ages welcome.

 

How To Get The Most From Your Doctor’s Visit
Tue, Jan 17, 1-2pm, Free.
Want to have a great visit with the doctor? Start by choosing the right doctor for you. Learn tips to get you the information and help you need, specific steps to prepare for your visit, and how to ask questions that work. Instructor Robbie Sherman, MD, is a family doctor and Medical Director for the Patient Experience at The Polyclinic. Register: 206.297.0875.

 

  

Language, Culture and Travel

 

 

Practique Inglés: Talk Time
Los lunes, 10:30am al mediodía, Gratis
Para inscribirse, al 206.297.0875 (se habla inglés) o venga
Este grupo se reúne para usar el inglés y conectar con comunidad en un ambiente positivo y relajado. Todos son bienvenidos. Este grupo se reúne todos los lunes. Venga cuando pueda.

 

Practice English: Talk Time
Mon, Ongoing, 10:30am-12pm, Free
For all new English speakers, this group provides an opportunity to practice English conversation in an informal and friendly group. Meet other people who need to learn to express themselves easily with a new language. All ages and people from all over the world are invited. Register at 206.297.0875.

 

¡Aventuras! Spanish Class For Learners Of All Levels
Mon, Ongoing, 4-6pm, By donation
Spanish language learners of all ability levels are welcome. Our facilitator, Octavio Fernandez, creates an environment in which learners of all language ability levels can feel successful. Participants are invited to join this special group where learning happens through both actively engaging and simply being immersed in the language. Donations gladly accepted. Register: 206.297.0875.

  

Literature and Writing

 

 

Write About Your Life
Thu, Jan 12-Mar 16, 1:15-3:15pm, $75/series
Do you want to share your life story with loved ones? Would you like to publish novels, poetry, articles or short stories? Most writing relies on personal experiences, also called "memoirist." This fun group led by Ariele Huff helps get your stories down on the page. Includes in-class writing. Prepare to laugh and learn a lot. Register: 206.297.0875.