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Special Events

 


Bingo/Karaoke
Nights

May 27. 7-10pm. $15 PNA members, $20 public.


An exciting evening of bingo, karaoke and good times for folks age 21 and older. For the most up-to-date information on our ever popular Bingo/Karaoke Night, go directly to our bingo page: phinneycenter.org/bingo. This sells out quickly; reservations generally open at 12:01 am on the Monday following each event.

 

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First Friday Film Series
1st Fridays, Jun 3, 1pm. Free.

 

June: My Old Lady


Ginny Reilly in Concert
Friday, May 13, 1:30-2:30 pm. $5 suggested donation.
Renowned folk musician Ginny Reilly will play acoustic guitar and sing a wide variety of songs; both originals and covers. Come and enjoy what promises to be a delightful afternoon! www.reillyandmaloney.com.


Making Retirement Work for All Americans
Wednesday, May 25, 1-3pm. Free.
The Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action’s new interactive workshop “Making Retirement Security Real for Everyone” brings together our common needs for greater retirement security, our long history of winning victories to expand retirement security and concrete steps we can take to build a broader movement to win greater retirement security. The workshop highlights the acute challenges facing people of color, women and working people in achieving a secure retirement. Creating a deeper understanding of the multiple challenges we face in winning real retirement security for all, we can build unity across our great diversity and win great victories as our ancestors can. Please join us in the workshop and the work ahead.


Community Conversation on Homelessness
Wednesday, June 1, 1-2:30 pm. Free.
This year’s One Night Count, a “point-in-time” survey of the homeless, turned up 4,505 people living in the streets of Seattle. The mayor has recently declared a state of emergency over this issue. Who are the people these numbers refer to? How should we as a community respond to the needs that we see? Come prepared to have an open and honest conversation about the issues around this increasingly visible problem.


Fraying at the Edges: NY Times Article Discussion
Thursdays June 9 & 16, 10:30 am-12 pm. GSC. Free.
On Sunday, May 1 the NYT provided a ground breaking journalistic offering of a women’s experience with memory Loss.  This full section piece follows a 69 year old retired nurse as she and her family witness and absorb the changes in her brain and her life. Join Mari Becker from the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center and social worker Carin Mack as we use the article to explore and highlight issues and opportunities. This discussion will be appropriate for those living with early stage memory loss and their families and friends. Please read through the article before the first meeting. RSVP at 206.297.0875.


Around the World Luncheon Series Goes to India
Friday, June 10, 12pm. $3. GSC.
Join us for our quarterly luncheon celebrating international cuisines and culture. We will be celebrating the cuisine and culture of India. Festive food and entertainment with good company! RSVP: 206.297.0875.


Classic Movies with Scarecrow Video: All About Eve
Tuesday, June 21, 2:30-4:30pm. GSC. Free.
Scarecrow Video, a local nonprofit film organization dedicated to championing the role of film arts in community, cultural, and civic life, will present a classic movie every quarter at the GSC! All About Eve (1951): An ingenue insinuates herself in to the company of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends. Starring Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders and Marilyn Monroe.


Cultural Exchange Presentations with Kaplan International Students
Wednesday, June 22, 1-2pm. GSC. Free.
Powers of attorney are often part of an estate plan, but do you know what they do? Can you have more than one agent? Students from Kaplan International will be continuing their visits to the GSC, in order to practice their English and present on topics related to their home countries. Past demonstrations have included calligraphy, board games and a tea ceremony. Come get the insider take on different cultural practices and make new friends! Call 206.297.0875 for information on upcoming topics.


GSC Car Show Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, Jun 25, 7-11 am. GSC. $5 person/$15 family.
Get a head start on your Car Show day. The Greenwood Senior Center will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast with all the trimmings the morning of the Greenwood Car Show. Doors open at 7 am and food will be served until 11 am. Join us for this tasty annual event. All proceeds benefit the Greenwood Senior Center’s programs and services. For further information call 206.297.0875 or visit www.phinneycenter.org/gsc.



Opera Preview and Reception Fundraiser with Seattle Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Saturday, Jun 18, 2-4pm. GSC, $10 PNA Members/$15 Public
The Seattle Gilbert and Sullivan Society will be presenting a preview of their upcoming summer production of the 1888 G&S classic, “The Yeoman of the Guard,” at the Greenwood Senior Center. A tragic-comedy filled with song, humor and drama, the operetta is perhaps the darkest yet most emotionally engaging of the duo’s works. Reception to follow. Tickets available here. All proceeds benefit the GSC. Generously sponsored by the CarePartners Management Group.


  

Trips & Outings


Carkeek Park Hikes
Wednesdays, Ongoing, 10 am meet at the Park (Eddie McAbee Entrance).
Enjoy a 3+ mile loop hike through Carkeek Park using a variety of park trails. The Eddie McAbee entrance is located at 100th Pl NW & 6th Ave NW.

 

Volunteer Park Conservatory Tropical Tour
Tuesday, March 29, 9:45am-2pm. $4 admission fee, bring bus fare and money for lunch
Take a tropical vacation without leaving the city. We’ll catch the city bus to Volunteer Park where we’ll take a docent-led tour through the marvelous, Victorian-style conservatory. Bromeliads and palms and ferns, oh my! Lunch at Volunteer Park Café before we return to the GSC. Wear comfortable shoes for moderate walking on city streets (and garden pathways). RSVP: 206.297.0875.

 

Northwest African American Museum Trip
Wednesday, Apr 13, 10:30 am-2:30 pm. $5 admission, bring bus fare and money for lunch. We’ll catch the Metro bus to South Seattle for a visit to NAAM, currently highlighting a traveling exhibit of artworks from one of the country’s major collections of African American art, and portraiture of notable King County AA leaders. Lunch at Fare Start Café, before returning to the GSC. Wear comfortable shoes for moderate walking on city streets. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

 

Heron Walk at Commodore Park
Thursday, May 5, 9 am – 1 pm, bring bus fare. Take a walk through Ballard’s Commodore Park with other GSC members and Michael Marsh, Heron Monitor with Heron Habitat Helpers. Using telescopes, observe Great Blue Herons in over 50 nests as they protect their territory, incubate eggs and fly in search of food. Wear comfortable shoes that can get a little muddy, if necessary. RSVP: 206.297.0875.


Lifelong Recreation
The Greenwood Senior Center is collaborating with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation on programming listed below. Space is limited for each event. Times subject to change. Minimum of 5 registered (paid) for van pick-up. Call 206.297.0875 to reserve your spot.

 

Hike: Franklin Falls
Thursday, Mar 17, 8:30am-4pm. $17 paid in advance. Meet at the GSC.
Franklin Falls, located in North Bend, is a 2-mile roundtrip hike with 400 feet in elevation gain, on the south fork of the Snoqualmie River. The trail includes a number of stairs with a very gentle incline that is easily hiked. As you hike, you'll be enshrouded in a thick canopy of coniferous trees! Dress for the Falls. Lunch on your own nearby.


Walking Outings

Sounds Steps Special Events
The Greenwood Senior Center is collaborating with Seattle Parks Department. To register for a Sound Steps Special Event, call Jill at 206.684.4664 or

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Senior Zoo Walkers
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Ongoing, 9:15-10:45 am. $15/12 wks. Woodland Park Zoo, South Gate (50th & Fremont)
Woodland Park Zoo, Group Health, and Seattle Parks invite you to join Senior Zoo Walkers, promoting fitness and socializing in a beautiful setting. Fitness Leader Warm-up at 9:15 am. Mail check payable to "Woodland Park Zoo Society" with name address and phone number to: WP Zoo, Ed. Dept./Classes, 601 N 59th St, Seattle 98103.

 

ESML Zoo Walk
Mondays, 9:30-11:15am, Wednesdays 10-11:30 am. Free. Woodland Park Zoo
Gentle to moderately paced one-mile walk, followed by a social gathering in the zoo café. Flat, paved surfaces. For those living with Early Stage Memory Loss; care partners welcome. Pre-registration is required by calling the Alzheimer's Association at 206.529.3868. A partnership with the Alzheimer's Association and Seattle Parks and Recreation.

 


  

Ongoing Groups & Events

 

For appointments or registration, call the GSC at 206.297.0875. All groups held at GSC unless otherwise noted.

 

Book & Discussion Groups   |   Music   |   Games & Crafts

Special Groups & Clubs  |   Meal Programs

   

 

Book & Discussion Groups

 

Current Events Discussion Group
2nd & 4th Tuesday each month, 1-2pm. Free.
A lively, and sometimes challenging, informal group that discusses current events, politics, nutrition, health care and more.

 

German Language Conversation Group
Fridays, 10:30 am-12 pm. Free.
Achtung! Haben Sie Intresse Deutsch Zu Reden? Kommen Sie Freitags Um 10:30 Uhr Zum Greenwood Senior Center. Everyone is welcome to participate in this conversation group; just be able to express yourself (more or less!) in German. Tschuess!

 

Book Discussion Group
1st Tuesday each month, Apr 5, May 3, Jun 7. 1-2:30pm. Free.
Contact 206.297.0875 for upcoming selections. We do not have copies to lend, but only choose readily available books, currently in paperback. Please have read book if attending. April: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. May: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. June: TBD.

 

Discussion Group: The Making of an Elder Culture
Wednesdays, 10-11:30am. Free. HomeStreet Bank, 7307 Greenwood Ave. N
In traditional cultures older people get respect; in our culture we experience diminishment. In the past elders have been seen as wisdom keepers and guardians of the tribe; we are often shunted off and ignored. What can we do to change the way our culture views aging — to reclaim dignity and respect? Join us as we pursue wisdom by examining our lives and asking we can make a difference in today’s world.

 

Conversation and the News of the Day
Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am. Free. Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave. N
Read all about it! Talk all about it! Join us in congenial conversation about current news events. We’ll be in local bookstore and coffee house, Couth Buzzard. No need to come prepared with anything, just a desire for wonderful conversation!

 

Women’s Friendship Group
2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month, 1-2:30pm, Free.
In this group we will explore our aging in an open and personal way. This ongoing discussion group is for women only.


   

 

Music

   
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G-Notes
Fridays, 9-11 am. Free.
Do you enjoy singing songs from the 20s to the 50s? The G-Notes are looking for new members! All are welcome to audition. If interested, contact director Marilyn Watson for more information, 425.640.5208, or leave a message at the GSC front desk.

   

Sing Along “Jams”
2nd Mondays, Mar 14, Apr 11, May 9, 11am-12pm. $5 donation.
Gather and sing! All are welcome at this monthly sing-a-long with local singer-songwriter Alice Howe. You can expect a warm, welcoming environment, binders full of lyrics to the songs you know and love, and accompaniment provided by your jam leader. Questions: 206.297.0875.

   

 

Games & Crafts


Bridge
Mondays, 11am-2:30 pm. $1.
Weekly group for experienced players. Drop-ins welcome.
Fridays, 1-3:30 pm. $1.
Weekly group for beginners and all levels. Drop-ins welcome.


Pinochle
Mondays, 8:30 am-3 pm. $1.
Pinochle players wanted! Join us and enjoy one of America's favorite strategy card games. All levels welcome!

 

Chinese Mah Jongg
Wednesdays, 10 am-2 pm. Free.
If you play Mah Jongg, or want to know how to play Mah Jongg, we'd love to have you join us! Beginners welcome.

 

American Mah Jongg at the Stage Door Café
1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th Tuesdays, 2-4pm. Free. Stage Door Café, 208 N 85th St. (Next to Taproot Theatre)
Beginners welcome. For further information, email ronni.wolfe@gmail.com.


Scrabble
Thursdays, 10 am-3 pm. Free.
If you love Scrabble, join us! This is a fun, informal group who will happily welcome Scrabble players of all ages. We meet weekly in our lobby for some good laughs and good times!

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Senior Stitchers

2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month, 1-3 pm. Free.
Informal stitching group to work on your knitting, crocheting, cross-stitch and other stitching projects. Bring your own supplies and projects.


   

 

Special Groups & Clubs

 

Greenwood Poets
Mondays, 2:30-4:30 pm. Free.
Greenwood Poets was established in 2003 and has evolved into an enthusiastic group of writers who enjoy critiquing each others’ poetry. We try to keep membership at no more than a dozen in order to give each person time at our meetings. We are no longer a beginner group. If you are at least 55 and would be able to commit to weekly attendance, we invite you to come observe a session. When our numbers drop below twelve, we are open to new members. We request a sample of your poetry so we can see if our group would meet your needs. Please contact Ariel at 206.297.0875, or by emailing arielb@phinneycenter.org.

 

   

 

Meal Programs

 

GSC Daily Lunch Program
Monday-Friday, Noon. $3 suggested donation for diners 60 and over, and $6 fixed cost for 59 and younger.
The GSC Lunch program is one of King County's senior dining sites. Enjoy delicious scratch meals five days a week as part of a thriving county-wide community of diners. Tasty and nutritious fare at an amazingly low cost for people 60 and over! Monthly menus will be available at the GSC office.

 

Aurora Commons Meal
The GSC partners with nearby Aurora Commons to help provide a monthly free meal program. To volunteer, call Cecily Kaplan at 206.297.0875.