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Seattle, WA 98103

206.297.0875
gsc@phinneycenter.org

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Special Events

 


Bingo/Karaoke
Nights

Friday, Jan 27, 7-10 pm. $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.

 

To purchase tickets, click here.

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First Friday Film Series
1st Fridays, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 3. 1pm. Free.
Enjoy fun and thought provoking movies with other movie buffs.

  • January: Last Cab to Darwin (2015)
    When Rex, a Broken Hill cab driver, is told he doesn't have long to live, he sets out on an epic journey to Darwin in a bid to die on his own terms.

  • February: Lili (1953)
    An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

  • March: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
    A national manhunt is ordered for a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the wild New Zealand bush.


Movie and Discussion: Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia
Tuesday, Jan 31, movie from 10:30-11:30am. Discussion after lunch, from 12:45-2pm.

Thursday, Feb 16, 6-8pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center (6532 Phinney Ave N).

Free.
Why do we see so many severely mentally ill people on the street off treatment? Delaney has seen her paranoid schizophrenic father in this state and for 10 years hid from him. Unlisted depicts Delaney's journey, now as a doctor, to bring her father back into her life. Following the movie, Carin Mack will lead participants in a discussion exploring the themes of mental illness, family, and the nature of personal and societal responsibility. RSVP at 206.297.0875.


An Introduction to Dreams
Wednesday, Feb 1, 11am-12pm. Free.
The average person has three to five dreams per night, though most are forgotten. Those we remember can be baffling, surprising, affirming, or insightful. Presenter Marla Herbig, MSW, a Jungian Analyst in practice in Greenwood, will share some ways of exploring and understanding our dreams. RSVP: 206.297.0875.


AARP Tax Help at GSC
Thursdays, Feb 2– Apr 13, 9 am-4 pm. Free. GSC.
Once you have compiled all the necessary paperwork to complete your return, call 206.297.0875 to schedule an appointment with the AARP volunteer tax preparers. While this service is free (such a bargain!), donations to the GSC are appreciated.


Adult Protective Services Presentation
Tuesday, Feb 7, 10:30-11:30am. Free.
Adult Protective Services is a branch of Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services. Attend this presentation to hear how the APS fulfills its mission to protect vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, self-neglect, abandonment and exploitation - and learn how to get help for yourself and others. Questions welcome. RSVP: 206.297.0875.


Around the World Luncheon Series Goes to Germany
Friday, Feb 10, 12pm. $5.
Join us for our quarterly luncheon celebrating international cuisines and culture. This quarter we will be “travelling” to Germany; the land of bratwurst and polka! Festive foods and entertainment with good company. RSVP: 206.297.0875.


Meditation and Compassion
Wednesday, Feb 15, 1-2pm. Free
We all have compassion. It's a good feeling that causes us to cherish others unselfishly. How can we cultivate our compassion and cause it to expand to a greater circle of people? What would it be like to imagine it in our own hearts on a daily basis, for many? Come learn a simple meditation you can practice yourself on a regular basis. Presented by Ellen Morris, from Kadampa Meditation Center Washington. Please RSVP at 206.297.0875.


Movie and Discussion: Unlisted: A Story of Schizophrenia

Thursday, Feb 16, 6:30-8:30pm at the Phinney Neighborhood Center Blue Building (6532 Phinney Ave N).

Free.
Why do we see so many severely mentally ill people on the street off treatment? Delaney has seen her paranoid schizophrenic father in this state and for 10 years hid from him. Unlisted depicts Delaney's journey, now as a doctor, to bring her father back into her life. Following the movie, Katie Mahoney, MSW, Program Cooridinator for the National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) Seattle, will lead participants in a discussion exploring the themes of mental illness, family, and the nature of personal and societal responsibility. RSVP at 206.297.0875.


Love Songs Sing-Along
Wednesday, Feb 8, 1:30-3pm. Free.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ll be riffing through a back catalogue of the most sing-able love songs of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s. Song lyrics will be provided. Register: 206.297.0875.


Mental Health Symposium
Wed, Feb 22, 1:30-3pm. Free.
Nearly 1 in 5 Americans are affected by mental health conditions every year, yet as a society we often do not understand or deal well with the impacts of these illnesses. Join representatives from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, In Our Own Voice and Compass Housing, as well as a family caregiver and advocate, to discuss myths and facts about this health epidemic, issues surrounding resources and public policy, and how we can help. For questions or to RSVP: 206.297.0875.


FBI Presentation: Civil Rights Investigations
Wednesday, Mar 1. 1-2:30pm. Free.
Special Agent Ryan Bruett will give a general overview of the FBI’s civil rights investigations. Hear about the many things his squad is responsible for investigating, including hate crimes, human trafficking and police excessive force cases. RSVP: 206.297.0875

  

Trips & Outings


Please note that all trips are made taking public transportation and traveling on pedestrian-friendly city streets. Every effort is made to make the trips accessible, but participants need to be able to walk or wheel in an urban environment, typically up to a half mile per increment. If you have accessibility needs that will prevent you from doing so, please contact us ahead of time. Trips need 5 participants minimum to happen, and are restricted to 10 participants maximum for reasons of safety. Please call to reserve your space ahead of time. Trip times can be subject to change based on bus schedules or other transportation changes.


Northwest Flower and Garden Show
Thursday, Feb 23, 9 am-2 pm. $18 due by Feb 15 (or $22 at the door), bring bus fare and money for lunch.
Let’s go see flowers! Just as it seems we will never be out of the gloom, the NW Flower and Garden show comes and gives a preview of spring. We’ll take a round-trip metro bus ride to the Washington Convention Center and spend the day taking in the sight of lots of show gardens and gardening accoutrements (with a break for lunch at some point). RSVP: 206.297.0875.


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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Holiday Lights Walk and Potluck
Thursday, Dec 15, 5-8pm. GSC. Free, but bring a dish to share. Registration required.
Meet at the Greenwood Senior Center at 5pm and bring a dish to share. After dinner, enjoy a walk around the Olympic Manor neighborhood to see the brilliant light displays. Transportation to Olympic Manor and hot beverages provided; suggested $2 donation. Register by 12/9, by emailing sound.steps@seattle.gov, or by calling 206.684.4664.

 

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.
Hallo! Haben Sie Lust Deutsch zu sprechen? Join us at the Greenwood Senior Center every Friday morning. Everyone, any age, any level of ability to speak German is welcome. We tend to laugh a lot; be prepared to have fun!

 

Book Discussion Group
1st Tuesday each month, Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7, Mar 7. 1-2:30pm. Free.
Expect in-depth discussions about interesting and challenging literature. We do not have copies to lend, but only choose readily available books, currently in paperback. Please have read book if attending. Dec: No-No Boy by John Okada. Call 206.297.0875 for upcoming titles.

 

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.

   

 

   

 

Games & Crafts


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!

 

Do You Play Bridge? We Need More Players!
Fridays, 1-3pm. Free.
If you are interested in playing Bridge on Friday afternoons, some new friends are waiting to meet you. Please contact the GSC front desk at 206.297.0875; when we have enough interest, we’ll start playing regularly.

 

American Mah Jongg
Tuesdays, 2-4pm. Free.
Beginners welcome. For further information, email ronni.wolfe@gmail.com.


Scrabble
Mondays & 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.