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Special Events

 


Bingo/Karaoke
Nights

Friday, Sep 30, Oct 28*, 7-10 pm. $15 PNA members, $20 public. *No Nov Event


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, Sep 2, Oct 7, Nov 4. 1pm. Free.
Enjoy fun and thought provoking movies in air conditioned comfort.

  • October: Departures (2008)
    A newly unemployed cellist answers a classified ad thinking it is an advertisement for a travel agency, only to discover that the job is actually preparing the dead for funerals.

  • November: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
    A loving but dysfunctional family take a cross-country trip in their VW bus, in a determined attempt to get seven-year-old Olive into the finals of a beauty pageant.


Spouse Loss Drop-In Support Group
1st & 3rd Tuesdays, Sep 6 & 20, Oct 4 & 18, Nov 1 & 15, Dec 6 & 20. Ongoing, 3-4:30pm. Free.
Few events in life are as difficult as the death of a spouse or long-term partner. Our drop-in group is for people 55 and older who have lost a spouse or long-term partner in the past year. We’ll create a safe place where you can honor the love you shared with your spouse and talk about whatever difficulties you’re experiencing as a result of your loss. Our goal is to help you move through the process of grieving with gentle awareness and self-compassion. Please email patti@oneowlcounseling.com or call 206.226.7943 to register.


Classic Movies With Scarecrow Video: Strange Love of Martha Ivers
Tuesday, Sep 27, 2:30 pm. 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! Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946): In 1928, young heiress Martha Ivers fails to run off with friend Sam Masterson, and is involved in fatal events. Years later, Sam returns to find Martha the power behind Iverstown and married to the district attorney. Soon Sam is drawn into a convoluted web of plotting and cross-purposes. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Lizabeth Scott and Kirk Douglas.


Movie and Discussion: Lady in the Van
Thursday, Sep 29, movie from 10-11:45am. Discussion after lunch, from 1-2pm. Free.
The wonderful Maggie Smith stars in Lady in the Van. Based on a true story, this film shows the unexpected bond a man forms with a transient woman living in her van, parked in his driveway. Following the movie, Carin Mack will lead participants in a discussion exploring the themes of homelessness, mental illness, community, aging and autonomy. RSVP at 206.297.0875.


Costume Jewelry Drive and Sale
Drive begins in Oct. Special pre-sale event and open sale in Dec.
The Talk Time class is sponsoring our third annual costume jewelry drive. Please bring old necklaces, earrings, bracelets and pins to the Greenwood Senior Center for donation, beginning Oct. 3. Put your donations in zip lock bags so we don’t have to untangle it. Pre-sale event and Sale will occur in December. Prices will be reasonable; all proceeds benefit the Senior Center.


Power of Community Breakfast – Better Together

Thursday, Oct 6, 7-8:30am at the GSC. Free with a suggested minimum donation $50.
Come join others in the community to support the important programs and services provided by the PNA’s Greenwood Senior Center and the PNA Village. We will welcome speaker Nancy Hooyman, Professor Emerita, University of Washington School of Social Work. RSVP or donate »


Washington State Ghost Society Talk
Saturday, October 8, 2-3:30pm. Free
Please join us for this informative presentation by Dave King and Jeffrey A Marks of the Washington State Ghost Society. They will talk about their many years of experience investigating the paranormal and the way their views have changed over time. They will also bring audio and visual findings from their investigations, including the one that they did in 2009 in the Phinney Neighborhood Center. Please RSVP at 206.297.0875.


Women as Political Change Agents
Friday, Oct 14, 1-2pm. Free.
What sparked decisions by Washington state women in the 19th and 20th centuries to buck societal norms and laws to pursue political leadership roles? What fueled their confidence and abilities to push for change in attitudes and practices associated with women's roles? King County Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles engages with the audience to examine and understand what and who have played parts in the development and influence of women's leadership roles, historically and in modern times. The conversation will include a parallel examination of male leadership roles and a discussion about what is needed to increase representation of women and women of color in politics today. RSVP: 206.297.0875. Sponsored by Humanities Washington, www.humanities.org.


Thrilling Tales at the GSC
Wednesday, Oct 19, 1pm. Free.
Seattle Public Library’s Reader Advisory Librarian, David Wright, brings his popular downtown storytime for adults back to the Greenwood Senior Center. Featuring tales of suspense read in the most captivating way, this opportunity should not be missed! We’ll have cider and treats too. RSVP: 206.297.0875.


Learn Thriller For Beginners: Zombie Dancing the Easy Way
Monday, Oct 31. 1-3pm. Free, but RSVP requested.
Here’s your opportunity to learn the moves to Michael Jackson’s Thriller dance. This shortened, beginner version of the popular dance is designed for people of all ages and physical abilities to have fun together. Learning the dance is easy, since zombies tend to stumble around! We will learn the choreography, get a simple zombie makeup tutorial, and possibly take it to the streets in the true spirit of Halloween fun! RSVP: 206.297.0875


No Wrong Door: A New Model for Healthcare in North Seattle
Wednesday, Nov 2, 1-2pm. Free
Come learn more about Meridian Center for Health, the transformative public private partnership offering coordinated healthcare for people who have multiple health or social service needs. This new model, which brought together three leading King County health organizations in a beautiful new building, is a game changer for those who have financial, language, transportation or other barriers to overcome. Speaker Kathleen Crump, Integration Manager, former director of WCSC. Please RSVP at 206.297.0875.


Housing Options for Seniors Symposium
Wed, Nov 9, 1:30-3pm. Free.
Seattle is facing a housing affordability crisis and seniors have been hard hit by rising rents. As they find themselves priced out of once affordable apartments, many older people wonder where to turn. Join us for a panel discussion in which we will hear from several key organizations in this area. Representatives from Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG), Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), Northaven, Bellwether Housing and the City of Seattle’s Aging and Disability Services will be in attendance. For questions or to RSVP: 206.297.0875.


Thanksgiving Luncheon
Friday, Nov. 11, noon. $5.
For any and all of those who just cannot get enough turkey! Join us for an early Thanksgiving lunch with all the fixings among friendly folks. RSVP at 206.297.0875.


Thanksgiving Potluck Dinner At The Phinney Center
Thursday, Nov. 24, 4pm. Free. Phinney Center, Blue Building, Room 7.
The annual Thanksgiving celebration has moved back to its original home in the Blue Building. Join your neighbors for a wonderful, communal holiday meal. Call 206.783.0244 to sign up and tell us what you’re bringing. For those who don’t want or are unable to use the stairs, remember that there is now an elevator located right off of the upper parking lot.

  

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.


Ride the Light Rail: International District Trip
Tuesday, Sep 6, 10:30 am – 2 pm. Free, bring bus fare and money for lunch. Meet at the GSC.
We’ll catch the bus to the new(ish) University Station, where we’ll then board a train to the International District station. Lunch at Uwajimaya food court, a stop by the lobby of the historic Panama Hotel, and dessert courtesy the fortune cookie factory. Pictures by the Chinese arch, before we head back to the GSC. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

 

McCaw Hall Tour
Tuesday, Oct 18, 11:30 am-3 pm. Free, bring bus fare and money for lunch. Meet at the GSC.
We’ll take the bus to the Seattle Center for a free tour of McCaw Hall. The tour starts at noon and lasts up to 90 minutes. We will get to see the Hall’s public spaces and perhaps backstage; learn about the Hall’s history and events; and hear about upcoming performances. Then we’ll get lunch at the food court, before returning home. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

 

Nordic Heritage Museum Trip
Tuesday, Nov 15, 11 am-2 pm. $7 museum admission, bring bus fare and money for lunch. Meet at the GSC.
We’ll travel to Ballard to visit the museum that celebrates the neighborhood’s most prevalent immigrants and the items and culture they brought with them to the Pacific Northwest. Lunch nearby before we return to the center. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

 

Dementia Friendly Field Trip: Seattle Aquarium
Monday, Nov 7. 10am-2pm. $10, plus cost of your lunch. Meet at GSC.
Explore and learn about the rich diversity of life in Puget Sound at the region’s premier resource for hands-on marine experiences and conservation education. This field trip will include small group tours and hands-on learning opportunities. Followed by lunch together at the Aquarium Café. Van transportation from Greenwood Senior Center and Rainier CC. Space limited, register by 10/31. Contact Cayce Cheairs at Seattle Parks and Recreation, (206) 615-0100, cayce.cheairs@seattle.gov to register.


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.
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, Sep 6, Oct 4, Nov 1. 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. 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.

 

Reflecting on Wise Elder Community Discussion Group
Mondays, 10am-12pm. Free.
This series will begin with weekly discussions and reflections based on Parker J. Palmer’s book: A Hidden Wholeness: The Journey Toward an Undivided Life. This book is a manual for learning how we can gather in community to explore questions of vocation, life and authentic leadership. For more information, contact Cecile Andrews (cecile@cecileandrews.com).

 

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!

 

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
Tuesdays, 2-4pm. Free.
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.