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Special Events

 


Bingo/Karaoke
Nights

Friday, Mar 31, Apr 28, May 26, 7-10 pm. $15 PNA members, $22 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, Mar 3, Apr 7, May 5, June 2. 1pm. Free.
Enjoy fun and thought provoking movies with other movie buffs.

  • 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.

  • April: Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)
    In this adaptation of Fanny Flagg's novel, flashbacks reveal the remarkable and mysterious story of soul mates Idgie and Ruth, whose antics cause an uproar in their rural Southern town during the 1920

  • May: Since Otar Left (2003)
    When a Georgian woman finds out that her brother Otar has died suddenly in Paris, she tries to conceal the truth from her mother, changing the course of their lives forever.

  • June: Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2006)
    After the death of her husband, Mrs. Palfrey moves to London with the hope of gaining her independence and seeing her grandson


AARP Tax Help at GSC
Thursdays, Through 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.


Oral Health & Disease Prevention in Older Adults
Wednesday, March 15 – 1-2pm. Free.
Learn valuable information needed to maintain a healthy mouth, teeth, and gums – to live a healthier life. The top concerns for oral health in seniors, proper dental hygiene care, and options for replacing missing teeth will be discussed. RSVP at 206.297.0875.


Classic Movies With Scarecrow Video: Born Yesterday

Tuesday, March 21. 2:30pm. . Free.
Scarecrow Video, a local nonprofit film organization dedicated to championing the role of film arts in community, cultural, and civic life, presents a classic movie every quarter at the GSC! Born Yesterday (1950): An uncouth tycoon goes to Washington, D.C. with his brassy girlfriend, to "influence" a politician or two. He hires a journalist to educate her, and, in the process, she learns just how deep his corruption goes. Starring Judy Holiday, William Holden, and Broderick Crawford.


Mural Project 2017

Wednesday, March 22. 1-2:30pm. Free.
Please join seniors, people living with memory loss and their companions, including children and teens, to create paintings or collage that will be included in a travelling mural exhibit. There is no cost for participating in a mural making workshop and supplies will be provided. Presented by Seniors Creating Art and The Art of Alzheimer’s. RSVP: 206.297.0875.


Technology Mentoring Events
Wednesdays, Mar 22, May 10. 2:30-4pm. Free.
Do you need help with your cell phone? Tablet (Some GSC tablets available for demonstrations)? E-Reader? Laptop? Fit-Bit? Come and get one-on-one assistance from a group of knowledgeable youth volunteers. Register: 206.297.0875


Coloring for Relaxation
Wednesday, March 29. 1-3pm. Free.
Studies have shown that creative work can be deeply meditative and beneficial to one’s sense of well-being. We’ll have lots of beautiful pages, pens, pencils, soft music and chamomile tea. Come to see if this technique is effective for you, or just come to spend a quiet afternoon with others. Register: 206.297.0875.


Tea and Chamber Music with the Girsky Quartet

Friday, March 31. 4-5pm. $5 suggested donation.
Join the Greenwood Senior Center and the very talented Girsky Quartet for a concert event that you won’t want to miss! The Girsky Quartet is Artur Girsky, Natasha Bazhanov, (Seattle Symphony violinists), Thane Lewis (Tacoma Symphony violist) and Rowena Hammill (Los Angeles Opera cellist).


Humanities Washington Lecture: Diamonds in the Ether
Wed, Apr 12, 1-2:30pm. Free.
Look—and listen—back to the people, stations, and stories that made radio broadcasting a vital part of the culture of the Pacific Northwest. Innovations in technology, programming, and business as far back as the 1920s made radio in this remote corner a little bit different than the rest of the United States, and connected the people of Washington with events and entertainment from across the country and around the world. With a mixture of vintage audio, historic images, and expert storytelling, radio historian and broadcaster Feliks Banel revisits the power of radio in the Evergreen State then and now, and looks ahead to the unpredictable future of local radio in our communities. RSVP: 206.297.0875. Sponsored by Humanities Washington.


Earth Day Event: Learning From Rachel Carson
Wednesday, Apr 19, 1-2pm & Friday Apr 2, 1-3:30pm. Free.
Rachel Carson’s 1963 warnings about the effects of pesticides and herbicides - especially DDT - sparked a revolution in environmental policy and created a new ecological consciousness. Join us as we view the two-part PBS series, Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring. Following the second episode, we will gather for a facilitated discussion on her legacy and what represents our Silent Spring in the modern day. RSVP at 206.297.0875.


Podiatrist Talk
Thursday, Apr 20. 12:30-1:30pm. Free.
Alan Woodle, DPM, from the Greenwood Foot and Ankle Clinic, will present on common foot and ankle complaints, give tips on care and explain the role of a podiatrist in your healthcare. Dr. Woodle is a specialty consultant for many dance companies including the Pacific Northwest Ballet and the US Biathlon team, the past President of the Washington State Podiatric Medical Association, a two-time winner of Podiatrist of the Year from the Washington State Podiatry Association, and a clinical instructor of anatomy at the University of Washington School of Medicine. RSVP: 206.297.0875


How to Get More Energy from the Food You Eat
Friday, Apr 21, 10:30am-12pm. Free.
Cook and eat more plant-based foods! Learn about the benefits of whole grains, vegetables and superfoods, and get easy tips on how to incorporate them more into your daily diet. Presenter Allison Hill will give pointers on healthy lifestyle habits while demonstrating techniques for busy people. Includes a tasting to prove how delicious good food can be. Register: 206.297.0875.


Garden Hospitality: Inviting Birds and Bugs to Your Yard
Tuesday, Apr 25, 2:30-3:30pm. Free.
Come and have fun learning about our local birds and how to support and enjoy them here in our urban oasis. Penny Bolton will bring colorful slides of resident birds, and stories to share. Learn how people fit into our ecosystem and how they can help ameliorate some of the negative impacts that increased density brings. Penny will discuss how gardeners can encourage and support the birds and beneficial insects native to our area. You will be able to ask questions and learn about features we can add to our landscape to make it more attractive to birds, and also what to avoid. Instructor has been a King County Master Gardener for over 25 years, a Seattle Audubon Master Birder for 3 years, and has just completed a certificate program in Applied Animal Behavior at the UW. Register: 206.297.0875


Breaking White Silence Book Group
Wednesdays, May 3 - 17, 10:30am-12pm. Free.
Please join us to participate in a new project of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, which is intended to create several anti-racist consciousness raising groups throughout our community, including one at the GSC. As a starting place we will be using Robin DiAngelo’s book, What It Means to be White, Developing White Racial Literacy. Using Dr. DiAngelo’s text and encouraging personal reflection and conversation, these book groups are a first step to open up discussion about whiteness, white privilege and racism. For further information about this project or to RSVP: 206.297.0875. To learn more about Robin DiAngelo’s work: http://robindiangelo.com.


ACLU Presentation: Know Your Free Speech Rights
Wednesday, May 10, 1-2:30pm. Free.
Join the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for an informative presentation on our First Amendment rights and how they apply to you. Protecting free speech means protecting a free press, the democratic process, diversity of thought, and so much more. Q&A to follow, so bring your questions. RSVP: 206.297.0875.


Around the World Luncheon Series Goes to New Orleans
Friday, May 12, 12pm. $5.
Join us for our quarterly luncheon celebrating international cuisines and culture. This spring we’re exploring closer to home and will stay in the United States to celebrate the food and music of New Orleans. Festive foods and entertainment with good company. RSVP: 206.297.0875.


Geriatrician Talk: End of Life Considerations
Wednesday, May 17, 1-2:30pm. Free
Dr. Judy Kwok will present on end-of-life considerations from a doctor’s viewpoint. She will also discuss the logistics of POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) forms and health care-related DPOA (Durable Power of Attorney) forms. Bring your questions. RSVP: 206.297.0875.


Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs Presentation
Wednesday, May 24. 1-2pm. Free.
The Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs was established by ordinance in 2012, with the recognition of the importance and need for a strong relationship between the City of Seattle government and the immigrant and refugee communities which it serves. Community Liaison Specialist Hassan Wardere will present an overview of his department and answer your questions. RSVP at 206.297.0875.


Ask an Immigrant Panel Discussion
Wed, May 31, 1:30-3pm. Free.
Over 17% of Seattle residents were born in a foreign country. In the debate over immigration, we sometimes forget that we are talking about our own neighbors, not just abstractions. Join us for a frank panel discussion with members of our close community who will share their stories of immigration and assimilation, both recent and not so recent. For questions or to RSVP: 206.297.0875.


Food As Medicine
Thu, Jun 1, 11am-12pm. Free.
Presented by Dr. Cheryl Jacobs, Iora Primary Care
Participants will learn the core principles behind using nutritious foods to heal the mind and body. We will uncover the incredible healing power of superfoods: so extraordinary that modern medicines can only pale in comparison! Get inspired about your health and wellbeing! Nourish the body; refresh the mind! Medicine has never tasted so good!

For questions or to 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.


Chihuly Garden and Glass Trip
Tuesday, Mar 28, 10 am-2 pm. Free admission; bring additional money for bus fare and lunch. Meet at the GSC.
Chihuly Garden and Glass had generously donated several free tickets to us for a summer visit. We’ll catch the metro bus to the Seattle Center where we’ll start with lunch in the Center House, before exploring exhibits of both real and glass flowers. Wear comfortable shoes for a moderate urban walk.

 

Seattle Art Museum
Friday, Apr 7, 10:00 am – 2 pm. Free for over 62 ($11 for optional special exhibit), bring bus fare and money for lunch. Meet at the GSC.
We’ll ride the bus downtown to the Seattle Art Museum for their monthly Free Senior Day. Check out just their extensive regular galleries or purchase half-price tickets for the special Jacob Lawrence: Migrations exhibit, here on loan for only a short time. We’ll follow with a stop for lunch and then bus back to the Center. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

 

UW Atmospheric Sciences Building Tour
Tuesday, Apr 18, 10 am-2 pm. Free, bring bus fare and money for lunch.
We’ll catch the bus to the UW campus where we’ll visit the Atmospheric Sciences building for a presentation and demonstration, followed by a tour. Lunch at the Husky Union Building before heading back to the Center. RSVP: 206.297.0875.

 

Heron Walk at Commodore Park
Tuesday, May 2, 9 am–1 pm, bring bus fare. Meet at the GSC.
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, feed hatchlings and fly in search of food. Wear comfortable shoes that can get a little muddy, if necessary. 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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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, Apr 4, May 2, Jun 6. 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.

 

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, 9:30-11am. 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, 2:30-4:30pm. 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.