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Ballard NW
Senior Center

A community partner site 
of Sound Generations

Contact Us

5429 32nd NW
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: (206) 297-0403
Fax:     (206) 297-0558

Monday   8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday   8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday  8:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday  8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

On select Saturdays only
TBD, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Independence Day Weekend
Monday,  July 3, 2017 Open!
Tuesday, July 4, 2017 Closed
Labor Day
Monday, September 4, 2017

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Not Just For Seniors! 

Membership and our events and classes are open to ALL ages.

Take a class, join a group, or attend an event with a parent, grandparent, or friend. Come by yourself and meet new friends! Find an event for you.


Thank you for supporting Center programs and services in 2016:

Ballard Taco Time 
Laurel Ink
Rain City Video

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Food Programs:
Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Night in Paris Dinner:

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2017 $pring For $eniors Auction:

Annie's Nannies 
Ballard Emblem Club No. 216   
Ballard Hardware
Ballard Industrial
Ballard Market
Ballard Oil Company
Ballard Ornamental Ironworks
Banner Bank
Bowie Electric Service
Brookdale Senior Living
Brown Bear Carwash
Carter Subaru
CD Stimson Companies
Century 21
Dock Street Brokers 
ERA Living 
Foss Home & Village 
Genesis HealthCare
Holland America Line
Homestreet Bank
Howard & Cindy's
      Adult Family Home
Keller Williams Realty
      Greater Seatlle
KMS Financial Services, Inc.
Lantern Brewing
Malone Law Group
Mountain Pacific Bank
Norse Home
Old Ballard Liquor Co.
Sagebrook Senior Living
      in Ballard
Seattle Divorce Services
Sunset Hill Veterinary
      & Rehabilitation Center
Swedish Medical Center
      Ballard Campus
Total Wine & More
Trident Seafoods 

Thank you for Sponsoring our 2016 Birthday Celebrations:
Sagebrook Senior Living
      at Ballard

Thank you for Sponsoring our 2016 Volunteer Appreciation Reception:
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.

Thank you for Sponsoring our 2016 Halloween Luncheon & Party:
Foss Home & Village

Thank you for Sponsoring our 2016 Art, Wine, & Chocolate:
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Rainbow Bingo Events:
Hilliard's Beer
Jim Coleman
Pacific Maritime Brewing Co.

Thank you for Sponsoring our 2016 Santa Breakfast:
Adams Elementary School
Champion Party Supply
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.
Glo Holcomb
Stephen Sill

Thank you for Sponsoring the 2016 Irish Tenors Holiday Concert:
AM 880 KIXI Radio
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts
Genesis Healthcare, Inc.
Marguerite Casey Foundation
Norse Home -
    Retirement & Assisted Living
Stoneway Hardware
Trident Seafoods

Sponsor Us!
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Clubs & Groups

Art Groups

Adult Coloring - Free
Thursdays, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Did you know that coloring is a Stress Reliever?  Materials will be provided and you are welcome to bring yours.  Relax and color!

Bead Works - Free
Leaders:  Gail, Sheri, and Sue
Monday, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Beads with all of the fixtures, sizes, and colors are available for all who wish to make jewelry or try their hand at bead working.  Due to a generous donation of beads and beading materials, we are offering this drop-in group to explore beading possibilities.  Come and join in on the FREE group!  Bring your ideas, books, and creative side!

Knitting & Crochet - Free
Leader and Tutor: Gail
2nd & 4th Wednesdays, 2:30pm-4:30pm

Knit with friends! Beginning and experienced knitters can create fun gift items. Gail will help beginners and assist skilled knitters with new projects. Materials provided.

Pea Patch - Free

Monday—Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm

Enjoy gardening outside. The only rule do not remove anyone else's plant. Pea Patches in Seattle have a very long waiting list. This is a FREE activity you can use now. Tools and gardening plots are provided. The staff does reserve the right to remove plants.

Photography Workshop - Free

Instructor:  Photographer Boon Goh
Tuesday, 1:30pm-4:00pm

Practice and discuss the art and techniques of photography.  The last Tuesday of each month is a scheduled field trip.

Quilters 'Bee' - Free 

Leader/Quilter - Sandie Jardee
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm 
Practice basic to advanced skills with three available sewing machines.  Yards of 100% cotton along with Fat Squares in an array of patterns and colors including holiday fabric are available.  Join the quilters, if not for quilting then for sharing stories and laughter.

Card Groups 

Bridge Group - $1
Mondays,      12:30pm-4:00pm
Fridays          12:30pm-4:00pm 
Grab a friend and join in! Bridge is a trick-taking card game played by four players in two competing partnerships. Each group of four individuals sit around a square card table, with the partners facing each other.

Cribbage Group - Free
Tuesdays, 9:30am-11:30am

Cribbage is a card game played with two to four or more players. This game involves playing and grouping cards in combinations to gain points. Cribbage also includes a cribbage board for scorekeeping.

Pinochle Group - $1
Tuesdays, 8:30am-11:00am
Wednesdays, 8:30am-11:00am

This game is a "trick-and-meld" card game, players score points by trick-taking and also by forming combinations of cards. With many different types of Pinochle, you will never get tired of this group.

Games Group
Fridays, 12:30pm-4:00pm

Compete against others in cards games and more with this wonderful group. Meeting regularly in the Craft room or Dining Hall after lunch, this group learns and plays wonderful card games for the pleasure of announcing “I win!”

Discussion Groups

Bible Study Group - Free
Leader:  Kim
Monday, 10:00am

We have a new Bible Study Group leader.  Please join Kim and join a really great group as they explore, discuss, and learn from each other.  There is a vibrant and caring atmosphere.  Come and try this group for a meaningful experience.

Board Advisory Meeting - Free
Board President, Jan
Last Tuesday of Each Month, 4:30pm

Each month the Advisory Board meets to talk.
Contact KristinaW@SoundGenerations.org to attend.

Book Club - Free

Leaders:  Rachel and Pat

1st Thursday of each month, 1:00pm-2:00pm

This fun and dedicated group of bookworms meets every month. Members of this group will select, read and discuss books from the Seattle Public Library. Want to join? Call 206-297-0403 Any time on Monday, Thursday, or on Friday Morning and ask for the Social Worker for the latest book.

Book Movers Group - Free
Meets Regularly Throughout Month

The Bookstore Leaders meet regularly to discuss new books, book organization, and everything that is happening in the Bookstore. Join this group to learn what is new at the Bookstore. Call Kristina at 206-297-0403 or stop by to join this group.

Current Events Group - Free
Leader:  Bernie Sadowski
Thursday, 10:00am-11:30am

Discuss current and recent global events.  The group decides the topic and how the discussion will run.  All inquiring and open minds are welcome.  You are encouraged to bring recent articles from newspapers and or magazines to enhance the discussions

Exercise Groups

Ping Pong-Table Tennis - Free
Group Leader:  Bob Brown
Monday, Wednesday, Friday  1:00pm-3:00pm
Tuesday, Thursday      2:00pm-4:00pm
Ping-pong is one of the most popular sports in the world. What exactly does table tennis have to offer you? This game offers a fun why to social while exercising, and working on your hand-eye coordination and reflexes. And it is free! No partners needed; if you need a partner to play with please call and ask for Bob Brown or Kristina.

Table Tennis Coaching - Free 
Coach Carl
1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 11:00am-1:00pm, By Appointment

Coaching will improve the game you already have by making good use of spin and placement. Table Tennis Coach Carl represented the USA in international matches, played for the professional team Seattle Sockeyes, and won many table tennis tournaments. Stop by the 2nd floor reception desk or call 206-297-0403 to schedule a coaching session. 
Why play table tennis?
The benefits include: great aerobic exercise, a terrific way to improve hand eye coordination, a thinking persons sport involving a good deal of strategy, social, not dependent on weather, inexpensive, doesn’t require organizing a team, and injuries are rare.

Walking Group - New!
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10:00am-12:00pm
Being active is the secret to staying healthy, and walking is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to get moving. 
  • July 5th—Walking to Golden Gardens (4 miles) Meet in the Harmony Dining Hall at the Walking Group Table. This is a FREE activity. Bring water and walking shoes. Sandals are not recommended. Bottles of Water are available for $1.
  • July 19th—Walking Greenlake (2.8 miles) - $3 Members / $6
Meet in the Harmony Dining Hall at the Walking Group Table. We will take the center van to Greenlake and return in time for lunch.
Stop by the 2nd floor reception desk or call 206-297-0403 to register or for more information.

Social Groups

A.B.L.E. - Aging Ballard Lesbians Exchange

Group Leader: Ruth
4th Thursdays, 12:00 Lunch ($3 suggested donation), 1:00pm Meeting (Free)

The Ballard NW Senior Center is hosting this new group, A.B.L.E, for aging lesbians, sponsored by Puget Sound Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (PSOLOC). The purpose of the group is to connect, socialize, and support each other. If you would like to take part in A.B.L.E then please come to the Ballard NW Senior Center for lunch. Then meet in the on the 2nd Floor to share. For more information call Ruth Emily Vogel at 206-295-5855 or connect with her by email at Ruth@IvyLawGroup.com. Everyone is welcome and appreciated at Ballard NW Senior Center.

Men's Breakfast Club - $3.00
Group Leader:  Chef Bob
Last Friday of Each Month, 9:00am - 10:00am
All men are invited and encouraged to join in on this 'men only' breakfast.  Enjoy buttermilk pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon, seasonal fruit, and beverages.  Beverages include:  orange juice, coffee, and tea.
Sign up online, by phone or at the 2nd Floor Reception Desk.

RED HATS:  Scarlet Belles of Ballard Red Hats:  Scarlet Belles of Ballard

Group Leader:  Judy
1st Monday, 1:00pm (Meeting)

Wear your purple and red!  This fun group meets each month and plans trips, dine outs, and fun events to do together.  Get involved and assist with events and go on Red Hat Trips. 
No sign up required for the monthly meeting.
Must attend one Meeting to go on Red Hat Trips.
Sign-up at the 2nd floor reception desk for monthly trips.

Seattle Prime Timers - Free
Group Leader:  Gregry
2nd Thursdays, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Time for gay men and their admirers to socialize and play cards.  We will play Hearts and/or Cribbage depending on how many people show up and what their preferences are.  We are also open to teaching.  Join in this new group!

Wisdom Circle - Free
3rd Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Group Leaders:  Barbara and Helen
Our Wisdom Circle gives us an opportunity to explore, understand, and share what is important.  We can share and learn from each other through talking and listening about topics related to aging and changing roles.  We tell about life, happiness, gratitude, in addition to looking forward to an increased safe and respectable place.  We have learned much as we have grown to be senior.  Please RSVP by calling 206-297-0403 or stop by the 2nd Floor Reception Desk

Support Groups

Art Therapy Sessions - Free
Facilitated By:  Social Worker Carleen
Available Mondays, Thursdays, & Fridays

Art Therapy is a form of expressive therapy that uses the creative process of making art to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. You don’t need to be talented or an artist to receive benefits. For the most part, anyone can use art therapy. In a world where there is a multitude of ways to communicate and express one’s self, expressive therapy is yet another. One of the beauties of art as therapy is the ability for a person to express his/her feelings through any form of art.

Aging Well Group - Free
On hold.
Make life easier.  Helpful tips for easy ways to put on shoes to how to vacation safely.  If you have a tip that works, be sure to share.
No sign up required.

Caregivers Support Group - Free
by:  Alzheimers Association
Fridays, 1:00pm-2:00pm

Join us to discuss issues, share solutions, and get the support necessary when caregiving for someone with memory loss.
No sign up required.

Grief and Loss Support Group - Free
On hold.
Join our warm and caring group for comfort and support in loss or life situations.
No sign up required.

Low Vision Support Group - Free
Group Leader:  Mary
2nd Monday of each month, 10:30am-12:00pm

This is your opportunity to get involved in this new Low Vision Support Group. This group is open to anyone dealing with vision issues.

Negotiating Change Support Group - Free
NOTE: Life Transitions Group has merged with “Negotiating Change”.
Location:  Social Services Office
Facilitated By:  Social Worker Carleen
Thursdays, 1:00pm-2:30pm
Life is about change.  In the current time-frame, individuals are having a difficult time dealing with all the changes happening around us.  Instead of aggressively forcing yourself into a boot-camp mentality about change, give your mind permission to make the leaps on its own schedule!

Sunshine Committee - Free
Bring some sunshine into the lives of people who are ill. This group sends cards to ill members of the center. Contact us 206-297-0403 to join this new and caring-giving group. If you know of a center member who could use some caring, cheerful and encouraging words please contact us to add them to our list of card recipients.

Wednesday Movies

Movie Groups

All movies are subject to change due to availability.  Movies are provided in partnership with Rain City Video.  If there is a movie or actor you would like to see please tell Kristina at KristinaW@SoundGenerations.org

Wednesday Night Movies - $2/movie + free popcorn!

Group Leader:  Anna

Movie Starts at 6:00pm

This fun group meets after dinner on Wednesdays.  Everyone who watches has a vote on the next movies chosen.   Every Wednesday we show a new movie on our 52” TV.  Our theater includes wonderfully comfortable chairs, choice seating, and free hot POPCORN!  No sign up required.

June   7th    La La Land
American romantic musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone as a musician and aspiring actress.
June   14th   Walking With The Enemy
A young man, separated from his family in WWII, disguises himself as a Nazi SS Officer.
 21st   Hidden Figures
The True Story of 'Hidden Figures' and the Women Who Crunched the Numbers for NASA.
June  28th   Star Wars: Rogue One
The Rebel Alliance makes a risky move to steal the plans for the Death Star.

 July   5th    Beauty and the Beast
 July  12th   A Dog's Purpose
 July  19th   The Space Between Us
 July  26th   The Great Wall

May    3rd    Lion, 6 Academy Award Nominations, a lost son finding his way home with a handful of memories thru India.
May   10th   Guardians of the Galaxy, With the 2nd movie just entering theaters, 1st adventure of Star Lord.
 17th   Moonlight, Academy Award Winner of Best Picture. A young man comes of age in Miami. Rated R.
May  24th   Central Intelligence, A one-time bullied geek who is now a lethal CIA agent. Comedy with The Rock.
May   31st   Jackie, Rated R. Jacqueline Kennedy was just 34 when her husband was elected President of the US.

Thursday Movies

Hollywood in Ballard Movies - $2 Suggested Donation
Thursdays, 1:00pm (FREE popcorn!)
Group Leaders:  Corinne and Rudi
Come enjoy classic movies and meet some new friends.  This group is open to suggestions for future movies and everyone who watches has a vote on the movies chosen. Free popcorn provided!  No sign up required.

Dirty Dancing
Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey star in this beloved summer coming-of-age story set in the Catskill Mountains.
Big Fish
Ewan McGregor, Albert Dinney, Billy Crudup, and Jessica Lange star in an adventure big as life itself.
  22nd Cat Ballou
Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin star in this hysterical western parody and rapid fire action hit.
 June   29th   Montana Sky
Ashley Williams, Charlotte Ross, and John Corbett star in this story of family on a Montana Ranch.

Starting in July - 1st, 2nd, & 3rd Thursdays, 1:00pm—UPDATED July 6th Mary Poppins July 13th The Gods Must Be Crazy July 20th The Hasty Heart


Language Movie Groups - French, Spanish - English Subtitles

4th Thursdays, 1:30pm-3:30pm
Practice hearing and understanding French with friends. We will be showing French and American movies in French each month.  All are welcome!

Tuesdays, 3:00pm
After Beginning Spanish on Tuesdays each week at 3:00pm we will be playing movie in Spanish, including movies that are made in English and dubbed in Spanish. With millions of native speakers, Spanish is the second most commonly spoken language in the world after English. Learning Spanish gives you the opportunity to live, volunteer, and travel abroad with more enjoyment.
Please join us. All are welcome!