Bid online in our first ever Virtual Auction!

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Join us online for a very special Live Auction on Sunday, September 13 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm. Hosts Stephen Kilbreath and Cameron Smock will entertain while giving you the opportunity to bid on spectacular items, Raise the Paddle, $upport your center, have fun and try something new. The Silent Auction opens Sunday, September 6 at 9:00am and closes Sunday, September 13 at midnight.

The auction is entirely online! You will bid from the comfort and safety of home using your computer, tablet, smartphone – or all of the above! Everyone is welcome to bid and attend for FREE, so send the auction website URL to your friends and family as well – the more the merrier. We need your help now more than ever before.

  1. Register to bid by visiting the auction website:
  2. Once you register you will receive a unique link via email and text which enables you to bid.
  3. Continue watching the Ballard NW Senior Center website and our auction website for updates.
  4. Follow us on Facebook to see sneak peeks and connect with your community!

Welcome to Ballard NW Senior Center

July 13, 2020

members of ballard senior center with signs that say Stay Strong

Ballard NW is known as the friendly center where all are welcome and appreciated. We are committed to equity and inclusion. As our CEO said, “At Sound Generations we embrace the belief that racial and other social identities should be respected and affirmed.” We don’t tolerate racism on any level and we commit to work for a better future.

We serve those 50 and above and the disabled and this is the most vulnerable population for contracting the virus and having the worst outcomes. We must protect the health and safety of our participants, volunteers and staff. Strict protocols are in effect and rules and safety precautions must be followed (view our protocols here). We have started this very gradual and slow reopen of the center for a very few one on one services only. There is NO GENERAL ADMITTANCE ALLOWED. There are also a few small outside services started with 5 or less participants. Please see July newsletter 2020 to see these services. Our Center lunch pick-up take-out services will continue for the foreseeable future on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between 12 and 1 on a first come first served basis. Delivery to our homebound seniors in the area is Tuesday and Thursday, two meals delivered each of those days. Please call to set up delivery service. If all goes well we still don’t anticipate opening fully until late August or early September at the earliest.

I want to thank each and every volunteer for all your service to the center. You are the heart and soul of our center. We applaud and honor each of you. Your care, concern, commitment, time, energy, knowledge, heart, friendliness, hard work, effort and dedication are deeply appreciated. Thank You, thank You! Love and hugs to each of you. Keep smiling, we will be serving together as soon as possible.

Our wonderful Travel Adventure presenter Janice is offering to provide some of her adventures over the years to you by email. You love her adventures and these will be outstanding. If you want to take advantage of this fantastic offer, email Janice at and she will include you when she sends these out.

Another opportunity for you to learn and enjoy. Please go to the Seattle Public library site and look for “ Virtual arts for 50+”. They have some wonderful offerings. Enjoy!

“Belief in oneself is one of the most important bricks in building any successful venture.” – Lydia Child

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” – Oprah Winfrey

“For it was not into my ear you whispered, but into my heart. It was not my lips you kissed, but my soul.”

Let’s take a moment to think about this lovely quote! We can think about people we care about, past or present. I am hoping you can share with this person/these persons how you truly care about them!

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion,  some humor and some style.” – Maya Angelo

“Stay true to yourself, people respond to authenticity.” – Barbara Streisand

“Books are the plane, and the train and the road. They are the destination and the journey. They are home.” – Anna Quindlen

“Know that although in the eternal scheme of things you are small, you are also unique and irreplaceable, as are all of your fellow human beings everywhere in the world.” – Margaret Laurence

“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says I’m possible.” – Audrey Hepburn

”Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.”

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Muriel Strode

“I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples.” – Mother Teresa

“No one can make you inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt


Research shows that reading can keep your mind and brain active. Pick up something you enjoy or even an audible book-listening to a good book counts as reading too! What are your favorite reads? Please let me know at Reading out loud to yourself can help break up periods of silence if you live alone.

Laughter, it’s said, is the best medicine. And there is a lot of evidence that laughter does lots of good things for us. This has been documented since the 1300’s! It reduces pain and allows us to tolerate discomfort. It lowers blood sugar. It improves relationships and your outlook. Watch a funny video, TV show or radio program. has endless amounts of comedy to pursue from stand-up comedians or funny cat videos. Bookmark the sites you love. Comedy is a great distraction and can take your mind off COVID-19!

What’s outside your window? Mind your view. How does it change? Does it stay the same? We have had some really nice spring weather to take notice of. Keep an active journal about things you notice outside. Bird watch, People watch. Draw a picture of your view every day. Wave to people! Right now it’s important to connect any way we can with people. Waving is friendly and germ free!

Do you have computer access? Explore the world wide web! Look up your old addresses, schools ,neighborhoods on google earth or websites. Search old friends or clubs that you have been involved in. Many schools have alumni clubs. It can be fun to reminisce about previous places and remember the good memories. Research  a destination you would love to visit! If you do not have a computer, can you write a letter to a friend or family member? Mail is one of our timeless ways to stay in touch and still reliable!

Try to do something creative today! Write a poem or start a positive journal (write down good things about the day…maybe at least two observations?) Maybe watch a video on how to learn calligraphy, paint, draw… even doodle! Coloring can also be therapeutic and relaxing.

Look to the past in general and to your past experiences. Get hope from your past and your resilience. What other challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? There are plenty of events to consider from weather related (hurricane, mudslide, earthquake) to national events like 9/11 or the 2008 financial meltdown/recession. You made it! You are stronger because of it. Know that you will get through this. Remind yourself of your resilience!

Limit your intake of news. Choose one source, like KING 5, Seattle Times or one of the national channels for example, and decide how much time to spend with it each day. Try your best to stick with that plan. My plan currently is reading online news sources in the morning for any updates-10 to 15 minutes on national news then again before dinner for 15 to 30 minutes for local news and weather. This provides me enough time to stay updated and not get overwhelmed! Please decide what you are comfortable with and adjust as necessary.

Hi Everyone,

Hi everyone, it’s mid- July and we are still in the earliest stages of the very gradual reopen process. It’s been so long since we have all been together, and we miss you. Keep smiling, you will feel better and so will all those around you. You know me, for a year I have been talking about the power of a smile.

I am anxious for you to meet our new team. We have two new fantastic members of our team We welcomed social worker Jennifer in April and new program coordinator Lisa in mid-June. They joined Admin Carolyn, Chef Lori and me so we have a team that’s anxious to provide great programs and services, now on a smaller scale and hopefully by fall with many more opportunities. Social worker Jennifer is seeing people on a by appointment basis in her office or by phone appointment. So call the center for an appointment or e mail Jennifer at  and you will be contacted to make an appointment by phone or in person.

Program coordinator Lisa is busy organizing additional one on one opportunities and small group, 5 or less, outside opportunities for your pleasure. If you have ideas for her to consider please contact her at and she will get back to you.

We hope you and your family are doing well during this difficult time and we look forward to welcoming you back as soon as it’s safe to do so.  It’s important to stay socially connected during this time. I hope you are connecting with family and friends, by email, face time, zoom, phone or even letter writing. Try reading an uplifting book, do a jigsaw puzzle, write down some positive thoughts and remember that smile.  As things open up a bit it is still vitally important to wear your masks, keep physical distance  at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands and use sanitizer.

I want to take this opportunity to thank our hardworking staff, Chef Lori and her faithful volunteers Jessica, Carol and Laurie have been outstanding making thousands of meals and keeping the menus fresh and the food delicious and nutritious. Carolyn has been fantastic keeping the office organized, all the paper work, letters, news to members, data entry, plus she made masks and has made the Holiday treats that went out in the lunch bags. Jennifer has made such a difference with her phone conversations with many who asked for a visit, she organized the daily tips and quotes for the website and lunch bags that are so meaningful, hands out lunches and did the window signs in front. Lisa is new to the job but she has been here almost every day since March handing out lunches, helping in the office, and helping getting us ready for our gradual reopen.

Thanks to the marvelous volunteers that are helping through this most unusual time. Again, Jessica, Carol and Laurie in the kitchen. Pete and Katie, meal delivery drivers who do more than deliver they are a link and a friend to those folks; Chris for all his work on the membership records and general help; Rutha and Jeanne, chairs, and the auction committee for their work, help and support on getting the virtual auction moving forward, September 13th, put it on your calendar; Board President Jan helping with the sanitizing procedures and barrier shields, spacing etc for our safety protocols; The Board for their help, support during this time; Susan for Rummage work Thanks everyone

During these last 4 months the center has taken a big financial hit because of the virus. It has been difficult for the center financially.  There  is a donation button on this homepage. Any donation large or small is gratefully appreciated

Thanks everyone and watch this page for updates.


Takeout Meals

Pick up take-out lunches at the Center front door between 12:00pm – 1:00pm on a first-come-first-served basis. Suggested donation of $4.00 per meal. Delivery meals in our limited area are available Tuesdays and Thursdays. Two full meals and a container of soup are available those days at a suggested donation of $10.00 per day. To request delivery please leave your name, phone number and address and we will contact you. Please request by email to either, or, or We will do our best to have volunteers available to deliver meals. Thank you!


  • Monday, Aug 10: Sub Sandwich, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chips, Dessert
  • Tuesday, Aug 11: Chicken Skewers, Lemon Rice, Greek Salad, Dessert
  • Wednesday, Aug 12: Ribs and Mac & Cheese, Slaw, Cornbread, Dessert
  • Thursday, Aug 13: (1) Italian Beef Sandwich, Antipasti Salad, Dessert (2) Chicken & Garden Orzo Salad, Soup, Dessert

Menus will be announced weekly as food availability changes. Because of this we can only make meal menus available the first of each week. Thanks for your patience.

Thursday and Friday takeouts are handed out on Thursday. No Friday service.

I have a list of community members that are willing to shop for local neighbors and pick up prescriptions etc. if you have a need. Please call the center at 206-297-0403 and we will do our best to make arrangements (but no promises).

We are very grateful to Ballard Trader Joe’s, Byen Bakeri, and Dole company for the delicious products they donate for our take-out/pick-up lunches. We so appreciate your help and support!

The virus has turned our world upside down. Please donate to support the center during this very difficult and uncertain time.

Please Donate Here

Center Sponsors

  • Thank you Seattle Rep for your partnership and support to our seniors participating in Public Works.