Welcome to Ballard NW Senior Center

Important Information

The Governor has put many restrictions back in place to help stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 occurring in the state. While we are discouraged by this development it is necessary for everyone’s health and safety, we must win this war.

To protect participants, staff and volunteers Ballard NW Senior Center will suspend many services through March and possibly longer. Anyone coming to the center for essential services must come masked, and all protocols passed before entrance is allowed. The center will only be open for essential services: These include:

– Takeout/ pickup lunches Monday thru Thursday at the door on a first come first serve basis between 12 and 1. Masks must be worn. Suggested donation is $4. Bag limits may be imposed.

– Lunch delivery on Tuesday and Thursday in the immediate area to registered participants. Service based on available drivers. Two different meals per delivery. $10.00 fee

– One-on-one essential services available: social work consultations, foot care, dental hygiene, Bastyr services, financial advice: these can change rapidly so contact the center at 206-297-0403

– Current virtual groups will continue but check with your group leader for any changes.  More virtual groups are being added each month.

– All inside classes and groups are still on hold until further notice — hopefully we’ll have some news on this sometime in March or early April.

For additional information please contact the center between 9:00 and 2:00 p.m. Monday thru Thursday.

Please follow all guidelines and wear masks, stay at least 6 feet apart, wash hands and use sanitizer and please, while so difficult, only do virtual Holidays this year or limit contact to those you live with and being outside is much safer than indoor gatherings. If everyone does their part  we will be together as soon as possible.

Many thanks

Carlye, Center Director

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. All outside and inside classes have been suspended until further notice.  Please see March newsletter 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 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. 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 later this coming spring but with the vaccine available things can change.

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 via email. You will love her outstanding adventures. If you want to take advantage of this fantastic offer, email Janice at janicevc@seanet.com 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!

 “I wasn’t afraid to fail. Something good always comes out of failure.” – Anne Baxter

“If age imparted wisdom, there wouldn’t be any old fools.” – Claudia Young

Take-out Meals

Pick up take-out lunches at the Center front door between 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm 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 lorig@soundgenerations.org, or carlyet@soundgenerations.org, or patricias@soundgenerations.org. We will do our best to have volunteers available to deliver meals. Thank you!

Menu April 12th – April 15th

  • Monday, April 12th              ~ Chicken Parmesan w/pasta & marinara, Antipasti Salad, Garlic Bread, Fruit & Dessert
  • Tuesday, April 13th              ~ Chef Salad, Beef Barley Soup, Rolls, Dessert
  • Wednesday, April 14th        ~ Teriyaki Chicken, Veggie Fried Rice, Eggroll, Fruit & Dessert
  • Thursday, April 15th            ~ Chicken & Mushroom Stroganoff over Noodles, Green Beans, Fruit & Dessert
                                                ~ Grilled Turkey, Cheddar & Tomato Sandwich, Cottage Cheese & Fruit, Chips, 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!


AARP Free Tax Preparation Services – IMPORTANT UPDATE

**AARP tax preparation services have been extended until April 21st.

The tax deadline day has been extended which means that our fantastic AARP tax preparation services have been extended too. We have only 25 additional spots available so make appointments to get this free tax preparation help.
The last intake day for help is APRIL 21 and last day for final pickup is the 28th.

This service is being offered on Wednesdays from 10 to 1. Because of COVID, this process looks very different but with the same excellent services provided by our long-time preparers Mary Kay, Judy and Pete. This is a two-step process over a weeks’ time.  Call the center to register 206-297-0403 – a preparer will call you with all the instructions.

In keeping with the Center’s COVID protocols, please note that you MUST WEAR A MASK for your appointments.  Additional information will follow when available.


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

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Center Sponsors

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