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Social Services and Support Groups

Holly McNeill, MSW LICSW
932-4044 x 2

The Social Worker at the Senior Center of West Seattle works at the center 32 hours a week.  She provides education and training, information and resource referral, and counseling and consultation to older adults and their families.  If you or someone you care about is experiencing difficulties – emotional, mental, physical, legal, or financial - she can connect you to helpful programs and services. She has also initiated an outreach program to more isolated and frail older adults in the West Seattle community.  Volunteers are being recruited to be matched with these identified older adults.   If you are interested in learning more about any of the above information you can call Holly McNeill at 206-932-4044 ext#2.

Counselor Available to Meet with You.  Frances Parks, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who has a special interest in working with seniors and is able to accept Medicare payment for services. She works with persons dealing with issues of life transitions, anxiety, depression, and loss and grief. She received her doctorate from the U. of Texas and recently completed the Certificate in Gerontology at the University of Washington. She has appointments available at the Senior Center on Wednesdays. If you have questions for her or would like to discuss an appointment, please contact her at: phone: 206-390-5855, email:

Support Groups

Support Group - Aging Well

Dates: Mondays 
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Cost: Suggested donation $5/meeting
Facilitated by Holly McNeill, LICSW

Info: Are you feeling overwhelmed by changes in your health, relationships, housing, mobility, or income? Looking for ways to make new connections, communicate, increase self-esteem, manage anxiety, cultivate acceptance? You are not alone. This is an ongoing group for exploring issues of change, loss and life transitions. Share stories, learn coping strategies, give and receive support. All sharing is confidential.

*The Transitions Group will no longer meet.
Participants are encouraged to attend the AGING WELL GROUP ON MONDAYS.

Low Vision Support Group 
Wednesday, September 9  1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wednesday, October 14     1:00pm - 2:00pm
Facilitated by Holly McNeill, LICSW
Open to all people dealing with vision problems. During our group, we share tips on managing our lives with vision loss, share resources and support one another. We often have outside speakers presenting to us and sharing various enhancing equipment.

Food Bank at the Center
Date: Tuesdays
Time: 10:00am-10:30 am
Location: Alhadeff room- downstairs
Doors open: 9:55 am, Sharp!
Cost: Free and open to all

Reserve your place in line starting @ 8:30 am or drop in on a first come/ first served basis. Bring your own bags, none supplied. Non-perishable food donations always welcomed!

Caregiver Support Group
Wednesday, August 26           3:00pm- 4:30pm
Wednesday, September 23    3:00pm- 4:30pm
Wednesday, October 28         3:00pm- 4:30pm
Facilitated by: John Deagen (from Senior Services Caregiver Support Program)
Come share your challenges, frustrations, successes with other caregivers who “get it.” The experience exchange among caregivers will provide you with free peer support on a monthly basis and might just give you an energy boost to keep you at your best. If you are interested in this group and have questions, please call John at 206-727-6231 or Holly at 932-4044 ext. #2

Loss, Death, and Healing. Discovery and Support Group.
Six participants needed. Please sign up with Holly.
Facilitated by: Chris Holland, MSW, LICSW
If you are going through a loss and are looking for support, this class is for you. Join us as we take steps together in this journey of healing.

Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Food Bank at the Center
Date: Tuesdays      
Time: 10-10:30 AM
Cost: Free-open to all
Location : Alhadeff Room
Line starting at 8:30 am or drop in on a first come/first served basis. Bring your own bags, none supplied. Non-perishable food donations always welcomed!

Date: Mondays 
Time: starting at 9 am; Call 206-932-4044 ext.1 for an appointment
Cost: $20/member, $22/non member.
Info: Have a professional pedicure by a nurse (toe nails cleaned and trimmed). Bring a small towel.
By Appointment Only. Cancellations must be made by 4pm Friday prior to appointment to avoid being charged.

Regain Your Balance with Erik LaSeur
Date: Fridays
Time: 9:00-9:45 am
Cost: $7/member, $10/non-member

Are you afraid of falling? Are you finding it more difficult to get in and out of a chair? Explore easier ways to move your body and regain your sense of balance. Sign up at the front desk. Drop-ins welcome.

Enhance Fitness Exercise Classes
Date: Mon. Wed. Fri. 
Time: 8:30am
Cost: Free to Group Health Medicare Advantage members and some Silver and Fit providers. Check eligibility with your insurance company. If not covered, $3 per class.

Innovative and fun strength-training classes, using wrist and ankle weights, aerobics, balance, and stretching.

Gentle Yoga, Drop-in with Leo Dunbar
Date & Time: Mondays 9:30 to 10:30 am
Date & Time: Wednesdays 9:30 -10:30 am
Cost: $5/members, $10/non-members

Chair and standing postures—(no floor-sitting) Improve breathing, posture, flexibility, balance and peace of mind. Postures can be adapted to your abilities or
limitations. Wear loose and comfortable clothing. 
Register with Leo at 206-364-5252

Chair Massage by Erik LaSeur
Date: Fridays
Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
20 minute appointments.
Call to register or sign up at front desk.
Cost: $7/members, $10/non-member

Info: Enjoy a relaxing neck & back massage while seated.

Tai Chi with Steve Coates
Date: Mondays
Time: 11:00-11:45 am
Cost: $10/drop-in, monthly fee $32 /members,
$40/non-member for 4 week class.

See how this body movement session can enhance your life
Sign up with the front desk receptionist, 206-932-4044 x 1.

Tai Chi & Qigong with Viola Brumbaugh
Date: Thursdays
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Cost: $40/members for 4 week class.
$45/non-member for 4 week class.
$12 drop in class. 25% off for 2nd household member.

Improve your balance and increase your energy, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Join us for a blend of eastern exercise for health benefits, longevity, and fun. 
Sign up with the front desk receptionist, 206-932-4044 x 1.

Reiki Energy Days
Thursday, September 10 
Thursday, October 8 
Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm (30 minute sessions)
Cost: $10/members, $20/non-members

Reiki is a Japanese technique for promoting healing and relaxation and reducing stress. It works as a support with other medical or therapeutic techniques promoting recovery. 
Call for appointments 206-932-4044 x1.

Dental Hygiene with Jan Loder RDH
Date: By appointment only. 
Cost: Fee Based

Healthy Pearls for Seniors is a low cost dental hygiene program to promote healthy teeth and gums via cleanings and oral cancer screenings done here at the Center.

Please pick up an application at the receptionist desk and then call to set up an appointment directly with Jan Loder at 206-498-4023

AARP Driver Safety Program
Fridays, September 18 & 25   9am-1 pm
Fridays, October 16 & 23       9 am - 1 pm

Nelson Room
$15 AARP member/$20 AARP non-member

Pre-register: Call (206)932-4044 x 1

Art and Language

Art and Language

Art, History and Literature

Photo Safaris with Gail Ann
Wednesday,    September 9 and 23    9 am - 11 am
Wednesday,    October    14 and 28    9 am - 11 am
Cost: $20/ class member, $40/class non-member
Each Safari will have a built in photo assignment where you can apply camera basics designed to improve your photos. Doesn’t matter what kind of camera you use or your skill level! You will be developing your skills and creative eye! Aperture and shutter control. Learn to see! Practice Rule of Thirds. Need at least 3 participants. Contact Gail Ann at 206-371-0585 or to register.

Watercolor classes - Leo Dunbar
Date: Mondays  12:30 - 2:00 pm
Cost Per Series: $25 month member /$50 month non-member

No drawing skills? No problem.The paintings are pre-drawn; but if you want to draw your own, paper will be provided. For a supply list and to pay contact Leo at 206-364-5252 or

Acrylics Painting - Shar Cook
Wednesdays 12:30 - 2:30 pm 
$20 month / $40 non-member
Drop In Class: $10 /$20 non-member
Materials are $15 payable to instructor.

Students will create their own original painting; subject matter decided by participants. Register at front desk - 206-932-4044.

West Seattle Writing Group
Thursday, September 10 and 24   9:30-10:30 am
Thursday, October       8 and  22   9:30-10:30 am
$1 members / $2 non-members

Write for your family or for yourself. Share stories in a comfortable environment
with fellow writers offering comments and encouragement. Facilitated by Natalie Bumgardner.

Inquiring Minds Book Reading/Discussion Group
Tuesdays 1:00 to 2:00 pm
$1 members / $2 non-members

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Quest for Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

The improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler.

You don’t need the book to participate! And you can join us any time. Contact Fred Matthews at or 206.935.3038 for more information.


New - Custom Thank you Cards!
Thursday,     September 17    9 am-11 am
Wednesday, September 23    6 pm - 8 pm
$18 Member /$22 Non-Member
Register and pay at the front desk.
The gifting giving season comes to an end and those thank you cards will need to be sent. Students will create five wonderful thank you cards. All materials provided. Diane Radischat, Instructor

New - Christmas in Black & White!
Thursday,     October 15      9 am-11 am
Wednesday, October 21      6 pm - 8 pm
$18 Member /$22 Non-Member
Register and pay at the front desk.
When you think of elegant you think of black and white, of course. Students will make four exquisite cards using holiday stamps and papers and inks that are only black and white. Embellishments may add a "hint" of color. Don't miss making these fabulous cards for the holidays. All materials provided.
Diane Radischat, Instructor

Conversational Spanish 
Starts September 18
Fridays  1 pm 
$1 members / $2 non-members
Suzanne Duffy-Kane, retired World Language teacher, facilitates an informal gathering of folks who speak Spanish and adventurous newbies who want to practice, improve,and play with the Spanish language. Drop-ins welcome.

Drikung Seattle
Invites you to learn about
Tibetan Buddhism
Saturdays 9:15 am - 10 am
Group practice 10 am - noon
Nucor Room  Free.

We host visiting teachers several times a year for special teaching events.
Please see our website for more information:

Games and Recreation

Games and Recreation

Dates: Fridays
time: 11 am - 2:30 pm with a break for lunch
Cost: $6 buy in


Dates: Tuesdays

Time: 10:00 am - Noon

Cost: $1/members, $2/non-members

Hardanger is Norwegian embroidery that dates further back than the 1700s. Come check out this traditional craft. Newcomers always welcome!

West Seattle Quilters

Dates: First and third Tuesdays

Time: 7:00 pm at the Center

Regular meetings include special projects such as Block of the Month, Mystery Quilts, or Group Charity Projects. There is always Show & Tell and members share advice on members' projects.

Don't miss their annual Quilt Show September 29!

Alki Duplicate Bridge Club

Dates: Mondays and Wednesdays

Time: 10:30 am - 2:30 pm
with a short break for lunch between 12:00 and 12:30.
Call Nick Tipton 206-484-3303 for space availability.

Friday Evening Alki Duplicate Bridge Club

Friday, September 4    7 :00 pm

Friday, October 16       7 :00 pm

Call Nick Tipton 206-484-3303 for space availability.
Join the Alki Bridge Club for a monthly team game. Players must show up as foursomes, not pairs!

Bridge for Fun

Dates: Wednesdays

Time: 9:00 am - Noon

Cost: $1/members, $2/non-members


Dates: Tuesdays

Time: 12:30 pm

Cost: $1/members, $2/non-members

MahJong: American Version

Dates: Wednesdays

Time: 1:00 pm

Cost: $1/members, $2/non-members

Stretch your brain - learn MahJong, an ancient Chinese ‘tiles’ game, not unlike Rummy.

Monday Pinochle

(No partner needed!)

Dates: Mondays

Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Cost: $2/members, $4/non-members

Thursday Pinochle

(No partner needed!)

Dates: Thursdays

Time: 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Cost: $2/members, $4/non-members


Dates: Mondays

Time: 1:00-3:00 pm

Cost: Donation of $2 (divided with

the Center) and a grocery gift certificate

for the winner.

Friendly rules, no money bets.

Want to Learn Some New Games?

**Interested in Canasta, Hand & Foot, UNO, Rook, Spades?  Contact Robert Henson at 206-604-7600 or

**Interested in playing five handed Pinochle?  Call Frankie at 206-935-3118.

**Interested in Scrabble?  Contact Jim at

Music and Dancing

Music & Dancing

Ukulele, Sing-Along

Dates: Mondays

Time: 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Cost: $1/members $2/non members
Open to all musicians and singers.


Wednesday, September 23     5-6:30 pm
Wednesday, October 28          5-6:30 pm

Do you love to sing? Are you a caregiver of someone who loves to sing or enjoys music? Join us for an informal sing along at the Senior Center of West Seattle. We have various musical accompanists and lyric sheets will be provided. 

NW Accordion Society Social
Monday, September 14   7:30 - 9:30 pm
Suggested donation $5-$10

Lenny Luzzi, Einar Tapio, Ray Harris and Braven B from Cle Ellum.

Monday, October 12        7:30-9:30 pm
Suggested donation $5-$10

Celebrate Oktoberfest with these fine bands: Birgit & Phil Ages, Bonnie Birch, and Ted Lunka Polka Band.

Accordions have been an essential player in genres ranging from avant garde jazz to zydeco! Come listen, dance if the mood strikes, or bring your accordion and jam with us!

Questions? Call John Giuliani at 425-2121 or Birgit Ames at 206-368-9720.

Dance Time with Lauren Petrie

Wednesday, September 2   6-8 pm

Suggested donation $5 to $7
Live music, tons of friendly people, and some darn good dancers. Two hours of pure fun!

Wednesday, October 7        6-8 pm

Suggested donation $5 to $7
Come join us one and all for a fabulous time. All ghouls and goblins can come have fun. Halloween costumes encouraged, not bot required.

Computer Classes

Computer Classes

Open Computer Lab
Mondays 9 am to 11 am. Free.
We encourage people to
come in with any computer problems
that they may have.

Basic Computer Class with Vince Ferriols
Tuesdays,    October 20, 27    9:30 - 11:30 am
Thursdays,  October 22, 29    9:30 - 11:30 am
Series of 4 classes: $5 members / $10 non-members

Learn the basics of Windows operating system, how to set up an email account and how to search for information on the Internet.

Technology Classes with Rolland
Tuesdays, 10 am - noon

Cost Per Class: $15/members, $20 non-members
Students should bring their own iPhone/iPad or computer to class. Classes are hands on with your device.

Sept 1     OneNote; Lesson #1:  Layout, Basic settings.

Sept 8     OneNote; Lesson #2: Notebooks, Sections & Pages

Sept 15   Google Apps for Traveling: Google translate, Google currency, Maps to  
               travel by

Sept 22   Intro to Windows 10: Cortana, Start Menu, Communication center,

Sept 29   Intro to Pinterest: What is it, How can I use it, Help you with planning

Oct 6       Blogging, what is it…why you should know!

Oct 13     Apps, Apps, Apps… What is new and fun!: What is new, What is good
               and helpful for anyone over 45

Oct 20    Facebook Lesson #1: Intro & history of Facebook, Timeline defined
               and explained

Oct 27    Facebook Lesson #2: Pages …. Why should you care?



Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance

Elder Law & Estate Planning with John Llewellyn
Thursdays, September 3 & 17
Thursdays, October 1 & 15
Appointments start at 10:00 am
FREE 20 Minute Consultations.
Call front desk to make appointment: 206-932-4044 ext. 1

Legal Consultations with Nancy Sorensen
Tuesday, September 15 2:00pm-4:00pm
Tuesday, October 13 2:00pm-4:00pm
Appointments starting at 2:00 pm. FREE 20 Minute Consultations.
Call front desk to make appointment: 206-932-4044 ext. 1

Community / Neighborhood Legal Clinic
Tuesdays, September 1, 8, 22
Tuesdays, October 6, 13, 27
Appointments start at 7:00 pm

Please call to set up your appointment. 206-267-7070 Sponsored by King County Bar Association.


Contact Info

Senior Center of
West Seattle

A community partner site 
of Sound Generations

Contact Us

4217 SW Oregon St.
Seattle, WA 98116
Phone: (206) 932-4044
Fax: (206) 932-4077

Hours of Operation:

8:30 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Monday — Friday

Stop n' Shop Hours:

10:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
7 days a week

Cafe Hours:

8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. 



Senior Services

The Senior Center of West Seattle is part of Senior Services
2208 Second Avenue, Suite 100, Seattle, WA, 98121-2055
Phone: (206) 448-5757 | Fax: (206) 448-5766 |  |

Lyle Evans, Interim Director: