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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:

Weekly 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.

Transitions (Weekly)
Date: Wednesdays
Time: 11:00am - 12:00noon.
Cost: Suggested donation $1

Drop in, newcomers always welcome.
Whether transitions are chosen or thrust upon us, they often bring both opportunities and turmoil. A weekly group is held at the Senior Center to share what and how best to manage the changes we face. Friendly and supportive. We have speakers on various topics and focus often on community resources.

Low Vision Support Group (Monthly)
Dates: Wednesday August 12
Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Open to all people dealing with vision problems no matter how early or advanced. During our group, we share tips on getting by 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
Date: Wednesday, August 26 
Time: 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 LICSW. 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

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.

$6 Haircuts at the Center
Provided by Washington Beauty School
Date: Thursdays from 11:00-1 pm
Cost: $6 pay at the front desk
Reservations required 932-4044 x 1 or at the front desk.

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 or $3 per class.

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

Yoga for the 50 + with Anita Thompson
Date: Thursdays
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Cost: $7/members, $10/non-members

More challenging than Gentle Yoga, but suitable for beginners and those with yoga experience. Stretch, strengthen and de-stress all in one session. Bring your own mat, if possible. Drop-ins OK. If this class is not for you, the initial fee is refunded.
Register at 206-932-4044 x 1.

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 of $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
Date:  Thursday August 13
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.

Zumba Gold
Tuesdays 5:15pm - 6:00pm $5 / $7 non-members
Thursdays 5:15pm - 6:00pm $5 / $7 non-members

This easy-to-follow program lets you move to the beat at your own speed in an invigorating, community-oriented dance and movement class that feels fresh and exhilarating! Classes provide modified, low-impact moves for active older adults and people who prefer the lower impact style of dancing. The teacher adjusts based on class attendees. Come join the fun! Drop in and try it out!

Dental Hygiene with Jan Loder RDH
Date: By appointment only. Call Jan Loder at 206-498-4023
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.

Free Blood Pressure Readings
Date: 1st Wednesday of month
Time: 12:00 to 12:30 pm

Cost: Free, NO appointment needed
Compliments Leon Sullivan Health Center

AARP Driver Safety program
Fridays, January 23 & 30, February 20 & 27
8:45 am- 1:00 pm, Nelson Room

Pre-register: Call (206) 932-4044 x 1
$15 AARP member/$20 AARP non-member
This popular AARP program has recently been updated and covers current changes in roads, automobiles, state laws and driving situations. It is especially aimed for
drivers 50 and over. Topics include how driving can be affected by changes in medicine, vision, hearing, reaction time and how to compensate for aging and age
related situations. We feel that after com-pleting this program you will improve at least one of your driving skills, if not several. This is an 8 hour course completed over two, four hour sessions. No driving is included and no formal tests are given. At the end of the course you will receive a certificate good towards a discount on your auto insurance.

Art and Language

Art and Language

Art & Languages

New! Photo Safaris with Gail Ann
Date: Wednesday, Aug 19 - Schmitz Park 9am-11am; Thursday, Aug 6 - Lemay Car Museum 10am (plus museum fees)
Cost: $20/ class member, $40/class non-member
Learn the ins and outs of taking great photos. There are thousands of ways to photograph a flower, street scene, your grandkids, etc. Each “Safari” will focus on three basic ways to improve your photographs.
1. Learn about aperture and shutter control
2. Learn to see! Get close! Find the light!
3. Practice Rule of Thirds.

Each Safari will have a built in photo assignment where you can apply camera basics. Doesn’t matter what kind of camera you use or your skill level! You will be developing your skills and creative eye! Afterwards we’ll put together a slide show of your favorite images to share with one another. Need at least 3 participants - Must pre-register at front desk. Questions? Contact Gail Ann at 206-371-0585 or

Watercolor classes - Leo Dunbar
Date: Mondays from 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Cost Per Series: $25/month 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 (New day and time!)
$20 month / $40 non-member
Drop In Class: $10 /$20 non-mem
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
Thursdays: August 13, 27 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 Betty McLain

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.

Conversational Spanish/Movies
Thursday July 16
$1 members / $2 non-members
The Chef is an American comedy written and directed by Jon Favreau who is also the lead actor. It will be shown with Spanish audio and English subtitles.

Thursday August 20
$1 members / $2 non-members
I’m So Excited is a Spanish Comedy directed by Pedro Almodovar, one of Spain’s leading, present day directors. It’s in Spanish with English subtitles

Suzanne Duffy-Kane, retired World Language teacher, facilitates an informal gathering of folks who speak Spanish and adventurous newbies. In July and August
we will watch a Spanish film with subtitles. Drop-in’s welcome.

South Seattle Community College Classes HERE at the Senior Center!
United States and World History 1815-1877 Expansion & Conflicts
Fridays, January 9 - March 13 10 am - 12:15pm
Facilitator: Jim Lockerbie
Cost: $64.00

As the United States grew in size, it became involved in conflicts with Native Americans, Canadians, and Mexicans before a civil war caused in part by a dispute over slavery in the territories that nearly severed the nation. This course will focus on the causes and results of these conflicts and will use motion pictures to help us better understand them. (Note: If necessary, Make up day is March 13.) Register with South Seattle Community College 206-934-5339

Games and Recreation

Games and Recreation

Dates: Fridays
time: 11 am - 2:30 pm
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.

Mini-Retreats are held quarterly at the Senior Center with members bringing machines, projects, irons, etc. Retreats are $20 per full day and $10 half day

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.

Bridge for Fun

Dates: Wednesdays

Time: 9:00 am - Noon

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

NEW! Bridge 101
Tuesdays 2:30 to 4:00pm
$1 members / $2 non-members
4 Sessions - Please choose January or February.

Learn how to play bridge or brush up on your bridge skills.
Sign up at front desk or call 206-932-4044 x 1. Limited space.


Dates: Tuesdays

Time: 12:30 pm

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

MahJong: (beginning)

Dates: Wednesdays

Time: 1:00 pm

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

Stretch your brain - learn MahJong: 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.

Band Jam and Dance

Dates: Mondays

Time: 2:30 - 4:30 pm

All instruments invited. Group plays familiar standards. Bring music if you want the musicians to play a special song. Listeners and dancers are welcome to hear the group or “trip the light fantastic” on the dance floor.


Wednesday, August 12 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 will have a musical accompanist with us. Lyric sheets will be provided. Our goal is to create a choir that is ongoing and blossom into a fantastic group!
Questions or RSVP: Holly McNeill, 206-932-4044 x 2

NW Accordion Society Social

Community is invited to attend. Listen or bring your accordian and jam! 
For more info contact John Giuliani 425-255-2121 or Birgit Ages 206-368-9720

Line Dancing Lessons with

Yvonne Martin

Dates: Thursdays 

Time: 10:45 - 11:45 am

Cost: $3/members, $4/non-member

Everyone is welcome, from novice to advanced. You do not need a partner. It's great exercise and fun!

Computer Classes

Computer Classes

Open Computer Lab
Our Computer Lab is open every
Monday from 9 am to 11 am. There is
no charge and we encourage people to
come in with any computer problems
that they may have.

Basic Computer Class with Vince Ferriols
Dates and time: NO CLASSES IN AUGUST
Series of 4 classes: $5 members / $10 non-members

The basics of the Windows operating system, setting up an email account and finding information on the web are all covered. 

Technology Classes with Rolland
Cost Per Class: $10/members, $15 non-members
Labs after class in Cafe: Additional $10

Camera Basics & Shooting
Tuesday, May 5; 10:30 - 12:00pm
• Learning what the settings are on your camera
• Learning what is important when shooting a photo
• Discussing this series project each student wants to make

Photo Management
Tuesday, May 12; 10:30 - 12:00pm
• How to move photos from your camera
• Cloud storage of photos
• Working together with the cloud 

Photo Editing Basics I
Tuesday, May 19; 10:30 - 12:00pm
• Using apps on device to edit photos
• Using Picasa on your computer
• Making basic edits of photos

Shopping Apps
Tuesday, May 26; 10:30 - 12:00pm
• Showing you the latest and greatest shopping apps

Photo Editing Basics II
Tuesday, June 2; 10:30 - 12:00pm
• Continued editing basics from previous class
• Hands on with apps and Picasa

Photo Output I
Tuesday, June 9; 10:30 - 12:00pm
• Taking your edited photos and printing them
• Sending your photos to a service provider to have printed

Photo Output II
Tuesday, June 16; 10:30 - 12:00pm
• Continued output
• DEMO of taking photos from editing through to making a book and output of book

Photo Project Lab
Tuesday, June 23; 10:30 - 12:00pm
• Bring your device or laptop and have hands on help with completing your photo project

Music Apps
Tuesday, June 30; 10:30 - 12:00pm
• What is out there for your musical entertainment?

Legal Assistance

Legal Assistance

Elder Law & Estate Planning with John Llewellyn
Thursdays, August 6, 20

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, August 18 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

Insurance / Medicare Help with Gary Shinkoskey, SHIBA Representative
Friday, August 7 starting at 10:00am

Medicare Insurance Advisor/Senior Rights FREE 20 Minute Consultations.
Call front desk for referral: 206-932-4044 ext. 1

Community / Neighborhood Legal Clinic
Tuesdays, August 4, 11, 25
Appointments start at 7:00 pm

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


Contact Info

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


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: