Community Calendar

Deadline for receiving items for Calendar is Noon Friday for the following week’s Tribune. Events are published based on timeliness and space availability. Email calendar submissions to: Items can be accepted from nonprofit groups and government agencies only.

Christmas Tree Sale
St. John’s Catholic Church School Playground Greenwood Ave. N & N 80th St. Sat., Dec. 13, 9-5 p.m. Proceeds benefit Noel House Shelter Programs for Homeless Women. Sustainable Ballard Knitters for the Homeless Ballard Coffee Works 2060 NW Market St. Fri., Dec. 14, 7-9 p.m. Come join us the 2nd Friday each month. Knitting instruction and yarn provided. Donated yarn welcome. Info: Jody at 206.718.1529 or

ESML Programs Holiday Benefit Concert: Choirs & Cookies! Greenwood Senior Center 525 N 85th St.
Sat., Dec. 20, 2-4 p.m. $10 suggested donation. The OK Chorale & GSC’s own All Present (a song circle for people living with Early Stage Memory Loss-ESML) will be singing a collection of holiday and winter favorites, and hosting a cookie exchange. Bring a dozen cookies to share and partake in the baked goods of others. All proceeds benefit our ESML programs.

Fight Ballard Hunger with Holiday Food Driving Box Secure two holiday meals for hungry kids in November and December by picking up a free Food Driving Box at any of Seattle’s 27 Food Banks. Ask your neighbors and friends to pick up boxes and fill them in November and December to fill hungry tummies this holiday season. With your help we can stock food bank pantries with non-perishable foods that will enable food banks to spend resources on fresh protein and produce, desperately needed this season. Sponsored by Solid Ground’s Twice is Nice Holiday Campaign.

Alzheimer’s Cafe Monthly Meeting Stage Door Cafe Located at the Taproot Theatre 208 N 85th St. 2nd Tuesday of month, 3:30-5 p.m. The Alzheimer’s Cafe provides an opportunity to get out and socialize in a safe environment. No judgement or expectations - just support. There is no cost other than the food that is ordered. Parking available in the lot behind the Taproot. This is a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Greenwood Senior Center. For info: Carin Mack at 206-230-0166.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group Swedish Medical Center, Ballard Campus 3 North Conference Room 5300 Tallman Ave. N.W. 3rd Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m.--Noon. A free support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss. For details: facilitator, Janelle Jensen at 724-513-0234.

Wednesday Improv Comedy Jam Fremont Abbey Arts Center 4272 Fremont Ave. N. Every Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. Cost: $5-$10 (sliding scale to keep it affordable for all). Comedy-Sportz hosts a drop-in improv class. A fun and friendly environment where everyone can learn the art of creating hilarious improvised scenes and characters. Beginners to seasoned comedy veterans welcome. More info: or email

Volunteer Receptionist Needed Greenwood Senior Center 525 N 85th St. Show off your smile and people skills as one of our fabulous receptionists! You’ll get to interact with seniors of all ages and backgrounds, sign them up for classes and events and perform some light office work. Shifts are 4 hours long once a week (either mornings or afternoons), and a 6 month commitment is required. A background check is required. Contact LeAnne Chow,, or 206.297.0875, to learn more or sign up.

Volunteer Lunch Helper Needed Greenwood Senior Center 525 N 85th St. We are looking for volunteers interested in working with our cook to prepare, serve and clean up after lunch for about 20 diners. Shifts available Tuesday through Friday from 10a to 1p, with our greatest need on Thursday. Contact LeAnne Chow, leannec or 206.297.0875 to learn more or sign up.

Exercise Class at Leif Erikson Lodge 2245 N.W. 57th St. 206-783-1274 Every Wednesday, 10-10:45 a.m., in auditorium. Professional exercise consultant and trainer Audrey Pan Collins leads a 45-minute light workout that includes aerobics, strength training, coordination, balance and brainpower. $3 fee per class attended, walk-ins welcome and open to the public.

Widow/Widower Information Consultation Service Landmark Retirement - social hall 5433 Leary Ave. N.W. Every Tuesday evening, 7 p.m. Lost a spouse? WICS provides a supportive environment and practical assistance to widowed persons during their adjustment to the loss of a spouse by death and into their lives as single persons. Information at or 206-241-5650.

Free Nia Fitness Class Amazing Grace Spiritual Center 2007 N.W. 61st St. Every Friday, 10-11 a.m. Suitable for all ages and all fitness levels, the first class is free. Nia is a barefoot fitness fusion blending martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts, along with world music sounds into an hour fitness fusion that is geared for “everybody.” Practiced globally, Nia is designed to work with everybody and every fitness level. Contact Deborah at

Volunteer at Swedish Ballard 5300 Tallman Ave. N.W. Come join our great team and support patients, visitors and staff at the Ballard campus. Volunteer opportunities at our Patient Info/Escort desks, Gift Shop & various departments within the hospital. For info or application contact Carole at 206 781-6227 or

Volunteers Needed at Golden Gardens Park 8300 Golden Gardens Drive N.W. 2nd Saturday of every month, 9 a.m.-Noon. Come help restore the forest. Contact: or Doug at 206-794-4520.

Ballard Senior Center 5429 32nd Ave. N.W. 206-297-0403 Health Clinics 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month, 10-1 p.m. Free drop in clinic. Blood pressure, diabetes checks, and consultations are now provided by Ballard Care & Rehabilitation Center’s RN and specialists.

Movement Disorder Support Group Every 4th Thursday, 12:30 p.m. Have Parkinson’s? Multiple Sclerosis? Other movement disorders? Join us to share what has helped you to manage your condition, resources which have been useful, and to learn from each other. This is the ONLY group of its kind in the area.

Acrylics Class Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m. Taught by artist Joanne Hansen. Learn acrylic painting techniques and create your own art work. Please bring any supplies you have. Some supplies provided. $10/Class

Collage Class Thursdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Collage is the art of taking different pieces of art and combining them into a new form, it allows for endless possibilities. Joanne Hansen, an experienced collage artist is your instructor. Supplies provided. $6/Class

Drawing Class Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Instructor Howard Hansen demonstrates drawing techniques and skills that will have you creating landscapes and seascapes in no time! A one-time supply fee of $12. $10/Class

Knitting & Crocheting Friday’s 1-3 p.m. Learn knitting and crocheting skills to create your own handmade wares from Praveena Patel, a professional knitter and crotchetier and experienced instructor. $10Mem/$12Non

Watercolor Class Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Taught by well-known Ballard artist and instructor Susan Schneider. Beginners and drop-ins welcome. Learn basic techniques to advanced skills. Please bring materials. Some materials provided. $10/Class

Quilter’s Group Mondays & Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Practice basic to advanced skills. Sewing machine and some materials provided. FREE Scratch Lunch Meals Monday-Friday, noon-1 p.m. Enjoy Thai Coconut Chicken one day, and Champagne Poached salmon the next. All lunches & dinners at the Dining Room & Cafe are made from scratch, prepared by hand, and cooked to perfection. Over 60 years/$3 donation, and under 60/$6 fixed price. Fall

Prevention Exercises Mondays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. Learn and practice exercises that are specifically designed to strengthen those muscles that are key to giving us good balance and decreasing our risk of falling.

Personal Computer Lessons Tuesdays, 10-11 a.m. Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. Thursdays, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Get one on one help to answer questions and learn computer skills, cell phone knowhow, and IPad knowledge from experienced teachers. Call for an appointment. $5

Foot Care & Nail Salon Thursdays, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nurse Carolyn is here to help you take care of your feet. Call for an appointment. $20/members or $25/non-members. Also on the third Thursday of the month we have a free Nail Salon from 10-1:00 p.m.

Greenwood Senior Center 525 N. 85th Street 206-297-0875 Ongoing Classes: Bridge (Contact) Players Wanted Mon., 11-3 p.m; Wed. & Fri., 12:30-3:30 p.m. All Levels welcome, and instruction is provided for beginners. Suggested donation of $1. Questions? Call Dave 206.941.3743. One-on-One Computer Mentoring for Seniors Various weekly hours, by appointment only at 206-297-0875, ongoing. $3 suggested donation.

Seniors, are you having problems on your personal computer and not sure how to find the answers? Sign up for an hour-long session and receive personalized help. Volunteer computer mentors will work with you to improve your skills. bring your own laptop, or use one of our Windows lab computers.

Computer Open Lab: Group Mentoring by Linda Boyd Wednesdays, 10 a.m.--Noon. Free. Join this group to get some extra help with your various computer needs in our computer lab. Get assistance with MS Word or Excel projects, navigating the internet or getting control of your email files.

Cell Phone Mentoring By appointment only, call 206-297-0875. $5 suggested donation. Do you want help figuring out how to use your cell phone? Get your specific questions answered. Schedule a half-hour appointment for one-on-one help. Bring your own cell phone and preferably your user manual.

Spanish Class for Learners of all Levels Wednesdays, 10 a.m. - Noon, ongoing. Spanish language learners of all ability levels are welcome. Our facilitator, Octavio Fernandez, creates an environment in which learners of all language ability levels can feel successful. Participants are invited to join this special group where learning happens through both actively engaging and simply being immersed in the language. Donations gladly accepted.

Line Dancing for all Levels Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m. ongoing. Weekly drop-in. $6/PNA Member, $8/public. In this easy, upbeat class, you’ll explore some Zumba, western and rock & roll inspired line dancing moves. It’s great for everyone who loves music. Benefits include increased flexibility, brain enhancement, better balance and stronger muscles. All levels are welcome.

Talk Time Monday, 10:30-noon, Ongoing. Free. Join this conversation group for English language learner. This group aims to provide a safe and relaxed environment where participants can practice English and connect with the community. All are welcome to this drop-in group, so come when you can. Line

Dance Class - Beginners Tuesdays, Ongoing, 12:30-1 p.m. Learn beginning line dance moves. $3/PNA members, $4/Public. The all-levels dance class follows. Line Dance Class - All Levels Tuesdays from 1-2 p.m. Ongoing. Learn line dances to swing, rock and roll, waltz, zydeco, and western. Different dances each month. $6 PNA member/$8 public.

Drawing and Painting Wednesdays, Ongoing, 10-noon. Beginning and intermediate participants who want to learn the basics of drawing and painting. Bring basic art materials to class and the instructor will help create a future supply list. $10 PNA member/$12 public. Watercolor Painting Wednesdays, Ongoing, 1-4 p.m. Some experience is necessary. Bring your own supplies. Fee due for each class. $15 PNA member/$18 public.

It’s About Time Writers Reading Series Ballard Branch, Seattle Public Library 5614 22nd Ave. N.W. 206-684-4089 2nd Thursday of month, 6-7:45 p.m. Beginning & experienced writers and poets read their work. Starts with open mic. Free.

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group Ballard Senior Center 5429 32nd Ave. N.W. 2nd & 4th Monday, 12:30-2 p.m. Support groups for caregivers provide a consistent and caring place for group members to discuss the challenges and problems of caregiving and educate themselves about Alzheimer’s disease. Contact: Scott Theisen 206-297-0403. Meditation on the Inner Light N.W. Activity Center 5429 32nd Ave. N.W. 206-362-7138 2nd Sunday of month, 12:30 p.m.

History of meditation. Learn a new and different meditation technique. Class is followed by a delicious vegetarian meal and refreshments. All is free of charge. North End Flower Club Meeting United Evangelical Free Church 1420 N.W. 80th St. First Friday of month, 10-2 p.m. Catered lunch $12. Programs include horticulture and flower design speakers. Community projects are included throughout the year. For information email

Volunteer Spanish Teacher Needed Greenwood Senior Center 525 N. 85th St. Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Seeking fluent or native Spanish speaker to teach our beginning/intermediate Spanish class. Contact LeAnne Chow, or 206-297-0875.

Volunteer Drivers Needed Seattle Parks & Recreation Lifelong Recreation department needs volunteer drivers for day trips for participants aged 50+. Training is provided for the 10-12 passenger vans. Call Mary at 206-935-2162.

Host a Foreign Exchange Student Explore new cultures without leaving your home. International Student Exchange is a nonprofit organization that needs you to be a host family in August. Call Jamin at 360-661-0552. or

Toastmasters - Ballard Speakeasy Club Ballard Baptist Church-lower level 2004 N.W. 63rd St. Meets every Tuesday from 7-8:15 a.m. Learn public speaking and leadership skills. Info: Dave 206-941-3743. Don’t Wait - Donate=Tax Deduction Northwest Center ‘Big Blue Truck’ at the old Sunset Bowl 1420 N.W. Market St. Open Saturdays & Sundays, 10-4 p.m.

Clean out your closets and drop off your reusable clothing and household items at the donation station. or (800) 992-2060. Nordic stories Nordic Heritage Museum 3014 N.W. 67th St. 206-789-5707 First Tuesdays, 10–11 a.m. Join us for Nordic Stories, geared toward stay-at-home parents and their preschool aged children.

Emotions Anonymous St. Paul’s Church 6512 12th Ave. N.W., Room 1 Saturdays, 6 p.m. Join us in this 12-step group, to give and get support. For information 467.9027 or visit

The Dream of America Nordic Heritage Museum 3014 N.W. 67th St. 206-789-5707 “The Dream of America” exhibit is an interactive path that traces the journey of a Nordic immigrant from Scandinavia to Ellis Island, and into the American frontier. Admission: $6 adults, $5 seniors and college students, $4 students K-12, children under 5 free.

Pickleball Loyal Heights Community Center 2101 N.W. 77th St. 206-684-4052 Wednesdays 12:30–2:30 p.m. Bring your friends, family, toddlers and more for this fun and exciting time. Bring your paddle and be ready to compete. Open for all levels of experience. Cost: $2.

Toastmasters Ballard Baptist Church 2004 N.W. 63rd St. Come conquer your public speaking concerns. For information visit or 206.941.3743 or email

Men’s club Greenwood Senior Center 525 N. 85th St. 206-297-0875 Second and fourth Tuesdays, 9:30-11 a.m. $3/PNA member, $5/non-member. Socialize, discuss issues, hear speakers, take part in outside activities and gather information on a variety of interesting topics.

Volunteer opportunities Foss Home and Village 13023 Greenwood Ave. N. Volunteers needed Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. to escort residents to Foss Beauty Salon. Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. to staff the Foss Gift Shop, and Thursdays 1-3 p.m. to assist with resident birthday parities. To volunteer call Carolyn Fuson at 206.834.2586.

Volunteer opportunities Carkeek Park 950 N.W. Carkeek Park Rd. Fourth Monday of month. CAN (Carkeek Area Neighbors) is a committee of the park Advisory Council, and is open to the public. For info 206.782.7054.

Court appointed advocates Train to become a volunteer advocate for abused and neglected children in court. Must be 21 or older, have excellent references and attend 28 hours of training. For more information call 206.296.1120 or email

WICS support group Ballard Landmark Inn 5433 Leary Ave. N.W. Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Support group for widows and widowers through Widowed Information and Consultation Services (WICS). Open to all, regardless of the time since death. Suggested donation $5, no one will be refused for a lack of funds. For information call Doug at 206.441.9490.

Propose a neighborhood project Have ideas for neighborhood improvements? Propose a project today. The Neighborhood Projects Funds can be used for small-scale improvements such as sidewalk repair, traffic circles and traffic calming, sidewalks, school zone speed limit signs, playground improvements, etc.

Ballard Giving Gardens Change your grass to gardens. Using French intensive and master gardener methods I can help you recycle unwanted grassy areas into highly productive sustainable vegetable gardens. For more information call Jeff at 206.789.3168.

Now recruiting scouts Boy Scout Troop 125 is now recruiting boys ages 11–17. For more information go to or call 206.781.8978.

Seeking singers The Market Street Singers, a Ballard community choir, invites choral singers to join us for the winter into spring season. Call 206.297.3228 or visit

Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound has several program options that you can choose to fit your schedule and interests. For more information, text the word “BIG” to 839863 or go to

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