Community Calendar

Deadline for receiving Calendar items is Noon Wednesday for the following week’s Friday Tribune. Events are published based on timeliness and space availability. Email submissions as soon as possible to:

Items can be accepted from nonprofit groups and government agencies only. Others may call Tamara Chakos at 206.359.2248 for inclusion in our “Out & About” advertising column.

“Open the Door to Affordable Housing” Public Forum
Trinity United Methodist Church 6512 23rd Ave. NW
Wed., Sept. 2, 7 p.m. Are HALA Recommendations the Key? A panel discussion of the recommendations from the Mayor’s Housing Affordability & Livability Agenda Committee (HALA) and the Community Housing Caucus with Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, Seattle City Councilmember Nick Licata and Low Income Housing Institute Director, Sharon Lee followed by audience comments/questions.

Yoga Class in Ballard Commons Park
5701 22nd Ave. N.W.
(between 57th St. & 58th St.)
Every Saturday thru September, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Yoga with instructors from the Ballard Health Club. Bring a yoga mat! All levels of experience welcome.

Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver Support Group
Ballard NW Senior Center
5429 32nd Ave. N.W.
2nd & 4th Mondays of month, 12:30-2 p.m. A free support group for unpaid care partners, family members and friends of individuals with memory loss. Also an opportunity for participants to receive information on care management, available services, and current research and treatment options. Information: Rebecca Meaux at 206.297.0403 /

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

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.

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

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, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 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.
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.

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

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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.

Loyal Heights Community Center
2101 N.W. 77th St.
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.

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.
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.

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.

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

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