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.

Seattle Folklore Society Begins Fall Concert Season: John Lilly
Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall
6532 Phinney Ave. N.
Sat., Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. Lilly is an award-winning old-time singer/songwriter from Charleston, West Virginia. $16, $14 for SFS & PNA members; $8/children - in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. $18 & $16 at the door. / / 206.528.8523

Author/Illustrator Ben Hatke Shares New Graphic Novel
Secret Garden Books
2214 NW Market St.
Sat., Sept. 26, 2 p.m. Little Robot is for ages 8-12. When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finallyhas a friend. Free event. Book available for purchase and signing.

Author Tom Angleberger Shares New Children’s Book
Secret Garden Books
2214 NW Market St.
Tues., Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m. This picture book, McToad Mows Tiny Island, is for ages 4-8. It is a playful narrative that treasures the journey over the destination, with lots of planes, trains and automobiles. Free event. Book available for purchase and signing.

New Nordic Cuisine at Inaugural Nordic Culinary Conference
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 NW 67th St.
Fri., Oct. 2, 6-8 p.m.: Opening Reception. Sat. & Sun., Oct. 3 & 4, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.: Demonstrations & Tastings. The New Nordic Cuisine movement found its beginnings with the renowned New Nordic Kitchen Manifesto, where a commitment was made by a coalition of pan-Nordic chefs to freshness, simplicity, health, and the presentation of foods that also reflect the surrounding landscape. Visit for all the details. Online registration now open. Due to high demand for the event, ticket quantities will be limited. RSVP online: by Sept. 30 or contact Jonathan Sajda: or 206.789.5707 ext. 35.

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.

TOPS Weekly Meeting
Crown Hill Methodist Church
Entry is in the back parking lot
Every Thursday morning, weigh in 9:00-09:55a.m., meeting 10:00-11:00a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is an encouraging support group with weigh in at each meeting. More information: 206-659-0041

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.

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