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 available. 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.

Emerald City Contra Dance
Phinney Neighborhood Center
Community Hall, lower brick building
6532 Phinney Ave. N.
Feb., Every Fri., Beginner’s workshop 7 p.m.; Dance 7:30–10 p.m. $9 General Admission; $8 Seniors, PNA members and SFS members; $5 Students. All dances taught. No partner necessary. Light, comfortable clothing recommended. Please, no cologne, perfume or other scented products. Info: 206.440.9839 /

Skandia Music Jam
Sat., Feb. 6, 9:30 a.m.–Noon. Hosted by Frank Brown and Elaine Murakami, rumor has it that our Swedish guest, Jonathan Borgsjö, will be joining us. The jam will be followed by a potluck lunch, then a workshop. Bring a friend and a treat to share. Let's play some hot tunes! You can plan to stay for the day! Need the address? Email

Do We Need Nuclear Power?
University House Wallingford,
Olympic Auditorium
4400 Stone Way N.
Mon., Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m.–Noon. You are invited to attend a debate on whether we need nuclear power, hosted by University House Wallingford and Era Living Retirement Community. The debate will be moderated by Lester Goldstein, PhD. The speaker in favor will be James Conca, PhD., Senior Scientist, Tri-Cities, WA. The speaker against will be Charles Johnson, PSR Director on Nuclear Power, Portland, OR. RSVP by Feb. 6 at 206.545.8400. Complimentary event.

Sustainable Ballard Knitters for the Homeless
Grumpy D's Cafe (new location)
7001 15th Ave. N.W.
New Day: Tues., Feb. 9, 7–9 p.m. Come join us the second Tues. each month. Knitting instruction and yarn provided. Donated yarn welcome. Info: Jody, 206.718.1529 or

Teens Interested in 2016 Summer Junior Naturalist Program
Discovery Park’s Nature Day Camp is now accepting applications for our Junior Naturalist Program. Are you a teen (13–16) looking for a fun volunteer opportunity this summer that would allow you to enjoy time in the great outdoors (and earn community service hours)? Volunteers are required to attend a one-day mandatory training (a Sat. in April) and be able to commit to volunteering at least two weeks during the summer. Visit: for more information and an application. Apply by Wed., March 9.

Neighbor Appreciation Day at Ballard Pool
1471 N.W. 67th St.
Sat., Feb. 13, 12:30–1:30 p.m. Community event. Activities include public swim, free slide. **A child must be 6 years old and 4 feet tall to be able to enter the water without an adult. $2/person. “Like” us on Facebook for updates on this and other events. Happy Swimming!

Seattle Folklore Society Presents Eli West in Solo Concert
Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall
6532 Phinney Ave. N. (Brick Bldg.)
Sat., Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m. Local singer, Eli West will feature some of the songs from his new solo recording, The Both, which will be released Feb. 25. Advance tickets $16, $14 for SFS and PNA members, youth $8 at Tickets at the door $18 and $16, youth $8. / 206.923.8923 /

Author/Illustrator Jessixa Bagley Shares New Book
Secret Garden Books
2214 N.W. Market St.
Tues., Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Seattle author, Jessixa Bagley will share her new picture book, “Before I Leave,” the tale of how do you say goodbye to your best friend? For ages 4–7. The author will be signing books. Free event. Author's site:

Skål! Scandinavian Spirits Exhibition
Nordic Heritage Museum
3014 N.W. 67th St.
206.789.5707 /
Thru Sun., Feb. 28. A new national traveling exhibition created by the Museum of Danish America in Elk Horn, Iowa, in collaboration with the Nordic Heritage Museum and four other Scandinavian-American institutions.

TOPS Weekly Meeting
Crown Hill Methodist Church
8500 14th Ave. N.W.
Entry is in the back parking lot
Every Thurs. morning. Weigh-in 9–9:55 a.m. and Meeting 10–11 a.m. TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) is an encouraging support group. More information: 206.659.0041.

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 Mon. 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.
Second Tues. 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.
Third Sat. 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 Wed. 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 Tues. through Fri., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with our greatest need on Thurs. 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 Wed., 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 Tues. 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 Fri., 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 and 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 Dr. N.W.
Second Sat. of every month, 9 a.m.–Noon. Come help restore the forest. Contact: or Doug at 206.794.4520.

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