December Calendar

2012 CityClub Health Care Series: Access to Care

Monday, December 3, 2012, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Westin Seattle, 5th Avenue Room
1900 5th Ave., Seattle

How does the Affordable Care Act change the issues of access for the U.S. and for Washingtonians? Come to a panel discussion with Teresita Batayola (International Community Health Services), Jane Beyer (Washington State DSHS/ADSA), Richard Onizuka (Washington State Health Benefit Exchange) and Mark Secord (Neighborcare Health) for answers to these and other questions. Luncheon $45 or coffee/dessert only $18 (discounts for City Club members and guests). For more information or to register, click here.

Readers Theatre Presents: It's A Wonderful Life

Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 6:30–8:00 p.m. (includes dinner)
Merrill Gardens at the University (5300 24th Ave. NE, Seattle)
or
Thursday, December 6, 2012, 7:00–8:30 p.m. (includes dessert & aperitifs)
Aljoya Thornton Place (450 NE 100th St., Seattle)

Enjoy a Readers Theatre (age 50+ troupe) performance of a holiday classic. Purchase your tickets in advance, as performances sell out. Tickets price: $15 and includes dinner and performance (at Merrill Gardens) or dessert, aperitifs and performance (at Aljoya Thornton Place). Please purchase tickets in advance—they sell out quickly! For information and reservations, call 206-386-9106.

Positive Images of Aging Film Series: Enchanted April

Friday, December 7, 2012, 1:00–3:30 p.m.
Greenwood Senior Center
525 N 85th St., Seattle

Come to the Greenwood Senior Center's Positive Images of Aging Film Series to see Enchanted April. Enjoy entertainment, discussion, camaraderie, and snacks. Free. For more information, call 206-297-0875 or visit the Greenwood Senior Center special events webpage.

Rainbow Bingo: Mistletoe Madness at the SE Seattle Senior Center

Friday, December 7, 2012, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 S Holly St., Seattle

Get ready to rock in your favorite ugly Christmas sweater! Entertainment by Sylvia O'Stayformore. Tickets include 12 bingo games and dinner. Drinks sold separately. $17 advance (available by credit card online or paid in cash at the front desk) or $20 at the door. For more information, call 206-722-0317 or visit www.sessc.org.

The 26th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Street Corner Caroling Competition

Friday, December 7, 2012, 5:00–8:30 p.m.
Downtown Seattle & Westlake Center

Immerse yourself in the holiday spirit as dozens of caroling teams sing their hearts out on downtown Seattle street corners in and around Westlake Center. Presented by and benefiting the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank. See related article in this issue.

A Gift That Keeps on Giving: Asking for Help with Style
Saturday, December 8, 2012, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Childhaven Center
316 Broadway, Seattle

Personal Safety Nets and Northwest Center for Creative Aging have collaborated to help you identify the importance of giving and receiving help. Why is it that you'd rather give than receive? What gets in the way? How to give the gift of gracious asking and acceptance. You'll think about what you want to get and are willing to receive, and what you like to give. You'll practice asking, and play with alternatives. You'll leave with more ease and comfort in these important areas of life. $10 per person. Seating is limited. Register in advance to receive free parking. Register online or call either 206-659-0665 or 206-382-3789.

When to Worry: Understanding Changes in Aging Parents

Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 7:00–9:00 p.m.              
Jewish Family Service
1601 16th Ave., Seattle

What are normal changes during aging, as opposed to changes that might be part of an illness such as a stroke or dementia? How can you detect depression or substance abuse? What services are available and how much do they cost? In December, JFS kicks off a four-part series on Caring for Our Aging Parents. This workshop will provide critical knowledge for planning ahead and working with your parents to make informed decisions. Space is limited. $15/person at the door, $10 in advance. RSVP to Leonid Orlov at 206-861-8784 or familylife@jfsseattle.org.

ADS Advisory Council Meeting

Friday, December 14, 2012, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
700 5th Ave., Seattle

The ADS Advisory Council meets on the second Friday of each month. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas are available within a week of the meeting. For more information, contact Gigi Meinig at gigi.meinig@seattle.gov or 206-684-0652.

SeaTac Senior Program Holiday Luncheon

Friday, December 14, 2012, 10:30 a.m.
SeaTac Community Center
13735 24th Ave. S, SeaTac

'Tis the season to have lots of fun with the Hanky Panky Band (song and dance), followed by a delicious ham dinner. Reservations required. Donation $3 for seniors (or more), due upon reservation. Limited to 180, although there is overflow seating in the lobby. Wear your favorite holiday sweater. For more information, call 206-973-4690 or visit www.ci.seatac.wa.us.

SeaTac Senior Program Christmas Eve Brunch

Monday, December 24, 2012, 10:00 a.m.
SeaTac Community Center
13735 24th Ave. S, SeaTac

SeaTac seniors are invited to brunch and a showing of the beloved movie, White Christmas.
Brunch menu will be available December 3. The price is $3. Reservations required. For more information, call 206-973-4690 or visit www.ci.seatac.wa.us.

SeaTac Senior Program End of Year Party

Friday, December 28, 2012, 10:30 a.m.
SeaTac Community Center
13735 24th Ave. S, SeaTac

Count down the end of 2012 and celebrate the arrival of 2013—a little early, but with just as much gusto, with the Hanky Panky Band. Reservations open December 14. Call 206-973-4690 or, for more information, visit www.ci.seatac.wa.us.

Welcome Wagon: City of Seattle Lifelong Recreation Programs

Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
Northgate Community Center
10510 5th Ave. NE, Seattle

Are you newly retired? New to the area? Never participated in Lifelong Recreation Programs? Here is your chance to meet staff and learn about all the events, programs and services that Seattle Parks and Recreation offers to adults ages 50 and over. Coffee, tea and treats will be served!

Keeping Your Home, Body, and Wallet Healthier

Thursday, January 10, 2013, 11:00 a.m.–12 noon
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St., Seattle

Come to this special senior coffee hour with Alain Rhone, the Senior Information and Assistance Advocate in the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. Hosted by the Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

An Interactive Workshop on Hoarding

Friday, January 11, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Renton Housing Authority
2900 NE 10th St., Renton

This training will educate professionals about hoarding and its impacts on families, friends, and communities. Participants will discuss a framework for understanding and working with clients who hoard, and the importance of collaborative work with professionals from multiple disciplines. For more information, contact Susan Dailey at 425-226-1850 x 284 or sgd@rentonhousing.org.

Senior Coffee Hour with Councilmember Tom Rasmussen

Thursday, January 17, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building, 1st floor Conference Room
810 3rd Ave., Seattle

Come to a conversation with Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen. Hosted by the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Staying Safe: A Conversation on Crime Prevention

Wednesday, January 22, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Four Freedoms House of Seattle Senior Community
747 N 135th St., Seattle

Come to this special senior coffee hour with Terrie Johnston, Crime Prevention Coordinator, Seattle Police Department. Hosted by the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Coffee Hour on Scams and Identity Theft

Thursday, February 7, 2012, 11:00 a.m. –12 noon
Garfield Community Center
2323 E Cherry St., Seattle

Come to a special senior coffee hour with Jean Mathisen, AARP Fraud Fighter Call Center Coordinator, on scams and identity theft. Hosted by the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.

Save the Date: Washington State Senior Citizens' Lobby 2013 Lobby Day

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 7:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
The United Churches of Olympia
110 11th Ave. SE, Olympia

For more information, visit www.waseniorlobby.org or contact Karen Bowen at 360-754-0207 or  info@waseniorlobby.org.

Senior Coffee Hour with Jesse Eller, Aging and Disability Services

Thursday, February 21, 2013, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Central Building, 1st floor Conference Room
810 3rd Avenue, Seattle

Come to a conversation with Jesse Eller, Director of Aging and Disability Services, the Area Agency on Aging for Seattle-King County. Hosted by the Seattle Mayor's Office for Senior Citizens. For more information, call 206-684-0500, e-mail seniors@seattle.gov, or visit www.seattle.gov/seniors.