November Calendar


Got Winter Events?

If you know of a free winter holiday event for older adults, send information our way! We'll publish as many as possible in the December issue of AgeWise King County. Please e-mail who-what-where-when-and-why to AgeWise King County editor Irene Stewart at irene.stewart@seattle.gov by Monday, November 20.

 

General Election Day

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

In King County, ballots are mailed to voters 20 days prior to each election in which they are eligible to vote. Learn what is on your ballot by visiting the King County Elections website. New voters can register online, by mail, or in person (click here).

Downsizing Decision Making

Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 6:30–8:00 p.m.
Laurelhurst Community Center
4554 NE 41st Street, Seattle

Looking to simplify your surroundings? Get tips and strategies from the experts. Realtor Mary P. Anderson will talk about downsizing in today's real estate market, and moving expert Eric Rovner will discuss ways to deal with downsizing your possessions. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit NEST—North East Seattle Together—at www.nestseattle.org.

King County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Legislative Forum

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 5:30 p.m.
Great Hall, Town Hall Seattle
1119 Eighth Avenue, Seattle

This annual public forum addresses key legislative priorities for the upcoming year, as well as current innovations and outcomes in behavioral healthcare in the communities of King County. Speakers include King County Executive Dow Constantine and King County Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services director Jim Vollendroff. People in recovery from mental illness and substance abuse will share their compelling stories. State and federal legislators as well as county councilmembers will also share their perspectives and priorities. Free. No registration required. All are welcome. For information about how the program is structured, visit the Town Hall event page.

Make Change! Debt Education Workshop

Thursday, November 5, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Bellevue Library
1111 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue

Come to a free two-hour class to learn when to handle debt issues on your own and when to seek legal representation, how to deal with creditors, and how to understand collection lawsuits and bankruptcies. Brought to you by King County Library System in partnership with the King County Bar Association, CENTS, and the Eastside Legal Assistance Program. For more information, contact Paige Hardy (206-267-7025 or PaigeH@kcba.org). To register online, click here.

50th Annual Veterans Day Parade & Observance

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 11:00 a.m.
Downtown Auburn
Main Street, between E Street and B Street NW, Auburn

Celebrate Veterans Day in Auburn, which boasts one of the largest parades in the Northwest—200 units, including 20 marching bands, drill teams, flyover, honor guards, military marching units, veterans' units, floats, antique and Model T cars, military vehicles and jeeps, dogs, kids and much more. For more information, visit the City of Auburn's Community Calendar.

Advance Planning Seminar

Saturday, November 7, 2015, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Seattle First Baptist, Fellowship Hall
1111 Harvard Ave., Seattle

Learn how to communicate your end-of-life wishes to loved ones and to your physicians, and learn about end-of-life choices and the free services of End of Life Washington. You will be guided through the process of documenting your wishes about the kind of medical care you do or do not want at the end of life. You will have the opportunity to complete the End of Life Washington Advance Directive, which combines a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care into one document. There is no cost for the seminar, documents or notarization. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.endoflifewa.org/events. For reservations, call 206-256-1636 or e-mail info@endoflifewa.org.

Advance Planning Seminar

Sunday, November 8, 2015, 12:30–3:30 p.m.
Des Moines Saltwater Unitarian Church
25701 14th Place South, Des Moines

Learn how to communicate your end-of-life wishes to loved ones and to your physicians, and learn about end-of-life choices and the free services of End of Life Washington. You will be guided through the process of documenting your wishes about the kind of medical care you do or do not want at the end of life. You will have the opportunity to complete the End of Life Washington Advance Directive, which combines a Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care into one document. There is no cost for the seminar, documents or notarization. Registration begins at 12:00 p.m. For more information, visit www.endoflifewa.org/events. For reservations, call 206-256-1636 or e-mail info@endoflifewa.org.

Momentia Celebration at the Royal Room

Monday, November 9, 2015, 5:00–6:30 p.m.
Royal Room
5000 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle

If you, a family member, or friend lives with memory loss, come to this citywide event for all who support a dementia-friendly community. Enjoy happy hour, music, and dance moves led by SESSC fitness coordinator Mark Bryant at this popular music venue in Columbia City. Discover innovative dementia-friendly programs and opportunities in Seattle. No cost other than your happy hour order. Brought to you by the Southeast Seattle Dementia-Friendly Programming Group in partnership with Southeast Seattle Senior Center, Elderwise, and Full Life. For more information, visit Momentia Seattle online. RSVP Cayce at 206-615-0100 or cayce.cheairs@seattle.gov.

AARP Scam Jam/Fraud Prevention

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Rainier Community Center
4600 38th Avenue South, Seattle

Con artists are targeting you and the people you care about. Millions of dollars are lost each day to scams like foreign lottery fraud, bogus investment schemes, and online traps designed to steal your identity and your savings. Learn how to fight back and spot the crooks before they spot you at this free workshop on scam awareness and fraud prevention, hosted by Seattle Parks and Recreation's Lifelong Recreation Program and AARP. Advance registration required (Course #136573).

Veterans Day Lunch

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Auburn Senior Activity Center
808 Ninth Street SE, Auburn

Celebrate our veterans and enjoy live music from the JBLM Band as well as guest speakers from veterans organizations. A free Quilt of Valor will be given away as a door prize. For more information, call 253-931-3016 or visit www.auburnwa.gov/seniors.

Radio Theater Classics

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 2:30–4:30 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 140, Seattle

Re-live the heyday of radio theater! Enjoy short audio clips of shows like Johnny Dollar, Sherlock Holmes, and The Shadow while reading along from original scripts. Learn about what it takes to write a radio show and how you can participate in live recordings in the Seattle area. With Rex Erickson. Free. Advance registration appreciated. Register online or call 206-461-7825.

Mom is Losing Her Memory

Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Aegis Living
2200 East Madison Street, Seattle

Mom is Losing Her Memory: Is it normal memory loss or dementia? Find out how to tell the difference. Free. Call Seattle Parks and Recreation's Lifelong Recreation Program at 206-684-4240 to register.

Veterans Day Holiday

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Veterans Day, a national holiday that honors people who have served in armed service, was first proclaimed by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson for November 11, 1919. The U.S. holiday coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world.

Downsizing for a Move

Wednesday, November 11, 2015, 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 140, Seattle

Are you considering a move? Get your questions answered about independent, assisted, and skilled housing options available, the process of marketing and selling your home, and downsizing and relocation services that can assist seniors in transition. Attend this informational seminar and enter to win a Passport Dining Card! Children of senior parents are also encouraged to attend as they help their parents through this process. Presented by Windermere Real Estate, Concierge Care Advisors, and NextStep Transitions. Free. Advance registration appreciated. Register online or call 206-461-7825.

Art Appreciation Class

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 2:00–3:15 p.m.
Wallingford Community Senior Center
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N, Suite 140, Seattle

Based in part on "How to Look at and Understand Great Art" by Professor Sharon Latchaw Hirsh, this class will explore the difference between "looking at" and "seeing" fine art. What is the artist trying to tell us? Why did he or she choose those colors? What is the story behind this piece of art? The class also meets October 29, December 3, and December 17—attend one class or many! With Trina Proffitt, trained museum docent with experience teaching art appreciation and leading tours. Free. Advance registration appreciated. Register online or call 206-461-7825.

Elderwise Reception for Cara Lauer

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Horizon House Sky Lounge
900 University Street, Seattle

Toast the future at a reception introducing Elderwise's new executive director, Cara Lauer, and celebrate our progress toward becoming a dementia-friendly city. Guest speaker is Sara McVey, the new Horizon House CEO. For more information, click here.

Your End-of-Life Toolkit

Friday, November 13, 2015, 11:45 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060
700 5th Avenue, Seattle

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services invites you to attend a presentation on end-of-life planning. Learn more about advance directives, asset distribution, downsizing, guardianship, legacies, probate, taxes, and trusts—knowledge that will help you live more comfortably in later life. The presentation starts at 12 noon. For more information, visit www.agingkingcounty.org/advisory-council or contact Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or gigi.meinig@seattle.gov).

AARP Fraud Watch Network

Monday, November 16, 2015, 1:00–2:30 p.m.
Queen Anne Community Center
1901 First Avenue West, Seattle

They steal billions from Americans like you every year. Fight back with the AARP Fraud Watch Network. Join a discussion about how to spot and avoid identity theft and fraud so you can protext yourself and your family. It's free of charge for everyone—AARP members, non-members, and people of all ages. Register by calling Seattle Parks and Recreation's Lifelong Recreation Program at 206-684-4240.

NESTcafé: 7 Actions You Can Take to Stay Out of a Nursing Home

Monday, November 16, 2015, 2:00–3:30 p.m.
Magnuson Park Brig
6344 NE 74th Street, Room 406, Seattle

What does it mean to "live well" in our later years? Gerontologist Jeannette Franks, PhD, will talk about the importance of engagement, meaning, and purpose as a part of staying healthy and living the life you want. Coffee and tea provided. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit NEST—North East Seattle Together—at www.nestseattle.org.

Thanksgiving Luncheon

Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
North Bellevue Community Center
4063 148th Avenue NE, Bellevue

Space is limited at this popular Bellevue event, and pre-registration is required. The cost is $4 for people age 60+ and $6 for those under age 60. Call 425-452-7681 to register. For more information, visit www.bellevuewa.gov/pdf/Parks/nbcc_schedule_fall_2015.pdf.

Silver Kite Memory Box Workshop

Friday, November 20, 2015, 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

Identify a life experience or favorite hobby and design a craft box to hold memories connected with this experience. Bring pictures and small objects that represent your life or hobbies, and have fun! $20 per person, includes supplies. Sign up at Southeast Seattle Senior Center or call 206-722-0317.

Salsa Dance Party

Fridays, November 20 and December 11, 2015, 7:00–10:30 p.m.
Fred Meitzer Theater, Redmond Senior Center
8703 160th Avenue NE, Redmond

This special program is open to all adults age 18 and up. All levels of dancers are welcome. Music provided by DJ Yaumbu. Instruction (7:00 p.m.) by Teresa Osborn with assistance from Gene Rivas. Dance from 8:00–10:30 p.m. $10 per person for lesson and dance $7 dance only. Prior registration is suggested—call 425-556-2314.

AARP Drivers Safety Course

Monday, November 23, 2015, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Miller Community Center
330 19th Avenue East, Seattle

Seattle Parks and Recreation's Lifelong Recreation Program and AARP have teamed up to bring you this opportunity to refresh your driving skills and rules of the road. By completing this eight-hour course, it is possible to receive a discount on your car insurance. Pre-registration is required (Course #135354). $20 fee ($15 for AARP members), payable to the instructor.

Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 (two seatings)
Auburn Senior Activity Center
808 Ninth Street SE, Auburn

The Auburn Senior Activity Center's pre-Thanksgiving dinner is so popular that they offer two seatings (11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.). A turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be served. Suggested donation $3 (60 and older) and $6 (under age 60). Purchase tickets by November 17. For more information, call 253-931-3016 or visit www.auburnwa.gov/seniors.

Thanksgiving Holiday

Thursday–Friday, November 26–27, 2015

Aging and Disability Services' offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day—a national holiday—and the day after. In the United States, Thanksgiving has been celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November since 1941 and has been an annual tradition since the country was founded. Historically, Thanksgiving was a time to celebrate the bounty of the harvest.

Eastside Legislative Forum

Wednesday, December 2, 2015, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Kirkland City Hall, Peter Kirk Room
123 5th Ave., Kirkland

The Bellevue Network on Aging, Kirkland Senior Council, Eastside Human Services Forum, Seattle-King County Advisory Council on Aging & Disability Services, and Washington Senior Lobby are co-sponsoring a forum with state legislators from King County's 1st, 41st, 45th and 48th legislative districts. The Bellevue Network on Aging and Kirkland Senior Council will present their 2016 legislative agenda at the meeting. For more information, e-mail Diana Thompson at dianaft21@yahoo.com. RSVP to Dan Lassiter at DLassiter@bellevuewa.gov.

Social Security 101

Friday, December 11, 2015, 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Redmond Library
15990 NE 85th Street, Redmond

This 90-minute workshop will tell you everything you want to know about Social Security. Prior to the event, sign up for a "My Social Security" account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount. Print and bring your account information. Speaker Kirk Larson from the Social Security Administration will start by reviewing online statements. Brought to you by the King County Library System. Register to attend at www.kcls.org or call 425-369-3285. Note: this event will be simultaneously streamed to the Federal Way Library. Can't attend either location? Watch online—search YouTube for "KCLS Social Security."

Getting Your Legal Affairs in Order

Tuesday, December 18, 2015, 5:00 p.m.
Aegis Living
2200 East Madison Street, Seattle

Getting Your Legal Affairs in Order: Learn what important legal documents you should have in place as you age. Free. Call Seattle Parks and Recreation's Lifelong Recreation Program at 206-684-4240 to register.