December Calendar

Eastside Legislative Forum

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

Access for All Tech Open House

Friday, December 4, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Columbia Branch Library
4721 Rainier Avenue South, Seattle

Learn about "Access for All: Accessibility Kits & Software" for low-vision and blind patrons, now available through The Seattle Public Library and the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP). At the open house, Library staff will give patrons hands-on access to computers with the assistive software now available on public computers at every Library location. All computer workstations will have ZoomText, a text-enlargement software program for low vision patrons, and JAWS, screen reading software to assist blind users. They will also demonstrate how to use magnifiers, Braille systems and other items in the new Accessibility Kits. For more information visit the Access for All webpage, or call the Library at 206-386-4636.  

29th Annual Great Figgy Pudding Caroling Competition

Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:00–8:30 p.m.
Westlake Center
Downtown Seattle

Form a caroling team or just watch the fun! This annual event combines music, zany costumes, humor, and a little friendly competition to benefit the Pike Market Senior Center & Food Bank. For more information, read Pike Market Senior Center Caroling Contest Draws Thousands (AgeWise King County, December 2012), or visit www.pikemarketseniorcenter.org/figgy-pudding.

As I Age: A Celebration of Creative Aging

Sunday, December 6, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Town Hall Seattle, Downstairs
1119 8th Avenue, Seattle

What does the Seattle Community want as they age? The Freeway Park Association board engaged the community in scribing their ideas and hopes about aging. This event will explore the themes that emerged. The program includes an intergenerational performance by Northwest School students, poetry with award-winning writer and artist Shin Yu Pai, and a playful crowd-sourcing activity to generate uncensored bold ideas about what it means to age. "As I Age" is a collaboration of Horizon House, Northwest Center for Creative Aging, The Freeway Park Association, Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Before I Die founding artist Candy Chang. Doors open at 1:00 p.m. Tickets ($5) and more information are available at www.townhallseattle.org/event/as-i-age.

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."

Rainbow Bingo: Mistletoe Madness

Friday, December 11, 2015, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Southeast Seattle Senior Center
4655 South Holly Street, Seattle

Bingo, prizes, food, and an ugly Christmas sweater contest—what could be better than that?! Rainbow Bingo is a popular fundraising event at SESSC and other local senior centers. Join the fun! Tickets $25 per person in advance or $28 at the door. For more information, call Kate or Alex at 206-722-0317 or visit www.sessc.org.

Salsa Dance Party

Fridays, 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.

Access for All Tech Open House

Saturday, December 12, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Southwest Branch Library
9010 35th Avenue SW, Seattle

Learn about "Access for All: Accessibility Kits & Software" for low-vision and blind patrons, now available through The Seattle Public Library and the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP). At the open house, Library staff will give patrons hands-on access to computers with the assistive software now available on public computers at every Library location. All computer workstations will have ZoomText, a text-enlargement software program for low vision patrons, and JAWS, screen reading software to assist blind users. They will also demonstrate how to use magnifiers, Braille systems and other items in the new Accessibility Kits. For more information visit the Access for All webpage, or call the Library at 206-386-4636.  

Access for All Tech Open House

Tuesday, December 15, 2015, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
University Branch Library
5009 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle

Learn about "Access for All: Accessibility Kits & Software" for low-vision and blind patrons, now available through The Seattle Public Library and the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP). At the open house, Library staff will give patrons hands-on access to computers with the assistive software now available on public computers at every Library location. All computer workstations will have ZoomText, a text-enlargement software program for low vision patrons, and JAWS, screen reading software to assist blind users. They will also demonstrate how to use magnifiers, Braille systems and other items in the new Accessibility Kits. For more information visit the Access for All webpage, or call the Library at 206-386-4636.  

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.

Access for All Tech Open House

Saturday, December 19, 2015, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Broadview Branch Library
12755 Greenwood Avenue North, Seattle

Learn about "Access for All: Accessibility Kits & Software" for low-vision and blind patrons, now available through The Seattle Public Library and the Library Equal Access Program (LEAP). At the open house, Library staff will give patrons hands-on access to computers with the assistive software now available on public computers at every Library location. All computer workstations will have ZoomText, a text-enlargement software program for low vision patrons, and JAWS, screen reading software to assist blind users. They will also demonstrate how to use magnifiers, Braille systems and other items in the new Accessibility Kits. For more information visit the Access for All webpage, or call the Library at 206-386-4636.  

The Art of Alzheimer's: The Artist Within (Opening Reception)

Friday, January 8, 2016, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Seattle City Hall Lobby & Anne Focke Galleries
700 4th Avenue, Seattle

Fifty artworks by individuals age 60—101 who live with Alzheimer's and dementia will be on exhibit at Seattle City Hall from Friday, January 8, until Friday, February 26, 2016. This is the first exhibition of its kind. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, January 8 (4:00–6:00 p.m.) at which you can join artists and their families, tour the exhibition, and learn about art programs from care providers and experts. Read Changing the Way We Think About Alzheimer's—One Painting at a Time in the January 2015 issue of AgeWise King County. Visit www.theartofalzheimers.net. The exhibit and this event are free to the public, presented in cooperation with the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Department of Neighborhoods and 4Culture.

The Art of Alzheimer's: The Artist Within (Tour & Discussion)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 12:00 noon
Seattle City Hall Lobby & Anne Focke Galleries
700 4th Avenue, Seattle

Fifty artworks by individuals age 60–101 who live with Alzheimer's and dementia will be on exhibit at Seattle City Hall from Friday, January 8, until Friday, February 26, 2016. This is the first exhibition of its kind. On January 13, come to a tour and participate in a discussion led by UW professor Marcus E. Raichle, who directs Harborview’s Memory and Brain Wellness Center. The exhibit and this event are free to the public, presented in cooperation with the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Department of Neighborhoods and 4Culture.

The Art of Alzheimer's: The Artist Within (Poetry Reading)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 12:00 noon
Seattle City Hall Lobby & Anne Focke Galleries
700 4th Avenue, Seattle

Fifty artworks by individuals age 60–101 who live with Alzheimer's and dementia will be on exhibit at Seattle City Hall from Friday, January 8, until Friday, February 26, 2016. This is the first exhibition of its kind. On January 20, attend a poetry reading featuring Lon Cole, Esther Helfgott and Lori Kane. Together they will share their poetry and experiences with Alzheimer's and dementia. Free. Presented in cooperation with the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Department of Neighborhoods and 4Culture.

The Art of Alzheimer's: The Artist Within (Painting Class)

Thursday, January 28, 2016, 11:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
Seattle City Hall Lobby & Anne Focke Galleries
700 4th Avenue, Seattle

Fifty artworks by individuals age 60–101 who live with Alzheimer's and dementia will be on exhibit at Seattle City Hall from Friday, January 8, until Friday, February 26, 2016. This is the first exhibition of its kind. On January 28, attend a free painting class (offered twice the same day) led by a trained Elderwise art professional. Space is limited. Sign up before January 25 at www.artofalzheimers.net. Presented in cooperation with the City of Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, the Department of Neighborhoods and 4Culture.