January Calendar

SAIL Exercise Instructor Training

Online course begins January 12, 2012
Pierce College

Register now for the 10-week online SAIL (Stay Active & Independent for Life) instructor training course designed for health, fitness, nursing, and senior care workers. These research-based "train the trainer" courses inspire increased activity, target fall prevention, and enhance knowledge of exercise for older adults. You will be trained to lead SAIL exercise sessions, helping older adults improve strength, balance, and ability to perform daily tasks. Complete the online course in the comfort of your own home. The online course costs $185, which includes 20 hours of continuing education credits, awarded upon successful completion of the course. For more information, visit the SAIL website.

Taking Care of You: Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Classes begin January 20, 2012, 12:30–2:30 p.m.
Northshore Senior Center, Room 104
10201 E Riverside Dr., Bothell

Do you—as a spouse, adult child, relative or friend—provide care for an adult loved one with a chronic illness or disability? Register now for this six-week educational series designed to provide you, the caregiver, with tools needed to take care of yourself while caring for a loved one. Classes consist of interactive sessions; discussions and brainstorming help you take the "tools" you choose and put them into action in your life. Classes are free and taught by trained and certified class leaders. To register, contact Janet Zielasko at 425-286-1035.

Northwest Universal Design Council Meeting

Thursday, January 12, 2012, 9:30–11:30 a.m.
Seattle Municipal Tower, Suite 1610
700 5th Ave., Seattle

The Northwest Universal Design Council—a volunteer group seeking to promote universal design principles, products, and processes that enable everyone, regardless of age or ability, to live actively by design—meets quarterly on the third Thursdays of January, April, July and October, unless otherwise noted. Council meetings are open to the public. For more information, visit the NWUDC website or e-mail info@environmentsforall.org.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Events

Monday, January 16, 2012

The 30th annual region-wide Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration—"Recapturing MLK Jr.'s Revolutionary Spirit!"—includes workshops (9:30–11:00 a.m.), a rally (11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.), and a march (beginning at 12:30 p.m.) from Garfield High School to the Federal Building, via Union & Madison Streets in downtown Seattle. For more information, visit www.mlkseattle.org.

SWEL Timebank Potluck & Orientation

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Richmond Highlands Recreation Center
16554 Fremont Ave. N, Shoreline

Shoreline, Woodway, Edmonds, and Lake Forest Park residents will benefit from engaging with the SWEL Timebank, which helps neighbors enjoy the necessities and niceties of life by exchanging time instead of dollars. All services are valued equally. Attend the potluck and orientation to learn more, or visit the SWEL Timebank website.

Save the Date: World Dance Party!

Friday, February 24, 2012, 6:03–10:17 p.m.
Filipino Community Center
5740 MLK Jr. Way S, Seattle

Yet another World Dance Party, organized by older adults for the enjoyment of all ages! This free event features mini-lessons in line dancing, hip hop, Chicago-style stepping, Native American friendship dance, Zumba, West African dance, and Tinikling (from the Philippines), followed by freestyle dancing. Bring a dish to share and bring your dancing shoes. Photos from this summer's World Dance Party are available online. For more information, contact Sabrina at Senior Services at sabrinaj@seniorservices.org.