West Seattle Event Calendar

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ADMIRAL THEATER SCHEDULE (updated link)

USING THE CALENDAR: Mouse over any entry to show the “plus” sign at right; click it to expand the item for more info without leaving this page; click “read more” for the FULL listing, usually including a map, plus a chance to post a comment/question.

Nov
14
Thu
2019
Bell Choir class @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Nov 14 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Create sounds for the holidays!!
At the Senior Center of West Seattle on Thursday, November 14 from 1 pm to 2 pm.

Using her skills as a music therapist, Meg Harmon, MT-BC, will bring joy and connection through this interactive music-making experience designed to get every participant engaged, regardless of acuity or ability, in creating recognizable melodies.

This class is free, but you must register in advance as there is a maximum capacity of 15 people. To register, stop by the front desk or call 206.932.4044 x1.

LGBTQ Second Thursday OUT! @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Nov 14 @ 6:00 pm

Senior Center of West Seattle welcoming the LGBTQ community, their family & friends.

Thursday, November 14, at the Center, Social Hour at 6 pm followed by dining in and a group discussion of “How Do You Find Joy?”

December 12: Social hour at the Center at 6 pm followed by dining in our holiday dinner and a gift exchange. To participate in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift of $10 or less.

Nov
16
Sat
2019
SAIL Fitness Instructor Training @ The Kenney
Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

At The Kenney (WSB sponsor):

Become a SAIL Instructor!

Attend a highly interactive, in-person class offered throughout Washington State.

SAIL Fitness Instructor Training
Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) is an Evidence Based Fall Prevention Fitness Program for adults 65 and older. Performing exercises that improve strength, balance and flexibility is the single most important activity adults can do to stay active and reduce their chances of falling. The entire class curriculum of activities and education in the Stay Active and Independent for Life (SAIL) program has proven to help improve strength and balance, if done regularly.

UPCOMING INSTRUCTOR TRAINING WORKSHOP

Saturday, November 16, 2019
9:00AM—4:30PM
The Kenney
7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, WA 98136

Cost: $125.00

REGISTER ONLINE AT: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sailstay-active-independent-for-life-instructor-training-tickets-73575609629

OR www.SAILfitness.org
For more information : 253-226-0062

Nov
19
Tue
2019
Westside Dance class @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Nov 19 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

At the Senior Center of West Seattle:

The next series of Westside Dance classes taught by Dean Paton of Century Ballroom will be starting in September on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Classes are held at the Senior Center of West Seattle and are open to all ages.

Tuesdays are Beginning Swing at 7 pm and Traveling Blues/One Step at 8:15 pm on November 12, 19, 26 & December 10, and 17 (no class on December 3).

Wednesdays are Intermediate Swing at 7 pm and Cha-Cha at 8:15 pm on November 13, 20, 17, & December 11, 18 (no class on December 4).

The cost for each series is $35 for Senior Center of West Seattle members and $50 for nonmembers. Please register in advance by calling 206.932.4044 x1 or at the front desk.

Nov
22
Fri
2019
Gaybaret @ Vashon Center for the Arts
Nov 22 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Drawing on the theatrical form of a cabaret, featuring original songs and stories laced with a bit of magic, two islanders, David Mielke and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, have written and will perform the premiere of their innovative show, “Gaybaret,” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 22, 23, and 24 at Vashon Center for the Arts’ Kay Hall.

After sharing their lives for close to a decade, last year Mielke and Pruiksma took the traditional steps to sanctify their partnership through marriage. Their wedding, however, was anything but conventional. As professional performers, storytellers, musicians, and writers, the couple told the story of how they met — honoring friends, teachers, and experiences that led to their meeting and readiness to commit to a life partner — and they did so using a cabaret-style form of story and song. They called it “Gaybaret.”

“‘Gaybaret’ sounds campy and frivolous,” Mielke said, “but at the wedding, it quickly became not just that as the guests’ emotions started being tapped into. The best part was afterwards, when so many people wanted to talk about what came up for them that had nothing to do with gayness or LGBT stuff.”

That’s when the duo realized what they had created might be meaningful to a wider audience. Because the first iteration concluded with their marriage, they had to write a new ending, adding other elements, to fashion a stand-alone performance. While the show is based on their lives, Pruiksma said, it is not just a work of nonfiction; it is also a work of art.

“The artfulness opens it to other people,” he said, “so it is not just a show about LGBTQ experience, rather the art allows the specific to become universal. It is both a work of art and how art changes us and helps us grow into who we are, along with people and mentors who help us.”

Though the show is like a cabaret, it also includes ritual. With Pruiksma on piano, each performer alternately tells their own story and sings songs — about letting go of old shame and acknowledging the mystery of life. As with many rituals honoring what is known but unseen, the show bows to the joyful play of what seems to be serendipity.

“There’s a thread running through the show of openness to wonder, to the poetry of lived life,” Pruiksma said. “Our experiences may appear to be chaotic and random, but often there is some more mysterious pattern we can see or help to create that leads to unexpected gifts.”

To metaphorically, visually, express the notion of these gifts, the performers construct a bridge. When the cabaret opens, random pieces of driftwood lie scattered about stage, each symbolizing a different life experience. As the show progresses, the duo fit the pieces together, eventually forming a bridge.

“It’s a bridge that connects us,” Mielke said. “The idea is that we could see our negative experiences as stumbling blocks to trip over, or we can find a way to reimagine them, turning them into something positive to serve as steps toward where we’d like to go. If nothing else, it gives us compassion.”

That transformation, Pruiksma said, has a healing power. It leads to changes in perception of ourselves and our world, which leads to taking new actions “and living more fully in line with our deepest hopes and highest intentions.”

A deep hope and intention of the couple is to keep offering the show to others, to take it on the road.

“It is a celebration of the gifts we’ve been given by cherished friends and works of art, so it is the passing along of the gift. The gift is given by passing it along,” Pruiksma said.

“The energy of this piece is different, like it has a life of its own,” Mielke added. “Again, it is the mystery of it. I try not to analyze but just say ‘yes.’ Where there is the presence of grace or the muses, it is so juicy. You are in the flow.”

That flow also brings unexpected things, Pruiksma said, like the opportunity to hold a preview panel discussion. Pruiksma applied for and was awarded a 4Culture grant, which together with VCA and the Vashon Heritage Museum exhibit, “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island,” will sponsor “Prelude to a Gaybaret: A Historical Panel on the Art of Transformation.”

Five panelists panelists — Jami Sieber, Latosha Correll, Leo MacLeod, Matt Baume, and Timothy White Eagle — will discuss the art of transformation: how art helps us know ourselves more fully; how rituals like a marriage or theater offer possibilities of healing; and how we make sense of historical change in our own lives, acknowledging both the curses and blessings of the past.

The production is also hosting a drawing for an all-inclusive “Night Out on Vashon,” with a pair of tickets, dinner at May Kitchen + Bar, and luxurious accommodations at the Lodges on Vashon. Learn more and enter by November 15, 2019, at driftwoodbridge.com.

“Gaybaret: An Offering of Story and Song” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23, and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Kay Hall. Tickets are $10-$23.

“Prelude to a Gaybaret” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Kay Hall. Tickets are free for youth age 18 and under, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults. All proceeds benefit the Vashon Heritage Museum

Nov
23
Sat
2019
Gaybaret @ Vashon Center for the Arts
Nov 23 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Drawing on the theatrical form of a cabaret, featuring original songs and stories laced with a bit of magic, two islanders, David Mielke and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, have written and will perform the premiere of their innovative show, “Gaybaret,” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 22, 23, and 24 at Vashon Center for the Arts’ Kay Hall.

After sharing their lives for close to a decade, last year Mielke and Pruiksma took the traditional steps to sanctify their partnership through marriage. Their wedding, however, was anything but conventional. As professional performers, storytellers, musicians, and writers, the couple told the story of how they met — honoring friends, teachers, and experiences that led to their meeting and readiness to commit to a life partner — and they did so using a cabaret-style form of story and song. They called it “Gaybaret.”

“‘Gaybaret’ sounds campy and frivolous,” Mielke said, “but at the wedding, it quickly became not just that as the guests’ emotions started being tapped into. The best part was afterwards, when so many people wanted to talk about what came up for them that had nothing to do with gayness or LGBT stuff.”

That’s when the duo realized what they had created might be meaningful to a wider audience. Because the first iteration concluded with their marriage, they had to write a new ending, adding other elements, to fashion a stand-alone performance. While the show is based on their lives, Pruiksma said, it is not just a work of nonfiction; it is also a work of art.

“The artfulness opens it to other people,” he said, “so it is not just a show about LGBTQ experience, rather the art allows the specific to become universal. It is both a work of art and how art changes us and helps us grow into who we are, along with people and mentors who help us.”

Though the show is like a cabaret, it also includes ritual. With Pruiksma on piano, each performer alternately tells their own story and sings songs — about letting go of old shame and acknowledging the mystery of life. As with many rituals honoring what is known but unseen, the show bows to the joyful play of what seems to be serendipity.

“There’s a thread running through the show of openness to wonder, to the poetry of lived life,” Pruiksma said. “Our experiences may appear to be chaotic and random, but often there is some more mysterious pattern we can see or help to create that leads to unexpected gifts.”

To metaphorically, visually, express the notion of these gifts, the performers construct a bridge. When the cabaret opens, random pieces of driftwood lie scattered about stage, each symbolizing a different life experience. As the show progresses, the duo fit the pieces together, eventually forming a bridge.

“It’s a bridge that connects us,” Mielke said. “The idea is that we could see our negative experiences as stumbling blocks to trip over, or we can find a way to reimagine them, turning them into something positive to serve as steps toward where we’d like to go. If nothing else, it gives us compassion.”

That transformation, Pruiksma said, has a healing power. It leads to changes in perception of ourselves and our world, which leads to taking new actions “and living more fully in line with our deepest hopes and highest intentions.”

A deep hope and intention of the couple is to keep offering the show to others, to take it on the road.

“It is a celebration of the gifts we’ve been given by cherished friends and works of art, so it is the passing along of the gift. The gift is given by passing it along,” Pruiksma said.

“The energy of this piece is different, like it has a life of its own,” Mielke added. “Again, it is the mystery of it. I try not to analyze but just say ‘yes.’ Where there is the presence of grace or the muses, it is so juicy. You are in the flow.”

That flow also brings unexpected things, Pruiksma said, like the opportunity to hold a preview panel discussion. Pruiksma applied for and was awarded a 4Culture grant, which together with VCA and the Vashon Heritage Museum exhibit, “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island,” will sponsor “Prelude to a Gaybaret: A Historical Panel on the Art of Transformation.”

Five panelists panelists — Jami Sieber, Latosha Correll, Leo MacLeod, Matt Baume, and Timothy White Eagle — will discuss the art of transformation: how art helps us know ourselves more fully; how rituals like a marriage or theater offer possibilities of healing; and how we make sense of historical change in our own lives, acknowledging both the curses and blessings of the past.

The production is also hosting a drawing for an all-inclusive “Night Out on Vashon,” with a pair of tickets, dinner at May Kitchen + Bar, and luxurious accommodations at the Lodges on Vashon. Learn more and enter by November 15, 2019, at driftwoodbridge.com.

“Gaybaret: An Offering of Story and Song” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23, and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Kay Hall. Tickets are $10-$23.

“Prelude to a Gaybaret” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Kay Hall. Tickets are free for youth age 18 and under, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults. All proceeds benefit the Vashon Heritage Museum

Nov
24
Sun
2019
Gaybaret @ Vashon Center for the Arts
Nov 24 @ 2:30 pm

Drawing on the theatrical form of a cabaret, featuring original songs and stories laced with a bit of magic, two islanders, David Mielke and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma, have written and will perform the premiere of their innovative show, “Gaybaret,” on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, November 22, 23, and 24 at Vashon Center for the Arts’ Kay Hall.

After sharing their lives for close to a decade, last year Mielke and Pruiksma took the traditional steps to sanctify their partnership through marriage. Their wedding, however, was anything but conventional. As professional performers, storytellers, musicians, and writers, the couple told the story of how they met — honoring friends, teachers, and experiences that led to their meeting and readiness to commit to a life partner — and they did so using a cabaret-style form of story and song. They called it “Gaybaret.”

“‘Gaybaret’ sounds campy and frivolous,” Mielke said, “but at the wedding, it quickly became not just that as the guests’ emotions started being tapped into. The best part was afterwards, when so many people wanted to talk about what came up for them that had nothing to do with gayness or LGBT stuff.”

That’s when the duo realized what they had created might be meaningful to a wider audience. Because the first iteration concluded with their marriage, they had to write a new ending, adding other elements, to fashion a stand-alone performance. While the show is based on their lives, Pruiksma said, it is not just a work of nonfiction; it is also a work of art.

“The artfulness opens it to other people,” he said, “so it is not just a show about LGBTQ experience, rather the art allows the specific to become universal. It is both a work of art and how art changes us and helps us grow into who we are, along with people and mentors who help us.”

Though the show is like a cabaret, it also includes ritual. With Pruiksma on piano, each performer alternately tells their own story and sings songs — about letting go of old shame and acknowledging the mystery of life. As with many rituals honoring what is known but unseen, the show bows to the joyful play of what seems to be serendipity.

“There’s a thread running through the show of openness to wonder, to the poetry of lived life,” Pruiksma said. “Our experiences may appear to be chaotic and random, but often there is some more mysterious pattern we can see or help to create that leads to unexpected gifts.”

To metaphorically, visually, express the notion of these gifts, the performers construct a bridge. When the cabaret opens, random pieces of driftwood lie scattered about stage, each symbolizing a different life experience. As the show progresses, the duo fit the pieces together, eventually forming a bridge.

“It’s a bridge that connects us,” Mielke said. “The idea is that we could see our negative experiences as stumbling blocks to trip over, or we can find a way to reimagine them, turning them into something positive to serve as steps toward where we’d like to go. If nothing else, it gives us compassion.”

That transformation, Pruiksma said, has a healing power. It leads to changes in perception of ourselves and our world, which leads to taking new actions “and living more fully in line with our deepest hopes and highest intentions.”

A deep hope and intention of the couple is to keep offering the show to others, to take it on the road.

“It is a celebration of the gifts we’ve been given by cherished friends and works of art, so it is the passing along of the gift. The gift is given by passing it along,” Pruiksma said.

“The energy of this piece is different, like it has a life of its own,” Mielke added. “Again, it is the mystery of it. I try not to analyze but just say ‘yes.’ Where there is the presence of grace or the muses, it is so juicy. You are in the flow.”

That flow also brings unexpected things, Pruiksma said, like the opportunity to hold a preview panel discussion. Pruiksma applied for and was awarded a 4Culture grant, which together with VCA and the Vashon Heritage Museum exhibit, “In and Out: Being LGBTQ on Vashon Island,” will sponsor “Prelude to a Gaybaret: A Historical Panel on the Art of Transformation.”

Five panelists panelists — Jami Sieber, Latosha Correll, Leo MacLeod, Matt Baume, and Timothy White Eagle — will discuss the art of transformation: how art helps us know ourselves more fully; how rituals like a marriage or theater offer possibilities of healing; and how we make sense of historical change in our own lives, acknowledging both the curses and blessings of the past.

The production is also hosting a drawing for an all-inclusive “Night Out on Vashon,” with a pair of tickets, dinner at May Kitchen + Bar, and luxurious accommodations at the Lodges on Vashon. Learn more and enter by November 15, 2019, at driftwoodbridge.com.

“Gaybaret: An Offering of Story and Song” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23, and at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at Kay Hall. Tickets are $10-$23.

“Prelude to a Gaybaret” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Kay Hall. Tickets are free for youth age 18 and under, with a suggested donation of $10 for adults. All proceeds benefit the Vashon Heritage Museum

Nov
26
Tue
2019
Women’s self-defense class @ Southwest Precinct
Nov 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Learn proactive tips and step you can take to enhance your personal safety taught by female Seattle Police officers and employees.

Our class goals:

-Know the important role your instincts and gut reactions play

-Discover potentially dangerous situations and how to avoid them

-Learn how to make a safety plan

-Decrease the odds of becoming a victim

About the class:

-This is a facilitated discussion and lecture about crime prevention and safety.

-This is not a self-defense class.

-This class is open to women of all ages and most appropriate for young women who are at least 14 year of age or older. For that reason, children should not attend.

Date: Tuesday November 26th

Time: 6 pm- 9 pm

Location: Seattle Police Department’s SW Precinct- Community Meeting Room (2300 SW Webster St.)

To register please visit the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-personal-safety-training-tickets-78071302367

Westside Dance class @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

At the Senior Center of West Seattle:

The next series of Westside Dance classes taught by Dean Paton of Century Ballroom will be starting in September on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Classes are held at the Senior Center of West Seattle and are open to all ages.

Tuesdays are Beginning Swing at 7 pm and Traveling Blues/One Step at 8:15 pm on November 12, 19, 26 & December 10, and 17 (no class on December 3).

Wednesdays are Intermediate Swing at 7 pm and Cha-Cha at 8:15 pm on November 13, 20, 17, & December 11, 18 (no class on December 4).

The cost for each series is $35 for Senior Center of West Seattle members and $50 for nonmembers. Please register in advance by calling 206.932.4044 x1 or at the front desk.

Dec
3
Tue
2019
Free class: Hands Only CPR/Stroke Awareness @ High Point Community Center
Dec 3 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Practice Hands-Only CPR and learn how to recognize and respond to signs of stroke. Brought to you FREE by King County EMS. This is a non-certificate class.

Hands Only CPR/Stroke Awareness- FREE!
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6 pm-7 pm
High Point Community Ctr., Register with #22944

SW LIFELONG RECREATION
To register for the SW Lifelong Recreation programs, visit us
online at http://www.seattle.gov/parks/ or call 206-684-7422.

Dec
7
Sat
2019
Free: Earthquake home retrofit class @ Hiawatha Community Center
Dec 7 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Learn how to assess your home to determine if it needs a structural seismic retrofit, and learn about the retrofit process.

Help reduce damage caused during an earthquake. Learn to become an informed consumer or how to do home retrofit yourself. Retrofit experts will show how to assess your home’s needs and how to use the City of Seattle’s pre-engineered Home Retrofit plans to permit and retrofit your home.

Learn more about the retrofit process and the city plan set at the Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections website http://www.seattle.gov/sdci/permits/permits-we-issue-(a-z)/earthquake-home-retrofit-permit

Dec
8
Sun
2019
Winter Wander Along Longfellow Creek @ Camp Long
Dec 8 @ 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Fall nature outings are open for registration now!  Sign up for the popular nighttime walks, bird tours, mushroom walks, and so much more…

Winter Wander Along Longfellow Creek at Camp Long.

Longfellow Creek is a major waterway in West Seattle. It is also a little piece of the wild in the middle of the city. Coho salmon migrate up this waterway; beavers build dams and lodges on this creek; owls hunt for food along this artery. Explore a portion of this urban wilderness with a Seattle Urban Nature Guide. Look for seasonal changes and get to know some of your wild neighbors.

Be prepared to do some hiking over uneven terrain on this program.

Ages 6 and older. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Everyone attending the program must be registered.

Meet the leader at the Camp Long Lodge.

Dec
10
Tue
2019
Restaurant Success Orientation @ Delridge Library
Dec 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

At the Delridge Branch Library:

Interested in starting a food truck, café or restaurant? The Seattle Public Library is hosting a free Restaurant Success Orientation to help prospective food entrepreneurs learn about resources available to start a restaurant or mobile food business.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10 at The Seattle Public Library, Delridge Branch, 5423 Delridge Way S.W., 206-733-9125. Registration is recommended, but not required.

Jennifer Tam, the food business advocate with the city of Seattle’s Office of Economic Development, will offer counseling on various aspects of the restaurant business, including how to:
· navigate regulatory requirements for each type of food business
· find financial help and other resources
· search for a space
· troubleshoot an issue
· plan next steps

MORE INFORMATION
Visit the City of Seattle’s restaurant success page for additional information and resources.

The Library gives everyone the opportunity to learn and excel. Entrepreneurs can get business support online, and in-person help is available at workshops and one-on-one appointments.

For more information, call 206-386-4636 or Ask Us. For ADA accommodations, please contact: leap@spl.org.

Westside Dance class @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Dec 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:15 pm

At the Senior Center of West Seattle:

The next series of Westside Dance classes taught by Dean Paton of Century Ballroom will be starting in September on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Classes are held at the Senior Center of West Seattle and are open to all ages.

Tuesdays are Beginning Swing at 7 pm and Traveling Blues/One Step at 8:15 pm on November 12, 19, 26 & December 10, and 17 (no class on December 3).

Wednesdays are Intermediate Swing at 7 pm and Cha-Cha at 8:15 pm on November 13, 20, 17, & December 11, 18 (no class on December 4).

The cost for each series is $35 for Senior Center of West Seattle members and $50 for nonmembers. Please register in advance by calling 206.932.4044 x1 or at the front desk.

Dec
12
Thu
2019
LGBTQ Second Thursday OUT! @ Senior Center of West Seattle
Dec 12 @ 6:00 pm

Senior Center of West Seattle welcoming the LGBTQ community, their family & friends.

Thursday, November 14, at the Center, Social Hour at 6 pm followed by dining in and a group discussion of “How Do You Find Joy?”

December 12: Social hour at the Center at 6 pm followed by dining in our holiday dinner and a gift exchange. To participate in the gift exchange, bring a wrapped gift of $10 or less.