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A Senior Moment: October Planning Events

Marsha Andrews, J.D.
Marsha Andrews, J.D.

Summer is now behind us. Now we start to look forward to the changing weather patterns, as Mother Nature paints a background of vibrant colors from deciduous trees, shorter days and breathtaking sunsets. We are fortunate, in the Pacific Northwest, to experience all four seasons. October is the prologue to fall, holidays and winter events. This month’s column features many things that, hopefully, will entice your interests. My goal is to keep you “in the know” of what’s happening around the Seattle – King County area. The options are endless! So, get your calendar and let’s get started!

October 7, 2016 – The 2100 Building – 2100-24th Avenue South, Seattle.-Workshop entitled “Understanding Invisible Disabilities”. This workshop provides knowledge and guidance on the impact of invisible disabilities in the workplace. 9a-3p.

October 10, 2016LGBTQ Conference – Tukwila Community Center 12424- 42nd Ave S, Tukwila. The conference theme “Listening Respecting Responding” is designed to raise awareness of the needs of the LGBTQ’s aging population and improve services and supports. Registration required. For more information, visit www.fabulousaging.org.

October 13, 2016Public hearing on the 2017-2018 King County Budget – Redmond City Hall -15670- NE 85th St., Redmond, WA. This will be the second of three public hearings regarding the County Executive’s proposed $11.3 Billion Biennial Budget, which include investments in Metro Transit, human services and other important services that reflect the values of King County residents.

October 15, 2016 – Auburn Library, 1102 Auburn Way S, Auburn- Workshop entitled “Eat Healthy – Myths & Magic of Healthy Ingredients.” This forum will answer questions, such as: Is gluten making you sick? Are you worried about putting milk in your coffee; or Should you eat kale at every meal to avoid cancer? 11:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.

October 18, 2016Public hearing on the 2017-2018 King County Budget – Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center, Courtroom 3F-401 Fourth Avenue N., Kent, WA. This will be the third and final public hearing on the proposed King County Biennial Budget.

October 18, 2016 – Renton Highlands Library, 2801 NE 10th St, Renton – Workshop entitled “Gearing Up to Succeed in NaNoWriMo.” This workshop may touch the heart of many who want to write their “first” novel, during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Join New York Times bestselling author Bob Mayer and Jen Talty as they share tips and techniques on how to write faster, turn off the internal editor and get that manuscript finished in thirty days! 7:00 p.m. – 9 p.m.

October 27, 2016 – Tacoma – Washington Senior Lobby Conference (All day) – Hotel Murano -1320 Broadway, Tacoma, WA. This forum is for those who wish to advocate and discuss issues that impact older adults in Washington State. Registration is required. For more information, contact Karen Bowen at 360-754-0207 or email info@waseniorlobby.org.

October 27, 2016 – Burien – Workshop entitled “Starting a Cottage Food Business”, Presented by the Center for Inclusive Entrepreneurship, www.cie-nw.org. Workshop for those who wish to get started in starting a food business out of your home-selling baked goods, herbs, roasted nuts or jams and jellies, etc. It will also provide guidance on obtaining a Cottage Food production license. 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Registration is required. For more information, call (425) 243-7366.

October 29, 2016 – Woodmont Library, 26809 Pacific Hwy S, Des Moines, WA – Workshop entitled “Free Seeds in Your Backyard.” Join garden educator Lisa Taylor, author of “Your Farm in the City: An Urban-dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Animals.” It’s a hands-on session on how to grow and save seeds – an age-old practice. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

These were just a few of the many events scheduled throughout October. Get going and get involved! Many more options can also be found at AgeWise King County, an online news digest for older adults. If you have winter holiday events that are geared towards seniors in King County, please email the who-what-when-why and how to the editor of AgeWise King County at irene.stewart@seattle.gov. Your event must be received by November 11, 2016. They are interested in festivals of light, such as Christmas, Kwanzaa, Chanukah (Hanukkah) or other holiday events. No fundraisers.

Lastly, I want to clarify information regarding the Housing Forum, discussed in my September article. Two senior housing events are scheduled for November. Please note, the symposium is geared more toward consumers, while the forum is primarily for those interested in housing policy.

      Housing Options for Seniors Symposium (Consumer focused)

November 9, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Seattle is facing a housing affordability crisis and seniors have been hard hit by rising rents. As many find themselves priced out of once affordable apartments, many older people wonder where to turn. Join for a panel discussion from several key organizations, including representatives from Senior Housing Assistance Group (SHAG), Seattle Housing Authority (SHA), Northaven, Bellwether Housing and the City of Seattle’s Aging and Disability Services. For questions or to RSVP: 206.297.0875.

      Housing and Aging Forum (Policy focused)

November 17, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. We know the need for safe and affordable senior housing is greater than ever. Save the date for this Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County forum focused on advancing affordable supportive senior housing in our region. The presentations on housing and health will help to inform an update the 2009 Quiet Crisis Report. For more information, visit the HDC website at https://goo.gl/EpKd8O.

Thanks for sharing another senior moment with me. Until next time…

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