Northwest NEWS

January 18, 1999

Local News

Seniors offer ideas, opinions on satellite programs, services

by Woodinville Weekly staff

   WOODINVILLE--With classes at the Northshore Senior Center full, organizers who want to start satellite courses in Woodinville were met with a lot of ideas from area seniors.

   Over 70 attended a "get together" at the Sammamish Valley Grange last Thursday, giving input on what sort of classes, services, and programs they would like to see in Woodinville.

   "The Northshore Senior Center is bursting at the seams--classes are full. So we're finding a need to set up a satellite site," said Terri Holmes, a part-time recreation coordinator there.

   The effort to bring programming is modeled on Mill Creek seniors' work to localize classes and services. Holmes explained that seniors there also found the Northshore center full, so after holding a meeting and finding plenty of interest, they set out to bring programming closer to home.

   This winter, Mill Creek seniors can attend classes on acting, age-related memory changes, and health enhancement nearby. As for Woodinville programming, "The demand is there, as we see today," Holmes said. Already, a lifetime fitness program is planned for Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at the Grange beginning February 1.

   Holmes said organizers' next step will be to compile suggestions taken verbally and written down and find locations to hold courses. Carol Barker, chair of the Woodinville Satellite Steering Committee, said Brittany Park has volunteered as a site, and other possibilities included the library, Canterbury Square, and a local church.

   As for a permanent location akin to the Northshore Senior Center, Holmes said, "Eventually, I do see a center to hold the programs."

   Woodinville Councilwoman Barbara Solberg attended the gathering.

   "I would like to see any sort of partnership be explored as we work towards our City Hall, to brainstorm on ideas that are mutually beneficial, or ideas that we hadn't thought of," Solberg said. She said the city's senior population was growing, and Woodinville needed to be responsive to it.