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posted Friday, March 23, 2018 - Volume 46 Issue 12
Seattle Parks and Recreation and Generations Aging With Pride team up to offer activities programming for LGBTQ adults 50+
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Seattle Parks and Recreation and Generations Aging With Pride team up to offer activities programming for LGBTQ adults 50+

Mondays are my favorite days

by Chris Grant - Special to the SGN

I retired a couple of years ago, and I decided to get involved in some learning activities just for fun. I came across information about Seattle Parks and Recreation Classes (SPARC) on my NextDoor listserv, and decided to look into these classes I found in the SPARC catalog under 'Aging with Pride: Programs for LGBTQ Adults 50+.' [EDITOR'S NOTE: Program schedule available in printed catalog or at https://www.seattle.gov/parks]

This past fall season, I took two different exercise classes ('Enhance Fitness'), a writing class ('Legacy Writing,' facilitated by a wonderful writer, Mary Edwards), and a printmaking class ('Seniors Creating Art/Printmaking'). I was grateful that all of the class facilitators were knowledgeable and FUN. My writing class and printmaking classes were on Mondays, and I began to look forward to those Mondays beginning my week so creatively. I would walk to the writing class at Miller Community Center to begin writing at 10am; then walk over to the Cal Anderson Park shelter building for the printmaking class in the afternoon. The fitness classes held on Wednesday and Friday afternoons at the Kaiser Permanente Capitol Hill Building kept me in shape, and were also so enjoyable. However, the support of one of the employees of SPARC (Emily Steelquist) and of the agency itself in providing accommodations for my inability to hear well was something that really struck me as their living their mission to provide recreation activities for all people. I felt included.

I met some wonderful people, and continued to engage in the writing process class in winter and will sign up for spring also. I have yet to peruse the spring offering of classes, workshops, movies, sports, talks, and other community activities that the Seattle Parks and Recreation agency has put together, but I know that I will take at least two or three of their offerings. I hope that other Seattleites will appreciate all the work so many people have put into these opportunities, and will join and participate in the low-fee or free classes. I cannot recommend it more highly, and I hope to see some of you there! And I hope to continue to take another class on Monday afternoons (after the writing class) to have that great feeling of 'It's Monday - my favorite day!'

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