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The Kent Senior Activity Center

600 E Smith Street in Kent, Washington

253-856-5150

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To reserve a class space by phone, please call 253-856-5150. VISA and MasterCard accepted. Registration is also available through WebReg.

The Kent Senior Activity Center offers a variety of classes.

 

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Nutrition Workshops

All of the following classes provide practical information about how to follow a whole food eating plan, decrease sugar, and improve inflammation. Each class is designed to help you take another step on your path towards the vibrant health you want to experience. Previous class attendance is not at all required.  

Fat Completely Clarified

This is one of the most misunderstood nutrition topics! In this class you will learn everything you need to know about fat and fatty acids and more. Information includes the different types of fatty acids, which ones to include and to avoid, the fatty acid content of various foods and how to include healthy fat into your eating plan. We guarantee you will be surprised! Includes menu plan and healthy fat choices.

72253   Mo        5/18      10:00 – 11:00 am

$5.00

 

All About Grains

Are they good? Are they bad? Should I eat them? What about gluten? It’s so confusing! The goal of this class is to sort it all out. Topics covered include: types of grains, what gluten is, why it should be avoided, the problem with non-gluten grains and gluten-free food (anti-nutrients and GMOs), how to make grains more digestible, and how to include them in a healthy diet. Instructions for soaking/sprouting and menu plan included.

72254   Mo        6/22      10:00 – 11:00 am

$5.00

 

Functional Foods and Digestion

Functional foods are whole, natural foods that not only taste good but are also therapeutic and help heal your system. You will first learn a bit about the digestive system, why it is an underlying root cause of many health conditions, and some parts that often need support. Then you hear which foods help improve digestion, balance blood sugar and decrease inflammation, as well as how to incorporate these foods into a daily plan. Includes a list of functional foods and their properties.

72255   Mo        7/27      10:00 – 11:00 am

$5.00   

 

Melatonin, Meditation and Mindfulness

Stress and blood sugar can be enemies of a good night sleep. Join this class to learn about the cortisol-melatonin cycle and what you can do to help balance its regulation. In addition, hear the difference between meditation and mindfulness, how to practice and how these practices improve the circadian cycle and sleep. Guided meditation included.

72256   Mo        8/24      10:00 – 11:00 am

$5.00

 

BEGINNING WATERCOLOR PAINTING SERIES WITH JO ANNE IWASAKI

BEGINNING WATERCOLOR – SKIES

Learn basic landscape principles and how to approach a landscape painting in watercolor.  We will include the sky, mountains, trees, water, and buildings; where to start and how to incorporate the subject matter into your painting.  All supplies included but bring if you have any. 

72270                  Fr           5/8        12:30 – 3:30 pm

$35.00

BEGINNING WATERCOLOR – LANDSCAPES

Learn basic landscape principles and how to approach a landscape painting in watercolor.  We will include the sky, mountains, trees, water, and buildings; where to start and how to incorporate the subject matter into your painting.  All supplies included but bring if you have any. 

 

72271                Fr          6/12     12:30 – 3:30 pm

$35.00

Expanding your Mind

Enjoy these exciting classes that are sure to increase your knowledge of the world around you.  These classes are funded by King County VSHS Levy.

 

“Talking About Death:  A Gift for You and Your Loved Ones”

Talking about death and dying is difficult even taboo in some communities. Yet, families who talk about it are known to be better prepared, less fearful, and can help the dying person to have a more peaceful death. We will view the film, "Speaking of Dying" which is a locally produced documentary that talks frankly about these issues, so we will all be more comfortable when it happens to us or our loved ones. The program includes interaction and opportunity for some sharing. 

 Bio: Dori Gillam is a Speaker and Writer who engages her audiences to participate in discussions about aging, ageism, resilience, and talking about death and dying.  She cared for her parents for seven years until they died 30 days apart, after being married for over 70 years. She has worked for AARP, Sound Generations, the Bayview Retirement Community, and is a hospice worker. 

72249                  We        6/17      10:00 – 11:30am

Free, Pre-registration required.

 

Safety, Awareness & Self Defense: Must Know Information About How to Protect Yourself

In this informational and hands-on workshop, you will learn of awareness and defense strategies for older adults.   Discussion will focus on how to avoid being targeted, surveying your surroundings and spotting potential danger before getting yourself into trouble.  Prevention should always be your primary objective but we will cover blocking and striking techniques to defend yourself with confidence.

 Bio: Carl Williams is the Chief Instructor for Z Ultimate Self Defense studios in the Kent location.  He has been training in Kenpo Karate for 12 years and has a passion for making a positive impact on others, no matter their age.  He was first drawn to martial arts through his daughter who began training after being bullied at school.  Watching her train and grow in confidence,he decided it was his turn to join – a decision he has never regretted. 

72250                 We        8/19      10:00 – 11:30 am

Free, Pre-registration required

 Workshops

A variety of workshops are offered, including:

  • AARP's Driver Safety Program
  • Nutrition and wellness
  • Be Well
  • Information workshops on various topics related to health, insurance, education
  • Computer Classes 

 

Other Wellness opportunities are:

  • Support Group – Mondays, 10 -11 a.m.
  • Low Vision Support Group– Various Mondays
  • Individual Counseling – By appointment
  • Alzheimer Support Group - 1st Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.

Other Classes and Workshops

Exercise and Dance Classes

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