A weekly list of classes, activities and other events.

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Dec. 11-17

Notices

Senior holiday ball

TUE Annual dance with the Seattle Swing band. 1-4 p.m., SeattleCenterHouse,305HarrisonSt.,Seattle;free(206-684-0500).

Classes/workshops

Arthritis

TUE Class meets second Tuesday of the month. 7-8:30 p.m., Overlake Hospital, 1035 116th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; free (425-688-5811 or www.overlakehospital.org).

Antibiotics and the immune system

TUE Increase your understanding of how antibiotics work, their benefits and side effects; registration required. 12:45-2 p.m., Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell; free (425-487-2441 or www.northshoreseniorcenter.org).

Christmas dance

TUE Featuring the Sound of Swing Big Band. 2-4 p.m., North Bellevue Community and Senior Center, 4063 148th Ave. N.E., Bellevue; $3 (425-452-7681).

Manage your cholesterol

TUE Brian Higginson explains LDL, HDL, triglycerides and strategies for managing cholesterol, pre-registration required. Noon-1:30 p.m., Swedish Hospital (Providence), 500 17th Ave., Seattle; free (206-386-2502 or www.swedish.org).

Bridge

WED Get help with bids and hands, no partners needed. 9 a.m.-noon, Senior Center of West Seattle, 4217 S.W. Oregon, Seattle; $1-$2 (206-932-4044).

Keeping happy in the holidays

WED Discussion of stress and how to focus on your values. 1 p.m., University District Senior Center, 5225 15th Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-524-0473).

Merrill Gardens

holiday open house

THU Event includes caroling, drinks and cookies, with a giving tree to benefit local families in need. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Merrill Gardens, 805 Fourth Ave. N., Seattle; free (206-206-284-0055 or www.merrillgardens.com).

Functioning despite arthritis

THU One-time class, registration required. 1 p.m., South County Senior Center, 220 Railroad Ave., Edmonds; free (425-774-5555).

Reverse mortgages

THU For seniors, find out how a reverse mortgage can provide financial independence and ease worries; registration required. 2-3:30 p.m., Northgate Library, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., Seattle; free (206-528-2281).

Medicare Part D

THROUGH DEC 31 Get information and questions answered for those thinking about enrolling in Medicare’s prescription drug program (800-562-6900 or www.benefits checkup.org/index.cfm?).

Ongoing programs

Senior companion program

ONGOING The Volunteers of America Senior Companion programs is seeking volunteers 60 and older of limited income to visit elderly or disabled adults in their homes or assisted-living situations. Volunteers receive a stipend and other benefits (206-329-0515).

Submit Senior Calendar listings three weeks in advance to: seniorcalendar@seattletimes.com or Senior Calendar, P.O. Box 1845, Seattle, WA 98111