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Ann Arbor Senior Center

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​​​​​​Ann Arbor Senior Center
1320 Baldwin Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (directions)

Pam Simmons, Recreation Supervisor​ 

Monday - Thursday
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Ann Arbor Senior Center is your center for community programs and public or private events; offering a range of programs, services, and social activities to empower and engage older adults in healthful and meaningful ways. The Ann Arbor Senior Center provides programs and services that promote fitness and activity, reduce the risk of adverse health events, and provide recreational and cultural activities that can improve physical stamina and maintain cognitive functioning. Our goal is to make healthy activities fun while providing access to wellness information and support for older people and their families. We are proud to be a part of this community and we would be honored to have you join us. ​


Let's Start Something New!

Would you like to see us start a new program? Let us know! We want to hear your ideas about new community programs and activities. Contact us to get started! New ideas submitted include a pot luck followed by a movie, social games, line dancing event, and other social activities. Do you like these suggestions? We want to know! For more information or to email us a suggestions, please contact Pamela Simmons, Recreation Supervisor at

Bridge Defense III

9:30a.m. - 11:30a.m. | Fee: $130; $156 non-member.

This class is designed for advanced beginners and low intermediate players who wish to improve their defensive play. The class will run with lecture and discussion from the text for the first hour. Students will then shuffle, deal and play hands during the last hour. We will be working on chapters 7-9 in the text which may be purchased online or ordered from your local bookstore if you didn't take Part I or II. It is highly recommended that students have some type of previous bidding class or experience. For more details, contact the instructor at

Bridge Conventions with Supervised Play

Tuesdays,  (13 weeks). 10a.m.- 12p.m. | Fee: $130; $156 non-member.

The class is for advanced beginner through middle intermediate players who wish to learn new artificial bids and conventions as well as to review former ones such as Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, Blackwood, opening leads and more. No text needed!! Handouts provided. Each class will start with 20-45 minutes of presentation on the topic at hand followed by the play portion where students will shuffle, deal, bid and play hands with analysis done at the end. Students are to pre-pay or pay on first day of class. Sorry but not for drop-ins. For more info, contact the Senior Center or the instructor.

Bridge For Beginners​​​ II 

Tuesdays, 1p.m. - 3p.m. | Fee: $130; $156 nonmember.

This class will cover chapters 6-9 of the text “Bidding in the 21st Century” by Audrey Grant. The format will include about 90 minutes of instruction followed by 30 minutes of play practice. The class is mainly for anyone who has taken Bridge I through Ann ArborCommunity Rec + Ed or Bridge For Beginners at Burns Park; Others may register also but must purchase the text before April 21. This is a pre-pay class. Students may pay before class or on the first day.

Learn Bridge in a Day Class for Beginners

Fee: $30; $40 nonmember.

This one day Bridge Class will be offered this Spring. Updates will be sent out in the GovDelivery Subscription when we get closer to the class. If you are interested in this class, feel free to call the Ann Arbor Senior Center and have your name added to our call list.

Conversational French

Wednesdays, 9:45a.m. - 11:30a.m. | Fee: $50 member; $60 nonmember. Instructor Jim Mc Murtri.

​If you already know how to speak French and want to brush up on it, this class is for you. We spend much of the time talking about various topics and reading interesting literature. Currently, we're reading "La maison du juge" by a Belgian author named Georges Simenon. This social supportive French program has fun learning, singing, and sharing. Join us. Questions, please feel free to contact the Instructor, Jim McMurtri. Preregistration required, minimum enrollment 6.

Intermediate French

Wednesdays, 12:00p.m. - 1:30p.m. | Fee: $50 member; $60 nonmember. Instructor Jim Mc Murtri.

If you speak some French, you could take this class to improve your conversational skills. Much of the class time is taken up talking about various issues. We also study grammar and read really good books. Right now, we're reading "41 contes de France" by Jean Muzi. This class is a lot of fun and the perfect way to brush up on your language skills. We would love for you to join us. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the instructor Jim McMurtri. Preregistration required, minimum enrollment 6.​

​Chair Yoga

Fridays, starting Apr. 24, 9:30a.m. - 10:30a.m. Instructor: Jeanne Hagadone.

Level 1-2. Combining breath and movement, chair yoga provides a gentle stretch for your body and brings a sense of clarity to the mind. Learn how to practice yoga sitting in a chair and how to use the chair as support in standing poses. Your focus is on breathing, stretching, strengthening, bringing a greater ease of movement to the joints and relaxation. This gentle yoga class is open to all abilities.

Meet-up Groups

Acoustic Jam Meet Up

Second and Forth Sunday of the month, 7:30-9 p.m. Fee: Free member; $2 nonmember.

You're invited to join us on the 2nd and 4th  Sunday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., for the Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam. A mixed group of men and women, from college students to retirees, from beginners to pros, we play and sing all styles of music together (lots of Beatles, Dylan, Stones, folk and country, and newer stuff like the Lumineers and the Decemberists). All acoustic instruments are welcome, as well as (this is the"mostly" part) electric bass guitars and keyboards. Our limit is 23 people per jam, and the first to sign up on line get in. There's a $5 drop-in fee for jammers. The 4th Sunday jam features an open mic, for solo, duo and trio performers, for the first hour or so. For information, visit Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam/. If you have questions, send a message to organizer Bill Connors through Joining the Meetup group is free, and anyone can come and listen for free.

​BINGO Meet Up

Every Wednesday, 6:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.​

The Ann Arbor Senior Center hosts a state licensed BINGO game, run by the Knights of Columbus, every Wednesday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Adults ages 18 years and older are welcome to participate. Come and play and maybe you will take home the huge jackpot!

MahJongg Meet Up

Monday, 1p.m. - 2:30p.m. or Thursday, 1p.m. - 2:30p.m. | Fee: Free member; $2 non-member.

Play or learn to play an ancient game, Mah Jongg. It’s a 4-player tile game that plays somewhat like rummy and poker. Have fun and exercise your brain with this wonderful game. Most players play the Chinese version, however, we are now developing a pool of players who play the American version. Enjoy both games, getting together with friends and soon-to-be friends. We meet twice weekly to enjoy playing and teaching our favorite game at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Players of all ages and skill levels are welcome. You can easily learn in one or two sessions and the experienced players are happy to help new players learn an almost addictive game!

​Movie Matinee Meet Up

Monday, 12:30p.m. - 2:30p.m. Fee: Free member; $2 nonmember.

Attention all movie lovers! Join us Monday afternoons for a weekly matinee. Each week we select a different newly released film to watch. Pack a lunch and meet us in the cozy lobby at the center for an enjoyable time. See you at the movies!

​Scrabble Meet Up Group

Tuesday, 10a.m. - 12p.m. | Fee: Free member; $2 non-member.

Calling all Scrabble lovers! Easy to teach, easy to learn, and fun to play. This group is for people who like a little friendly competition and riotous conversation. All experience levels are welcome, so if you like the occasional game of scrabble, then this is the meet up group for you!

Play Bridge

Duplicate Non Sanctioned Bridge

Mondays, 12:30p.m. -3:30p.m. | Fee: $2 member; $3 nonmember. Director: Ray Gentz

This non-sanctioned Duplicate Bridge attracts players of all levels and all ages! You do not need to be a member to play at our club. This bridge game has players with varied levels of expertise including Life Masters, beginners and intermediate level players. Please join us! (*nonmember fee is $4 beginning July 1, 2015).

​ACBL Sanctioned Bridge

Wednesdays, 12p.m. - 3:30p.m. | Fee: $6 member; $7 nonmember. Director: Dick Fortune.

Thursdays, 12p.m. - 3:30p.m. | Fee: $6 member; $7 nonmember. Director: Stacey Tessler.

You do not need to be a member to play at our club. This bridge game has players with varied levels of expertise including Life Masters and intermediate level players. Please joi

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| Fee: $6 member; $7 nonmember. Director: Stacey Tessler.

You do not need to be a member to play at our club. This bridge game is for beginner players with less than 300 master points.

​Cultural Arts

Upcoming Art Shows:

Join us at the Ann Arbor Senior Center Friday, June 26 from 6-8p.m. for an artist reception featuring Laurence Bond Miller. $5 suggested donation. Please call 734.794.6250 for more information.

Now through August 15 - Laurence Bond Miller - Reinvention

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Artist Statement – Laurence dabbled with art, decades ago during his youth. Raw, simple two-dimensional designs and color drawings. An abstract, surreal, lyrical style based on natural form using plant like cursive structure. Since 2007, he has been recreating the most inspired of the unfinished sketches he kept, but on a larger scale. Laurence soon began painting new works as well, and is quick to admit though highly inspired, is in fact an amateur with no formal training. In 2010-11, Laurence filmed a number of his paintings "in the process" with an overhead aerial camcorder mount. These short little Art Films documented his creative process, later edited with sound design support by twin brother, Benjamin Miller. NOTE: The films will be showing on screen during Friday's reception show. Twin brother Benjamin Miller will be performing "live" at the event. His "prepared" guitar creates a sonic tapestry that defies standard guitar playing, cultivating a unique technique of clandestine improvisation. He produces a dense multiphonic soundscape by outputting several pickups through separate FX chains into a Quadraphonic system.


This program is offered free for the community and managed by the Ann Arbor Senior Center.

For more information on how you can be involved in our Cultural Arts programs please contact Recreation Supervisor, Pamela Simmons at 734.794.6250.

Spring Events in Burns Park​

2015 Summer Concerts in the Park

All concerts in the park are free, start at 1:30 p.m., and are located in Burns Park.

July 26 ​ Playin' Chicken

Come hear "Playin' Chicken" in one of their rare live performances. This eclectic acoustic trio blends folk, rock, bluegrass and swing-jazz influences from three veteran Southeast Michigan musicians. Myron Grant sings and plays guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and bones with the trio. A singer and instrumentalist since childhood, his musical background ranges from church choir to rock-and-roll, to eclectic acoustic, to swing and jazz.  Bill Connors sings and plays accordion, tenor and soprano banjo, and mandolin. Bill is an award-winning songwriter, his songs won the Great American Songwriting Contest and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Multi-instrumentalist Mike Knight currently plays upright bass for the trio. Mike has performed in various bluegrass and folk venues in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana.

August 4 ​ Neil Woodward ​ Michigan's Troubadour 

(Note: This concert is on a Tuesday, not Sunday, like the others)

Neil Woodward, a natural-born storyteller and musician, telling tales of Michigan with original songs and some from our past. He expertly plays guitar, banjo, and fiddle, as well as autoharp, bass, bells, accordion, concertina, dulcimer, harmonica, mandocello, mandola, mandolin, pennywhistle, and more!

August 9 – Big Blue Tide ​ Acoustic with Cajun Drum, Vocals, Mandolin, and Guitar

Big Blue Tide is a Tecumseh-based Americana group that performs original songs and fresh interpretations of favorites by the likes of Credence Clearwater Revival, John Prine, Allison Kraus, and Bob Dylan. Rich harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars, percussion, string bass and mandolin will have you tapping your feet and singing along. Formerly known as the Ebb Tide Trio, the founding band members of Big Blue Tide are singer-percussionist Mike Snyder-Barker and singer-guitarist Beau Buchanan. Recent additions are Burns Park's own Bill Connors, an award-winning singer-songwriter, guitarist, and mandolin player; Mike Knight, an upright bass player, multi-instrumentalist; and Amanda Kellogg, lead and harmony singer, guitarist. ​

August 16  Cedric ​ Rocks In My Bed: Duke Ellington and His Music

Actor Cedric Liqueur, who has performed with London's Royal Shakespeare Academy, will electrify the Concert in the Park stage. He will appear as Duke Ellington in his one-man solo presentation "Rocks In My Bed: Duke Ellington and His Music." Appropriate for all ages. Not just a concert, but instead Cedric brings Mr. Ellington to life in a personal, one-on-one way, allowing the audience to feel they have had an intimate visit with this extremely talented man and musician.


Rent the Ann Arb​or Senior Center

It’s the perfect place to connect with your community... convenient, accessible, and available for rent! The Ann Arbor Senior Center offers a variety of amenities for your family celebration, club meetings, and public classes. The facility includes a main room that measures 1,360 square feet, as well as a comfortable lobby area, and private meeting room. Affordably priced and convenient, the center is ideal for receptions, parties, retreats, business meetings, trainings, and more! Rental fees are affordable and start at $30 per hour. Adult functions may also pay an additional fee for an alcohol permit. ​For additional information or to setup a time to view the facility, please call ​734.794.6250​. You can also click ​here to find additional room rental information online or download a PDF of our Rental Inquiry Form.

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S​​​enior Center Membership

Become a member of the Ann Arbor Senior Center and take advantage of the diverse programming while joining a vibrant group of people staying active in the community. Ann Arbor Senior Center memberships are affordable and will be a gift to you that keeps on giving all year long. Members enjoy special discounts on many activities and free admission to all of our cultural arts events. Not only does your membership serve as a passport to exciting events, it also ​helps to support and sustain the center and ensure that it is a vital part of the community for many years to come. For more information about our programs and services, please contact us at 734.794.6250 or stop by the front desk. ​

Senior Resource D​​​irectory​

Click here to download a comprehensive list of resources including agencies, phone numbers, and websites if you need assistance from housing and finance, to heath and more.​

Click here to access a Senior Resource guide for older adults in Washtenaw County from U of M Geriatrics Center. 

Click here for more information about Michigan Senior Olympics