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 center is located in Burns Park, a 15-acre neighborhood park adjacent to Burns Park Elementary School. 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
Mondays, starting Apr. 20. (13 weeks). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bridge Conventions with Supervised Play
Tuesdays, starting Apr. 21 (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, starting Apr. 21 (13 weeks). 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 from 7 to 9 p.m., for a family-friendly open jam session. We gather at the Senior Center to play and sing all styles of music together. All acoustic instruments are welcome, with the exception of electric bass guitars. There are 20 spots per event, available on a first-come, first-served basis. An open microphone, for solo performances, is occasionally offered. Previous jams have featured Cajun, Irish, folk, rock, and pop selections. Drop by and check us out.
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!
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 join us.
ACBL Beginners Game and Lesson
Fridays, 11a.m. - 2:30p.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 is for beginner players with less than 300 master points.
Upcoming Art Shows:
Join us at the Ann Arbor Senior Center Friday, May 1 and Friday, June 26 from 6-8p.m. for two artist receptions featuring Brenda Miller-Slomovits and Laurence Bond Miller. $5 suggested donation. Please call 734.794.6250 for more information.
May 1, 2015 - Brenda Miller-Slomovits - Ecosystem: 1952-2014
The show's theme, "Seeing Latitude" centers on preservation and ecology, topics that capture Miller Slomovits' attention and inspire her art. Miller Slomovits hopes her work will inspire a similar affect in her audience. In reference to her upcoming exhibit, she states her, "deepest wish is that this exhibit would be a springboard for impressions and memories of our love of the land, moving us to help protect and sustain our natural surroundings." One quarter of art sales proceeds from "Seeing Latitude" will be donated to Legacy Land Conservancy. The exhibit includes a number of the Ann Arbor Observer covers she has done over the past 18 years, but mainly focuses on her new abstract collages which are meditations and reflections on ecology, climate change and sustainability.
Artist Statement – I've been inspired by years spent living in the Rocky Mountains and in my Ann Arbor home, surrounded by woods. I'm grateful that the gorgeous natural areas of our state and country have shaped my love of beauty and interest in creating art, which in turn has led me to support efforts to protect the environment. I continue to seek a personal way to have an impact, despite sometimes feeling frustrated and ineffectual. My deepest wish is that this exhibit is a springboard for impressions and memories of our love of the land, moving us all to help protect and sustain our natural surroundings.
Brenda Miller Slomovits has been studying and working in the field of art and design for much of her adult life. She received her BFA from Eastern Michigan University in 1989 and has shown her work in the Chelsea River Gallery, Legacy Land Conservancy Exhibits, Ann Arbor Women Artist's exhibits and the U of M Art Exhibits. The Ann Arbor Observer has published her art on over a dozen of its covers. Since 1998, she has also worked in support of parents and families in the Mott Newborn Intensive Care Unit and the Ann Arbor Ronald McDonald House.
Brenda will be donating one third of art sale proceeds to the Legacy Land Conservancy. To learn more about the Legacy Land Conservancy please visit their website at legacylandconservancy.org.
June 26, 2015 - Laurence Bond Miller - Reinvention
Artist Statement – Recently I moved back to Ann Arbor from NY and unfinished sketches from my youth decades ago stirred up my creativity and inspired "Reinvention," the painting collection of wild, surreal, abstract impressions for this June show.
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
Mark your calendar now for the next Ann Arbor Senior Center Party
Wednesday April 22 at 4 p.m.
Enjoy a barbecue, games, ice cream social, outdoor cinema, petanque games, and more. Details in the next ZEST newsletter.
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.
June 28 – Gemini Brothers, Sandor and Laszlo Slomovits – Award-winning Songs
This concert will keep the whole family entertained with rousing sing-alongs, hand motions, folk tales, and music from around the world. "If the Pied Piper had been twins, odds are he would have been Gemini."– The Detroit News
July 12 – Mister Laurence and his Play Money Band – Electric Guitar, Children's Songs, and Electronic Mix
Musician Laurence Bond Miller and his Play Money Band is sophisticated enough for the grownup ear, yet playful and age appropriate to keep the little ones glued. His musical presentation is geared towards the whole family with preschool children as the primary focus
July 19 – Nessa – Traditional Music of the U.K
Led by Flutist and Vocalist, Kelly McDermott, Nessa takes listeners on a thrill ride through traditional music of the U.K. Plan to hear a jig and reel reworked, English Roots music takes a trip to the Caribbean, and some good old fashioned Pop mixed in for good measure.
July 26 – Sensorium Saxophone Quarter – Cutting Edge Music
The Sensorium Saxophone Quartet will perform a diverse repertoire of cutting edge music led by composer-musician Benjamin Miller. Miller recently returned from NYC where his Saxophone Orchestra performed and recorded his first symphony. The audience will be treated to unique compositions by Miller, Erik Satie's "Trois Gymnopédies", Grandfather of Minimalism Terry Riley's "In C", Jimi Hendrix's version of The Star Spangled Banner, and other sonic surprises!
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.
AARP Tax Services
AARP Tax Assistance Tuesday, Feb. 3 through April 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Please call or stop by the center to reserve an appointment. The AARP tax assistance is done by trained volunteers in partnership with the IRS, and is geared toward seniors and modest-income taxpayers. The volunteers do Federal and Michigan 1040 forms and credits, and amended returns. The returns will be sent electronically, and you will receive a paper copy to take home. They are able to do some simple business returns (Schedule C—without rental income, depreciation, inventory, or farm income). They can also offer advice if you are doing your own return and have questions. Please note that requests for specific Tax Professionals cannot be made.
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