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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 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. 

Check out our January calendar here


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 your choice of a movie, social games, line dance event or other social activity.  Do you like this suggestion, we want to know!

Pamela Simmons, Recreation Supervisor-
Cassidy Case, Assistant Facility Supervisor -

Bridge Defense II, Monday, Jan. 12. (13 weeks). 9:30-11:30a.m. Fee: $130; $156 nonmember.
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 4-6 in the text which may be purchased online or ordered from your local bookstore if you didn't take Part I. It is highly recommended that students have some type of previous bidding class or experience. For more details, contact the instructor at

Bridge for Beginners II, Tuesday, Jan. 13 (13 weeks). 10 a.m.-noon Fee: $130; $156 nonmember.
This class will cover the last part of chapter 6 along with chapters 7-9 of the text “Bidding in the 21st Century,” by Audrey Grant.  The format will include 90 minutes of instruction followed by 30 minutes of play practice.  The class is for anyone who has taken Bridge I. Text is required and must purchase prior to the start of the class.  

Bridge II Play of the Hand, Tuesday, Jan. 13 (13 weeks). 1-3p.m. Fee: $130; $156 nonmember.
This class is designed for advanced beginners and low intermediate players who wish to improve declarer skills. The main part of the course deals with play of the hand as declarer. Other parts include bidding reviews, defense, and more. The class will run with lecture and discussion from the text for the first 90 minutes. Students will then play hands for the last 30 minutes. Text required; Play of the Hand in the 21st Century by Audrey Grant. 

Conversational French, Wednesday, 9:45-11:30a.m. Fee: $50 member; $60 non member. 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. Pre registration requires, minimum enrollment 6. Our next class begins Wednesday Jan.26, however if you want to join us in December we can prorate the current session. 

Intermediate French, Wednesday, 12-1:30p.m. Fee: $50 member; $60 non member. 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. Pre registration requires, minimum enrollment 6. Our next class begins Wednesday Jan. 26, however if you want to join us in December we can prorate the current session. 

Simple Self Healing Techniques, Thursday, 9:30-11a.m. Fee: $40; $50 nonmember; Drop-in fee: $12; $15 nonmember.
‘Wellness through Yoga, Meditation, Acupressure, and Nutrition’ The goal of “Simple Self Healing Techniques” is to bring us back to our true constitution and restore balance in our bodies and minds. This wellness journey will introduce you to techniques that will bring you back to your true nature where you will experience the state of optimal health, balance, and happiness. Our next class begins Thursday Jan. 29, however if you want to join us in December we can prorate the current session or you can opt to pay the drop-in fee. 

Tai Chi, Wednesday, Jan. 21-March 25, 9-10:30 a.m. Fee: Free.
Tai Chi is a healing martial art that combines many martial arts movements with Qi (energy) circulation, breathing, and stretching techniques that improve balance and overall health. Offered in partnership with Washtenaw Community College.

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 GOV Delivery 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.  

Exploring the Tao through Watercolor, Thursdays, Jan. 22-March 26, 9:30-11:30a.m. Fee: Free.
Learn a different watercolor painting skill interwoven with the spiritual concept of quiet awareness while exploring various watercolor techniques. This class is offered in partnership with Washtenaw Community College. 

Chair Yoga, Fridays, Jan. 23, 9:30-10:30a.m.
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 breath work, stretching, strengthening, bringing a greater ease of movement to the joints and relaxation. This gentle yoga class is open to all abilities. Instructor: Jeanne Hagadone, 8 weeks. No class 2/20.


Meet-up Groups

Acoustic Jam Meet Up, Second and Forth Sunday of the month, 7:30-9 p.m. Fee: free; $2 nonmember.
You’re invited to join us on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., for a family-friendly open jam session. We gather at the 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.

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, 1-2:30 p.m. or Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m. Fee: free; $2 nonmember.
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! Special Note: No Mah Jongg on March 5th due to the AARP Driving Awareness special service offering at the center.

Movie Matinee Meet Up, ​Monday, 12:30-2:30p.m. Fee: free; $2 nonmember.
Join us Monday afternoons for the weekly matinee, welcoming all movie lovers! 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. Check out the movies we’ll be showing in December:  December 15, Jersey Boys;   22, And So it Goes; 29, If I stay  January through April movie titles will be on display at the front desk at the beginning of each month. See you at the movies.

Scrabble Meet Up Group, Tuesday, 10 a.m. -noon. Fee: free; $2 nonmember.
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, Director Ray Gentz : Monday, 12:30 -3:30 p.m. Fee: $2; $3 nonmember.
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! (*non member fee $4 beginning July 1, 2015.

ACBL Sanctioned Bridge, Wednesday, noon-3:30p.m. Fee: $6 member; $7 non member.
Directed by Dick Fortune. Thursday, noon-3:30p.m. Fee: $6 member; $7 nonmember. Directed by 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, Friday, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.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.


Cultural Arts

Upcoming Art Shows:

Join us at the Ann Arbor Senior Center Friday, May 1 and 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

 May 1, 2015
Brenda Miller-Slomovits
Ecosystem: 1952-2014


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 will be donating one third of art sale proceeds to Legacy Land Conservancy. To learn more about the Legacy Land Conservancy please visit their website:

June 26, 2015
Laurence Bond Miller

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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. Our mission: Together, we enrich life by cultivating exceptional experiences. For more information on how you can be involved in our Cultural Arts programs please contact Recreation Supervisor, Pamela Simmons at 734.794.6250.

Film: Through the Worm Whole
Wednesday, April 29 and running for 8 weeks. 7:30-9p.m. This program will feature a film and an opportunity for discussion each week. Fee: $20 member; $30 nonmember. Drop-in fee $3; $5 nonmember. Through the Worm Whole Season four.  The vastness of our universe lends itself to an equally vast number of mysteries, both within our everyday world and far beyond. This fourth season of Through the Wormhole continues to gather the greatest scientific minds in an attempt to answer some of the most fascinating questions of our existence. Researchers, biologists, computer scientists, engineers, and other experts will lend their decades of discoveries toward shedding light on these phenomena and more. With over seven hours of mind-bending information, these ten episodes take a huge scientific step toward replacing philosophical theories with cold, hard facts and real-life applications. Yet in the end, minds are enlightened, and even more questions are raised, which can only lead to another journey Through the Wormhole. 


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.

Concerts in the Park

2015 Summer Concerts in the Park

Concert in the Park are, free, on Sunday in Burns Park at 1:30 p.m.


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/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 1st Symphony. This afternoon 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 Bangled Banner and other sonic surprises!

Aug 4 Neil Woodward-  Michigan's Troubadour 
(Note: This is a Tuesday not Sunday like the others)

Neil Woodward  a  natural-born storyteller and musician telling tales of Michigan and with originals and songs of 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!

 Aug 9 Ebb Tide-  Acoustic with Cajon drum, vocals, mandolin and guitar

Ebb 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, and Bob Dylan. Rich harmonies, acoustic and electric guitars, percussion, string bass and mandolin will have you tapping your feet and singing along. Founding band members 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.

 Aug 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 to life the person of Mr. Ellington 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.

This program is offered free for the community and managed by the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Our mission: Together, we enrich life by cultivating exceptional experiences. For more information on how you can be involved in our Cultural Arts programs please contact Recreation Supervisor, Pamela Simmons at 734.794.6250.


AARP Tax Services and Driving Skills

Refresh your driving skills with the AARP SMART DRIVER™ COURSE! March 5 and 6 from noon-4 p.m. each day.
 You will learn: 
• Defensive driving techniques 
• Proven safety strategies 
• New traffic laws and rules of the road 
Plus, there are no tests to pass. You simply sign up and learn. Upon completion you could receive a multi-year discount on your car insurance.*
To register for this class please call (734) 794-6250 or for more information go to Please bring a check to pay for this course to the first class made payable to AARP.  The Ann Arbor Senior Center host this class on behalf of AARP. $15 AARP Members; $20 non AARP Members

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 advise if you are doing your own return and have questions. Please note that requests for specific Tax Professionals cannot be made. 

Winter Weather Advisory​

At this time we want to remind all of our senior center program participants of the Winter Weather Procedures that the Ann Arbor Senior Center follows. 
1. When the Ann Arbor Public Schools close or delay opening due to severe winter weather:
When the Ann Arbor Public Schools are closed due to weather; the Senior Center is under a two-hour delay and will open at 11 a.m. Any programs scheduled to begin before 11 a.m. will be cancelled. Our staff will try to be in the building by 9 to answer any phone calls, however, they may also be delayed.
2. When the City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreations Service Unit closes our facility due to severe winter weather:
Last winter was the first time the City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation facilities were closed for the entire day/or evening due to severe winter weather. Should this happen again, the City will post closure notifications and updates on the website. ( You can also look for alerts on Facebook and Twitter and GovDelivery if you’ve signed up at to receive e-mail alerts. The winter weather closure Announcement will be sent out from the Senior Center and Burns Park subscription.  


Join the Ann Arbor Senior Center Today! Become a member of the Senior Center and take advantage of the diverse programming while joining a vibrant group of people staying active in the community. Memberships are affordable and offer special discounts on many activities. 

​Rent the Ann Arbor 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 conference room hidden in the back. Affordably priced and convenient, the center is ideal for receptions, parties, retreats, business meetings, trainings, and other events. Adult functions may also pay an additional fee for an alcohol permit when booking parties and celebrations. Rental fees are affordable and start at $30 per hour. Click here to download a PDF for more details.

Types of events that have been held at our center in the past include: ​karate classes; CPR/first aid courses; lectures; group gatherings; zumba, bollyfit, yoga, and other fitness classes; birthday parties (all ages); sport-watching events (watching games on the big projection screen); church groups; meetings, seminars, and workshops; and performance rehearsals.

Ren​tal Details

Combining rustic charm and modern convenience, the Ann Arbor Senior Center offers a variety of amenities including: 


  • Kitchen with space for food storage and preparation

  • Sound system with an iPod dock and CD player

  • 2 large (50'') flat screen televisions and DVD players

  • Wii game console

  • 4 large mirrors (8' x 5') on wheels that can be set up for dance or exercise classes

  • White boards, including 1 portable

  • Portable stage

  • LCD projector

  • Yamaha Clavinova piano

  • Rectangular tables (8' x 3' and 8' x 1 ½') and card tables



Thank you for considering the Ann Arbor Senior Center to host your event! ​We hope to work with you. Please contact us with any questions or to setup a time to view the facility.


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.​