Below the following flyers, programs are listed alphabetically.
Blue Grass Jam
The A2 Blue Grass participants come from all over southeast Michigan
and just have fun with bluegrass jamming and singing. Our skills range
from expert to novice. We draw a wide variety of musical instruments
including banjos, fiddles, stand up and electronic bass, percussion,
washboard, dobro, mandolin and the occasional harmonica. Everyone
is welcome, and it is open to all ages. We like to concentrate on the
standard bluegrass tunes, with some vocals. A list of some of the music
we play is on the music page on our website. For more information,
visit www.A2blugrass.com. We typically meet the second and fourth
Tuesday at the Ann Arbor Senior Center in Burns Park. There is a drop in
fee of $5 for musicians. Feel free to stop by and just listen for no fee, but
donations are always appreciated.
Blues Jam and Clinic
Bring your love of the blues, an instrument, and we’ll do the rest.
The jam is open to electric instruments, but acoustic instruments are
encouraged as well. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at
the Ann Arbor Senior Center. The drop-in fee is $5, and additional fees
for scheduled clinics may apply. For more information visit www.meet.
The A2 Community Sing is a monthly program comprised of individuals
of all ages who simply love to sing. This program is similar to times of
sharing songs that hold all the magic of singing around the campfire.
Professional song leaders will get the music started each week, and
then we work our way around the circle so everyone can select or
pass on a special song they want to sing with the group. We use both
the “Rise Up Singing Song Book” and the “Rise Again Song Books,”
and limited copies are available at the center. Fee: $5. For more
information, visit www.a2gov/CulturalArts.
Concerts in the Park
Join us on summer Sundays in
beautiful Burns Park for free
live performances at 3 p.m., just
outside of downtown Ann Arbor
and U-M Central Campus. Rain
location is in the Ann Arbor
Senior Center. Because the
performance groups are subject
to change, please visit the
Concerts in the Park website at
this spring to confirm the
concert schedule and the
preconcert entertainment. The
tentative schedule includes:
• Gemini Brothers, Sunday,
• Motown jazz guitarist John E.
Lawrence, Aug. 6.
• Cadillac Cowboys, Aug. 13.
• Playin’ Chicken, Aug. 20
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. New session begins the first
Wednesday of each month. Monthly session fee may vary due to
number of Wednesdays in a month. Wednesday, 9:45-11:30 a.m. Fee
average: $25, member; $31.25, nonmember for a four-week,/month
session. Instructor Jim McMurtrie.
We’ll meet the third Sunday of the month at the Ann Arbor Senior Center
in Burns Park from 7-9 p.m. Fee: $5. The song writing group is driven
to provide community, education, development and support to those
who want to explore writing songs. This group can include those who
have never written a song before and are curious, to those who already
have a portfolio of songs that they have written. Each month includes
an open, moderated workshop where participants discuss fears, ideas,
techniques, challenges and best practices. Learn more and
sign up to attend at www.meetup.com/Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam.These
two-hour sessions are limited to 16 participants. Bring original
completed songs, works in progress, works you are stuck on. Contact
Dan French through the website with questions.
Cards & Games
ACBL Sanctioned Bridge
You do not need to be a member to play at our club that meets at
the Ann Arbor Senior Center in the Gallery Room. This bridge game
has players with varied levels of expertise including Life Masters and
intermediate-level players. You can join us two times a week and pay
the drop in fee. Wednesday games are directed by Dick Fortune and
Thursday games are directed by Stacey Tessler. You do not need to
be a senior to join. Wednesday, noon-3:30 p.m. Fee: $6, member; $7, nonmember. Thursday, noon- 3:30 p.m. Fee: $6, member; $7,
nonmember. Effective July 1, pending council approval, ACBL bridge
fees will be $8, member; $9, nonmember.
Bridge Defense Part III
This all ages class is designed for advanced beginners and low
intermediate players who wish to improve their defensive play and
do play practice with analysis. 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. Hands will be analyzed after
completion to review the bidding, play and defense. We will be working
on chapters 7-9 in the text which may be purchased online or ordered
from your local bookstore. (No class on Memorial Day, Monday, May
29. Monday, April 17-July 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $130 member/$156
Bridge for Beginners Part II
This part two beginning bridge class covers part of chapter 6 and
chapters 7-9 in the text “Bidding in the 21st Century,” by Audrey Grant.
Class participants will be introduced to: managing trump suit by
drawing and delaying techniques; combining and choosing defense
playing techniques and preemptive bids; the Jacoby Transfer; and other
higher level bridge play techniques. The format will include 90 minutes
of instruction followed by 30 minutes of play practice. Prerequisite:
Bridge for Beginners Course or equivalent class or instructor approval.
Required text: Bidding in the 21st Century” by Audrey Grant (under $20).
Instructor: Ray Gentz. Session one: Tuesday, April 18-July 11, 10 a.m.-
noon. Fee: $130 member/$156 nonmember.
Bridge, Supervised Play, Drop-in
These sessions are designed for beginners and low, intermediate
players who wish to improve their bidding, declarer and defensive
play. The sessions will run with students playing seven-nine hands per
session. Hands will be analyzed after completion to review the bidding,
play and defense. It is highly recommended that students have some
type of previous bidding class or experience. Please note that this
is not a duplicate game, just practice. Drop in only, no registration
required. Players will be partnered with people of the same skill level
when possible. For details, contact instructor Ray Gentz at 734.769.3994
or the Senior Center office at 734.794.6250. Monday, July 24-Sept.
11, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Drop-in Fee: $10, member; $12 nonmember and
on Tuesday, July 18-Sept. 12, 1-3 p.m., drop-in Fee: $10, member; $12
Duplicate Non-Sanctioned Bridge
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. Directed by Ray Gentz. This
bridge game is offered every Monday from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fee: $2,
member; $3, nonmember.
Play or learn to play an ancient game, Mahjongg. It’s a four-player
tile game that plays somewhat like rummy and poker. We meet on
Monday afternoons to play and teach our favorite game to new
comers 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 this almost
addictive game! Monday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Fee: free member;
What has 100 tiles, 225 squares, a multi-colored board and millions of
fans of all ages, backgrounds and locales? 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 join us every Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon. Fee: free, member/$2,
Chair Yoga Fridays
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. Contact Ann Arbor Rec & Ed for
class schedule and to register in spring and summer programs.
The workout involves actual
drum sticks and a group
of people pounding to a
song or an original beat.
This full-body workout
provides the cardio you
need while exercising. Come
and connect with your true
rhythm in life and join us in
Burns Park, near the corner
of Wells and Baldwin, for
Cardio Drumming. When
you register online be sure
to select the session that
provides equipment for you or
the session where you will be
bringing your own equipment.
Participants bringing their
drumming station will need a stability ball, two drum sticks and a bucket for the base. An air
compressor is available at the drum site if you need to inflate your ball.
Limited number of drum stations available. Mondays, 6:45-7:45 p.m.
Two sessions available this spring/summer. Mini session one: Monday,
June 5-6, Fee: $32 using city equipment and $24 if you bring your own.
Session two: Monday, July 10- Aug. 28, $64 using city equipment and
$48 if you bring your own.
Pétanque Ann Arbor in Burns Park
A sport for everyone! Pétanque
similar to bocce ball, is a game of
French origin where the object is to
toss hollow metal balls on a gravel
surface to a small wooden target.
You are welcome to play on the
wonderful court next to the Burns
Park shelter anytime. Pétanque club
organizers Howard Ando and Jane
Wilkinson meet most Sundays at the
court starting mid May. Come on
most Sundays and learn to play at 2
p.m. To learn more about Pétanque
Ann Arbor in Burns Park, visit www.
Tai Chi for Stress and Relaxation
Don’t miss this intergenerational class offered Thursdays at the
Ann Arbor Senior Center at Burns Park. Fee: $160. This class is a
combination of energy exercises that are part of the Tai Chi form,
along with breath awareness and meditation. It is appropriate for both
experienced Tai Chi practitioners and brand new beginners. This class
is for people of all ages. Preregistration is required, space is limited.
Thursday, Feb. 9-March 30, 12:30-2 p.m. Fee: $160.
The Civil War through the Words of a Soldier
This Cultural Arts program will include a presentation and book-signing event by Patricia Camburn Zick (writes under the name of P.C. Zick) who will be joining us from Florida. Her book, "Civil War Journal of a Union Soldier" provides a personal insight to her grandfather's journals and a connection to Michigan. Our event also includes music performed by local Civil War Song writer and artist Matt Jones. Ms. Zick believes in living lightly upon this earth with love, laughter, and passion, and through her writing, she imparts this philosophy in an entertaining manner with an obvious love for her characters, plot, and themes. Her most recent nonfiction endeavor is the publication of her great grandfather's memoir entitled, "Civil War Journal of a Union Soldier". Ms. Zick will discuss the book and her great grandfather's connection to the Michigan area and to Laura S. Haviland, the great abolitionist and founder of the Raisin Institute, who was one of several who came to see the young soldier off to war at the train station in Adrian. Based on the journals her grandfather kept, the book provides a glimpse into the minutiae of a soldier's life. Catch a glimpse into the program by watching her you tube trailer: https://youtu.be/GNsZUiyDKIo . The program begins with a 30 minute Civil War music played by local musician, followed by a presentation by P.C. Zick, a Q & A and concluding with light refreshments, book signing and sales and a little more music. This popular event has limited seating. We encourage you to register early for this program. Friday, June 9, 1-2:30 p.m. Fee: $6 Senior Center Member; $8 nonmember.
Community Tax Free Preparation Outreach
This community service will be offered on Tuesday’s at the Ann Arbor
Senior Center starting Feb. 14 through mid April. Appointments
can be scheduled online or by calling the Ann Arbor Senior Center,
734.794.6250. This is a free community service offered by AARP-trained
Tax Aids. Registration is required.