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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. ​

Below the following flyers, programs are listed alphebetically.

Current Art Exhibit

Susan Bloye, Mixed Media, Friday, Sept. 23, 6-8 p.m. 

A2 Community Sing - First Sunday Monthly from 7-9 p.m. Fee: $5
Song leaders: Matthew Watroba and Dave Boutette

Whether you are a casual singer, a shower singer, or have been asked to mouth the words — this program has something for everyone. No experience is necessary, and all are encouraged to sing. Community Sing events will occur monthly as an opportunity to share songs that hold all the magic of singing around a campfire. Events take place the first Sunday of the month from 7-9 p.m. Fee to attend is $5. 

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

Acoustic Jam Meet Up, Second and Fourth Sunday of the month, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $5
Audience members are invited to join us for family-friendly entertainment. Feel free to come and listen to the open jam session or sing along. Interested in jamming? There are 20 spots per event available, on a first-come, first-served basis. All acoustic instruments are welcome. No electric bass guitars please. Jammers sign up on the Mostly Acoustic Jam meet up group. 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. 

BlueGrass Jam, Second and fourth Tuesdays in the center, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $5. 
We welcome basses, fiddles, mandolins, flat-pick guitars, washboards, kazoos, bluegrass banjos and singers! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. To learn more visit Ann Arbor Blue Grass Meet Up or just
swing by and join in the fun. Mike Wilson our coordinator will be happy to assist you with more information.

Bridge Defense Class Part I, Monday, Sept. 19-Dec. 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: center member, $130; nonmember, $156. Instructor Ray Gentz
Defensive concepts studied in depth using the text “Defense in the 21st Century” by Audrey Grant. Each class will have one hour of lecture, a brief break and then the remaining time will be used for playing of hands with analysis especially geared toward defense. Open to all ages. Prerequisites: Bridge I and II.

Bridge Defense Part II Monday, Jan. 9-April 4, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Fee: center member, $130; nonmember, $156. 
This class is designed for 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 90 minutes. Students will then shuffle, deal and play about three hands during the last 30 minutes. Hands will be analyzed after completion to review the bidding, play and defense. We will be working on chapters five-nine in the text, which may be purchased online or ordered from your local bookstore if you didn’t take Part I. Students must register in advance and prepay or pay at the first class for all 13 weeks. The class is not designed for drop-ins. It is recommended students have some type of previous bidding class or experience. Instructor Ray Gentz.

Bridge for Beginners Part I Tuesday, Sept. 20-Dec. 13, 10 a.m.-noon. Fee: center member, $130; nonmember, $156. 
A beginning course focusing on basic aspects of bridge featuring bidding using the Standard American system taught using the book “Bidding in the 21st Century” by Audrey Grant. Also included are sections on scoring, defense and more. Each class consists of 90 minutes of presentation including a brief break. The last 30 minutes will be for students to play pre-dealt hands that deal with the material from the lecture. The first five to six chapters of the text will be covered during the course. Open to all ages. Come and learn this fun, yet challenging, game! Instructor Ray Gentz.

Bridge for Beginners Part II, Tuesday, Jan.10-April 5, 10 to noon. Fee: center member, $130; nonmember, $156.

This class will cover chapters 6-9 of the text "Bidding in the 21st Century" by Audrey Grant. The chapters focus on second bids by responder, preemptive openers, takeout doubles, overcalls and more. 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 For Beginners or Bridge I in past years. Others may register also but must purchase the text before April 12th. This class is also a good refresher for those with more experience. ​Instructor Ray Gentz.

Bridge II Play of the Hand Part I Tuesday, Sept. 20-Dec. 13, 1-3 p.m. Fee: center member, $130;
nonmember, $156. 
The course focuses on declarer play using methods described in the book “Play of the Hand in the 21st Century” by Audrey Grant. Also covered will be smaller sections on bidding review, defense and more. Each class consists of 90 minutes of presentation including a brief break. The last 30 minutes will be for students to play hands which will be analyzed with an emphasis on declarer techniques. The first five
to six chapters of the text will be covered during the course. Open to all ages. Prerequisite: Bridge I or equivalent class. Instructor Ray Gentz.

Bridge II, Play of the Hand, Part II 
Tuesday, Jan. 10-April 5, 1-3 p.m. Fee: center member, $130; nonmember, $156. 
The course focuses on declarer play using methods described in the book, “Play of the Hand in the 21st Century,” by Audrey Grant. Also covered will be smaller sections on bidding review, defense and more. Each class consists of 90 minutes of presentation including a brief break. The last 30 minutes will be for students to play hands which will be analyzed with an emphasis on declarer techniques. The second half of the text will be covered during the course. Open to all ages. Prerequisite: Bridge I or equivalent class. Instructor Ray Gentz.

Cardio Drumming, Monday and Thursday weekly, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Fee: $5​

Cardio Drumming in Burns Park mixes full-body cardio with music, drumming and rhythm to get people moving. Cardio Drumming is a fun, new intergenerational workout craze that attracts people of all fitness levels. In addition to the obvious cardio wellness benefits it fosters a fun, community atmosphere.​ 

Drumming Station equipment you'll need:

  • 65cm-75cm exercise ball
  • 17 gallon rope handle bucket
  • Drumsticks (available for purchase from 247 Nutrition on site for $4)
More about Cardio Drumming with 247 Nutrition in Burns Park-

247 Nutrition Coach's will have program waiver and program information for each new person registering in the Cardio Drumming Program in Burns Park. To simplify your first visit, please call the Ann Arbor Senior Center 734.794.6250 and provide our program staff  with your program registration detail including name address, phone, email and how you learned about our new Cardio Drumming program in Burns Park. Christy Dew with 247 Nutrition will offer an optional nutrition shake for all participants. 

Purchase your Drumming Station equipment directly from 247 Nutrition!

You can also purchase  your complete drumming station from 247 Nutrition for $25 when you pre register one week prior to your first drop in session. To find out more about purchasing your station or about Cardio Drumming please call Christy at 734.904.4649. 

Chair Yoga, Friday, Sept. 23-Nov. 18, 9:45-10:45 a.m. Level 1-2. Fee: $95
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 Rec & Ed to register.

Conversational French, Wednesday, 9:45-11:30 a.m. Fee: $25, member; $30, nonmember. Instructor Jim McMurtrie.
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 first Wednesday of each month. Monthly session fee may vary due to number of classes held each month. 

The Culture of Aging

The Sandwich Generation, Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6:30-8 p.m. Fee: Free
When the Time Comes- Can We Let our Loved Ones Go? Can You Let Go and Die? Tuesday, Dec. 6, 6:30-8 p.m. Fee: Free

Depending on culture, aging can be seen as an undesirable phenomenon or as an accumulation of wisdom and status. As we see our American culture change as it relates to aging parents many of the "Boomers" and "Sandwich Generation" are unprepared for the decisions and services they will need to help their loved ones manneuver their quickly changing life path. This new series, Culture of Aging, will offer our community the opportunity to come together, support one another and learn while honoring the tradition of building stronger families and caring for each other. Our program sponsor Legacy Law Center will help navigate us through how our culture and society impact the aging population, how to help aging loved ones keep a sense of independence while providing them with the care and support necessary to stay safe, how to "take care of you" as you take care of them, and the importance of planning for a good life but also a good end. Click here​ for more info.

Duplicate Nonsanctioned Bridge, Director Ray Gentz: Monday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fee: $2, member; $3, nonmember.
This nonsanctioned 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! 

MahJongg meets Monday, 12:30-2:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 1-2:30 p.m. | Fee: Free member; $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!

Movie Matinee meets Monday, 12:30-2:30 p.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 meets Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon | Fee: Free member; $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!

Tai Chi, Wednesday, Sept. 14-Nov. 16, 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. Preregistration is required, space is limited.

Tai Chi for Stress and Relaxation, Sept. 30- Nov. 18, 11:30-1p.m. 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.

Upcoming Art Shows and Receptions
In an effort to bring art and the community together, the Ann Arbor Senior Center, hosts several art shows throughout the year. Our goal is to provide a community-based venue for Ann Arbor artists. We welcome artists who produce art in a variety of media to not only show and sell their work, but to engage with the community and share their story. Our featured artists will discuss their artwork at the reception. Light refreshments will be served. Suggested $5 donation at the door. Descriptions of the artwork and pricing will be posted near each piece of art at the reception.

Watercolor Workshop, Thursday, Sept. 15- Nov. 17, 9:30-11:30 a.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. Preregistration at the Senior Center required.


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 $45 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.