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.
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Wellness and Fitness Programs
Pathway to our Parks
New evidence-based fitness classes for active aging will begin in the spring of 2016, in partnership with Michigan Recreation and Parks Association (MRPA). Visit our website at www.a2gov.org/senior for more details after the New Year.
Diabetes PATH, Tuesday, Jan.13-Feb. 17, 12:30-3p.m. Fee: $15
Diabetes PATH is a six-week workshop conducted in two-and-a-half hour sessions, hosted at the Gallup Park meeting room. The program was developed and tested by Stanford University to help people learn the techniques and strategies they need for the day-to-day management of type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 diabetes are learning to manage their health and live life to the fullest because they took the PATH. The Ann Arbor Senior Center is proud to partner with AAA 1-B to offer this evidence-based disease prevention program. Preregistration is required, contact 800.852.7795 or email@example.com. Session two is scheduled for Jan.13-Feb.17.
Matter of Balance
Many older audlts experience concerns about falling and restrict ther activities. Hosted at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, a Matter of Balance is an award-winning program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase the actvity levels of older adults who have concerns about falls. You will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, make changes to reduce risks at home, and exercise to increase strength and balance. The Ann Arbor Senior Center is proud to partner with AAA-1B offering evidence-based disease prevention programs. Pre-registration is required, contact 800.852.7795 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Tai Chi, Wednesday, Sept. 16-Nov. 18, 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.
Chair Yoga, Fridays, Sept.25-Dec.4, 9:30-10:30 a.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. Contact Rec & Ed to register. Instructor: Jeanne Hagadone, 10 weeks. Visit our website at www.a2gov.org/senior for more chair yoga opportunities in 2016!
Conversational French, Wednesday, 9:45-11:30 a.m. Fee: $25, member; $35, 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. No class Sept. 23 or Sept. 30. Instead join us for two great French films, titled, La Cle des Champs on the Sept. 23, and Sœur Sourire on Sept. 30. French films start at 11:30 a.m. Fee: $2.
Watercolor Workshop, Thursdays, Sept. 17-Nov. 19, 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.
Acoustic Jam, Second and Forth Sunday of the month, 7:30-9 p.m. Fee: Free member; $2 nonmember.
Acoustic Jam Meet Up, second and forth 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.
Bingo, meets every Wednesday, 6:30-9:30 p.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 meets Monday, 1-2:30 p.m. or Thursday, 1p.m. - 2:30p.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!
Bridge and Social Games
Duplicate Nonsanctioned Bridge, Director Ray Gentz : Monday, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Fee: $2, member; $4, 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!
ACBL Sanctioned Bridge, Wednesday, noon-3:30 p.m. Fee: $6, member; $7, nonmember. Directed by Dick Fortune. 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!
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 beginners with less than 300 master points. BINGO. The Ann Arbor Senior Center hosts a state-licensed BINGO game (#A22170), run by the Knights of Columbus, every Wednesday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Adults ages 18 years and older are welcome to participate. Come and play and maybe you will take home the huge jackpot! For additional information please contact Knights of Columbus, Lou Kraus 734.649.0571.
Bridge Defense Class Part I, Monday, Sept. 21-Dec. 14, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Fee: $130, member; $156, member. 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. Pre-requisites: Bridge I and II.
Bridge Defense Part II, Monday, Jan. 11 to April 4, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Fee: $130 ;$156 nonmember. Instructor Ray Gentz.
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 5-9 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 pre-pay 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.
Bridge for Beginners Part I, Tuesday, Sept. 22-Dec. 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Fee: $130, member; $156, member. Instructor Ray Gentz.
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 5-6 chapters of the text will be covered during the course. Open to all ages. Come and learn this fun yet challenging game!
Bridge for Beginners Part II, Tuesday, Jan. 12-April 5, 10 a.m.-noon. Fee: $130 member/$156 nonmember. Instructor Ray Gentz.
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 through Ann Arbor Community Rec & Ed or Bridge for Beginners at the Ann Arbor Senior Center.
Bridge II Play of the Hand Part I, Tuesday, Sept. 22-Dec. 15, 1-3:00 p.m. Fee: $130, member; $156, member. Instructor Ray Gentz.
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 5-6 chapters of the text will be covered during the course. Open to all ages. Pre-requisite: Bridge I or equivalent class.
Bridge II, Play of the hand, Part II, Tuesday, Jan. 12-April 5, 1-3 p.m. Fee: $130; $156 nonmember. Instructor Ray Gentz.
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.
Learn Bridge in a Day Class for Beginners, Monday, Oct. 19, 9a.m. -1 p.m. Fee: $40, member; $50, nonmember.
Move quickly along the initial learning curve. Participants should include true beginners, those returning to bridge after long absences and those wanting to “test the waters” before committing to formal classes. The concentrated course includes both class instruction and coached play. For more information contact Stacey Tessler, 734.794.6250.
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.
• Reflections of our National Parks, Photography, Friday Nov. 6, 6-8 p.m. Debbie Fitch is an amateur photographer who enjoys traveling and photographing landscapes, nature and wildlife she encounters on her travels and in her daily life. The national parks are her favorite travel destinations as they showcase the most magnificent, rugged and unique environments in our country.
• Life Stories, Sue Beutler & Judith Macomber, Oil and Acrylic, Jan. 8, 6-8 p.m.
• Chinese Impressions by Alice Mo, Watercolor, March 11, 6-8 p.m.
• Floral Impressions by Susan Bloye, Mixed Media, May 13, 6-8 p.m.
Socials & Special Events
Active Aging Potluck, Second Friday of the month, 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Ann Arbor Senior Center is pleased to announce that it will be hosting monthly Active Aging potlucks and socials from September 2015 through April 2016. Join us on the second Friday of the month at 11:30 a.m. for food and fun. Each potluck will feature a monthly theme, fun activities, and a short wellness presentation. All potlucks are free of charge. The Senior Center will provide table service. Attendees are encouraged to preregister and sign up to bring a side dish, main dish, or light dessert during the time of registration.
Halloween Fright: Friday, Oct. 9, Boo and Bones! Celebrating Bone and Joint Awareness Week
Thanksgiving: Friday, Nov. 13, Giving thanks for family and community! Celebrating National Family Caregivers Month
Happy Holidays: Friday, Dec. 11, Holiday songs and seasonal cheer! Celebrating National Influenza Vaccination Week
Jimmy Buffet Day: Friday, Jan. 8, Beat the chill - Margaritaville comes to the Senior Center, celebrating National Glaucoma Awareness Month
Valentine Sock Hop: Friday, Feb.12, Sweethearts and Sweet Tunes from the Past, celebrating American Heart Month
Feeding the Brain: Friday, March 11, Celebrating Brain Awareness Week
Walking and Wellness: Friday, April 8, Historic Burns Park, celebrating National Public Health Week
Intouchables, Wednesday Sept. 30, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Fee: $2. Based on the best-selling book, You Changed My Life, Intouchables is about an ex-con from the projects who is hired to take care of an eccentric French aristocrat named Philippe. As this unlikely duo overcomes adversity of every flavor in this true story, they also shatter their preconceptions of love, life, and eachother.
A2 Community Sing
Here is another opportunity to build music into your regular active aging routine and have a lot of fun at the same time. Our first Community Sing will be on Sunday November 1st. More details about this new program will be in the Octover issue of Active Aging Newsletter.
A2 Symphony Orchestra
Join Us at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, Oct. 3, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. We are proud to welcome back the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra to the market. Join us for a chance to try your favorite classical instrument or stop by at 11 a.m. for a live concert. For information visit www.a2gov.org/market.
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 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.