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Ann Arbor Senior Center

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Ann Arbor Senior Center
1320 Baldwin Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104 (directions)

Phone:
 734.794.6250
Pam Simmons, Recreation Supervisor
PSSimmons@a2gov.org​ 
Hours

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. ​

Click here to view our February program calendar.

Below the following flyers, programs are listed alphabetically.


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Cultural Arts

Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam
You're invited to join us on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., for the Ann Arbor (Mostly) Acoustic Jam. A mixed group of men and women, from college students to retirees, from beginners to pros, we play and sing all styles of music together (lots of Beatles, Dylan, Stones, folk and country, and newer stuff like the Lumineers and the Decemberists). All acoustic instruments are welcome, as well as (this is the "mostly" part) electric bass guitars and keyboards. Our limit is 23 people per jam, and the first to sign up on line get in. There's a $5 drop-in fee for jammers. The 4th Sunday jam features an open mic, for solo, duo and trio performers, for the first hour or so. For information, visit www.Meetup.com/ Ann-Arbor-Acoustic-Jam/. If you have questions, send a message to organizer Bill Connors through Meetup.com. Joining the Meetup group is free, and anyone can come and listen for free.​

Artist Reception with live music and light refreshments. 

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.

  • May Arts Celebration, Friday, May 12, 6-8 p.m., Student Art Show, WCC, Life Enrichment Watercolor Workshop class.
  • My Artistic Journey, Friday, July 14, 6-8 p.m., Artist Cindy Deery.
Expanded details about these programs can be found one month prior to each event at www.a2gov.org/CulturalArts

Community Sing 
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 www.a2gov.org/parkconcerts this spring to confirm the concert schedule and the preconcert entertainment.  Again this year we will be collecting can goods for the Bryant Community Center Food Pantry. You can drop off your cans to th the Ann Arbor Senior Center or bring them to each concert. The schedule includes: 

• Gemini Brothers, Sunday, July 30. 
• Motown jazz guitarist John E. Lawrence, Aug. 6. 
• Cadillac Cowboys, Aug. 13.  (Mostly Acoustic Jam will preform a 30 minute opening starting at 2:30 p.m.)
• Playin’ Chicken, Aug. 20
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Song Writing 
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 nonmember. 

Bridge Conventions with Supervised Play 
Prerequisites:  Bridge for Beginners – Parts 1 and 2 or approval from Instructor.
This class is for advanced beginner through middle intermediate players who wish to learn new bidding and defense 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 bid and play hands from the previous days' duplicate game with analysis done at the end.  Students may pre-pay for the entire class or pay a drop in fee of $15 for members or $17 for non-members. For more information please contact the Senior Center or the instructor, Ray Gentz at 734.769.3994. Tuesdays from April 18 – July 11, 10 a.m. - noon. Fee: $132 members; $156 non-members 

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 nonmember.

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. 

Mahjongg
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; $2 nonmember.

Scrabble 
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, nonmember. 

Fitness Programs

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 next session of class will be offered on Fridays at 9 a.m. -10 a.m. from April 21-June 9. Fee: $95 please visit http://www.a2schools.org/reced to register and pay for the class. 

Cardio Drumming 
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-July 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. petanqueannarbor.org.

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Special Events

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.  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 musicians, followed by a presentation by P.C. Zick, a Q & A and concluding with light refreshments, book signing and sales. 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.


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.