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Ann Arbor Senior Center, Burns Park

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Ann Arbor Senior Center
Burns Park

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

Phone: 734.794.6250
Brittany Patton, Recreation Supervisor
[email protected] 

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Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Select evening and weekend community programs.

Ann Arbor Senior Center Status Update

Under the current pandemic, the Ann Arbor Senior City is offering limited in-person programming. Staff are also exploring other ways to bring programs to members of the senior center. Staff will continue to evaluate reopening the senior center to even more in-person programming as social distancing guidelines and CDC recommendations are updated. Be sure to check our calendar for the most up-to-date program offerings. For more information regarding the senior center, please contact Brittany Patton at [email protected]​​.​

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. ​ Programs and services for all ages are offered at the Ann Arbo​r Senior Center and also in Burns Park. Please note the savings you earn if you sign up to be a member! It's great value when you compare member and nonmember fees.
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Ann Arbor Senior Center Weekly Newsletter

​​​​Each week we post a newsletter that highlights programs and events taking place over the next week.
To read the full article click Weekly Newsletter​​​​.​ Thanks for reading!​


Senior Center Membership

Ann Arbor Senior Center Membership Advantage: Please consider joining the center to start receiving discounts on classes and senior center rentals! A year long membership is only $25, and a family annual membership is $35. Consider the facts: Most ACBL players come two times a week and play - that's nearly 100 games a year. Your membership would cost you just $25 a year , saving you $75. Most Scrabble and Mahjong players play 50 times a year, and with a Senior Center membership, you will save $75 a year!​


Peachy Keen Drive Through

Wednesday, Aug. 24, noon-1 p.m.

Please join the Ann Arbor Senior Center for a drive-through event with a giveaway of peachy treats and puzzle goodie bags. Jadwiga Reffitt, MA, BA from Trinity Health at Home will be giving out information skilled homecare services, advanced care planning, palliative, and hospice care. Snacks and beverages will be given out to enjoy in person or to take home. Come enjoy snacks, pickup information, and chat outdoors! To RSVP contact 734.794.6250 or [email protected] to reserve your spot today. Free of charge.  ​

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Grandparents Easy Oven Bakeoff

Saturday, August 20, 11 a.m.

Come join the fun! Each team will consist of a Grandparent and a Grandchild. Teams will prepare their own cake batter and frosting using the provided supplies. The participants will have one hour to create their masterpiece to present to the judges. Cakes are judged on decoration only. Provided items include: Cake mix, eggs, frosting, food coloring, utensils, cooking mitt, bottled water, cookie sheet, spray oil, Ultimate Easy Bake Oven and music. You bring the laughs! Spaces limited. Please RSVP to 734.794.6250. For more information visit Event location is the Ann Arbor Senior Center 1320 Baldwin Ave. Ann Arbor 48104. Cost is $20 per team, supplies included. Payment by cash or check at the event. 


Summer is Senior Season – Enjoy the Farmer's Market and Free Rides!

The Ann Arbor Senior Center offers a variety of activities focused on health, education, socializing, games, and the arts. Need assitance with getting here, or to other places around town such as the Farmer's Market, pharmacy, doctor's office, and more? We are excited to share the AARP [email protected]+ Program – Two free round-trip rides anywhere within the Washtenaw County limits. Call 877.323.0357 to book a ride. Or for other information call us at the Ann Arbor Senior Center at 734.794.6250.​

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Upcoming Workshops
​​Join us for our Wednesday Workshop Series! Every Wednesday morning we host a different organization to come and provide a hands-on learning experience. Workshops are an opportunity for local groups, businesses, and organizations to provide an educational presentation to our members about their services, activities, and different ways that you can be involved in the community. RSVP to 734.794.6250 or [email protected]. Free of charge.​

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Creating a Forever Legacy for You and Your Loved Ones

Wednesday, Aug. 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

Please join Washtenong Memorial Park for an educational discussion on creating a “Forever Legacy" for you and your loved ones. By making an informed decision on your final plans now, you can save money by defeating the effects of inflation, secure peace of mind, and have an active say in your final memorial. Learn more at RSVP to 734.794.6250 or [email protected]. Free of charge. 

The Right Care at The Right Time Workshop

Wednesday, August 24, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

Please join us for a great discussion on the care options that you have available. In person with Q and A right after. We will have open and honest conversation about Skilled Homecare Services, Palliative and Hospice Care. We will discuss when it is the right time for each service line, what services are covered, and common myths we have uncovered over the past years. There will be additional conversation about Advance Care Planning and the importance of it. Booklets and Handouts will be provided during the presentation. Jadwiga Reffitt, MA, BA from Trinity Health at Home will be presenting the information. She has been with the organization for 7 years and has been within the health care field for over 14 years. For more info visit

Weekly Activ​ities

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Second and fourth Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., drop-in fee: $5.​​​​

​The A2 Blue Grass participants, from expert to novice, come from all over southeast Michigan to have fun withbluegrass jamming and singing. We draw a wide variety of musical Instruments including banjos, fiddles, standup and electronic bass, percussion, washboard, dobro, mandolin and the occasional harmonica. All ages are welcome. Visit the Bluegrass website for more information.


Mind Matters ​

Every Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.

Free of charge

Join us for fun brain exercises that are designed to keep your brain young, strong, agile, and adaptable. No experience necessary – just bring a pen, paper, and an open mind! 

Join Zoom Meeting URL: ​

Meeting ID: 947 2633 1603. Passcode: 739714. 

For more information email [email protected]​​

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Wednesdays,​ Aug. 10 and 24, 1-2 p.m.

Free of charge

We are back with live trivia via Zoom! Join us on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. Each game will have questions based on weekly themes. Invite your friends, grandchildren, and neighbors to login and play with you, or be placed on a team with others. We will keep a tally of winners and at the end, will have prizes that you can pick up. 

Join Zoom Meeting URL:​HdncWdkMkxQQWxHcWhIbEt0UXJuQT09

Zoom Meeting ID: 979 1239 9740. Passcode: 194912. 

For more information email [email protected].

Bridge Games & Instruction​​​

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Due to an extremely decreased attendance at the Monday afternoon, non-sanctioned Bridge games, we will be having a temporary pause to allow people to return from their winter hiatus or to feel more comfortable returning to indoor spaces with others. These games will resume on Monday, April 4, at 12:30 p.m. For those that would like to continue playing, we will be allowing social games on Mondays from 12:30-3 p.m. There will be no director for these games, and it is just for casual play. These games will be free for members, and $2 for nonmembers.​

Mondays , 12:30-3:30 p.m., 

Drop-in fee: $2 member; $3 nonmember.

Non-sanctioned Duplicate Bridge, directed by Ray Gentz, attracts players of all ages with varied levels of expertise including life masters to beginners. ​​


ACBL Open Bridge Games

Thursday, noon to 3:30 p.m.  

Fee: $8, member; $9, nonmember.​

ACBL Open Sanctioned Games are played in the well-equipped Gallery Room at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. Pre-dealt hands from “Dealer 4+ offer players immediate hand records and player analysis printouts.  Players also benefit from quick and accurate scoring from the electronic score pads. This sanctioned bridge game has players with varied levels of expertise including Life Masters and intermediate level players.

Games are open. You do not need to be a member to play at our club, however, membership in the Senior Center provides you with a discount. You do not need to be a "senior" to join. Annual membership at the Ann Arbor Senior Center is $25 for players of all ages. Director, Ellen Silverest, encourages you to come with a partner. Looking for a partner? Arrive at the center and let the director know by 11:45 a.m. and she will offer you a guarantee to play. 

Cash prizes* are being offered as follows:

3 tables - First Place $20 Second Place $10
4 Tables - First Place $30 Second Place $10
5 Tables - First Place $30 Second Place $10 Third Place $10
6 Tables - First Place $30 Second Place $20 Third Place $10
7 Tables - First Place $40 Second Place $20 Third Place $10
8 or more tables - First Place $40 Second Place $30 Third Place $10

*Prizes are PER PAIR. Full tables must be filled for award.
Additionally, there will be a $300 cash prize for the player(s) who holds the highest average percentage over the games from June 2 through November 10, 2022. 

​​Instruction​​​​​​​al Bridge

Bridge Supervised Play
Earlybird sessions on Mondays, Aug. 15, 22, 29 and Sept. 12, 9:30-11:30 a.m. ​

Post-Lunch Bunch sessions on Tuesdays, Aug. 16, 23, 30 and Sept. 6 and 13, 1-3 p.m.

Drop-in fee: $10 members; $12 non-members. 

Supervised Bridge Play is designed for beginners and low intermediate players who wish to improve their bidding, declarer, and defensive play. The program will run with students playing 7-9 hands per session. Hands will be analyzed after completion to review the bidding, play, and defense. No book or partner needed. 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. For more details, contact the instructor Ray Gentz at [email protected].​

Bridge II Play of the Hand, Part 1​

Mondays, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Sept. 19-Dec. 12

Register for the entire class for a discounted rate of $130 members; $156 non-members; D​​rop-in fee: $15 members; $17 non-members.

​​​​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. Open to all ages. Instructor Ray Gentz.​

Call 734.794.6250 to register.

Bridge III Defense, Part 1

​Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon, Sept 20-Dec.20 (No class Nov.8)

Register for the entire class for a discounted rate of $130 members; $156 non-members; D​​​rop-in fee: $15 members; $17 non-members.

This class is designed for 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 60-75 minutes. Students will then play hands from a previous duplicate game during the remaining time. Hands are analyzed after completion to review the bidding, play and defense. We will be study chapters 7-9 in the text which may be purchased online or ordered from your local bookstore if you didn't take Part I or II. Students may register in advance and prepay for all 13 weeks or pay as you go (drop-in). It is highly recommended that students have some type of previous bidding class or experience. Open to adults of all ages. Prerequisites: Bridge I or equivalent or prior experience. Required Text: Defense in the 21st Century by Audrey Grant. Instructor Ray Gentz. 

Bridge I Bridge for Beginners, Part 1

Tuesdays, 1 -3 p.m., Sept 20-Dec.20 (No class Nov.8)

Register for the entire class for a discounted rate of $130 members; $156 non-members; D​​​rop-in fee: $15 members; $17 non-members.​

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! Instructor Ray Gentz.

Wellness and Enrichment​

Tai Chi

Tuesdays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. , Sept. 13-Nov. 29, (No class on Nov. 8) 

Free for students 65 and older 

Join this class, in partnership with Washtenaw Community College for seniors 65 and older. Instruction combines martial arts movements with Qi (energy) circulation, breathing and stretching techniques to improve balance and overall health. Instructed by Karla Groesbeck. Call to preregister, 734.794.6250.

Senior Line Dancing

Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m., Sept 6-Nov. 22, (No class on Nov. 8) 

Free for students 65 and older 

Join this class, in partnership with Washtenaw Community College for seniors 65 and older. A line dance is a choreographed dance in which a group of people dance along to a repeating sequence of steps while arranged in one or more lines or rows. It is a great time to socialize along with low impact exercise. Dance a party full of familiar oldies. Instructed by Deliena Grantham.​ Call to preregister, 734.794.6250.

Adventures in Watercolor

Tuesday, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Sept. 13-Nov. 29,(No class on Nov. 8)​ 

Free for students 65 and older ​​ 

Join this mindful community of painters, in partnership with Washtenaw Community College for individuals 65 and older, for artistic inspiration, painting demos, a bit of art history, lively discussion and fun. All skill levels welcome. Instructed by Debra Golden. Call to preregister, 734.794.6250.

Senior Pilates

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Free of charge.​

Hosted by Club Pilates, Class Level: Beginner. Join Club Pilates for a 50-minute mat class designed to build strength, mobility and stability. You'll get individual attention in a fun group setting with other people who know that on life's journey, it's best to stay flexible. We believe that Pilates is a path to a fuller, more satisfying physical existence. And best of all, we believe that you can start anytime. ​​ Join us! To RSVP, contact [email protected] or 734.794.6250 to reserve your spot today!

Senior Park Walks

Fridays, 10-11 a.m., Beginning in Sept.

Free of charge

Please join Ann Arbor Senior Center staff for a weekly, guided, one-mile, beginner level walk at a different park in the City of Ann Arbor! New location information will be announced on August 22. Water and a light snack will be provided. Each walk will be weather permitting, and a weather determination will be made by 9 a.m. each Friday. Registration is required for this free event. Email [email protected] or call 734.794.6250.​

​Veteran Healthcare Resources for the Community

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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 Room Reservation Rental Request. Room Reservation Rental Request.pdf​.​


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Featured Article

Here at the Ann Arbor Senior Center, we welcome our members to engage with one another through their creative outlets. This month we are featuring an article by Hal Salazar. Hal Salazar created Elders.Today to lend a helping hand to seniors via carefully curated resources. Hal is newly retired, and as he embarked on planning and preparing for his golden years, he realized there was a lot of information to keep up with so he started gathering it all on his website to help out his fellow seniors. When Hal isn’t working on Elders.Today, he enjoys walking at his local park, testing out new recipes with his wife, Marlene, and playing the piano.​This month’s article is “How to Protect Your Business from Ransomware Attacks”. Interested in submitting an article for our website? Contact 734.794.6250 or [email protected]​​

How to Protect Your Business from Ransomware Attacks

1.jpgAs reported by the Tech Times, 71% of ransomware attacks are targeted at small businesses. Hence, as a business owner investing in the best cybersecurity protection is paramount. But you may ask yourself exactly what is cybersecurity data protection? In simple terms, it refers to the steps you can take to safeguard business computers and servers from unauthorized access. While using cybersecurity software is a good start, safeguarding your business from ransomware attacks requires a holistic approach.

 Take Precautionary Measures

Having a recovery plan ensures you are prepared to tackle the challenges brought forth by a ransomware attack. Here are 2 key components your recovery plan should include:​

  1. Data Back-Up: Periodically backup your data to a secure server different from the one used for normal business operations. Similarly, data can be uploaded to external hard drives, which provide additional protection due to them having no connection to the internet.​
  1. Mock Recovery Tests: Working in tandem with your cybersecurity team, simulate the steps you'll take if you're hit with a ransomware attack. This can include disconnecting unaffected servers from the mainframe, running scans of all systems, and recovering data from backup based on priorities.

    In addition, there are a few cybersecurity practices your business should follow daily:

  1. Update all Software: Old versions of software often have vulnerabilities that hackers can exploit, hence whether it be your operating system or third-party applications, always keep them up to date.
  1. Install a Firewall: Firewall is a software that manages your device's connection with the internet. It is your first line of security that will flag potential threats, and restrict access to dangerous websites.

    React Quickly to Threats

    According to research conducted by IBM, it takes companies on average 207 days to identify data breaches and an additional 73 days to fully contain them. During this period, hackers can effectively control your entire system and put the survival of the business in jeopardy. Hence, never take a potential threat lightly and promptly implement the following steps if you feel your systems have been compromised:
  1. Contain the Breach: Given that you may have spotted the threat late, quarantine the group of machines and servers you suspect are affected. Suspend operations and start running system-wide scans to find the presence of ransomware and other vulnerabilities. Additionally, update passwords of critical accounts and systems.

    Once you regain control of a part of the system, continue working towards removing the ransomware from the rest of the network.
  1. Report the Attack: As a business, it is your responsibility to inform stakeholders regarding the scale and impact of the attack. Your first step will be to contact law enforcement and submit a complaint regarding the attack. Next, utilize social media to inform customers about the attack, if their accounts are at risk, advise them to update passwords and be on the lookout for suspicious emails disguised as official communication from your business.

    Resume Normal Business Operations

    Post-attack your first priority will be to secure your system and ensure that you have completely removed the ransomware. If you are contacted by hackers demanding a ransom to return the stolen data, refrain from paying them any money. Ransomware is a lucrative model used by hackers to trap businesses in a vicious loop of extorting money. Even if they return your data, it may include additional viruses aimed at further damaging your systems.

    Consider the data stolen by hackers as good as lost. Focus on your activities towards recovering the data from your back-ups and implementing your recovery plan, which can include:​
  • Restricting employee access to the system until backup and security scans are complete
  • Recovering data related to core business systems on priority
  • Organizing cybersecurity training for employees based on the learnings from the recent attack
  • Discarding affected machines to eliminate any risk of future vulnerabilities

    The threat of ransomware should be taken seriously by all businesses. While investing time and effort towards preventing attacks is the best approach, developing a recovery plan will help cover all bases and safeguard the long-term health of the business.

    This resource guide is just one example of the great content you can find on the City of Ann Arbor website​

Senior Moments

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CTN's monthly series, Senior Moments, provides valuable information for senior citizens on such issues as health, wealth, finance and entertainment by covering events and activities at senior centers in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. Click the ad to watch the series and catch it on Comcast CTN Channel 16, on the last Sunday of the month at 5 p.m. Reruns Sundays, 5 p.m.; Mondays, 8 a.m.; Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m.;  Wednesdays, 11 a.m. and Fridays, 5 p.m. To access the series online visit Senior Moments - YouTube. ​