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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!​

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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!​

​​Senior Park Walks

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! Meet in the parking lot (of each week’s selected park) every Friday (beginning June 17) 10-11 a.m. Keep track of your walks and earn prizes. Path conditions may include paved, unpaved and boardwalks (some with little or no elevation changes). Location information, walk checklists and maps will be available via mail or at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. 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.You’ll receive an information packet to help you track your progress. Click here to download the flyer below with links to the park locations. 


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. In addition, we are proud to promote two wonderful programs this season:

Senior Project Fresh at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market – Get $25 to buy locally grown fruits and vegetables at the market. Call 734.544.3078 for voucher information.

AARP [email protected]+ Program – Two free round-trip rides anywhere within the Washtenaw County limits. Call 877.323.0357 to book a ride.

For more information call us at the Ann Arbor Senior Center at 734.794.6250.​

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Upcoming Workshops

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Weekly Activities

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Every Wednesday, 10-11 a.m.

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] Free of charge​​

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Wednesdays,​ 1-2 p.m.

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]. Free of charge.​​​

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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.

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 Defense Part III

​Mondays, May 2 -Aug. 8 (No class on Memorial Day or July 4).  9:30-11:30 a.m.; fee: $130 member; $156 nonmember

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. Games are directed by Ray Gentz.

Bridge II Play of the Hand 

Tuesdays,  May 10 - Aug. 2​ 10 a.m. - Noon; fee:  $130 member; $156 nonmember​

. 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. Games are directed by Ray Gentz. 

Bridge Supervised Play

Tuesdays, May 10 - June 28, 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].

Wellness and Enrichment​

Tai Chi

Tuesdays, through July 12, 10:30-11:30 a.m. 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. Free of charge.​​

Senior Line Dancing

Tuesday, through July 12, noon-1 p.m. 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. Call to preregister, 734.794.6250. Free of charge.

Senior Pilates

Thursday, June 23, 10-10:50 a.m. Hosted by Club Pilates, Class Level: Beginner. Join Club Pilates in 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! Free of charge.

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 Annabelle Harris. Annabelle is the creator of the website Elders.Center. Her goal is to help soon-to-be-seniors and already-seniors move gracefully into their golden years with less fear and more confidence. The site features a plethora of resources to help answer common and not-so-common questions about aging. This month’s article is “Settli​​ng Into Your New Home After Retirement”. Interested in submitting an article for our website? Contact 734.794.6250 or bpatton[email protected]​​

Settling Into Your New Home After Retiring

 June_2022.png​For some of us, retiring means we can finally pack up and move to the destination of our dreams such as the City of Ann Arbor, Michigan. But when you're planning to settle into a new home and you're unfamiliar with the neighborhood you're moving into, you may be concerned about some of the big changes that await. So here are some tips that will help you quickly adapt to your new city and start enjoying your well-earned retirement:  

Make Your New Home Feel Safe

 After purchasing your new home, look into buying a home service plan that will cover your HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems, as well as the appliances in your new house in case you need anything repaired or replaced, as your homeowners' insurance, will only cover the cost of structural damage, theft or injury incurred on your property. Be sure to check out home warranty reviews to find one that best suits your needs and budget and compare plans. You can get additional coverage for your electronics, your pool, spa, or a guest unit and save on the cost of repairing or replacing your most valuable assets. Additionally, think about investing in a home security system to protect yourself and your belongings whether you're home or away. At minimum, make sure you install security lights outside your property that will turn on when someone approaches the premises, scaring potential burglars away. This is also a good safety feature when you're coming home or stepping outside in the dark of night, as it may prevent you from tripping and falling.​

Decorate Your New Interior

 Moving after retirement often means downsizing. You may have gotten rid of old or broken furniture, knickknacks, and trinkets you no longer need or want, and you've just kept the bare minimum for your relocation. Now, if your new home feels somewhat empty or sterile without all your familiar belongings, think of it as a blank canvas where you can be free to express yourself. Even when your decorating budget is limited, you can beautify and personalize your home with a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Think about creating an accent wall in one or several rooms by adding wallpaper with an elegant or whimsical design that fits your taste and personality. And if you kept some of your old furniture but the pieces don't really match your new settings, there are specialty paints you can use to revamp them such as chalk, latex, milk, acrylic, and oil paints. 

Explore Your New City

 If you enjoy or want to take up golfing, head to Huron Hills golf course and meet some Ann Arbor residents who share your love of the game or just want to spend an afternoon outdoors. This municipal golf course is open from March to November, and its laid-back atmosphere makes it a fun place for people of all ages. The golf course is located in Gallup Park, a popular recreation area where you can walk, bike, and run in a scenic environment. And if you want to get some fresh food and homemade products, visit the Farmers Market on Saturdays or Wednesdays. Ann Arbor is also home to many independently-owned coffee shops and bookstores where you can spend a leisurely afternoon and meet new people as you settle into your new city.

 Moving can be stressful in any season of life. So when you decide on a place to retire, make sure it has all the amenities you're looking for, and find a house that you can turn into your new sanctuary. Then, start venturing out and making new lifelong friends in your neighborhood!

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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. ​