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Ann Arbor Parks & Recreation Cultural Arts opportunities include a variety of art-driven events. This fall join us for A2 Community Sing; One of our monthly jams including Acoustic, Blue Grass or Blues; Movie Matinees; and Art Receptions hosted at the Ann Arbor Senior Center and open to the public.


Second Sunday Community Sing

The intergenerational Community Sing meets on the second Sunday of each month. Reminiscent of a campfire sing-a-long we use song books and simply raise our voices. Local instrumental musicians often join the community sing and all are welcome. We use both the "Rise Up Singing Song Book" and the "Rise Again Song Books," and limited copies are available at the center. For more information, visit: www.a2gov.org/CulturalArts. Community Sing: Sundays, Sept. 10, Oct. 8, Nov. 12, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, 7-8:45 p.m., Fee: $5. Community Sing and Caroling Party: Dec. 3, 7-9:30 p.m., Fee: $ 7.

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Bluegrass Jam Meetup

Second and Fourth Tuesdays monthly, 7-9 p.m. Fee: $5‚Äč
The A2 Blue Grass participants come from all over southeast Michigan and just have fun with bluegrass jamming and singing. Our skills range from expert to novice. We draw a wide variety of musical instruments including banjos, fiddles, stand up and electronic bass, percussion, washboard, dobro, mandolin and the occasional harmonica. Everyone is welcome, and it is open to all ages. We like to concentrate on the standard bluegrass tunes, with some vocals. A list of some of the music we play is on the music page on our website. For more information, visit www.A2blugrass.com . We meet at the Ann Arbor Senior Center in Burns Park. Feel free to stop by and just listen for no fee, but donations are always appreciated.


Movie Matinee

Watch an array of movies from new features to our favorite classics with your friends at the Ann Arbor Senior Center! Bring snacks to share while you enjoy watching the flick. 

Wednesdays, noon-3 p.m., Fee: Free for Members


Movie Schedule: 

Sept. 6 Going in Style PG 13

When their pension fund becomes a corporate casualty, Friends, Joe, Al, and Willie decide to retire and risk everything to knock off the very bank that took off with their money. Staring Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin.

Sept. 13 Hickok PG 13

Known as the "fastest draw in the West", gunslinger Wild Bill Hickok agrees to become the Marshall of Abilene, Kansas. Determined to bring the lawlessness back to this city, Hickok must put his reputation to the test and deliver his own type of justice.

Sept. 20 Pure Country: Pure Heart PG 13

Sisters Ada and Piper Spencer dream of becoming singing stars in Nashville. The discovery of a letter leads the girls in a different path of learning about their father, a man they've never known. The girls will discover the choices their father made for his family, his own dreams for a musical career, and the special bond that holds their family together.

Sept. 27 Gifted PG 13

Frank Adler lives a normal life in a coastal town in Florida with his niece Mary. However when child prodigy Mary's mathematical abilities are brought to the attention of Frank's mother, Evelyn, everything changes. Frank and his mother can't seem to agree on what choices to make for Mary and if Evelyn has it her way it will involve separating Frank from his beloved niece.

Oct. 4 King Arthur, Ledged of the Sword PG 13

When young Arthur's father is murdered, his uncle Vortigern seizes power. Arthur is forced to grow up in the back alleys of the city, never knowing his true identity. Fate leads Arthur on a quest of pulling the sword Excalibur from the stone. Arthur must now embrace his destiny and take back the crown.

Oct. 11 Zoo Keepers Wife PG 13

Based on a true story in 1939 Poland, Antonina Zabinski and her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski love running the Warsaw Zoo. When Poland is invaded by Nazis the couple are forced to report to a new chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. Jan and Antonia have a choice to make and decide to do what is right. Putting their own lives in danger, they decide to help save the lives of hundreds of people in the Warsaw ghetto.

Oct. 18 United Kingdom PG 13

King Seretse Khama of Botswana shocks the country and causes an international uproar when he marries Ruth Williams, a white woman from London, in the late 1940's. Just as apartheid was being introduced in South Africa, this choice changed history as we know it. Based on a true story.

Oct. 25 The Shack PG 13

A Family Tragedy sends Mack Phillips into a deep depression that causes him to question all of his beliefs. Mack receives a letter that leads him on an adventure to an abandoned shack in the Oregon wilderness. On his way he meets a trio of characters that will change his life by helping him find the truth and understanding of tragedy.

 Nov. 1 Everything, Everything PG 13

Because of an illness, 18 year old Maddy is unable to leave her the hermetically-sealed environment in her house. Maddy might not be able to leave, but this doesn't stop next door neighbor Olly from making sure the two of them are together. Only being able to see each other through windows or talk over texts messages, the two form a bond. They must make a decision on how to be together, which could risk everything.

 Nov. 8 The Dinner R

Estranged Brothers, Stan and Paul Lohman and their wives find themselves in a tense scene when they decide to have dinner together at their town's fashionable restaurant. Even though the brothers don't speak, their 16 year old sons are friends and have committed a crime shocking the entire country. The boys haven't been caught yet, and their parents must decide what to do. They will figure out truths about each other and decide how far they will go to protect their loved ones. Based on the novel by Herman Koch.

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Art Receptions

Artist Reception with live music and light refreshments

In an effort to bring art and the community together, the City of Ann Arbor Senior Center hosts several art shows throughout the year in the center located at beautiful Burns Park. We provide a community-
based venue for Ann Arbor artists and art students to show their work in our gallery space. We welcome artists who produce art in a variety of media to share their artwork with not only the senior center participants, but with the general public. Each artist hosts a special evening reception to share their artwork. These artist receptions are
open to the public and often include live music and light refreshments. Suggested donation for attendees is $5.

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More artist receptins this summer and fall:

Inspired by Beauty: Back to the Brush, Friday, Semptember 8, 6-8 p.m., Artist Cathy Doran-McMillion