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Ann Arbor Senior Center, Burns Park

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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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Weekly Newsletter

​​​​Each week we post a newsletter that highlights some of the 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

Individual and Family 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!​

Drive-Thru Events

Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Noon-1 p.m.

​1320 Baldwin Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104​​​

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Programs & Acti​​vities

Upcoming Workshops

​             There will be no workshop on May 18 due to the Life Line Screenings.                             See the "Wellness and Enrichment" Section below to register.

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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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​Every Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Free for members, $2 for nonmembers

​T​est your skills and strategy tactics with an ancient tile-based game of Chinese origin, while engaging in bit of friendly competition. Similar to rummy and poker, this four-player game can be played by all ages and skill levels. 

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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. 

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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.​

(On hold until April 4th) 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.

Your 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. Due to current COVID restrictions, no communal food or drinks are available, but you are welcome to bring your own snacks and drinks.

​​Instruction​​​​​​​al Bridge

Bridge Defense Part III

​Mondays, May 2 -August 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 - August 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​

Life Line Screenings

​Next date: Wednesday, May ​18.

​Life Line Screening will again host health screenings at the Ann Arbor Senior Center. For more information or to register, visit​.​

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 Harris is the creator of 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.

A Senior's Guide to Healthy, Stress-Free Living

Self_Improvements.jpgAre you of a mindset that you need to turn your life around? Many of us make the mistake of thinking that the best thing we can do for ourselves is to make big, sweeping changes to our entire routine. After all, we think, if what we're doing right now isn't working, wouldn't it be best to make major changes? Although this is well-intentioned, it relies on the logical fallacy that bigger is always better when it comes to self-improvement.

In reality, small changes are likely to make the biggest difference. Why? You'll actually stick with them. presents a closer look at some techniques you can use to make yourself healthier, happier, and more excited to face each and every day

Take Charge of Your Career

Many of us move through our careers in whatever way feels most natural and expected of us. We get a job that uses our skills or degree; we do the work and put in the time; we take the raises, promotions, and opportunities that come our way. Although this happens to work out well for some people, Northeastern University points out that it can leave others feeling listless and out of control of their lives. 

If you're in the latter camp, take little steps each day to reclaim and take charge of your career. For example, you might decide you'd rather work for yourself than for a large company. Rather than jumping ship right away, however, you can start by taking on a little bit of freelance or contract work on the side. Thanks to the internet, the possibilities are endless — just remember that you should always pick something you enjoy. Otherwise, you may discover that you're working yet another job that feels unsatisfying and unrewarding.

Make Time for Exercise

The good thing about starting and sustaining an exercise regimen is that it can be done virtually anywhere and at any time. And you don't need much, if any, equipment, nor do you need to pay for a gym membership. Body weight exercises, balance and step exercises, and resistance training are all easy ways to get the heart pumping, and the low-impact routines are especially helpful for seniors and those with bad knees and backs.

It feels almost contradictory at first blush, but, as Reuters Health notes, most of us live busy sedentary lives. If you have an office job, there may be days where your only real activity is the walk from your car to the office and back. As more and more of us work from home at least some of the time, even this short jaunt gets cut from our routines.

This constant inactivity leaves our bodies restless and in desperate need of movement. This can lead to increased anxiety, fatigue, and, of course, poor health overall. Fitting in something as simple as a thirty-minute walk each day, however, can make a huge difference. 

It's all about getting fit and easing stress, which can be done while getting a change of scenery as well. Consider taking a staycation or vacation in Los Angeles at the first opportunity. Staying in a vacation rental is ideal, as you'll have access to a full kitchen for cooking healthy meals, and possibly a home gym for exercise. Using a concierge service comes with many benefits, such as having your choice of distinctive homes, free wi-fi, and 24/7 guest support.


Mix Up Your Style

Finally, now is a fantastic time to take a look at your personal style and see if it's truly representing who you are. Many of us dress to satisfy others' expectations of us, instead of wearing what we feel best in. Although you may be bound by formality expectations, such as wearing business clothing in the workplace, you should still strive to represent yourself as much as possible in what you wear. 

However, many people don't really know what their own style actually is. Consider picking up a new piece of clothing or accessory at a regular interval, such as monthly or every other week. Try it out for a while, and see if it suits you. If it does, you can use that as a launching point for the next item. If not, sell or donate it and try something else; avoid falling into the trap of too much stuff. This is a great way to gradually transform your wardrobe into items that feel authentic and empowering for you.

These are just a few of the ways you can make a big difference in your life by taking small steps. Remember, the smaller the change, the easier it will be to stick with, and the bigger an impact it will have in the long run.

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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 5pm. Reruns Sundays @ 5pm, Mondays @ 8am, Tuesdays @ 7:30 am, Wednesdays at 11 am, Fridays at 5pm. To access the series online visit ​For the latest episode featuring 

Ward Talk #171 with Jeff Hayner, Ann Arbor City Councilmember from the 1st Ward, August 2021​, click here.​ ​