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The Ann Arbor Senior Center
Weekly Newsletter

Word of the week: Digerati: people with expertise or professional involvement in information or technology.

Quote of the week: "See all human behavior as one of two things; either love, or a call for love.” – Marianne Williamson

Chinese Mahjong
Mondays, noon-3 p.m.; fee: $2, nonmember; free of charge for members. Reserve your spot by calling 734.794.6250 to ensure there are enough players for a game. Hope to see you there!

Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; fee: $2, nonmember; free of charge for members. Reserve your spot by calling 734.794.6250 to ensure there are enough players for a game.

Mind Matters
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 ID: 947 2633 1603. Passcode: 739714, or click here. Questions? Email or call 734.794.6250. Free of charge.

Live trivia
Wednesdays, April 6 and 20, 1-2 p.m. 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. We will keep a tally of winners and at the end, will have prizes that you can pick up. Zoom Meeting ID: 979 1239 9740, or click here. Passcode: 194912. Questions? Email or call 734.794.6250.  Free of charge.

Safety Matters: Fall Prevention Workshop
Thursday, March 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m. In person. Presentation by Parvej Khan, PT, DPT, LSVT BIG CERT. of Therapy at Your Door ( Learn about how you can reduce your fall risk with the help of physical therapy. You will be able to recognize that most falls result from interacting risk factors and identify strategies and resources you can use to reduce the risk of falls. Please RSVP by contact or calling 734.794.6250. Free of charge.

Programs and activities from around the community

The 5 W’s of Assisted Living: Tools to Find the Right Fit
Wednesday, March 23, 1-4 p.m. In person and Zoom workshop for seniors. U-M Turner Senior Wellness Center. Located at 2401 Plymouth. For Zoom links see calendar at Questions? Call 734.998.9353. Free of charge.

Woodcock Walk
Friday, March 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Hosted by the Washtenaw Audubon Society. Club member Ray Stocking leads a walk in Barton Nature Area in hopes of witnessing the singular display of the American woodcock. Meet at the parking lot along Huron River Drive north of Bird Road. For more information visit Free of charge.

Trivia Night at The Creature Conservancy
Friday, March 25, 7-9 p.m. Trivia for ages 21 and up. Also, presentation of some of the Conservancy animals. Beer, wine, and soft drinks served. Located at the Creature Conservancy, 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd. Space limited. Mask required. Questions? Call 734.929.9324. Cost is $30 (Preregistration required at

Angell Hall Observatory Open House
Friday, March 25, 9-11 p.m. Hosted by the U-M Student Astronomical Society. All invited to peer through the observatory and rooftop telescopes and to view planetarium shows and short astronomy presentations by club members. Located at the 5th floor rooftop observatory, Angell Hall (enter through Haven Hall on the Diag side of the building). Masks required. Questions? Contact 734.764.3440. Free of charge.

The Art and Science of Successful Aging: Needed Resources and Emergency Preparedness
Friday, March 25, 10-11:30 a.m. Online. Hosted by the Turner Senior Wellness Program Virtual talks. U-M emergency medical professor Patrick Carter on "Firearm Safety Among Older Adults." For URL preregister at Questions? Contact 734.998.9353 or Free of charge.

Festifools Community Artmaking
Every Sunday through April 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hosted by Wonderfool Productions. All welcome to come make luminaries, costumes, puppets and more to get ready for FestiFools, Ann Arbor's popular public art parade down State St. on Sunday, April 3. Located at the AADL Warehouse, 265 Parkland Plaza. Mask required. For more information visit

Free College Week at Washtenaw Community College
Monday, April 4-Friday, April 8: Join WCC for an entire week’s worth of virtual classes again this year designed to educate, engage and entertain! With 63 different classes, many offered multiple times, we’re sure there’s something for you to enjoy. WCC faculty, staff and community partners will lead virtual classes intended to appeal to middle and high school students, senior citizens and the community at large. Classes cover a wide range of categories including: arts and crafts, college planning and financial aid, cooking, goal setting, career planning and resume development, entrepreneurship, event planning, exercise, health, well-being, stress management, financial and retirement planning, landscaping, software and technology tools (Excel, Google, Smartsheets), religion, language, music, photography, travel, and video editing. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email with links to each virtual class. Please share this with your friends and family who may be interested. For a complete course list and descriptions, or other questions, visit Free of charge.

Films, Five Culturally Diverse Families and Us
Mondays, through April 11, 1-3 p.m. Online. Hosted by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at U-M (50+). This study group will be online. The class will use film segments to promote stimulating discussions about families. During each of five sessions we will discuss one of these films: "Avalon" (1990), "Eve's Bayou" (1997), "Smoke Signals" (1998), "Real Women Have Curves" (2002), and "The Big Sick" (2017). Participants can view the whole film at home and/or ponder the discussion questions before each session. We will look at how each family's history, culture, and environment affect the interactions portrayed. Instructor Arlene Weisz is a retired social worker and social work professor who enjoyed using films as part of teaching about families for about 20 years. Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session. Questions? Contact 734.998.9351 or Cost is $35.

The Benefits of Connecting a Suspicious World
Mondays through April 25, 1-3 p.m. Online. We will read/discuss the book, "The Power of Strangers" by Joe Keohane. As we've become increasingly isolated socially, politically, and economically we are losing attributes that support happiness, empathy, and even cognitive functioning. The author draws ideas from a growing body of research that shows even passing interactions with strangers can ease loneliness and provide a deepening sense of belonging. He gathered tips from researchers and tried them out with strangers on the street and in other situations. The results were sometimes awkward or entertaining, but frequently very satisfying. Gerry Lapidus has led discussions since 2005. Please read the prolog and chapters one and two for the first session. Pre-registration is required via the OLLI website or phone. A link to access the study group will be e-mailed to you approximately one week prior to the first session. Questions? Contact 734.998.9351 or Cost is $40.

Muriel Rukeyser’s Houdini – Four Staged Readings
Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m. Hosted by the Muriel Rukeyser Living Archive. Houdini brings to life the story of legendary escape artist Harry Houdini as imagined by poet Muriel Rukeyser. First performed in 1973, with Christopher Walken in the title role, the play captures Houdini’s transformation from Hungarian-born Eric Weisz, son of a rabbi, to the most celebrated escape artist of all times. But can Houdini really break any lock? Not only handcuffs, straightjackets, and prisons, but also less visible ones like gender inequality, racial bigotry, religious persecution, and the power of ‘bad’ magic?  Under the direction of EMU theatre professor Lee Stille, performers will conjure up Rukeyser's magical telling of Houdini's story in each of two staged readings. Located at the Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Questions? Contact or 734.635.6220. Free of charge.

All Stars Tasting
Thursday, March 24, 6:30-8 p.m. Hosted by Zingerman’s Delicatessen. Deli managing partner Grace Singleton discusses Zingerman’s history and leads a tasting of deli favorites. Located at Zingerman’s Deli, 422 Detroit Street. Questions? Contact 734.663.3354. Cost is $65 (Preregistration required at

Carbs on the Campfire
Saturday, March 26, 1-4 p.m. Hosted by the Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission. WCPARC naturalist Shawn Severance demonstrates how to bake pita bread and potatoes without cookware on a campfire, as well as fire-making techniques. Participants invited to bring whatever else they’d like to cook in the fire. Located at Rolling Hills County Park, 7660 Stony Creek Rd., Ypsilanti. Preregistration required (space is limited) by emailing Admission is free ($6 vehicle entry fee).

Michigan Dahlia Association
Saturday, March 26, 1-3:30 p.m. Demo on how to start and take cuttings from dahlias. Located at the U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Rm. 125, 1800 N. Dixboro. Masks required. Questions? Call 734.647.7600. Free admission; metered parking.

Bag and Jewelry Sale
Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m. – Noon. Hosted by the Saline Senior Center. For more information visit or Located at 7190 N. Maple Rd, Saline. Questions? Call 734.429.9274. Free admission.

Hudson Mills Metropark Interpretive Nature Programs
Every Saturday and Sunday, through March 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Hourly all-ages programs led by a Hudson Mills naturalist. "Journey to the Sugarbush." Maple tree tapping and a visit to the evaporator to see sap being made into syrup. $5 (kids, $3). Followed by a picnic pancake breakfast. $6 (family meal $26). Located at Park Activity Center, 8801 North Territorial Rd., Dexter. Questions? Call 734.426.8211. Free, preregistration required; $10 vehicle entrance fee.

St. Mary Manchester Fish Fries
Fridays, through April 8, 3:30 – 7 p.m. St. Mary's Catholic Church in Manchester will once again hold its Lenten fish fry dinners. Similar to last year, the dinners will be available only via a drive-thru, take-out line at St. Mary's Parish Center, 108 Madison Street, one block north of historic downtown Manchester. The boxed dinners will consist of four pieces of beer battered Atlantic cod, lots of French fries, dinner roll with butter, tartar sauce, coleslaw, and a homemade cookie. No substitutions can be made. The price this year is $15 per dinner. Cash or check only, please. Questions? Contact 734.428.8811 or

44th Annual Lenten Fish Fry
Fridays, through April 8, 4:30-7 p.m. Hosted by Old St. Patrick’s Church.  Inside dining or take-out orders include fried Alaskan pollock, salad bar, choice of potato or macaroni and cheese, and beverages. Desserts available for an extra charge. The food is worth the wait. Located at Old St. Pat's parish hall, 5671 Whitmore Lake Rd. Questions? Contact 734.662.8141. Cost is $12 (discounts for seniors and children).

Science Pop-ups Series
Thursdays, through May 5, 1-2:30 p.m. Hosted by Craig Stephan and featuring a different topic each week, participants may register for the entire series or individually through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Questions? 734.998.9351 or https://olli-umich/olli/index.php/member/ctlg#cat-Study%20Groups to register. Cost: $35/series; $10/day.

Wise Guys: Conversations for Men
Every Thursday, 1-2:30 p.m. Presented by the U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program. For URL, email or call 734.998.9353.

Repairsday Thursday
Every Thursday, 6-8 p.m. Presented by All Hands Active. All invited to drop in with broken electronics, furniture, toys, and any other odd item for AHA members to try to repair and offer advice. Repairs not guaranteed. Livestream available at In-person located at All Hands Active, basement of 255 E. Liberty ste. 225. Questions? Contact Free, but donations welcome.

Yoga with Cats
Every Thursday and Sunday, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Presented by the Tiny Lions Lounge and Adoption Center. Huron Valley Humane Society education reps introduce all ages to the basics of hatha-style yoga, which integrates breath with movement. Also, interact with adoptable cats. Dress prepared to work out. Suitable for age 12 and up (all 16 and under must be accompanied by adult). 7:30-8:30 p.m. (Thursday), and 8:30-9:30 a.m. (Sunday). Located at Tiny Lions, 5245 Jackson, ste. A1. Questions? Contact 734.661.3575. Cost is $10.

Poetry Salon
Every Thursday, 8-10 p.m. Presented by One Pause Poetry. Members, and interested nonmembers, read and discuss poems on various themes. Followed by collaborative writing games and exercises. Snacks and socializing. Located at Argus Farm Stop greenhouse, 325 W. Liberty. Questions? Contact 734.707.1284. $5 donation suggested. 

Sunday Artisan Market
Every Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Juried market of local handmade arts and crafts, now in its 30th year. Located at the Farmers Market Pavilion, Kerrytown. Questions? Contact 734.913.9622. Free admission.

U-M Natural History Museum Planetarium
Every Friday through Sunday. Four different audiovisual planetarium shows suitable for all ages. Did an Asteroid Really Kill the Dinosaurs? 11:30 a.m. explores the impact of an asteroid 66 million years ago, with footage from the first iridium layer found in Gubbio, Italy. Includes a brief star talk. 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. “The Sky Tonight” is an exploration of the current night sky. Suitable for all ages 3-8. Includes a brief star talk. 1:30 p.m. “Big Astronomy” focuses on three of the world's largest observatories in Chile's rugged Andes Mountains and arid Atacama Desert. Includes an abbreviated star talk. Located at U-M Natural History Museum, 1105 North University. Masks required. Questions? Call 734.764.0478. Cost is $8.

Every Tuesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m. Hosted by U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program. Some experience necessary. Located at 2401 Plymouth Road. Questions? Contact 734.998.9353 or Free of charge.

Knit Happens
Every Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. Hosted by Ann Arbor Stitch ‘n’ Bitch. All knitters invited to work on their projects and swap tips. Located at Panera Bread, 903 W. Eisenhower. Questions? Visit (search "Ann Arbor Stitch 'n Bitch") or contact Cost is $2 monthly dues. 

Every Tuesday, 1-3 p.m. Euchre is back in March. Masks are required. No shared snacks; bring your own drink. Pittsfield Township Community Center, 701 West Ellsworth. Pre-registration required: Call 734.822.2117. Free of charge.

Social Dance
Every Tuesday and Friday, 8:30-10:30 p.m. Ballroom dancing to recorded music. No partner or experience necessary. Preceded from 8-8:30 p.m. by an optional lesson. Drinks and snacks. 8:30-9:30 p.m. (Tuesday), and 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Friday). Located at the Dance Pavilion, 1918 Whittaker Rd., Ypsilanti. Questions? Contact 734.369.9700. Cost is $12 (Tuesday) and $15 (Friday).

Food Literacy for All
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. Hosted by U-M Sustainable Food Systems Initiative. Talks by national scholars and others. March 22: University of California law professor Savala Nolan on "Why Fatphobia? Understanding the Roots and Uses of Anti-fat Bias." March 29: Community grocers Jason Bang, Alita Kelly, and Raphael Wright on "Supplying Kimchi and Collards During a Global Pandemic." Preregister at  Free of charge.

Every Wednesday (call head to see if there are enough attendees), 1-4 p.m. Presented by U-M Turner Senior Wellness Program.  Located at 2401 Plymouth Road. Questions? Contact 734.998.9353 or Free of charge.

Kerrytown Crafters
Every Wednesday, 7 p.m. All crocheters, knitters, spinners, weavers, felters, sewers, and other crafters invited to work on their own projects with others. Questions welcome. For URL join Questions? Contact 734.926.8863. Free of charge.

Meditation and Discussion
Every Wednesday, 7-8:30 p.m. Presented by the Karma Thegsum Choling. All invited for a silent group meditation with a focus on breathing, followed by a discussion on Dharma led by KTC resident Lama Nancy Burks. Located at KTC, 614 Miner St. (enter through the back door). Questions? Contact 734.678.7549. Free of charge.


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