The Senior Center Network is involved in many special/community events throughout the county. We are able to participate in these special events, thanks to the help of countless volunteers. If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer, please see our volunteers page.
90 Over 90 Celebration
Celebrate the lives of those who helped shape our community and continue to make the Grand Traverse Region a vibrant place to live, work and play. Hear stories, see pictures, enjoy brunch and a view of the bay. Join us in honoring the special individuals who have made our community what it is today. We are able to host this event with financial support from our presenting sponsor, the Grand Traverse Pavilions, and the support of additional sponsors including: Comfort Keepers, Monarch Home Health, Munson Home Health, Life Story Funeral Home, Hospice of Michigan, Swenson Memorials, Village at Bay Ridge, BrightStar of Northern Michigan, Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan, Options for Senior Living, Grand Traverse County Commission on Aging, Villa at Traverse Point, and Heartland Hospice.
Veteran’s Appreciation Event - Hometown Heroes
Tour of local monuments, memorials and more!
Be part of this special celebration honoring our home town heroes. A guided BATA bus tour will take participants to the region’s many monuments and memorials that commemorate local veteran’s service. Following the tour, enjoy lunch and a special program at the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station. Buses are wheelchair-and walker-accessible.
Assisted Living Home Tours
Offered Spring and Fall
When its time for seniors to move out of their homes, learn about the choices available in our area. Full day of touring 3-5 local assisted living establishments, led by a senior housing specialist who knows the properties and can address all your questions about senior housing. The Senior Housing checklist is distributed, giving you a tool to use when comparing different housing options. Bus transportation, snacks along the way; no lunch. Family members are welcome to join along with you. Advance registration required.
Cherry Festival Activities - Senior Events
The Senior Center hosts several Cherry Festival senior events. All events take place at 801 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 49686. All ages welcome: once you start play, you must finish, intermediate game knowledge expected. Advanced registration required/ walk-ins based on availability. Call the Senior Center Network for more details or visit the Cherry Festival's website.
Michigan Steelhead & Salmon Fishermen's Association
1st Wednesday Monthly
The Michigan Steelhead and Salmon Fishermen's Association (MSSDA) was organized in 1967 by a handful of individuals who knew that Michigan's newly formed trout and salmon fishery was something worth working to protect. They were a small group who wanted not only to protect their fishery, but learn how to catch their elusive prey and tell fishing stories.
Traverse City Chapter MSSFA Chapters have membership meetings with guest speakers to learn all the aspects of sport fishing. MSSFA Chapters also sponsor fishing clinics, seminars, sport-fishing shows, derbies and tournaments. A Traverse City Chapter has recently formed and meets the 1st Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center in Traverse City. Senior Center Members are welcome to attend these meetings.
With a common goal, and a close working partner with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). MSSFA helps to enhance the resource and sport fishing in our rivers, streams, inland lakes and of course the Great Lakes.
A partnership between Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation and Crystal Bindi Studios at Twin Lakes Park
Crystal Bindi Dance Studio began with the goal of facilitating positive transformation, both physical and personal, through the freeing art of dance. This fun and adventurous dance community is about gaining wellness from the inside out. Now through a new partnership with Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation, at the Gilbert Lodge at Twin Lakes, we offer a new and fun way to come play in your parks today. Listen to the rhythms of live drums or just the peaceful sounds of the lake as you relax and enjoy. No prior dance or fitness experience necessary; any age, size, fitness level welcome. Special pricing for Senior Center members
Bay Area Senior Advocates (B.A.S.A.) hosts this expo of collective solutions for changes that area families may experience when aging. The Senior Center Network participates with over 100 exhibitors in the Ideas for Life Expo, offering services available to seniors in our community. Visit their website.