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GamesEuchre, bridge, pinochle, cribbage, hand and foot canasta, mexican train dominos, bingo, wii games, etc. Any older adult aged 50 plus is welcome to come and take part.

Pool PlayersMen and women at all levels of billiards playing skills are welcome to join in the fun. A variety of tournaments are held each month.

ComputersBeginning classes are started every four months with an instructor. The class is an easy way to learn your way around in the computer world. Members taking the class are encouraged to participate in the Computer Club meetings held weekly. This is an interactive participation group that learns from each other new ideas and techniques. The Computer Lab is open for seniors to use during normal business hours. Also, iPad round-table discussions are once a month.

Art and Paint ClassesBeginning art and the more advanced art methods are taught in the special classes.

Craft ClassesOnce a month, a different craft is offered. Quilting, crocheting, and knitting offered weekly.

Wood ShopA fully equipped shop for making large and small items. An instructor is available if assistance is needed.

Wood CarversMeet weekly to share their talents and create new items.
Stained Glass class meets weekly and participants are able to work on projects at their leisure other times during the week. Trips are taken by the class to purchase materials necessary for their projects.

TripsBoth day and overnight trips are designed for older adult interest and enjoyment. Walking is limited and luggage is handled so older adults do not have to worry about carrying suitcases, etc.

VolunteeringVolunteers are always welcome and play a very important role helping at the Center in many areas. Assisting with the reception desk, dining room, gift shop, or office, or teaching a class, is a great opportunity to join friends and contribute your time in a meaningful way.

LibraryA well-stocked library is available for older adults to enjoy.


BoardsOlder adults are encouraged to serve on the Board of Directors, Advisory Board, or the Area Agency on Aging III-C Advisory Board though the Center.

DancesThe weekly Dance is held on Friday nights with live music starting at 6:00 p.m.

Kinship Care GroupThe Kinship Care program is for Grandparents raising Grandkids and for other relatives who are raising related children. This group meets once per month from 5:00-7:00 pm at the First Baptist Church. A schedule of meetings can be found here. The adults enjoy time to share and support each other, with an occasional speaker on a topic of interest. The children enjoy well-supervised playtime. Dinner and child care are provided.  RSVP is requested.

ClinicSeveral health screenings and other services are offered monthly in the Clinic. Some of the services you can find there include blood pressure and blood sugar checks, hearing screenings, therapeutic massage, and foot clinics.

ExerciseBurnside offers a very nice Exercise Room to Branch County's older adults. There are treadmills, NuStep exercise machines, and a variety of exercise bikes to choose from. In addition to these, there are four machines from Curves available. Other forms of exercise available at Burnside include tai chi classes, line dancing classes, ping pong, ZUMBA GOLD®, and chair exercise.

Legal AidLegal Services of South Central Michigan comes to Burnside periodically to meet with older adults and answer their questions. This service is provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with no appointments scheduled ahead of time.

Men’s Free BreakfastThe Men's Free Breakfast is a monthly men’s gathering that takes place on the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 a.m. Breakfast is provided and a speaker of interest is featured.


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