Essex Senior Center
600 Dorsey Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21221
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Center Director: David Lesane
Assistant Center Director: Erin Schonberger
Center Connection Specialist: Haley Jarczynski
The Essex Senior Center, located in the heart of Essex just one block off Eastern Avenue, provides educational, social and recreational opportunities for active seniors. New and exciting events are happening each month; check it out by visiting the center council website at www.essexseniorcenter.webs.com. This website contains detailed information about volunteer opportunities, upcoming special events, schedule of classes, directions to the center, travel opportunities and so much more!
Gateway to Friends, Fun, and Fulfillment
Membership is offered to Baltimore County residents 60 years of age and older and their spouses. There is no fee to join the center; however, donations to the Center Enhancement Fund are always welcome. These donations stay within the center and are used to purchase items to enhance the center and offer special programs. There may also be small fees for classes and special events.
Classes and Activities Offered
See what's happening in our monthly newsletter, "Essex Enquirer" (PDF.) The Essex Senior Center offers many educational, social and recreational classes and activities. Here is a sample of some of the classes offered each week:
- Painting and Drawing
- Stained Glass
- Bible History
- Arts and Crafts
- Texas Hold'em
- Wii Games
The center offers many options for staying healthy and fit:
- Fitness studio (open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily)
- Zumba Gold
- Chair Exercise
- Tai Chi
- Flex and Stretch - Mall Walkers
- Water Exercise at Dundalk YMCA (free!)
- Bowling at Dundalk Lanes
- Weight Training at Kenwood High School
- Weight Watchers Weekly Meetings
- Line Dance
- Health Screenings
- Health Lectures
In addition to the weekly classes offered many other activities go on at the center such as dances, parties, a daily catered lunch, weekly bingo, free health screenings, educational lectures, and karaoke, to name a few. The center has two chapters of the Red Hat Society that are open to ladies 50 years and older.
Senior-friendly travel opportunities are open to adventurers of all ages for a reasonable price.
Other Senior Services Offered
Displayed in the lobby of the center are numerous brochures and booklets about topics concerning seniors. Whether a senior citizen or a caregiver, this information, combined with the expertise of staff, is helpful in accessing senior resources and informational materials. Our Community Outreach Specialist is also available by appointment to assist with applications for renters' and homeowners' tax credits, food stamps, Meals on Wheels, Medical Assistance, etc.
You can find the literature on the following:
- Community Resource Guide
- Housing Options and Nursing Home List
- Nutrition and Healthy Living
- Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
- Legal Guide for the Aging Family
- Find Your Opportunity - Volunteer in our Community
- Elder Abuse
- Scams and Frauds
- Funeral Planning
- Free Advance Directives
Whether you're looking for a new hobby, love to play bingo, want to learn to surf the Internet, desire to make new friends, or yearn to travel, the Essex Senior Center is sure to have something that interests you. If not let us know; we're always looking to expand our program offerings!
Revised November 26, 2014