Essex Senior Center
600 Dorsey Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21221
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Center Director: Mike Hager
Assistant Center Director: Laketa Hooper
Center Connection Specialist: Paula Skleres
Gateway to Friends, Fun, and Fulfillment
The Essex Senior Center, located in the heart of Essex just one block off Eastern Avenue, is home to a vibrant and active membership. The center provides educational, recreational, fitness and health opportunities for active seniors. Exciting events and activities are happening daily; check out our upcoming schedule of classes, and activities in our monthly newsletter, the "Essex Enquirer".
What Programs And Activities Are Available?
Classes and activities include, but are not limited to, Stained Glass, Wood Carving, Decorative Painting, Painting (water color, oil or acrylic), Ceramics, Tai Chi, Yoga, Line Dancing, Seniorcize, Zumba, Circuit Training, Bingo, Texas Hold’em, Pinochle, Bunco, Darts, Mah Jong, travel office and much more. Whether you are looking for a new hobby, love to have fun, want to learn something new, desire to make new friends or yearn to travel, the Essex Senior Center is sure to have something of interest to you. If not, let us know; we are always looking to expand our program offerings!
Join the Center
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.
In 2009 the Essex Senior Center open its newly renovated Fitness Studio. The Fitness Studio is designed to meet the needs of mature adults age 60 and over. It is equipped with treadmills, recumbent bikes and steppers, strength training equipment and more! Membership dues are only $60 a year: a wonderful value! You are required to register as a center member, complete a fitness studio application (PDF) and attend an orientation to participate in the Fitness Studio.
Volunteers Make the Difference
Volunteers are an important part of Essex Senior Center and its operations. Volunteers contribute by working as receptionists at the front desk, serving and cooking meals, coordinating special events, leading classes, monitoring in the fitness studio and much more. To find out about available volunteer opportunities or student internships please contact the Essex Senior Center.
Baltimore County Department of Aging Services
If you are a Baltimore County resident age 60 or over, various services are available if you meet established criteria. Through our Center Connection Specialist, additional support is available to help individuals who require a little assistance adjusting to the center. Please call 410-887-0267 and ask to speak with the Center Connection Specialist to make an appointment. A Community Outreach Specialist is also available at the center. To find out more about Community Outreach Specialists and their availability, please call the Maryland Access Point (MAP) at 410-887-2594. MAP is the point of entry for obtaining information about services and benefits available to seniors, adults with disabilities, their families, caregivers and professionals.
The Essex Senior Center evolved in 1977 from an organizational meeting, attended by interested seniors, local community leaders, and government officials. Approval was given in 1978 to use one room in the old Essex School as a gathering place for the seniors. Once the lunch program got started on February 27, 1978, the Essex Senior Center was officially opened. The old two-room Essex Elementary School was transformed into a 12,500 square foot senior center. Ground breaking took place on January 11, 1982 and the doors were officially opened on May 9, 1983.