Jacksonville Senior Center
3605A Sweet Air Road
Phoenix, Maryland 21131
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Center Director: Barbara Franke
Welcome to the Jacksonville Senior Center! Enjoy the “sweet air” and beautiful landscape of this neighborhood senior center located in northern Baltimore County. The center hosts a variety of activities for seniors age 60 and over and is open five days a week. There is a fitness studio, multipurpose room with kitchen, classrooms, and staff and council offices. Visit us today to learn how you can benefit from becoming a member. There is no fee for membership, however, the fitness studio and some classes do charge fees to participate.
Learn about Jacksonville's special programs and events by reading the Jacksonville Senior Center newsletter (PDF), the Senior Scoop, a monthly newsletter which describes the activities of the month as well as ongoing programs. Socialize and learn with your peers in a friendly environment.
Our fitness programs include pickleball, cornhole, yoga, ballroom dance, strength training, line dance, tai chi, zumba, golf, walking group and our fitness studio full of exercise equipment.
Our knitting and crocheting group makes baby hats, chemo hats and prayer shawls, which are donated to newborns of local hospitals, military organizations and senior living facilities. Further outreach is collecting eye glasses, hearing aids, box tops, canned food and cell phones for charitable organizations.
Other activities include antiques, photography, scale modeling, jewelry, ceramics, American mah-jongg, Chinese mah-jongg, art (watercolor, drawing, oil painting), book club, card playing (pinochle, bridge), knitting and crocheting, sewing, quilting, crafts, foreign languages (Spanish, French, Russian), games, singles group and widowhood group. We have entertainment of all varieties, as well as speakers on many different topics. Bingo is offered on-site once a month, as well as hosted on Tuesdays at an area business.
Other scheduled events include:
- Catered lunch once per week
- An annual indoor and outdoor flea market
- Holiday train garden that is handcrafted by our membership
- Golf tournament fundraiser
- Weekly blood pressure screenings, as well as other health screenings and education on a regular basis
In addition, this senior center is a link to the many services offered by the Department of Aging.
Volunteers help this senior center be what it is today. As the receptionist greets, other members are leading many classes, holding Board positions, monitoring the fitness room, advocating, and volunteering in their own way. Their efforts add up to one great senior center. Please call if you have an interest in volunteering.
History of the Jacksonville Senior Center
This center originally began as the Golden Age Leisure Activities (GALA) Club in 1973, sponsored by 29 individuals and five ministers. The first meeting was held on May 9, 1973 and the group met twice per month on Wednesdays at Saint John’s Lutheran of Sweet Air and in 1974 at the Chestnut Grove Presbyterian Church.
In 1979, the membership of the GALA Club joined the Baltimore County Department of Aging's Senior Center programs and became the Jacksonville Senior Center on September 28, 1979. It was relocated to the former United States Army Nike Missile Base at 3101 Papermill Road in Phoenix.
In August 2010, the center was relocated to a new facility in Sweet Air Park at 3605A Sweet Air Road in Phoenix. What began as 29 members has blossomed to over 1,000 center members in 2015.
The mission of the Jacksonville Senior Center and the Baltimore County Department of Aging is to strengthen lives by connecting individuals to community resources, programs and services.
Pass over the Dulaney Valley Road Bridge at the Loch Raven Reservoir. As the road splits, stay to the left, which becomes Jarrettsville Pike. Go to the third traffic light (Jarrettsville Pike, Sweet Air Road and Papermill Road intersection). Turn right onto Sweet Air Road and make another right into the parking lot at the Sweet Air Park sign. The center is directly in front of you, with Recreation and Parks on the left.
Call 410-887-8208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We encourage you to take advantage of all of the opportunities of interest to you.
Revised August 4, 2015