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Jacksonville Senior Center

Jacksonville Senior Center, which offers a variety of programs and services for senior adults.

3605A Sweet Air Road
Phoenix, Maryland 21131

Phone: 410-887-8208
Fax: 410-887-8209
Council Website:


Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Center Director: Barbara Franke
Assistant Center Director: Kathleen Koenig-Stoffel


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.

Program Offerings

Learn about Jacksonville's programs and special events by reading the Senior Scoop. Socialize and learn with your peers in a friendly environment.


Our fitness programs include pickleball, pilates, yoga, chair yoga, ballroom dance, line dance, tai chi, Zumba, chair Zumba, golf, walking group and our fitness studio full of exercise equipment.

Community Service

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, toys for tots, canned food and cell phones for charitable organizations.


Other activities include antiques, photography, scale modeling, jewelry, stained glass, airplane flying, ceramics, American mah-jongg, Chinese mah-jongg, art (watercolor, drawing, oil painting, note cards), book club, card playing (pinochle, bridge), knitting and crocheting, sewing, quilting, English language, computer assistance, crafts, bingo, foreign languages (Spanish, Russian), games, chit chat group, guitar, MacNuts singing group and a singles group. We have entertainment of all varieties, as well as speakers on many different topics.

Other scheduled events include:

  • Catered lunch once per week
  • An annual Shred Day
  • Cancer Walk
  • Holiday train garden that is handcrafted by our membership
  • Golf tournament fundraiser 
  • Bull Roast
  • Veterans Appreciation Lunch
  • 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 providing services, programs and connections to resources.


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.  

Contact Us

Call 410-887-8208 or email We encourage you to take advantage of all of the opportunities of interest to you.

Revised May 14, 2020         


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