Bennett Recreation Center
925 W. Grand River Ave.
Serving the social, recreational, health, and educational
needs of those 50 & beyond
The Howell Senior Center provides a place to be active and stay fit, to socialize with friends, to find reference materials and people with knowledge about specific issues such as housing, insurance, estate planning, tax assistance, nutrition and much more. Our programs and activities enhance and enrich the lives of our members who are ages 50 and older.
Hours of Operation
The Howell Senior Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm and Saturday mornings from 9:00am-12:00pm for pickleball and computer lessons only. The Howell Senior Center is CLOSED on all major holidays. Senior Center Office hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00am-2:00pm.
Members of the Howell Senior Center will enjoy a monthly newsletter, trip opportunities with lower travel costs, donated food products and baked goods, free participation in many activities including: arts and crafts, walking club, computer lab, organized games and much more. Membership for the Howell Senior Center is available from July 1-June 30 each year (the annual fee will be prorated for new members who join at other times during the year.) Membership for the Howell Senior Center is not mandatory but recommended. Annual membership dues for residents of the City of Howell, Oceola, Marion, and Genoa Township are $20. Annual membership rates for non-residents is $30. Lifetime membership rates for both residents and non-residents is $300. All seniors over the age of 90 are FREE. For those seniors who do NOT wish to become members of the Howell Senior Center, there is a daily entry fee of 50 cents for residents (City of Howell, Oceola, Marion and Genoa Townships) and $1 for non-residents. This fee will be collected at the sign-in desk in the front lobby.
Click here for a full list of membership benefits.
Our monthly newsletter showcases programs and activities specifically designed for those over 50 years of age. You can pick up your copy during the day at the Bennett Recreation Center or you can download the current copy by going to our website at www.howellrecreation.org/seniors. The newsletter also includes the monthly calendar of activities. We hope that you will pass this informative monthly
newsletter along to friends and family and encourage those 50 & Beyond to get involved! All dues paying members receive a monthly newsletter mailed to their homes.
Click here for our current Senior Newsletter.
We are actively encouraging seniors to volunteer and help make the Howell Senior Center a great place to come. We have volunteer opportunities that include manning the front desk, arrange and organize books, games and DVDs, labeling and mailing our monthly newsletter, and much more. Please call the Senior Center at 517/545-0219, or email Carole Enger at email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering.
If you’re looking for trips filled with adventure, culture, education or just something different and outside the box, check out our extended travel. You will find everything from local day trips to overseas travel.
If you need transportation to the Howell Senior Center, the L.E.T.S. transportation system can provide you with a ride from your home. Flyers explaining the transportation procedure are available at the Senior Center or by calling L.E.T.S. at 517/546-6600.
Keep in Touch
The best way to know what is happening and to stay active is to come to the Senior Center daily. If you would like to stay connected virtually, check out our monthly calendar by picking up one of our newsletters, or sign up for our weekly e-newsletter delivered right to your email!
Did you know that over one half of Americans who pass away in a given year do so without an estate plan or will? Many of us make donations of time or funding to
organizations that we value. Making decisions about how our funds will be managed when we are gone can be very beneficial to the people and organizations we care about in our lives and community. We hope that you consider the Howell Senior Center as one of the valuable organizations. There are many ways that you can consider and implement planned giving including:
- A specified dollar amount stated in a will or trust
- Tangible personal property
- Retirement or insurance plans
- Memorial gifts
If you have named the Howell Senior Center in your will or estate plan, or if you are planning to, we hope you will share this information with us. Please contact Deborah E. Mikula at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517/546-0693 ext. 7702 if you have any questions about planned giving or would like to name the Howell Senior Center as a recipient of your generosity.
Programs, Services and Activities
The Howell Senior Center offers a number of great programs. Daily programs can be found below. For special events and other great programs happening throughout the year click here.
- Newsletter and Seasonal Program Guides mailed to you
- Priority registration for AARP taxes
- A one time annual discount on a trip or excursion
- Birthday listing in the newsletter each month
- Free Notary Services
- Bingo (Mondays at 12 noon)
- Holiday Parties
- Marketplace - Free Bread and Food Distribution
- Books and Puzzles
- Access to the Resource Center
- Four Station Computer Lab (computers for the visually impaired available)
- New! Coffee Station (every morning)
- Bridge Games (Tuesday & Friday 1-4pm)
- Cribbage (Tuesdays 9-3 pm & Thursdays 1-3pm)
- Hand & Foot (Thursdays 2pm)
- Drop-in Pickleball (Wednesdays 1-5pm & Saturdays 10am-12pm)
- Drop-in Tai Chi (Mondays & Wednesdays at 9:30am)
- Monthly Classic Films and Lunch
- Monthly Hot Topics
- Blood Pressure Screenings (1st Thursday of the month)
- Annual Flu Shot Clinic
- Crafts twice a month
- Day & Extended Travel Opportunities
- Monthly Casino Trips
- Cable TV
- Walking Club (Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-10am)
- Young at Heart (1st & 3rd Tuesdays each month)
- E-Readers and Updated Lending Library
- Monthly birthday drawing for a bouquet of flowers
- Senior of the Month
- Drop-in Ping Pong (Tuesday 6-9pm at Barnard)
- Enhanced Fitness Program
- Exercise Classes
- Canasta (Wednesdays 12-4pm)
Lunch Around Town
Join our local lunch bunch from the Howell Senior Center on the third Thursday of the month. Bring your friends and support our local restaurants. Enjoy all the wonderful foods and desserts right in our own neighborhood. We’ll leave the Senior Center at 11:30am. Lunch will be at noon. Cost of the lunch is on your own.
August 15 Mark’s Midtown Coney
September 19 Tomato Brothers
October 17 Applebees
Themed Bingo Days
Grandparent’s Day Bingo September 9
Halloween Bingo October 28
Turkey Bingo November 18
Santa Bingo December 16
Valentine’s Bingo February 10
St. Patrick’s Day Bingo March 17
Join us for this exciting NEW program at the Howell Senior Center. Expand your mind with these FREE informative sessions and a snack. The Hot Topics will be from
August 28 “Safety in the Home”
presented by Accredited Home Care
September 26 Medicare Changes/Veterans Benefits
presented by Frank Brincat and Glen Matecun
October 31 Fire Safety
presented by the Howell Fire Department
January 30 Phone Scams
presented by Senior Brigade, Lansing
February 27 Arthritis and Balance
presented by Kim Cochran, Adv. Physical Therapy
March 27 Skin Care as you Age
presented by Dr. Kartono - Dermatologist
AARP Driver Safety Program
The AARP Driver Safety Program explains the changes that occur in vision, hearing, and reaction time as individuals age and provides useful safety tips for handling these changes. This is a 2 part course that will take place over 2 days and you will receive a certificate at the end of the program. This class is limited to 15 individuals and it is free if you are from Livingston County. All others will pay $12 if you are a member of AARP or $14 if you are not a member.
Site: Bennett Recreation Center, 925 W. Grand River
77007 2 days TH/F 10/3-10/4 12:00pm-4:00pm Click here to register
AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is available free to taxpayers with low and moderate income, with special attention to those 60 and older. Please call to set-up an appointment at 517/545-0219. First priority sign-up is December 1 for members of the Howell Senior Center and January 2 for the general public. Finalized tax dates will be released and noted in the November newsletter and posted here.
Supported in part by a grant from the Livingston County United Way.