50+ Programs

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Parks and Recreation Programs

Harris Center

425 Perry St

  1. Email: webparksrec@auburnalabama.org
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Gabby Meredith

Community Programs Coord

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2946
  2. Email: gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Please register in advance for programs at the Harris Center Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm. Summer registration begins on Monday, May 1st. The first two weeks of registration are reserved for Auburn residents.

NEW TIME! Read and Reflect Book Club for Seniors

Join Auburn Public Library Literacy Programming Coordinator, Kari Carpenter, on the last Tuesday of each month as she leads a discussion on a selected book. Each book is available for check out at the Auburn Public Library, located at 749 E. Thach Avenue. Please call 334-501-3190 to reserve your copy today. FREE to the public.

Tuesday, March 27: Caroline: Little House, Revisited by Sarah Miller

In this novel authorized by the Little House Heritage Trust, Sarah Miller vividly recreates the beauty, hardship, and joys of the frontier in a dazzling work of historical fiction, a captivating story that illuminates one courageous, resilient, and loving pioneer woman as never before — Caroline Ingalls, "Ma" in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s beloved Little House books.

Tuesday, April 24: Uncommon Type: Some Stories by Tom Hanks

This is a collection of seventeen short stories from two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks. One story tells of a gentle Eastern European immigrant arriving in New York City after his family and his life have been torn apart by his country's civil war. In another, a man who loves to bowl rolls a perfect game--and then another and then many more in a row until he winds up ESPN's newest celebrity, and he must decide if the combination of perfection and celebrity has ruined the thing he loves. Also, an eccentric billionaire and his faithful executive assistant venture into America looking for acquisitions and discover a down and out motel, romance, and a bit of real life.

Tuesday, May 29: The Last Castle: The Epic Story of Love, Loss, and American Royalty in the Nation's Largest Home by Denise Kiernan

The fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore—the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States. The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton!

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Dates: 3/27, 4/24, 5/29 Time: 1:30 - 2:30 pm Location: Harris Center

Contact: Kari Carpenter• (334) 501-3197 • kcarpenter@auburnalabama.org

AARP Tax Aide

Trained volunteers assist with tax materials and help seniors and people of low to middle income with simple to moderate individual Alabama and federal income tax returns. Tax-Aide gives special attention to those 60 and older, but the program is not limited to older clients or AARP members. Walk-ins welcome. FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Wednesday Dates: 2/7 - 4/11 Time: 9am - 3pm Location: Harris Center

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Hand and Foot Card Club - TWO SESSIONS!

Come together to enjoy one of America’s favorite card games, Hand and Foot! Hand and Foot is a game related to Canasta, in which each player is dealt two sets of cards - the hand, which is played first, and the foot, which is played when the hand has been used up. Although most people say that Hand and Foot is best played by four people in partnerships, it can also be played by six in two teams of three, or by any number of people playing as individuals. The game is easy to learn and tons of fun! An experienced player will be present to help you get started so don’t be shy! FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Wednesday Dates: 3/7 - 5/30 Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Location: Harris Center

Age: 50+ Day: Thursday (2nd, 4th & 5th) Dates: 3/8 - 5/31 Time: 4 - 7 p.m. Location: Harris Center

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Golden Giving Days - Jean Dean RIF (Reading is Fundamental)

Each quarter we will focus on one local non-profit to donate our time to! This quarter we will be focusing on the Jean Dean Reading is Fundamental program! Their mission is to put quality, age-appropriate books into the hands and homes of at-risk young children before they start kindergarten so they can be ready to succeed in school and life. We well help them by sorting and counting books for their annual inventory. This is a warehouse setting so you should dress for the weather and wear closed-toed shoes. Sign up for one, two or all three sessions! Each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt. Limited to 15 volunteers. Please register in advance. FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Dates:12/12, 1/30, 2/27 Time: 2 - 4 p.m. Location: Salvation Army

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Lunch & Bingo

On the first and third Tuesday of each month enjoy the opportunity to play bingo, catch up with friends, and delight in a scrumptious meal. Registration not required. $4 or bring a covered dish.

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday (1st and 3rd of Month) Dates: 3/6 - 5/15 Time: 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: Harris Center

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Munch and Mingle Lunch Club

Get together with old friends and make some new as we gather on the second Wednesday of each month for lunch at a local restaurant. Participants must provide their own transportation and cover the cost of lunch. Senior discounts may apply at some restaurants. Please register by 5 p.m. on Tuesday prior so reservations can be made for the group.

Age: 50+ Day: Wednesday Dates: 3/14, 4/25, 5/9 Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Location: Arricia Trattoria, La Palma Seafood, Newks Eatery

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Get Out and Go! Local Adventure Club

Join us each month as we venture out to take advantage of the local sights and activities! Participants must provide their own transportation to each location. Look for directions and more details in the Senior Connection newsletter each month. Cost varies by activity. Please register in advance. Payable to the AAB.

March: National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) - FREE- 3/21- 2-4pm
April: AU Ropes Course - $15 - 4/18 - 2 - 4pm
JoAnn Fabrics - FREE - 5/30 - 1 - 2pm

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Food for Thought – A 50+ Breakfast Speaker Series

On the second Tuesday in October and November, join us for a FREE breakfast and entertaining speaker. Please register in advance at the Harris Center so we can provide enough food. FREE to the public.

March • Amanda Queen: Communicating Effectively When Calling 9-1-1

April • Leslie Beard: Creating a Senior-Friendly Home

May • Chris Clark: The New EAMC Cancer Center

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Dates: 3/13, 4/10, 5/8 Time: 8:30-10am Location: Harris Center

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

The Crafty Crew

Come hang out with us on select Wednesday afternoons each month and enjoy making a seasonal craft with step-by-step instruction from Gabby! $5/person to cover the cost of supplies. Please register in advance. Payable to AAB.

March • Wooden Bunny Decor
• Garden Markers
May • Ribbon Bookmarks

Age: 50+ Day: Wednesday Dates: 3/7, 4/4, 5/19 Time:2-3pm Location: Harris Center