Delano Senior Center

Delano Senior Center
234 2nd Street North, PO Box 462
Delano, MN  55328

(763) 972-0574
Fax: (763) 972-9034

Gail Sinkel, Sener Center Coordinator
Linda Van Lith, Senior Center Assistant Coordinator

The Delano Senior Center and Senior Dining Program is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM and Fridays 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  All seniors are invited to participate in the Senior Center's programs and nutritious, tasty dinner served at noon every day!  The center van is also available to bring seniors to the center and for other trips.

Delano Senior Dining Program

This program is open Monday through Friday and serves hot meals at noon to area seniors age 60 and older.  Contribution is $4.00.  Registration is NOT required.  Diners are asked to arrive by 11:45 AM.  Groups of 4 or more should call ahead.  Weekly menus are posted in the Delano Eagle and Delano Herald Journal.  Please call 763 972-0574 for more information.

March - Menu || April - Menu

Meals on Wheels.  The Delano Senior Center provides the Delano area Meals on Wheels program.  Meals on Wheels serves the Delano, Franklin Township, Rockford, Independence, Loretto and Greenfield areas.  If you or someone you know is over 60 years old, home bound and in need of a hot, delicious meal, arrangements can be made for meals to be delivered to your home Monday through Friday.  Microwavable meals will be delivered on Friday for weekend meals if ordered.  The suggest contribution is $3.50 per meal.  Interested persons should call the Delano Senior Center at 763 972-0574.  Two working days notice is necessary to order a meal.  One working day notice must be given to cancel a meal.


The Delano Senior Center operates a special transportation vehicle to provide transportation for senior citizens and for special needs.  This van is available for Senior Day tours and other trips as the need arises.  People living in the Delano area who are in need of transportation are encouraged to call the Delano Senior Center at 763 972-0574 to sign up for these trips.

River Rider Transportation Program.  This program provides public transportation for all your daily travel needs within the City of Delano.  Rides are provided to the Delano Senior Center, banks, grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, hair salons, doctors, dentists and more.  One day advance notice is requested to receive a ride.  Cost is $1.25 per one way trip.  Please call 763 263-0101 or 1-800-821-9719 to schedule a ride.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday  - 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday, Thursday - 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Recreational Activities

Recreational and social activities are an important part of independent living.  There are plenty of activities to choose from at the Delano Senior Center!

ACTIVITIES CALENDAR: March, 2014 || April, 2014

EVENTS: March, 2014 || April, 2014

The Arts

Delano Senior Singers
Do you like music and also like to have a lot of fun?  The Delano Senior Singers is a Choral Group that practices every Monday at 10:30 AM and performs at various events in the community.  New members are always welcome.  Come join the fun!

Lending Library
Do you like to read, but wonder what to do with all those books when you are finished?  Bring current books (hardcover or paperback) to the center, and put them on the lending table.  Feel free to take some new ones home to read.  No charge.

"Once Upon a Time" Story Readers
This group of retired adults reads and performs stories for children.  The books have been carefully selected to reinforce curriculum and to model positive behavior.  The cast of 6-10 players reads the parts of the characters in the story with a lot of expression and body gestures.  Story Readers dramatized stories with a message, provide a listening experience that stimulates imagination, encourage children to read stories with expression and provide time for interaction with older adults.  They will be performing in area schools throughout the school year. Seniors interested in joining this creative group of people should call the Delano Senior Center at 763 972-0574.

Ready Readers Book Club

As Ready Readers move into 2014 there will be more books to discuss and visits from Minnesota authors. 

Looking ahead, Dale Swanson, author of “The Thirty Ninth Man”, will discuss his historical novel at the Senior Center on Wednesday, January 15th at 10:30am.  The novel weaves fictional events around historical facts culmination with the Dakota War of 1862 and a mass execution.

On March, 19th, 2014, Sara Christenson, author of “Nanny”, a book about her friend who was a Nanny for the Kardasians, will be the featured guest speaker. Sara’s books will be available to for interested persons to pick up at the Senior Center.

Call the Delano Senior Center at 763-973-0574

Writing Circle 
Do you love to write and want some company?  Why not join others who have the same interest?  This group meets the 1st & 3rd Thursday of the month at 10:30 AM.  This group is for story tellers, and anyone who has a story to share.  For more information contact Ted May or Gail Sinkel at the Senior Center.



500 Card Group
Love to play cards?  Join this group on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month at 1:00 PM.  Call the Center at 763 972-0574 to register.

Bridge Group
Want to play bridge?  This group is for you!  The group will meet the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at 1:00 PM at the Delano Senior Center.  We are looking for more people interested in playing bridge!  Call the Center to register.

Mexican Train
A fun Dominoes game will be played every 2nd and 4th Tuesday at 1:00 PM.  New players are always invited to join.

"Farkle" Game Day
Learn to play the ages old dice game, every 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 1:00 PM.  Farkle requires no cards, the counting is easy and it can be taught in just a few minutes.  Preregistration is not required.  This year we will be hosting a "Farkle" competition with the person holding the highest score at the end of the end of the year receiving a prize!

Join this group on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.  Call the Center for more information.

Health Services

Parkinson's Support Group
The group meets on the 3rd Thursday of every month at 2:30 PM (unless otherwise stated).  If you or a family member is challenged with Parkinson's disease, you are invited to participate in sharing with others who experience and understand what you are going through.  Educational material is distributed by the Struther's Institute and various books and articles will be discussed.  Meetings held at the Senior Center unless otherwise stated.

Foot Care Programs
Make an appointment with licensed foot care personnel to have your foot care needs met.  It includes foot soak, lotion rub, toenail trim, debridement of corns, calluses, assessment and monitoring of circulation, disorders, etc.  Excel Foot Care by Madeline 952 217-0224 by appointment only.

Blood Pressure Clinic
Co-sponsored by the Delano Knights of Columbus, the Blood Pressure Clinic is available weekly in the Senior Center.  Blood pressure screening is open to seniors and non-seniors alike every Tuesday from 12:00 - 2:00 PM.  Participants are asked to donate, but no one will be refused service due to inability to pay.  Meetings will be held at the Senior Center unless otherwise noted.

Eyeglass Adjustments by Delano Eye Clinic
Do you need glasses adjusted, screws tightened or nose pads replaced?  Staff from the Eye Clinic will provide this free service.  First Tuesday of every month at 11:30 AM.  No appointment needed.

"Easy does it Exercise"
This exercise routine will help tone your muscles, limber your joints and increase your circulation.  You are encouraged to go at a pace that is comfortable for you.  Anyone is welcome to join this group.  You will receive a punch card with 12 punches, and after attending 12 classes you will receive a gift bag filled with healthy treats as a reward for motivating yourself to keep your body moving.  Every Wednesday and Friday at the Senior Center.  11:20 AM - 11:50 AM.

Volunteers Needed!

The Center is looking for volunteers who may be interested in leading special interest groups, such as book clubs, bike clubs, hiking clubs and bird watching groups.  If you can help in any of these areas, please call the Senior Center at 763 972-0574.

Volunteers are needed to deliver Meals on Wheels around the Noon hour in Delano and Loretto.  One day a week or one day a month.  Volunteers needed to help in the Senior Dining Kitchen over the noon hour to help the staff serve the meal and assist with clean up and dishes after the meal.

Interested persons should call the Senior Center or stop in to fill out an application.