Mon - Thurs 9AM - 4PM
Friday 9AM - 1PM

Contact Info

121 N Broadway
Rochester, MN 55906
Fax: 507-424-6411



Chair Yoga (Starts this Friday 9/12)

Chair Yoga for Older Adults

6 weeks, Starting Friday, September 12th – Every Friday at 11 am

Fred Reed Hall

Dates:  September 12th, 19th, 26th, October 3rd, 17th and 24.

Not meeting on October 10th, due to sale

Instructor:  Catherine Park

$12 for members and $24 for non-members

Suffering from aches and pain keep you awake at night? Feeling down? Blaming on getting old?

Discover how you can change the way you feel physically and mentally by learning simple healthy deep breathing and stretches and loosen up your cricking joints. Yoga will improve your overall well-being. Don’t let the lack of flexibility keep you from participate. We use chair for sitting postures and most postures are gentle stretch.  Yoga builds strength and flexibility and increases circulation in your body.  Time to time we use 1 or 2 pounds weight while we stretch.  Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a large old towel or quilt if you have around home.  Also you can use yoga mat if you like. Bring a firm small cushion to support your back. See you in the class in May. You have nothing to lose but pain and stiffness. I am assuring you that  as you leave class with smile on your face.

Catherine is certified yoga teacher with 30 years of practicing and taught for 25 years all around southern Minnesota and Rochester area.

Video Conferencing

A Day in the Life of a Homesteader

Wednesday, September 17th, 1 pm
Presenting: National Parks Service

The Homestead Act had a huge impact on the United States. In this lesson Park Rangers will examine what types of homes homesteaders built on the prairie, what the inside of their homes looked like and what their daily chores would have been. A brief discussion about the affects of the Homestead Act will also take place.   Free, open to all ages, members only.  RSVP required by 9/15.


A House Divided: Civil War Smithsonian American Art Museum
Wednesday, September 24th, 1 pm
Presenting: Smithsonian American Art Museum
Explore the Civil War with a free interactive field trip without leaving your center! The advent of photography changed Americans’ outlook on the war, while Reconstruction-era paintings and sculpture give us insight into the nation after the war.  Free, open to all ages, members only.  RSVP required by 9/22.

October Open House

Senior Center Open House
Thursday, October 23, 3-6 pm

Join us for complimentary appetizers and sample wine from local wineries while meeting the dynamic staff and group leaders.

Are you newly retired? It’s hard to believe the radical children of the 60’s who fought for civil rights, the highly educated and well-traveled, plus technically and culturally diversified — well – have gotten older. Now, don’t get crazy if you are among the estimated 76 million people born in the U.S. between 1946 and 1964 — during the baby boom — and you have recently turned 60, or older.  It’s OK– really!

Join the Senior Center? No way, you say. Those places are for really, really old people. You’d never set foot in one. It’s a “glorified bingo hall”. But in reality, that’s far from the truth.

There are over 40 ongoing programs and activities to take part in. Are you creative?  How about art classes, quilting, scrapbooking, woodcarving, knitting, crocheting, ceramics and pottery? Do you like cards?  There’s pinochle, hand and foot, bridge, 500, canasta, cribbage, five hundred.  Computer classes including: I-Pad, Mac and Microsoft. Join the billiard room or poker table for some friendly competition and fun. Challenge your intellect. We host two book clubs, a weekly discussion group, financial, historical and health educational presentations. Need to update your driving skills?  There’s a class for that too.  And don’t forget square dancing. Exercise, day trips, Red Hat Groups, Special Events! You name it – we have it!

Meet some new friends, hang with the 55+ group who are enjoying life and retirement! The Senior Center provides an integrated system of services, resources and opportunities to help improve lives and the community through recreation, social services, health and wellness services.  

If you cannot attend the Open House, please call the Business Office to schedule a tour. 287-1404. Membership special – Save $10 October 23-31 (new members only).

Upcoming Events

Football Fan or Official . . .Do YOU make the grade?
Wednesday, September 10, 11 am
Official: Jon Lucivansky, NFL Field Judge #89
Jon, a 6-year NFL official, is making his 2nd appearance at the Center! Jon will share an inside look into officiating in the NFL. “Report cards” for Officials: Would you make the grade on making hair-splitting decisions in real-time with young, hard-hitting, speedy men coming at you? How
are officials graded? Who gets playoff games? See an actual grading report.View a “training video clip” firsthand and make your analysis. Learn more about preseason football prep and weekly training for officials. NEW in 2014! Wireless On-Field Communication. How will this change the game? Bring your questions for Q & A.
Menu: Sub Sandwich, Chips, Baked Beans, Treat Bar
Cost: $5 Members/$8 Non-Members
Kindly RSVP by Friday, September 5.

NFL Weekly Pick’em Contest!
Participation Fee: $5
Join the Center NFL Weekly Pick’em.
Your objective is to pick the winner of each weekly NFL game. Weekly points will be recorded
for prizes and totaled at the end of the regular season to determine the winner.
Grand Prize Winner receives a certificate for Annual Membership (New or Renewable) to the Rochester Senior Center. No cash value. Redeemable for membership only!
If you are interested, please contact the Business Office or email volcoord@rsc-mn.org and provide your name, phone number, and email (optional). Participation rules and instructions will be available August 25. Deadline entry is Thursday, September 4.

Flea Market
$5 Brown Bag Sale Day!
Saturday, September 6, 8–1
Center Parking Lot
SHOP EARLY for One of a Kind finds! All items fitting into a brown paper bag are all yours for a fabulous $5! This special offer is good for one day only, so don’t delay!

Free Square Dance Lessons
Beginning Tuesday, September 9
Classes held Tuesdays, 2:45-4 pm
No partner or experience welcome.  Caller is Wayne Kubicek from Owatonna.
For more information, call Terry & Nick at 507-533-4062 or Keith & Pat at 507-356-8134.

Happy 53rd Birthday! Ice Cream Social
Wednesday, September 10, 1-3
Celebrate the Center’s birthday by sending us a card or e-mailing a birthday greeting.
Please include any stories you can share about the Center. Let us know what it means to you, your friends, and family. We would love to hear from you! *Music! Come enjoy! *A brief, but FUN presentation at 2:00 pm!  *Vote for your favorite birthday card! Kindly RSVP by Monday, September 8

Flu Shots at the Center!
Your Hy-Vee North Health & Wellness Team will be visiting the Rochester Senior Center for flu shots on the following dates:  Monday, September 15th, Tuesday, September 16th and Wednesday, September 17th.  Stop in anytime between 10 a.m. and noon for a flu shot.  Cost of the flu shot is $25 per person or FREE for all Medicare patients. Be sure to bring your Medicare card at the time of your vaccine. High-dose option available for those over the age of 65 years. Mark your calendars now!

September Birthday Lunch
Wednesday, September 17, 11:00
Entertainment: Guitarist & Singer Dale Blanshan
Don’t be a crabapple, make a cameo appearance at our celebration! It’s sure to be a barrel of fun! More fun than a barrel of monkeys!
Menu: Lettuce Salad, Homemade Pizza,
Garlic Sticks, Apple Cake & Ice Cream
Cost: $5/person; $2.50 if you have a
September birthday RSVP by 1 pm, Friday, 9/12. You do not need to have a September birthday to attend.

“A Century of Hats: 1860–1960” Brunch
Thursday, September 25, 10 am
Presenter: Heather Edginton
From the Sunbonnet to the Pillbox, there is an exquisite array of Hats in this show. Every decade will hold a tale of the past sure to evoke fond memories for all.
If you are interested in modeling, please see Julie.
Blueberry French Toast and Sausage, Orange Juice and Coffee; cost: $6 for members and $8 for non-members.  RSVP required, please call 287-1404.

Fall Color Tour
Wednesday, October 1
We invite you to take time to enjoy autumn and come discover the splendid fall color! We’ll travel by motorcoach through the countryside to Nelson Cheese Factory in Wisconsin. Enjoy lunch and/or a yummy ice cream treat! (Or pack a sack lunch.) Don’t forget to purchase cheese curds! After a relaxing lunch, we’ll travel to Lake City and board the Pearl of the Lake paddle boat and take in a breathtaking view of the the wooded hills along the Mississippi River. The boat features climate controlled lower deck, an open upper deck, and modern restrooms. Sure to sell out, book your reservation today!

Members $28/Non-Members $32
Payment required at registration. RSVP by Friday, September 26.

  9:30 am Bus Departure from REC Center
10:30 am – 12:10 PM Nelson Cheese Factory
12:10 Depart Nelson for Lake City
12:30 pm – Board Pearl of the Lake for 90 minute cruise
  3:45 pm – Arrive in Rochester



Monday Movie Matinee

Monday Movies, 1 pm  

All movies: Free-will donation, free popcorn, members only.
Movie schedule subject to change.
An R-rated motion picture may or will include adult themes, adult activity, hard language, intense or persistent violence, sexually-oriented nudity, drug abuse or other elements.  Please use your discretion – attending is optional.
Motion picture licensing #50386602

Monday, September 8: Son of God:  A follow-up to the landmark 2013 miniseries The Bible, this feature follows the life of Jesus Christ from his humble birth to his resurrection. Filmed in authentic historical locales, this epic presentation brings new life to the miraculous story. 2014 PG-13 138 minutes

Monday, September 15: Million Dollar Baby:  Despondent over a painful estrangement from his daughter, trainer Frankie Dunn isn’t prepared for boxer Maggie Fitzgerald to enter his life. But Maggie’s determined to go pro, and to convince Dunn and his cohort to help her. 2004 PG-13 133 minutes

Monday, September 22: A Beautiful Mind:  Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-nominated book of the same name, this Oscar-winning drama charts the life and work of famed economist John Forbes Nash Jr., a brilliant man plagued by the anguish of mental illness. 2001 PG-13 134 minutes

Monday, September 29: The Philadelphia Story:  Socialite Tracy Lord (Katharine Hepburn) prepares to remarry, but her ex (Cary Grant) and a tabloid reporter (Best Supporting Actor Oscar-winner James Stewart) have other ideas as they converge on her home for a fateful visit. The three stars form an incomparable trio in one of the most tantalizing screwball romances ever. And under the direction of George Cukor, this once-urbane Broadway comedy springs to life with precision and wit. 1940 NR 112 minutes