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

Contact Info

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



May Support Groups

Grief Support Group

Thursday, May 7, 1 pm

Typically meets the 1st Thursday of the Month

Facilitated by Marianne Maruca, Grief & Support Educator

Receive support, resources and understanding during one of life’s most difficult experiences. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.

All ages welcome, free and open to the general public.


Standing Alone: Estranged from Family

Thursday, May 21, 1 pm

We are here to support, encourage and help one another to remain positive, come to terms with the estrangement, forgive, heal and move forward. We talk openly about the experience of family estrangement to help others lead lives that are less isolated

Get Moving at the Center!!!


Exercise: On-Going Classes
Instructor: Kaethe Boyer

*You may be eligible for free classes with your Medicare-Insurance Exercise Program. ExercisABILITIES programming.   Non-members and new members are welcome!

If you are an insurance member of the following Medicare secondary or advantage plans: Aetna, Humana, UCare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Medica, you may be eligible.

Please provide your Insurance Name/Number to the Business Office to see if you quality. Allow 5 business days for processing!

As of February, we have 22 participants receiving free exercise!

Beginning April 1st, to maintain your free exercise status, you are required to attend 8 exercise classes. Yoga and Meditation do not quality.


*SAIL – Stay Active and Independent for Life (Classic)

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 am, Fred Reed Hall

An awesome class set to music that allows you to have fun while strength training and increasing range of movement. Helps with balance and fall prevention. Free*, or $3/Members, $5/Non-Members

*Freedom FLEXITIBITY, (Active Arthritis)
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30 am, Fred Reed Hall
This program is a recreational and educational program designed specifically for people with arthritis and related diseases. Each class includes a variety of exercises performed while sitting or standing, endurance building routines, and relaxation exercises.   This exercise can reduce pain and stiffness, maintain or improve mobility, muscle strength, and functional ability. Open to all abilities from basic to advanced.
Free*, or $3/Members, $5/Non-Members

*CIRCUIT Training
Fridays, 9:30 am
Circuit training is an excellent way to improve mobility, strength and stamina. The circuit training is comprised of 14 exercises that are completed twice, for one minute.  The exercises within each circuit are separated by a short walking period  Free*, or $3/Members, $5/Non-Members

Fridays, 10:30 am
This exhilarating exercise is a Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends a variety of upbeat music and contagious steps to form a “fitness party” that is downright addictive. Join us to have fun and get fit!

Free*, $3/Members, $5/Non-Members


Movies and Documentaries


Monday Movie Matinee    

1 pm, suggested donation of $2, popcorn, members only, all ages welcome.

See the Business Office for more information on the Movies, can also be found on the website.

An R-rated motion picture may 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 License 50386602

May 4: The Theory of Everything

2014 PG-13 123 min.

With his body progressively ravaged by ALS, world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking must rely on his wife, Jane, to continue his life’s work as he faces various challenges. This affecting biographical drama centers on the couple’s fertile partnership.


May 11: The Judge

2014 R 141 min.

Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.
May 18: Freedom Writers

While her at-risk students are reading classics such as “The Diary of Anne Frank,” a young teacher asks them to keep journals about their troubled lives — hoping they can apply history’s lessons to break the cycle of violence and despair.



Friday Documentaries


The Men Who Built America (History Channel)

11 am, free will donation, members only


May 8: A New War Begins

Cornelius Vanderbilt parlays his success in the steamboat business to become a railroad tycoon, and John D. Rockefeller starts Standard Oil.


May 15: Bloody Battles

A rogue partner, the Johnstown Flood and a violent strike challenge Andrew Carnegie’s burgeoning steel empire.


May 22: Changing the Game

J.P. Morgan faces unexpected competition as he attempts to bring Edison’s light to America, and William Jennings Bryan declares war on monopolies.



The Life and Times of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, May 14, 1 pm

Presenting: Diane Hagen

Diane Hagen appears in costume as a 80 year old Laura looking back through her life’s adventures and challenges as a early settler in this area and sharing excerpts from her Little House on the Prairie Series. Hear the stores; hum along with the songs; enjoy Laura’s gingerbread. $3 Members, $5 Non-Member. RSVP and pay Business Office by May 11.


The Discovery of King Tutankhamen’s Tomb

Tuesday, May 19, 10 am

Presenting: Dale Blanshan, Local Historian
Everywhere the glint of gold!” was the description of archaeologist Howard Carter, as he peered into the darkness of the tomb of King Tutankhamen, the first person to do so in over 3,000 years.  Politics and principle, professional rivalry and personalities clashed in the glare of gold and the dust of history.  We explore the tomb and its mysteries through the eyes of Carter and his photographer and supplement the nearly century-old story of the unearthing of the tomb with the latest discoveries about King Tutankhamen, his tomb, and his death. Free, no RSVP and open to the general public, all ages.


Tips to Prevent Hospitalization

Wednesday, May 27, 10 am

Presenting: Karen Hanson, Home Instead Senior Care

Learn about the five preventative actions that could keep you or your aging loved one out of the hospital.  You will learn potential warning signs and risks as well as some solutions that offer five key actions to help prevent senior hospitalization.

Free, no RSVP and open to the general public, all ages


One Topic, One Hour

Every Monday at 10 am

Group leaders: Terry and Nick Nielsen

May 4: Desalinization of Sea Water

May 11: Lifestyle Changes / Moving

May 18th: Frauds and Scams

Topics subject to change. Members Only.


Tax Season is Over, Now What??
Tuesday, May 12, 10:30 am
On the Markets, typically 2nd Tuesday of the Month
Greg Snider, Attorney, CFP®, ChFC®, Morgan Stanley

Hindsight is 20/20 and you probably just found out that if you had done this or that your tax bill would have been lower.  Now is a great time to look back, learn from last year’s tax return, and plan for the future.  Come share your thoughts, talk about investments, and see if you can come up with a better plan for 2015.  Members only, no RSVP.





Tuesdays: Yoga and Meditation

Senior Yoga

Gentle Yoga
Tuesdays, 9:30 am
Instructor: Lisa Puhl
An adaptable chair yoga class, all levels can enjoy. Yoga will increase your flexibility, muscle strength and tone. Improve respiration, energy and vitality. Maintain your balanced metabolism. Improve Cardio and circulatory health. Come relax and release in a easy going atmosphere.
Suggested donation, members only: $3

Tuesdays, 10:30 am
Instructor: Lisa Puhl
With regular practice of meditation: Anxiety decreases, Emotional stability improves, Creativity increases, Happiness increases, Intuition develops, Gain clarity and peace of mind, Problems become smaller, Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
Suggested donation, members only: $2

Senior Center Project – CURRENT STATUS


As we begin 2015, there is a lot of excitement in the air! Design for the project and construction documents are complete. The task of finding a contractor begins this week with a process called RFP – Request for Proposal.  Assuming this goes well, we anticipate shovels “hitting the dirt” in late March or early April! We are told that the build process will take anywhere from 12 – 18 months, so the “Big Move” is anticipated for late summer or early autumn of 2016.

We are continuing to assess providers for two very important components of the new facility: the Cafe AND the Wellness/Fitness center. We know both areas will be vibrant and welcome additions to our programming and enriching the lives of our members.

The committee that started working on the design for the building that we own next door, that we often refer to as the Podein Building, is continuing their work.  We are really hoping this can be a multi-purpose building, with a great woodworking shop, but also offering a bike shop, as well as a storage/working shop for our big fundraising activities where we need to organize donated items.  Currently, Birdie Logue and her crew of volunteers have worked wonders to transform it into a site for periodic rummage sales. Thanks guys!

Finally, and very importantly, we are near completion of our Capital Campaign Plans—this is a critical part of the project for us as we will be raising funds to furnish the building.  Your support in the campaign will be instrumental to our success as we prepare to fill the building with fixtures, furnishings, and equipment.  Our goal is $2.5M. Expect to see more about this very soon.

(Click on the photos below for a larger view!)

View from the South  New Center South Entrance

                                       View from the West                                                                   View from the North

New Center North EntranceNew Center West View