Senior Citizens

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Encinitas Senior SurveyEncinitas is a senior-friendly community offering many programs and services. We hope that you will explore these wonderful opportunities and discover what is available to you.

Encinitas Senior Center

The Encinitas Senior Center is a vibrant place for Social, Recreational, and Outreach programs and services. The center offers a variety of arts and crafts, computer instruction, dance, fitness classes, games, music appreciation, outreach services, special interest programs, transportation, and special events. Connect with us and be a part of it! Please visit the Encinitas Community & Senior Center page.

Parks and Recreation Guide Brochure

The Recreation Guide is a quarterly publication outlining all the various programs offered for senior citizens 50 years of age and better. View the Recreation Guide covering seasonal activities for all ages and interests.

For recreation program information, contact:
Clinton Calkins, Recreation Supervisor
(760) 943-2257

For Senior Center operations, contact:
Christie Goodsell, Senior Center Manager

Encinitas Parks and Recreation Café (Lunch Program)

Enjoy a nutritious and satisfying dining experience weekdays at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center Parks & Recreation Café, intended for baby boomers and seniors of the veteran era alike.

The City of Encinitas Senior Center is proud to work with Essenco, Inc. the senior nutrition program provider as of July 24, 2019. Essenco, Inc. works with the City of Encinitas to ensure that seniors’ nutritional needs are balanced with an overall dining experience focused on quality, taste, variety and presentation. Essenco, Inc. prepares its own soups and sauces from fresh, natural ingredients and tries to minimize utilizing processed foods.

Suggested daily meal donation is $4 for Seniors 60+ with a $7 fee per meal for ages under 60. Reservations are required and can be made up until 9:00 a.m. one business day before you would like to have lunch, by calling (760) 943-2258. Check-in for lunch between 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Lunch is served at 11:40 a.m. We look forward to serving you! *Please note, a client intake form is required for all participants age 60+ and must be updated annually.

To speak with the Nutrition Coordinator please call (760) 943-2258. Find the current lunch menu under "Quick Links" on the top of this webpage.

The Encinitas Parks and Recreation Café is supported by the Older Americans Act Grant Funds, awarded through the County Aging and Independence Services and supported by the City of Encinitas and general meal donations. No eligible person shall be denied a meal because of failure or inability to contribute.

Nutrition Transportation Program

The Encinitas Senior Center's Nutrition Transportation Program is for Encinitas residents who are interested in attending lunch at the Encinitas Parks and Recreation Café. Seniors will be picked up at home before lunch and dropped off after lunch.

For Nutrition Transportation Program information, contact the Nutrition Coordinator at (760) 943-2258.

Nutrition Transportation Program Application (PDF)

Transportation Resources

Transportation is an important element to living well and living fully. There are several transportation options available.

San Diego Eldercare Directory

The Eldercare Directory, published by the San Diego Union-Tribune, provides facts, advice, tips and resources to help you find answers to the questions that arise as you age. You will find information about housing, nutrition and finances. In addition, the directory offers listings on housing alternatives, getting help at home and health care services. Also included is information that caregivers might find useful. The directory is free and available at the Encinitas Senior Center to help you make better informed choices, or visit The Encinitas Senior Center does not endorse or recommend any of these agencies.

Encinitas Senior Foundation

The Encinitas Senior Foundation, producers of the successful Encinitas Follies fundraising efforts for eleven years, has closed its doors. Their final act was to contribute the balance of their remaining funds to the Senior Transportation “Out and About” program. The Foundation was established in 1997 to initially promote the construction of the Encinitas Senior Center. Once completed, their goal was revised to support senior activities at the Center. The Foundation contributed equipment and in-kind contributions in excess of $140,000.

City of Encinitas Senior Citizen Commission

The Senior Citizen Commission consists of seven members who are registered voters of the City of Encinitas. The role of the Commission is that of an advisory board to the City Council to research and address senior citizen concerns. As representatives of senior citizens, the Commission works on projects to improve the quality of life for Encinitas Seniors. The public is welcome to attend the monthly Senior Commission meetings at City Hall on the third Tuesday of the month at 2:00 pm. Please note the Senior Citizen Commission is dark July, August and December.

Please visit the City Commission Page.

Volunteers Needed

The Encinitas Senior Center is in search of volunteers with a passion for helping our community. Since the start of COVID, the Nutrition Program has been serving lunches in pre-portioned trays but aims to return to plated meals on March 1st (or sooner if possible), but we need volunteers in place to make it happen! Volunteers at the Nutrition Program will help to plate food, serve meals to our participants, and help with light kitchen clean-up. Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older, have at least one day per week available to volunteer, and complete training with staff to obtain a food handler certificate. Volunteer shifts are available Monday – Friday 11:00am – 12:30pm. If interested, please contact Recreation Supervisor Clinton Calkins at or call 760-943-2257.  For additional information, view flyer here (pdf)


The City of Encinitas Senior Center is proud to offer a variety of services which serve our senior citizens. If you would like to sponsor one of the many events download the Encinitas Senior Center 2023 Sponsorship Brochure, developed to provide useful information for those interested in supporting and sponsoring these important functions for the senior population in Encinitas.

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