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Free activities planned for ‘unplugged week’ in Delano
Oct. 8, 2012

By Starrla Cray
Staff Writer

DELANO, MN – With an ever increasing reliance on electronic devices for entertainment, families sometimes need a week to “unplug.”

That’s why Delano Elementary School, in collaboration with Ridgeview Medical Center, is offering a week of free, family-centered activities.

Open swim nights, a speaker, magician, picnic, and health fair are all part of the fun.

“The first one we had was in 2010,” Delano Elementary Principal Darren Schuler said. “Folks really enjoyed it.”

Although anyone is welcome to participate, Schuler especially hopes parents and elementary students will check out the activities.

“We are encouraging parents to spend more time with their kids,” he said.

Although Delano’s “unplugged week” only lasts through Friday, other events to encourage healthy living are planned throughout the school year.

“This is just one of the weeks we’re encouraging families to turn off the TV and electronics,” Schuler said.

Monday, Oct. 8
Ready to “walk, bike, roll, or stroll” this evening?

The public is encouraged to register at the front entrance of Delano Elementary School between 4:30 and 5 p.m. The group will travel down Wright County Road 30, across County Line Road, down Elm Avenue, and back up Tiger Drive to the elementary school.

Afterward, participants can enjoy a free picnic dinner, sponsored by Coborn’s in Delano.

Hot dogs, brats, fresh fruit and vegetables, and baked chips will be provided.

In case of bad weather, the event will take place at the Tiger Activity Center.

Tuesday, Oct. 9
Tomorrow’s event is perfect for parents of tired children.

Author and speaker Mary Sheedy Kurcinka will be presenting her book, “Sleepless in America,” at the Delano Middle School Media Center from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Kurcinka will speak about the connection between children’s lack of sleep and behavioral problems. Attendees will receive practical tools and real-life examples to help their children – and themselves – get the sleep they need.

To register for the free event, go to www.delanocommunityed.com.

Wednesday, Oct. 10
Get the family moving with a free open swim at the Delano Middle School pool from 3:15 to 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Thursday, Oct. 11
Magic and education will be the focus of Thursday evening’s activities.

A magician will perform three half-hour shows at the Delano Public Library, at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Families are also encouraged to check out the kid-friendly health fair at the Community Education Center from 6 to 8 p.m.

Vendors will provide information on yoga and relaxation for kids, allergies, school lunches, sugar, gluten-free grains, local produce, chiropractic, and more.

Friday, Oct. 12
The final day of Delano’s “unplugged week” includes a free open gym night at the Tiger Activity Center, along with a free open swim from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Delano Middle School pool.

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