(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001

Classes, Groups & Trips

The VINE Adult Community Center offers hundreds of fitness, educational, and creative classes and monthly bus trips to local and out-of-town destination.

Check out our full calendar of events>

Art & Craft Classes

Memoir Writing

  • Tuesdays
  • 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

This group meets weekly to work on their own memoirs.  Open to all VACC members.  No need to sign up, just simply show up.  


Painting

  • Tuesdays
  • 9 – 10:30 am

This group meets weekly to paint.  Open to all VACC members.  No need to sign up, just simply show up.  


Spelling

  • Tuesdays
  • 10:30 – 11:30 am

This group meets weekly to compete in a friendly competition Spelling Bee.  No need to sign up, just simply show up.


VINE Book Club

  • Third Tuesday of the Month
  • 3:15 – 4:30 pm

Any VACC member is welcome to join the VINE Book Club.  The group meets once a month to discuss the book.  The books are free to check out and can be picked up at the front desk of the VACC.  


YARN CLUB

  • Wednesdays
  • 10:15 am – 12 pm
  • Grab a ball of yarn, a set of needles or a crochet hook, and let’s get creative! Come when you want. Stay as long as you want. Bring your own supplies (and questions)! You may bring a project you are working on. There will also be several patterns available for easy projects such as a felted bowl, a bunny blanket, and a mitered pot holder. Knitters and crocheters of all levels are invited!

    Cost:  No charge. Members only. Bring your own supplies. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 the day before the meeting to let us know you are coming. The number of participants is limited to 12.

    Bus Trips

    AIN’T RETIREMENT GRAND AT THE DAYTRIPPERS DINNER THEATER

    • November 28

    Enjoy a hilarious musical that confirms retirement is, indeed, grand! The show is for those about to retire, baby boomers, and ANYONE who wants a FUN time at the theater! The cast of four performs twenty original songs about early bird specials, the silver cord, and pets. A buffet style lunch before the show is part of the theater experience.
    Cost: $69 – Register by 10/29.

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    IRVING BERLIN’S HOLIDAY INN, BASED ON THE FILM FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES, AT THE CHANHASSEN DINNER THEATER

    • December 5

    Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin musical, tells the story of Jim, who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut. He quickly discovers life isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda, a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend Ted tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?
    Cost: $89 – Register by 10/24.

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    Computer Classes

    THE LATEST IN COMPUTER SAFETY

    • November 19
    • 5:30 – 7 pm

    Every day you hear about a new computer virus or group attempting to access your private information. Preventing hacking can be a full-time job. Get tips on how to keep your computer safe, and ask questions from the professionals on who you can trust for online assistance.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 11/16 to register.

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    Fitness Classes

    Group Fitness classes are FREE with a Premium or Platinum membership, $5 with Basic membership, $7 with Supporting Membership or $10 for non-members.  

    BASIC YOGA

    • Mondays
      5 – 6 pm
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
      9 – 10 am

    Basic Yoga will challenge you physically while helping maintain and improve your flexibility and form.


    BEGINNING YOGA

    • Tuesdays
      10:30 – 11:30 am

    If you have little or no yoga experience, our beginning yoga class will teach you some of the basic poses.


    CARDIO-STRENGTH

    • Mondays & Wednesdays
      4:30 – 5:30 pm

    Participants in Cardo-Strength will be challenged each week with a variety of aerobic and strength training activities: you never know what to expect!


    CHAIR YOGA

    • Mondays
      9 – 10 am
    • 10:15 – 11:15 am

    • Wednesdays
      2 – 3 pm
    • Thursdays
      10:15 – 11:15 am

    This class is for those individuals who want to try yoga but are unable to get down onto the floor.  Many yoga poses can be done from a chair rather than the ground.  


    GENTLE YOGA

    • Fridays
      9 – 10 am

    Gentle Yoga focuses on moving slowly through poses with awareness on form and breath.


    MOVE IT MORE

    • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
      9 – 10 am
    • Mondays & Wednesdays
      10:30 – 11:30 am

    Movie it More offers a challenging workout for those with little or no difficulty with balance and walking.


    PARTNERS IN ACTIVE LIVING (PALS)

    • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
      1:30 – 2:30 pm

    PALS is a great class for those who want a safe and gradual increase in their activity level to improve strength, flexibility and balance.  PALS is suitable for people of all fitness levels, including those who use a cane or walker.  


    POUND

    • Thursdays, Oct. 4-Nov. 15
      1-1:45 pm

    POUND® combines cardio and strength activities with yoga and Pilates-inspired movements. Using lightly weighted drumsticks designed specifically for exercise, POUND® turns drumming into a fun way of being active. Designed for all fitness levels, activites can be modified for different abilities. Drumsticks and yoga mats provided (bring your own mat if you wish). Come join us and channel your inner rock star! No registration required — join any class.


    QIGONG PRACTICE GROUP

    • Thursdays
      4-5 pm

    Qigong incorporates coordinated body postures and movement with breathing and meditation.  All activities can be done sitting or standing, and no previous Qigong experience is necessary.


    STRETCH AND FLEX

    • Tuesdays & Thursdays
      9:30 – 10:15 am

    Start your day with some gentle stretches.  Staying flexible can help you move better throughout your day and prevent common muscle injuries.  In this 30-minute class you will move through simple stretches that target your upper, middle, and lower body muscles.  Some stretches will be done from the floor.  Warming up your muscles prior to class is recommended.  


    TAI CHI FOR HEALTH

    Level 1:

    • Mondays & Wednesdays
      11:30 am – 12:30 pm

    Level 2: (completion of Level 1 is required)

    • Tuesdays
      12 – 12:45 pm

    Tai Chi Practice:

    • Friday
      12:30 – 1 pm

    This Tai Chi program is easy to learn and provides many health benefits in a relatively short time.  Medical studies show that practicing Tai Chi can reduce joint pain, prevent falls, and improve a person’s general health.


    TE-KI-DO

    • Wednesdays
      10:15 – 11 am

    This unique blend of easy martial arts was designed for people with little or no knowledge of its practice.  The class is a way for older adults to increase their energy, improve balance, and decreases stress.  


    TREKKERS/SNOWSHOERS

    • Thursdays
      10-11 am

    Join the fun and adventurous trekking/snowshoeing group who meet rain or shine at different parks and trails in the area each week for a leisurely one-hour outing.  Trekking poles and snowshoes are available to members for FREE or $10 for non-members.  Call 507-387-1666 to find out the location each week.


    ZUMBA GOLD

    • Tuesday & Thursday
      10:30 – 11:30 am or 5 – 6 pm

    Zumba Gold is designed with active older adults in mind: gentle on the body and easy-to-follow dance moves.  If you enjoy listening to fun music while you dance, then ditch your workout and join the party!

    Game Groups

    The VINE Adult Community Center offers a number of different activities to partake in.  

    • 500 – Wednesdays at 1 pm
    • Billiards – Mondays through Fridays from 8 am – 5 pm in the Game Room
    • Bridge – Thursdays at 1 pm
    • Cribbage – Tuesdays & Fridays at 1 pm
    • Dominoes – 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month at 10 am
    • Duplicate Bridge – Mondays at 1 pm & Wednesdays at 6:30 pm
    • Mahjong – Mondays at 1 pm
    • Pheffer – Wednesdays at 1 pm
    • Ping-Pong – Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:30 am – 1 pm
    • Whist – Fridays at 9:30 am

    Health & Education Classes

    FOOT CARE CLINIC

    • Third Tuesday of the month
      9 am – 5 pm

    Pathstone Home Care staffs this monthly foot care clinic.  Bring your own basin and towel.  Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 to schedule an appointment.

    Cost:  $27


    BE PREPARED FOR WHAT’S NEW IN MEDICARE FOR 2019

    • November 6
      2-4 pm

    Beginning in 2019, Medicare Cost Plans, a type of Medicare plan that many Minnesotans have, may end in many Minnesota counties. Regardless of pending legislation, significant changes will take place. Robin will speak about this and other changes in Medicare for 2019.

    Cost:FREE for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 11/5 to sign up.

    Register Now

    THE BASICS: ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

    • November 8
      12-1:30 pm

    Alzheimer’s Disease is not a normal part of aging. If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s or dementia, it’s time to learn the facts. This program provides information on detection, causes and risk factors, stages of the disease, treatment and much more.

    Cost:FREE for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 11/7 to sign up.

    Register Now

    GRATITUDE

    • November 14
      11 am – 12 pm

    Maintaining gratitude during the holidays can be especially important as many of us face stress, busyness, and grief during this time. Dr. Hardesty will focus on ways to cultivate the good, savor moments, and build resilience during the holiday season.

    Cost: FREE This program is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System. There is no fee to attend. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 11/13 to register.

    Register Now

    GETTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

    • November 16
      10:30 am – 12 pm

    Experiencing a loss or change can make holidays fearful and overwhelming. However, there are steps that can be taken to ensure a more pleasant holiday experience.

    Cost:No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 11/15 to register.

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    TOTAL KNEE/HIP REPLACEMENT

    • December 7
      3-4:30 pm

    Knee and hip replacement needs are as individual as the people who seek them. Learn about the options that are available and how to make the decision that suits you best. Knee or hip replacement can be a new beginning for your active life.

    Cost:No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 12/6 to register.

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    BACK AND NECK

    • February 8
      3-4:30 pm

    Although we’re not football players who make a living through hard contact, it doesn’t mean we don’t have concerns about our back and neck. Understanding how these parts of your body are affected by everyday influences can make a world of difference as we age.

    Cost:FREE for member; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 2/7 to sign up.

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    Travel Forums

    A LOOK AT OMAN AND DUBAI THROUGH THEIR ART

    • October 30
      2:30-4 pm

    Less than 50 years ago Oman was centuries behind the modern world. Now it is a vibrant, prosperous, and stable country with rich reminders of its past. Janet Goff spent 10 days in Oman and two days in Dubai. She will share these fascinating places with an emphasis on their art — both old and new.

    Cost:FREE for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 10/29 to sign up.

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    A 60-YEAR LOVE AFFAIR WITH MINNESOTA’S NORTH SHORE

    • November 1
      2-3:30 pm

    Tim started going to the North Shore when his family vacationed there as he was growing up. His activities have included biking, canoeing, hiking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. Starting in Duluth and ending at Grand Portage, the North Shore drive is 145 miles of beauty and adventure and good food.

    Cost:FREE for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 10/31 to sign up.

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    SANIBEL ISLAND IS A WINTER DESTINATION

    • November 26
      2-3:30 pm

    Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Florida, is a winter destination that is listed in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die. Sanibel island, on the Gulf Coast of Florida, offers some of the best shelling beaches in the world. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, The National Shell Museum, and a variety of boat tours are just some of the island’s attractions. The island hosts special events, has many good restaurants, and Captiva, the adjoining island, offers beautiful sunset views.
    Ft. Myers is just across the causeway where one can visit Thomas Edison’s home or Henry Ford’s winter estate or take in a Twins game during spring training. Come sail away, in your imagination, to this barrier island as Linda Good shares photos and experiences with you.

    Cost:FREE for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 11/23 to sign up.

    Register Now

    Veteran Events

    WE’RE HONORING VETERANS WITH A FREE DINNER

    • November 2
    • 12-1:30 pm

    If you are a veteran, dinner is on us! Please attend and allow us to thank you for your dedicated service to our country. Join us for a delicious turkey commercial sandwich
    and all of the fixings. Lunch will be served at 12:30 pm. Musical entertainment, provided by Lauren Senden, a senior at Mankato East High School who has enjoyed performing musical theatre for many years, is featured.

    Cost: Vets are free and the cost of their guest is just $9. Please call the VACC by 10/31 at (507) 386-5586 to reserve your spot.


    Warm Water Exercise Pool Schedule

    MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
    Open Swim
    7:30-9 am

    Open Swim
    7:30-10 am
    Open Swim
    7:30-9 am
    Open Swim
    7:30-10 am

    Open Swim
    7:30-9 am
    Open Swim
    8-10 am
    Warm Water Exercise Class - Level 2
    9-10 am
    Warm Water Exercise - Level 3
    10-10:45 am
    Warm Water Exercise Class - Level 2
    9-10 am
    Warm Water Exercise - Level 3
    10-10:45 am
    Warm Water Exercise Class - Level 2
    9-10 am
    Warm Water Exercise Class - Level 2
    10-11 am
    Open Swim
    10-11 am
    Aqua Yoga (level 1)
    11-11:45 am
    Deep Water Exercise (level 2/3)
    10:15-11 am
    Aqua Yoga (level 1)
    11-11:45 am
    Open Swim
    10-11 am
    Open Swim
    11-11:30 am
    Warm Water Exercise Class - Level 1
    11:15 am - 12 pm
    Open Swim
    12-1 pm
    Warm Water Exercise Class - Level 1
    11:15 am - 12 pm
    Open Swim
    12-1 pm
    Deep Water Exercise Class - Level 2/3
    11 am - 12 pm
    Open Swim
    12-1 pm
    Private Rental
    1-5 pm
    Open Swim
    12-1 pm
    Private Rental
    1-5 pm
    Private Rental
    1-5 pm
    Private Rental
    1-3 pm
    Warm Water Exercise (level 1/2)
    5:15-6 pm
    Private Rental
    1-3 pm
    Open Swim
    5-6:30 pm
    Warm Water Exercise Class - Level 2
    3-4 pm
    Open Swim
    6-6:30 pm
    Warm Water Exercise Class - Level 2
    3-4 pm
    Open Swim
    4-6:30 pm
    Open Swim
    4-6:30 pm

    Level 1: Gentle movement including walking, stretching, and balance activities. May include use of noodles, kickboards, and weights.

    Level 2: May include jogging, jumping, twisting, and constant movement. Weights, kickboards, and noodles are often incorporated.

    Level 3: May include deep water exercise and rigorous movement. Weights, kickboard, noodles, and water belts are often incorporated.

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