This group meets weekly to work on their own memoirs. Open to all VACC members. No need to sign up, just simply show up.
This group meets weekly to paint. Open to all VACC members. No need to sign up, just simply show up.
This group meets weekly to compete in a friendly competition Spelling Bee. No need to sign up, just simply show up.
VINE Book Club
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.
CLASSIC AMERICAN FILM SERIES AND DISCUSSION
Join local film buff Ryan Sturgis to watch an old movie and have a lively discussion at the end of the film. Films are shown on our 79” TV with surround sound.
Monday, May 8:
A Streetcar Named Desire
Cost: No charge for members; $5 per film for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 to sign up the day before the film.Register Now
ZENTANGLE FOR FUN
Zentangle is an easy way to create beautiful images from repetitive patterns. Enjoy doodling and losing a sense of time. Lynn is a retired educator from Mankato Public Schools. No special abilities are needed. Bring one or two black Sharpie ultra-fine point pens. Hand-outs and paper will be provided to get you started.
Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 5/12 to save your spot. Class size is limited to 12.
MINNESOTA TWINS AT TARGET FIELD
Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor baseball as the Twins take on the Houston Astros. The game starts at 12:10 pm. Our seats are in the shade on the field terrace off the first base line.
Cost: $50. Register by 5/1. Call Community Education at (507) 387-5501 to sign up and pay with a credit card.
FLYOVER AMERICA, LUNCH AT FIRE LAKE GRILL HOUSE, AND STATE CAPITOL TOUR
Imagine seeing America like never before! With FlyOver America at the Mall of America, you’ll feel like you are truly flying with wind, scents, mist, and other amazing effects. Soar over spectacular landscapes and experience the USA from a birds-eye-view – all in ten minutes! After the FlyOver America experience, dine on assorted soups, salads and sandwiches at the Fire Lake Grill House. We’ll then take a guided tour of the newly-restored State Capitol and learn about its history, art, architecture, and about state government.
Cost: $55. Register by 6/2. Call Community Education at (507) 387-5501 to sign up and pay with a credit card.
PADDLEFORD RIVERBOAT CRUISE AND LUNCH AT JOSEPH’S GRILL
Enjoy the splendor of the mighty Mississippi on this 2-hour cruise which departs from Harriet Island. Live entertainment is provided by the Mississippi Minstrels. After the cruise, enjoy a special buffet lunch at Joseph’s Grill in St. Paul.
Cost: $66. Register by 6/16 for July trip & 7/21 for August trip. Call Community Education at (507) 387-5501 to sign up and pay with a credit card.
CIRCUS JUVENTAS AND CATERED PICNIC
Circus Juventas is an elaborate spectacle in the tradition of Cirque du Soleil. It blends contemporary circus arts, dance, theater, magical sets, costumes, and music for an exciting and professionally-produced show, with a theme of Norse mythology. 100 performers will thrill audiences with acrobatics, aerial techniques, juggling, and more. The show takes place in the air conditioned Big Top next to St. Paul’s Highland Park. Enjoy a catered box lunch in the park pavilion before the show.
Cost: $75 for regular seats, $90 for V.I.P. seats. Register by 6/1. Call Community Education at (507) 387-5501 to sign up and pay with a credit card.
MINNESOTA STATE FAIR
Join us for a fun-filled day at the Minnesota State Fair. Don’t worry about parking or traffic; our coach bus will drop you off at the fair entrance.
Cost: $39 for age 65 & older, $44 for under age 65. Register by 8/4. Call Community Education at (507) 387-5501 to sign up and pay with a credit card.
HOW TO BACK UP YOU DATA
Be certain that your data is backed up and secure. Learn to create full copies of your computer or create backups of single files or folders. Backups and data security will be explained in easy-to-understand language.
Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 4/21 to register.Register Now
MAKING THE MOST OF MICROSOFT OFFICE
Learn the ins and outs of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and much more!
Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 5/19 to register.
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 will challenge you physically while helping maintain and improve your flexibility and form.
If you have little or no yoga experience, our beginning yoga class will teach you some of the basic poses.
Participants in Cardo-Strength will be challenged each week with a variety of aerobic and strength training activities: you never know what to expect!
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 focuses on moving slowly through poses with awareness on form and breath.
MATTER OF BALANCE
Matter of Balance participants will reduce their fear of falling and increase their activity levels.
Matter of Balance is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota River Area Agency on Aging. VACC membership is not required to attend. Call Karen or Brittany at (507) 386-5586 for more information and to register.
MOVE IT MORE
This class is designed for people who want improved physical fitness with a variety of exercises; suitable for people with little or no difficulty with balance and walking.
PARTNERS IN ACTIVE LIVING (PALS)
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.
This Pilates class teaches a series of mat exercises that are useful for maintaining physical function by improving core muscle strength.
QIGONG PRACTICE GROUP
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.
Restorative Yoga is a therapeutic practice meant to deeply relax your muscles and your mind. Poses are held from 5-10 minutes, using conscious breathing techniques. Some yoga experience is required and class size is limited to 8 students.
Pre-registration is required.
STRETCH AND FLEX
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 2: (completion of Level 1 is required)
Tai Chi Practice:
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.
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.
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.
WARM WATER EXERCISE AT OLD MAIN VILLAGE POOL
Warm water exercise is one of the most effective and gentle activities for improving older adult’s health. No swimming experience needed.
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!
The VINE Adult Community Center offers a number of different activities to partake in.
FOOT CARE CLINIC
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.
THINKING FAST: STROKE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
Did you know 80% of all strokes can be prevented with healthy behavior? Katie will share risk factors for stroke, signs of a stroke, and what to do if you or someone you’re with might be suffering from a stroke. We’ll discuss how to think F.A.S.T and the importance of calling 911.
Cost: There is no charge to attend. This program is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 4/24 to register.Register Now
TRAVEL FORUM: EXPLORING THE BACKROADS OF NEW ZEALAND
Tim Pulis and his wife Nancy Haag took the trip of a lifetime – ten days bicycling down the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island. They worked with an adventure travel company called Backroads, which provided trip leaders and vans that supported them throughout their trip. All meals and accommodations were provided, freeing this adventurous couple to cycle 35-65 miles a day. At the conclusion of their cycling tour, they spent a week “driving on the other side of the road” and exploring New Zealand independently in their rental car. Come hear their travel tales and see some of their gorgeous pictures.
Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 4/26 to sign up.Register Now
VETERANS BENEFIT ENTITLEMENTS AND HOW TO ACCESS THEM
Get answers to your questions about veterans’ benefits such as, Am I eligible? How do I apply? Where do I go? Who do I talk to? There will be an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.
Cost: There is no charge to attend this presentation. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 5/3 to sign up.Register Now
THE CAREGIVING JOURNEY
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter said it best: “There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.”
Panelists will address family dynamics in caregiving: recognizing yourself as a caregiver, taking care of yourself and finding support, caregiving from a distance, dealing with loss and guilt, and the spiritual dimensions of caregiving. Practical resources will be available for caregivers to take home.
Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 5/10 to register.Register Now
TRAVEL FORUM: BEING SNOWBIRDS IN AUSTRALIA
Raj and Anne, retired MSU, Mankato faculty members, chose Brisbane, on Australia’s East Coast, as the place to escape Minnesota’s cold winters. Brisbane is conveniently located, just a one-day drive away from Sidney, Melbourne, Cairns, and the Great Barrier Reef. This winter Raj and Anne enjoyed exploring Australia’s beautiful coast. VACC members may recognize Raj’s name as the enthusiastic Bridge player and instructor around VINE. And yes, Raj and Anne found several Bridge clubs “Down Under”! They were able to keep their bridge-playing skills sharp as they spent the winter away from their Mankato Bridge pals. Raj says there seems to be a club for everything in Brisbane – for Bridge, Rugby, Footie, and Cricket to name a few. It’s common for locals to belong to several clubs. Come hear the stories and see the pictures from this duo’s winter in “Oz”.
Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 5/18 to sign up.Register Now
LIVE WELL WITH DIABETES
If you or someone you care about has diabetes or prediabetes, this is for you! Sheryl will cover risk factors and myths about diabetes, treatment plans including monitoring blood glucose, medications, and the role of exercise in your life. Additionally, Sheryl will give some tips for skin and foot care before the summer season.
Cost: There is no charge to attend. This program is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 5/22 to register.Register Now
USING DNA TO SOLVE FAMILY MYSTERIES
Two years ago, John Vanek learned that his parents had turned to an anonymous sperm donor to help them conceive in 1985. All records of the donation had been destroyed, but John was able to identify his biological father with the help of a commercial DNA test. John, now working as a professional genealogist, will talk about how he used DNA to identify his biological father and what the process has been like for everyone involved—himself, his wife, his parents, and his biological father. In addition to helping other people in the same situation, he uses DNA to break through brick walls in traditional genealogy research. After the talk, he will be happy to answer your questions about the different kinds of DNA tests on the market.
John Vanek owns and operates GeneaLOGIC Family Research Services. Based in the Twin Cities, he helps clients uncover family relationships in both the recent and distant past. Vanek has a master’s degree in history and past experience at museums large and small, from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History and the Minnesota Historical Society to the Chippewa Valley Museum in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. He spent years researching his own family history before learning the family secret about his paternity. Vanek’s in-laws live in North Mankato and both he and his wife have ancestral family ties to rural central and southwestern Minnesota.
Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Attendees are welcome to bring their own brown bag lunch. Coffee will be provided. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 5/2 for a reservation.Register Now