(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.

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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.  


GET YOUR YARN ON

  • 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.

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    ARTIST TALK – SEGMENTED WOOD TURNING

    • February 12
    • 2:30 – 3:30 pm

    Art has been a source of both satisfaction and frustration for Bruce and has enriched his life beyond anything he could have imagined. In his retirement, former industrial arts teacher and VACC member Bruce Blaisdell pursues his craft of segmented wood turning. After receiving a Prairie Lakes Artist Grant, Bruce purchased a new lathe which provides him many new options. He enjoys experimenting with various shapes and sizes and has a collection of unique bowls, vases and urns. His work has been shown at art fairs in Mankato, Lanesboro, Minneapolis, and Hudson, WI. He currently has pieces for sale at Mankato’s Carnegie Art Center Gift Shop. Come learn about Bruce’s craft and see some of his beautiful work.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 2/9 to register.

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    Bus Trips

    KIWANIS HOLIDAY LIGHTS TOUR FROM A FIRE TRUCK LIMO

    • December 19

    Take a tour of the holiday lights from the inside of a vintage 1968, Pirsch Pumper fire truck. It has been refurbished with indoor seating for eight. The classic transportation and entertainment truck features state-of-the-art audio combined with its original flashing lights, sirens, and air horn (getting in and out of the limo requires the use of a step stool).
    Cost: $20 for members; $40 for non-members. Non-refundable payment is required to make a reservation. Meet your fire truck limo in front of the VACC.

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    MN HISTORY THEATER: A CRACK IN THE SKY – FROM SOMALIA TO THE U.S.A. & LUNCH AT BUCA

    • February 15

    A young shepherd boy stands in front of his mother to tell her of the decision he has made in the night. He has had enough of the nomadic life, of herding goats and sheep, and is leaving to seek out a better life. With that, he sets off on an adventure that takes him on the road less traveled from Somalia to Minnesota. It’s the epic tale of Ahmed Ismail Yusuf who, inspired by Maya Angelou, discovers the power of the written word. After the show, we will go to lunch at Buca de Beppa.

    Cost: $79. Register by 1/16

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    THE WIZ & LUNCH ON YOUR OWN AT THE MIDTOWN GLOBAL WORLD MARKET

    • February 24

    Adapted from The Wonderful World of Oz, by Frank Baum, this is a production of the Minneapolis Children’s Theater Company and the Penumbra Theater. Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends in this dazzling mixture of rock and soul music. Embark on this “Oz-some” adventure through a magic land where you will meet funky monkeys, Winkies, Addaparle and Evillene. After the show, grab a bite (on your own) at the Midtown Global Market, an international public market with eats from all over the world, plus crafts and other goodies.

    Cost: $79. Register by 1/8

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    MN HISTORY CENTER/STATE CAPITOL TOUR/LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

    • March 18

    Travel to the State Capitol and take a guided tour to see the restoration efforts up close and get an overview of the Capitol’s history, art, architecture, and state government. Visit the MN History Center and enjoy lunch on your own at the Center’s Market House Café. Step into the lives of Minnesota’s Greatest Generation in this 6,000 square foot exhibit. These remarkable people, who grew up during the Depression, came of age during World War II, participated in the post-war boom, and created a lasting legacy that has shaped all of us who have come after.

    Cost: $39. Register by 2/12

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    DAYTRIPPERS DINNER THEATER: DRINKING HABITS

    • April 18

    All heaven is about to break loose at the Sisters of Perpetual Sewing but – don’t tell that to their teetotaling Mother Superior. For years Sister Philamena and Sister Augusta have been making grape juice for the poor and also wine to earn money to keep the convent afloat. The sisters keep the audience in stitches as they run their secret wine-making industry. Broadway World says: “Put some fun in your life, get some real belly laughs, go see Drinking Habits.”

    Cost: $69. Register by 3/19

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    Computer Classes

    COMPUTER UNIVERSITY: DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

    • January 22
    • 5:30 – 7 pm

    Learn how to organize, save, edit, share, and store your pictures. Become skilled at moving pictures from camera to storage, and even emailing photos. Photographer Sherry Shultze will be along from Inspired Photography to give some editing tips and tricks.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 1/19 to register.

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    COMPUTER UNIVERSITY: MICROSOFT OFFICE

    • February 26
    • 5:30 – 7 pm

    Learn how to get the most out of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 2/23 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 – 6:15 pm
    • Tuesdays
      9 – 10:15 am
    • 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
      10:15 – 11:15 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.  


    QIGONG PRACTICE GROUP

    • Thursdays
      1 – 2 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.


    RESTORATIVE YOGA

    • Saturdays (Dec. 2, Jan. 6 & Feb. 3)
      9-10:30 am

    Restorative Yoga focuses on deep relaxation where poses are held for several minutes. Some yoga experience is required and class size is limited to eight students.

    Pre-registration is required. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586.


    SPECIAL YOGA WORKSHOP

    • February 9
      10:30 am – 12 pm

    If you experience pelvic floor weakness, you’re not alone: nearly 50% of women experience urinary incontinence at some point. During this workshop, you’ll learn ways yoga can help strengthen and relax pelvic floor muscles. You must have some yoga experience and be able to get up and down from the floor.

    Pre-registration is required. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586.


    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
    • no December classes

    Level 2: (completion of Level 1 is required)

    • Tuesdays
      12 – 12:45 pm
    • no December classes

    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
      1-2 pm

    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
    • Ping-Pong – Mondays & Wednesdays from 11:30 am – 1 pm

    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


    BIRDS OF NEW ZEALAND

    • December 13
      2:30 – 4 pm

    Merrill Frydendall added 89 birds to his life list while traveling with his wife, Karen in New Zealand in October and November of 2016. On a Road Scholar tour, they visited the three main islands of New Zealand and took a short cruise to Ulva Island. Their attempt to spot a Brown Kiwi on the dark beach, sadly, was futile. Merrill will share a few pictures and tell about some of the exotic birds they saw. Learn about the friendliness of the New Zealand people and their government’s efforts to preserve the land and its creatures. Ten minutes after their departure from New Zealand, a strong earthquake struck NZ’s South Island; Merrill and Karen were grateful to arrive home safely!

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

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    DYING TO TALK ABOUT DEATH?

    • December 14
      2- 3:30 pm

    Death is usually not a topic for discussion, yet most of us have questions about death and dying. Here’s an opportunity to talk about death with others in a safe and respectful environment. Area community members and professionals will be available to address anatomy bequests, grieving rituals, hospice care, pre-paid funeral arrangements, cremation, and more.

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

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    HELP! I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT

    • January 5
      2-3 pm

    Susan Shanklin will share her experience of losing 79 pounds in 13 months and keeping it off for over 5 years. Susan will provide tools to help you lose weight and tips on how to keep on the right track for healthy living. She says “I had tried over and over again and just kept getting bigger. I knew this wasn’t the future I wanted, so I changed three major areas in my life—healthy portion control, exercise, and accountability.” Susan is the author of Help! I Want to Lose Weight: Give Yourself a Second Chance … I Did! Copies of her book will be available for purchase.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 1/4 to sign up.

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    FROM BIRATNAGAR, NEPAL, TO MANKATO

    • January 8
      2:30 – 3:30 pm

    You’ll be charmed by Neha, a graduate student in Aging Studies at MSU, Mankato. She was born in Biratnagar, Nepal, and later moved with her multi-generational family to Kathmandu. Back home, her dad owns a book publishing company and her mom, a clothing boutique. Her grandfather is a retired judge. While studying in Mankato, Neha works as a graduate assistant in the Department of Aging Studies and is involved with the Chesley Center on Aging. Learn about the culture, traditions, and holidays of Nepal. Hear Neha’s account of how her family survived the 2015 earthquake there.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 1/4 to sign up.

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    WHAT IS AN OMBUDSMAN?

    • January 22
      2:30 – 4 pm

    If you are receiving home care or live in a nursing home or assisted living facility, you have seen this word printed all over the place. The Long Term Care Ombudsmen program is an independent government agency that provides advocacy for patients on a very wide range of issues. An ombudsman provides support to patients when adult children are overstepping boundaries or when professional care is sub-standard. They lobby for change in legislation at the state and federal level. Dave will provide real-life examples of the work done in his office in this “give and take” presentation. Questions are welcomed! Not comfortable sharing in a group situation? Dave will be available afterwards for individual questions.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 1/19 to sign up.

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    LEARN ABOUT REFLEXOLOGY

    • January 25
      10:30 – 11:30 am

    Reflexology revolves around the understanding that your feet and hands contain points connecting your entire body. When you apply gentle pressure to areas of your feet it reflects positively back to your body and can be beneficial for functional wellness. Stephanie will share her knowledge, including some self-care tips and techniques you can use at home.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 1/24 to sign up.

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    BACK IN ACTION

    • January 26
      2:30 – 3:30 pm

    Back pain. It can be a pain in the … well, you get the picture. Join Darrin Jass, PT, Director of the Orthopaedic & Fracture Clinic’s Back Care Center, to learn about common causes of low back pain. In addition, Darrin will explain signs and symptoms associated with LBP (low back pain), treatment options and, of course, prevention and maintenance. Darrin, is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and received his degree in physical therapy at the University of Minnesota. He has been with OFC since 1993.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 1/25 to sign up.

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    WHAT TO SAY IF SOMEONE’S DRINKING OR GAMBLING CONCERNS YOU

    • February 5
      2:30 – 3:30 pm

    Addictions can be a difficult topic to approach with a friend or loved one. If you are concerned about a loved one’s drinking or gambling habits, come learn about how addiction affects the brain. John will share insights and strategies for “softly” raising the topic with someone you care about. This non-threatening, effective technique can be used in many situations.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 2/4 to sign up.

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    DO YOU NEED A SHOULDER TO CRY ON? OR IS IT YOUR SHOULDER?

    • February 26
      2:30 – 3:30 pm

    Dr. Springer will explain common medical conditions and injuries of the shoulder and their treatments.
    Hailing from Minnesota, John earned a BS in chemistry (Summa Cum Laude) at Hamline University and was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. He later earned a MS in physical chemistry and medical degree at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He is a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has been with OFC since 1991.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 2/25 to sign up.

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    Lunch & Learn

    SUPERBOWL 52 – MINNESOTA NICE

    • January 24
      12 – 1 pm

    Minnesota is hosting the 52nd Super Bowl in February 2018. The State of Minnesota is committed to showcasing all that Minnesota has to offer when we welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors to our state over the 10-day celebration. Learn more about what it takes to host a world-wide event like this, get a glimpse of what activities and celebrations will be happening during this time, and learn more about Super Bowl Live.

    Kaaren Grabianowski, has lived and worked in the Mankato area for over 20 years and is a Crew 52 volunteer. She will provide us an inside look at what has been in the works for the last 12 months and what is planned to give our visitors a warm welcome during what is typically the coldest time of the year in 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) 386-5585 by 1/23 to sign up.

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    MIDWEST OF SOMALIA – FILM AND DISCUSSION

    • February 2
      12 – 1:30 pm

    Since the 1990s, Minnesota has become home to nearly 30,000 immigrants from Somalia and other East African nations. They’ve settled in cities and towns around the state and they have become a prominent part of communities throughout southern Minnesota. In this short film, several young Somali-Americans provide a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their everyday lives. From career aspirations to the joys of the hijab, from bigotry in the shopping aisle to surprising encounters with bacon, these savvy and smart women and men offer insights you will not discover on the six o’clock news. After the film, a panel of local Somali-Americans, including participants in the film, will discuss their experiences and respond to audience questions.

    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) 386-5585 by 2/1 to sign up.

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    IT TAKES COW CHIPS TO MAKE DINNER

    • February 16
      12 – 1 pm

    Born and raised in rural South Dakota and living through the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, this Midwestern writer, storyteller, farmer, and retired pastor, will talk about his craft and do some readings from his most recent books. Though he hails from South Dakota, Dale studied and received degrees here in Mankato. He is a graduate of Bethany Lutheran College, Mankato State University, and Immanuel Lutheran Seminary. Retirement from pastoral ministry has provided more time for writing poetry, music, and books. Listen to some of Dale’s stories, and if you like, have a look at some of his books which will be offered for sale. (Interesting fact: Dale’s cousin is the well-known artist, Terry Redlin. Some of Terry’s signed prints can be found on the third floor of the VACC!)

    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) 386-5585 by 2/15 to sign up.

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    Warm Water Exercise Pool Schedule

    MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
    Open Swim
    8-9 am

    Open Swim
    8-10 am
    Open Swim
    8-9 am
    Open Swim
    8-10 am

    Open Swim
    8-9 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
    Open Swim
    10-11 am
    Aqua Yoga (level 1)
    11-11:45 am
    Open Swim
    10 am - 12 pm (10-11 am beginning 10/20)
    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
    11-12
    *begins 10/20
    Open Swim
    12-1 pm
    Mayo Therapy Rental
    1-5 pm
    Open Swim
    12-1 pm
    Mayo Therapy Rental
    1-5 pm
    Mayo Therapy Rental
    1-5 pm
    Mayo Therapy Rental
    1-3 pm
    Warm Water Exercise Level 2/3
    5:15-6:00 pm
    Mayo Therapy Rental
    1-3 pm
    Open Swim
    5-6 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 pm
    Open Swim
    4-5:30 pm
    Warm Water Exercise Class - Level 3
    5:30-6:15 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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