(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

    SAINT PAUL’S RIVERS AND ROOTS & WABASHA CAVE TOUR

    • July 18

    Learn how the Twin Cities developed around the Mississippi River. Have you ever wondered how Minneapolis & St Paul got their names? Why are there two cities? Why did the State Capitol end up in St. Paul? After a bus tour of sights along the Mississippi River, visit the Wabasha Caves for lunch and a talk and tour about the historic sandstone caves’ history.

    Cost: $75. Register by 6/29

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    MAGNOLIA BLOSSOM MISSISSIPPI BOAT TOUR & LUNCH

    • August 9

    Enjoy a summer boat cruise on the Mississippi River. You can relax in the air conditioning, or outside on the deck during the two-and-a-half-hour cruise. Lunch is included – Chicago style beef served with sliced rolls, vegetables with dill dip, hot pepper giardiniera, potato salad, coleslaw and coffee or soda to drink.

    Cost: $69. Register by 7/11

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    MN STATE FAIR

    • August 30

    Tractors, corn dogs, cows, seed art, vendors, and more….. What’s your favorite part of the fair? Join us for a fun filled day at the Minnesota Fair. Don’t worry about parking or traffic. Our coach bus will drop you off at the fair entrance. It’s guaranteed to be a full day, so wear your comfortable walking shoes! Discount tickets are available for those 65 and over.

    Cost: $49. Register by 8/1

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    AIN’T RETIREMENT GRAND! AT THE DAYTRIPPERS DINNER THEATER

    • September 13

    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 8/15

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    Computer Classes

    FINDING WHAT YOU NEED ONLINE – GOOGLE AND OTHER SEARCH ENGINES

    • June 25
    • 5:30 – 7 pm

    Learn how to find what you’re looking for on the web without infecting your computer with a virus or falling victim to scams or hacking attempts. Professional staff from Mankato Computer Repair will be available to answer your questions.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 6/22 to register.

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    HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA

    • July 23
    • 5:30 – 7 pm

    Learn how to safely use Facebook, Twitter, and other popular social media sites, from basic posting to uploading photos and more advanced features. Professional staff from Mankato Computer Repair will be available to answer your questions.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 7/20 to register.

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    STREAMING AND ONLINE MEDIA SOLUTIONS

    • August 27
    • 5:30 – 7 pm

    Streaming media (a way of playing files as they download) is central to the information revolution. A decade or two ago, phone lines brought into your home were simply a way to talk to friends and family when meeting face-to-face was not possible. But in the 21st century, people have started to see telephone lines in a different way. Phone lines make it possible to view YouTube videos, television programs, news, and information in our homes 24 hours a day! Learn about different kinds of streaming, and how to view material without annoying interruptions. Professional staff from Mankato Computer Repair will be available to answer your questions.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 8/24 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.


    MEISA = MOVEMENT-EXPLORATION-IMAGINATION-SENSATION-AWARENESS

    • Mondays & Wednesdays April 9 – June 27
      3:30 – 4:30 pm

    MEISA is a physical practice that integrates mindful movement incorporating breathing, stretching, balancing, and playful exploration. It provides an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in moving with less tension, increased mobility, and enhanced physical expression. All activities can be adapted and performed sitting or standing. Instructor, Melissa Rollnick, is a professor of dance at Gustavus Adolphus College. As Melissa experiences her own aging process, she has adapted the form for older adults. In response to participant feedback from Melissa’s fall pilot class at the VACC, the spring class will incorporate more time for structured movement exploration.

    This activity is made possible by an Artist Grant provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council from funds provided by the McKnight Foundation.
    VACC membership is not required to participate. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 to sign up.


    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.  


    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
    • 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


    HEART OF A LION – ALL ABOUT MOUNTAIN LIONS

    • June 25
      2:30 – 3:30 pm

    Hear about the incredible journey of a mountain lion that traveled from the Black Hills of South Dakota to within thirty miles of New York City! This young male, a barely weaned teenager, walked almost 2,000 miles through a diversity of landscapes including the Twin Cities. It was the farthest landbound trek ever recorded for a wild animal in America. The book, Heart of a Lion by William Stolzenburg, will serve as the framework for this presentation on the natural history of mountain lions in North America.

    Cost:No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 6/22 to sign up.

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    THE SCIENCE OF GOAL SETTING

    • June 29
      10 – 11:30 am

    Learn the mental performance strategies that allow you to set effective goals and stick to them! We will cover setting a goal, making a plan, and navigating challenges and setbacks on your way to success. Ashley will help provide a framework for personal growth through the use of goal setting, mindfulness practices, mental skills development, and positive mindset. Come and let Ashley help you to reframe your obstacles into opportunities.

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

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    ADVANCED DIRECTIVES

    • July 18
      11 am – 12 pm

    Making medical decisions for others when they are no longer able to do so can be stressful and difficult. Dr. Susan Laabs will discuss the importance of clarifying your wishes so your caregivers and family can speak for you if you can no longer speak for yourself. She will highlight important areas to consider and provide copies of forms that can help with this decision-making and documentation.

    Cost: FREE and open to the public. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 7/17 to sign up.

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    IPHONEOGRAPHY

    • August 14
      1 – 2:30 pm

    iPhoneography. You may have never heard of the term before, but just about every iPhone owner has practiced it! Simply put, iPhoneography is the contraction of “iPhone photography” into one word. iPhoneography is the art of taking and editing photos with an iPhone. Using your iPhone to take pictures is not only convenient, but the quality of the photos is excellent. Using some of the simple features of the iPhone camera enhances the quality of the photo which can then be shared in a variety of ways. This session is limited to iPhone users only. Please bring your camera — oops, your iPhone — and be ready to learn a few tricks, practice them, and then show off some of your newfound knowledge.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. There is a limit of 20 attendees for this program. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 8/13 to sign up.

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    OSTEOPOROSIS – WHAT DO YOU NEED TO KNOW?

    • August 15
      11 am – 12 pm

    Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak and brittle — so brittle that a fall or even mild stress such as bending over or coughing can cause a fracture. During this session, Dr. Eric Busse will discuss causes, risk factors and symptoms of osteoporosis. He also will share prevention ideas, including how to strengthen bones through lifestyle choices, physical activity, and nutrition.

    Cost: FREE and open to the public. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 8/14 to sign up.

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    TAKE A BITE OUT OF AGING – DENTAL ISSUES AS WE AGE

    • August 16
      2:30 – 3:30 pm

    More people of retirement age are keeping their teeth. Learn how to maintain your healthy smile with proper oral hygiene, nutrition and medications. Discover some of the options available if you lose some or all your teeth. What’s the connection between a healthy mouth and a healthy body? Bring your questions for Dr. Clause at VINE’s first “Dentist Talk”.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 8/15 to sign up.

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    CAN ANYONE HEAR ME? – WHY YOU SHOULD LEARN TO LOVE HAM RADIO

    • August 27
      2:30 – 4 pm

    There are over 700,000 amateur, or ham radio, operators in the U.S. Some ham radio operators talk to remote countries, but many more of them alert the National Weather Service and local communities about tornadoes and other severe weather. Operators also build repeater systems that can relay messages and even talk in Morse code. To encourage newcomers though, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) no longer requires ham radio operators to know Morse Code. There’s even a Smart Phone app that allows ham radio transmission! Join local amateur radio operator Joe Reinemann, K0JCR, to learn about the public services amateur radio operators provide, and how they support communications in disasters. Find out how to become a licensed amateur radio operator. See a demonstration and have a go at using an amateur radio (Morse code key provided!).

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 8/24 to sign up.

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    Lunch & Learn

    RAPTOR RESCUERS

    • July 19
      12 – 1 pm

    Picking up and transporting injured hawks and eagles to veterinary care, rescuing an owlet that has fallen from his nest, holding a young female bald eagle before tossing it in the air to freedom – all in a day’s work for University of Minnesota Raptor Center volunteers, Velma and Gary Rowles. This raptor rescuing duo is called into action about twice a month on average. Learn about the work of the Raptor Center and how volunteers steer clear of predator’s flesh-tearing beaks and talons.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 7/18 to sign up.

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    SEARCHING FOR RICHES IN THE KLONDIKE GOLD RUSH

    • August 10
      12 – 1 pm

    An estimated 100,000 prospectors migrated to the Klondike region of the Yukon in northwestern Canada between 1896 and 1899. Among them was Paul Jacobson, Richard Melarvie’s grandfather, from Mandan, North Dakota. Paul was a member of a five-man prospecting party, all Scandinavian immigrants who had the financial backing of a group of Mandan investors with high hopes of striking it rich in the Klondike Gold Rush. Richard searched through the microfilm at the Mandan Pioneer to uncover the stories of this gutsy group. The party wrote letters back to their hometown paper describing their adventures. The letters tell the story of Richard’s grandfather, as well as the people of Mandan and their keen interest in the news from the Alaskan Gold Rush. Imagine being caught in a mountain snow storm for five days without wood or water or killing five caribou in one day! The Alaskan Gold Rush comes to life as Richard tells the story of his grandfather’s expedition.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 8/9 to sign up.

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    Travel Forum

    CRUSIN’ ALONG – HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF A CRUISE VACATION

    • July 10
    • 1-2 pm

    With her husband, Barry, Kathy has hosted five cruises, three to Alaska and two in Hawaii. Learn from her experience why cruises are more popular than ever. Many travelers are attracted to a vacation where you visit different locations miles apart without packing, unpacking, and staying in different hotels. Others are attracted to all the things to do on board the ship including the great entertainment, and the snacks and meals that are available just about any time of day. Learn about the benefits of taking a cruise, what you should expect, what you should consider, and what you should know about shore excursions. If you are a newbie to cruising and have some questions, or if you are a cruising veteran, come and add to the discussion!

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5587 by 7/9 for a reservation.

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    VETERAN EVENTS

    INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION FOR VETERANS

    • July 6
    • 12 – 1:30 pm

    Start July out with a bang! Veterans, their spouses, and widows/widowers of veterans are invited to an indoor picnic to celebrate America’s birthday. We’ll serve some of your favorite summer foods and you’ll enjoy the lovely sounds of Sunday Punch, a women’s acappella barbershop quartet affiliated with
    the Minnesota Valley Chapter of Sweet Adelines, Inc. as they sing some of your favorite patriotic songs. Gather with friends old and new as you enjoy this fun event and celebrate our nation’s independence. This event is partially funded by a grant from the Minnesota Veterans 4 Veterans Trust.

    Cost: $5. Open to all veterans, their spouses and widows/widowers of veterans. VACC membership is not required. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 7/3 to sign up.


    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
    4-5:30 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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