(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.  


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.


    EXPLORE VARIOUS MEDIA OF ART

    • First Thursday of each month
    • 1-3 pm

    Have you ever wanted to try drawing, painting, or other forms of art? Art on the VINE is offering a monthly exploration group for anyone interested in sharing these experiences. Every level of interest is welcome to come join in the fun.  


    EXPLORING THE ART OF WOOD CARVING

    • Dec. 2
    • 2:30-4:30 pm

    Robin Warburton has liked creating some form of art from a very young age. For about seven years, she has been seriously carving birds from wood and striving to make the wood birds appear lifelike. To do this, she uses tupelo wood because it is easier to sand smooth when carving feathers. She uses high-speed carving tools which, unfortunately, she won’t be able to bring for this presentation.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 11/29 to register.


    GET YOUR CARDS ON: WINTER GREETING CARDS

    • Dec. 5
    • 1-3 pm

    There’s something very special about receiving a hand-made greeting card. Join the fun as we create six cards using stamping and calligraphy techniques. Please bring a scissor and a glue stick. Class is limited to 12 participants.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 12/3 to register.


    Bus Trips

    MEXICAN FOOD AND BEER IN MADELIA

    • Dec. 5

    Come with us on a bus trip to Madelia and enjoy lunch at La Plaza Fiesta, recently voted as one of Minnesota’s top Mexican restaurants. Following lunch at their taco bar, which includes both ground beef and shredded chicken for your tacos, we’ll go a couple of doors down to Lost Sanity Brewery, a hometown brewery, where you can sample two of their own brews! Finally, we will bring you home.

    Cost: $39 Call the Community Education at (507) 387-5501 to sign up and pay with a credit card by 11/4.


    MAMMA MIA! AT CHANHASSEN THEATRE

    • Jan. 8

    A daughter planning her wedding longs to discover the identity of her father. She brings three men from her mother’s secret past back to the Greek island they’d all visited 20 years ago. This sunny, funny tale is a guaranteed get-happy hit. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s timeless popular songs propels this delightful story of love, laughter and friendship.

    Cost: $95 Call the Community Education at (507) 387-5501 to sign up and pay with a credit card by 12/2.


    Computer Classes

    THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT

    • October 21
    • 5:30 – 7 pm

    Do you have data capabilities on your phone but don’t know how to use any of the applications (also known as “apps”)? Want to learn to text with people? Do you wish you could use your phone to help get you to places you’ve never been before, or to contact an Uber driver? Or maybe you want to record the activity from your Fitbit. Come and find out how.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 10/18 to register.

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    BASIC HOME COMPUTING

    • November 18
    • 5:30 – 7 pm

    Most people use only a small percentage of their computer’s capabilities, such as getting onto the internet, sending emails and browsing social media sites. If these basic programs are why you have a computer, let us teach you how to use them the best and safest ways.

    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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    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.  

    BARRE ABOVE

    • Third Saturday of each month
      9-9:45 am
    • Barre Above® incorporates Pilates, yoga, aerobics and a variety of strength training exercises commonly used by dancers. This class can help improve posture, flexibility and balance while finding the strength of your inner dancer! (No dance skills required.) We will have yoga mats available but bring your own if you’d like.


      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
        10:15 – 11:15 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
        1:30 – 2:30 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.


      JUST BREATHE! MEDITATION

      • Thursdays, September 19– October 24
        8:30-9 am

      Meditation is the practice of training our brain to be more attentive and aware of our surroundings. This class will focus on breath and may use a variety of different meditative techniques. Each session is semi-guided. No registration required; drop-in to any class.


      MOVE IT MORE

      • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
        8:45 – 9:45 am
      • Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
        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.


      RESTORATIVE YOGA

      • 2nd Saturday of the Month
        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 386-5586.


      STEPPING ON

      • Wednesdays, October 2–November 13
        9-11 am

      Stepping On is an evidence-based falls prevention program aimed at reducing falls and building confidence. This seven-week program is specifically designed for people at risk of falling, who have a fear of falling, or have fallen. Stepping On features trained facilitators and guest experts from Mayo Clinic Health System. VACC membership is not required. A $20 fee covers the cost of class materials. Contact Karen Christy at (507) 386-5586 for more information and to register.


      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.  


      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.

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      ZUMBA GOLD

      • Tuesday & Thursday
        10:30 – 11:30 am or 4:30 – 5:30 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!


      WATER 101

      • Third Friday of each month: March 15, April 19 & May 17
        12-12:45 pm

      Are you afraid or nervous about being in the water and want to get more comfortable? This small group session will help address fears you may have, while giving you confidence to attend a water exercise class or open swim time. It’s never too late to enjoy the benefits water exercise provides! Pre-registration is required.

    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


    MEET THE FATHER OF KIWANIS HOLIDAY LIGHTS

    • Oct. 23
      2-3:30 pm

    What began as a far-fetched idea just over a decade ago has grown into one of Southern Minnesota’s premier holiday lights displays, the Kiwanis Holiday Lights. Founder Scott Wojcik will tell us how this dream came true and what new features to look for this November and December.

    Cost:No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 10/21 to register.

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    LAW ENFORCEMENT’S RESPONSE TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING

    • Oct. 25
      1:30-3 pm

    Investigator Marc Chadderdon will share information on Greater Minnesota collaborations to combat human trafficking. Marc is president and founder of MSCIC, a coalition organization that tracks, investigates and prosecutes individuals involved in sex trafficking. He is committed to protecting people from this devastating criminal activity that occurs in all 50 states, including our region.

    Cost:No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 10/23 to register.

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    YOUR STORY, MY STORY, OUR STORY

    • Oct. 29
      1-2:30 pm

    Learn how the United Cultures/Uniendo Cultures group in the St. James area came together, their conscious efforts to embrace their community’s changing demographic with respectful, collaborative intention, and their book project of sharing one another’s stories.

    Cost:No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 10/28 to register.

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    FIVE WISHES

    • Oct. 30
      1-3 pm

    Don’t put it off another day; complete your healthcare directive! Five Wishes will help you plan for care at the end of life and express how you want to be treated if you are unable to speak for yourself. The presentation will include a 30-minute DVD with instructions on how to complete your Five Wishes document.

    Cost:No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Additional cost: $5 for the
    Five Wishes document for ALL participants. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 10/28 to register.

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    SOME OF MINNESOTA’S ICONIC STATE PARKS

    • Nov. 6
      1-2:30 pm

    Minnesota’s 75 state parks and recreation areas are found throughout the state and represent a diversity of landscapes. Each state park also has its own unique characteristics and features. In this presentation, Scott will cover some of the more iconic parks, such as Itasca and many found in the local area including Minneopa, Flandrau, and Fort Ridgely.

    Cost:No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 10/16 to register.

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    GRANDPARENTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS

    • Nov. 14
      2-3:30 pm

    How do we balance the stress of the holidays and spending quality time with our grandchildren? What are realistic expectations to consider when planning to spend time with your family over the holidays? These questions and more will be considered.

    Cost:No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 11/12 to register.

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    GENERAL CONDITIONING FOR AN ACTIVE LIFE

    • Nov. 15
      2-3:30 pm

    A few simple strengthening and conditioning exercises can help you stay healthy and active. Jon Ellingworth is the Director of Physical Therapy at OFC. He has more than 25 years of experience with patient care. Come and learn how Jon helps patients stay active after surgery or how these exercises can even delay surgery.

    Cost:No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 11/13 to register.

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    STRESS MANAGEMENT AND RESILIENCY TRAINING

    • Nov. 21
      11 am – 12 pm

    Have you ever forgotten where you parked your car, placed your phone or missed an exit while driving? Do your relationships at work or home feel stale or have you overreacted to a situation and completely regretted your words or actions? The average person’s mind spends 50–80% of its day wandering, which leads to increased stress, forgetfulness, and can predispose people to anxiety and depression. Lindsey Marx, Certified Health Education Specialist, will describe your brain’s two modes of functioning and short resilience strategies that you can start implementing into your life to help rewire your brain for improved resilience and mental well-being.

    Cost:FREE. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 11/19 to register.

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    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT VARICOSE VEINS

    • Dec. 19
      11 am – 12 pm

    Varicose veins are common and affect up to 50 percent of adults. Varicose veins can be more than a cosmetic problem and can lead to painfully swollen, aching and tired legs that get worse with exercise or standing.
    Dr. Snyder will discuss symptoms, treatment and when to seek help for this condition.

    Cost:FREE. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 12/17 to register.

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    Travel Forums

    COME ALONG ON AN AFRICAN SAFARI

    • Nov. 8
      1-2:30 pm

    Last summer, Linda Good went on a photo safari in Africa during the great migration. She saw the big five: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. She spent a little time in Nairobi and had views of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Linda also visited the Karen Blixen coffee plantation (Karen Blixen wrote “Out of Africa” in the early 20th century), and she had a stopover at the Giraffe Center, where she was able to interact with these beautiful creatures and feed them. She took jeep tours of Aberdare National Park and Amboseli National Park. Also included in her experiences were meeting the Masai people, and a tour of the Great Rift Valley, with a stop at the equator. Linda will share anecdotes and pictures of this once-in-a-lifetime trip as well as what she did to prepare for this journey.

    Cost:No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 11/6 to register.

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    Veterans Programs

    LUNCHEON TO HONOR OUR VETERANS

    • Nov. 7
    • 12-1:30 pm

    VINE would like to thank veterans for their dedicated service to our country. If you are a veteran, lunch is on us! Enjoy a delicious meal, fellowship and musical entertainment featuring the talented Kristin Ziemke, owner of Avenues Music Therapy, LLC. We appreciate and honor each of you! This luncheon was made possible in part by a grant from the Veterans 4 Veterans Trust.

    Cost: FREE for veterans, guests are $5. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 11/5 to register.


    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 am - 12 pm
    *Aqua Zumba in place of Warm Water Exercise 1st Sat. of the month
    10-11 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
    Private Rental
    1-5 pm
    Open Swim
    11-11:30 am
    Open Swim
    12-1 pm
    Private Rental
    1-5 pm
    Open Swim
    12-1 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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