(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.

    Bus Trips

    MN TWINS VS. ST. LOUIS CARDINALS AT TARGET FIELD

    • May 16

    Enjoy an afternoon of outdoor Twins baseball. The game starts at 12:10 pm. The seats are located on the Field Terrace overlooking the first base line. This spot will keep you in the shade so you can enjoy the outdoor game.

    Cost: $54. Register by 4/25

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    U.S. BANK STADIUM TOUR & LUNCH AT DQ

    • May 23

    Take a 90-minute guided tour through the U.S. Bank Stadium. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the new home of the Minnesota Vikings, and where Superbowl 52 was played. Guests will visit the premium clubs and suites, Thomson Reuters Press Level, stadium art collection, team locker room, and stadium floor. Lunch on the way home at Shakopee’s Dairy Queen is included in the tour price.

    Cost: $64. Register by 5/9

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    RUSSIAN CULTURE TRIP IN THE TWIN CITIES

    • June 6

    Our day starts off with a tour of St. Mary’s Cathedral, an Orthodox Church founded by Russian immigrants in 1887. Lunch is at Moscow on the Hill, where you’ll sample some classic Russian comfort foods. After lunch, enjoy a feast for your eyes at the Museum of Russian Art. This trip was planned in cooperation with the North Mankato Community Read program. If you’ve read this year’s selection, which is set in Russia, this trip will be particularly meaningful.

    Cost: $69. Register by 5/16

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    MAGNOLIA BLOSSOM MISSISSIPPI BOAT TOUR & LUNCH

    • June 27

    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 with a choice of smoked ham, turkey, or roast beef sandwich, potato salad, condiments, pickle spear, and coffee or soda to drink.

    Cost: $69. Register by 6/6

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    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

    COMPUTER UNIVERSITY: SCAMS

    • April 16
    • 5:30 – 7 pm

    Learn about internet based scams – how to identify one, what to look for, and what to do to protect yourself if you feel you have been scammed.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 4/13 to register.

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    COMPUTER UNIVERSITY: COMPUTER SAFETY 101

    • May 21
    • 5:30 – 7 pm

    Plan to attend this guided interactive PowerPoint presentation with 10 tips on how to have a safer computer experience. 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 5/18 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.


    RESTORATIVE YOGA

    • Saturdays (March 3, April 7 & May 5)
      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.


    STEPPING ON

    • Mondays, March 19 – April 30
      1-3 pm

    Stepping On is an evidence-based program aimed at reducing falls and building confidence in older adults. This seven-week program is specifically designed for those at risk of falling, have a fear of falling, or who have fallen one or more times. Participants will learn:
    • To identify and remove or avoid fall hazards in the home and outside
    • How vision, hearing, medication, and footwear affects the risk of falling
    • Strength and balance exercises that can be adapted to individual levels
    • How to get back up the right way if a fall does happen
    There is no charge for this program, and VACC membership is not required. Call 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.  


    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


    FIVE WISHES

    • May 11
      2:30 – 4 pm

    Who will speak for you and make health care decisions if you become incapacitated? This is an important program for ALL adults. The presentation will include a 30-minute DVD with instruction on how to complete your Five Wishes document. At the end of the presentation you can have a Health Care Directive to share with your family.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members plus $5 for the Five Wishes document. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 5/10 to sign up.

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    MANKATO CLINIC PHYSICIAN TALKS: HEALTHCARE TOPICS IMPORTANT TO OLDER ADULTS

    • May 18
      2:30 – 4 pm

    Americans are living longer than ever before, with nearly one-quarter of baby boomers expected to live past age 90. In fact, the U.S. 65+ age group is growing faster than the country’s population – a first for this demographic. Older adults and their caregivers need reliable health information to prevent and manage disease, promote their health, and follow public health recommendations. Dr. Putzier will share information, updates, and important “need to know” information about healthcare services for older adults, preventing and managing diseases, the importance of vaccines and chronic care management, and how partnering with your healthcare provider in your care can significantly improve your health outcomes.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 by 5/17 to sign up.

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    Lunch & Learn

    WHAT’S NEW ABOUT OLD AGE?

    • May 21
      12 – 1 pm

    It can happen in a moment. You notice a deep crease on your forehead or a blossoming of gray hairs or, worse yet, someone uses the term “elderly” and you suddenly realize they’re talking about you. More and more of us can expect to live into our 80s, 90s and even past 100. But how will we live? Will we be really alive—vibrant, active, and savoring our long years? This presentation combines research, inspirational stories about old-age pioneers, and colorful art. Lucy and her art are featured on the Twin Cities Public Television Documentaries, The Creative Power of Aging and Life Changing Art, which won a regional Emmy award. I’m New at Being Old (www.lucyrosedesigns.com) received a Midwest Book Award and an Independent Publishers Gold Award—both in 2011. Copies of Lucy’s books will be available for sale at the presentation.

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

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    Travel Forum

    SNOWBIRDING IN OREGON

    • April 27
    • 2:30 – 4 pm

    Most Minnesotans winter in such warm locales as Florida and Arizona, but Raj Kapadia went in another direction. He spent this winter headquartered in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Located in the middle of Oregon, it is central to Crater Lake, Bend, and the sand dunes, rivers, and beaches on the coast. Come hear his stories and see pictures from his winter in Oregon.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5587 by 4/26 for a reservation.

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    THE AZORES – THE HAWAII OF EUROPE

    • May 3
    • 2:30 – 4 pm

    The Azores are a group of volcanic islands 1,000 miles off the coast of Portugal in the Atlantic. Linda Good and her daughter recently took a trip to one of these islands, Sao Miguel. Travel vicariously with Linda as she shows and tells about the mountains, valleys, hot springs, waterfalls, volcanoes, and lakes that contribute to the lush splendor of this 9-mile by 40-mile island wonderland. Linda will share her experiences with a picture-filled PowerPoint presentation. Since the Azores are second in tourism by National Geographic and because Delta Airlines will soon have convenient flights, you might want to consider them as a travel destination.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5587 by 5/2 for a reservation.

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    WINNIPEG

    • May 31
    • 2:30 – 4 pm

    Winnipeg, Manitoba, is one of the Canadian cities that is within a day’s driving distance of Mankato. After living in this area for over 40 years, Linda Good finally visited this remarkable city with friends in the summer of 2017. A week later, Barbara Jackman took a bus tour to Winnipeg. Both were duly impressed with the sights and culture of the city. They will take you on a virtual tour with photos and dialog about what they experienced, as well as comparing a do-it-yourself trip to a tour. After this enthusiastic presentation, you too may want to explore this city to the north.

    Cost: No charge for members; $5 for non-members. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5587 by 5/30 for a reservation.

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    Veteran Classes

    VETERANS TREATMENT COURT: ARRIVE AS AN INDIVIDUAL, LEAVE AS FAMILY

    • April 20
    • 2:30 – 4 pm

    Are you a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces and looking for a way to help fellow veterans? If you can spend one hour a week mentoring a fellow veteran, please attend this informational meeting. There is a need for mentors from all branches of the service, including the Guard and the Reserve. Learn how the Veterans Treatment Court uses a mentor program, in conjunction with “wrap around services”, to provide veterans who are challenged with drug issues the best chance of success.

    Cost: There is no charge for this program. Call the VACC at (507) 386-5586 to sign up by 4/19.

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    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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