(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-1666
421 East Hickory Street, Mankato, MN 56001

Virtual VINE

While we’re temporarily suspending some of our programs and activities due to COVID-19, we’re doing our best to provide you with some virtual classes to keep you busy until we fully reopen.  Please log in for insurance reimbursements each day. 

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Exercise opportunities

Move it More with Jen 

Move it More offers a challenging workout for those with little or no difficulty with balance and walking.  

Move it More with Lisa 

Move it More offers a challenging workout for those with little or no difficulty with balance and walking.  

Yoga

Basic Yoga will challenge you physically while helping maintain and improve your flexibility and form.

Tai Chi

Tai chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for its defense training, its health benefits and meditation.

Stretch and Flex

Learn simple stretches that target your upper, middle, and lower body muscles.  Some stretches will be done from the floor.  

Roll Away the Tension

Using Yoga Tune-Up Balls, you’ll massage muscles that are overused, underused, or misused.

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educational presentations

VINE is offering presentations on Zoom. You can register online or by calling (507) 387-1666. We will email the link to those who have pre-registered. These programs are free and open to everyone.

Online registration closes 24 hours before the scheduled start. To register after that, and up to one hour before the start, email mikel@vinevolunteers.com.

  • SHOULD WE RENAME SIBLEY PARK?

    • Monday, October 26
    • 2 – 3:30 pm
    • Jameel Haque, Director of Kessel Institute for Peace

    In recent years, some public parks and other gathering spaces have been renamed because of bad acts by those whose name is on them.  Col. Henry Sibley, for whom Mankato’s Sibley Park is named, is cited for his role in the U.S.-Dakota War in 1862.  What criteria should be used if the name is changed, and what are some possible selections?  Who should make the decision?

  • THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS BEING ‘NON RACIST’

    • Tuesday, October 27
    • 2 – 3 pm
    • TED Talk viewing and facilitated discussion

    There is no such thing as being “not racist,” says author and historian Ibram X. Kendi.  We will listen to his vital conversation, where he defines the transformative concept of antiracism to help us more clearly recognize, take responsibility for and reject prejudices in our public policies, workplaces and personal beliefs.  In the discussion to follow, will learn how to actively use this awareness to uproot injustice and inequality in the world – and replace it with love. 

  • BE PREPARED FOR WHAT’S NEW IN MEDICARE FOR 2021

    • Wednesday, November 4
    • 2 – 4 pm
    • Robin Thompson, Information and Assistance Director, Senior LinkAge Line

    Every year brings changes to Medicare, and fall marks the time for Medicare Open Enrollment.  It’s good to know what changes are coming so that you can make informed decisions and choose the coverage that best fits your needs.  Robin will update us on the changes in Medicare for 2021.  If you have questions you would like addressed, you may send them to mikel@vinevolunteers.com by noon on Tuesday, November 3.  The chat function will be used during the presentation if you would like to ask a question anonymously.

HISTORY OF MOUNT KATO

Gregg Andersen, grandson of Harvey and Dolly Andersen, who created and operated Ski Haven in Mankato (now Mount Kato), reminisces about them and the ski hill in the 1950s and ’60s.

TRAVEL FORUM: ARABIA STEAMBOAT MUSEUM

Mike Lagerquist speaks about the Arabia Steamboat Museum in Kansas City, including an interview he conducted with the museum’s owner, David Hawley.

COMPUTER UNIVERSITY

The computer guys from Mankato Computer Technology take questions from attendees about downloading photos from the web and other topics.

AUTHOR SERIES: PETER BLOEDEL

Peter Bloedel is a musician, magician and theatre professor as well as being an author and adaptor of plays. He talks a bit about shows he has done, how he approaches them, and what is to come.

THE WINDING STORY OF THE MINNESOTA RIVER

Scott Kudelka, DNR Naturalist from Minneopa, Flandrau and Fort Ridgely State Parks, shared a historical look at the Minnesota River and where it is today.

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ANSWER ELECTION QUESTIONS

Lynn Solo from the St. Peter League of Women Voters offered information for how to vote in the 2020 general elections.

WANT TO TRAVEL? WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Amber Pietan, CTA, spoke about what is happening in the travel industry with the pandemic and how to find which destinations are open and how to get there.

CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT EXPLAINED

Keith Kuch talked about what chiropractic treatments are and some of the ailments it can be used to help remedy.

COMPUTER UNIVERSITY: ORGANIZING DIGITAL PHOTOS

Pat Christman, head photographer at The Free Press of Mankato, joined Trevor and Colin from Mankato Computer Technology for this presentation about editing and organizing photos for storage.

VINE AUTHOR SERIES: SHELLEY TOUGAS

Shelley Tougas, former reporter for The Free Press of Mankato, who now is a writer of books, primarily for “teens and ‘tween,” spoke about how she got to where she is now.

Memories of Our Lives

VINE Memoirs Group held a virtual reading of some of their writings.

Memories of Our Lives Part 2

VINE Memoirs Group held a virtual reading of some of their writings.

Watch What You Say: Language as a Barrier

VINE Diversity Manager, Cecil Fountain explains how language can be an unintentional barrier for immigrants wanting to learn and fit in with American culture.

Everyone Is A Poet

Susan Stevens Chambers, an awarded poet, presented on how people can tap into their inner poet and create their own works. 

SCOTT KUDELKA INTRODUCES OPOSSUMS

Opossums get no respect despite having cool characteristics that other mammals here in North America don’t have.  Learn more about these unique animals from DNR Naturalist, Scott Kudelka.  

CHRONIC PAIN AND HOW TO TREAT IT

Matthew Schumann, Psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System, discusses the difference between chronic pain and acute pain, factors that impact an individual’s chronic pain, and evidence-based treatment approaches for older adults with chronic pain.

VINE AUTHOR SERIES: ALLEN ESKENS

Published author Allen Eskens speaks about his life as a writer and gives an update on what he’s working on.

HOW TO AVOID COMPUTER VIRUSES

Professional staff from Mankato Computer Repair provide multiple tips on how to have a safer computer experience.

COPING WITH ANXIETY

Katie Wojtalewicz, Mankato Clinic Psychologist explains the roots of anxiety and new perspectives on how to face the unknown unafraid.

ARTS CENTER OF SAINT PETER

Executive Director Ann Fee walks us through the current exhibition, 100 pieces of artwork by members of the Arts Center, and answers questions about the Arts Center’s past, present, or future!

THE POWER OF PLAY

The Chief Executive Officer of the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota, Louise Dickmeyer, highlights one of the most successful children’s museums in Minnesota.  This presentation sheds light on how the Children’s Museum is positively impacting the children who are our future.

AUTHOR TALK: THOMAS MALTMAN 

Thomas Maltman shares his work including essays, poetry, and fiction that has been published in many literary journals.

KIWANIS CAMP PATTERSON: STORIES AROUND THE CAMPFIRE

Shannon Gullickson and Shannon Sinning from the Mankato Kiwanis Club and its Camp Patterson Committee speak about the history of the camp and improvements being made to the nearly 100-year-old camp on Lake Washington.

MEET CECIL FOUNTAIN, DIVERSITY PROGRAM MANAGER

Learn about VINE’s new Diversity Program Manager, Cecil.  Hear her personal story beginning in Sudan, then traveling all over the world and her role working with Mankato’s immigrants and refugees.

PAUL HUSTOLES TAKES HIS FINAL BOW

Dr. Paul J. Hustoles is just about to retire after 35 years at the helm of the Theatre and Dance Department at Minnesota State University, Mankato.  He talks about following in the footsteps of the legendary Dr. Ted Paul and the evolution that has occurred over the decades.  He also shares insights into some of his favorite shows and how the COVID crisis spoiled his big exit.

TOD PETERSEN: HOMETOWN ACTOR MAKES GOOD

Tod Petersen, actor (son of Dwain and Carole Petersen of Mankato). Will speak on his growing up in Mankato and share stories of his favorite roles and experiences in the Twin Cities theater scene.

Mankato Playhouse: Taking the Stage

Established in 2019, Mankato Playhouse was founded by theater artists and enthusiasts David and Lori Holmes as a way to provide the local and surrounding communities an opportunity to experience and be involved in quality musical theater. 

Changing Face of Community Radio

Radio stations are changing, and adding features, to match the times.  Find out more from the business side of things from Bruce McGirdy, the general manager of Radio Mankato, which includes community favorite KTOE.

Maintaining Brain Health as we Age

This program will provide some answers to questions about normal signs of aging and give tips to help maintain a healthy brain as you get older.

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Wellness

Mountain Meditation 

Clear your mind with this peaceful meditation.  

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