(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

We’re offering live virtual classes Monday – Saturday.  Join us for the following ones:

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.

  • COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: RECOGNIZING CULTURAL ADVANTAGES

    • Tuesday, August 11
    • 2 – 3:30 pm

    This Zoom meeting will include a TED Talk from 2012 by scholar and activist Peggy McIntosh, followed by a community conversation on recognizing various forms of cultural advantages and how they can be used to achieve equality for others.

  • COPING WITH ANXIETY: STRATEGIES FOR MANAGING STRESS IN UNCERTAIN TIMES

    • Thursday, August 13
    • 2 – 3:30 pm

    We’re no stranger to stress.  We have all spent our lifetime solving problems and overcoming obstacles.  But what happens when it’s not enough?  Join us for a discussion with Katie from the Mankato Clinic about the roots of anxiety and new perspectives on how to face the unknown unafraid.

  • ALLEN ESKENS: VINE AUTHOR SERIES

    • Monday, August 17
    • 2 – 3:30 pm

    Eskens has written “The Life We Bury,” “The Guise of Another,” “The Heavens May Fall,” “The Deep Dark Descending,” “The Shadows We Hide,” and “Nothing More Dangerous.”  He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, and Anthony Award.  His books have been translated into 26 languages.

  • COMPUTER UNIVERSITY: HOW TO AVOID COMPUTER VIRUSES

    • Monday, August 17
    • 5:30-7 pm

    This interactive PowerPoint presentation will provide multiple tips on how to have a safer computer experience.  Professional staff from Mankato Computer Repair will be available to answer your questions.

  • CHRONIC PAIN AND HOW TO TREAT IT

    • Thursday, August 20
    • 2 – 3:30 pm

    Pain can be debilitating, but what is chronic pain?  Matthew Schumann, licensed psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System, will discuss the difference between chronic pain and acute pain, factors that impact individual’s chronic pain and evidence-based treatment approaches for older adults with chronic pain.

  • UNDERSTANDING AND RESPONDING TO DEMENTIA-RELATED BEHAVIOR

    • Tuesday, August 25
    • 2 – 3 pm

    Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost.  However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage.  Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of dementia.
    This project is made possible in part under the Federal Older Americans Act through an award from the Minnesota River Area Association on Aging under and Area Plan approved by the Minnesota Board on  Aging. 

  • SCOTT KUDELKA INTRODUCES OPOSSUMS

    • Thursday, August 27
    • 2 – 3:30 pm

    Opossums are one of those mammals that get no respect despite having all of these cool characteristics that other mammals here in North America don’t have.  Most people know the old saying, “playing possum,” but probably don’t understand how it happens or that this animal is unlike any other found on this continent, except in southern Mexico.  We will look at how the opossum’s range has moved further north and explore its abilities.

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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