(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.

 

  • HOW TO CARE FOR YOURSELF AS YOU CARE FOR OTHERS: TIPS AND TRICKS

    • Wednesday, December 2
    • 2 – 3:30 pm
    • Mayo Clinic Health System Hospice Team Members

    During this National Family Caregivers Month, VINE acknowledges and appreciates the incredible self-gift of caregiving.  Join a cast of characters from Mayo Clinic Health System as they lead you through some simple ways to care for yourself while you are caring for others.  Join us for an informative, fun-filled, light-hearted presentation about a very serious subject.

  • CONNECTIONS MINISTRY IN ITS NEW LOCATION

    • Tuesday, December 8
    • 2 – 3:30 pm
    • Collette Broady Grund, Co-Founder

    Rev. Broady Grund has been a member of the Mankato community for a decade, serving as associate pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church for most of that time.  In 2017, along with Rev. Erica Koser of Centenary United Methodist Church, she founded Connections Ministry.  It is an ecumenical partnership of churches committed to shelter and relationship building with those experiencing homelessness.  After rotating church buildings for two years, the shelter took up residence at Covenant Family Church on Riverfront Drive last year, and opened its fourth season in its newly renovated location, First Presbyterian Church on Hickory Street, on October 14.

  • WRITING VERSE FOR SPECIAL EVENTS

    • Wednesday, December 9
    • 2 – 3:30 pm
    • Susan Chambers, poet

    Learn how to write the “special event” poem – for the holidays or family celebrations, from local poet Susan Chambers.  Learn how to create unique event poems that are memorable, and not out of a Hallmark card.  Bring your pen and paper with you because you will be doing some writing.

  • CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD

    • Thursday, December 10
    • 2 – 3:30 pm
    • Cecil Fountain, VINE Diversity Program Manager, and friends

    Many of us who have lived our entire lives in the U.S. have our Christmas traditions, usually based on our church or family traditions.  Those who have come to the U.S. have their own, and learning them can add great understanding to who they are.  Join us as we share holiday traditions from friends of VINE.

  • COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: LINCOLN AND THE DAKOTA 38

    • Tuesday, December 15
    • 2 – 3:30 pm
    • Zoom discussion

    On October 11, protesters in Portland, Oregon, tore down a statue of Abraham Lincoln, leaving the phrase “Dakota 38” spray painted on its base.  It happened during a protest called Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage Against Colonialism, and brought forward not only a terrible incident in U.S. history, but also the idea of judging historical figures and events through the perspective of today.  Participants will receive the link to an article that will be used as a prompt for a Zoom discussion.

  • IS THIS NORMAL? GUIDELINES FOR DIFFERENTIATING NORMAL MEMORY CHANGES FROM DEMENTIA

    • Wednesday, December 16
    • 2 – 3 pm
    • Jeff Buchanan, Professor of Psychology at Minnesota State Mankato

    Have you ever experienced a lapse in memory and thought and wondered, “Is this normal or something more serious?”  Distinguishing normal changes in memory and thinking from the early signs of dementia can be difficult.  This presentation will provide guidelines to help make this distinction.  In addition, strategies for effectively communicating concerns about memory and thinking to medical providers will be reviewed and the value of detecting dementia as early as possible will be emphasized. 

  • VINE AUTHOR SERIES: RANDY WYATT

    • Monday, December 21
    • 2 – 3:30 pm
    • Randy Wyatt, playwright

    Randy Wyatt is a playwright with many publishing credits to his name through Smith and Krause, Playscripts Inc, YouthPLAYS Inc, and others.  His plays continue to be produced throughout the U.S. and around the world.  He has devised work under the umbrella of Theatre for Social Change including currently #thewaterproject about Michigan and Great Lakes water issues. He served for 12 years as the Theatre Program Director for Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  An MFA graduate of Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he portrayed the title role in the play Galileo, he has directed more than 70 plays.

  • COMPUTER UNIVERSITY: HOW TO ORGANIZE DOCUMENTS

    • Monday, December 21
    • 5:30 – 7 pm
    • Trevor Waagner, Mankato Computer Technology
      Not only is it vital to save important documents, but you also need to store them in such a way so you can put your “fingers” on them when you need them.  Get some tips to help you organize them quickly and efficiently.

HOW SPEECH & VOICE ARE AFFECTED BY PARKINSON’S

Staff from the Mankato Center for Communication Sciences and Disorders, spoke about the symptoms of Parkinson’s and services they can provide for those who have it.

IN-HOME HEALTH CARE OPTIONS

A panel of local professionals discussed in-home health care options.  

VINE AUTHOR SERIES: TERRY DAVIS

Author and VINE member Terry Davis spoke about his successful book, Vision Quest, which later became a movie starring Matthew Modine, and its upcoming sequel. It brought together two of his great passions: wrestling and writing.

Registered dietitian Emma Schalow shared some health information and tips for getting through winter and COVID, in a healthful way.

DIET & EXERCISE FOR OLDER ADULTS DURING COVID

Registered dietitian Emma Schalow shared some health information and tips for getting through winter and COVID, in a healthful way.

UTILIZE GRATITUDE TO SET YOUR LIFE’S DIRECTION

Britta Higginbotham shared some tips about how to utilize the ideas of gratitude to help your mind work to its greatest benefit.

WHAT’S NEW IN MEDICARE FOR 2021

Robin Thompson from Senior LinkAge Link presented about changes in the Medicare Program for 2021 that those on it should look at while participating in the Open Enrollment Period.

SHOULD WE RENAME SIBLEY PARK?

Jameel Haque from the Kessel Peace Institute at Minnesota State University, speaks on the organization’s plans to rename Mankato’s Sibley Park.

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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