(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 destinations.  

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Art & Craft Classes

Art Quest

Wild Exploration of the Arts

  • Tuesdays
  • 1 – 3 pm

Registration is required

Figure Drawing 101

  • Wednesdays
  • 1 – 3 pm

Registration is required

Fooling Around

  • Thursdays
  • 1 – 3 pm

Registration is required

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Get your Yarn on

  • Wednesdays
  • 10 – 11:30 am

Bring your own supplies and work on your project with fellow yarn crafters. Registration is required

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Bus Trips

VINE and Mankato Community Education offer a comfortable coach bus, escorts and an affordable price. Buses depart from the Wow!Zone Family Entertainment Center, behind Hilltop Hy-Vee. Please park in the southwest corner. Call Community Education at (507) 387-5501 to sign up and pay. No refunds after the registration deadline. For a complete list of upcoming bus trips, visit mankatocer.com.


MN STATE FAIR TRIP

  • August 29

Join us for a bus trip to the Minnesota State Fair

Cost: $65 (65+) $70 (under 65) Call (507) 387-5501 to register by 8/3.

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STILLWATER RIVERBOAT TRIP

  • September 21

Experience the beauty of the St. Croix River on a riverboat while you enjoy a deli buffet, fruit, salad, warm entree and cookies.

Cost: $89 (lunch included) Call (507) 387-5501 to register by 8/22.

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THE CHURCH BASEMENT LADIES PLOWIN’ THRU

  • November 9

Come along as the ladies don their polyester pantsuits to sing, dance and laugh their way thru this hilarious new musical.

Cost: $99 (lunch included) Call (507) 387-5501 to register by 8/29.

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Educational Presentations

UNDERSTANDING BIAS: WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

  • June 27
  • 11 am – 12 pm

The Greater Mankato Diversity Council began in 2004 to provide diversity education to the community. We will watch a series of video clips and discuss reactions and feelings that the images evoke.

Cost: Free for VINE members; $5 for the public
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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CULINARY ARTS

  • June 28
  • 11 am – 12 pm

Join us for a food demonstration presented by South Central College Culinary Arts students and instructors. Information will also be shared about what is involved in a culinary arts education.

Cost: Free for VINE members; $5 for the public
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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HISTORIC MANKATO WALKING TOURS: Railroad Workers & Secretaries

  • June 29 (rescheduled from June 22)
  • 10 – 11:30 am

Mankato is the site of the largest mass execution in US history, “home” for the Betsy-Tacy stories, “the city” for folks on “Little House on the Prairie,” and the base for what was once one of the largest milling operations in Minnesota. Tony Filipovitch, retired professor of Urban Studies at MSU Mankato, will lead this walking tour and talk about “the little town that time forgot and the ages cannot improve”. Tour begins and ends at VINE. Walk into the working-class district of old Mankato, through Old Town, and back downtown.

Cost: Free for VINE members; $5 for the public
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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MINI INFO SESSION: SENIOR LINKAGE LINE

  • July 7
  • 11:30 am – 12 pm

For more than 25 years, the Senior LinkAge Line has been serving older Minnesotans and their families by connecting them to the resources they need such as Medicare information, prescription drug expense assistance, forms assistance, long-term care options counseling, caregiver planning and much more! This presentation will help individuals learn about the Senior LinkAge Line and how it supports older adults and their families with decision making..

Cost: Free for VINE members; $5 for the public
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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FALLS PREVENTION

  • July 12
  • 1 – 3 pm

Falls can happen to anyone. Because bones become more brittle as people get older, the severity of injury from even a simple fall can be debilitating. Peggy Sue Garber and Gail Norris, trauma injury prevention nurses will demonstrate strengthening and balance exercises, and discuss medication, home environment and community safety. Learn what to do if you experience a fall and get techniques to prevent falls at home and in the community.

Cost: Free and open to the public
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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SAFE TRAVEL AS WE AGE

  • July 14
  • 11 am – 12 pm

Amber will be sharing tips for safe travel for older adults, how to avoid travel scams and how to properly plan your upcoming trip!

Cost: Free and open to the public
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

  • July 18
  • 11 am – 12 pm

Sondra Herman, Executive Director, and Holly Schoettler, Community and Homeowner Outreach Manager, with Habitat for Humanity of South-Central MN will be providing an update as to the past, present and future of Habitat for Humanity in Mankato and surrounding communities. They will share information about the mission and vision of HFH, volunteer opportunities, and their newest initiative, reviving and growing the Aging in Place program, which focuses on assisting our aging population in safely remaining in their own homes.

Cost: Free for VINE members; and $5 for the public
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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COMPUTER UNIVERSITY: COMPUTER SAFETY 101

  • July 18
  • 5:30 – 7 pm

Everyone can learn new tips and tricks on how to create a friendly environment to operate your computer at a higher and safer level. Learn ways to keep your computer up to date, how to create strong passwords, how to successfully backup your computer, internet safety, scam awareness and firewalls are just some of the computer safety aspects that will be discussed.

Cost: Free for VINE members; $5 for the public
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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MOULIN ROUGE HOUSE TOUR

  • July 19
  • 11am – 12 pm

The Moulin Rouge House, originally known as the historic Hunt House, was purchased in 2018 with the intention of restoring the home to its original Queen Anne style beauty. After 3 years of restoration the Bed and Breakfast is now open. Join us for a guided tour by Innkeeper Kristin Fisher followed by lemonade on the porch. Meet at 811 S 2nd St Mankato, this tour is not handicapped accessible

Cost: Free for VINE members; $5 for the public.
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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VINE DINING: ALPINE BISTRO

  • July 19
  • 11am – 12 pm

Join your VINE friends for lunch at Alpine Bistro. James will share information about the history of Alpine Bistro and answer questions about the types of cuisine offered. Meet at 530 N Riverfront Dr, participants will purchase their own meal.

Cost: Free for VINE members; $5 for the public.
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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TRAVEL FORUM: CHINA & TIBBETT

  • July 21
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Dean will reminisce about a seven-day cruise down the Yangtze River. Sites included Wuhan, Tibet, Himalaya Mountains, Potala Palace, Xian, and Beijing. Join us to hear more about this memorable adventure!

Cost: Free for VINE members; $5 for the public.
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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FIRE SAFETY

  • July 22
  • 9 – 10 am

Learn about the leading cause of house fires, how to prevent house fires and how to operate a fire extinguisher. We will also have an open forum for discussion about fire safety and emergency response. Be prepared to ask questions

Cost: Free for VINE members; $5 for the public.
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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STORIES FROM ANTARCTICA

  • July 25
  • 11 am – 12 pm

Antarctica is sometimes called “the last great wilderness.” Antarctica and the Southern Ocean are home to iconic megafauna like whales, penguins and seals; this cold and majestic ecosystem also plays a vital role in regulating climate and driving ocean currents that affect weather patterns around the world. In March of 2022 Julia was sponsored by Onward Energy to travel to Antarctica with the 2041 Foundation to learn about the continent and how we can preserve it in the future. Join us to hear Julia’s story and engage in conversation to better understand how Antarctica is a part of your story as well.

Cost: Free for VINE members; $5 for the public.
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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MEETING, GREETING AND CONNECTING

  • July 27
  • 10 – 11 am

Do you struggle meeting new people? Is knowing what to talk about difficult? Is knowing how to present yourself a challenge? Let’s examine relationship building and sustaining skills in this presentation.

Cost: Free for VINE members; $5 for the public.
Call (507) 387-1666 to register.

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Exercise Classes

Registration is encouraged for the following classes:

Monday

  • 8:30 am: Move it More
  • 10 am: Chair Yoga
  • 10 am: Combo Fit
  • 1 pm: Seated Stretch & Flex (hybrid class)
  • 4:30 pm: Cardio Strength

Tuesday

  • 8:30 am: Stretch & Flex
  • 9:30 am: Cardio Kickboxing
  • 10 am: Yoga
  • 10:45 am: Pilates
  • 1 pm: Forever Fit

Wednesday

  • 8:30 am: Move it More
  • 10 am: Combo Fit
  • 1 pm: Chair Yoga (hybrid class)
  • 4:30 pm: Cardio Strength

Thursday

  • 8:30 am: Stretch & Flex
  • 9:30 am: POUND
  • 10 am: Chair Yoga
  • 10:45 am: Pilates
  • 1 pm: Forever Fit

Friday

  • 8:30 am: Move it More
  • 10 am: Combo Fit
  • 10 am: Gentle Yoga
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Fitness Center

Our full-service fitness center is non-intimidating and features state-of-the-art strength training equipment. Our exercise equipment is easy to use and reduces stress on your joints. The smart-card technology personalizes your training, while keeping track of your progress. Professional staff and trained volunteers are always available to help.

Monday & Wednesday

  • 7 am – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

  • 7 am – 5 pm

Saturday

  • 8 am – 12 pm

Social Activities

The VINE Adult Community Center offers a number of different activities to partake in.

  • 500: Wednesdays, 9:30 am
  • Billiards: Monday – Friday 8 am – 5 pm
  • Chess Club: Thursdays, 1 – 2 pm
  • Cribbage: Tuesdays, 1-3 pm
  • DeVINE Singers: Mondays, 1-2 pm
  • Duplicate Bridge: Mondays, 1-4 pm & Wednesdays, 3-6 pm
  • Get Your Yarn On: Wednesdays, 10 – 11:30 am
  • Ping-Pong: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
  • Mahjong: Mondays, 1-4 pm
  • Memoir Writing: Tuesdays, 10:30 am – 1 pm
  • Spellers: Mondays, 10:15-11:15 am
  • VINE Stompers: Wednesdays, 2:15-4 pm
  • Whist: Friday 2 – 4 pm

Outdoor Exercise

TREKKING
This group meets at different parks and trails each week Thursdays from 10-11 am. Trekking poles are available to rent.

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Pool

MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAY
Open Swim
7-9:30 am
Lap Swim
7-8 am
Open Swim
7-9:30 am
Lap Swim
7-8 am
Open Swim
7-9:30 am
Open Swim
8-9:30 am
Aqua 2
9:30-10:30 am
Open Swim
12-1 pm
Aqua 2
9:30-10:30 am
Open Swim
12-1 pm
Aqua 2
9:30-10:30 am
Aqua Class Rotating
9:30-10:15 am
Aqua 1
10:45-11:30 am
Aqua Yoga
1-1:45 pm
Aqua 1
10:45-11:30 am
Aqua Yoga
1-1:45 pm
Aqua 3
10:45-11:30
am
Open Swim
10:30-11:30 am
Lap Swim
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Aqua 3
2-2:45 pm
Lap Swim
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Aqua 2
2-3 pm
Open Swim
12:45-2 pm
Open Swim
3-4:30pm
Open Swim
5-6 pm
Open Swim
3-4:30pm
Aqua 2
2-3 pm
Aqua 2/3
4:30-5:15 pm
Open Swim
3-6 pm

Walking Track

No matter the weather outside, our cushioned walking track is always the perfect 70 degrees inside, with 360-degree views of the Minnesota River Valley. Research shows that a flat, firm, but not too hard surface is the best for older knees and joints.

Monday & Wednesday

  • 7 am – 6:30 pm

Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

  • 7 am – 5 pm

Saturday

  • 8 am – 12 pm