Friendship Center events


Winona Friendship Center members will receive a renewal letter a month before they need to renew their membership. Yearly memberships are $27 for individuals and $37 for a couple (two per household). Interested community members may stop into the center to renew or purchase a membership. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Events at the center

Hand massages

On January 2 from 9:30-11 a.m. Gloria Siewert from Caring Hands will provide hand massages. These sessions improve circulation, relieve tension in tendons, increase flexibility, reduce stiffness, and relieve anxiety and pain. We encourage both men and women to make your appointment today! The cost for members is $3.50.

Energy medicine study group

This session will cover the basics of energy medicine and how it differs from conventional medicine. Slideshows and demonstrations of auras, chakras, meridians, and acupuncture points will be presented, along with a demonstration of the four modalities. Learn what energy medicine can do for you and how it works by coming to the center on Wednesday, January 3, from 2-4 p.m. Members come free. Elmer Mattila, a certified practitioner in healing touch, will instruct this session.

Blood pressure checks

On January 4 from 12-1 p.m., licensed nurses will provide free blood pressure checks.

MN Safety Council defensive driving 55+ refresher course

This four-hour safety driving class is for those who have already taken any initial eight-hour class. There is no driving and no test, and participants receive a certificate of completion to provide to their insurance company. Wisconsin residents must ask their insurance agent if they will cover the 10 percent discount. The class will be on Monday, January 22, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. The cost for members is $17; the cost for non-members is $26. Pre-registration and payment is required for all classes by January 8.

Monthly movie

Stop by the center to read about this month’s featured film, which will be shown on January 8 from 1-3 p.m. Donations for the refreshments are greatly appreciated. Members may attend for free.

Teleconference: Through the Lens of Erwin E. Smith

Experience the lifestyle of the late-19th and early-20th centuries cowboy through the photographs of Texas-born Erwin E. Smith, and through paintings and sculpture by Western artists Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell on Thursday, January 9, from 1-2 p.m. This class is offered by Amon Carter of the Museum of American Art. Members may attend for free.

Energy medicine study group

Enhance your health with useful and easy-to-learn alternative medicine techniques by coming to the center on Wednesdays, from January 10 to February 28 from 2-4 p.m. Elmer Mattila, a certified practitioner in healing touch, is forming this study group for learning about energy medicine and how it could energize your life. Learn through hand-outs, slideshows, demonstrations, video clips and hands-on practice. Members may attend for free.

Essential oils and emotions

This class is instructed by Alicianne Fritz and will be held on Tuesday, January 16, from 1-3 p.m. The cost for members is $5.50

Essential oils play a powerful role in emotional healing. Come learn how essential oils can help strengthen you and prepare you for the next stage of emotional healing.

Acting class with Lee Gundersheimer

Beginners to seasoned performers may come learn the fun of performing on stage using a series of exercises and scene work from plays chosen by the participants. Winona Arts and Culture Coordinator Lee Gundersheimer is the former managing director of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, and taught acting at UMD and NYU for many years. Gundersheimer has been a professional actor for 30-plus years in N.Y. City and studied under the renowned Uta Hagen, whose technique will be studied in this class. Some additional rehearsals with scene partners will be necessary as well as a desire to have a great deal of fun! Join in every Tuesday and Thursday from January 16 to February 22 at 11 a.m. until noon. Members may attend for free.

Become a Dementia Friend

Dementia Friends is a global movement that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. As Winona continues to work on becoming a Dementia Friendly Community, Dementia Friends will help Winona become a safe and supportive community for all. A presentation on the program will be on Thursday, January 18, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. It is free for members.

Bus trip: Nashville show trip

This seven-day, six-night trip happening from September 30 to October 6 includes 10 meals (six breakfasts and four dinners); one show at the Grand Ole Opry and one at the Nashville Nightlife Dinner Theatre; and a behind-the-scenes tour of Country Music Hall of Fame, Johnny Cash Museum and Grand Ole Opry! A fee of $75 is due upon registration. Prices are single, $1,012; double, $773; and triple, $753.

The Winona Friendship Center is open to all individuals age 55 and over. For more information about classes, hours, or nominal class or participation fees, please stop in or call 507-454-5212.

The Senior Advocacy Program provides information and assistance to people over age 60. If you need assistance, please call 507-454-7369.


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