Friendship Center events and classes


When you’re struggling with that one person on your shopping list — the family member or friend who has everything they could want and is impossible to shop for — there is an option that may be more thoughtful than a gift card or more useful than flowers or another sweater: a gift to a charity in their name.

The Winona Friendship Center Activity Council, Inc., an independent nonprofit organization, supports the programs of the Winona Friendship Center. The center is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for older adults in the Winona area by providing affordable activities, and a place of social gathering.

Please consider giving a birthday, Christmas, or memorial gift in honor of your loved one that can be used to provide a membership to the Friendship Center ($29 per year), the Wellness Center ($76 per year), or an activity card ($35 for 10 sessions) for those older adults in the community who struggle to afford those fees. You may also give a general donation gift to support the center’s many programs in successful aging.

Contact the Winona Friendship Center at 454-5212 for further details. Open building hours are on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; on Tuesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Events at the center

Wood-fired pizza event
Thursday, August 15, from 5-7 p.m.

The center will provide the crust, sauce and cheese; just bring your favorite toppings. It’s time for a wood-fired pizza party in the garden! Join Gardener Chuck at Eric Gardens as he fires up his “Big Green Egg” and bakes up your pizzas in record time.

Exploding the Taboo of Incontinence
Monday, August 19, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

There’s no greater challenge than incontinence when it comes to meeting older age with grace and wisdom, and staying healthy and happy. Incontinence is the leading cause of misery, disease and death in older adults; yet, it is rarely acknowledged as such. Finally, a completely simple solution was found that actually opened the way to a life of health, intimacy, friendship and tremendous evolution of the spirit. Join Doug McGill for the $2 presentation.

Nazi Women Guards
Tuesday, August 21, from 1-2 p.m.

Throughout the Second World War 3,500 women served as guards in the German concentration camp system. This teleconference, offered by Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, will explore these women’s training, camp behavior, and postwar trial experience.

Mysteries of Peru
Wednesday, August 28, from 1:30-2:30 p.m.

Experience the beauty and mystery of the Andes with this free presentation from Terri and Mike, who will be sharing their pictures of Cuzco, Machu Picchu, and other sites in Peru’s famous Inca Trail. Witness arriving at the Sun Gate (Inti Punku), the original entrance to Machu Picchu, and learn about this lost city in the clouds, and the Incan civilization that built it, along with other Incan architectural wonders in the Sacred Valley.

The Winona Friendship Center is open to all people 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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