The Winona Friendship Center offers a variety of programs, classes, services and events.

All offerings require pre-registration and payment.  Call Winona Friendship Center to register over phone with credit card or stop in to register with payment.  Payment is required to register.

Support Programs

Checks & Balances

A program in collaboration with Merchant’s National Bank. The program is to assist in monthly money management. Personnel from Merchant’s Bank are available at the Friendship Center the second Thursday of each month from 10 AM to 11:00 AM.


Health Service Programs

Blood Pressure Checks

Blood Pressure Checks will be taken once a month by licensed nurses.

These are offered the second Thursday from12:30-1:30 p.m.. and the 4th Wednesday from11:30-12:30 p.m. of each month. This is a FREE service to members.


Pool Hall
Senior Center pool hall

Our Pool Hall is open Monday – Friday. We have two regulation size Pool tables available for members. Persons playing are asked to pay $.50 each time the come to play. Cues are available for use.

The Center schedules an 8 Ball Tournament several times a year that is open to men and women of all levels. Two person teams are formed by lottery. Double elimination. Fee covers lunch.



Bingo is played on the 4th Thursdays of each month (except November-3rd Thursday. The price is $1.00 for the first two cards for members. Additional cards are $1.00 each. Prize money payouts depend on the amount of money taken in.


500 is played every Tuesday afternoon at 1:00. The cost for either of these games is $2.00 for members.  Cash prizes are awarded.  Register before 11 a.m. on the day of the program.


Physical Programs

Active Wellness Center

Students from the WSU Exercise Science Department & our own volunteers monitor the Active Wellness Center from 7:30 a.m. – 4:00p.m. Monday – Friday

Extended hours: Trial Period-September to December:  Monday/Wednesday/Thursdays from 7:30-6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8-Noon.

Membership fees: $55 per person for Winona Friendship Center members and $75/year for non-members. Fees are paid at the Friendship Center.

Membership forms are available at the Friendship Centers’ front desk and in the Wellness Center and must be completed prior to registration.

Equipment available includes: A new eliptical machine, two treadmills, a stationary bike, two Nu-Steps, strength machine, leg press, compound row machine, vertical chest press, triceps press, dumbbell set, body balls and resistance bands.

PACE – Arthritis Chair Exercises

Exercises are mostly done in a chair or participants may choose to do all exercises while sitting. There is no member fee for this class. Classes are held every Fridays from September 20-November 22 at 9:30-1:15 a.m.

Tai Chi
Tai Chi at the Senior Center

Slow, graceful movements form the core of T’ai Chi.

Tuesday- Friday from 9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.Cost per session: $3 for Members/$4.50 for non-members

Instructor: Bahieh Wilkinson

T’ai Chi is a meditative exercise for the body and a way to calm and focus the mind. It may improve balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness. It can also aid digestion and circulation. Slow, graceful movements form the core of this type of exercise.

Water Exercise
 Join us Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 6:45-7:45 AM for Water Exercise!

Join us Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 6:45-7:45 AM for Water Exercise!

Water aerobics puts less stress on your joints and the resistance of the water helps improve your muscle strength. Join us for our year round sessions of Water Exercise at Winona State University’s Memorial Pool from 6:45-7:45 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. The cost of the session is $45 for members and $67.50 for non-members.

Please stop in the Center to register with payment.

Registration required.


Focus on stretching, breathing, relaxing and increasing your flexibility and strength. Geared toward the beginner.

Mats are provided. Registration is required.

Please call the Center at 454-5212 for information on registration dates and fees.

Table Tennis Lessons (Ping Pong)

Have you noticed the new table in the main room? Here is your chance to learn how to play. FREE



Monthly Art Exhibits

A different artist is featured each month.

The public is invited to view these during open hours.

Knitting and Crafts

2nd and 4th Fridays

10:00-11:30 am

Bring in your own project and join a group for conversation, input and laughter.

No member charge, please pre-register.

Writing Your Life

2nd and 4th Monday of each month

12:30-2 p.m.

Facilitator: Maxine Aldinger

Free to members, $2 non-members

Newcomers are always welcome to this group. Members write and share stories and antidotes from their life experiences.

Pre-registration required.

Educational Opportunities

AARP Drivers Safety Course

We offer a Defensive Driving Safety course each month. Two types of classes are available throughout the year. The first class is an 8-hour course designed for the person who has not taken the course previously. After three years, the class is to be taken again and we offer the 4-hour refresher course for those who have taken the 8-hour class. A 10% reduction on your car insurance may be given after completion of this course. You must be 55 years or older to take this class.

Please check out the current Potpourri for a list of dates and times.

  • Come to the Winona Friendship Center to register with payment.
  • Please bring your driver’s license AND AARP card with you to class; it is needed to complete necessary forms.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring a writing instrument of their own.
Computer Learning Center

Our Computer Learning Center is for the purpose of teaching older adults (age 55+) how to use and enjoy computers. All classes are taught by dedicated instructors.  Please see the current Potpourri Newsletter for classes.

The Computer Learning Center is open to all members Monday-Friday at no charge and is closed when classes are scheduled.

All computers are cable modem ready for quick access to the Internet. All computers are networked to a printer.

Computer Assistance:  Students are available for one on one assistance for the following:

-Computer Basics

-Internet, Email, Facebook

-Kindle, Ipad, Nook

-Call to make an appointment, 454-5212