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Enjoy a diverse collection of classes, activities and events to delight and strengthen your mind, body and soul. For details about our offerings either click on a calendar icon below or simply scroll down the page for a listing of this month’s activities.



August 2015
Activities, Weekly Classes and Special Events Calendar

Important Announcements: 

  1. Volunteer at Rianda House!   
    “I really enjoy being a greeter at Rianda House.  During my three years of service I’ve met so many interesting people with life stories that enrich my life.  I find it gratifying to be of service to the seniors in our community. Rianda House is a great place to volunteer.”  Greeter, Linda Titus. 

    Rianda House is now accepting applications for new volunteer greeters. To learn how you, too, can become a Rianda House volunteer, please call Mary Sherman, Operations Manager, 963-8555
  2. "Positive Approach to Brain Change" - Wednesday, Aug 5th
    Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver Workshop
    Offered by Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services.

    10:00 am - 11:30 am     Calistoga Community Center   
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm          Rianda House Senior Activity Center
  3. There was an error on the printed August calendar we just mailed out! Sorry about that.
    Creative Art Classes will now be held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays and Open Studio on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays  from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Creative Art Classes and Open Studio will no longer be held on Mondays at Rianda House.
Table of Contents:

Arts & Lectures:

Curious minds of all ages are welcome!  
Attendance is free.  $5 Donations Suggested. Light refreshments served.  
Please call 963-8555 or come by Rianda House to let us know if you plan to attend any of these events. It really helps us to know in advance how many people to plan for so RSVP!  Thanks.

Music Concert:  Dancing Dots

Dancing Dots is the name of a small business that enables blind and low vision musicians to read and to write their music in print and in braille, and to record their music independently.  

Last summer, the Enchanted Hills Camp near Napa (which is owned and operated by the San Francisco Lighthouse) invited the owner of Dancing Dots to lead their first-ever Summer Music Academy, a week-long session for blind and low vision youth who are interested in studying music.  

The concert on August 7th is performed by a group of the campers.  They will be performing pop, jazz and light rock music.  One of the campers also studies classical piano and will perform a selection.  Don’t miss this exciting free performance!
Light refreshments will be served.  

All donations received will go to support the Enchanted Hills Camp.

Women in History Series:

The first Wednesday of each month at Rianda House, notable educators and lecturers will discuss the impact that women have made from the beginning of recorded history to the present day. Talks will resume on Wed.,Sept. 2nd at 3:30 pm with Robyn Orsini giving a talk onHawaii's Queen Liliuokalini Apush.

Featured Artist


Join the Conversation...

ConverSAYtions 2015
1st and 3rd Fridays each month
Aug 7 and 21
10:00 - 11:30 am

Led by Toni Allegra and Jim Haslip

Explore & share ideas, stories, experiences and perspectives with others about a wide range of intriguing and mind-opening topics.
Co-sponsored by Rianda House and Calistoga Recreation Services. ConverSAYtions are held at Calistoga Community Center, 1307 Washington St. in Calistoga. Attendance is FREE. $5 donation suggested to help cover programming costs.

TRAVELOGUE: Western Australia


Aging Well Ongoing Senior Support:

Free Health Screening from St. Helena Hospital - September


Free Counseling and Support

provided by local senior serving agencies on a weekly or monthly basis (see below)

Monthly Support Group for Caregivers of Persons with Memory Loss

1st Thursday each month
August 6, 3:00 - 4:30 pm


This support group is designed specifically for persons who care for family members or others with memory loss due to Alzheimer's Disease or other related dementia. Drop-ins welcome. 
For more details, please call either: Alzheimer's Association at 573-1210 or 
Napa Valley Hospice Adult Day Service at  258-9087. 

Monthly Parkinson's Support


2nd Thursday each month.  
August 13, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
For people with any level of Parkinson's Disease, their caregivers and loved ones.  
This group meets on the second Thursday of every month.  Dr. Jacqueline Tran, a neurologist with St. Helena Hospital, will offer education , news and support.  The group will have an opportunity to share sotires, encouragement, tips and peer support.

Caregiver Consultations & Memory Screenings

with Napa Hospice & Adult Day Services    

1st Wednesday of the month - August 5
One hour appointments between 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.    

Meet with a Medical Social Worker, for a confidential individual or family consultation. Discuss care giving challenges, receive support and guidance about memory loss or loss of independence/driving, schedule a memory screening and connect with local resources.

To pre-schedule: call Jill Wood at NVHADS 707-258-9087 ext. 250

FREE Weekly Counseling Sessions for Local Seniors
with Family Service of Napa Valley  

We all plan to age gracefully, but sometimes life throws us off balance.  If you are looking for help to bring back some balance in your life, Napa Valley Family Services is offering free counseling for Seniors.  Call to book a session with an understanding listener to help get back on track. The hour long, weekly, individual sessions with a licensed professional therapist are confidential.

To schedule:  Call Monica at Family Service of Napa Valley 255-0966 ext. 15   All sessions will be held at UpValley Family Center on 1440 Spring Street in St. Helena.

Medicare Benefits & Insurance Counseling Sessions with HICAP 

HICAP  offers free phone counselingsessions now with a Medicare benefits & insurance specialist.  Call HICAP at 707-526-4108 to speak to a representative.  

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program

HICAP offers one-on-one guidance over the phone consultation from a trained Counselor in the Medicare and MediCal systems.  Counselors do not recommend, endorse or sell private health insurance plans.  Have your insurance cards ready before you call them for better assessment. 

To schedule call HICAP 707-526-4108


Bilingual Senior Resource Specialist:


Brain Fitness:

Brain Fitness Workout

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am  
August 12, 19, 26
(No meeting on August 5)

This interactive weekly workout program is for anyone who wants to be proactive in maintaining their brain health.  

Suggested fee: $5 per workout.
Jill Wood, Brain Fitness & Memory specialist from NV Adult Day Services, will teach tips for memory enhancement that are innovative, fun, and reflect the latest in brain science.Our students are raving about this class.  Join them!  
We hear lots of laughter coming from the class every week.  

Weekly Exercise Classes:

Strength Training

Strength Training for Seniors

Tuesdays and Thursdays 
7:30 - 8:30 am
at Presbyterian Church 

Enhance muscle strength and tone. 

Level:  All levels welcome.
Led by Kathy Carrick

Fee: $5/class. Drop-ins welcome!  


Gentle Yoga 

Nutritional Meals:

Nutritional meals provided by Meals on Wheels

Rianda House Lunch Bunch  
Monday, Tuesdays and Fridays 
Noon to 1:00 pm  

Rianda House is the upper valley host site for Senior Nutrition of Napa Valley's well loved Meals On Wheels program.
Birthday Celebration with Lunch Bunch 
Last Friday each month at Noon. (August 28)

If your birthday is in August, please join the Lunch Bunch to celebrate all August birthdays!  

RSVP the day before by calling 707-963-8555.  We will celebrate each month's birthdays on this Last Friday at noon.

Short-term Classes and Workshops:

Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver Workshops



Coming in September:  Senior Meditation for the Senses:  Fridays, 10 am,

Dr. James Keolker, master teacher of meditation and mindfulness will introduce special skills for seniors. Each session will focus on using one of the five senses during the meditation. 

Ongoing Weekly Classes and Activities:

Creative Arts & Crafts

New  day and time for our art classes and open art studio!  See below.

Aspects of Spirituality

Aspects of Spirituality
Mondays from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
8 week session July 13 - Aug 31
Topic:  Islam - A Short History

Fee:  $40 for eight sessions.
Registration required. 963-8555. 

New "Write On!" Creative Writers Group


Bridge Lessons

For Advanced Beginners and Intermediate Players only 
Thursdays, 10:00 am - Noon
August 6, 13, 20, 27

Fee:  $20/lesson
Must Call Randi 253-2132 
Have fun developing your skills and understanding of how to play the well loved game of bridge from a local and seasoned teacher of 20 years. Randi is also a professional player and certified by the American Contract Bridge League.
Current Events
Fridays, 1:15 - 3:15 pm

This group explores challenging topics and discusses all sides of current event issues.  Henry Michalski, retired History Professor facilitates this group.  Drop-ins welcome, too! $5/class.  The group will meet informally in July and August without  Henry.  No fee.  Resumes with Henry in September.

Duplicate Bridge

Mondays, 12:30 - 4:00 pm

For advanced bridge players only. RSVP required if you are new to the group. Please call Martha at
967-8050 to be placed on the bridge players list.

French Club

Fridays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Self-guided chats in French explore the nuances of the French language and culture. Drop-ins welcome!

Mah Jongg, Pinochle, 

and Table Games
Fridays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

End your week playing casual card games, board games, table games, dominoes, etc. at Rianda House while you make some great friends. 

Needlers & Fiber Arts Club

Thursdays, 12:30 - 3:00 pm
Join this casual, encouraging, fun and helpful handicraft circle.  Some materials available. All levels of skill welcome!  Anyone with spare yarn is asked to donate it to the Needlers Club. This is a very friendly group!

En Español:

Amistad y Apoyo  (Friendship & Support) 

Cada martes de las 10 a las 12

Somos un grupo de personas que hablan español que se reúnen para platicar sobre temas acerca de la salud física y emocional. Es una manera para ofrecer apoyo y amistad a cada uno.  Somos muy amables!

Actualmente estamos tejiendo una afgan. Si tiene cualquier hilo de repuesto, por favor done a nosotros en Rianda Casa. Gracias!

Aviso importante:  Cada martes desde las 10 a las 12, un especialista de recursos de alto nivel vendrá a ayudarnos a conectar con los recursos y servicios disponibles.

Preguntas? Llamar a Cuca Martin 963-4208

Book Clubs and Group Meetings:

Page Turners Book Club: 
2nd Tuesday of each month.  7:00-8:30 pm
Call Dianne Fraser for featured book information: 963-7329 

New members welcome!

Rianda House Vineyard Group:
This is vineyard and wine-making group.  New members welcome! Call Kathy Carrick 963-2823 for meeting dates, instructional events and work dates. 

Friends of Rianda House:  
This is a wonderful group that sponsors entertaining events and fundraising projects for Rianda House.  New members welcome!  We're always looking for great ideas and good helpers!  Call Kathy Carrick 963-2823 for meeting dates, instructional events and work dates. 

Save The Date:

Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver Workshops:

TOPIC: "Learning to Speak Alzheimer's"
Learn Techniques for Successful Communication
Wednesday, Sept. 2

Calistoga Community Center:  10:00 - 11:30 am
Rianda House:  1:00 - 2:30 pm

Women in History Series:  Hawaii's Queen Liliuokalani Apush
by Robin Orsini
WED, Sept 2, 3:30 pm

Readers Theater/Drama 
Production will be chosen in September and rehearsals will begin.
Tuesdays, 4:00 pm

Community Chess (all ages)  
FRIDAYS, 4:00 pm Begins Sept 4

Free Health Screening
Thursday, Sept. 10th, 10 am - Noon

Senior Meditation For the Senses
with James Keolker
FRIDAYS, 10 am, Sept/Oct


A Bit of Humor:

Some new definitions for familiar words:

A person who has stopped growing at both ends
And is now growing in the middle. 
A place where women curl up and dye. 
The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead. 
Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation. 
Cold Storage. 
Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
An insect that makes you like flies better. 
Something you tell to one person at a time. 
A bunch of bones with the person scraped off. 
One of the greatest labor saving devices of today. 
An honest opinion openly expressed. 
And MY Personal Favorite:
Something other people have... 
Similar to my character lines.

This humor offered by Sunday Family Humour site.


Volunteer at Rianda House:

Rianda House REALLY needs help this summer from those of you who would like to be a backup/on call greeter.  Please give Mary Sherman, our Operations Manager, a call at 963-8555 if you have some time available to help us out!  We would REALLY appreciate it!

Our Mission:

1475 Main Street,  St. Helena, CA 94574   707-963-8555

 Hours: Monday - Friday  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

For more information email: info@riandahouse.org

 or check out our website: http://www.riandahouse.org



Our Mission:

Rianda House is committed to providing seniors with an environment that stimulates minds, strengthens bodies and promotes independent living through education, recreation, exercise and social involvement.

 We are a 501 (c) (3) Not for Profit Corporation