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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.



September 2015
Activities, Weekly Classes and Special Events Calendar

Important Announcements: 

TRAVELOGUE: Western Australia with Mariam Hansen
Wednesday, August 26, 3:30 pm

Friday, August 28, Noon - 1:00 pm
Please RSVP by Wed, Aug 26.  963-8555

“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


Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver Workshop
Offered by Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services.
Wednesday, Sept 5
10:00 am - 11:30 am     Calistoga Community Center   
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm          Rianda House Senior Activity Center

CREATIVE ARTS & CRAFTS 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.

Students are having great fun with this "no fail" type of art!  
Join us and be very proud of your creations!

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.


Women in History Series:



Join us this fall on the first Wednesday of each month at 3:30 pm for the highly popular Women in History Series.  Light refreshments provided.  $5 donation appreciated to support Rianda House Arts & Lecutures.  These events draw a large crowd.  We urge you to call to reserve your seat. RSVP  963-8555

Featured Artist




Join the Conversation...



ConverSAYtions 2015
1st and 3rd Fridays each month
Sept 4 and 18
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.

Talk by International Journalist and Author Sally Armstrong 



“Behind the Scenes: 
What’s Really Happening to
Women in Afghanistan
and the Middle East.”  

A Talk by Sally Armstrong
Wednesday, Sept 23, 3:30 pm
at Carnegie Bldg 
corner of Oak Ave and Adams St

We are very excited to have such an extraordinary author and journalist share her stories and views with us! $10 donation is most appreciated to support future Rianda House Arts & Lectures programming.

Mark your calendar! 
 RSVP  963-8555.
The earth is shifting under the status of women.  A new age is dawning. From Kabul and Cairo to Nairobi and New York, women are claiming their own space at work and in the public square like never before. 
They are propelling changes so immense they are altering intractable files such as poverty, conflict, violence and they are forcing a true accounting of culture and religion. What’s more – the power brokers are listening!

If you can’t talk about it, you can’t change it.  Women in places like Afghanistan and the Middle East are talking like they never talked before. Change is coming!

Aging Well Ongoing Senior Support:



Free Health Screening from St. Helena Hospital - September




Helping Drivers Maintain Their Independence



Rosemary Robles will discuss how to maintain your driving privileges as long as you are safe to do so.  She will offer helpful hints to assist you in passing the DMV written and driving tests.  RSVP 963-8555.

Wellness, Counseling and Support Groups



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
Sept 3, 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 Group

2nd Thursday each month.  
Sept 10, 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 - Sept 2
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

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


Victim Services Advocate



Victim Services Advocate 
now available
at Rianda House

2nd Tuesday of every month  
11 am - 1 pm 
Sept 8th
If you or someone you know is a victim of crime, scam, abuse or eviction, or in a crisis situation, Irma Luna from the Napa County District Attorney's Office can help!  She'll listen to you and refer you to the appropriate assistance.
Drop-ins welcome.   Direct Line: 707-299-1441

Bilingual Senior Resource Specialist:




Brain Fitness:



Brain Fitness Workout

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am  
Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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

$5 per workout for NV Adult Day Services.
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:



Tai Chi



Fee: $5/class. Drop-ins welcome!

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!  


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. (Sept 25)

If your birthday is in September, please join the Lunch Bunch to celebrate all September birthdays. 
Bring family or friends with you!

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




Collage Workshop




Senior Meditation for the Senses



Ongoing Weekly Classes and Activities:



Drama Readers Theatre



Have you ever wanted to act in a play, design a set or even make a costume? Join us as we laugh our way to the stage and beyond.  With script in hand, we will read our part, (memorization not allowed) laugh, act and enjoy the “YOU” you knew you could be.

For the first get together on Sept 8th, please wear a hat that describes you as you! Call BJ @ 707-849-2753 for details.

Creative Arts & Crafts




Aspects of Spirituality



Aspects of Spirituality
Mondays from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
8 week session Sept 28- Nov 16

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

"Write On!" Creative Writers Group




Bridge Lessons



Bridge Lessons


For Advanced Beginners and Intermediate Players only 
Thursdays, 10:00 am - Noon
Sept 3, 17, 24  (no class on 10th)

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:



Celebrating Older Adults in Napa 
Saturday, Oct 3, 10 am - 1 pm

Women in History Series:  
Lady Montagu, England’s First Distinguished Woman of Letters
Wednesday, Oct 7,  3:30 pm
Presented by Judy Parent 

St. Helena Harvest Festival
Saturday, Oct 17

Lunch & Learn in Calistoga
3rd Wednesday each month
Oct 21, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm 

Annual Fundraising Event
Saturday, Oct 24  Noon - 3 pm

Thirty Vintage cars, food trucks, Dixieland band, and silent auction.
The Vera Trinchero Torres Tribute challenge will match your donation!

Travelogue:  The Amazon
Mary Givens
Wed, Oct 28, 3:30 pm 

Next Free Health Screening
Thursday, Nov 12th, 10 am - Noon


A Bit of Humor:



Are we the ones who are aging?

I was checking out at the local Wal-Mart with just a few items and the lady behind me put her things on the belt close to mine. I picked up one of those dividers that they keep by the cash register and placed it between our things so they wouldn't get mixed. After the girl had scanned all of my items, she picked up the divider, looking it all over for the bar code so she could scan it. Not finding the bar code, she asked me, "Do you know how much this is?"   "I've changed my mind"
I replied. "I don't think I'll buy that today!"  
Half Dozen? Huh?

I went to McDonald's and I saw on the menu that you could have an order of 6, 9 or 12 Chicken McNuggets. I asked for a half dozen nuggets. 

"We don't have half dozen nuggets," said the teenager at the counter. "You don't?" I replied. 
"We only have six, nine, or twelve," was her reply. 
"So I can't order a half dozen nuggets, but I can order six?" 
"That's right." So I shook my head and ordered six McNuggets.
(She must have been the same one I asked for sweetener who said they didn't have any.., "only Splenda and sugar."  And they think they are worth $15.00 per hour!)

This month's 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!