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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.



March 2015

Activities, Weekly Classes and Special Events Calendar

Important Announcements: 

  1. TODAY:  Wednesday, Feb 25, 3:00  GET ORGANIZED!  Part 2 
    with Joan LeVine Mellion
  2. THIS FRIDAY:  Feb 27  
    - Musical Memories & Songs  10:00 am
    - Artist Talk & Reception: Dinah Cross James  4:00 pm

  3. NEEDED:  5' to 6' table/desk, book shelves and 3 - 4 drawer filing cabinet for Julie Spencer our Executive Director's new office space. Please email us if you have any or all of this office furniture to donate to Rianda House.  info@riandahouse.org
  4. NOW HIRING:  We are very pleased to announce this new opportunity to join our fabulous Rianda House team!  Click here for complete job description.
    The role of Operations Manager is a new full-time salaried exempt position. Those interested may apply by submitting a resume and a cover letter stating why you are a “good fit” for this position.  Send all submissions (pdf’s please) to Julie Spencer via email julie@riandahouse.org
    The submission deadline is Friday, March 6th.
    Kindly pass this opportunity along to others if this position is not of interest to you. 
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:

The first Wednesday of each month during this year-long series, notable educators and lecturers will discuss the impact that women have made from the beginning of recorded history to the present day.  
ConverSAYtions 2015
1st and 3rd Fridays each month

Explore & share ideas, stories, experiences and perspectives with others about a wide range of intriguing and mind-opening topics.

Led by Toni Allegra and Jim Haslip

Co-sponsored by Rianda House and Calistoga Recreation Services and held at Calistoga Community Center, 1307 Washington St. in Calistoga. Attendance is FREE. $5 donation suggested to help cover programming costs.
Mar  6        Synchronicity
Mar 20       Nicknames and names in your life
Apr  3        Three favorite things and why?
Apr 17       Do you have any finished/unfinished projects? 
May 1        All about change…At what point(s) in your life did you change?  Why?
May 15      Surprise !!
Rebellious, resilient, and resolutely tender towards the world, the speaker in Bonnie Long’s poems charts those complex passages from a young woman’s alert innocence to an adult’s reflective wisdom. As in the saddest songs of our greatest blues singers, Bonnie Long’s poetry reverberates with a pulsing, sometimes wry, yet always irrepressible desire for joy.
David St. John,
National Book Award Finalist & author of The Window
Light refreshments will be served.  $5 donation suggested to help cover programming costs.  RSVP if you plan to attend this event. 963-8555. Thank you.
Wednesday, March 25th, 3:30 pm

Kathy Carrick will talk about her travels in Indonesia during the fall of 2014.  Java and Bali, both islands in Indonesia, are very different culturally and offer visitors two very different experiences in one country.
Light Refreshments  ~  Attendance Free ~ Donations always appreciated!  RSVP
Hands-on Collage Workshop 
with Dinah Cross James
Friday, March 27, 3:00 - 6:00

Join Dinah for a hands-on experience in making colorful collages.  Drop by to see a sample of one of Dinah’s collages.  It will inspire you! You can also see Dinah’s colorful and dynamic abstract landscape and cityscape paintings on display at Rianda House February through April, 2015.  
March 10th 2:00 - 3:30 pm
2nd Tuesday of each month

What are TED Talks?  A collection of thought-provoking, playful and entertaining short video presentations about thousands of topics worth talking about!  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and the types of inspiring speakers that deliver the talks range from Bill Gates on global health, to teenage inventors for cancer detection, to Nobel Peace prize winners on sleep to Jane Fonda on aging. We’ll watch 2—3 different TED Talks followed by lively group discussions.

Aging Well Special Events:

Free Health Screenings

Thursday, March 12
10 am - Noon

St. Helena Hospital offers complimentary health screenings every other month at Rianda House on the 2nd Thursday of the month. No fasting or appointment necessary.  
Join Dr. Stewart G. Allen, MD.,  General & Interventional Cardiologist,  for a presentation all about your heart as he discusses current methods of heart disease prevention, lifestyle management, treatment and interventions for coronary disease.   RSVP 963-8555.
Take the HAPI Older Adult Survey: 

Just 30 minutes of your time can make a real difference for older adults in Napa Valley. 

Ensure that UpValley needs are counted in this Napa Valley survey! Your opinion about senior priorities, needs and concerns will help design future programs and services for seniors. 
You can complete the survey online by going to http://www.riandahouse.org 
Click on the big green button to the right that says “Let Your Voice Be Heard!”  
This will take you to the survey form to fill out online.

This survey is completely anonymous (no names taken).

Aging Well Ongoing Senior Support:

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
3:00 - 4:30 pm. March 5

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.  
March 12 and April 9 
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 - (March 4 and April 1 )
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 

2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month: Mar 10 and 24
One hour appointments between 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program
HICAP offers one-on-one guidance in a one hour private consultation from a trained Counselor in the Medicare and MediCal systems.  Counselors do not recommend, endorse or sell private health insurance plans.  Bring your insurance cards for better assessment. 

To schedule call HICAP 1-800-434-0222


Bilingual Senior Resource Specialist

Comes to Rianda House twice a week!  Take advantage of this wonderful resource.


Brain Fitness:

Brain Fitness Workout

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am  March 4, 11, 18, 25
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:

Tai Chi

Wednesdays, 1:00 to 2:00 pm
at the Carnegie Building
Corner of Oak Ave/Adams St.  in St. Helena.  

Register at the beginning of class.  
Fee:  $5/class

Instructor: Mark Whittaker
Mark Whittaker has been teaching martial arts for over 30 years.

Winter Session:  Jan 14th - March 18th
Spring Session:  March 25th - June 3rd (no class April 8th)

Gentle Yoga for Seniors

Tuesdays, 10:45 - 11:45 am
t the Carnegie Building
Corner of Oak Ave/Adams St. 
in St. Helena.  

Instructor: Jodi Earls

This is a 10 session yoga class co-sponsored by the St. Helena Parks & Recreation and Rianda House Senior Activity Center.  Jodi Earls will led by this therapeutic class tailored for older adults (60+) with a focus on yoga as a fun and informative way to build more balance, strength, peace and joy into your life.   

Choose between seated or floor poses (please bring your own yoga mat). Drop-ins welcome.  Yoga mats are available for purchase at Sportago (St. Helena) and Target (Napa).  Register when you arrive. Fee: $5 per session.  

NEW SPRING SESSION will begin Feb 17th and go till April 28th. (no class on April 7)

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!  

(No class from Feb 12 - March 5.  Classes resume March 10)


Nutritional Meals:

Nutritional meals provided by Meals on Wheels

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

No lunch served on Monday, March 30th (holiday: Cesar Chavez Day)
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.  (March 27)

If your birthday is in MARCH, please join the Lunch Bunch to celebrate all March 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:

Guided and Silent Meditation
Led by Judith Caldwell
Mondays, 10:00—11:00 am
March 16, 23, 30 and April 6, 20, 27 (no class April 13)

Join us in learning how to follow your breath, 
still your mind and become more aware of your inner experience.

$5 donation per class suggested.
Women’s Discussion Group
Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
2:00 - 3:30 pm  
Resumes on March 17th

Inger Laidley, brings her international perspective and facilitator experience to this new 'women only' discussion group.  
Bring newsy topics and your curiosity. Limited to 18 women so RSVP required 963-8555. $5 donation per class appreciated! 
March 17,    April 21,    May 19

Bring your fully charged cell phone and team up with a tech-savvy tutor from the Napa Valley Youth Advocacy Center to learn basic functions of your personal phone. 

Space is limited to six.  RSVP 963-8555 required to schedule your tutor
Thanks to Napa Valley Community Education — Attendance is free! Calistoga Recreation Services & Rianda House welcome a small donation per session for coordinating these classes.  

Ongoing Weekly Classes and Activities:

Art - Spark Your Creativity 
Mondays 9:30 - 11:30 am

This art class is always a playful exploration of different art projects Including: torn paper collage - finger painting - color mixing - drawing! No artistic skills or talent needed to thoroughly enjoy this class!  
Aspects of Spirituality

Mondays from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
March 2, 9,16, 23 and 30

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

Thursdays, 10:00 am - Noon
March 5, 19, 26
(no lesson on March 12 - Free Health Screening by St. Helena Hospital)

Fee:  $20/lesson
RSVP required.  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.
Creative Arts - Open Studio
Tuesdays, 9:15 - 11:30 am

Bring your own current art pieces and projects to work on in a friendly setting with fellow artists.  Some materials are provided...you may prefer to bring your own for continuity with your particular project.  Al skill levels welcome.  Enjoy using our art room as your art studio on Tuesday mornings! $2 donation suggested to help pay for art materials. Start your week off with art!
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 Proffessor, facilitates this winter/spring semester. $60 for all classes.  Drop-ins welcome, too! $5/class.  
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.
Equinox Writers Group 
Wednesdays, 10:00 am - Noon

All skill levels welcome! Explore the various genres through writing exercises and personal projects to become your best creative self.  Have fun while gaining confidence in your writing skills. This is Rianda House's 2nd writers group and there is still room for you!  Please call 963-8555 to join this wonderful writers group.
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!
Solstice Creative Writing Group
Thursdays from 10 am - Noon

March 5, 12, 19, 26 

April 9, 16, 23, 30
(No meeting April 2: Spring Break) 

May 7, 14

Bring in new writing, poetry or short stories that you are working on and want critiqued or older work already critiqued that you have revised and want to share.  Donation of $5/class is appreciated. This group is limited to 15 writers and is currently full.  

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 Revalee Hemken: 963-8356 o 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:

Women in History Series: Women in the Ottoman Empire
by Alexandra Turkington
Wednesday, April 1, 3:30 pm  
Seating always full - RSVP
Attendance free but $5 donation suggested.

Book Launch "Past The Future" by Nathaniel R Winters
Wednesday, April 8, 3:30 pm

White Barn Fundraiser for RH: "Mike Greensill and His Divas"
Sunday, April 12, 3:00 pm

Travelogue: Belgium, Holland & Flowers by Mark Barclay
Wednesday, April 15, 3:30 pm

Pasta Dinner - a Friends of Rianda House Fundraiser
Friday, April 25, 6:00 pm

A Bit of Humor:

A woman on the phone to her friend: 
I feel like my body has gotten totally out of shape, so I got my doctor’s permission to join a fitness club and start exercising…. I decided to take and aerobics class for seniors. I bent, twisted, gyrated, jumped up and down, and perspired for an hour. But, by the time I got my leotards on, the class was over!

A young man was walking through a supermarket to pick up a few things when he noticed an old lady following him around. Thinking nothing of it, he ignored her and continued on.

Finally he went to the checkout line, but she got in front of him. "Pardon me," she said, "I'm sorry if my staring at you has made you feel uncomfortable. It's just that you look just like my son, who just died recently." "I'm very sorry," replied the young man, "is there anything I can do for you?" "Yes," she said, "As I'm leaving, can you say 'Good bye, Mother'? It would make me feel so much better." "Sure," answered the young man.

As the old woman was leaving, he called out, "Goodbye, Mother!" As he stepped up to the checkout counter, he saw that his total was $127.50. "How can that be?" He asked, "I only purchased a few things!" "Your mother said that you would pay for her," said the clerk.

These jokes wer found on: http://www.elderoptionsoftexas.com/jokes.htm