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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.



January 2015

Activities, Weekly Classes and Special Events Calendar

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. Thanks!

Photography of Linda Williamson

Make sure you stop by Rianda House in January to enjoy the magnificent photography of Linda Williamson!  Plan to stay a little longer after one of our events.

Artist Talk

Linda will be giving her Artist Talk on Wednesday, Jan 14th at 3 pm.  


ConverSAYtions in Calistoga
Calistoga Community Center    
1307 Washington St., Calistoga
First and Third Fridays, 
10:00 to 11:30 am
ConverSAYtions will meet only once,
Friday Jan 23rd this month.

We'll be back on track next month.
January's Topic:  What's on your bucket list?
Join this wonderful group that shares their ideas with each other twice monthly in a conversational setting.   


Co-sponsored by Calistoga Recreation Services & Rianda House.  Attendance is free.  $5 Donation most appreciated to help sponsor other Arts & Lectures programs.


Women in History Series:  

Women in Byzantium with Alexandra Turkington

Wednesday, Jan 7th, 3:00 pm


Once a 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.  


If you plan on attending any of these lecturers,  RSVP  963-8555.  Thanks.
Travelogue: Mother and Daughter Presentation 
Eileen Mulligan & Erin Przybylinski
Join us for this slideshow presentation of their adventures in Spain. 
RSVP 963-8555


Rianda House Aging Well Series: Special Events 
St. Helena Hospital Complimentary Health Screening:  
Thursday, Jan 8th,  10 am -12 pm.
Normal Aging Versus Dementia:
Signs and Symptoms of each will be presented in Spanish during the 
Amistad Y Apoyo Group  
January 27th at 10:00 am.  No charge for this presentation.


Rianda House Aging Well Series: Ongoing support for seniors:  
Weekly and Monthly 
Free Counseling with local 
Senior Serving Agencies* 
NEW!  Monthly Parkinson's Support Group 
For people with any level of Parkinson's Disease, their caregivers and loved ones.  2nd Thursday each month.  This month: Jan 8th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Caregiver Consultations & Memory Screenings*
with Napa Hospice & Adult Day Services    


1st Wednesday of the month - (Jan 8th)

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


Monthly Support Group for Caregivers of Persons with Memory Loss* 


1st Thursday each month 3:00 - 4:30 pm.  
This month January 8th (RH closed on Jan 1st)
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 Assoc. at 573-1210 or Napa Valley Hospice Adult Day Service at  258-9087.  


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. 
Weekly Grief Support Group: continues on into January:
Mondays, 3:15 to 4:30 pm  Jan 5th and 12th.
Medicare Benefits & Insurance Counseling Sessions*

with HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program)  2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month:  (Dec 9th and 23rd)

One hour appointments between 1:00 - 4:00 pm.   


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.  
To schedule:  Call HICAP 1-800-434-0222

Bring your insurance cards for better assessment.    


* All appointments must be pre-scheduled by calling the agency. 



We are so fortunate to have a Bilingual Senior Resource Specialist

here at Rianda House twice a week!  Take advantage of this wonderful resource.


Brain Fitness:   

Brain Fitness Workout

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am  Jan 7, 14, 21, 28.
This interactive weekly workout program is for anyone who wants to be proactive in maintaining their brain health.  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. 
Suggested fee: $5 per workout. 
Our students are raving about this class.  Join them!  We hear lots of laughter coming from the class.
Weekly Exercise Classes:
All classes are designed especially for seniors! 


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 Thursday class New Year's Day, Jan 1st)


Gentle Yoga for Seniors


Tuesday mornings, 10:45 - 11:45 

at the Carnegie Building

At corner of Oak Ave/Adams St.  in St. Helena.  



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.

This month classes will be held on Jan 6, 13, 20, 27.  Fee: $5 per session.



Tai Chi

 Wednesdays, 1:00 to 2:00 pm

at the Carnegie Building

At corner of Oak Ave/Adams St.  in St. Helena.  
Register at the beginning of class.  Fee:  $5/class


Winter Session:  Jan 14th - March 18th

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

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


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.
Enjoy a nutritious meal in a welcoming social setting 3 days a week. 
Birthdays Celebration with Lunch Bunch 
Last  Friday each month at Noon.  (Jan 30th )


If your birthday is in JANUARY, please join the Lunch Bunch to celebrate all January birthdays!  RSVP the day before by calling 707-963-8555.  We will celebrate each month's birthdays on this 4th Friday at noon.



Short Term Classes and Workshops:  

Open to all ages!  Drop by or call 963-8555 to reserve a seat!

Aspects of Spirituality

Aspects of Spirituality 

Mondays from 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Classes resume Jan. 26, Feb, 2,9, 23, March 2,9,16,23 
Fee:  $40 for eight sessions. Registration required.
Explore the great questions of life with Theresa Meyer.   It is not too late to join this class, although there are just a few spaces left.  Please call to sign up.
Monday Night Great Decisions Class:
with John Livingston
(8 classes, beginning Monday Jan 12th)
What's In The News:
Women's Discussion Group
1st and 3rd Tuesdays:  Jan 6th and 20th  2:00 pm
TED Talks!
2nd Tuesday each month:  Jan 13th 2:00 pm
Cell Phone 101:     
3rd Tuesday each month.
Jan 20, Feb 17, Mar 17  4:00 - 5:00 pm
RSVP REQUIRED.   963-8555

"You mean it's really that easy!"

Student teachers offer private tutoring on how to use your cell phone.  Please bring in your cell phone fully charged and call ahead to reserve a seat.  It helps if you have a short list of things you want to learn how to do or problems you may be having before you come it.  Bring this list with you!
Tuesday Night Great Decisions Class:
with John Livingston
(8 classes, beginning Tuesday Jan 13th)

You asked.  We listened!  
We now have a  
second writers group! 
Thursdays 10 am - noon.    This month:  Jan 7, 14, 21, 28


Come join our new Equinox Writers Group. We offer a comfortable, supportive space for both experienced and beginning writers. We will explore the various 

genres through exercises and personal projects to become our best creative selves. Our objective: to have fun while gaining confidence in our writing skills. 

Call Rianda House 963-8555 to join. $5 Donation per session appreciated.  


Calligraphy Class (all skill levels)  

with Victoria Johnson 

Wednesdays from 1:00 - 2:15 (8 sessions)  

Begins Jan 14th.  Fee $100 (see below)
Call Rianda House 963-8555 to register.
Get Organized!  A Two-Part Workshop with Joan LeVine Mellion.


Part 1:  Wednesday, Jan 28th     


Part 2: Wednesday, Feb 25th




writing quill
Solstice Creative Writing Group:
Thursdays from 10 am - Noon
Spring session begins in January 22nd


Jan. 22, 29
Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
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.  Please call Rianda House 963-8555 if you want to be placed on the waiting list for a second writers group.  We nearly  have a large enough list to start a new class.  As soon as we have enough writers signed up, we will begin another group. 
Bridge Lessons:
(intermediate level) with Sandi Montin  
Thursdays, 10:00 am 
Pre-registration required.   Call Sandi: 253-2132
Fee:  $20/class (make payable to Sandi Montin)
No class on Jan 8th.  Classes on Jan 15, 22, 29
NEW!  Musical Memories & Songs:
These classes are held at Calistoga Community Center on THURSDAYS.
They are also offered at Rianda House in St. Helena on FRIDAYS.
This class will provide an opportunity to experience and participate in a music setting through singing, movement and playing rhythm instruments. Music fundamentals and history of songs will be presented with discussion and reminiscence encouraged.

You will study:
  • variety of time periods 
  • differing styles 
  • music from around the world
  • theatre music
  • music from movies
  • folk music
  • top American hits 
  • music performers
  • seasonal and holiday music 


Thanks to Napa Valley Community Education - Attendance is free!  

Calistoga Recreation Services & Rianda House welcome a small donation per session for coordinating these classes.   

_____________________________________________________________        FRIDAYS
NEW!  Musical Memories & Songs: At Rianda House
(see directly above for more details)
Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30 am Beginning Jan 23.


Thanks to Napa Valley Community Education - Attendance is free!  

Calistoga Recreation Services & Rianda House welcome a small donation per session for coordinating these classes.  


Currrent Events: with Henry Michalski

Fridays, 1:15 - 3:15  Jan 9, 16, 23, 30

Fee: $60 for Winter session of classes


Weekly Activities This Month
A suggested donation of $3 per class helps support our cost of programming and is much appreciated!  Drop-ins and beginners welcome.

Guided and Silent Meditation:    
Mondays  10:45 - 11:45 am    
Led by Ester Akersloot
This class is has been postponed but will probably resume in February, 2015.
Spark Your Creativity:
Mondays, 9:15 - 11:30 am
Artist Mary Ann Schildknecht leads you on playful explorations of different art mediums. No artistic skill is needed because this class is all about having a lot of fun playing with art.  Students rave about this class.  Join them!

Creative Arts Studio:

Tuesdays, 9:15 - 11:30 am

A supportive and inspiring open studio.  Get together and draw or paint with your fellow artists. Multi-media.  All levels welcome.  


Cards and Table Games:

Thursdays 1 - 3:30 pm 

Join in these lively games.  Everybody has such a great time!  We have some canasta players now who need more players.


Pinochle and Mah Jongg: 

Fridays 1 - 4 pm  

Have some fun while you practice your concentration with these delightful games.   
Duplicate Bridge:
Mondays  12:30 - 4 pm
Call ahead to make your reservation:  Call Martha 967-8050 
Rianda House will be closed Monday Dec 29th. We will be open Jan 5th.


French Club: 

Fridays 9:30-11:00 am  (No meeting Nov 28th - Rianda House is closed)

Explore the nuances of the French language & culture. 
All levels of fluency welcome. 


Needlers & Fiber Arts Club:

Thursdays. 12:30 pm - 3:00  
A casual, encouraging, fun and helpful handicraft circle. 

Some materials available. All levels welcome!    


Amistad y Apoyo: (Friendship and Support)

Tuesdays 10:00 - Noon
This is a wonderful and lively group of people who speak Spanish and come together weekly to chat about themes around physical and emotional health and other ideas that enhance their lives.  That's one way we offer friendship and support to each other.  


We also enjoy doing many projects together, like making jewelry and knitting.  If you have any spare yarn, please consider donating it to Amistad y Apoyo.


We have a bi-lingual Senior Resource Specialist that comes to Rianda House during our weekly meetings.  


Call Revalee Hemken for details 963-8356.

En Español:  

Amistad y Apoyo:  (Friendship & Support) 

Cada martes de las 10 a las 12
Hay 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 las señoras están haciendo joyería hermosa  y están donando las ganancias de las ventas a Rianda  House. Si tiene cuentas viejas que no esté utilizando, por favor considere donarlos a Rianda Casa para ayudar a apoyar este proyecto. También podríamos utilizar cualquier hilo de repuesto es posible que desee donar.


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.

El 27 de Enero, vamos a tener un programa especial sobre las diferencias entre el le aded avanzada y la demencia.


Preguntas? Llamar a Revalee Hemken: 963-8356 o Cuca Martin 963-4208


Book Clubs and Meetings: 

New-comers welcome!

Page Turners Book Club:

2nd Tuesday of each month.  7:00-8:30 pm

Call Dianne Fraser for featured book information: 963-7329


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!  
The Friends of Rianda House thanks everyone who placed orders this year for our Holiday Plant Sale.  It was a huge success. Thank you!

Call Kathy Carrick for information about events, planning meetings schedule and joining the Friends of Rianda House. 963-2823


Save the Date!  

Women in History Series: Women in Renaissance
with Marvin Humphrey
Wednesday, Feb. 4, 3:00 pm
Travelogue:  Belgium, Holland and Flowers 
with Mark Barclay
Wednesday, Feb 11, 3:00 pm
"All About Love" - A Celebration of the Heart
Friday, Feb 13
Cell Phone 101 
Tom Amato and 
students will show you how to use YOUR cell phone
Tuesday Feb 17, 4 - 5 pm RSVP REQUIRED
Book Launch:  "Spine Still Holding"  by Bonnie Long
Wednesday, Feb 18, 3:00 pm
Get Organized! 2 part Workshop
Wednesdays, 3:00 pm Feb 25
Parkinson's Support Group continues..
2nd Thursday monthly- Feb 12th, 3:30 pm with Dr. Tran 
Tai Chi for Seniors continues...
Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm Carnegie Bldg