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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.



June 2015

Activities, Weekly Classes and Special Events Calendar

Important Announcements: 
    An Armchair Tour of the antarctic Peninsula presented by Gerry and Peter Working
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:

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.  

Featured Artist


Creative Memoirs Writing Series (4 Classes)

“If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.” Peter Handke. We all have a story. Our stories are a gift to others. In this short class, we will each write an essay about our lives. We will write something about our past that we would like to share. At the end of the class, we will have a reading and reception to celebrate our stories.
Anna Baker has an MFA in creative writing from the University of Mississippi where she was a John Grisham Fellow. Her most recent publication, “ Get Over It or Die,” was published in Drunken Boat and was picked up by NPR’s Terry Gross for her Tumbler Blog. She has taught at the University of Mississippi, Northern New Mexico College, and at the University of New Mexico. She is from St. Helena, CA.

Collage Assemblage Workshop


Join the Conversation...

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

Led by Toni Allegra 

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 and held at Calistoga Community Center, 1307 Washington St. in Calistoga. Attendance is FREE. $5 donation suggested to help cover programming costs.

TED Talks.....Ideas worth spreading:

June 9 2:00 - 3:45 pm
2nd Tuesday of each month
Featured this month:  Topic is a surprise this 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 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
June 4, 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.  
June 11, 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 - June 3
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  
June 3, 10, 17, 24
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 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. (June 26)

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:

How to Consult the I Ching

How to Consult the I Ching
4 Hands-on Classes with Sarah Marshall

Tuesdays: May 12, 19, 26 and June 2.  10:00 - 11:30 am

Guided and Silent Meditation
Mondays, 10:00—11:00 am

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Led by Judith Caldwell

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.

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
May 4, 11, 18,  June 1, 8, 15
Fee:  $40 for eight sessions. Registration required. 963-8555. 
Next Session:. July 13, 20, 27, Aug 3, 10, 17, 24, 31. (8 meetings)
Bridge Lessons 
Thursdays, 10:00 am - Noon

June 4, 11, 18, 25

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.
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!
Solstice Creative Writers
Thursdays from 10 am - Noon

Taking a break for the summer.

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:

Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver Workshops:
Calistoga Community Center:  10:00 - 11:30 am
Rianda House:  1:00 - 2:30 pm

"What is Normal Aging vs Dementia?"
Wednesday, July 1

"Positive Approach to Brain Change"

Wednesday, August 5

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

Eat Smart Live Strong Series: 
4 Tuesdays: July 7, 14, 21, 28
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Free Health Screening by St. Helena Hospital
Thursday, July 9,  10:00 - Noon

Texas Hold'em and other types of poker - 3 Classes
Taught by Joan Busenbark
July 15, 22, 29
1:00 - 3:00 pm

Travelogue:  Tanzania/Africa
with Inger and Wendell Laidley
Wednesday, July 22, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

A Bit of Humor:

Are there any perks to becoming a "senior"?
Why yes, your secrets are safe with your friends because they can't remember them either.  And your joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.

THE SENILITY PRAYER: Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Volunteer at Rianda House: