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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.



April 2015

Activities, Weekly Classes and Special Events Calendar

Important Announcements: 

  1. TOMORROW:  Wednesday, Mar 25, 3:30  
    - Travelogue:  
    with Kathy Carrick
    Indonesia: "The Magical Islands of Java and Bali" 

  2. THIS THURSDAY:  March 26 
    - Heart Health Series  12:30 pm  (see below)
    Dr. Stewart G. Allen, General & Interventional Cardiologist discusses current methods of heart disease prevention, lifestyle management, treatment  and interventions for coronary disease.  RSVP 963-8555

    - Musical Memories & Songs  1:00 pm (Calistoga Community Center)
  3. THIS FRIDAY:  March 27
    Musical Memories & Songs  10:00 am at Rianda House
    - Hands-on Collage Workshop with Dinah Cross James  
       This workshop has been rescheduled for WED, April 29th, 3 - 5 pm 

    Meals on Wheels is observing Cesar Chavez Day. There was a communication error on this and we originally thought it was on Monday--Please make note of this change.

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.  

Join the Conversation...

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.
Apr  3       Three favorite things and why?
Apr 17       Finished?  Unfinished? Projects in Your Life
May 1        All about change…At what point(s) in your life did you change?
May 15      Surprise !!


Belgium, Holland and Flowers 
Wednesday, April 8, 3:30 pm

with Mark Barclay

Tour the lower Rhine River, see and learn about the windmills and visit the cities of Bruges and Amsterdam.  Experience the world’s largest flower market and take a stroll through the world’s largest bulb garden! 
Mark Barclay, Rianda House Greeter and frequent traveler, will be your guide and share his stories and incredible photos of this amazing experience. 
Light Refreshments  ~  Attendance Free ~ $5 Donations always appreciated!

TED Talks.....Ideas worth spreading:

April 14th 2:00 - 3:45 pm
2nd Tuesday of each month
Featured this month:  "The Funniest Ted Talks"

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.

Book Launch and Signing:

Books will be available for sale and for signing at this event. 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.

Art Workshop:

Collage Making Workshop 
with Dinah Cross James
Wednesday, April 29
3:00 - 5:00

Well known local artist, Dinah Cross James, will guide you through this playful hands-on experience in making colorful collages.  Personalize your collage by bringing lightweight mementos, photographs, stamps, buttons, letters, expired licenses, feathers, fabrics….sky’s the limit! 
Refreshments will be served.  All materials provided.  Material fee: $5. Drop by and take a look at one of Dinah’s colorful collages. You’ll be inspired!  Dinah's dynamic abstract paintings are on display through April, 2015 at Rianda House.

Fundraisers for Rianda House:

Mike Greensill and His Divas

Sunday, April 12,  3:00 pm
At The White Barn

Reservations:  707-251-8715
Michael Greensill, jazz man extraordinaire, will present an evening of entertainment with his partner and critically acclaimed cabaret singer, Wesla Whitfield plus guest vocalists Suzi Gilbert and Kellie Fuller.  Dazzling solos, duets and perhaps some lyrical surprises!
Tickets: $30  Complimentary wine served at intermission
Proceeds go to benefit Rianda House Senior Activity Center

Springtime Pasta Dinner sponsored by The Friends of Rianda House

Springtime Pasta Dinner

Saturday, April 25, 2015

5:30     wine bar
6:30     dinner

Vegetarian or Meat Sauce with Pasta
Bread, Salad, & Dessert
Wine Bar & Beverages
Tickets on sale now at Rianda House. Seating limited to 60. $25/ticket or $30 at door.
Please stop by Rianda House, 1475 Main Street in St. Helena to purchase your ticket.

Special Events This Month:

All About Cars!

All About Cars!
Wednesday, April 15, 3:30 pm

Each bi-monthly meeting features a special presentation by a car-savvy speaker followed by plenty of time to talk and brag about your favorite vehicles.  Bring stories, pictures, a beverage and a friend.  Snacks provided.  $5 donation suggested.
Featured this month:  Earl Presten and his 1940 Chevy Convertible
Next meetings: June 24, August 26 and October 28.

Transportation Planning Workshops


Two Excursions with Yountville Parks and Recreation 

DeYoung Museum Excursion:  Bouquets to Art & Botticelli to Braque - Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.
Thursday,  April 16th.  Bus leaves Yountville 9:00 am. Returns 3:30 pm. 
Fee: $45 / $51 non-residents.  Call 707-944-8712 to make a reservation.
See details below. Click here to register online.

Horn Blower champagne Brunch Cruise
Thursday, April 16th.  Cruise leaves Pier 3 at Embarcadero at 11:30 am
and returns at 1:30 pm.

Call 707-944-8712 to make a reservation.
See details below. Click here to register online.
Click here to register online.

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
April 2, 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.  
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 - 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 each month: April 14 and 28
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:



Brain Fitness:

Brain Fitness Workout

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am  
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

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:

Gentle Yoga for Seniors

Tuesdays, 10:45 - 11:45 am
April 14, 21, 28

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 began Feb 17th and goes 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!  


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.  (April 24)

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
Mondays, 10:00—11:00 am
April 6, 20, 27
 (no class April 13)

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.
Women’s Discussion Group
Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
2:00 - 3:30 pm  
April 7 and 21

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! 
April 21, May 19
No classes June, July, August 

Student Tutors are on vacation.

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
April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18,  June 1, 8, 15
Fee:  $40 for eight sessions. Registration required. 963-8555

Bridge Lessons 
Thursdays, 10:00 am - Noon
April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

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
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

This is Rianda House's 2nd writers group.  On the April 22 meeting we are regrouping the Equinox Writers Group to focus on fiction, non-fiction and memoirs.  Writers & "wanna-be" writers are welcome.  Call Barbra Hana Austin at 707-536, 6743 for more information about joining this group of writers.
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

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:

New Grief Support Group in Calistoga
Begins Monday, May 4

Women in History Series: Early First Ladies
by Robyn Orsini
Wednesday, May 6, 3:30 - 5:00 pm  
Seating always full - RSVP
Attendance free but $5 donation suggested.

Vocal Color Concert at Carnegie Building
Friday, May 8, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Author Elizabeth Van Patten Gives Talk
Wednesday, May 13, 2:00 pm

FREE Health Screening by St. Helena Hospital
2nd Thurs in May 14,  10:00 am - Noon

RIANDA HOUSE 7th Anniversary Celebration
May 20, 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Travelogue: Antarctica by Gerry and Peter Working
Wednesday, May 27, 3:30 pm

A Bit of Humor:

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

Volunteer at Rianda House: