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A 501 (c) (3) Nonprofit Corporation

1475 Main Street
St. Helena, CA 94574

For more information contact:
email: [email protected]
website: www.riandahouse.org

Monday – Friday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Activities Calendar

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Rianda House is now providing virtual classes, conferences calls, and one-on-one chats to keep participants safe and connected.  All classes are FREE, offered via Zoom video conferencing, and require pre-registration. Contact Program Manager, Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno to register by calling or emailing: (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or [email protected].

Solstice Meditation: Allow the Comes & Goes to Come and Go | Marla Tofel 
There is a natural flow that lives inside us, which also offers us a place to rest. Marla will lead us through a body-based meditation that supports a place of stability to experience the natural still point that allows things to move freely and loosen grips on the worries. Come join us for this first in-person meditation at Rianda House. Wednesday, June 1, 10:00 am.

Purpose Workshop | Carolyn Delfino | In-person
The Okinawans call it “Ikigai” and the Nicoyans “plan de vida;” for both it translates to “why I wake up in the morning.” Knowing your sense of purpose is worth up to 7 years of extra life expectancy. Blue Zones Project brings practices that help people learn how to live in the moment, better manage stress and connect with their innate gifts. This workshop will inspire you to match your passions to uncover your sense of purpose. Friday, June 17, 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Canasta | Lucy Thatcher | In-person
Invented in Montevideo, Uruguay, Canasta is one of the most popular card games in the United States. Canasta combines luck of the draw, skill, and diverse strategies. It is challenging and affords a great social experience as the game is typically played with four people. Playing the game usually requires 2-4 hours, as each game has multiple hands or rounds. Come join us for a fun game of Canasta. If you do not know how to play, Lucy will teach you! Fridays, starting June 3, 1:00-3:00 pm. No Class on June 17.

“How I See Music” Workshop | Lissa Gibbs, Director of Education, Festival Napa Valley | In Person
Join us for an interactive arts education workshop, offered by Festival Napa Valley. You will engage hands, ears and eyes in a learning activity designed to explore ideas of creativity, abstraction, spontaneity, and emotions through music and the practice of the visual arts. Participants will have the opportunity to combine a deep-listening exercise with the creation of original works of art (small format paintings) in response to listening to Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9, From the New World. The workshop also includes a presentation on the background information about the conductor and the creation of the symphony. Wednesday, June 22, 3 pm.

The Wrinkle

 Rianda House newsletter and calendar of classes and events:

To view an archive of previous editions of The Wrinkle - click here.

Rianda House classes will be offered in three formats:

  1. In-Person activities are highlighted in yellow on the class description and calendar grid. Classes will be held at Rianda House unless indicated otherwise in the class description listed below.
  2. Virtual (via Zoom) activities are highlighted in blue on the class description and calendar grid. Attendance requires use of a digital device (computer, phone or tablet) to participate.
  3. Outdoor activities are highlighted in green in the class description and calendar grid with location information.


SAVE THE DATE | For these events in July!

“Enjoy, Look Around You” |Noelle Peterson | In-person On Exhibit Rianda House Gallery | June 1 - July 29
Artist, Noelle Peterson, believes art is a part of living and finds inspiration from looking around her world. Take a moment to view a collection of vivid paintings – examples of how the cosmos surrounds us all. Exhibit on display at Rianda House June 1 - July 29, Monday - Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.SAVE THE DATEArtist Reception on Wednesday, July 6, 4:00 pm (Artist will be on zoom.)

Music Appreciation: “Handel in London” |Laura Pritchard | Via Zoom
How could a simple musician befriend three generations of monarchs and die a rich man? George Frideric Handel transformed the public’s love of Italian opera (he premiered 27 in London alone) to a new audience for concert oratorios. He even became a British citizen. He was honored with a grave in Westminster Abbey. Join us to sample his greatest works! Wednesday, July 27, 3:00 pm.

Excursion: San Francisco Giants vs. Chicago Cubs | Yountville Parks & Recreation
Cheer on our Bay Area Black and Orange SF Giants at Oracle Park! The SF Giants take on the Chicago Cubs for one of California's biggest games of the season. Wear lots of layers for this evening game by the Bay. Saturday, July 30. Depart promptly at 3:45 pm from the center parking lot in Yountville and return at approximately 10:00 pm. Yountville Community Center, 6516 Washington Street. If departure time is before the game ends, we will listen to it on the ride home to cheer on our SF GIANTS! Tickets include the bus ride and Club Level Seating $169/$155, Yountville Resident Discount. To buy tickets, visit Yountville Parks & Rec. website today: https://go.asapconnected.com/?org=2804#CourseGroupID=8728

RIANDA HOUSE CLASSES | Community Connections and Lifelong Learning
Rianda House classes are no-cost and require pre-registration. Contact Program Manager, Elizabeth Bruno to register: (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or [email protected] Classes are offered in three formats: In-person, Virtual (via Zoom highlighted in yellow), and Outdoor activities (highlighted in green).

Proof of vaccination is required to attend any Rianda House class or event, and mask wearing is still encouraged. Individuals who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask. Thank you for helping us all stay well and safe!

Amistad y Apoyo Group | Lupe Calderon, Mentis | In-person
Join us on Tuesdays, 10:30 am to 12:00 pm for the return of the friendship support group, offered in English and Spanish. To enroll, please call Healthy Minds Healthy Aging, a Mentis program, (707) 299-1885. Tues, 10:30 am.Amistad y Apoyo Grupo | Lupe Calderon, Healthy Minds Healthy Aging | En persona en Rianda House
Únase a nosotros el martes, de 10 de la mañana a 12:00 para el rencuentro del grupo de amistad tan querido. Para registrarse, favor de llamar a Healthy Minds Healthy Aging al número (707) 299-1885.

Balance and Stretch I Kris Coryell | Via Zoom 
Join Instructor, Kris Coryell, as she leads an energizing exercise class designed to increase activity, strength and confidence while decreasing the potential for falling. Mondays, 10:00 am. No class June 13.

Brain Fitness | Collabria Care | In-person
We are excited to welcome back our longest running program in partnership with the experts at Collabria Care. This Brain Fitness Program is for anyone concerned about their memory changes and wanting to be proactive in maintaining their brain health. Working in a small group, you will exercise your mind by learning new techniques for memory enhancement, engage in the 5 Domains of Brain Health, and learn the connection between physical activities, exercise, and overall brain health. Wednesdays (2nd & 4th) at 10:00 am, June 8 & 22.

Color Me Calm: A Coloring Club | Leticia Russell | Via ZoomLet’s color! 
A creative stress-busting social activity to increase calm while visiting with fellow colorists. No artistic experience necessary. Wednesdays, 5:30 pm, June 8 & 22.

Dementia Family Caregiver Support Group I Collabria Care + Alzheimer’s Association | Via Zoom & In-person
Thursdays, 3:00 – 4:30 pm, June 2 (in-person) & June 16 (via zoom).
Caregiver Support Groups are offered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and Collabria Care. For more information or to request login details, contact Jill Wood at [email protected] For information about Collabria Caregiver Support Groups, please call 707.258.9087 or the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at (800) 272-3900.

Duplicate Bridge | Tammy McDonald | In-person
These weekly Duplicate Bridge games are fun, social, and competitive. Tammy will be the director of this duplicate-style bridge game that plays 21-25 boards. It is a paired game, so please bring a partner. If you need a partner, reach out to Rianda House and we will help you find one. Tammy will be available to discuss hands or answer questions after the game. Mondays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

NEW The Effects of Isolation and Ways to Cope! |Bob Nations & Louise Holloway | 
In-personSenior Helpers and Mentis are hosting this presentation for people who feel lonely, depressed, and isolated. Presenters will share ways to help work through these challenging emotions. Socialization improves mood and mental and physical health, so come join us for a morning of tea, sweets and conversation. Thurs, June 16, 10 am.

Embodied Ease I Marla Tofle, Somatic Coaching & Healing | Via Zoom
Join a playful, enlivening, and restorative class using movement, breath, and sound to reconnect with the engine of our well-being: pulsation. Embodiment practices support immune system function as well as improve our body's natural resiliency. Fridays, 10:30 am. Open to all abilities. Pre-register to receive Zoom link.

French Club | Sue Hopgood | In-person
French Club members share experiences and cultural history through conversational French. Reading aloud, translating French literature to Tin Tin. French skills vary greatly from a native speaker to second generation to online learning. Some knowledge of French is necessary to actively participate. Mondays, 9:30 am - 11 am.

Gents & A Cuppa Joe I Carroll Cotton | In-personCalling all gents! 
Come share a Cuppa Joe, swap stories with friends and neighbors in your community. Thursdays, 8:30 - 9:30 am. Call Carroll Cotton: (707) 967-9845 or Elizabeth (707) 963-8555, ext. 103.

Heart of the Matter I Dr. Lisa Hinz | In-person
Join us for a as we share ideas and life experiences around topics of interest. Group leaders will curate topics relevant to our current life experiences and encourage safe and respectful sharing of ideas. Tuesdays, 1:00-2:00pm, June 14 & 28.

Imagery and Poetry I Dr. Lisa Hinz | In-person + Via Zoom
Poetry is often inspired by imagery. Figures, structures, or other forms frequently inspire metaphorical connections in poetry. Creating a collage will be the foundation for poetry. No artistic or poetic experience required. Fridays, 1:00 – 2:30 pm, June 10 & 24.

LGBTQ Support Group | Fernando Espinoza, LGBTQ Connection | In-person
This program is designed for individuals, family members or community members interested in learning more about meeting the needs of UpValley LGBTQ older adults. This support group is led by a LGBTQ Connection facilitator to promote a safe, educational, and open discussions with community members who would like to join the conversation. Wednesday, 1:30 - 2:30 pm, June 8.

Lunch & Learn (Calistoga)Rianda House, UV Family Ctr. & Calistoga Parks & Rec. | In-person
This popular monthly social and educational event has been running for 8+ years! Each month we feature an educational theme, delicious food, connections with community members and timely resources. Call early to reserve lunch, Calistoga Community Center, 1307 Washington St. (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or [email protected] Every 3rd Wednesday, 11 am – 1 pm, June 15.

Mind Boosters I Veronna Ladd, Collabria Care | Via Zoom
This popular program is tailored for people who want to be proactive in maintaining brain health, are concerned about their memory or are in the early stages of memory loss. Have FUN, LEARN and EXERCISE your brain! Thurs., 11:00 am, June 9 & 23.

Needlers Club | Julie Bolander | In-person
A casual, encouraging, inspiring, fun and helpful handicraft circle. Relax and work at your own pace as you socialize with other crafts people. Some materials available. All levels welcome! Anyone with spare materials is encouraged to donate to the Needlers Club! Thursdays, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.

PWR!Moves for Parkinson's I Joan Comendant, Certified PWR! Moves Trainer | Via Zoom
This movement class is based on a model from The Parkinson’s Foundation. It is designed for individuals with Parkinson's, Essential Tremor or balance issues to help increase strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and posture through exercise and movement. Wednesdays, 1:00 pm.

Rianda House Readers' Theater Group Dianne Fraser & Carol Gruetzner | In-person
Be a part of this lively and interactive group who enjoy reading scripts and learning how to act, perform and develop new scripts. No memorization necessary. Fun guaranteed! Tuesdays, 3 pm.

Start Where You Are: Artfully Explore Life | Leticia Russell | In-person
“Find the thing that stirs your heart and make room for it.” — Joan D. Chittister.

Join us for a unique class combining reflective journaling, art making and conversation to explore your hopes and life opportunities. New series beginning in July. No artistic experience necessary. New students are welcome any time during this three-month workshop (July – September) Beginning July 1, (1st and 3rd) Fridays, 2:00 pm. To receive the discount code for purchasing the book from Main Street Bookmine and to pre-register, call (707) 963-8555, ext. 101.

NEW Stop Fall Prevention | Kristen Gravatt | Share the Care

  • Tai Chi for Arthritis: An effective exercise program with low risk of injury. Increase flexibility, strengthen muscles, and improve cardiorespiratory. Closed to new students after the first week. Tuesdays, 10:00 am. 10-week class, June 7 - August 9 | In-person
  • Tai Chi for Arthritis (Calistoga): An effective exercise program with low risk of injury. Increase flexibility, strengthen muscles, and improve cardiorespiratory. Closed to new students after the first week. Fridays, 1:00 pm. 10-week class, June 10 -August 19. | In-person Location: 1307 Washington St., Calistoga Community Center.
  • Chair Dancing Crane: This beginning-level Tai Chi will help you learn the movements slowly. The use of a chair will support your balance as you build skills and confidence so you can advance in the Tai Chi series. Tuesdays, 1:30 pm. |Via Zoom

Techno Monday I Elizabeth Bruno I 
In-personCurious how to attend a class virtually? Learn tips and tricks for using digital devices. Attend class once or several times to build your skills. Pre-registration required. Mondays, 3:00 – 4:00 pm, June 6 & 13.

Walking Group | Elizabeth Bruno | Outdoors 
This exercise program is tailored for older adults with beginning-to-intermediate fitness levels. We start and end each walk at Rianda House, 1475 Main Street, St. Helena. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water! First timers, please contact Elizabeth: (707) 963-8555, ext.103. Fridays, 9 -10 am.

Zumba | Becky Jo Peterson | In-person (at Magnolia Room)
Shake it at your own pace and join the party! Put on your best dance moves, get your heart pumping while you improve your balance and stamina and tone important muscles. Exercise class for all who like to move to music and have fun! Wednesdays, 10:00 am. The Magnolia Room, 1229 Pine St., St. Helena.

NOTEWORTHY | Community Resources

NEW Emergency Preparedness – Renew your preparedness plans! | COAD, Napa County
Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) has developed an information rich Preparedness Calendar – an online resource page for seasonal hazards experienced in Napa County as well as general emergency preparedness information. Each month has seasonal preparedness themes (PSPS, Earthquake, wildfire, general information, pet, etc.). Each section links to critical resources related to general preparedness and/or potential hazards. https://napavalleycoad.org/preparedness-calendar/

Information and Assistance Specialist | Collabria Care
For one-on-one assistance in finding specialized resources such as caregiver referrals, respite care, food access, housing, and medical transportation call the Napa County Information and Assistance Specialist, Tiffanie Walker (707) 253-4248.

Caregiver Consultation & Memory Screening | Collabria Care
Collabria Care offers free counseling sessions to discuss the challenges of caregiving, facilitate access to local resources and to offer emotional support. Collabria Care’s Medical Social Workers are available for private and confidential, individual, or family consultations. Discuss concerns, questions or if you need guidance about memory loss, driving, loss of independence or other senior care issues. Consultations are in person, online or by phone. For an appointment, call Melissa Gerard (707) 815-6258 or email: [email protected]. NEWAppointments now available at Rianda House - 2nd Wednesday of each month between 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Legal Aid | Legal Services of Northern California
Find Free assistance with civil legal issues, housing preservation, public benefits, economic stability, health-care access, consumer rights and civil rights. Call (707) 515-4105. Please identify yourself as a Napa resident. This free service is available to Napa County seniors (60+) thanks to funding from Napa/Solano Area Agency on Aging.

Transportation to Medical Appointments |Molly's Angels
To schedule a ride in Napa County and beyond, call 2 weeks in advance (707) 224-8971 or email [email protected]. HELP, more UPVALLEY drivers are needs!! Volunteer to be a Molly’s Angels Driver. Set your own schedule – drive as much as you have time for – your help makes a big impact

Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics | UpValley
For UpValley clinics in May, visit the St. Helena Hospital Foundation Mobile Health website: https://shhfoundation.org/events/upcoming-events or call the Mobile Unit Team (855) 682-2988. Homebound? Call to arrange vaccination(s) through a home visit.

COVID-19 Testing in Napa County | OptumServe
Many free options are available for anyone asymptomatic or symptomatic. Visit Napa County COVID Website: https://www.countyofnapa.org/2963/Testing-Locations or call (707) 253-4540.

Home Delivered Meals | Senior Nutrition, Meals on Wheels Program 
Would you like to receive home-delivered nutritious meals? Individuals 60+ can receive seven (7) meals each week through Meals on Wheels. Call our wonderful partners at Community Action of Napa Valley (CANV) to sign up (707) 253-6100, ext. 111 or email Program Director, Lisa DeRose-Hernandez: [email protected]

Medicare Information Sessions I HICAP, Frank Nelson
Stay informed of your health insurance options with Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) free weekly unbiased workshops. Participation via Zoom. Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 am. NEW topic each week! For class details call: (707) 526-4108 or to register, visit: senioradvocacyservices.org/calendar/

Home Assessments & Health Care Equipment and Supplies | Share the Care
Free assistance for older adults to find resource connections needed to live safely at home. Call to arrange a no-cost home assessment or to coordinate ramp and grab-rail installations. Through their recycling and exchange program, find a wide selection of FREE medical equipment and home health supplies. Visit them at 162 South Coombs Street in Napa. For more details contact: (707) 492-3198, or email [email protected]

Virtual Classes From Our Partners

Caregiver Consultation & Memory Screening | Collabria Care
Have concerns, questions or need guidance about the challenges of caregiving, access to local resources or emotional support? Want to learn more about memory loss, loss of independence, driving or other senior care issues? Collabria Care’s Medical Social Workers are available for private and confidential, individual, or family consultations. Consultations are in person at Collabria Care in Napa, online or by phone. To make an appointment, please call Melissa Gerard: (707) 815- 6258 or email her: [email protected]. www.collabriacare.org/dcnc

Online Offerings

7-Minute Yoga Workout for Older Adults | SilverSneakers
Watch this video from SilverSneakers for this follow-along yoga workout for older adults. Build strength, improve flexibility and boost balance with 7-Minute Yoga Workout for Older Adults.

Daily Meditation | SilverSneakers
Watch this video from SilverSneakers for an easy 5-minute meditation you can do every day. Close your eyes and follow along! Your Daily SilverSneakers Meditation.