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Activities Calendar

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Rianda House is closed, although we are 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].

RSVP today to attend the Music Appreciation event by email [email protected].


Be sure to scroll down to view the current edition of The Wrinkle newsletter and calendar featuring Rianda House Classes, Community Partner Workshops, Support Groups and other community resources. View a flyer with the highlight of this month's events by - clicking here (December 2021).

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.


Rianda House classes are FREE and require pre-registration. Contact Program Manager, Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno to register by calling: (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or by emailing: [email protected].

Rianda House closed Fri., Dec. 24 until we reopen Mon., Jan. 3, 2022.

Aspects of Spirituality | Theresa Meyer | Class on Zoom
This interactive 8-week course will discuss a book that encourages us to look at our lives contemplatively. The book: The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully by Joan Chittister is available thru Main Street Bookmine. Starting Nov. 1 – Dec. 20. Mondays, 1:30 -3:00 pm. Class full.

Balance and Stretch I Kris Coryell | Class on Zoom
Join Instructor, Kris Coryell, as she leads this energizing exercise class designed to increase activity, strength and confidence levels while decreasing the potential for falling. Mondays, 10:00 am. No class on Dec. 27.

Caregiver Support Group I Collabria Care | Class on Zoom
Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association on the 1st/3rd Thursdays, Dec. 2 & 16, 3:00 – 4:00 pm. For more information, or to register, contact Sami Rodger (707) 258-9087, or email: srodgerscollabriacare.org.

Color Me Calm: A Coloring Club| Leticia Russell| Class on Zoom
Let’s color! A creative stress-busting social activity to increase calm while visiting with fellow colorists. No artistic experience necessary. Pick up Art Kit: Rianda House, 1475 Main St., St. Helena, Wed., Dec. 8, 2 – 3 pm. Class: Meets on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 5:30 pm. [email protected]to reserve a coloring kit and receive Zoom link.

Embodied Ease I Marla Tofle, Somatic Coaching & Healing | Class on 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 improves our body's resiliency. Open to all abilities. Fridays, 10:30 am. Dec. 3, 10, & 17. No class Dec. 24 & 31.

French Club | Sue Hopgood | Outdoors, on the Rianda House deck
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. Some knowledge of French is necessary to actively participate. Mondays, 9:30 – 11:00 am. No class Dec. 27.

Gents & A Cuppa Joe I Carroll Cotten, Facilitator | In-person class at Rianda House
Calling all gents! Come share a Cuppa Joe, swap stories with friends and neighbors in your community. Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 am. Call Carroll Cotten: (707) 967-9845 for details and to sign up. No class Dec. 30.

Heart of the Matter I Dr. Lisa Hinz | In-person class at Rianda House
Join us for a group experience where 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 - 2:00 pm. This month, only one class on December 14.

Imagery and Poetry I Dr. Lisa Hinz | In-person class at Rianda House
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 to enjoy this class. Fridays (2nd & 4th) at 1:00. This month, only one class on December 10.

Lunch & Learn - in Calistoga I Rianda House, UV Family Centers & Calistoga Parks & Recreation| In-person
This popular monthly social and educational event has been running for 7+ years! Each month we feature a theme, delicious food, connections with community members and timely resources. This month, lunch has moved to the 3rd Wednesday, Dec. 15, 11 am – 1pm. Call early to reserve lunch, Calistoga Community Center, 1307 Washington St. (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or [email protected].

Mind Boosters & Brain Fitness I Veronna Ladd, Collabria Care | Class on 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! Typically, the class is offered on 2nd/4th Thursdays 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, December 9 & 23

Needlers Club | Julie Bolander | In-person class at Rianda House
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, 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm. No class Dec. 30.

PWR!Moves for Parkinson's I Joan Comendant, Certified Trainer | Class on Zoom
Course is designed for individuals with Parkinson's, Essential Tremor or balance issues to help increase strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and posture. Wednesdays, 1:00 pm. No class on Dec. 29.

Rianda House Readers' Theatre Group I Dianne Fraser and Carol Gruetzner | In-person class at Rianda House
Participate with a fun, lively group reading scripts weekly. No memorization necessary. Tuesdays, 3 pm. No class Dec. 21 & 28.

Strength Training I Kathy Carrick | In-person at the Presbyterian Church
Enhance muscle strength and tone - all levels welcome. $5 donation, per workout, suggested. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 am. No Class Dec. 28 & 30.

Techno Tuesday I Elizabeth Bruno I In-person at Rianda House
Curious how to attend a class, virtually? Learn tips and tricks for using digital devices. 1st &2nd Tuesdays, 4-5 pm. Attend this class once, or several times to build your skills. Pre-registration required.

Tai Chi - Weekly Series I Joan Comendant (Certified Tai Chi Instructor) | Classes on Zoom

  • Chen 18: One of the oldest traditional Tai Chi styles, with fast and slow motions with bursts of power. Intermediate Level. Mondays & Fridays, 12:30 pm. No class Dec. 27, 24 & 31.
  • Tai Chi: combination of slow, meditative movements that aid relaxation, balance, stress reduction and posture. Total-body workout. Advanced Level. Tuesdays, 10:30 am. No class on Dec. 28.
  • Dancing Crane: A beginner class for Tai Chi. Learn the movements slowly, and once learned, you can advance to Tai Chi. Via Zoom. Tuesdays, 11:30 am. No class on Dec. 28.

Walking Group | Elizabeth Bruno | Outdoors, meet at Rianda House
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. Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:00 am. No walk Dec. 29.

Zoom Video Tutorials | Rianda House Virtual Classroom
Series of four videos that provide a quick start guide walking you through getting started with Zoom, including the essential steps of setting up your account, joining a meeting, an overview of the meeting controls and more. You can view these anytime - online here.

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

Staying Healthy! Connecting with Community in a Shut-In World | Xavia Hendriksz, Mentis
After months of shelter-at-home, many of us feel directionless. Good news, you can express your concerns in this drop-in virtual group for adults 60+. Drop in once, or come weekly. Mondays, 2:00 pm. To register call: (707) 299-1885.

Support Group for LGBT Seniors | Ian Stanley, LGBT Connection
Join us on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10:30-11:30 am via Zoom. We’ll gather together to share how we’re doing and what we’re experiencing in these “interesting” times. To join, contact Ian Stanley at (707) 251-9432 or [email protected].

NEW Unbiased Medicare Information Sessions via Zoom | HICAP, Frank Nelson
Stay informed and confident in your health insurance options. Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy Program (HICAP) hosts free workshops once a week, on Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:30 am. NEW topic each week! For class details, and to register, visit https://senioradvocacyservices.org/event-calendar-public/ or call (707) 526-4108.

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.