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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].

Rianda House Appreciation Lunch | Drive-thru
The Rianda House Staff and Board want to do something special to honor our participants and volunteer’s grit and perseverance over the past 18 months. Please join us for this heartfelt event, which will be held as a drive-thru activity as we continue to keep everyone’s wellness in mind.

Pick up your healthy lunch, made by Sunshine Market, on Friday, September 30, NOON–1 pm. Drive-thru location: Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1777 Main St., St. Helena. RSVP by Sept. 27 to reserve your lunch by calling 963-8555, ext. 101. 


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Music Appreciation: Tosca Opera | Laura Prichard
Puccini’s Tosca is one of San Francisco Opera House’s most performed works. Laura will take us through a Quick Guide (and the History behind) Puccini’s opera Tosca. A new era is dawning at the San Francisco Opera, so we will also be exploring their Fall season’s monthly offerings. Highlights include SFO’s first female Music Director (Ms. Eun Sun Kim), brand new stars and old favorites, and a totally rethought approach to Education, Diversity, and Equity. Wednesday, September 22, 3:00 pm. To register, click here or call (707) 963-8555 ext. 103, or 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 (August 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 are FREE, offered via Zoom video conferencing and require pre-registration. Contact Program Manager, Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno to register by calling: (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or by emailing: [email protected]. You will need a digital device or computer to participate.

Balance and Stretch I Kris Coryell | Zoom Edition
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 September 27.

Caregiver Support Group I Collabria Care | Zoom Edition
Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association on the 1st/3rd Thursdays, September 2 &16, 3 – 4 pm. For more information or to register, contact Jill Wood at [email protected].

Embodied Ease – Zoom Edition I Marla Tofle | Zoom Edition
Join this playful, enlivening, and restorative class using movement, breath and sound to reconnect us with the engine of our well-being: pulsation. Embodiment practices support immune system function as well as improve our body's inherent resiliency. Open to all abilities. Fridays, 10:30 am. No Class on September. 24.

Gents & A Cuppa Joe I Carroll Cotten, Facilitator | Zoom EditionCalling all gents! Come share a Cuppa Joe, swap stories with friends and neighbors. Thursdays, 8:30-9:30 am. Call Carroll Cotten: (707) 967-9845 for details and to sign up.

Heart of the Matter I Dr. Lisa Hinz | Zoom EditionJoin us for a group experience where we will share ideas and life experiences around topics of interest. Group leaders will curate topics relevant to life experiences and encourage safe and respectful sharing of ideas.Tuesdays, September 14 & 28 ,1:00 pm

Imagery and Poetry I Dr. Lisa Hinz | Zoom Edition
Poetry is often inspired by imagery. Figures, structures or other forms frequently inspire metaphorical connections that underlie poetry. Creating a collage will be the foundation for poetry. No artistic or poetic experience required to enjoy this class. Fridays, September 10 & 24, 1 pm.

Lunch & Learn - in Calistoga I Rianda House, UV Family Centers & Calistoga Parks & Rec
This popular monthly social and educational event has been running for 7+ years! Each month features a theme, delicious food, connections with community members and timely resources. We meet the 3rd Wednesdays. Wednesday, September 15, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Drive thru event - Calistoga pool parking lot, 1745 Washington Street.

Save the Date: Memoirists & Creative Writers with Ana Manwaring will resume October 7, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Mind Boosters & Brain FitnessI Veronna Ladd, Collabria Care| Zoom Edition
This popular program is tailored for people who want to be proactive in maintaining brain health, are concerned about memory, or are in the early stages of memory loss. Have FUN, LEARN and EXERCISE your brain! 2nd/4th Thursdays, September 9 & 23, 11:00 -1:00 pm

PWR!Moves for Parkinson's I Joan Comendant, Certified Trainer | Zoom Edition
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.

Rianda House Readers' Theatre Group I Dianne Fraser and Carol Gruetzner
Participate with a fun, lively group reading scripts weekly. No memorization necessary. Starting, September 7, Tuesdays, 3:00 pm. At Rianda House on the porch area.

Strength Training I Kathy Carrick | Zoom Edition
Enhance muscle strength and tone - all levels welcome. $5 donation, per workout, suggested. Class held via Zoom. Call Elizabeth for a video conferencing link. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 – 8:30 am. Kathy is on vacation Sept. 1 - 17. Exercise videos are available in the Rianda House video library on Vimeo. Contact Program Manager, Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno to register and receive link to view by calling or emailing: (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or [email protected].

Tai Chi - Weekly Series I Joan Comendant (Certified Tai Chi Instructor)

  • Chen 18: One of the oldest traditional styles of Tai Chi characterized by fast and slow motions with bursts of power. Intermediate Level. Mon. & Fri., 12:30 pm.
  • Dancing Crane: A beginner class for Tai Chi. Learn the movements slowly, and once learned, you can advance to Tai Chi. Tuesdays, 11:30 am.
  • Tai Chi: combination of slow, meditative movements that aid relaxation, balance, stress reduction and posture. Total-body workout. Advanced Level. Tuesdays, 10:00 am. Outdoors, at Lyman Park, 1498 Main St., St. Helena.

Techno Tuesday I Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno | Zoom Edition
Curious how to attend a class, virtually? Learn the basic tips and tricks on how to use your digital devices. 1st & 2nd Tuesdays, 4:00-5:00 pm. Attend once or weekly to build skills. Pre-registration required. Begins September. 7.

Walking Group | Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno | Meet at Rianda House This social exercise program is tailored for older adults with beginning-to-intermediate fitness levels. Walk begins and ends 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, 9-10 am. Begins September 8.

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

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.