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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].

To view the short film featuring three short skits by the Rianda House Readers' Theater click on the video below.

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 (July 2021).

The Wrinkle

 Rianda House newsletter and calendar of classes and events:

To view an archive a 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.

NEW Class Format Options

As of July 12, 2021, 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 info.

Pre-registration is required for ALL classes – No drop-ins allowed at this time. Three ways to register: 1. Online: (riandahouse.org/calendars), 2. Phone: (707) 963-8555 ext., 101. or 3. Email: ([email protected]).

In-person Resource & Referral Assistance by appointment in July on Mondays & Wednesdays, 2–4 pm. Call: (707) 963-8555, ext. 101, to schedule an appointment.

For the foreseeable future, proof of vaccination will be required to attend any in-person activity (indoors and outdoors). The Rianda House Board and Staff will continue to evaluate this requirement regularly.

What to expect when arriving for an in-person class:

  1. Pre-registration is required.
  2. Welcome check-in at the main entry to complete a short wellness screening – including vaccination status and temperature check (staff and instructors are fully vaccinated).
  3. Proof of being fully vaccinated is required to attend any in-person classes.
    Adherence to current CDC guidelines will be met or exceeded, including enhanced sanitation protocols and indoor space ventilation. Adjustments and closures without notice may be necessary to follow guideline updates from OSHA, CDC, State, County and City as they continue to monitor transmission and effects of COVID-19 and its many variants.
    Your important role – please stay home if you are not feeling well!

Rianda House Classes | In-person after July 12

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].

Balance and Stretch I Kris Coryell | Class continues 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, 10:30 am.

Caregiver Support Group I Collabria Care | Class continues on Zoom
Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association on the 1st/3rd Thursdays, July 1 & 15, 3:00 – 4:00 pm. For more information or to register, contact Jill Wood at [email protected].

Embodied Ease I Marla Tofle, Somatic Coaching & Healing | In-person class at Rianda House
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. July 16, 23 & 30.

Gents and 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. Thursdays, 8:00-9:00 am. Call Carroll Cotten: (707) 967-9845 for details and to sign up.

Heart of the Matter I Dr. Lisa Hinz | In-person class at Rianda House
Join us for a group experience where we will 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, July 13 & 27, 1:00 - 2:00 pm.

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 that underlie poetry. Creating a collage will be the foundation for poetry. No artistic or poetic experience required to enjoy this class. Friday, July 23, 1:00 pm.

Lunch & Learn - in Calistoga I Rianda House, UV Family Centers & Calistoga Parks & Recreation
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. We typically meet the 3 rdWednesdays. In July, it has moved to the 4th Wednesday, July 28, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. Call early to reserve lunch! In-person, Calistoga Community Ct. 1307 Washington St.

Memoirists & Creative Writers I Ana Manwaring, Author | Class continues on Zoom
Join this lively writing community. No matter your writing experience, you're welcome to share your voice as we write, read and offer feedback. Class meets for 6 weeks on Thursdays, July 22 - Aug. 26. 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Mind Boosters & Brain FitnessI Veronna Ladd, Collabria Care | Class continues on Zoom
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, July 8 & 22, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.

RETURNING 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. Begins July 15

PWR!Moves for Parkinson's I Joan Comendant, Certified Trainer | Class continues 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.

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, 3:00 pm.

Strength Training I Kathy Carrick | Class continues on Zoom
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, 8:00 - 9:00 am.

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

  • Chen 18: One of the oldest traditional styles of Tai Chi, is characterized by fast and slow motions with bursts of power. Intermediate Level. Fridays, 12:30 pm.Class continues on Zoom.
  • Tai Chi: combination of slow, meditative movements that aid relaxation, balance, stress reduction and posture. Total-body workout. Advanced Level. Tuesdays, 10:30 am. Outdoors in Lyman Park, 1498 Main St., St. Helena.

RETURNING Walking Group | Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno | Outdoors, meet at Rianda House
This social 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. Begins July 14.

Zoom to the Future I Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno | In-person class at Rianda House
Curious how to attend a class, virtually? Learn the basic tips and tricks on how to use Zoom to attend classes. Monday, July 19, 2:00 pm. Attend once or continue weekly to build skills. Pre-registration required.

Zumba Gold Exercise Class I Becky Jo Peterson | In-person class at Rianda House
Shake it at your own pace. Join the party and put on your best dance moves and get our hearts pumping to improve balance and stamina and tone important muscles. Exercise class for all who like to move to music and have fun! Wednesdays 10:30 am.

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.