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September 2014

Activities, Weekly Classes and Special Events Calendar

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Rianda House Aging Well Series:  

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.
Enjoy a nutritious meal in a welcoming social setting 3 days a week. 
New costs in 2014: $3.00 suggested donation for 60+ and $6.75 for folks under 60 or for senior caregivers who bring a senior to lunch at Rianda House. Reservations are required: call Rianda House before 2 pm the day prior to your meal (M - F) 707-963-8555
Home bound?  Home meal delivery is also available. For more information callMeals On Wheels:   707-253-6111   
New 2014 cost for home delivery: suggested donation of $3.50
Birthdays Celebration with Lunch Bunch 
4th  Friday each month at Noon.  (Sept  26th)


If your birthday is in SEPTEMBER, please join the Lunch Bunch to celebrate all August birthdays!  RSVP the day before by calling 707-963-8555.  We will celebrate each month's birthdays on this 4th Friday at noon. 



Weekly and Monthly 
Free Counseling with local 
Senior Serving Agencies* 
Screening and Eligibility for Seniors and Disabled
This month: Friday, Sept 5th
Caregiver Consultations & Memory Screenings*

with Napa Hospice & Adult Day Services    

1st Wednesday of the month - (Sept 3rd)

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


Support Group for Caregivers of Persons with Memory Loss* 

1st Thursday each month 3:00 - 4:30 pm.  (Sept 4th)
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 Assoc. at 573-1210 or Napa Valley Hospice Adult Day Service at  258-9087. 


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 (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program)  2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month:  (Sept 9th and 23rd)

One hour appointments between 1:00 - 4:00 pm.   


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.  
To schedule:  Call HICAP 1-800-434-0222

Bring your insurance cards for better assessment.    


All appointments must be pre-scheduled by calling the agency.



September Special Events in Aging Well Series:


Enhance Your Meals For Cancer Prevention:   
1st Thursday each month  4 - 5:30 pm  This Month:  Sept 4th


Complimentary Health Screening by St. Helena Hospital:

Rianda House - Thursday, Sept 11th  10 am - noon.


St. Helena Hospital generously provides test at Rianda House for:

  • Total cholesterol
  • HDL
  • Blood Sugar
  • Bone Density
  • Blood Pressure

No appointment or fasting is necessary.  No cost. Get your test results the same day.  Last Bi-Monthly Health Screening this year, Nov 13th.


AARP Safe Driver Refresher Course:

Sept 5, 12:00 - 5:00 pm in Calistoga. 

Contact Mary Sherman  707-942-2838 to register. 

$20 for AARP members. $25 for non-members.


Healthier Living Series:
Six Wednesdays, Sept 17, 24 and Oct 3, 8, 15, and 22, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm 


Learn tips to better manage pain, stress, anxiety; improve eating habits and ways to keep moving.  For anyone with ongoing health problems or those who help care for them.  Sponsored by Area Agency on Aging. 

Call 963-8555 to pre-register.  No fee for this class.


Red Cross Community Disaster Education
Tues, Sept 23 at Calistoga Community Center, 3:00-4:30 pm;  
Tues, Sept 30th at Rianda House, 3:00-4:30 pm.  
The Red Cross will be on-site to teach you first-hand how your local unit works to support and empower your community and will teach you how to build a disaster preparedness kit for your home and office, how to make a family plan for emergencies and inform you of local resources.  
More info:  call June Albor at Red Cross, 257-2900.


Normal Aging vs Dementia:  
Thursday, Sept 25 in Spanish 
Friday, Sept 26 in English
Both at 2:00 pm at Calistoga Community Center 
1307 Washington St. Calistoga. 
While many people do experience mild and gradual memory loss after age 40, memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging.  This program provides information about the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease and the 
importance of early detection.  
If you are concerned about your or your loved one's ability to think, to remember or to concentrate, please attend this very informative program presented by Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services.  For more information or to register: call Jillian McNab at 707-258-9087 ext. 272.
Brain Fitness:   

Brain Fitness Workout

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am  Sept 3, 10, 17, 24
This interactive weekly workout program is for anyone who wants to be proactive in maintaining their brain health.  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. Suggested fee: $5 per workout.
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. Thanks!


Travelogue: Mexico  and Baja California

Offered in Spanish  Tuesday, Sept 9, 10:30 am

Offered in English Wednesday, Sept 10, 3:30 pm. 


A beautiful talk and slideshow given by high school student traveler Elia Rubio.  Light Refreshments .  RSVP 963-8555  


Art Talk by Elizabeth Martini: 
Tuesday, Sept 16th, 3:30 pm.
Liz Martini's beautiful watercolor and acrylic landscapes are now on display at Rianda House. Come by and take a look.  They're wonderful!  Liz will talk about her artwork and her experiences as an artist on Tuesday, Sept 16th.



Fashion and Fun at DAISY:
1332 Main St.  St. Helena
Thursday, Sept 18th 6:30 pm
Rianda House and Noreen Fetzer of Daisy Clothing Boutique are sponsoring
Bay Area Stylist and Napa Valley local Anthea Tolomei who brings 20 years experience in solving clothing dilemmas. 
Learn how to combine color for a slimmer look; how to make wardrobe decisions with confidence and just how important the color of your eyes and hair are when making clothing choices.  
Live models.  Clothes by Daisy. Shoes by Amelia Claire. Wine from Herb Lamb Vineyards.  Refreshments by Rianda House.  
Space limited to first 25 who register.   $20.  Call 963-8555, drop by or send payment to Rianda House today! 


ConverSAYtions in Calistoga: "Brushes with Celebrities
Friday, Sept 19, 10:00-11:30 am
Calistoga Community Center    1307 Washington Street.

Sept. 19:   Brushes with Celebrities

Oct. 3:       Food Stories

Oct. 17:      Short Myths, Stories, Poems

Nov.7:       Question Game ???       

Nov. 2:      What were you doing in the year_________?

Dec. 5        What makes a culture?  What is the American culture?


Co-sponsored by Calistoga Rec Services & Rianda House.  Attendance is free.  



Helen of Troy:  Wed, Sept 24, 3:30 pm by Dr. Alexandra Turkington
Women in Religion:  Wed, Oct 15, 3:30 pm by Dr. Jim Haslip.
Once a month during this yearlong series, notable educators and lecturers will discuss the impact that women have made from the beginning of recorded history to the present day. 

Future topics include Women in Byzantium, the Renaissance, Revolutionary Times, Westward Expansion, the Victorian Era, the Suffragist Movement, Abolitionists, Modern Times, and more.   PLEASE RSVP  963-8555.
Weekly Exercise Classes:
All classes are designed especially for seniors! 


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!   

(No class on Sept 9th or 11th)

Weekly Activities This Month
A suggested donation of $3 per class helps support our cost of programming and is much appreciated!  Drop-ins and beginners welcome.
Guided and Silent Meditation    Mondays  10:45 - 11:45 am  
Led by Ester Akersloot

Creative Arts Studio 

Tuesdays, 9:15 - 11:30

A supportive and inspiring open studio.  Get together and draw or paint with your fellow artists. Multi-media.  All levels welcome.  


Cards and Table Games

Thursdays 1 - 3:30 pm 

Join in these lively games.  Everybody has such a great time! 


Pinochle and Mah Jongg 

Fridays 1 - 4 pm  

Have some fun while you practice your concentration with these delightful games.   
Bridge Lessons (for advanced beginners) with Randi Montin
Thursdays 10:0 am - Noon
Fee:  $20/class.  MUST call Rianda House to register before coming.


Duplicate Bridge
Mondays  12:30 - 4 pm
Call ahead to make your reservation:  Call Martha 967-8050 


French Club 

Fridays 9:30-11:00 am  

Explore the nuances of the French language & culture. 
All levels of fluency welcome. 


Needlers & Fiber Arts Club

Thursdays. 12:30 pm - 3:00  
A casual, encouraging, fun and helpful handicraft circle. 

Some materials available. All levels welcome!    

If you have any extra yarn you might consider donating it to the Needlers at Rianda House.  Thanks!


Amistad y Apoyo (Friendship and Support)

Tuesdays 10:00 - Noon
This is a wonderful and lively group of people who speak Spanish and come together weekly to chat about themes around physical and emotional health and other ideas that enhance their lives.  That's one way we offer friendship and support to each other.  


Lately this group has been making fabulous beaded jewelry.  They generously donate the proceeds from the sale of this jewelry to Rianda House.  If you have any extra beads you would like to donate to this project, please drop them off at Rianda House.  We'd love to have you join u,too.  Call Revalee Hemken for details 963-8356.

En Español:  

Amistad y Apoyo  (Friendship & Support) 

Cada martes de las 10 a las 12
Hay 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 las señoras están haciendo joyería hermosa  y están donando las ganancias de las ventas a Rianda  House. Si tiene cuentas viejas que no esté utilizando, por favor considere donarlos a Rianda Casa para ayudar a apoyar este proyecto.


Tambien, el 9 de septiembre a las 10:30 am Elia Rubio nos presentará en español una proyección de photos sobre su viaje a México.


Preguntas? Llamar a Revalee Hemken: 963-8356 o Cuca Martin 963-4208


Book Clubs and Meetings: 

New-comers welcome!

Page Turners Book Club

2nd Tuesday of each month.  7:00-8:30 pm

Call Dianne Fraser for featured book information: 963-7329


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!  Our Holiday Plant Sale is coming up this fall and we will definitely need drivers and helpers.

Call Kathy Carrick for information about events, planning meetings schedule and joining the Friends of Rianda House. 963-2823



Short Term Classes and Workshops:  

Open to all ages!  Drop by or call 963-8555 to reserve a seat!

Aspects of Spirituality

Aspects of Spirituality:

Mondays from 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Sept 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17
Fee:  $40 for eight sessions. Registration required.
Explore the great questions of life with Theresa Meyer.   It is not too late to join this class, although there are just a few spaces left.  Please call to sign up.
3 cell phones
Cell Phone 101:
3rd Tuesday each month.
Sept 16, Oct 21, Nov 18 and Dec 16.
RSVP REQUIRED.   963-8555
Student teachers offer private tutoring on how to use your cell phone.  Please bring in your cell phone fully charged and call ahead to reserve a seat.  It helps if you have a short list of things you want to learn how to do or problems you may be having before you come it.  Bring this list with you!

Bridge Lessons with Randi Montin:
(for advanced BEGINNERS)
Thursdays 10 am - noon.  $20/class
Pre-registration  REQUIRED.  Call Randi: 253-2132 
writing quillSolstice Creative Writing Group: 
Thursdays from 10 am - Noon
Classes resume in the fall:  Sept 11 through Dec 11th
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.  Please call Rianda House 963-8555 if you want to be placed on the waiting list for a second writers group.  As soon as we have enough writers signed up, we will begin another group. 
Current Events
Current Events: 
Fridays, 1:15 - 3:15 pm
July 22nd - December 12th

This Current Events group is led by Henry Michalski.  New Fall and Winter session has started.  Fee $60.  It's not too late to join in this lively class!


This is a safe, nonjudgmental forum open to exploring and discussing all sides of current issues.  Bring a topic to discuss!  Enjoy participating in a lively debate while making some new friends.

Save the Date!  

Cell Phone 101

One-on-one tutoring on how to use your new cell phones.
With Tom Amato and students.  Oct 21, Nov 18, Dec 16.
ConverSAYtions  in Calistoga
Calistoga Community Center
1307 Washington Street  


October 3:    Food Stories
October 17:  Bring a short myth, poem, fable, or story to share
Travelogue: Galapagos & Ecuador
October 7 and 8 (Spanish and English presentations) 
Women in History Lecture Series: Women in Religion
October 15th 3:30 pm with Dr. Jim Haslip
AARP Safe Driving Courses offered in Napa Valley
Full  Certification AARP Safe Drivers Course offered at Rianda House 
October 15 and 17.  9:00 am.  Call 963-8555 to register.
Calligraphy Workshop with Victoria Johnson
October 22
Holiday Concert
Nov 2