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Enjoy a diverse collection of classes, activities and events to delight and strengthen your mind, body and soul. For details about our offerings either click on a calendar icon below or simply scroll down the page for a listing of this month’s activities.



August 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 call Meals 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.  (Aug 22nd)


If your birthday is in AUGUST, 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: August 1st
Caregiver Consultations & Memory Screenings*

with Napa Hospice & Adult Day Services    

1st Wednesday of the month - (August 6th)

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.  (August 7th)
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:  (August 12th and 26th)

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.



August Special Events in Aging Well Series:


Enhance Your Meals For Cancer Prevention:   
1st Thursday each month  4 - 5:30 pm  This Month:  August 7th





Learning To Live With Loss: a Seven Sessions Workshop 
Mondays, 3:30 - 5:00 pm   July 14th - August 25th


For those who want to learn more strategies to work through your grief over the loss of a family member or friend, you may wish to enroll in the 7 weekly sessions "Learning To Live With Loss" Workshop.  


This is a grief support group for adults who want to learn how to express their emotions and develop useful strategies for dealing with loss.   It is facilitated by Napa Valley Hospice Adult Day Services. No cost. Pre-registration required.  Please call 707-258-9080.  There are still openings in this group.  Perhaps you have recently lost a pet that was very dear to you.  You can join this support group to process you grief for your pet as well.



Brain Fitness:   

Brain Fitness Workout

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am   August 13th, 20th, 27th (No class on Aug 6th)  
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!
Please join us for this presentation!
This is sure to be a really fun concert!  Don't miss it.  RSVP!!!!!
Weekly Exercise Classes:
All classes are designed especially for seniors! 

Mondays. 9:30 - 10:30 am  
A mind, body and spirit celebration that combines dance, martial arts and healing arts into expressive movement exercise that brings balance to your life and body.  Fee: $5/class.

Level: Beginning to advanced.  Led by Catherine Schmidt.          


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!   

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.
Spark Your Creativity!  Special Summertime Art Class
Mondays  9:30 - 11:30 am
Special Summertime Art Class - 
Led by Mary Ann Schildknecht.  (Scroll up above to see details)
Have some fun exploring various art media and get in touch with your unique creative gifts.  


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.  


Dominos and Canasta  and Social Bridge

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!       


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.  It's one way we offer friendship and support to each other.  We'd love to have you join us.  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.  Son muy amables!
Preguntas? Llamar a Revalee Hemken: 963-8356 

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!  

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
July 14th - August 25th
Fee:  $35 for seven 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.
writing quillSolstice Creative Writing Group: 
Thursdays from 10 am - Noon
No Classes during summer months.   
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!  (coming up in Sept and Oct 2014)

Enhance Meals for Cancer Prevention

Thursday,  Sept 4th, 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Sponsored by Martin-O'Neil Cancer Center
Complimentary Health Screening 
by St. Helena Hospital
Thursday, Sept 11th , 10:00 am - Noon
Cell Phone 101
One-on-one tutoring on how to use your new cell phones.
With Tom Amato and students.  Please call 963-8555 for details. 
Tutoring will begin in September.  Date and time to be confirmed.
ConverSAYtions  in Calistoga
Calistoga Community Center
1307 Washington Street  

Sept 5        "Brushes with celebrities"

Sept 19      "Food stories"

October 3   Bring a short myth, poem, fable, or story to share
Travelogue: Mexico & Galapagos
Wardrobe Workshop at Daisy's
Women in History Lecture Series
AARP Safe Driving Courses offered in Napa Valley