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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.



May 2015

Activities, Weekly Classes and Special Events Calendar


Special Events This Month:

RIANDA HOUSE 7th Anniversary Celebration




Complimentary Health Screening 


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. It really helps us to know in advance how many people to plan for so RSVP!  Thanks.

Featured Artist


Women in History Series:

The first Wednesday of each month at Rianda House, notable educators and lecturers will discuss the impact that women have made from the beginning of recorded history to the present day.  

Join the Conversation...

ConverSAYtions 2015
1st and 3rd Fridays each month

Explore & share ideas, stories, experiences and perspectives with others about a wide range of intriguing and mind-opening topics.

Led by Toni Allegra and Jim Haslip

Co-sponsored by Rianda House and Calistoga Recreation Services and held at Calistoga Community Center, 1307 Washington St. in Calistoga. Attendance is FREE. $5 donation suggested to help cover programming costs.
May 1        All about change…At what point(s) in your life did you change?
May 15      Surprise !!

Book Launch and Signing:

Wednesday May 11th, 2:00 pm
Napa Valley author Elizabeth “Betty” VanPatten
reads at Rianda House

Betty, who lives nearby in Napa, celebrated her 90th birthday in 2013, and believes “90 is the new 70.”
She will read from her book The Milkman of Human Kindness.
“Betty” is presently working on a book about her adventures in the world of dryer lint.  The working title: "Had I Known My Fifteen Minutes of Fame Would Be Spent in the Lint Trap, I Wouldn't Have Worn Navy Blue."
Her books will be available for sale and for signing at this event. Light refreshments will be served.  $5 donation suggested to help cover programming costs. RSVP if you plan to attend this event. 963-8555. Thank you.

TED Talks.....Ideas worth spreading:

May 12th 2:00 - 3:45 pm
2nd Tuesday of each month
Featured this month:  Topic is a surprise this month

What are TED Talks?  A collection of thought-provoking, playful and entertaining short video presentations about thousands of topics worth talking about!  TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and the types of inspiring speakers that deliver the talks range from Bill Gates on global health, to teenage inventors for cancer detection, to Nobel Peace prize winners on sleep to Jane Fonda on aging. We’ll watch 2—3 different TED Talks followed by lively group discussions.

All About Cars!

All About Cars! Coming agin in June!

Each bi-monthly meeting features a special presentation by a car-savvy speaker followed by plenty of time to talk and brag about your favorite vehicles.  
Bring stories, pictures, a beverage and a friend.  Snacks provided.  $5 donation suggested. Next meeting: Saturday June 27,  10:00 to Noon.

Aging Well Ongoing Senior Support:

Grief Support - Learning to Live with Loss

Free Counseling and Support
provided by local senior serving agencies on a weekly or monthly basis (see below)
Monthly Support Group for Caregivers of Persons with Memory Loss

1st Thursday each month
May 7, 3:00 - 4:30 pm


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 Association at 573-1210 or 
Napa Valley Hospice Adult Day Service at  258-9087. 
Monthly Parkinson's Support Group
2nd Thursday each month.  
May 14, 3:30 - 4:30 pm
For people with any level of Parkinson's Disease, their caregivers and loved ones.  
This group meets on the second Thursday of every month.  Dr. Jacqueline Tran, a neurologist with St. Helena Hospital, will offer education , news and support.  The group will have an opportunity to share sotires, encouragement, tips and peer support.
Caregiver Consultations & Memory Screenings
with Napa Hospice & Adult Day Services    

1st Wednesday of the month - May 6 
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

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 

2nd & 4th Tuesdays each month: May 12 and May 26
One hour appointments between 1:00 - 4:00 pm

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program

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.  Bring your insurance cards for better assessment. 

To schedule call HICAP 1-800-434-0222


Bilingual Senior Resource Specialist:



Brain Fitness:

Brain Fitness Workout

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am  
May 6, 13, 20, 27

This interactive weekly workout program is for anyone who wants to be proactive in maintaining their brain health.  
Suggested fee: $5 per workout.
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.Our students are raving about this class.  Join them!  
We hear lots of laughter coming from the class every week.  

Weekly Exercise Classes:

Gentle Yoga for Seniors

Tuesdays, 10:45 - 11:45 am
May 5, 12, 19, 26

t the Carnegie Building
Corner of Oak Ave/Adams St. 
in St. Helena.  

Instructor: Jodi Earls

This is a 10 session yoga class co-sponsored by the St. Helena Parks & Recreation and Rianda House Senior Activity Center.  Jodi Earls will led by this therapeutic class tailored for older adults (60+) with a focus on yoga as a fun and informative way to build more balance, strength, peace and joy into your life.   

Choose between seated or floor poses (please bring your own yoga mat). Drop-ins welcome.  Yoga mats are available for purchase at Sportago (St. Helena) and Target (Napa).  Register when you arrive. Fee: $5 per session. 

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!  


Nutritional Meals:

Nutritional meals provided by Meals on Wheels

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.
Birthday Celebration with Lunch Bunch 
Last Friday each month at Noon. (May 29)

If your birthday is in MARCH, please join the Lunch Bunch to celebrate all March birthdays!  

RSVP the day before by calling 707-963-8555.  We will celebrate each month's birthdays on this Last Friday at noon.

Short-term Classes and Workshops:

How to Consult the I Ching

How to Consult the I Ching
4 Hands-on Classes with Sarah Marshall

Tuesdays: May 12, 19, 26 and June 2.  10:00 - 11:30 am

Guided and Silent Meditation
Mondays, 10:00—11:00 am
May 4, 11, 18, 25

Led by Judith Caldwell

Join us in learning how to follow your breath, still your mind and become more aware of your inner experience.

$5 donation per class suggested.
Women’s Discussion Group
Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays
2:00 - 3:30 pm  
May 5 and May 19

Inger Laidley, brings her international perspective and facilitator experience to this new 'women only' discussion group.  
Bring newsy topics and your curiosity. Limited to 18 women so RSVP required 963-8555. $5 donation per class appreciated! 
May 19
No classes June, July, August 

Student Tutors are on vacation.

Bring your fully charged cell phone and team up with a tech-savvy tutor from the Napa Valley Youth Advocacy Center to learn basic functions of your personal phone. 

Space is limited to six.  RSVP 963-8555 required to schedule your tutor
Thanks to Napa Valley Community Education — Attendance is free! Calistoga Recreation Services & Rianda House welcome a small donation per session for coordinating these classes.  
Please note a slight schedule change:  meeting dates for this class at Rianda House are Fridays, May 8,15, 22, and 29.

Ongoing Weekly Classes and Activities:

Art - Spark Your Creativity 
Mondays 9:30 - 11:30 am

This art class is always a playful exploration of different art projects Including: torn paper collage - finger painting - color mixing - drawing! No artistic skills or talent needed to thoroughly enjoy this class!  
Aspects of Spirituality
Mondays from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
May 4, 11, 18,  June 1, 8, 15
Fee:  $40 for eight sessions. Registration required. 963-8555. 
This spring session began in April.
Bridge Lessons 
Thursdays, 10:00 am - Noon
May 7, 21, 28 
(no class on May 14 due to Free Health Screening)

Fee:  $20/lesson
RSVP required.  Call Randi 253-2132
Have fun developing your skills and understanding of how to play the well loved game of bridge from a local and seasoned teacher of 20 years. Randi is also a professional player and certified by the American Contract Bridge League.
Creative Arts - Open Studio
Tuesday. May 5 only
9:15 - 11:30 am

Bring your own current art pieces and projects to work on in a friendly setting with fellow artists.  Some materials are provided...you may prefer to bring your own for continuity with your particular project.  Al skill levels welcome.  Enjoy using our art room as your art studio on Tuesday mornings! $2 donation suggested to help pay for art materials. Start your week off with art!
Current Events
Fridays, 1:15 - 3:15 pm

This group explores challenging topics and discusses all sides of current event issues.  Henry Michalski, retired History Proffessor, facilitates this winter/spring semester. $60 for all classes.  Drop-ins welcome, too! $5/class.  
Duplicate Bridge
Mondays, 12:30 - 4:00 pm
Rianda House will be closed on MONDAY, MAY 25th, MEMORIAL DAY.

For advanced bridge players only. RSVP required if you are new to the group. Please call Martha at
967-8050 to be placed on the bridge players list.
Equinox Writers Group 
Wednesdays, 10:00 am - Noon
May 6, 13, 20, 27

This is Rianda House's 2nd writers group.  We are regrouping the Equinox Writers Group to focus on fiction, non-fiction and memoirs.  Writers & "wanna-be" writers are welcome.  Call Barbra Hana Austin at 707-536, 6743 for more information about joining this group of writers.
French Club
Fridays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
(no meeting on May 1st)

Self-guided chats in French explore the nuances of the French language and culture. Drop-ins welcome!
Mah Jongg, Pinochle, and Table Games
Fridays, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

End your week playing casual card games, board games, table games, dominoes, etc. at Rianda House while you make some great friends. 
Needlers & Fiber Arts Club
Thursdays, 12:30 - 3:00 pm

Join this casual, encouraging, fun and helpful handicraft circle.  Some materials available. All levels of skill welcome!  Anyone with spare yarn is asked to donate it to the Needlers Club. This is a very friendly group!
Solstice Creative Writers
Thursdays from 10 am - Noon

May 7, 14  
Taking a break for the summer.
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.  

En Español:

Amistad y Apoyo  (Friendship & Support) 
Cada martes de las 10 a las 12

Somos 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 estamos tejiendo una afgan. Si tiene cualquier hilo de repuesto, por favor done a nosotros en Rianda Casa. Gracias!

Aviso importante:  Cada martes desde las 10 a las 12, un especialista de recursos de alto nivel vendrá a ayudarnos a conectar con los recursos y servicios disponibles.

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

Book Clubs and Group Meetings:

Page Turners Book Club: 
2nd Tuesday of each month.  7:00-8:30 pm
Call Dianne Fraser for featured book information: 963-7329 

New members welcome!

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 963-2823 for meeting dates, instructional events and work dates. 

Save The Date:

Eat Smart Live Strong Workshop (date and time to be announced)

All About Cars!  - Saturday, June 27th, 10:00 am - noon

Artist Talk/Reception - Greg De Lucca - Wednesday, June 10th, 3:30 pm


A Bit of Humor:

Here are some questions you may have pondered yourself:

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?

Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?

Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?

Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?

What disease did cured ham actually have?