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Activities & Calendars

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.



July 2015

Activities, Weekly Classes and Special Events Calendar


Important Announcements: 

  1. Rianda House needs more volunteers!  We are short on Greeters and backup Greeters this summer.  Please call Mary at 963-8555 if you have some time available that you could help out. 
  2. View the Rianda House Stone Bridges Collection at the St. Helena Library on display during the month of July.  On Thursday, July 9th, 7:00 pm at the Library, Jay Green is giving a talk/slideshow about the history of the Collection.
  3. "Normal Aging vs Dementia" -
    Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver Workshop, 
    Wednesday, July 1st. Offered by Napa Valley Hospice and Adult Day Services.

    10:00 am - 11:30 am     Calistoga Community Center   
    1:00 pm - 2:30 pm         Rianda House Senior Activity Center                    
  4. ALL ABOUT CARS! - Hybrid and Electric Cars  Saturday, July 25, 10 am - Noon. 
    Take a look into the future!  At 11:00 am, Four Car Dealers (Ford, Chevy, Tesla and Toyota)  will show off and talk about their hybrid and electric cars in the parking lot at Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College off Pope Street in St. Helena.   Light Refreshments.  Plenty of parking.   Watch a demo of the new charging station installed at the college.
Table of Contents:

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.

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. Talks will resume in September.

Drop by the St. Helena Library to see the beautiful Stone Bridges of Napa Valley Collection on loan from Rianda House.

Be sure to mark your calendar for July 9th, 7:00 pm to attend the Reception and learn more about the history of these bridges and the artists/photographers who captured them.  Jay Greene will give a talk and slideshow presentation.  See you there!

Featured Artist


Join the Conversation...

ConverSAYtions 2015
1st and 3rd Fridays each month
July 3 and 17
10:00 - 11:30 am

Led by Toni Allegra 

Explore & share ideas, stories, experiences and perspectives with others about a wide range of intriguing and mind-opening topics.
Co-sponsored by Rianda House and Calistoga Recreation Services. ConverSAYtions are held at Calistoga Community Center, 1307 Washington St. in Calistoga. Attendance is FREE. $5 donation suggested to help cover programming costs.

TED Talks.....Ideas worth spreading:

July 14, 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. Please join us!

TRAVELOGUE: Africa and Tanzania

Wednesday, July 22, 3:30 - 5:00
Join Inger and Wendell Laidley as they share exciting photos and tales from their recent adventure.
Get an up-close look at the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and other animals on the Serengeti plains of northern Tanzania.  

Aging Well Ongoing Senior Support:

Free Health Screening from St. Helena Hospital


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
July 2, 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


2nd Thursday each month.  
July 9, 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 - July 1
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 

HICAP  offers free phone counselingsessions now with a Medicare benefits & insurance specialist.  Call HICAP at 707-526-4108 to speak to a representative.  

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program

HICAP offers one-on-one guidance over the phone consultation from a trained Counselor in the Medicare and MediCal systems.  Counselors do not recommend, endorse or sell private health insurance plans.  Have your insurance cards ready before you call them for better assessment. 

To schedule call HICAP 707-526-4108


Bilingual Senior Resource Specialist:


Brain Fitness:

Brain Fitness Workout

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am  
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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:


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!  


TAI CHI at Rianda House

Join Joan Comendant during the month of July for Tai Chi classes.  All levels welcome. RSVP 963-8555

Tai Chi is a graceful, health-giving art form that is practiced daily by millions of people of all ages.

Tai Chi is a combination of slow meditative movements that aid relaxation, balance, stress reduction and posture, while giving you an effective total-body workout, increasing your body's range of motion and exercising your internal organs.

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. (July 31)

If your birthday is in JULY, please join the Lunch Bunch to celebrate all JULY 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:

Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver Workshops


Guided and Silent Meditation

Thursdays, 1:00—2:00 pm
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

with Judith Caldwell

Join us in learning how to follow your breath, still your mind and become more aware of your inner experience. Meditate on the floor or in a chair.

Please note new day and time! 
$5 donation per class suggested.
July 2 and August 27 Special Seniors' Meditation
Led by Dr. James Keolker, master teacher of meditation and mindfulness, will introduce special skills for seniors for turning difficult days into successful ones, difficult times into happier ones and ways to make every meditation successful.

"Eat Smart, Live Strong" 4 Part Series


Musical Memories & Songs


Poker Lessons

Have you ever watched a group of your friends and/ or spouse playing Texas Hold’em and wished you could join in the fun?  Now is your chance!!
Learn the game language, good strategy, secrets of successfully reading other players from Joann Busenbark, who has played in all the Texas Hold’em
fundraisers in the Napa Valley for the past three years. Depending on interest of those who sign up, Joann will also teach other types of poker games.
Seating Limited! RSVP 963-8555.

Ongoing Weekly Classes and Activities:

Creative Arts Studio
Mondays 9:30 - 11:30 am

July 6 and 20

Spark Your Creativity
with Mary Ann Schildknecht
Mondays 9:30 - 11:30
July 13 and 27

Aspects of Spirituality

Mondays from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
8 week session July 13 - Aug 31

Fee:  $40 for eight sessions.
Registration required. 963-8555. 

Bridge Lessons 

Thursdays, 10:00 am - Noon
July 2, 16, 23, 30

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.
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 Professor facilitates this group.  Drop-ins welcome, too! $5/class.  The group will meet informally in July and August without  Henry.  No fee.  Resumes with Henry in September.

Duplicate Bridge

Mondays, 12:30 - 4:00 pm

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.

French Club

Fridays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

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!

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:

Alzheimer's & Dementia Caregiver Workshops:
Calistoga Community Center:  10:00 - 11:30 am
Rianda House:  1:00 - 2:30 pm
  • "Positive Approach to Brain Change"
    Wednesday, August 5
  • "Learning to Speak Alzheimer's"
    Learn Techniques for Successful Communication
    Wednesday, Sept. 2
Dancing Dots Concert
1st week in August at Presbyterian Church in St. Helena
Date and time to be announced. Attendance free.

Readers Theater/Drama Pilot Program
All Tuesdays in August 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Production will be chosen in September and rehearsals will begin.

Yoga for Seniors with Calie Candia at Rianda House
Thursdays, 10:45 - 11:45 am  
$7 fee per class

A Bit of Humor:

Volunteer at Rianda House:

Rianda House REALLY needs help this summer from those of you who would like to be a backup/on call greeter.  Please give Mary Sherman, our Operations Manager, a call at 963-8555 if you have some time available to help us out!  We would REALLY appreciate it!

Our Mission:

1475 Main Street,  St. Helena, CA 94574   707-963-8555

 Hours: Monday - Friday  9:00 am to 4:00 pm

For more information email: info@riandahouse.org

 or check out our website: http://www.riandahouse.org



Our Mission:

Rianda House is committed to providing seniors with an environment that stimulates minds, strengthens bodies and promotes independent living through education, recreation, exercise and social involvement.

 We are a 501 (c) (3) Not for Profit Corporation