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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.



April 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 before 2 pm the day prior to your meal (M - F) 707-253-6111   
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.  (April 25)


If your birthday is in February, please join the Lunch Bunch to celebrate all February birthdays!  RSVP the day before by calling 707-253-6111.  We will celebrate each month's birthdays on this 4th Friday at noon. 



Weekly and Monthly 
Free Counseling with local 
Senior Serving Agencies* 
Wednesday and Friday mornings 9:00 am to Noon
Consultations available in Spanish or English.
Rianda House invites you to meet our two new Senior Resource Specialists and discover all the ways they can help make your life easier!
Caregiver Consultations & Memory Screenings*

with Napa Hospice & Adult Day Services    

1st Wednesday of the month - (April 2nd)

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.  (April 3rd)
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 St. Helena Family Center on Spring Street.


Medicare Benefits & Insurance Counseling Sessions*

with HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program)  2nd & 4th Tuesdays of every month:  (April 8, 22)

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.



FREE LOCAL Tax Preparation Help From Two Agencies!

IRS-certified AARP volunteers provide FREE tax preparation and counselling on a first come, first served basis at St. Helena Public Library
Thursdays from 10 am - 4 pm
February 6 through April 10, 2014 
Seniors and other taxpayers up to middle Income should bring:
  • Copy of 2012 income tax returns filed last year
  • 2013 Social Security Benefits Statement SSA-1099
  • Records reporting all income, interest & dividends, W-2 forms
  • 1099-R form with your pension or annuity total
  • All other relevant tax records you received for 2013 earnings
  • Social Security document w/SSNs for yourself, spouse, & all dependents
  • Photo ID for each joint taxpayer


The St. Helena Public Library is located at 1492 Library Lane, off Adams Street, in St. Helena.  Feel free to drop by the Library with your questions and the documents mentioned above. 
For other Napa County tax services, call 255-1800.  


St. Helena Family Center 

1440 Spring Street

St. Helena, CA 

Mondays and Wednesdays  5 - 8 pm   
Some Saturdays 

IRS-Trained volunteers from the United Way give FREE tax help to people of all ages (this includes seniors) who have limited or fixed incomes less that $54,000/yr.  


What to bring:

  • All forms, W-2s and 1099s
  • Information for all other income
  • Information for all deductions/credits
  • A copy of last year's tax return (2012)

You must call to make an appointment before coming. 

Call the St. Helena Family Center   707-963-1919 to schedule. 




April Special Events in Aging Well Series:


Guided and Silent Meditation 

 Weekly Class led by Ester Akersloot

Mondays, 10:45 - 11:45 am




 Meditation is a skill or practice used for simple relaxation, healing, blissful surrender to the divine, peace of mind, or whatever you desire in the moment.   Like any skill, you become better at it the more you practice it.  Meditation is not a goal or something you can accomplish.  It is a state of awareness that you can learn to experience with guidance and practice.


There are many "symptoms" of the inner peace one can attain by meditating regularly.  A few of them are:

  • Ease and susceptibility to love yourself and others
  • Heightened enjoyment of each and every moment
  • Loss of interest in conflict that stems from needing to always be "right
  • Less interest in judging yourself and/or others
  • Less interest in interpreting the actions or intentions of others
  • Increase in sense of general well-being 
Learning To Live With Loss Workshop

8 Mondays,  March 24-May 12, 2014 ~ 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Preregistration required:  258-9080    No cost


An 8-week grief education and support group for any adult who is grieving the loss of a loved one.  This group provides a safe and supportive environment for you to remember your loved one, express your feelings and learn new strategies for coping.  The group is facilitated by Napa Valley Hospice & Adult Day Services Bereavement Services Coordinator, Janeen Fabulae, MFT.  




Parkinson's Wellness Recovery 



Brain Fitness:   

Brain Fitness Workout

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am  (April 2, 9, 16, 30)
(except 4th Wednesday)
Weekly sessions
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.
On the 4th Wednesday of each month, the Brain Fitness Workout class is replaced by the FOOD and MIND class at 11:30 am (see below).

Food & Mind

4th Wednesday each month (April 23)
11:30 am - 1:00 pm 
Delight your mind & body!  Enjoy a "low tech" cooking demo in a social and interactive setting complete with playful brain fitness games. Bring your appetite!  A delicious meal will be served. 
Material fee: $5 Sponsored by Bob Nations & NV Adult Day.
RSVP required         Call 963-8555
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!

Judd Howell plays a key role as Wind Team Leader at H. T. Harvey & Associates in developing a scientific program of environmental assessment for alternative energy development in the United States.  Judd has worked on wildlife studies in Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Arizona and California and has authored and/or coauthored over 70 articles, reports and publications.  Mark your calendar and  bring a friend or neighbor to this outstanding presentation. 


Light Refreshments   ~    No fee   ~   $5 donation suggested  
RSVP  963-8555  $5 donation suggested


  Happy Earth Day! - Tuesday April 22, 2014 



Celebrate by doing something yourself to
help clean up or beautify our planet. 

Sit back and enjoy stories and photographs of a self-guided hike through beautiful, rural Wales and along the dramatic Pembrokeshire coast with Dianne Fraser.


Light Refreshments ~  Attendance Free

$5 Donation appreciated ~  RSVP 963-8555

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!  


Stretch and Strengthen


Tuesdays 9:00 - 9:50 am at Rianda House

Stretch and Strengthen is a new class offered at Rianda House for seniors seeking to improve their mobility and muscle strength.    Emphasis will be placed on joint mobility and the easing of pain caused by arthritis. 


Fee: $5/class. Drop-ins welcome! 


Exercises are slow and each student will work at their own level.  Most participants will be able to participate in all exercises while seated in a chair.  Level:  All levels welcome. Led by Kathy Carrick.


A $5 per class donation is appreciated and helps support our exercise program costs.

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.
Expressive Arts  Mondays  9:15 - 11:30 am
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.   


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 Mike Hardy for meeting dates, instructional events and work dates. 963-2928


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
Resumes April 28th - June 23rd (skip May 26)
Fee:  $40 for eight sessions. Registration required.
Explore the great questions of life with Theresa Meyer. 
3 cell phones
Cell Phone 101
3rd Tuesday each month (April 15, May 20)
4:00 - 5:00 pm
One-on-one tutoring on how to use your cell phone and its features with Tom Amato and students teachers.   Learn how to get the most out of your new cell phone!  Bring your phone and questions and these friendly folks will show you how to use and enjoy your cell phone.  No fee.  Call 963-8555   RSVP is a must for this savvy tutoring! 
writing quillSolstice Creative Writing Group: 
Thursdays from 10 am - Noon
April 3, 10, 17, 24
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
April 4, 11, 18, 25

This Current Events group is led by Henry Michalski.  Fee $60 for all 14 weeks!  Walk-ins welcome at $5 per session.   Class is suspended during holidays.  Spring session began Jan 10th, 2014. Drop-ins welcome.


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 May, 2014)

 Rianda House 6th Anniversary this May!

Celebration date to be announced.


ConverSAYtions Group
with Toni Allegra and Jim Haslip
Calistoga Community Center only: Fridays  10:00 - 11:30 am
Friday 5/9  "Success in your life" (Toni)
Friday 5/23  "My mentors or role models" (Jim)
Dinner with Chef Delio Cuneo
Tickets:  $35
Purchase your ticket at Rianda House
This event is sponsored by The Friends of Rianda House.
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Complimentary Health Screening 


by St. Helena Hospital at Rianda House
2nd Thursday ever other month
May 8, July 10, Sept 11, Nov 13  2014
No cost.  No fasting necessary. Drop-ins welcome.
Screenings include:
HDL Cholesterol
Total Cholesterol
Blood Pressure
Blood Sugar level
Bone Density
Senior Health Fair at Rianda House
Date and time to be announced.
The Silvertones Play Jazz, Oldies & Goldies
Wednesday, May 14th, 3pm 
RSVP 963-8555 or stop by Rianda House to sign up
Rianda House Senior Activity Center 
will be CLOSED for Memorial Day on May 26th.