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November 2015
Activities, Weekly Classes and Special Events Calendar

Important Announcements:

GREAT DECISIONS is back at Rianda House in 2016 with John Wilson.

Our traditional introduction session will occur on: Tuesday, January 5 at 4:00 pmat Rianda House. 

Sign-up for either:
Monday sessions (January 11 to February 29)

or Tuesday session (January 12 to March 1). 
Both sessions will occur from 4:00 to 6:00 pm 

Sign-up with Mary Sherman, Rianda House by telephone (707-963-8555) or email:
mary@riandahouse.org.  Sign-up as soon as possible so I can order sufficient material.  Cost of seminar will be $40 per couple sharing book or $30 per individual.  

In addition, we make our usual $5 contribution to Rianda House per session to cover expenses, or $40 per person for the entire program.

Note: If there are insufficient sign-ups for two sessions this year, we will select either Monday or Tuesday depending upon the number who sign-up.  Sign-up as soon as possible.  Enrollment ends on December 10.

Topics for 2016 Sessions:

Session One: Middle East Alliances (A number of ongoing conflicts have shaken the traditional alliances in the Middle East to their core.  The U.S. has found itself between a rock and a hard place.  What about the future?)

Session Two:  The Rise of ISIS (What could be more current.)

Session Three:  The Future of Kurdistan (Home to the Kurds.  One of the U.S. closest allies
and a bulwark against the expansion of the so-called Islamic State.)

Session Four:  Migration (The refugee crisis in Europe has reached a crisis stage.  Is there a solution?) 

Session Five:  The Koreas (South and North Korea--what is their future and how does it impact U.S. foreign policy?)

Session Six:  The United Nations (On the eve of its 70th birthday the United Nations stands at a crossroads.)

Session Seven:  Climate Change (Need I say more?)

Session Eight:  Cuba and the U.S. (What is the future with the normalization of relations between the two?)


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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.

Write Your Autobiography/Memoir Class

RSVP right away! Only a few spots left.  963-8555
Women in History Series:

Women in the Ottoman Empire
Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 3:00 pm

A Talk by Dr. Alexandra Turkington

The Ottoman Empire spanned several centuries. The power of the Sublime Port was known throughout the world. But within the confines of harems was another world unknown to the outside: that of women.

Who were they? How did they live? What did they accomplish?
Let us traverse the many Ottoman centuries to examine the evolution, power, lifestyle  and, yes, sorrows of these women, and how some transitioned to the twentieth century and laid the groundwork for their descendants, the Turkish women of today.
Featured Artist

Join the Conversation...

ConverSAYtions 2015
1st and 3rd Fridays each month
November 6th and 20th
10:00 - 11:30 am

Led by Toni Allegra and
Dr. Jim Haslip

Explore & share ideas, stories, experiences and perspectives with others about a wide range of intriguing and mind-opening topics. Drop-ins welcome!
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.
Art - Fabulous Frames Workshop 

Fabulous Frames Workshop
Saturday, Nov. 7th
10:30 am - Noon

with Susan Leick and Melisa Dooley

For All Ages!  Learn fun and creative ways to decorate wooden frames. These will make wonderful Christmas presents!

Pre-registration required.  RSVP
Class limited to 10.  
$15 materials fee.
Veterans Day Panel

The Audience will be encouraged to ask questions
and to share their own stories.  RSVP 963-8555
Travelogue:  The Middle East with Anne Marie Clifford

Aging Well Ongoing Senior Support:

Grief Support Group


Free Health Screening by St. Helena Hospital

Attitude of Gratitude - Ada Press

Lunch & Learn In Calistoga


Two Holiday Meditations


Wellness, Counseling and Support Groups

Medicare Open Enrollment Updates and Options for 2016



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
Nov 5, 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.  
Nov12, 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 - Nov 4
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

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

Victim Services Advocate

Victim Services Advocate 
now available
at Rianda House

2nd Tuesday of every month  
11 am - 1 pm 
Nov 10
If you or someone you know is a victim of crime, scam, abuse or eviction, or in a crisis situation, Irma Luna from the Napa County District Attorney's Office can help!  She'll listen to you and refer you to the appropriate assistance.
Drop-ins welcome.   Direct Line: 707-299-1441

Bilingual Senior Resource Specialist:


Brain Fitness:

Brain Fitness Workout

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am  
Oct 7, 21, 28  
(no workout on Oct 14)

This interactive weekly workout program is for anyone who wants to be proactive in maintaining their brain health.  $5 per workout for NV Adult Day Services.
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.  
Thanksgiving Luncheon for Seniors

St. Helena Turkey Trot

Weekly Exercise Classes:

Tai Chi


Fee: $5/class. Drop-ins welcome!
Strength Training

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

NO CLASSES on Thursday, Nov 26.  
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 

No meals served at Rianda House on Tuesday, Nov. 17 (due to the Annual Thanksgiving Luncheon being served for seniors by The St. Helena Junior Women's Club at the Presbyteriran Church) or on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.  We are closed for Thanksgiving Holiday.

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. (Nov 20th)

If your birthday is in November, please join the Lunch Bunch to celebrate all with others who have November birthdays.  Bring family or friends with you! Please make a reservation for them.

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:

Cell Phone 101


Ongoing Weekly Classes and Activities:

Drama Readers Theatre


Have you ever wanted to act in a play, design a set or even make a costume? Join us as we laugh our way to the stage and beyond.  With script in hand, we will read our part, (memorization not allowed) laugh, act and enjoy the “YOU” you knew you could be.  Please join us!

Call BJ @ 707-849-2753 for details.
Creative Arts & Crafts

Aspects of Spirituality

Aspects of Spirituality
Mondays from 1:30 - 3:00 pm
8 week session Sept 28- Nov 16
Fee:  $40 for eight sessions.
Registration required. 963-8555. 
Solstice Creative Writers Group

Thursdays, 10 am - noon

We are experienced writers who concentrate mostly on poetry and short stories.

Bridge Lessons

For Advanced Beginners and Intermediate Players only 

Thursdays, 10:00 am - Noon
Nov 5 and 19.  

Fee:  $20/lesson
Must 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 or $60 for entire fall session.
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! Preguntas? Llamar a Cuca Martin 963-4208

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

Medicare 101 - Nuevos Avisos y Opciones por 2016  en español
Los martes, 10:30 - 11:00 am 
Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 17,  
Llamar a Christina Rivera 707-526-4108 por ayuda.

Sesiones privados de asesoramiento en español:
llamar a Christina Rivera 707-526-4108 para hacer una cita para la sesión de asesoramiento privado.

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:


Women in 20th Century Religions 

Dr. Jim Haslip
Wednesday, Dec 2, 3:00 pm

Art Classes with Dinah Cross James

Wednesdays, Dec 2 and 16, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

AARP Safe Driving Course

Wednesday and Thursday, Dec 9 and 10; Noon - 4:00 pm both days.
At Rianda House Senior Activity Center
Pre-registration by phone required.  963-8555

Great Decisions Classes begin in January, 2016.

Registration is now underway.  RSVP 963-8555 or email mary@riandahouse.org
Classes on Mondays and Tuesdays from 4 - 6 pm (if enough people register for each).

Cocoa, Cookies & Carols 

Friday, Dec 11, 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Special Holiday Meditation for Seniors

with Dr. James Keolker
Friday, Dec 18.  10:00 - 11:00 am

Rianda House is closed from Dec 24, 2015 - Jan 3, 2016.  We will reopen on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016.

A Bit of Humor:

A Scottish Love Story


Thanks to Bryan W.

A young Scottish lad and lass were sitting on a low stone wall, holding hands, gazing out over the loch. For several minutes they sat silently. Then finally the girl looked at the boy and said, "A penny for your thoughts, Angus."

"Well, uh, I was thinkin'. Perhaps it's aboot time for a wee kiss."

The girl blushed, then leaned over and kissed him lightly on the cheek.
Then he blushed. The two turned once again to gaze out over the loch.

Minutes passed and the girl spoke again.
"Another penny for your thoughts, Angus?"
"Well, uh, I was thinkin' perhaps it's noo aboot time for a wee cuddle."

The girl blushed, then leaned over and cuddled him for a few seconds.
Then he blushed, and the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch.

After a while, she again said, "Another penny for your thoughts, Angus."
"Well, uh, I was thinkin' perhaps it's aboot time you let me put my hand on your leg."

The girl blushed, then took his hand and put it on her knee. Then he blushed.
Then the two turned once again to gaze out over the loch before the girl spoke again.

"Another penny for your thoughts, Angus."
The young man glanced down with a furrowed brow. "Well, noo," he said, "my thoughts are a wee bit more serious this time."
"Really?" said the lass in a whisper, filled with anticipation. 
"Aye," said the lad, nodding.

The girl looked away in shyness, began to blush, and bit her lip in anticipation of the ultimate request.

Then he said, "Dae ye no' think it's aboot time ye paid me the first three pennies?"

This month's humor offered by
 Sunday Family Humour site.

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!