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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.



October 2014

Activities, Weekly Classes and Special Events Calendar

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 callMeals 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.  (Oct 24th)


If your birthday is in OCTOBER, please join the Lunch Bunch to celebrate all October 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: Friday, Oct 3rd
Caregiver Consultations & Memory Screenings*

with Napa Hospice & Adult Day Services    

1st Wednesday of the month - (Oct 1st)

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.  (Sept 4th)
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:  (Oct 14th)

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.

**Scroll down to for special presentation GET THE FACTS FROM HYCAP


about Open Enrollment for Medicare and Insurance.



October Special Events in Aging Well Series:


Enhance Your Meals For Cancer Prevention:   
1st Thursday each month  4:30 - 5:30 pm  This Month:  Oct 2nd Sesssion Canceled



AARP Safe Driver Certification Course:

Oct  15 and 17 from 9:00 a m to 1:00 pm at Rianda House 

$17.95 for AARP members. $22.95 for non-members.  


This AARP Safe Driver Certification Course will help you get a discount on your auto insurance.  Anyone 55 and older is eligible if they have preregistered.  Get up to date on the new driving laws and brush up on the rules.


Only those who have completed the registration form and made payment will be allowed to take the course.  REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT REQUIRED in advance.  Call 963-8555 and we'll put you on the list and mail you a registration form.  You can also drop by Rianda House and take care of this BEFORE the class begins. Checks must be made out to AARP Driver Safety Program.





Medicare Maze
** 65 years or older?


Special Presentation by Carol Willis, 
Napa Field Coordinator for HICAP


Tuesday, October 28th, 3:00 - 4:30 pm


This presentation offers important information and tips about insurance coverage in 2015. Be informed and prepared for Open Enrollment Period for Medicare (Oct 15-Dec 7). Bring your current coverage and a list of questions you have about possible changes to your policy.  No charge for HICAP presentation or services.

Brain Fitness:   

Brain Fitness Workout

Wednesdays, 9:30 - 11 am  Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
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.  Our students are raving about this class.  Join them!
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!

Travelogue: Ecuador and Galapágos

Tuesday, Oct 7th, 10:30 am (in Spanish)

Wednesday, Oct 8th, 3:30 pm (in English)


St. Helena High School senior Leidy Tovar shares stories and pictures of her adventures in  the Galápagos and Ecuador through a program called Roads Less Traveled. You'll hear about her 25 days of community service with 18 students in the rural community of Sachapamba de San Francisco, hiking through the craters of the Galápagos and shopping in the world's largest street market in Otavalo.  Don't miss it!  RSVP!!!




Make sure you stop by Rianda House in the next couple of months to enjoy the magnificent photography of Linda Williamson!  Plan to stay a little longer after one of our events.


TWO-PART LECTURE by Holly Hughson

In the midst of a teaching career, Holly Hughson, a Napa Valley local, followed her heart, hopped on a plane to volunteer in Kosovo, and began a career in aid. Over the past 15 years she has worked in Afghanistan, Chechnya, Sudan, Iraq and Kosovo as a Relief & Development Manager delivering humanitarian assistance and training for complex emergencies. 


Holly's two-part lecture offers rare insight from an American living abroad-what it takes to survive and why our greatest strengths as a nation sometimes are our greatest weaknesses.  If you want a seat, RSVP!




Calistoga Community Center    1307 Washington Street.

Oct. 3:       Food Stories

Oct. 17:      Short Myths, Stories, Poems

Nov.7:       Question Game ???       

Nov. 2:      What were you doing in the year_________?

Dec. 5        What makes a culture?  What is the American culture?


Co-sponsored by Calistoga Recreation Services & Rianda House. 
Attendance is free.  $5 Donation most appreciated to help sponsor other Arts & Lectures events.




Helen of Troy Wed, Sept 24, 3:30 pm by Dr. Alexandra Turkington
Women in Religion:  Wed, Oct 15, 3:30 pm by Dr. Jim Haslip.
Once a month during this yearlong series, notable educators and lecturers will discuss the impact that women have made from the beginning of recorded history to the present day. 

Future topics include Women in Byzantium, the Renaissance, Revolutionary Times, Westward Expansion, the Victorian Era, the Suffragist Movement, Abolitionists, Modern Times, and more.   PLEASE RSVP  963-8555.
Weekly Exercise Classes:
All classes are designed especially for seniors! 


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!   

(No class on October 14th through 30th)

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.
Guided and Silent Meditation    Mondays  10:45 - 11:45 am  
Led by Ester Akersloot


Spark Your Creativity

Mondays, 9:15 - 11:30 am
Artist Mary Ann Schildknecht leads you on playful explorations of different art mediums. No artistic skill is needed because this class is all about having a lot of fun playing with art.  Students rave about this class.  Join them!


Creative Arts Studio 

Tuesdays, 9:15 - 11:30 am

A supportive and inspiring open studio.  Get together and draw or paint with your fellow artists. Multi-media.  All levels welcome.  


Cards and Table Games

Thursdays 1 - 3:30 pm 

Join in these lively games.  Everybody has such a great time!  We have some canasta players now who need more players.


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!    

If you have any extra yarn you might consider donating it to the Needlers at Rianda House.  Thanks!


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.  That's one way we offer friendship and support to each other.  


Lately this group has been making fabulous beaded jewelry.  They generously donate the proceeds from the sale of this jewelry to Rianda House.  If you have any extra beads you would like to donate to this project, please drop them off at Rianda House.  We'd love to have you join u,too.  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.  Somos muy amables!

Actualmente las señoras están haciendo joyería hermosa  y están donando las ganancias de las ventas a Rianda  House. Si tiene cuentas viejas que no esté utilizando, por favor considere donarlos a Rianda Casa para ayudar a apoyar este proyecto.


Tambien, el 7 de Octubre a las 10:30 am Laidy Tovar nos presentará en español una proyección de photos sobre su viaje a Ecuador y los Galápagos. 

A partir del 21 de octubre, 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 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!  
The gals have been very busy this month getting our order forms and letters ready to send out for our annual Holiday Plant Sale.
Be watching for your letter in the mail!  If you're interested in being a volunteer on the Holiday Plant Sale team, be sure to call Kathy Carrick.

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

Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17
Fee:  $40 for eight 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.
3 cell phones
Cell Phone 101:
3rd Tuesday each month.
Oct 21, Nov 18 and Dec 16.
RSVP REQUIRED.   963-8555
Student teachers offer private tutoring on how to use your cell phone.  Please bring in your cell phone fully charged and call ahead to reserve a seat.  It helps if you have a short list of things you want to learn how to do or problems you may be having before you come it.  Bring this list with you!

Bridge Lessons with Randi Montin:
(for advanced BEGINNERS)
Thursdays 10 am - noon.  $20/class
Pre-registration  REQUIRED.  Call Randi: 253-2132 
writing quillSolstice Creative Writing Group: 
Thursdays from 10 am - Noon
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.  We nearly  have a large enough list to start a new class.  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.



What's In the News?
NEW Women's Discussion Group:


Facilitated by Inger Laidley

1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month

2:00 - 3:30 pm

Group limited to 18 women.  $5 donation per class


Inger brings her international perspective and facilitating experience to this new 'women only' discussion group.  Bring newsy topics and your curiosity.


RSVP 963-8555  now if you want to join this group.  It's filling up!

Save the Date!  

Napa Youth Symphony Concert

Nov 2 at the Carnegie Building 1360 Oak Street in St. Helena

Nov 8 at Charles Krug Carriage House, St. Helena
TED Talks
Nov 11  at Rianda House
Women in History:  " Medieval Women Mystics
Nov 12th at Rianda House
FREE Health Screening by St. Helena Hospital 
Nov 13 at Rianda House
Diabetes Prevention Seminar
Nov 14 at Rianda House
Grief and Loss During the Holidays
Nov 3 in Calistoga
Learning to Live with Loss Workshop
Nov 17 at Rianda House
The Talegate Party - Big Game: CAL/BERKELEY 
Nov 22
Thanksgiving Lunch 
offered by Junior Women's League
Nov 18 Noon at Presbyterian Church in St. Helena
Turkey Trot  5K Walk-Run
Nov 27 (Thanksgiving Day)