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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic Rianda House is closed, although we are now providing virtual classes, conferences calls, and one-on-one chats to keep participants safe and connected. All classes are FREE, offered via “Zoom” video conferencing, and require pre-registration. Contact Program Manager, Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno to register by calling or emailing: (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or [email protected].

Be sure to scroll down to view the current edition of The Wrinkle newsletter and calendar, featuring Rianda House Classes, Community Partner Workshops, Support Groups and other Online Offerings.


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 Rianda House newsletter and calendar of classes and events:

Rianda House Classes

All classes are FREE, offered via “Zoom” video conferencing, and require pre-registration. Contact Program Manager, Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno to register by calling or emailing: (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or [email protected].

Balance and Stretch - ZOOM Edition | Kris Coryell
Join Instructor, Kris Coryell, PhD, as she leads this energizing exercise class designed to increase activity, strength and confidence levels and decrease the potential for falling. Mondays, 10:30 am.

Caregiver Support Group | Collabria Care
Offered in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association on the first and thirdThursdays of the month, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m via Zoom. For more information or to register, contact Jill Wood at [email protected].

NEW Current Events (Calistoga Group) - ZOOM Edition | Lorne & Marilyn Glaim
Explore relevant topics and discuss current events in a casual and respectful discussion group. Facilitated by retired history professors, Lorne and Marilyn Glaim. Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month. Mondays, September 14 and 28, 1:00 pm.

Dancing Crane Tai Chi - ZOOM Edition | Joan Comendant (Senior Exercise Trainer)
This class is specially designed for beginners who are new to Tai Chi. Each class will repeat the same movements, making it an ideal class to drop into anytime. Classes will meet on Tuesdays at 11:30 am. This is a live Zoom course, so you will need a smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer to participate.

Gents and a Cuppa Joe - Zoom Edition | Carroll Cotton, Facilitator
Calling all gents! Come share “A Cuppa Joe,” swap stories and experiences with friends and neighbors. Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:00 am. Call Carroll Cotten for details: (707) 967-9845.

Kuan Li - Zoom Edition | Joan Comendant, certified Tai Chi instructor
Kuan Li is a Tai Chi form that unites the body, mind and spirit with energetic kung fu stances. Beginners welcome. Try this form of Tai Chi and talk to Joan about her other Tai Chi classes to find the right match for you. Mondays and Fridays at 12:30 pm.

NEW SERIES Imagery and Poetry | Dr. Lisa Hinz
Poetry is often inspired by imagery. Figures, structures, or other forms frequently inspire the metaphorical connections that underlie poetry. In this Zoom workshop, “Imagery and Poetry,” we will choose images from magazines, old calendars or personal photos to create a collage that will be the foundation for a poem. No artistic or poetic experience is required to enjoy this class. We will let our imaginations be free and play with words inspired by our intuitively created collage images. Join us for creative fun! Fridays, September 11 and 25 from 1:00 -2:30 pm.

NEW SERIES Lunch with Rianda House Staff | Rianda House Team
We miss seeing you - so we are starting a fun new way to reconnect with friends! Join us on the first and third Fridays, September 11, 18, and 25, Noon - 12:30 pm. Each month, Rianda House Lunch Bunch will be hosted by a different Rianda House team member. Your August host will be: Julie Spencer, Rianda House Executive Director. Lunch gatherings will be held via Zoom, and are BYOL (bring your own lunch)! To sign up, contact Program Manager, Elizabeth Cobb-Bruno: (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 or email her: [email protected]. Limited to 8 individuals.

Memoirist and Creative Writers - ZOOM Edition | Ana Manwaring, Educator and Author
Join this lively writing community. No matter your writing experience, from idea to well-published author, you’re welcome to share your voice as we write, read and offer feedback in a workshop setting. Each week writing topics and assignments are suggested, but not required. Some workshop participants write poetry, some write fiction, others write essays or songs. Working together in a positive and encouraging atmosphere, we learn our craft and become the storytellers we want to be to leave an enduring legacy for our families and community. This ongoing class meets for six weeks, on Thursdays, August 6 - September 24, 2-4 pm.

NEW Mind Boosters & Brain Fitness - Zoom Edition | Veronna Ladd, Collabria Care
We have combined both programs for people who are concerned about their memory or are in the early stages of memory loss and want to be proactive in maintaining their brain health. Why Attend? It’s FUN! and You LEARN!2nd and 4th Thursdays, September 10 & 24 from 11:00 am. to 1:00 pm. To register, contact Veronna Ladd, (707) 258-9087 or [email protected].

PWR!Moves for Parkinson’s - ZOOM Edition | Joan Comendant (Certified PWR!Moves & Senior Exercise Trainer)
This course is designed for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, Essential Tremor or balance issues to help increase strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and posture. Zoom meeting on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm.

NEW Strength Training | Kathy Carrick
Enhance muscle strength and tone - all levels welcome. A $5 donation, per workout, suggested. Class held via Zoom, call Elizabeth for video conferencing link. Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:00 am.

NEW Virtual Walking Group | Elizabeth Bruno
Tailored for older adults with beginning-to-intermediate fitness levels. This virtual class invites you to lace up your walking shoes and get out and walk. The class will start Fridays at 10:00 am via Zoom - we meet together as a group for 5 minutes for a little friendly encouragement, then out we go on our own walk. Walks are weather permitting. Call Elizabeth to log in your steps or miles.

Techno Tuesday - ZOOM Training and Cell Phone 101 | Rianda House Volunteer
Are you getting the most out of your cell phone, tablet or iPad? Unlock the power of your digital devices to allow you to receive important resource alerts from the County, City and CalFire. Receive one-on-one instruction for how to maximize the applications and services on your cell phone or use ZOOM video conference software from a tech-savvy tutor. Appointments available on Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm. Call Elizabeth at (707) 963-8555, ext. 103 to set up an appointment to get technology instruction by phone.

Zoom to the Future | Rianda House Instructors
Sign-up to join this new class introducing you to the basics, ins and outs, tips and tricks of using Zoom. Each class will cover the basics of using this technology tool to connect you with your family, friends and to new learning opportunities. Taught by the Rianda House team on Mondays, at 2:00 pm, September 21. Attend once to get a jump start or weekly to build skills. Pre-registration required.

Zoom Video Tutorials | Rianda House Virtual Classroom
Series of four videos that provide a quick start guide walking you through getting started with Zoom, including the essential steps of setting up your account, joining a meeting, an overview of the meeting controls and more. You can view these anytime - online here.

Virtual Classes From Our Partners

NEW Balance and Fall Prevention | Kristina Robinson, Adventist Home Care
Hear recommendations and learn proactive measures you can take to reduce the chance of falling. The presentation will include exercises you can do to increase balance and muscle strengthening. This information and exercises can help you be independent and navigate through daily activities with ease and safety. Thursday, Sept. 10, 10:30 am.

NEW Disaster Preparedness Training | LISTOS California
You are Invited to a 15-minute or 1-hour long training, available 5 days a week, to learn the basic preparedness steps. Each participant will receive a $10 e-gift card, a Go Bag and a Disaster Ready Guide in either English and Spanish. Visit https://www.srcharities.org/prepare/ for a full schedule or contact Nathan Gifenbaum to register: [email protected].

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Class | Innovative Health Solutions/Choice in Aging
Low-impact physical activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. The routines include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level. This program will be held twice a week, for 8 weeks. Join us from the comfort of your home on Zoom! Wednesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 16 - November 5,1:00 - 2:00 pm. It is easy to attend! Zoom link:https://zoom.us/j/9120293474, Meeting ID: 912 029 3474 (Link & Meeting ID same for all classes).

NEW Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s Disease Planning | Alzheimer’s Association
If you or someone you know is affected by Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, the time for legal and financial planning is now. Join us to learn about important legal and financial issues you may face and how to put plans in place. Friday, September 11, 10 am - Noon. To register, call (800) 272-3900 or visit us online at alz.org/crf.

NEW Living with Alzheimer’s for Middle Stage Care Partners | Alzheimer’s Association
This 3-part series will discuss helpful strategies to provide safe, effective and comfortable care in the middle stage of Alzheimer’s. Hear from those directly affected and learn what you need to know, what you need to plan and what you can do at each point along the way. Registration required. Attend all three sessions. Wednesdays, September 9, 16 and 23 from 10 am-Noon. Contact (800) 272-3900 or alz.org/crf.

NEW Staying Healthy! Connecting with Community in a Shut-In World | Xavia Hendriksz, Mentis
After many months of shelter-at-home, many of us find ourselves feeling more anxious, depressed, angry and directionless. Good news, you can express your concerns and sense of loss in this free, new, drop-in virtual discussion group offered on Zoom for adults 60+. Drop in once, or come as often as you like. Mondays, September 14 - 28, 2:00 - 3:00 pm. To register call: Xavia Hendriksz (707) 299-1885.

Unbiased Medicare Information Sessions | HICAP, Frank Nelson
HICAP offers unbiased technical expertise on Medicare in a series of Zoom meetings throughout the month of September. HICAP has the answers as the truly unbiased source for technical help and advocacy. You can register online via links below or by calling: (707) 526-4108. Registration required.

  • Ask, listen & learn! Live & unbiased learning opportunity. Wed., Sept. 9, at 9:30 am. Register online.
  • Joining Medicare. Learn what you need to know from an unbiased source before stepping out there and talking with agents and plans. Whether you are just joining Medicare or wanting to understand your healthcare, this is for you. Class on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 9:30 am. Register online.

History of the Whistle Song - SF Symphony | Michael Tilson Thomas
Stop and take a moment to listen to this newly released upbeat new song Michael Tilson Thomas composed while sheltering-in-place at home. The “Whistle Song,” was inspired by a tune MTT used to whistle with his father Ted, as a child on their walks together. The video includes an introduction from MTT on the history of the song and a performance by SF Symphony musicians from their homes. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/PvJ1St0EPRI

Support Group for LGBT Seniors | Ian Stanley, LGBT Connection
Join us on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month (July 7 and 21) from 10:30-11:30 am via Zoom. We’ll gather together to share how we’re doing and what we’re experiencing in these “interesting” times. Contact Ian Stanley at online - collabriacare.org/event/understanding-suicide-grief-loss-2020

2nd Annual Virtual Parkinson’s Disease Symposium for Veterans, First Responders, and Caregivers
The symposium focuses on the connection between Parkinson’s Disease, military service, first responders and the frequency in which medical professionals are seeing veterans and first responders diagnosed with PD. Virtual attendees will be provided with information as well as resources available to help them live their best lives with Parkinson’s Disease. Click on - this link - to be automatically connected to the symposium!

Support Groups

  • ALZConnected®:  Living with Alzheimer's or caring for someone with the disease may make you feel alone. ALZConnected®, powered by the Alzheimer's Association, is a free online community where everyone affected by Alzheimer's or another dementia can safely share their concerns and get advice.
  • Support Group for Caregivers of Folks with Memory Loss | Collabria Care
    Online support group, providing compassion and resources for individuals caring for loved ones with memory loss. For more details call: Jill Wood, MSW with Collabria Care at (707) 258-9087, ext. 277.

Online Offerings

7-Minute Yoga Workout for Older Adults | SilverSneakers
Watch this video from SilverSneakers for this follow-along yoga workout for older adults. Build strength, improve flexibility and boost balance with 7-Minute Yoga Workout for Older Adults.

Daily Meditation | SilverSneakers
Watch this video from SilverSneakers for an easy 5-minute meditation you can do every day. Close your eyes and follow along! Your Daily SilverSneakers Meditation.

Strength and Balance | SilverSneakers
Boost your energy and get the blood flowing with bodyweight exercises, skill drills and a relaxing final stretch. Class available –  online.

Coloring Pages | Van Gough Museum
Free coloring pages of famous paintings -  online here.

Lesson of the Day | New York Times
Short lesson featuring current events articles - online here.

Monthly Archive of The Wrinkle

 The view copies of past issues of The Wrinkle, Rianda House's newsletter and calendar of events click on any of the dates listed below: