Friday, January 10, 2020

It feels good to be back after a nice long break! While away, I had some time to revisit one of my favorite newsletters: Wisdom Well by Chip Conley. His posting on January 2020 was titled “4 Words or Phrases to Retire in 2020.” It was great food for thought. So, what are the four words? Drum roll please: Midlife crisis, knowledge worker, senior citizen, and retired. 

Since returning to work on Monday, I have been checking in with people about these words, and people have a lot of opinions! It makes for great conversation, to say the least, and these are the sort of conversations that are taking place each Wednesday evening from 4:00 to 5:30 at Supper’s On! This coming Wednesday (the 15th) will be amazing as Mara Caitlin of Aunt Momo’s will be fixing up a good old Late Night SF Diners Special.  Mmm, mmm…

If you are in the mood for a light dinner and some company, make Supper’s On! part of your weekly routine! It is a great chance to have stimulating discussions with staff and community members while enjoying a warm meal! Best of all, no dishes!

Supper's On!

Don't know what to make for dinner ... come join us for Supper's On!

Aunt Momo's will be cooking up Joe's Speical, Mashed Potatoes and a Wedge Salad. 

Wednesday, January 15 • 4:00 to 5:30
$5.00 Per Meal

Yoga with Weights

Everyone can benefit from yoga with weights! No matter how flexible you are, how old or young you are, or how fit you are.

This is a breath-based practice that builds strength and stability and improves balance. The focus on the breath makes it centering and meditative
Please bring to class:
  • Yoga Mat
  • Set of 1, 2- or 3-pound dumbbells
  • Stability Ball

Thursdays, January 16 through February 20 • 11:00 to 12:00
6 Week Series

$54.00 Member / $108.00 Non-Member

Register Here: Yoga with Weights

American Mah-Jongg for Beginners Level II

This class series is for students that completed the first American Mah-Jongg Beginning series.

American Mah-Jongg is a game of both skill and luck that originated in China many centuries ago and was brought to the West in the 1920s. American mah-jongg utilizes racks, jokers, "Hands and Rules" scorecards, and has several distinct gameplay mechanics.  Mah-jongg is played with four players seated around a table. The excitement of mah-jongg lies in the decisions that you will constantly have to make. There is the exhilaration of winning a hand, as well as, regret at not having been bold enough to have made a different choice. Like poker, you will learn a lot about your opponents as you play mah-jongg and adjust your strategy according to their strengths and weaknesses.

Wednesdays, January 22 through February 26 • 11:00 to 12:30
6 Week Series

$54.00 Member / $108.00 Non-Member

Register Here: American Mah-Jongg for Beginners Level II

Managing Complex Change

Change is inevitable. Join Susan Kovalik and learn and develop skills to make change less stressful. Change can be planned.

The only way to prepare for the unexpected is to build into all of your plans a contingency clause that specifies what you will do if the unexpected happens.

Wednesday, January 22, January 29, and February 5 • 10:00 to 11:30
Drop-in per class: 
$10.00 Member / $20.00 Non-Member

Register Here: Managing Complex Change

Savvy Caregiver Training

An education program presented by the Alzheimer’s Association® Presented in partnership with the Care Partners Initiative for Sonoma Valley.

Based on research by experts, this 6-week course will provide clinical-level training for family caregivers. Improve your knowledge, approach, skills, and outlook. Gain the confidence to set and achieve caregiving goals. Learn strategies to manage stress, make decisions, and manage activities of daily living. The Savvy Caregiver Training Program provides over 12-hours of face to face training with dementia experts and a caregiver’s manual.
Thursdays, January 23 through February 27 • 10:00 to 12:00
6 Week Series

Registration is required. 
Call Lauren Hibdon at (800) 272-3900

Jazz at the "House" Presents

Harpist and Violinist Carlos Reyes

Carlos Reyes, world-renowned violinist & harpist, has performed for six presidents, a pope, and the whole Cuban Castro family. He’s shared the stage with Chuck Mangione, Pat Travers, The Doobie Brothers. Steve Miller, Roy Rogers, and Jazz great Arturo Sandoval, among others.

On stage from the age of five, Carlos Reyes from Oakland via South America never ceases to amaze.  World-renowned for his mastery of the Paraguayan harp and violin, Carlos' musical talents have touched the hearts and spirits of people around the world. From performances on the streets of Havana to the Vatican, his music transcends all boundaries.  Described as "Santana meets Gipsy Kings", Carlos bridges traditional musical genres and mesmerizes audiences with unique fusions of Blues, Rock, Jazz, Latin, and Classical styles. 

Sunday, January 26 • Concert at 4:00 
$35.00 Member / $50.00 Non-Member

Purchase Tickets Here: Carlos Reyes

Creative Writing Series

Calling all Writers!

Whether you are an emerging or a seasoned writer, join Ana Manwaring at Vintage House in this round-robin style 6-week literary workshop. Participants will present their written work, in all creative genre, for feedback on craft, mechanics, and grammar. The focus is on excellence as students prepare manuscripts for a reading audience. Many participants of Ana Manwaring's Napa groups are now publishing and placing in contests. Everyone agrees that this is a fun class for all levels of writers serious about their work. Bring ten copies of up to three pages double-spaced of your prose, or one poem, to this stimulating and lively course. 

Mondays, January 27 through March 2 • 2:00 to 4:00
$54.00 Member / $108.00 Non-Member

Register Here: Creative Writing Series

Beginning Jitterbug Swing

Dance  Lessons

Vintage House is excited to announce our first Jitterbug Swing Dance Lessons!

Born in the Roaring Twenties, swing is a blanket term for fun, energetic dances meant to be performed to jazz music. The most well-known swing dances include the Lindy Hop, the Jitterbug, the Charleston, the West Coast Swing, and the Boogie Woogie. 

Today swing is considered an American Rhythm dance. The East Coast Swing and Jive are the standard Ballroom Swing competition dances. The less formal "jazz swing dance" style evolved in dance halls and includes the Lindy Hop, Balboa, Collegiate Shag and Charleston.

Swing can be learned as a partner or single dance. Many contemporary jazz dance routines feature groups of dancers tapping, swinging and bouncing in sync. Whether you are interested in learning basic moves, having fun, or becoming a master, join us for this fun class!

Wednesdays, January 29 through March 4 • 5:15 to 6:15
6 Week Series

$54.00 Member / $108.00 Non-Member
$10.00 Member / $20.00 Non-Member

Register Here: Beginning Jitterbug Swing Dance
Vintage House will be closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 20, 2020.

We will resume business hours on Tuesday, January 21, 2020
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