October 2, 2020

Emergency Preparedness

For the City of Sonoma Emergency Updates please click here. There is local information for Disaster Preparedness, Power Outages, Evacuation Zones, Evacuation Map, and the Sonoma County Emergency Preparedness Information.

In the event of an evacuation, local emergency officials will use SoCoAlert to reach you. You must be registered for this to receive the notification. You can register for SoCoAlerts here

Hi/Lo Sirens on Public Safety Vehicles, what is that about? Depending on the emergency, traditional alert and warning tools may be limited. The Sonoma Sheriff will use the Hi/Lo Siren in the event of an emergency to alert residents. Watch the short video to hear some important tips on emergency preparedness and to hear the Hi/Lo siren, click here.

For additional information about Vintage House, Air Quality, Assitance, and Preparedness,  please visit

Welcome New Members

Adrienne Hand
Nancy Swick
Ms. Julia Grey
Ardyth Brock
Laurelyn Borst

Are you Registered to Vote?

Please visit to register to vote
and other voting questions. 

Senior Peer Counseling Services

West County can now come to Sonoma Valley via Zoom or Facetime!

In this stressful and isolating time, we are reaching out to be sure our senior community knows that individual Senior Peer Counseling services are available. Volunteer Senior Peer Counselors are caring individuals who offer to listen and support to help other seniors share concerns, and gain a healthier perspective and better emotional balance.  Senior Peer Counselors are all seniors themselves who volunteer their time to work with other seniors, providing 12 sessions of supportive counseling free of cost.  All Senior Peer Counselors have completed training and receive ongoing supervision by a licensed professional.

Please contact Susan Holzer at Vintage House for additional information. 707.996.0311

Jin Shin Jyutsu

Limited space for this one-time event!

Jin Shin Jyutsu is the art of releasing tension through self healing acupuncture.
Learn simple hand & finger techniques to use on yourself which support the immune system, stimulate circulation, release pain & tension, and bring peace of mind. 
 Wear comfortable clothing, a mask, and bring a water bottle.

Wednesday, October 14 ⋅ 1:00 to 2:00
Member $10.00 / Non-member $20.00
Register Here: Jin Shin Jyutsu

How Your Temperament is
Dealing with Change 

International worldwide pandemic, Westcoast fires, hurricanes, floods, a critical election, unemployment, schools closed, and one more challenge during these chaotic times, the arrival full force of our inborn TEMPERAMENTS!
“Temperament broadly refers to consistent individual differences in behavior that are biologically based and are relatively independent of learning, a system of values and attitudes.”
“Shelter in place”!  Easy to say for a week, month, BUT SIX MONTHS SEEMS EXCESSIVE.
Our interactive time together will explore a variety of strategies of how to live and love each other during this crisis.

Susan J. Kovalik, classroom teacher, and curriculum innovator for over 35 years has spent the past 25 years developing a model for curriculum and instruction based on brain research. Susan developed the ITI Model Teaching Week, an innovative way to show teachers how Highly Effective Teaching (HET) strategies work with students in their own school. More than 40,000 teachers have attended the one-week experience watching how their students respond to brain-compatible curriculum and instructional strategies and becoming inspired to begin their own HET journey.

Friday, October 16 ⋅ 10:00 to 11:30
Member $10.00 / Non-member $20.00
Register Here: How Your Temperament is Dealing

Art Workshop

with Carol Davis

Do you love art and crafting?
Join the Art Workshop where there is a different project in every class. Activities will include accordion books, painted stones, collaged calendar/visualization board, envelope books, felted wool, watercolor painting, and much more. 

Due to COVID it will be important to bring your own Art Kit, register online before class, sign the Questionnaire and Liability Waiver emailed before class and bring a water bottle. 
ART KIT - Black permanent marker, scissors, glue stick, 5x8” or 8x10” sketchbook/visual journal (or old hardback book and some blank paper), paintbrushes (2 sizes), 4 small bottles of craft paint (white, blue, yellow, red), oilcloth or plastic to cover your area of the table, a magazine with images you like, paper plate or plastic lid for a palette, and a container for water.

Starting October 5
1st and 3rd Mondays ⋅ 11:00 to 1:00

Member $10.00 / Non-member $20.00
Register Here: Art Workshop

Yoga with Weights

On the Patio

Join Elaine Burka for this breath-based practice that builds strength and stability and improves balance.
The focus on the breath makes it centering and meditative.
Classes on the patio will be 6 feet or more apart/ Limited number of spaces available.

You will need: Yoga Mat, Set of 1, 2, or 3-pound Dumbbells, Stability Ball, Water Bottle, and a digitally signed Questionnaire and Liability Waiver before every class.

Tuesday, October  6, 13, 20, and 27 • 10:00 to 11:00
Member $40.00 / Non-member $80.00
No drop-ins at this time. 

Register Here: Yoga with Weights

Beginning French

with Jeri Bessat

Do you want to learn French? 
Now is the time!
Join Jeri back at Vintage House for Beginning French Classes. 

Please register for the class online or by phone by 4:00 Tuesday. You must wear a mask, practice social distancing, and sign a Questionnaire and Liability Waiver before each class.
Wednesdays ⋅ 10:00 to 11:00
Member $10.00 / Non-member $20.00
Register Here: Beginning French

Bird Watching


Birding is a wonderful, healthy, and easy activity, especially during the Pandemic!

This class combines the academics of birdwatching (ornithology) with the pleasure of field experiences.
You must register for class online by Thursday at 12:00. No yellow tickets.
Sign the Vintage House Questionnaire and Liability Waiver, emailed the day before. 
Wear a mask (required), comfortable shoes, and bring a snack and water.
We plan to do some walking and light hiking – while social distancing. 
Meet at the Vintage House Parking Lot
Fridays • 8:00 to 11:00
Member $10.00 / Non-member $20.00
Register Here: Bird Watching
Thanks to a generous donation from Rebuild Northbay Foundation, Vintage House has been able to secure virtual classrooms that will allow us to continue to deliver programming during this extraordinary time.
Click Here: Learn How to ZOOM

Virtual Strength and Toning

Level II

Vicki Jackson is back teaching virtually!
Get up and get moving - join us for Strength and Toning.

Each Level II session will be held virtually over the Zoom platform for a 6 week period, plus you will receive a bonus recording of the class each week, to help you continue to build your strength during the week.  We'll be focusing on the major muscle groups and enjoying a total body workout through a set of strength and flexibility exercises. 
To get the most out of this training, you should plan to attend all classes in the session as each class builds on the previous one.

  • You must have completed at least one Strength and Toning Level 1 session. 
  • You must be able to get down to and up from the floor (one time each class).
  • You will need 3-pound weights and an exercise mat. A small towel for neck comfort is recommended.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes and clothing in which you can move and be comfortable on the floor.

Questions? Please contact Vicki (415.883.2834) or

Tuesdays October 6 through November 10 ⋅ 10:30 to 11:45
Member $60.00 / Non-member $120.00

Register Here: Strength & Toning Level II

Creative Writing 

with Ana Manwaring

You're at home, may as well write!
Whether you are an emerging or a seasoned writer, join Ana in this virtual round-robin style 6-week literary class.
Participants will present their written work, in all creative genres, for feedback on craft, mechanics, and grammar. The focus is on excellence as students prepare manuscripts for a reading audience.
Mondays, October 16 through November 23 • 2:00 to 4:00
Member $60.00 / Non-member $120.00
Register Here: Creative Writing

Virtual French Conversation

Ready to speak French? Don't let the shelter-in-place delay your learning.
Join the conversation with Gerard.
Gerard Bassat, a native of France, facilitates a group of fluent or mid-level speakers.
Mondays • 10:30 to 11:30
Member $10.00 / Non-member $20.00
Register Here: French Conversation


COVID getting you down? 
Don’t have anybody to talk to? 
Join us for an old-fashioned coffee-klatch weekly drop-in conversation on Monday afternoons.
Dr. Mary Flett hosts the Kovid-Klatch and facilitates conversations that will help us to get through the challenges we are facing because of COVID. 
Please note, this is not a therapy group!

Mary L. Flett, PhD is a prominent national speaker and writer on issues related to aging.
Mondays ⋅ 1:00 to 2:30
Register Here: Kovid-Klatch

Virtual Yoga

Join Sophie every Wednesday

It’s time to roll out your yoga mat and discover the combination of physical and mental exercises that for thousands of years have hooked yoga practitioners around the globe. The beauty of yoga is that you don’t have to be a yogi or yogini to reap the benefits.

Wednesdays • 9:30 to 10:30
Member $10.00 / Non-member $20.00

Register Here: Yoga

Virtual Italian Conversation

Are you mid-level or fluent in Italian?

Practice your Italian conversation skills with Franco Zacchia. In this class, you will learn about different aspects of Italian culture and connect with other Italian language speakers. 
Wednesdays • 10:00 to 11:00
Member $10.00 / Non-member $20.00
Register Here: Italian Conversation

Let's Talk

with Susan Holzer

Want to listen to others’ stories and perspectives?

Want to share your experiences with others?

Feeling isolated?
Let’s Talk is an opportunity for seniors to get together either by video chat or by phone. We are all in this together!
Thursdays • 11:00 to 12:00
Register Here: Let's Talk

Vintage House Food Assistance

Vintage House is distributing meals curbside.
Supper's On!  is Wednesdays.
Soup's On! is Fridays.

Please have your mask on when you arrive.
Your mask protects us, and our masks protect you. Thank you!
We can deliver Senior meals, please call (707) 996-0311 for information.

Wednesdays and Fridays • 11:00 

Vintage House Care Calls

Feeling lonely or anxious during the Coronavirus outbreak?

Vintage House invites you to sign up to receive a daily call from a friendly, trained volunteer at a time of day that works best for you.  What would you love to talk about?  What you are interested in?  A community volunteer will be a cheery voice that you can check in with, who will also have some topics to discuss and may be able to connect you to additional services and resources.

Please contact Vintage House to sign up or to volunteer: 707.996.0311 or email

Vintage House Delivers

We are Still Here for You! 

Vintage House Delivers program is still here to help!
We can help you by connecting your shopping list, or prescription pick up, to a volunteer shopper. Click here for frequently asked questions. 
Please click on the delivery request button. or give us a call, 707.996.0311.
Click Here: Delivery Request
Would you like to volunteer? Our shopping program is ramping up and we need you! Volunteer shoppers only shop locally and shop for local Sonoma Valley Seniors.
Shop when you are available. It feels so good to give back to our community. 
Click Here: Volunteer

Shop and Support

No additional fees

Your Amazon purchases can result in money for our programs and services.  Log in to every time you shop Amazon and designate Vintage House as your charity of choice.  Thank you for your support!
Click Here: Amazon Smile

Vintage House Cares. We're Here to Help

During this time of crisis please consider a tax-deductible donation to support all that Vintage House is doing to address the needs of seniors in our community.
We need each other now more than ever before.
Thank You. 

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