Friday, January 24, 2020

Happy Friday one and all. With rain in the forecast for Saturday, I hope you are looking forward to going outside and splashing in some puddles or perhaps cozying up inside with a good book.

This week, I wanted to take a moment to share with you—our readers— a little more about the breadth of services that are available to you here at Vintage House. It is a new year, lives change, the unexpected happens, and if you or someone you love need some support, we want you to know that Vintage House is here to help. By partnering with other nonprofits such as the Council on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association, Rotary Club of Sonoma Sunrise, and SHARE Sonoma County, we can provide a broad network of services under one roof, and all free of charge to Sonoma Valley’s 55+ community. Our partners help make it possible for Vintage House to support aging in place by providing:

· Respite care; 

· Memory care support groups ;

· Support groups for men and women experiencing life transitions;

· Parkinson's support group;

· Home repair service projects for low-income seniors; and  

· Housing assistance.

Support with finding stable, affordable housing and being able to afford to stay in one’s own home has become a growing challenge for an increasing number of local seniors. In 2019, and with support from CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer, Vintage House launched a new partnership with SHARE Sonoma County (Shared Housing and Resource Exchange).

SHARE matches those who are 60 years and older, who may be 'house rich, cash poor' and willing to share their home (Home Provider) with an individual who is in need of affordable housing (Home Seeker).  The Provider may need additional income or assistance in order to remain home safely and thrive. Carefully defined services are documented for each match if services are being exchanged in lieu of paying rent.  SHARE has many tools to ensure the Seekers are properly screened, facilitates both the matching process and ongoing supportive services for as long as the match remains intact.

In partnership with Vintage House, SHARE will host two workshops on shared housing (the workshop will also include emergency preparedness for seniors). The workshops will take place at Vintage House on February 5 at 5 pm and on February 7th at 1 pm.  Please join us and meet SHARE's Executive Director, Amy Appleton as well as our Vintage House Community Resources Coordinator, Susan Holzer to learn more. We are grateful to CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer for making these free workshops possible. 

Stay dry out there, and I hope to see you on Sunday at Jazz at the House with the fabulous Carlos Reyes. See below for details.

Rotary Sonoma Sunrise


Do you have a small project and need a helping hand? Rotary Sonoma Sunrise is your blessing for household projects. Yard maintenance, painting a fence, repairing a door, moving heavy boxes, setting up a new TV, help grocery shopping? Consider the kindness of Rotary as your answer. 

Please contact Susan Holzer, Community Resource Coordinator, by email or by phone (707) 996-0311.

Creative Writing 

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 9 • 2:00 to 4:00
No Class on  Presidents' Day, February 17

$54.00 Member / $108.00 Non-Member

Register Here: Creative Writing

Brown Bag Medication Review

Sonoma Valley Hospital will be conducting a Brown Bag Medication Review (medication, supplements, and over the counter medication) at Vintage House.  Register for your one-on-one medication review, please call (707) 935-5257 or email Limited space is available.
Tuesday, January 28 • 2:30 to 4:30
Tuesday, February 4 •  2:30 to 4:30

Registration Info: Brown Bag Medication Review

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 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

Supper's On!

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

Bring a bottle of wine ... we don't charge corkage. 

Eggplant Parmesan and Salad 
Wednesday, January 29 • 4:00 to 5:30
$5.00 For All

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 11 • 5:15 to 6:15
Followed by 30 minutes of free dance

No Class February 19
6 Week Series

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

Register Here: Beginning Jitterbug Swing Dance

Let's Talk

Join Lila and Pat for a new program! An ongoing discussion group, open to both men and women, to be held every Friday, starting January 31. Let's Talk about what interests you, then go into the dining room for a warm bowl of soup.
Fridays • 11:00 to 12:00
Join the FREE discussion
facilitated by Tess Lorraine

What Really Matters at the End of Life

Friday, January 31 • 1:00 to 2:00
At the end of our lives, what do we most wish for? For many, it’s simply comfort, respect, love. BJ Miller is a palliative care physician who thinks deeply about how to create a dignified, graceful end of life for his patients. Take the time to savor this moving talk, which asks big questions about how we think on death and honor life.
No fee or registration required
...only your presence.

Shamanic Sound Healing

Based on Peruvian Cosmology, Ancestral Wisdom and Modern Healing Principles.

Join Vintage House for this special event with ceremonial sound practitioners, speakers, teachers, and musicians René Jenkins and Janet Janay Cipriani.

This ancient method of Sacred Sound and Healing Touch for the Mind, Body, and Soul can shift the course of your life – by your design! Beautiful ancestral instruments are intuitively played around and upon your body, rhythmically and melodically, relieving stress to promote greater awareness, peace, and vitality.

Saturday, February 1 • 12:00 to 3:00
$45.00 Member / $55.00 Non-Member
Register Here: Shamanic Sound Healing

Ukulele for Beginners

Would you like to learn the Ukulele?

Join John Brady for a six-week class.
No prior musical knowledge or experience is necessary!

Bring your ukulele and ...
  • Learn the parts of the ukulele, how to hold it, and how to tune it.
  • Explore three elements of playing a song: chords, rhythm, and melody.
  • Identify fingering for basic chords.
  • Practice playing and changing chords using simple strum patterns.
  • Play recognizable songs without learning how to read music.

Tuesdays, February 4 through March 10 • 10:00 to 11:30
6 Week Series

$54.00 Member / $108.00 Non-Member

Register Here: Ukulele for Beginners

iPhone Photography

Skye Hallberg

Want to get better at using the world’s number one camera? Want to turn your snapshots into good photographs? This class covers the quick keys to making better photographs before you click the shutter, how and when to use your iPhone camera settings and how to edit and improve your shots afterward. 

Wednesday, February 5  1:00 to 3:30
$25.00 Member / $40.00 Non-member
Register Here: iPhone Photography

SHARE Presentation

Come to Vintage House to learn about a unique way to age in place through shared housing. Executive Director, Amy Appleton, of SHARE Sonoma County (Shared Housing and Resource Exchange) and Vintage House’s Resource Coordinator, Susan Holzer will walk participants through the ins and outs of SHARE.
Wednesday, February 5 • 5:00 to 6:00
Register Here: SHARE Presentation
Friday, February 7 • 1:00 to 2:00
Register Here: SHARE Presentation

Clear Your Clutter, Shift Your Life

In this fun and informative class, Kari Wishingrad, a Professional Organizer since 1995, offers tools, techniques, and ideas to jump-start you to get your home/office/personal space in order so that you may be more productive, feel at peace and feel more relaxed in your home.
Monday, February 10  10:30 to 12:00
$10.00 Member / $20.00 Non-member
Register Here: Clear Your Clutter Shift Your Life
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