Friday, December 6, 2019
I don’t know about you, but for me, it feels as if there was little to no transition between the end of the power outages and the beginning of the holiday frenzy. I roasted a few turkeys, knitted a blanket for my will-be-here-any-day now granddaughter, baked a few pies, made a lot of bread, and in the midst of it, we published the Fall/Winter Vintage Voice Newsletter (a member benefit). Well, this aforementioned frenzy seems to have gotten in the way of my proofreading abilities and so there are a couple of items that need correction: 
  1. The amazing Brian Nova (former Sonoma resident) is playing on the 5th of January (not the 4th) at 4:00 pm, not 6:00 pm!  The doors open at 3:00 pm. If you have never heard Brian, you must put this on your calendar.  Tickets for the concert just went on sale and are available on our website, To learn more about Brian Nova, visit
  2. We have recently launched Supper’sOn!, an expansion of our beloved Soup’sOn! program. The newsletter mistakenly reported that this community dinner takes place on the fourth Wednesday of each month but I am happy to say, Supper’sOn! is underway EVERY WEDNESDAY from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. If you haven’t check it out yet, you just have to come down to Vintage House to discover the deliciousness that awaits you!  
So, there you have it!  My sincere apologies for any confusion these errors may have caused.  The silver lining in it all is that I got to highlight two amazing programs happening here at “The House.”
Wait...there’s more… Our Transportation Coordinator’s name is Denise Wilbanks, not “Denise Wilbanks Transportation!”  Speaking of Denise, she and a group of dedicated volunteers have put together an incredible Holiday Shoppe, full of decorations, gift items, ornaments, and more. Proceeds from all sales support myRide, our free transportation program for seniors who no longer drive. Help us spread the word, and stop by the Holiday Shoppe located in the Sonoma Marketplace on West Napa St. We are open Thursday through Sunday between 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you there.

On #GivingTuesday, you showed us your giving spirit. Because of your generosity and belief in Vintage House, we were able to raise over $6,000!

Thanks for listening. I feel better now. Have a great weekend, one and all.

Vintage House Holiday Shoppe

Santa Photo Event

Santa Claus is coming to the Marketplace Gazebo
Saturday, December 7, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Bring the kids to see Santa and his elf ride through the plaza and up to the gazebo on an eTrike! 
Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies, have Santa photos taken by
a professional photographer, and shop for holiday items at the
Vintage House Holiday Shoppe.
Portrait Packages available for $30
Sponsored by the Vintage House Holiday Shoppe  
201 West Napa Street. 

Book Reading by Author Rae Lewis

Jump on the Love Train Many Hearts Await You

Written as a fund-raiser for Lewis's thirty-two-year-old nonprofit, Jump on the LOVE Train: Many Hearts Await You continues to benefit Chicuchas Wasi. All proceeds from book sales go to this nonprofit.
Book reading, Q&A, and books available for sale.
Monday, December 9 • 2:30 to 3:30

Healthy Holiday

Eating with Diabetes

Stay healthy during the Holidays.
Join us to learn how not to overindulge.
Learn how to modify recipes, make healthy choices and still manage diabetes during the holidays.
Presented by Joyce Giammattei, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator

Wednesday, December 11 • 3:00 to 4:00
Register Here: Healthy Holiday Eating with Diabetes

eTrike Presentation and Demo

Join eTrike at Vintage House for an educational talk on safe, reliable, electric three-wheeled transportation alternatives. Demonstrations and test drive opportunities will be available after the presentation.

Wednesday, December 11 • 1:00 to 2:30

Register Here: eTrike Presentation and Demo

Supper's On!

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

Let us all share what we are thankful for this Thanksgiving season.
Wednesday, December 11 • 4:00 to 5:30
$5.00 Per Meal

Vintage House
Community Drumming Circle

Build Wellness and Community Through Music!
Join the Community Drumming Circle
The 2nd Wednesday of each month

Drumming is an activity anyone can do and enjoy listening to. 
Bring along your drum ... don't have a drum?
Drums and hand instruments will be provided.

Member $25.00 / Non-Member $40.00 
Wednesday, December 11 • 6:00 to 7:00 (please note time change)
Register Here: Community Drumming Circle

Book Talk by Author Simon Blattner

Libros de Artista

Author Simon Blattner will be reading excerpts from his newly released book: Libros de Artista, Artists' Books from Mexico and the Mexican Diaspora.

In his new book, Blattner tells the story of how he came to love handmade paper, printing, and artists' books. He describes how he discovered the robust artists' book scene of Mexico and his own life adventure. Included in the book are brilliant photographs of 15 unique contemporary artists' books and a compelling forward by artist and Stanford University Professor, Enrique Chagoya. Libros de Artista is a bilingual book in English and Spanish and is a powerful look at the most exciting hand-made art books in the world today.

Books available for purchase and Q&A after.
Friday, December 13 • 1:30 to 3:30

Register Here: Book Reading Simon Blattner
Join this FREE discussion each week 
facilitated by Katie DeJongh

 All it Takes is 10 Mindful Minutes

Friday, December 13 • 1:00 to 2:00
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in strange positions.)
No fee or registration required
...only your presence.

Vintage House Singers Present

Sing Noel

The ever-popular Vintage House Singers will present their annual winter concert, Sing Noel. Old holiday favorites will be mixed with lighter fare such as You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch and Christmas Chopsticks. The Hawaiian Christmas song Mele Kalikimaka will be sung with the ukulele and hula dancing. This festive program will also highlight talented members of the choir showcasing solo performances.
Friday, December 13 • 2:00 to 3:00

Reading Dogs 101

How can you “read” a dog?

Please join a professional dog handler, Gardner Smith, in a presentation on understanding dog behavior. He will show you how to read a dog by their physical characteristics, and interaction with other dogs. He will also discuss how hormones can determine the nature of the dog, and how hormones affect the dog's physical appearance.

Wednesday, December 18 • 10:00 to 11:00

Register Here: Reading Dogs 101

Holiday Luncheon

Join us for a special Soup's On! with three different types of soups, baked holiday treats, and Holiday music from UkeBox. 

Friday, December 20 • 11:30 to 1:30


Vintage House Annual Member Meeting

Are you a member of Vintage House?  Have you ever been to our Annual Membership Meeting?  Please join us this year from 1:30 – 2:00 on December 20 immediately following the Holiday Luncheon. This is a great opportunity to hear from the Board President, the Executive Director, and to vote on the Officers and Directors that will lead Vintage House in 2020.

Friday, December 20 • 1:30 
Must be a Vintage House Member
Register Here: Annual Member Meeting

Vintage House

Call for Artists / Teachers

Vintage House is seeking artists/teachers to work with adults in an expanding visual arts education program.  All media are welcome - illustration, paper & bookmaking, painting, calligraphy, fiber arts, beadwork, jewelry making, photography, Plein Air on the Patio classes - with unique approaches and techniques being encouraged.
Those interested are also encouraged to consider workshops, from ½ day to 5-day art courses, to weekly series.  Classes and workshops may be proposed for any time of year.  Adult classes can be taught during the daytime, but Wednesday night classes are encouraged.
To apply or for more information, please contact Program Manager, Marie Koller at, or call (707) 996-0311.

Vintage House
Job Resource Network

Contact the Vintage House Job Resource Network program to learn more.
We currently have a part-time listing that may work for you.
Sales and seasonal positions available for a local Valley retailer.
To learn more please contact Susan Holzer
at, or call (707) 996-0311

Tender Loving Paws

Pet Welfare Assistance

Vintage House in collaboration with Pets Lifeline is offering a program for senior pet owners who are having financial difficulty caring for their pets.
Pets Lifeline will provide financial assistance for veterinary care, food,
grooming, pet supplies, and other pet care.

If you are in need of financial assistance to care for your pet, please contact
Susan Holzer for an application at or (707) 996-0311

Upcoming Vintage House Closures 

Monday, December 23, 2019, through Friday, December 27, 2019

Monday, December 30 through Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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