September 18, 2020

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

Surviving the Pandemic of 2020

Join us on the patio for this hands-on one day workshop. 

In this workshop, Susan will give you tools on how to deal with the
visible and invisible manifestations of long-term stressors. 
⋅ Fears  Loneliness Daily routines Physical Wellbeing Personal Growth
Each activity will be interactive. 

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.

Tuesday, September 29 ⋅ 10:00 to 11:30
Member $10.00 / Non-member $20.00
Register Here: Surviving the Pandemic of 2020

Beginning Bridge Lessons

Learn to Play Bridge
Bridge is one of the most popular card games in the world. It's played by millions of people worldwide, in clubs, tournaments, online, and with friends at home.
Bridge will improve memory, concentration skills, judgment, and logic at any age.

This nine-week beginning bridge course is designed for the person who has never played, or who used to play in the distant past! 
Class is limited to 9 students so register today to reserve your space.
COVID-19 protocols at Vintage House will be observed during this class. There will be additional precautions taken that are specific to the Bridge Class as such maintaining social distancing at the tables, cards will be pre-dealt (no shuffling by students), etc.


If you have any questions regarding Vintage House protocols, call Jade Filippi, Vintage House Operations Manager at Vintage House 707.996.0311.
For any question regarding the protocols specific to the bridge class or about the class itself, please call Sandy Hicks 707.343.1605.

Thursdays, October 1, through December 3
9:30am to 11:30am
Member $90.00 / $180.00 Non-member

Register Here: Beginning Bridge Lessons

Art Workshop

with Carol Davis

Do you love art and crafting?
Join the Art Workshop: 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 / $80.00 Non-member
No drop-ins at this time. 

Register Here: Yoga with Weights

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

Active Aging Series

Live Your Best Life Now

Sonoma Valley Hospital and Vintage House have partnered up again for our yearly Active Aging Series. These lectures provide insight and information on how o get the most out of your life in your later years. This year the Active Aging lectures will be held virtually and are open to the community without charge. 

A Look Inside the Emergency Department

Jasper Schmidt, MD, Medical Director of Sonoma Valley Hospital’s Emergency Medicine Department, will discuss what to expect when you come to the Emergency Department. He will speak about what typically happens when a patient is in the ED, including the protocols the medical team follows when presented with serious symptoms, such as for stroke or cardiac arrest.
Dr. Schmidt is dual board certified in Emergency Medicine and Preventative Medicine with a specialization in Medical Informatics.
Thursday, September 24 ⋅ 1:30 to 3:30
Register Here: Inside the Emergency Department

What Moves You to Your Best Personal Health?

Ellen Barnett, MD, Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF School of Medicine, will discuss simple tools we can use every day on our path to our best health and best selves.  Through an interactive process, at the end of the presentation, you will have completed the first step of a new habit of self-care and support. 
Dr. Barnett serves on several subcommittees of the Committee for Health Care Improvement of Health Action for Sonoma County. She also was instrumental in co-creating the pioneering Health Navigator Certificate Program at California’s Sonoma State University. She currently serves as the Director of Outreach and Program Development for the Integrative Medical Clinical Foundation based in Santa Rosa, CA.
Thursday, October 1⋅ 1:30 to 3:30
Register Here: Your Best Personal Life

Race in 21st Century America

with Professor David Peritz

The cause of racial justice is again on the march through American history and on its streets, perhaps giving renewed credibility to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s declaration: “the moral arc of the universe bends toward justice!” To understand the complexity of race in contemporary America, this course will contemplate not only our complicated history but also what we can do here and now to contribute to racial justice and a better future—and the impediments this history generates for this aim.

Prof. Peritz is excited to be able to join you digitally by offering live lecture series available in real-time via the Zoom online meeting platform. During these sessions, we will be able to have real-time discussions and interaction from remote locations.
Virtual 5 Week Session
Fridays, September 25 through October 23 • 10:30 to 12:30
General $85.00
Register Here: Race in 21st Century America

Fall Prevention Webinar

Reduce Your Risk of Falling and Preserve Your Independence!

Did you know September is Fall Prevention Month?
Join us for this timely lecture! Dot and Bill will discuss what increases your risk for falling, what you can do to reduce your risk of falling, a suggested safety checklist, the tools and resources to preserve your independence. 

Dot Boyd is passionate about helping older adults protect their safety to preserve their independence. In her role as the family caregiver and advocate for her parents, she has first-hand knowledge and understanding of the challenges we can often face as we grow older. As a Senior Safety Specialist Consultant with Electronic Caregiver, she provides a variety of health and safety devices designed to prevent that from happening to preserve dignity and independence for people of any age.

Bill Essert, a Certified Aging In Place Specialist & licensed contractor, traces his work with seniors a few years back when his mom, Mary lost her balance and took a bad fall. Before she returned home from the rehab facility he retrofitted her home with safety and independence in mind. He designed and installed custom railings, grab bars, and ramps.  What began as a call to family became a vocational call and the inspiration for Bay Grab Bar. In addition to running BGB, Bill is a volunteer for St. Joseph Health, and Vintage House just to name a few.
Tuesday, September 29 ⋅ 2:30 to 3:30
Register Here: Fall Prevention Webinar

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

COVID-19 Testing

Sonoma County is offering FREE Coronavirus Testing on
Saturday, September 19 from 2:00 to 4:00 at
Altimira Middle School, 1780 Arnold Drive. No Appointment needed.
For more information, please click here

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

Support Vintage House 

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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