Friday, April 10, 2020
Quartine day #785 (Not really, just feels like it!)
Happy Friday! Or, is every day like Friday?

We are so thankful for all the generous donations that have been coming in and
thankful for all the Seniors and Families that have benefited from the meals that we have distributed. Thank you Ramekins for the Senior meals and thank you Sonoma Family Meal (Sonoma Emergency Food Network) for the family meal packs. 

We hope that you have been enjoying the Staff Corner and Teacher Corner of our e-blast. What are all of you up to? We want to hear from you! Please share how you are spending your time away from Vintage House. You can even share a selfie! Please email Be sure to like us on Facebook. It's a great way to get up to date information about our community.

Staff Corner

Looking at Photographs

Finding Beauty in challenging times brings a calmness I wanted to share with others, photographs that fortify my spirit and remind me there is hidden beauty in this world.
I have taken a moment to reflect on my past and gather a small collection of photographs created by five incredible women photographers.  A few I have had the honor of working alongside, some I simply admire from afar.
Either way, I admire all these women for so many reasons, but mostly for their courage, their talent and innate ability to see the beauty in the moment. I am thankful to each for bringing their messages to us through the medium of photography.
I hope you find as much joy in the first installment of Finding Beauty as I have put together my corner of the world for you. 
Stay Strong, Be Brave.
Marie Koller, Program Manager

Teacher Corner

A Matter of Balance - Instructor Dana Jacoby

As for my strategies during this prolonged shelter in place, I try to exercise every day using the options below. I try to include some time outside to walk—while wearing my mask and keeping physical distance. If I cannot get outside due to weather etc. I try to walk at least 4,000 steps inside my house. I have my step tracker with me so I know how many steps I’ve done. And periodically I’ll climb my stairs (slowly and while holding on to the handrail) to get my heart rate up. I try to ration couch sitting by getting up during commercials or pausing a movie from time to time to do simple exercises. Finally, I try to challenge my balance throughout the day as I do routine activities. Examples: standing on one foot while brushing my teeth or washing the dishes or standing with the toe of one foot touching the heel of the other as if I’m on a balance beam. I see how long I can hold that.
Here are other exercise options I’ve been using on YouTube and/or Facebook:
--Silver Sneakers online classes that are available on Facebook and on YouTube. What I like about them is they accommodate differing mobility levels. They always talk about how to customize the exercises if you are seated. Classes include strength and balance, overall conditioning, yoga. on YouTube has a number of classes for seniors, “couch potatoes” and those who are wheelchair-bound. Some of the poses in her videos can be more advanced but there are many to choose from.
--Senior chair exercises on YouTube
--Daily Calm offers many 10-minute mindfulness meditations on YouTube
Finally, I try to start my day by answering UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center Daily Quarantine Questions. They remind me to remember that these are not “normal” times and I’m not required to behave as if they are. I can be intentional and create as much as possible a positive emotional and mental space and stay focused on self-care and caring for others.
Daily Quarantine Questions:
--What am I grateful for today?
--Who am I checking in on or connecting with today?
--What expectations of “normal” am I letting go of today?
--How am I getting outside today?
--How am I moving my body today?
--What beauty am I either creating, cultivating or inviting in today?
I hope you are well and I look forward to resuming A Matter of Balance at Vintage House in the not-to-distant future!
Dana Jacoby is a master coach for the Adult & Aging Division of the County of Sonoma, delivering senior health and wellness programs that focus on balance, positive aging and healthy behavior change. Dana has an MA is psychology from Sonoma State University and graduated from Fielding University’s evidence-based coaching program. She has taught A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls, a recurring offering at Vintage House, since 2014.

Bobbie Jonas

Loving Yourself

Week four with Bobbie. If love was leading you, where would you go?
Bobbie Jonas
Holistic Practitioner, Relationship Coach
Creator of "Your Magical Mind, Shift Your World"
A Place for Conversations that Matter
You can reach Bobbie at 707-227-6485 or by email to

Meditation with Katie

Come take a journey with Katie in the comfort of your home. 

During this time of uncertainty, it’s comforting to feel the emerging sense of community and interconnectedness. As we help each other through this, we must also take care of our own physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. Please enjoy!

Bird Watching Class

Would you like to explore the world outside of your home without leaving your home?

Join Jim Rosso via ZOOM for his enhanced Bird Watching class. Come observe wildlife through shared pictures, discuss what kinds of birds are in our area, and come find out why these colorful, musical species are so amazing.
Please register by 5:00 pm on Thursdays.
Fridays • 9:00 to 10:00
Register Here: Bird Watching


Join Vintage House for a ZOOM TED Talk.
Facilitated by Moira McGovern

How to Create Meaningful Connections While Apart 

Friday, April 10 • 1:00 to 2:30
Author Priya Parker shares tools for creating meaningful connections with friends, family, and coworkers during the coronavirus pandemic -- and shows how we can take advantage of gatherings that are unique to this moment of social distancing. "We don't necessarily need to gather more," she says. "We need to gather better." (This virtual conversation is part of the TED Connects series, hosted by head of TED Chris Anderson and current affairs curator Whitney Pennington Rodgers. Recorded March 27, 2020)
Click Here: Zoom TED Talk

Shelter Sing-A-Long

Every evening at 7:00 pm KSVY 91.3fm will be playing an uplifting popular song, and we encourage you and all of your neighbors to sing along.
To sign up for this daily event click here.

Here’s how it works:

 A bit before 7:00 pm turn on your radio to 91.3fm or click the “Listen Live” button at, or click on the KSVY app on your smartphone or (download it free from the app store), or ask your Alexa or another smart device to “play KSVY”.
 Then walk out your front door and when the song begins sing along with your neighbors.
Click Here: KSVY 91.3

Guided Meditation

Robert Young

You are invited to take a journey at 5:00 pm on Mondays for Guided Meditation. 
Robert will email out a YouTube video that everyone will watch together, from the safety of your own home.

Mediation can help you feel calm, diminish stress or pain, get through a crisis, and engage in spiritual practice.
Please register by 1:00 pm on Mondays.
Register Here: Guided Meditation

Vintage House Delivers

In response to the CoronaVirus outbreak and state-mandated orders to shelter-in-place, Vintage House has launched a new initiative to address the growing need amongst Sonoma Valley seniors who are unable to leave their homes. 

Vintage House Delivers is here to help Sonoma Valley Seniors that are in need of a volunteer to do your grocery shopping, pick up a prescription or other non-food essentials such as pet food. 

To request a delivery or sign up as a volunteer shopper, please click here or call us at 707.996.0311. 
Click Here to Request Delivery
Click Here to Volunteer Shop
Click Here: Safe Grocery Handling Instructions

Supper's On

Monday through Friday

Supper's On is now five days a week!
Vintage House is distributing FREE Senior packaged meals and FREE Family packaged meals. Both are available for curbside pickup. 
We can deliver Senior meals, please call (707)996.0311 for information.

Monday through Friday • 11:30 until Gone

Redwood Food Bank

In response to the COVID-19, the Redwood Food Bank will be at Vintage Hosue twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday from 8:30 to 10:00.
Redwood Food Bank will distribute food drive-through curbside. 

Tuesday, April 21 • 8:30 to 10:00
Click Here: Redwood Food Bank Info

Pet's Lifeline

Pet's Lifeline is offering FREE pet food every Friday during our Soup's On event and during the Redwood Food Bank food give away event. 

Tuesdays and Fridays • 11:30 to 1:00

Learn How to ZOOM

Click Here to Learn How

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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