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Today we will be writing down exciting event dates on our calendars.

Collabria Care Events will lead off this parade of “Save the Date” activities, including a wonderful treat from Kal Edwards, M.A. who, along with his terrific team, who bring us the annual series of exciting forums.

Additionally, Dr. James Keolker, Master Meditation teacher, will teach us the many benefits of learning and practicing the art of meditation.

But first, let’s mark our calendars for Collabria Care. The following is information via Collabria Care Marketing Manager Robert Hayes.

“Learning to Live with Loss” is an eight-week grief support group for those who have experienced the loss of a loved one. The series is provided as a free community service for adults and anyone experiencing grief, even if your loss is not recent, is welcome to attend. It is recommended that those wishing to benefit from the program should plan on attending all eight workshops in the series.

Dates are: Sept. 18 to Nov. 6 for the Monday series; Sept. 20 to Nov. 8 for the Wednesday series. For further details call Collabria Care, 258-9080 or visit

Ongoing caregiver support groups are held in Napa and in St. Helena the first and third Thursday of every month from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the Rianda House, 1475 Main St. These support groups are a free community service, offered in partnership with Redwood Caregiver Resource Center and the Alzheimer’s Association. Drop-ins welcome, however respite must be pre-arranged.

Alzheimer’s workshops

We have the opportunity to learn about what memory changes are normal as we age. To enhance our ability to identify normal compared to abnormal memory changes, and how they are expressed in behavior. Lunch will be included at these two workshops: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 25, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

In part 1, understand the old versus the new culture in learning to effectively communicate with people with dementia. Learn the six domains of Person-Centered Care and how this can improve the quality of life of the person with the diagnosis and the caregiver.

Part 2 builds on the knowledge gained in part 1 while building the tools and techniques necessary to connect and communicate with the dementia patient.

To register for a workshop or for additional information, please contact 707-258-9087, ext. 272 or

Community Conversations

From 5:30 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, this exciting event is also being held at Collabria Care, 414 South Jefferson St. in Napa.

You won’t want to miss this. The “Conversation” will be given by Chef Greg Cole on “Enjoying Cooking for One or Two.” Kal Edwards and his team never disappoint. They do a series of forums, annually.

I know we have all had the pleasure of enjoying Chef Cole’s wonderful cuisine at Celadon Restaurant, and Cole’s Chop House, always so gracious; stopping by your table to make sure all is well. Of course, he is now retired, and graciously agreed to do this Community Conversation for the Forum.

I’d like to give you a heads up; Kal’s Forums are almost always filled to capacity, with many folks standing. I always call my reservations in early. The Forums are a free community event. Call 707-258-9087, ext. 272 or

Meditation for seniors

And now, let’s turn to a gentle, kind, peaceful practice of meditation, and Dr. Keolker, who is an amazing teacher of this practice. Having taught at Spirit Rock, you immediately feel his total peace with himself and with life, which gives him that extra power to teach this unique gift.

Dr. Keolker is the only meditation teacher in the valley teaching meditation to seniors. This is a wonderful gift to give yourself, and I hope that you will join me and many others for Dr. Keolker’s first class of his new fall series, entitled “Mastering Mantra Meditation for Seniors. The date is 9:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 8 at the Rianda House Senior Center, 1475 Main St. in St. Helena.

Again, his classes fill up, magically, so if you would like to learn, or practice meditation with the best teacher of meditation that I know, you’ll want to call 707-963-8555. In the meantime you might want to make a notation of his second class, Sept. 22, also at 9:30, no charge, but Rianda House takes contributions.

Have an amazing week, and be loving and kind to everyone. The ones who are the hardest to love are the ones who need it the most. I love receiving your wonderful emails at Thank you so much.