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$185k Makeover Approved for West Rec. Pool

OCDC Seeking Residents’ Support for Elnoka Plan

nAl Haggerty

nSusan Millar, OCDC Chair

The smallest of Oakmont’s three major facilities, the West Recreation Center, is about to get more pizzazz with a remake of its pool area in addition to an upgrade of the main building that is nearing completion. The West pool will open the swim season with a dramatic new look, including a replastered pool, a new pool deck, renovated cabana and improved access. In addition, the pool will be converted to salt water. The Oakmont Village Association board unanimously approved spending up to $185,000 on the project at a special executive session Jan. 26. John Felton, OVA Board President, told the Oakmont News it’s hoped the work can be finished by the end of March.

Many Oakmont residents recently became aware of a request to the City of Santa Rosa from the Oakmont Senior Living (OSL) partnership to change the General Plan ridgetop designation on the Elnoka property and permit OSL to build single story homes on the property’s hilltop just west of Oakmont. The hilltop in question is not the highest ridge viewed from Highway 12. That is the ridge in Annadel Park, which rises much higher behind the proposed senior living project. Following a recent article about Elnoka in the Press Democrat, some residents wrote letters to the Design Review Board and to the city objecting to any change in the General Plan that would allow ridgetop development by OSL. The Oakmont Community Development Committee (OCDC) is now seeking Oakmont residents’ support for the existing Elnoka plan. OCDC has spent eight or nine years negotiating with OSL, and OVA has spent a good sum for legal opinions, consulting fees for a land use expert, sent two busloads of Oakmont residents to attend a City Council meeting, and members of the OCDC have spent countless hours in negotiation (at no cost to OVA). The plan being submitted by OSL now is the best possible outcome for the development of this See elnoka on page 11

February 15, 2015 • Volume 53, Number 4

EVs in Oakmont

nMarty Thompson

(Photo by Cassie Turner)

Electronic vehicles—EVs—are on the street for the Oakmont Village Association, replacing Maintenance Department staff personal vehicles on the job. The OVA Board in December approved buying two refurbished EVs for $21,800. A two-person EV was starting service this month; the four-person vehicle shown here was damaged in delivery and OVA expected it would be replaced. Both EVs will carry Oakmont logos. They will save the 56.5¢ per mile paid to employees for personal vehicle use, and reduce gasoline costs. Maintenance is keeping its pickup truck, especially for trips outside of Oakmont.

OVA Elections: Five Candidates, New Q&A

Covered and awaiting repair, the pool awaits its turn for refurbishing during the West Rec. Center project. (Photo by Keith Sauer)

C. Hardy Engineering of Petaluma is the main contractor and Aztec Pool Replastering of Napa is the sub-contractor for replastering the pool. OVA Manager Cassie Turner noted that Hardy is the same company that did such an outstanding job on the concrete and brick work as part of the Berger Plaza renovation. Felton said the renovation will include a selfoperated, ADA-compliant lift which will enable handicapped swimmers to enter and leave the pool and reconfiguration of the steps leading into the pool to make them easier to negotiate. The new deck takes in 7,000 square feet surrounding the pool and the surface on the east end of the building near the tennis courts. The old deck surface had become rough and is disintegrating in some areas. Felton said salt water is easier on the skin and on bathing suits and will extend the life of the concrete decking. There are no current plans to convert the Central and East Rec. pools. See makeover on page 11 Oakmont Village Association 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7 Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5906

nMarty Thompson

Five candidates are nominated for four open positions on the Oakmont Village Association Board in elections leading up to Oakmont’s annual meeting on April 6. Voting starts with the mailing of ballots on March 1. The election includes new elements designed to better inform voters. The slate of candidates includes two incumbents, a former board member, and two newcomers. Their names were put forward by a nominating committee headed by Brian Adams, which began its work in December.

OVA Election Highlights

February 26: Candidates’ Forum, 6:30 p.m., Berger Center March 1: Ballots are mailed April 6: OVA Annual Meeting, voting closes, 3–5 p.m., Berger Center April 7: Ballot counting, West Rec. Center, 8:30 a.m.– 12 noon. Announcement of election results, board organization, 2 p.m., West Rec.


Lisa Berman and Elke Strunka agreed to run for the board for the first time. Berman, whose career has included communications, marketing and strategic planning, has led this year’s Long-Range Planning Committee’s survey of Oakmont’s needs. Strunka, a retired certified public accountant, is a member of the Architectural Committee and a driver for Oakmont Volunteer Helpers. John Felton, a retired electrical engineer, who became board president last year, is seeking a second term. Frank Batchelor, appointed last year to fill a vacancy, is seeking his own two-year term. He practiced law in California for 32 years and also operated a sporting goods store in Arizona. L.G. “Herm” Hermann, is a former director who left the board at the end of his second term a year ago. He had a career in the insurance industry, managing the loss control department for a large firm for 20 years. Candidates’ biographies, photos and statements appear in this edition of the Oakmont News and will be published again March 1. See candidates on page 11

Inside the Oakmont News Manager’s Corner................................3

Letters to the Editor.........................10

Golf Club News.................................5-6

Puzzle Contest.................................17

OVA Board Candidates.....................8-9


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Manager’s Corner

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

nCassie Turner, OVA Manager

nOVA Administration

The listed Oakmont Village Association meetings are open sessions. Any interested Oakmont residents are invited and encouraged to participate in these important meetings.

MEETINGS Architectural (No participation) / Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Board OVA Board Workshop

DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Tues. Monthly 2 PM Ste. 6 3rd Tues. Monthly 1–3 PM Berger Center 1st Tues. Monthly 3–5 PM East Rec.

COMMITTEES Communications (CC) / Community Development (OCDC) / Finance (FC) / Landscape Improvement Committee (LIC) League of Maintained Area Associations (LOMAA) Regular Meetings Quarterly Meetings LOMAA Workshop Long-Range Planning (LRP) / Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) OEPC Board OEPC Community Meeting

DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Mon. Monthly 9–11 AM Rm. B 2nd Thurs. Monthly 11:30 AM–1:30 PM Rm. B 4th Thurs. Monthly 2–3:30 PM Rm. B 1st Tues. Monthly 10 AM–12 Noon Rm. G 1st Mon. Monthly 1st Wed. (March, Sept., Dec.) 2nd Thurs. (June) 4th Tues. Monthly

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM 10 AM–12 Noon

Rm. B West Rec. West Rec. East Conf. Rm.

1st Thurs. Monthly 3rd Thurs. (Jan., May, Sept.)

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

A quorum of OVA Board of Directors may be present at these meetings. *It is sometimes necessary to change meeting locations and/or dates and times. Please check the Rec. Center bulletin boards for written notice of change or call the OVA office prior to scheduled meetings for confirmation.

Locations Room B is in the Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Drive. Room D is in the Central (Berger) Auditorium, 6633 Oakmont Drive, right side of stage. Room G is in the Central (Berger) Auditorium, 6633 Oakmont Drive, lobby across from rest rooms.

Publication Policy of the Oakmont News—Draft The OVA Board of Directors approved at its Jan. 20 Business Meeting the following amended Communications Committee Publication Policy. The document will be published in Feb. 15 and Mar. 1 Oakmont News editions for resident comments to the board in writing by E-mail or in person delivery to OVA Office Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (note new office hours). Overview: The Oakmont News is published under the supervision of the Board of Directors by the Oakmont Village Association for the informational benefit of Oakmont residents. Its purpose is to report on current and planned activities in and around Oakmont or of general interest to the Oakmont community, disseminate information on upcoming planned social, recreational and arts and craft events by our approved clubs and organizations, provide our residents a platform to express their views, and

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include board and association communiqués. General News: The front page of the newspaper plus one or more inside pages are devoted to news and photos of interest to the Oakmont community. Content to be provided by the Communications Committee Editorial Team and other volunteers working with the team. Election of Directors: All candidates shall be provided equal access to the Oakmont News editions published during the annual nominations and election cycle. This access is limited to publication of a personal photo and statements that do not exceed 300 words. Candidate submissions shall not be edited by the Communications Committee or staff. Letters: Provide an avenue for residents and owners to express opinion, criticism or praise; but may not See publication policy page 11

2015 is going to be another action-packed, fun-filled year at Oakmont. Here are some, but not all, projects that are in progress at the moment. The West Rec. remodeling project will be done sometime in March. Advance notice: the color beige was not used in this remodel! The West Rec. pool area will have a new deck and re-plastered pool and spa, with all the city-required upgrades that come with getting the building permit. The pool steps will be wider and shallower, making it easier to get into the pool. An ADA chair lift will be installed as well. The pool and spa will be the first salt water pool/spa in Oakmont. We can’t remodel or replace the pool cabana because it is too close to the creek (the city would make OVA tear it down) but we can replace the roof and paint it, so that is our plan. Hopefully, by the time you read this the Central switchgear project will be successfully completed. The OVA pickleball court/sports court area is still in Project Development review at the city. We hope to hear from them in late February. Upgrades are being made to the lawn bowling facility which hasn’t had any attention paid to it in many years. The Research Survey is ending on February 21. After the data is analyzed, the Long-Range Planning Committee and the OVA Board will be better equipped to strategize Oakmont’s future. This was a monumental project and we thank you for your participation. Another huge project that isn’t finished is the 55 and older age verification. Phase three of this project is contacting the residents that still haven’t provided us with their verification form. Also, coming online soon from the Communications Committee is a new Oakmont website. It will be updated and much more user friendly. My Friday E-blast called “What’s Happening” is now reaching 1,600 residents every week. Please send us your E-mail and street address if you want to be updated on what’s happening in Oakmont and the surrounding area. Send to: kelly@oakmontvillage. com. We are also planning to relocate and renovate the OVA office space and conference rooms by July 1. As I enter my 16th month as the OVA Manager (time flies!), I continue to be amazed at the residents who live here, and the astonishing range of volunteerism that helps make Oakmont so special. It is inspiring to see this level of commitment by residents who care so much about their community.


League of Oakmont Maintained Areas Association nJohn Renwick

WHAT: ECHO Wine Country Educational Seminar WHEN: Saturday, March 21, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. WHERE: Double Tree, Sonoma Wine Country, One Double Tree Drive, Rohnert Park Visit for latest information and online registration. Price is $50 for non-members (please refer to website for fee schedule). Next Board Meeting: Monday, March 2, Room B, 12 noon


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2015

The Oakmont News / February 15, 2015

nChuck Wood

Golf News



In mid-January, Dawnda Schaefer joined the KemperSports staff as the Oakmont Golf Club’s Accountant. Replacing Steve Lucanic, she joins Nina Ferrando in the OGC’s Business Office, located in the East Course Clubhouse building. Dawnda has recently held positions of Staff Accountant and Bookkeeper/Office Manager in the Sonoma County wine business, working with the Allen Wine Group and Wattle Creek Winery. Her background includes owning a catering and food truck business, working in a hotel and spa in Calistoga, and experience as a Business Systems Analyst Manager. Dawnda earned a Specialized Associates Degree in Accounting from Empire College in Santa Rosa, where she received the award of Outstanding Graduate-Accounting. Married for 30 years, Dawnda and her husband reside in the southwest area of Santa Rosa. They have a daughter and a six-year-old granddaughter. Interests include gardening, reading and membership in the Native Sons of the Golden West, where she and her husband are involved in the preservation of California’s historical sites and helping to raise funds to provide cleft palate corrective surgery and patient care for children. Please make a point of saying “hello” to Dawnda when you are next in our Business Office.

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W nJim Kaiser

Hello Wednesday Golfers! Welcome back to our Mexico travelers. Sounds like everyone had a great time. It is time to get back to the chilly mornings of Oakmont. The results of the past two tournaments are presented below.


First flight (5–13): first, Sal Cesario, 56; second, Shelly Brodsky, Bob Giddings and Bill Hainke, 58. Second flight (14–19): first, Ron Feibusch, 48; second, Rick Yates, 53; third, Bob Hartsock, 54. Third flight (20–26): first, Tony Hughes, 51; second, John Greig, 55; third, Andy Frauenhofer, 57. Fourth flight (27–up): first, Scott Ricci, 54; second, Rodi Martinelli, 58; third, Mike LaForge, 60. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Sal Cesario, 1’11”, Shelly Brodsky, 11’9”; #13—Sal Cesario, 13’11”, Danny Morgan, 17’2”; #16—Kevin Buehner, 11’9”, Dave Goulson, 12’4”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Bill Smith, 25’2”, (no second); #13—Tom Wayne, 21’0”, Frank James, 27’5”; #16—Tony Hughes, 31’1”, Andy Frauenhofer, 42’0”.


First, Bob Ure, 45; second, Paul Lawler, 45; third, El Delagnes, 47; fourth tie, Dan Levin and Tony D’Agosta, 52. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20–up): #8—Bob Ure, 11’5”, Dick Kaiser, 13’6”; #16—Tony D’Agosta, 43’5”.


First flight (11.0–16.8): first, Ed Pierson, Wayne Shomaker, John Weston and Danny Morgan, 199; second, Bucky Peterson, Shelly Brodsky, Kevin Buehner and (blind draw), 201. Second flight (20.0–up): first, Phil Sapp, Suru Subbarao, Bill Roberts and Gary Novak, 190; second, Dave Goulson, Frank James, Chuck Mendenhall and Bob Flores, 197. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Bob Thompson, 13’4”, Danny Morgan, 16’7”; #13—Shelly Brodsky, 4’4”, Gary Novak, 12’10”; #16—Jeff Snyder, 11’10”, Rick Yates, 14’10”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Bill Wellman, 13’2”, Bill Smith, 16’0”; #13—Bob Siela, 5’9”, Tommy Yturralde, 11’7”; #16—Tommy Yturralde, 7’10”, Suru Subbarao, 7’11”.


First, Joe Lash/Rich Silvas, 51; second, Tony D’Agosta/Neil Huber, 53; third tie, El Delagnes/ Greg Carpenter, Walt Brown/Jim Spangler, 54. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 0–19): #8—Noel Schween, 47’10”; #16—Greg Carpenter, 25’10”. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20–up): #8—Keith Wise, 17’4”; #16—Frank Smith, 22’11”. Bruce and Jim were playing alternate shot when Bruce said, “Jim, please stop checking your watch all the time. It’s too much of a distraction.” Jim was overheard to reply, “It’s not a watch—it’s a compass.”

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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

Our members seem to like our new closest-to-thepin system ($1 separate bet; envelope sign-up in pro shop). The second week was a carry-over which made for a double pot. Monday, February 16 is a holiday so we will be playing on Tuesday, Feb. 17. March 16 will be our first week of the five-week eclectic tournament. Look for the sign-up envelope in the pro shop when we get closer to the date. Meanwhile, happy golfing!

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR JANUARY 19 Individual Low Net, 15 Players

First place: Phil Sapp with a 30. Second place tie: Don Schulte, Tony D’Agosta and John Munkacsy, all with a 30.5. Fifth place: Dan Sienes with a 31. Closest-to-the-pin: Tom Massip, 25’2”, Dan Sienes, 25’11”.

9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club


nErnie Rose

nBarbara Bowman


It’s almost time for our first event of the year, the Wearin’ O’ the Green Tournament and Luncheon on March 5. Look for the poster and the sign-up sheet in the East clubhouse. We’ll have a 9 a.m. shotgun start. Chairs Ruth Levy and Lisa Karjalainen are hard at work on an enjoyable morning for us. Don’t miss out on the fun. Should the Niners have year-round Sweeps? This year we’ll officially add Sweeps in December. Should we also have Sweeps in January and February? How about an occasional guest playday, or supporting the YWCA Safe House? These and other important club issues were discussed at the board’s January meeting and will be presented for members’ consideration at the April 9 General Meeting. Plan to attend and make your wishes known.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR January 26 Two-Man Shamble, 11 Teams

First place: Neil Huber and Stan Augustine with a 60. Second place: Don Schulte and Dan Sienes with a 60.5. Third place tie: Clem Maassen and Bob Thorsen, Gordon Hopper and Bob Krajci, all with a 62. Closest-to-the-pin: Phil Sapp, 13’7”, Dan Levin, 33’8”, Noel Schween, 51’10”.

Your Niners Board hard at work—and lunch—in January.


American Mah Jongg Club

nMarie Haverson

We thank you for your continued support and making this such a fun club!

Attention all Oakmont residents of all ages

If you don’t mind getting out of the house for a few hours on the first and third Monday of every month, if you don’t mind meeting new friends and having a great time in the process, then American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on February 16. We meet on the first and the third Monday of every month. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. We still have some openings for experienced players only at this time. For more information please contact me by calling at 539-6666 or E-mail to haversonm@ We have a great bunch of Mah Jongg players. You will have a great time and meet some fun people. So call or E-mail today. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Rules Chair Linda Yates provides a definition of “Winter Rules:” Mark, lift, clean, place through the green (this means any place on the course except hazards and bunkers), one club length, no nearer the hole. Once you have placed your ball and it is at rest, you may not replace it. You can go from the rough to the fairway. This rule should be followed when there is a “Winter Rules” sign on the front counter or a sign before the first tee.


If you enjoy golf and are looking for sociable, compatible playing partners, the Women Niners invite you to join our group. For more information contact Jeanine Haggerty, 538-4183.

Free Tax Prep Services

nAl Thomas, Coordinator

Once again the AARP Tax-Aide Program will provide free tax assistance at the Berger Center for seniors and other taxpayers to prepare their 2014 Federal and State income tax returns. Sessions began Monday, February 2 and will end on Wednesday, April 15. Each session begins at 9 a.m. AARP Volunteer Tax Counselors, certified by the IRS, will be available in Room D on Mondays and Room G on Wednesdays. Taxpayers may stop in on any one of the scheduled days to sign up in advance for a time slot. Time slots will be 9–11 a.m., 11 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. and 12:30–3 p.m. The sites must close not later than 3 p.m. Taxpayers should bring their 2013 tax returns along with their 2014 W2s, Social Security SSA 1099s and all other 1099s, as well as detail of estimated tax payments made during 2014 and any other documents necessary to prepare their returns. If you have any questions about the program, please call the OVA Office at 539-1611. This service is provided for Oakmont residents and their invited guests.

A racially-charged criminal trial and a heart-rending love story converge in this documentary about Richard and Mildred Loving, set during the turbulent Civil Rights era. The Long Way Home: The Loving Story (77 min., 2011) is a case history of a marriage and the struggle for dignity set against a backdrop of historic anti-miscegenation sentiments in the U.S. The Lovings, an interracial couple, fell in love and married in Virginia. Under the laws of that state they had committed a crime and were promptly arrested. It was a critical time in American history, and, because of a confluence of social and political turmoil these reluctant heroes helped to bring about changes in the law of the land where previously no one else had achieved it. They are shown paired in that struggle with two young and ambitious lawyers who are driven to pave the way for Civil Rights and social justice. Their cause would eventually be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court whose ruling changed the country’s story forever. Although unenforceable, the law against interracial marriage remained on the books in Alabama until the early 1990s. WHEN: Thursday, February 19, at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose


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Oakmont Board of Directors Candidates (In random order)

Lisa Berman

Preserve and enhance everything that makes Oakmont special. That’s my goal if elected to the Oakmont Board of Directors. Oakmont’s environment and location motivate many to move here. Let’s make sure we make smart decisions to keep our community beautiful. Oakmont’s facilities meet some resident needs and desires. As we update, let’s make sure we carefully choose projects that meet future needs and desires at reasonable cost. Oakmont’s home values continue to rise. Let’s make sure those who rely on home value for future financial needs can do so. I plan to live here many years, and am eager to help lead Oakmont toward its desired future. While serving on the Long-Range Planning Committee, I led Oakmont’s comprehensive research project. We are learning what Oakmonters want now and in the future, which will provide the board with tools to make informed decisions. In addition, I’d like to see greater openness and transparency regarding all Oakmont leadership activities. This includes developing more effective ways of communicating with every resident. We need ongoing research and communication. And we need to know community desires as they evolve and change. This will enable board members to make targeted spending decisions. My 38-year career prepared me for board membership. It included executive positions in communications, marketing, public relations, strategic planning, emergency preparedness, economic development, internal communications, government relations, community relations, branding and more. Notable employers included Harley-Davidson Motor Co. (director of communications worldwide), Office of the Milwaukee County Executive (executive staff/communications director) and the Milwaukee Public Museum (vice president/marketing and communications), while also serving on many boards and commissions. I began my career as a reporter/ photographer for Associated Press and ended it as a consultant to large businesses and non-profits. Let’s work together to make Oakmont the best it can be!

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

Cat Care Coop members share care and feeding for kitty when traveling or during other times of need. All arrangements for care are made directly between members. We have members all over Oakmont so it’s easy to fine help near when you need it. Keep our list growing—join today! It’s free! It’s easy! It works! Please contact me for information and listing at 849-1581.

John Felton

My name is John Felton, a 71-year-old, third generation native of California and a Navy veteran. I have two daughters and three granddaughters. My wife and I moved to Oakmont in 2001. Sadly, she passed away in 2010. I am happily retired from a successful career in Electronic Engineering. I was elected to serve you two years ago and I would like to continue to do so. I served as Vice President and now President of the board. For many years I served on the Board of Directors of the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association. Overall I have served in all capacities as a member of more than four Boards of Directors and numerous operations and technical committees. I consider myself a team builder. But what has been accomplished has been made possible through the contributions of our many talented volunteers. Together we have successfully focused our efforts on updating and rebuilding our aging infrastructure. Working untold hours with our staff, engineers, architects, and contractors to assure that all work in done in a timely and cost effective manner, the results have been fruitful. I do not take my responsibilities lightly. I have not missed more than one or two meetings in the past two years. I care deeply about Oakmont. It is truly a wonderful place to live. It takes a dedicated and knowledgeable Board of Directors working hand in hand with our Committees and Management Team to keep us on course and meet the growing needs of our community while living with our budget. I have the time, the experience, and the willingness to serve our community. I would sincerely appreciate the chance to continue do so. Your vote would be appreciated.

Elke E. Strunka

As a former Certified Public Accountant with 10 years’ experience in that field, I feel that I am well qualified for a position on the OVA Board. My particular interest lies in the financial aspects of the board’s activities. Because of my extensive background in the finance and accounting field, this is the area where I can make a significant contribution. Financial stability and fiscal responsibility are of utmost importance to the community. Before retiring in 2001, I served as Principal Accounting Officer for a large Real Estate investment trust, company primarily engaged in leasing and property management of commercial real estate. Managing a department with more than 60 staff members, I was responsible for all accounting functions, cash management, taxation, shareholder and SEC reporting. Additionally, I led an information systems conversion, and served on the team to effect the company’s Initial Public Offering. Oakmont is a quality community in which to live and it would be an honor for me to be of service. My decision for moving to Oakmont in 2013 was based on its prime location in the Valley of the Moon and the many amenities it has to offer its residents. Presently, in Oakmont, I volunteer for the Architectural Committee and I am also a driver for the Oakmont Helpers, which I have enjoyed very much. Prior volunteer activity: Board member, Sharesteen Museum Association, Calistoga, Ca 2004–2013, Treasurer—four years, Exhibit and Collection Chair— two years, Docent Chair—three years; Board member and Treasurer, 7001 Condominium Association, Seattle WA—three years. Your vote will be appreciated.

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Getting Organized in a COPE Group

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nSue Hattendorf, Coordinator

The decision has been made!

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As the son of parents who had sixth grade educations and who were sharecroppers in Arkansas, I was brought up to be honest, hardworking and considerate of others. I was fortunate enough to be able to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University and a Law Degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. I practiced law in California for 32 years, where my wife and I raised our family. I also owned and operated a sporting goods store for 10 years, and was a Real Estate Agent and Broker in Flagstaff, AZ for seven years. In 2007, my wife Carolyn and I moved to Oakmont to be near our son’s family and to finally retire. At Oakmont, I have been very active with the Hiking Club, being a co-leader of that group for five years. Recently, I have been a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee and helped prepare the draft sections for Open Space and Recreation, Governance, Community Appearance and Finance. As a result of my work on the LRPC, I have a good understanding of Oakmont’s governing documents, finances, and the current and future issues facing Oakmont. In September, 2014 I was selected by the current Board of Directors to fill the board position vacated by John Taylor and have enjoyed serving on the board since that time. I believe my most significant contribution to the board to date has been in helping to get the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee reactivated by resolving liability and insurance coverage issues which faced our association. If elected, I would want to see improvement in board transparency and communication with its residents; continued updating of the association’s existing recreational facilities; open and courteous debate on possible new projects; actions taken which will attract future retirees to Oakmont and enhance the value of our properties and which will ensure the financial health of the association.

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L. G. ‘Herm” Hermann

The OVA Board will be faced with making a number of critically important decisions in the next two years, particularly regarding how to provide adequate facilities for present and future Oakmont residents and making decision on financing those facility additions and/or modifications. Plus of course, managing the “nuts and bolts” of maintaining our present facilities and the possibility of increasing the number of programs and size of programs provided. I believe my experience will be of value to the board and the community in the process of making these decisions. My life partner, Del Baker, and I have been in Oakmont for nearly 14 years. In that time, I have served on the OVA Board for four years, the Architectural Committee for six years, (chairing that committee for three years), the Long-Range Planning Committee. I was recently appointed to the Finance Committee and also I am on the Ad Hoc Committee studying how to renovate and/or expand the Berger. I also was a Director of the Hiking Club for weven years, was the Facilitator for an Alzheimer’s Support Group in Oakmont for several years and have been a volunteer driver for many years. In addition, previous experience (before coming to Oakmont) has been on a school board for 16 years and on another Homeowners Association Board for 18 years. I believe it is evident that I care strongly about Oakmont and I feel confident that I can be an asset to the community in helping to manage the present and plan for the future and would appreciate your vote for a position to the OVA Board of Directors.

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COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) is no longer a function of OEPC. It will still exist, but not as part of the OEPC. Instead, it will function as a recognized independent group, based on the concept that, in a community such as ours, your neighbors are your closest family. And our goal will continue to develop COPE teams in 100% of Oakmont’s neighborhoods. In 2004, I started organizing neighborhood COPE teams in Oakmont. A team usually represents about a dozen households. So far, 222 COPE teams have been organized, currently representing approximately 85% of Oakmont. Each COPE group needs a leader. This position may be shared with a co-leader. A COPE Leader (or coleader) is someone able and willing to communicate with his/her neighbors.

Attention COPE Team Leaders!

Once again, it’s time to check your neighborhood for any changes in residents. Put your update into the COPE file in the OVA Office and I will generate new block diagrams for your COPE neighborhood team. Feel free to call me at 539-2543 if you have any questions. Thank you for your continued support! Following are neighborhoods that have been previously organized but due to normal attrition need replacement leaders: Deerfield Place 428–520; Fairfield Drive 6617–6711, 7110–7170; Falling Star Court 457–477; Greenfield Circle 304–334, 340–370 even numbers; Glengreen 1–21; Hood Mountain Circle 8832–8854, 8808–8835; Hood Mountain Court 8823–8837; Mockingbird Circle 331– 395; Meadowgreen Place 6502–6528 even numbers; Meadowridge Drive 6340–6360, 6363–6390, 6568–6596; Mountain Vista Circle 134–146; Mountain Vista Court 325–356; Oak Crest Place 2–9; Oak Island Circle 30– 144; Oak Island Drive 164–190, 26–160; Oak Leaf Drive 7223–7347, 7544–7561; Oakmont Drive 6850–6956, 7323–7343, 8402–8692, 8826–8837, 8840–8861, 8927– 8953; Oak Shadow Drive 220–275, 201–223; Oak Trail Court 8839–8859; Pin Oak Place 3–11; Oak Vista Court 493–511; Oak Vista Place 495–503; Pythian Road 436– 460 even numbers, 461–473, 320–360 even numbers; Pine Valley Drive 6479–6503 odd numbers; Singing Woods Lane 409–477; Singing Woods Place 423–437; Stone Bridge Road 6376–6392, 6498–6544, 6328–6344; Trail Ridge Place 411–442, 419–434; Valleygreen 1–24; White Oak Drive 208–212; Woodgreen Street 11–18; Woodley Place 445–484, 407–444. If you reside in one of the above neighborhoods and would like to be prepared and help your neighbors prepare to cope in case of a major emergency, please call me at 539-2543 or E-mail me at Thank you!


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Oakmont Music Lovers

nJoan Lounsbery

East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 AM–12 noon / $3 Donation / nJim Brewer

February 22 Let’s Talk Movies and Oscars By Ky Boyd

In what has become an annual tradition for the Sunday Symposium, local film expert Ky Boyd will talk about the movies and the journey to this year’s Oscars, including the surprises, delights, and slights of this year’s movie awards season. The proprietor of Rialto Cinema, Boyd operated the much beloved Rialto Cinemas Lakeside location on the east side of Santa Rosa from January 2000 until August 2010. Rialto Cinemas relocated to Sebastopol in May 2012 after almost two years as a pop-up theatre operation. As part of his symposium presentation, he will also give us a peak at what’s going on with all that renovation at Rialto Cinemas including the question—when will it be done?

March 1 VIVO: The Coming Age of Talking Computers By William Crossman

Today, voice-recognition technology and digital video are on course to completely replace text, and by 2050 almost no one will be reading or writing. Our great-great grandchildren won’t know how to read or write, and it won’t matter. They’ll be able to communicate and transfer all information by speaking, listening, and creating/ watching video. William Crossman, founder/ director of the CompSpeak 2050 Institute for the Study of Talking Computers and Oral Cultures, will explain why he views this new tech as a positive step forward in the evolution of human society that will impact every human activity and institution Crossman is a philosopher, futurist, professor, and human rights activist concerned with the ways new technologies impact our lives. He received his B.A. in philosophy at Cornell and an M.A. in philosophy at Harvard. He did further study in philosophy and linguistics at M.I.T. A weekly series offering informative and enlightening presentations on a wide range of topics. Audio, and sometimes video recordings of the lectures are posted online at the Symposium website Presentation DVD’s are available in the Oakmont Library. Want E-mail reminders? Tell us at

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In the 19th century the great violinist Sarasate remarked to his Spanish compatriot, the composer Granados, “Enrique, do you know what is happening today? I mean, these conductors. They stand in front of the orchestra waving their little sticks. And they get paid well for this, too!” The renowned violinist Carl Flesch, who performed with all the finest symphony conductors of the early 20th century, was more direct. “Conducting,” he said, “tends to spoil the character. When all is said and done, it is the only musical activity in which a dash of charlatanism is not only harmless but absolutely necessary.” Did Leopold Stokowski take Rosemary Waller these words to heart? He is arguably the most famous conductor in history. He dominated the field for well over 60 years, creating controversy and eliciting both adoration and disparagement everywhere he went. He created the famous “Philadelphia sound,” popularized Bach through his orchestral transcriptions, upgraded the science of sound recording, championed contemporary composers, and the list of his accomplishments goes on and on. He was loved by some, reviled by others, but ignored by no one. One biographer calls him an irresistible combination of St. Francis of Assisi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Beau Brummel, Don Juan, and a Trilby to his own Svengali. We’ll take a look at the musician and the man, with some examples of the undeniable magic he wrought. WHEN: Tuesday, March 3 from 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free Admission

nBridget Mendoza, Activities Assistant

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Letter to the Editor

The column provides an avenue where residents can submit letters to express opinion, criticism or praise. Dear Editor, I would like to thank the men that come to our homes here in Oakmont to fix our computers for free. I have received this wonderful gift many times during my eight years here. There are many things to like about living here but this may be the one I appreciate the most. Thank you, Phil, you rescued me once again. Susie Carr Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines Author must be an Oakmont resident or owner Letter must include topic title, author’s signature and Oakmont address, email address and/or phone number (not published). Maximum length 250 words. Letters not previously printed elsewhere may be given publishing priority. Writers will be limited to one letter per 90 days. Letters may be subject to editing for length or clarity. Personal attacks and inflammatory comments will not be printed. Communications Committee retains its right of refusal to publish Send letter to OVA Office at 6575 Oakmont Drive, Ste 7 or by email to kelly@

New OVA-Sponsored Class “Developing Your Palate for Wine” Sign up for a six-week, hands-on wine appreciation class in an unpretentious, fun environment. Come and learn about the six major wine varietals of our region. Explore sensory analysis, label language and wine terminology. Your instructor is Mark DeVincenzi, a certified wine educator and sommelier. Each student must bring five wine glasses to each class. Class size is small, so register early in the OVA Office. WHEN: Classes begin Thursday, February 19 and run each Thursday, through March 26 TIME: 7–9 p.m. LOCATION: CAC, Art Room COST: $80 registration fee, please bring your check to the OVA Office made out to Mark DeVincenzi

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property, the OCDC believes. What began long ago was a much different plan. It called for a six-story apartment building very close to the Oakmont property line, would not have been age-restricted, included a commercial area along Highway 12, many more living units and a doggie park next to Oakmont. The negotiations produced a completely agerestricted residential property (60 and over) with no commercial space, no dog park, no children, and no six-story buildings. The new plan also includes assisted living and memory care facilities. The plan also calls for OSL to place deed restrictions on the property forever limiting the age to 60 and over. If OSL is unable to get a change in the general plan, the project plan would go back to the beginning, most likely with much of the original plan, OCDC believes. As part of the negotiations, OVA promised to support the latest agreed-upon plan through all phases of approval by the city, and the OVA Board has sent a letter endorsing the plan. Saying OCDC wants to help residents make informed comment, it has offered to have a committee member meet with individuals who have questions. Anyone with questions may call the OVA Office and leave their name and number so an OCDC member can arrange to meet. OCDC urged, “If you want this project to pass review, please write a letter of support to Joel Galbraith, Community Development Department, City of Santa Rosa, with copies to all city council members, citycouncil@srcity. org. Residents’ letters or E-mails should reference Ridgeline GPA.”

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The board approved a recommendation from the Communications Committee to ask all candidates a series of questions, with their answers posted on the Oakmont News website oakmont-news, and published in the print edition March 1. The questions are: 1. What issues do you consider to be of highest importance to Oakmont, and what criteria, including dues increases, do you think should be used to make a priorities list? 2. An ad hoc committee is studying possible upgrades to Berger Center. As a board member, how would you go about deciding which changes should be made? 3. What ideas do you have to promote transparency between the board and the residents? 4. What should be done in Oakmont to keep pace with evolving trends in senior communities? The traditional candidates’ night open forum will be held at the Berger Center on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 p.m. It also will be streamed live on the Internet on A video of the forum also will be available on the site. Annual Meeting notices and ballots will be sent to members and are due back to OVA by April 6, but also can be turned in at the meeting. Ballots will be counted at the West Recreation Center starting at 8:30 a.m. on April 7, with results to be announced there at 2 p.m. The board will seat new members and hold an organizational meeting that afternoon at 2 p.m. at the West Rec. Center.

Quail Inn Getting New Look

nJim Brewer

The dining rooms and grill at the Quail Inn are getting a facelift, with new paint and carpeting slated for completion as early as Feb. 16. “It’s going to look great,’’ said Mike Ash, general manager for the Oakmont Golf Club. “We’ve needed an update for a long time.” Some large groups that normally meet at the Quail Inn have been temporarily moved to the East Clubhouse, but overall the project has progressed with a little disruption to patrons, Ash said. Rooms, which will be painted a light shade of brown, have been done on a rotating basis, allowing dining operations to continue each day. Ash said the only time all areas will be closed at once will be on Feb. 16, the day the light tan carpeting is laid throughout the facility. The walkup window will remain open for food service. And while the club will be able to charge more for weddings and other major booked events, Ash said restaurant goers will not see increases as the upgrade will not increase menu prices. On another front, Ash said a new 800-foot well to supply water for the golf courses has been drilled on the 17th tee of the West Course. The well will become operational once pumps are installed sometime this spring. That project was made necessary after the OGC’s contract with the city to supply water for irrigation expired last fall.

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malign nor inflame. Letters are to include topic/title and author’s name and can be up to 250 words long. Also included (but not published) are the writers’ address, E-mail address and phone number so they can be contacted and notified of submittal status. Review: letters may be edited for clarity and length by the communications chair (or designee) and by the committee to avoid maligning individuals or groups and inflammatory language. If a letter is deemed to be out of compliance, the writer will be given an opportunity to revise. Writers are limited to one letter per 90 days and priority is given to letters not previously printed elsewhere. In all cases, whether a letter is being published or not, the boilerplate that advertises/promotes this letter service must be displayed within the regular boxed section for resident letters. Writers will be notified of the status of submitted letters and if and when it is expected to be published by the association office. Association-Related Information: Space where the association can disseminate information pertaining to its plans, actions and rationale for actions. Features may include a Board President’s column, Association Manager’s column and to also include information on key actions being taken by association committees. One back inside page is reserved for Oakmont Village Association information, to include OVA office hours and contact information, current board members with email addresses, regular OVA committee meeting schedules with pseudonym E-mail address for each committee chair. Club, Organization and Class Announcements: Allows each of Oakmont’s approved clubs, organizations and classes to promote their activities. Preferred focus is upcoming events versus reporting on results of events. Exception would be results of special events, such as tournaments. Other Approved Newspaper Columns: • Crime reporting in summary pertaining to Oakmont.

• Brief Death notices pertaining to Oakmont. • Soliciting interest in a proposed club/class/ organization with association office sign-off. Up to three notices in the newspaper can be published to determine interest. • Detailed class listings offered by Lifelong Learning at Oakmont three times per year. • Golf News: Oakmont Golf Club has contractual agreement for space allocation within the newspaper in exchange for services rendered. Page position within the newspaper is not specified. Newspaper Size, Material Limit, Responsibilities: CJM Productions, a contractor, handles and is responsible for all newspaper advertising. The overall newspaper content and distribution remains under the auspices of the Oakmont Village Association and all non-commercial ads, editorials and articles are to be made available to OVA for review before publishing. The newspaper is normally 32 pages and increases are in four-page increments, requiring added costs. If additional pages beyond the normal edition size are necessary, it should be identified early to minimize layout rework. The large number of clubs and organizations produces competition for the limited space in the paper. Writers are asked to focus on upcoming events, with briefer details on past events. Photos are popular and are encouraged, noting that pictures and registration coupons reduce space available for text. OVA and the CC have agreed on a maximum club story length of 500 words, although most stories should not approach this length. Groups exceeding that limit will be notified in writing and asked to adhere to the limit. The letter about the copy limit is to be sent only to those groups regularly exceeding the limit, to avoid encouraging others to write long stories. When overlong stories are submitted before the monthly deadlines, OVA staff may notify writers

of a need to trim and resubmit. But the nature of publishing can make it necessary for the paper’s designer to trim some stories to fit available space on deadline. In those cases, it’s not possible to consult with writers. When groups consistently submit copy too long for available space, OVA and the Communications Committee will work with the groups to adjust future submissions. After edition has been submitted for printing, CJM will report to Association Office and what actions were taken to reduce content to fit. This will aid the Association Office designee in responding to resident inquires and communications designee in future planning. Adopted by Communications Committee for submission to Board 9/8/2014


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The work is scheduled to begin when the exterior stucco work on the renovated West Rec. building is complete. He said the contractors will coordinate with Nordby Construction, the main contractor for the West Rec. work. The rebuilt West Rec. interior will offer new locker rooms and restrooms, a renovated kitchen and other improvements. The cabana work includes removing the solar heating pipes on the roof and replacing the roof. Felton said the solar pipes were not being used and were something of an eyesore.


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Garden Club

nPeggy Dombeck


The research assistant couldn’t experiment with plants because he hadn’t botany.


WHAT: James Lang, Master Gardener and prominent Sonoma County rose expert, presents “How to Prune Your Roses” WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, February 17 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• Plant 4” pots of spring flowering annuals and perennials now. For spring bloom, plant alstroemeria, bleeding heart, campanula, catmint, columbine, coral bells, delphinium, dianthus, diascia, foxglove, Linaria purpurea, marguerites, scabiosa, and violets. Plant crocosmia, dahlias, gladiolus, lilies, and tuberous begonias this month and next.

• Wash house plant leaves periodically to help prevent spider mite and other insect infestations. If plants are movable, transport them to the shower and give them a thorough rinse. Remove yellowing or dead leaves. Using sharp pruning shears or scissors, trim brown edges from leaf tips (follow the leaf shape as you cut). Apply fertilizer at half strength. • Do a system check on all your irrigation components. • Fertilize lawns and repair bad patches of turf. Avoid quick release, high nitrogen fertilizers which promote top growth. A slower release product will help roots remain strong. • To rejuvenate leggy shrubs like nandina, cut to the ground one-third of the oldest stems each year. This will stimulate new growth lower down. You will be amazed at how much more beautiful your plants will look. • Continue to clean up old and dropped flowers from camellias and azaleas to reduce petal blight, a fungal disease. Do not add them to your compost pile. • Clean and sharpen all of your garden tools with a rasp or a stone. Sharp pruners are easier on both the plants and your joints. A great place to store your hand tools year round is in a 5-gallon bucket of sand with some vegetable oil mixed in. Every time you push your small hand tools into the sand, they’ll get an effortless cleaning and lubricating job.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU—Oakmont

nPaul Heidenreich/Kathy Sowers

We interrupt this issue of the Oakmont News to bring you a word from our sponsor: Osher LLI and the Oakmont Lifelong Learning Program. “I am a fellow OLLI student. A few years ago, I found out about OLLI through a friend. My wife and I attended several courses at The Vintage House in Sonoma. There, we met and enjoyed listening to Bruce Elliott, Mick Chantler, Bob Kirk, etc., and looked forward to many more courses in the future. “But then, the lights went out! The program was stopped. There were no more courses in Sonoma. I later found out that it was because there were simply not enough people in the seats or folks giving donations to support the program. That told me that OLLI is fragile and not a given. It depends on folks attending, enrolling, volunteering, and donating to continue enjoying all the programs OLLI offers. “With the Sonoma program gone, I then made my way to SSU and began to enjoy some of the many courses on that great campus. Since I was concerned about the financial footing of the program, I asked to join the Finance Committee, and have since learned that OLLI has, essentially, been running in the red for over ten years. Further, only 61% of its costs are met by tuition, the rest comes from donations, the majority of which come from the endowment that Bernard Osher made to found this program. Yet, as generous as he was, OLLI is not Bernard Osher’s program, it’s OUR program. “Consider three things: first, consider offering your time. If you like the course you’re taking, check

the upcoming spring catalog and consider taking two or more courses. And by the way, it’s OK to bring a friend. It’s a great way to help grow the program. “Second, consider offering your talents, such as helping out as a greeter, participating Bette Reiss as first Legacy in some of our class Circle donor from Oakmont enhancement projects, helping with our audio/ visual team, or helping with fund raising. Any and all would be most appreciated. “And finally, consider offering your treasure. Bernard Osher need not be the only one to donate money to OLLI. We need to make our own contributions to help put the program on a sustainable footing, whether by sponsoring a course, making a bequest as our friend and fellow Oakmont OLLI student Betty Riess has done, or simply by making a donation. “So I leave you with this thought: if you enjoy these courses, keep coming and help out in any way you can. OLLI is our program and we all need to help keep it strong.” Sincerely, Russ Engle, OLLI Finance Committee Member


Please direct questions about Osher LLI at SSUOakmont courses and activities to Co-Chairs Paul and Susi Heidenreich, at (206) 604-6418 or by E-mail at Osher LLI classes at SSU-Oakmont are open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests.

Wii Bowling Oakmont Lanes nTerry Leuthner, President, and Sugar Carlton, Vice President

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Sugar at 539-6295, or stop by the former Curves location on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action (no bowling fourth Tuesdays). See for club information and Winter 2015 League Schedule. Remaining date for February: Feb. 17. No bowling Feb. 24—fourth Tuesday.


Our Oakmont Lanes Fifth Annual Charity BowA-Thon fund-raiser has been moved to Saturday, March 14 at Austin Creek Elementary School, 1480 Snowy Egret Dr. Santa Rosa, to be split 50/50 for the benefit of Rincon Valley Union School District and the Oakmont Kiwanis. Save the date. Planning is in the works! See our website for update information.

RESULTS AS OF January 20 (third week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Strikers; third place, Pocket Hits; tied for fourth place, Alley Oops and Wii Four; sixth place, Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 236; Terry Leuthner, 218; Juan Fuentes, 209; Gordon Freedman, 202. Women’s High Games: Sue Bowman, 246; Germaine Byrne, 246; Peggy Ensley, 246; Sugar Carlton, 239; Florence Palica, 238; Kathryn Miller, 236; Robin Schudel, 235; Sandy Wald, 209. High Game Subs: Beverly Shelhart, 231. 3:15 PM League: tied for first place, High Rollers and Stikes and Spares; third place, Pin Heads; fourth place, King Pins; fifth place, Wii Power; sixth place, Strike Outs. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 268; Scott Harris, 212; Mark Attebery, 201. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 279; Carolyn Mack, 269; Diane Price, 244; Mollie Atkinson, 238; Valerie Hulsey, 237; Shirley Jamison, 224; Pat Stokes, 219; Nicole Reed, 206; Elisabeth LaPointe, 204.


nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

Join us at the Activities Center in the card room on the second, fourth and fifth Thursdays of each month. Arrive by 6:15 p.m. We draw for partners just before 6:30 p.m. and play starts promptly after that. We change partners after each game of four hands. Need to brush up? Come at 6 p.m. for practice play. Singles and couples are welcome. There are no membership dues. Cost for the evening is $1 and money is awarded to the top scores for the evening.

Looking for daytime pinochle?

We also meet every Thursday morning at 9 a.m. in the Activities Center card room. This is a wonderful way to learn pinochle or brush up on your game, as well as for experienced players. Arrive shortly before 9 a.m. We draw for partners, so singles or couples are welcome. Cost is 25¢ a game, paid to the winners. Call Chuck Rowlands or me for information or questions at 537-7498.


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nJane Carpenter

Oakmont Art Association


Many of our lives have been punctuated by the enjoyment of colorful and creative glass windows created to tell stories, enliven the space, create a sense of wonder and simply inspire. What happens when these stained glass creations are broken, when the wood and metal frames that hold them together decay, when building foundations shift and threaten their integrity?

include restoration as well as creation of new works. The March 13 meeting will be at the usual time of 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center.


We want to thank everyone who supported the “The Celebration of the Arts” on Feb. 6. Many Oakmont residents enjoyed watching three professional artists painting one model, each in their own special way, and later talking about their work. It was a very interesting and educational experience for all who attended and for those who worked so hard make it happen. Over 50 volunteers were involved in this event and it would not have happened without their help. We especially want to thank the Oakmont Foundation for making this day possible.


Our program on Friday, March 13 will feature Ariana Makau, who holds a Master’s Degree in Stained Glass Conservation from the Royal College of Art in London and who founded Nzilani Glass Conservation LLC, one of the few companies in the United States qualified to restore historical glass works. She will show and discuss examples of her company’s work with beautiful examples from churches, museums, and historical buildings that

Art work in the Berger Gallery will change on Saturday, March 15. In the meantime be sure to see the paintings that are on display in the gallery and those on the back walls of the auditorium by Philip Wilkenson, Jean Palmer and Elizabeth Wonnacott. A painting by Philip was in the Feb. 1 Oakmont News. We were not able to put Jean Palmer’s photograph in the last issue because of room. Here is her photograph titled The Still Point. It and other interesting works by her are on the wall outside of the gallery. Jean was born in San Francisco and is related to an early California artist, Harrison Eastman. Her interest in art began early and continued while raising two children and working as a florist. She has taken classes in figure drawing, art history, oil painting, color theory and mixed media at the Santa Rosa Junior College. A perpetual student, she has taken many other classes and has numerous

other passions including collecting art and of late, photography. For several years she was an art docent for the Rincon Valley School District. She is obviously a woman of many interests and talents. Her twin philosophies are, ”Life is Art” and “Know Thyself.” E l i z a b e t h Wonnacott’s beautiful oil paintings are well known. She teaches oil painting classes here in Oakmont and also has a studio in the art district South of A Street. To the right is an example of her work. If you are interested in her classes call Bonnie Crosse (see number below).


The Art Critique group has openings for any twodimensional painter, including oil and watercolor, at its once-a-month meeting. Contact Lynette Bourne at 569-9513 or for information. The Ikebana class is full but openings are anticipated. Contact Bonnie Crosse at 282-9076 if you wish to be on the waiting list.

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Valley of the Moon Rotary

nNoel Lyons

Pickleball News

nRandy Ruark

Valley of the Moon Rotary meets on Friday mornings for a full breakfast at 7:15 a.m. Please visit our website at for details on our speakers, programs, involvement in the community and international projects. All are welcome. Be our guest and see if you fit. The four-way test of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned? At a recent meeting Terry Metzger who serves as our Youth Services Director introduced us to the principal of Austin Creek School, Mr. Michael Kellison, who introduced our Student of the Month, Aiden Strunk, a sixth grader. Among various awards Aiden was given a sum of money to donate to a cause of his choice. He was asked to report back his choice. These students are selected based upon their outstanding contributions to their fellow students and exemplary good citizenship. One of our members Rich Irwin reported on a fascinating part of his life. He spent 10 years building scale model airplanes that were used in films, such as Top Gun, the three Iron Eagle films, and others. He and five associates built 50 models to order for the film Our upcoming crab feed fund-raiser on February 28 supports our various projects. Gather your bidding partners together for your chance to win that stocked wine cooler or that vacation package to Italy, Hawaii or Mexico.

From L to R: Austin School Principal Michael Kellison; Rotary Youth Services Director Terry Metzger; Student of the month Aiden Strunk; Parents Jennifer and Christopher Strunk

Current Events Discussion Group

nTina Lewis

The Current Events group consists of lively discussions of current events, from local to international. Informed comments are voiced from across the political spectrum, from liberals to conservatives. Some prefer to just listen and learn, others offer to moderate. Whatever your comfort level, you will be welcomed when you join us. The discussions are moderated by volunteers within the group, and microphones are passed around to enable everyone to hear. A $1 donation is requested.


Feb. 20: Karen Krestensen Feb. 27: Bernie Palk Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

New Plans Developed For Central Park

OVA has submitted revised plans to the City of Santa Rosa, in hopes of speeding up the approval process. The original plans called for filling in the abandoned water hazard that was created when the golf course was first built. A careful analysis concluded that there were no endangered plant or animal species present. However, that doesn’t mean that there couldn’t be any. We could be asked to wait through a complete breeding season to make sure! Therefore the plans were changed to eliminate one court and leave the water hazard undisturbed. We’re hoping this means a prompt positive response from the city so that OVA can move forward. As shown above, the planned “Central Park” includes a new pool-side picnic area, four pickeball courts, one multi-sport court, and an upgraded petanque area. Visual and sound screenings are still provided from nearby homes. Meanwhile, pickleball continues to thrive in Oakmont, with new players showing up every Monday for orientation. Starting at 10 a.m. on Mondays, volunteer club members will spend an hour or so introducing you to this fun game. Loaner paddles and balls are available; just show up with suitable court shoes with non-marking soles. WHO: Pickleball members and guests WHERE: Two courts with portable nets on East Rec. Court #4 WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Saturday is drop-in play for all players, all skill levels—no reservations required. Reservations (at the club

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website) are recommended outside of the 10 a.m. to noon drop-in period. WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people WEBSITE: CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266, or Introduction and orientation to the game is offered every Monday from 10–11 a.m. Please wear court shoes with non-marking soles. We have loaner paddles available.

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In the Spotlight Rene Dufour: From Navigator to Nuclear Energy

Oakmont Pets

nYvonne Alexander

nGrace Boyle

I have raised over 100 foster kittens. This litter of 5 outgrew their bed!

Rumi, Sufi Poetry and Meditation for Women

nHalima JoAnn Haymaker

Is it time to find something besides busyness in your life? Are you ready to sit quietly and open your heart? Come and join our Sacred Circle of Women, read Rumi and other Sufi poets, learn Sufi heart-centered meditation, and hear words of wisdom from Sufi masters. WHEN: Wednesday, March 4, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. WHERE: 147 White Oak Drive I lead this Sacred Circle, which meets on the first Wednesday of each month, as a member of the International Association of Sufism. Open to all spiritual seekers. No fee. Call 537-1275 for information and see .

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Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing series of profiles of your neighbors, community members with interesting backgrounds who bring vibrancy to Oakmont.

It was 3 o’clock in the morning on a last mission was on his 21st birthday, bitter-cold day in December, 1944 in April 20, 1945. Venosa, Italy. Young men of the U.S. Dufour was a student at Colorado 15th Army Air Force were asleep in College in Colorado Springs when tents. The doors to the tents were pulled Pearl Harbor happened. He enlisted open: “Okay crew! Time to get up!” in the Army Air Force Reserves in 1943 Rene Dufour, 20-years-old, climbed out “because there was a war on and that was of his cot and mummy sleeping bag, the thing to do.” He had just turned 18. pulled on his flight suit, ate a breakfast He was called to active duty four months of dehydrated eggs and cold toast later. After a year of intense training, he and reported for a two-hour briefing was commissioned a Flight Officer and on the day’s mission—bombing the Photo by Michael Reinhardt received his Wings as a navigator. Blechhammer synthetic oil refineries After VE Day, Dufour completed in Southern Poland. The refineries, vital to the his education at Colorado University in Boulder, production of fuel for the German war machine, where he met his wife Ellen, and embarked on a were protected by first class fighters and anti-aircraft career in nuclear energy. America’s Atomic Energy batteries. Commission was in its pioneer stage. Initially, he was Dufour climbed with his crew into their B-24 an analytical chemist with the U.S. Geological Survey Liberator and, after gaining altitude, took his seat as in Denver. He needed Q secret clearance to work in navigator in the glass nose of the bomber. The aircraft the Survey’s trace elements laboratory. flew into formation with 36 planes from the four “In 1948,” explains Dufour, “the United States squadrons of the 485th Bomb Group, then flew across did not know what its resources were in uranium. the Adriatic to rendezvous with the full 15th Army The Geological Survey began an intensive program Air Force. Some 1,500 B-24s with full loads of bombs in the Southwest, sending many geologists all over flew in formation to Blechhammer and accomplished that part of the country. We analyzed the ore samples their mission. Dufour’s plane returned to Venosa sent by the geologists to determine the presence of with multiple flak holes but no injuries. uranium and whether the United States would be Dufour flew 31 missions with the celebrated 15th self sufficient in uranium production for military and Army Air Force during World War II, destroying commercial needs. The program determined that the Germany’s gasoline production, knocking out major U.S. had adequate uranium resources in the Four aircraft factories, and crippling its transportation Corners area.” system. Neither he nor any of his crew—two pilots, In 1956, Dufour joined General Electric’s nuclear four machine gunners, a radio operator and an energy program in Schenectady, NY. GE ran the engineer—were ever injured. Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory which supported But it was close. Dufour remembers: “During our Admiral Hyman Rickover’s famed program for a fifth mission our B-24, an older plane not adequate nuclear powered Navy. “We designed, engineered for the job, developed mechanical and electrical and procured components for nuclear-powered problems. We were nearing our target in Poland submarines and, later, aircraft carriers and cruisers. when we lost two of our four engines. The gas gauge After 20 years at Knolls, I transferred to the actual showed 600 gallons—its capacity was 2,600. We had procurement and manufacture of nuclear power fallen out of formation and were alone. plants that provided power for the Navy’s submarines “Our pilot ordered all bombs to be salvoed and and surface ships.” everything heavy—machine guns, ammunition —to Dufour, now 90, retired in 1991. Looking for a place be thrown overboard. We were at 26,000 feet. He cut to live, the Dufours searched retirement communities the speed back to just above stall speed and we slowly along the East and West Coasts and discovered descended toward the Adriatic and Italy. I plotted the Oakmont in 1991. They bought a house in 1992. They fastest way toward Italy while staying away from have two sons and two daughters, grandchildren and cities to avoid flak.” great grandchildren. The crippled plane glided for three hours over In earlier years, Dufour was quite active here. He enemy territory. How frightening was it? “We were served four years on OVA’s board and 10 years as a all too busy keeping the plane functioning and on volunteer tax consultant with the AARP program. He a safe course to think about anything else. We were is a proud donor of 20 gallons of blood to the Red below 10,000 feet when we finally crossed the Adriatic Cross. He also was president of Oakmont’s Tennis and landed at the base closest to Allied front lines, Club. A plaque in the East Rec. Center commemorating Ancona. The airplane had one engine and 25 gallons Oakmont’s 1996 Tennis Team “No. 2 in the Nation” of fuel left.” lists his name. Dufour flew another mission two days later. His Today, the Dufours live a quiet life in the Oakmont home they bought 23 years ago. When asked to be featured in the Oakmont News as someone with an interesting background, Dufour said: “But why me?”

Edgar Cayce Study Group

nFran Todd

The Spiritual Study Group based on the Edgar Cayce material is moving towards a more experimental mode. This will be then utilized in our everyday lives as we interact with others. This is how we get to know ourselves and our relationship with the creator (God). This is an open-hearted and health-promoting process. For more information call me at 538-2943. We continue to meet every Tuesday from 10 a.m.–12 noon in the Central Activity Center, Room B.

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nEd Low

Oakie Folkies


Hood Mountain (photo by Maurice Fliess)

This hike will take place in Glen Ellen through Sonoma Valley Regional Park, then to Sonoma Developmental Center property and Fern Lake. At least half of this hike will be on paved fire roads and could be entirely paved depending on weather. We may try dirt trails which could be muddy, so wear your boots just in case. About 500’ of elevation gain and about six miles. Serious rain will cancel hike. Leave Berger Center 9 a.m. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724.

February 19 LONG HIKE: MT. ST. HELENA This 10-mile hike with an elevation gain of 2,100’ is a must for first-timers. Views abound along this moderate hike which is mostly on a gravel service road. Bring a lunch with lots of liquids and plan on cool weather at the top. Leader is Dave Chalk, 5398847. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.

nJanet Dove

Great Turnout in January!

Our January 14 second Wednesday jam was wellattended by quite a variety of musicians! Some of us brought out-of-towns guests with us, some Oakmonters re-appeared from out of the woodwork after a long hiatus, and Taylor brought some new listeners and appreciators of folk music. We had a great jam, and were delighted to have two great autoharpists with us all evening (Fuey and Carey). Nevada Mike was there on his banjo, Lenny joined us (great harmonica!), and Ed even paid us a rare visit to share “Banks of the Ohio.” In the house as well were a concertina and a fiddle! We had lots of fun as one by one everyone in the circle chose a song when it was their turn. The photos here each show about half of the jamming circle. Clearly, it was a great night.


Skyline Wilderness (photo by Maurice Fliess)

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January 24 Hiker’s Potluck was a great success with almost 100% attendance of people who signed up. Thanks to Judy, Joanne, Ai, Lorene and Joan for a superb job in organizing the potluck. Thanks to all the ladies (and a few good men) for the scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, main courses and desserts. Plenty of food! Thanks to ‘Z’ and her artistic cohorts George, Maurice and Keith for the beautiful slide shows. Thanks to all of us for such jolly good mood that night to orchestrate a beautiful evening. We had a great time and we even laughed at Jim Sanar’s joke.

We hike the Vista Loop, beginning on Lower Bald Mountain Trail to the aptly-named Vista Trail for views of the surrounding hills. A short detour on Headwaters Trail takes us to the Ceremony Tree and back, where we descend on Gray Pine Trail and across the creek to Meadow Trail. Distance is 5.25 miles with 900’ of elevation gain. Bring lunch, water and poles for the steep parts. Hike leader is park historian Larry Maniscalco, who might have some stories to tell, 538-2089.


Two separate hikes in the magnificent virgin redwood forest. Dick Shlegeris will lead the intermediate hike which covers the hills through the woods for a five mile loop. It does include a significant climb. Sharon Shlegeris will lead the short hike on a two-mile stroll through the redwoods. Bring food and water. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m.


Switchbacks will take us past George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch to the summit of Big Rock Ridge at 1,895’—the second-highest point in Marin County. If the day is clear, we will enjoy panoramic views of the Bay Area. Distance is about seven miles, with about 1,250’ of elevation gain. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Maurice Fliess, 536-9382.


It is customary for riders to help drivers with gas costs on hikes away from the local area. A suggested amount is $5/person. Hikes are subject to change due to weather.

February 25 and March 11 are our next two Wednesday night jams. They’re held every second and fourth Wednesday in the office building behind the Chinese restaurant, beginning at 7 p.m. We really enjoy having a row or two of listeners, as we decide what songs to play during the evening. So show up to listen, or bring your stringed (or compatible) instrument, and come on down to the jam! You are also invited to join us at Oakmont Gardens on the first Wednesday of the month from 1–3 p.m. for an entertaining show and sing-along. Why not mark March 4 and April 1 on your calendar now!


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2015

nGreg Goodwin

Lawn Bowling

There are two little known facts regarding lawn bowling that need to be brought to light for the thousands of my fans who follow this sport’s column. The first fact comes from a movie which took liberties by featuring baseball instead of lawn bowling. The famous line in the movie was “There’s no crying in baseball.” Originally, there was reference to our game, and it was supposed to be “There’s no whining in lawn bowling.” For movie trivia buffs, name the movie, the four stars in it and who played third base. Now for the second fact. I can unequivocally state, for the record once and for all, that there is not now, and never has been any deflated bowls used in any lawn bowling matches here in Oakmont. There is widespread use of substances banned in other sports, but our age group needs a little help. It is, however, frowned upon to use foreign substances in our bowls in order to gain an unfair advantage. Let’s play fair. Lawn bowling is an honorable game. More about honor in the next column.


Team registration will begin on March 1. Captains of each team are to register their team’s name, the players’ names and their birthdates by linking to Senior Games Registration on the website councilonaging. com. Early registration fee is $40 per player and after April 15 the fee increases to $45. The team captain can pay the fees online with a credit card. Registration fee includes a Senior Games tee shirt and a goody bag. During the games, the Council on

Single Boomers Social Club

nJim Ptak

Friday, February 13 was a lucky day for SBSC members and guests as we met at the Quail Inn for our monthly social to discuss current events and catch up with our comings and goings. Speaking of comings, our monthly social scheduled for Thursday, March 5 at the Berger Center will be a member-only appreciation night. We will hold elections for the Board of Directors and have a variety of free pizzas. Members should look for an invitation in their E-mail. Our membership continues to grow as word spreads about our friendly socials and upcoming events. Feel free to drop by any of our Socials, meet our members and get a sense of who we are. You won’t be disappointed! Our club’s purpose is to offer a friendly social environment and to promote fun, camaraderie, and entertaining events combined with an opportunity to meet single baby boomers in a relaxed setting. If you are interested in joining our club for a mere $12, contact Sandy Throne at for a membership application. Trivia: Did you know that the word “typewriter” is the only 10-letter word using the top row of keys on a keyboard?

Helen G. with improvised crab cracker

Aging will provide snacks and water to participants. A total of 18 teams can be accommodated for the games beginning Friday, June 12. Don’t miss out. Teams will be entered on a first-come basis. All players are required to sign an insurance waiver online with an electronic signature. More details to follow.


The Board of Directors has received a variety of responses regarding Brown Bag Meetings and Social Events. Some of the suggestions may be voted on at the March Quarterly Meeting. “Club member’s comments are important and welcomed,” said Club President, Phil Bowman. The president further added, “This is a busy year with the Senior Games and our 50th Anniversary as a club—member involvement is sought and appreciated to promote our sport.”


The co-commishes are happy to report overwhelming interest in the Spring Pairs League format. Random selection of seconds by skips will take place February 26–28. The League matches will begin March 28 and will end May 6. Matches will be played on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The Spring League is limited to eight teams. There are only a few openings left, so be sure to sign up ASAP. Questions? Contact Commissioner Goodwin at 539-6729.


Club President, Phil Bowman met with the OLBC’s 50th Anniversary co-chair on January 30th regarding plans for the events to commemorate 50 years of Lawn Bowling at Oakmont. Special plans are being finalized for presentation to the Board and membership. The celebrating is scheduled to begin on Friday, June 26 and end on Saturday, June 27. The committee has come up with some really fun, interesting and challenging events to include all club members. Interested in helping with the partying? Contact me at 50th Anniversary Co-Chair (Guess Who?)


Wow! Do the new backboards/plinths and shed look great or what? This was a lot of work done on time and without damage to the green. The club thanks the OVA for their financial support of our unique spot, Mark Rogers and crew for their work and the fine job done by the contractor Eric Stroud of Action Courts. Ah! Bowling again!


Here is an ongoing invitation to try lawn bowling. Oakmonters who are curious about what we actually do are welcome to find out. The best way would be to stop by the green around 12:15 a.m. Monday through Saturday when you can ask any member how to get started. The other easy way would be to contact the greeter of the month and for February that would be Fritzie Amantite. Give her a call at 484-7478 and she will be happy to meet with you to set up an opportunity for you to try rolling.


Oakmont Puzzle Contest

■ Ofelia Roman — OVA Administration

Entry Form for february 15 issue Find this picture: hidden in the articles. The winner’s prize is $15.

Whale #1 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Whale #2 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Whale #3 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Whale #4 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Whale #5 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Whale #6 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Whale #7 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Whale #8 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Whale #9 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________

Write your answers on this form and bring it in, or mail it, to the OVA Office. Either way it must reach us no later than Monday, February 23.

Name______________________________________ Phone______________________________________ Street Address_______________________________ ___________________________________________

Duplicate Bridge

nBob Stinson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

The Duplicate Bridge Club plays twice a week in the Central Activities Center card room, Tuesday evening at 6:45 PM and Friday afternoon at 12:30 PM. Our Duplicate Bridge Club is a friendly, low-key group who enjoy a more challenging way of playing bridge. There is a small fee, currently $3, which pays for a professional club director who organizes and officiates the game. The fee also pays for our club membership with the American Contract Bridge League. We enjoy coaching newcomers to our ranks. Firsttime players may play for free, but you need to remind the recorder if you are a first-timer. What is Duplicate? In social bridge, a new hand is dealt every time and a player’s score often reflects quite a bit of luck. In duplicate bridge the hands are dealt only once, and then played by nearly everyone. Your overall score is based on how well you do, compared to everyone else who played those hands. Another significant difference is that bidding is silent and uses colored bid cards from a bid box. If you enjoy bridge and want a fun, friendly and competitive way to improve your skills, bring your partner and try us out. General information and partnerships: Marilyn Hillendahl, 833-1032.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2015

Quilting Bee

nElizabeth McDonnell

We had a large turnout for our January 28 meeting. Not only the “usual suspects” were present, but we had two new members, Yvonne Draper and Debra Zilavy, as well as three guests, Mary DeYoung and her daughters Jane and Suzanne DeYoung. Jane and Suzanne DeYoung shared a story of their artist mother creating crane images with the intention of making calendars for her children. When the daughters learned of this they contacted two other daughters and, as a surprise, the four of them created a beautiful quilt for their mother incorporating those cranes. This project was started by Jane and Suzanne, who had never quilted before. The Quilting Bee applauded when they saw the quilt. The work of the DeYoung ladies is beautiful and we were so pleased they shared the story and quilt with us.

DeYong Sisters’ crane quilt

Mary Ann Allen gave us an update on the upcoming Healdsburg quilt show in which we’ve been asked to display our quilts. The show is on March 28 and members were asked to think about which of their quilts they would like to exhibit.

Mary Ann Allen

Lisa Boyer has volunteered to create a “mystery block” with cutting instructions for a future sewing date. We intend to sew the finished blocks into a quilt, at which time Lisa will quilt it for us on her long arm machine. We then will donate the quilt to Quilts of Valor which in turn passes the quilt on to a wounded service member or veteran. We discussed the sudden loss of our friend and fellow quilter, Donna Marvin. She was always a smiling, friendly, integral part of our Bee. It was decided we would make doll quilts during the year to donate to the Salvation Army at Christmas time, in her honor. This was a project she organized each year. Paula Scull suggested that our next sewing project for the summer time visiting grandchildren be pillowcases. She further suggested that Broadway Quilts be approached for a donation of fabrics. The project was met with happy approval.

Paula showed us her Valentine table topper. She likes to have a new table topper each month. This top took some planning to get the ribbon pattern to work in the border. Sandi McConnell forgot to bring her “ugly” challenge quilt she had planned to show. She said it is so ugly her cat Paula Scull won’t sleep on it. Joann Fuller had nothing to show this time, but mentioned that a kimono given away at one of our meetings was donated to her church for an auction. Money generated was given to one of the local charities her church supports. Helen White showed us a quilt kit she purchased from Better Homes and Gardens in 1978. There are two panels, front and back of the quilt, depicting a Victorian home. The panels are to be colored with crayons, and/or embroidery threads and embellished in any manner the sewer chooses. Helen has decided she will finish it and maybe her granddaughters’ daughters might someday enjoy the quilt. Joan Rumrill told us of a disaster she encountered in a sewing project. She was so frustrated and didn’t know what to do until she called Cathy Rapp early on a Sunday morning. Between the two they sorted out

nSusan Lynn

Joan’s problem and patiently removed the invisible threads so Joan could start again. Cathy Rapp is starting a quilt for her granddaughter with a goal of finishing by the granddaughter’s wedding in July. Debra Zilavy just moved here and the sad part of her moving meant she had to give up her long arm quilting machine. She comes from a family of quilters: her mother, grandmother and great grandmother were all quilters. She passed around a portfolio of her quilts and rag dolls she makes. Skipper Taylor showed a beautiful duvet she made in beautiful, rich colors. Vivian Valencia showed her animal appliqué blocks she is working on as well as her English paper piecing project. Ruth Blanchard showed beautiful, bright placemats she made. New member, Yvonne Draper, showed a quilt she created for a friend. Mary Ann Allen showed her finished, appliquéd block of the month quilt. It received rave reviews. Karen Krestensen announced she is starting to make three queen-size quilts in an Irish Chain pattern for each of her three 15-year-old grandsons. Quite a project to say the least! The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.


On February 15, 1965 John Lennon passed his driving test.

MARCH: Let’s Play Charades

There’s nothing quite like one of our big, rock ‘n roll soirees, but every now and then it’s good to slow down and reconnect. Our more informal get-togethers give you the perfect opportunity to meet new Boomers and catch up with your friends without the distraction of a live band and the lure of the dance floor. For an entertaining change of pace, join us on March 19 for our first-ever Charades Night. This hilariously funny team game originated in France in the 16th Century and is still a party favorite today. It’s the perfect party word-guessing game, and this time, you get to pick the words, phrases, movies, books, TV, or Broadway shows for your opponents to act out. For inspiration, there are plenty of websites with lists of words you can pick from. As always, bring an appetizer or dessert to share and BYOB. WHAT: Charades Night WHEN: March 19, 7–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: Free—members only, please BRING: Appetizer or dessert to share, BYOB

April 16: Trivia Night

This annual favorite is coming around again, so you’ll have the chance to show off all those bits of extraneous information you’ve got buried deep in your brain. This time we’ll be competing at the Quail Inn! Come as early as you like for pub grub (Fish ‘n Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, or Bangers ‘n Mash for just $8.95 each), as long as you’re there by 6:30 p.m., when the game begins. There’s a special $5 corkage fee for our members, or try a Guinness for just $3. Prizes and bragging rights go to the winning teams (limit of six people per team). WHAT: Trivia Night WHEN: April 16, game begins at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Quail Inn

May 16: Get Down With Motown!

Food trucks return to Oakmont, and Nathan Owens and the Legends of Motown will have you “Dancing in the Streets.” Watch this space for more information in future Oakmont News issues. Here’s a sneak peek at two of the special events coming up this year, so mark your calendars: June 20: Summer Solstice Fun with the Poyntlyss Sistars August 15: Hot August Nights

Boomer Trivia Quiz

Astronaut John Glenn became the first American launched into orbit on February 20, 1962. What was the name of his spacecraft? For the answer, visit our website at

Membership Renewals

All of these upcoming shindigs should have inspired you to renew your Boomers membership, but if you still haven’t paid your dues for 2015, your membership has already expired. That means that you are now ineligible to register for any of our events! Take a moment to visit our website (www. and you can pay online and be set for the rest of the year. It’s still only $10 per person per year, and it couldn’t be easier. Simply follow the instructions on the website. New members should click on Apply for Membership and follow the prompts. You do not need to set up a PayPal account, and you can use your debit or credit card. If you wish to pay by check, kindly make it payable to Oakmont Boomers and leave it in the Boomers’ Dues folder at the OVA Office. (Please remember to provide your E-mail address.) If you have any questions about joining the Boomers, please E-mail our Membership Director at


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2015

Grandparents’ Club

nRosemary Waller

nMarianne Neufeld


On Thursday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center, the renowned ZOFO Piano Duet will present a recital on the Music at Oakmont series. A “piano duet” refers to two performers on one piano (also called four-hand piano), as opposed to a “piano duo,” which features two players on two pianos. ZOFO has distinguished itself as one of only a handful worldwide devoted to the beautiful and varied repertoire written for such an ensemble. The two players have also blazed a bold new path by commissioning new works from noted composers each year since ZOFO’s founding in 2009. We are delighted to welcome back Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi for their second appearance in Oakmont. “ZOFO” is shorthand for 20-finger orchestra: ZO = 20, and FO = finger orchestra. In the brief period since its inception, ZOFO has achieved many remarkable honors, including: two Grammy nominations— Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and Producer of the year, for their CD Mind Meld, released in April, 2012; First Place—2010 Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition; Carnegie Hall—concert debut May 2010; finalists—2011 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition; multidisc recording contract with Grammy-award winning Sono Luminus Records; Steinway Artist Ensemble— designation conferred by Steinway and Sons; 11 selfcommissioned works by noted composers, including Pulitzer Prize-winner William Bolcom, Gabriela Lena Frank, and Terry Riley; national and international performances at prestigious venues across the US and in Europe and Japan; featured on American Public Media’s Performance Today. Keisuke Nakagoshi: Mr. Nakagoshi began his piano studies at age 10, arriving in the US from Japan when he was 18. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Recipient of multiple top awards, Mr. Nakagoshi was selected to represent the SFCM for the Kennedy Center’s Conservatory Project. He has distinguished himself as soloist on important concert stages including the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Mr. Nakagoshi is Pianistin-Residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of

nLynn Wycoff

Music. Eva-Maria Zimmermann: Swiss pianist Eva-Maria Zimmermann maintains a robust career in Europe and the US, offering performances that are “breathtakingly intense” and “passionate and deeply expressive.” Her solo appearances feature recitals as well as concerto performances with major symphonies, including the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Winner of the Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, Ms. Zimmermann has appeared at international festivals including the Festival Piano en Saintonge (France), the Sommerfestspiele Murten (Switzerland), and San Francisco’s Other Minds Festival of New Music. She is a graduate with highest honors from the Conservatory of Geneva, and has served as faculty member of the University of San Francisco. Currently she teaches in the music program at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA, founded by Yehudi Menuhin. ZOFO’s Program in Oakmont: ZOFO’s program on March 12 will include works by Bernstein, Debussy, Brahms, Bolcom and Schubert. Program notes will be found in the next Oakmont News, as well as on our website

Extra Concert in March

In addition to our series concert March 12 featuring ZOFO, Music at Oakmont is pleased to continue our tradition of partnering with the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Groups, in a special benefit concert on Saturday, March 14, at 3 p.m. in Berger. Please save the date and plan to join us in welcoming and encouraging these fabulously talented young people. Look for details in the next Oakmont News. WHAT: ZOFO Piano Duet WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door or your season pass WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Groups WHEN: Saturday, March 14, 3 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $10 at door, but free to age 16 and under (note: this is a special extra concert, benefitting both Music at Oakmont and Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Groups, not part of our regular series)

Bocce Ball Super Woman!

Who is this wonder? Well, she almost singlehandedly beat a team of seasoned players. These were big guys who usually score well and had some great shots only to have her zero in on a final throw and claim the points. She did so two games in a row and definitely earned big applause from everyone present. I should mention that she is a very tiny 94-yearold who was towered over by her opponents. Congratulations Mary Knight, you are something special!

We seem to have had some very exciting games lately and some outstanding play by the women in the club. Okay guys, here is your chance to show what you can do! The Valentine’s Tournament is history and results will appear in the next issue. Of course there is no love lost when we are competing. It is all in fun but still serious. Most of the members have paid their dues for 2015 but some of our regular players have yet to do so. If you are one of those stragglers, now is the time to catch up. New rosters are due to come out and you don’t want to be left out. It is time to practice up for the next tournament, St. Patrick’s Day to be played on Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. Will the luck of the Irish prevail? Tune in for more later. Keep thinking sunshine and we will see you at the courts.


Once again the Easter Bunny will be meeting and greeting you and your grandchildren at our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt is for toddlers through 12-year-olds. The cost is $5 per child and includes hunting for colorful filled eggs, a craft table for decorating the bags to hold their eggs, face painting, a jumpy house, The Balloon Guy making balloon art, refreshments, dancing to music by Oakie Folkies and more. Lots of fun prizes! Please join us at this fun-filled event where our grandchildren will be smiling and laughing and in turn making you smile and laugh. It surely will be a day of happiness for all. Arriving on time will insure a happy hunt! DATE: Saturday, April 4 TIME: 1–3 p.m. PLACE: On the greens outside the Berger Center; if it rains we go inside the Berger Center To insure safety while hunting for the eggs the children will be divided into age groups. If you have any questions, please call me at 5280161, or E-mail Joan at

Oakmont Caregiver Support Group

nVickie Jackanich

How Do You Keep Your Ill Spouse Active?

Many of us caring for an ill family member at home struggle with ways to keep him or her engaged with life. Sometimes there are physical limitations, such as the inability to walk. Sometimes there are memory or thinking problems, so he or she can no longer participate in what used to seem like simple tasks or games. You might feel understandably frustrated or depressed, stuck in this situation. Come join the discussion at the Oakmont Caregiver Support Group! We have been sharing ideas and experiences—and laughter—as we talk about how to care for our loved ones and keep our own spirits lively. The Oakmont Caregiver Support Group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon, in the Central Activities Center, Room B. It is facilitated by Dorothy Foster, MFT. Our next meeting is February 25. For more information, call me at 595-3054 or E-mail dicnvic@

Table Tennis in Oakmont

nKay Kim

Table tennis is an excellent exercise for the body, hand/ eye coordination and spatial brain activity. We have an active Table Tennis Club in Oakmont. So come join us. All skill levels are welcome. We play at the old Curves location, 6572 Oakmont Dr., as per the following schedule: Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesday: 12 noon–2:30 p.m. Thursday: 3–5:30 p.m. Friday: 3:15–5:30 p.m. Sunday: 12 noon–4:30 p.m. If you have any questions contact me at 539-4111, or Ian Seddon, 843-4040.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2015

Push Your Potential HIIT Boot Camp

(High Intensity Interval Training) nJohn Phillips Call it what you want, it is a fantastic workout. It promotes fat loss, muscle toning and improves endurance. WHEN: Mondays at 2 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:45 p.m. WHERE: 6549 Stone Bridge Rd. EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Light hand weights, nonslip mat, and water COST: $8 drop-in, 10 sessions $50, first session free Come on by and join us. You will be amazed at how much you can get done in 45 minutes!

Lap Swim Club

nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

As I write this, the weather couldn’t be better at end of January. By publication, we can expect better and better and in about 30+ days say “Good bye Winter!” Keep up your routine or start now!

Flip Turn News

Alert! Calling all wounded athletes, warriors with sore spots. Everyone needs and appreciates your help by removing all bandages, bandaids before workouts. Today I removed three bandaids from one lane! Natural debris is A-OK but human debris is pollution. Thanks everyone. Join us, aquatic warriors who swim/workout year round: Happy lapping!

Women’s Friendship Bible Study

nGayle Miller

We extend an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend one of the weekly Women’s Friendship Bible studies held each week. It is a terrific time to meet new people and learn new things from the Bible. The classes are informal and you’ll have a delightful time of sharing with others. The studies are sponsored by Christian Women’s Club and Stonecroft Bible Ministries, also selected studies are from LifeGuide Bible Studies. The study groups are informal with easy-to-follow lessons. You are welcome to join at any time and attend the group of your choice. Please call one of the numbers below for additional information.


STUDY: Exodus: Learning to Trust God TIME: Tuesdays, 9:45–11:30 a.m. PLACE: The Oakmont Gardens, 301 White Oak Drive. This group study is open to all Oakmont residents. Coffee, tea and dessert served GUIDE: Jannece Gill CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309


STUDY: I John, Christ: Our Life TIME: Fridays, 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: 6575 Oakmont Dr., Suite 6 (directly across the hall from the OVA Office) GUIDE: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

Fit Water ness


nJanet Seaforth

Kuan Li and Wuji

nCathy Rapp

It’s not too late to start on your new year’s resolution. You know the one: get some fresh air and exercise. If you want to try water exercise with a very small group, drop in on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. We exercise to a recording and can help first-timers learn the various movements. Throw on your glad rags—or last year’s bathing suit—and jump in! Water aerobics classes are being held at the Central Pool for the next few months as the West Rec. Center is being remodeled. To receive news about water fitness classes and the JC schedule, you may add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list by calling me at 537-9281 or E-mailing me at to receive updates.

winter 2015 water aerobics schedule Central Pool until west rec. remodel is complete

Free Classes through SRJC: Note: these classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Participants may decide to continue the classes during the break on a fee basis. Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee) Note: the 10 a.m. class on Friday with Julie as instructor is on hiatus for the winter and the plan is to begin the class again next spring.

Tai Chi for Beginners nKate Ha

If you have never practiced Tai Chi before now is your chance. Tai Chi is slow and relaxed and helps with balance, agility and stress reduction. It is perfect for seniors who want to get back into a less sedentary lifestyle. We meet at 6572 Oakmont Drive (the former Curves location) on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Tuition is $75 for a five-class introductory workshop (classes do not have to be consecutive). Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese exercise that is practiced all over the world by millions as a way to stay active and energized. Do come join us. Call me for information and to pre-register at 318-5284. I am looking forward to chatting with you.

Fit & Fun nLynn Seng, Instructor

Just say NO!

…If you don’t need to exercise, don’t enjoy moving to music, don’t want to leave your couch, don’t like to laugh, don’t care about your muscles or memory or balance, and don’t have anything to lose. Classes are at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings and 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoons at the old Beauty Parlor behind McBride’s. Your first two classes are free so come check us out! Successive classes, which do not need to be consecutive, are $10 per week or discounted at five weeks for $40 or 10 weeks for $60. Make it a Healthy New Year!

We take time to return to the core of our being, our deep nature, our own “li,” when we practice Qigong. We turn inward to listen to the flow of our body and our connection to the natural world of earth and sky. We salute each other with a “Kuan Li,” merciful behavior, as we acknowledge the energy we share and create. It is our natural state of being to be peaceful. We return to our natural state of peace, when we center in stillness, or “wuji,” during the simply standing meditation of Qigong. In this state of “wuji,” we connect to our mother earth and the natural gravitational force. We are then able to relax into natural balance. This allows the body to restore, heal, enjoy the body’s natural harmony of ridding itself of toxic debris and bring in the flow of new life-giving energy, like the oxygen we receive with deep natural breathing. In the state of wuji, we connect to our father sky, the source of all there is in this universe, our cosmos. We feel into this radiant expression of creative energy. Within this state of wuji, standing between heaven and earth, we find our own true nature and our place in humanity. This is the nature of our li, the way we are, our authentic self, finding our place with all. The practice of wuji in Qigong takes time to develop. Yet, this simple tool of returning to that which is natural, not only gives us better health, it gives our life more meaning, and helps us make better choices, that align with our authentic self. This month on February 18, the second new moon after the winter solstice we celebrate Chinese New Year of the Wood Ram. More on that next time! We are still in our temporary studio 6572 Oakmont Drive, at the old Curves Studio behind Mei Don, close to the market. We meet at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Everyone is welcome, no equipment is needed. There are chairs available. Fee is $40 per month or $15 for drop-in session. I have over 35 years of Qigong teaching experience. Call me at 894-7345. Please see the websites www.PYNKQigong and

Saturday Morning Meditation nSheila Madden, Facilitator

Join a drop-in group of 20–25 meditators, which has been meeting every Saturday morning promptly at 10:30 a.m. since 2005. A 40-minute period of silence is preceded by a short dharma talk about meditation principles, chiefly (but not exclusively) based on Buddhist ideas. We sit in a circle on comfortable chairs, but anyone who prefers to sit formally on a floor cushion is welcome to bring one and use it. I have been a meditator for 37 years and have been teaching meditation since the mid-1980’s. Beginning meditators are advised to call me in advance at 538-1716 for some tips on the how-to’s of sitting. LOCATION: Central Activities Center, Room B NOTE: Tuesday afternoon meditation has been restored. If you would like to join a group of 8–10 people who simply sit together in silence for 40 minutes, come to the Art Room in the Central Activities Center, from 4–4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2015

Oakmont Health Initiative nTeresa Woodrum

Free Fitness Classes

Mondays, 9–10 AM, Berger Center

Feb. 16: Cardio Fitness and Strength with Betsy Smith. Come and enjoy great music, easy routines, friendship; keep active and in shape all at the same time. No mats today. Hand weights optional.

Wednesdays, 9–10 AM, Berger Center

An exciting rotation of instructors from YMCA Healthy Living. See OHI webpage for details: https:// calendar.

Fridays, 9–10 AM, Berger Center (Feb. 6 at the East Rec.)

Stretch, Body Conditioning and Balance with Mary Hastings. This is a gentle class. If you have ever been in physical therapy, you will remember the movements. Exercises are done standing, sitting in a chair and on the mat. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, Therabands (available in class for $5), athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, water bottle and hand towel. Choose entry level that is right for you and then watch the improvement. Mary Hastings’ Friday Free Fitness class is a nice place to begin your exercise program. YMCA’s Monday and Wednesday classes are designed for active adults. All Free Fitness Classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. We advise you to start with a smaller paid class or personal trainer. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. Thank you for coming.

2015 Dance Showcase Sunday, March 22, 3–5:30 PM, Berger Center

Doors open at 2:45 p.m., open dancing 5:30–6 p.m. Admission is $15 per person.

Christian and Whitney (Dance Arts, San Rafael)

Oakmont Health Initiative invites you to join us for this delightful evening of show” dancers mixed with a little dancing of your own. This will be a very festive event showcasing dancers of all ages. A variety of different dances will be performed by local professional and amateur dancers as well as competition Latin and Ballroom dancers. You’ll even see some of our talented Oakmont dancers! The program will put a smile on your face, get your toes tapping and show you why dancing is such a fun and healthy activity. Afternoon dress is “smart casual.” Light refreshments will be served. Please bring your beverage of choice. Seating arrangements at the tables will be open and flexible. Come early and mingle. Also, we appreciate that you invite friends to join your table—it is truly gracious. You may pay online with PayPal at https://sites. If you prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to Oakmont Health Initiative. You may leave checks in the OHI Folder in the OVA Office, or mail them to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.

nBetsy Smith

Cardio Fitness Aerobics Class

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, ongoing. Join any time. First class is free. TIME: Tuesdays 5:30–6:30 p.m., Thursdays 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is currently being held at the old Beauty Parlor at the corner of Oakmont Drive and Stonebridge COST: $6 per class or $40 for eight classes INFO: Please bring a mat, weights, and water INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 538-8304 (home) or 3212105 (cell) Keep those resolutions and challenges for good health going by coming to the late afternoon aerobics class. The class is ongoing and you can join at any time. The aerobic format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! We finish the class with core and balance work. The music is fun and catchy and the class is designed for all levels. Call me for more information. Bring your friends! See you in class!

Balance and Strength Class (all the toys)

WHEN: Wednesdays. Join any time. First class is free! TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class will be held at the old Beauty Parlor at the corner of Oakmont Drive and Stonebridge COST: $6 per class or four classes for $20 INFO: Please bring water, mat, and weights, balls INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 538-8304 (home) or 3212105 (cell) Improve your balance and strength this year by joining the Balance and Strength (All the Toys) Class Wednesday evenings from 4:30–5:30 pm. You can join at any time! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves, we emphasize balance and work on strength. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of strength. Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of this class. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights and a ball if you have them.

Reservation form Name: _______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address:________________________________________________________________________________

February 28 Buddhist Meeting

nPennijean Savage

nJackie McDonald

Treasuring the Present Moment and the People Right in Front of Us


On February 16 and 23, Honora Clemens will bring Go Back for Murder, a play written by Agatha Christie, to Playreaders. Christie wrote her first mystery in 1920 and her best known, Murder on the Orient Express, in 1934. She took the basic plot of Go Back for Murder from one of her mystery novels titled Five Little Pigs. However the play omits Hercule Poirot, her most famous detective, and replaces him with a young lawyer, Justin Fogg. Sixteen years ago Caroline Craie was found guilty of murdering her husband. Before she dies, she writes a letter to her daughter, Carla, declaring her innocence. Carla decides to gather all the people who were present at the time of the crime and to recreate the events of that fatal day to try and discover what really happened. Readers are Susan Baggett, Bernie Cheriff, Charlie

Readers of Miss Firecracker

Ensley, Pete Folkens, Kay Hardy, Ned Luzmoor, Jackie McDonald, Ginny Smith, Mike Strenski and Ron White.

“Referring to a story by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy (1828–l910), Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, President of the SGI (international Buddhist layman’s organization), highlights the importance of the present moment and the people we are connected to right now, and emphasizes that we gain trust through valuing those around us.”—Living Buddhism, January 2015, pg. 57 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, February 28 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 538-3369 or Pj at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2015

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC)

nBette Shutt

winter Session february • march


Taking pictures of a fun activity with family and friends is a way to save those cherished moments. But do you ask yourself, “What do I do with them now?” Well, Ronnie Roche is coming to share her ideas with you, because it seems there is always more to learn about what to do after we take the pictures. We look forward to seeing you. Important: this event will be held at the East Rec. Center. Website:


Dues are $10 per household. There are three ways to join: at any meeting; a check made payable to OakMUG and sent to Justine Haugen, Treasurer, 8926 Acorn Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409; or you may put your check into our file in the OVA Office. Members receive a discount on the entire catalog of O’Reilly and Peachpit books.


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668. Both are Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-1598 or E-mail A free service to our membership: send your Mac question by E-mail to the following E-mail address: An OakMUG Mac expert will either get you an answer or will recommend someone who can.


WHEN: Tuesday, February 24, 2 p.m. PLACE: Berger Center

Genealogy Club

nMelinda Price

Save the Date! OCLC Spring Open House and Technology Forum coming on March 10 at the Berger Center, at 4 PM. The topic: Knock, Knock—Computer Security Starts with YOU!!

nMike O’Callaghan

Star of the Valley Presentation

ELDER ABUSE: Physical, Financial, Emotional, Neglect, Frauds, Scams and Identity Theft

You are invited to a panel presentation and luncheon. Learn how to recognize it, prevent it and report it. Panelists from the Sonoma County Elder Protection Workgroup, Senior Advocacy Services, Santa Rosa Police Department and Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office will present information vital for all seniors and those who care about them. DATE: Thursday, February 26 TIME: 11 a.m. doors open; 11:45 a.m. lunch—Chicken Kiev, green beans, herbed rice, desert and coffee ala Chef Hardy; 12:30 p.m. Panel Presentation, questions

and concerns addressed LOCATION: Star of the Valley Catholic Church, Monsignor Fahey Parish Hall, 495 White Oak Drive COST: $15 This presentation is sponsored by Star of the Valley Women’s Club, Men’s Club and Pastoral Council. To attend, make checks payable to SOV Women’s Club (memo it PANEL) and deposit in Women’s Club box at Monsignor Fahey Parish Hall or call Leila O’Callaghan at 888-8794 for further information. Reservation deadline is 12 noon Monday, February 23. We look forward to seeing you there for this important presentation.

Military Records and Fold 3

The next meeting of the Genealogy Club will be on Monday, February 23 at 2:30 p.m., still temporarily in the East Rec. Center. We are very glad to have Kurt Boldt as our guest speaker. The subject will be “Fold 3, Military Records and the new Collaborative Model,” wherein Kurt will clarify how to search for the military records of your ancestors. Kurt is on the board of directors of the Sonoma County Genealogical Society, and often teaches classes on this subject. Our January session focused on newspapers, and a very thorough presentation was made by our guest speaker Janice Sellers. We learned of the many and growing sources online to access newspapers that may have mention of an ancestor. The Genealogy Club meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. (except July and December). Please note our meetings at present are in the East Rec. Center. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities and programs please visit our website or E-mail questions to:

Drop-In Chess

nRichard Duncan

The Drop-In Chess players meet on Tuesday afternoons between 1–4:30 p.m. in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Drive. Beginners are welcome and there are no fees or cost—just your time as you see fit. Bring a board and chess set if you have one. The atmosphere is casual and players of varying proficiency, both men and women, take part in these games. If you have not played chess in a while, are new to our Oakmont community, or are just curious and would like to know more about the “Game of Kings,” drop in and check us out. If you have any questions or would like to know more, feel free to contact us at richardgduncan@ or at 225-0661.

Thursday Night Couples Bridge

nLynn Wycoff

Calling all bridge players!

Do you know we have an active group that meets twice a month for a friendly game of bridge? We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7 p.m. to about 9:40 p.m. We play four rounds of 40 minutes each and change partners with each round. There are table prizes for high score, a grand prize for high score of the evening, and prizes for slams. We are a sociable group with coffee, teas and refreshments provided. To join us you need to have a partner and then just show up. It costs $1 to play. Check us out! For more information call Paul Wycoff or me at 537-7019.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2015

nBarbara G. Dudley

PC Users Group


Our next General Meeting takes place on Monday, March 9, at 2 p.m. at the East Recreation Center. OPCUG’s own John Hamilton returns to the stage to present his program on Chromebook. PCMag. com says, “A Chromebook, as defined by Gartner [an IT research and advisory company], is a mobile computing device powered by the Google Chrome OS, with up to 16GB local storage and a focus on cloud storage. All applications come from the Google Play store, which requires a wireless Internet connection.” It is quickly “filling the gap between popular mobile devices and the declining traditional PC market…” As a treat, the board is providing a Chromebook as a door prize! Be there for your chance to win it for free!


Remember, the board has ended the Exchange Table benefit due to the lack of a coordinator and the apparent obsolescence of most contributions. (See the Minutes from the OPCUG January Board Meeting on our Board page.) Please, do not bring anything, including ink, printers, monitors, computers, any peripherals, and any publications, for trade to our meetings, as you will be asked to take them home with you. For a truly ecological method of e-waste disposal, which waste Phillip defines as “anything that uses electricity,” go to Phillip Walker’s site, www., or call him at 902-3808.


By now, you have probably heard of John Hamilton’s resignation as Co-President and as a Director of the OPCUG Board due to personal reasons. Because of this unexpected development, the board has instituted additional changes to the group’s operations. If, as a member, you did not receive the explanatory E-mail message, then go to our site and read about them on our Home (Announcements) page.


As you may have heard, Bob Mandelstam, our

consistently capable Q&A Coordinator and long-time Board of Directors member, is leaving us for the San Diego area to be closer to family. Please, take the time now to send a farewell/thank-you note to him at Bob, thank you for all that you have done for OPCUG over the years. We wish you only the very best and hope that you and your family enjoy your new life in sunny SoCal!


Remember, OPCUG now meets at the East Recreation Center on the second Monday of the month at 2 p.m. This move is a permanent one for the group. For more information, see our December 2014 Newsletter on our Newsletters page.


Winter classes are ongoing at this time. For more information about the OCLC classes at any time, visit their site at, and then click on the “Oakmont Computer Learning Center” heading (link).


At our site, you can find information about the upcoming Q&A Session or General Meeting and other announcements on our Home page. In addition, you can read timely articles about PC issues in our past Newsletters, access information about Past Programs, find out about your board, and other useful information. We need you to know, as well, that we welcome comments and suggestions for this site. Please, send your insights to me at bd24-ecrivain@ Thank you!


If you live in Oakmont and want personal PC help, group members are happy to assist you, free of charge. Call our experts: Phil Kenny at 538-2075, Dan Gaffney at (916) 878-9538, or Gordon Ramsey at 538-4981.

nTom Finlay

Senior Singers

Come sing some old songs with the Senior Singers at Mei-Don’s music room, 6576 Oakmont Drive, any February Thursday from 4–5:30 p.m. Afterwards, if you wish, have dinner with us in the main dining room. To reserve your space E-mail me at tfinlay@sonic. net or call 539-9688.

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53

nDan Crossland

Don’t Forget the Good Old Days

The guest speaker for the Sons in Retirement February 25 luncheon will be Susan Milstein, who will lead us in an interactive presentation about the value of recording life stories and family memories. She is a former award-winning newspaper reporter who now helps people record their life stories for their children, grandchildren and future generations of their families. Before starting her Santa Rosa business in 2005, Personal History Productions, Susan was a magazine feature writer and a news reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dallas Times Herald and the San Francisco Chronicle. Susan and her business partner, Andi Reese Brady, formerly a senior editor with Random House, have helped dozens of people record audio tapes and self-publish books about their lives and family histories. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Drive. Our social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at 12 noon catered by Café Europe. Any Oakmont men interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.


nJessica Herritt


WHAT: California State Railroad Museum, Lunch at River City Saloon in Old Town Sacramento. WHEN: Thursday, February 26 TIME: Depart from Berger Center at 9 a.m., return about 5 p.m. PRICE: $50 per person. Price includes lunch and entry into State Railroad Museum and bus driver gratuity Catch an early lunch at the River City Saloon in Old Town Sacramento. We will have a buffet with a variety of award-winning deli sandwiches, plus salad, chips and cookies. Soda and their specialty of Old West Sarsaparilla is also included. Veggie sandwiches will be plated separately for those who wish them. After lunch we will visit the California State Railroad Museum which is close to the restaurant. The museum has over 225,000 square feet of total exhibit space with 21 meticulously restored locomotives and cars, including a Pullman-style sleeping car, dining car filled with railroad china, and a Railroad Post Office. The exhibits illustrate how railroads have shaped people’s lives, the economy, and the unique culture of California and the West. The museum is ADA-accessible, with some chair lifts. Some exhibits, however, have limited accessibility due to narrow, historic stairways, and door openings on railroad passenger cars. Please wander the museum as long as you like. Afterward, feel free to explore Old Town Sacramento

on your own until it is time to board the bus for the ride home. Please make your check out to Oakmont Walkers. Write “veggie” on your check if you want a veggie sandwich. Mail check to Barbara Powell, 7466 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may also drop your check into the Walkers’ folder in the OVA Office or in Barbara’s garage mail slot. Barbara’s E-mail address is oakmontwalkergal@ and her phone is (714) 309-1987 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our club website is

seasonal vegetables. Or Baked Shrimp Penne Pasta which is shrimp and vegetables tossed with penne pasta, baked in a creamy tomato sauce and topped with cheese and sourdough breadcrumbs. Please make your check out to the Oakmont Walkers, note starter and entrée choice on your check, and mail to Barbara Powell, 7466 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. If you prefer, you may drop your check into the Walkers’ folder in the OVA Office, or in Barbara’s garage mail slot.

Mystery Trip

February 26: CA State Railroad Museum, Sacramento Old Town March 26: Mystery Trip April 23: Healdsburg Museum, The Geysers in Middletown May 21: Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Raphael, Bay Model in Sausalito June 25: Lake Sonoma Fish Hatchery, Visitor Center, Sharpsteen Museum in Calistoga July 30: UC Berkeley Botanical Gardens, Meyers House and Gardens in Alameda August 27: Annual Picnic September 24: Mission Walk with Gary Holloway October 22: Angel Island November 20: Harvest Dinner December 8: Shopping at Union Square, Christmas Lights

DATE: Thursday, March 26 WHERE: ????? WHEN: Bus leaves Berger Center at 8 a.m. We return about 6 p.m. PRICE: $72 per person What we will be doing is a mystery. You will not want to miss this trip! We are going to have a blast! We must limit this trip to 45 members. This trip will fill up fast, so please get your checks in early. A little birdie told us about our lovely lunch. Starter choices are house-made New England Clam Chowder or Organic Mixed Greens or Caesar Salad. Entrée choices: Pan Roasted Alaskan Cod topped with caper lemon sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables. Or Grilled Chicken Breast with mushroom herb sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, and



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nDiane Linneball and Stephanie Wrightson


We are excited! Tournament Events Director Sumner Johnson and Social Director Terri Somers have an awesome line-up of social and competitive tennis and club celebrations. Reserve these dates— more details will be available as events near. Mar. 18: OTC Membership Meeting, 2–4 p.m., East Rec. Apr. 18: Meet Play Love (formerly Getting to Know You), 8 a.m.–12 noon; Spring Fling Dinner-Dance, 5–9 p.m. May 2: OTC Round Robin, 8 a.m.–12 noon June 6: Oakmont Open, 8: a.m.–12 noon; S.W.A.T. (Some Wine After Tennis) Gala, 5–10 p.m. July 11: Oakmont Team Tennis, 8 a.m.–12 noon; BBQ Competition, 1–7 p.m.

Zentangle™ Art Classes

nBetsy Smith

Explore you creative side with the Zentangle™. If you can draw a dot, line, squiggly, circle or square, etc., you can do the Zentangle™ Art Method. Classes are on Mondays. Check the schedule below for specific dates and focus. Materials are provided. Everyone is welcome! Be sure to call or E-mail me to reserve your space in class. Hope to see you in the next class! WHEN: Monday, February 23 TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $8 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), 538-8304 (home) or E-mail

Cal Alumni Club

nMark Randol


The February Saddle Club dinner will be held on Thursday, February 19 in their newly-remodeled dining room. Cocktails start at 5 p.m. and a buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The menu will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green salad and dessert. The price of the dinner is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members. The price includes cocktails before dinner, tax and gratuity. Reservations in advance a must and are due by Monday, February 16. Contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive. For additional information about the Cal Alumni Club, please contact Membership Chair, Bonnie Lukes, at 537-9631, or go to the club’s website: www.

Tennis Club Aug. 1: OTC Women’s Doubles Tournament, 8 a.m.–12 noon Sept. 12: OTC Men’s Doubles Tournament, 8 a.m.–12 noon Oct. 3: OTC Mixed Doubles Tournament, 8 a.m.– 12 noon; OTC Membership Meeting, 4–5:30 p.m.; Harvest Moon Dinner-Dance, 5:30–10 p.m. Nov. 7: Veterans Team Tournament, 8 a.m.–12 noon; OTC USO Show and Awards Dinner, 5–10 p.m. Dec. 11: OTC’s Rock and Roll Holiday DinnerDance Celebration, 5:30 p.m.


While residents can join the Tennis Club at any time, the OTC Roster is printed only once a year. To be listed in the 2015 roster, renew your membership or join no later than March 1. There are many benefits: the roster allows members to contact each other for tennis play plus it is a handy reference containing the 2015 schedule of tournaments and social events, OTC board members and committee chairs, court telephones, court rules and important information regarding emergencies on the courts. See the membership coupon below.

Mixing it up on the courts: Zlatica Hasa, Dennis Boaz and Dorothy Smith


OVA tennis courts are for the use of Oakmont residents, accompanied guests and guests with visitor passes. On occasion, courts are reserved for USTA matches and Oakmont Tennis Club activities and events. Court 4 at the East Rec. is designated temporarily as a pickleball court with pickleball players having priority on that court; the sign-up rules below do not apply to Court 4. However, official OTC tennis tournaments take precedence on Court 4 East. Court rules are posted on bulletin boards on the East and West Rec. and in the OTC Roster. Construction work at the West Rec. makes the bulletin board temporarily unapproachable. Therefore, the following rules are provided as reminders (refer to your OTC Roster for detailed rules): • Ball machine use is Dave Koch, Co-Captain, limited to 11 a.m. or later. Team Oakmont/USTA • Once all of the players in the group arrive, list a name and start time (using the court clock) on the blackboard located on the East or West Rec. building and take the open court of choice. The blackboard at the West Courts will be relocated to the fence near Court 4 during construction. • When all courts are full, a representative of a waiting group must sign the group in and at least one of the group’s players must be present to retain

An unbeatable foursome: Kathy Erickson, Bill Wrightson, Bob Hartsock and Rachel Meserve

their position on the waiting list. All members must be present to take a court when it becomes available. Otherwise, the next complete group may take the open court. • When all courts are full and players are waiting, play is limited to one hour (singles) or 90 minutes (doubles). Players cannot be bumped from a court when other courts are open. • If a group moves to an empty court mid-match, annotate the blackboard with the original starting time.


Almost all club programs and activities are for members only—don’t miss out! Use the coupon below to renew your annual dues—only $20. We are issuing a challenge to see who can refer the most new members! Paula is keeping count. If you do not belong to the Oakmont Tennis Club but you like sports (playing or watching) and you like to have fun (eating, wine-ing and dancing), join one of the friendliest clubs in Oakmont. We also have free instruction for members who want to acquire or brush-up on tennis skills. See you on the courts!


Please complete the coupon and put it with your check to OTC in the Tennis Club folder near the front counter in the OVA office. Or mail to Paula Lewis, 6570 Stonecroft Terrace. Number of members at $20 each: ______ Check enclosed: $______ Name (print clearly): ____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (print clearly): ______________________________________________ Phone number: _______________ Signature (if agree to roster inclusion): _______________________________________________ Date: ________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ New members, if applicable, club member who referred you: ________________________________________


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Council on Aging Hosts AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Clinics

Press release

Need help sorting out the complex forms and everchanging laws associated with filing tax returns? The AARP Foundation will sponsor four Tax-Aide clinics at Council on Aging’s (COA) office at 30 Kawana Springs Road in Santa Rosa for people over 50. The clinics provide free assistance in filing of federal, state, and local tax returns to low- to moderate-income tax payers. The one-hour individual appointments are available on February 27, March 13, March 27 and April 10. To schedule an appointment, call Council on

Press release

The Free Seniors Movie Series began in November, at the Third Street Cinemas in Downtown Santa Rosa and will continue through June 4. As usual, a choice of four movies will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m. It is not possible to publicize an advance list of films, but for a list of the four movies for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording, after the previous Friday at 522-0330 x 3#. The movies are free for seniors 60 and older. Detailed

nBarbara Bowman

Aging at 525-0143, extension 140. “We are excited to host these tax clinics for the first time this year,” said Paul Miller, COA Director of Legal Services. “The Tax-Aide volunteers can help ensure taxpayers in need take advantage of all possible deductions and credits and file using the correct forms to help reduce their tax liability and avoid penalties.” Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and IRS-certified each year to ensure their knowledge of revisions to the U.S. tax code. AARP Foundation is the charitable affiliate of AARP.

Those under the age of 50 needing tax preparation assistance, can go to taxes/aarp_taxaide/ to find another Tax-Aide site nearby. Council on Aging Services for Seniors is the premier senior service agency serving Sonoma County since 1966. With only 38% of our annual budget provided by State and Federal funding under the Older Americans Act., the balance of funding needed each year is generated through donations from clients and the general public, fund-raising events, and grants.

flyers are on display in the lobbies of the Roxy 14, the Airport 12, the Summerfield, the Raven Film Center and the Third Street Cinemas. They have also been distributed to all of the Senior Centers, the Council on Aging, the Social Security Office, and various other facilities for seniors. The series is generously being sponsored by Santa Rosa Memorial Park and Mortuary/Eggen and Lance Chapel, Kobrin Financial Services and Synergy Medical Group. The Third Street Cinemas is located at 620 3rd Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and “D” Street

(behind the Third Street Aleworks). It’s only 1-1/2 blocks from the Downtown Transit Mall, where all city and county busses arrive and depart. There are also two parking garages close by: one directly across from the theatre (no elevator), and the other around the corner on “D” Street (basically, behind the theatre). The Rate is 75c per hour, but those with Handicapped Placards may park free at parking meters on the street. For more info, contact Gwen Adkins at the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, 523-1586 x 21 or 484-7328 (cell).

Free Movies For Seniors

Movies At Oakmont WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAY AND TIME: Sundays at 2 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff. NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible

Sunday, February 15, 2 pm AS GOOD AS IT GETS

Jack Nicholson is hilariously funny as a compulsive obsessive, homophobic romance novelist who is compelled by circumstances to get to know his gay neighbor (Greg Kinnear) and his dog, and the waitress (Helen Hunt) who puts up with his abuse over breakfast every morning. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Nicholson and Hunt won Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars, as well as Best Actor and Actress Golden Globes. (1997), PG-13, 138 minutes.

Sunday, February 15, 7 pm BABETTE’S FEAST

Phillipa and Martina turn down a chance to leave town, instead staying to care for their father. Decades later, they take in a French woman who prepares a grand feast in gratitude—a lavish meal eclipsed only by her secret, which is an eye-opening experience for everyone. A great movie about food, it also includes many surprises. In a class by itself, the movie won the Best Foreign Film Oscar plus numerous international awards. (1987), G, 103 minutes. (In Danish, Swedish and French.)


After coming within one question of winning a fortune on a game show, an uneducated “slumdog” is accused of cheating and arrested. While in custody, he accounts for knowing all the answers by reflecting on his hardscrabble life. Upbeat and colorful, with dazzling cinematography of Mumbai, the film was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning eight, including Best Film, as well as all four Golden Globes for which it was nominated. (2008), R (some violence, disturbing images and language), 120 minutes.

Sunday, March 1, 7 pm ORDINARY PEOPLE

Everything is in its proper place in the Jarrett household—except the past. Mary Tyler Moore scored an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Best Actress award for her role as the repressed mother Beth Jarrett, whose favorite son has died, leaving her with another (Timothy Hutton) she can barely tolerate. This deeply moving film also earned Oscars and Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Redford.) (1980), R, 124 minutes.

For your refrigerator and/or wallet

February 15, 2 p.m.: As Good As It Gets, (1997), PG-13, 138 minutes. February 15, 7 p.m.: Babette’s Feast, (1987), G, 103 minutes. (In Danish.) February 22: No films show—OVA Oscar Night March 1, 2 p.m.: Slumdog Millionaire, (2008), R, 120 minutes. March 1, 7 p.m.: Ordinary People, (1980), R, 124 minutes.


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Best prices on Gutter Guard installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429


Specializing in residential re-roofing. Top quality workmanship. Honest and reliable. Oakmont references. Free estimates. Lic. #673839. 539-4498.

Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, seamless gutters and downspouts. Quality for less. Bonded and insured, free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call 8375030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell).



Clothing alterations, repairs, updates and household sewing with over 25 years experience. In Rincon Valley. Call 539-0832.



Reliable, caring, mature and affordable. Call 539-1286 (home) or 480-1224 (cell).


General Contractor. Residential, commercial remodel and repairs, winterization, tile, cement work. Fences, decks, ADA upgrades. Free estimates. Small jobs OK. Call Frank, 707-396-6901. Lic. #875552.

George’s furniture repair and refinishing, antiques and caning. Remodeling, kitchens and baths. Oakmont references. 30 years Reasonable rates. Small jobs OK. Free experience. Free estimates. Call George estimates. Lic. #428073. Call 996-1454. at 987-3059. Macular Degeneration? WC’S LOCKS AND KEYS Pre-owned, low cost, low vision CCTV Professional, experienced locksmith for PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, SYS can help. For sale, or rent with all your security needs. Senior discount. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS FAUX FINISHES option to purchase program. For Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, Great customer service. 12 years Reasonable rates, free estimates, more information or a no-obligation experience, free estimates, Oakmont LCO #2411. Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary demonstration call Jack Donnellan, references. I’ll work with your budget. Luurs, 528-8489. 595-3790. Lic. #954364. Call Angel, HANDYPERSON 707-239-1241. All trades, little fix-its and prickly A WOMAN'S COMPANION DRIVER FOR WOMEN puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, Reasonable, fair and honest. Available Services by women, for women! ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. assemblies, gardening and pruning for 4 to 24-hr. shifts. References. Call Excellent, dependable transportation Dependable, experts serving you and Susan at 539-4861. too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since to appointments, errands, airport. Fair your neighbors with excellence and 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, rates. Call Regina at 596-1463. integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, 539-5217. SONOMA PATIENT GROUP bonded and insured. Senior discounts CANNABIS DISPENSARY available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us PET MAN DAN COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR We have daily discounts for seniors on the web at www.onewayplumb. I am an avid walker and have started HOME GREETING SERVICE and limited delivery. Located at 2425 a dog walking, pet sitting business. net or call us at 537-1308 for all your Welcoming new residents since Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa. Call I have a license with this city and 1975. Have valuable local community plumbing needs. 526-2800. am insured. Available on weekends. information given on every visit. If you References available. Please call Dan are new to Oakmont and have not had BABE’S WILLIAM R. KUTZ Lennox, 526-9154. A personal transportation service for a home visit, please call Charlotte at GENERAL CONTRACTOR airports, cruises, vacations, family 538-9050. visits, etc. Oakmont resident, friendly Renovations, remodels, repairs, GARDEN TRIMMING carpentry, electrical, plumbing, all your Trees, hedges and shrubs. Careful work reliable service. Call Babe or Joe, MIKE’S REPAIR home needs. Call Bill Kutz, 575-8335. 545-2850. done with an emphasis upon a natural Plumbing, electrical, appliance, Lic. #769510. Serving Oakmont since look. Affordable rates, small jobs OK. heating and air conditioning, general 1987. Richard, 833-1806. THE COMPUTER handyman (I can fix just about TROUBLESHOOTER anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest O’DRISCOLL PAINTING NOSE TO NOSE PET SITTING Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536Want to spruce up your home? Guests IN YOUR HOME complete support for PC’s, Apples 9529, emergency—328-6635. and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers this fall? One room at a time or your Caring for your pets as you would. whole house. Interior and exterior served. John Bradford. 578-6305. Over 25 yrs. experience. Dog and cat ANYTHING UNDER THE SUN painting. Licensed and insured. Lic. $40/hour. care. Daily schedules and routines. Day GENERAL CONTRACTOR #873519. Call 707-996-4050 for a free and overnight companionship. House AND HANDYMAN estimate. sitting available. Insured and bonded. A to Z home maintenance and repair. AC BURNS PAINT CO. Call Alix, 637-6267, Sonoma. Oakmont preferred vendor. Interior/ Kitchen and bath remodel. Carpentry, COMPUTER OOPS? exterior, power washing, decks, tile, plumbing, electric, painting and Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer CARPET, UPHOLSTERY gardening. No job too small. All phase wallpaper removed. Will not be Services. Call Chuck for all things undersold. 575-5581. Lic. #834588. AND TILE CLEANING construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee computer at your home or business. Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma Moen, 318-5591. 40+ years experience. $60/hr. resident. 13 years experience. Senior Oakmonters receive 20% discount. pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334. 293-8011.

Oakmont News Classified Rates • Classified ads of 150 spaces or less, (payment to accompany this form) $25 per insert • Pre-paid standing ads of 150 spaces or less, for a period of 3 months (6 issues) $120 • Pre-paid standing ads of 150 spaces or less, for a period of 6 months (12 issues) $216 • Pre-paid standing ads of 150 spaces or less, for a period of 1 year (24 issues) $384



Experienced Real Estate Listing Agent wanted for Oakmont office. Please reply in strictest confidence to: Craig Saxon, Broker, Real Property Advisors, Inc., 6570 Oakmont Dr., Suite 110, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Call 849-8995. CalBRE 01904379. Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.


Specializing in doors, screens, Hunter Douglas shutters and blinds, finish carpentry. Supply and installation. Free estimates. Oakmont references. Lic. #527924. 539-3196.


For all your plumbing and heating needs. Local plumbers in business since the late 20th century, licensed, bonded and insured. Same day service is often available. Money-saving coupons! CA Lic. #659920. Please call (707) 996-8683 or go to


Remodels, additions, efficiency and accessibility updates. Helping clients live comfortably in their homes since 1979. Call Craig Lawson, Oakmont Resident, 579-9088. Lic. #377330. Free estimates.


Warming Trends has been cleaning, servicing and installing fireplaces, stoves and inserts for 30 years. Call 578-9276 for any fireplace needs.


Reliable, clean work done and without the dreaded leaf blower machine. Small jobs OK and handyman as well. Richard Garety, 833-1806.


Repairs done onsite or close location (24 Elaine Dr.) 15 yrs. experience. City lic. #303691. Call Ernie, owner, 573-0655.


Trees, hedges and shrubs done with an emphasis upon a natural look. Small jobs OK. Richard Garety, 833-1806.


$15 walk and feed; $30 overnight. Oakmont resident. Call Karen, 539-5666.


Installation of Milgard vinyl windows and doors. 35 yrs. experience. Free estimates. Senior discounts. Lic. #638684. 939-9374.


Rhonda Lee, Holistic Health Coach/ Personal Trainer. Fridays—special rates for Oakmont. Call for info at 758-7681.


View profiles and direct hire your own caregiver in Sonoma County at www.


Honest, loving, compassionate, reliable care. Serving Sonoma-Oakmont residents for almost 20 yrs. Assist with dementia, Alzheimer’s. Companionship and meal prep, medication reminders, incontinence care, housekeeping, etc. Finger printed by Council on Aging, IHSS and through the state. CNA, HHA. Affordable care, excellent refs. 24 care available! Call Martha L. at 236-5487.


Oakmont resident seeking cleaner with references to work for hourly wages BILL KUTZ JR. HEATING AND AIR twice a month. Call David, 539-1453. Heating season is here. Furnace check and service, $99. Expert repair, maintenance and unit replacement at low rates. 20 yrs. Experience. Call Bill, 230-0564.


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…is owned by the Oakmont Village Association which, through its board, sets editorial policy. The OVA has contracted with CJM Productions to handle typesetting, layout, printing and free distribution of the Oakmont News, the latter by U.S. mail, to each home via 3rd class mail. CJM Productions also handles advertising for the Oakmont News. CJM Productions and the Oakmont Village Association assume no responsibility for the content of any ads that appear in the Oakmont News nor do we endorse or recommend any product or service advertised herein. CA law requires all CA licensed contractors to list their license number in their service advertisements. CA law also requires contractors performing work totaling $500+ (incl. materials & labor) must be licensed by the Contractor State License Board (CSLB) to work in California. For information contact the Contractor’s State License Board at


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

Hours: M–F 9 AM–5 PM / Tel 707-539-1611 / 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7 OVA E-mail: / Info E-mail: Website: OVA Members-Only Page: Go to the members only page to view the monthly calendar, Board Meeting Minutes, criminal activity information and more.

Available in OVA Office Gas Shut-off Wrench.....................................$7 Tennis COurt Key.............................................$2 Vials for Life...............................................FREE resident access card..............................$25 EA replacements......................................$50 ea Guest access card..................................$25 ea Emergency Contacts for Residents This form is confidential and used only in case of an emergency to notify your named contacts.

Blood Pressure clinic

Wed 10 AM–12 PM, Berger Center, Room D. Contact: Del Baker 539-1657.

Bulletin Boards

ova event notices There are three OVA bulletin boards, one at each recreation center, where OVA events can be posted. Please bring in notices to the Events Coordinator at the OVA Office. Size is limited to 8.5"x5.5". for sale, for rent and want to buy board Items “For Sale”, “For Rent” or “Want to Buy” can be put on a 3"x5" card and left at the OVA Office. Cards are posted on Thursdays and must be received by noon. The bulletin board for these items is located outside the Central (Berger) Auditorium. “For Sale” and “Want to Buy” items are posted for 30 days. “For Rent” cards are posted for 60 days. Please notify the OVA office at 539-1611 if you would like your card removed before the posting term ends.


Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone 538-4293 or by E-mail wallyschilpp1@ if you would like to have published in the Oakmont News the name and date of death of your loved one.


The following are OVA Guest Pass types and duration: 1) Guest from outside Sonoma County— up to 90 days; 2) House sitters—up to 90 days (OVA host must present written request to OVA Office for approval prior to visit); 3) Guests living in Sonoma County—2 days per card, and no more than 3 cards per month. Guest cards are available during regular hours in the OVA Office for a $25 refundable deposit. Guests accompanied by their Oakmont host are not required to have a Guest Pass.


Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Dr. Hours: Daily 6 AM–9 PM. Closed Christmas Day. It is run by volunteers. All donations are gladly accepted. Materials we cannot use will be passed on to others.

maintenance Office

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Hours: Daily 6 AM–10 PM Tel 539-6720 Maintenance Building (next to Central Auditorium)

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

Hours: M– Th 9 AM–Noon, 1–4 PM Tel 539-0701 / Fax 539-6537 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 9 E-mail:

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers We provide the following services to Oakmont Residents: n Transportation to medical/ dental appointments in Santa Rosa only n Grocery shopping to Safeway (at Calistoga Center only) n

COORDINATOR February 16–28 Dorelle Aasland, 537-1518 March 1–15 Matt Zwerling, 539-8996

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

If you would like to be a volunteer, please call 528-0161. Donations to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers are appreciated and tax deductible. Mail your check payable to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Thank you.

Please call the Volunteer Coordinator listed here, 9 AM–5 PM, Mon.–Fri. Rides before 9 AM or after 4 PM are subject to limited volunteer driver availability. No service on weekends or holidays. Please call at least three full working days prior to appointment. We regret that we are unable to provide either wheelchair or emergency service.

OAS Management Company

Hours: M–F 9 AM–Noon, and 1–4 PM Tel 539-5810 6572 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A (for Association Maintained Homes)

2014-2015 OVA board of Directors E-mail: John R. Felton, President Andie Altman, Vice President Chuck Chenault, Treasurer Frank Batchelor, Director Frances Dias, Director Bob Giddings, Director Herm Hess, Director Alan Scott, Director




The OVA office has a form listing Oakmont residents who lend out items such as baby furniture and sick room equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.).

(Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) Helps seniors with Medicare-related questions. By appointment only. 1-800-434-0222. Berger Center, Room D, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, 1–4 PM. WINTER SCHEDULE Access to OVA pools is by magnetic card. Call OVA Office, 539-1611 if you need a permanent new member pool access card or to register for a temporary guest pool access card. West: 7 AM–9 PM (Sat & Sun) (Closes 7 PM Wednesdays for cleaning) East: 6:30 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 5:45 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Tuesdays for cleaning) Thanksgiving to first Saturday in April: No one under 18 years in WEST and EAST or CENTRAL pools or Jacuzzis. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.

Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Dr. Daily 5 AM–9 PM. Closed at 7 PM on Tues. for cleaning. Closed Christmas day.

Loaner equipment

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

For more info on signing up contact OVA at 539-1611 or email Oakmontcommunitygarden@


Call Oak Creek RV & Storage, P.O. Box 2246, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. 707-538-3230

Lost & found

Located in the OVA office. Unclaimed items will be discarded after 30 days.

Association Manager Cassie Turner E-mail:

OVA Board Meeting 3rd Tuesday of the month—1 pm* in the Berger Center *All residents of Oakmont are welcome.

The Board of Directors of Oakmont Village Association reserves the right to select those articles submitted for publication that seem appropriate to the purpose of this association.

E-mail List Do you want to stay updated on what is going on in Oakmont?

Public Transportation Available in Oakmont CityBus #16 bus takes residents to 5 different shopping centers weekday mornings and around Oakmont afternoons. n


n Sonoma County Transit #30 bus goes to Memorial and Kaiser Hospitals and downtown Santa Rosa. Returns via Oakmont to Sonoma.

Schedules available at OVA office.

Join the OVA E-mail list. You will receive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Oakmont Notices, Meeting Announcements and the weekly Manager's Newsletter. To join, go the Member’s Only webpage and click on the link to join the E-mail list.


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