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Altman, Leznik, Young Elected to OVA Board

Oakmont’s “Contentious” Yet “Remarkable” Year

nAl Haggerty

nAl Haggerty

Andie Altman, Ellen Leznik and Gloria Young won two-year terms on the Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors. They led a field of seven, which also included Harriet Palk, Karen Krestensen, Pat Olive and Tom Samarati. The new board members were seated at an organizational meeting April 5. Leaving the board were Bob Giddings and Alan Scott, who did not seek re-election. Continuing on the board are Frank Batchelor, John Felton, Herm Hermann and Elke Strunka. Altman Altman, who begins her second two-year term, was elected president after Batchelor announced he was not running for re-election as president. “I’m not a masochist,” Batchelor said in announcing his decision. He said he appreciates the trust placed in him and is hoping for a “kinder, more civil and rational Leznik discussion” of Oakmont issues at future board meetings. The year has been punctuated by sometimes heated debate about a proposal to build sports courts, mainly for pickleball, at the Central Activities Center. The new board is expected to decide whether to proceed, once Young costs are pinned down. Altman told the Oakmont News that she “will continue working hard for the next two years as I have done for the past two years.” She thanked all the people who worked to get her re-elected. In a written statement to the Oakmont News, Young Election At-a-Glance said: “Oakmont has given Top Three Elected: me much pleasure in Andy Altman, 792 votes the past 16 years and I Ellen Leznik, 645 votes welcome this opportunity Gloria Young, 637votes to represent our Harriet Palk, 611 votes wonderful community. I Karen Kristensen, 459 votes will work hard on behalf Pat Olive, 450 votes of those who have placed Tom Samarati, 444 votes their trust in me by always keeping an open mind, being transparent and attentive in listening to everyone’s concerns.” The meeting took on an air of tension when Leznik nominated Young for board president, but her motion

Describing the past year in Oakmont as both “contentious” and “remarkable,” OVA Board President Frank Batchelor chose to focus on the “remarkable” in his report at the 50th annual meeting of the Oakmont Village Association April 4 at the Berger Center. Listing the year’s accomplishments, Batchelor focused on the fantastic job done by Association Manager Cassie Turner and Maintenance Manager Rick Aubert, with emphasis on Aubert’s moneysaving innovations. Accomplishments listed by Batchelor began with the extensive West Recreation Center remodel, including redoing the men’s and women’s locker rooms, remodeling the upstairs kitchen, refinishing the upstairs floor, replastering the pool and replacing the exterior stucco. Adding to the list were providing a permanent water supply for the Community Garden, new electrical switch gear equipment for the central area, retiling the men’s and women’s locker rooms in the CAC and “hiring” sheep to control the weeds on a West Oakmont hillside. Batchelor also mentioned the formation of the Berger Improvement Committee, which studied whether to remodel, add a lobby or put up a new building, and the Central Project Committee, which is looking into space needs of users of all Oakmont facilities. Batchelor said he enjoyed his association with all the board members during the last year, thanked Andie Altman, Alan Scott and Bob Giddings, whose terms were ending, for being very supportive, and said it was a pleasure working with Manager Turner and administrative assistant Cathy Dougherty. Batchelor introduced the candidates for the OVA Board, including Altman, Karen Krestensen, Pat Olive, Harriet Palk, Tom Samarati and Gloria Young.

See election on page 6

See annual meeting on page 7

April 15, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 8

Grandparents Club Easter Egg Hunt


Named Volunteers of the Year were Jim Brewer, Jackie Ryan and Marty Thompson, whom Altman described as “a team of editors that insures there is coverage of OVA meetings, events and items of interest, along with photographs, and makes sure there are actually news pages in each issue of the Oakmont News.” In addition, she said, they bring other items and news to residents between printed issues of the ON through the Oakmont Village website. Teresa and Tom Woodrum received the Community Service Award in recognition “of their generous volunteer commitment to benefit our community.” In presenting the award, Director Giddings said the


Boys and girls gathered Easter treats at the Central complex on Saturday, March 26. The annual event is open for toddlers through age 12. Grandparents Club members rolled out 2,000 filled eggs on the lawns outside the Berger Center and provided prizes. There also were clowns making balloon art, a jumpy house and face painters. (Photos by Kathy Sowers)

Some OVA Dues Are Going Down Members whose monthly dues are $63.75 will see a decrease to $53.25 effective June 1. The change reflects Oakmont’s payoff of the loan taken out to build the Central Activities Center. (Owners who elected to pay for their share of the loan upfront have already been paying the lower amount.) After the decrease, all OVA dues will be $53.25 through December 2016.


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016



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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations

nOVA Administration

nJohn Renwick

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 1:30 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 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 2nd 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)

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. West Rec.

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.


The Oakmont yards and gardens will also be “springing” into life! The winter sleeping beauties will begin to compete with the springing weeds. And the dried Poppies need to be pulled. (They will come back next season.) All greenery will begin to grow with great gusto. Now is the time to dig out the big clippings container (check with Empire Waste for your pick-up day). This is also a good time to assess the need for other clean-up jobs—pruning, edging, re-bedding plants,

cleaning down spouts and gutters. If re-landscaping or re-painting is necessary, remember to submit an Application for Approval. They are available through the Architectural Office. Also, check your copy of the Oakmont Architectural Guidelines and Standards for landscaping compliance. The Architectural Committee’s guideline for your yards and home sites is “neat,” “clean” and “wellkept.” Working together will insure that Oakmont remains the beautiful community that attracted us to live here. The committee will resume site inspections in April. Happy Spring!

Volunteer Opportunity nGeorge McKinney

Oakmont has begun discussions with Sonoma State that could lead to an expansion of Oakmont’s Lifelong Learning program by adding regular evening courses at the Oakmont Campus of the Sonoma State Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, perhaps beginning as early as Fall 2016.


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Letters to the Editor

The column provides an avenue where residents can submit letters to express opinion, criticism or praise.

Architectural Committee

nMary C. Patricia

Does your association provide an ideal home for ants? Ants need food, water and shelter to survive. Denial of any or all of these life support systems will reduce or eliminate ants in your association. Common Area: Firewood stacked outside next to a building provides a home for ants and other friendly beasts. Pet food, gifts for wild animals (this is not approved by Fish and Game) and spilled food is an invitation to ants and others to lunch. Bird feeders should be inspected for invaders and kept clean. Indoor areas: Cracks and openings to the exterior where ants can find a place to enter and to nest should be caulked. Flooding flower pots will evict ants. Check the range hood fan and stack for accumulated grease and food particles (fire prevention bonus). Store food and organic wastes in tight containers. That midnight snack which left crumbs on the counter top, is breakfast for the early ant. Note that ants are “springing up” along with the flowers and may be interested in a new home. Next board meeting: Monday, May 2


Dear Editor: I feel that any significant expenditure of funds not already budgeted for should be subject to a referendum by the Oakmont homeowners. I am specifically referring to the proposed Berger remodel or replacement project, and the possible expansion of the CAC. I am especially concerned with any plan that would involve the construction of a new Berger. As far as the CAC goes, that building is about 7 to 8 years old. It’s hard for me to imagine how a “new” building can now require expansion. If the need does exist today then a significant miscalculation was made not many years ago. From the beginning I have noticed several shortcomings in the design of the CAC. At the time it was being considered I felt that the time was perfect to include an OVA owned administration office. No more rental payments. An office was in fact included in the original plan and then removed from the final plan. I was given reasons why that could not happen. These were baseless as a few years later a new Administration office or building was proposed for the lawn in front of the central pool. Unfortunately that project was scuttled. It did include 2 meeting rooms, which we now seem short of. I was a member of the Facilities Improvement Committee about 3 years ago shortly before it was eliminated. I was involved somewhat in the new patio for the Berger. I seem to recall that the final cost was over $300,000. If the present Berger is demolished the patio will be of no use and probably require removal (more expense) to make way for additional parking. So we will have figuratively dumped that amount of money down the drain. If the Berger is outmoded today it was 3 years ago and that fact should have been considered then. Tom Conley


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016

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The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016


Golf News

OGC nChuck Wood


Scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, the Oakmont Golf Club will have its Grand Opening of our new Members’ Lounge. To be located in the banquet room area nearest the bar, this room will be dedicated for use by OGC members and their guests to gather and enjoy each others’ company, as well as partake of food and beverages. The lounge’s design and its operating guidelines have been developed by a special committee under the guidance of our club’s Membership Committee Chair, Barbara Robinson. Many good folks have contributed to this development, including Andy Frauenhofer, Tom Finnerty, Frank Giannini, Heather Peterson and Rich Treglia. The Grand Opening will initiate a trial period of operation, nominally set for a 3–6 month period. Assessment of the lounge’s operation will be made on a monthly basis and reported to the full Oakmont Golf Club Board. As you might expect, the lounge will not be available to members and their guests at all times. Heather and Rich will need to revert it to use as needed for booked events (weddings, receptions, luncheon meetings, etc.). The specific hours of operation for the lounge, as well as usage guidelines, will be announced via the Grand Opening. These guidelines will include having a sign-in sheet when members use the room, as well as how food and beverages will be ordered for consumption in the lounge. There will be nice, new furniture in the lounge! Approved by Heather so that the furniture pieces and their fabrics will be compatible for occasional use in the front lobby of the Quail Inn, we will have a suite consisting of a loveseat, two chairs, coffee table and an end table. This furniture is being acquired at no cost to the Oakmont Golf Club’s operating funds—and at a very special price ($2,400). The Social Committee is providing funds now for the deposit, from prior Twilighter raffles, and will continue to provide funds for complete purchase as the 2016 Twilighter season progresses. Please remember: our first Twilighter will be held on Monday, May 2 with a Cinco de Mayo theme. The Members’ Lounge is being created for the purpose of enhancing all members’ experience and value as we enjoy our membership in the Oakmont Golf Club. That includes inviting guests to come check us out and consider joining our dear club. Yes, we are all ambassadors of the Oakmont Golf Club.

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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club


18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

nKathy Faherty

The top 11 sweeps winners for 2016 as of March 28 are (in order): Phil Sapp, Charlie Perotti, Wayne Mickaelian, Dan Levin, Gary Stone, Don Morse, John Munkacsy, Noel Schween, Al Bentham and Keith Wise. Our Spring Eclectic Tournament got off to a late start due to the rain. The first of five rounds started March 28 and will continue as posted until completed. Mark your calendars for June 20 for our second annual mixer with the Ladies Niners. A sign-up sheet will be in the pro shop when we get closer to the date. Meanwhile, happy golfing!

Spring has sprung! Blue skies, green grass, white puffy clouds—a great time to get out on the golf course! March 15, Eileen Beltrano was Low Gross winner of the field of 19 players. The game was counting odd numbered holes only and subtracting half of one’s handicap. Net winners are listed below: First flight: first tie, Patty Buchholz and Eileen Beltrano; third, Kathy Mocricky; fourth Kathy Faherty; fifth, Kris Peters. Second flight: first, Ellean Huff; second, Cindy Carroll; third, Elaine Foote; fourth, Christy Rexford; fifth tie, Vanita Collins and Tammy Siela. March 17, the Thursday group had an overview of the rules of Match Play with K.C. Coté, and then they went out on the course and played a round of Match Play pairing experienced players with those who had not done it. Since this was a learning experience there was no posting, however, there was a “debriefing” session which included wine after the round! March 22, there were not enough players for Sweeps. March 24, Linda Paul was Low Gross winner of the field of 21 players. This was the first day of the yearlong Independent Eclectic for the Thursday group. Net winners: First flight: first, Kelly Downey; second, Becky Hulick; third, Kathy Mocricky; fourth, Penny Wright. Second flight: first, Yoshi Smith; second, Ellean Huff; third, Marie Pierce; fourth, Mary Rossi. Third flight: first, Christy Rexford; second, Laurie Vree; third, Linda Kilpatrick; fourth, Vanita Collins. March 29, Patty Buchholz was Low Gross winner of the field of 32 players. This was the first day of the Yearlong Eclectic for the Tuesday group. Net winners: First flight: first, Patty Buchholz; second, Kris Peters; tie third, Kathy Mocricky, Joan Seliga and Jerry Moreno. Second flight: first, Marie Pierce; second tie, Judy Early and Yoshi Smith; fourth, Ellean Huff; fifth, Joan DiMaggio. Third flight: first, Linda Yates; second tie, Linda Kilpatrick, Shy Baxter and Carol Locke. Fourth flight: first, Roberta Lommori; second, Vanita Collins; third, Christy Rexford; fourth, Elaine Foote. N.B. On March 29, 5 members attended the WGANC Open Day at Lake Merced in San Francisco. Our own Linda Paul had the lowest score of the field of 80 players! Congratulations, Linda! March 31, Eileen Beltrano was Low Gross winner of the field of 14 players. The game was 3-3-3 (3 best par 3’s, 4’s, and 5’s) and subtracting half of one’s handicap. Net winners: First flight: first, Kelly Downey; second, Kathy Mokricky; third tie, Eileen Beltrano and Penny Wright. Second flight: first, Vanita Collins; second, Ro Nicholson; third tie, Judy Duport and Christy Rexford.

Sweeps Results for February 29 Individual Low Net

First place tie: Noel Schween and Dan Sienes, both with a net 28.5. Third place: Al Bentham with a net 30.5. Fourth place: Wendell Freeman with a net 31.5. Fifth place tie: Wayne Mickaelian and Gary Stone, both with a net 32.5. Seventh place tie: Neil Huber and Charlie Perotti, both with a net 33. Closest-to-the-pin: Noel Schween, 24’9”; Gary Stone, 49’2”.

Sweeps Results for March 21 Two-Man Best Ball

First place: Stan Augustine and Phil Sapp with a net 28. Second place tie: Pat Hart and Charlie Perotti, Dan Levin and Gary Stone, and Keith Wise and (blind draw), all with a net 30. Closest-to-the-pin: Phil Sapp, 14’8”.

Sweeps Results for March 28 Individual Low Net First Round of Spring Eclectic 19 Players

First place: Dan Sienes with a net 30.5. Second place: Keith Wise with a net 31. Third place tie: Phil Sapp, John Munkacsy and Don Morse, all with a net 32.5. Sixth place tie: Stan Augustine and Al Bentham, both with a net 33.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Dan Sienes, 15’3”; Stan Augustine, 18’10”.

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The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016


Wednesday Men’s Club


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

nRick Warfel


First flight (8.0–21.5): first, Jim Scinto and Bob Baciocco, 61; second, Bill Salmina and Danny Morgan, 64; third, John Williston and Bruce Hulick, 65; fourth, Mike Hull and Gary Smith, 66. Second flight (22.5–up): first, Bill Wellman and Rodi Martinelli, 59; second, Gil Moreno and Dave Goulson, 62; third, Alan McLintock and Suru Subbarao, 63; fourth, Tom Wayne and Bud Simi, 64. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Frank Zelko, 8’5”; #13—Bob Giddings, 10’5”; #16—Ron Feibusch, 23’2”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Scott Ricci, 23’11”; #13—Bob Flores, 25’6”; #16—Tommy Yturralde, 5’3”. One team was DQed for an incomplete score card. Card-offs were used to settle ties.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Luncheon was fantastic. Liisa had the room beautifully decorated, what a talent! Twenty-eight members attended, 22 played a fun game of golf thanks to Joanne Finnerty and Rebecca Wellman.


First tie, Dan Levin and Tom Massip, and Dan Sienes and (blind draw), 57. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Gary Stone, 29’4”; #16— Dan Levin, 30’6”.


About a dozen players are currently playing from the yellow tees. With heavy rains lately, the yellowtee trial period has been extended through April. Don’t miss the first Mixer of the season on Wednesday, April 20! Sign-ups are in the East Pro Shop, as usual, $5 sweeps and only $5 for a delicious lunch following a shotgun start. The Guys and Gals Tournament is Wednesday, May 4.


This week’s category: Cars and Trucks. Answers: 1. Game invented in Scotland (VW). 2. After Nixon, this President loved golf and lived near Palm Springs. 3. Golf course on Arnold Drive (pick-up truck). 4. Nicklaus has a very strong one (Subaru). 5. Popular putter brand (Honda). 6. Golfer assistant, Elvis loved his pink one. 7. Muni course in San Francisco. 8. Napa golf resort (Chevy truck). 9. Provides energy to your golf cart (Dodge). 10. Pay attention (Ford). 11. Edgewood Golf Course location (pick-up). 12. In shape (Honda). 13. You may move this on a green (Nissan). 14. Hops around at Oakmont (VW). 15. Taylormade clubs, small sporty BMW. 16. Shaft bend (Ford). 17. Golf ball (Dodge truck). 18. Hogan’s Alley (classic Buick). Questions: 1. What is golf? 2. Who is Ford? 3. What is Sonoma? 4. What is Legacy? 5. What is Odyssey? 6. What is Caddy? 7. What is Lincoln? 8. What is Silverado? 9. What is Charger? 10. What is Focus? 11. What is Tahoe? 12. What is Fit? 13. What is Leaf? 14. What is Rabbit? 15. What is M2? 16. What is Flex? 17. What is Ram? 18. What is Riviera?

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SWEEPS RESULTS March 24, 22 Players

First flight: first, Ruth Levy; second, Betty Van Voorhis; third tie, Pattie Buchholz and Linda Yates. Second flight: first, Roberta Lammori; second, Elaine Foote; third, Marie Crimaldi. Third flight: first, Debbie Jaffe; second, Barbara James; third, Joan Eiserloh. Fourth flight: first, Cathie Cunningham; second, Audrey Engen; third, Sarah Wood.

March 31, 18 players

First flight: first, Dee Johnson; second tie, Larna Leitner and Elisabeth LaPointe; fourth, Ellie Baciocco. Second flight: first, Marie Crimaldi; second, Henni Williston; third, Roberta Lommori. Third flight: first. Barbara Bowman; second tie, Debbie Jaffee and Cathie Cunningham; fourth, Audrey Engen.


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failed for lack of a second. The vote for Altman was 5 in favor, Leznik opposed and Altman abstaining. As Altman took the gavel, she thanked Batchelor for his “undying service” during a difficult year. “You’ve done a phenomenal job,” she said. “Thank you.” Batchelor nominated Felton for vice president after Leznik nominated Young but failed to get a second. The vote was 6-1 for Felton with Leznik opposed. Batchelor was elected secretary and Strunka treasurer, both unanimously. The tension ramped up when Leznik challenged Altman’s re-appointment of the OVA Personnel Committee. Leznik said she wanted to serve on the committee and Altman said she would consider it. Leznik then challenged the blanket approval of standing committee members and chairs. Batchelor said the board usually approves the committees at the organizational meeting for continuity. Otherwise, he said, there would be no committees. Leznik called it “a big mistake” to vote on all the committees at once. She said the committees need new people and that OVA members “demand transparency.” Her move to consider the committees separately failed for lack of support. She also sought separate action on the ad hoc pickleball committee, but found no support. Ad hoc committees normally continue until disbanded by the board. Hermann said the standing committees are open to all residents who wish to volunteer. It was noted that vacancies are advertised in the newspaper. Strunka said it is hard to find volunteers for the Financial Committee. Wally Schilpp, a former board member who is regarded as an authority on OVA board procedure, said the board was “out of order” in discussing the makeup of standing committees at its organizational meeting. He said the only reason to approve the committees at that time is to keep them functioning for the two weeks between the organizational meeting and the next regular board meeting. “Otherwise you have no committees,” he said. In that case, he said, the Oakmont Community Development Committee on which he serves couldn’t hold its scheduled meeting the following week.


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016

Correction An April 1 story on OVA’s study of space needs reported incorrectly on ideas concerning the art room at the Central Activities Center. It should have said that users had suggested enlarging the art room by removing walls separating two adjacent spaces, one of which is home to a currently unused kiln.

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Woodrums have held free exercise classes for more than 14,000 attendees since the inception of the Oakmont Health Initiative in September, 2013. He described them as “two outgoing, kind, fun people who get things done, positive things that add to the strength of the fabric of our community.” He also lauded “their tireless fundraising efforts to keep these exercise classes free.” In the independent auditor’s report, James Ernst of James Ernst Accounting, said OVA’s financial statements “present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Oakmont Village Association as of Dec. 31, 2015, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.” Asked by resident Nancy Caldwell if there are any plans to resurrect the disbanded Long Range Planning Committee, Batchelor said he intends to ask the board if he can resurrect the committee after he goes off the board in April, 2017. He said the full report would offer a “fantastic guideline” in planning the future of Oakmont. Asked if a herd of sheep used last year would be back to gobble up Oakmont weeds at a significant cost saving, Batchelor said the contract had already been signed.

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Now: High Speed Internet at all OVA Facilities

Pickleball in Hands of New OVA Board

nStaff Report

nMarty Thompson

High speed internet connections now are in place in all OVA facilities, allowing residents to connect to the internet while attending meetings and events. New installations by Comcast are providing high speed connections at the Berger Center, Central Activities Center and the East and West recreation centers. The new service replaced installations by Sonic and AT&T, which Facilities Manager Rick Aubert said were not only slower but together were more expensive. OVA has its own routers working off Comcast routers, providing a higher level of security, Aubert said. Modem speed is 100 megabytes at the Central and East facilities and 50 megabytes at the West Rec. Center. To connect to the new WiFi go to Guest 1-2 at the Berger, Guest 1 at the CAC, Guest 1-2 at the East Rec. and Guest 1-2 at the West Rec. Once you’ve logged on, your device should remember the code and connect automatically, Aubert said.

Whether the proposed Central Court sports facility will usher in pickleball at the Central Activities Center is up to the new Oakmont board seated this month. The board, with three seats filled at this month’s election, must decide on ordering plans and then seeking bids to learn what the project would cost.


Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies Updates nSue Hattendorf, COPE Director

For COPE leaders who do not have Internet access, this is your reminder that, once again, it is time to check your team for any changes, mark up your block diagram, and put it in the COPE file in the OVA Office. For new residents, a completed Census form should be submitted. I will generate new block diagrams for your team. If, in the future, you begin Internet usage, please call me at 539-2543 to let me know so I can add you to our online communication group. Also, if you do not currently have an active COPE team in your neighborhood, please call me to learn how simple it is to form a neighborhood family. Thank you!

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Santa Rosa City Council chamber full for pickleball appeal hearing. (Photos by John Williston)

The City Council unanimously rejected an appeal of Planning Commission approval for a conditional use permit for the project after a lengthy March 29 public hearing featuring 22 speakers on both sides. “The question of whether to build the pickleball courts is up to Oakmont,” Council member Gary Wysocky said after the council’s 6-0 vote. Mayor John Sawyer told the nearly full council chamber, “You don’t want us to be involved in the internal workings of Oakmont.” “I don’t see a land use reason not to approve the project,” Council member Julie Combs said. “I’m very pleased with the unanimous decisions by both the Planning Commission and City Council,” OVA President Frank Batchelor said after the hearing. Supporters of the appeal filed by resident Ellen Leznik raised what spokesman Kerry Oswald called “serious omissions” in the proposal to locate the courts at the CAC. He said they are “not compatible” with current and future new projects there. Kerry Oswald. Speakers challenged the OVA’s audio, visual and parking impact studies. Oswald claimed there were “serious omissions” in materials provided by the OVA, citing a parking study and visual analysis. Some objected to spending on the project, estimated by one speaker to cost around $310,000. They cited a petition opposing the project signed by 1,100 residents. Planning Commission Chair Patti Cisco told the council, “A lot of the issues presented speak to issues not in our purview.” She said the tenor of the commission “was very positive” in support of the project. Vice President Andie Altman, representing the OVA, told the council two OVA boards had overseen a process in which a board-appointed ad hoc committee worked with the Planning Department to meet all city requirements for the conditional use Andie Altman. permit. The plan is very compatible with present and future land uses at the CAC, she declared. Altman said opponents had circulated “inaccurate and false information” on the project, including during the gathering of petition signatures. Mayor Sawyer complimented the large crowd for the courtesy shown to people on both sides. After the hearing, Oswald, the opponents’ spokesman, said of possible further legal challenges, “If it can’t happen here then it probably won’t.”


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Wearing Adult Diapers or Padded Underwear May No Longer be Necessary According to Dr. Seipel, Leaking, Squirming, Squeezing, and Embarassing Odors...Even Accidents Can Now be a Thing of the Past! NEW YORK, NEW YORK — If life isn’t hard enough, now you have to worry about making it to the bathroom in time. The feeling of your bladder bursting and the down right panic of “not making it” in time can be absolutely overwhelming. Don’t even dare to laugh, cough or sneeze at the “wrong” time and when did you start to become scared to take a big sip of tea, coffee or water? You’re not alone in your battle to control your bladder. According to The National Institute of Health, as many as 33 million Americans are affected by bladder control issues described above.

really worsened after the birth of my first child.” A friend who was aware of Brandy’s condition told her about Dr. Seipel’s formula. “After two weeks, I had already noticed changes,” smiles Brandy.** “I was finding that although I felt I needed to urinate, I wasn’t as desperate to run to the toilet. Now, when I get up in the morning,” she adds, “I’m able to make the coffee and even have a cup before needing to go, which is a great improvement!”

Dr. Tracey Seipel: Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist, “Most people who have overactive bladders choose to keep their problem Herbalist & a secret,” says Dr. Tracey Seipel, a Diabetes Educator

The Family Secret Even the Family Doesn’t Know

longtime clinician who is one of the world’s leading experts in natural urological healthcare. “They don’t even tell their spouse or families about it. It affects their lives in every way, influencing where they go, and even what they will wear in case they have an accident.” “Black is the color of choice,” says Dr. Seipel, “as it can hide evidence of public accidents.” A 100% natural, drug-free aid developed by Dr. Seipel is now available in a remarkable, fast-acting natural formula called Bladder Control featuring Urox. This sophisticated herbal compound has been shown in clinical studies to help improve bladder control with reductions in bladder frequency, nocturia (having to urinate at night), urgency, and bladder discomfort, sometimes in as little as two weeks. Since its introduction in Australia, more than 25,000 people have used the Bladder Control formula. Dr. Seipel’s formula has made a believer out of 45-year-old, mother of three, Brandy W., from Brisbane, Australia. “I had a high bladder frequency as a child,” says Brandy, “but my frequency

How Does It Work? “Bladder Control helps support bladder health by revitalizing bladder tone and function, and by helping support kidney health,” says Dr. Seipel. “Bladder Control promotes normal urinary frequency, and reduces urgency, nocturia and those embarrassing, awayfrom-home bladder accidents,” adds Dr. Seipel. “The compound invigorates the tone of the bladder wall, assisting a healthy level of firmness by enhancing the bladder’s muscular elasticity. This reduces the frequent urge to urinate,” explains Dr. Seipel.

Positive Clinical Trial This natural, drug-free Bladder Control formula has performed well in a clinical study. In one placebo-controlled, randomized trial, many participants saw results in as little as two weeks. But the best was yet to come. Two weeks later, those participants shocked study observers by reporting a significant improvement in their quality of life. Thirty days later 77% of participants were experiencing benefits.

Results like these are not surprising to Dr. Seipel who single-handedly pioneered the bladder care category in the early 2000’s, receiving an award from the prestigious US Nutrition Business Journal for her work. Her patent-pending formula consisting of select, synergistically paired botanicals like Crateva nurvala, Equisetum arvense and Lindera aggregata, was 15 years in the making. Dr. Seipel searched for an effective, nutritional solution.

Reduce the Need for Adult Diapers

“Overactive bladder syndrome is a widespread problem,” says Dr. Seipel. Many of these individuals wear adult diapers. Insiders in the adult diaper industry are keeping a close eye on Dr. Seipel’s bladder support breakthrough because of people like 78-year-old retired teacher, Glenda B. from Gold Coast, Australia. Glenda wore adult diapers every day to guard against accidents. “My bladder capacity was good but the leakage and accidents would occur without warning. So, I wore them every day,” confesses Glenda. Since Glenda discovered Dr. Seipel’s Bladder Control formula, you won’t find her shopping in the adult diaper section of the store anymore. “After only 10 days on Bladder Control, I reduced the need to wear my diapers. Now, I am managing very well, thank you,” says Glenda. According to Euromonitor International, a respected market research firm, the size of the adult diaper market in the U.S. was approximately $1.4 Billion in 2012.

Prostate or Bladder? Hard to Tell Many men confuse the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome with prostate woes. Dr. Seipel explains, “Prostate enlargement restricts urine flow. The bladder compensates for this by trying harder and harder to push the urine out.” As bladder pressure increases, so does instances of urinary frequency and

Store shelves are overflowing with adult diapers and absorbant underwear

urgency. Long after a man’s prostate woes are relieved, he may still experience the same symptoms thanks to his nowoveractive bladder.

His-and-Her Results “Because male and female bladders, other than size, are identical,” says Dr. Seipel, “the formula works equally well for both men and women”. “It’s a his-and-her formula,” she smiles. David M., age 46, can attest to this. “I was having to go to the toilet every hour or so and I had to go to the toilet at least four times per night.” Four weeks after starting Bladder Control, David says, “My trips to the toilet have definitely reduced and I’m having much better sleep, getting up maybe once a night.” If you’re ready to alleviate your gonow urination urges, to those frantic trips to the bathroom, and if you are looking for the confidence and security that a healthy bladder can bring to your life, here’s your risk-free opportunity.

Special Opportunity for Our Readers Dr Seipel has arranged (for a limited time) to provide our readers a full 90 days to try Bladder Control at home completely Risk Free. That’s how confident she is that it will work for you. And...if you call today we are offering a limited number of FREE 30 day bottles as part of our “Support Bladder Health” special promotion, call now for details at 1-800-334-2702, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. In as little as four weeks, you could be sleeping better through the night, taking long trips in the car again, and feeling confident and self-assured, but don’t wait. Supplies are very limited. Call now at 1-800-334-2702.



The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016

nJulie Cade

Rambling with the Rovers RV Club

If you’ve ever thought about renting or buying an RV, maybe you should connect with members of the Rovers. With decades—make that, centuries—of cumulative and combined knowledge, you will be sure to be given lots of advice, some of it possibly useful. As the saying goes, “there is no such thing as the perfect RV,” but there are some wonderful times to be had if you take to the road in a trailer, motor home, or camper. Rather than making your first trip on your own, going with the Rovers will provide you with a safety net of information and help with questions such as how campsite sewer hook-ups work, who the heck Good Sam is, and the difference between a pullthrough or back-in.

Fort Bragg, May 16–20

Another great trip is planned for May along the North Coast. We’ll camp across from the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden The campsites are surrounded by azaleas, rhododendrons, and evergreens. Wake up to birdsong and the smell of camp fire smoke before going out with the group for a beach walk. Or maybe you’d rather sit in the sun and read a book, and that’s fine,

Oakmont’s Annual Car Show Set for May 28 nBob Stinson

Your space is waiting.

too. Participation in the daily events is optional but highly recommended for great fun. Check out the campground’s information at http:// To register for this trip, contact Jim Ritter, E-mail or call 537-8215. For more information about our club and how you can join us go to our website, http://oakmontrovers. com or call Jim at 537-8215. Membership is cheap—$10 a year—and the memories are priceless.

Our annual car show is set for Saturday, May 28, Memorial Day weekend. All Oakmont residents are welcome to attend. We stage our cars at 9 a.m. in the Berger Center parking lot and open to the public from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Oakmont Market will again be there to serve coffee, snacks, burgers and hot dogs. Any Oakmont resident may show any car they wish, regardless of their car’s age. “Outsiders” (which we need to complete the show) must bring a classic car at least 30 years old and in good condition. The fee to show is $5 payable upon arrival. There is no form to complete. Unregistered cars will be turned away. Putting on this event is a team effort by members of the Oakmont Car Club. One of my assignments is to log official registrations. We do expect to sell out of spaces. Any Oakmonter interested is reserving a spot in the show should contact me either by phone (538-5760) or via E-mail at Thanks.

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

April 17: John Futini Korea: The Unremembered War 1950–1953

Largely unremembered, the inconclusive Korean War ushered in Viet Nam and other limited wars. Returning to the Sunday Symposium for a third time, John Futini will discuss the causes of the conflict, its military course, and its larger political effects and significance. Futini holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in History from Sonoma State University. He is a part-time instructor in history at Indian Valley Colleges, Chapman College and Napa Valley College.

April 24: John Freedman The Seven Wonders of the World from the Ancient Greeks to the Present

Dr. John Freedman is an independent scholar and passionate world traveler who has explored over 120 countries on seven continents. A highly sought after enrichment lecturer on cruise ships and riverboats worldwide as well as an experienced expedition leader for educational travel programs operated by the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Museum, and Harvard Alumni Travel. His presentations combine serious scholarship with rich photojournalistic content and an engaging presentation style. A weekly series offering informative and enlightening presentations on a wide range of topics. Want E-mail reminders? Tell us at


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Oakmont Music Lovers nHarriet Palk


Mae Lucas will present a recital-drama on Teresa Carreño, the most famous woman pianist of the late 19th–early 20th centuries. Ms. Lucas will enact scenes from Carreño’s life interspersed with live piano playing, recordings of chamber and orchestral works and slides.

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

More About Brick Walls

The next Genealogy Club meeting on April 25 at 1 p.m. will be the second session focused on advanced research techniques by George McKinney’s entitled “Using a Periscope to See Around Brick Walls.” Our March meeting was a very helpful presentation on five search techniques you can use to find people when the usual surname search doesn’t produce results, such as using variant spellings and wildcards in the names, checking siblings and other relatives, using and, etc. Hitting a dead end can be quite frustrating, but being innovative and persistent can pay off in your search. There will be another free session on “Breaking Down


nSusan Lynn

Teresa Carreño (1853–1917) was born in Venezuela, daughter of an aristocratic mother and the Minister of Finance. She moved to New York at the age of eight, taking New York, Boston and Philadelphia by storm with her debuts in those cities. She returned to Europe where she received encouragement from and studied with Franz Liszt, Giacomo Rossini, Georges Matthias (a student of Chopin) and Anton Rubinstein. Later she taught 12-year-old Edward MacDowell and promoted his works. Although tremendously successful as a pianist (often performing 60 times or more in a season), Carreño had a troubled personal life, marrying four times and giving birth to seven children, two of whom died very young. When she married her fourth husband, her brother disowned her. As a US citizen, Carreño returned to the United States at the start of World War I for safety and financial reasons. Her strenuous tour schedule weakened her health. When she experienced double vision during a trip to Havana, her husband brought her home to New York where she died a few months later. Mae Lucas teaches music appreciation classes in Oakmont, Sonoma and Petaluma through the Older Adults Program of Santa Rosa Junior College and gives private piano lessons. WHEN: May 3, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free


nSue Rowlands

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.”—Desmond Tutu Everyone had a great time at the St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Congratulations to our Irish cooking contest winners, who won gift certificates to Stout Brothers Irish Pub and Restaurant. Top honors went to Sylvia Edwards for her whiskey cake, Keith Sauer for his Irish soda bread, Shirley Hodgkins for her colcannon, Nick Beltrano for his Irish stew, and Eric Goodman for his corned beef and cabbage. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped make it such a fun evening.

Coming up

Today is the last day to register for Son of Pizza Palooza! Join us for this free, members-only happy hour social and enjoy pizza from a local restaurant. Dance to a custommade playlist guaranteed to get you on your feet. Make a whole meal of it by bringing your own salads, and of course, BYOB. Please RSVP online at WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 6–8 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center WHO: Members only (no non-member guests)

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¢ per game, paid to the winners. For information or questions call Chuck or me at 537-7498.

BRING: BYOB and salad There is no reserved seating for this event. For questions please contact:, Don’t forget to mark your calendar for “Dance Vibrations,” coming in May. Choppin’ Broccoli will have you dancing to tunes by Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Journey, Prince, Duran Duran and others. Food trucks will return with a variety of food choices. As always, BYOB. Simply visit to save your spot, or complete the coupon and deposit it (along with your check) in the Boomers folder at the OVA Office by May 16.

Coming on June 25

Meet us “At the Hop” and go back to the 50s and 60s with The Hot Rods playing the golden oldies you love. More details to follow in future Oakmont News editions. If you want to rock it out at either of these events, join or renew now. Go online at Boomer Trivia: “See the USA in your Chevrolet” was the slogan for which TV host?

SON OF PIZZA PALOOZA RSVP COUPON Thursday, April 21, 6–8 pm, Berger Center

Deadline for RSVP is no later than 3 p.m. Friday, April 15. This event is a members only Happy Hour Social. How many members is this an RSVP for? ___________

Name(s)_______________________________________________________________________________________ There is no charge for this event, and there is no reserved seating. Please place completed coupon in the Boomers folder at the OVA Office.

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 .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.

Brick Walls” put on by the Sonoma County Genealogical Society on Saturday, May 21 at 1 p.m. at the Finley Center on College Avenue to which all of Oakmont is invited. Starting on April 25, the Oakmont Genealogical Club will meet in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except July and December) at 1 p.m. This is a permanent change of time. 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 please visit our website at: www. If you have research questions or would like to receive our newsletter, then E-mail to


Cost is $15 per member and non-member guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member The two options you have to register for seating for this event are: 1. Reserved table for eight. Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $120. The names of all the people sitting at the table must be listed. Individual names:______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Party name:_________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed:__________

2. Unreserved seating. There will be several unreserved tables available. Full payment must accompany registration.

Name(s):______________________________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed___________

The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m., Monday, May16.


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Attention Oakmont Educators Club nBarbara Arnold

This is to inform you that the Oakmont Educators Club is officially disbanded. At our March 10 meeting it was decided not to continue. There will no longer be any scheduled meetings in the Craft room. However, I do value the opportunity it provided for me to meet and get to know many of Oakmont’s retired teachers!

Wii Bowling Oakmont Lanes nTerry Leuthner, President, and Carolyn Mack, 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 Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Summer 2016 League Schedule. Remaining bowling dates for April: April 19 (first week of Summer League). No bowling April 26, fourth Tuesday.

nRay and Marie Haverson


WHAT: Cinco De Mayo WHEN: Saturday, May 7 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open 4 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. COST: $35 per member, $40 member’s guest, $50 nonmembers; best deal $47 per person which includes a Sha-Boom membership until January 1, 2017 and the Cinco de Mayo celebration MENU: Cheese or chicken enchilada, tamales, make your own taco stand, refried beans, rice, mixed green salad, chips and salsa and chocolate and vanilla cake with mixed fruit filling, covered with whipped cream. Drinks: coffee, lemon water and ice. This is our fourth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration and party. This is the only party all year that we have door prizes and our famous conga line of prizes and gifts. You will not want to miss this party so get your checks in early to reserve your table of eight or seats as this one will sell out very fast. Note: all table reservations must have all checks in one envelope at one time. We assign tables and seating by the date the payments are received. You may pay for a table of eight and give us the names later, however keep in mind that we do have a no refund policy. We will try to find you a buyer but no guarantee.


The total amount donated, through online auction, bowlers and corporate sponsorships, will be split 50/50 between the Rincon Valley Education Foundation and the Oakmont Kiwanis. We just reached our $15,000 goal. Congratulations to everyone who donated, participated and volunteered.


On April 12, we had our Winter League play-off in which the top three teams from the 1:30 p.m. league played the top three teams from the 3:15 p.m. league, to establish the Winter Team Champion. A meeting followed where we presented awards and signed up for the Summer League starting April 19, ending July 19. Results will be in May 1 article.

RESULTS AS OF March 29 (final week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, Wild Turkeys; second place, Strikers; third place, Alley Oops; fourth place, 4 Tops; fifth place, Pocket Hits; sixth place, Wii Four. League Champion: Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Juan Fuentes, 246; Christian van den Berghe, 210; Terry Leuthner, 204; Dan Madden, 204; Gordon Freedman, 203. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 269; Phyllis Jennings, 257; Robin Schudel, 256; Peggy Ensley, 233; Vicki Madden, 227; Kathryn Miller, 218. 3:15 PM League: first place, King Pins; second place tie, Strikes and Spares and Strike Outs; fourth place, Wii Power; fifth place, High Rollers; sixth place, Pin Heads. League Champion: King Pins. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 245; Al Bentham, 215; Juan Fuentes, 205. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 258; Valerie Hulsey, 244; Mollie Atkinson,239; Betsy Smith, 236; Maurine Bennett, 213; Barbara Ford, 212; Judy Lawrence,209; Vicki Jackanich, 203; Pat Stokes, 202; Shirley Jamison, 201. High Game Subs: Terry Leuthner, 232; Elisabeth LaPointe, 223.

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nAl Haggerty


Michael Bagwell will speak on the subject “Increased Understanding and Awareness of Parkinson’s Disease” at the April 27 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at East Recreation Center. Bagwell will discuss who Parkinson’s affects, the history and classification of the disease, causes, diagnosis and early warning signs. He’ll also cover stages of the disease, progression of symptoms, management and treatment and advocacy issues. He said Parkinson’s leaves its mark on 200,000 families each year in the United States alone. Bagwell co-manages a business named Homewatch Caregivers with his wife and business partner, Hillary Wooton. The couple founded the business in Santa Rosa in 2013. Bagwell is a certified senior advisor and has experience with independent and assisted living, memory units, skilled nursing facilities and hospice care. His career includes service with the U.S Navy during Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His background includes customer service, project and account management and general management. A native of Seattle, he’s a graduate of Western Washington University with a major in business and minor in economics. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Grill and Cafe. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contract Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.

nRosemary Waller


For the final concert of our 2015–16 season, Music at Oakmont is delighted to announce the return of the highly acclaimed Calidore String Quartet, which made its auspicious debut here in February, 2015. On May 12 the group will perform our very first all-Beethoven-quartet concert: Op. 18 no. 3, Op. 74, and Op. 132. Not one of these three exquisite quartets has ever before been heard on the Berger stage.

The Calidore was formed in 2010 at the Colburn Conservatory of Music, and within two years won top prizes at all the major American chamber music competitions, as well as in Hamburg and Munich. Currently artists-in-residence and visiting faculty at Stony Brook University (SUNY), the Calidore recently became the first North American ensemble to be awarded the prestigious BorlettiBuitoni Trust Fellowship. The ensemble has just received a coveted appointment to the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Two for the 2016– 2019 seasons. Highlights of the Calidore’s current season include their debut at Carnegie Hall, performances of the complete Mendelssohn quartet cycle at the East Neuk Festival (UK), and performances of the Mendelssohn Octet with the Emerson Quartet. They have recorded quartets by Mendelssohn, Haydn, Hindemith, Stravinsky, and Toch, and have been featured as Young Artists-in-Residence on American Public Media’s Performance Today.


Our annual Donor Drive continues through May. Donor envelopes will be found in the May 12 programs. Donor checks should be made out to Oakmont Community Foundation, with memo line reading “Music at Oakmont.” Your gifts are entirely tax-deductible and much appreciated.


Our concert schedule for 2016–17 appears elsewhere in this issue, and can be seen also at www. Season passes will be on sale only at the May 12 and Oct. 20, concerts. Checks for $140 should be made out to “Music at Oakmont.” Despite the modest increase in price (the first in five years), next year’s season pass will provide, as always, eight concerts for the cost of seven, and Music at Oakmont remains a most outstanding bargain for world-class chamber music in Sonoma County. WHAT: Calidore String Quartet WHEN: Thurs., May 12, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door, or your season pass


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC)

Oakmont PC Users Group

spring Session — april • may

Registration: 538-1485

E-mail address: Questions for Experts: BobMandel@ (Bob Mandelstam) Free PC help: Phil Kenny, 538-2075; Dan Gaffney, (916) 878-9538 and Al Medeiros, 843-4447.


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


This is going to be fun! What do you know about the Apple Watch? Have you ever seen someone using one and all that it’s capable of doing? John, who is one of Ronnie Roche’s team of experts, is coming to demonstrate how he uses the Apple Watch to keep him organized It’s amazing! Remember there is always time for your questions. Plan to come early at 1:30 p.m. for coffee/tea, refreshments and fellowship. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. followed by the program. We look forward to seeing you. Website:


nCarolita Carr

Single Boomers Social Club


News flash! We are happy to announce that our crab is coming from California! If you are attending this event, you have already sent us an RSVP. Make sure we have your check made out to SBSC for $38. Remember to bring either an appetizer or a dessert. We start socializing at 5 p.m., so there will be time to get acquainted, or simply catch up, with other members before we sit down to delicious crab. Our April 1 Mixer was so well attended that we managed to over-fill the bar at the Quail Inn. New members who joined us were Agnes, Betty, Bonnie and Lorraine. Most of us found seats and managed to get a drink before moving to the other room for Karaoke. A couple of us (you know who you are) actually got to the mic and performed, and Myra engineered a “group sing.” We weren’t with it for the tune “Happy,” but we really came into our own on

“California Girls!” All in all, it was a fun evening, full of music and dancing. Our next event, after the crab feed, will be another mixer at the Quail Inn. It will be on May 5, and we will join in on the Cinco de Mayo celebration. Maybe we can have our margaritas out on the patio for a better chance to “mix and mingle.” Members should continue to check their E-mail inboxes for special invitations and E-mail Shout Outs regarding new events. We are in the process of fine tuning our E-mail communications, so if you haven’t received any message from us, please let us know. Other than newspaper articles, this is our only method of communication. We provide a safe, comfortable place for singles to get acquainted and enjoy the company of others. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the OVA Single Boomers Social Club folder.


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $ 12 to SBSC. Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Date____________________ Phone_________________________________ E-mail (important to receive Evites and Shout-outs)_________________________________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). Signature:_____________________________________________________________________________________

Dues are $10 per household. 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 the OakMUG file located 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 Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-1598 or E-mail


WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2 p.m. WHERE: Room D, Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Linda Koepplin

American Mah Jongg Club nMarie Haverson


If you want to meet some new friends and have a great time while doing so, then the American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on April 18. 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. Sorry, we only have openings for experienced players or teams at this time!


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016

Garden Club

Daily Money Management Services

nPeggy Dombeck


“It is a very beautiful day. The woman looks around and thinks: ‘There cannot ever have been a spring more beautiful than this. I did not know until now that clouds could be like this. I did not know that the sky is the sea and that clouds are the souls of happy ships, sunk long ago. I did not know that the wind could be tender, like hands as they caress—what did I know—until now?”’—Unica Zürn


Brianna Schaefer from Daily Acts will give a presentation on the timely topic of rainwater harvesting. Harvest the Rain and Slow the Flow will focus on strategies and systems that can easily be implemented in your landscape. Topics covered include how to calculate your rainwater harvest, an overview of rain barrel storage options, benefits and design considerations for rain gardens and bioswales and additional techniques for storm water management. Brianna is the Program Manager for Daily Acts, a Sonoma County-based sustainability non-profit that offers tours, workshops, presentations, events and community mobilizations, to inspire action to grow food, conserve resources and build local resilience. For more information on how you can get involved please visit their website

Taking care of your personal bills, budget & record-keeping needs. WHEN AND WHERE: Tues., April 19 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.

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The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016

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Quilting Bee nElizabeth McDonnell


Today is the last day of early registration for the 2016 Senior Wine Country Games, to be held at Julliard Park on June 3 and 4. You’ll receive a $5 discount on the individual registration fee of $45. Sign-up continues after today for $50 until all places are filled. Contact Sherry Magers, 537-3084, with your information. We will need a few players as alternates for both days, Friday and Saturday. Let Sherry know if you are interested. Each person needs to handle their own registration online or by phone with the Wine Country Games at the Council on Aging, 5259143, ex. 121, Leigh Galten.


Cool mornings and warm afternoons make for perfect bocce weather, whether you’re practicing for the Senior Games, enjoying a friendly game during the week, or bowling in a tournament. The St. Patrick’s Day Tournament on March 19, re-scheduled from the rained-out tournament on March 12, was a big success: a sunny day and eager competitors. Winners happily accepted miniature candy bars and received green St. Pat’s award beads. The Tax Time Tournament is tomorrow, April 16. Arrive by 12:45 p.m. to assure a place on a team. Come on out and celebrate having tax day behind you for another year. The Open Doubles Tournament continues until April 30. A new event this year for the OBC, it’s proved to be an entertaining addition to the tournament schedule. Look for names of the big winners in the May 15 Oakmont News.

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St. Pat’s Tourney winners Jean-Michel Poulnot, Susan Wurtzel and Geoffrey Newton wearing their green award beads and displaying their candy.

More winners: front, Bob Pelton, Cindi Clemence, and Carol Huseby; back, Jim Huseby and Guido Arreco (not shown, Rita McBride.)


As most of you know, OBC president Sal Colombo moved this month from our lovely community to El Dorado Hills, east of Sacramento. Thanks, Sal, for your contributions to the OBC and we wish you well at your new location. We’re very lucky to have Sherry Magers. As vice president, she’s immediately stepped up to fulfill the responsibilities of the presidency and keep the activities of the club running smoothly. Thanks, Sherry.

At the Oakmont Bee March meeting we discussed the upcoming Healdsburg quilt show to be held April 9. Many of our members planed to display their quilts at the popular event. Lisa has volunteered to create a website and blog for our group in which we would post pictures, updates of our activities and events, as well as how-to videos. She explained how it would work and cautioned we should come up with an obscure name for privacy. Subsequent to the meeting Lisa set up the website and, with a suggestion from Mary Ann Allen, named the blog Pinot and Piecing. Ruth Blanchard showed us a very cute cat quilt made with panels adding fabric with cat paw prints in bright colors. Janet Shore displayed a beautiful panel quilt she made in beautiful colors and sunflowers.

Ruth Blanchard with cats.

Mary Ann Allen told of us the difficult quilt class she and Vivian Valencia took recently at Broadway Quilts. There were hours and hours of preparation for the class and they must keep their wits about them as they paper-piece their way through the project. It will be a little while before we see a finished product from these ladies. Lisa was busy sewing a binding on a scrap quilt. The front was pieced in an Endless Chain pattern and the back was a print fabric that appeared to be pieced. Pam McVey was making small “comfort” cats out of fabric. The little cats will be given to various organizations, i.e. police, hospitals, care facilities, anywhere that someone would benefit by the comfort of a soft cat to hold in their hand in a time of stress.

Lisa with her scrap quilt.

Laura Lamar told us her grandmother was a seamstress and the only item Laura has from her sewing days is a hand-pieced block which was backed by a page from a hymnal. Laura passed it around for us to appreciate the workmanship and age of the block. Laura also gave us further information about the 100 barn quilts which are located around Lake County and promised us location information when new brochures are printed. 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 in the Central Activities Center, from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016

Oakmont Rainbow Women nCarroll Johnson


It’s sure to be a sensational night of music on May 14 when Holly Near, Barbara Higbie and Jan Martinelli take the stage at the Berger Center. Barbara and Holly have each brought down the house in their solo performances here. Now these two favorites are performing together with bassist Jan Martinelli, and we couldn’t be more excited! Tickets can be purchased for $25. Make your check out to Oakmont Rainbow Women and place it in our folder in the OVA Office and come ready to party! Doors open at 6 p.m., the concert begins at 7 p.m. Ticket purchases fund the performance and will not benefit the fundraiser, but while you’re at the concert you’ll have a chance to contribute to a very worthy cause.


concert but would like to donate, make your check payable to 10,000 Degrees and place it in the ORW folder at the OVA. Your gift is tax-deductible and will be acknowledged with a letter for tax purposes.


Mary’s Pizza Shack has agreed to partner with us to benefit 10,000 Degrees. On Wednesday, May 11 all day, the Mary’s on Summerfield will donate 20% of your bill to 10,000 Degrees if you present the coupon you see here. Just clip it and present it when you pay. This applies to all delivery, take-out and eat-in meals, so plan a pizza party and make it count for students who could use your help! Coupons will also be available at meetings, in our folder at OVA and we’ll leave a few at CAC. If you can’t find one, E-mail

This year we’re raising money for 10,000 Degrees, an organization that funds scholarships for lowincome, first-generation college students in Sonoma County. We are very impressed with the work this organization does to not only provide scholarship funding but also to support and encourage students all the way from high school through college graduation. The graduation rates their students achieve are among the highest in the country.


We’ve got some wonderful prizes this year! Local businesses and ORW members have generously donated hundreds of dollars of merchandise and restaurant gift certificates. Be sure to bring some cash with you to the concert and get there early so that you will have time to shop for the raffle prizes that catch your eye! 80% of the raffle proceeds will go to 10,000 Degrees, with 10% each going to Positive Images and to Senior Advocacy Services.


Bring your checkbook! If we can make our goal of $5,000, we will be able to designate a scholarship in the name of Oakmont Rainbow Women. But it won’t happen without your help. If you can’t make it to the

Documentary Masterworks nErnie Rose

Cheese, with its multitude of aromas, flavors and textures is among our major agricultural products. Each year, 20 million metric tons of it is consumed worldwide. Although the French eat more cheese per capita than in any other country, the United States accounts for more than one-quarter of all the cheese made, with Germany, France and Italy close behind it.

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The origin of cheese probably predates recorded human history. In Cheese Expert the cradle of biblical times, Arabs set Colette Hatch. out across the burning desert heat carrying with them milk in bags made from the stomach of sheep, goats and camels. The rennet found in the stomach of these animals caused the milk to separate into milky whey and lumpy curds of cheese. The Bedouins ate one and drank the other, discovering that the whey was refreshing and the curds were utterly delicious. Because the taste of cheese varies greatly with the climate, the geography and the food available for the animals to eat, enormous variations have developed depending on the regions from which they come. A headline in the local newspaper last month shouted, “Hundreds Brave Rainy Weather for Taste of Cheese. A crowd of about 1,500 cheese lovers gathered under a huge tent outside the Sheraton Hotel to celebrate the 10th annual Artisan Cheese Festival.” Among those featured celebrities answering questions for hours on end was our own Oakmont neighbor Colette Hatch, better known to most of us as “Madame de Fromage.” Who better could be present to lead our discussion of April’s upcoming new PBS documentary called The Story of Cheese” (60 min., 2015) than Colette herself. It is a program you won’t want to miss. WHEN: Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center GUEST HOSTESS: Colette Hatch

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What’s Growing On in the Oakmont Community Garden


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nJulie Cade and Stephanie Wrightson

Seeds started indoors have sprouted, and gardeners are eager to get them planted in the ground. With frosts possible here as late as May 8, those gardeners most risk-averse will wait until Mother’s Day to snuggle the seedlings into their summer homes.


Big Rock Ridge. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Annadel State Park. (Photo by Martin Johns)

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start at the Sea View Trail and climb up heading south along a fairly strenuous 800’ climb. We’ll make frequent stops. From the high point we descend via Upper Big Springs trail for lunch and return via Quarry Trail. Total length of this hike is approx. six miles and a combined elevation gain of 900’. Bring lunch, water and poles. Meet at Berger at 9 a.m. Leaders are Jason Wilkenfeld, 978-2385 and George Hasa, 843-4527.


This 5 to 5.5-mile hike is on the northwestern side of Mt. Tamalpais in the Marin Municipal Water District. We will take the Yolanda and Hidden Meadow Trails with panoramic views of Mt. Tam, and continue with a walk around Phoenix Lake after lunch. Approximately 800’ of elevation gain. Extremely limited parking. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike Leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724.


This 10.6-mile, 1,200’ elevation gain through hike from both directions includes redwoods and grassy ridge with nice views of the Olema Valley. Hiking clockwise you’ll have a steep climb up Shafter Grade. There’s a long descent down Bolinas Ridge with nice views of the Olema Valley in front of you. For details see the park map link: Bolinas Ridge Trail Map. Bring lunch water and poles. Meet at Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Chris Sork, 523-2536.


We park at the Quarry lot on Wildcat Canyon Rd.,


The Spring Tri-Niter is to the Pinnacles. The designated hotel is sold out but there are other places in the area. Let Holly Kelly (843-3155) know if you are coming and/or check with her for other information. Details on our website.


To find out whether a hike has been cancelled because of rain, call the hike leader by 8 a.m. on the morning of the hike.


It is customary for riders to help drivers with gas costs on hikes more than 30 miles roundtrip, away from the local area. A suggested amount is $5/person. Check with your hike leader. Hikes are subject to change due to weather.

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You may be surprised to know that many of the flowers you enjoy for their good looks are also edible. If you are a salad lover, you can dress up your greens, and delight your dining companions, by interspersing little edible flowers in the mix. From the common nasturtium to the more exotic day lily, edible flowers add color and a more complex note to your everyday salad. And those little white clover flowers you’ve probably seen deer nibbling? You, too, might enjoy the slightly licorice-like taste of these (just don’t pick the ones where the deer wander).

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As with most plants, harvests are juicier and tastier if done in the morning before the sun hits the leaves or flowers. Don’t assume all flowers are safe to eat—some are poisonous, so check plant books or knowledgeable sources first. Avoid any plants that may have been sprayed with chemicals or found along roadsides or trails. For more information on growing and eating edible flowers, check out EdibleFlowersMain.htm. If you would like to sign up for the garden, contact OVA at 539-1611 or E-mail: Oakmontcommunitygarden@


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016

Craft Guild

Tennis Club

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nStephanie Wrightson


Calling club members at all skill levels to play in the May 14 Round Robin. Meet for social tennis at 8 a.m., West Courts (with play at West and East Courts). Sign up by May 10 on the OTC website (https:// or contact one of our Tennis Events Co-Directors: Doug Smith, (303) 949-3239 or; or George Hasa, 843-4527 or Provide your name, phone number, E-mail address and skill level (A, B or C). Stick around after tennis—prizes will be presented to the winners. Coffee and light refreshments will be served on the West Courts patio. If you would like to contribute to the refreshment table, please contact George.


On Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Saturdays at 9 a.m. (except for the nine Saturdays when OTC tennis events are scheduled) you will find Sumner Johnson and/or Hanns Ullrich organizing drop-in tennis play at the West Courts for all Oakmont residents. No pre-registration nor club membership is required. You show up with your racket and tennis shoes. We provide the tennis balls and an opportunity to enjoy a set or two with fellow Oakmont tennis players. Dropin tennis is cancelled when rain renders the courts unsafe.

USTA teams are open to any Oakmont resident who has an appropriate USTA rating and age, and who can commit to league play. Watch this column for future team formations.


To (re)join the Oakmont Tennis Club (a low $20/ year), complete the sign-up form in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office. Questions? Contact Membership Chair, Paula Lewis, paulalewis@ or 332-0433. Enjoy the benefits of membership: tennis events and tournaments, reduced-cost social events, free beginner and intermediate lessons, access to the OTC website, friendship and more. Join now to participate in the May Round Robin tennis event. And, coming up in June: the Hatfields vs. the McCoys team tennis and picnic; and Wimbledon Woods and Whites breakfast and tennis.


One last reminder: If you paid your 2016 OTC dues but did not receive your printed roster (distributed at the spring membership meeting), pick it up in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office.

Walkers nTerry Leuthner, Treasurer


Hanns Ullrich and Sumner Johnson, Drop-in Tennis Coordinators.


The age 65 and over Oakmont men’s doubles team won all three lines of play against the La Cantera Racquet Club in Santa Rosa. Winning Oakmont partners were George Hasa and Dave Coar, Jeff Clemence and Bill Wrightson, and Doug Smith and Ray Baldwin. Woo-hoo! Good luck on the rest of your season guys! And, the Oakmont mixed doubles team wrapped up their age 40 and over league play, making Oakmont proud.

Eva McGinn and Peter Merola represent Team Oakmont in the USTA mixed doubles league.

On March 25, Oakmont Walkers Club had a meeting to determine whether or not the club will remain in existence. The 2015 Board discussed with the membership the Directors and Officers Liability Insurance options and the possibilities of merging with the companies Day Trippers or Trips for You. All options led to trips being too expensive and no one volunteering to be Vice President who plans all our trips. According to our club’s bylaws and the OVA bylaws, we must have a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer on the board to be a sanctioned OVA Club. One of our new members volunteered to serve as president providing the positions of vice president and secretary would be filled. Hearing no volunteers for vice president or secretary, we did not fulfill our board requirements. I resigned after 11 years as treasurer. The Oakmont Walkers Club was then pronounced non-existent as of March 25. A motion was then made to allow the 2015 Board to use the remaining treasury funds for a Farewell Event for 2015 members only. Motion was passed. Oakmont Walkers Club is hosting a BYOB Farewell Sit-Down Dinner Party for Friday May 6, at the Berger Center from 5–8 p.m. Piano music will be provided by Jim Wittes. NOTE: You must be a 2015 Club member to attend. Please call Carolyn Mack at 537-7347 or E-mail to make a dinner reservation and select your choice of entrée: 1. Salmon Picata, 2. BBQ Tri Tip, 3. Eggplant Parmesan, or 4. Veggie Lasagna. Reservation must be made by Tuesday, May 3. Thanks to all our board members and club members who over the years made our club so successful. Special thanks to Carolyn Mack who served for 12 years as Vice President and who single handedly created and scheduled all our wonderful trips over all those years. The club had a good run, approx 40 years, and will certainly be missed by many Oakmonters. See you at the Farewell Dinner.

Since January of this year, the Craft Guild has enjoyed our talented Oakmont residents as they have demonstrated their craft to the members. Our meetings are on the second Monday of the month at the East Rec. Center from 1–3 p.m. We invite you to join us at our next meeting on May 9. You may contact me at or at 537-3040 with any questions.

Valley of the Moon Rotary Club nJohn Brodey

You Never Know What You Are Going To Get

Just like Gump’s ubiquitous box of chocolates, you never know what our Friday morning speakers will come up with, especially with presentation title like “Tales of a Cat Officer and Impact 100.” If you joined us for breakfast at 7 a.m. on a recent Friday morning at the Quail Inn, you might have been disappointed to find out that the Cat Officer was not going to be presenting a slide show of cats with criminal histories. Nor was there mug shots of the FBI’s List of 10 Most Wanted Cats. As it turned out, it was more exciting. A Cat Officer happens to be a naval term referring to the men and women who are responsible for managing the catapults which rocket jet fighters down the deck of an aircraft carrier. It’s a pretty intense job. Planes accelerate to 145 mph and have to do so before you run out of deck in just a few hundred feet. If you think that’s exciting, it’s nothing compared to the landing, at night, with little visibility, on a moving surface. It was quite something. And as for the Impact 100? No it’s not a Super Pac for a candidate who says their attack ads weren’t his idea. It is a group that embraces a collective decision and grant-making agenda. The idea is to increase participation among women with respect to local philanthropy as well as raise awareness of the unmet needs of local not for profits. Members commit to donating $1,000 per year. The resulting sum of $100,000 is then managed with an eye toward sustainability in helping to jump start an emerging and worthwhile organizations that address a need or group overlooked by existing organizations. You might want to check out the S.E. Greenway Project. They’ll join us April 22 to discuss the community volunteer effort to transform the vacant two-mile corridor connecting Spring Lake with Farmer’s Lane. Their mission is to complete a vibrant urban greenway that will serve as a strategic link for our non-motorized transportation system. Begun in 2009, this project is overseen by a steering committee, a team of advisors and 2,000 supporters. It’s also time to make sure all of our golfing neighbors are on board with our Valley of the Moon Gold Tournament honoring avid golfer and wonderful Rotarian, the late Ron Nicholson. It set for Friday, May 20 at the Oakmont West Course. The entry fee is $100 and that includes green fees, carts, dinner with prizes galore. It’s a four-person scramble and registration starts at 10:30 a.m. with a shotgun start at high noon. Please reserve your spot(s) before our deadline of May 13. If you just want to partake of the big dinner, tickets for that are only $35. It’s a big fund-raiser for youth and other fantastic community service projects. You can call Pat for more information and registration at 539-5810. You can also stop by and check in with tournament chief John Theilade. Be there!


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016

nPhilip Wilkinson

Oakmont Art Association

There is a lot going on in April and May, but because of this there is no regular meeting in the Berger Center.

Pierre Bonnard Tour

Join us for a tour of the Pierre Bonnard exhibit “Painting Arcadia” on Thursday, April 28, at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. The bus leaves Berger Center at 9 a.m., returning at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $45, not including lunch. Send a check made out to the Oakmont Art Association, to Sylvia Davis, 414 Crestridge Ct., Santa Rosa. Include with your check, your address, E-mail address, telephone number, and name and telephone number of an emergency contact. If you are a member of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, include your membership number. There have been many requests for this tour, so send your checks in soon to reserve your place.

Any new students for Mary Baum’s Oil Painting Class?

Mary Baum’s painting group has started a new project on Monday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m. in the Activity Center’s Art Room. This is a step-by-step new painting of a still life, and this would be a great time for a newcomer to join in. Though most of us paint in oils, acrylic painting would also work. Price is $20/class. Please call Mary at 539-6782 or E-mail

The Colors of Music A Watercolor Workshop with Dorothy Pierce

On May 21, noted watercolorist, and former Oakmont resident, Dorothy Pierce, is returning to Sonoma County to lead two, two-hour workshops interpreting/expressing music in watercolor. Classes will be held in the CAC art room, 10 a.m.– 12 noon or 1:30–3:30 p.m. and each class is limited to 12 participants. The $30 fee will be donated to the SRJC Art Scholarship fund. Feel free to donate more! Register by May 1. Send a check for $30 (or more) made out to Oakmont Art Association, to Cathy Rapp, 369 Green Field Circle. Please include your E-mail address and telephone number. Questions? Call Sylvia Davis, 539-5698.

Open Studios

Open Studios for Oakmont Artists will be on May 7 and 8. Visit the artists and craftspeople in their home studios to see how they produce their work and perhaps buy some of their works. There are 23 artists as well as eight artists sharing exhibition space at Oakmont Gardens. See the attached map for locations. Additional maps are available at the OVA Office.

Star of the Valley Bingo nPete Hardy

WHEN: Wednesday, April 27 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Msgr. Fahey Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards $2 each; baked potato bar with all the fixings and dessert—ice cream, $7 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for dinner at approx. 5:15 p.m.

45^fifl¢∞§45^fifl¢∞§ Did You Survive the Heat? nSuzanne Cassell, OEPC

On March 26, the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee conducted a test of our communications capabilities by pretending that an oppressive heat wave hit Oakmont, putting many of our residents at risk. The emergency drill simulation included a failure of the power grid (i.e. no air conditioning) with residents suffering from heat stroke, dehydration, and other medical ailments related to excessive heat. Over 40 resident volunteers participated in this drill. If you saw folks at the East Rec., West Rec., and Berger Center talking on radios, or residents with florescent green vests walking our neighborhoods OEPC communication team at the West Rec. Center answering calls from with walkie-talkies, that was us! Using Zone Communicators in various Oakmont neighborhoods, during a recent emergency drill. From left to right: Bernie Palk, George McKinney, Dennis our radio communications equipment Sabourin, Marilyn and Tom Pugliese. (Photo by Tony Lukes) and the procedures we have developed, our volunteers coordinated the delivery of water, we refer to as Zone Communicators. In an emergency, oxygen, generators, and general assistance to those when normal tools like 9-1-1 are inaccessibly in need, and forwarded requests to Santa Rosa overloaded, these Zone Communicators may be your Emergency Services for situations that required the only link with the world outside of Oakmont. Fire Department or medical care. All of which was If you don’t have one in your neighborhood, maybe simulated, of course! During the 90-minute drill you could be the one! No license is required. If you we successfully processed about 100 simulated can walk, talk, and push a button, you too can be a emergency messages. And with all of our drills Zone Communicator. We supply everything you’ll we had many lessons learned that will assist us in need, plus you would have the great satisfaction improving the support we provide to our neighbors of helping your neighbors in an emergency. If you and our community. might be interested, or just have questions, please E-mail Tony Lukes at or call him at If you didn’t see anyone walking your street with a florescent green vest, chances are you don’t have one in 537-9631. your neighborhood. At present, only 50% of Oakmont Our next emergency drill will be in June. Watch for is covered by our communications volunteers, whom our notice in the Oakmont News.


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016

Pickleball Corner nTom Kendrick

City Council Speaks!

On March 29, the Santa Rosa City Council, in a 6-0 vote, denied an appeal brought forth by pickleball opponents. What does this mean? It simply means that the city council has agreed with the current OVA Board (as well as the last two boards), that the project is a good fit for Oakmont. It also means we are one step closer to getting construction bids (real ones, not rumors), in order to find out what it will cost. Where do we go from here? By the time you read this, the votes will have been counted, we’ll have a new Board of Directors and at some point (hopefully within my lifetime), they will vote on whether to continue moving forward or stop the project entirely. Stay tuned.

Lawn Bowling

nGreg Goodwin

It was reported in the last column that April is Stress Awareness Month. Recently I’ve read many articles about stress and how it affects the aging process. Laura L. Carstensen wrote in her Time Magazine Longevity Report that “the overwhelming majority of Americans would like to retire at 65 and live to 100 if they could do so in good health.” Her Sightlines project focused on three key issues for those 35 years to be fulfilling. They are: healthful living habits (diet and exercise), financial security and social engagement. Which brings us to Lawn Bowling. It only costs $20 per year to be a member of the Lawn Bowling Club, so it is a financial deal and better than Happy Hour prices. Lawn Bowling promotes health because you are outside walking and getting vitamin D from Oakmont sunshine. The most beneficial component of Lawn Bowling is socializing with others sharing similar interests, which has been shown to reduce stress. What good is sitting along in your room? Come to Lawn Bowling and play.



How long have you lived here in paradise? A little over two years. Married? Committed relationship with the love of my life. Grew up where? Winnetka, a northern suburb of Chicago. Work? Fifty-four years in consumer electronics. That’s all? Yes. But I’ll probably retire in another ten or 20 years. Maybe. Wait a minute, how old are you? Seventy-seven. What is an interesting fact about you? As a young man, I climbed the Grand Teton Mountain. Grand Teton—what does that mean? Look it up. How long have you been pickling? Fourteen months. I played squash and racquetball for years, but eventually got to a point where I could no longer do it. My athletic days were essentially over. Then I discovered pickleball, and I’m back! A little slower, a little stiffer, but I’m back. Would you loan me twenty dollars? Go away. WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Winter hours, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Courts available seven days a week. WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people. ATTIRE: Proper court attire requested. Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. We have loaner paddles available. WANT A PERSONAL ORIENTATION SESSION? Call PJ (843-7266) or Tom (888-6334) WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266, E-mail:

I was the lead and Greg was my second on that warm spring day when Allie met Helene at the Lawn Bowling rinks. Greg asked if I was okay for I must have looked very pale. The longer the girls talked, the more beads of sweat rolled down my face. I got nervous and started to ask Greg if he could keep a secret. He said, “What’s up buddy?” Just then Allie and Helene turned toward me, waved, smiled and giggled. I said to Greg, “I’ll talk to you later. Right now I feel sick.” To be continued...


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grand prize. Come to the Spring Fling on May 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the East Rec. to find out who done it. Bring a potluck dish to accompany club-provided Roast Pig and Barbecued Chicken. As always, BYOB. Water, ice and soft drinks (with umbrellas) are on us. Plates and utensils will be provided. The price for this terrific event is only $20 per member/partner and $25 per guest. Complete the form below and put it in the OLBC folder at the OVA Office along with your check made payable to OLBC. Reservations must be in by May 1.


Twenty-four club members came out for blood by taking part in the first ever “Cut Throat” Tournament on April Fool’s Day. Everyone ended up winning some money in the high stakes competition. Thanks to Jerry and Jeff for making sure the bowlers kept their heads on their shoulders.

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Visual Aids Bridge Marathon

nDorrelle Aasland, Chairperson

SPRING AWARD LUNCHEON Wednesday, May 11, Quail Inn

Festivities start at 11:30 a.m. with a lovely private lunch. This will be followed by awards and social bridge. Luncheon choices: Seared Ahi Tuna Salad Bowl with homemade rolls; Chicken salad on Focaccia Bread with a fresh fruit cup; or Vegetarian plate (chef’s choice). Dessert, coffee and tea and tip will also be included. Cost $22 due before May 5, with completed form.

VISUAL AIDS 2016–2017

It is now time to sign up for next year’s marathon. It will cost $15 which is donation to Oakmont Visual Aids. If you are renewing your membership, please

complete the form below. If you are new and would like to join us, we would love to have you join us. We play once a month at each other’s home from September through April. We play 20 hands of bridge and get to meet and visit. If you would like to play please sign up or if you do not have a partner, please call me at 537-1518 and I can do magic. Please complete the above forms and include your check made out to Rita Kronen, 7103 Overlook Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409(537-7707 if you have questions). The cost is $22 for the luncheon and $15 for next year’s marathon. Indicate on your check “for visual aids.” This needs to be received by May 5. Thank you and looking forward to our lunch and awards.

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Saturday Morning Meditation Please join us for Saturday morning meditation. We are a group of 20–25 meditators and have been meeting at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday since 2005. After a brief talk, there is a 40-minute period of silent meditation. We sit in a circle on comfortable chairs, although anyone wishing to sit on a floor cushion is welcome to do so. As most of you know, this group has been facilitated for the last many years by Sheila Madden. Sheila has recently moved away, and Barbara Kanowick, Elyse Puertas, Cassie Turner and Tom Barber have all volunteered to take turns facilitating the group so that it can continue to take place. Each facilitator has been meditating in various traditions for 20 years or more. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barbara at or 539-2733. WHEN: Every Saturday morning promptly at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center, Room B

Tuesday Afternoon Group

There is a smaller meditation group consisting of 8–10 people that is held on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. In this group, we simply sit together for 30 minutes. The Tuesday group is held in the Art Room of the Central Activities Center.

nLynn Seng

All Good Things

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with my Zumba classes. I am finishing out this adventure and won’t be teaching beyond April. Before I finish, I want to publically thank the many people who have made it possible, beginning with the nuts and bolts stuff, such as OVA’s Marsha, Cat, Agnes, Ofelia, Cassie, and the magical Maintenance Team. Thank you to Daphne Smith, an Oakmont resident and owner of Jack Smith Glass, who loaned us huge mirrors for our temporary sojourn in the Beauty Shop while West Rec. was being refurbished. Thanks to my cheerleaders, Teresa and Tom Woodrun, for including me in the early days of the Free Fitness classes. And to the many wonderful students who have accompanied me over the years, thank you sincerely for your participation, patience, enthusiasm, friendship and support. It has been a wonderful adventure together and I have learned a lot from you and a lot about myself. Now, everybody keep moving! What have you got to lose?

nTeresa Woodrum

ymca healthy living Mondays, wednesdays and fridays free classes by JoRene 9–10 AM, Berger Center

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself, fostering connections with friends, and inviting loved ones closer. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. Class cancelled on Fridays, May 13 and June 10. Thank you for your generous contributions to Oakmont Community foundation, supporting the health of our community through physical education. The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All free fitness classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, wellsupervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful dear ones.

If you missed My Favorite Barbra at the 6th Street Playhouse or the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, you can catch this Streisand Tribute Show right here in Oakmont on Tuesday, June 7 at the Berger Center. In this main stage, one-woman show, actress and vocalist Kelly Brandeburg pays tribute to Barbra Streisand through stories and songs. There will be concert seating. Please bring your water bottle and enjoy a box of fresh popcorn from Summerfield Cinema. Please thank our sponsors: Summerfield Cinema and Suncé Winery (pronounced Soon-Say). Proceeds from ticket sales will support the continuation of Free Fitness Classes, providing healthy opportunities for you and your community. We look forward to welcoming you. Thank You for your support! WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 5 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center

Streisand Tribute Ticket Purchase Form

Tickets are $20. You may leave your check, payable to Oakmont Health Initiative, in the OHI folder in the OVA Office, or mail it to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Susan Lynn, 11 Oak Forest Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Name of attendees: ____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to confirm receipt of payment) ___________________________________________________________

Forrest Yoga nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

nDr. Katy Ha Faculty Sonoma State University

WHEN: Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays 9– 10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series NEXT MONTHLY WORKSHOP: Saturday, May 7, 1 p.m., West Rec. Center—Lower Level.

For the last 29 years I have been teaching Tai Chi in Oakmont to beginners. Won’t you come and join us to learn this ancient gentle Chinese exercise that will enhance your balance, breathing and agility? We offer a five-class workshop to introduce you to the basics of this practice in a small class. If interested just call me at 318-5284 to preregister or ask questions. We meet from 9–10 a.m. on Thursdays in the Upper West Rec. Center in Oakmont. Classes do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to. Tuition is $75 for the five-class workshop. I am looking forward to talking to you.

Challenge yourself and explore yoga poses safely in a supportive and compassionate environment. I guide students with hands-on adjustments and modify poses as needed. My classes integrate breath and core strengthening with a focus on alignment. Let your stress level decrease while you increase your energy level, strength, flexibility and focus. Perfect for new students,

Tai Chi for Beginners

The Barbara Streisand Tribute Underwritten by the Oakmont Community Foundation

Slow down so you can breathe, feel, strengthen, and heal

senior students and advanced students who need a more restful practice. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Classes cover breath work (pranayama), postures (asana) and strengthening core work. Ease your back and relax your neck! Feel stronger on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and any props you need—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I also teach Chair classes and Stretch and Balance classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.


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r Fitness e t a W nCathy Rapp

Spring is here Taxes are done (hopefully!) Jump in the pool It’s time for some fun! To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

The Enocureans nEllen Leznik

Enocureans had a great time at our March 22 Supper Club event at Suite D in Sonoma. Everyone looked great in the candlelight and a delicious French wine-paired dinner was followed by some lively (and romantic!) dancing.


winter water aerobics schedule west pool

Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return. **Free Classes through SRJC: Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary **Note: the free SRJC classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee) Friday: 9:45 a.m.—Instructor Julie ($5)

Women of Faith Bible Study

Having fun at the March Supper Club event at Suite D in Sonoma.]

We are heading to Sebastopol for our next event which will combine art and cuisines of Asia. WHAT: Art Walk and Asian Culinary Journey WHEN: Wednesday, April 27, 5:30–8:30 p.m. WHERE: Eight Cuisine and Wine in Sebastopol At 5:30 p.m., just before kicking off our event at the Asian fusion restaurant Eight Cuisine and Wine, we will take a stroll down the neighboring Florence Avenue to view the whimsical sculptures made by Patrick Amiot. His joyful and comic sculptures are made from found objects—some would say “junk.” You will be amazed how beautiful junk can become in the hands of an artist! At 6 p.m. we will return to the restaurant where

nGayle Miller

THE PATRIARCHS: Encountering The God Of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by Beth Moore

Presentation is on a large screen TV (titles for hearing impaired). Class has workbooks. The Patriarchs is a journey through Genesis 12–50. Discover God’s pursuit of a relationship with man, and marvel as His plan to bless all people unfolds. Full of twists and turns, ruin and redemption, revelation and mystery this Bible study keeps participants captivated by the God who stars in it! Explore concepts such as blessing, covenant, and promise, and the bearing each has on a New Testament believer’s life today. Many of the most profound and enduring concepts in the whole counsel of God’s word are initiated in this marvelous book of beginnings. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the word of God. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! This is a weekly, non-denominational study. Our class is small and informal—a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. DATE: Tuesday TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

we will be treated to a sake and wine paired tasting menu inspired by a variety of Asian cuisines, including Japan, Vietnam, China, Singapore, Burma and Thailand. We will have the entire banquet room to ourselves and the food will be served familystyle. All-inclusive price is $50 for members; $55 for nonmembers. Welcome glass of sparkling wine. Appetizers: Carburetor Roll—shrimp tempura with snow crab and avocado outside (Japan); Sebastopol Roll—prawn tempura, unagi, snow crab and avocado (Japan). Sake pairing: Sho Chiku Bai Sake. Vietnamese Fresh Rolls—prawn, rice noodles, carrot, cucumber, fresh mint with sweet chili sauce (Vietnam). Ha Gow—Steamed prawn dumplings with ginger soy sauce (China). Sichuan Salt and Pepper Calamari—lightly fried battered calamari, onions, with sea salt (China). Wine pairing: Kung Fu Girl Riesling. Soup: Singapore Laksa—mild coconut curry broth, kaffir lime leaves, fresh herbs with egg, tofu, rice noodles, carrot and cucumber (Singapore). Mains: Burmese Chili Pork—Paprika, cumin, ginger, chili and smoky bell pepper (Burma); Sautéed Eggplant with Thai Basil—Sautéed with ginger, garlic, soy, and fresh Thai basil (Thailand). Wine pairing: Balletto Pinot Noir BCD Vineyard Russian River Valley. Dessert: Green Tea and Ginger Ice-Cream. For more information about this event or the Enocureans please contact me at

Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont Presents nJulie Kiil


The cruise is limited to 40 participants. Reservation deadline is April 29. A cruise along the Napa River is like a voyage into the past. Beginning at historic Vallejo, the cruise continues along the waterfront of Vallejo and Mare Island. Vallejo once rivaled or surpassed San Francisco in importance. Mare Island is a monument to the industry of the US Navy and began building ships in 1854 and historic ships from the Mothball Fleet are often found here. Once beyond Vallejo, you enter a different world, one of vineyards, agriculture, backwater homes and marinas. Some of the largest contiguous marshes in California are located along the Napa River, with much bird life. The old Leslie/Cargill salt ponds as

well as former agricultural lands are being restored to marsh land as part of the S.F. Bay National Wildlife refuge. We will be on the same vessel as we were on the Petaluma River (slough) cruise. The cruise will last three hours. You may bring food and refreshment on board as below deck seating has tables. Vallejo Marina: 42 Harbor Way, Vallejo, CA 94590, 648-4370. Driving from Oakmont take Arnold Drive to Hwy. 37 and turn east. Turn right on Harbor Way. Distance is 37 miles and plan on one hour driving time. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time. Departure time is 1 p.m. Special note: charter bus holding 27 persons is available. It will leave Berger Center at 11:30 a.m. and return to Berger Center about 5 p.m.


Make check payable to Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont and mail to Helen Young, 362 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Mail no later than April 29. First-come, first-served, up to 40. Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone ____________________________ E-mail ____________________________________________________ Cost: $40 X ________ number of guests = $__________ Yes, I want to take the bus (limit is 27 seats) Bus cost: $21 X________number of riders = $__________ Scholarship donation (optional) = $__________ Total enclosed $__________


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Buddhist Meeting April 30

Free Senior Movie Series at Third Street Cinemas

nPennijean Savage

Every Day is “Time without beginning”

“’Time without beginning’ is synonymous with ‘life without beginning or end.’ It refers not to the dimension of time but to the innermost truth of life—indeed, to the life of the universe itself, which continues its activity without beginning or end.”— Living Buddhism, March 2016, p. 46. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, April 30 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2:30–3:30 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 5480225 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.

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby

Beginning A New Study Following Jesus with Luke

What would it have been like to walk around with Jesus, watching what He did and hearing what He said? This study will guide readers through the eyewitness accounts gathered by Luke in his Gospel. Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to join our small, welcoming and friendly group. Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know God and grow in His love through exploration of the Bible. Each book includes easy-to-understand explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: Note new meeting place—East Recreation Center, Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club

nRay Haverson

Due to all the storms and wet weather we have not been able to get out and pitch-um but we will soon I hope. We have put some new sand in the pits and gotten them ready to play so now there are no excuses not to go practice. Do not forget you are welcome to use the pits located next to the putting greens any time you want to play or practice. We are now accepting new members. If you like the outdoors and a lot of nice folks you will love our Horseshoe Club. You can call me at 539-6666 or E-mail me at Our next day of club play will be as soon as the ground dries out. I will keep you posted. Check out the photo of a couple of our Hot Shots.

Press release

Now through June, on the first Thursday of each month, at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) you can choose from three or four current films. For movie choices call The Third Street Cinemas recording, 5258909 x 2. No tickets are needed. Parking is around the corner at the D Street Garage (has an elevator) or across the street at the Third Street Garage (has stairs only), 75 cents per hour. You need to pay for parking at payment machine before getting into

your car. The sponsors for this series are Kobrin Financial Services, Santa Rosa Memorial Park and Mortuary/Eggen and Lance Chapel, and WestCal Reverse Mortgage Company. For further information call Gwen at 523-1586 x 21.

The New Horizons Concert Band at Berger Center nHelen Hargrave

Saturday, April 23 at 2PM

The New Horizons Concert Band of Sonoma County will return to the Berger Center on Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. for another entertaining and enjoyable concert. The band will be playing familiar tunes from the musicals Chicago and West Side Story and A Tribute to Count Basie. Of course you will hear several rousing marches, and a number called Lassus Trombone, a real show piece featuring eight excellent trombone players! The band is under the direction of three retired music teachers: Lew Sbrana from Healdsburg, Sid Gordon

from Marin, and Ray Walker from Santa Rosa. Lew Bishop, bassoon player, will be conducting the opening march. There are eight members in the band who live in Oakmont: Rose West, flute; Roger Mocomb, percussion; Gene Isaeff, euphonium; Dan Durham, trumpet; Jud Goodrich, French horn; John Ray, trombone; Helen Hargrave, oboe; and Ed Kelleher, tenor sax. Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 24 at 2 p.m. for an afternoon of delightful and entertaining music by 84 accomplished musicians. The concert is free, but there will be a free-will offering for those who wish to participate.

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Hearing, Education, Advocacy, Research, Support nJohn Taylor, HEARS President

Next meeting: Tues., May 3 10 am–noon, Berger Center Is your brain suffering because you don’t hear well?

Please take note of changed meeting date and place. Recent studies have been investigating cognitive decline related to hearing impairment. A striking finding from a recent, large-scale population study has revealed there is a relationship between brain activity and hearing loss. Come on May 3 to hear about hearing impairment and cognitive decline from Dr. Peter Marincovich. Previous HEARS lectures by Dr. Marincovich have been enthusiastically endorsed by our HEARS attendees so you can expect another informative meeting. Dr. Peter Marincovich earned his graduate degree in communicative disorders from Louisiana State University, and his Ph.D. in Audiology from the University of Memphis. Dr. Marincovich has practiced in his hometown of Santa Rosa since 1984. He is also a frequent presenter at seminars and academic conferences as well as teaching classes on Lip Reading and Listening Skills at the SRJC. Get on the HEARS E-mail list: notify Carol at

Get Ready to be Amazed, OVA Presents Mentalmania! nMarsha Zolkower

Oakmonters are invited to be amazed on Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center, when Mark Stone presents “Mentalmania,” a mind-reading and E.S.P. show! Mark Stone is one of the most sought after entertainers in the country, and his jaw-dropping ESP and mind-reading show has awed audiences on land and sea and left them begging to know just how he does it. An audience member thinks of a name and address freely chosen from one of several big city phone books. Mark “reads” the person’s mind and reveals the very name and address he is concentrating on! Amazing! Tickets are just $10. Purchase them at the OVA Office. Bring along your favorite Shirley Temples or lightening in a bottle along with sweet and savory treats. Open seating, so no reserved tables. Mix and mingle and make new friends.

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. You do not have to have attended any other Zentangle™ class to come. Everyone is welcome! Classes are on second and fourth Mondays each month. Check the schedule below for specific dates. Materials are provided. Be sure to call or E-mail me to reserve your space in class. Hope to see you in the next class!

Coming up

Monday, April 25: Tangling your initials! TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail

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.

Current Events Discussion Group

nLinda Webster


Got a ukulele? Know how to play? The Oakmont Ukesters Club invites you to come join them each Tuesday morning, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the beautiful Oakmont Gardens Crafts Room. The club has been playing together for ten months and has built an exciting repertoire of songs for easy listening, singing, and playing. Examples include “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Up a Lazy River,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Walking My Baby Back Home,” “Rock Around the Clock,” “Blue Hawaii,” “A Kind of Hush,” and “Imagine.” The playlist of songs is available on Google Drive for downloading or for playing on your tablet. The goal of the club is to have fun in the company of people who enjoy playing this wonderful instrument. Don’t have a clue? Can’t read music? Think you can’t play an instrument? Think you are too old? Think again, my friend! The ukulele is a versatile musical instrument that is fun and easy to play. It has four strings and comes in different sizes from the small (soprano) to the large (tenor and baritone). You do not have to read music in order to play since you learn basic chords and strum those when you see them in a song. Once you master basic chords (e.g., C, G7, F) you are able to play music and have great fun. (Best unkept secret: you cannot be unhappy, worried, or in the dumps when you are strumming your uke!) A bonus is that as you master your ukulele, you are helping your brain to keep challenged in an exciting way. Playing the ukulele is good for you! It lifts your spirit and it introduces you to some wonderful people. Tempted? The Oakmont Ukesters Club offers a Beginning Basics for the Ukulele class. Five onehour sessions will prepare you to play the ukulele with spirit. You will learn the parts of the uke, how to tune it, strumming patterns, and chords that will allow you to play fun songs. You will complete the tutorial ready to join the regular Tuesday meetings of the club at Oakmont Gardens (see above). Three of these tutorials have already been held and more are planned. Please call me at 978-2790 and I will be happy to sign you up for the Beginners Class and to answer any questions you have.

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 one-dollar donation is requested.


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April 22: Bob Faux April 29: Jim Duport 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

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.



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Support for You When You are Caring for Another nVickie Jackanich

“It’s an anchor…” “Very supportive…” “A broad spectrum of information...” These are recent comments about the Oakmont Caregiver Support Group. This drop-in group meets twice a month. It is for Oakmont residents who are caring for a family member. Are you providing help to someone who is physically ill and no longer able to do what they used to do? Or assisting someone who has signs of memory loss or dementia? It might be your spouse,

nBarbara Bowman

a parent, an ill child, or even a dear friend. You are invited to join this ongoing group. It doesn’t matter if the person lives with you, in his or her own home, or in a facility. “It’s an opportunity for people to share concerns, talk about juggling life and caregiving, and find out about local resources, too,” says Dorothy Foster, MFT, who facilitates the group. “The topics of discussion vary from week to week. One week it might be how to keep a loved one safe. The next time it might

be where to get quality information on veterans’ benefits. Everyone gets a chance to talk, but members have said that sometimes the biggest benefit lies in hearing how others are handling similar situations.” You don’t have to tough it out alone. The Oakmont Caregiver Support Group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Central Activities Center, Room B. For more information call me at 595-3054 or E-mail dicnvic@

Movies At Oakmont

WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAY AND TIME: Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty, Priscilla Naworski and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible

Sunday, April 17, 2 pm NO FILM SHOWN, OVA EVENT AT THE BERGER Sunday, April 17, 7 pm THE INTERN

Agreeing to participate in a community outreach program, E-commerce entrepreneur Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) hires a 70-year-old intern, retired widower Ben (Robert DeNiro)—who ends up bringing his special brand of business savvy to her fashion enterprise. A touching comedy with a serious message about seniors in the workforce, the chemistry among all the characters makes for a delightful film. Also starring Rene Russo. (2015), PG-13, 121 minutes.

Sunday, April 24, 2 pm INDOCHINE

In concert with Lifelong Learning, Movies At Oakmont screens a film covering the last 25 years of French colonial rule in Indochina. During its civil war, a wealthy plantation owner (Catherine Deneuve) and her adopted daughter both fall for the same French naval officer, making their relationship tumultuous. The film, featuring captivating photography of the Vietnamese landscape and a superlative performance by Deneuve, won an Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. (1992), NR, 150 minutes. (In French.)

Sunday, April 24, 7 pm EX MACHINA

After winning a chance to spend a week at the Alaskan compound of his boss (Oscar Isaac), tech whiz Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) finds he’s been selected to help evaluate a sentient humanoid dubbed Ava (Alica Vikander.) A suspenseful, intriguing and cerebral sci-fi thriller. You’ll ask yourself: is this the direction technology is taking us? Critically acclaimed, with over 60 nominations and awards, including an Academy Award. (2015), R (nudity, language, sexual references), 108 minutes.

Sunday, May 1, 2 pm ALEXANDER HAMILTON

In concert with Lifelong Learning, Movies At Oakmont screens this award-winning PBS American Experience program. Alexander Hamilton, one of the most controversial men of his age, was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor and arrogance. His life and career were marked by a stunning rise to power, scandal and tragedy. This program tells the story of the underappreciated genius who laid the foundation for the nation’s modern economy. (2007), NR, 55 minutes.

Sunday, May 1, 7 pm THE IMITATION GAME

Chronicling mathematical wizard Alan Turing’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) key role in Britain’s successful effort to crack Germany’s Enigma code during World War II, this historical biopic also recounts how his groundbreaking work helped launch the computer age. Among its numerous awards were eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress (Kiera Knightly.) A genuinely fine film about a fascinating true story (2014), PG-13, 114 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m.: No film shown, OVA Event at Berger Sunday, April 17, 7 p.m.: The Intern, (2015), PG-13. 121 minutes. Sunday, April 24, 2 p.m.: Indochine, (1992), NR, 150 minutes. (In French) Sunday, April 24, 7 p.m.: Ex Machina,(2015), R, 108 minutes. Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m.: Alexander Hamilton, (2007), NR, 55 minutes. Sunday, May 1, 7 p.m.: The Imitation Game, (2014), PG-13, 114 minutes.


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Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont LCO #2411. references. I’ll work with your budget. HANDYPERSON Lic. #954364. Call Angel, All trades, little fix-its and prickly 707-239-1241. puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. assemblies, gardening and pruning Dependable, experts serving you and too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since your neighbors with excellence and 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, 539-5217. bonded and insured. Senior discounts COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. HOME GREETING SERVICE net or call us at 537-1308 for all your Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community plumbing needs. information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had THE COMPUTER TROUBLESHOOTER a home visit, please call Charlotte at Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, 538-9050. complete support for PC’s, Apples MIKE’S REPAIR and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers Plumbing, electrical, appliance, served. John Bradford. 578-6305. heating and air conditioning, general $40/hour. handyman (I can fix just about PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest FAUX FINISHES and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call Reasonable rates, free estimates, 536-9529, emergency—328-6635. Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary LEE MOEN CONSTRUCTION Luurs, 528-8489.


A to Z home maintenance and repair. Kitchen and bath remodel. Carpentry, tile, plumbing, electric and painting. No job too small. All phase construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee Moen, 318-5591.


Caring for your pets as you would. Over 25 yrs. experience. Dog and cat care. Daily schedules and routines. Day OR overnight companionship. Insured and bonded. Call Alix, 637-6267, Sonoma.

I am an avid walker and have started a dog walking, pet sitting business. I have a license with this city and am insured. References available. Please call Dan Lennox, 526-9154.


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.


Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma resident. 14 years experience. Senior pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334.


Excellent local references. Call Norma at 707-318-5503.


Remodeling, kitchens and baths. Reasonable rates. Small jobs OK. Free estimates. Lic. #428073. Call 996-1454.


A personal transportation service for airports, cruises and vacations. Call for reservations. Plus Babe is on the road again for local doctor visits, shopping, etc. Call Jacque at 545-2850.

Emergency services, regular service, water heaters, clogs, remodels, repair. Local business, owner-operated. Call (707) 933-7801 or (707) 800-2043.


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


Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 years. Focus on small jobs, projects and “honey-do” lists. Free estimates, very reasonable rates. Excellent Oakmont references. Please contact me at 533-7741. Thank you.





Warming Trends has been cleaning, servicing and installing fireplaces, stoves and inserts for 30 years. Call 578-9276 for any fireplace needs. Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer Services. Call Chuck for all things computer. VOM Rotary member, computer instructor. References available, many satisfied Oakmont customers. $45/hr. 293-8011.



An emphasis upon a natural look and no leaf blower used. Small jobs OK. Richard, 833-1806, Oakmont.


I strive to meet all of your needs and I have a diverse background for medical attention. Reasonable and fair, references. Susan, 539-4861.


Commercially licensed, transportation for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 owner-operated with several years experience. Oakmont homeowner too. Call Chris, (707) 206-5018.


Muffy, 12-year-old ShihTzu and London, 10-year-old Chihuahua mix need good homes. Owner died. Call Judy, 526-3445.

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




Responsible professional, reliable. Sonoma County employee 15 yrs. ANAI’S HOUSE CLEANING Character references from law Quality cleaning with reasonable rates. enforcement. Call Gabriel, SPECIALTY IMPROVEMENTS Houses, apartments, condos, offices. 707-623-2457. CONSTRUCTION SERVICES Move-outs. Free estimates. References. Complete home renovations, kitchen LOU DEMME PAINTING and bathroom design, remodeling and Call (707) 484-9194. When quality and reliability count, call repair. Door and window upgrades, GOLF CARTS on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting decks, fences and concrete. 30 years Huge selection of value-priced, new, Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior local experience, timely and detail used and re-conditioned golf carts for and exterior painting specialist, drywall oriented. Lic. #669482. Call sale. Professional repairs, service. Many repairs and textures. Licensed and (707) 328-3555. years servicing our friends in Oakmont. insured. Call us for your free estimate 584-5488. today! 833-2890. D. CEBALLOS HOME REPAIR

Customized personal training for individuals or small groups of 2–4. Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Personal Trainer/Holistic Health Coach. Improved health and well-being for 2016. Affordable and competitive rates. Call Rhonda Lee at 758-7681.

New Tv’s DVD’s, Stereos and Streamers are complicated. I will help you. 35 years experience. $40/hr. Jason Baldwin, 479-1364.

General landscape, yard maintenance (with free fertilizer), high weed clearance, clean-up, hauling, trimming, pruning and gutters. Free estimates, references available. Tony Sandoval, 321-2958.


To assist you with personal care, driving, light housekeeping, cooking. Oakmont references. Certified Medical Assistant. Flexible hours and rates. Call Paula, 703-6231.

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, exc. refs. 24-hr. care available. Call Martha L. at 236-5487.


Intelligent, sensitive, compassionate woman offers companionship, rides Good references. Caregiving built to appointments, shopping, help with around your needs. Days and evenings. light chores. References. Maxine, Call Pam at (707) 292-0661 or Corlina 827-8089. at 548-4482.



Free estimates, consultation. Oakmont references. License #527924. Call 539-3196.

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The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016

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: Website: Go to the members only page to view the monthly calendar, Board Meeting Minutes, criminal activity information and more.

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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, 1–5 PM Tel 539-0701 / Fax 539-6537 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 9 E-mail:

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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.

Bulletin Boards

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". Items “For Sale”, “For Rent” or “Want to Buy” can be put on a 3"x5" card and left at the OVA Office.

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 April 16–30 Susan Mullaly 539-1328 May 1–15 Barbara Lowell 538-0333

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

If you would like to be a volunteer, please call 539-8996. 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.


Quarterly pickups. First Saturday in April, July and October. 9 AM–1 PM.


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.

Blood Pressure clinic

Wed 10:30 AM–12 PM, Berger Center, Room D. Contact: Del Baker 539-1657.


SUMMER 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 (Closes 7 PM Wednesdays for cleaning) East: 8 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 7 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Tuesdays for cleaning) JACUZZI HOURS: Same as facility. No one under 18 years in West and East pools and Jacuzzis. Central Pool Children’s Hours: 11 AM–2 PM (Exception: 12 Noon –4 PM Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day.) Children must be accompanied by an OVA member or adult with a valid pool access card. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.


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


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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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

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

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Andie Altman, President John Felton, Vice President Frank Batchelor, Secretary Elke Strunka, Treasurer Herm Hermann, Director Gloria Young, Director Ellen Leznik, Director

locker rentals

Annual Locker Fee $60 (January 1–December 31). If you wish to rent a locker, come to the OVA office and give us a check, your information and the number of the locker you want to rent. You provide the lock. We can prorate the annual fee. Daily use lockers are free. NOTICE: Weekly locker inspections are done by OVA Maintenance. Locks could be sawed off with no prior notice and locker contents removed on all unpaid lockers. Items will be held in OVA Maintenance office for 30 days. If you have any questions, please contact the OVA Office M-F 539-1611

OAS Management Company


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.


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.

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

Public Transportation Available in Oakmont CityBus #16 bus takes residents to n Sonoma County Transit #30 bus goes to 5 different shopping centers weekday Memorial and Kaiser Hospitals and downtown mornings and around Oakmont afternoons. Santa Rosa. Returns via Oakmont to Sonoma. n


Schedules available at OVA office.

Association Manager Cassie Turner

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? 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 to the OVA office and fill out a sign-up form, or visit www. and click the “join our E-Blast email list” link.


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2016

OVA-Sponsored Events Oakmont Community Toxic Waste Collection nMarsha Zolkower

Tuesday, may 10, west rec. parking lot BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

Open Government Public Forum nMarsha Zolkower

The City of Santa Rosa comes to Oakmont on Friday, April 22, 12 noon–1 p.m., Room B, in the CAC, 310 White Oak Drive. Share your: • Feedback about our Open Government Ordinance draft. • Thoughts about increased public engagement. • Ideas about transparency in the digital age. • Opinions about opportunities for public collaboration and participation.

Four times a year Oakmont has a Community Toxic Collection at the West Rec. parking lot, 6470 Meadowridge Drive, from 3–8 p.m. Additional dates in 2016 are September 15 and November 5. This is a free service. LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (with a maximum of five gallons per container) or 125 pounds of solid material. Never mix chemicals. Place

in sealed containers in the trunk, packed to prevent spills. Syringes/needles in sealed, approved Sharps containers. NOT ACCEPTED: explosives or ammunition, radioactive materials, biological waste (except syringes), TVs, computer monitors and other electronics, business waste. Call 795-2025 to schedule an appointment or ask your questions.

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April 15 Oakmont News Edition