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PG&E Working in Oakmont nStaff Report

PG&E workers started dismantling high voltage electric towers to provide greater clearance between transmission wires and the ground. Crews were slated to spend two days working on the tower on Overlook Dr. across from the Oakmont Golf Club. The giant cranes and workers perched on lines provided good fodder for gawking.

Photo by Maurice Fliess.

The streets were closed to through traffic, but disruption in electrical service was not expected. The other Oakmont tower affected is on Oak Mesa Dr. at Starry Knoll Court. A PG&E spokesperson said the work, which was originally scheduled for completion in September 2016, had been delayed by the heavy rainy season.

Oakmont’s Whirlwind Week Pickleball Put On Hold in Wake of OVA Election

nAl Haggerty

Oakmont’s controversial pickleball project was put on hold within hours of the outcome of the hotly contested election of three new members of the OVA Board of Directors who have said they wanted to examine the construction contracts. Director Ellen Leznik, who was elected board president at the new board’s organizational meeting April 4, told the Oakmont News that the board was looking into “kill fees,” legal implications, and other factors which would determine the costs to the OVA of voiding the construction contract. She said the fate of the project will likely be decided at the April 18 board meeting. She promised a full discussion and full transparency. But even as a new board was settling in, a recount was scheduled for April 17 after a number of residents formally asked for one, Leznik said. Residents were being notified by mail that the recount will take place at 9 a.m. at the West Rec. Center. Election rules allow requests for a recount to be filed within five days after votes are first tabulated. For further information and updates go to The vote count tabulated April 4 was close, particularly for the fourth open spot. Newly-elected to the board were Ken Heyman, with 960 votes; Carolyn Bettencourt, 953 votes, and Greg Goodwin, 937 votes. Frank Batchelor was re-elected with 955 votes. The other vote totals are Al Medeiros, 931; Stephanie Curry, 925; Bill Lucker, 845, and Wayne Van Bockern, 700. The vote total of 1,897 is a 31% increase over the 1,450 votes in 2016, which was a record at the time.

Election Results At-a-Glance Results of 2017 Oakmont Village Association board election, announced following counting of votes Tuesday, April 4. Three members of a slate which campaigned together were elected, and one incumbent, Frank Batchelor, was re-elected. * Indicates elected candidate: Ken Heyman 960* Al Medeiros 931 Frank Batchelor 955* Stephanie Curry 925 Carolyn Bettencourt 953* Bill Lucker 845 Greg Goodwin 937* Wayne Van Bockern 700

April 15, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 8

New board members Ken Heyman, left, Carolyn Bettencourt and Greg Goodwin, with new president Ellen Leznik. (Photo by Kathy Sowers)

Leznik was elected president by a 4-2 vote, with outgoing board president Andie Altman, who remains on the board, and Batchelor voting no. Ken Heyman was elected vice president on a 5-1 vote with Altman PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Shut-down pickleball construction site at the Central Complex. (Photo by Jim Brewer)

voting no. Bettencourt was elected secretary 6-0. Elke Strunka, who did not run for re-election, declined an offer to remain as treasurer. That job can be filled with a non-board member. Director Gloria Young arrived late but did not appear at the head table. In a written statement to the Oakmont News, Goodwin said he was honored by his election, adding that he intends “to represent Oakmont’s needs that See pickleball on page 11

Pickleball Timeline nStaff Report

Key events in efforts to build pickleball courts: • September 2013: Long Range Planning Committee recommends developing a permanent pickleball facility, with temporary use of one East Rec. tennis court. • November 2013: Play begins on a temporarily restriped East Rec. court. • August 5, 2014: Plans for courts, bleachers, basketball and petanque courts get favorable board workshop reaction. • May 11, 2015: Consultant study says central location best available, with sound barriers. • June 17, 2015: More than 250 hear about project at town hall conducted by OVA and Pickleball Club. • July 11, 2015: Ad Hoc committee recommends reducing scope of project to trim impacts and cost. • November 17, 2015: Ellen Leznik delivers to board petitions asking a member vote on pickleball, which was denied because whether to proceed was up to board. • December 10, 2015: Planning Commission votes 5-0 to approve conditional use permit. • January 26, 2016: More than 400 hear 37 speakers voice opinions on the project at a public meeting. • March 29, 2016: City Council unanimously rejects Leznik’s appeal of the Planning Commission action. • June 21, 2016: Board approves $298,236 to build the courts. Pickleball Club puts up $16,211 toward the cost. • September 20, 2016: OVA awards construction and landscaping contracts. • January 4, 2017: City issues building permits. • April 3, 2017: Construction starts. • April 4, 2017: Project halted after new board sworn in on afternoon of second day of construction.


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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration

The listed Oakmont Village Association meetings are open sessions. Any interested Oakmont residents are invited and encouraged to participate in these important meetings. DATE 2nd Tues. Monthly 3rd Tues. Monthly 1st Tues. Monthly

TIME PLACE* 1:30 PM Conf. Rm. 1–3 PM Berger Center 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 2nd Mon. Monthly 2nd Thurs. Monthly The Thursday before the Regular Board meeting 1st Tues. Monthly

TIME PLACE* 9–11 AM Rm. B 11:30 AM–1:30 PM Rm. B 2–3:30 PM 10 AM–12 Noon

Rm. B Mgrs. Conf. Rm.

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

Locations Room B is in the Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Drive. Conf. Rm. is in the OVA Office, 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A Mgrs. Conf. Rm. is in the OVA Office, 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A

New Park Path: Public Access? nMarty Thompson

The City Council has authorized discussing with OVA the possibility of a public easement across the newly-built Oakmont trail connecting to TrioneAnnadel State Park. The action at a March 28 council meeting would be the first step in possibly making any such access part of the wider pattern of cyclist and hiker connection across eastern Santa Rosa, seeking to avoid heavilytraveled Hwy. 12. The Council voted 6-0 to designate the path through its property a recreational trail and to open talks with OVA about an easement covering the new path. While the OVA had expected such a step, the Oakmont board would need to take the same action as the Council in order to begin conversations, OVA President Andie Altman said in an email. Altman said she expected the board would need to consider, probably in April, whether to talk with the city about public access across the path. The new path is on OVA property, connecting to city-owned land around the now closed water treatment plant. Altman said issues of concern for Oakmont include liability, parking and safety. Oakmont’s new path, adjacent to the Community Garden, was built this spring by volunteer hand labor and the Sonoma Trails Council as a backup for park access via a paved road owned by the operator of the adjacent RV park, who has posted but not enforced no trespassing signs. A city planner told the council the Oakmont path was “more than likely a nice community connection,” rather than a high-traffic route. Melita and Los Alamos roads are more likely connections, he said. It was noted the existing city bridge across Oakmont Creek is one lane, and that and the trail’s curving alignment inhibit fast cyclists and discourages large groups. The city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board has been discussing alternative connections between Trione-Annadel, Spring Lake Regional Park, Oakmont and Hwy. 12. Jason Nuff, director of transportation and public works, told the council the advisory believes a connection at the treatment plant to be appropriate while long-term solutions are worked out.

nMary Patricia

Architectural Committee


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 pickup 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 homesites is “neat, clean” and well-kept.” Working together will insure that Oakmont remains the beautiful community that attracted us to live here. The committee continues to do drive-by inspections. Happy Spring!

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

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.


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The Oakmont News / April 15, 2017

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Current Events Discussion Group

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are passed around to enable everyone to hear. A $1 donation is requested.


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Visual Aids Bridge Marathon

nDorrelle Aasland, Chairperson

spring award luncheon Wednesday, May 10, East Rec. Center

Festivities start at 11:30 a.m with a lovely lunch by Oakmont Village Market. This will be followed by awards and social bridge. LUNCH MENU: tri-salad with four-bean salad, Oakmont Potato Salad and fresh fruit salad; assorted sandwiches on small soft French puffs (turkey, ham, tuna and veggie); lemon cream pie, coffee/hot tea

and water; one glass of wine, red or white. COST: $17 due before May 4, with completed form. If you are new and would like to join our bridge group, we would love to have you. We play once a month at each other’s home from September through April. We play 20 hands of Party 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, I can do magic.

Luncheon sign-up form Name________________________________________________________________________________________

Please mail your check for $17 made payable to Oakmont Visual Aids to Elaine Foote, 8935 Oak Trail Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.

OAKMONT VISUAL AIDS bridge marathon 2017-2018 SIGN-UP

It is now time to sign up for next year’s marathon. It will cost $15 which is donated to Oakmont Visual Aids. If you are renewing your membership, please complete the form below. Name_______________________________________________________ Phone____________________________ Address_____________________________________________________ Email____________________________ Partner’s name___________________________________________________ Advanced___ or Intermediate___

Please include your check for $15 made out to Oakmont Visual Aids and mail to Elaine Foote, 8935 Oak Trail Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. If you have any questions call Elaine, 529-2945.


Letter to the Editor

The Oakmont News welcomes letters from residents to express opinion, criticism or praise. See details on how to send at or in this issue on the Oakmont Village Association page. Dear Editor, The election results are in and the numbers are so close that it appears to me that no candidate has a clear mandate or, indeed, a mandate of any kind, As a matter of fact, fewer than 20 votes would have completely changed the outcome. It would seem advisable, then, for the newlyelected Board to remember that the community is divided almost evenly when they are making decisions which affect all Oakmonters. Board members serve relatively short terms, and it is easy for an incoming Board to overturn previous decisions, some of which were made after years of study. This could result in no decisions being accepted as final and nothing being accomplished, a result which is only harmful to the community we all love. Board members are, by law, fiduciaries. This means that their first and only loyalty is to the well-being of the entire organization which they have been elected to serve. I therefore respectfully urge them to keep that foremost in their minds as they move forward and that they work together in a spirit of cooperation for the betterment of our community. Patricia F. Clothier

Oakmont Music Lovers nJudy Walker

Amy Beach New England Composer (1867–1944)

Pianist Mae Lucas portrays New England composer Amy Beach in a recital drama for the Oakmont Music Lovers Association. Born in New Hampshire, Amy Marcy Cheney was a child prodigy who performed piano concerti with the Boston Symphony and Theodore Thomas’ orchestra. Her marriage at age 18 to Dr. H.H.A. Beach, a famous surgeon, enabled her to focus on composing: she was the first American woman composer to produce large-scale works, including a mass. She was featured prominently in concerts at the Women’s Building of the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and at the Panama-California Exposition in 1916. Widowed at 42, she resumed her performance career, frequently staying at the MacDowell Colony to compose. Historic slides of Amy Beach provide a backdrop for Ms. Lucas’ enactment of scenes from Mrs. Beach’s life. You’ll hear CD selections from her piano concerto, symphony, and choral and chamber works. Mae will perform solo pieces on the piano and will be joined by a guest violinist, soprano Laurie Hartmann, and duo-pianist Marcele Gallez (an Oakmont resident). Mae Lucas has been studying the lives and music of numerous women composers for the last 15 years. She teaches music appreciation classes through the Older Adults Program of Santa Rosa Junior College and is a piano teacher and an NLP practitioner. Come learn about the remarkable accomplishments of Amy Beach and enjoy her music! WHEN: Tuesday, May 2, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

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The Oakmont News / April 15, 2017

Volunteering in Oakmont: There’s a Role For You

On October 6, 1963, Frances C. Berger, H. N. Berger and A. J. Bergh, acting as first directors, signed into effect Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws forming a corporation under the General Non-Profit Corporation Law of the State of California, and Oakmont Village Association was born. The Articles and Bylaws specify that Oakmont Village Association is a non-profit corporation governed by volunteers with restrictive dues. A quick look: The documents certify that all corporate powers of OVA shall be exercised by a Board of Directors, seven in number. The board shall conduct and manage the association’s business with authority to establish Standing Committees necessary to efficiently conduct the functions of the association. No income derived from the activities of the corporation shall at any time be distributed to or benefit any officer, director or member of the association. Three pages of bylaws address Dues and Assessments. Boards may increase regular assessments up to 20% and levy special assessments up to 5% without membership approval. When you bought property here, you were given a copy of the Articles and Bylaws. You can find a copy by going to the OVA website, entering Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws in the search box, then choosing Forms and Governing Documents. It’s fitting that the recent campaigning for Oakmont’s Board of Directors was so highly passionate. Credit must be given to all contestants for stepping up to offer their time and energy to fill these huge volunteer positions. Listed here are OVA Standing Committees and Oakmont organizations that keep Oakmont functioning and need volunteers—some sorely in need of volunteers—and whom to contact to pitch in. Keep in mind, compared to other active adult communities, dues are kept low here because Oakmont is a non-profit run by volunteers. Architectural Committee: Its responsibilities are to assure continuity of design and preservation of Oakmont’s open space and ensure that residential properties be adequately maintained and not permitted to fall into disrepair. Volunteers are needed for inspections, reviews of applications, and inspecting complaints. The committee meets second Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. at the OVA office. Contact Mary Patricia at 539-0701 or email Landscape Improvement Committee: Volunteers are needed to help oversee the landscaping at all OVA facilities and common areas. Have a penchant

Del Baker shares her volunteer of the year award with her partner, Herm Hermann, who holds his appreciation gift for his just-concluded service on the OVA Board. (Photo by Julie Kiil)

President Andie Altman presents an appreciation gift to retiring Director Elke Strunke as board member Herm Hermann applauds. (Photo by Keith Sauer)

for gardening? Being a volunteer on the Landscape Committee could be rewarding. This committee meets the first Tuesday of every month at Berger. To volunteer, email Marianne Neufeld at Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC): This vitally important group urgently needs volunteers. OEPC oversees preparation and response to major emergencies—an earthquake, wildfire, power outage, flood. Needed are licensed amateur radio operators to provide communication FATHER OF EIGHT seeks energetic lady. to Must the love outside world in the case of a disaster, and kids, be fit and ready to jump in and join the fun. Military non-ham volunteers (no license required) to provide training would be helpful. DEPENDABLE and communications within Oakmont neighborhoods. KNOWLEDGEABLE ADVENTUROUS CAT LOVER Also needed are volunteers to scribe and/or process seeks adventurous cat owner. agent seeks customers Please be employed and willing radio message traffic for the communications to relocate. Especially fond of looking for real volunteers; no special skills are needed. Emergency black and white tuxedo cats. PROTECTION and long All responses will be answered. drills and “Get Ready” presentations keep volunteers Looking for that Purrr-fect match. term RELATIONSHIP. prepared and help keep residents informed. To GRANOLA EATING, CAMP volunteer, contact Pat Barclay at 537-0909 or email LOVING, WORLD TRAVELER SINGLE, ARTSY LADY SEEKS seeks woman of my dreams. SINGLE ARTSY GUY. If you love Must be fit and love spending days painting, decorating, baking and and nights outdoorsCitizens in the middle of Organized to Prepare for Emergencies Kathy Crim CLU ChFC, Agent (COPE): Its purpose is to build and prepare teams Look no further. Insurance Lic#: 0A54498 for responding to major emergency situations. 4777 Sonoma Highway Having one special person Santa Rosa, CA 95409 for your car, home and life Currently there are 231 neighborhood teams covering Bus: 707-538-7093 Fax: 707-538-3620 insurance lets you get down approximately 90% of the Oakmont community. Due to business with the rest of to normal attrition, new COPE leaders are needed on your life. It’s what I do. a regular basis. To volunteer contact Sue Hattendorf, GET TO A BETTER STATE . 539-2543. CALL ME TODAY. Volunteer Helpers: This caring group provides free transportation to Oakmont residents unable to drive or use the Oakmont Bus. Volunteer drivers take those who need transportation to medical and dental appointments in Santa Rosa and to Safeway on Calistoga Road. To be a volunteer driver contact Matt State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, State Farm Indemnity Company, State Farm Fire and Casualty Company, Zwerling, 539-8996. Volunteers are also needed for 1101201.1 State Farm General Insurance Company, Bloomington, IL Rides Within Oakmont, a group of good Samaritans ™

who take residents to the bank, the hairdresser, movies at Berger, Village Market and other Oakmont places. To volunteer to drive within Oakmont contact Marianne Neufeld at 528-0161. Another Volunteer Helpers group is Meals on Wheels. To volunteer, phone coordinator Olivia Kinzler at 595-1214. Computer Technology Learning Center: Who doesn’t use a computer today? Oakmont is fortunate to have this learning center. This popular facility seeks volunteer instructors and assistants plus help with equipment maintenance. To volunteer contact Linda Canar at 539-4774 or Caroline Keller at 539-7618. Oakmont Library: Another facility Oakmont is fortunate to have. Volunteers are needed to help process, sort, shelve donations, and help residents find what they are looking for. If you would like to be a librarian, you are needed. Training is provided. Contact Toni Novoa at 537-8879 or Ruth Caldwell at 538-1625. Oakmont Health Initiative (Free Exercise Classes): This popular free exercise program, run by Teresa and Tom Woodrum, was started from scratch by the Woodrums three years ago and is now one of Oakmont’s most appreciated programs. Free exercise classes take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at Berger. Volunteers are needed to help set up for the class, operate audio/visual equipment, greet participants, safety spot the class in case of an injury, and restore the Berger after class. To volunteer contact Tom or Teresa: HEARS: This organization’s goal is to improve hearing for Oakmont residents. The group focuses on how best to achieve healthy hearing and needs interested people to contribute ideas and to help organize and manage meetings. Meetings are generally held quarterly. For information on how you can volunteer your time and ideas, contact John Taylor, HEARS’ president. Phone: 239-2906, email: Lifelong Learning: The Oakmont Lifelong Learning committee coordinates with Sonoma State University/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute to provide cultural courses taught by distinguished faculty and other experts. Volunteers are needed to help bring about these exceptional educational programs. To be a volunteer, phone Volunteer Coordinator Kathie Brix at 978-3360 or email her at Music at Oakmont: This group is managed by a group of Oakmont volunteers who bring live classical music to Oakmont for very reasonable admission prices. Concerts feature world-class musicians. Music at Oakmont seeks volunteers to host visiting artists as well as assist with ticket sales. Contact Judy Walker at 537-9266 or email Grandparents Club: Two popular events are held each year—an Easter Egg Hunt and Grandparents Week in July. Grandparents Week provides visiting grandchildren with fun-filled activities—everything from diving for coins to pasta making to sports activities. Lots of volunteers are needed—you don’t have to be a grandparent to be a volunteer. Chair of the club is Leslie Brockman. Contact her first by email: or, if need be, by phone: 755-3168. Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop: Oakmont residents are known for their propensity to come together to help those in need. A good example is the Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop, which was founded in 1971 by a retired teacher living in Oakmont. Volunteers meet regularly to make by hand Tactile Aids—brailed books, games, math study aids. These products are delivered around the world to professionals teaching visually and mentally impaired children. To volunteer for this philanthropic organization, which needs you, contact Barbara Milan, 538-5321. Or come by the Upper West Rec. any Monday morning between 9–11 a.m. to see volunteers at work.


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Oakmont Sunday Symposium East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon $2 donation

nJim Brewer

April 23: Perry Ritenour The Return of Chairman Mao to China

In China today, there is a growing sentiment for a return to the old revolutionary ways of Chairman Mao Zedong, the communist leader of China from 1949–1976. Much of this traditionalist sentiment is spurred by the “have-nots” in Chinese society who have not benefited from China’s astounding economic success. Where will this budding revolution go and how will Chinese leaders react to it? Another China revolution? What would the USA and Russia do in the event of a collapse of the Chinese state? Perry Ritenour is a retired bank executive and adjunct college professor who specializes in Asian Studies. He last spoke to the Sunday Symposium over one year ago on China and the South China Sea crisis.

April 30: George McKinney Ellis Island: The Real Story of American Immigration

Some 12 million immigrants came through Ellis Island, including many of our ancestors. These immigrants provided the workers for our industrial revolution and for the last of our expansion into the Western US. How did they do it? How did a 19-yearold who had lived his or her life in Poland or Italy get to America? What happened when they got to Ellis Island? Did the immigration officers at Ellis Island really change people’s names? This talk by George McKinney, coordinator for the Oakmont Genealogy Club, will include the facts about Ellis Island immigration—how people actually came to this country. He will focus on two people who immigrated from Poland/Lithuania/ Russia to America in 1902. McKinney will be joined in this presentation by Elihu Smith and Marilyn Pahr, whose grandparents immigrated from Poland/ Lithuania during this period.

Let’s Dance—Together!

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nTerry Whitten

Country Waltz Classes in May

WHAT: Beginning Country Waltz Partner Dance Classes WHEN: Wednesdays, May 3, 10 and 17 TIME: 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $9 per person per class; $7 pp for two or more classes purchased in advance at the beginning of class; $5 per person special rate for those participating in the Oakmont Health Initiative’s May Exercise Challenge May will be a good time to dust off your dance shoes or cowboy boots and learn some basic Country Waltz dance moves. We are also joining in with the Oakmont Health Initiative’s Exercise Challenge in May. The goal is to accomplish at least 24 hours of any form of exercise in May. Dancing is a fun way to achieve some of those hours. A discounted rate of $5 pp per class will be available to those people who are participating in the Challenge. Country dancing is very popular in Sonoma County—especially on Sunday nights at Monroe Hall. Country Waltz has some similar steps and turns as Country 2-Step but is danced to Waltz music with ¾ timing. It is a fun partner dance that can be danced to lots of beautiful Country Waltz music and even slower Viennese Waltzes. As before, no partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. If you have a partner, that’s great. However, I do know we are short on male leaders here in Oakmont. I’d like to invite any ladies who are interested to come and learn how to lead some basic steps. Once you learn, you will never be without someone to dance with in Oakmont and other venues. Leading can be as much fun as following! Aside from being fun and a great way to get exercise, a number of studies have shown that dancing on a regular basis may reduce the possibility of cognitive decline and may actually increase mental acuity. It is definitely good for our brains, muscles and spirit! Please let me know if you have any questions. You can email me (Terry Whitten) at or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!

Volunteer Oakmonters counted 1,897 ballots cast in the 2017 election for four positions on the Board of Directors. The process took about 2½ hours. (Photo by Paul Ryan)

Seniors: Tune Up Driving Skills nStaff Report

A free safe driving program for seniors called “Age Well—Drive Smart” is being offered in Oakmont May 16 by the Senior Volunteers of the California Highway Patrol. The program is designed to tune up driving skills, refresh knowledge of the rules of the road, and help adjust to age-related physical changes. Speakers will include a DMV senior ombudsman and a CHP officer. The class will meet Tuesday, May 16 from 9 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. To sign up, contact the OVA office in person or by phone, at 539-1611. Deadline to register for the class is Monday, May 8.

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The Oakmont News / April 15, 2017

Golf News OGC


nRick Warfel


Golf Course Superintendent at Oakmont, Andy Trinkino and his crew of 13 maintain our 250-acre property that includes 36 greens, 78 bunkers, a double-ended practice range, and an extensive network of creeks, lakes and ponds. Despite heavy rain, 58 inches since October 1 so far, course conditions at Oakmont have been among the best in the region. Andy and his crew are gearing up for the following improvement projects: • Aerify Greens: On April 24 the West Course will be closed for greens aerification. This year, we will be employing a new approach: “Dry Jet” technology which cores and sands the greens in one quick step with very fast green recovery time. • Aerify Fairways: For the first time in 15 years, using traditional methods, the fairways on the West will be aerified. The Capital Improvement Fund will contribute $60,000 to fairway top dressing, sand and seed. • Rebuild 6 Bunkers: In June, Andy’s crew will completely rebuild two bunkers: #1 West greenside and #14 West fairway. In addition, the firm DHR, with help from Andy’s crew, will rebuild four greenside bunkers: #6 West, #9 West, #10 East, and #15 East. The Capital Improvement fund will contribute to the DHR portion of the work estimated at $27,000. • Repair Cart Paths: The Capital Improvement Fund will donate $50,000 towards cart path repair. Several options are being studied and a final decision is expected soon. • Upgrades at the Quail Inn: The Capital Improvement fund will pay for two HVAC units ($20,000) and a new deck (50,000). As shown, the OGC Capital Improvement Fund will contribute about $200,000 towards property improvement projects. Thank you very much to those who contributed to the Fund, we received commitments of $56,000 from our OGC members by mid-February. Andy earned his Agronomy degrees from Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College in Tifton, Georgia (inventor of Tiff 419 grass) and at Georgia Southern in Statesboro. He has worked at some of the great golf courses including Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Fountaingrove (15 years), and on one memorable occasion, saw Clint Eastwood dry the Pebble Beach course by hovering a helicopter a few feet over the fairways. Andy lives in Bennett Valley with his wife Kelley and they have two daughters: Kamryn, age 17 and Carsen, age 22. Andy and Kelley love to travel. This spring, timed with Carsen’s graduation from college in Indiana, they are going to take a train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles following historic Route 66.

Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


First flight (5.0–17.5): first, Mike Isola and Bill Salmina, 60; second, John Weston and Danny Morgan, 61; third, Tom Parker and Charlie Huff, 62. Second flight (18.5–23.5): first, Nick Beltrano and Randy Kephart, 58; second, Phill Sapp and Gary Novak, 63; third, Paul Phillips and Rick Warfel, 65. Third flight (26.0–up): first tie, Frank James and Chuck Mendenhall, and Bob Flores and Dennis DeSousa, 59; third, Bob Siela and Art Fichtenberg, 62. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Paul Phillips, 14’11”; #13—Eric Lutz, 15’5”; #16—Nick Beltrano, 8’7”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Frank James, 21’8”; #13—Mike Doyle, 30’4”; #16—Wally Juchert, 17’0”.


First, Tony D’Agosta and Gary Stone, 52; second, Art Hastings and Jack Haggerty, 53; third, Keith Wise and Chuck Wood, 55. Closest-to-the-pin on #16: HCP 0–24—Chuck Wood, 13’5”; HCP 25–up—Art Boot, 15’5”.


First tie, Jack Haggerty and Gary Stone 64; third, Art Hastings, 70. Closest-to-the-pin on #16: Jack Haggerty, 17’7”.


According to the late Harvey Penick, legendary teacher for stars such as Tom Kite, Ben Crenshaw, Mickey Wright and Betsy Rawls, the three most important clubs in the bag, in order, are the putter, the driver, and the wedge. Penick’s reasoning was, “You hit the driver 14 times in an ordinary round. But on the same day, you may have 23–25 putts that are outside “gimme” range but within a makeable distance. “A 5-foot putt counts one stroke, the same as a 270yard drive, but the putt may be much more significant to your score. Psychologically, the driver is very important. If you hit your tee ball well, it fills you with confidence. On the other hand, if you smash a couple of drives into the trees, your confidence can be shaken. “But nothing is more important psychologically than knocking putts in the hole. Sinking putts makes your confidence soar, and it devastates your opponent. A good putter is a match for anyone. A bad putter is a match for no one. The woods are full or long drivers.”

18 nDebbie Warfel

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club TUESDAY/OWGS

No sweeps play on March 21. Sweeps Results for March 28: Joan Seliga was low gross winner of the field of 24 players. First flight: first, Joan Seliga; second, Kim Agrella; third, Kathy Faherty; fourth, Kathy Mokricky. Second flight: first, Yoshi Smith; second, Marie Pierce; third, Lynn Davis and Ro Nicholson. Third flight: first, Tammy Siela; second, Debbie Warfel; third, Christy Rexford; fourth, Vanita Collins.


Sweeps Results for March 16: Joan Seliga was low gross winner of the field of 13 players. First flight: first, Joan Seliga; second, Eileen Beltrano; third, Kathy Mokricky. Second flight: first, Vanita Collins; second, Michele Yturralde; third, Carol Locke; fourth, Yoshi Smith. March 23: Sallie Wood low gross winner of the field of 14 players. First flight: first, Sallie Wood; second, Eileen Beltrano; third, Penny Wright; fourth, Kathy Mokricky, Kris Peters and Leslie Clark. Second flight: first, Ro Nicholson; second, Christy Rexford; third, Eileen Mickaelian; fourth, Vanita Collins. March 30: Kris Peters low gross winner of the field of 20 players. First flight: first, Kris Peters; second, Kathy Faherty; third, Kathy Mokricky; fourth, Sallie Wood. Second flight: first, Yoshi Smith and Michele Yturralde; third, Marie Pierce; fourth, Gail Holmes. Third flight: first, Vanita Collins; second, Christy Rexford; third, Nancy DeSousa. The following is a profile of this week’s featured woman player, Marlene Bauer Hagge. Born in 1934 in S. Dakota, raised in California from age 9, and now 83, living in La Quinta, California. She first gripped a club at age 3, and her golf pro father proceeded to teach her golf and the long, limber swing that became her trademark. At age 13, she won the Los Angeles Women’s Golf Championship and later that year became the youngest player to make the cut at the U.S. Women’s Open and finished eighth. At age 15, the youngest ever, she was honored as the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year, Golfer of the Year, and Teenager of the Year. Life Magazine included Marlene, along with Elizabeth Taylor, as one of the year’s top teenagers—she turned pro that same year. At 18, she was the youngest player to ever win an LPGA Open event, and by age 22, she’d won eight tournaments and the LPGA’s Major Championship. Her last tour victory was at age 38. Forty years after debuting as the LPGA’s youngest player, she was the tour’s oldest active member. Joining her older sister, Alice Bauer, they were among the 13 founding members of the LPGA and she was later voted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. She competed in each of the LPGA’s first 5 decades. In 2000, she was recognized at the LPGA’s 50th anniversary as one of the organization’s top 50 players and teachers. Marlene stated of the LPGA founding, “I never thought of myself as a pioneer, we were just a bunch of stubborn women who loved golf and figured we could make it happen”.


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2017


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

The Wearin’ O’ the Green Tournament and Luncheon was a great success thanks to Jeanine Haggerty, Nancy Young, Tammy Siela, Valerie Boot and Linda Yates. A big thank-you to Jack Robinson and Tom Finnerty who served the Irish Coffee en route to the #7 fairway. It sure helped the players. Results of the shotgun are as follows: first place, Betty Van Voorrhis, Henni Williston, Ellie Baciocco and Tammy Siela; second place, Barbara Robinson, Cathy Dougherty, Debbie Warfel and Barbara Olsen; third place, JoAnn Banayat, Nancy Young, Jeanine Haggerty and Ada Branstetter. The Quail Inn staff as always served a wonderful Irish Lunch.

APRIL SWEEPS RESULTS April 32: 26 players, East Course

First flight: first, Betty Van Voorhis; second, Linda Yates; third, Sada Shila. Second flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second, Elisabeth La Pointe; third, Ada Branstetter. Third flight: first, Tammy Siela; second tie, Marie Crimaldi, Roberta Lommori. Fourth flight: first tie, Joan McDonnell, Henni Williston; third, Joan Eiserloh.


Eclectic starts April 27. Sign-up sheet in East Pro Shop. Cut-off is a week prior. Make check out to Oakmont Women’s Niners and put in the Niners’ box.

Oakmont Craft Guild nPat Vogenthaler

The Oakmont Craft Guild meets on the second Monday of every month at 1 p.m. in the East Recreation Center (no meeting in November and December). You do not have to be an expert in a craft to attend, but you will see demonstrators teaching you a craft they enjoy. Thank you to Mary Stinson (January), Susan Berg (February), Nancy Giddings and Lory Day (March), our recent demonstrators who shared with the Craft Guild their crafts. In April, we welcome Nanette Garner as she teaches us about miniature fairy garden furniture. Contact me at if you wish to be added to the membership listing.

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!

Rainbow Women nKathy Cirksena, Carroll Johnson and Jeanne DeJoseph

Help ORW Support Higher Education for the Next Generation

Everyone familiar with our designated community charity, 10000 Degrees, knows how inspiring and effective they are. Last year our fundraising established scholarships for disadvantaged lesbian students in Sonoma County. Thanks to everyone’s participation and donations we succeeded beyond our wildest dreams, raising $15,000 specifically for the ORW Scholarship Fund. Ten young scholars combined our scholarship with other financial aid helped by the amazing 10000 Degrees staff. These young women are studying electrical engineering, cell biology, education, international affairs, psychology, and forensic science. Most are first generation college students. They have kept us informed on their successes through letters and even visits to meetings—charming, bright and motivated, they are on a new path through higher education. Time to do it again! We are pulling out all the stops to repeat or surpass last year’s great success so once again we are turning to our community— Rainbow Women and our friends and neighbors to help support this extremely worthwhile cause. Again we’ll have a marvelous concert featuring Holly Near, Tammy Hall and Jan Martinelli on Saturday, June 10 at 7 p.m. at Berger Center. Tickets are $30 ($25 for members) and are available at meetings or by check in our OVA Office folder. Pick up tickets at “will-call” the night of the concert. We want to continue supporting our current students and new eligible applicants by raising more money this year. Please stand up with us for the future of young people. Volunteer, donate, attend the concert and participate in the raffles to make this year the best yet. Yes, while we need your donations—we also need your energy and time to make it happen. A core committee of about five people will coordinate aided by lots of “one time only” help before and during the concert. Can you volunteer for the committee? We promise

as few meetings as possible and assignments that are clear and tailored to what you want to do. If you can’t commit to ongoing tasks, there is still lots you can do: • Help secure prizes for the raffle. We had some great prizes and folks loved competing for only the prizes they wanted. This part of the fundraiser raised significant cash. All it takes is asking local businesses and we will provide you with a script and guidelines. • Make a silent auction contribution, something special of real value: art, services, wine—make suggestions! • Help on the night of the event. We need lots of folks to staff tables, circulate donation baskets, put flyers on chairs, sell raffle tickets, and/or set up and clean up. • Tell friends and family about this fundraiser. Have them join you in supporting it. We have a sample letter to send. Posting to friends on social media is also a good way to reach people. Let’s all step up and make this a great success! Contact and tell her how you’re able to help. Thank you!

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, List Coordinator

Looking for care for kitty when you’re away? Join the Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative. It’s free! Cat Care Co-op members share care and feeding for kitty when you travel or must be away. It’s easy! Just contact a fellow list member and arrange for care between you. We have members all around Oakmont. It works! The more members we have, the easier it is to find help when you need it. So join today! For more information and to put your name on the list contact me at 849-1581.

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Coming up

April 24: Zendalas / May 8: Flowers 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


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Oakmont Lanes nTerry Leuthner, President, and Carolyn Mack, Vice President

nRay Haverson

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 Winter 2017 League Schedule. Remaining bowling date for April: April 18 (final week of Winter League). No bowling April 25, fourth Tuesday.


The Oakmont Health Initiative has invited Oakmont Lanes to cooperate in a community fitness challenge during the month of May where the goal is to accomplish at least 24 hours of exercise during the month. We will be visited by residents who are encouraged to try new activities while having fun and meeting new people. We will need a few of our bowlers available while they are not bowling, to welcome them and describe our club. See Oakmont News Health Initiative article for more information and all scheduled activities during the month.


Our bowlers and substitutes will celebrate a Cinco de Mayo Lunch at 1:30 p.m. at the West Rec. Center with a Chicken Enchilada Casserole prepared by Virgina and Juan Fuentes. Be sure to thank them. BYOB.

RESULTS AS OF March 21 (eighth week of Winter League)

photo by Robert Couse-Baker

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Strikers; third place, Wild Turkeys; fourth place, Alley Oops; fifth place, Pocket Hits; Sixth place, Wii Four. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 263; Christian van den Berghe, 224; Al Thomas, 223; Juan Fuentes, 215; Terry Leuthner, 202. Women’s High Games: Joanne Abrams, 298; Peggy Ensley, 279; Mariel Green, 239; Vicki Robinson, 217; Robin Schudel, 214; Kathryn Miller, 209; Phyllis Jennings, 207; Alicia Panizo, 205; Vicki Madden, 204. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes and Spares; second place, Pin Heads; third place, Wii Power; fourth place, King Pins; fifth place, High Rollers; sixth place, Strike Outs. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 254; Christian van den Berghe, 222. Women’s High Games: Valerie Hulsey, 279; Vickie Jackanich, 246; Diane Price, 237; Nicole Reed, 236; Mollie Atkinson, 224; Judy Lawrence, 217; Maurine Bennett, 216; Debbie Miller, 215; Shirley Jamison, 213; Pat Stokes, 204. Sub High Game: Terry Leuthner, 236; Fritzie Amantite, 235; Alicia Panizo, 201.

Be sure to designate the

Sonoma Humane Society as your charity of choice.




Genealogy Club nGeorge McKinney

New York City Genealogy!

Our next regular meeting will be on Monday, April 24, 1 p.m. at the West Rec. Our guest speaker will be Dr. Stephen Harris, an expert in New York City genealogy research. For many of our ancestors, New York City was the gateway to their new home in America. Learn the important basics about New York City genealogical records and resources, including special censuses, naturalization records, probate records and city directories. Understanding research about your family in New York City is difficult. Dr. Harris will give a normal lecture with a Q&A, and then plans to remain for an opportunity for those who want to explore further New York City research. Dr. Harris’ talk is sponsored by the Oakmont Community Foundation. For anyone who might have missed the presentation on Ellis Island, there will be an encore presentation Sunday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. at the East Rec. Center as part of the Sunday Symposium. There may have been some confusion on our upcoming meetings. We have two remaining meetings this spring. On May 27 we will have a meeting devoted to your stories of your immigrant ancestors. On June 26 we will have a meeting on adoption. There is no July meeting. The Genealogy Club regularly meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except June, July and December) at 1 p.m. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: If you have research questions or would like to receive our e-newsletter, please email:

April 29 Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

Note: New Location Prayer in Nichiren Buddhism

“Prayer in Nichiren Buddhism is based on a determination, a vow to follow through on a course of action, to realize without fail all of our goals and dreams. “Through chanting Nam-myoho-renge-kyo to the Gohonzon, we as Nichiren Buddhists develop the energy and life force to become the kind of people who can make their prayers come true.”—World Tribune, March 3, p. 9 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, April 29, 2017, and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 7 Oak Leaf Place—new location. Look for SGI sign at entrance on Oak Leaf Drive. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 595-5648 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.

Fifth Annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration Featuring the Great Charley Baker and Company

WHAT: Cinco De Mayo Celebration WHEN: Friday, May 5 TIME: Doors open 4:30 p.m.; dinner 5–6:30 p.m.; music 6:30–9:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center MENU: Chicken Enchiladas, Cheese Enchiladas, Pork Tamales, Mexican rice, refried beans, tacos, chips and salsa, lemon water, coffee and fruit-filled cake covered with whipping cream. This is a BYOB event. COST: Members $35, member’s guest $40, nonmembers $45. Best value $47 includes membership through Dec. 31. This is one of our best events of the year! It is the only event of the year when we have door prizes and, of course, our Famous Conga Line! This is the one party you do not want to miss out on so get your reservations in early to guarantee you and your guests a spot. You may reserve a table of eight I will need all names and payment in one envelope. If you have less than a table of eight but want to sit together with your friends all names and payment must be in one envelope at one time, as I will be unable to add someone later (just a suggestion). The best way to do it so you can get better seating is send one check for all and that person collect from their friends. Please remember that seating is based on the date I receive your reservation payment and we fill seats at all tables as we receive them. You may mail your checks made out to Sha-Boom to Ray Haverson, 7111 Oak Leaf Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may put your payment in our Sha-Boom folder at the OVA Office or simply drop your check into my mailbox on the right had side of my garage door. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666 or email me at


Friday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo Celebration Tuesday, July 4: Western Bar-B-Q featuring The Dry Creek Band Saturday, August 24: Back by popular demand— County Line (Kingston Trio Show) Saturday, September 9: TBA Saturday, October 7: TBA Saturday, November 4: Back by Popular Demand— The Great James Garner’s Salute to Johnny Cash Saturday, December 9: TBA Sunday, December 31: East Rec. Limited New Year’s Party—first 100 guests. Music by Charley Baker and Company. Details to follow! As you can see we have a lot going on this year. We still have some unfilled slots being held for hopefully great special shows waiting for some conformations yet to come.

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The Oakmont News / April 15, 2017

Visual Aids Workshop nBarbara Milan

nKate Hill, Instructor


We need your help! Will you volunteer for only two hours a week making aids for children who are visually- and mentally-impaired? These books and aids make a huge difference in a child’s life. Come join us at the Upper West Rec. Center on Monday mornings from 9–11 a.m. No special skill or talent is required. We receive and fulfill requests from across the nation and around the world. Please join us. For more information call me at 538-5321.


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were clearly expressed to me in a civil, unbiased, fiscally responsible and thoughtful manner. I look forward to serving our community and will do my best to reconcile past differences as we move forward.” While Batchelor has been a supporter of the pickleball project, Heyman, Bettencourt and Goodwin have expressed reservations. Heyman and Bettencourt told at candidates’ forum Feb. 22 that they would like to review the contract. Goodwin said that while he favors pickleball he questions the project.


The project was put on hold Tuesday afternoon after Leznik and Heyman met with OVA Manager Cassie Turner and then visited the site, which is just outside Turner’s office. Work, which had begun the previous day, stopped immediately. However, Leznik said the contractor would do some grading to avoid silt runoff during expected rain later in the week. She also said the site would be taped-off to insure everyone’s safety. The contractor, Siri Paving and Grading of Santa Rosa, had earth-moving equipment, trucks and a crew on the site. Siri has a $298,000 contract for the job, which had been expected to take three months. In remarks at the organizational meeting, Leznik called it “an historic election” following a difficult year. She thanked voters, adding, “We hear you.” After expressing “great sadness” at Strunka’s decision not to continue as treasurer, she said the board has 30 days to fill the job and is looking for a qualified person. Leznik appointed herself, Heyman and Bettencourt to the personnel committee. A motion to reappoint all committee members except the Construction Oversight Committee was approved 4-2, with Altman and Batchelor opposed to omitting the COC. The result of the motion is that the COC, which was overseeing both the pickleball project and replacement of the East Recreation Center deck and other facilities there, is disbanded. Herm Hermann and John Felton, who could not run for re-election because of term limits, made brief comments. Hermann, who served six years, thanked the OVA staff, with special mention of Turner and facilities manager Rick Aubert for their “great management.” He stressed the need for the new board to “come to grips” with pickleball, adding: “Good luck with that.” Felton thanked the community for the opportunity to serve and said the board is a team effort with all working “for the betterment of Oakmont.” (Watch a video of the meeting online at

Coming Soon—Two Over One Play Like the “Big Kids!”

The Two Over One system is not an entire new way of bidding, but only an extension of Standard American Bridge. It has become the predominate system used by expert players in the U.S., and some advocate it should replace Standard American even for beginning players. It refers to the bidding of a new suit at the 2 level after partner has opened in one of a suit. The original bidder will have started with 1D, 1H, or 1S, and responder will be bidding 2C, or another new suit at the 2 level. We always knew responder’s bid at the 2 level meant he has quite a good hand—at least 11 points. Thus, even in Standard American, we are usually on our way to game when we start with such a sequence. The principal differences between Standard and 2/1 are these: 1. Neither party may pass until game is reached using 2/1, no matter what, whereas the parties are allowed to bow out of game in a Standard American auction, often at the level of 2NT or 3 of a suit. 2. One No Trump Forcing: Because you need a rocksolid opening hand in order to insist on game with 2/1, you will no longer be able to bid your own suit when you have, for instance, a hand such as this after partner has opened 1 Spade: x, KQTxxx, Axx, xxx. With any hand lacking the requisite 13 points needed to force to game, and without room to bid at the one level, we will be using the bid of 1NT, which partner is not allowed to pass. This takes some getting used to! Likewise, you will never be allowed to play 1NT after a major suit opening, (even if that would have been your top spot), because partner is not allowed to pass. Only you and your partner can determine whether this system works for you. Having committed to it, however, you must understand your obligations. Learning this system will improve your game, even if you don’t decide to adopt 2/1 as your own system. It will allow you insights into the bidding of your opponents, and will cement and refine your understanding of the game. The class will be held at the Card Room in the Central Activity Center for eight Friday mornings (9:30–11:30 a.m.) from April 28 through June 23 (no class on June 2). Cost is $115 (including text). Dropins welcome—$15/per class plus $20 for text. Enroll by writing or calling me at kate.hill@ or 545-3664, or by showing up on April 28 at 9:15 a.m.

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson

Because of the construction work that removed the horseshoe pits, we are temporarily out of a location to play. Hopefully we will have a new location for the horseshoe pits in several weeks. I will let you know when that happens. In the meantime, here is an invitation to keep the date and time open and some information about the club. If you like to play horseshoes, meet new friends and just have a great time then this is the club for you! Your level of play doesn’t matter even if you have never played before. Best of all, there are no dues. WHAT: The Horseshoe Club WHEN: Every Thursday (as soon as we get a new location) TIME: Start times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. NOTE: Please call me at 539-6666 if you would like to join in and play or email me at


Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies nSue Hattendorf, COPE Director

Do You Have a COPE Team Leader in your Neighborhood?

As can be expected, due to normal attrition, we periodically have to solicit new COPE team leaders. This month, new COPE leaders are needed in the following areas. Check to see if your neighborhood is one of them. Replacement COPE Leaders needed: Aspen Meadows Circle, 12–55; Deerfield Circle, 401–425; Fairfield Drive, 6617–6711, 6855–6928, 7110–7170, 7200–7236; Falling Star Court, 457–477; Greenfield Circle, 304–334, 340–-370; Hood Mountain Circle, 8808–8835, 8823–8837 odd, 8832–8854 even; Meadowgreen Place, 6502–6528; Meadowridge Drive, 6340–6360, 6363–6390, 6519–6563 odd, 6534–6564 even, 6567–6597 odd, 6568–6596 even. Mesa Oaks Court, 6445–6456; Miramonte Court, 345–369; Miramonte Place, 342–374; Mountain Vista Lane, 207–273; Oak Brook Court, 460–504; Oak Brown Lane, 420–456; Oak Crest Place, 2–9; Oak Island Circle, 50–136, 30–144; Oak Island Drive, 26–160, 164–186; Oak Leaf Drive, 7223–7347, 7544–7561, 7627–7845; Oak Mesa Drive, 1004–1045; Oakmont Drive, 6850– 6956, 7323–7343, 7601–7840, 7849–8050, 8826–8837, 8840–8861, 8927–8963. Oak Shadow Drive, 129–153, 201–223; Oak Trail Circle, 9212–9241, 9330–9357; Oak Trail Court, 8839– 8859; Oak Trail Drive, 8811–-8838; Oak Vista Court, 493–511; Oak Vista Place, 495–503; Oak Vista Lane, 509–518; Pin Oak Place, 3–11; Pythian Road, 320–360 even, 327–349 odd, 357–365 odd, 461–473; Rockgreen Place, 316–346, 350–374; Starry Knoll Court, 454–470; Stone Bridge Road, 6328–6344; Valleygreen, 1–24; White Oak Drive, 177–205, 400–422; Woodgreen Street, 11–18, 19–22. Please call me at 539-2543 to let me know if you would like to help or if you have any questions about the COPE program. Thanks for your willingness to help!

COPE Updates

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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Duplicate Bridge nBob Stinson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

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


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


It’s that time again. Our annual Q&A meeting! It’s all about asking questions and getting answers! Informative and fun. We look forward to seeing you! Website:


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 our file in the OVA office. Members receive a discount on the entire catalog of O’Reilly and Peachpit books.


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649, Certified Apple Consultant. A free service to our membership: send your Mac questions by e-mail to OakMUGTechHelp@gmail. com. An OakMUG Mac expert will either get you an answer or will recommend someone who can.


WHEN: Tuesday, April 25 TIME: 2 p.m. WHERE: Room D, Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Paul Rasore

Windows Computer Information

As members of the former Oakmont PC Users Group, we continue to offer our free help to all Oakmont residents. Call phil kenny, 538-2075 or Al Medeiros, 843-4447.

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The British are coming!

It’s a British invasion, with the band Invasion. WHEN: May 20 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30–9:30 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. (no early admission allowed) PRICE: $15 per person. Members may invite one guest FOOD: Food Trucks at curbside—Tri Tip Trolley and El Coyote (Mexican food). Tables will be provided outside for dining. Please bring cash. TICKETS: On our website or fill out the reservation coupon, include a check, made out to Oakmont Boomers, and place all in our file at the OVA. It was the era of movies What’s New, Pussycat? and Alfie, the fashions of Mary Quant, the Mod styles popularized by supermodel Twiggy, and the music! The music defined a generation and changed the

world. Invasion performs songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark 5, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Herman’s Hermits, The Animals, The Moody Blues, Elton John, The Kinks, The Who, The Hollies, and a host of other British Invasion era favorites!

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If you hurry you can still get tickets to our benefit concert on Friday, April 21, 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person. Drop your check into our file at the OVA office or go online at

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June 17: time to Rock Around the Clock, with the Hot Rods


Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 per member and guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member. The two options you have to register for seating for British Invasion are: Reserved Table for Eight: Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $120 and the names of all the people sitting at the table. Please be sure to include a party name for the table example Smith Party. Names:________________________________________________________________________________________ Party name:______________________________________________________ Amount enclosed: $___________ Unreserved Seating: If you chose unreserved seating and wish to sit with friends, you should plan to arrive together when the doors open at 5 p.m. Full payment must accompany the reservation. Name:________________________________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed: $___________ The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m., May 16. You may also register and pay online. If you have any questions about reservations, please contact, events@oakmont

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Bocce Club

nSusan Lynn

Everyone had a good time at the St. Patrick’s Day Tournament, and those of us who lost drowned our sorrows with candy. Congratulations to the winners of the St. Patrick’s Day Tournament, pictured right.

Coming up

Our next big match is our Tax Time Tournament. Work off your IRS frustration by joining us at the courts on April 15. This one should get a big turnout, so get there early for a better chance to play. WHEN: April 15, 1 p.m. WHERE: Bocce Courts behind the West Rec. Center There’s still time for you to form a team and sign up to participate in the Wine Country Senior Games. If you’re looking for players, just add your name to the sign-up sheet at the court. Once you find your team, you’ll have to register online at http:// The Bocce competition begins on June 2 and it’s a chance to pit your team against other players from all over Sonoma County. You don’t have to be an expert to play; all you need is a good attitude and the desire

Elaine Foote, Barbara James, Bob Baciocco and Barbara Newton.

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to meet people and have fun. If you haven’t played Bocce before, come to the courts any Monday–Friday at 1 p.m. and see what it’s all about. Everyone is welcome, regardless of skill level.

figuring the distance, figuring the court conditions, direction, and speed... driving his opponent nuts. Finally his exasperated opponent says, “What is taking so long? Roll the ball already!” The guy answers, “My wife is over there watching me. I want to make this a perfect shot.” “Give me a break! There’s no way you’ll hit her from here.”

Bocce Humor

A guy stood ready to make a bocce shot for what seemed an eternity, looking up, looking down,

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May 15–17 Spring Tri-nighter Redwoods National and State Parks

We park at the Quarry lot on Wildcat Canyon Rd., 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. Leader is George Hasa, 843-4527.

The window for discounted hotel rooms closes April 15, with more than 50 hikers now going. Details are at www. Any participant who has not yet received an emailed brochure should call Martin Johns at (330) 815-5167.

April 20 Intermediate Hike Armstrong Redwoods

This moderate hike of 5.6 miles has elevation gain of 1,100’. Start at parking lot, up East Ridge Trail to Gilliam Creek Trailhead, loop back along Pool Ridge Trail through amazingly beautiful redwoods. Leave Berger Center 9 a.m. Hike leader is Lou Kinzler, 595-1214.

This hike is along the slender Tomales Point Peninsula, which is famous for its Tule Elk herds and beautiful wild flowers. We’ll start at the historic Pierce Ranch and hike out to the end of the point and back. The hike is 9.4 miles with a total elevation gain of approximately 800’. Hiking boots and layered clothing, water and lunch are recommended. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Suzanne Bond, 538-3340.


This hike begins at the Silverado trailhead in Napa. The trail winds its way up to the Holms Homestead over an old mercury mining road. This is an up-and-back hike of nine miles and 2,000’ elevation gain. Great views! Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Bring poles, water and lunch. Hike leader is Martin Johns, (330) 815-5167. nLeslie Evans


Wandering through Annadel. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)

Big Rock Ridge. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Dinner for 8

Our group is the original Dinner for 8, not affiliated with any other group. We share hospitality and dining together in our homes four nights a year (April, June, October and December), plus a picnic in August and a cocktail party in February. When joining the group, members agree to host a dinner once during the year and are assigned a month based on their preference. Members are rotated from dinner to dinner, giving an opportunity to meet everyone. Prior to a dinner, the hosts receive their guest assignments and schedule their guests on a mutually

agreed upon date. Each host determines their menu and provides the entrée. Each guest is then asked to participate in the meal by bringing an appetizer, salad, or dessert. The wine selection is suggested by the host to complement the meal. The Dinner for 8 picnic is held in a picnic grove in Oakmont on the second Sunday of August. Members bring a dish and their beverage of choice. Dinner for 8 membership is open at any time. Please call me at 843-7408 or Jean Whitridge at 538-1258 for further information.


If the hiking trail is more than 30 miles round trip from Oakmont, it is customary to compensate your driver at least $5 for gas.

Star of the Valley Bingo nPete Hardy

WHEN: Wednesday, April 26 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Star of the Valley Parish Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards $2 each; Baked Potato Bar and Chili with all the fixings, ice cream dessert $7 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for dinner at 5:15 p.m.

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Oakmont Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”—Marcus Tullius Cicero


Ann Chambers, Master Gardener, presents “All about Orchids.” Ann will discuss the many different types of Orchids available and how to care for them. You’ll learn how to select the best specimen for lasting beauty in your home. She will “deconstruct” a supermarket orchid and show us how to replant it for growth and longevity. Her talk will also include outdoor orchids and other varieties including “tiny” orchids. Do you have an Orchid that is barely clinging to life? Bring it to the meeting and learn Orchid CPR. You’ll go home with an orchid that is resuscitated and viable once again. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, April 18, Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• Plant seeds of summer annuals such as easy-togrow cosmos, nasturtiums, sunflowers, and zinnias. Easy vegetables to start outside in the garden include cucumbers, summer squash, winter squash and beans. Direct seed beets, chard and radishes in the garden. • Add mulch or compost as needed. • Citrus can be planted this month. • Check drip system for broken spray heads or clogged emitters. • Start feeding houseplants on a monthly basis now through October. • As temperatures rise, increase the frequency of irrigation. Deep-water established plants often enough to prevent wilt and promote deep rooting, but don’t water more than necessary. • Fertilize spring bulbs after bloom. Remove dead flowers but not the leaves until they wither. • Check often for aphids on tender new plant growth. Remove infestations with a hard spray of water or insecticidal soap. • Handpick snails and slugs after dark or apply a pet-friendly bait. • Be diligent about pulling weeds before they set seed. • Plant summer bulbs, corms and tubers, such as callas, cannas, dahlias, gladiolus and tuberous begonias. • Renew container plants by adding a slow-release fertilizer or repotting in fresh soil.


nReenie Lucker

Pickleball Corner


People often ask about the origin of the name “Pickleball.” Who would think that controversy could surround the funny name of the fastest growing sport in our nation? The story surrounding the creator’s cute dog chasing the bright yellow balls, hence naming the game after the dog, is supported by the official website of the USA Pickleball Association. However, for those interested in reading more on this topic, including interviews with the game’s creator and members of his immediate family, take a look at this interesting investigation found at: http://pugetsoundblogs. com/bainbridge-conversation/2009/01/16/thedoggone-lies-about-pickleball/ Bottom line in this account: It is a myth that everyone wants to keep going. The dog was named after the game. What is not controversial is the fun in playing this sport. The game is easy to learn and can be played successfully as a beginner or advanced player. Play rotates after each game of 11 points which insures meeting a lot of smiling people. Pickleball T-shirts are hot on the market. A recent find: “I play too much Pickleball. ~ said no one ever.”


Pickleball Orientation each Tuesday starts at 9 a.m. and is followed by coached beginner play at 10 a.m. Volunteers coach these sessions, led by PJ Savage.

Tommy and The Tinhorns lead the singing at April Social gathering. (Photo by Gail Lutz)


The annual Sonoma Wine Country Games includes a popular pickleball event, growing larger each year. Dates for this year: June 9–11. Doubles play by age groups: Men, Women, Mixed. Registration is open until one week before the event. Spectators are welcome. Information is available online at: www. .

Oakmont Pickleball Play Information

WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Courts Open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; group drop-in play daily 9 a.m.–12 noon. new players intro to Pickleball every Tues. 9 a.m.; coached play for beginners every Tues. 10 a.m. ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles available for Orientation. Both paddles and balls are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball courts. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, Email, phone 595-5648 Good exercise, better fun, and best social interaction. All residents are welcome.

Zlatica Hasa and Melissa Bowers join in the fun.

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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.

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Quilting Bee

On Saturday, March 25 our Quilting Bee members held a tea in remembrance of our friend Barbara. Barbara was a big fan of all things Wizard of Oz and her quilt of the Wizard of Oz, along with two other quilts she made, were hanging nearby. Paula Scull created a wonderful scrap book with pictures of Barbara and her quilts which we each enjoyed seeing. At our meeting on March 22 we discussed the Healdsburg Quilt Show to be held April 1 and heard from members happy to volunteer to either hang the quilts or sit with them during the show. It’s nice to have people nearby to answer questions as visitors to the quilt show love to talk about the quilts and learn of the various methods used to create them. Janet Shore announced the Pointless Sisters quilt group has quilts on display at the Rincon Valley Library through April 22. She encouraged our members to drop in to see them. Mary Ann Allen showed a couple of Underground Railroad blocks she is making. The symbols were utilized during the Civil War directing escaping slaves to freedom in the North. She also showed a quilt she just finished called “Grandmas’ Hankies.” Pictures of her mother and two grandmothers, along with their hankies, were on the quilt.

and one of the “Card Trick” pattern. All of her quilts were hand quilted. Pam McVey displayed her friendship quilt of butterflies. Helen White showed the progress she has made with her hand appliquéd birds. Skipper Taylor completed her first hand appliqué quilt and will be sending it off to her daughter in Colorado. Karen Krestensen told us she just completed a Tumbling Triangles quilt top and has been sewing 300 1½” strips of bright colored fabric for an “Inch by Inch” project taught by Lisa Mckissick. Cherie Gooler showed us a Moonlight Quilters challenge she created from her own design and a bright colored quilt the result of a class taught by Judy Sisneros. Her beautiful “Galactic Daiquiri” quilt was entered in the Houston Quilt Show a couple of years ago. She didn’t tell her quilt group but surprised them when they saw it hanging there.

Cherie Gooler and her “Galactic Daiquiri” quilt.

Mary Ann Allen and “Grandmas’ Hankies.”

Carol Jarvis showed us three of her quilts, one hand embroidered, one a panel quilt with embellishment

Cheryl Anderson discussed the progress she has made on her “Page 38” challenge quilt and told us she is making superhero capes for classmates of her grandchild and their school play. Joan Chalk showed a beautiful “Birds in the Air” batik quilt she mostly hand-pieced and completely hand quilted. Creating it was an evening escape from a daily routine of caregiving. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

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Toxic Waste Collection nAnita Roraus

Tuesday, may 9 west rec. parking lot

Four times a year Oakmont has a Community Toxic Collection at the West Rec. parking lot, 6470 Meadowridge Drive, from 2–7 p.m. 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. Please call 795-2025 to schedule an appointment or ask your questions.

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Saturday, April 22 at 2 PM

The New Horizon Concert Band of Sonoma County will be returning to the Berger Center on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. for another entertaining and rousing concert! The New Horizon Band is a member of a nationwide senior citizens activity started by a talented musical educator, Dr. Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music in New York. Dr. Ernst realized the value of music for seniors who had previously played an instrument or wanted to learn to play one and the value of belonging to a musical organization. There are now over 200 such bands all over the United States, Canada and Europe. The local unit in Santa Rosa was the second organization in California and began in 1998 with 12 players. The band had grown to 82 members, several of whom live in Oakmont. They are Dan Derham,

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trumpet; Jud Goodrich, French horn; Helen Hargrave, oboe; Gene Isaeff, euphonium; Rose West, flute;, Ed Kelleher, tenor sax; Roger Morcomb, percussion; and John Ray, trombone. The band is under the direction of three retired music teachers: Lew Sbrana, Director from Healdsburg, Associate directors Sid Gordon from Redwood High School in Marin County, Ray Walker from Santa Rosa, and Lew Bishop will conduct the group and also plays bassoon in the band. So mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at the Berger Center for an afternoon of delightful and entertaining music by accomplished musicians. The band will be playing familiar show tunes, marches and other numerous arrangements you may recognize! The concert is free, but there will be a free-will offering for those who wish to participate. Hope to see you at the concert!

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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: East Recreation Center Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

Single Boomers Social Club

Upcoming Events

April 20: Happy Hour, 4 p.m., Palooza in Kenwood. Come and meet new people, and say hello to old friends. We’ll enjoy the nice weather on the patio. And the views from the Valley of the Moon are nice, too! May 5: Cinco de Mayo at the Sha-Boom events club, Berger Center. Contact Priscilla Roslyn if you want to go, but do it quickly. This event sells out fast (if it hasn’t already).

Looking Ahead

Your new board is busy planning events we think you will like, so mark your calendars for these events. May 9: Bon Appetit. This is our dine-out group. Karen will be contacting us regarding dining together at a great restaurant in the area.

May 18: Happy Hour at the Villa. The Villa is one of the most popular spots for Happy Hour in our area because drinks are cheap and the food is good. May 25: Monthly Mixer. We are planning to do some line dancing. Members whose last name begins with N through Z should bring an appetizer to share. As always, BYOB. May 27: Crushers of Comedy. Time and place to be announced. Members, remember to check your email inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA office.


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $ 12 to: SBSC Name____________________________________________________________________ Date_________________ Address________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (important to receive Evites and Shout-outs)__________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). Signature_______________________________________________________________________________________


Oakmont’s annual Open Studios will take place June 23, 24 and 25—over a weekend with no holidays or other large competing events in Sonoma County. No studio, or don’t want people in your home? Consider setting up in your garage —great excuse to clean up and clean out! And also think about sharing your space with one or more fellow artists. Entry forms must be received no later than Friday, April 21, to accommodate publicity schedules. Subsequent events to support your success: • A participant meeting will be held at the beginning of May to share best practices, marketing tips and answer questions.  • In mid-May, Berger Center main room walls will be set up as an early preview gallery. For information and entry forms, go to oakmontart. com or pick them up at the OVA Office.


”The Summer of Love” exhibit is now part of the trip along with ”Stuart Davis: In Full Swing.” The cost is $50/person, $33 De Young members. A great American original, Stuart Davis created bold, vibrant paintings that combine American street culture, the rhythms of jazz, European modernism, and the unbridled optimism enmeshed in the American Dream. This new De Young exhibit runs from April 1 to August 6 and features 70 of Davis’s paintings from the ‘20s to the ‘60s. Concurrently at the De Young, “The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock and Roll” will be an exhilarating exhibition of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera, and avant-garde films. Bus leaves Berger Center at 9 a.m., returning at 3 p.m. Registration forms available at or at OVA office.


Docent Mina Shea will give a presentation on the Stuart Davis exhibit currently at the De Young. If you missed the bus trip, this is a great way to get an appreciation for Davis’s work. If you did see the exhibit, Mina’s presentation will add an extra dimension to the experience. Join us at Berger Center on Friday, May 12. Program is at 10:30 a.m. with coffee and tea at 10 a.m.


Marykate Fleming is going to teach a free two day workshop on art and watercolor journaling. May 6 and 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Art Room. If there is interest, she will teach an ongoing class in illustrated journaling, mixed media painting, and acrylic painting. You can see her work at www. Contact Dan Fishman to register for the class:


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Fitness Center nSue Carrell

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

One of Oakmont’s best kept secrets is the Fitness Center located in the CAC. In February alone the access code reader showed it was accessed 6,247 times by 87 individuals! The current membership is 533. The only requirement for membership is a bargain at $30 per year. The Board of the OFC has been revitalized under the energetic direction of Virginia Katz. With the dedicated assistance of the other board members, great ideas are cropping up for the Spring Quarter. The theme is “OFC Membership Has Benefits.” The most outstanding benefit to announce is that John Phillips, our personal Fitness Coach is available to members for a free 20-minute “tune-up” to any member who signs up. (The sign-up sheet is hanging by the OFC office). This is a great opportunity to get that “kink” out of your neck, strengthen your back and learn to use the equipment properly. Do yourself a favor, sign up today! According to a recent article in Time Magazine, “The Science of Exercise,” by Mandy Oaklander, recent scientific research indicates the exercise works like a “miracle drug” and that it doesn’t take much to get benefits that astounded the researchers. Scientific benefits of exercise include slower aging, better mood, less chronic pain, stronger vision, and more. The results are real, measurable and almost immediate. Medical facilities are now prescribing exercise along with reduced medication because evidence is showing that results were amazing in even the sickest patients. One doctor was quoted as saying that “I would see dramatic improvements in their chronic disease, not to mention all of these other things like depression, anxiety, mood and energy levels.” The board has also revved up their T-shirt inventory, aka logo wear, with great new colors. Check it out. Another new idea! Mark your calendars! A Spring Picnic on June 24 at the West Rec. Picnic area. Plans are underway to make it a great social event where OFC members can enjoy each other outside of the Fitness Center for a change, and get to know each other better. Other ideas in the planning stages include nutritional classes, expansion of the center into classroom B format work, spinning cycles, trampolines, Pilates classes. Stay tuned. Your OFC Board is on fire! We would like to acknowledge Monte for his 15 years of dedicated service to the OFC. He will be leaving the board and will be sorely missed.

Tai Chi for Beginners nDr. Kate Ha, Faculty at Sonoma State University

Come join us in the Upper West Rec. Center on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. to attend your first workshop in Tai Chi for Beginners. You will find it enhances your balance and agility as well as breathing and stamina. You will be with a small group of like-minded seniors who also want to investigate this ancient gentle Chinese meditative practice to improve balance and general well being. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to). Pre-registration is required so please call me at 3185284. I have been practicing Tai Chi since l970 both in China and California and I have been teaching Tai Chi in both Oakmont and Sonoma State University for the last 30 years. I would love to answer your questions so do call.

Good to the Last Lap! Let The Season Begin!

When do you swim? Are you part of the dawn patrol, later morning, afternoon sunner, happy hour crew, evening cool downer, or simply a retired athlete? Do you ever get there and think, “Why did everyone else decide now is a good time to swim?” It doesn’t happen often but at times the pool seems full. There really is enough space at the East to accommodate 10 swimmers. See the posted sign/ drawing inside the bulletin board. It suggests use of the lines and the lanes when numbers increase. Of course, always communicate and ask to share, or just simply wait and someone will be done.  Two important suggestions are: (1) the fat/ wide lanes (on each wall) are for two similar-type swimmers, and (2) during these peak moments for safety reasons, it’s best not to do backstroke. And one final point: the state and county health regulation requires we all take a shower at the pool (not at home) prior to entering the pool and re-shower when using sun lotions before re-entering pool. Thanks everyone for making the coming seasons great!

Flip Turn News

If you enjoy swimming year round and want a voice and news regarding pool issues, please send your name, email to You will be sent an invitation to join, gaining access to the website. We are very loosely-organized—no dues or meetings, just a website connection for us independent users. We see swimming as a sport, a workout and a lifestyle. Happy lapping!

Foam Roller Class nSandy Shaner


WHAT: Foam Roller Class—Stretching, Core Work and Self-Myofacial Release Therapy WHEN: Tuesdays, 8:45–9:45 a.m. (no class April 18 and 25) WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $50/six classes WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat and a foam roller (see below) This class uses movements from Yoga to increase flexibility and balance; movements from Pilates to build core strength; and movements from myofascial release therapy to target trigger points soothing and releasing tight muscles. In addition to the foam roller, I will periodically bring different sized balls for working on hands and feet, particularly helpful for circulation and arthritis. Foam rolling has been shown to be beneficial in reducing chance of injury and increasing recovery by hydrating the muscles with increased blood flow and breaking up adhesions between skin, muscles and bones. Range of motion is greatly increased, and the bottom line is, you just feel and move better in your body. I am a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, certified in Mat Pilates, and ACE-certified as a personal trainer. I developed this class in conjunction with the physical therapists at a health care facility where I taught for 18 years. The class will be taught on a foam roller, so you will need to purchase one. It needs to be 6” in diameter and 36” long. Call me if you have questions, (636) 532-4690. Just Google “foam roller” and you can find them online much less expensive than in retail stores. This is a “feel good” class, but so good for your body. Come roll with us! The only requirements are a foam roller (which you will love having at home to do self-massage) and a yoga mat. Questions? Call me at (636) 532-4690 or E-mail at

nTeresa Woodrum

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

Class is canceled second Friday each month. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. 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 and fostering connections with friends. 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. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. 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.

Oakmont Exercise Challenge: one month—24 hours of exercise

This challenge is designed to encourage you to increase the length and difficulty of your activity. The goal is to accomplish at least 24 hours of exercise during the month of May. Any type of activity that would be logged in an exercise diary counts (both cardio and strength training)—walking, hiking, tennis, biking, swimming, gardening, weight training, dancing, aerobics, elliptical, circuit training, yoga, stretching, etc. You get the idea. Organized activities and classes take more planning, but they are so rewarding. Oakmont’s activity groups have joined the challenge and have listed the times that you can drop in. Most activities are at no charge. Classes with a fee are followed by a $$ sign. They are looking forward to welcoming you and will help you meet your goals. Copies are available in the OVA office. You may also view online at oakmonthealthinitiative/calendar Please track your hours of activity and encourage friends. Tracking can be a daily calendar entry or a phone app such as “My Fitness Pal.” This record is for your personal evaluation of your activity level. Sadly, there are no prizes so have fun and good luck! Move, smile, repeat. No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch. Do your best.


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2017

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

get moving and Feel Better in Your Body!

WHAT: Chair Stretch and Balance Class WHEN: Thursdays from 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Spring forward and increase your energy with this lively class. Movements are connected with breathwork. Strengthen your core, even while seated! Students can remain seated for the entire class or get out of the chair to explore balance. Small free weights are used to tone and strengthen the upper body. Equipment: Bring a set of free weights—your choice of 1, 2 or more pounds—the weight you want to work with. Please bring water.

plant your seeds of intent and commit to your yoga practice

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Classes WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 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 Sow your seeds and nurture them by with classes that stretch and strengthen your body while nurturing your inner self. Strengthen your core and allow your neck to relax. Poses are modified as needed to meet individual needs. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive setting. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—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 have several years of experience teaching Chair Stretch and Balance classes in addition to yoga classes and private sessions. Please see http:// for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.

nPhillip Herzog

Holistic Yoga nDonna Connell (IYT)

This popular ongoing class focuses on flexibility, strength and balance through conscious movement—a holistic approach to a healthy spine, greater range of movement and stronger muscles, while learning to quiet the mind through proper use of the breath. Our class has helped many become more flexible, strong and balanced while relieving stress and maintaining a positive approach to life. I am a certified Integrative Yoga Therapist, combining yoga with aspects of personal healing, aiding the individual in promoting a safe and effective practice. I teach with compassion, understanding, intuition, and a clinical knowledge of the body and yoga philosophy, combining the physical, emotional and inner perspective. I have been teaching in Oakmont since 2001. Experienced and safe yoga instruction doesn’t have to be expensive. This class is half of the cost of any yoga studio in the county. WHEN: Monday at 8:45 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. WHERE: West Recreation Center COST: First class free (with the purchase of a pass, $75/eight classes) QUESTIONS: or 799-3099

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength. No class April 27. TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Keep going with your commitment to stay fit! Come join the aerobics, strength and balance classes. You can join at any time! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us! The Aerobic Class format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Balance and Strength class offers.

Just For Fun Game Club

We again have a new schedule now with even more game times! Now we meet every Saturday at 1 p.m. and on the second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The Just For Fun Game Club gathers to play games of all sorts and have fun. You name it, we’ll play it! Games of all sorts: board games, card games, tile games, dice games, etc., easy games, strategy games, complicated games, luck games…whatever. You don’t need to bring any games. All you need to do is be there. We have lots of games on hand: a poker set, several decks of cards, double 6 and double 12 dominoes, Bananagrams, Uno, Cribbage, Monopoly, Parcheesi, Clue, Rummikub, Thryme, Settlers of Catan, The Pillars of the Earth, Pictionary, Yahtzee, Deluxe Rook, Probe and more! Someone usually brings, Skip-Bo, Phase 10, Sequence, Rack-O, Splendor,

Indigo, Split, as well as others. If you have any games that you would like to donate to the club temporarily or permanently, just let me know. We are always looking for more games to add to our collection. You can play games that you already know or learn a new game. If we don’t have what you want to play, bring it with you. Those who are present decide which games to play or gamers can schedule ahead of time for certain games to play. The more the merrier! Our objective is to have fun. For more information email me at goldguyphil@ or call me at 843-3053. If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, then let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust or add another time that works. We hope to see you soon.

nLaurie Hartmann

Church is about ministering to the whole person, including spiritual, emotional, social and practical needs of individuals. Everyone wants to be loved and to know that they belong. When we encourage each other in the faith and walk with each other on this journey of life, it gives us strength. As scripture says, “a triple braided cord cannot be easily broken.” We welcome you to join us for Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive.

Great Services you don’t want to miss!

April 16—Easter Sunday: Christ the Lord is Risen Today—Alleluia! There will be trumpet and singing and a message titled “The Resurrection.” Come join us as we celebrate! April 23: “The Ascension” April 30: “The Return”


Lucy Finn Borgo sits with children at Haven House; children who know more than they should about the difficult situations in life. She talks to them about the events in Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. These children know how to talk about death in relation to Jesus, but often Lucy asks them, “Did you know, God brought Him back to life?” Without fail she is met with blank stares and even disagreement from the children. These young ones know death; resurrection is harder to imagine. Then Lucy invites the children to play out the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus with small wooden objects representing Jesus’ life. Through their imagination and setting up these wooden story pieces the children put themselves into the story of the resurrection and engage with it. In this way Lucy provides an opportunity for the children to experience the hope that not only is God near during death, but can also resurrect life from death itself. As one child said in a story he imagined about the resurrection, “Jesus went chasing after the soldiers who had been guarding the tomb and said, ‘Hey, no wait. I forgive you, Come back!’ “We can look out from our lives that may be shadowed by shame, doubt, or fear, and see Jesus running after us saying “Hey, no wait. I forgive you, Come back!” Living the resurrection life is looking out from our brokenness to see the moment by moment invitation from Jesus to notice what He has prepared for us now and now and…

Mid-week Bible Study Oakmont Gardens, Room 106 Tuesdays, 1:30–2:30 pm

Allan Linton is leading the study of Romans. Objective: read through Scripture, ask questions and apply the truths to your life. You are welcome at any time. No homework required. Like us on Facebook! Or visit our webpage: E-mail: Church phone number: 595-0166.

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Hearing, Education, Advocacy, Research and Support

nJohn Taylor, HEARS President

The next HSG (Hearing Support Group) meeting is Monday, April 17 at 11 a.m. in Room B of the Central Activities Center (not Berger).

Hearing Aid Tuning

There are various causes for hearing problems. One of the most common is the loss of sensitivity to specific frequencies (pitches). This can result in not hearing, for example, birds singing or not deciphering a conversation. The audiogram resulting from a hearing test displays the frequencies that we are and aren’t hearing. Hearing aids have plethora of adjustments (frequency selection and volume and compression, etc.) that are manipulated to compensate for specific deficiencies. This complicated adjustment procedure usually requires multiple trips to the adjuster (audiologist or hearing aid specialist) where you are asked what you are hearing or not hearing. For most of us, accurately describing the latest hearing void/problem is as easy, to quote an example borrowed from limpingchicken. com, (a UK hearing blog), as painting Mona Lisa with a broom. So the adjuster has an analytical guessing game as to what frequencies and compressions to adjust and how much. Since it’s a complex trial-anderror approach, most of our hearing aids are probably not adjusted optimally. Many, maybe most, of us do not go back to get retuned enough times to get the needed adjustments. It’s a cumbersome combination of guessing, inconvenience, and cost to both the users and the adjustment professionals.

This complicated tuning process limits modestly priced hearing aids on the internet to “one tune fits all” or getting an audiogram from a local source and sending that for a remote tune job which may require multiple returns and is an imposition on the local outfit that provided the free test in hopes of selling hearing aids. In the aforementioned blog, the following question is asked. “Would you buy a television if the salesman insisted that only he could set the channel, volume, tone, brightness and contrast? Would you be happy to make three-hour round trips back to the showroom with the TV for adjustments? No? Then why do we surrender control in this way for hearing aids? We are surrounded by gadgets, iThis and iThat, which we can configure to our heart’s content, yet hearing aid users have almost no control over a most vital item of technology in our lives.” So, I submit that it is time for the hearing industry to “get with it” and create devices and techniques so that we users can self-adjust these gadgets using the real world around us rather than multiple visits to an office. Some progress has been made. Using a smart phone (with some HAs), adjustments can be made for volume, bass/treble, and making a selection of specific combinations of frequencies, directionality, etc., to better hear music, in noisy restaurant, etc. Oakmont HEARS goal is to help improve hearing for our residents. Do get on the HEARS email list ( and attend the HEARS and HSG meetings.

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nAl Haggerty


The national military counter terrorism strategy of the U.S. is the topic of the speaker at the April 26 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at the East Recreation Center. The speaker, Kirk Moeller, who retired from government service in 2012, now functions as a consultant to various defense organizations, providing expertise in special operations at the tactical, operational and strategic level. His primary focus is providing counter terrorism advice, guidance, exercise development and execution at the national and combatant commander levels of command. Moeller served over 28 years in the U.S. Army as a special forces officer (Green Beret), followed by 11 years as the deputy director for operations at the

nGayle Miller

Special Operations Command Pacific (Hawaii). Moeller continues to travel throughout the U.S. and overseas. He consults with military and intelligence agencies and frequently speaks about terrorism issues. His specialties include national-level policy and implementation expertise concerning clandestine operations, surrogate operations, unconventional warfare, irregular warfare, counter-insurgency, counter terrorism and military source operations. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by the Oakmont Market. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Don Green at 539-2046.

Assistance League of Sonoma County nCarole Burns

Press release

For 50 years Assistance League has been serving Sonoma County. Our trained volunteers screen preschoolers for vision and hearing problems, clothe elementary school children at schools in need, and help support homeless or abused women and their children at the YWCA Women’s Emergency Shelter and The Living Room. Our Redwood Empire Auxiliary fills the needs of teen parents in the Teen Parent Connections Program, provides scholarships to eligible teen mothers and serves women in recovery from addiction at the Women’s Recovery Services. We support our many philanthropies with the proceeds from our elegant thrift shop on Sixth Street in Railroad Square. All these activities are richly rewarding and a lot of fun, but also very labor intensive. We need volunteers! If you think you might like to know more about joining us, come to our Open House at our shop at 5 West Sixth Street in Railroad Square on Saturday, April 22, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. We will provide refreshments, tours and more information about becoming a member.

Stanford Club of Oakmont

nKay Nelson

Come Join Our Band!

The Stanford Club of Oakmont welcomes all alumni, families of present and former students and other friends who have an interest in “The Farm” and current and past university activities. We are a casual, but well-educated(!) group with 3-4 different activities each year. We are all united in our memories and love for the university, the Big Game, the great campus and maybe “Rossottis.” We are planning a Spring get-together in May, our Summer Picnic in a lovely Oakmont alumni’s home, plus the Big Game Party with the Oakmont Cal Alumni Association. These events are a great opportunity to meet and chat with fellow alums and friends. Our first event will be “off-campus” and will be announced in the next Oakmont News when details will be available. Please call me at 538-8777 or email if you would like to learn more about our group or have any questions. Join us for good conversation, new information about Stanford activities and convivial functions.

Women of Faith Bible Study

NEW Bible Study by Beth Moore A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place Presentation on large screen TV (includes subtitles)

Perhaps no Old Testament event so dramatically illustrates God’s persistent desire to relate to His children as the building of the tabernacle in the wilderness. Through the tabernacle God initiated a deeper relationship with his Chosen People by bringing reconciliation and revealing His glory. And certainly, no Old Testament event so richly prefigures the coming of the true Tabernacle, Jesus Christ. In this Bible study you will be challenged to prepare your heart, like the holy of holies, to become a home for His love and glory—a dwelling place for the Most High God.

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, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal; a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. This class has workbooks. Please call me for additional information.  DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

nAnita Roraus

These are four- and eight-hour classroom courses for drivers 50 years of age and older. Complete cost for the course is $15 for AARP members/$20 non-members. Open to Oakmont residents only. Room B in Central Activities Center.

2017 Two-day Full Course and One-day Refresher Course Schedule

Refresher class: Friday, March 3, 12:30–5 p.m. Two-day course: Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21, 1–5 p.m. Refresher class: Friday, June 2, 12:30–5 p.m. Two-day course: Thursday and Friday, August 17 and 18, 1–5 p.m. Sign-up by calling the OVA office at 539-1611 or come by in person.


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2017

Cribbage is Fast-Paced Fun nMarlena Cannon

Kiwanis Club of Oakmont nJeff Davis


The January 29 issue of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat contained a remarkable section called Sonoma Gives that described the essential need for philanthropic giving to alleviate almost overwhelming deficiencies in some of our citizens’ economic situation. What was remarkable about this group of articles was the number and diversity of private, non-profit organizations that exist in Sonoma County, most of which rely on private monetary contributions and the volunteer time of many persons who work to accomplish these missions. Oakmont residents are generally familiar with some of the volunteer groups in our own community ranging from the Visual Aids Club that makes booklets for teaching blind children and adults, the Oakmont Volunteer Helpers who pick up residents who need transportation to and from locations such and doctor’s offices, to service clubs such as the Valley of the Moon Rotary Club and The Kiwanis Club of Oakmont. In total, these groups involve many dedicated individuals who collectively bring about many positive changes for individuals and families around the world. Kiwanis International is a global organization of local clubs whose primary goal is to improve and enhance the lives of children, the most at-risk segment in every community everywhere. Thus the members of the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont work together to personally help children in the schools and community as well as raise funds that can be contributed, in turn, to organizations that need financial support to help children and their families in specific ways. For example, some of these donations help some of the Oakmont clubs mentioned above and some are contributed to organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs, the music education programs for children by the Santa Rosa Symphony and Luther Burbank Center and the support for former foster children by Social Advocates for Youth. At the international level, our club contributes to the Eliminate Project, a global effort to eliminate natal and neonatal tetanus that kills thousands of newborns every year. Kiwanis International and UNICEF jointly support this program. What are the advantages of volunteering in a service club such as Kiwanis? Appropriate for many Oakmont residents, one is that your service can be aimed toward those activities in which you are physically and mentally able to contribute. A second is that most of the Oakmont Club’s fund-raising is both fun and also expands on any person’s ability to make monetary donations individually. Thirdly, meetings provide an environment for pleasant socializing among members as well as a place to become informed about our societal needs and the agencies that work to alleviate them. The Kiwanis Club of Oakmont meets from 8:30–9:30 a.m. every Thursday morning in the East Recreational Center (Members do not have to be Oakmont residents.). Take a look at the Oakmont Kiwanis website at and see what our club has been doing and what Kiwanis International is all about. There is a standing invitation for anyone to drop in at a meeting or to make contact with the club via the website. See you soon.

Each Tuesday, a somewhat raucous group of Oakmonters meets to play cribbage, a fast-paced card game allegedly invented in the early 1600s by Sir John Suckling, an English courtier, poet, gamester, gambler and scoundrel. Based on the game Noddy, cribbage was brought to American shores by English settlers, where it became quite popular in the colonies, especially in New England. The Cribbage Club meets on Tuesday from 12:30–3 p.m. Players can come at any time and stay as long as their schedule will allow. New to the game or a little rusty? Here’s a YouTube about the game watch?v=stAYNntn0hE or contact Sandra Stetzel at or 539-0300, and she’ll find someone who can teach you play.

L to R: Marlena Cannon, Marsha Beck, Ken Weber and Sandy Stetzel play Cribbage at the CAC on Tuesday afternoons.

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 or at 707-225-0661.

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 in comfortable chairs, although anyone wishing to sit on a floor cushion is welcome to do so. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barbara Kanowick at or 539-2733. WHEN: Every Saturday morning promptly at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Central Activities Center, Room B.


There is a smaller meditation group consisting of 8-10 people that is held on Tuesday 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.

Free Movies For Seniors Press release

Free Seniors Movie Series at the Third Street Cinemas in Downtown Santa Rosa will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., and will continue through June 7. As usual, there will be a choice of four movies. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m. It is not possible to publicize an advance list of films, but for a list of the four movie titles for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording the week of the Series: 525-8909 x 2. The movies are free for seniors, 60 and older. Detailed flyers are on display in the Lobbies of the Roxy 14, the Airport 12, the Summerfield and the Third Street Cinemas, as well as the Raven Film Center in Healdsburg. They have also been distributed to all of the Senior Centers, the Council on Aging, the Social Security Office, and various other facilities for seniors, including Retirement Homes, Senior Apartment Complexes, and Senior Mobile Home Parks. The Series is generously being sponsored by Santa Rosa Memorial Park and Mortuary/Eggen & Lance Chapel, Kobrin Financial Services, and Hired Hands Homecare. The Third Street Cinemas is located at 620 3rd Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and “D” Street (behind the Third Street Aleworks). It’s only 1½ blocks from the Downtown Transit Mall, where all City and County busses arrive and depart. There are also two parking garages close by, one directly across from the theatre (no elevator), and the other around the corner on “D” Street (basically, behind the theatre). The rate is 75c per hour, but those with handicapped placards may park free at parking meters on the street. For more info, contact Gwen Adkins at the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, 523-1586 x 21 or 484-7328 (cell).

Funky Fridays Resume May 26

nStaff Report

The new season of Funky Fridays concerts will benefit from improvements to the Hood Mountain site across from Oakmont, made possible by proceeds from last year’s first season at the venue. The new season opens May 26, featuring The Bruthas, a funky soul and R&B group from the Bay area. A complete season lineup is posted online at The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation reported the concerts raised $50,000 to benefit Sugarloaf State Park and other venues, as well as Hood Mountain. The stage used for Funky Fridays will be moved from the front of the mansion to the south end of the lawn for the 2017 season. Concert-goers will now face away from the mansion on lawn space arranged more like an amphitheater. A dance floor also will be installed in front of the stage, the foundation announced. Money from the concerts also will go towards future maintenance projects at Hood Mansion, which is east of Highway 12, off Pythian Road.

The American Mah Jongg Club nMarie Haverson

The American Mah Jongg Club is currently looking for experienced players to fill some open spots. We meet the first and third Monday of every month at the East Rec. from 1–4 p.m. We have no dues to pay. We have a great bunch of folks that play. If you would like to join our fun club and meet great people and have a great time then call me at 539-6666 or e-mail at Look forward to hearing from you!


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2017

nJohn Brodey

Valley of the Moon Rotary Club

Playreaders nNorma Doyle


The noted Spanish author Jose Saramaga once said: “I think we are blind. Blind people who can see, but do not see.” He wrote a fascinating book called Blindness which tells the story of a sudden inexplicable event that results in all but 1% of the population becoming blind overnight. It is told from the perspective what happens in its wake to the residents of a small city. It offers an unforgettable lesson in human psychology. Recently, the membership of the Valley of the Moon Rotary gained an equally profound, albeit it less dramatic, insight into what it means to live without the ability to see. First, we were visited by Dan Needham, director of the Earle Baum Center in Santa Rosa. As one of the funding partners, he came to speak about the work done there to support those who are considered legally blind which includes those who can detect light and dark as well as vague images. We heard from Bob Sonnenberg, who is in his late 50’s and only lost his sight 10 years ago. Imagine the transition from being so visually reliant to living in a shadowy world. He had to learn how to use a guide dog and navigate daily life all over again. The psychological impact is understandably enormous. Bob described feeling angry, defeated, frustrated and detached. His breakthrough moment in dealing with the change came when his son said: “You will not gain your sense of sight back Dad, but when are you going to regain your sense of humor?” He then realized that instead of fighting his condition, the only path forward was to accept it and work with his situation. It gave him control and a degree of power over his life. We then had a visit from Leslie Louie and Julie Nestigen who work with the SEVA Foundation. We support the work they do around the world to provide eye care to those who have severe visual impairment. There are 285 million individuals worldwide who are blind in some way. Ninety percent of these people live in developing countries and two thirds are women. As is often the case in poor regions, men are the breadwinners and decision makers so their health priorities come before those of their wives and daughters.

Rotarians Peter Copen and Rich Irwin, on the far right and left, present a generous check to representatives of the Earle Baum Center.

SEVA representatives Julie Nestigen and Leslie Louie spoke to our club.

The SEVA doctors have set up clinics in various countries with a higher incidence of visual problems. They include most countries with populations that live at higher altitudes. The UV rays in countries like Nepal and Bhutan result in populations with a greater incidence of cataracts. Cataract surgery is quick, simple (as many of us know) and result in restored vision. For many of the children, it is simply a matter of getting eyeglasses to correct severe problems. The impact these services have on the well-being and future of so many cultures is a gift to us all. Stop by the Quail Inn any Friday at 7 a.m. for a little more insight.

Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. at the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so we can meet and greet you. On April 17 Sandy White will present Oleanna by David Mamet. Oleanna is a two-character play about the power struggle between a university professor and one of his female students, Carol, who accuses him of sexual exploitation and, by doing so, spoils his chances of being accorded tenure. The play’s title, taken from a folk song, refers to a 19th-century escapist vision of utopia. The principal themes of the play have centered on the overall comparison to the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas debate during the Supreme Court hearing of the future Justice, and the amount of veracity which could be associated with both the male and female side of the debate. One critic stated, “There can be no tougher or more unflinching play than Oleanna.” As a playwright, Mamet has won a Pulitzer Prize and received Tony nominations. His screenplays The Verdict and Wag the Dog were nominated for an Oscar and he is also a renowned novelist. His efforts include subjects such as a study of Jewish self-hatred and anti-Semitism, commentaries on cultural and political issues and the physical and psychological effects of war. Playreaders for Oleanna include Sandy and Ron White. On April 24 and May 1 Joyce O’Connor will present Haywire, a solid, old British funny-bone play written by Eric Chappell. Set in a flat above a bookshop, it is about a man trying to engineer an Easter assignation in Spain with his mistress. His efforts are fraught by the odds of his own cover-up arrangements, not to mention his elderly mother, an escapee from a twilight home. It is the tale of a man on the edge who is earning a come-uppance for his devious and disloyal intentions. His discomfort is our amusement. Chappell is a highly-successful English comedy writer who scripted multiple sitcom hits over three decades. He has been acknowledged through the receipt of several awards including BAFTA for the Best Situation comedy. His playwriting has also been prolific and was praised as well. His plays have been produced in many countries throughout the world for appreciative audiences. Playreaders for Haywire include Jini Bauer, Susan Baggette, Max Fenson, Dennis Hall, Jackie Kokemor, Joyce O’Connor and Ginny Smith.

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In late March, Playreaders presented Chapter Two by Neil Simon. Playreaders included: (standing) Jane Borr, Penny McKenzie, Bernie Cheriff; (seated) Ginny Smith and Morgan Lambert.


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Lawn Bowling

nPhil Bowman


We finally got a break from the rain long enough to have a tourney! The St. Patrick’s Day tournament was played on March 17 (when else?).

St Patrick’s Day.

The format was different from most of our tourneys. The tournament committee has been experimenting. In the first game there were teams of four players playing an eight-end game. In the second game the four players turned into two-player teams. In the third game the winners played winners and losers played the other losing team. Confusing? You needed to be there. There were 16 participants and the four-player team of Jim Krause, Carole Berenyi, Jeannette Breglio and Irene I’Anson was the winner. April Fool’s Day: results next edition. Next tournament: Men’s and Women’s Pairs—April 26. Check the bulletin board for details and sign up.


For those who missed the quarterly meeting and haven’t gotten their copy of the 2017 edition, they are available for pickup in the bowls room.

Would Your Dog Like A Job? nDonna Forst

Press release

Have you ever thought that your nice, friendly, polite dog could make an amazing contribution to the local community? And spend more quality time with you? Paws for Healing could be the answer! Paws for Healing is a non-profit canine-assisted therapy organization based in the North Bay. It is run entirely by volunteers and has teams who visit veteran’s homes, hospitals, hospice, assisted living facilities, schools and more. Their motto is “Mending Hearts with Gentle Paws and Guiding Hands” and they bring smiles to everyone they meet! In order to be a canine assistance team, dogs must have basic obedience skills and like people (liking dogs is a plus too). Instruction, dog evaluation and mentoring are provided. After completing the training and mentoring, we ask you to choose a facility to visit four hours a month. Most dogs love having something special to do. Would you like to give your dog (and yourself) an important new way to bring happiness to others in our community? Our Spring training session will be starting on Saturday, April 22. It consists of three consecutive Saturday mornings and is held in Napa. We have several enthusiastic Oakmont teams but still need you to help fill the many requests we get from North Bay area schools and other facilities. Please consider applying for this session and discover a great way to make a difference! Visit us at: to learn more and to access your application or call me, Oakmont resident and Paws volunteer, for more information at 978-2511.

Tennis Club

nDiane Linneball


Get ready for our second major event of the year, the Spring Fling Round Robin Tournament! At 8:30 in the morning of May 6 a Round Robin tennis event will take place at both the West and East courts. You can sign up on the website, or contact Chuck Hinkley at 520-4565. We are also looking for members to bake for the players. Please let Chuck know if you can. That night at the Berger will be the first event for our new Social Director Fred Merrill! The Spring Fling Potluck and Dance begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Berger. We have a DJ booked, a couple of games, and a promise of great dancing. Tickets are $15 each. All individuals with a last name beginning A–M are to bring an entrée dish, N–Z salads. As usual, this is a BYOB event and music for dancing and lots of fun! Sign up for the tennis on the OTC website, or use the coupon below to reserve a seat at the potluck. On June 3 and 4 the Sonoma Wine Country Senior Games are coming to Oakmont! The events will be

hosted by the OTC and Oakmont. Registration is already open. Go to SonomaWineCountryGames. com for more information.

Neil Linneball and Tony Acogs.

SPRING FLING RESERVATION FORM Name _________________________________________________________________________________________ # of members at $15 each (last name A–M bring entrée, N–-Z bring salads)_________

nBob Stinson

Oakmont Car Show Saturday, May 27

Call for Entrants and Spectators

The 15th annual Oakmont Car Show will be held Saturday, May 27 on Memorial Day weekend. All Oakmonters are encouraged to come and view our fantastic collection of classics. We will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. As usual, the Oakmont Market will be there selling coffee, snacks, hamburgers, hot dogs and other munchies. As a special treat we will have some live ragtime piano music! Oakmonters are allowed to enter basically any car they are proud of. Please contact me via my email address at, providing your full name, address and phone, along with the year,

make and model of your car. Outside entrants must have a vehicle “born” before 1975. All participants must be pre-registered. The cost is $5, payable when you arrive. Participants will receive a personalized placard which must be displayed on your front window. We will “stage” between 9–9:45 a.m. For insurance reasons, we ask that all participants remain until 1 pm. We expect to sell out of spaces so please register as soon as possible. Hope to see everyone on May 27.

Marie McBride


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nBarbara Bowman

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 and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge—compliments of the OVA

Sunday, April 16 NO FILMS SHOWN, EASTER SUNDAY Sunday, April 23, 2 pm THE NAMESAKE

Gogol Ganguli is torn between his parents’ Indian traditions and his decidedly more modern lifestyle in New York, where he prefers that his friends call him “Nick.” But the true meaning of his real name is revealed in a story that spans two continents and follows two generations. The family’s move to America evokes a lifelong balancing act to meld into a new world group without forgetting the old. Adapted from the best-selling novel by Jhumpa Lahiri, who appears in the movie. (2006), PG-13, 122 minutes.

Sunday, April 23, 7 pm DARK HORSE

In a bid to develop a champion race horse, Welsh barmaid Jan Vokes and her husband persuade 30 pub patrons from a working men’s club to purchase ownership shares in a long-shot racing venture—leading to the hoof-pounding saga chronicled in this upbeat and emotionally rewarding documentary. Set in a former mining village, this enchanting true story, both humorous and inspiring, is well-told through one incredible animal named Dream Alliance and his working-class owners. (2016), PG, 85 minutes.

Sunday, April 30, 2 pm ELIZABETH: THE GOLDEN AGE

In concert with Life Long Learning’s class British Revolution: Kings, Queens and Knaves, Movies At Oakmont screens this film which presents a mature Queen Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchet) enduring multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments. The movie received an Oscar for its sumptuous costume design, and Blanchett garnered Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. With Clive Owen and Goeffrey Rush. (2007), PG-13, 114 minutes.

Sunday, April 30, 7 pm EAST SIDE SUSHI

When she begins working at a Japanese restaurant, single Latina mother Juana soon learns the journey from fruit cart vendor to sushi chef isn’t an easy one—especially if neither your race nor your gender matches up with people’s expectations. Filmed at several Oakland eateries, the movie is a touching and funny look at cross cultural life. Featuring mouth-watering food and endearing performances, it won nine of the eleven film festival awards for which it was nominated. (2015), PG, 106 minutes.

Sunday, May 7, 2 pm ARRIVAL

Confronted by a mass landing of alien vessels around the globe, military leaders seek the help of brilliant linguist Louse Banks (Amy Adams) in an effort to communicate with the extraterrestrials and determine their intentions. A captivating, thought-provoking and unusual science-fiction story, the film was nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture, and 16 Golden Globes, including a Best Actress nomination for Adams for her fine performance. Jeremy Renner also stars. (2016), PG-13l, 116 minutes.

Sunday, May 7, 7 pm AWAKENINGS

In this stirring fact-filled drama set in 1969, a reclusive neurologist (Robin Williams) is given authorization to test an experimental drug on a catatonic patient (Robert De Niro)—who awakens from his 30-year stupor and must come to grips with his life as an adult. Based on Oliver Sacks memoir of the same name, this well-acted film, a poignant and illuminating drama, received many awards, including an Oscar for Best Picture and nominations for Williams and DeNiro. (1990), PG-13, 120 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, April 16: No films shown, Easter Sunday. Sunday, April 23, 2 p.m.: The Namesake, (2006), PG-13, 122 minutes. Sunday, April 23, 7 p.m.: Dark Horse, (2016), PG, 85 minutes.

Sunday, April 30, 2 p.m.: Elizabeth: The Golden Age, (2007), PG-13, 114 minutes. Sunday, May 7, 2 p.m.: Arrival, (2016), PG-13, 116 minutes.

Sunday, May 7, 7 p.m.: Awakenings, (1990), PG-13, 120 minutes.


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




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Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, LCO #2411. FAUX FINISHES Reasonable rates, free estimates, Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR Luurs, 528-8489.


Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had a home visit, please call Charlotte at 538-9050.


Plumbing, electrical, appliance, heating and air conditioning, general handyman (I can fix just about anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536-9529, emergency—328-6635.


A to Z home maintenance and repair. Kitchen and bath remodel. Carpentry, tile, plumbing, electric and painting. All phase construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee Moen, 318-5591.


Dependable, experts serving you and your neighbors with excellence and integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, bonded and insured. Senior discounts available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. net or call us at 537-1308 for all your plumbing needs.


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


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 Stephany at 545-2850.


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.


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


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

25+ years experience. Dog and cat care. Daily schedules and routines. Overnight companionship. Insured and bonded. Based in Sonoma. Call Alix, 637-6267.

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


Huge selection of value-priced, new, used and re-conditioned golf carts for sale. Professional repairs, service. Many years servicing our friends in Oakmont. 584-5488.


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


Retired, medical background. Local references. Call Evelyne, (707) 326-6610.



Let me help you walk, talk and play with your dog. $25/hr., 15/half-hr. Call for free meeting. Terri, (707) 480-0786. Local references.

Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, seamless gutters and downspouts. Quality for less. Bonded and insured, free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call 837-5030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell).

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



Experienced, insured sitters for overnites and exercise walks for dogs and loving kitty care visits. Oakmont references. A Mother’s Love Petsitting, 775-7520.


Licensed, experienced with male and female care in-home, at assisted living homes and hospice care. Mike, (707) 835-7157.


Keep your home or company up and running. Back-up, training, security, networking, repair, transfers, tuneup, Smart Homes. Call now for free consultation, (707) 486-5302.


Remodels, additions, efficiency and accessibility updates. Helping clients Home, business, move-outs. Windows, live comfortably in their homes since bed linen changing and more. Over 1979. Call Craig Lawson, Oakmont 18 yrs. of experience. References upon Resident, 579-9088. request., Lic. #377330. 548-9482 or 542-8720.



All home repairs. Everything from fixing that leaking toilet to hanging pictures, to replacing that broken light switch. Serving the Santa Rosa area since 1985. $25 per hour. Quality workmanship and excellent ref. Just make a “to do” list and call me. Local Oakmont references on request. 888-2013.


I will come to you. No travel charges within 10 miles of Oakmont. Cert. #2182594. (707) 829-2203.

ACURA MDX WITH A LIFT FOR AN ELECTRIC WHEELCHAIR Price $14,895 or best offer. Cal Fred at 537-1636 or 889-1119.


Oakmont resident, 15-year collector, not a dealer. American or foreign. Dave, (707) 481-6505.


Japanese swords and related items. (707) 938-4436 or (949) 683-3103.


Dry rot repair, fences, decks, gates, doors, stairs, hand rails, cabinets, shelves, tile. Lic. #1008255. Call or E-mail Alex, 843-1898,

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Hours: M–F 9 AM–5 PM Tel 539-1611 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A OVA E-mail: Website: Go to the members only page to view the monthly calendar, Board Meeting Minutes, criminal activity information and more.

Available in OVA Office Gas Shut-off Wrench.....................................$7 Tennis COurt Key.............................................$2 Vials for Life...............................................FREE resident access card..............................$25 EA replacements......................................$25 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.

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


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.


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

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Condominium Financial management (cfM)

Hours: M– Th 9 AM–Noon, 1–5 PM Tel 539-0701 / Fax 539-6537 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A E-mail:

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM April 16–30 Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

Ellen Leznik, President

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.

Rides Within Oakmont Marianne Neufeld 528-0161 Mon.–Fri. medical 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.


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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)


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: 6:30 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 5:45 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.

Blood Pressure clinic

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


Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Dr. Daily 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

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maintenance Office

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

Street Cleaning

City streets in Oakmont are cleaned by the city early on the fourth Friday of each month. Residents who want their streets swept should avoid street parking overnight on those days.

Ken Heyman, Vice President Carolyn Bettencourt, Secretary Andie Altman, Director Frank Batchelor, Director Greg Goodwin, Director Gloria Yong, Director Association Manager Cassie Turner

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


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.


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.

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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



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In one of the most eagerly awaited concerts in our history, the fabulous Dover Quartet will present a concert featuring works by Haydn, Britten, and Beethoven. The Quartet is currently serving as faculty Quartet-in-Residence at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. Please note that this concert takes place Thursday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m., rather than on our usual second Thursday.


We have just put the finishing touches on Music

at Oakmont’s 2017–18 season, and we urge you to look elsewhere in this issue of the Oakmont News for details of what promises to be a most exciting year. We are especially pleased to welcome the firsttime appearances here of the Brasil Guitar Duo and the Israeli Chamber Project, two internationally acclaimed ensembles we have been “wooing” for several years. The many serendipitous returns include Frank Almond (with his storied Strad violin), the sensational Lee Piano Trio, and the exquisite pianist Ching-Yun Hu. Season passes will be available for sale starting at the April 20 concert: $140 for eight concerts, checks made out to “Music at Oakmont.”


In April we start our annual donor drive. As you know, ticket sales cover less than half the actual cost of bringing these world-class artists to Oakmont. Your volunteer staff depends on your support to make this series possible. Donor envelopes will be included in the April and May programs. Make checks out to the Oakmont Community

Foundation, with “Music at Oakmont” on the memo line. We are most grateful to OCF for their partnership in this endeavor. Your donations are entirely taxdeductible and may be left in the Donation Box at the concert, or mailed or dropped off at the OVA office.


Condensed program notes for the Beethoven selection follow. For complete program and notes, please visit our website Beethoven Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130 (with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133): The Grosse Fuge, before it was given its separate opus number 133, was originally the last movement of Op. 130. Written near the end of the composer’s life at a time of personal crises and general failing health, including a total loss of hearing, Op. 130 was distinctly unconventional. Rather than the usual four movements, there were six, and the last “great fugue” was outrageously long, not to mention “difficult.” The first audiences were flummoxed. Many concluded that the once great Beethoven had succumbed to deafness and insanity. When Beethoven heard that listeners in Vienna had vigorously protested the last movement, his response, quite in character, was to label them “cattle” and “asses.” His publisher proposed issuing the Grosse Fuge as a stand-alone work. Beethoven surprisingly agreed to substitute a lighter and shorter finale for Op. 130, perhaps persuaded by the extra fee involved. WHAT: Dover String Quartet WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door or your season pass

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#1 Quality. WeCare employs only the best caregivers. #2 Security. Employees are screened, bonded, insured. #3 Placement. Caregivers matched to clients’ satisfaction. #4 Supervision. Ongoing oversight of care. #5 Stability. 10 years in business. First agency in Oakmont. #6 Experience. Hundreds of satisfied clients. #7 Family-Owned. Highest standards. Not a franchise. #8 Reputation. Referred by clients and professionals alike. #9 Satisfaction. Guaranteed. #10 WE CARE! Caring for your family as we would our own. Keep this ad for a 10% discount on first month’s services.

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*According to clients, employees, and healthcare professionals.

6528 Oakmont Dr. (next to Oakmont Market)


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2017

Synergy Realty Group


by Christopherson 427 Oak POint COurt, OakmOnt $1,250,000





166 Valley lakes DriVe, OakmOnt $995,000

synergy grOuP transfOrmatiOn

Coveted golf course home with stunning unobstructed views of mayacamas mountains • 3BD, 2BA, 2,242 sq.ft. • Shows like a model • Expanded Birch plan • Open and bright floor plan • Great room w/ fireplace • Chef’s kitchen with spacious cooktop island plus seating, walk-in pantry and SileStone counters • Separate dining room • Handscraped plank flooring • Master bedroom en-suite with walk-in closet, dual-sink vanity, stand-alone soaking bathtub and surround shower • New picture windows and sliders throughout • Double-door entry, foyer, indoor laundry, A/C • Oversized 2-car garage • Professionally landscaped • Cul-de-sac Cindy armstrong , realtor 707-477-3298 CalBRE #01823463 David simko , Broker associate 707-796-3283 CalBRE #00408032



elegant living in Wine Country • 2BD + office, 2.5BA, 3,000± sq.ft., .41-acre lot • Custom home with quality details • Single-story living • Stunning views of the Valley of the Moon • Herringbone designed drive & courtyard • Arched double-door entry • Great room with views • Custom kitchen with nook • Solid cherry interior doors • Spacious owner’s suite • Private guest suite • Large decks • Golf cart storage kathy torvik , Broker associate 707-328-8187 CalBRE #00668236


6576-B Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa CA 95409

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