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OVA Board Election Finishing This Week nStaff Report

This year’s balloting for seats on the Oakmont Board ends Monday, April 4 with the annual OVA meeting at 3 p.m. in the Berger Center. Ballots may be turned in at the OVA Office or at the annual meeting. Seven candidates are seeking three board seats. Profiles and photos have been published in the Oakmont News and may be viewed on the OVA website. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are Andie Altman, the current board vice president; Karen Krestensen, Ellen Leznik, Pat Olive, Harriet Palk, Tom Samarati, and Gloria Young. They are seeking two-year terms. A video of Feb. 16 candidate forum is posted on the OVA website. See election on page 7

Funky Fridays to Return, Now Closer to Oakmont nMarty Thompson

Funky Fridays, a weekly summer concert series popular with Oakmont people, has a new, closer home. It is moving to Hood Mansion, a Sonoma County Regional Parks site near the Pythian Road Highway 12 intersection.

Hood Mansion (Contributed photo)

“We are pleased to secure this new location for this family-oriented event,” the co-founders of Funky Fridays, Bill Myers and Linda Pavlak, said in a statement. “We welcome the opportunity to have Funky Fridays continue to benefit the remarkable parks in the community.” A full lineup of bands has been signed for a 15week season starting Friday, May 27 on the mansion’s lawn. “It’s a beautiful outdoor venue with a huge green lawn,” Myers said. A stage will be erected on the lawn. See funky fridays on page 9

April 1, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 7

Studies Look at Berger Structure, Oakmont Space Needs and Usage

Lots of Water

nJackie Reinhardt

The Berger Project has moved forward on two fronts. The OVA Board approved an $8,600 contract with a Santa Rosa engineering firm March 15 to probe the Berger’s structural integrity to determine if the building can be remodeled or needs to be replaced. Among the questions Structural Design Group is expected to answer are how far out of compliance Berger is with today’s seismic standards, if the current structure could handle more load, such as a second floor; if there are any weaknesses in the existing design or materials, what the life expectancy would be for a remodeled building and, finally, whether it would be safer and more cost-effective to build a completely new Berger? Meanwhile, the New Central Project Committee, chaired by Director Herm Herman, held its second meeting March 14 to answer its own questions about the space needs of major users of the Berger and Central Activities Center (CAC).

The normally placid or dry Badger Creek, which winds by the West Rec. Center, beneath Meadowridge Drive and behind Aspen Meadows homes, is seen rain-swollen in this March 14 photo. (Photo by Keith Sauer)


“Everybody wants more room,” Hermann said after he and Claudette Brero-Gow met with representatives of the Fitness Club and the Oakmont Art Association and got feedback from Library volunteers. Newcomers to Oakmont in their 50s and 60s support an expansion of the Fitness Center which has seen a 10% annual increase in users in recent years, according to Hermann. “We’re starting to see a dilemma with ADA requirements,” said Brero-Gow, noting the number of inches between workout stations has been reduced to the edge. Other expansions sought by users included the art room at the CAC which is seen as more useful if divided into two smaller spaces and the library which needs more work spaces and cabinets to hold donated art books. “There are definite possibilities for squaring out the CAC and adding 700 to 900 square feet,” Hermann said, but both he and Brero-Gow want users to give them more specifics about their needs. Reporting for the Communications Subcommittee, Andie Altman said the committee’s charter, member bios, agendas and minutes are all posted on the OVA website. Still in progress is the Space Utilization Subcommittee which has undertaken a major data collection initiative. Discussion during the meeting raised questions about how far down the road the committee should be looking as part of its overall charge and whether its purview goes beyond the Central Activities area. General consensus was that the work of the current subcommittees should be completed before taking on additional tasks. PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Rains brought high water to the pond above the East Rec. Center on March 10. Water is seen flowing from the pond. The fishing dock is submerged, between the outflow barrier and fountain. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

East Rec. Balcony Options: Replace or Remove nAl Haggerty

The East Recreation Center balcony—long in disrepair and closed to the public—will be removed and possibly replaced with a new balcony or decorative trellis. The Oakmont Village Association board voted March 15 to get an architectural plan for a new balcony and a rendering of a trellis. The board appeared to be leaning toward replacing the deck at a cost ranging anywhere from $111,000 to nearly $200,000. A better cost estimate will be available after the architectural plan is completed and bids are received. See balcony on page 9

Oakmont Projects Status For details on what’s underway in Oakmont, see page 9.


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2016



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Committee Search

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

nJulie Jones

nOVA Administration

The listed Oakmont Village Association meetings are open sessions. Any interested Oakmont residents are invited and encouraged to participate in these important meetings. MEETINGS Architectural (No participation) / Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Board OVA Board Workshop

DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Tues. Monthly 1:30 PM Ste. 6 3rd Tues. Monthly 1–3 PM Berger Center 1st Tues. Monthly 3–5 PM East Rec.

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

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

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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.

nMary C. Patricia

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

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

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

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Volunteers! Join the newly-formed ad hoc committee of the OVA to help bring the Council on Aging Senior Social Club to Oakmont soon. Thanks to the Board of Director’s March 15 vote, C.A.R.E. (Care and Resource Center) and its supporters have OVA support to bring the day care program to our community. The program will bring recreation, entertainment, a hot meal and social interaction two or three days a week for those no longer able to take part in Oakmont’s “active seniors” lifestyle. It also will provide respite for overtaxed family members and caregivers. Bring your unique skills and caring attitude to the task of planning and making the Senior Social Club a reality. Please send your contact information to if interested in contributing.


Oakmont Community Development Committee nSusan Millar

The OCDC is changing the venue for their April 14 meeting. Instead of meeting in Room B at the CAC, we will be meeting in the Fireside Room in Berger at 11:30 a.m.


League of Oakmont Maintained Areas Association nCarol Callahan


Spring is upon us and March rains have improved our drought situation. But as everyone keeps repeating, we still need to conserve water. Santa Rosa City Water still has Stage 1 mandatory controls in place, despite the excellent water levels currently in Lake Mendocino and Lake Sonoma. Stage 1 is what we’ve been living with up to now, a 20% reduction in water usage. This will apparently continue for 2016. The LOMAA Board is looking for help in taking notes at our monthly meetings. We’re looking for a volunteer who can join us on the first Monday of every month to take notes of the meeting and send them to our president for distribution to the other board members. If anyone is interested, please contact Janet Dove at We will be following up with HOAs that haven’t yet sent in their LOMAA Annual Surveys. If you received an E-mail copy, but would prefer a hard copy, please contact me at 293-9381. Hope to see you at the April 4 meeting in the CAC, Room B at 12 noon. We’ll provide updates about the March quarterly meeting and the March ECHO Wine Country seminar.

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Golf News


nChuck Wood


The more you access and use our club’s website the more you are going to like and value it as a great resource. Many of you are expert at using our website; but others are not. So, here’s a brief tutorial. Go to “” On the Home page you will see general news and announcements of special offerings at the Quail Inn. Then go to the upper right to find “Member Login.” Click on that to then enter your personal login. It is composed of your fourdigit member number (or three digits preceded by a leading zero if you have a three- digit member number) and your last name in lower case letters as your password. Voila! A treasure trove of information at your fingertips (via mouse clicks, of course). Among the many things you will have access to are: results and news from the golf sections as provided by the section captains; our Member Directory; minutes from the monthly OGC Board of Directors meetings; the results from the 2016 Member Survey (22 PowerPoint slides!); tee times; current versions of our club’s bylaws and Rules and Regulations; and our club’s calendar which includes scheduled board and committee meetings. Go for it!


Another reminder for some of you—and new news to others: you can go “paperless” with your club’s monthly billing statements by receiving your billing via E-mail. Please check with Noel and Nina in our Business Office (in the very back of the West Course’s Pro Shop building) to get set up. Furthermore, you can make electronic payments to our club by using “Bill Pay” or a comparable service as offered by your bank, so you do not have to mail a check. How very 2016ish, indeed.


Wednesday Men’s Club

S nJohn Williston


Finally, it’s April and the 2016 Seniors’ season is about to begin. We have a very busy schedule this year, starting with our visit to Santa Rosa Country Club on Wednesday, the April 27. This will be a fun trip (and a short one down Highway 12). If you are a member of the Oakmont Golf Club and don’t belong to the Senior Men’s Club, you should seriously consider joining us. Those of you who have played with the Seniors before know what a bargain that our events really are. We play with members of other golf clubs in the area, both at Oakmont and at other local clubs such as Marin, Napa, Santa Rosa, and Fountaingrove. Oakmont will be a host three times in 2016 and we will be guests at ten other clubs. The costs are remarkably low, especially because of all the things which are included in one price of about $50: greens fees, breakfast, lunch, cart fees and the tournament prizes. For most of these clubs the greens fees alone are more, often much more. When we play away events we can travel in car-pools, meeting at the Quail Inn parking lot. To join our club one of the first things to do is to drop a check for $35 made out to the Senior Men’s Club for your 2016 dues in the labeled box in the West Pro Shop Club Room. More information is available on the West Pro Shop bulletin board. This year let’s get off the Oakmont “Compound” more often and meet new golfing friends.

First flight (4–16): first, Bill Salmina, 55; second, Bucky Peterson, 57; third, Frank Zelko, 57; fourth, Jeff Snyder, 58. Second flight (17–22): first, Randy Kephart, 53; second, Bill Smith, 55; third, Dennis DeSousa, 57; fourth, Mike Isola, 58. Third flight (23–26): first, Don Streutker, 48; second, Ted Mokricky, 49; third, Lou Lari, 53; fourth, Wally Juchert, 54. Fourth flight (27–up): first, Bill Wellman, 46; second, John Garcia, 51; third, Rodi Martinelli, 52; fourth, Tommy Yturralde, 59. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Nick Beltrano, 12’8”; #13—Bob Thompson, 4’2”; #16— Shelly Brodsky, 2’8”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Bob Flores, 11’9”; #13—Bill Smith, 21’10”; #16—Wally Juchert, 13’10”. Card-offs were used to determine ties.

MARCH 2, East, INDIVIDUAL LOW NET Throw out one Hole each Nine 14 Players

First, Keith Wise, 44; second, Rich Silvas, 47; third, Tom Massip, 49; fourth tie, Neil Huber and Dick Scott, 50; sixth, Bob Ure, 51. Closest-to-the-pin #16 (only): HDCP 0–24, Tom Massip, 30’7”; HDCP 25–up, Dick Scott, 14’0”.


Well, they were right. It did rain! And the course is as green as it gets just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. We were able to play on March 1, and March 3, 8, and 10 were rained out. On March 1, Patty Buchholz was Low Gross winner of the field of 32 players. Net winners are listed below: First flight: first, Patty Buchholz; second, Joan Seliga; third tie, Linda Paul and Leslie Clark. Second flight: first tie, Marie Delganes and MaryAnn Gibbs; third tie, Judy Early and Larna Leitner; fifth tie, Ellean Huff and Jean Reed. Third flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second, Linda Yates; third tie, Chris Carter and Darlene Bath; fifth, Charlene Buchold. Fourth flight: first tie, Elaine Foote and Christy Rexford; third, Vicki Eschelbach.


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This week’s category: Golf Terminology. Answers: #1: Tweet-Tweet. #2: The ____ has landed. #3: Sailors thought they were good luck. #4: Peter Pan’s enemy. #5: Portion of an apple. #6: Famous Dodger _____ Koufax #7: Enemy aircraft. #8: In Vegas, “Hit Me.” #9: Illegal computer expert. #10: Big piece of chocolate. #11: To lighten over time. #12: What a marksman does. #13: A traffic cop wouldn’t mind. #14: Used by duck hunters. #15: Not scrambled or poached. #16: The Red Baron. #17: Re-do shot. #18: To take-out a loan. Questions: #1: Birdie (One under par). #2: Eagle (Two under par). #3: Albatross (Three under par). #4: Hook (For a right-hander, a strong right-to-left ball flight). #5: Slice (A left-to-right ball flight). #6: Sandy (To get up and down out of a bunker in two shots). #7: Bogie (One over par). #8: Draw (Slight right-toleft ball flight). #9: Hacker (Someone not skilled in golf). #10: Chunk (To hit the ground before the ball). #11: Fade (Slight left-to-right ball flight). #12: Take Dead Aim (Shoot aggressively at a flagstick). #13: Green Light Special (Birdie opportunity). #14: Shotgun (Where golfers start at the same time on different tees). #15: Fried Egg (Ball imbedded in a bunker). #16: Ace (Hole-in-one). #17: Mulligan. #18: Borrow (When putting, to allow for the slope of the green).




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Wednesday, April 27: at Santa Rosa CC Monday, May 9: at Oakmont with Santa Rosa CC, Fountaingrove, Contra Costa, and Moraga Tuesday, May 10: at Fountaingrove Wednesday, May 18: at Bodega Monday, June 13: at Oakmont with Rio Vista, Bodega, and Napa Thursday, June 30: at Napa Monday, July 25: at Oakmont with Marin and Richmond Tuesday, August 2: at Windsor Monday, August 8: at Contra Costa Thursday, August 18: at Moraga Thursday, August 25: at Richmond Wednesday, September 21: at Marin It’s April Fool’s Day, a day for pranks and practical jokes. In this election year of 2016, remember what Will Rogers said, “The trouble with practical jokes is that very often they get elected.”


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

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Niners’ WRENS Report

The first WRENS event will be on Wednesday, April 13 with the Spring Breakfast Meeting and Play day at Oakmont. Check out the poster and sign-up sheet on the WRENS board in the East Pro Shop. Be sure to wear your new shirts for a group photo that morning. All Niners are encouraged to join the Women’s Redwood Empire Niners, the yearly dues are $4. For more information please contact Linda Yates

Sweeps Reports

The lady Niners have no sweeps to report due to consecutive rainy Thursdays.


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2016

Playreaders nNorma Doyle

On April 4 and 11, Star Power will present a play written in 2008 called Kindness by Adam Rapp. Adam Rapp is an American novelist, playwright, screenwriter, musician and film director who was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his play, Red Light Winter in 2006. His play, Kindness is a well-crafted, minithriller and includes the sudden, sneaky appearance of a hammer. One member of the cast has mentioned having fantasies about ball-peening someone’s brains out, a sure fire method to keep the audience on edge of their seats. Playreaders for Kindness include Star Power, Anne Gero, Max Fenson, Evelyn Zigmont and Stephen Litzenberger. Playreaders meet weekly on Mondays from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Readers of Prisoner of Second Avenue:


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Oakmont Walkabout is approximately three miles: starts at Berger, past polo fields, path to Wild Oak, through Channel Dr. Cross creek at bridge, past community garden, uphill on woodland path, past West Rec., down Meadowridge to Berger. Hike leader is Yvonne Horn, 537-9135.


This 10-mile hike starts and ends at the new North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park trailhead, 5297 Sonoma Mountain Rd. Great views of both Sonoma and Bennett valleys at 2,000 feet. Bring lunch, liquids, and appropriate clothing. Depart Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Dave Chalk, 539-8847.


Ginny Smith and Charlie Ensley.

This intermediate hike is approximately 5–6 miles, with 700’ of elevation gain. We will look for great wild flowers, and other interesting things. While we will dawdle over the flowers, this is still a real hike, and not just a stroll in the park. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Dick Shlegeris, 537-6415.


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


Standing: Star Power, Dennis Hall, Steven Litzenberger, Evelyn Zigmont, Jeffrey Sheff and Max Fenson. Seated: Jane Borr and Sandy White.

This 10.6-mile, 1,200’ elevation gain through hike from both directions includes redwoods and grassy ridge with nice views of the Olema Valley. Hiking

Annadel State Park. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

clockwise you’ll have a steep climb up Shafter Grade, there’s a long descent down Bolinas Ridge with nice views of the Olema Valley in front of you. For details see the park map link: Bolinas Ridge Trail Map. Bring lunch water and poles. Meet at Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Chris Sork, 523-2536.


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


Hikes are subject to change due to weather. To find out whether a hike has been cancelled because of rain, call the hike leader by 8 a.m. on the morning of the hike. A reminder to all hikers: It is customary for riders to help drivers with gas costs on hikes more than 30 miles roundtrip, away from the local area. A suggested amount is $5/person. Check with your hike leader.

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nHelen Hargrave

Partners Contract Bridge Players

The Partners Contract Bridge group will be playing in the Card Room at the CAC on Monday evenings April 4 and 18 from 6:45–9 p.m. We keep the same partner throughout the evening and rotate through each table keeping a running score.

nBob Crosby

Photography Club

The next meeting of the Photo Club will be Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at the Central Activity Center, Room B. This will be our new venue for meetings from now on. We will be discussing “Tools for Better Photos,” a topic of interest to all photographers from beginners to advanced. Some of the subjects which may be covered are white balance, flash fill, high dynamic range, panoramas, ISO, continuous shooting, nMarie Haverson

If you have not played with us, please give a call either to Jeff Hickman at 282-9350 or me at 539-5511, and we will include you and your partner in the group. We are always happy to meet new folks who enjoy bridge!


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Two directors, Bob Giddings and Alan Scott, did not seek re-election. Ballots will be counted on Tuesday, April 5 at the West Recreation Center. The public is welcome, but asked to remain quiet so as to not interfere with the counting. Results will be announced at a board reorganization meeting that afternoon at 2 p.m. in the upper West Rec. Center.

bracketing, shutter vs. aperture, and gray card. Planning for a field trip to Paradise Ridge Winery at the end of April will also be discussed. 2016 dues of $10 per household will be collected from members at the meeting. Non-members are welcome to attend their first meeting as a guest. We hope to see you on April 13 for some valuable tips on how to take better photos. For more information contact me at or 539-4507.

American Mah Jongg Club


If you want to meet some new friends and have a great time while doing so, then the American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on April 4. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. Sorry, we only have openings for experienced players or teams at this time!


We would like to take this time to congratulate our new Mah Jongg players and welcome you all to the American Mah Jongg Club. They graduated on March 12. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the great teachers that gave up all their time and patience it takes to teach Mah Jongg. What a great job they all did! We will see you all on April 4 at the American Mah Jongg meet.

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Do You Have a COPE Team Leader in Your Neighborhood? (Continued from last month’s Oakmont News) nSue Hattendorf, COPE Director

As can be expected, due to normal attrition, we periodically have to solicit new COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) team leaders. This month, new COPE leaders are needed in the following areas. Check to see if your neighborhood is one of them (other neighborhoods were listed in last month’s Oakmont News): Oak Island Drive 164–186; Oak Leaf Drive 7223–7347, 7544–7561; Oak Mesa Drive 1004– 1045; Oakmont Drive 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, 9426–9470; Oak Trail Court: 8839–8859; Oak Trail Drive 8811–8838; Oak Vista Lane 509–518; Pin Oak Place 3–11; Pine Valley Drive 6479–6503; Pythian Road 320–360 even, 461–473; Rockgreen Place 316–346 even, 350–374 even; Stone Bridge Road 6328–6344, 6426–6458 even; Stonecroft Terrace 6550– 6581; Valley Green 1–4 and 16–24; Walnut Orchard Way 7512–7547; White Oak Drive 177–205 odd, 400– 422 even; Woodley Place 407–444. Please call me at 539-2543 if you would like to help or if you have any questions about the COPE program. Thanks for your willingness to help!

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nJulie Kiil

salad, chips and salsa and chocolate and vanilla cake with mixed fruit filling, covered with whipped cream. Drinks: coffee, lemon water and ice. This is our fourth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration and party. This is the only party all year that we have door prizes and our famous conga line of prizes and gifts. You will not want to miss this party so get your checks in early to reserve your table of eight or seats as this one will sell out very fast. Note: all table reservations must have all checks in one envelope at one time. We assign tables and seating by the date the payments are received. You may pay for a table of eight and give us the names later, however keep in mind that we do have a no refund policy. We will try to find you a buyer but no guarantee.

Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont


Please join us for the Cal Alumni Club’s Spring dinner. We will be introducing the new Cal Alumni Club executive director, Cloey Hewlett. The affair will be outstanding with featured speaker, Henry Brady, Dean of Goldman School of Public Policy, in addition to a superb menu. DATE: Wednesday, April 20 TIME: 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. MENU: Appetizers, mixed green salad with red onion,

tomatoes, mozzarella, sweet piquant pepperdews and balsamic dressing. Roasted red potatoes with rosemary and onions, dinner rolls and choice of one entrée: Prime Rib with Au Jus and creamy horseradish; Baked Salmon with a white wine, shallot sauce; Eggplant Parmesan. Dessert is Lemon Cream Cake. Wine, cocktails, water, coffee and tea. PRICE: $39.50 includes the menu, alcoholic beverage, tax and tip RESERVATION DEADLINE: April 15. Reservation required!

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Send your check, made out to Cal Club of Oakmont, Helen Young, 362 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 Name _________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone ____________________________ E-mail ______________________________________________________ Entrée: Prime Rib _______ Salmon _______ Eggplant Parmesan _______ Enclosed $39.50 X _______ = $_______ Donation to Scholarship fund (optional): $_______ Total: $_______

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

Next Meeting—Tuesday, May 10 10 am–noon, East Rec. Center

Are you losing your brainpower because you don’t hear well? Recent studies have been investigating cognitive decline related to hearing impairment. A striking finding from a recent, large-scale population study has revealed there is a relationship between brain activity and hearing loss. Come on May 10 to hear about hearing impairment and cognitive decline from Dr. Peter Marincovich. Previous HEARS lectures by Dr. Marincovich have been enthusiastically endorsed by our HEARS attendees so we expect another informative meeting. Interviews of seven of us on March 10 were conducted by Tom James of APOLLO Hearing. Providing low cost hearing aids via the internet with self-testing and adjustment is the objective of this startup company. If they can pull this off, it will be advantageous to all hearing impaired individuals who desire more reasonably priced hearing aids. By the publication date of this issue of the Oakmont News the March 30 meeting will have occurred with a report from Apollo Hearing on the interview results and information on how their company is planning and progressing toward their laudable objective. If you are not on the HEARS E-mail distribution list, solve it by contacting Carol at


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Added to the actual cost of construction is an estimated $26,000 to have the balcony comply with ADA requirements. An option of repairing was rejected because it would cost an estimated $85,000 and repair only some of the dry rot. Association Manager Cassie Turner explained that there are so many coats of paint on the deck that it’s impossible to detect all the dry rot and it would need extensive repairs again in a few years.


A previously-approved plan to have the American Red Cross operate Oakmont facilities as emergency response shelters and assume all liability has run into a “stumbling block,” according to Pat Barclay, chair of the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee. Barclay told the board that the Red Cross requires two Oakmont residents as shelter managers and “it is not clear we can get two.” He said that while the Red Cross would still respond in case of an emergency, the response would not be instant. Board President Frank Batchelor remarked that the plan is much more complicated than expected and Barclay added: “There are more layers to the onion than expected.” Barclay, asked what would happen to emergency response in Oakmont without the Red Cross, said nothing would be available. The Red Cross option was pursued when liability questions put operation of Oakmont emergency centers by the OEPC in doubt.

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People should bring blankets or low chairs. Details for food sales are still being worked out, and people may bring their own food and beverages. The opening band is “The Bruthas.” Others scheduled include Gator Nation and The Jami Jamison Band. The full schedule and more information is available online at “Our organization is honored to be involved with Funky Fridays,” Melissa Kelley, executive director of the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation, said in a statement.


A proposal for a care and resource center for Oakmont elders suffered a setback when the board put off appointing a committee to study a proposal to have OVA negotiate and pay for the lease for 1,950 square feet at 6637 Oakmont Drive, known as the Benson building behind Umpqua Bank. The backers of the plan said the landlord indicated the rent would be $2,000 a month. Despite the backers’ plea for the board to move quickly while the building is available, Batchelor said additional research is needed and he thinks it will take a little time. It was decided to solicit committee members from residents through the Oakmont News and leave it to the next board, which will be seated in early April, to name the committee. Batchelor expressed the board’s appreciation for the service of Alan Scott and Bob Giddings, who are not seeking re-election, and Andie Altman, who is seeking a second term. He said he always respected and valued their views. Giddings, who has served a total of 5½ years on the board, called it “a terrific group.” Scott said he thoroughly enjoyed his service and thanked Oakmont residents for the privilege. Altman said she has enjoyed her service and was grateful for the opportunity to get to know the other board members. To watch a video of this meeting, go to www.

Volunteers are being sought to work at the concerts. A sign-up process will be available on the website in early April. Kelley said money raised from the concerts will help support projects related to Hood Mansion, Hood Mountain Regional Park and other county parks in the Sonoma Valley. Renovations would be needed to open the mansion itself to the public. The 8,100 square foot mansion was built in 1858 and withstood the San Francisco earthquake. A California historical landmark, its owners included Sen. Thomas Kearns of Utah. He used it as a summer residence. Presidents Grant, McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt visited Kearns there. The concerts have been held for three years at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, but outgrew that site. They drew 100 to 150 people in its first season, and crowds grew to as many as 500 people last year. State parks officials imposed a 150-person limit, prompting the search for a new site. The new venue is about a quarter-mile north of the Pythian Highway 12 intersection, where a recently upgraded signal and crosswalk ease access from Oakmont. The concert site can be reached on foot. For those who drive, three parking lots can easily accommodate more than 400 people, Myers said. There also will be more space for concert-goers on the mansion front lawn than in the Sugarloaf amphitheater. Ticket prices will remain at $10 per person. Parking will be $10 per vehicle or free for Regional Parks members with a parks pass. During the years at Sugarloaf, concert proceeds went to support Team Sugarloaf volunteers’ work there. Myers and Pavlak said they will continue to support Sugarloaf by working with Team Sugarloaf to find smaller live music events in the park’s amphitheater. “We are honored by the community support and involvement in Sugarloaf, and will keep finding ways to bring the community into the park,” said John Roney, the park manager.

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Oakmont Projects Status (A regular feature to keep residents up-to-date) Multi–use Sports Court: (AKA Pickleball) Project approved by the Planning Commission, whose decision was appealed to the City Council. The current board is finalizing the engineering and landscape design in order to obtain construction bids, which will provide cost estimates. The next board will decide whether to proceed with the project. East Rec. Deck: Board approved M & K Engineering to design a replacement deck in order to obtain costs estimates. The board also requested a concept drawing of an arbor if a decision is made to remove and not replace the deck. It is possible that the replacement cost might come in too high with additional ADA upgrades that will be requested by the City. Berger Center: Ad hoc committee awaiting a structural survey from Structural Design Group engineering firm. Central Project Committee (CPC): Studying broader Oakmont space needs primarily related to the Central Activities Center (CAC). West Rec. Showers: A new return loop was installed in the hot water line to fix a temperature consistency problem. High Speed WiFi: West Rec. and East Rec. complete. Comcast finishing the CAC and Berger. Live streaming videos will be tested in all facilities over the next several weeks. Sauna remodel, CAC and West Rec.: No progress due to lack a licensed vendor who can do the entire project. OVA must individually sub out the sanding of the wood and the heater replacement. Tennis Courts Resurfacing: Waiting for a second proposal for the work. Bids will go to the Finance Committee. East Rec. Entrance Sign Replacement: OVA getting proposals to relocate and replace with a monument sign. East and Central Pool Replaster and Saline Conversion: OVA awaiting two additional bids, to be presented to the Finance Committee. Replace Fence Around the East Swimming Pool: OVA getting three estimates. Wood posts are rotted and the existing fence is not high enough to meet city code and insurance carrier requirements.

Free Tax Prep Services nAl Thomas, Local Coordinator of the AARP Program

Once again the AARP Tax-Aide Program will provide free tax assistance at the Berger Center for seniors and other taxpayers to prepare their 2015 Federal and State income tax returns. Sessions began Monday, February 1 and will end on Wednesday, April 13. Each session begins at 9 a.m. AARP Volunteer Tax Counselors, certified by the IRS, will be available in Room D on Mondays and Room G on Wednesdays. Tax payers may stop in on any one of the scheduled days to sign up in advance for a time slot. Time slots will be 9–11 a.m., 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 12:30–2 p.m. The sites must close no later than 3 p.m. Taxpayers should bring their 2014 tax returns along with their 2015 W-2s, Social Security SSA 1099s and all other 1099s, as well as detail of estimated tax payments made during 2015 and any other documents necessary to prepare their returns. If you have any questions about the program, please call the OVA Office at 539-1611. This service is provided for Oakmont residents and their invited guests.


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Buddhist Meeting April 30 nPennijean Savage

Every Day is “Time without beginning”

“’Time without beginning’ is synonymous with ‘life without beginning or end.’ It refers not to the dimension of time but to the innermost truth of life—indeed, to the life of the universe itself, which continues its activity without beginning or end.”— Living Buddhism, March 2016, p. 46. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, April 30 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 5480225 or Pj at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

nSusan Lynn


“One of the disadvantages of wine is that it makes a man mistake words for thoughts.”—Samuel Johnson It’s April, and that means it’s time to gear up for the fabulous events coming this spring and summer. First up, Son of Pizza Palooza! Join us for this free, members-only happy hour social and enjoy pizza from a local restaurant. We’ll dance to a custom-made playlist of tunes chosen for maximum dancing pleasure. Great food, great dance music, and it’s all free. (Bring your own salads and beverages.) Is there a better way to spend a Thursday evening? Please RSVP online at or deposit the coupon below in the Boomers folder at the OVA Office. WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 6–8 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center WHO: Members only (no non-member guests) BRING: BYOB and salad There is no reserved seating for this event. For questions please contact:,

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Choppin’ Broccoli will play the best dance hits from the 80s, including Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Journey, Prince, Duran, Duran and others. Food trucks will be on hand to provide an assortment of food choices. BYOB. Watch this space for more details. It’s hard to believe we are already four months into this year. If you still have not joined the Boomers or renewed your membership, it’s not too late. It’s still only $10 per person per year, and you can join or renew in minutes at Members receive email notices about upcoming events, so if you want the inside track, join or renew today. To join/renew by check, fill out the coupon below and deposit it, along with your check made payable to Oakmont Boomers in the Boomers folder in the OVA Office. Boomer Trivia: Whose catchphrase was “Turn on, tune in, drop out?”

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

Deadline for RSVP is no later than 3 p.m. Friday, April 15. This event is a members only Happy Hour Social. How many members is this an RSVP for? ___________ East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 AM–12 noon / $3 Donation / nJim Brewer

April 3: Dr. Dianne Smith The Laguna De Santa Rosa: History, Mystery, and International Fame

In 2011, the ancient Laguna de Santa Rosa was declared a Wetland of International Importance by the Ramsar Commission. Yet, many Oakmont residents are unaware that their homes are located in an internationally recognized wetland complex and watershed. Dr. Dianne Smith is the Vice President of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Board, an experienced field anthropologist, and an award winning academic lecturer.

April 10: Dean James My 30-Year Friendship with Charles ‘Peanuts’ Schulz

Local golf pro Dean James, became friends with Santa Rosa’s celebrated cartoonist “Sparky” Shulz some 33 years ago. He will share some of his memories, experiences and photos of the man many of us recognize through both his strips, his philanthropy and his love of golf as among the greatest of all time.

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nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

Rainbow Women

Bocce Club nBarbara Bowman

Spring Means Growth (and music) for Rainbow Women

St Paddy’s Day 2016: Rockin’ Celtic fiddle, favorite pop tunes and oldies were on the program for St. Patrick’s Day when HoneyBee, twin sister musicians Pam Benton and Deby Benton Grosjean, entertained Rainbow Women late into the night (as in 8:40 p.m.!) for our March meeting. The talented duo had us clapping, singing and laughing along as they served up rousing versions of Irish tunes and more. Our own Oakmont Rainbow Productions SIG produced the free concert and conjured up some super yummy goodies to go along with the show. Thanks ORP!

HoneyBee: Deby and Pam.

May 14 Concert and Fundraiser: Holly Near, Barbara Higbie and Jan Martinelli in concert in Oakmont, oh yes they are—‘nuff said! This will be a very exciting event—a rare opportunity to see these wonderful artists together and a time to support ORW’s community fundraising activity for 2016. Be sure to invite your friends and order your tickets soon, $25 each. Checks to ORW can be placed in our

folder at the OVA Office or buy at the April meeting. Fundraising Raffle: The May 14 concert is also our main fundraising event, funding a scholarship for a first generation college student through 10,000 Degrees of Sonoma County. The ORW Fundraising SIG is planning a raffle in conjunction with the concert and seeking prize donations, especially high value items, to really stimulate raffle ticket sales. To offer ideas, network with prospective prize donors or contribute services or items for raffle contact And volunteers are really needed to help with the raffle. 10,000 Degrees of Sonoma County mentors and provides academic support and college orientation to young students as well as assistance and financial aid through college. They have an extremely high college graduation rate of 84% of students who go through their program. We are pleased to fund a designated scholarship for a young lesbian student who would not otherwise be able to afford higher education. Watch for more information about financially supporting and volunteering with this amazing organization. Coming in April: A very special event for our April meeting is a panel “Transgender Issues Today” that will feature two members of the Sonoma County trans community and Positive Images LGBT Youth Group, with musician and long-time community activist Nancy Vogl as moderator. Transgender issues are in the news of course, but more to the point is that trans people are coming forward bringing stories to share, with understanding, growth and mutual respect to be gained. Come to listen, ask and learn! If you have specific questions, you can E-mail them before the meeting to Shirley: You can also pass in written questions before the meeting or ask them directly during Q and A. Reminder: We are back to our regular second Thursday meeting April 14 starting at 7 p.m. at the East Rec. We’re growing! Oakmont Rainbow Women now has more than 100 members. Happy Spring, wonderful Rainbow Women!


Early registration for the 2016 Senior Wine Country Games, to be held at Julliard Park on June 3 and 4, continues through April 15. You’ll receive a $5 discount on the individual registration fee of $45. Sign up on the sheet on the board at the bocce shed, or call Sherry Magers, 537-3084 with your information. If you have a team, sign up all four players and your team name. If you don’t have a team, you may sign up as a single and we will try to arrange a team for you. If you just want to be an alternate and be called to play only if someone one on a team is sick or can’t play for some reason, indicate that. We will need a few players as alternates for both days, Friday and Saturday Each person needs to handle their own registration online or by phone with the Wine Country Games at the Council on Aging, 525-9143, ex. 121, Leigh Galten. Don’t be shy—past Senior Games participants report that they had a great time.


The St. Patrick’s Day Tournament on March 12 competed with El Nino and El Nino won. No bocce that day. But our capable Vice President, Sherry Magers, re-scheduled the tournament for March 19 and we had a big turnout of bocce-starved players on a very nice day. Winners will appear in the April 15 Oakmont News. And, when you have your taxes done, you’ll be ready for the Tax Time Tournament on Saturday, April 16. Arrive by 12:45 p.m. to assure a place on a team. With that big tax refund in your pocket, you’ll be able to focus on getting your bowl next to the pallino. Also for April is the Open Doubles Tournament. Teams will sign up to play, and once opponents are established, each pair of teams will schedule an April game, post their scores, and the winning team will move into the next bracket. A team sign-up sheet is now posted at the bocce shed. Information and rules about the tournament are also posted. Find a partner and plan to participate in what should be an interesting and fun experience.


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Wander over to the courts near the West Rec. Center and watch us play any day at 1 p.m. except Sunday to see if you’d like to learn. (Beginning May 1, play starts at 9:30 a.m.) You’ll find folks willing to give lessons. There’s still plenty of time to take part in a full array of 2016 events.

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Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC)

Oakmont PC Users Group

spring Session — april • may

Registration: 538-1485

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


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


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


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

nSusan Ramsey

Single Boomers Social Club


SBSC is once again presenting a delicious crab feed. Currently North Coast Fisheries sends their trucks to Oregon for fresh live crab. They bring it back to our area where they cook, clean and crack it for us to serve. The cost is $38 per person. Crab, condiments, salad and bread will be provided. Members are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. Bring the beverage of your choice as well. Guests are limited to one per member. Please place your checks, made out to SBSC, along with the name(s) of those attending in the Single Boomers file in the OVA Office by April 11. At our March 3 meeting, we elected a new board. Terry Teplitz and Carolita Carr join Karen Hepner in steering the SBSC in the new year. We would like to thank Susan Ramsey, Tina Hoogs, Sal Columbo, and

Karen Hepner for all their efforts on our behalf last year. The new board is busy planning a fun-filled year, with plenty of activities here in Oakmont and also in the area nearby. There will soon be a calendar of these activities for the members. Members should also continue to check their email inboxes for special invitations and E-mail Shout Outs regarding the events. Regarding membership, even though we are called Single Boomers, membership is open to any single resident of Oakmont. So if you’ve been wanting to meet new people and have some fun, but the name has been holding you back, please come join us. We provide a safe, comfortable place for singles to meet and mingle. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the OVA Single Boomers Social Club folder.

Single Boomers Social Club Membership form

Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $12 to: Single Boomers Social Club (SBSC). Name:___________________________________________________________________ Date:________________ Address:_________________________________________________________ Phone:_______________________ E-mail (important, to receive Evites and Shout-outs):________________________________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder): Signature:____________________________________________________________________


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668, both Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-1598 or E-mail


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

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

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


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

Imagine a five-ribboned World with our troops, we would have War II veteran, an honors graduate lost hundreds of thousands.” of University of California at Anderson completed his Berkeley, someone who rose education at Cal and was employed from salesman to president in the specialty paper mill industry, during his chosen career, visited progressing during a 44-year career 46 countries around the world, to president of world-wide Pacific retired to Oakmont, was founder Paper Sales Inc., headquartered in and president of numerous San Francisco. organizations, chaired many He and his wife Ann, whom he important OVA committees, is Anderson at his desk with the World Affairs lost in 2012, retired to Oakmont in described by people who know him newsletter he edits on his computer screen 2000. He has a son, daughter and as organized, creative, dependable, and an OVA community service award on the grandchildren. wall. (Photo by Michael Reinhardt) Avid tennis players, the and an awfully nice guy. Andersons joined Oakmont Tennis Club first thing. Someone we made up? No. Meet William (Bill) “We knew joining a club was the quickest way to Anderson. make friends,” he says. “OTC became the source of A native Californian, Anderson was a student at enduring friendships.” Cal when, in 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He Anderson became president of Sunday Symposium was assigned to the USS Chenango, an aircraft carrier when it was faltering and is responsible for keeping that participated in the 80-day Battle of Okinawa in it alive. The symposium is now stronger than ever. 1945, last and biggest of the Pacific Island battles of Other clubs to benefit from his leadership include the World War II. The Chenango joined the largest Allied Oakmont Community Foundation, OakMUG (Mac naval fleet of the war to establish a beachhead on users), Photography Club, Democratic Club, Cal Okinawa vital to the invasion of mainland Japan. Alumni Club, and World Affairs Council of Sonoma “Okinawa was a very tough battle,” Anderson County. OVA has chosen him chairman of many key recalls. “The Japanese were heavily fortified and committees including searches for new managers and there was the constant threat of suicidal kamikaze refurbishing recreation centers. attacks.” “Volunteering helps my community and keeps my After VJ Day, Anderson toured Nagasaki, two mind active and challenged,” he says. “I am proud of months after the atomic bomb. “The devastation was what I have been able to do here. I believe Oakmont unbelievable with the radiation effect yet unknown,” is truly my home town with many wonderful friends he said. “But you could see if the atomic bomb had not who have enjoyed the good life with me.” ended the Pacific War and we had to take those islands

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April, 2016 This calendar does not reflect all events scheduled. Changes made on or after the 15th may not be reflected.







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AR Art Room (new building complex) E East Recreation Center B Meeting Room (new building complex) EC East Conference Room BC Berger Center G Berger Center (old library) BCFS Berger Center Fireside Room LW Lower West Recreation Center CR Card Room (new building complex) Ste 6 In OVA Administration Building D Adjacent to stage in Berger Center UW Upper West Recreation Center


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Intermed LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:00 PM OTC BC 6:00 PM Dale Laitinen Workshop E

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Dale Laitinen Workshop AR 9:00 AM Goodwill Donation Truck BC Pkg Lot 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Dale Laitinen Gallery B 1:00 PM Yoga Workshops LW 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Creative Writing Class BC

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Intermed LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 7:00 PM Will Durst Show BC

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10:30 AM Community Church BC 9:00 AM Dale Laitinen Gallery B 9:00 AM Dale Laitinen Workshop AR 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM Music at Oakmont Gala BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 2:00 PM Mentalmania Mark Stone BC 4:00 PM Single Boomers E 5:00 PM Duffers Potluck UW 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid D 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM LOMAA Board B 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Genealogy Club UW 3:00 PM OVA Annual Meeting BC 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing B11 BC 7:00 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid D 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Communications Comm B 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Great Decisions E+EC 10:00 AM Great Decisions G 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Painting AR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Craft Guild E 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM CPC EC 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakmont Progressives E 7:00 PM Single Malt Scotch Club B 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Zumba Gold Intro LW 2:30 PM ZUMBA Gold Intermed LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM VOM Wine Club E 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Intermed LW 9:00 AM OVA Ballot Counting UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Landscape Imp Comm G 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 10:30 AM Oakmont Music Lovers E+EC 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM Pickle EC 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Intermed LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Chess Drop-in CR B 1:00 PM Sleep Apnea G 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM OVA Board Org. Meeting UW 2:00 PM Tension Releasing Exer LW 3:00 PM OVA Board Workshop E 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Short Story Book Club EC 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM OVA Board Orientation E+EC 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Intermed LW 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv. LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon BC 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Intermed LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Chess Drop-in CR B 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM OVA Board Goal Setting E 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Tension Releasing Exer LW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Pets Lifeline Adoptions BC Pkg Lot 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Photography Club B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM VOM Wine Club CR 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Zumba Gold Intro LW 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 2:30 PM ZUMBA Gold Intermed LW 3:00 PM OLLI E+EC 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Rainbow Women E 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Intermed LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM AARP Driver Safety B 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Lawn Bowling BC 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Parkinson’s Support Group B 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM OakMUG UW 4:00 PM Sha Boom BC










8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 8:30 AM Kiwanis E 8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Intermed LW 9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid D 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:45 AM Petanque 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:30 AM Garden Club BC 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 9:30 AM Kiwanis Board Meeting E 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 11:30 AM Tap Practice Intermed LW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Bridge to Nowhere CR B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:30 AM Volunteer Helpers (OVH) Ste 6 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:00 PM Canasta CR 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 10:00 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Fitness Club Board B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 12:00 PM Canasta CR 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 1:00 PM Bocce 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 12:30 PM Chess CR 11:15 AM Tap Class Intermed LW 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 1:00 PM Oakmont Art Critique AR 1:00 PM Zumba Gold Intro LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Bocce 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:30 PM ZUMBA Gold Intermed LW 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 5:30 PM Cal Alumni Spring Din E 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 3:00 PM OLLI E+EC 1:00 PM Bocce 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 1:00 PM Chess Drop-in CR B 7:00 PM VOM Wine Club CR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 7:00 PM Oakmont Book Group B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 7:00 PM Boomers BC 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Documentary Films E 2:00 PM Tension Releasing Exer LW 7:00 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:00 PM Cal Alumni Board EC 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 5:00 PM Starry Knolls HOA Ann. E 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Great Decisions E+EC 10:00 AM Great Decisions G 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Painting AR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Genealogy Club UW 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM CPC EC 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco - Ladies Night CR


8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Intermed LW 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Intermed LW 11:30 AM Volunteer Helpers E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-in CR B 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM iPad Sig D 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Tension Releasing Exer LW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:00 PM Oak island HOA Annual E 4:00 PM Grandparents Club Ste 6 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR


9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 11:00 AM SIR 53 E+EC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM VOM Wine Club CR 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study G 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Craft Guild AR 1:00 PM Zumba Gold Intro LW 1:00 PM Bocce 2:30 PM Zumba Gold Intermed LW 3:00 PM OLLI E+EC 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Intermed LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OVA Board Fireside Chats BCFS 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2016

nStephanie Wrightson

Tennis Club


Getting to Know You on Saturday, April 9 is the first 2016 tennis event for dues-paying members. Meet new members and reconnect with old friends. Sign up by April 5 on the OTC website (click on the Sign Up tab) or contact one of our Co-Directors: Doug Smith, (303) 949-3239 or, or George Hasa, 8434527 or Provide your name, phone number, email address and skill level (A, B or C). George and Doug will keep us on our toes and provide coffee and light refreshments on the West Court patio (contact George if you’d like to contribute munchies). Meet at the West Courts at 8 a.m. unless instructed to report to the East Courts. Not playing? Come out to enjoy your fellow club members and refreshments.


If you signed up for the April Fools’ Comedy Night, we’ll see you at 5:30 p.m., Friday, April 1 at the Berger Center. Dress is casual. We’re looking forward to a fun night (“Our table is funnier than yours!”).


The 2016 tennis season kicked off with our annual spring membership meeting. We were well fed by OTC Social Director Cinda Gough with buffets reminiscent of the U.S., French and Italian Opens. Many hands were involved but we especially want to thank la più bella Tina and Paula Lewis and Terri

Somers (Italian Open), “youse da best” Barbara Bowman and Janet Thompson (US Open), la pièce de résistance Olivia Kinzler (French Open), florist and set decorator Diane Linneball, bartenders Marty Thompson and Neil Linneball, cleanup crew Patti Angel and Kay Kim and “honeydo” Michael Gough. The officers shared Olivia Kinzler—c’est magnifique! the latest news including the 2016 calendar of events, and OTC Rosters were distributed. Dues-paying members who missed the meeting can find their roster in the Tennis Club Folder in the OVA Office. Now, let’s play some tennis!


To (re)join the Oakmont Tennis Club (a low $20/year), complete the sign-up form in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA office. Questions? Contact Membership Chair, Paula Lewis, or 332-0433.


You can find event schedules, sign-up lists and forms, photos, videos, Let’s Play Tennis! (free tennis lessons), drop-in tennis, court rules, court maintenance, ball machine use, interclub tennis, OTC board members and committee chairs, OTC bylaws, the substitute list, community news of interest and more—even the local weather forecast—on the OTC website: Questions? Contact the OTC Web Coordinator, Diane Linneball, or 331-2746.


Enjoying the membership meeting dinner: Terry and George Jackrel, Mary Lord, Eva McGinn and Maureen Pennal.

Representing Oakmont in Sonoma County, the mixed doubles team completed its season in March and made us proud! A new men’s doubles team started competition in March—find match dates/ locations on the OTC website calendar. Questions? Contact Bill Wrightson, 540-0471. Go Team Oakmont!

nTony Lachowicz

Setting a Good Example

Recently, the Oakmont Community Foundation awarded a grant of $2,500 to the Oakmont Health Initiative (OHI). OHI’s annual budget is around $7,000, so there was still a shortfall that had to be made up somewhere, lest OHI be faced with cutting back or stopping its programs. Now remember, OHI provides free fitness classes to all Oakmonters three times a week at the Berger Center. Deals like that are hard to find. Just try joining a commercial exercise class somewhere outside of Oakmont! As previously reported in this newspaper, on February 19, members of the Community Foundation board presented its $2,500 check to the organizers of OHI, Tom and Teresa Woodrum. OCF President Sue Millar made a short speech about how lucky Oakmonters are to have groups like OHI to support important health and quality of life issues that we all face. This started an outpouring of support. Cassie and Dave Turner wrote a check for $250 as a matching grant. Not only did the members of the exercise class match the $250 from the Turners, but they also made numerous individual contributions totaling $665. OHI ended up with a total of $915 to continue their classes well into the future. Way to go, Oakmont! The Oakmont Community Foundation is an independent 501©(3) organization to which tax-free contributions support a number of Oakmont clubs and organizations. For more information, see our listing on the Oakmont Village website.


What’s mew?


dle chit chat? Mmmhmmm. Hot gossip? Do tell! Deep ruminations on the state of humanity? I’m all ears. If you’re looking for a charming chatty catty to share the mews of the day with, I’m your gal. At 11 ½, I’ve got enough life experience to know that I don’t want to share you with young kids or other cats—they tend to interrupt the flow of conversation and keep you from admiring my gorgeous green eyes and soft brown tabby coloring. But enough about me, let’s talk about you and me… come out to SHS and start the conversation!


Feel the Bern


ive me some gentle pets and you’ll quickly find that I’m bi-partisan—a true compromise between the wiry and the soft. As a 2-year-old terrier mix, I prefer a calm home with a predictable routine. While my manners could use a little brushing up (wouldn’t a training class together be so fun?), I’m an easy-going soul who just wants to be loved. Running mates of the furry variety should be of similar stature and disposition. Take me for daily walks in the sunshine and we’ll both be winners! Are you feelin’ it?

SONOMA H U MANE SO C IET Y | 707-542-0882 serving Santa Rosa & Healdsburg


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2016

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Winter 2016 League Schedule. Bowling dates for April: April 12 (Playoff) and 19. No bowling Apr. 5—OVA counting ballots and 26— fourth Tuesday.


Our Sixth Annual Wii bowling Bowl-A-Thon Charity Fund-Raiser was held at Austin Creek Elementary School on Feb. 20. We had over 200 bowlers and everyone had a Wii bit of fun along with a Burger King lunch and many raffle prizes. Our online auction closed on Sunday, Feb. 28. Katie Ruppe won the one week stay at the Lawrence Welk Five Star Resort in Escondido, CA and Carolyn Mack won the Apple iPad Air2. The total amount donated, online auction plus bowlers, will be split 50/50 between the Rincon Valley Education Foundation and the Oakmont Kiwanis. Hope to have amount next article.


Our Winter League Playoff in which the top three teams from the 1:30 PM League plays the top three teams from the 3:15 PM League will take place on April 12 at 1:30 p.m. followed by a meeting at 3 p.m. where we will have award presentations and sign-up for the Summer 2016 League starting Apr. 19.

RESULTS AS OF March 8 (eighth week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, Wild Turkeys; second place, Strikers; third place, Alley Oops; fourth place, 4 Tops; fifth place, Pocket Hits; sixth place, Wii Four. Men’s High Games: Juan Fuentes, 235; Gordon Freedman, 225; Charlie Ensley, 211; Terry Leuthner, 210; Christian van den Berghe, 205. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 268; Robin Schudel, 247; Mariel Green, 230; Peggy Ensley, 224; Vicki Robinson, 222; Phyllis Jennings, 214; Sue Bowman, 213; Sandy Wald, 211; Mary Knight, 204; Vicki Madden, 202. High Game Sub: June Dismuke, 205. 3:15 PM League: first place, King Pins; second place, Strike Outs; third place, Strikes & Spares; fourth place tie, High Rollers and Wii Power; sixth place, Pin Heads. Men’s High Games: Mark Attebery, 268; Bruce Price, 220. Women’s High Games: Debbie Miller, 289; Jan Blackburn, 279; Valerie Hulsey, 258; Carolyn Mack, 242; Shirley Jamison, 235; Mollie Atkinson, 227; Marie Haverson, 220; Betsy Smith, 215; Nicole Reed, 212; Maurine Bennett, 207. High Game Subs: Sandy Osheroff, 259; Terry Leuthner, 228. Our website has team schedules to remind team captains when it’s their week to bring cookies and either help set up or tear down equipment. A total of 48 cookies per team seems to be the magic number.

nRosemary Waller


We celebrate 25 years of outstanding live classical music in Oakmont with our gala concert featuring pianist Jeffrey Kahane on Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m. in Berger Center, and we look forward greatly to seeing you there. Many of you remember Mr. Kahane as the fabulous Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony, where he continues to hold the title of Conductor Laureate. Leader of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra since 1997, he is equally at home on the podium and at the keyboard. Mr. Kahane is in great demand here and abroad as soloist, chamber artist, and conductor, and we are delighted to welcome him on this very special occasion. A different day and time: Please note the day and time of this concert, different from our usual series schedule. Since we are expecting a large crowd and seats are not reserved, we urge you to arrive early. Doors will open at 2 p.m. Be aware that space is limited, and we do not want to turn anyone away. You can help greatly to expedite the admissions process by having in hand the exact change ($15), or your season pass, or a pre-written check, made out to Music at Oakmont.


Our annual Donor Drive takes place in April and May, with information included in the April 10 and May 12 programs. Donor checks should be made out to Oakmont Community Foundation, with memo

nPhilip Wilkinson

line reading “Music at Oakmont.” The 2016–17 artist roster will be available at the April and May concerts, with season passes to be sold at the May 12 and October 20 concerts.


The April 10 program will include works by Rameau, Couperin, Debussy, Schubert, and Chopin, closing with Chopin’s magnificent Ballade No. 4. Program notes for this last work follow. Further program details, as well as the complete program notes, are available on our website Chopin, Ballade No. 4: Written in 1842, the Ballade No. 4 is dedicated to Madame Rothschild, who invited Chopin to perform at her Parisian estate, where she introduced him to aristocrats and nobility. According to Robert Schumann, this last (and considered greatest) of Chopin’s four Ballades was inspired by the Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz’s The Three Budrys, in which a father sends his three sons off to seek treasure. Instead, they return with three wives, necessitating three wedding feasts. The work, though highly dramatic, is not specifically narrative, as Chopin did not believe in “program” music. (He went so far as to denigrate Schumann’s Carnaval as “not even music.”) According to pianist and composer John Ogdon, the Ballade No. 4 is “the most exalted, intense and sublimely powerful of all Chopin’s compositions … It is unbelievable that it lasts only twelve minutes, for it contains the experience of a lifetime.” WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15, or your season pass

Oakmont Art Association


We have a tour to the Bonnard Exhibition in San Francisco, so the regular April Berger presentation is cancelled. See details of the tour below.


March 23 is the final date for registering for the May 7 and 8 event. Maps of studio locations will be available in April. Just fill out the form below, or you can call Jane Carpenter at 538-5595 or E-mail her at to receive an application. The fee of $25 covers the cost of posters and maps.


Acclaimed watercolorist Dale Laitinen will do a live demo on Friday, April 1 at 7 p.m. at the East Rec. Center, with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be $5 for Art Association members and $10 for nonmembers. Because of space constraints we will only sell 80 tickets. Contact Treasurer, Cathy Rapp at 5379281 for tickets.


Join us for a tour of the Pierre Bonnard Exhibit, “Painting Arcadia,” Thursday, April 28, at the Legion

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


The Colors of Music—A Watercolor Workshop with Dorothy Pierce: On May 21, Dorothy Pierce, is returning to Sonoma County to lead two, 2-hour workshops on interpreting/expressing music in watercolor. Classes will be held in the CAC art room, 10 a.m.–12 noon or 1:30–3:30 p.m. and are limited to 12 participants each. The $30 fee will be donated to the SRJC Art Scholarship fund. Additional contributions to the scholarship fund will be welcomed. Register by May 1 by sending a check for $30 (or more) made out to Oakmont Art Association, to Cathy Rapp, 369 Green Field Circle. Please include your E-mail address and telephone number. Questions? Call Sylvia Davis, 539-5698. Ron Brown is resuming his Ikebana classes on April 8.

OPEN STUDIO REGISTRATION form Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_____________________________________________________ Phone____________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Medium_____________________________________

Open Studios Fee $25; Art Association dues for new members $10 single, $15 couple. Checks must be made out to Oakmont Art Association mail to Jane Carpenter, 349 Oak Leaf Circle (538-5595).


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2016

Valley of the Moon Rotary Club nJohn Brodey

Things We Have Learned

Years ago, we couldn’t believe our luck when we received an E-mail from an African diplomat (or his widow), who had several million dollars in a bank somewhere and needed our help. For a little good faith money, we’d get a share from his Excellency. Simple greed was the downfall of those who took the bait. The conmen then realized that fear is an even more compelling emotion. It was a painful lesson for some to realize that it wasn’t actually their grandson calling from a Mexican jail begging for money so that El Chapo wouldn’t make him his girlfriend. The scams got better. It was a matter of capitalizing on the fact that very few people have run afoul of the IRS, who knew they didn’t make phone calls to you stating that you owed the government $30,000 and the police would be sent to arrest you if you didn’t wire $9,000 to a P.O. Box in Pacoima? Another anxiety provoking subject is the internet. In the course of normal web browsing, hackers can cause a screen to pop up telling you that they have detected suspicious activity on your computer with dire consequences and to call the number on the screen right away to fix the problem.

Sufi Meditation Circle nJoAnn Halima Haymaker

Women’s Meditation with Poetry and Music

Come and rejoice in spring at the Women’s Meditation Circle on Wednesday, April 6, at 11 a.m. at my home, 147 White Oak Drive. Open to all women. Come and join us for music, poetry by Rumi and others, meditation, and Sufi wisdom. No fee. It is helpful if you can let me know if you are coming: 5371275 or There will be a place for you in the circle of peace. International Association of Sufism:

nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith, being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. You are warmly invited to Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive.

April 3

We begin a new speaking series, “Elder-faith” which seeks to explore how our faith can be a source of encouragement and hope as we enter the second half of life. This will be introduced by Pastor Dan Melligan. Debbie Knapp will be at the piano. On the risers will be a trio of bell ringers from The First United Methodist Church of Santa Rosa. We will also be bringing out the fabric creations of Kalia Mussetter that compliment the artistic creation of Mandy Bankson, housed in a seven-foot light box on the stage of the Berger.

April 10

The second topic in the Elder-faith series is “Sustaining Hope and Joy in Caregiving,” with Pastor Julie Miller and Friends. Lucas Sherman will be playing Debussy and adding to our worship on the Yamaha medium grand.

Once you let them get into your computer to repair your laptop for a fee, you are toast. It’s clear, you never let anyone take over your computer unless you know exactly who they are and that it has been verified, right? There is now a third human emotion to prey upon—guilt. It is difficult to answer the phone and deny a contribution to the Home for Little Wanderers or perhaps the Wounded Warriors Project. But not so fast. As reported in this column a few months back, the Wounded Warriors Project is a sham. In early March, the organization was exposed as such as CEO Steve Nardizzi and his COO were fired by the board of directors. Last year, of the $340 million dollars raised only $187 million went to actual programs for veterans. Less than 60¢ of every dollar was spent on the vets and a lot of that was in the form of window dressing, e.g. ballgames. Spending $250,000 on candy and soda last summer at company headquarters is an insult to every veteran. The lesson here is to do the kind of homework your generosity warrants. At the Valley of the Moon Rotary, we meticulously vet every organization we support through your contributions. They must devote at least 85% of funds raised to specific worthwhile programs. It can be confusing and so we invite you to visit our website at and see just who we support and what they do. Look for our charity of the week feature. If you’d like to expand your horizons to other worthy candidates you can go to for a comprehensive list. You owe it to yourself and those you’d like to help. Class dismissed.

Oakmont Music Lovers nHarriet Palk


Gian Carlo Menotti (1911–2007) was a brilliant composer, librettist and stage director who created several highly acclaimed operas with wide popular appeal at a time when few American composers had any success with this notoriously difficult hybrid medium. Born in Italy, Menotti came to America at the age of 17 to study composition at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Several well-received early works paved the way for his stunning success with two tragic operas: The Medium (1947) and The Consul (1950). In 1951 his Christmas story Amahl and the Night Visitors became the first opera ever performed on television. Menotti ultimately composed over two dozen operas—also concertos, ballets, chamber music and a song cycle. In 1928 Menotti met fellow student Samuel Barber at the Curtis Institute. Despite great differences in their personalities and musical styles, they developed a deep attachment and lived together for over 40 years. A highlight of their relationship was Menotti’s work as librettist for Barber’s most successful opera, Vanessa (1958). A gregarious man with great personal magnetism, Menotti inspired many budding composers as a teacher at the Curtis Institute for many years. In 1958 he founded the international music festival in Spoleto, Italy, and in 1977 founded a similar festival in Charleston, South Carolina. During the 1970’s, Menotti also adopted a son and bought a mansion for retirement in Scotland. Particularly during the 1950’s and 1960’s, during the ascendancy of the avant-garde in Europe, some American critics found Menotti’s operas too accessible, derivative or melodramatic, but his admirers considered him an artist with great theatrical flair and expressive power, a first-rate melodic gift and a profound affinity for the singing voice. WHEN: April 5, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

Explore you creative side with the Zentangle™. If you can draw a dot, line, squiggly, circle or square, etc., you can do the Zentangle™ Art Method. You do not have to have attended any other Zentangle™ class to come. Everyone is welcome! Classes are on second and fourth Mondays each month. Check the schedule below for specific dates. Materials are provided. Be sure to call or E-mail me to reserve your space in class. Hope to see you in the next class!

Coming up

Monday, April 11: Tangling on small shapes—Bijou, circles etc. Monday, April 25: Tangling your initials! TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail

Pickleball Corner nTom Kendrick

Second wind

I’ve heard so many stories from my fellow pickleballers about how, after years of relative inactivity, our sport has given them a second chance to get exercise and be competitive. Folks all across the land, and right here in Oakmont speak enthusiastically about how they’re out there running around (or hobbling), laughing (much too loudly for some), meeting people and having the time of their lives. Not in my memory can I recall something that has energized and reinvigorated once-active seniors who have been sidelined through injury, illness, or simply the normal aging process. For our age group (old), there seems to be a much greater Who plays pickleball? sense of appreciation with Old people! Who lives in Oakmont? Old people! this new “lease on life” that Should there be we are experiencing. pickleball in Oakmont? Let’s see—1 + 1 = … When we were young, we were invincible. We took our strength and physical abilities for granted. We thought we’d never age. But we did. Now, we hurt. We take Advil. We wear braces. Our knees, our shoulders, our hips, and of course our reaction times aren’t what they used to be. But so what! We’re out there! We’re doing it! We’re getting a “re-do!” We got a Mulligan! Hooray for pickleball! It’s giving us our “Second Wind!” WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Winter hours, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Courts available seven days a week. WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people. ATTIRE: Proper court attire requested. Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. We have loaner paddles available. WANT A PERSONAL ORIENTATION SESSION? Call PJ, 843-7266 or Tom, 888-6334 WEBSITE: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly. com NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266, E-mail:


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Oakmont Progressives

nVince Taylor

Do You Feel the Bern?

The first meeting of the new Oakmont Progressives Club will be in the East Rec. Center at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 11. The Progressives Club was inspired by the campaign of Bernie Sanders and his platform and candidacy will be the initial focus of the club. We plan to continue beyond the November election to support the election of true progressive candidates to the US Congress, California Legislature, and local offices. Our first meeting will be a do-not-miss event, whether you are a Bernie supporter or just want to know more. We will present a compilation of the most entertaining and informative videos and slides about Bernie’s history and his Presidential campaign. Not only will Bernie fans be uplifted, but everyone will have a fuller understanding of the reasons why Bernie’s election would usher in a new era of prosperity for the middle class and compassionate government for those now left

behind and neglected. The meeting will provide time for fellow progressives to get to know one another and to express their own concerns, desires, and questions. An objective will be to agree on ways in which we Oakmonters can help Bernie to win the Democratic nomination and the Presidency. Bernie gear—buttons, bumper stickers, T shirts, yard signs and more—will be on sale at our meeting. If you are a Bernie supporter, you need to come to our meeting. “Working together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish.” If you are undecided but want more information, this meeting will be your quickest way to get a crash exposition of Bernie’s platform and his lifetime support of the goals of his platform. Don’t miss the first Progressives Club meeting at the East Rec. Center, Monday, April 11, 7 p.m. Please sign up so we can know how many plan to attend:

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

Cat Care Coop members share care and feeding for kitty when traveling or during other times of need. All arrangements for care are made directly between members.

We have members all over Oakmont so it’s easy to fine help near when you need it. Keep our list growing—join today! It’s free! It’s easy! It works! Please contact me for information and listing at 849-1581.

Lawn Bowling

nGreg Goodwin

April is National Stress Awareness Month. The event started in 1992 with many health organizations taking part in providing information and services for people affected with stress issues. Briefly, stress is your body’s response to change. Your body reacts to stress by releasing adrenaline, which can cause your blood pressure, breathing and heart rate to increase. Repeated unhealthy responses to stress are linked to headaches, depression and even heart disease. The key to managing stress properly is very important, which brings us to Lawn Bowling. Experts suggest taking time to relax and recharge yourself to better handle life’s stressors. Some suggestions are walking, playing a sport and spending time with friends. It’s a proven fact that worldwide, Lawn Bowling has been rated the number two method of relieving stress.


Grams called me up at 8 a.m. and said her dog “Elbie” wasn’t eating and had trouble getting up on the sofa to watch lawn bowling. I said, “I’ll take Elbie to the vet today.” The vet said the dog has anxiety issues and prescribed some tranquilizers. When I dropped Elbie back with gram I saw many people lawn bowling. It was a warm Spring day, so being in my sheer yellow sun dress and floppy hat, I decided to see if Nowah was bowling. I sat down by rink #6 and met a very friendly woman who told me how nice I looked. She complimented me on my smooth tanned skin. She said she just ordered a new dining room set and the chairs were colored tan and yellow. I said, “My name is Allie” and she said “I’m Helene, nice to meet you.” To be continued...


The meeting started with an announcement that Paul Wycoff resigned as president of our club for 2016. Vice President, Jim MacAlistaire has stepped up to become president. Jim introduced Rick Sande as vice president and Linda Rubio as director. Phil Bowman handed out 2016 Green Books, Tony Lachowicz passed out a financial summary for 2015 and Marilyn Garland issued printed minutes from the Nov. 5, 2015 meeting. Reports were given by committee chairs: Frank Longoria—greens person, Jerry Garland—tournaments, short games and the Leisure Town Challenge, Jeff Vanderheyden—Senior Games (15 teams signed up), finally, Martha McGee—Spring Fling.


The past two columns teased you about the theme of this year’s Spring Fling. It’s the Mai Tai Murder Mystery Tour, where you get a chance to solve the murder of… ? Come to the Spring Fling on May 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the East Rec. to find out who done it. Bring a potluck dish to accompany club-provided Roast Pig and Barbecued Chicken. As always, BYOB. Water, ice and soft drinks (with umbrellas) are on us. Plates and utensils will be provided. The price for this terrific event is only $20 per member/partner and $25 per guest. Complete the form below and put it in the OLBC folder at the OVA Office along with your check made payable to OLBC. Reservations must be in by May 1.

SPRING FLING LUAU sign-up form Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #_______________________ E-mail__________________________________________________________ # of members/partners at $20 ea._____ # of guests at $25 ea._____

nLynn Seng, Instructor

Lower Back Pain?

It is estimated that about 80% of folks in the Western world experience disruptive lower back pain at some point in our lives. The key question is, “Does it return?” Yes, for about 75% of the initial sufferers. Have you been there, done that? I have, so I was excited to read in the NY Times this week (Feb. 2, 2016 p. D5) about new research that had looked at what works, and what doesn’t, to prevent recurring back pain. Their conclusion: “If someone with a history of back pain exercised in a regular way, he or she was considerably less likely to be felled by more back pain within a year.” This is true for me. I spent too many lost days racked with back pain, with spasms that frightened me and my family, and discouraged me from moving. I became overly cautious and gave up lots of physical activity. Every little twinge sent me into a panic. Since then I’ve discovered that exercise really does work, at least for me. In my case, it’s a combination of Zumba, working out at the gym, and walking a lot (about three miles total per day). In your case, who knows, but if you’re reading this and wondering, please begin an exercise program, something that will reduce your chances of recurring back pain and will make a difference to your life. The research could not recommend a particular type of exercise (Darn!), and it did caution that the positive effects wore off, probably because the study subjects stopped exercising. However, the authors are optimistic about their results and will continue the research. In the meantime, we should remember that, of all the options currently available to prevent back pain, exercise is really the only one with any evidence that it works. Any questions? For anyone interested in trying my brand of Zumba as a part of your exercise program, all classes are held in the dance studio, lower West Recreation Center. The first two classes are free—just bring your shoes, water and a smile. Classes are discounted at 10 weeks for $60, five weeks for $40, or $10 per week, with no expiration. Feel free to E-mail or call me with questions: or 707-800-7470. Hope to see you in class! Avancé, Tuesdays 8:30–9:45 a.m. and Thursdays 2:30–3:45 p.m.: For the experienced exercise dancer who has been taking the class, or has recently done similar dance exercise elsewhere, or has been doing aerobic exercise on a regular basis. Débutant, Thursdays 1–2:15 p.m.: For the beginner or the person who is returning to exercise after an injury or illness, or who wants to learn dance steps and routines more slowly, or who wants to carefully build up stamina, muscle strength, and balance, or all of the above!

Tai Chi for Beginners nDr. Katy Ha Faculty Sonoma State University

If you are having trouble with your balance, Tai Chi is definitely a way to address that issue. Tai Chi will also reduce stress and increase agility. Do come join us on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the Upper West Rec. Center for a five-class workshop for the beginners. Tuition is $75 for the five classes. If you have to miss a Thursday because of a prior appointment you can make it up the next week. Start any time. Pre-registration is required by calling me at 3185284. I would love to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.


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Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

Age and Working out

A member of the Fitness Center stopped by my office and made the statement that he had noticed in the last few weeks that he isn’t able to lift as much weight as he use to, and had made the decision to cut back his weights and increase his reps. Then he asked, at what age should you cut back weight and increase reps? This is an interesting question and a very difficult one to answer as it is based on individuality. I was speaking with another member who told me that her daughter or granddaughter had conducted a study on older adults in a rest home to see if they could develop muscle mass. According to the member they had found that muscle could be built at any age, which is contrary to what I had been told for many years. It was always brought up that we could not build muscle mass in our senior years due to age and not the proper hormones in the system, yet no one knows at what age this happens. If this study is correct then we should be able to build mass at any age, but again in our later years we probably would not be able to build very much due to the body not producing significant amounts of the hormones necessary, our diets and the amount of weight needed to stress the muscle for it to build mass. So, my answer to the question when should you begin to change from lifting more weight and increasing the repetitions, goes back to something I’ve said in the past: listen to your body, it will tell you. As the member at the beginning of this article discovered, he wasn’t able to lift as much weight and didn’t seem to be making any progress. By switching to higher reps he again could make progress and gains. The big thing is you want to make the change before the heavy weights cause injury which unfortunately in many cases is when most people realize that they need to make the change and maybe not lift so much weight. Remember, we want to prevent injury, as it takes longer to heal the older we are. So, please listen to your body. If you’re not recovering as fast as you had before or maybe the weight you’re lifting is feeling heavier, maybe it is time to change and try something different. It is always good to change your routine up every once in awhile which can also include changing how many reps and sets you perform. If you are not sure how to mix up your workout come in to the center and see me or call me at 4949086, and I will be more than happy to help you out.

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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


April 8: Bernie Palk April 15: Steve Carroll Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

nCathy Rapp

Raindrops keep falling on my head! As I write this, it’s pouring. But rain or shine, join us in the pool anytime for water exercise. No experience necessary. And now that spring has sprung, we have a real live instructor every day, Monday through Friday. To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

winter water aerobics schedule west pool

Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return. **Free Classes through SRJC: Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary **Note: the free SRJC classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee) Friday: 9:45 a.m.—Instructor Julie ($5), beginning March 25

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Hooray, Hooray! Party down at the Water Hole! Tell your gang of buddies, it’s party time! No April Fooling! In frog croak this means the pounding downpours are back and excited frogs are hopping into the East Pool. It’s full to the brim, perfect for a swim. Early morning swimmers are scooping up drunken critters, describing each day as “a one-frogger or a fourfrogger.” “Pass the net, please, and who has a fryer?”

Flip Turn News

Report any maintenance needs, please use the link on the website or call the staff number 3284619 or 539-6720. Also, the E-address maintenance@ works too. Thanks. If a year-round lap swimmer, join our website offering a voice for swimmers. No dues, nor parties. Send your info to Happy lapping!

Oakmont Writers nKathy Rueve

Your opportunity to meet the authors is here: this Saturday, April 2 from 2–3:30 p.m. by the fireplace at the Berger Center. Elisabeth Levy and Isabel Creager from the Oakmont creative writing class present two books you don’t want to miss. Join Elisabeth in Carry On, Travels Around the Globe as she takes you to so many amazing places, you feel like you’re tagging along on a trip around the world. In Isabel’s Lost Canoe you step back to another time and another way of life with the Seneca Indians on the Pennsylvania frontier. What better way to take an expedition through time and space to experience places you never imagined you’d have the chance to visit. Here and now, close to home, come travel with us. See you at the Berger Center for Meet the Authors, this Saturday, April 2, at 2 p.m.

Forrest Yoga New Monthly Workshops nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

The workshops series offers the time to focus on a target body area or a theme. Monthly workshops will be offered on the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m.

Neck and Shoulders Workshop Tame the Tension

WHEN: Saturday April 2, 1–2:15 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by E-mail at Allow your neck to go on vacation and learn how to “wrap” your shoulders. Join me for a workshop dedicated to releasing the neck and shoulder area. Safely unlock habitual tension spots through focused breathwork and asana. Lengthen and strengthen the muscles of the neck and shoulders and create internal space. Ease chronic tight spots by releasing muscular holding. Special attention will be given to shoulder alignment, opening the shoulders and how to “wrap” your shoulders in yoga postures. Individuals with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend.

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

WHEN: Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series Challenge yourself and explore yoga poses safely in a supportive and compassionate environment. I guide students with hands-on adjustments and modify poses as needed. My classes integrate breath and core strengthening with a focus on alignment. Let your stress level decrease while you increase your energy level, strength, flexibility and focus. Perfect for new students, senior students and advanced students who need a more restful practice. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Classes cover breath work (pranayama), postures (asana) and strengthening core work. Ease your back and relax your neck! Feel stronger on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and any props you need—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I also teach Chair classes and Stretch and Balance classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2016

New Classes: Tension Releasing Exercises TRE® nAngela Merola

A self-healing mechanism to release stress that goes straight to the root

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesdays, 2–3 p.m., Lower Level West Rec. Center WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat, water, dress comfortably. For group class, you must be able to stand and get up and down from the floor without assistance. COST: First class is free! Six classes for $90 or $20/class CALL FOR QUESTIONS: Angela Merola, (214) 4186860 or E-mail What is TRE®? TRE® is an innovative series of seven exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma returning the body back to a state of balance and calm. Where did TRE® come from? Founder Dr. David Berceli’s worked with large traumatized communities all over the world. His research led him to understand that this natural vibrating response appears to be the body’s own built-in system for quieting down the brain and releasing muscular tension as a way of healing itself from chronic stress, tension and trauma. “Dr. Melanie Salmon: TRE® is a route to healing that I have not experienced from any other modality. I have been a physician, a psychiatrist, and a Gestalt Specialist for 35 years. I am now teaching TRE® to all my clients as a healing modality.” How is TRE® different from other stress relieving practices like exercise, massage, physical therapy, yoga, or meditation? TRE® activates a self-controlled, noninvasive muscular shaking process called neurogenic muscle tremors. The uniqueness is that it originates deep in the core of the body of the psoas muscle and reverberate outwards along the spine releasing tension from the sacrum to the cranium. The psoas muscle is guiding the location of the most beneficial release of tension to restore itself to physiological, neurological and psychological balance. When tension patterns are released as orchestrated by the muscle itself, without force, the brain registers a reduction in ‘pain signals’ producing new hormones that promotes healing. So, these modalities share the benefits of relaxation, they can be temporary because the unresolved tension is still locked in the muscle sending pain signals to the brain. TRE® allows the body to find and resolve less conscious but deeper tension patterns locked in the muscle structure and release the pain signals attached to that stress. When this occurs, the body can take on greater resilience, flexibility and mental agility increasing the awareness of a deeper sense of self. What will I learn in class? You will learn the seven exercises and experience the unique benefits of TRE® for your own body. The movement sequence is personalized for your body type and physical abilities. Ongoing skilled support will help you to develop a regular practice for deep, lasting positive change. Reported benefits from TRE®: reduced muscle and back pain, better sleep, relief from chronic medical conditions, healing of old injuries, less worry and anxiety, reduces symptoms of PTSD, more energy and endurance, less relationship conflict, greater emotional resiliency, decreases symptoms of vicarious trauma, Parkinson’s: reduced severity of shaking.

nTeresa Woodrum

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

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself, fostering connections with friends, and inviting loved ones closer. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. Bring hand weights on April 4, 13 and 29. Class cancelled on Friday, April 8. 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.

The Barbara Streisand Tribute Underwritten by the Oakmont Community Foundation

In this main stage, one-woman show, actress and vocalist Kelly Brandeburg pays tribute to Barbra Streisand through stories and songs. There will be concert seating. Please bring your water bottle and enjoy a box of fresh popcorn from Summerfield Cinema. Please thank our sponsors: Summerfield Cinema and Suncé Winery (pronounced Soon-Say). Proceeds from ticket sales will support the continuation of Free Fitness Classes, providing healthy opportunities for you and your community. We look forward to welcoming you. Thank You for your support!

Streisand Tribute Ticket Purchase Form

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

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength. No class Thursday, April 21. 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@ Spring is here and it is time to keep up your fitness. 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.

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

Tuesday Afternoon Group

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


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2016

Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck

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

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


“And the secret garden bloomed and bloomed and every morning revealed new miracles.”—Frances Hodgson Burnett


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

WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, April 19 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• After April 15, it should be safe to assume there will be no more frost. • Plant indoor-started seedlings outside. • Harden off all homegrown vegetable seedlings before transplanting, bringing them in and out for a week before setting them free for good. • Plant container perennials and annuals. • Early in the month, sow in the garden seeds of cool-season veggies such as carrots, chard, and spinach. Late in the month, sow seeds of warmseason crops such as beans, corn, and squash; set out seedlings of eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes. • Look around for containers filled with water, as these can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Dump the water.

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby

Beginning A New Study Following Jesus with Luke

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

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Visual Aids Bridge Marathon

nDorrelle Aasland, Chairperson

SPRING AWARD LUNCHEON Wednesday, May 11, Quail Inn

VISUAL AIDS 2016–2017

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

It is now time to sign up for next year’s marathon. It will cost $15 which is donation to Oakmont Visual Aids. If you are renewing your membership, please complete the form below. If you are new and would like to join us, we would love to have you join us. We play once a month at each other’s home from September through April. We play 20 hands of bridge and get to meet and visit. If you would like to play please sign up or if you do not have a partner, please call me at 537-1518 and I can do magic.

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Please complete the above forms and include your check made out to Rita Kronen, 7103 Overlook Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409(537-7707 if you have questions). The cost is $22 for the luncheon and $15 for next year’s marathon. Indicate on your check “for visual aids.” This needs to be received by May 5. Thank you and looking forward to our lunch and awards.

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club

nRay Haverson

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

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The New Horizons Concert Band at Berger Center nHelen Hargrave

Saturday, April 23 at 2PM

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

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

Movies At Oakmont

New Volunteer Training for Annadel State Park nSarah Reid, Volunteer Coordinator

Are you interested in volunteering for your park next door? There are a variety of volunteer opportunities including hike patrol, mountain bike patrol, visitor center staff, trail maintenance projects and special events. Our next New Volunteer Training class is Saturday, April 9, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. at the Annadel Visitor Center (6201 Channel Drive, just behind and to the left of the STOP sign). RSVP is required as space is limited. Please contact me at

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

Sunday, April 3, 2 pm THE MARTIAN

Abandoned on the surface of Mars after his crew concludes that he perished in a dust storm, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) must find a way to survive the planet’s harsh environment—despite having only 28 days of supplies left. Adapted from the best-selling novel, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Actor. Watney’s humor, in such a dire situation, won the movie a Golden Globe for Best Film, Comedy/ Musical Division. Jessica Chastain also stars. (2015), PG-13, 130 minutes.

Sunday, April 3, 7 pm SECRETS & LIES

A family confronts shocking secrets and long-forgotten lies in this bittersweet drama. With no man in her life, single mom Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn) finds life with her sullen daughter disappointing. But everything changes when Hortense shows up claiming to be the daughter Cynthia gave up for adoption—a revelation that shakes Cynthia’s entire family. Universally acclaimed, the film received nearly fifty international film awards, including a Golden Globe for Blethyn. (1996), R (language, brief sex), 142 minutes.

Sunday, April 10, 2 pm No film shown, concert at the Berger Sunday, April 10, 2 and 7 pm SPOTLIGHT

The 2016 Oscar-winning Best Picture, Spotlight, will be presented at the evening screening. Powerful and emotionally gripping, the film tells the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe team of reporters who exposes the Catholic Archdiocese’s history of keeping reports about child molestations and other priest-initiated abuse under wraps. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor and Actress (Mark Ruffalo and Rachael McAdams), the film also won for Best Original Screenplay. (2015), R (language), 129 minutes.

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

Agreeing to participate in a community outreach program, e-commerce entrepreneur Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway) hires a 70-year-old intern, retired widower Ben (Robert DeNiro)— who ends up bringing his special brand of business savvy to her fashion enterprise. A touching comedy with a serious message about seniors in the workforce, the chemistry among all the characters makes for a delightful film. Also starring Rene Russo. (2015), PG13, 121 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m.: The Martian, (2015), PG-13, 130 minutes. Sunday, April 3, 7 p.m.: Secrets & Lies, (1996), R (language, brief sex), 142 minutes. Sunday, April 10, 2 p.m.: No film shown, Concert at Berger Sunday, April 10, 7 p.m.: Spotlight, (2015), R (language), 129 minutes. Sunday, April 17, 2 p.m.: No film shown, OVA Event at Berger Sunday, April 17, 7 p.m.: The Intern, (2015), PG-13, 121 minutes.

Ukesters nLinda Webster


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


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


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


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


George’s furniture repair and refinishing, antiques and caning. Oakmont references. 30 years experience. Free estimates. Call George at 987-3059.

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

Entry doors, patio and French doors, screen doors, barn doors, interior doors. Oakmont references. Free estimates. Lic. #527924 since 1988. 539-3196.


Professional and commercially licensed transportation for Oakmont residents. Wine tours, cruise lines, airports and hotels. Always available and reliable too! Oakmont homeowner. Call Chris at (707) 206-5018.


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


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




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


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


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


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


Good references. Caregiving built around your needs. Days and evenings. Call Pam at (707) 292-0661 or Corlina at 548-4482.

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


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


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


Quality cleaning with reasonable rates. Houses, apartments, condos, offices. Complete home renovations, kitchen and bathroom design, remodeling and Move-outs. Free estimates. References. Call (707) 484-9194. repair. Door and window upgrades, decks, fences and concrete. 30 years GOLF CARTS local experience, timely and detail Huge selection of value-priced, new, oriented. Lic. #669482. Call used and re-conditioned golf carts for (707) 328-3555. sale. Professional repairs, service. Many years servicing our friends in Oakmont. D. CEBALLOS HOME REPAIR 584-5488. SMALL JOB SPECIALIST

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

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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

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OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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

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.


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

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

COORDINATOR April 1–15 Beverly Schilpp 538-4293 April 16–30 Susan Mullaly 539-1328

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

If you would like to be a volunteer, please call 539-8996. Donations to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers are appreciated and tax deductible. Mail your check payable to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Thank you.

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



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

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


oakmont community garden on stonebridge

WINTER SCHEDULE Access to OVA pools is by magnetic card. Call OVA Office, 539-1611 if you need a permanent new member pool access card or to register for a temporary guest pool access card. West: 7 AM–9 PM (Sat & Sun) (Closes 7 PM Wednesdays for cleaning) East: 6:30 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 5:45 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Tuesdays for cleaning) Thanksgiving to first Saturday in April: No one under 18 years in WEST and EAST or CENTRAL pools or Jacuzzis. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. A LL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.


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

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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

Author must be an Oakmont resident or owner. Letter must include topic title, author’s signature and Oakmont address, email address and/ or phone number (not published). Maximum length 250 words. Letters not previously printed elsewhere may be given publishing priority. Writers will be limited to one letter per 90 days. Letters may be subject to editing for length or clarity. Personal attacks and inflammatory comments will not be printed. Communications Committee retains its right of refusal to publish. Send letter to OVA Office at 6575 Oakmont Drive, Ste 7 or by email to

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

OAS Management Company

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

2015-2016 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Frank Batchelor, President Andie Altman, Vice President Elke Strunka, Treasurer John R Felton, Secretary Bob Giddings, Director Alan Scott, Director L. G. “Herm” Hermann, 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.

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

E-mail List Do you want to stay updated on what is going on in Oakmont? Join the OVA E-mail list. You will receive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Oakmont Notices, Meeting Announcements and the weekly Manager's Newsletter. To join, go to the OVA office and fill out a sign-up form, or visit www. and click the “join our E-Blast email list” link.


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OVA-Sponsored Events AARP Presents Smart Driver Course nMarsha Zolkower

Elect to Laugh! nMarsha Zolkower

The Oakmont Comedy Club Presents Will Durst!

Oakmont’s favorite funny man, Will Durst returns to the Berger at Oakmont, on Saturday, April 9, performing his show, “Elect to Laugh 2016.” This brand-new hysterical one-man show stalking the presidential election cycle like white on rice. Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, this hilarious production reflects Durst’s outraged and outrageous sensibilities, accessing the topical through the jugular, as current as Hillary Clinton’s lead staffer’s latest tweet. Why the show? Why not the show? Winston Churchill called the American political process a circus wrapped inside a game show covered in poisonous weasel glitter. Well, he should have. But no matter which side of the partisan aisle you sit, you have to agree that the 2016 election season has already spawned one of the most fertile, febrile and fecund campaigns in history. For mocking and scoffing and taunting purposes, that is. As a source for comedic material it has been an embarrassment of riches. Lush like a tropical rain forest. A cornucopia of delights. Its comedy for people who read or know someone who does. Purchase tickets at the OVA Office, $15 each. Bring your own Libations and Munchies! Open Seating at round tables, no reserved tables. Show starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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

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

2016 Two-day Full Course and One-day Refresher Course Schedule

WHAT: Eight-hour classroom course and 4-hour refresher course for drivers 50 years of age and older. Oakmont residents only COST: $15 for AARP members, $20 non-members WHERE: Room B, in the Central Activities Center TIME: 1–5 p.m. each day DAY AND DATES: Friday, April 15; Thurs. and Fri., June 16 and 17; Friday, September 16; Thurs. and Fri., October 20 and 21; Friday, December 9 SIGN-UP: Just call the OVA Office at 539-1611 or come by in person

Rescue Cat Adoptions nMarsha Zokower

Wednesday, April 13, 1–4:30 PM Berger Lawn

You asked for cats, we have cats! Pets Lifeline, one of Sonoma County’s premier animal rescue organizations, will be visiting Oakmont on Wednesday, April 13 from 1–4:30 p.m. on the corner, under the trees in front of the Berger Center. Adoption fee is $85 and there is also a fosterto-adopt program so you can see if it’s a fit. Come by, meet the kitties, and hopefully take one or two home with you! For more information about Pets Lifeline check



The Oakmont News / April 1, 2016

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