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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

OVA Board Rescinds Vote on East Rec. Deck with Stairs

Dance Club is Now History

nAl Haggerty

Faced with strong community opposition to an East Recreation Center deck with stairs leading to the pool, the OVA Board rescinded its previous vote to move forward with the project at its March 21 meeting. The vote was 6-0. Board President Andie Altman was absent. With nearly 100 residents responding to a poll taken by OVA staff, more than 90% objected to stairs. Many felt there was no compelling reason for people in the main room of the center to get down to the pool or for those at the pool to get onto the upstairs deck. Several speakers at the meeting’s open forum also urged reconsideration of the proposed stairs. Many were concerned about children attending events in the main room getting down to the pool unsupervised. There were also concerns about drinks served in glasses and food being taken poolside and exposure to liability. The stairs also would allow non-OVA board members access to the pool without a key card. The result was to leave the decision up to the new board, which is being chosen in the current election and will hold its first regular meeting April 17. A suggestion by director Ellen Leznik to hold a town hall meeting to get further resident input got no support.

nMarty Thompson

Oakmont’ Social and Dance Club has held its last event, wrapping up with a sold-out St. Patrick’s Day Party and Club Crawl. The decades-old club fell victim to younger generations’ tastes for rock music vs. ballroom dancing and less expensive evenings without white tablecloth dinners. “And then there’s a lot of competition now,” said Donna Kaiser, a member of the committee that’s been running the club. “Years ago, the Dance Club was the only thing for dancing.” Now there are the Boomers, Sha-Boom and Quail Inn dinners with dancing. The club subsidized the dinner and open bar for the last event, charging members only $20. “It’s sad,” Kaiser said. “Like the end of an era. It just wasn’t feasible for us to continue.”

April 1, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 7

Volunteers Build Path to Trione-Annadel nMarty Thompson

Oakmont now has its own path into Trione-Annadel State Park. Volunteers working with Ken Wells, executive director of the Sonoma County Trails Council, put the final touches on the path between the park and Stone Bridge Road on March 16.

Crew members dig out the trail route as wheelbarrows of rock are added to fill in low spots and create a border for the path. Line Dancers entertained during a break in the March 17 program. (Photo by Marty Thompson)

OVA Election Targets This Coming Week nMarty Thompson

See board on page 3

Oakmont Directory nStaff Report

The 2017 Oakmont Community Directory and Resource Guide has been mailed to each home and to residents of Oakmont Gardens. This year’s cover photo “Vineyard in the Rain,” is by Oakmont photographer Robert Starkey. He took the picture at Kenwood Vineyards in the morning, “because the combination of rain and early morning light made the colors so much more vibrant.” The cover logo is by Deborah Gray of Deborah Gray Designs. Any resident not receiving a copy may pick one up at the OVA office.

A spirited 2017 Oakmont election is focusing on the last chance to cast ballots, at the April 3 Annual Meeting, with the outcome to be learned at the next day’s ballot-counting. At least 800 ballots are required for a quorum, but that target was easily reached with a brisk pace of ballots received in by the half-way point of the month-long voting. The eight candidates seeking four board seats campaigned at public gatherings and door-to-door, a level of activity greater than in past years, probably increasing the number of votes being cast. Reflecting the turnout, the number of vote-counting volunteers was increased this year. Ballots may be returned by mail or placed in a secure ballot box in the lobby of Umpqua Bank at Oakmont Drive and Laurel Leaf Place. It became necessary to get a larger ballot box to accommodate the volume of returns. Candidates appeared in a February public forum, where issues raised included the future of the aging

Rocks gathered from the nearby hillside are placed to form the trail edge.

See election on page 3 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323 Volunteers spread crushed rock over a membrane to form the path surface. (Photos by Keith Sauer)

See path on page 3


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The rotting deck has been closed for several months. The board voted unanimously to cancel earlier plans to put a surveillance camera at the Pythian Road entrance to Oakmont. The board voted several years ago, following a spate of burglaries in the community, to install the cameras at both the Oakmont Drive and Pythian Road entrances. While the cameras were installed covering the Oakmont Drive entrance, the Pythian Road camera ran into complications involving both its location and a power supply. Rejection of the Pythian Road camera followed a report by director Gloria Young indicating that Santa Rosa police regard the Oakmont Drive cameras of little or no use in detecting burglars. The images of a burglary at the Village Market were overexposed by the headlights on the burglars’ vehicles and the video of a break-in at the auto repair shop near the Oakmont Drive entrance to Oakmont was of no use due to insufficient night lighting. There was general agreement that the very existence of the signs might discourage burglars. Young noted that while the 16 Oakmont burglaries

Just For Fun Game Club nPhillip Herzog

We have a new schedule now with more game times! We now meet on the second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and on the first Saturday at 1 p.m., as well as the Saturday preceding the fourth Thursday, also at 1 p.m. We gather to play games of all sorts and have fun. You name it, we’ll play it! Games of all sorts: board games, card games, tile games, dice games, etc., easy games, strategy games, complicated games, luck games…whatever. You don’t need to bring any games. All you need to do is be there. We have the following games on hand: a poker set, several decks of cards, double 6 and double 12 dominoes, Bananagrams, Uno, Cribbage, Monopoly, Sonopoly, Parcheesi, Clue, Thryme, Settlers of Catan, The Pillars of the Earth, Pictionary, Yahtzee, Deluxe Rook, Probe and someone usually brings Rummikub, Scrabble, Skip-Bo, Phase 10, Sequence, Rack-O, Splendor, Indigo as well as others. If you have any games that you would like to donate to the club temporarily or permanently, just let me know. We are always looking for more games to add to our collection. Play games that you already know or learn a new game. If we don’t have what you want to play, bring it with you. Those who are present decide which games to play or gamers can schedule ahead of time for certain games to play. The more the merrier! Our objective is to have fun. For more information email me at goldguyphil@ or call me at 843-3053. If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, then let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust or add another time that works. We hope to see you soon.

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in 2012 resulted in the call for surveillance cameras, the number of burglaries dropped off to 5 in 2015 and 4 in 2016. She told the board that most Oakmont burglaries were from unlocked cars parked in driveways. The police also noted that the department’s sector, which takes in Oakmont, has the lowest crime rate in Santa Rosa. The board approved changing signs calling attention to the cameras to read “Surveillance Cameras” rather than “Security Cameras” to eliminate the possibility of OVA being sued for not providing the security implied by the signs.


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Berger Center, building pickleball courts and fixing the rotted East Rec. Center deck. A video of that forum can be viewed at The last opportunity to hand in ballots is at the OVA Annual Meeting, starting at 2 p.m., Monday, April 3 at the Berger. They will be counted starting the next morning at 9 a.m. in the West Rec. Center. The public may quietly view the ballot-counting. The new board has a reorganizational meeting at the West Rec. that afternoon at 1 p.m. The eight candidates are, in alphabetical order, Frank Batchelor, Carolyn Bettencourt, Stephanie Curry, Greg Goodwin, Ken Heyman, Bill Lucker, Al Medeiros and Wayne Van Bockern. Directors whose terms are expiring are Frank Batchelor, John Felton, Herm Hermann and Elke Strunke.

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

nJim Brewer

April 2: Bob Kirk Why We Went to War 100 Years Ago Today

This month marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, ending four years of declared neutrality. While it was German submarine attacks on American shipping that turned the tide of public opinion, the decision to get involved in a foreign war was a lot more complicated. Returning to the Sunday Symposium for his 14th appearance, popular lecturer and Oakmont figure Bob Kirk, will offer his unique perspective on this historic moment in U.S. history.

April 9: Peter Estabrook Duke Ellington: The Man and His Music

Due to his inventive use of the orchestra, or big band, and thanks to his eloquence and charisma, Duke Ellington is generally considered to have elevated the perception of jazz to an art form on a par with other more traditional musical genres. In an unusual Sunday presentation, jazz musician and lifelong Ellington devotee Peter Estabrook will reveal surprising details about the America’s jazz master. Esterbrook served on the Jazz Faculty at Sonoma State University for 12 years. He has also been an Adjunct Jazz (and Trumpet) Instructor for Santa Rosa Junior College since 1996.

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nMary Patricia

Architectural Committee


The Oakmont yards and gardens will also be “springing” into life! The Winter “sleeping beauties” will begin to compete with the “springing” weeds. And the dried Poppies need to be pulled (they will come back next season). All greenery will begin to grow with great gusto. Now is the time to “dig out” the big clippings container (check with Empire Waste for your pickup day). This is also a good time to assess the need for other clean-up jobs—pruning, edging, re-bedding plants, cleaning down spouts and gutters. If re-landscaping or re-painting is necessary, remember to submit an Application for Approval. They are available through the Architectural Office. Also, check your copy of the Oakmont Architectural Guidelines and Standards for landscaping compliance. The Architectural Committee’s guideline for your yards and homesites is “neat, clean” and well-kept.” Working together will insure that Oakmont remains the beautiful community that attracted us to live here. The committee continues to do drive-by inspections. Happy Spring!


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Wells said the path needed around five dry days to cure, and with some rain in the forecast he expected it would be ready around March 27. A sign on the path asked people to give it a few days to be ready. “It’s a nice trail that will last a long time,” Wells said. “I am really impressed with the way Oakmont folks turned out for the project. It’s been fun working here.” Volunteers led by Oakmonter Hugh Helm turned out for three work days to carve the path out of rocky soil adjacent to the Oakmont Community Garden. The trail links the street to the city’s bridge across Oakmont Creek and into the 5,000 acre park. Mayor Chris Coursey rode through on his bicycle and inspected the path as work was winding up. More than 30 people took part in the path-building. “I’m so grateful for all of the people who showed up,” Helm said. He called the coming together of the community “very heartening.” Volunteers fanned out with wheelbarrows on the hillside around the community garden to collect rocks to line the trail and fill gaps in the ground. Others dug up the grass and laid a liner. Fine reddish-brown rock that tops the trail was spread and compacted to provide a solid surface. The Trails Council provided tools to augment those brought by volunteers, plus a front-end loader to distribute the surfacing rock from street-side piles to the trail. The Oakmont to Trione-Annadel connection is valued by walkers and bicyclists. Bikers ride through the park and cross onto Oakmont’s quiet streets to avoid the busy Highway 12 link between Santa Rosa and the Sonoma Valley. The park is a magnet for Oakmonters in search of hiking trails. Need for a new connection to the park arose in three stages. First, the owner of Oakmont’s two RV storage lots closed one of three paths. Then property owners in White Oak prevailed in legal action with the city to ban bicycles from a path and street through their development. Recently the RV park owner posted private property signs on the lone remaining road. That path is still open, but its future is questionable.

Letters to the Editor

The Oakmont News welcomes letters from residents to express opinion, criticism or praise. See details on how to send at or in this issue on the Oakmont Village Association page.


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Visual Aids Workshop


nCarolita Carr

big events, as opposed to the long line of rectangular tables. But bear in mind, this means we will have to limit the number of attendees even more per event. This means that, if you want to attend a party, you will have to sign up as soon as possible. If you hesitate, you risk being turned away. We know Oakmont has grown since the Berger Center was built, but the fire marshal has rules we must follow, and we are doing our best to comply.

Save the Date

“More Joy” band.


WHEN: Friday, April 21 TIME: 7–8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m., no Early Birds, please) WHERE: Berger Center PRICE: $10 per person. Proceeds benefit the Oakmont Community Foundation TICKETS: or in our file at the OVA Office

Survey Results

The results of the recent survey are posted on our website for you to read. We have listened and we shall return to the round tables in the Berger for our

May 20, it’s a British Invasion! Come to the Berger Center and dance to the tunes of Invasion, a band that specializes in the music made famous by all those English bands who invaded our shores. We will also have the food trucks back for your dining pleasure.

In Memoriam

On March 8, the Boomers lost a dear friend, Debbie Subbarao. Debbie served as our board’s Vice President and was part of the original group of Boomers who met and formed the club in 2011. Debbie volunteered at the Oakmont Library and the Sonoma Valley Visitors Center and conducted tours of Oakmont for new residents. It was Debbie who created, organized, and managed the Wild Wicked Whimsical Wine Tasters group and arranged for dinners, tours, and private tastings at wineries throughout Sonoma County. She was unstoppable, and we will miss her terribly. Our hearts go out to the love of her life, her husband, Suru. Rest in peace, Debbie—you earned it.


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A volunteer opportunity! Come help us make these needed aids for visually- and mentally-impaired children. The orders from across the nation continue to come in for our books. We need your help in making them and filling the orders. Delightful notes from instructors, such as this one, assure us that the aids we produce are of value. Dear Volunteers, What a delight it was to receive a box full of your books. We had to get rid of our old set (gasp) due to age. They were 35 years old. I know we will get a lot of use out of these treasures. Thanks, Deborah Come see what we do. We meet on Monday mornings in the upper West Rec. Center from 9–11 a.m. We have a good time together with coffee and a treat as we make these books. For more info call me at 538-5321.

April 29 Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

Note: New Location Prayer in Nichiren Buddhism

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


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Paratransit Changes in Oakmont

Highest Woman Cribbage Player nMarlena Cannon

nStaff Report

Did you know?

The ninth highest ranked Cribbage player and the highest ranked woman cribbage player in the country is Jeanne Selke from Redding, CA. She describes the game as a “social game of skill mixed with the luck of the draw. It’s intriguing. If you like horses or NASCAR, you’ll like Cribbage. It’s the only card game I know that’s a race.” The Oakmont Cribbage Club meets Tuesday afternoons beginning at 12:30 p.m. and running until about 3 p.m. Players can come at any time. To join others in this fast-paced card game, please contact Sandra Stetzel at or call her at 539-0300.

Santa Rosa CityBus service is no longer providing Paratransit service within Oakmont, but Volunteer Wheels will continue for Oakmont residents, the city transit service has announced. The change, effective March 14, was recommended by the City of Santa Rosa Paratransit Users Group and in the city’s Paratransit Efficiency Report. Oakmont residents who are already eligible for city paratransit services should call Sonoma County’s ADA service provider, Volunteer Wheels (573-3377) for information and to book a trip. To apply for service Oakmont residents should go to and scroll down to find Paratransit under the “Ride” heading.

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Partnership Accrues to Oakmont’s Benefit nStaff Report

A savvy business decision has resulted in an unexpected gift for the Oakmont Community Foundation (OCF). For the past decade, the organization has been a successful fundraising vehicle with one focused goal—enhancing and supporting charitable and educational activities within Oakmont. “We recently started looking for a safe home for our donation dollars, but one that would earn more income to benefit Oakmonters,” said Bob Chapman, OCF treasurer. They found their answer in Summit State Bank, which offers a Nonprofit Partner Donation Program to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

Summit recently awarded OCF $1,000—more than double what the group expected with their new partnership. Summit President Jim Brush personally delivered the check, “saying he thought a nice round number would be nicer for us,” Chapman said. “And was he ever right.” The OCF supports several activities, including Health Initiative classes, caregiver support groups, the Oakmont Library, volunteer helpers, computer learning and much more. “This gift allows us to offer greater financial resources to the several Oakmont groups and organizations we issue grants to now, and reach out to new groups as well,” said Chapman.

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Parking Study for Central Project Area Proceeds to Aid Berger Action Committee nJackie Reinhardt

The OVA Board approved a parking study from Hogan Land Services not to exceed $6,600 that will give the Berger Action Committee (BAC) data they need to determine if Oakmont’s multipurpose center can be expanded. “It’s very apparent parking is an issue,” said Art Fichtenberg, chair of one of the two subcommittees who presented the request. “This is not a study of traffic patterns,” he said at the March 21 board meeting. “What we need is a schematic drawing showing all possible sites for additional parking.” Fichtenberg added the study is intended to be a long-range planning document that will be referred to whenever the OVA wishes to build additions, new structures or intensify the use of existing buildings in the Central Project Area. In an interview, Fichtenberg clarified that once the study is complete, BAC will be in a position to assess the location, size and uses of a new building as well as provide additional parking if the Berger is remodeled and expanded. Ruthie Snyder, BAC chair, also requested and received board approval to allow 15000 Inc., the mechanical engineers, to spend an additional $1,700 to determine the Berger Center’s energy efficiency. Director Ellen Leznik opposed both motions, citing the need for OVA’s lawyers to review any contract language. Retiring OVA Director Herm Hermann countered, saying the BAC members have considerable experience in contracting and planning and the board has full authority to delegate the review process to the committee.


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Golf News OGC

nRick Warfel


As an OGC Board member for five years and past President, Frank Giannini currently serves the club in the capacity of House and Social. This means that: 1) he coordinates with Kemper Sports Management on building (house) repair and improvement projects, and 2) he and his social committee of 13 organize six Twilighter golf tournaments and an annual crab feed. Frank grew-up in the North Beach area of San Francisco and at Balboa High School was the starting quarterback for two years (class of 1951). He also played baseball and was All-City in basketball where his teammate was Bob Baciocco, a current OGC member. Frank was drafted and served two years in Korea as a communications specialist in the Army. Then, upon returning home, he fell in love with the girl next door and married his wife Peg in 1955. Over the next 43 years Frank worked his way up to General Manager in the construction industry with particular expertise in aluminum and glass. He worked on many high profile projects in San Francisco, including the Bank of America tower, the Embarcadero Center, and Moscone Center. Our club benefits greatly from Frank’s 43 years of construction and project management experience. Frank typically receives multiple bids for projects then supervises the work to make sure it is done right. Frank is proud to have contributed to the following club projects: new roof for the East clubhouse, dredging of the East Course irrigation lake, remodeling of bathrooms on #10 West and #16 West, new well on #17 West, irrigation repairs by Wadsworth Construction, new deck at the Quail Inn (work starts soon), and refinance subcommittee. Frank points out that social events, such as the Twilighters and the crab feed, help to raise money for the club. For example, at the December crab feed at the Quail Inn which was attended by 200 people, the event generated a profit of about $1,800 and from this amount, $501 was donated directly to the club Capital Improvement Fund. The Social Committee also recently donated $2,300 worth of furniture for the lobby area of the Quail Inn. Frank’s interests include fishing, golf, and building wooden bird houses. Frank and Peg have lived at Oakmont for 10 years, they have been married for 60 years, and they have three sons who live in the area. Says Frank, “I love the club, I put my heart and soul into it.”

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

No sweeps play on March 7. Sweeps results for March 14: Eileen Beltrano was low gross winner of the field of 22 players. First flight: first, Kim Agrella; second, Kris Peters and Eileen Beltrano. Second flight: first, Linda Yates; second, Michele Yturralde; third, Joan DiMaggio; fourth, Betty Van Voorhis. Third flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second, Debbie Warfel; third, Patti Schweizer; fourth, Tammy Siela.


No sweeps play on March 2. Sweeps results for March 9: Kris Peters was low gross winner of the field of 17 players. First flight: first, Kris Peters; second, Leslie Clark; third, Kathy Faherty; fourth, Eileen Beltrano, Kelly Downey and Penny Wright. Second flight: first, Vanita Collins; second, Yoshi Smith; third, Marie Pierce and Carol Locke. Save the date: TOWGC providing a Rules Seminar from 10 a.m. to noon on April 12—all are welcome. The following is a profile of this week’s featured women players: Minnie Magruder and Betty Jameson. Minnie Magruder, of Waco, grandmother of our own Sallie Wood, made her mark as an amateur golfer in Texas. After playing for only six months, she won her first tournament trophy playing with Bobby Jones. In 1926, she won the Texas Women’s state championship, was runner up in 1928, a medalist in ‘29, and the runner up again in ‘30. She was president of the WTGA for one year and continued to work with the organization for many years, while playing the game she dearly loved. Minnie also taught her son golf, Sallie’s dad, who became a fine amateur golfer. Sadly, Minnie died at 39 years old of an aneurysm. Other Texas amateur titles included Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Betty Jameson, Betsy Rawls and Sandra Haynie, who all moved on to professional glory. Minnie’s years of playing with the WTGA overlapped with Betty Jameson. Betty was born in Oklahoma in 1919, grew up in Texas and began playing golf at 11 and was winning tournaments by 13 years old. She attended the University of Texas at Austin, and turned pro in 1945 after an illustrious amateur career. Tall, pretty and stylish, she was nicknamed golf’s first ‘glamour girl’ by the press. In 1947, she had the distinction of being the first woman golfer at the US Open to play a 72-hole tournament and score under 300. She was one of the 13 founders of the LPGA in 1950 and was one of the six initial inaugural inductees into the LPGA Tour Hall of Fame. In addition, she was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame and in 1999 was inducted into the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame as one of the LPGA’s top 50 players and teachers. Hired by the Spalding sports company, she toured the country conducting golf clinics. She donated the trophy named for her childhood hero, golfer Glenna Collett Vare, which annually goes to the LPGA player with the lowest scoring average. Betty was quoted as saying, “Just like in golf, you always learn more when you lose than when you win.”


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nStan Augustine

The month of March springs great hope that sunny days lie ahead. The Spring Eclectic contest began March 13 with 21 players turning out. Eclectic is where each player’s best score on each of the nine holes over five rounds is used to determine the winner. We won’t know that person until after the May 8 play date. Because of wet conditions we have only March 13 to report: John Munkacsy scored low net at 28.5, followed by Arthur Boot’s 32. There was a tie for third between Tony Apollini and John Derby at 32.5, rounded out with a three-way tie for fifth place that included Tony D’Agosta, Tom Massip, and Jim Norem, each netting 33. The Men’s Group is looking forward to the April 17 Mixer, which will pair mixed foursomes with the Women’s Niners section and a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

MARCH SWEEPS RESULTS March 2, 28 players, East Course

First flight: first, Sheila Sada; second, Linda Yates. Second flight: first, Roberta Lommori; second tie, Tammy Siela, Elisabeth La Pointe. Third flight: first tie, Christy Rexford, Debbie Warfel.

March 9, 19 players, East Course

First flight: first, Betty Van Voorhis; second, Linda Yates. Second flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second, Elisabeth La Pointe. Third flight: first, Roberta Lommori; second tie, Debbie Warfel, Joan Eiserloh. Fourth flight: first, Nancy Young; second tie, Barbara Bowman, Jeanine Haggerty.

Mark your calendars

Thursday, March 6 will be a shot gun at 8:30 a.m. followed by a General Meeting at 11:30 a.m. in the East Clubhouse. Bring a bag lunch. Beware, it’s April Fool’s Day today, somebody might be planning on making you look like a fool.


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First flight (9–16): first, Bill Salmina, 56; second tie, Danny Morgan and Jeff Snyder, 57. Second flight (17–22): first tie, Randy Kephart and Alan McLintock, 54; third, Danny Crobbe, 55. Third flight (23–27): first, Bill Smith, 50; second, Lou Lari, 51; third, Phil Sapp, 53. Fourth flight (28–up): first, Frank James, 53; second, John Garcia, 55; third, Dan Levin, 56. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Charlie Huff, 12’2”; #13—Jeff Snyder, 3’9”; #16—Eric Lutz, 2’10”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Phil Sapp, 6’5”; #13—John Muckacsy, 20’9”; #16—Bill Smith, 6’10”; #5—Charlie Huff, 17’6”.


First, Dan Sienes, 49; second, Keith Wise, 50; third, Art Boot, 52; fourth tie, Tony D’Agosta and Art Hastings, 53. Closest-to-the-pin on #16: HCP 0–24—Jack Haggerty, 35’3”; HCP 25–up—Keith Wise, 23’8”.


First: Jim Scinto, Bob Baciocco, Bob Branstetter and Bob Thompson, 124; second, Paul Phillips, Rick Warfel, John Williston and Wally Juchert, 126; third, Jeff Snyder, Frank Zelko, Bob Peterson and Tony Hughes, 132. Individual low net game: first, Phil Sapp, 67; second, Bill Hainke, 68; third, Art Fichtenberg, 69; fourth, Rick Yates, 73. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8 tie—Charlie Huff and Rick Yates, 8’10”; #13—Chuck Wood, 3’0”; #16—Sal Cesario, 4’7” Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—John Williston, 9’7”; #13—John Williston, 7’4”; #16—Lew Gross, 10’8”; #5—Bud Simi, 4’8”.


First: Tony D’Agosta and Gary Stone, 66.5; second, Art Hastings and Jack Haggerty, 67.5; third, Art Boot and Dan Sienes, 74. The East Course Mixer is coming up on Wednesday, April 19. Shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., lunch following at the Quail Inn with a mix of sandwiches and sliders and a beer and soda bar. (Although listed on the game sheet, “poley’s” will not be used). Cost is $5 for sweeps and $10 for lunch. Such a deal! Sign-ups soon in the East and West pro shops.

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Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

March 14, when this column was written, saw a high in Oakmont in the balmy mid-80s. It felt just like Huatulco, Mexico, where a group of our fellow OGC members spent a week just 14 days ago. The rain and cold weather may not be finished with us yet, but today was a preview of things to come: sunny days, balls actually bouncing on the fairway grass, glorious golf here in Oakmont and, for the more fortunate, lots of golf on other courses in the area over the next six months. The 2017 Oakmont Seniors season is upon us and, to kick it off, there will be a general members meeting on April 4 at 10 a.m. in the Quail Inn. The meeting will be devoted to the organization of our club, followed by coverage of the other golf clubs we will visit this year. As a duly recognized golf section we need a set of bylaws to describe the officers of the club, their duties, election rules, etc. Fortunately the entire document is less than two pages and this part of the program should only take a few minutes. After that we will look at the 2017 play schedule, organize the car-pooling procedures, and answer questions. Any interested parties are cordially invited to attend, but to vote at the meeting one must be a member of OGC and have paid dues for the year. You can bring a check made out to the Oakmont Seniors to the meeting or deposit it in the box labeled Seniors in the Club Room at the West Course Pro Shop. Our first event will be at the Santa Rosa Country Club, about 15 miles from Oakmont. We will meet at the Quail Inn parking lot that morning and carpool from there. Naturally we will be greeted by our hosts at their luxurious clubhouse for registration and a great breakfast, followed by a round on their immaculate golf course. After that we will enjoy a fine lunch, and receive awards for the winning foursomes. Sound good? It is, not only at the SRCC but also at our other events this year. Find out more about these great bargains and get your questions about our fun club answered at the meeting on April 4. See you there.


Tuesday, April 4 at 10 a.m.: Membership Meeting, Quail Inn Wednesday, April 26: at Santa Rosa Monday, May 8: at Oakmont—Santa Rosa, Fountain Grove, and Stone Tree Wednesday, May 31: at Marin Monday, June 12: at Oakmont—Marin and Bodega Monday, June 19: at Rooster Run Thursday, June 29: at Napa Monday, July 10: at Oakmont—Napa and Rooster Run Tuesday, August 1: at Windsor Tuesday, September 19: at Stone Tree

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Oakmont Rainbow Women nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

Our March meeting began on a somber note as a dear friend to many, Bonnie Crosse, died the morning of March 9. Dianne read a brief tribute and we held a moment of silence. Bonnie was an artist, photographer, writer, a book lover, a therapist, and most of all a staunch lesbian feminist. She will be greatly missed. Iris summarized the recent ORW survey that found that prices and concert times were just about right for most. Water should be available at concerts, but food and coffee are not seen as necessary. The decision for the venue, Iris explained, is made three weeks prior, depending on the number of tickets sold, with the West Rec. used for more intimate performances. For the full report contact A new political action SIG, Silver ReSisters held a second very successful “postcard party,” with a discussion following to explore the group’s direction. To get involved email The Sierra Girls Garden opens for the season on April 15, from 9–10:30 a.m. Plants, flowers and edible goodies are available ( The golf SIG is also starting up again with the first tournament on April 2. Contact Judy Early for more information. An informative mini health fair featured nine local health professionals. Home Care Assistance’s Rikki Jacobsen gave a brief overview of choosing a good homecare provider, while Carol Kinney, RN described “Healing Touch” to balance energy and relieve pain. Massage therapist Lisa Muckle practices a blended style of “conscious bodywork” and offers massage monthly in Oakmont ( Santa Rosa podiatrist Dr. Karen Farac, DPM, MS (1211 College Ave., #176) gave an overview of ways to preserve foot function and tips about orthotics and shoes. Local chiropractor Dr. Nancy Rocks, DC suggested steps for healthy aging: embracing a positive attitude, eating healthy, relaxing, maintaining body alignment, stimulating your mind, and getting off the couch! She also demonstrated an easy daily exercise to improve posture. Keeping our personal health records current was recommended by Jeanne DeJoseph who provided a handout with an outline to follow. Finally Paige Wickland discussed the ORW Care Calendar. Sometimes temporary assistance is needed because of illness or injury and this SIG has been managing the “Care Calendar,” which we use to provide episodic care and support within ORW. As an example, Karen and Elaine told how it had worked for them when Karen coordinated care for Elaine after a knee replacement. The gift of our time when help is needed is a wonderful way to support each other.

Upcoming meetings

April 13: Game Night—bring your favorite. May 11: Movie Night (with popcorn). Saturday, June 17: Potluck Pride Picnic. We’ll celebrate diversity with all of our Oakmont neighbors, featuring the Oakie Folkies and Oakmont Ukesters. Lastly, it’s time to volunteer for our June fundraiser for 10,000 Degrees scholarships. More information is coming soon but, whether you have a little time or a lot, please contact Carroll at

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Art Association


Hearing, Education, Advocacy, Research and Support

nCarol Decker


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


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


WHAT: “Watercolor Boot Camp for Beginners” with Victor Marcelli WHEN: April 7 and 8, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. WHERE: CAC Art Room COST: $100 A two-session workshop on the fundamentals of transparent (aquarelle) watercolor painting, this class is designed for the neophyte. No experience is required and all materials will be supplied. Contact Dan Fishman to register at


A $4,000 check to fund two SRJC art student scholarships was presented at the March 10 Art Association regular meeting. Hiroshi Fuchigami of the SRJC Art Department accepted the check on behalf of the college. Fuchigami expressed the department’s gratitude and noted that the Oakmont Art Association is one of their most significant scholarship contributors. The annual October Art Show proceeds have provided the funding for the past ten years.

nJohn Taylor, HEARS President

At the March 14 HEARS meeting we learned, from audiologist Amber Powner of Audiology Associates, about Cochlear Implants, damaging sound levels, Tinnitus, how hearing works with our brain, and answers to many other questions posed by the attendees. We have no future HEARS lecture scheduled at this time. Please tell me what you’d like to hear about. (See below for HSG meeting.) In her informative talk at the HEARS meeting today, Amber covered these elements: 1. 33 million Americans have hearing loss—15% of the population. 2. One-third is due to noise exposure. 3. 50 million have tinnitus. 4. 6.2 million children have hearing loss. In physicians’ offices, dizziness is the #1 complaint in people over 70 years of age. Dizziness is often a result of Benign Positional Vertigo which is caused by little crystals in the balance part of the ear getting out of position. It usually cures itself. The ear has three parts, outer, middle and inner. The outer ear transmits the sound waves to the eardrum, while the middle ear converts eardrum motion to fluid waves that work with the inner ear, the cochlea. The cochlea has 12,000 Outer Hair Cells and 3,500 Inner Hair Cells (celia) and the hairs ‘tickle’ a membrane that creates an electrical nerve signal to the brain. If some hairs lie down, from too much noise exposure, then the membrane for that frequency (pitch) doesn’t send a nerve signal to the brain causing

nNancy Crosby

a void in ones hearing at that frequency. This could be the frequency of a key consonant and that void can make a word very difficult to decipher. A hearing aid amplifies the magnitude of the sound wave that impacts the eardrum which then works its way to the cochlea. A cochlear implant bypasses the outer and middle ear and vibrates the inner membrane directly. The resulting nerve signal that reaches the brain isn’t very clear and requires a fair amount of learning to interpret those signals. Hearing aids can be used in conjunction with a cochlear implant, each dealing with a different part of the hearing frequency spectrum. Amber also said there are some things available to reduce the plague of tinnitus. I mentioned my impatience with ads that tout the invisibility of the little in-the-ear canal hearing. These ads imply that wearing noticeable hearing aids is somehow undesirable! She said those little “can’t see” gadgets do not have the features that require more electronics such as bluetooth, T-coils, iPhone control of volume, bass and treble and more. I’d wear big red gadgets on the side of my head if they would help me decipher what is being said. Do note that the next HSG (Hearing Support Group) meeting is Monday, April 17 at 11 a.m. in Room B of the Central Activities Center (not Berger). Oakmont HEARS goal is to help improve hearing for our residents. Get on the HEARS email list by emailing to me at and attend the HEARS and HSG meetings.

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questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

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nRosemary Waller

Kiwanis Club of Oakmont


Music at Oakmont is pleased to present the fabulous Dover Quartet. Currently the faculty Quartet-in-Residence at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, the Dover swept the Grand Prize and all three Special Prizes at the 2013 Banff Competition, and recently won the highly coveted Cleveland Quartet Award. For their program in Oakmont on April 20 at 1:30 p.m., the Dover has chosen works by Haydn, Britten, and Beethoven. Program notes follow for the Haydn. For further information about Music at Oakmont and complete program notes for the April 20 concert, please visit our website Haydn, Quartet Fragment in D Minor, Op. 103, Hob. III:83: The Bohemian Prince Joseph von Lobkowitz, according to a contemporary, was as “kindhearted as a child and the most foolish music enthusiast. He played music from dusk to dawn and spent a fortune on musicians.” His choices could hardly be faulted: two beneficiaries were Haydn and Beethoven. In 1799 Lobkowitz commissioned Haydn to write a new set of six string quartets. Haydn finished two of them, but then became caught up in other projects, most importantly The Seasons, his last oratorio. Three years later he returned to the quartets, but his health was in serious decline. Probably realizing the set would never be completed, he published the two quartets he had already written as Op. 77. He then made a few sketches for the first movement of the third quartet (these turned up only in the late 1990s) and managed to finish the two inner movements.

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The task took him nearly a year, and the fourth movement was never begun. Haydn released this partial quartet in 1806 as Op. 103. It was the composer’s final work. The publisher poignantly included a reproduction of Haydn’s last calling card, which featured a few bars of his part-song Der Greis (The Old Man), along with its text “Gone is my strength, old and weak am I.” Perhaps the 68th of Haydn’s monumental string quartet output (the exact number is not known), Op. 103, though a fragment, is nonetheless a work of great inspiration. As the composer noted wistfully, “It is my latest-born, but it still resembles me.” Please note the date: This concert takes place on the third Thursday of April, not on our customary second Thursday.


Music at Oakmont’s annual Donor Drive takes place in April and May, with donor envelopes and information in the April 20 and May 11 programs. Donation checks should be made out to Oakmont Community Foundation, with memo line reading “Music at Oakmont.” The 2017–18 artist roster will be available at the April 20 concert, with season passes ($140 check made out to Music at Oakmont) available at the April 20, May 11, and Oct. 19 concerts. WHAT: Dover String Quartet WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door or your season pass

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


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Oakmont Music Lovers

nJudy Walker

The Glamour and Brilliance of Yuja Wang

For our April session, local resident Jean Wong will be giving a presentation on pianist Yuja Wang who was awarded musical American artist of the year for 2017. The New York Times is quoted as saying, “She seems to have everything: speed, flexibility, pianistic thunder and interpretive nuance.” With her inexhaustible creative imagination and unmatched stamina, her glamour is enhanced when she often appears on stage with four-inch stiletto heels and with either very tight short or long Jean Wong. diaphanous, alluring dresses. Jean Wong is a pianist who is a member of the Upbeat Trio and has played at many local venues. She is an award-winning poet, memoir, and fiction writer and her work has been frequently produced on stage including two plays at 6th Street Playhouse. Her new book, Hurtling Jade and Other Tales of Personal Folly has been recently released. WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


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


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


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


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

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Valley of the Moon Rotary Club nJohn Brodey

Horse Sense their tails. Horses are extremely sensitive Well, it turns out that Mr. Ed was right and more complicated. Despite being nonafter all. Many of us remember the TV verbal they are capable of high energy show that ran from 1958–66. It featured interactions. They tend to reflect back the Wilbur Post as the owner of a country emotional temperament of the person with house that came with Mr. Ed, a horse whom they are interacting. who had the ability to speak but only did The idea for Project HOPE was simple: so when in the presence of Wilbur. Every take a group of veterans from their group night Wilbur would dutifully walk out to residence in San Francisco and bus them the barn and visit his ruminating pal. As it to Ridge Ranch in Novato. The first turns out, these chats were more therapy element is that they are removed from sessions with some life observations an urban environment, which can be Equine therapist Kim thrown in. Hilarity ensued. One could Maclean is the founder of stressful, to a country one. As Socrates Project Hope, a program say Mr. Ed was the first equine therapist. said: “Returning warriors do not do well to help veterans Two human equine therapists came designed in the marketplace, they do better in the recover from PTSD. to visit the Valley of the Moon Rotary countryside.” Surprisingly, this is a ground recently and explained how horses, even those who based program; the vets do not ride the horses. A common ground is that both the animals and do not have the power to speak, are able to help the combat vets share a primal fight or flight instinct. humans to deal with trauma. Project HOPE is a Over time, being in each other’s company is a way program to help veterans recover from PTSD. It was for the men and women to begin to heal emotionally founded by horse lover Kim MacLean, whose brother and socially. Working in groups with other vets also was a combat vet and tragically committed suicide. reinforces a positive aspect of the combat experience. She found a partner in Dr. Jean Hayes, a licensed You are not alone, you are part of a team. They walk therapist with an affection for dogs. But as Dr. Hayes the horses, groom them, care for them and discover learned, horses offer something unique. Dogs, as we the depth of connecting with a creature that doesn’t know, love unconditionally. They are always there judge but shows you who you are at heart. accepting you, regardless. As the old (sexist) joke The presentation included some slides of the program goes, “Why are dogs better than women? Because no and gave us a feel for what it looks like in action. It was matter how late you get home, they are happy to see obviously a very powerful experience for those trying you. In fact, the later you are, the happier they are.” Dogs are very deliberate in their behavior, they wag to find their way back to the person they were.

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Funky Fridays Resume May 26

nPeggy Dombeck

Oakmont Garden Club


nStaff Report

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

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The meeting topic is still to be decided. Please see the April 15 Oakmont News for the topic. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, April 18, Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 am, 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. • 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. • Harden off all homegrown vegetable seedlings before transplanting, bringing them in and out for a week before planting them.

• After azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons finish blooming, remove spent blooms, taking care not to damage the new growth just beneath them. Feed the plants with a fertilizer especially developed for acid lovers. • Plant container perennials. • Divide and transplant summer and fall flowering perennials, fertilize as growth starts. • Cut back ornamental grasses if you have not done so already. • Check for insects, disease. • Plant annuals and summer bulbs. • Look around for containers filled with water, as these can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Dump the water. • Start feeding houseplants on a monthly basis now through October. Useful websites and phone numbers for gardening help:, (for pest information), Master Gardeners information desk, 565-2608, 9 a.m.–12 noon and 1–4 p.m.

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7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Goodwill Donation BC Pkg Lt 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 11:30 AM Yoga Workshops LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce

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 LCR Large Conference Room in OVA Office CR Card Room (new building complex) LW Lower West Recreation Center D Adjacent to stage in Berger Center UW Upper West Recreation Center

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9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid D 8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice B 3:00 PM OVA Annual Meeting BC 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 6:45 PM Contract Bridge CR

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:00 AM OVA Ballot Counting UW 9:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Landscape Imp Comm MCR 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM OVA Board Org. Meeting UW 3:00 PM Women’s Discus Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle CR 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 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 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI EC 3:30 PM Democrat Club AR 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:00 PM Current Events E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

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








9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid D 8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class B+FS 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Commun Committee B 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Painting AR 1:00 PM Craft Guild E 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Garden Club Board LCR 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Cafe Mortel E 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Court #4 9:00 AM Pinochle CR 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI EC 3:30 PM Democrat Club AR 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR 7:00 PM Democratic Club UW

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic West Picnic 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

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








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9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 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


9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 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

8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid D 8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 10:30 AM Bridge to Nowhere CR 11:00 AM H.E.A.R.S. B 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Oakmont Art Critique AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 6:45 PM Contract Bridge CR


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 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 Bridge Practice CR B 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Volunteer Helpers LCR 9:30 AM Garden Club BC 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Women’s Discus Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 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 Bocce 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM iPad SIG D 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 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 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 1:00 PM Bocce 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW



8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Music at Oakmont BC 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM AARP Driver Safety B 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:30 PM Democrat Club AR 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study G 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 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 Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI EC 3:30 PM Democrat Club AR 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:00 PM Current Events E 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM AARP Driver Safety B 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Pickle Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter 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 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

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


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


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2017

nTony Lachowicz

Skyline. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Hikers April 6 LONG HIKE Annadel, Henry’s Knob

exact route is not yet determined, but will head to wherever the flowers are best. Note: while we’ll pause often to look at flowers, this is a real hike, of 5–6 miles, with maybe 700’ of elevation. Don’t forget lunch. Our new leader this year is Zlatica “Wildflower” Hasa, 843-4527. Old Dick Shlegeris, who used to lead this hike, will be along and may offer an occasional helpful comment. Leave Berger at 9 a.m.


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

This is a medium strenuous hike of about eight miles with elevation gain of about 1,100’. In Annadel, using the Two Quarry, Marsh, and Ridge trails, we will climb Henry’s Knob with a wonderful 360-degree view of Annadel, Bennett Valley and Santa Rosa. Dress in layers, bring poles, water and lunch. We will depart Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Chuck Chenault, 539 1093.


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Pickleball Corner

nReenie Lucker

Lifelong Learning nCharlene Bunas

Dates with Dante

New players learn the game at Tuesday Orientation.

New club members attend lunch social in March.


supported by Oakmonters in the past. Information is available on-line at:

Pickleball Orientation classes on Tuesdays find a growing number of people interested in learning the game of pickleball. The rules of the game are easily mastered in one session, and the orientation is followed by coached play. Starting April 4, the Tuesday Orientation time will return to its warm weather schedule of 9 a.m. Coached Beginner Play will begin at 10 a.m. New players are welcome. Paddles and balls are provided by the club for Orientation use. Rubber soled shoes are required on court.


For a fun play experience, find a partner and enter the annual Sonoma Wine Country Games. The competition is organized into Women’s Doubles, Men’s Doubles, and Mixed Doubles by age divisions. The games are scheduled for June 9–11. You save $5 on the registration fee by registering before April 15. Registration is open until one week before the event. Spectators are welcome and the event has been strongly

nCarolita Carr


Welcome to our recent new club members: Victoria Dettman and Ellie Frank.

Oakmont Pickleball Play Information

WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Courts open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; group drop-in play daily 9 a.m.–12 noon; new players intro to Pickleball every Tuesday 9 a.m.; coached play for beginners every Tuesday 10 a.m. ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles. EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for Orientation. Both paddles and balls are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball courts. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, E-mail, phone 595-5648 Join the fun, exercise, and meet nice people.

Single Boomers Social Club

New SBSC Board for the New Year

In our social club, the year begins in March and we are happy to announce our newly-elected Board of Directors. Brand new to the board are President Alan Schackman and Vice President Mark Guillory. Coming back to the board after several years is Barbara Powell. She is assuming the position of Event Director. And returning board members Carolita Carr and Karen Hepner are keeping their positions as Secretary and Communications Director, and Treasurer and Membership Director. This is the second year for Carolita and at least the fifth year for Karen!

New SBSC Board.

Upcoming Events

April 8: Fisherman’s Festival, Bodega Bay. Meet at the Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. to carpool. We plan to watch the wooden boat building competition, among other activities. More info at April 11: ”Getting to Know You,” East Rec. Center, 6 p.m. In addition to our usual mixer activities (chatting, tasting appetizers and drinking wine), we are going to share our skills as we discuss the needs and issues of single people. Come with questions and concerns. No doubt there will be someone in our group who has an answer and/or solution. We will also develop a calendar of future activities. Your input will be appreciated. Members whose last name begins with A through M should bring an appetizer to share. As always, BYOB. Members, remember to check your email inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA office.


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

What do these have in common: a 14th century poet, 21st century gardens, opera, strong black coffee, red hot candies and Facebook pages? Answers to these, and other queries, can be found in Kayleen Asbo’s OLL class, Undaunting Dante: The Divine Comedy Through Art and Music. Though this poem took 12 years to write, the class will study it in six weeks: Mondays, March 20, 27, April 10, 17, May 1, 8 from 3 p.m. at the Berger Center. Registration continues for three sessions. Known today as Dante, the Late Middle Ages poet, Durante degli Alighieri (1265–1321) was a political refuge and separated from his family when he finished one of the greatest masterpieces of world literature. Divine Comedy describes the worlds of Hell (Inferno,) Purgatory (Purgatorio,) and Paradise (Paradiso.) He writes, seeking to understand his catastrophic life. Timeless, Dante’s influence is omnipresent. Composers Franz Liszt, Pyotr Tchaikovsky and Puccini put music to Dante’s words. Rodin’s “The Thinker” contemplates the gates of hell. T.S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land” echoes scenes from the Inferno. Eliot learned Italian so he could read Divine Comedy in the vernacular. Modern day references to the poem have been in movies, television programs and even coffee. The Sopranos, Criminal Minds and Law and Order had episodes referring to Dante’s Divine Comedy. From Santa Cruz, North Coast Coffee Roasting Co. sells their popular blend, Dante’s Dark. They ship. Each year, clumps of bearded Iris Germanica TB announce the beginning of Spring. These flowers boast their magnificent wine, copper and orange hues as they stand strong. They’ve survived the wrath of winter and can be trusted to endure summer’s heat. Their common name? Dante’s Inferno. In her OLL class, Kayleen Asbo explains the complexity of the poet and his ubiquitous poem, “Dante is not a journey to be taken alone.” She takes students through the 14th-century allegorical poem on sin and redemption using art, poetry and music. It is a life changing journey. Spoiler alert: Divine Comedy finishes when Dante sees the Triune God. Finally, he understands the mystery of Christ’s divinity and humanity, and his soul merges with God’s love. According to former student, Dr. Howard Lee, “Dr. Asbo’s classes are an event rather than merely a class. Her knowledge is virtually limitless, her charismatic presentation is passionate and flawless. I sit on the edge of my seat. Ultimately, she teaches life in its greatest terms.” With three master’s degrees (piano performance, mythology, psychology) and a doctorate (Passion and Paradox: Myths of Mary Magdalene in Music, Art and Culture,) Dr. Asbo has been a presenter and lecturer at Oxford University, England; Assisi Institute, Italy; Chartres Cathedral, France; and Grace Cathedral. She is the pre-concert lecturer with the San Francisco Opera and Santa Rosa Symphony and serves as consultant in archetypal psychology, myth and ritual for Proctor and Gamble. For more information on Dante, go to www. For more information about Kayleen Asbo, go to



The Oakmont News / April 1, 2017

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

get moving and Feel Better in Your Body!

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

Forrest yoga workshop: restorative yoga—do less!

WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by email at Restorative yoga is about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. During the long holds, your muscles relax deeply. It’s a completely different feeling from other types of yoga classes since you are not using your muscles to support your body. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and a great antidote to stress. Workshop flyer posted at

plant your seeds of intent and commit to your yoga practice

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Classes WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Sow your seeds and nurture them by with classes that stretch and strengthen your body while nurturing your inner self. Strengthen your core and allow your neck to relax. Poses are modified as needed to meet individual needs. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive setting. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair Stretch and Balance classes in addition to yoga classes and private sessions. Please see http:// for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.

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nTeresa Woodrum

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

Class is canceled second Friday each month. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself and fostering connections with friends. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. Thank you for your generous contributions to Oakmont Community Foundation, supporting the health of our community through Physical Education. The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All Free Fitness Classes are too large to

Women’s Meditation Circle nSheikha Halima JoAnn Haymaker

Please join our circle of peace on Wednesday, April 5 at 11 a.m. at my home, 147 White Oak Drive. We will have music, meditation, poetry, and words of Sufi wisdom. Open to all women. No fee. Bring your light into the circle. It is helpful if you let me know if you are coming by calling 537-1275.

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

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

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.

Mustache bash Monday, april 3, 9 am

A costume party with a cool new spin: mustache madness! The ‘stache is the world’s easiest costume because it’s instant: when the adhesive meets the skin, all kinds of crazy mood morphing follows. Enjoy!

Foam Roller Class nSandy Shaner


WHAT: Foam Roller Class—Stretching, Core Work and Self-Myofacial Release Therapy WHEN: Tuesdays, 8:45–9:45 a.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $50/six classes WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat and a foam roller (see below) This class uses movements from Yoga to increase flexibility and balance; movements from Pilates to build core strength; and movements from myofascial release therapy to target trigger points soothing and releasing tight muscles. In addition to the foam roller, I will periodically bring different sized balls for working on hands and feet, particularly helpful for circulation and arthritis. Foam rolling has been shown to be beneficial in reducing chance of injury and increasing recovery by hydrating the muscles with increased blood flow and breaking up adhesions between skin, muscles and bones. Range of motion is greatly increased, and the bottom line is, you just feel and move better in your body. I am a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, certified in Mat Pilates, and ACE-certified as a personal trainer. I developed this class in conjunction with the physical therapists at a health care facility where I taught for 18 years. The class will be taught on a foam roller, so you will need to purchase one. It needs to be 6” in diameter and 36” long. Call me if you have questions, (636) 532-4690. Just Google “foam roller” and you can find them online much less expensive than in retail stores. This is a “feel good” class, but so good for your body. Come roll with us! The only requirements are a foam roller (which you will love having at home to do self-massage) and a yoga mat. Questions? Call me at (636) 532-4690 or E-mail at


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Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

nValerie Hulsey


This article is about a subject that is difficult to discuss. As soon as you say that someone may be overworking they are likely to cut back on their workout whether or not they are overworking. It is tough to get someone to workout at the intensity that they should. As soon as they hear the possibility they could be overtraining then you have lost them. Overtraining is when you are not allowing the muscles enough recovery time. A rule of thumb for weight training is to allow a day of recovery. If you are performing an exercise routine every day, you should be working different muscle groups to allow the other muscles to rest and recover. Everyone has different ideas on how to separate areas of the body for a workout. The most common are chest and triceps, back and biceps, shoulders and legs. Others may prefer chest and back, quads and shoulders, arms with hamstrings/glutes. This method will allow you to work out every day while the muscles that were previously worked recover. If you prefer a full body workout, you should allow at least one day for recovery which means working out every other day. Remember you can perform some form of cardiovascular exercise every day. If you are overtraining, the muscles do not fully recover nor do they have time to grow and repair the damage done while working out. If you are not working hard enough you will not cause the micro tears in the muscle which are repaired during the rest period. This type of training allows the muscles to recover and grow thus building strength and muscle mass. It all comes down to listening to your body, examine how hard you are working out and making sure that you are not doing too much at one time. If you are spending more than two hours of physical activity in the fitness center, then you are doing too much. The two hours should include the cardiovascular workout, the weight training, and stretching. Age is an issue that the Oakmont population needs to keep in mind. As we grow older it is harder to work out. We want to be careful not to get injured because it takes longer to heal, and depending on health issues there may be certain exercises we may not want to be performing. If you have questions regarding this article please come by the Fitness Center and see me, or call 4949086 or email me at I look forward to seeing you at the Fitness Center. nBob Flandermeyer

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

Spring is here. Let us teach you how to apply simple Tai Chi techniques to your spring walking routine to improve your balance and agility as well as reduce stress. Our five-class workshop meets on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the Upper West Rec. Center. Tuition is $75 for the workshop (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to). Pre-registration is required so please call me at 3185284. I will love to answer your questions and encourage you to try this ancient gentle and slow Chinese meditation and movement that has been practiced for 5,000 years to improve health and balance.

Sleep Apnea

Please note: this is a slight change in place and time of day. Our next meeting will be April 4 from 4–6 p.m. in Berger Center, Room D. Greg Ackroyd, MD Pulmonologist, will be there to answer your questions. nGayle Miller

The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) sponsors many classes for seniors here in Oakmont. The no fee classes shown below are paid for by the SRJC Adult Program. Mary’s Classes starting the week of April 3: Monday: 9 a.m., $6; 10 a.m. no fee SRJC Class Tuesday: 9 a.m. no fee SRJC; 10 a.m. no fee SRJC Class Wednesday: 9 a.m. $6; 10 a.m. no fee SRJC Class Thursday: 9 a.m. no fee SRJC; 10 a.m. no fee SRJC Class Julie’s Friday $6 drop-in classes resumed on March 24 and will continue until June 16. Friday, June 23 will start the SRJC summer session at 10 a.m. so there will be no fee. If you have questions about the Friday classes feel free to call Julie at 579-3849 (land line, no text) or email Newcomers are always welcome at all the water aerobics classes. If you have a tender spot, the instructors will work with you to adjust the exercises for your individual needs. Join us at the West Pool rain or shine—the water is warm! Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return.

If you like, bring your equipment and/or your diagnostic paperwork. Come to add you helpful experience for everyone’s benefit. Any questions call 538-5277, leave message.

Women of Faith Bible Study

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

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

Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! This is a weekly, non-denominational study, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal; a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. This class has workbooks. Please call me for additional information.  DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

Women’s Discussion Group

nJulie Morcomb

This group, previously the Septuagenarian Group, is for women who continue to seek participation and support while dealing with aging and ongoing life changes. We meet the first and third Tuesday of each month from 3–4 p.m. The group is limited to 12 people. If interested please call or E-mail me at 537-7192, julie_morcomb@, or Bunny Schmidt at 537-1111, This is a no-fee activity.

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 2017 League Schedule. Bowling dates for April: April 11 and 18. No bowling April 4 (OVA counts ballots) and April 25, fourth Tuesday.


On March 15, we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a bowling challenge where a bowler/substitute won a $5 gift certificate to Safeway if he/she bowled a strike in the first, third and seventh frames (hence 3/17) of any game. One gift certificate per person. Winners were: 1:30 PM League: Juan Fuentes, Mary Knight, Terry Leuthner, Sandy Osheroff, Vicki Robinson, Robin Schudel, Don Shelhart, Christian van den Berghe. 3:15 PM League: Jan Blackburn, Barbara Ford, Valerie Hulsey, Vickie Jackanich, Debbie Miller, Sandy Osheroff, Nicole Reed, Beverly Thompson.


Watch future article for total amount raised. Thank you to everyone who donated, participated and volunteered.

RESULTS AS OF Mar. 14 (seventh week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Strikers; third place tie, Wii Four and Alley Oops; fifth place, Pocket Hits; Sixth place, Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 234; Christian van den Berghe, 225; Terry Leuthner, 212. Women’s High Games: Joanne Abrams, 278; Sandy Osheroff, 278; Peggy Ensley, 246; Vicki Robinson, 244; Robin Schudel, 244; Alicia Panizo, 226; Mary Knight, 224; Beverly Shelhart, 216; Mariel Green, 213; Vicki Madden, 200; Kathryn Miller, 200. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes and Spares; second place, Pin Heads; third place, King Pins; fourth place, Wii Power; fifth place, High Rollers; sixth place, Strike Outs. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 225; Al Bentham, 201; Christian van den Berghe, 201. Women’s High Games: Vickie Jackanich, 280; Jan Blackburn, 269; Debbie Miller, 249; Nicole Reed, 232; Mollie Atkinson, 231; Valerie Hulsey, 226; Diane Price, 224; Judy Lawrence, 203. Sub High Game: Sandy Osheroff, 279; Beverly Thompson, 224; Elisabeth LaPointe, 210; Terry Leuthner, 205; John O’Neill, 202.


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Current Events Discussion Group

The American Mah Jongg Club

nTina Lewis

nMarie Haverson

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.

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

April 7: Pat Donnelly / April 14: David Dearden 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 email to

nCarolita Carr


Stanford Club of Oakmont

nKay Nelson

Come Join Our Band!

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

Partners Contract Bridge nJeff Hickman

The Partners Contract Bridge group plays in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center on the first and third Mondays of every month. For the coming month this means we will be playing on April 3 and 17. Play begins by 6:45 p.m. and wraps up by 9 p.m. You keep the same partner throughout the evening and play three different opponent pairs. The cost is 50¢ per person or $1 per couple. If you wish to play, please call Helen Hargrave at 539-5511. If you enjoy bridge but haven’t played with us before, Call! We are always happy to meet new people who enjoy bridge. We ask you to call in advance, rather than just show up, so that we can be certain that we have full tables and everyone can play. Even if you are a regular player but you did not attend the previous session, please call one of us so we can keep track of the number of players. It is always a bit of a struggle to ensure that we have full tables for the evening, so when in doubt, please call. While we can best accommodate pairs, we will try to find you a partner if time allows but cannot guarantee that we will be successful. See you at the bridge table.

Travel and Adventure Club Next Meeting: April 4, 6:30–8 PM East Rec. Center

This month’s guest presenter will be from Canyon Ranch.

Cruise Possibility

Group space has been blocked for a cruise out of San Francisco, beginning on April 7, 2018. Experience the ease of sailing out of San Francisco on this sevenday California coastal cruise. For more information, attend one of the Travel Club meetings. In addition, Princess Cruises will make a presentation at our June meeting, after which we will hear about a cruise sale.

Discussion Topics

We plan to schedule time at each meeting for a discussion of specific travel-related topics. To suggest a topic for discussion, email September Holstad with your ideas for inclusion on the agenda.

Would Your Dog Like A Job? nDonna Forst

Press release

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

Oakmont Democratic Club nJackie Kinney

Expert Panel to Address Immigration/Deportation

Immigrant workers in our community are faced with increased threats to their safety and security. These are issues that concern us all. The Oakmont Democratic Club is sponsoring a panel of immigration lawyers and experts to speak at the club’s meeting on April 13, 7 p.m. at the West Recreation Center. The evening will include a newly-developed video from the group, “My American Dream.” All Oakmont residents and their guests are invited to attend this informative forum. Light refreshments will follow.

Playreaders nNorma Doyle

On April 3 and 10 Rebecca Kokemor will present The Foreigner by American playwright Larry Shue. The play has become a staple of professional and amateur theatre. Shue graduated cum laude from Illinois Wesleyan University with a B.F.A. in 1968, served in the military during the Vietnam War, and then began his career as a professional actor and playwright. He worked in repertory theater and on the New York stage, and appeared in television’s One Life to Live. His play The Foreigner earned two Obie Awards and two Outer Critics Circle Awards as Best New American Play and Best Off-Broadway Production. Shue’s success was short-lived due to the crash of a commuter plane when he was age 39. In The Foreigner the central character, Charlie Baker, is on vacation in a Georgia hunting lodge and pretends not to be able to understand English, to avoid the attentions of the other guests. His plan backfires and he soon finds himself the confidant of everyone there, especially a young man named Ellard, who thinks he is teaching Charlie English. Charlie ends up having to foil the schemes of the local Ku Klux Klan chapter without revealing his secret. Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome.

On March 6 Playreaders listened to That’s Where the Town is Going by Tad Mosel. Playreaders were: Dennis Hall, Sandy White, Ginny Smith, Jane Borr and Ron White.

On March 13 Playreaders enjoyed Wanda’s Visit by Christopher Durang. Playreaders include: (standing) Bernie Cheriff, Sandy and Ron White; (seated) Ginny Smith and Jane Borr.


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Tennis Club

nKay Kim

March 10 Spring Membership Meeting and St. Paddy’s Day Dinner: About 100 members attended the brief business meeting, followed by the mouth watering corned beef and cabbage Irish dinner. Thanks to everyone who cooked dinner and brought desserts. It was one of the best meals we have had and everyone had lots of fun! New members were introduced and welcomed. The 40th anniversary “Ruby Red” 2017 OTC Roster was distributed at the meeting. Still need yours? Email zlatica.oakmont@

Photos from St Paddy’s Dinner.

Sign up by April 4 for April 8 “Getting to Know You” Tennis Event: “Getting to Know You” is the first tennis event each year. It is a social tennis event for all skill levels. Sign up either on the OTC website or call

the tournament Director Chuck Hinckley, 520-4565 or e-mail to Provide him your skill level (A, B or C). The OTC tournaments are for due-paying members only. Sign up for April 8 Wine and Food Tasting Events: On Saturday evening, participating OTC members and OVA residents will meet at the Berger at 5:30 p.m. to enjoy four wine and food pairings. The cost is $20/ person for OTC members and $25/person for nonmembers. Use the coupon in the March 15 issue of the Oakmont News. If you have questions or if you want to help, contact Terri, (925) 876-8074. Status of Ball Machines: The Lobster ball machine will be placed on court 3 East for practice. You’ll be able to continue to use court 3 for play when it is not being used for skill improvement. The Playmate machine is temporarily unavailable. The machine will be available once the courts are resurfaced and cured. Remember that the use of the ball machines is for OVA residents only. OTC Logo Apparel: We ordered ball caps with our logo (only five left for sale). If you would like to purchase one of the last few hats, call Stephanie or Bill Wrightson (540-0471), $15/each (cash or check made out to OTC). If there is enough interest in 2017, we’ll offer a special, limited-edition 40th anniversary T-shirt in both crew and v-necks. We estimate that short-sleeved T-shirts will cost no more than $15. We will explore whether or not a medium weight cotton long-sleeved shirt is available for $20 or less. OTC Positions Available: It takes a village to run a club. I am the newspaper reporter for a monthly article in the Oakmont News. If you are interested in writing on the 15th issue, contact Terri Somers at 925-876-8074. We are still looking for a website coordinator. Join OTC Membership: Complete this coupon and deposit it with a check for $20/person in the Oakmont Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office. By providing your email address, you agree to it being listed in the printed roster distributed to club members only (it will not be posted on the website or elsewhere).

Membership sing-up coupon Name(s): ______________________________________________________________________________________ Email address(es): ____________________________________________ Phone number(s): _________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________

nJulie Kiil

Cal Alumni Club Holds Annual Spring Dinner April 19

Please join us for the Cal Alumni Club’s Spring dinner featuring Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin updating us on “Sonoma County Priorities and a County Update.” Please join us for a fascinating talk and superb dinner. DATE: Wednesday, April 19 TIME: No-host cocktails and appetizers at 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Santa Rosa

MENU: Appetizers, steakhouse salad with tomatoes, cucumbers, Gorgonzola cheese with crispy bacon and cream Champagne Vinaigrette (bacon on the side for vegetarians). Rice Pilaf and Broccoli florets, dinner rolls and butter. Choice of one entrée: Surf/Turf BBQ Tri-tip with creamy horseradish sauce and Sautéed Prawns with tangy cocktail sauce; Chicken Parmesan with Penne Pasta; or Eggplant Parmesan. Dessert— Chocolate Tuxedo cake. Water, coffee, tea, no-host bar. PRICE: $40 includes the menu, no-host bar, tax and tip

Reservation coupon

Reservation required! Deadline for reservation is April 12. Send your check, made out to Cal Club of Oakmont, Helen Young, 362 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________ E-mail __________________________________________________ Entrée: Surf /Turf _____ Chicken Parmesan_____ Eggplant Parmesan _____ Enclosed $40 x _____ = $__________ Donation to Scholarship fund (optional) $__________ Total $__________

nRay Haverson

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

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


Friday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo Celebration Tuesday, July 4: Western Bar-B-Q featuring The Dry Creek Band Saturday, August 24: Back by popular demand— County Line (Kingston Trio Show) Saturday, September 9: TBA Saturday, October 7: TBA Saturday, November 4: Back by Popular Demand— The Great James Garner’s Salute to Johnny Cash Saturday, December 9: TBA Sunday, December 31: East Rec. Limited New Year’s Party—first 100 guests. Music by Charley Baker and Company. Details to follow!

SIR Branch #92 nPat Donnelly, Little Sir

April 11 Meeting and Speaker Info

SIR #92 is a local club for retired gentlemen that meets on the second Tuesday of the month at Berger Center. Meetings include a social hour, bar service, a luncheon with a speaker and outings, including parties with ladies, and golf tournaments. Our speaker for April 11 is Ron Kamler. Ron is the President, CEO of KRS Capital Partners, the parent company of Alliance Reverse Mortgage, located in Santa Rosa. He founded the company in 2001 as a traditional Mortgage and Real Estate Organization. In 2005, realizing there was a need to provide today’s seniors with safe and reliable options for Reverse Mortgage, he transitioned the company to focus solely on Reverse Mortgages. Ron will be presenting the “Myths of the Reverse Mortgage.” Ron’s presentations are filled with humor and easily digestible information on a subject that is a mystery to most people.


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Oakmont Progressives

nGail Hartman


nLaurie Hartmann

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

Two Great Services you don’t want to miss!

April 9—Palm Sunday: Palm Sunday is the final Sunday in Lent and the beginning of Holy Week. It commemorates the triumphal arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. He arrived on a donkey, representing the humble arrival of one bringing peace instead of a steed going into war. Come celebrate with us; this king who continually surprises. April 16—Easter Sunday: Christ the Lord is Risen Today—Alleluia! We will celebrate with trumpet and singing and a message of hope. “Easter is a verb. As author Alice Camille states so well, ‘Easter is truly a verb, a dynamic event pushing upward from the darkness into the light.’ Christians are Easter people. What that means to me is that we are dynamic; always growing, changing, moving, and engaging. Even those of us who cannot be in motion physically—because of health issues—can experience the interior movements of the soul. Every day the risen Christ invites us to move, to allow the breaking open that happens in a heart that is open to God and to all that divine love brings to us.”—Vinita Hampton Wright, from her blog, Days of Deepening Friendship

Midweek Bible Study Oakmont Gardens, Room 106 Tuesdays, 1:30–2:30 pm

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

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If, like most people, you think there is no alternative to the status quo of neoliberal capitalism, come hear Georgia Kelly speak at the April 10 meeting of the Oakmont Progressives. You will learn about the Mondragon Cooperatives in Spain, the largest consortium of worker-owned businesses in the world, with 120 businesses and nearly 100,000 workers. Begun by a Catholic priest in the 1950’s in the Basque region of Spain, Mondragon’s mission is to foster a people-centered society instead of a capital-centered society, to honor work with dignity and to limit the number of work hours. Producing everything from computer chips and bicycles to washing machines and auto parts, Mondragon’s success has contributed to the Basque region having the highest standard of living and lowest unemployment rate in Spain. And in 2009, when 25% of all businesses in Spain failed, less than 1% of all businesses failed in the Mondragon Cooperatives. Georgia Kelly is the Director of the Praxis Peace Institute in Sonoma whose mission is to promote world and community peace through education and informed action. She regularly leads seminars and tours to Mondragon, with plans for a tour in June of this year.

Her presentation will include photos taken from her previous trips. Mark April 10 on your calendar for an inspiring look at what an evolved business environment looks like, one based on a philosophy of human values, respect and equality. All Oakmonters are welcome to join us at the East Recreation Center, with social time at 6:30 p.m. and the program beginning at 7 p.m. It helps us plan (and enables us to make name badges) if you RSVP at www. although it’s not required. Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We seek a government that works for the people instead of banks, corporations and billionaires. For more information see www.oakmontprogressives. com: “How Progressives and Democrats Differ.”

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Pinochle nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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

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Grandparents’ Club Easter Egg Hunt nKathy Sowers

The annual Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers through 12-year-olds is coming soon. Cost is $5 per child and includes bags to hold their eggs, face painting, a bounce house, balloon animals, refreshments, prizes and entertainment. Please join us at this fun-filled event where our grandchildren will enjoy playing and hunting for prize-filled eggs. This event is open to all Oakmont residents. DATE: Saturday, April 15 TIME: 1–2:30 p.m. PLACE: Berger Center QUESTIONS: Contact Leslie Brockman, Grandparents’ Club Chair at or 707/755-3168. SIGN-UP FORMS: Fill out form below and place it with your check, payable to Grandparents’ Club, in our folder in the OVA office by Monday, April 10, the last day of registration. To support the Grandparents’ Club, become a member for only $10 per family per year. Additional membership forms are in the OVA folder, along with extra copies of the Egg Hunt signup sheets.

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Bocce Club

nSusan Lynn

The history of Bocce 2.0: As bocce spread throughout the Roman Empire, it became wildly popular, but the history behind the sport is not all fun and games. Rulers throughout the empire banned the game because it was so popular that they believed it took too much time away from archery practice and other military exercises, and that made the empire vulnerable. Even the banishment did not kill the sport. It continued to spread throughout time. The world’s oldest sport has been played by such historical figures as Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, and Queen Elizabeth. It has even been said that George Washington built a court on the grass at Mount Vernon in the 1780s. If you think it would be too hard to learn to play, think again. The story goes that a bocce clinic instructor walked over to two women and asked,

nBarbara Bowman

“Are you here to learn to play bocce?” One replied, “My friend is. I learned yesterday.” Funny, but kind of true. After all, how hard can it be to take four round balls and roll them toward a target that sits on the ground? Bocce is simple, but not easy, and that’s why bocce enthusiasts spend a lifetime trying to perfect their game. Now that the weather is cooperating, come to the courts (behind the West Rec.) any day at 1 p.m. Watch or join in; you don’t have to be a veteran to play.


Our next big contest will be the Tax Time Tournament. Lose your IRS blues by joining us on April 15 at 1 p.m. Winners of the St. Patrick’s Day Tournament will be announced in next issue of the Oakmont News.

Movies At Oakmont

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

Sunday, April 2, 2 pm THE HARMONISTS

Set against the backdrop of 1930s Nazi Germany, this biographical drama is less about the encroaching world war than it is about the music that defined the individuals of the close-harmony vocal ensemble known as the Comedian Harmonists. Adored across Germany—and the world—the Harmonists begin to feel the weight of politics and prejudices when their Jewish members are forbidden to perform in public. Sensational singing, with classy sets and costumes. (1997), R (nudity), 115 minutes. (In German)

Sunday, April 2, 7 pm KILL THE MESSENGER

This dramatic thriller is based on the remarkable true story of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb’s (Jeremy Renner) involvement in investigating and revealing the CIA’s secret funding and assistance for Nicaraguan Contra rebels during the 1980s, and the aftermath of his story’s publication. An admirable journalism film that received several awards and commendations, with an impressive performance by Renner as well. Oliver Platt and Michael Sheen also star. (2014), R (language), 112 minutes.

Sunday, April 9, 2 pm FLASH OF GENIUS

In this David vs. Goliath drama based on a true story, college professor Robert Kearns (Greg Kinear) goes up against the giants of the auto industry when they fail to give him credit for inventing intermittent windshield wipers. Kinear is outstanding as the obsessed inventor fixated on obtaining justice from the Ford Motor Company, no matter the cost to himself or others. Alan Alda and Dermott Mulroney also star. You’ll never again look at your windshield wipers without thinking of Robert Kearns! (2008), PG-13, 120 minutes.

Sunday, April 9, 7 pm TRIUMPH OF THE WILL

Leni Riefenstahl’s infamous propaganda film documenting the Third Reich’s 1934 Nuremberg Party Rally features a cast of thousands—including Adolph Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joseph Goebbels, Rudolph Hess, Herman Goering and other top officials. Images of cheering crowds, precision marching, military bands, banners lining Nuremberg’s streets and Hitler’s climactic speech illustrate with chilling clarity how Germany fell under his spell. (1935), NR, 120 minutes.

Sunday, April 16 NO FILMS SHOWN, EASTER SUNDAY For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, April 2, 7 p.m.: Kill The Messenger, (2014), R, 112 minutes. Sunday, April 9, 2 p.m.: Flash Of Genius, (2008), PG-13, 120 minutes. Sunday, April 9, 7 p.m.: Triumph of the Will, (1935), NR, 120 minutes. Sunday, April 16: No films shown, Easter Sunday. Sunday, April 23, 2 p.m.: The Namesake, (2006), PG-13, 122 minutes. Sunday, April 23, 7 p.m.: Dark Horse, (2016), PG, 85 minutes.

Band Concert at the Berger Center nHelen Hargrave

Saturday, April 22 at 2 PM

The New Horizon Concert Band of Sonoma County will be returning to the Berger Center on Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. for another entertaining and rousing concert! The New Horizon Band is a member of a nationwide senior citizens activity started by a talented musical educator, Dr. Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music in New York. Dr. Ernst realized the value of music for seniors who had previously played an instrument or wanted to learn to play one and the value of belonging to a musical organization. There are now over 200 such bands all over the United States, Canada and Europe. The local unit in Santa Rosa was the second organization in California and began in 1998 with 12 players. The band had grown to 82 members, several of whom live in Oakmont. They are Dan Derham, trumpet; Jud Goodrich, French horn; Helen Hargrave, oboe; Gene Isaeff, euphonium; Rose West, flute;, Ed Kelleher, tenor sax; Roger Morcomb, percussion; and John Ray, trombone. The band is under the direction of three retired music teachers: Lew Sbrana, Director from Healdsburg, Associate directors Sid Gordon from Redwood High School in Marin County, Ray Walker from Santa Rosa, and Lew Bishop will conduct the group and also plays bassoon in the band. So mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22 at 2 p.m. at the Berger Center for an afternoon of delightful and entertaining music by accomplished musicians. The band will be playing familiar show tunes, marches and other numerous arrangements you may recognize! The concert is free, but there will be a freewill offering for those who wish to participate. Hope to see you at the concert!

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!

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




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. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, LCO #2411. FAUX FINISHES Reasonable rates, free estimates, Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR Luurs, 528-8489.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer Services. Call Chuck for all things computer. VOM Rotary member, computer instructor. References available, many satisfied Oakmont customers. $45/hr. 293-8011.


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


When quality and reliability count, call on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior and exterior painting specialist, drywall repairs and textures. Licensed and insured. Call us for your free estimate today! 833-2890.


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


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


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



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


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


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


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



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


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


Keep your home or company up and Home, business, move-outs. Windows, running. Back-up, training, security, bed linen changing and more. Over networking, repair, transfers, tuneFor all your plumbing and heating needs. Local plumbers in business since 18 yrs. of experience. References upon up, Smart Homes. Call now for free consultation, (707) 486-5302. the late 20th century, licensed, bonded request., and insured. Same day service is often 548-9482 or 542-8720. available. Money-saving coupons! CA CAL CUSTOM BUILDING Lic. #659920. Please E. SANCHEZ ROOFING SERVICES, INC. (CALCBS) call (707) 996-8683 or go to AND GUTTER Remodels, additions, efficiency and Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, accessibility updates. Helping clients seamless gutters and downspouts. live comfortably in their homes since Quality for less. Bonded and insured, GARDEN TRIMMING 1979. Call Craig Lawson, Oakmont free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call Resident, 579-9088. AND PRUNING Lic. #377330. An emphasis upon a natural look and 837-5030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell). no leaf blower used. Small jobs OK. Richard, 833-1806, Oakmont.

3BR/2BA, 2,600 sq. ft. Includes attached in-law unit. No smoking, no pets. $2,850. Wonderful property. Call 525-1673.


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


Sunny Oakmont duplex overlooking open lawns. 1,260 sq. ft. Living rm., dining rm., kitchen, Master Bedroom and Bedroom/Sitting room. 1 bathroom with 2 dressing areas. All appliances. Carport. $1950/month plus HOA dues. No pets. 538-4732.


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Bulletin Boards

There are three OVA bulletin boards, one at each recreation center, where OVA events can be posted. Please bring in notices to the Events Coordinator at the OVA Office. Size is limited to 8.5"x5.5". Items “For Sale”, “For Rent” or “Want to Buy” can be put on a 3"x5" card and left at the OVA Office.

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

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Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

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OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM April 1–15 Beverly Rodman 539-2658

Andie Altman, President

April 16–30 Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

Rides Within Oakmont Marianne Neufeld 528-0161 Mon.–Fri. medical rides before 9 AM or after 4 PM are subject to limited volunteer driver availability. No service on weekends or holidays. Please call at least three full working days prior to appointment. We regret that we are unable to provide either wheelchair or emergency service.


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


SUMMER SCHEDULE Access to OVA pools is by magnetic card. Call OVA Office, 539-1611 if you need a permanent new member pool access card or to register for a temporary guest pool access card. West: 7 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Wednesdays for cleaning) East: 6:30 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 5:45 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Tuesdays for cleaning) JACUZZI HOURS: Same as facility. No one under 18 years in West and East pools and Jacuzzis. Central Pool Children’s Hours: 11 AM–2 PM (Exception: 12 Noon –4 PM Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day.) Children must be accompanied by an OVA member or adult with a valid pool access card. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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

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

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maintenance Office

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

Street Cleaning

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

John Felton, Vice President Frank Batchelor, Secretary Elke Strunka, Treasurer Herm Hermann, Director Gloria Young, Director Ellen Leznik, Director Association Manager Cassie Turner

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


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

The Oakmont News welcomes residents’ letters to the editor about Oakmont life. Email letters of no more than 200 words to cat@oakmontvillage. com. Writer’s name, address and phone number must be included. Writers will be limited to one letter published every 90 days. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.

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.

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Lawn Bowling

nPhil Bowman


The first quarterly meeting was held on March 2. For those unable to attend, here’s a brief run-down of what happened. Twenty-seven members attended despite a confusion about the time it was to start. Instead of 11 a.m., the customary time, it was to be 10 a.m. Future quarterly meetings will start at 11 a.m.


The board met on March 7 at the new OVA offices. It will meet there at 3 p.m. on the first Tuesdays (not Thursdays as stated in the Green Book) of each month. Members are welcome to attend. Jack Breglio is now in charge of the bulletin board. If you wish to post an item there, please check with him first. After Five events are also scheduled for June 13, July 11 and August 8. Redecoration of the Locker Room is in process; credit for the improvements go to Jim Krause. He is now in charge of the room and lockers. If you want a locker, first consult Jim for an assignment to one.


At the mike.

President Jerry Garland announced the board’s ambitious goal to increase the club membership to 120 this year. All measures to make that a reality will be used: After Five, Demo Days and inviting other Oakmont clubs. The Bocce Club will join us on May 9 for an always fun After Five event. Members are urged to invite spectators at Daily Draws and tournaments to consider learning our game. The Green Book was distributed to those in attendance. Additional copies are available in the locker room. Please let me know of any errors you find.


April Fool’s Day is today, April 1. A little fun was planned for the event. More on this in the next edition. Patrick’s Day Tournament was held on Friday, March 17. Look for results in April 15 edition. Upcoming tournament: Men’s and Women’s Pairs, April 26. Check the bulletin board for details and sign up.


Irene I’Anson may not be our newest member but she comes to us by an unusual route. She lives in Canada but before that was a native of Scotland (Glasgow). As an avid bowler, she was looking for a place to bowl while visiting Fresno last year. Upon finding there was a Fresno club and inquiring about playing, she was referred to Bob Dodd. You may recall that last year Bob became a member of our club and immediately began contributing his talents.

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Bob “proposing” Irene to accept her OLBC’s badge.

Well, things progressed from there and now she spends much of the winter season in Oakmont. Who knew lawn bowling could lead to such relationships? Irene is a delightful person (ask Bob). Get to know her, she speaks with a lovely Scottish lilt and has a great sense of humor.

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson

If you like to play horseshoes, meet new friends and just have a great time then this is the club for you! Your level of play doesn’t matter even if you have never played before. Best of all, there are no dues. Now is the time to get out and get some great low stress exercise and have a great time. WHAT: The Horseshoe Club WHEN: Every Thursday TIME: Start times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. NOTE: please call me at 539-6666 or E-mail at to set up the start time you would like. The pits are located behind the Central Pool by the putting green. See you there!

A Reverse Mortgage can

Change Your Life! Mortgage Payments A Burden? Nest Egg Depleting Too Fast? Refi Existing Reverse Mortgage? If You Have Questions or Concerns Then Call or E-Mail THE EXPERT Ronald W. Seaman

NMLS #252168 CA BRE #00473454 Reverse Mortgage Specialist—20 Years Sonoma County Mortgage Lender—42 Years

Originated and Closed Over 5,600 Mortgage Loans

Cypress Financial Mortgage & Investment 144 South E. Street # 205, Santa Rosa, CA 95404 Office: 707.544.6200 E-Mail: Web Site:


*According to clients, employees, and healthcare professionals.

6528 Oakmont Dr. (next to Oakmont Market)

Licensed by the California Bureau of Real Estate #01220904 NMLS #309569


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2017

Century 21 Valley of the Moon Locally Owned—Internationally Known

Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519

Jolene Cortright 477-6529

Paula Lewis 332-0433

Mike & Leila O’Callaghan 888-6583

Randy Ruark 322-2482

9347 Oak Trail Circle—$365,000

99 Aspen Meadows Circle—$469,000

180 Mountain Vista Circle—$469,000

6496 Pine Valley Drive—$589,000

353 Breeden Street—$729,000

296 Mockingbird Circle—$739,000

in escrow

in escrow

7849 Oakmont Drive

468 Woodley Place

838 Wheeler Street—$890,000

Kay Nelson 538-8777

Sue Senk 318-9595

Nancy Shaw 322-2344

707• 539 • 3200

Joey & Claudine Cuneo Peter & Roberta Lommori 694-2634 539-3200

6580 Oakmont Drive Santa Rosa 95409 BRE#01523620

Cheryl Peterson 974-9849

Feel safe and secure with the quality of in-home care that Sequoia Senior Solutions is known for. Compare us to any other care provider: – Certified by California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) – Accredited by the Better Business Bureau with a rating of A+

Gail Johnson 292-9798

Brian McGuire 490-7959

Some of our services: n Caring



Meal Planning and Preparation


Transportation and Errands


Light Housekeeping


Medication Reminders


Assistance with Bathing and Grooming

– Eight time winner of the North Bay Business Journal “Best Place to Work Award”

Serving Oakmont residents for over 12 years! 6572 Oakmont Drive, Suite E, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Owners, Gabriella Ambrosi, CEO and Stanton Lawson, CFO

Providing specialized care in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Arthritis and Hospice | | Call us today for a free assessment at (707) 539-0500

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