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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

West Pool is Back After a Year’s Work

New OVA Website Will Be More User-Friendly

nJim Brewer

nStaff Report

Despite some cloudy weather, there was a lot to cheer about when the West Rec. swimming pool opened Aug. 4 after nearly a year of renovation. There was a new pool deck that didn’t torture bare feet, the locker rooms didn’t remind you of yesterday’s gym socks and the water was again the warmest of Oakmont’s three pools. “The pool is great and the hot tub is great,’’ said Carolyn Preston, who was one of the first to jump in on opening day. “It’s nice that they finally got it open.” Preston said she especially likes the new deck because “it doesn’t get all that junk Carolyn Preston in the pool anymore.”

Oakmont’s new website is scheduled to launch by Sept. 1, giving members improved functionality, design and navigation. The site is the fruition of a project begun by the Communications Committee in May 2014 with approval from the board of directors. A web developer was engaged to design the site with a customized content management system based on a system called WordPress to be user-friendly and to allow in-house management of the site, the latter a cost-saver for OVA. The committee evaluated current content, added new content and designed the site’s navigational menus. The menus offer pull-down tabs to help users quickly reach a desired destination. The site will be managed by OVA office staff member Cat Gajarski. When the transition takes effect, users will be greeted by a new homepage that has portals to general interest areas and also to an Oakmonters’ home tab. All areas of the site are accessible by the public with the exception of the phone directory, which is still password protected. A dynamic calendar allows residents to find activities and also link to clubs and organizations from an event listing. When a user’s cursor hovers over an event title, more information pops up. An Events and Alerts tab will give residents current information on upcoming activities and important conditions in the community.

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Maintenance Manager Rick Aubert gave instructions on operating new lifts at the pool and spa. Both have batteryoperated chairs that allow bathers to lower themselves into the water, and then when ready return to the deck. Resident Keith Shelley tries out the spa as Larry Seymour looks on. (Photos by Jim Brewer and Marty Thompson)

In addition to the deck and locker rooms, both the pool and spa have easy-to-operate handicap lifts. The pool will be only chlorinated for the first 30 days until it is chemically balanced and the plaster is cured. In the first week of September, the transition to a saline pool is expected to be completed. See west pool on page 7

A Change in the Paper’s Appearance With this edition, the Oakmont News introduces a new, higher-quality newsprint. The brighter, whiter paper is expected to make photos clearer and the print easier to read. OVA and the Publisher

The Eldercare and Resource Center of Oakmont (ERCO)

nGrace Boyle

A growing and overlooked segment of Oakmont residents is the elderly who are no longer active but are not yet ready for assisted living. Resident Julie Jones is leading an effort to fill their needs with a senior day care center. “Oakmont seniors who were involved in sports and other physical activities all of a sudden are not active anymore,” she says. “They have no energy or strength to do what Julie Jones they used to do. Yet they are not candidates for assisted living. They spend their time in recliners, watching TV, listening to music. Some of them have caregivers, who are often spouses,” she said in an interview. See eldercare on page 7 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

August 15, 2015 • Volume 53, Number 16

Grandparents’ Week: Kids Have Fun

The smiles were there every day as Oakmont’s Grandparents Club led the fun and games of Grandparents’ Week. These photos are from the Family Fun Night. More photos inside and online at (Photos by Kathy Sowers)

“Oakmont Touches Lives” Food, Wine and Entertainment, August 21

nMarsha Zolkower

Come celebrate the spirit of community that emanates from Oakmont! Friday night, Aug. 21 will showcase 11 nonprofit organizations that contribute to a better Sonoma County and have a large contingent of Oakmonters volunteering. Entertainment and dining that feature circus performers, food vendors and great local wines and beers will make it a splendid evening. OVA is joining forces with Oakmont Kiwanis and the “Make a Room in Your Heart” team from the Sonoma County YWCA to host this food, wine and See oakmont touches on page 9


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The Oakmont News / August 15, 2015 CAN’T ATTEND A BOARD MEETING? Watch it online at www. Board meetings will be available two or three days after a meeting. Also check out past videos.

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

Letter to the Editor

nOVA Administration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letters to the Editor

We welcome letters on community topics from residents or owners. Letters must include writer’s name, Oakmont address and telephone number. Maximum length 250 words and writers are limited to one letter every 90 days. Letters may be edited for length or clarity or to remove comments deemed libelous, inflammatory or personal attacks. Send letters to the Oakmont Village Association, 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7, or by E-mail to

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League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick


To help prevent entrance of unwanted animals into your home and yard, here are a few things everybody can do. • Repair damaged building ventilation screens. • Screen or close openings under overlapping roof lines. • Weather-strip front and side garage doors so they close tightly. • Seal all openings around pipes, cables and wires that enter the foundation. • Check garage shelves and storage lofts for rat evidence. • Stack firewood off the ground and away from buildings and fences. • Outside, feed your pet only the amount of food it will eat and do not leave food and water outside over night. • Store food in vermin-proof containers. • Restrict feeding of birds to an area that can be cleaned. • Pick up dog droppings. • Thin or remove ivy and dense vegetation. • Do not leave food out for wild animals. Wild turkeys continue to visit. One or two may be fine, but some Northern California Associations have found that the turkeys will start to make your home their home! This may result in turkeys on the roof and major roof damage along the expense that goes with a new roof. August Board Meeting: Monday, August 31, 12 noon, Room B Quarterly General Meeting: Wednesday, September 2, 7 p.m., West Recreation Center

The column provides an avenue where residents can submit letters to express opinion, criticism or praise. To the Editor: At long last, the West Pool remodel has been completed and the pool is open. On behalf of the Water Fitness Classes, I want to thank the long-time Central Pool users for sharing the pond during the remodel. It’s been cozy, to say the least, but we’ve tried to provide swimming lanes during class and we appreciate the flexibility of those who changed their swimming schedule to accommodate the classes. Thank you for your understanding. Cathy Rapp

Volunteer Opportunity

nMarianne Neufeld, Chair


Oakmont is a beautiful and dynamic community and the Oakmont Architectural Committee plays a vital role in assuring that Oakmont residential properties are maintained and improved to the community’s high standards. We are now seeking interested civic-minded Oakmont residents who want to contribute to their community. The major qualification is a sincere desire to be of service to Oakmont. If interested, you may submit your request, with a brief reference of your background, to the Architectural Office, 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 9.

Board Focusing On Future Needs

nStaff Report

The OVA Board of Directors has begun a planning process focused on facilities, services and finance. Over the next few months they will identify strategic areas for Oakmont. The first session was conducted with a facilitator during a workshop on Aug. 4. Chairman Frank Batchelor said the process will help directors better communicate with members about important issues and short-term directions. The directors will be using a variety of data to determine priorities for both facilities and member services and the finances needed to meet those priorities. In the first session directors discussed sets of assumptions about the current and future state of Oakmont. Coming sessions will focus on goals and action steps. The Aug. 4 meeting is posted online for viewing at


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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nEileen Beltrano

Hi there ladies. Congratulations to our Tuesday Club Champion Joan Seliga. She played three rounds with a gross score of 287. Joan won $100! Shy Baxter also played three rounds and is the OWGS Net Champion, with a net score of 214. She won $50.

Our Club Champion (Tuesday), with Sallie Wood

Tuesday Net Champion, Shy Baxter, with that new driver of hers!

Thank you to all who participated in this event and a big thank-you to Becky Hulick, our Tournament Chair. Now you can gear up and sign up for our Thursday Club Championship which begins Sept. 2. The “Little Bit O’ Country” is still accepting donations: wine, gift cards. Just let Leslie Clark and/or Kathy Mokricky know and they’ll send out the Posse for pick up! Now here are the results of sweeps for end of July:

THURSDAY, JULY 16, WEST Individual Eclectic, 19 PLAYERS

Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (85). First flight: first low net, S. Wood; second low net, L. Paul and third low net, P. Buchholz. Second flight: first low net, KC Kote; second low net, K. Sites; third low net, M. Pierce; fourth low net tie, L. Leitner and R. Nicholson. Third flight: first low net, Linda K; second low net, C. Locke; third low net, J. Duport; fourth low net tie, N. DeSousa and K. Wittes.

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Low Gross of Field tie: P. Buchholz, S. Wood and K. Mockricky (80). First flight: first low net, G. Manos; second low net tie, K. Faherty and K. Mokricky; fourth low net, J. Seliga; fifth tie, S. Wood, K. Peters and M. Rossi. Second flight: first low net, M. A. Gibbs; second low net, J. Reed; third low net, D. Kendrick; fourth low net, P. Shultze; and fifth low net, C. Buchold. Third flight: first low net tie, D. James and D. Johnson; third low net, J. Buell; fourth low net, C. Tripaldi; and fifth low net, E. Baciocco. Fourth flight: first low net, R. Lommori; second low net, J. Conklin; third low net, J. O’Toole; fourth low net, V. Eschelbach; and fifth low net, H. Williston.

THURSDAY, JULY 23, WEST 4’s and 5’s, 22 PLAYERS

Low Gross of Field: Sallie Wood (91). First flight: first low net, B. Hulick; second low net, G. Manos; third low net, S. Wood; and fourth low net, K. Mokricky. Second flight: first low net, L. Leitner; second low net, K. Faherty; third low net, Y. Smith; and fourth low net, M. Yterralde. Third flight: first low net, K. Wittes; second low net tie, B. VanVoorhis and N. DeSousa; fourth low net, J. O’Toole.

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Chartered in 2013 by both the OVA and OGC Boards, the OVA/OGC Joint Task Force is made up of four members each from the two respective organizations. Initially chaired by Jack Abercrombie, our current Chair is Beverly Harris, with Nona Leone as our Vice Chair. In the July meeting of each organization’s board, strong support was expressed to continue the Task Force’s existence and work. The charter continues to be “investigating and studying areas of joint concern and potential benefit to the two organizations and making appropriate recommendations to the governing boards.” There is to be a designated Liaison from each board on the Task Force. As related in our July 23 Task Force meeting, Frank Batchelor, President of the OVA Board, has named himself as the OVA Liaison; while I continue as the Liaison for the OGC Board. Mr. Batchelor stated that the financial viability of the Oakmont Golf Club continues to be his top priority. Frank Giannini, President of the OGC Board, provided Mr. Batchelor and other Task Force meeting attendees an overview of the current financial performance of the Oakmont Golf Club (a great first six months in 2015), as well as the status of the OGC’s attempts to refinance its existing mortgage (not going well due to 2014’s financial performance having been relatively poor). In future OVA Board meetings, Mr. Giannini will be invited to provide current updates on the club’s financial and operational performance. In turn, Mr. Batchelor has committed to attending the monthly OGC Board meetings on a periodic basis. Via the forum provided by the Task Force it was soundly agreed that our two organizations, although fully separate legal and financial entities, have interdependencies and will each benefit from a strong and supportive partnership. The three attending OVA Board Directors (Frank Batchelor, Andie Altman and Herm Herman) were able to provide requested advice to the OGC Board members about how the club should handle watering and mowing of rough areas (especially those that abut neighboring property owners’ yards) during this time of drought and water conservation imperatives. Briefly, that advice is “let some grass areas go brown if you need to, but keep those areas neat—that is, mowed and trimmed.” Those parameters are now included in our golf courses’ maintenance plans. A significant area of cooperation between our two organizations has been associated with the two picnic and concert events put on by the OVA on the OGC’s driving range facility. The most recent, May 31 “Music on the Greens,” was a great success. Each board voiced support for continuing these jointly hosted events for the benefit (and fun) of the greater Oakmont community. Hooray!






Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (83). First flight: first low net, P. Buchholz; second low net, M. Pierce; third low net, A. Miller; fourth low net, J. Seliga; and fifth low net, K. Faherty. Second flight: first low net tie, L. Leitner and R. Nicholson; third low net tie, C. Sharpe and L. Yates; fifth low net, C. Carrol. Third flight: first low net, M. Jobson; second low net tie, L. Davis and P. Edwards; fourth low net, E. Baciocco. Fourth flight: first low net, L. Frediani; second low net, T. Siela; third low net, K. Wittes; fourth low net, J. O’Toole; and fifth low net, J. Banayat.


Low Gross of Field: Leslie Clark (96). First flight: first low net tie, L. Leitner and Y. Smith; third low net tie, L. Clark and M. Yterralde. Second flight: first low net, J. O’Toole; second low net tie, J. Buell, B. VanVoorhis and C. Locke. See you out there ladies, one of these days!


The Oakmont News / August 15, 2015


Senior Men’s Club


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

nTony D’Agosta

Football is in the air as both 49ers and Raiders are in their summer camps, and they, and numerous college teams, are getting ready for another season. Fall is coming and the Oakmont Seniors season of 2015 is slowly drawing to a close. The last Oakmont event for visiting players from other golf clubs was held on July 27, and Oakmont has played at Bodega Bay and Windsor on August 3 and 4 respectively, after the deadline for this edition of the Oakmont News. Results from those venues will be reported in the next issue.

Our mixer with the Women’s Niners was a great success. We had 32 players and broke it up into nine threesomes and one foursome. After play, we had a “Fifties” lunch at the Quail Inn—hamburgers, fries and root beer floats. We then had a hula hoop contest. Some people were good, some not so good. A good time was had by all and we are planning another one for next year. Our thanks to the Women’s Niners, especially Barbara Robinson and Rebecca Wellman. The results of the tournament are shown below. Don’t forget to pick up your Oakmont bag tag at the West Pro Shop. They will print your name on it while you wait. The cost is free. Thank you OGC.

JULY 27: Marin, Rio Vista, and Richmond at Oakmont

The competition was two best balls of the foursome and balls were played down. The foursomes were arranged in one flight and four places were awarded. First place, Jeff Snyder, Tommy Yturralde, Gary Masada, and John Schudick, 120 (card-off); second, Mike Hull, Gary Novak, Bob Thompson, and Charlie Adams, 120; third, Gil Moreno, Leo Jackson, Arba Stinnett, and John Viers, 121 (card-off); fourth, Jim Kaiser, Andy Frauenhofer, Toby Chang, and Don Lantz, 120. Closest-to-the-Pin (Oakmont): Jeff Snyder, 15’4”.

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SWEEPS RESULTS FOR JULY 20 Individual Low Net, 23 Players

First place: Ray Guerber with a 28.5. Second place tie: Jack Robinson and Tom Massip, both with a 30.5. Fourth place tie: Joe Lash and Tony Apolloni, both with a 31. Sixth place tie: Keith Wise and Dan Sienes, both with a 31.5. Eighth place tie: Dan Levin, Tony D’Agosta and Greg Carpenter, all with a 32. Closest-to-the-pin: Tony Apolloni, 20’1”; Jack Robinson, 30’8”; Phil Bowman, 33’3”.


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nBarbara Robinson

July 16, West Back Sweeps, 32 Total Players

Red Tees (19 players): First flight: first, N. Person; second, A. Branstetter; third, A. Keenly; fourth tie, J. DiBenedetto and E. Baciocco. Second flight: first, M.Crimaldi; second, R. Lommori; third, J. McDonnell; fourth three-way tie, B. Olsen, J. Rietow and A. Engen; seventh, B. Bowman. Yellow Tees (13 players): First flight: first, J. Finnerty; second, B. Robinson; third tie, E. Coumaduran and Liisa Karjalainen. Second flight: first, C. Lefloch; second, D. Johnson; third, E. LaPointe.


Sweeps winners listed under Men’s Niners section. A fun time was had by all, playing a two best ball 9-hole game and enjoying a Rock ‘n Roll themed luncheon, featuring Root Beer Floats and a Hula Hoop Contest.


First place: Tom Massip/Nancy Young/Elizabeth LaPointe with a 51. Second place: Joel Goodman/Barbara Olsen/Joan Eiserloh with a 55. Third place: Charlie Perotti/Jeanine Haggerty/Dee Johnson/Tammy Siela with a 57. Fourth place: Art Boot/Cindy Carroll/Heni Williston with a 58.

Sarah Wood and Art Boot, Hula Hoop Contest Winners

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR JULY 27 Two-Man Scramble, 12 Teams

First place: Dan Sienes/Al Bentham with a 23. Second place: Jack Robinson/Tony Apolloni with a 24.25. Third place: Phil Bowman/Wendell Freeman with a 24.5. Fourth place tie: Bill Wellman/Ray Guerber and Don Morse/Clem Maassen, all with a 25. Closest-to- the-pin: Keith Wise, 11’4”; Tony Apolloni, 11’5”; Wayne Mickaelian, 58’0”.

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11th Annual Oakmont Veterans’ Day Parade Wednesday, November 11, 1 PM

The Parade is sponsored by Oakmont Village Association, Oakmont Gardens and Kiwanis Club of Oakmont.

Help us Select This Year’s Parade GRAND MARSHAL

The Annual Veterans’ Day Parade in Oakmont honors our local veterans, and each year one outstanding veteran is asked to lead the parade. Nominations are being accepted now for an Oakmont veteran to serve as the Grand Marshal in this 11th Annual Oakmont Veterans Day Parade on Wednesday, November 11. Please send the nominee’s name, branch of military, conflict(s) in which he/she served,

details, awards and any other pertinent information that you feel may help the selection process to Jay Cobb at jayannecobb@ or 8834 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, 95409. Nominations must be received by Friday, September 18. For further information, please E-mail or call 833-2391. Please help honor our former military by helping us select the Grand Marshall. Watch for more information about participating in and viewing the Veterans Parade in future issues of the Oakmont News.


The Oakmont News / August 15, 2015


Wednesday Men’s Club

nJim Kaiser

Fellow OWMC members, hope all is going well. Can anyone tell me what our weather is going to be? Now for the results:

July 22, WEST COURSE Four-Man Team, 1-2-3 Game

First flight (10.0–19.5): first, Frank Giannini, Jim Scinto, Bob Baciocco and John Cook, 123; second, Bob Hartsock, Bob Giddings, Sal Cesario and Mike Doyle, 128; third, Gary Novak, Alan McLintock, Bill Roberts and John Williston, 131. Second flight (20.0–31.0): first tie, Pete Eschelbach, Bud Simi, Charlie Avery and Bob Siela, and Tommy Yturralde, Bill Smith, Rick Yates and (blind draw), 128; third, Chuck Mendenhall, Denis Cadigan, Dennis DeSousa and Frank James, 129. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Dennis DeSousa, 4’11”, Bob Hartsock, 9’6”; #13—Mike Isola, 7’0”, John Cook, 7’11”; #15—Sal Cesario, 12’1”, Don Streutker, 20’6”. Note: Sal Cesario nailed the elusive 5th hole’s pot for a $78 prize with a shot of 3’9” from the hole. Nice work Sal! P.S. Don’t tell Mary Anne!

July 22, East Course Two-Man Alternate Shot

First, Dick Scott/Frank Smith, 60; second, Walt Brown/Jim Spangler, 62.5; third, Dan Levin/Dan Sienes, 64. Closest-to-the-pin: #8—Frank Smith, 19’6”, Tom Massip, 35’4”.

July 29, WEST COURSE Individual Lower Net

First flight (4–14): first, Sal Cesario, 65; second tie, Nick Beltrano and Bob Branstetter, 68; fourth, Danny Morgan, 71; fifth tie, Bucky Peterson, Jim Scinto, Pete Waller and John Weston, 72. Second flight (15–20): first, Bill Roberts, 63; second, Bob Hartsock, 70; third, Ray Pierce, 71; fourth tie, Dan Crobbe and Gary Novak, 72. Third flight (21–UP): first, Chuck Mendenhall, 64; second, Alan McLintock, 67; third, Tony Hughes, 69; fourth tie, Don Streutker and Tommy Yturralde, 70. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—John Weston, 4’3”, John Garcia, 4’8”; #13—Sal Cesario, 8’5”, Frank James, 10’9”; #16—Danny Morgan, 3’10”, Bill Hainke, 7’2”. Sal Cesario eagled #18 from 160 yards out to card a 77! I won’t tell you his age, but he bested it by one stroke. Congratulations Sal!


Jones looked at other senior communities and talked with a good many people and realized Oakmont needed a center to provide social programs and life enhancing services for this special group. The center also would provide respite for caregivers. The Eldercare and Resource Center of Oakmont (ERCO) was born. ERCO plans to provide many services for elders and hopes to house Oakmont’s existing services such as the Caregiver’s Support Group and the Blood Pressure Clinic. But establishing a senior day care center is its primary objective. It has asked the Sonoma County Council on Aging to expand its existing program, called Senior Social Club, to Oakmont. Its offerings include exercise, entertainment and companionship. An ad hoc committee was appointed by the OVA Board to look into establishing a senior day care center. Jones and her committee have already presented several projects to the OVA Board. They include: • Oakmont Kiwanis Club has been approached to provide ERCO with legal status to accept tax-free donations and apply for foundation grants. • ERCO will participate in “Oakmont Touches Lives: A Showcase of Local Non-Profits” Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. at the Berger Center, where ERCO will be introduced to the community. The program, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, is open to all residents. • An application has been made to the City of Santa Rosa Community Advisory Board for a $1,000 matching fund Community Improvement Grant. • ERCO is networking with the Sonoma County Section on Aging, a coalition of organizations and individuals concerned with the wellbeing of older adults. It promotes the development of older adult services in the county. Finding an appropriate site for the day care center and setting up a transportation service are on the committee’s agenda. The OVA Board has asked Jones to submit, by the end of the year, a comprehensive report and recommendations to implement an Oakmont senior day care program. Part of that job is establishing the need for a program. COPE will assist ERCO in a survey to gauge the need. “I feel strongly that Oakmont has to have a senior day care center. It is so important to the people who live here,” Jones declared. Her committee also includes Sue Dibble, Vickie Jackanich and Toni Novoa. It has also collected 60 interested volunteers.

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Opening day was delayed several times as workers uncovered problems with underground gas and water lines and dealt with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. Hot weather interfered with plastering and it even rained one day—just enough to delay things a bit further. The day also marked the completion of a 20-month West Rec. remodeling project that was estimated to cost $588,451 and wound up costing more than $826,000, as problems turned up inside the 40-yearold building. There also were expensive seismic retrofits and ADA requirements to meet. “We now know that remodeling an older building could ultimately lead to a more extensive renovation, instead of just being a simple remodel. There is a big cost difference between a remodel and a renovation,” said OVA Manager Cassie Turner. “To remodel an older building is more complicated and more costly than just building a new structure. In doing anything like this again, OVA will look at every component in the building and start from there.” Turner said the lessons learned from the West Rec. project make it clear that “we need to keep our financial resources up for unexpected maintenance and repairs as a consequence of having older buildings.” “Now you have a West Rec. facility that will look good and perform for another 30 years if it is properly maintained,” Turner said.

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First, Dave McDonnell, 61; second tie, Jim Spangler, Joe Lash, Greg Carpenter and Noel Schween, 65. Closet-to-the-pins: #8—Dan Levin, 23’0”; #16—Jim Spanger, 3’11”, Greg Carpenter—8’11”.

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Bocce News

Well, the summer heat is on and we have had some heated games at the courts. One game last Saturday was so close that players agreed to quit early as it was way past lunchtime! The game was important but the stomach won the game. The grandparents’ bocce for kids was held on July 31 and everyone had a good time. It is always fun to watch those young ones tackle the game. More new members have joined. Good thing we have name tags! Welcome. I am sure you will soon by bitten by the “bocce bug.” Watch the bulletin board for other upcoming events. You don’t want to miss out!

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nLaurie Hartmann

Oakmont Community Church Who we are

We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith, being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. You are warmly invited to Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. The sermon series is: Isaiah 40-66 “Good News Now!“

Sunday, August 16

Dick Meyer will be preaching on Isaiah 49. Stephanie Ozer will be playing piano.

Sunday, August 23

Michael Koons will be preaching from Isaiah 50. Debbie Knapp will be at the piano and Erik and Jason Fauss will be playing viola and cello.

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sunday, august 30

Jordon Johnson will be preaching from Isaiah 51. Lucas Sherman will be at the keyboards and one Fauss brother, Jason, will be playing cello.

Tuesdays through August 18 1:30–2:30 pm Bible Study on Mark

Bible study meets weekly at Oakmont Gardens, Room 106. We will study the book of Mark for seven weeks. This is a discussion, not a lecture. All levels of Bible knowledge are welcome and there is no homework. Yea! We will not only discuss the book, we will relate it to our own lives. The book of Mark is dynamic, short and to the point, but full of amazing stories about our Lord Jesus that are meant for each of us. The study is facilitated by Jan Freeman, 800-7563.

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entertainment extravaganza. It highlights non-profit organizations that Oakmonters support with their time, energy and contributions throughout the year. In working with these groups, Oakmonters provide a wonderful benefit to the surrounding community. This is a free event where a portion of your food and beverage purchases goes to participating groups. Kiwanis will have its new calendar available as well.


Our featured community groups focus on children, animals, the environment and the cultural life of Sonoma County and include: Assistance League of Sonoma County, Bouverie Preserve, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Friends of Animals of the Redwood Empire, Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services, Jack London Historic Park, Luther Burbank Home and Garden Volunteers, Rotary of the Valley of the Moon and Sierra Girls Center Garden Club. It’s a great opportunity to learn what your neighbors are up to and how you can support these worthy groups as a volunteer or in other ways.


Stilt walkers from Kenwood and professional circus-style entertainment from Inner Orbit of

Oakland—unique and amazing acrobatics, juggling and fire walking—will entertain while you enjoy a delicious array of food. Wurst Sausage Grill, El Coyote and Pink Green’s food trucks are coming with myriad dinner options. For dessert, we’ll have the choice of Oakmont’s own Melissa LepleySchurtz’s brownies and lemon bars or scrumptious cookies from Cookie Take a Bite. Multiple local wineries are contributing a variety of excellent wines and beer from Lagunitas Brewing will also be available.


An extra special bonus will be the Oakmont Kiwanis’ soon-to-be-famous wall calendar: “Oakmont 954092016.” Each month features a different Oakmont club with members posed as characters in famous movie scenes. A great addition to your home décor and a terrific gift! “Oakmont Touches Lives” also marks the kickoff of Make A Room In Your Heart’s “A Safe Place for Pets” program to foster the pets of domestic abuse victims. Mark your calendar to celebrate how “Oakmont Touches Lives.” For more information contact the OVA Office at 539-1611 or E-mail oakmonttoucheslives@

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Garden Club

nPeggy Dombeck


Scientists discovered the world’s oldest flower in 2002, in northeast China. The flower, named Archaefructus sinensis, bloomed around 125 million years ago and resembles a water lily. There is no Garden Club meeting in August.


WHAT: Pauline Haro, Master Gardener, will talk about Preparing for Fall with Native Plants WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, September 15 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• Dig up and divide overcrowded bearded irises. Irises are deer resistant, so they can be used in the front yard for a beautiful display in spring. • Continue to deadhead perennials and annuals, especially in containers. Heavy bloomers can be cut back and fertilized. • Monitor soil moisture. Established perennials, shrubs and trees need infrequent but deep watering. Container plants may need daily watering. • Sow seeds of beets, carrots, lettuce, peas, radish and turnips for fall harvest. • Inspect plants often for signs of powdery mildew. Combine two teaspoons of baking soda and two teaspoons of horticultural summer oil mixed in one gallon of water. Spray mildew-afflicted plants thoroughly, once a week if necessary. • Begonias, fuchsias, containerized plants and newly planted garden vegetables need continuous summer feeding. Give azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons their final feeding this month.

Monday Morning Line Dance Class

nBetty Groce, Instructor

No classes August 10 through August 31. I am going on vacation and hope that you will enjoy one as well. Classes will resume September 7 at 11:15 a.m. at the Lower West Rec. studio. Yes, September 7 is correct. We usually celebrate holidays by dancing at our regular class time. New dancers are always welcome. No prior experience is necessary. Two left feet? No matter. Check us out in September. The price is right as there is no charge.


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Osher Lifelong Learning Institution at SSU—Oakmont Full Class Preview September 2, 3 PM, Berger Center

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Please join us...

flMeet instructors as they introduce their courses flRegister for class flGreet your neighbors flLight refreshments Ebb and Flow of Civilizations By Tyra Benoit, M.A. Mondays, September 28 – November 2 3-5 PM, Berger Center

What are the lessons we can apply to modern civilization?

The Bomb’s Early Light By Les Adler, Ph.D.

Wednesdays, September 30 – November 4 3-5 PM, Berger Center

nJerry Thompson

best bits and pieces of the mac os RONNIE ROCHE

WHEN: Saturday, August 15 TIME: 1:30 p.m. Social, 2 p.m. Meeting PLACE: East Recreation Center Come learn how to customize Apple Mail and Safari; learn how to make Preview and Image capture more than just photo viewing Apps; explore the new iTunes and see what apple Music is all about! As always there is always time for your questions. We look forward to seeing you! Website:


Dues are $10 per household. Three ways to join: 1) at any meeting; 2) a check made payable to OakMUG and sent to Justine Haugen, Treasurer, 8926 Acorn Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409; 3) or you may put your check into our file in the OVA Office. Members receive a discount on the entire catalog of O’Reilly and Peachpit books.


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668. Both are Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-3079, or E-mail

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Send your Mac questions by E-mail to the following E-mail address: An OakMUG Mac expert will either get you an answer or will recommend someone who can.

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WHEN: Tuesday, August 25 at 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center

Learn about scientists and officials whose decisions were central to the atomic bomb.

Volunteer Opportunity Press release

MOVEMENT AND STYLE: A SURVEY OF CALIFORNIA ART AND BEYOND By Linda Loveland Reid, B.A. Thursdays, October 1 – November 5 3-5 PM, East Rec Center

From 1950 onward: Landscapes to Social Realism to Modernism

Course brochures are available in the OVA Office and the CAC Lobby. Please direct questions about Oakmont courses and activities to Co-Chairs Paul & Susi Heidenreich, at (206) 604-6418 or by email at Guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting.

Seniors At Home, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, has opportunities to visit with older adults to help them not feel alone. The Caring Connections program provides support to those with a history of mental health issues, with the goal of helping them improve engagement in their daily lives by visiting with them one hour a week. You’ll be working on specific goals to help combat their isolation, loneliness and depression. No previous knowledge of working with this population required—just a willingness to learn. Friendly Visiting: Want a more simply social match? We are always looking for new members to add to this dedicated group of volunteers who visit isolated seniors once a week. We currently have lonely seniors in Sonoma Valley waiting for volunteers. Training and on-going support provided. Contact Barbara Tobin at or 707303-1510.


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Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC)

PC Users Group

fall Session september • october • november

nBarbara G. Dudley


The next OPCUG members’ meeting is set for September 14 at 2 p.m. at the East Recreation Center when the group presents a Q&A Session. Be sure to send any questions or concerns that you may have about your computers, peripherals, and other electronic devices to the experts through Bob Mandelstam at He and the OPCUG panel of experts will then review the issues and provide their expert solutions at the Q&A Session.

Call 538-1485 to Register.


Be sure to be there at the Berger Center when the Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) holds their Fall Open House and “Tech” Forum on Tuesday, August 25, from 4–5:30 p.m. George McKinney is to lead the Forum on the subject “Getting the Most Out of Android.” Be there to hear his tips and tricks about Android and to find out which classes the OCLC will be offering for the Fall Season. For more information, see the related article in this issue of the Oakmont News. Note: At any time of the year, you can view a list of offered classes, as well as possible classes, including class descriptions, by visiting OakmontLearning. org, and then clicking on the “Oakmont Computer Learning Center” heading (link). For questions, to sign up for a class, to make suggestions for classes, or to volunteer to teach or assist, call them at 538-1485 or send the OCLC Board an E-mail message at oclc@


During this break, you still can find information on the group and its announcements on our Home page on our site. In addition, you can read timely articles about Windows-PC issues in our past newsletters, access information about past programs, find out about your board, and review Help articles and other useful information. We welcome comments and suggestions for this site. Please, send your insights to Webmaster Krystine at Krystine_at_Oakmont@ or Scribe, Barbara, at bd24-ecrivain@


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

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nGeorge McKinney

Oakmont Technology Forum Tuesday, August 25, 4 PM, Berger Center UNDERSTANDING ANDROID, Google, and Chrome

Most users of modern electronics know that Apple® and Microsoft® offer integrated systems that work on different devices, such as desktops, tablets, and smartphones. However, did you know that Google® provides this integration, as well, and that more consumers use the Google systems than use either the Apple or the Microsoft system? • Do you have a Samsung Galaxy, Google Nexus, a Sony, or an Amazon Fire tablet? • Do you use a smartphone made by Samsung, LG, or Motorola? • Do you use Chrome as your browser? • Do you use Google as your search engine? If you responded “Yes” to any of the questions above, then congratulations! You’re using the Android system! Google, as a company, has been best known for its search engine. As the electronics market has broadened to include tablets and smartphones,

Google has worked hard to create an operating system (OS) that is capable enough to compete with the Apple iOS™ and Microsoft Windows™. This operating system is called Android™. Google also has created a browser to compete with Safari™ on Apple and Internet Explorer™ in Windows. This browser is called Chrome™. Do you understand the Android OS and how it integrates with Google and Chrome? What we’re going to do at this technology forum is to provide answers to that question and to: • Explain how you can use the Android OS, Google, and Chrome to create an integrated platform, just like the ones that Apple and Microsoft provide. • Discuss how to use the Android OS across devices to enable your desktop, your smartphone, and your tablet to share a calendar, pictures, and the Cloud. • And more…


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nTom Kendrick

The Pickleball Corner

Oakmont Deer Keep Aliens in Check!

Remember the movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers? Duplicate beings crawl out of alien seed pods? Well, it’s real this time! Aliens, disguised as old people are everywhere—particularly in retirement communities. That person you thought you knew? He was your best friend? You’d sit around and watch TV together? But all of a sudden he wants to put on a pair of shorts and tennis shoes and hobble around on a pint-sized tennis court and make a fool of himself? Well guess what—that’s not your friend, it’s a copy of your friend, and you better be careful ‘cause you might be next. You think I’m kidding? You want proof? Well, just go to any retirement community—you know, the ones who advertise themselves as being “Active Adult Communities.” You’ll see them. They’re everywhere! They walk around with paddles and have funny looking balls. And although no actual seed pods have been located, there are a Duplicate being lot of tomato plants, and scientists believe they are where the aged athletic aliens are coming from. And now, sadly, it’s begun to be a problem here in our own community—over a 100 duplicate beings are suspected to be roaming about. They’re the young ones—aged 65 to 80. And although their numbers are growing, there is one bright spot. We have deer! And what do deer do? Why, they eat tomato plants! Therefore, thanks to our famished four-leggedfriends, the numbers of Alien-Eater alien duplicate beings are growing at a slower rate than in other communities— only about five per month at last count. WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Open Play, 10 a.m.–12 noon (when you can always get a game); 9–10 a.m. and 12–5 p.m., key required, games need to be arranged; 8–9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (quiet balls only). Courts available seven days a week WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people ATTIRE: Proper court attire requested. Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. We have loaner paddles available. WEBSITE: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly. com NEW PLAYER ORIENTATION: Mondays 9–10 a.m. NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266; E-mail:

nNoel Lyons, Tom Kendrick and Andie Altman

Draft Pickleball facility use policy— East Rec. Center, tennis court #4

It is recognized and intended that Oakmont Village Association have a good neighbor facility use policy for the two temporary Pickleball courts installed at East Rec. Center, Tennis Court #4. The conditions below were developed by surrounding neighbors, Oakmont Pickleball Club leadership and facilitators to foster a good neighbor relationship between all. 1. Tennis Court #4 shall remain striped and equipped for at most two temporary Pickleball courts only. The remaining three tennis courts shall remain tennis play only (Courts 1, 2, and 3). 2. The two Pickleball courts may be used between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 3. Play is allowed with quiet balls only, on Tuesday and Thursday from 8–9 a.m. 4. Play is not allowed after 5 p.m. 5. Players should be respectful of their environment and neighbors and at all times be mindful of their voices. 6. Oakmont Village Association will be responsible for installing appropriate signage at the courts regarding this policy and the items above. 7. Oakmont Pickleball Club will publish this policy on the website and include in club’s announcements.

Cal Alumni Club

nMark Randol


The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, August 20 with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The menu will be Chicken Parmesan and Penne Pasta with Marinara Sauce and Green Salad. There will be lemon bars with whipped cream for dessert. The price of the dinner is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members and includes cocktails before dinner, tax, and gratuity. Reservations in advance a must and are due by Monday, August 17. Please contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.

Lawn Bowling

nGreg Goodwin

I don’t know about you, but I have no idea what an instagram is or how it works. I’m not sure about hash tag, tweet or texts. So, when someone is a “friend” on one of those things—forget about it. To me a friend is a real person who shares common interests and cares about you. Mutual respect and admiration exists between friends. Additionally, friends make an effort to see and talk to each other. Which brings us to Lawn Bowling. Through Lawn Bowling, I’ve met and become friends with five people. Perhaps I would have met them someplace else, but then again maybe not. Surveys report that a majority of people report having two friends, down from three a generation ago. Relationships are very important to seniors. Friends are indeed golden gems. Come try Lawn Bowling and make new friends like I did.


Signs have been posted that the green is to be used for Lawn Bowling exclusively. The grass is a specially seeded blend that can’t thrive under harsh conditions such as heavy foot traffic, polo matches or monster truck shows. Our Lawn Bowling green is a rare piece of property that is the envy of lawn bowlers from all over Northern California. The OLBC wants to thank the OVA for their continuing support and our good neighbors for complying with regulations to keep our green pristine.


Leisure Town Lawn Bowling Club President, Charlie Thorpe, has been calling and wants a rematch for the bowling trophy. As you recall, last year OLBC reclaimed the title and trophy. The trophy is proudly on display in our club house. So we must unite, fight and bowl with all our might to keep it where it belongs, here in Oakmont. Let’s get ready to rumble.


All alumni, family, and friends of Cal are invited to the Oakmont Club’s annual Labor Day picnic featuring the Straw Hat Band, a raffle, silent auction to support the club’s scholarship fund, and a tasty BBQ. WHEN: Labor Day Monday, September 7 WHERE: Wine Country Polo Field in Oakmont TIME: 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. MENU: BBQ Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and Garden Burgers, with salads and all the fixings and ice cream cups. Wine, beer, water, and soft drinks are included. COST: $22 for adults, $10 for children. Advance tickets will be required. The reservation deadline is Thursday, August 20. Please make check payable to Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont and mail to Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont, c/o Helen Young, 362 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. For additional information about the Cal Alumni Club, please contact Membership Chair, Bonnie Lukes, at 537-9631, or go to the club’s website: www.

I’ll shake, but the trophy stay’s here.


It is amazing that more than half of the 2015 Lawn Bowling Season is over. There are still several club tournaments to be won. To win them, you have to be in them, so check the green book and the bulletin board for information and sign-ups. The next two tournaments scheduled are the August 17 Open Singles and the September 2 Mixed Triples.


All Oakmont residents are welcome to try their hand at lawn bowling. Stop by the green any Tuesday during July and August from 9:30–11:00 a.m. Club members will show you the basics and you can try rolling a few bowls. Club bowls will be provided. Please wear flat-soled shoes. Questions? Can’t make Tuesdays? Call Tony Lackowicz at 888-1430 or Bill Livingston at 327-8180 to set up a separate time to play.


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Grandparents’ Week

Huseby a Swimming Winner Oakmont resident James Huseby earned first-place in two of last month’s Senior Games swimming events. Huseby’s honors were in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle events for men 75–79.

New Quail Signs

nJackie Ryan

The best guess dates Oakmont’s “heritage quail” signs to the mid-1970s, but Yvonne Horn, who led the charge to replace the tired and worn signage, says no one seems to know exactly when the signs appeared on major Oakmont thoroughfares.

It was a limbo stick and an Oakmont Fun Park where children built things with Tinker Toys—both events that were part of Grandparents’ Week as July wound down in Oakmont. (Photos by Kathy Sowers)

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nMarsha Zolkower

Tuesday, August 25 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

Call 795-2025, Mon.–Fri., 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. or leave a message anytime. E-mail: toxicsdisposal@ COLLECTION DATE: Tuesday, August 25 PLACE: Upper West Rec. Parking Lot (tennis court side) TIME: 3-8 p.m. Please do not show up without an appointment. LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (with a maximum of five gallons per container) or 125 pounds of solid material. Never mix chemicals. Place in sealed containers in the trunk, packed to prevent spills, syringes/needles in sealed, approved Sharps containers. NOT ACCEPTED: explosives or ammunition, radioactive materials, biological waste (except syringes), TVs, computer monitors and other electronics, business waste. Next Toxic Waste Collection is November 17!

The Heartlight Show: The Best of Neil Diamond

Yvonne Horne with a new sign. (Photo by Paul Ryan)

“We had a choice to either take them down or redo them,” said Horn, a member of the OVA Landscape Improvement Committee. “They had just gotten ratty looking, faded and illegible. They are, though, a part of Oakmont’s character, and we were glad when the board approved getting them remade.” Like the original signs, the new ones remind motorists to “Slow down. Quail have the right of way.” The four replacement signs feature a family of quail or a single bird. The project landed with Santa Rosa’s Artstart program, which is financed by public funds, grants, private donations, and commissions. The city’s public works department provided the signboards. Artstart apprentices Danielle Harrisman and Carlea Warren-Rossi are the talented young artists behind the signs. Photos of their work progression can be seen on Artstart’s Facebook page under a July 16 post “The new signs don’t duplicate the heritage signs, but rather are done in the spirit of them,” Horn said. An Oakmont resident stopped to admire the first sign located at the Oakmont Creek and noted he and his wife walk by the old sign every day and had hoped it would be refreshed. Residents and visitors will see them on Oakmont Drive, Valley Oaks, Stonebridge and Pythian roads.

nMarsha Zolkower

Another Hot August Night! Friday, August 28, 7 pm, Berger Center

The Heartlight Show is an intimate, sophisticated, powerful solo performance of the words and music that have kept Neil Diamond in the hearts of his fans for more than five decades. Jack Wright’s natural voice and engaging onstage presence capture the essence and emotion of Neil Diamond’s songs. He sings them the way Neil must have felt when he wrote them —and he connects with his audiences the way Neil always has. The Heartlight Show features memorable hit songs and fan favorites that are faithfully and powerfully recreated with guitar and piano, supported by rich custom music tracks based on Neil’s live show arrangements. They fill the theater with the sounds and power. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the OVA Office. Seating will be audience-style for this event.

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Tennis Club

Model Railroading

nDiane Linneball and Stephanie Wrightson

information to access the OTC website, and you create your private password. Questions or difficulties? Contact the Website Coordinator, Diane Linneball,


Bill Anderson, John Cullison, Alice Chen and Fred Polkinghorn mix it up

October 3 is a very important date for the OTC. It’s our Annual Membership Meeting, 4:30–5:30 p.m., West Rec. Center. All members are urged to attend (no reservation required for the membership meeting). In addition to socializing, important business will be conducted—nominees for the 2016 OTC Board Members and Officers will be announced, additional nominations will be accepted from the floor and, subsequently, members will vote on the 2016 slate of nominees. On this same day, the OTC Mixed Doubles Tournament will be held in the morning and, following the membership meeting, members will be celebrating at the OTC Harvest Moon Dinner Dance. More details will be available in future issues of the Oakmont News and on the OTC website. In the meantime, save the date and rest up.


Chuck Hinckley, Bill Wrightson and Oakmont grandchildren brave the heat


Partner up and sign up by September 8 for the OTC Men’s Doubles Tournament: contact Sumner Johnson ( or 539-3758) with yours and your partner’s phone numbers, E-mail addresses and skill level, or sign up on the OTC website (https:// by clicking on the “Sign Up” tab. Meet September 12, 8 a.m., West Courts where coffee and light refreshments will be served. Play will be held on both East and West Courts with separate competitions for the A-level and B/C-level groups.


The OTC website contains everything a member needs to know—upcoming tennis and social events, social event payment coupons, tennis event sign-ups, event results and photos, OTC member programs, member roster, substitution list, Team Oakmont external competition and more! There even is a page for members to communicate with each other. But it only works if members check it out periodically (don’t miss out on OTC memberarranged tennis fun). The site (https://oakmonttennisclub.shutterfly. com) is for club members only and involves a simple log-in process. You are not required to share personal

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The OTC is so very appreciative of Michael Gough’s tireless efforts to ensure that all Oakmont tennis players have courts, ball machines and other equipment that are safe and in good repair. We even saw him cleaning the tennis shed! Given the many personal hours that he devotes, it behooves us to take care of these items. Wear nonscuff shoes. Shut the court gates. Use the right balls in each ball machine at the West (the Gamma balls are for the ELITE 3 only). Hang brooms and squeegees on the fence; leaning them on the ground ruins their edges. Double lock the West shed after returning the ball machine (and don’t leave personal items there or help yourself to something that doesn’t belong to you). Promptly report any problems to Michael. Note that the court cracks will be scheduled for repair.

New resident Katya Miller and Gary Goodenough at the Santa Rosa HO scale model railroad club’s annual exhibit at the East Recreation Center. Goodenough is one of the show’s organizers. (Photo by Ed Behen)

Del Sol Concert Raises $5,000 for Foundation

nStaff Report

A near sellout crowd turned out for a summer evening concert featuring Del Sol, the Latin Jazz Quintet headed by Doug Morton, to raise funds for the Oakmont Community Foundation.

Single Boomers Social Club

nSusan Ramsey

We started August out with a Italian Pizza Night. Thanks to all who attended and made it a success! We hope to see more of you at the following activities. Friday, August 21: Wendy DeWitt at Funky Friday Saturday, September 12: Flamingo Hotel—Dancing Friday, September 25: Potluck at the Berger Be sure to check your E-mail for updates and Evites! If you have any suggestions for upcoming events, we’ve love to hear from you. Please contact me. If you’re interested in joining us, please fill out the application form in the OVA Single Boomers Social Club folder, along with your check for $12.

The crowd enjoys the pre-concert wine and hors d’oeuvres reception on the Berger Plaza. (Photos by Cassie Turner)

More than 225 people bought tickets for the July 18 concert and for a wine and hors d’oeuvres party on the Berger Center plaza that opened the evening. The pre-concert party was serenaded by Carlos Herrera’s Costa Rican guitar group. The concert featured vocals by Charity Goodin, along with piano, drums and electric bass. “After all expenses are paid, the OCF expects to net over $5,000 in revenue—all of which will go to support worthy Oakmont organizations,” said Bob Chapman, the foundation’s treasurer. “The OCF considered the event a rousing success, and we thank all Oakmonters for attending. And, when OCF issues grants in the coming months, Oakmonters should understand that their support of this event helped make it possible,” Chapman said.


The Oakmont News / August 15, 2015

Sound of Ukuleles in Oakmont

Oakmont Quilting Bee

nElizabeth McDonnell

The group meets Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. in the crafts room at Oakmont Gardens. Interested people are asked to call Linda Webster at 978-2790.

The Quilting Bee planned a sewing class during Grandparents’ Week and donated many fabric kits cut and ready for assembly. To help the Bee members prepare for the class, Paula Scull demonstrated the quick method of making a pillow case at our July business meeting. On July 28, 13 very cute young ladies ages 7–13 entered our classroom for a sewing class. The girls selected their fabric kits and were assigned to a quilter for one-on-one instruction. They also received instruction on properly ironing their project as it progressed and, with supervision, did their own ironing. Parents and grandparents proudly watched and took pictures as the girls made their pillow cases. At the end of our time together the girls proudly displayed their finished projects.

Members of the recently formed Oakmont Ukesters at a recent weekly practice, L to R: Elaine Stanley, Linda Webster, Mike Gomez, Jean Gomez, Kathy Edwards and Barbara Stevens. (Photo by John Williston)

nCarol Decker

Oakmont Art Association


Entry packets will go out to all current Art Association members on August 15. The packets will include entry forms for artists and vendors, exhibitor instructions, and a call for volunteers. Volunteers are so important to the success of this annual event, as it is a large one and many hands are needed. You don’t need to be an artist to volunteer! If you are a resident artist, and are not an Art Association member, you can pay dues by calling our Treasurer, Cathy Rapp, at 537-9281. Entry forms may be found in the Art Association’s folder in the OVA Office. This 43rd annual show, themed Oakmont’s Bounty of Art, is a means for Oakmont to give back to the community through presenting works from over 200 of our resident artists for the public’s enjoyment. But another more important purpose is to raise money through our silent auctions and raffles, to support our scholarship fund for Santa Rosa Junior College Artists. Donation of raffle items would be greatly appreciated. Please call Rita Kronen to donate at 537-7707. Deadline for submissions is September 19. The show will be open on October 9 and a wine and cheese event will take place on October 10, with the raffle drawing and introduction of this year’s scholarship winners.


Carlea Rossi is one of our 2015 scholarship recipients. She states in her message of appreciation: “I am so grateful to receive this scholarship because it will help me kick start my career as an artist! I am

planning to transfer by next year to a four-year university and this will really help me achieve my goal of graduating college with an art major so I can gain experience in the field. I am open to lots of opportunities but I am considering doing illustrations or helping make animated films, all with the thanks of this scholarship. So thanks again! “This is a self portrait I did a few semesters ago for my drawing class, made out of charcoal and chalk pastels. I drew myself giving a dreamy look because this best fits my personality and I included a range of colors, which I love to do in most of my pieces because life is full of color! I enjoy doing details and making my art look realistic, as seen in this piece, but I’m open to all sorts of art styles.”


The museum trip is sold out, with a waiting list. If you missed out, you can get a virtual tour on September 11 at the first fall Art Association meeting. Marsha Holm, popular docent from the de Young, will present highlights of the exhibit.


A new exhibit is up in the Berger Center, featuring the work of Valerie Gardiner, Beverly Rodman and Kathy Byrne. Do stop by and admire the artworks of these gifted, award winning artists.

Pasta Feed & Fundraiser At VINTAGE BRUSH CREEK 4225 Wayvern Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Join us for our Pasta Feed and Fundraiser to support the Alzheimer’s Association. Enjoy delicious chef-prepared pasta dishes in our beautiful dining room, or take yours with you to enjoy at home. Suggested donation: $10 per person. Thursday, August 20th | 4:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Reserve your meal by August 19th

RSVP at (707) 200-7520

Independent Living • Assisted Living • Memory Care

License # 496800996



Many thanks to the Quilting Bee members who donated and prepared the fabric kits, participated in the sewing of the pillow cases and of course those ladies that manned the irons. I believe everyone had a fun time. At our July business meeting we discussed our upcoming picnic to be held August 12. Mary Ann made arrangements for box lunches from the Oakmont Market and said she would E-mail order forms to members. We discussed an appliqué class to be held August 29 and a picture of the project was passed around. Nancy O’Brien told us of the machine quilting class she took through the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild using a walking foot. She felt she learned a lot from the class and displayed a quilt she quilted in the class. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.


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What’s Growing On in the Community Garden

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative

nJulie Cade with Stephanie Wrightson

The Garden is Abuzz

nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

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

As you visit or walk by the Oakmont Community Garden on Stonebridge, you’ll notice lots more than just greenery: purple peppers and eggplants, red and yellow tomatoes, and beautiful flowers of gold, yellow, pink, red, orange and white. Many gardeners plant flowers with veggies, both for beauty and to attract beneficial insects and pollinators. Bees, butterflies, and busy gardeners keep the garden colorful and buzzing!

Purple peppers with yellow flowers nearby

Jose and Vivian Valencia

This month’s featured gardeners are Jose and Vivian Valencia, who joined the garden in May. Experienced gardeners, they began gardening in Rincon Valley about 20 years ago. Vivian and Jose love having fresh organic produce and the satisfaction of having grown it themselves. They jokingly tell people that they are “farmers living off the land.” Jose appreciates the vast amount of gardening information now on the internet, along with an increased focus on organic growing techniques, which he and Vivian employ in their plot (as do all other members at the Oakmont Community Garden). The best part of gardening, says Jose, “is eating Sungold tomatoes and snap peas right off the vines. And the worst part of gardening? There is no worst part!” Now this is a man who is a positive thinker! In addition to the community garden, Vivian is active in quilting and plays Mah Jong, and Jose loves golf, poker, tennis and fishing. They are both members of Boomers, Sha-boom, and a wine group. The Valencias are pleased to have their little plot at the community garden and seem to be happily engaged in a number of fun pursuits in Oakmont.


What’s happening in Sonoma County gardens in mid-August?

As you relish summer’s bounty of tomatoes and squash, it’s time to give some attention to starting fall vegetable seedlings. With drought conditions, look for varieties that say “drought-resistant” or “droughttolerant” (but even those will need water, of course). When to plant? Count back from our first frost date (November 27 for Kenwood area) and add the days-to-maturity information from the seed package, to know if there will be time to harvest before first frost. For more information on when to plant/ transplant, you can read this: http://modernfarmer. com/2015/07/how-to-plant-fall-garden. What to plant? Direct seed: beets, carrots, bush beans, Chinese cabbage, winter and daikon radishes, turnips, bok choy, peas, chicory, radicchio, bulb onion seeds (for green onions over winter and bulb onions next spring). Either direct-sown or for later transplanting: leafy greens, such as Swiss chard, spinach, heat-tolerant lettuce varieties, kale; artichokes, rutabagas. Best to transplant: Brussels sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower. For more information on signing up, contact OVA at 539-1611 or E-mail Oakmontcommunitygarden@

Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club

nRay Haverson

9 years old Dachshund



I get along well with other dogs!


Because dogs who dance are so much fun!


I’m sweet, attentive and easygoing...what more could you want in a companion?


The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club has been approved by the OVA Board as of July 21. We are now starting our Membership Rooster. If you want to get back to the lazy days of summer and want some oldfashioned fun and memories; if you like light exercise, laughing, meeting new friends, Bar-B-Ques, well, then the Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club is for you. This is an all-age club with all levels of players welcome. If you want to be on our Membership Rooster and have some fun, please contact me for details at 539-6666 or

SONOMA HU M A N E S OC I E TY | 707-542-0882 serving Santa Rosa & Healdsburg

The fun has now begun: some of our superstars!


The Oakmont News / August 15, 2015

nMelinda Price


The next regular meeting of the Genealogy Club will be on Monday, August 24 at 2:30 p.m. in the East Rec. Center. We will have an update on internet genealogy websites and research. It has been a few months since we had a general meeting, so if you have questions or concerns about the hunt for your ancestors, bring them to the August meeting. The Genealogy Club has resumed meeting on the fourth Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. (except December). In September we hope to

nSusan Lynn

Wii Bowling Oakmont Lanes

Genealogy Club meet in the West Rec., assuming the new audio/ visual system is completed by then. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities and programs please visit our website at If you have questions or would like to receive our newsletter, send an E-mail to


It’s “A Hard Day’s Night” with the Beatles Flashback Band tonight. This event sold out so fast—in just 36 hours—that we added overflow seating in Room G! This is the last time this year that the Boomers are bringing food trucks to Oakmont, so don’t miss out. Come to the Berger Center at 5 p.m. for Chicago Hot Dogs, Palooza Bunslinger, Velasco Mexican Food, and sweets from Flour Creations Bakery.

• Go to the beach. • Drink wine. (Actually, you can do this any time and make every day Relaxation Day.) Our very first Happy Hour Social, Pizza Palooza, is happening on September 10 (the second Thursday instead of the usual third Thursday.) This will be a mellow get-together, and a chance to catch up with friends you’ve missed over the summer. We have a great evening planned, and we hope all of our members will join us for assorted pizza pies from the Union Hotel. This free event is for our members only. Just bring your favorite beverages and desserts. Get on your feet and dance to a specially selected Boomer Music Mix. Let’s kick off our fall social schedule with a swinging start! You’ll need to RSVP to this one so that we are sure to have enough pizza for everyone. WHEN: September 10, 6–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: Free—members only, please BRING: BYOB (and desserts)

Save the date

You definitely want to mark this one on your calendar. On October 17 the Boomers will present “Starry Night,” a dinner dance with the City Light Band. This will be an elegant evening of dining and dancing, and seating is strictly limited. Based on recent events, this one will sell out super-fast, so we encourage online reservations. More information to come in future editions of the Oakmont News.

Members, we need your help

WHEN: August 15, 5 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center BRING: BYOB and cash Coincidentally, August 15 is also Relaxation Day, so kick back and do nothing (while you rest up for a night of music and dancing.) Here are some great ways to celebrate Relaxation Day: • Go to a spa. • Play golf (but only if you can do so without going crazy!) • Take a bath. • Do some gardening (but no heavy lifting).

Many of our new membership checks (thank you) are missing a phone number and/or E-mail address. Some of our new residents may not be in the directory yet, so we are unable to contact them with a followup call. If you join and pay your dues by check, please take a few minutes to fill out the membership application in the Boomers’ folder in the OVA Office. We know that some people prefer to keep their E-mail address private—and you may be sure that we do not share E-mail addresses with anyone. But by giving us your E-mail information, you will be sure to receive notifications of special events and updates before they appear in the Oakmont News.


Deadline to RSVP is no later than 3 p.m. Friday, September 4. This event is for members only. How many members is this an RSVP for?____________

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

nTerry Leuthner, President, and Sugar Carlton, Vice President

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Sugar at 539-6295, or stop by the West Rec. Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action (no bowling fourth Tuesdays). See www. for club information and Fall 2015 League schedule. Remaining bowling date for August: Aug. 18. No bowling Aug. 25, fourth Tuesday.


On July 21, we completed our tenth and final week of our Summer League. Results shown below. The following awards were presented at our 3 p.m. meeting on August 4: 1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops—Peggy Ensley, Carol Green, Dan Madden, Ed Schudel and Robin Schudel. High Game: Don Shelhart, 300; Germaine Byrne, 300; and Robin Schudel, 300. Most Improved Average: Don Shelhart, 28 pins; Germaine Byrne, 32 pins. Substitutes: High Game: Charlie Ensley, 223; Sugar Carlton, 226. Most Improved Average: Dave Handbury, 15 pins; Margaret Beale, 9 pins. 3:15 PM League: first place, Wii Power—Judy Lawrence, Barbara Koch, Maurine Bennett and Elisabeth LaPointe. High Game: Bruce Price, 299; Maurine Bennett, 300; and Jan Blackburn, 300. Most Improved Average: Maurine Bennett, 79 pins. Substitutes: High Game: Terry Leuthner, 237; Sandy Osheroff, 285. Most Improved Average: Fritzie Amantite, 8 pins.


On August 4 at 1:30 p.m., we had our Summer League Team Championship Tournament where the top three teams from the 1:30 PM League played the top three teams from the 3:15 PM League to determine the Summer League Team Champion. Results will be in Sept. 1 article.

RESULTS AS OF July 21 (Tenth and Final Week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Wii Four; third place, Alley Oops; fourth place, Wild Turkeys; fifth place, Strikers; sixth place, Pocket Hits. Men’s High Games: Terry Leuthner, 278; Don Shelhart, 269; Ed Schudel, 221. Women’s High Games: Germaine Byrne, 300; Robin Schudel, 269; Kathryn Miller, 259; Florence Palica, 236; Mariel Green, 228; Sandy Osheroff, 228; Phyllis Jennings, 214; Sue Bowman, 212; Vicki Robinson, 212; Elisabeth LaPointe, 205. High Game Sub: Sugar Carlton, 213. 3:15 PM League: first place, Wii Power; second place, High Rollers; third place, Strikes & Spares; fourth place, Pin Heads; fifth place, Strike Outs; sixth place, King Pins. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 278; Juan Fuentes, 211. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 300; Mollie Atkinson, 267; Judy Lawrence, 252; Barbara Ford, 246; Carolyn Mack, 237; Pat Stokes, 236; Betsy Smith, 231; Nicole Reed, 228; Diane Price, 220; Debbie Miller, 211; Maurine Bennett, 204; Shirley Jamison, 204. Our website has team schedules to remind team captains when it’s their week to bring cookies and either help set up or tear down equipment. A total of 48 cookies per team seems to be the magic number.


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Drop-In Chess

nRichard Duncan

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


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.

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53

nAl Haggerty


The Sons in Retirement (SIR) luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 26 will feature guest speaker Lew Sbrana. He will speak about John Philip Sousa and play some of his stirring music. The life of Sousa is a remarkable story of patriotism, musicianship and dynamic personality. From humble beginnings to millionaire, Sousa’s incredible rise to fame and fortune and his status as a superstar of the 1900s makes the Sousa story a fascinating testimony to the man and his music. What would a discussion of Sousa be without example of his music? Be prepared to hear some stirring marches and examples of other types of music he composed. All in all, this brief look at Sousa’s life is aimed at focusing on his unique contribution and influence on America’s music appreciation and improving its image abroad. Sousa was an American phenomenon. Lew Sbrana received a B.A. in Music Education from Humboldt State University, Arcata, CA, in 1956. Graduate work in music education was done at Chico State University, San Francisco State University and the American Band College, Southern Oregon College in Ashland. After serving four years on active duty in the U.S. Navy, he returned to California to begin his teaching career. In 1993, Sbrana was honored as “Band Director of the Year” by the Northern California Band Directors Association. He retired in 1995, completing 33 years of teaching junior and senior high school music. In 1982, he helped create the Healdsburg Community Band. It was during this time that he discovered the joy of portraying Sousa and presenting programs typifying a Sousa Band concert. In 2009, Sbrana retired from the HCB and was given the title of Conductor Emeritus. In January, 1999, he founded the New Horizons Band of Sonoma County, which began with 12 members and has now grown to over 70. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Drive. A social starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.

Current Events Discussion Group

nTina Lewis

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


August 21: Larry Fee August 28: Bob Faux Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

“Hilliard String Theory” Adult Orchestra Press release

Please join us if you play violin, viola, cello, or bass. Please tell your friends and get 5% off the season for referrals who register! AGES: Adults and teens (15 and up) LEVEL: Advanced-Beginner and BeginningIntermediate CONDUCTED BY: Jeanette Isenberg and Karen Zimmerman REHEARSALS: Wednesdays, Sept. 16–January 20, 2016 CONCERT: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016 in Santa Rosa For more information please visit www. or admin@ Please call 583-3344.

nRay and Marie Haverson

Ray’s Famous Country Western Hoe Down And Bar B Que

Last chance! Only 55 seats left, so you must hurry. WHEN: Saturday, August 29 WHERE: Berger Center WHO: Dry Creek Band with Charlie Baker TIME: Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner 5–6 p.m., music 6–9:30 p.m. COST: $30 per member, $33 per member’s guests, $45 per non-member; best deal is $47, includes membership through December 31. MENU: BBQ 1/2 Lb. Burgers, or 1/4 Lb. all Beef Hot Dogs, mixed salad with strawberries, potato salad, Ray’s famous chili, coffee, lemon water, ice and desert. So dig out your western ware and come and enjoy our good old-fashioned Hoe Down. Yee Haw!


August 29: Country Hoe Down BBQ December 12: Back by popular demand The Rat Pack Holiday Show with a surprise guest star. Tickets are $35 per member, $40 per member’s guest, $55 per

non-member not with a member and the best deal is $47 that includes a one-year membership to the ShaBoom Events Club. Note: This event is already selling very fast so do not miss out on this show. If you are not a member of Sha-Boom Events Club as yet you need to join now as membership has its privileges. Membership is only $12 per year per

person from January 1 to January 1—that is only a $1 per month. This year your membership will end on December 31, so you may pro-rate your membership payment at $1 per month for the remaining months of the year. Please include the month you send it. Feel free to call us at 539-6666 or E-Mail: haversonr@ with any questions.

Membership application form

Please place your application in the Sha-Boom folder inside the OVA Office or you can mail it to Sha-Boom at 7111 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa, California 95409. Please make all checks payable to Sha-Boom Events Club. Name:________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone:___________________________ Cell:____________________________ E-mail:____________________________________________________________ Name and date of event_________________________________________________________________________ Guests’ names__________________________________________________________________________________


The Oakmont News / August 15, 2015

Valley of the Moon Rotary

nJohn Brodey

A Monkee Once Said...

“If Pop Music is aspirin, then the Blues are Vitamins.”—Peter Tork, drummer for the Monkee’s If you are feeling a bit run down or haven’t been consuming the 20 daily servings of vegetables recommended by Surgeon General, then you’d better get a ticket to A Taste for Oakmont. ATFO is one of the Valley of the Moon Rotary’s two fundraisers of the year and unlike our Crab Feed, this event features live music in addition to great food. This is our second annual Taste and the theme this year is Kansas City Blues and Bar-B-Que. Needless to say the music has to be great and it is as this year we will feature The Volker Strifler Band. A former member of the Robben Ford Blues band, Volker is widely acknowledged as one of the best Blues guitarists and singers around. You couldn’t find a better live show if you drove all night. His soulful six-piece band will take the stage at the Berger Center on Saturday, October 16.

The legendary Volker Strifler band will perform authentic blues tunes at the Oct. 16 Rotary Club’s “A Taste for Oakmont” event.

Volker will be accompanied by some terrific Kansas City BBQ. The menu will include ribs, chicken, salad, peas, corn casserole, baked beans, roasted potatoes and a dessert that is probably not recommended by the FDA, Kansas Dirt Cake. Naturally, the bar will feature Lagunitas beer on tap, wines, hard and soft drinks. In addition, we will amuse and delight our guests with some great raffle prizes, games and other opportunities to raise as much as we can for the very deserving organizations we support. Tickets are $45 per person and the doors will open at 5 p.m., with music beginning at 6 p.m. So please join us October 16 at the Berger Center for some wild eats and tunes. Please contact any Valley of the Moon Rotarian, or E-mail

Oakmont Plant Care Co-Op

nShirley Phillips

It’s free and easy! In a nutshell this is how the Plant Care Co-Op works: When you contact me to become a member, you will receive a membership list. If you’re away from your home, for any reason, and need plant care (usually watering and light care—nothing major), choose a contact closest to you, give the person a call, then arrange a meeting to work out details among yourselves for your plant care. In turn, if you get a call, and if you’re available, please offer to assist another co-op member. We’re just neighbors helping neighbors with plant care. My role is to keep, distribute, and coordinate the list. So join today. Contact me via E-mail at plantcare100 or give me a call at (913) 314-3640. Your petunias will be so happy!

Summer/Fall 2015 Volunteer Training for Jack London, Sugarloaf Ridge and Annadel State Parks

nBob Stinson

Press release

Please join the great team of volunteers who help to operate Jack London and Sugarloaf Ridge State Parks. We ask for a commitment of only four hours per month and you will receive a park pass for your service. Volunteers are needed to work in the entrance stations and visitor centers, lead tours, work as docents in the museum and cottage, drive golf carts, play piano, help with administrative/office duties, work in park and trail maintenance, patrol the trails and assist with special events. No experience required. Jack London SHP is operated by Jack London Park Partners and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is operated by Team Sugarloaf. These parks receive no state funding—we rely on our volunteers to help operate the parks. Trainings are specific to park and activity. Saturday, August 1, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Visitor Center, Kiosk, parking lot monitor, park and trail maintenance, special events, hike leaders. Saturdays, August 29 and September 12 (two-day training), 9 a.m.–5 p.m. both days: Jack London SHP. Kiosk, museum and cottage docents, tour guides, golf cart drivers, piano players, park and trail maintenance, hike leaders, garden, admin. For information and to sign up, please contact Susan St. Marie at or 938-4827.

nMalcolm Rodman

Grandparents’ Club

nGeorge McKinney

The week of summer activities sponsored by the Grandparents’ Club went well thanks to all the volunteers who help organize the activities (and to the grandparents and their grandchildren who participated). Special recognition goes to Joan Palma and Marianne Neufeld. The picture below shows Betty Seacord, who has for years sponsored the Coin Toss activity with a generous donation of coins, standing behind Helen Hargrave, who once again served as Master of Ceremonies for the grandchildren. Kudos to both for their support!

Oakmont Democratic Club

Councilwoman to Speak at Democratic Club Dinner

The Oakmont Democratic Club’s Annual Dinner, Friday, September 11, will feature Julie Combs, Santa Rosa City Councilwoman, on the topic “Crafting Santa Rosa’s Future: Challenges for the City Council.” The evening will begin with a reception and no-host wine bar at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 6:15 p.m. dinner, catered by the Oakmont Village Market, and the program at 7 p.m.

Local government was identified as a subject of special interest to ODC members in a recent survey, and Julie is well qualified to give us current information and insights on the state of the city. The council, which is in recovery from a period of sharp internal conflict, is facing such difficult and contentious decisions as the linked issues of budgeting and pension reform, constantly morphing ideas about Courthouse and Railroad Squares, affordable housing, homelessness, streets and transit, parks and open space, and government transparency, to name just a few. Please return the reservation form below as soon as possible, to assure your place at this special event.

ODC Annual Dinner Reservation form Friday, Sept. 11, Berger Center

Please return with your check, made out to Oakmont Democratic Club, to Sue Day, Treasurer, 6524 Stonecroft Terr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409, or place in ODC’s folder in the OVA Office. Name:_______________________________________________________________ Meal choice: ___C ___S ___V Name:_______________________________________________________________ Meal choice: ___C ___S ___V ___ No. of dinners at $30 each = $________ Phone __________________________________________________ ___ No. of ODC dues at $5 each = $_______ E-mail _________________________________________________ (Pay now, good through 2016!)

Total enclosed: $________


The Oakmont News / August 15, 2015

Water Fitness

Oakmont Health Initiative nTeresa Woodrum

Free Fitness Classes

ymca healthy living Mondays, wednesdays and fridays 9–10 AM, Berger Center

Mondays: JoRene Wednesdays: Tredia Fridays: JoRene Good balance and lateral movement are needed to safely participate in these quick aerobic classes. They are designed to improve heart health, strength, balance and to quicken reaction times thereby improving your driving safety, and sports performance. 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. Word to the Wise: A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. Be careful dear ones. Welcome!

SHOWTIME: “Those Were the Days and special tribute to John Denver” starring William Florian and Laura Benward

Please join us early evening Saturday, September 5 at 5p.m. in the Berger Center. Oakmont Health Initiative is pleased to present a concert show starring William Florian and Laura Benward. William is the former lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels and a world class entertainer just off an extended tour. William lives nearby and

Tickets are $15.

offered to perform for their favorite audience here in Oakmont. Laura is the smiling beauty who has been sighted at karaoke night or as a guest at the East pool. They invite you to gather and enjoy uplifting, inspiring songs presented with amusing stories in a heartwarming, fun and intimate show. Expect sitting back, singing along, and enjoying the songs of the 60’s. Hope that you will also come to our October 22 event “A Tribute to CHER.”

Please visit the website. It is kind’a fun. You can purchase tickets with PayPal and watch the video samplers: oakmonthealthinitiative/william-florian. Heads up as to show times: William at 5 p.m. and CHER at 4 p.m. We will check your name as you arrive. No ticket needed. Open seating at both of these events. For your viewing and listening pleasure, we will offer unreserved concert seating. Guests may take the available seat of choice. You are welcome to invite your friends. It is really such a help to ticket sales. Proceeds will support the continuation of Free Fitness Classes, providing healthy opportunities for you and your community. We are very grateful and are looking forward to welcoming you. Thank you for your support, from Teresa, Tom, Cathy, Jose, Leslie, OHI board members and all the volunteers of Oakmont Health Initiative. Special thanks to Oakmont Community Foundation. You may leave checks in the OHI folder in the OVA office, PayPal on our website, or mail them to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.

William Florian Concert sign-up coupon saturday, september 5 at 5 pm

Name of attendees: ____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to confirm receipt of payment): ___________________________________________________________

Tickets are $20.

CHER Tribute sign-up coupon Thursday, October 22 at 4 PM

Name of attendees: ____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to confirm receipt of payment): ___________________________________________________________


nCathy Rapp

If all has gone according to plan, the water fitness classes have returned to the West Pool. Be among the first to see the improvements—try out a water fitness class or just drop by to check out the remodeled locker rooms. To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain (really?) or pool closures and our return to the West Pool, contact me at 537-9281 or 2cathyrapp@

late summer 2015 water aerobics schedule west pool!

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

Interval Training

nJohn Phillips

Call it what you want, it is a fantastic workout. It promotes fat loss, muscle tone, and improves endurance. WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. WHERE: At the lower level of the West Rec. Building EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Light hand weights, nonslip mat, and water COST: $5 drop-in, 10 sessions $50, first session free Come on by and join us. You will be amazed at how much you can get done in 45 minutes!

Saturday Morning Meditation nSheila Madden, Facilitator

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


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

New Forrest Yoga Classes Start September 3

nCarol King, RYT, Instructor

WHEN: Thursdays 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series

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

I offer a supportive and compassionate environment to explore yoga poses safely. I enjoy giving hands-on adjustments and can modify poses as needed. My classes integrate breath and core strengthening with a focus on alignment. Let your stress level decrease while you increase your energy level, strength, flexibility and focus. Perfect for new students, senior students and advanced students who need a more restful practice. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Classes will cover breath work (pranayama), postures (asana) and strengthening core work. Ease your back and relax your neck! Feel stronger on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and any props you need—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I will supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I also teach Chair classes and Stretch and Balance classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.

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!


Monday, August 24: Bijou tiles. Come explore this small 2” tile. We will make a set of four tiles using four different patterns—one on each tile. TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. Check it out! Time has been extended. We have more time to tangle! WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $8 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail

Tai Chi for Beginners is a wonderful way to begin your exploration of new and gentle ways to exercise and reduce stress as well as improve balance. We meet on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. and we would love to welcome you. Tuition is $75 for a five-week workshop in the Upper West Rec. Center. Thursdays do not have to be consecutive. Please call me to pre-register, 318-5284. I would love to answer your questions and sign you up for this great experience so applauded these days by the western medical community. This is my 45th year of practicing this ancient Chinese movement. Would you like to start now?

Holistic Yoga

nDonna Connell (IYT)!

Come join this friendly, supportive, non-competitive yoga class. We have been practicing yoga for everybody, at every level, since 2001! We use weights (in some of the classes) to promote upper body strength, which has proven to be very effective in promoting a strong upper body, core and improve the quality of the poses. This class focuses on strength, flexibility, a quiet mind, inner perspective and wellbeing. There are three classes to choose from for your specific needs. Gentle Yoga is on Monday at 8:45 a.m. All levels on Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. All classes are being held at the West Rec. Center. First class is free with the purchase of a pass, $75 for eight classes. This class focuses on the individual, at whatever level that happens to be. I enjoy helping students find their edge without injury. I emphasize the proper use of the breath on and off the mat. My goal is to have each student take the benefits they experience on the mat into their lives. I teach with compassion, understanding, intuition, a little humor and a clinical knowledge of the body and yoga philosophy, combining the physical, emotional and inner perspective. For more information E-mail donnapc21@gmail. com or call me at 799-3099. Website:

Juvenile Justice Commission

nBetsy Smith

Cardio Fitness Aerobics Class

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, ongoing. Join any time. First class is free. TIME: Tuesdays 5:30–6:30 p.m., Thursdays 4:30– 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center COST: $6 per class or $40 for eight classes INFO: Please bring a mat, weights, and water if you have them. We have equipment if you do not have any, so come on down! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Fun, aerobics and friendship are what you can expect by coming to the late afternoon aerobics class. The class is ongoing and you can join at any time. The aerobic format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! We finish the class with core and balance work. The music is fun and catchy and the class is designed for all levels. Call me for more information. Bring your friends! See you in class!

Balance and Strength Class

WHEN: Wednesdays. Join any time. First class is free! TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at the West Rec. Center COST: $6 per class or four classes for $20 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 538-8304 (home) or 321-2105 (cell) Better balance and strength are the goals of this class. Start to reach these goals by joining Balance and Strength (All the Toys) class. You can join at any time! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves, we emphasize balance and work on strength. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of strength. Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of this class. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so please come and exercise with us!

Lap Swim Club

nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Mr. Clean gets rid of dirt and grime and grease in just a minute, Mr. Clean can clean the whole pool and everything that’s in it! Mr. Clean, Mr. Clean Mr. Clean… The East pool hasn’t been this clean in three years. Thank you, OVA, its staff and Mr. Clean.

Flip Turn News

“Sport/workout/lifestyle” describes this group of independent year round swimmers. If this is you, join us by sending name and E-mail to Happy lapping!

nSarah Reid, Administrative Assistant

Press release

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity to improve the lives of Sonoma County’s youth? Consider applying to the Juvenile Justice Commission. Visit our website at www.juvenilejusticecommission. org to learn more about the commission and submit an application (application link on website). If you have any questions about this submission, please contact me directly at

Meet powerful Dolphin with its trainers Maggie and Bruce


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nBarbara Powell

annual picnic

WHEN: Thursday, August 20 WHERE: Quail Inn TIME: 12 noon–3 p.m.

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND and BAY MODEL (this time for real!)

WHERE: Guide Dogs for the Blind, The Spinnaker and Bay Model WHEN: Thursday, September 24 TIME: Leaving Berger at 8:45 a.m.; returning about 5:30 p.m. PRICE: $62 includes bus, driver tip, donation to Guide Dogs, and lunch DEADLINE: September 9 LIMIT: 40 people Our first destination will be the Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Raphael. The San Raphael campus trains highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. All of their services are provided free of charge and with no government funding. The tour will last 1–1.25 hours during which time there will be no chairs or benches available for resting. We will then proceed to The Spinnaker in Sausalito for lunch. The Spinnaker has fabulous views of the Bay, San Francisco and Mt. Tam. Starter choices are Clam chowder or salad. Entrée choices are fresh salmon salad sandwich on marbled rye; turkey, avocado, Havarti and tomato with cranberrypineapple chutney on Ciabatta roll; or Portobello mushroom sandwich with roast peppers, sautéed onions, Havarti on Ciabatta roll. After lunch we will have a guided tour of the Bay Model Visitor’s Center, an educational center administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers. They have a working 1.5-acre hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta System capable of simulating the tides and currents. This tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. This trip will be limited to the first 40 people to sign up. Checks must be received no later than Sept. 9. Please make your check out to Oakmont Walkers, note starter and entrée choices on your check, and mail your check to Barbara Powell, 7466 Oak Leaf Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may also drop your check into the Walkers’ folder in the OVA Office, or in my garage mail slot. My E-mail address is, text or phone (714) 309-1987 (9 a.m.–5 p.m.). Note: seating on the bus is determined by when your check is received. If you wish to sit with someone on the bus, please submit the necessary check(s) in the same envelope. The Walkers Club puts on one event each month: nine bus trips each year to various places in the Bay area, an annual meeting in January, a picnic in August, and a Harvest Dinner in November. Each month’s event will be announced in the Oakmont News on the 15th of the prior month. Walker dues are $5 per calendar year. There is a one-time fee for a Walker name badge—$6 for a pin-type or $8 for a magnet-type. Our club’s website is

nEd Low


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Our hotel is Yosemite View Lodge, 11156 Highway 140, El Portal. Arrive on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and depart Friday. Sept. 18. The cost is $154 plus tax with kitchenette. Phone number for reservations is 1-800321-6291. The Thursday night dinner includes steak, baked tilapia, or mushroom ravioli at $35 per person including tax, gratuity and non-alcoholic beverage. Contact Mary Lou Hicks after you make your hotel reservation and your decision to attend the dinner at 303-7113, Send your checks payable to Oakmont Hiking Club for $35 each, to Mary Lou Hicks, 7255 Oakmont Dr.

Arch Rock (photo by Zlatica Hasa)

August 20 Intermediate hike Point Reyes

We will hike the Sky, Woodward and Coast Trails for a distance of about 6.5 miles. Elevation gain/ loss is 500–700’ on this moderate hike. We will be car ferrying on Limantour Road between the Sky Trail parking lot and near the Pt. Reyes Hostel. Bring poles on this hike for a winding downhill switchback. Note: leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Zlatica Hasa, 843-4527.

AUGUST 20 LONG HIKE Heart’s Desire Beach

This hike begins at Shell Beach, passes Heart’s Desire Beach and stops at Indian Beach for lunch before returning on a slightly different route. The hike covers most of Tomales Bay State Park and is on well graded wooded paths. The distance is 9.5 miles with an elevation gain of approximately 1,740’. Hike Leader is Suzanne Bond, 538-3340.


This is a moderate five-mile hike with gentle elevation gain. We will hike past three small lakes with expansive views of Windsor. The gravel trails are in good condition but bring poles in case of loose gravel. Bring lunch and poles. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Greg and Jan Conklin, 5394099.


This two-mile walk will visit city hall, Windsor green and the interesting shopping in New/Old

Yoda Fountain, Presidio (photo by Joan Elviziser)

Windsor. Come and hear about plans for the future and maybe cool down with an ice cream cone, or iced coffee. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike Leader is Chuck Stanley, 539-1696.


This moderately-strenuous (about eight miles, 1,000’ elevation gain) hike, in the farthest inland of our coastal redwood state parks, passes by a Napa vineyard at the beginning, follows the Ritchey Canyon trail to remains of a homestead site where we may find ripe pears, plums, peaches, figs, and/ or apples—or not. With luck we’ll pick some of these at lunchtime. The return route offers glimpses of the Napa wine country. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. with lunch, poles and water. Hike leader is Danna McDonough, 595-3946.


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

Friday Morning Bridge Goes to Game and Beyond!

nKate Hill

How to handle big hands— two club openers and slam bidding

Our Friday morning bridge series will recommence on August 21 in the Central Activities Center. The class will run for six weeks through October 2. There will be no class on Sept. 4, but students are invited to come for unsupervised play on that day. Cost is $70 for the series. Drop-ins are also welcome at $15 per session. Students may enroll, individually or with a partner, at the first class meeting on Friday, Aug. 21 at 9:15 a.m. Topics will include: How and When to Use Stayman; Transfers for Fun and Profit; How to Explore for Slam; and The New Blackwood. Remember, it’s a sin to miss a slam when you had a reasonable way to bid it! Students will receive copies and explanations of all

the problem hands for home study. The class will be taught by me, an ACBL-certified instructor, director and Gold Life Master. The focus of our lessons will be on the fun and camaraderie of the world’s greatest card game. We’ll hone our skills and strive for our personal best while enjoying the companionship of partner and foes alike. We never forget that bridge is about play! No partner is necessary. Come as you are. Feel free to contact me for pre-enrollment or for questions or comments at or 545-3664.


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Living With Skunks

nSonoma County Wildlife Rescue

Press release

With the hills of Annadel to the back and Hood Mountain to the front, Oakmont is known for beautiful scenery and opportunities to view wildlife. However, living with wildlife sometimes has its challenges—like when there are skunks in the backyard. Dealing with skunks has two phases: prevention and mitigation.

How to Prevent Skunks

Remove attractants, like cat food, fallen fruit, and bird seed. If you have outdoor cats, put out the food for twenty minutes in the morning and twenty in the evening, instead of leaving food out all the time. Do not feed wildlife! Even if you like wildlife hanging around, your neighbor might not. Check your home and any sheds around the base for holes, and have any holes promptly repaired before an animal decides it wants to be a housemate. If you are concerned there is already an animal inside, call A Wildlife Exclusion Service—operated out of Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue, at 992-0276. We’ll assess the situation and humanely evict any unwanted animals.


Once you have a skunk hanging out in the backyard, they can be difficult to evict. In California it is illegal to trap and relocate wildlife. There are commercial trappers, but by law they must euthanize the animals they trap! If a pet is sprayed, get our recipe to take away the smell! html SCWR sells a deterrent that can work for skunks. Call 992-0274 for more information. Consider that 70% of a skunk’s diet is pest insects— so you can thank them for keeping your neighborhood bugs down. Maybe they don’t smell so bad after all…

American Mah Jongg Club

nMarie Haverson

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

Attention all Oakmont residents of all ages

If you don’t mind getting out of the house for a few hours on the first and third Monday of every month, if you don’t mind meeting new friends and having a great time in the process, then American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on August 17. We meet on the first and the third Monday of every month. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. We still have some openings for experienced players only at this time. For more information please contact me by calling at 539-6666 or E-mail to haversonm@ We have a great bunch of Mah Jongg players. You will have a great time and meet some fun people. So call or E-mail today. Look forward to hearing from you.

Oakmont Educators Club

nBarbara Arnold

Last January, a large group of active and retired teachers, counselors and administrators met and formed the OEC. We have been meeting on the first Thursday of each month since then and are now on a summer break. Presenters were invited to provide information regarding educational issues and other topics of interest to the group. The subjects covered volunteer opportunities to help young people in need locally, Cyber Seniors (a program that allows high school students to mentor senior citizens on basic computer technology), Charter Schools, the Common Core subjects and the California Retired Teacher Association and their services. We have also allowed time to share our own teaching experiences, get acquainted and plan future focus activities for the club. At our June meeting we discussed what we do for fun now that we are retired and what our current interests are. It was decided not to have regular meetings in July and August. However, we will celebrate the fact that we don’t have to go back to school in August by having a Potluck Picnic at the West Rec. picnic area on August 15 from 12 noon–3 p.m. If you have never joined our group, please come. We would love to meet you. There are no fees, but I would like your name, E-mail address and phone number. Educator’s spouses are invited, too. Bring a potluck dish to share and your own plate and utensils. Our regular meetings will resume on Thursday, September 3. At that time we will discuss a date and time change for future meetings. We want to schedule a monthly meeting time that is most convenient for all. Please plan to attend and give us your input! Also, check the Oakmont News and your E-mail for information and reminders.

Mark your calendar

WHAT: Oakmont Educators Club Potluck Picnic DATE: August 15 TIME: 12–3 p.m. PLACE: West Rec. picnic area (lower road), 6470 Meadowridge Dr. CONTACT: Barbara Arnold, 833-2095

nJulie Jones and Jeanne DeJoseph

Are you Lost?

There have been some recent changes in the Oakmont Library suggested by the volunteer staff. The next time you visit the library, you may find that your favorite category of books is shelved in a different place. Why did we do this? The simple answer is “space.” You will also find information about what has changed across from the staff office. There is an alphabetical list of categories, and a map that shows where things are placed now. In brief, here are the changes: • Travel, sports, hobbies, humor and children’s items are now located on the shelves in the hall to the right of the entry door. • Fiction, Biography, Large Type and Mystery sections remain where they were, as do paperbacks. • Previously the Oakmont Authors section was squeezed into a small shelf. Now it is directly outside of the office. We’re proud of the accomplishments of Oakmont writers and want to feature them prominently. • The Poetry and Plays sections have been moved from the central stacks to the wall by the audio book section. Condensed Books are located just below the Poetry shelf. • Food, Garden, and Health have been moved one shelf over. Reference and Business books are now on that same side of the Library as Food, Garden and Health. See you at the library!

August 29 Buddhist Meeting

nPennijean Savage

Transforming Karma Into Mission

“The driving force for changing suffering into joy and adversity into energy for dynamic development is our Buddhist practice and SGI activities”.—Daisaku Ikeda, Living Buddhism, August 2015, p. 53 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, August 29 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, August 29, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 5383369 or Pj at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

SIR #92

nGreg Carpenter

At our September 8 meeting we will be hearing, seeing and experiencing a humanitarian visit to Guatemala, with Dr. Jim Knapp, a member of SIR #92. Dr. Jim and his colleagues (surgeons, nurses and eye specialists) travel to a hospital in Nueve Progresso Guatemala once every year, to correct cleft lips and palates and restore normal vision for the children in this small remote village. This presentation, I am sure, will prove to be extremely interesting and an experience in human kindness you won’t want to miss. As always our meetings are held on the second Tuesday of every month at the Berger Center, at approximately 11 a.m. If you are interested in good fellowship, fun activities, travel opportunities, informative speakers and a good lunch, consider joining our organization. For information call me at 539-3686.


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nJackie McDonald

Architectural Committee nLinda Rubio Fire blight infects Oakmont trees

Have you noticed the blackened, drooping ends of branches of multiple trees along Oakmont Drive and Pythian Drive along The Orchard? Infection with the bacterium Erwinia Amylovora or fire blight is responsible for this scorched appearance and hence the name, fire blight. This infection most commonly attacks pear, apple, cotoneaster, Pyracantha, hawthorn, mountain ash, quince, loquat, toyon (Photinia species), Spiraea, and juneberry. Once infected, a plant will always harbor the bacterium. Symptoms of infection may begin with blossom blight progressing from gray-green to black or brown discoloration. New shoots turn brown or black bending over in a characteristic dripping pose. Progression of the blight down the stems resembles the scorched appearance of a fire. Further extension into limbs and trunk forms cankers which overwinter to the next growing season. Oozing, sticky droplets of bacterium are seen in warm humid conditions in cankers and in areas of blight. Insects and rain spread the disease to blossoms and shoots. Extension into root systems can kill susceptible hosts. Control of fire blight includes horticultural techniques, pruning, antibiotics and bactericides. Pruning is most effective in early stages as soon as infected shoots appear and less so when infection is extensive. Cuts should be 8 to 12 inches below the infected area. Cankered areas and limbs should be removed during the dormant season. Avoidance of susceptible cultivars, insect control and spraying with bactericides before or soon after bloom all contribute to control of this disease. Consultation with a professional or removal of the tree may be necessary if you are unable to control the fire blight. File an application with the Architectural Committee Office if you wish to remove an infected tree. Additional information can be found at http://www.ipm.ucdavis. edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn7414.html.

Thursday Night Couples Bridge

nFred Cunha

Wanted Poker Players

The Poker Club plays poker on Friday afternoons from 12:30–4 p.m. Interested members may call for details: Louie, 538-2889; Ken, 542-6842; or me at 537-1636.

Duplicate Bridge

nBob Stinson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

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

nLynn Wycoff

Calling all bridge players!

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

On August 17 and 24, Ron White will bring the comedy Wife After Death, by Eric Chappell to Playreaders. Dave Thursby, a highly-successful television comedian, has just died very unexpectedly. His widow, Laura, arranges a spectacular funeral including a horse drawn hearse and an attendant dog. Present are Harvey, Dave’s writer, and his wife, Vi; Kevin, Dave’s agent and his wife, Jane, both of whom may now be out of a job. Even his ex-wife, Kay, shows up wearing extremely flamboyant clothing. It seems she was married to Dave before he achieved his current fame. As things progress, it turns out all parties assembled knew far less about Dave than they ever dreamed. Readers are Germaine Byrne, Cynthia Corn, Kay Hardy, Max Fenson, Ginny Smith, Ron White, and Sandy White. On August 31, Anne Gero has adapted a three-act play, Love, Loss and What I Wore by Nora and Delia Ephron, into a one-act, a truly incredible task. Seven women tell their individual stories regarding their specific versions of love, loss and what they wore. Readers are Susan Baggett, Honora Clemens, Anne Gero, Jackie Kokemor, Rebecca Kokemor, Jackie McDonald and Joyce O’Connor.

Passages Marjorie Schreck, 32-year Oakmont resident, passed away July 30. George Brott, 5-year Oakmont resident, passed away July 31. Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone, 538-4293 or E-mail wallyschilpp1@, to publish the name and date of death of your loved one in the Oakmont News.

Readers of Rabbit Hole

press release YOU can make a difference in an elder’s life Become an Ombudsman Volunteer!

The Ombudsman Program, an advocacy program for residents living in long-term care facilities is looking for a few good volunteers! This important program utilizes trained volunteers to make unannounced visits to long-term care facilities in Sonoma County to identify and problem-solve issues our seniors may be experiencing. Most of our volunteers are seniors themselves, living independently and willing to help those less fortunate. Our mission is to ensure dignity, quality of life and care for the over 4,000 residents in Sonoma County’s skilled nursing facilities, residential care homes, and assisted living facilities by empowering residents and advocating on behalf of those unable to advocate for themselves. A new 36-hour certification class starts on September 22. Please contact us today! Call Kathy Baldassari or Crista Chelemedos at 526-4108 or E-mail us at


The Oakmont News / August 15, 2015

nBarbara Bowman

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

Sunday, August 16, 2 pm WILD

Undone by a broken marriage and her mother’s death, Cheryl Strayed (Reese Witherspoon) has been on a years-long reckless tear, fueled by addiction and despair. In a bid to save her life, she decides to hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail—alone and with no experience. This autobiographical drama, based on the book of the same name, features spectacular scenery and Academy Award-nominated performances from Witherspoon and Laura Dern, who plays her mother. (2014), R (language, sexuality), 115 minutes.

Sunday, August 16, 7 pm BRIEF ENCOUNTER

After a chance meeting on a train platform, a middle-aged doctor and a suburban housewife enter into a passionate love affair, knowing there’s no possibility for a lasting relationship. The two meet every Thursday to play out their doomed romance, bringing about unexpected consequences. This haunting film, written by Noel Coward, prominently features Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2 in its screen score. Considered by many to be one of the most romantic films ever made. (1945), NR, 86 minutes.

Sunday, August 23, 2 pm SHOWER

Big-city executive Da Ming returns to his boyhood home where his aging father and mentally disabled brother run an old-fashioned communal bath house that’s threatened by modern progress. At first, Da longs to return to his job. But, soon, the leisurely pace and abundant camaraderie of the bath house, where men gather to chat and play games, has Da thinking twice about leaving his family. This sweet and poignant comedy is a film festival multi-award winner. (1999), PG-13, 94 minutes. (In Mandarin).

Sunday, August 23, 7 pm RABBIT PROOF FENCE

Australia’s aboriginal program of the 1930s broke countless hearts—among them those of young Molly, Gracie and Daisy, who were torn from their families and placed in an abusive orphanage. Without food or water, the girls resolve to make the 1,500-mile trek home. Meanwhile, a well-intentioned tracker is trying to return the girls to the authorities. A visually stunning true story with a haunting screen score, this film won 23 international awards and honors. Kenneth Branagh stars. (2002), PG, 93 minutes.

Sunday, August 30, 2 pm MONSOON WEDDING

As the monsoon rains loom in this romantic drama, Lalit Verma and his extended family reunite in New Delhi for the last-minute arranged marriage of his daughter Aiditi. But long-guarded secrets threaten to tear the family apart. As wedding preparations proceed, five stories intersect, highlighting different aspects of love and crossing boundaries of class and continent. A Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film. (2001), R (for language), 114 minutes.

Sunday, August 30, 7 pm AS IT IS IN HEAVEN

This Oscar-nominated drama tells the story of Daniel Dareus, a small-town boy who escaped his tiny village to become a successful international conductor. A tragic mishap sends him back home in search of a fresh start, and he ends up leading the local choir. Full of interesting, quirky people and wonderful music, the film is a heartfelt tale of inspiration and discovery as well as being romantic and funny. (2005), NR, 132 minutes. (In Swedish).

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, August 16, 2 p.m.: Wild, (2014), R, 115 minutes. Sunday, August 16, 7 p.m.: Brief Encounter, (1945), NR, 86 minutes. Sunday, August 23, 2 p.m.: Shower, (1999), PG-13, 94 minutes. Sunday, August 23, 7 p.m.: Rabbit Proof Fence, (2002), PG, 93 minutes. Sunday, August 30, 2 p.m.: Monsoon Wedding, (2001), R, 114 minutes. Sunday, August 30, 7 p.m.: As It Is In Heaven, (2005), NR, 132 minutes.


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


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


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

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

Reasonable rates, free estimates, Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary Luurs, 528-8489.


Want to spruce up your home? Guests this fall? One room at a time or your George’s furniture repair and whole house. Interior and exterior refinishing, antiques and caning. painting. Licensed and insured. Lic. Oakmont references. 30 years #873519. Call 707-996-4050 for a free experience. Free estimates. Call George estimate. at 987-3059.


Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont LCO #2411. references. I’ll work with your budget. Lic. #954364. Call Angel, HANDYPERSON 707-239-1241. All trades, little fix-its and prickly puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. assemblies, gardening and pruning Dependable, experts serving you and too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since your neighbors with excellence and 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, 539-5217. bonded and insured. Senior discounts available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR on the web at www.onewayplumb. HOME GREETING SERVICE net or call us at 537-1308 for all your Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community plumbing needs. information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had THE COMPUTER TROUBLESHOOTER a home visit, please call Charlotte at Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, 538-9050. complete support for PC’s, Apples and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers MIKE’S REPAIR served. John Bradford. 578-6305. Plumbing, electrical, appliance, heating and air conditioning, general $40/hour. handyman (I can fix just about SONOMA PATIENT GROUP anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest CANNABIS DISPENSARY and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536We have daily discounts for seniors 9529, emergency—328-6635. and limited delivery. Located at 2425 Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa. Call LEE MOEN CONSTRUCTION 526-2800. GENERAL CONTRACTOR




Oakmont preferred vendor. Interior/ exterior, power washing, decks, wallpaper removed. Will not be undersold. 575-5581. Lic. #834588.

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


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

Macular Degeneration?


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


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

Pre-owned, low cost, low vision CCTV SYS can help. For sale, or rent with option to purchase program. For more information or a no-obligation demonstration call Jack Donnellan, 595-3790.




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


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

Furnace or AC check and service, $99. Expert repair, maintenance and unit replacement at low rates. 20 yrs. Experience. Call Bill, 230-0564.

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


Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma resident. 13 years experience. Senior pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334.





WeCare Home Assistants is looking to fill part-time and full-time shifts, weekends and evenings. Living in Oakmont a plus. Must be experienced. Call us today at 843-3838.

General Contractor. Residential, commercial remodel and repairs, winterization, complete drywall, tile, Remodeling, kitchens and baths. Reasonable rates. Small jobs OK. Free cement work. Fences, decks, ADA estimates. Lic. #428073. Call 996-1454. upgrades. Free estimates. Small jobs OK. Call Frank, 707-396-6901. Lic. #875552. BABE’S TRANSPORTATION A personal transportation service for airports, cruises and vacations. Call for reservations. Plus Babe is on the road again for local doctor visits, shopping, etc. Call Jacque at 545-2850.


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


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


Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 years. Focus on small jobs, projects and “honey-do” lists. Free estimates, very LOU DEMME PAINTING When quality and reliability count, call reasonable rates. Excellent references. Please contact me at 533-7741. on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting GARDEN TRIMMING Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior Thank you. AND PRUNING and exterior painting specialist, Trees, hedges and shrubs done with an drywall repairs and textures. Licensed ERNIE’S ERRANDS emphasis upon a natural look. Small and insured. Call us for your Free Tired of waiting for buses or rides? jobs OK. Richard Garety, 833-1806. Estimate today! 707-833-2890. Ernie can use your car to get you to doctor appts., stores, even outings! Saturdays OK. Call Ernie, 478-4979. BRAD CHIARAVALLE GOLF CARTS! Huge selection of value-priced, new, DOORS AND WINDOWS Specializing in doors, screens, Hunter used and re-conditioned golf carts CAREGIVER/NURSING for sale. Professional repairs, service. Douglas shutters and blinds, finish ASSISTANT carpentry. Supply and installation. Free Many years servicing our friends in Excellent local references. Call Norma Oakmont. 584-5488. estimates. Oakmont references. Lic. at 707-318-5503. #527924. 539-3196.


What are you waiting for? Oakmonter specializing in portraits—individuals, couples, family events. Packages start at $150. 293-9833.


License, bonded and insured. Improvement services from A-Z. Small jobs are ok. Call Rodney at 843-0505. Lic. #716777. R.jansen@greenrunusa. com. Always grateful.


Wine Country Caterer available for casual rustic to formal sit-down dinners. Chef Lee Ann Geneve specializes in intimate gatherings. (707) 287-1918.


Direct from Sonoma. No stops, small groups, reasonable and fun. Petcare available. sharedadventurestravel@ or call 338-1443.


Attention to detail. Reasonable rates, monthly or bi-monthly service. Excellent Oakmont References. Call 588-7493.


Home, office, move-outs. Full service cleaning, with more than 19 years of experience. References upon request. Lic. #343515. Call 548-9482 or 542-8720.


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

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


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


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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

COORDINATOR August 16–31 Sonia Moore 539-4119 September 1–15 Matt Zwerling 539-8996

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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

Lost & found

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

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

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


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 an adult with a valid pool access card. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.


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

Goodwill Donation Truck

First Saturday of each month, Berger Parking Lot, 9 AM–1 PM.

Loaner equipment

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

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


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

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

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

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


(Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) Helps seniors with Medicare-related questions. By appointment only. 1-800-434-0222. Berger Center, Room D, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, 1–4 PM.

Public Transportation Available in Oakmont n

Association Manager Cassie Turner

oakmont community garden on stonebridge


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.

OAS Management Company

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

Schedules available at OVA office.

E-mail List Do you want to stay updated on what is going on in Oakmont? Join the OVA E-mail list. You will receive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Oakmont Notices, Meeting Announcements and the weekly Manager's Newsletter. To join, go the Member’s Only webpage and click on the link to join the E-mail list.


The Oakmont News / August 15, 2015

Century 21 Valley of the Moon is pleased to present

Mike and Leila O’Callahan The Power of 2

as a new addition to our Oakmont office

Call or come by our office to welcome them. 707-539-3200

The August 15th Edition of the Oakmont News  

The August 15th Edition of the Oakmont News

The August 15th Edition of the Oakmont News  

The August 15th Edition of the Oakmont News