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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Polo at Oakmont

Oakmont residents who went by the Wild Oak Saddle Club’s polo field on Sunday, July 12, were spectators at the Henry F. Trione Memorial Polo Tournament, named for the man who established the field. (Photo by Keith Sauer) More photos online at

Golf Cart Thief Hits Oakmont Gardens

nJim Golway

A golf cart parked at Oakmont Gardens was stolen the night of July 13. The next morning a dog walker at the polo field spotted the cart lying on its side and phoned Vaughn Young of Oakmont Automotive. “The caller thought I might know the owner because we service golf carts for residents and sell used ones,” Young explained. At the accident site Young observed circular tire marks in the turf indicating the thief may have been spinning “donuts” and rolled the cart. The vehicle sustained significant damage: the frame was bent, the cart’s batteries lay on the ground. Young towed the cart to his shop. A computer search of the vehicle’s ID number indicated the cart belonged to a woman living at Oakmont Gardens. “When Vaughn called and told me he had my cart but it was wrecked, well, I was just heartsick,” said Irene (she declined to give her last name). “That cart is my only means of transportation,” she said. “I need it to get around Oakmont.” Irene said she always parked outside her front door and thought it safe to store the key in the cart’s compartment. “I think someone saw Irene leave the key there and decided to take her cart for a joyride,” said Young. “Or they got real lucky.” That afternoon at Oakmont Automotive Irene was all smiles as she sat behind the wheel of a golf cart for sale. “This is perfect,” she said, gripping the steering wheel. “It’s clean, the price is reasonable, and Vaughn said he’d put lights on it so I can drive at night.” Young climbed in beside her. Before taking off on a test drive Irene exclaimed, “I’ve learned it pays to be cautious, even in Oakmont, but fortunately we have people looking out for us, like Vaughn. He’s such a sweetie.” Oakmont Village Association 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7 Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5906

Pickleball Plan to Get Pond Buffer

August 1, 2015 • Volume 53, Number 15

Newborn Fawn On the Course

nJim Brewer and Marty Thompson

nTom Kendrick

The OVA board of directors easily approved another $6,500 for the proposed pickleball court project behind the Berger Center, but directors were less enthusiastic about a new horseshoe pitching club that sought funding to refurbish the existing pits at the same location. After a lengthy, sometimes heated discussion, the board decided to give recognition to the new club, but only if it plays at the West Rec. Center on horseshoe pits that would need to be built there. The added pickleball funding will pay for grading plans creating a 10-foot buffer between the proposed courts and an adjacent pond. A city planner said the buffer would be a strong addition to help win approval for Oakmont’s proposal, Noel Lyons, co-chair of the board’s ad hoc pickleball committee, told the board’s July 21 meeting. “We believed the design was a good plan,” Lyons said. The buffer was suggested by the planner who visited the site after receiving numerous letters about pickleball from Oakmont residents. Vigorous letterwriting efforts were mounted by proponents and opponents. The board earlier this year had approved spending up to $12,000 for preliminary plans, with the revision to add the pond buffer expected to bring the cost to $18,447, Lyons said. He agreed to check with the city planning office, which has just undergone a management shakeup, to make sure the buffer plan is still needed. President Frank Batchelor called it “one of the prices of democracy,” adding, “I’m still in favor of the project.” Not granting the additional money for the buffer plan “would be a travesty,” Director John Felton said. So far the board has approved more than $50,000 on the pickleball proposal. Board members have said they would reserve judgment on whether to build the courts until learning how the as-yet-unknown cost fits with other Oakmont needs, including upgrading the Berger Center, renovations at the Central Pool and member interest in possibly expanding the Fitness Center and library.

After a golfer notified a nearby resident about a possibly dead baby deer laying on a teebox, Marge Davis of Fawn Rescue was called. While waiting for Davis, golf course worker Mario Lucatero showed up and laughed. “It was born last night—Mama will be back soon. Happens every year.”


A request by Ray Haverson to sanction the Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club as an Oakmont club became embroiled in the pickleball discussion. Waving requests from what he said were more than 140 residents who want to start playing on old horseshoe pits, which would be displaced by the pickleball courts, Haverson said he and the others hadn’t known until recently the weed-choked pits existed. See ova board on page 7 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Marge Davis, founder of Fawn Rescue, with the golf course fawn. (Photo by Tom Kendrick)

A short while later, Davis and her sidekick Matt Wolfe arrived and were kneeling beside the infant. “Look! Her ears are still curled—she’s not more than a few hours old!” whispered Davis, who founded Fawn Rescue in 1989. After it was determined that Lucatero was correct in his observation, the markers for play were moved to another location. A sign was also placed on the teebox in an attempt to keep curious golfers from approaching. Wolfe said the fawn looked to be about five pounds, and that the mother would not approach if people were nearby. Later that afternoon the youngster was gone, no doubt learning to walk and hopping around in one of the sand bunkers. The moral? Golfers and course workers care about our Oakmont wildlife. Also, when in doubt, call Fawn Rescue—Marge and Matt are just a phone call away. Reach them at 931-4550.

Berger Ad Hoc Committee Moves to Next Steps

nJackie Reinhardt

Almost a year into its work, the Ad Hoc Berger Improvement Committee is close to directing its consultants, ArchiLOGIX Design, to come back with “fit plans” that would determine whether the desired improvements can be made in the existing footprint or if the building needs to be reconfigured or expanded in addition to being modernized. Neither a cosmetic update nor a new building has been ruled out. Although a simple facelift doesn’t appear to have support among committee members, Chair Bob Giddings says it is still on the table. Giddings has said a recommendation to the OVA Board is expected later this year. The committee prioritized various elements, putting at the top of its list a new HVAC system, better acoustics and lighting, more specialized A/V equipment, new flooring, a more functional kitchen, a stage that is more performance-oriented and improving the décor and appearance. See berger on page 3


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The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

Volunteer Opportunity

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

nMarianne Neufeld, Chair


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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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.

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

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.

Oakmont Community Development Committee (OCDC)

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The Oakmont Community Development Committee is not meeting in August. Our next meeting will be held on September 10, at 11:30 a.m. at the CAC, Room B.

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Correction Due to an error by the sponsor, names of some Oakmont winners were omitted from a list of Wine Country Senior Games published on July 15. The list should have included Mark Attebery, silver medal in tennis doubles, men 60–64; John Mussleman, silvers in the 10K time trial and 17-mile race, men 75– 79; and Tom Pugliese, gold in the 17-mile race, men 60–64.


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Members also formed teams to define more precisely the desirable elements and user needs. For example, site visits were conducted in the kitchen area, the stage, meeting rooms and storage needs assessed. The site visits, which augment a survey of 41 user groups, resulted in very specific recommendations such as bringing the kitchen up to a catering standard that would call for replacing the kitchen’s middle dividing wall with a wide stainless steel preparation table with shelves above and below, installing a threepart divided sink, and upgrading the dishwasher and microwave. The general consensus is that storage needs cannot be met in the existing space since space now used for storage would be eliminated when the building is brought up to code. At its most recent meeting, Giddings stressed that the committee’s recommendation to the OVA Board needs to take into account down time and the impact on the community, money required to finance the improvements and optimum use for 10, 20 or 30 years. “We also have to consider the long-range space needs for the entire complex,” Herm Hermann stressed, explaining that expansion of the Fitness Center could result in the loss of Meeting Room B in the Central Activities Center. Besides Giddings and Hermann, other committee members are Andie Altman, Jim Sannar, Lynn Cramer, Heidi Klyn, Noel Lyons and Terry Whitten. The committee has an E-mail address to receive OVA member comments and suggestions: improveberger@ photo by Robert Couse-Baker

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The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

nChuck Wood

Golf News



The Oakmont Golf Club’s Board of Directors has appointed a Nominating Committee to develop a slate of qualified candidates for the November election of directors to fill the two vacancies on the board at the end of this year: 2015 is the last year of the three-year terms for Michael Canar and Frank Giannini. The members of the Nominating Committee are: Nona Leone, Committee Chair—538-4749,; Andy Frauenhofer—538-5260,; Nick Beltrano—538-0640,; Ellean Huff—537-7012, elleanbrk@; and Chris Carter—843-7942, bcarter46@ Any OGC member in good standing may serve as a director. This fall two directors will be elected for a new three-year term, which begins in January, 2016. Our OGC Bylaws state that there will be at least two candidates for each of these two vacancies on the board. If you are interested in being a nominee for the board or have a suggestion as to an OGC member who should be considered as a candidate, please contact any member of the Nominating Committee as soon as possible. Nomination of a qualified OGC member may also be made by a petition supported by the signatures of not less than 25 members (excluding the nominee). Petitions must be submitted to the Nominating Committee by October 14. This year’s Candidates’ Night is tentatively scheduled for October 26 at the Quail Inn. More about the Candidates’ Night will be forthcoming. Ballots will be mailed out no later than November 5 with the ballots due on November 16.

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9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nBarbara Bowman


What fun! On July 2, Niners and TWOGC collaborated to inaugurate the newly-rated Red tees on the West course. Pairs, composed of a Niner and/or a TWOGC golfer, competed for a combined least putts for 18-holes, while teeing-off from the Red tees. This was not only an enjoyable playday but also a very different one. All 60 players won, and there were six chip-ins! At the Quail Inn, players enjoyed lunch and discussed the vagaries of playing the new tees. Thanks to Barbara Robinson, Vanita Collins, Linda Paul, Kris Peters and Christy Rexford for putting this together. A note from Niners Captain Barbara: now that the Red tees are officially rated, anyone can play from the Red instead of the Yellow if you so choose. Hopefully, those of you who usually don’t play the West will begin to play more often now that the Red tees are rated. And take especial note: Mike Ash has waived West course fees for August 20 to give us another opportunity to try-out the Red tees.


First flight: first, L. Yates/Y. Smith; second, M. Rossi/J. Duport; third, B. Robinson/K. Peters; fourth, C. Carroll/L. Leitner; fifith, B. Hullick/P. Buchholtz; sixth, K. Cote/N. Shaw. Second flight: first tie, R. Lommori/L. Clark and J. Howell/G. Manos; third tie, B. Bowman/L. Paul and D. Kiddoo/E. Beltrano; fifth, M. Pierce/M. McGettigan; sixth, C. Rexford/B. Goodman.

Third flight: first tie, E. Baciocco/C. Carter and R. Levy/L. Wiener; third, L. Karjalainen/J. O’Toole; fourth, H. Williston/P. Wright; fifth tie. J. Rietow/K. Faherty and A. Branstetter/M. Yturralde; seventh, B. James/K. Downey. Fourth flight: first, L. Frediani/S. Baxter; second, M. Mar/M. Jobson; third, E. Foote/B. Van Voorhis; fourth, B. Olsen/K. Sites; fifth, D. Johnson/J. Buell. Fifth flight: first, A. Engen/L. Kilpatrick; second, E. LaPointe/C. Locke; third, A. Keenley/V. Collins; fourth tie, C. Cunningham/C. Sharpe and J. Rockwell/E. Mickaelian; sixth, T. Siela/K. Wittes.


On Thursday, August 6, we play our annual Invitational Tournament, aka, our T Party. This is an 8:30 a.m. shotgun-start scramble with several special awards. And, of course, there will be a no-host bar and luncheon to follow. Anyone can play, OGC member or not. Sign-up and detailed information is in the East Pro Shop. August 1 is sign-up deadline, so invite a guest and do it today. Questions? Call Cindy Carroll, 843-7626.

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The workshop will be taking the month of August off. We will be resuming our Monday morning meetings September 14 at 9 a.m.

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First flight: first, C. Carroll; second, M. Mar; third, E. Baciocco; fourth tie, E. Comaduran and J. Finnerty. Second flight: first tie, A. Branstetter and C. Hilliard; third, J. DiBennedetto; fourth, B. Olsen; fifth tie, J. Rockwell and J. Rietow. Third flight: first, B. Bowman; second, J. Eiserloh; third tie, H. Williston and Engen.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

18 nEileen Beltrano

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

Hi there ladies. August is here and we have a few more weeks left of this wonderful summer weather. The Partner Eclectic on the West Course is coming up August 6. Just a reminder that our Invitational is right around the corner. Lots of fun planned for this event thanks to Leslie Clark and Kathy Mokricky and their committee. Still accepting donations—just let them know and they will pick up. Here are the results of sweeps for early July.


Some of our first flight ladies after the first round of the Tuesday Club Championship, L to R: Joan Seliga, Kathy Mokricky, Jerry Moreno, Kris Peters and Linda Paul.


First flight: first place team, Y. Smith and L. Yates, 63; second place team, J. Duport and M. Rossi, 66; third place team, K. Peters and B. Robinson, 67.


Wednesday Men’s Club

Second flight: first place team tie, G. Manos and J. Honell along with L. Clark and R. Lommori, 68; third place team tie, L. Paul and B. Bowman along with E.Beltrano and D. Kiddoo, 73. Third flight: first place team tie, C. Carter and E. Baciocco along with L. Wiener and R. Levy, 69; third place team, J. O’Toole and L. Karjalainen, 72. Fourth flight: first place team, S. Baxter and L. Frediani, 66; second place team, M. Jobson and M. Mar, 67; third place team, B. VanVoorhis and E. Foote, 70. Fifth flight: first place team, L. Kilpatrick and A. Engen, 67; second place team, C. Locke and E. Laponte, 69; third place team, V. Collins and A. Keenley, 73.

THURSDAY, JULY 9, WEST WGANC #4, 24 players

Low Gross of Field: Kelly Downey (85). First flight: first low net, K. Downey; second low net, L. Paul; and third low net, K. Faherty. Second flight: first low net, Y. Smith; second low net, J. Duport; third low net tie, C. Sharpe and K.C. Cote. Third flight: first low net, C. Locke; second low net, S. Baxter; and third low net, M. Jobson.


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nTony D’Agosta

Fellow OWMC members, it appears that the West Course results for the 15th are available at this time. Rick was probably locked in a closet someplace pulling his hair (yes, he still has some) trying to clean up the score cards. Poor Linda will have to clean up the mess. Never mind! I would like you to welcome three new members to our fold: Mike Hull (don’t know if he plays hockey or not), John Cook (Really? Ahoy Matey!), and last but by no means least, Denis Dadigan (I did not misspell his name—he really spells it Dadigan, go figure). Now for the results.

The Men’s Niners play golf every Monday morning on the East Course. We play nine holes, some go on and play 18, but the nine holes are what we use for our casual sweeps competition. We play different game formats to keep it interesting and fun. We currently have approximately 50 members of which about 50% participate and play each week. If you are an OGC member and would like to join us, please give me a call at 538-2151. If you have an established handicap we can use that for sweeps competition or, if you do not have a handicap, after playing a few rounds we can assign a handicap based on your scores. We are a fun group. Please call me if you are interested.

July 8, West Course Individual Low Net

First flight (4–13): first tie, Bob Giddings and Pete Waller, 66; third, Jeff Snyder, 68; fourth, Mike Hull, 69. Second flight (14–18): first, Bob Branstetter, 67; second time, Mike Isola, Bob Peterson and Rick Yates, 68. Third flight (19–23): first, Andy Frauenhofer, 68; second, Tony Hughes, 70; third, Wayne Shomaker, 71; fourth, Dennis Desousa, 72. Fourth flight (24–29): first tie, Bob Siela and Denis Cadigan, 66; third tie, Ed Pierson and Scott Ricci, 68. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Bob Peterson, 7’5”, Mike Doyle, 12’0”; #13—Bruce Hulick, 0’11”, Jeff Snyder, 10’8”; #16—John Cook, 8’10”, Dennis Cronin, 9’3”. Note: The 5th hole pot continues to grow as no one hit the green again. This money carries over each week until someone hits the green.

July 8, East Course Individual Low Net

First, Gordon Hopper, 55; second, Dan Sienes, 57; third, Joe Lash, 59; fourth, Rich Silvas, 60; fifth tie, Art Boot, Greg Carpenter and Neil Huber, 61. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Joe Lash, 14’3”, Art Boot, 18’6”; #16—Greg Carpenter, 21’11”, Gary Stone, 55’11”.

July 15, West Course Two- MAN ODD/EVEN GAME

A few of our players at the Niners/18-Hole Mixer: Cindy Carroll, Leslie Wiener, Ruth Levy and Ginny Manos.

9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

First flight (6.5–15.5): first, Bob Giddings/Bob Hartsock, 104; second, Ron Feibusch/Nick Beltrano, 105; third, Bucky Peterson/John Weston, 106. Second flight (17.0–20.5): first, Charles Perotti/blind draw, 102; second, Alan McLintock/John Williston, 103; third, Gil Moreno/blind draw, 104. Third flight (21.0–up): first, Tom Wayne/Bud Simi, 100; second tie, Ed Pierson/Wayne Shomaker and Bill Wellman/Rodi Martinelli, 106. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Mike Doyle, 2’3”, Bill Hainke, 10’1”; #13—Bob Siela, 9’4”, Sal Cesario, 11’11”; #16—Alan McLintock, 10’1”, Chuck Mendenhall, 11’0”.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR July 6 Individual Low Net

First place: Keith Wise with a 24.5. Second place: Dan Sienes with a 28.5. Third place tie: Tony Apolloni, Neil Huber, Don Morse, Jim Norem and Charlie Perotti, all with a 30. Eighth place: Phil Sapp with a 31. Ninth place tie: Joe Lash and John Munkacsky, both with a 31.5. Closest- to-the-pin: Charlie Perotti, 10’5”.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR JULY 13 Terrible Twos, 23 Players

First place: Joel Goodman with a 18. Second place: Gary Stone with a 20. Third place tie: Tony D’Agosta and Don Morse, both with a 21. Fifth place tie: Don Schulte and Greg Carpenter, both with a 22. Seventh place Tie: Keith Wise and Neil Huber, both with a 23. Closest-to-the-pins: Tony D’Agosta, 13’0”, Jack Robinson, 27’6”.

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July 15, East Course Two-Man Odd/Even

First, Tom Massip/John Munkacsy, 80; second, Tony D’Agosta/Neil Huber, 88; third, Walt Brown/ Bob Ure, 91; fourth, Paul Lawler/Bob Thorsen, 92. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Art Boot, 38’5”, Joe Lash, 55’9”; #16—Lou Lari, 34’3”, Keith Wise, 52’0”.


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New Twist in Wild Oak Path Dispute

nStaff Report

The long-running battle between the Villages at Wild Oak and the city over allowing bicycle access into Annadel State Park took another twist last month after a Wild Oak residents group began a “survey” of Oakmont Residents who use the path. The “Survey of Oakmont Pedestrians” was published in the July 1 edition of the Oakmont News as a paid advertisement. It appeared to be seeking responses from residents who have mobility or hearing issues and asked about “negative encounters” or “near miss collisions” with cyclists on the disputed pathway that runs from Star of the Valley Church to Timber Springs Drive leading into the park. Santa Rosa sued the Wild Oak association in 2010 after it posted “no bicycles” signs along the path. The association claims an easement allows only pedestrians and emergency vehicles. The city claims the route also allows bicyclists. The case is now in mediation. The Wild Oak resident who paid for the ad on behalf of “individual residents” declined to be interviewed, but said an on-site survey showed that most users are Oakmont residents, adding that “we are still exploring ways to gather information and approaches to educate the community about the issue.”

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Several board members were not impressed. “You make it very difficult for me to remain objective because if you had 140 people who wanted to be playing horseshoes, they would be playing horseshoes,” said Bob Giddings. “And you know that for close to a year we’ve been looking into this pickleball issue and you know where the horseshoe courts are that are not being used. It sounds disingenuous.” Haverson objected, saying, “All I want is a horseshoe club. That’s all I want. There’s no reason that this club should be turned down. There’s no ground.” By a 6-1 vote the board agreed to recognize the new club, but said that new horseshoe pits could easily be added near the West Rec. picnic grounds. They said upgrading the existing Central Complex pits for a new sanctioned club activity could complicate the pickleball proposal with the city by adding horseshoe players’ needs to area parking requirements. “It all looks very strange to me,” Batchelor said in summing up the matter.


It was decided to keep two Oakmont Drive security cameras and to proceed with adding a third camera on Pythian Road. Batchelor cited a recent community survey showing most people in Oakmont are concerned about safety, and “I appreciate their concern.” Former director Evelyn George reminded the board that when the two cameras were installed three years ago, problems obtaining electricity blocked adding one on Pyrhian Road to oversee Oakmont’s other entrance. George headed the camera project during her board term. Director Bob Giddings volunteered to talk with leaders of The Orchards homeowners association about connecting to the power source for their sign on Pythian. The board asked the OVA staff to come up with permission and costs for an adjacent pole for a Pythian camera. Meanwhile, signs notifying people about the cameras’ presence were being replaced to remove the word “protected,” which attorneys said could present liability problems. The board also approved replacement of 13 computers and a projection system in the Computer Learning Center in the Central Activity Complex.

nMarty Thompson

SRFD: How to Prepare for the Big Fire

Oakmont’s scenic location in a valley between Annadel State Park and Hood Mountain also puts it between two potential forest fire threats, Santa Rosa Fire Inspector Toby Rey told a packed Berger Center audience. Rey outlined what people can do to make their homes more fireresistant, and he and Fire Chief Tom Gossner, at right, fielded audience questions at the July 9 public meeting. Rey urged people to make the area around their homes a “defensible zone.” That involves keeping firewood piles away from homes and clearing away most vegetation within five feet of houses. Nearby trees should be trimmed up at least six feet from the ground, he said, and gutters and roof valleys kept clean. Vegetation that is particularly dangerous in a fire includes pine and eucalyptus trees and juniper bushes, Rey said. In answer to a question, Rey said thick bark ground cover is fairly fire-resistant, but that thinly-shredded bark, sometimes called “gorilla hair,” is dangerous. If a resident plans remodeling, Rey advised using fire-resistant siding and double- or triple-pane windows. He noted that open eaves, common in older homes such as many in Oakmont, no longer are legal in the building code. He said attic vents in open eaves can be fire entry points. People should know at least two ways out of their homes and their neighborhood, fire officials said. The Oakmont golf courses and the Berger Center area are good gathering points, especially as the two-lane Highway 12 would likely be jammed-up if everyone tried to use it to evacuate. It was noted that the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee is partnering with the Red Cross to operate emergency shelters at the three community centers, and is seeking volunteers for that effort. Chief Gossner said city fire officials will be meeting with Annadel officials to discuss removing the park’s hazardous dead trees. “It’s on their radar, and we will be pushing them as well,” he said. Rey advised residents who asked about heavy growth along creeks bordering their Oakmont homes to contact for information about

Residents pick up fire safety pamphlets as they enter the Berger Center for the SRFD program. Another photo online at (Photos by Marty Thompson)

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First Fireside Chat Judged a Success

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nMarty Thompson

Calendars Featuring Oakmonters On Sale

Some of your neighbors could be hanging around your house all next year. They’re members of a dozen Oakmont clubs who posed, in costume, for an Oakmont Kiwanis Club 2016 calendar to raise funds for youth scholarships. You may recognize the faces of friends, dressed in everything from togas to cowboy outfits. You’ll need to look closely for your friends, their names aren’t listed. Sales of the calendar raise money for the Kiwanis’ scholarships for members of the club’s Key Club at Montgomery High School. “It’s the 100th birthday of Kiwanis and the 35th birthday of the Oakmont club,” its president, Andie Altman, said. “The club took on a challenge to be more active in the community,” she added. Another project is holding Shred-a-thons in Oakmont.

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The Pickleball Corner

nNoel Lyons, Tom Kendrick and Andie Altman

Cruisin’ the ‘hood

While pedaling up to the courts last week, I came across a lady hunched over in the garden fronting the East Rec. She was meticulously weeding, planting, and lovingly taking care of the beautiful environment she had created. Turns out it was Marianne Neufeld, our Architectural Committee Chair. Don’t really know if she supports or opposes the pickleball project, but she sure has made a beautiful garden!

Carolina Invasion

There are a couple of new faces on our courts— Dara and Randy Evans are renting here for a month. They live in Carolina Lakes, a Del Webb community in South Carolina. Their community boasts six pickleball courts, with two more on the way. Welcome to Oakmont Randy and Dara!

Oakmont Buyers Want Pickleball

Last week an OPC member asked one of the lead agents at McBride Realty if any prospective buyers ever ask about pickleball. “All the time!” was the answer. Wow!

Rockin’ the East Rec.

What a bash! The sold-out “Hard Day’s Night” party had it all: a joke-telling MC (sporting a bow-tie), trivia, live Dill-Billy music, and dancing to a deejay who was spinning 45’s from the 60s. But wait! Just as the rowdy revelers were twisting the night away, the place got raided. By the cops! She called us troublemakers and threatened to arrest everybody. But the intruding peace officer Swell party, guys! (who had a strange resemblance to PJ Savage), was escorted out by some volunteer bouncers just as Elvis sang “If you’re lookin’ for trouble, you came to the right place.”

Round Robin!

Come watch old people make fools of themselves! On August 8, at 9 a.m., players will compete for Oakmont glory. The fast-paced mixed-doubles competition will take about an hour and will finally answer once and for all this most important question: Which one of us has the silliest looking knees? There will also be a “Top-Dog” exhibition game with some of our higher-level players. Next, we’ll adjourn to the patio for free munchies, music, awards, and victory speeches (limited to two hours each). So put August 8 on your calendar!

Come try pickleball—it’s the fastest growing club in Oakmont!

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:

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.

PC Users Group nBarbara G. Dudley


As previously stated, there are no OPCUG meetings in August, except for the Board Meeting, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. on August 10 at the East Recreation Center. All are welcome to attend that meeting! Be sure to mark your calendars for September 14 at 2 p.m. at the East Recreation Center when OPCUG presents a Q&A Session.


Although the group is on vacation, the WindowsPC experts remain vigilant! Be sure to send any questions or concerns that you may have about your computers and peripherals to the experts through Bob Mandelstam at He and the OPCUG panel of experts will then review the issues and reply to you via E-mail.


Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) will hold their Open House and “Tech” Forum on Tuesday, August 25, from 4–5:30 p.m. at the Berger Center. George McKinney is to lead the Forum on the subject “Getting the Most Out of Android.” Be sure to 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. At any time of the year, you can view a list of offered classes, as well as possible classes, including class descriptions, by visiting, 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


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 or Scribe, Barbara, at


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Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC)

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WHEN: Saturday, August 15 TIME: 1:30 p.m. Social, 2 p.m. Meeting PLACE: East Recreation Center Did you buy a new computer with Yosemite as the operating system and you need to learn more about it? Do you think you need to keep up with the latest operating system, but you don’t know enough about it? Well, Ronnie is the person to ask. Come with all of your questions. We look forward to seeing you! Website:

Call 538-1485 to Register.


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

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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…


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU-Oakmont

nKathy Sowers

FALL CLASS PREVIEW September 2, 3–5 PM, Berger Center

We look forward to seeing all of you at 3 p.m. Mark your calendars now! Instructors will summarize their classes. Registration help will be available. Fall brochures will be available in the OVA Office and CAC later in August. Please direct questions about Oakmont courses and activities to Co-Chairs Paul and Susi Heidenreich, at (206) 604-6418 or by E-mail at Guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting.

Join the fun at the Fall Preview!

Ebb and Flow of Civilizations By Tyra Benoit, M.A. September 28–November 2, 3–5 PM, Berger Center

Why do some civilizations flourish for thousands of years while others fail in a relatively short time? Discuss political, economic, and religious structures and organization. We will focus on two different civilizations—the Egyptians and the Maya. What are the lessons we can learn apply to modern civilization? Instructor Tyra Benoit, M.A., has a B.A. and an M.A.

in History. She has taught about world civilizations for over 30 years at California State University, Chico and several community colleges.

The Bomb’s Early Light By Les Adler, Ph.D. September 30–November 4, 3–5 PM, Berger Center

For most people, the Atomic Age dawned in 1945 when nuclear weapons were first used against Japan. In reality, it opened decades earlier in research labs where physicists explored the theoretical and experimental implications of emerging discoveries about the nature of the atom. Look at the complex actions and personalities of a number of the scientists and officials whose decisions were central to the bomb’s development and ultimate use. Instructor Les Adler, Ph.D., taught in The Hutchins School at SSU for 30 years, and was Dean of the School of Extended Education from 2000–2007. His area of academic specialty is the Cold War.

Explore art movements and the cultural events that affected art with a focus on modern art from 1950 onward. Why did artists in California and across the nation stop painting landscapes and move into social realism, and then toward modernism? Visit (virtually) our own Sonoma County galleries including artists such as Andy Warhol, the Guerrilla Girls, and Burning Man artists. Instructor Linda Loveland Reid, B.A., has given lectures at Oakmont’s Sunday Symposium and Lifelong Learning classes. She holds a B.A. in both History and Art History from SSU.

nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

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nLynn Wycoff

The Independence Day Tournament is history (see photos below) and so is the picnic. Once again we were treated to wonderful barbeque chicken and all the gourmet side dishes provided by the members. Needless to say we are probably the best fed club in Sonoma County!

Chris Duda, Jeff and Cindy Clemence, and Lynn Wycoff

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

Summer Bingo at Oakmont Rainbow Women’s July Meeting

July’s Rainbow Women meeting was a rousing game of Bingo, again expertly called by Lisa from Star of the Valley bingo games. Thank you Lisa! Three winners split the big prize at the end of the night, with a couple of people being multiple winners on other games. Nancy, channeling Vanna White by holding up posters to show the game’s pattern, and a few “Bingo!” misfires from some over-enthusiastic players, made for a very entertaining night. Thanks to Nancy, Marge, Kate, Rochia and Dianne for orchestrating the games. To start the meeting, Pat posed the question of whether to invite Oakmont gay men to other events, such as a game night or holiday party. It’s always great to have them at the picnic so the suggestion was made to invite them to something else. This will be discussed again in August. Anyone with opinions who can’t be at the August meeting should let a board member know and we will bring your voice to the table.

Bocce News

Financial Advisor, Sheila Cardno, MBA and Certified Investment Management Analyst. She’ll discuss “The Retirement Paycheck,” enlightening us about finance in the retirement years. Sheila has been a financial advisor for 17 years after working as a teacher and high school principal, then at Intel Corporation in finance. In September, attorney Naomi Metz reflects on the SCOTUS marriage equality decision’s first few months of implementation, as well as other items of interest from Washington. Only few Cris Williamson tickets remain, so get yours by putting $25 per ticket with your name and E-mail address in the Oakmont Rainbow Women folder at the OVA Office. Tickets must be prepaid. If any member has difficulty affording her ticket, please contact someone on the board.

SIGs/Special Interest Groups

The golf SIG is going strong. On August 2 they are going to Foxtail, and September 6 they will be at Bennett Valley. Golfers of all abilities are welcome. Share news of your SIG by contacting us.

Summer fun

Some Rainbow Women are on a RV trek all the way to Alaska, others have new grandchildren, some are going to music festivals in California and beyond, and some are deep into planning for trips to far-away places. Hope your summer is going well!

Sharon Ausiello, Sal Colombo, Barbara Newton, and Piilani Edwards

Phil Duda, Betty Gustafson, Debbie Hendricks and Steve Edwards

The next event is the “Let the Good Times Roll” Tournament on Saturday, August 8 at 9:30 a.m. Be sure to arrive early, so you are able to play. Remember we must limit the number of players to 24. New members continue to arrive and we now have 110 on the roster! We are always pleased to greet new faces on the courts. Happy rolling!

The Oakmont Ukesters

nLinda Webster

Come play your ukulele with a group of beginner/ intermediate ukulele enthusiasts. Our goal is to practice what we already know, as well as try new songs and learn in the process. Perfection is not the intent here, singing and enjoying this unique, versatile instrument is what we are about. Some of the songs we will play: “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Satin Doll,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street,” “Happy Trails,” Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Mr. Bojangles.” Like these songs? Then come join the Oakmont Ukesters!! MEETING TIME: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays CONTACT: Linda Webster, 978-2790 or E-mail at LOCATION: Linda’s house address will be given upon call FEE: None


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

Lawn Bowling


Oakmont Rovers

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I recently read a fascinating article by Melissa Healy of the L.A. Times. She wrote about studies on why some people age faster than others. The researchers of the “Fast Aging Study” measured the condition of the gums, hearts, kidneys and livers of those in the study. They also studied body mass index and waist to hip ratio. The most interesting factor mentioned regarding aging was the length of telomeres in the various members of the study. Those with lengthy telomeres were generally healthier and younger looking. Telomeres are the DNA at the end of chromosomes which tend to shorten with age. Now to the point: It is believed that exercise helps maintain the length of telomeres. Which brings us to Lawn Bowling. Lawn Bowling is an activity that includes four of the most recommended types of exercise. They are endurance, strength training, balance and stretching. So if you would like long telomeres, try Lawn Bowling.

On August 1, 1960, Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” was released. All of us who have experienced the Beatles Flashback Band are excited at the prospect of their return to Oakmont. It’s “A Hard Day’s Night” when Northern California’s premier Beatles tribute band starts playing all of your favorite Fab Four hits. Chicago Hot Dogs, Palooza Bunslinger, and Velasco Mexican Food will have their trucks dishing up your favorite street foods, so take a night off from kitchen duty and let them take care of dinner. Flour Creations Bakery has dessert covered, so all you’ll need is some cash, your appetite, and your beverage of choice. The food trucks are open to all Oakmont residents, but the show is for Boomers and their guests only, and the show sold out in just 36 hours! Still not a member? Become one online for just $10 at Check-in begins at 5 p.m. Please be sure to check in by 6 p.m. so that our lovely greeters can get inside and start partying. WHEN: August 15, 5–9:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center BRING: BYOB and cash for the food trucks

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President Phil Bowman called the meeting to order at 11:35 a.m. on July 2. Phil reported on issues of importance to the relatively small group. First was a reminder to use care when handling the score boards. The new board’s surface can easily be scratched beyond repair. Next, he updated members regarding the blemishes on the Lawn Bowling sign. The sign has some damage and flaws which will be corrected in the near future. Jerry Garland reported that Scandia Landscaping has a new mower which will also aerate and roll our green, keeping it in pristine condition. Jerry stated that the newly planted sod in the western corner is distressed due to lack of water. Hopefully it will survive the summer heat and drought. Lastly mentioned was the posting of a sign-up sheet for the Leisure Town “Trophy” Tournament. See bulletin board for details.


The O.L.B.C. received a letter from the Lord Mayor of the City of Plymouth, U.K. The letter was to officially congratulate our club on the celebration of our 50th Anniversary. The O.L.B.C. and the Sir Francis Drake Lawn Bowling Club now enjoy diplomatic relations. Change on the board: Tom Conley and Kathleen Connelly resigned. Their terms will be filled by Gary Scott and Paul Wycoff. Just a reminder to check the club’s green book and website for information on upcoming tournaments. Open triples are scheduled for August 3 and the “Kappy Njus” is taking place August 14.


All Oakmont residents are welcome to try their hand at lawn bowling. Stop by the green any Tuesday during August from 9:30–11 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.

We hope all of our Boomers will join us on September 17 for our very first members-only Happy Hour Social, Pizza Palooza! Bring your own beverages and we will provide assorted pies from the Union Hotel. Be ready to dance to a specially selected Boomer Music Mix and catch up with friends you have missed over the summer. Let’s get our fall social schedule off to a swinging start! You’ll need to RSVP to this one, but there will be more information about that in future Oakmont News editions. WHEN: September 17, 6–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: Free—members only, please BRING: BYOB Reminder: August 8 is Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day. By now all of you gardeners must be overrun with produce, and desperate times call for desperate measures. It’s time to sneak over—under the cover of darkness—to your neighbor’s porch, leave some zucchini, and make a quick getaway! You’ll both be glad you did.

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Recent Travels

This spring was a busy travel time for the Rovers. Our trips took us to Plymouth and a taste of the gold country with its early California history, the growing wine industry and the beauty of the foothills in the spring. Next, we hit the coast with a trip to the Marin County, the Olema campground and Point Reyes National Seashore. Here fresh oysters on the grill, hiking the Estero Trail to the beach and evening campfires were most enjoyed. In McCloud, situated at the base of Mt. Shasta, a walk to the falls on the McCloud River Three Waterfalls Trail and a day at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park and Lassen National Park were some of the highlights.

Dinner at Sannars’ house in the town of McCloud after our hike on the river.

Social Events

The Rovers’ RV Club is more than just a travel club. We are an active social club as well. Annual BBQ Picnic is coming up in August at the West Rec. picnic area. Be sure to join us if you have are interested in RVing and the club. You can get to know our group and have some fun, not to mention delicious food. This year Jim and Lorene Ritter will be preparing the spread. For reservations call at 537-8215 or E-mail Make check for $15 per person to Oakmont Rovers and mail to Ritter, 195 Oak Shadow Dr.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

August 14: Annual Picnic BBQ at West Rec. Picnic Area, Jim and Lorene Ritter, 537-8215 September 14–18: Yosemite National Park, Sharon Threlkeld and Jan Young, 843-4942, jannerdog1@mac. com or September 18–22: Sequoia National Park, Noel Lyons and Jackie Kinney, 539-2308 November 7: Fall Potluck If you would like to meet our members and learn more about our group, we invite you to come as our guest to one of our events. Oakmont Rovers is a social travel club for RV owners who enjoy the outdoors with the company of fellow campers. We plan at least four social gatherings and 4–6 trips each year. Yearly dues are only $10. For more information contact Dan Bargar at 5391834 or Jim Ritter at 537-8215.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

West Rec. Pool and Spa The renovated West Rec. pool and spa represent the final major pieces of a months-long updating of the West Recreation Center. The pool and spa are surrounded by a new deck, and will have a saltwater system. Here, workers are seen plastering the interior of the pool on July 14. The pool was filled the next day, as the plaster cures better underwater, said Rick Aubert, OVA maintenance manager. Chemicals were used to balance the water during the first 30 days, after which the pool’s saline system will be started.

The pool and spa will have ladders and handrails, anchored in the poolside decking. Assist lifts also were ordered for both the pool and spa. Aubert said it was hoped the pool could open by Aug. 1.

Photos by Keith Sauer

nJoan Palma

Grandparents’ Club Summer Activities

The Grandparents’ Club Summer Activities were so much fun. We were told by several grandparents that their grandchildren say this is the best week of their summer. The smiles on our grandparents’ faces said it all. We love our grandchildren and are proud and happy to spend time with them. The biggest thank-you goes out to Oakmont Gardens for hosting the Welcome Party/Carnival for the third year in a row. This year they provided a Photo Booth where grandparents and their grandchildren had their photos taken. There were all types of props to make the photos fun and very memorable. It was a highlight of the day. The Oakmont Gardens also provided us with an Ice Cream Parlor, where you could make your own sundaes, have a cold beverage or snack on freshly

baked cookies. Thank you Scott, John and Bridget for being so generous and kind to our grandchildren. To round out our carnival we had lots of prizes, face painting and The Balloon Guy who made fabulous balloon creations for the kids. The Grandparents’ Club wishes to acknowledge Oakmont clubs who shared their time, equipment and their teaching skills. The Tennis Club, Wii Bowling, Quilting, Bocce Ball, Table Tennis and the Oakie Folkies—they were all amazing. It took many volunteers to make these activities possible. Thank you to our grandparents who lead classes like puppet making, a music program for the little ones, coin toss, bingo, robotics, pasta making and a pizza party. Rest up grandparents, we are going to do this again next year!

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.

Food Trucks Coming to Oakmont for the Last Time This Year

nHeidi Klyn

Sponsored by the Oakmont Boomers Club

WHEN: Saturday, August 15 TIME: 5–8 p.m. WHERE: The Berger Center with seating in the plaza BRING: Cash to pay the trucks WHO: 1. Chicago Hot Dogs; 2. Palooza’s Bun Slinger; 3. Velasco Mexican Food; 4. Flour Creations—for that sweet tooth in all of us

nRay and Marie Haverson

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

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. So dig out your western ware and come and enjoy our good old-fashioned Hoe Down. Yee Haw!


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__________________________________________________________________________________

Senior Advocacy Services 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 1, 2015

Partners Contract Bridge

nHelen Hargrave

The Partners Contract Bridge group will be playing in the Card Room at the CAC on Monday evenings August 3 and 17 from 6:45–9 p.m. We keep the same partner throughout the evening and rotate through each table keeping a running

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

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






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8:00 AM Lawn Bowling B 10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:00 AM Model Railroad Display E 10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 5:00 PM Duffers Potluck UW 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:30 AM Sketching/Pastels AR 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM LOMAA Board B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM LOMAA Board B 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Communications Committee B 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:30 AM Sketching/Pastels AR 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 11:30 AM OEPC Counselors B 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Paint Grp AR 1:00 PM C.O.P.E. Ste 6 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:30 AM Sketching/Pastels AR 10:30 AM Bridge to Nowhere CR 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Fitness Club Board B 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 1:00 PM Oakmont Art Critique AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s (1) LW 10:30 AM Sketching/Pastels AR 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Paint Grp AR 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:30 PM Genealogy Club E 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR

Monthly Event Calendars are also available online at

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



8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Landscape Imp Comm G 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Int LW 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Sleep Apnea G 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Baker’s Dozen Book Club D 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:00 PM OVA Board Workshop E 3:30 PM La Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:15 PM Balance & Stretch LW 5:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Fitness Club BC 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:30 PM Cafe Mortel B 4:00 PM Short Story Book Club EC 4:30 PM All the Toys Fitness LW 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC

8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM SIR 92 Exec Board G 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon B+G+FS 11:15 AM Tap Class Int LW 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano D 2:00 PM OLLI Committee B 3:30 PM La Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:15 PM Balance & Stretch LW 5:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM OVH Caregiver Support B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 11:30 AM Quilting Bee CAC 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Oakmont H.E.A.R.S. B 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 4:30 PM All the Toys Fitness LW 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

8:30 AM ZUMBA Gold Int LW 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Volunteer Helpers (OVH) Ste 6 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Int LW 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM La Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:15 PM Balance & Stretch LW 5:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Sketching/Pastels AR 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Lawn Bowling Board Ste 6 3:30 PM Cafe Mortel B 4:30 PM All the Toys Fitness LW 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC

8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Int LW 1:00 PM Chess -Drop -In CR 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM iPad Sig BC 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM La Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Grandparents Club Ste 6 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:15 PM Balance & Stretch LW 5:00 PM OCLC Open House BC 5:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Sketching/Pastels AR 10:30 AM OVH Caregiver Support B 11:00 AM SIR 53 E+EC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Tennis Club Board G 4:30 PM All the Toys Fitness LW 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW








7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 11:30 AM Lawn Bowling Brown Bag BC 12:30 PM Chess CR 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:30 PM Oakmont Educators Club AR 4:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR


7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle -Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM OCDC B 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Oakmont Boomers Grp Ste 6 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:00 PM Sunday Symposium Bd Ste 6 4:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Rainbow Women E


7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:00 PM ECRCO B 12:30 PM Chess CR 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR


7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Art Association Board D 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s (3) LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 11:30 AM Tap Practice Beg LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:00 PM Tap Practice Int LW 6:00 PM Single Boomers BC


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Art Association Board G 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 11:30 AM Tap Practice Beg LW 12:30 PM Bridge -Duplicate CR 1:00 PM HICAP D 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OVA Board Fireside Chats BC 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:00 PM Tap Practice Int LW


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s (3) LW 11:30 AM Tap Practice Beg LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:00 PM Tap Practice Int LW 5:00 PM Oakmont Touches Lives BC


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 11:30 AM Tap Practice Beg LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM HICAP D 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OVA Board Fireside Chats BCFS 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:00 PM Tap Practice Int LW 7:00 PM OVA Event The Heartlight Show BC

7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pilates UW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Model Railroad Display E 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B


7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Goodwill Truck BC Pkg Lot 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Pickle Round Robin E 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B


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


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


7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Goodwill Truck BC Pkg Lot 9:00 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Quilting Bee AR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 4:00 PM Sha-Boom Events Club BC


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

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Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative

nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

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


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Oakmont Educators Club

Tennis Club

nDiane Linneball and Stephanie Wrightson

nBarbara Arnold


The OTC and Nick Goldschmidt are hosting a wine tasting and seminar (open to all Oakmont residents), August 22, 4:30–7 p.m., East Recreation Center. Worldclass Goldschmidt wines will include Chelsea Merlot (Dry Creek Valley) and three estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignons (Alexander Valley). Nick’s wines have been served at U.S. State Department dinners. Heidi West Catering is providing three paired appetizers—steak sliders with blue cheese scallion crème, arugula and fava bean pâté with pecorino cheese on crostini and wild mushroom arancini. The cost is $25 per person (non-refundable). Pay for your reservations by August 5 through Karen Clarke at or 473-9262. All proceeds benefit the OTC. Superb wines and delicious food along with wine education—don’t miss this. Space is limited! Event questions may be directed to OTC Social Director, Terri Somers, or (925) 876-8074.

OTC Team Tennis: some of the A’s celebrate their victory (photo by D. Linneball)


Cheer on your favorite women’s doubles team August 1, 8 a.m. Separate A- and B/C-level competition at the West and East Courts. Refreshments will be served at the West Courts.


Sign up with a partner by September 8 for the OTC Men’s Doubles Tournament. Contact Sumner Johnson ( or 539-3758) with yours and your partner’s contact info/skill level, or sign up on the OTC website (https://oakmonttennisclub. by clicking on the “Sign Up” tab. Meet September 12, 8 a.m., West Courts (play will be held on both East and West Courts with separate competitions for the A- and B/C-levels).


Take me out to the ball game. Umpires Sumner Johnson (West) and John Gray (East) kept the ball players in line as the Athletics competed against the Giants in OTC team tennis on July 11. Women’s doubles, men’s doubles and mixed doubles were played by both teams to determine world dominance. At the end of the day it was Athletics 9, Giants 5. Afterwards, both teams enjoyed refreshments on the West Court patio. See the event pictures on the Media tab of the OTC website.

OTC Team Tennis: some of the hard-charging Giants (photo by D. Linneball)


Tennis Tournament Director, Sumner Johnson, and Social Director, Terri Somers, have some fantastic events planned for the rest of the 2015 season. Be sure to save the dates: October 3: OTC Mixed Doubles Tournament, 8 a.m.; OTC Membership Meeting, 4–5:30 p.m.; Harvest Moon Dinner-Dance, 5:30 p.m., East Rec. November 7: Veterans Team Tournament, 8 a.m.; OTC USO Show and Awards Dinner, 5:30 p.m., East Rec. December 11: OTC’s Rock and Roll Holiday DinnerDance Celebration with the Unauthorized Rolling Stones!, 5:30 p.m., Berger Center (NOTE: this is a Friday; the date in the OTC roster is in error) If you’re not a member, you can join for a low $20/ year and receive a lower price on social events, free tennis events and lessons, open tennis twice a week and an opportunity to hang out with some great people. To join, E-mail Paula Lewis, paulalewis@, who will send you a registration form.

Women’s Friendship Bible Study

nGayle Miller


This is an early announcement for the fall study because seating will be limited. You will want to reserve a seat now for this exciting study. This presentation will be on a large screen TV (contains titles for hearing impaired). This is a 12-week study and workbooks will be ordered for each person. Join us in Beth Moore’s faith-building study of prophecy and learn how to live with integrity in today’s self-absorbed society. Part One: Daniel chapters 1–6 examines Daniel’s life and pressures he faced. Part Two: Daniel chapters 7–12 covers the prophecies from Daniel through the second coming of Christ. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study

author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination, and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. This is a non-denominational group study and you are welcome to attend whether you have attended our studies in the past or if you are new to Bible Study. We are confident you will have a delightful time, learning God’s word and meeting new friends. Please contact the number below to reserve a seat and also if you need additional information. DATES: Starts September 15 and continues each Tuesday through 12 lessons TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. HOSTESS: Gayle Miller, 336 Mountain Vista Court CONTACT: Gayle at 537-9309

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

Model Railroad Exhibit

nGary Goodenough

The annual visit of the model railroad display in Oakmont will be Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. Again this year the Coastal Valley Lines, the Santa Rosa HO scale modular model railroad club, will operate their equipment at the East Rec. Center on Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The display is open to the general public, so invite both your Oakmont and non-Oakmont friends and relatives. As usual, there is no charge.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

Oakmont Health Initiative Free Fitness Classes

nTeresa Woodrum

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. If you are new to exercise, keep your steps very small, do not cross your feet and bend your knees to keep your center of gravity low. All Free Fitness Classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, basically anything that hurts when you exercise or if you have poor balance or vertigo which could cause you to fall, it is advisable to join a smaller, well supervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. 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 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. For your viewing and listening pleasure, we offer concert seating without tables. We will check guests at the welcome table on the plaza; then guests will go in and take the seat of your choice. Please visit the webpage to enjoy a preview of “William Florian’s Concert Sampler” at the Oakmont Health Initiative website: site/oakmonthealthinitiative/william-florian. Proceeds will support the continuation of Free Fitness Classes, providing healthy opportunities for you and your community. We look forward to welcoming you. Thank you for your support!

William Florian Concert sign-up coupon

Tickets are $15. You may leave checks payable to Oakmont Health Initiative in the OHI folder in the OVA Office, or mail them to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, Ca 95409. Thank you! Name of attendees: ____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to confirm receipt of payment): ___________________________________________________________

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

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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.

Water Fitness nCathy Rapp

It’s not too late! The calendar may say August, but we know there are at least three months of beautiful weather remaining before the rains (hopefully!) return. There’s plenty of time to improve your balance and overall fitness through water aerobics— and make some new friends! Water aerobics classes are being held at the Central Pool for the next few months while the West Pool is being renovated. 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 5379281 or

summer 2015 water aerobics schedule Central Pool until west pool reopens

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)

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

Do come join us to investigate this ancient Chinese exercise that is so excellent to reduce stress, improve breathing and stretch the muscles and ligaments. Most importantly, Tai Chi focuses on balance and deep relaxation. I have been teaching this class in Oakmont for 28 years and likewise at the University for 28 years. Now would be a perfect time to join us and try what you have seen practiced in China on your tours to the Far East or in the parks of San Francisco, especially in Chinatown. We meet on Thursdays for a five-class workshop from 9–10 a.m. Tuition is $75. The classes do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments coming up. You can start anytime. Our location is the Upper Rec. Center. Pre-registration is required so call me at 318-5284. I would love to talk to you.

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!


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

Fitness Club

nTom Pugliese

nBetsy Smith

Heart Disease in Men and Women: Is There a Difference?

On Wed., August 5 from 1–2 p.m. at the Berger Center, the Fitness Club is hosting a presentation by Dr. Emily Conway, Cardiologist at Heart Institute in Santa Rosa. Dr. Conway is a dynamic speaker who will share information on heart disease and stroke. She will give heart healthy tips, discuss the signs of heart attack and stroke as well as how they manifest themselves differently in men and women. Emily Conway, MD, practices general cardiology at Heart Institute. She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. Originally from North Carolina, she completed her undergraduate and medical degrees at Brown University. She performed her internal medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University and cardiology fellowship at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia where she served as Chief Fellow. The following information courtesy of the American Heart Association and Center for Disease Control: Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. responsible for about one in every four deaths. Although heart disease is thought of as a man’s disease, approximately the same number of men and women die each year of heart disease in the U.S. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for most male ethnic/racial groups in the U.S. including African Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Hispanics and whites. For Asian Americans or Pacific Islanders heart disease is second only to cancer. For female ethnic/racial groups in the U.S., heart disease is the leading cause of death for African American and white women. Among Hispanic women, heart disease and cancer cause approximately the same number of deaths each year. For American Indian or Alaska Native and Asian American or Pacific Islander women, heart disease is second only to cancer. About 8.5% of all white men, 5.8% of all white women, 7.9% of black men, 7.6% of black women, 6.3% of Mexican American men and 5.6% of Mexican American women have coronary heart disease. Half (49%) of men and 64% of women who die suddenly of coronary heart disease have no previous symptoms. Even if you have no symptoms, you may still be

Lap Swim Club

nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Rub-a-dub-dub, too long in the Tub, Drought, drought, drought, brings on a big Pout, Short-short-shorten, the only Resort… To save-save-save Water, a precious Resource. Thanks everyone for shortening shower times to five minutes total, turning off faucet while sudsing up and being good stewards during this lengthy drought. The Health Department and newly-posted OVA Pool Rules state a pre-shower is mandatory. Keep it brief but do shower before entering and always rinse off sun lotions before re-entering.


If you are a year-round, every season swimmer, join us. There are no dues, just an invitational website for similar swimmers. Send name and E-mail to Happy Lapping!

at risk for heart disease. Between 70% and 89% of sudden cardiac events occur in men. The major risk factors are high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol and smoking. Other medical conditions or lifestyle choices can also increase risk for heart disease such as: Diabetes, overweight and obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, stress or excessive alcohol use. Heart attack survivors are encouraged to attend the presentation and tell their story. This will make for an interactive and engaging session. No charge for Fitness Club members. A $5 donation is requested for non-members.

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 well-being. 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:

Sleep Apnea Group

nBob Flandermeyer

Come and join us for an informal exchange of experiences with the equipment required, as well as new sources of supplies, technical people and any other pertinent subject. These meetings are especially helpful to those about to start or just starting to use the equipment. First-time attendees and new users of the apnea equipment please call me at 538-5277 before the meeting, so we can have enough long-time users to answer questions and pass on their experience. DATE: First Tuesday of every other month (June 2) TIME: 1–3 p.m. WHERE: Room G in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive

Cardio Fitness Aerobics Class

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, ongoing. Join any time. First class is free. No class on Thursday, August 6 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! No class on August 5 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!

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.

Passages Janet Siela, 17-year Oakmont resident, passed away July 3. 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.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015


nEd Low

Cal Alumni Club

nMark Randol

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Sign up for the August 13 Oakmont Hiking Club’s annual picnic at Jack Rabbit Park at Spring Lake. Check hikes of the day in for details. RSVP Judy Sannar at jim-judy7137@ or 538-2289 for reservations.

AUGUST 6 SHORT HIKE: KORTUM TRAIL Cool down at the coast with a short hike on the Kortum Trail. With wonderful ocean views this twomile hike begins at the Shell Beach and works its way north. This is a flat hike except for one up and down canyon. Bring layered clothing, for wind and fog can be cold. Hike leader is Donna McCullock, 539-5730.

the group. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Randy and Cathy Vincent, 538-3530.


August 20 Intermediate hike Point Reyes

This 9.5-mile loop hike with 1,800’ elevation gain starts at Wright’s Beach (requires a state park annual pass, call Mary Lou Hicks). Hike along the Kortum Trail to Pomo Canyon Trail up to Red Hill for lunch then back to Wright’s Beach. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. with water, poles and lunch. Hike leader is Mary Lou Hicks, 303-7113.


Hike is approximately four miles long, walking along Channel Drive on the road or on Channel Trail parallel to Channel Drive, if you want to have a “undulating” hike off the road. Arrive at Spring Lake about 11 a.m. We will walk back. If you don’t want to be on foot going back, be sure to arrange for a ride back to Berger. Leave the Berger Center at 9:30 a.m.


This informal long hike will walk from Center through various trails in Annadel to Lake and the picnic grounds. The hike will miles, depending on the inclination and the

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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 3. 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.

Willow Creek, Sonoma Coast State Park (photo by Maurice Fliess)

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 Jean Reed, 538-3874.

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.


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.

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 10: Playing with strings. How does a tile change when you change the string but use the same patterns? 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

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.


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.

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 newco mers 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.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

Oakmont Community Church

nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

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

Sunday, August 2

Rick Hahn will be speaking from Isaiah 47: Redeemer or Avenger. Bella Coppola will be singing in the service and Lucas Sherman will be at the piano.

Sunday, August 9

Jonathan Carr will be preaching from Isaiah 48. Debbie Knapp will be playing piano.

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.

A Special Kitty Needs Home Press release

Her name is Cranberry and she has been with Sonoma Humane Society for over two years. She is a 14-year-old calico who has some arthritis treated by a daily medication. She was recently in a foster home where she was so unhappy due to other cats in the home that she wasn’t taking her medication and her quality of life deteriorated to the point of potential euthanasia. In a last stitch effort we moved her into the marketing offices which are more like a room in someone’s home. Within an hour of her arrival Cranberry was purring and rubbing her head against all three of us. When foster and adoption departments were called in to observe they said they’ve never seen her like this or heard her purr in the two years she’s been with us. After two weeks she is back on meds and is doing fantastic. However being hidden in here she will not be adopted and she needs a quiet home with no cats. We think Oakmont is a perfect fit for her and she could potentially be with someone who never considered getting a pet again due to the worry of outliving the pet. We would love to see her have some good happy final years!

Kiwanis Club of Oakmont

nJeff Davis


The Governor of the California-NevadaHawaii District of Kiwanis International, Alan D. Guire, recently honored the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont as well as members of the club at the recent Governor’s Brunch for all Kiwanis Clubs in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. The Oakmont Club was awarded a Distinguished Club Award for members’ volunteering in community projects, active involvement with Kiwanis-sponsored clubs in local schools (the Oakmont club sponsors groups at elementary, middle and high schools.) and donations to community organizations that aid children and families. Jay Cobb, President of the Oakmont Club for 2014–2015, accepted the award for the club. Also honored was member and Oakmont resident Barbara Londerville for her commitment to community and club service. Among many activities to which she donates her days is a personal safety program for early elementary school children that centers on avoiding interactions with strangers. This program is now sponsored by county agencies and Barbara conducts classes on a regular schedule at schools around the county. She also mentors preschool children at Luther Burbank Elementary School and helps students in their service club projects at several schools. The Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club was also recognized for their contributions to Kiwanis efforts. Several years ago Oakmont Lanes organized a Wii Bowl-a-thon to raise funds for local schools. Kiwanis was invited to partner with them and the collaboration has resulted in a great event for participants and significant funds for Kenwood and Rincon Valley School District schools. President Terry Leuthner and Kiwanis member Scott Harris representing Oakmont Lanes accepted the award.

Oakmont 95409 Wall Calendars for 2016 Available

A unique wall calendar that features members of 12 different Oakmont clubs and groups is now ready for distribution. The picture theme of this calendar is scenes from famous movies, each scene posed by members of an Oakmont organization. Send your memory back to Blues Brothers or Animal House or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and you’ve got the picture. Twelve organizations worked with the Oakmont Kiwanis Club to produce the calendar with the aim of having fun and to help raise proceeds for vital local services on behalf of children and youth. You’ll enjoy the pictures and the pre-wrapped calendars will make perfect stocking stuffers. Calendars are available at Umpqua Bank, First Community Bank, Oakmont ReMax Realtors and the OVA Office for $14 each or $11 each for three or more. Get them while they last and give them to friends and relatives who will enjoy the shows portrayed and Oakmonters is the scenes.

Oakmont Art Association

nCarol Decker


October will be here before we know it, and with it, our 43rd annual art show. This show, which encompasses a wide variety of media, allows our talented artists to display their work for public enjoyment. Through the raffle prizes and silent auction associated with the show, the Art Association is able to fund scholarships for SRJC graduates. Stay tuned for further details in upcoming issues of the Oakmont News.


The new website features local art news and events, and a gallery where samples of the work of around 30 member artists, photographers and jewelers can be viewed. In addition, you can find a 35-minute video covering our Celebration of Art. Check it out: The new association E-mail newsletter goes out to all members on the first Friday of every month. Back issues of the newsletter can be retrieved on the website as well.


Sketching in Pastels, with the funny and creative Charles Gresalfi will commence on Monday and Wednesday mornings, beginning August 10 from 10:30 a.m.–12 noon for six sessions. The fee is $15 per class, with a discount if the six sessions are paid for in full at the first class. Contact Bonnie Crosse, 282-9076, if you wish to enroll. Myrna Wacknov is scheduled to do a weekend workshop October 17 and 18. The workshop will begin with a half-day of manipulating iPad apps to enhance your drawing, followed by a day and half of layering and producing art from what you have constructed. The fee is $160, and you need an iPad to take this class. Again, call Bonnie if you want to enroll.


Three promising young artists attending the Santa Rosa Junior College, have been awarded $1,000 scholarships to further their studies at four-year colleges. They are Megan Segre, Carlea Warren Rossi and Ryan Patton. Their winning artworks will be on display at the October Art Show. The scholarship program, funded by proceeds from the annual Art Show, dates back to 2006.


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.

Thursday Night Couples Bridge

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.


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SIR 92

nGreg Carpenter

In today’s world, it is a growing concern for everyone to protect themselves against identity theft and to be aware of all the illegal schemes that may come your way, and how to recognize them and avoid them. That is why we have invited one of Santa Rosa’s top police officers to speak to our group on those subjects, at our August meeting. Being prepared

and aware is more than half the battle. Our meetings are on every second Tuesday of the month and are held at the Berger Center. If you are a gentleman looking for good fellowship, interesting discussions and a lot of fun, consider joining us. If you would like to get more information, call me at 539-3686.

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OVA-Sponsored Events nMarsha Zolkower

Food, Wine and Fun for a Good Cause

Oakmont Touches Lives: A Showcase for Local Non-profits SAVE THE DATE: Friday August 21, 5–7:30 pm, Berger Center

OVA is joining forces with Oakmont Kiwanis and the Make a Room in Your Heart team from the Sonoma County YWCA Safe House to host a food, wine and entertainment extravaganza! The evening will showcase non-profit organizations that Oakmonters support with their time, energy and contributions throughout the year. “The stilt walker would like to pour you a glass of chardonnay!” Come have dinner and enjoy food trucks’ and caterers’ finest specialties plus wines from local wineries and craft beers. Special circus-style entertainment—unique and amazing acrobats, jugglers and more —is on tap to surprise and delight diners. “Oakmont Touches Lives” is a chance to enjoy some delicious food, sample different wines and celebrate the ways that Oakmont is involved in making the wider community better. A portion of food and beverage sales will benefit all of the participating non-profit organizations. As an added bonus, Oakmont Kiwanis will be selling their soon-to-be-famous wall calendar Oakmont 95409-2016. This will certainly be much sought after for home decorating and holiday gifts. The calendar

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features members of 12 Oakmont clubs and groups posed as characters in scenes from famous movies. “Calendar girls and boys”—your neighbors—will be here autographing their month. This event also marks the kick off of Make A Room In Your Heart’s A Safe Place for Pets fostering program to support and get involved in fostering the pets of domestic abuse victims. Other local groups, whose Oakmont volunteers support children, animals, the environment and the cultural life of Sonoma County, will be there to tell you about their current and future activities as well. It’s a great opportunity to learn how you can support these worthy groups as a volunteer or in other ways. Scammers use the charity angle to play on people’s wish to help others and this makes it harder to know who to trust. Here is one event where all the groups are vetted, are working in our community and need our help. We invite you to meet some of your favorite organizations and see how we in Oakmont are helping the community, working through local non-profits. Be sure to mark your calendar to celebrate how Oakmont Touches Lives! For more information contact the OVA Office at 539-1611 or oakmonttoucheslives@ This will be a huge food, wine and beer fête, guaranteed to delight and amaze!

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The Heartlight Show: The Best of Neil Diamond

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. Jack Wright is a singer, composer and music arranger who has performed in venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. He comes to the stage with a background in musical theater and classical music, from which he has emerged as an accomplished popular singer and musician. “I had to settle a bet after the performance. Was he lip-synching Neil Diamond? Absolutely not! Jack Wright is the real deal!”—Brian Pennerbaker, Manager of the Rossmoor Event Center

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Oakmont Community Toxic Waste Collection

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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 Oakmont News / August 1, 2015


nBarbara Powell


Summer is upon us and time again for the Walkers’ Annual Picnic which will be held at the Quail Inn on Thursday, August 20, from 12 noon–3 p.m. An AllAmerican Barbecue buffet will be served. The cost is $25 per person. The menu will include cheeseburgers, grilled chicken covered in barbecue sauce, Caesar salad, potato salad, baked beans, seasonal fruit salad, dessert, water and iced tea. (Please indicate on your check if you prefer a veggie burger). A no-host bar will be available. Following lunch there will be a rousing game of BINGO. Guests are welcome. Please make your check out to Oakmont Walkers and mail to Dolores Salidivar, 339 Valley Oaks Dr. by August 15. If any questions, please call Dolores at 539-1416. 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. 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 magnettype. Our club’s website is

Funky Fridays at Sugarloaf PRESS RELEASE nBill Myers

The “Funky Fridays” live music series began in 2013 as a fund-raiser to save Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The park had been closed due to state budget problems and was reopened by a group of non-profits known collectively as Team Sugarloaf. Now beginning its third season, Funky Fridays has become the premier outdoor concert venue in Sonoma County. The sun setting on the craggy palisades behind the stage is a unique backdrop. The series is held at the park in Kenwood every Friday evening from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The Oakmont community’s support of this fundraising event has been superb. Funky Fridays contributed over $30,000 to the park last summer. The remaining schedule is: August 7—The Blues Defenders, August 14—Volker Strifler, August 21— Tommy Thomsen and Wendy Dewitt, August 28— Jami Jamison Band, and September 4—A Case of the Willys! Food and beverages are available at the amphitheater at all concerts. Guests are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy some old-time picnic favorites from the menu while listening to music in the meadows or can bring their own snacks, beverages, or an entire picnic. Organizers suggest bringing a blanket or similar groundcover, since there are no picnic tables in the amphitheater area for people planning to share a picnic with family and friends. There are wood benches in the amphitheater, or visitors may bring chairs or a blanket for lawn seating. The affordable ticket price encourages families to attend the concerts together at just $10 for adults and kids 18 and under free. At the kiosk, the parking fee is $8 and guests will be directed to the parking areas. For further information, photos, video clips, and online tickets, visit FunkyFridays.INFO and

Oakmont HEARS

nJohn Taylor, HEARS Vice President

An Oakmont group to help you hear better

I regret to report that HEARS President Lynn Seng has resigned due to the demands of her many other activities. As our first prez she ably led the group through its first year. • OVA has procured a portable hearing loop. It is being tested for its potential usefulness in our small meeting rooms (the ones with lousy acoustics), so individuals with T-coil equipped hearing aids can get some help in deciphering the proceedings. • New sound equipment has been approved by OVA Board of Directors for the West Rec. Center which has staggered along with an interim low cost sound system. The upgrade will provide substantially improved hearing there. • A new microphone mixer was procured for Berger which now allows the hearing loop to be actuated during those meetings utilizing multiple mikes. • My own recent hearing at both the East Rec. Center and Berger is much improved due to the repaired and new microphones and the better techniques in holding those mikes by the various speakers. I am dismayed to report that the latest Costco Signature 6 hearing aids do not have T coils. They have blue tooth capability and can be controlled by a Smart Phone. However, without T coils a user cannot take advantage of the significant benefits of the hearing loops or avoid the feedback whistle on other telephones. Watch for a HEARS announcement this fall of an interesting program on “Hearing, Health, and Brain Fitness: the Proper Care and Feeding of the Brain.” Are there Oakmont residents who have procured any of the lower cost hearing aids/helpers available from the internet? If so, I would appreciate receiving information about their experience. Please contact me if you have done so.

nKathy Rueve

Creative Writing Class

Summer Vacation

The words take on a different meaning as we age. No longer is summer an extended break from school, more time spent with family and friends. Remember the delicious feeling of languid days with no end? Summertime is a great season to travel, a time to visit unfamiliar climes and locales, to do something out of the ordinary. Here at Oakmont, you might take up bocce ball or share long walks in the cool of the evening. You might play more and work less or simply enjoy the way the light lingers long after eight. Consider all the things you’ve wanted to do and see how many of them you can try. Have you thought about writing your family history to share with your grandkids? Or what about that great story when Uncle Al broke his leg climbing the Matterhorn and had to be transported down the mountain by a St. Bernard who refused to share a drop from the barrel of whiskey tied around its neck? You’ve got stories to tell, we all do. Try writing them down. If you’d like some help in a friendly atmosphere, you can check out our Creative Writing class. We’re here every Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. in the Berger Center, Room D, except for the month of September—that is when we’ll be gone for summer vacation. For more information call me at 829-1682 or E-mail: Hope you’re having a great summer.

Wii Bowling Oakmont Lanes

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 Summer 2015 League schedule. Bowling dates for August: Aug. 4 (Team Championship Tournament), 11 (Fall League starts) and 18. No bowling Aug. 25, fourth Tuesday.


On July 21, we completed the tenth and final week of our Summer League. Results will be in the Aug. 15 article. On August 4 at 1:30 p.m., we will have our Summer League Team Championship Tournament where the top three teams from the 1:30 PM League will play the top three teams from the 3:15 PM League to determine the Summer League Team Champion. After the tournament at 3 p.m. we will have a meeting to give out awards and sign up for the Fall League starting Aug. 11 and ending Nov. 17 with Fall League Team Championship Tournament on Dec. 1. Results will be in the September 1 article.


Oakmont Lanes provided Wii Bowling experience for the grandkids on Tuesday, July 28 at the West Recreation Center, from 1:30–3 p.m. Both grandkids and grandparents had a great time.

RESULTS AS OF July 14 (Week #9 of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Alley Oops; third place, Wii Four; fourth place, Wild Turkeys; fifth place, Strikers; sixth place, Pocket Hits. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 267; Terry Leuthner, 213; Christian van den Berghe, 204. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 259; Robin Schudel, 257; Mariel Green, 246; Vicki Robinson, 228; Florence Palica, 217; Sandy Wald, 213; Germaine Byrne, 205; Elisabeth LaPointe, 204; Mary Knight, 202. High Game Sub: Lorene Ritter, 211; Carole Green, 206. 3:15 PM League: first place, Wii Power; second place, High Rollers; third place tie, Strikes & Spares and Pin Heads; fifth place, Strike Outs; sixth place, King Pins. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 258; Mark Attebery, 244; Scott Harris, 235; Al Bentham, 206. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 279; Maurine Bennett, 277; Judy Lawrence, 266; Carolyn Mack, 255; Helen Herbert, 248; Shirley Jamison, 245; Debbie Miller, 235; Diane Price, 234; Molie Atkinson, 233; Nicole Reed, 225; Pat Stokes, 207; Betsy Smith, 202. High Game Subs: Terry Leuthner, 222. Our website has team schedules to remind team captains when it’s their week to bring cookies and either help setup or tear down equipment. A total of 48 cookies per team seems to be the magic number.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

nSusan Ramsey

Single Boomers Social Club

Single Boomer members enjoyed an old-fashioned 4th of July parade in Kenwood, followed by a picnic and live music at the park. We hope to see more of our members during the months of August and September for the following events: Saturday, August 15: Hard Day’s Night. Join other SBSC members at this exciting Oakmont Boomer event. Friday, August 21: Wendy DeWitt at Funky Friday Saturday, August 22: Barbecue at LaMarca Residence 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. 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.

Best American Short Stories of 2014 Reading Group Invites New Members

Valley of the Moon Rotary Club

nJohn Brodey

Burst Your Bubble

The one thing about living in paradise is that, often, you can’t find a good reason to leave. How many times have you traveled to another state or country only to return home and say to yourself that the Valley of the Moon may be the best place to come home to in the world? Comfort zones are wonderful but staying in touch with what is happening outside our bubble is vital. At the Valley of the Moon Rotary we try to give you glimpse of what lies beyond without lugging around more bags than Diana Ross on tour. The speaker program at our Friday morning breakfasts is designed to expose our members and guests to possibility. We’ve had presentations from remarkable people who have shared their experiences, adventures, international programs and inspiring projects. We’ve had mountain climbers, memory experts, doctors, local officials, wine makers and many more all make the trek to the Quail in on Friday’s at 7:30 a.m. We plan our speakers carefully and always include presentations from those people who manage some of the wonderful projects we support locally and abroad. It makes for an uplifting and stimulating way to start the day. In the weeks to come we will receive a run down on our local marine mammal rescues. Other programs will include a representative from the National Alliance for Mental Health discussing important research. We will learn about Concierge Medicine (we assume that includes room service). There will be recent updates on the Sonoma County Regional Parks, what’s happening with the Grow Local movement and we will be entertained by the folks from the Santa Rosa Summer Repertory Theater. We love to share these programs with our neighbors and guests are always welcome. So think about stopping in for a bit of breakfast and a cup of enlightenment. Just give Membership Director Marie Theilade a call at 5756338 to let us know you’d like to join in the fun.

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.

nMarti Hanna

Lit lovers! Have you hesitated to join a book club because you’d have to put down that good novel you’re reading in order to read “the book club book?” We’ve formed a club for those of us who can find the time to enjoy reading two short stories a month. The stories we read are all featured in the book, Best American Short Stories of 2014, edited by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan. We discuss each story in depth, focusing on point of view, use of language, emotional impact, ambiguity, plot and characterization. Once you register, we’ll send you a detailed discussion guide as well as a list of dates and the stories to be read for those dates. Group size is limited to 25. REQUIRED BOOK: Best American Short Stories of 2014, edited by Jennifer Egan. Cost is $14.95. PLACE: In the Conference Room of the East Rec. Center DATES: The first Wednesday of each month from 4–5:30 p.m. The remainder of this year’s meetings are scheduled on August 5, September 2, October 7 and November 4. CO-FACILITATORS: Oakmonters Susan Neurnberg, Ph.D., English Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh and Marti Hanna, M.A., former secondary school English teacher Prior to the August meeting, please read the Foreword, the Introduction and the stories “Kattekoppen” by Will Mackin and “This is Not a Love Song” by Brendan Mathews. Please also read the contributors’ notes on pages 333 and 334. To register for this reading group, please send an E-mail to me at indicating your interest and include your contact information. If you communicate by telephone only, please contact me at

28 nTina Lewis

The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

Current Events Discussion Group

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

nBarbara Bowman

enable everyone to hear. A $1 donation is requested.


Aug. 7: Jim Duport Aug. 14: Karen Krestensen 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

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


nJackie McDonald

On August 3 and 10, Jane Borr will bring Suspicions, a play written by author N. J. Crisp. Mr. Crisp, known only by his initials, was a prolific British writer of an astounding 81 television shows, plays and novels. Suspicion begins with Bill announcing to his girlfriend, Lucy, that he and his wife, Kate, are separating. Lucy’s husband arrives and is suspicious about Kate’s sudden disappearance when a large empty freezer is found as well as Kate’s abandoned car. Even when Kate returns, refuting the theory of Bill as a murderer, accusations continue and speculations turn into reality. Readers are Jane Borr, Morgan Lambert, Jackie McDonald, Stephen Litzenberger, Joyce O’Connor and Ron White.

Sunday, August 2, 2 pm MR. TURNER

In concert with the Oakmont Art Association, Movies At Oakmont screens this incandescent portrait of famed 19th century painter, J.M.W. Turner. The film spotlights his artistic genius, along with the eccentric and frequently insensitive behavior he exhibited in his private life. Timothy Spall’s masterful performance as Turner is complemented by beautiful cinematography, costume design and musical score, all of which were nominated for Academy Awards. (2014), R, (for sexual scenes), 150 minutes.

Sunday, August 2, 7 pm THE JUDGE

Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Robert Downey, Jr.) returns to his childhood home to defend his father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, who is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family. Vera Farminga and Billy Bob Thornton also star. Fine performances by Downey and Duvall, with Duvall garnering several award nominations, including an Oscar nomination. (2014), R (for language), 141 minutes.

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Sunday, August 9, 2 pm AMAZING GRACE

nPeggy Dombeck

Based on actual events, this historical drama tells the story of William Wilberforce, an 18th century English politician who launched an aggressive campaign to abolish British slavery, despite staunch opposition. A fascinating look at a time—and a man—worth remembering. Inspirational and moving, the film showcases strong performances from an impressive cast, including Albert Finney, Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Gambon. (2006), PG, 111 minutes.

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”—James Dent There is no Garden Club meeting in August.

Sunday, August 9, 7 pm BLACK SEA

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.

Sunday, August 16, 2 pm WILD

• Be vigilant about checking for signs of water stress—especially those plants in containers or hanging baskets. An occasional deep soaking benefits most plants, even those that do not require regular water. Make sure that your garden is wellmulched to conserve water and keep plants moist. • Pick up fallen fruit to discourage fungal growth and pests. • Monitor for spider mites by looking for fine webbing on plants. Minimize the chance of infestation by rinsing dust and dirt off leaves with a spray of water. • Manage yellow jackets by setting out traps. • Prune hydrangeas after blooms fade. • Feed azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons with a balanced fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants. • Feed container plants and citrus. • Harvest vegetables promptly for continued production. • Clip ragged leaves and faded flowers on early blooming perennials. Cut them back now to encourage a fall display. Nepeta, coreopsis, cranesbill geraniums and a variety of salvias bloom well into fall if given a good midsummer grooming.

After a former submarine captain is recruited for a deep-sea mission in search of lost treasure, the vessel’s hard-bitten crew begins to quarrel with one another, leading to dire and perilous consequences. Jude Law received high praise for his gripping performance as the captain in this suspenseful drama. Stunning underwater cinematography enhances the tension in this edge-of-your-seat action and adventure story. (2015), R, (for language), 114 minutes.

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.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, August 2, 2 p.m.: Mr. Turner, (2014), R, 150 minutes. Sunday, August 2, 7 p.m.: The Judge, (2014), R, 141 minutes. Sunday, August 9, 2 p.m.: Amazing Grace, (2006), PG, 111 minutes. Sunday, August 9, 7 p.m.: Black Sea, (2015), R, 114 minutes. Sunday, August 16, 2 p.m.: Wild, (2014), R. 115 minutes. Sunday, August 16, 7 p.m.: Brief Encounter, (1945), NR, 86 minutes.





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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?

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.

#527924. 539-3196.


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.


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.



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.


If you could buy Nuclear, Coal or Solar Power at the same price, which would you buy? Call me and let’s save the environment one home at a time. No cost out of pocket, free consultation, maintenance and warranty. Now is the time, 547-7661,


General Contractor. Residential, commercial remodel and repairs, winterization, complete drywall, tile, cement work. Fences, decks, ADA upgrades. Free estimates. Small jobs OK. Call Frank, 707-396-6901. Lic. #875552.


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.


Dependable, reliable and trustworthy. I have 15 years of experience of Remodeling, kitchens and baths. Reasonable rates. Small jobs OK. Free caregiving and caring for disabled. estimates. Lic. #428073. Call 996-1454. I have worked for several clients in Oakmont Community. Excellent references. Have no fear, Tammy’s help BABE’S TRANSPORTATION is here, to help you in any way you A personal transportation service for airports, cruises and vacations. Call for need. Lic. #57044. Call 529-0996. reservations. Plus Babe is on the road again for local doctor visits, shopping, SEEKING ORGANIST/PIANIST FOR KENWOOD COMMUNITY 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 LOU DEMME PAINTING GARDEN TRIMMING When quality and reliability count, call customers. $45/hr. 293-8011. AND PRUNING on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting Trees, hedges and shrubs done with an Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior D. CEBALLOS HOME REPAIR emphasis upon a natural look. Small SMALL JOB SPECIALIST and exterior painting specialist, jobs OK. Richard Garety, 833-1806. drywall repairs and textures. Licensed Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 years. Focus on small jobs, projects and and insured. Call us for your Free “honey-do” lists. Free estimates, very BRAD CHIARAVALLE Estimate today! 707-833-2890. reasonable rates. Please contact me at DOORS AND WINDOWS or 533-7741. Specializing in doors, screens, Hunter GOLF CARTS! Thank you. Douglas shutters and blinds, finish Huge selection of value-priced, new, carpentry. Supply and installation. Free used and re-conditioned golf carts ERNIE’S ERRANDS estimates. Oakmont references. Lic. for sale. Professional repairs, service. Tired of waiting for buses or rides? Many years servicing our friends in Ernie can use your car to get you to Oakmont. 584-5488. doctor appts., stores, even outings! Saturdays OK. Call Ernie, 478-4979.



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


Looking for part-time Music Director, ideally with organist experience and Christian liturgy familiarity, to lead musical worship on Sunday mornings. Send resume to dormanleadership@

ENERGETIC, COMPASSIONATE, LICENSED CNA CAREGIVER Over 20 years experience. Excellent references. Reasonable. Bonnie, (707) 975-2904.


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


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


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…is owned by the Oakmont Village Association which, through its board, sets editorial policy. The OVA has contracted with CJM Productions to handle typesetting, layout, printing and free distribution of the Oakmont News, the latter by U.S. mail, to each home via 3rd class mail. CJM Productions also handles advertising for the Oakmont News. CJM Productions and the Oakmont Village Association assume no responsibility for the content of any ads that appear in the Oakmont News nor do we endorse or recommend any product or service advertised herein. CA law requires all CA licensed contractors to list their license number in their service advertisements. CA law also requires contractors performing work totaling $500+ (incl. materials & labor) must be licensed by the Contractor State License Board (CSLB) to work in California. For information contact the Contractor’s State License Board at


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

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, 1–5 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 1–15 Barbara Lowell 538-0333 August 16–31 Sonia Moore 539-4119

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.).

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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


(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.


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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

Association Manager Cassie Turner

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

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

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


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

Table Tennis in Oakmont

nKay Kim

Table Tennis is an excellent exercise for the body, hand/eye coordination and special brain activity. We have an active Table Tennis Club in Oakmont Village. Come and join us to enjoy yourself. La Dolce Vita!

From left front, counterclockwise: Richard Russell, Ian Seddon, Tino Molinari and Kay Kim (photo by Bob Starkey)


All skill levels are welcome. We play at the newly innovated West Recreation Center upstairs as per following schedule: Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesdays: 12 noon–2:30 p.m. Thursdays: 3–5:30 p.m. Fridays: 3–5:30 p.m. Sundays: 12 noon–4:30 p.m. For Sunday play, you must bring your own partner. If you have any questions, call me at 539-4111 or call Bob Vogenthaler at 537-3040.

Long Term Care Insurance? If You Are Over 60 It’s Too Expensive. The N.Y. Times reported recently that a Reverse Mortgage can be the next best way to pay for in home health care.

Are you thinking of selling this Summer, or just curious about your home’s value? Please call me for a confidential and complimentary COMPARATIVE MARKET ANALYSIS.

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The proceeds from the Reverse Mortgage can be held in a line of credit until you need it and it can grow over time. Give me a call and see how different strategies make the Reverse Mortgage a secure and flexible financial resource when you need it.


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The Oakmont News / August 1, 2015

CALCBS and Sonoma Overhead Doors have teamed up

to provide Oakmont residents a special opportunity to enclose their carports into the secure garage space they have always wanted.


• We are experts at enclosing all carport housing types: Single Family, Duplex and Triplex. • Protect your car and storage items from weather and theft. • Gain access to your garage space via your car, using the remote access key pad, or through the weather-proofed, keyed door, next to the laundry room.


• Increase the potential property value of your home.

Craig Lawson of CALCBS is an active resident of Oakmont. A licensed General Contractor for over 38 years in the North Bay, you can trust CALCBS to get the job done right!

Contact CALCBS for a FREE ESTIMATE Cal Custom Building serviCes, inC.

“Our enclosed garage is simply great! The work was done in a timely and

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professional manner including answering any questions we had promptly. The workers were respectful of our property and very easy to have around. The operation of the finished doors is flawless. If you need work done on your home, we highly recommend you call CALCBS.

License #783219


—Tony and Patricia Hughes

Century 21 Valley of the Moon Locally Owned—Internationally Known

Peter & Roberta Lommori 539-3200

Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519

in escrow Jolene Cortright 477-6529

9355 Oak Trail Circle

3731 Paxton Place $850,000

363 Pythian Road $415,000

Kay Nelson 538-8777

in escrow Paula Lewis 332-0433

Joey Cuneo 538-1899

305 Greenfield Circle $460,000

270 Dover Court $539,000

112 Mountain Vista Circle

Randy Ruark 322-2482

2826 Bohemian Hwy $432,000

Nancy Shaw 322-2344

sold 1706 Oldfield Way $299,000

70 Oak Island

707• 539 • 3200

Claudine Cuneo 540-2864

Molly Stokeld 583-6997

6580 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa 95409 BRE#01523620

Sue Senk 318-9595

August 1st, 2015 Oakmont News