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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Study Shows a Need For Specialized Space

August 1, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 15

Redwoods Removed From West Rec.

nJackie Reinhardt

Oakmont Fun Dog Show— Saturday, August 6 nMarsha Zolkower

Your favorite community-wide event returns on Saturday, August 6: The Oakmont Fun Dog Show. Look for the mayhem on the Berger Greensward (lawn) and Plaza at 10 a.m., where we will have chairs for you. Entrants and spectators alike will have a fun time watching the silliness. Please enter your pooch in advance, as we know the events will be filled in no time. We have 13 categories for competitors: Best Dressed, Best Trick, Cutest Crossbreed, Best Dog Buddies, Fleece as White as Snow, Prettiest Eyes, Most Radiant Rescue, Smallest, Largest, Owner and Dog Lookalikes, Cutest Puppy (up to 1 yr.), Best Veteran (8 yrs. +) and Longest Tail. See dog show on page 5

Burgers at the Berger: OVA Invites All Residents to a BBQ

The Central Project Committee completed its initial review of Oakmont’s long-term space needs July 18, concluding there are sufficient meeting rooms but clear limits on the availability of other types of space at high demand times during the week. The committee is looking at how existing space is used to help form recommendations on whether the Berger Center should be updated or expanded, as well as future space needs at the Central Activities Center and other facilities. The study spearheaded by Kathy Cirksena looked at indoor space reservations through OVA from January to May of 2016. No data on the number of people using reserved spaces were available. The committee wants the OVA to collect attendance records to determine if the reserved space is appropriate for its use. Another report to be discussed Aug. 1 will cover conclusions from interviews covering use of the library, arts and crafts room and Fitness Center. The most fully-booked location, the downstairs studio at the West Recreation Center, speaks to a need for additional studio-type space as a priority for any changes in facilities, according to the report. Upstairs West Rec. is also heavily reserved.

OVA President’s Statement A statement by OVA President Andie Altman,

read at a June 19 board meeting, is published in full on page 3.

OVA OK’s $298k Cost For Pickleball Courts nAl Haggerty

nStaff Report

OVA is inviting all Oakmonters to a Labor Day Weekend BBQ. There will be burgers at the Berger (and dogs) on Saturday, Sept. 3, 12 noon–2 p.m. It’s a community-wide event with free food, iced tea, lemonade, fun and friends the way to spend the holiday weekend: a BBQ with no fuss or muss. Let Big Boy’s Bar-B-Que do the cooking and shopping for you! Join us for music and laughter, under big shade tents for comfort. Come and make this an annual tradition! Please call the OVA in advance with your number of attendees at 539-1611.

Workers finish removing two redwood trees beside the West Recreation Center the week of July 17. The trees’ roots were damaged as a result of last year’s renovation project. The board approved spending $7,625 to have them removed and replaced with five boxed trees. Bark chips from the redwoods were to be scattered in the area. (Photo by Robert Starkey)

A Tuesday morning tap dancing class makes good use of the West Rec. exercise studio, the most-used Oakmont space. (Photo by Keith Sauer)

“If you need an exercise room with mirrors and a hardwood floor, then you’re out of luck except for the West Rec.,” Cirksena observed.


The data suggest that the existing Berger area should suffice since there is still availability during high demand times. However, Cirksena noted very little additional demand could result in lack of availability. The Berger’s large space is used at least half the time on weekdays. It is almost fully booked in late morning and early afternoon. On weekends it is regularly in use for ongoing events about half the time and reserved for special events most Saturdays. See space needs on page 5 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

The Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors approved a $298,236 project to build the controversial pickleball courts near Berger Center. The vote at a July 19 meeting was 4 in favor and 2 abstentions. Director Ellen Leznik was absent. The revised cost is the result of negotiations initiated by two Oakmont volunteers to reduce a previous bid to bring it in line with the board’s earlier approval to spend up to $300,000 with a 10% contingency. Two previous bids of $484,000 and $433,000 were deemed either excessive or unacceptable by board members present at the June meeting. Directors John Felton, Frank Batchelor, Herm Hermann and President Andie Altman approved the revised cost estimate while Elke Strunka and Gloria Young abstained, saying they needed more time to study the numbers. The board also heard reports on refinancing of the Oakmont Golf Club’s mortgage and on prospects for leasing new office space for OVA.


Batchelor said he was “flabbergasted” at the success in bringing the pickleball project in under $300,000, and said he can see using the process on future projects. Hermann called it “a perfectly legitimate” use of OVA’s capital improvement funds. Altman termed the outcome “phenomenal” and said she is “comfortable” with the cost. In approving the project, the board voted to spend up to $310,000 with a $30,000 contingency. Any changes in the project cost will need additional board approval. The negotiations with one of the contractors, Siri Grading and Paving of Santa Rosa, was conducted by Iris Harrell, a retired general contractor, and Noel See pickleball on page 5


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016


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The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

PG&E Raising High Voltage Lines

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

nStaff Report

nOVA Administration

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

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

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

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

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

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1st Thurs. Monthly 3rd Thurs. (Jan., May, Sept.)

2 PM 2 PM

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

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

Pacific Gas & Electric Co. will be extending the height of two transmission towers in Oakmont over the next two months. The towers are located on the east and west side of Oak Mesa Drive near Overlook Drive and Starry Knoll Court. The Oakmont towers are part of a multi-site project throughout Sonoma County to increase clearance between transmission wires and the ground. PG&E customer service specialist Linda Clifton said the utility company has planned the project to minimize inconvenience to residents and will post “No Parking” signs at least 72 hours in advance of starting the work. Cranes and helicopters may be used to lift pieces of the towers and transport them to secured staging areas. All PG&E personnel will have required photo identification. Clifton said electric service is not expected to be interrupted during construction, but some roads in the county, including some trails, may be temporarily closed for safety. PG&E personnel will be on site to ensure residential traffic and emergency responders have access at all times. The work is scheduled for completion by Sept. 12.


OVA President’s Statement At the July 19 OVA Board meeting, President Andie Altman made the following statement: For quite a while there has been a systematic plan of action to attack as deficient, the Oakmont Board, its committee members, management, insurance agents and legal counsel. It is important that you know our board is extremely competent, as we take our role of governing Oakmont, consistent with its governing documents and applicable laws, very seriously. In order to meet the requirements of such governance the board is diligent in making independent inquiry, asking questions and obtaining and evaluating responses and relying on the advice of experts which includes our excellent management team and superb supporting cast of characters which includes legal counsel and insurance agents. You may not like some of the decisions of the board, but that does not make the board, who made the decisions, incompetent. What it does do, however, is establish a baseline of disagreement between some of the members and the board. There is nothing wrong with members expressing dissatisfaction or dissent of actions taken by the board. That said, however, the attacks and vitriol expressed by some owners exceed the expression of dissatisfaction. The board has taken and continues to take the attacks seriously and we assure you that our actions and efforts are done in order to protect our association. To be clear, directors listen to all comments, ideas and opinions given to them. That said, however, when a false accusation is lobbed at the association which creates the potential for exposure to liability to this corporation, our duty as a board is to address and mitigate such exposure. Going through this process enables the board to make informed decisions by meeting its obligations under the Business Judgment

Rule and allows us to meet our Fiduciary Duties to the corporation. Recently a written message, which contained incorrect statements which led to incorrect conclusions, was posted on the social media site Nextdoor with the following introduction: “The following is of utmost importance to all Oakmonters” and was followed up with an E-mail to the board containing the same false accusations. The posting asserts incorrectly, that the OVA attorney served Cease and Desist letters to “vocal and visible residents asking reasonable questions and expressing concerns to the BOD.” It also asserts threats and intimidation by the Board of Directors. Nothing could be more inaccurate, poorly-stated, and flat-out untruthful. Directors are expected, required actually, to protect this association, and I assure you, as the Association’s President that the two, yes only two, Cease and Desist letters sent last November 2015 were, in fact, written to protect OVA and its members. No additional Cease and Desist letters were written or sent since November 2015. Our highly qualified counsel doesn’t wake up each morning and say “what might I unilaterally do for Oakmont today?” Actions by counsel happen via direction of the Board, either directly or through management, and in this circumstance based on policies of Oakmont and procedures of the board. Both letters were written in a responsive form with the intention of protecting the association. You might want to consider and then question why the two members who received the Cease and Desist letters, (or those that are acting on their behalf), would bring up these two letters, written almost eight months ago, as if they had just been written and why such misstatements as to the number and frequency of such Cease and Desist letters were made. Unfortunately, all signs indicate that such persons have an agenda which does not protect Oakmont and its members. The Board takes this very seriously. We understand business decorum and legal requirements as it

relates to homeowners associations and we will not violate any homeowners’ right to privacy; even those persons whose conduct required a Cease and Desist letter from the board. We believe it is our duty to maintain those owners’ privacy, and we will protect our members by not sharing the information contained in those two Cease and Desist letters from November 2015. Most Oakmont members who pay attention to Oakmont Governance recognize the animosity that has been expressed towards the Board of Directors and Oakmont’s support team. I decided, as Board President, that you needed to hear a response to the recent vicious attacks on this association while we continue our work to protect our association from these attacks. Results alone are not all that matters to this board. How well we accomplish the results is also important to us. Directors do their homework, conduct their due diligence, and do their association work conscientiously, relying on the advice of experts. Part of that reliance is on our manager who has not only the vast experience but also holds the highest certifications in the common interest development industry. All of the board’s decisions notwithstanding, you as an Oakmont member have the final say in how governance works in Oakmont, as you vote directors in, vote them out or do not re-elect them. I recognize this community aches for some peace from the tension that exists, as does the board, staff and as do I; that is in part my focus. This board has made difficult decisions, refusing to pander to one group of members over another, and you can expect us to continue to do so. We appreciate the support we receive from the community and want you to know we want to work together to find good solutions to our challenges. With the wonderful and skilled volunteers and Oakmont staff that we are fortunate to have, we will continue to find legal, ethical, creative and good solutions to issues and opportunities that we have in Oakmont.


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The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

dog show

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We are thrilled to announce that our good neighbor, Oakmont Gardens, will be selling hot dogs and drinks, and then donating all the proceeds to local dog rescue organizations. California Animal Rescue will join us

with their adoptable dogs and Unleashed by Petco will be handing out treats for your pup. As an added kick there will be live music and artists to draw a keepsake of your dog (donations kindly accepted).

2016 Oakmont Fun Dog Show Registration Form

Only one category per pet. Please submit this form to the OVA Office or E-mail Owner’s name__________________________________________________ Telephone_____________________ Dog’s name_____________________________________________ Category______________________________


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Lyons, who has an engineering background and helped develop the plans as co-chair of the board’s now disbanded Ad Hoc Pickleball Committee. Lyons said the negotiations also included a landscape contractor, civil engineer, landscape architect, soils engineer and the city planner and city engineer. The largest single saving of close to $30,000 comes from removing the extra sidewalks and concrete around the drinking fountain, which simplifies storm water drainage requirements. Another $24,000 savings comes from using native soil from the Sugarloaf Winery site on Highway 12 opposite Oakmont Drive for the backfill needed to construct the courts. The original proposal called for hauling the soil from a quarry in Forestville. Lyons said this saving hinged on quick action by the board because OVA has to accept the winery soil by July 30. An additional $9,000 will be saved by not matching the colored “salt finish” concrete at Berger Plaza. Finally, more than $10,000 was shaved off the costs by moving an entrance gate to eliminate 35 feet of sidewalk and removing the drinking fountain. Also, the Pickleball Club will donate the bike rack, trash receptacles and wind screens. Lyons said that while he and Harrell have offered to act as volunteer project coordinators, professional project management will be provided by others.


Debra Kiddoo, president of the Oakmont Golf Club, told the board the OGC has refinanced its mortgage as “the first step in the OGC efforts to sustain long term financial stability.” She said the refinance has retired a very large balloon payment due in five years, reduced the interest rate by several points and greatly improves the club’s monthly cash flow. The next step, she said, will be to establish a capital fund to address deferred maintenance needed to keep the courses up to date. A capital campaign will begin later this year. Reflecting OVA’s interest in a viable and profitable golf course, Batchelor called the OGC’s move to sustain long term financial stability “absolutely fantastic.” Kiddoo also said that in order to attract golfers and revenue, the club has added two maintenance workers to address maintenance priorities on its 200-acre property, including mowing areas adjacent to homes. Responding to a rumor, she said the club has “no plans at all to sell the East Course. The East Course is part of the property secured by the current mortgage and is considered a jewel to the club since it is the only executive course in the immediate area. OVA President Andie Altman said that, with a few details to be worked out, an agreement to lease the Benson building behind Umpqua bank to house the OVA offices should be reached “in the very near future.” The board approved spending up to $25,000 for a “very basic” new maintenance truck. The engine gave out on the old truck, which was sold for $500. A request for recognition of a hot tub club was rejected when directors agreed it would result in micromanaging maintenance of the OVA’s spas.

space needs

Oakmont Village Association Tennis Court Rules OVA Board Approved 2016-07-19 for Publication in Aug. 1 and 15 Oakmont News editions for OVA member written comments by August 31. E-mail: or mail to OVA Office, 6575 Oakmont Dr, Ste. 7, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. 1. The Oakmont Tennis Courts are for the use of all members of Oakmont Village Association.

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It is reserved half the time in the evenings from 5–10 p.m. The generic meeting rooms, including rooms D and G in Berger, are not anywhere near capacity. In lieu of adding more square footage, the report suggested installing multimedia capabilities in at least one meeting room, adding an exterior door and soundproofing. At the Central Activities Center the two card rooms, A and B, are reserved over half the time and frequently up to 100% of the time. The art room is reserved at least half the time on weekday afternoons and gets some weekend use. Any space considerations need to take into account the art room’s specialized use for art and crafts making, the report said. Room B is reserved two-thirds of the time and sometimes more during the week because of “its desirable central location and reasonably functioning multimedia capacity that makes it preferable to other meeting room spaces.”


The East Recreation Center’s main room is reserved at least half the time on weekdays, at least one third of the time in the evenings and half the time on weekends. While not at capacity, the East Rec. is the only space of its size available and any future needs could potentially overwhelm availability in Cirksena’s view. The East Rec. meeting room is booked 35% during the week and hardly at all in the evening or on weekends. The study, which only looked at the current uses of spaces reserved through OVA, is part of Phase 1 of the committee’s work. “You’ve done a phenomenal job,” commented Andie Altman, OVA Board President who attended the meeting. She asked the committee to broaden its focus to gather input from more people about future needs. Also upcoming at the board’s workshop on Aug. 2 will be a discussion involving ZFA Structural Engineers, the firm who will be conducting an evaluation of the Berger’s safety and structural capacity.

2. Proper court shoes are required on the courts at all times. 3. A member may bring maximum for four (4) guests to a tennis facility per day. A member and their guests are entitled to the use of only one court. 4. A sign-up board is available at each facility for daily sign-ups and noting of start times when you take the court. Singles play is limited to one (1) hour if members are waiting to play. Doubles is limited to one and a half (1.5) hours if members are waiting. 5. Please wait for points to complete and do not cross through or walk behind players during matches. 6. Ball machines and other equipment stored in the tennis sheds are for member use only, and only after proper instruction on the operation is provided. 7. Keys to the tennis facilities and tennis sheds may not be loaned to non-members and should remain in the possession of members. 8. The tennis courts may not be reserved for private parties or any activity that has not been approved and scheduled by OVA Management and the Tennis Club Board of Directors. 9. The tennis facilities may be used for scheduled tournaments and inter-club matches with Oakmont member participation. These events will be managed and advertised by the Oakmont Tennis Club. These rules conform to the OVA Guest Policy and Facility Use Policy as of July 19, 2016.

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The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

District Attorney Jill Ravitch at the Berger Center

District Attorney Jill Ravitch spoke on the dangers of senior fraud to a full house public meeting at the Berger Center on July 13. Ravitch’s office has a team dedicated to elder citizen protection. (Photo by John Williston)

Lifelong Learning

nAnne Cobb

Wow, 10 years and counting! There have been over 10, 000 enrollments for the 83 six week-long Sonoma State University/OLLI courses held in Oakmont over the years. Students enjoy no tests, no grades and “Learning, Just for the Joy of It.” Summer is a perfect time to gather together to celebrate with fellow students and some faculty members to reminisce and look toward the future. We invite new, as well as experienced, students to join us on Monday, August 22 at the Quail Inn, from 4–6 p.m. for Oakmont Lifelong Learning’s 10th Anniversary Celebration and to hear guest speaker Gaye LeBaron. Gaye is a renowned local historian, columnist, author, instructor and 2015 Sonoma County Woman of the Year. We are certain to learn some fascinating history

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Make checks payable to OLL. Please leave this form with your check or cash in an envelope at the OVA Office or mail to Wendy James at 462 Starry Knoll Court (538-5426). Deadline for reservations is Friday, August 12.

nNorma Doyle

On August 12 and 19 Kay Hardy will direct Any Wednesday by Muriel Resnik. The play’s release on Broadway in 1964 resulted in rave reviews, a big surprise to Resnik, who, as a first-time playwright was simply praying that it wouldn’t bomb. It was later made into a successful film featuring Jason Robards and Jane Fonda. Resnik also wrote several novels including a mystery novel, The Garden Club. Any Wednesday is about a married business tycoon who visits his kooky mistress in an office-paid-for apartment every Wednesday. Complications and hilarity ensue when an out-of-town manufacturer and the tycoon’s wife mistakenly get sent to the apartment. Readers for Any Wednesday include Honora Clemens, Kay Hardy, Steve Litzenberger, Star Power and Ron White. Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome.

Despite the July 4th holiday a large group of Playreaders met because it is a highlight of every week to read or enjoy listening to plays. A small number who celebrated by wearing red, white and blue gathered for a group picture.

9 surprising ways to use a reverse mortgage Reverse mortgages allow homeowners age 62 or older who own their home outright or who have a small mortgage balance to convert the equity in their primary residence into a liquid, tax-free asset. Borrowers can take their money in a lump sum or as a monthly payment, or set up a line of credit. Interest accrues on borrowed funds. Unused lines of credit continue to grow at the same compounded interest rate as the cost of money. Financial advisers who dismissed reverse mortgages in the past may want to take a second look. Consumer protections have increased and set-up fees have been dramatically reduced. Leading researchers believe reverse mortgages could solve some of the income challenges of retirees who saved too little to finance a retirement that could last decades.



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Using a lump sum from a reverse mortgage to pay off a traditional mortgage balance instantly increases a retiree’s monthly cash flow and reduces portfolio withdrawal needs. “It really improves the odds for retirement success to not carry a mortgage into retirement,” said Wade Pfau, professor of retirement income at The American College of Financial Services.

Proceeds from a reverse mortgage are tax-free. Tapping a reverse mortgage can decrease withdrawals from taxable retirement accounts, reducing income taxes and the amount of Social Security benefits subject to income taxes. For higher-income retirees, taxfree reverse mortgage payments can reduce their modified adjusted gross income that can trigger higher monthly Medicare premiums.



Replace a home equity line of credit

Pay Roth conversion taxes

Unlike a HELOC, a reverse mortgage can never be reduced, frozen or cancelled, and there are no monthly loan repayment requirements. A reverse mortgage is not due until the borrowers sell the home, move out permanently or die. The estate or heirs can never owe more than the house is worth, even if it is less than the amount borrowed.

Sometimes the only thing preventing a retiree from converting a traditional retirement account to a Roth IRA is the amount of income taxes owed on the converted amount. Tax-free proceeds from a reverse mortgage can pay Roth conversion taxes all at once or over several years, reducing future income taxes and possibly reducing future Medicare premiums.



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Buy a new home

“Should your portfolio decline significantly in value, borrow from the line of credit for your needs, then repay the loan when your portfolio recovers,” said John Salter, associate professor of personal financial planning at Texas Tech University. Interest payments are tax-deductible if retirees itemize their deductions on their income tax returns.

A reverse mortgage can be used to purchase a new home. Rather than using all of the proceeds from a home sale, downsizers can use some of the sale profits and take out a reverse mortgage to make up the balance, resulting in a new home without monthly payments and additional cash to add to savings for future needs or to supplement current income.



Fund future long-term care or income needs

A 62-year-old couple with no long-term-care insurance may want to set up a reverse mortgage line of credit. With a home worth $625,000, their initial line of credit at current interest rates would be worth $327,375, according to Tom Dickson, founder of the Financial Experts Network. Left untouched, the equity line would be worth $613,365 in 10 years and $1,149,143 in 20 years, said Mr. Dickson, a co-designer of the reverse mortgage modeling now part of MoneyGuidePro. The couple could tap the loan for future long-term care costs, as long as they remained in their home, or to serve as a deferred annuity if they needed additional income in the future.


Readers for The Gingerbread Lady in July were: (standing) Rebecca Kokemo, Jackie Kokemor, Kay Hardy; (seated) Ron White, Jini Bauer and Dennis Hall.

Pay off an existing mortgage

Create a Social Security bridge

Supplement income with monthly payments from a reverse mortgage either for a set number of years (term) or for as long as you live in your home (tenure). Term payments can provide an income bridge to allow a retiree to delay claiming Social Security until benefits are worth the maximum amount at age 70, said Shelley Giordano, author of “What’s the Deal with Reserve Mortgages?” (People Tested Media, 2015). Story by Mary Beth Franklin, Investment News

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Funky Fridays are Big Draw for Oakmonters nMarty Thompson

Funky Fridays outdoor concerts are drawing big crowds to their new, larger venue at Hood Mansion, off Pythian Road across from Oakmont. “The bands have been great, the crowds have been great,” said Bill Myers, who along with Linda Pavlak are coordinators for the concerts which moved to the Hood Mansion lawn this year after three years in Sugarloaf State Park. Audiences for the first half-dozen concerts ranged from 400 to 500 people. A concert by the Funky Dozen drew just over 500 people on July 1, about the total of

Crowd spills across Hood Mansion lawn. Concerts moved to the Hood Mansion lawn this year after three years in Sugarloaf State Park.

the largest crowd the year before at the former site. “Our largest demographic has been Oakmonters,” Myers said. The concerts attract all ages, he said, noting that Pavlak had set up a kids’ corner that is proving popular. Funky Fridays are billed as “family-friendly.” Concert-goers bring chairs or blankets to set up facing a stage on the large lawn in front of the mansion. The music inspires many people to dance in the area in front of the stage. There is ample parking at four lots on the grounds. The Friday night concerts run through Sept. 2. Many of the bands are familiar from the previous summers at Sugarloaf. Tickets are $10 for adults, children under 18 are free. Tickets are available at the gate, or in advance online at Food, beer and wine are sold at the site, some people picnic with their own food. The concerts benefit the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. Funds raised this year support projects related to Hood Mansion, the park there and other county parks in the Sonoma Valley. “The foundation has been extremely supportive,” Myers said in a telephone interview. The concerts had to find a new home after the state decided to limit crowds in the Sugarloaf amphitheater to 125 people. Myers and Pavlak secured the new site in January and began work to enlist volunteers, erect a stage, get electrical service, lay out the seating area

Funky Dozen with dancers in foreground July 9.

Funky Dozen playing July 9. (Photos by Marty Thompson)

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and arrange for concessions. “The foundation helped get it all done,” Myers said. Volunteers, described as the backbone of Funky Fridays, are needed to help with parking, setup and a total of seven categories. They’re listed on the website, where people can volunteer.

OAS Management Sold to Fremont Firm nStaff Report

OAS Management, which provides bookkeeping and other services to most Oakmont homeowner associations, has been sold, but will continue in its Oakmont office. The new owner, Professional Association Services (PAS), has named Debbie Tittle as director of OAS, which is now a division of PAS, a Fremont firm whose founder and CEO is Susan Hoffman. “We’ll still be here, at the same place,” Tittle said. The change, announced in July, was effective June 30. The sale price was not disclosed. Pat Gooler, who was a partner in OAS with Marie Carr, has retired. Carr is now finance manager for the firm. Other staff are Patty McHugh, community manager, and Peggy Cummins, customer service. OAS Management, formed 25 years ago, in addition Oakmont HOAs, provides services to HOAs elsewhere in Sonoma County. PAS has operated since 1990, and said it has worked with Sonoma County homeowner associations since 2013. PAS said in a statement it expects to be adding online tools and services as the ownership transition progresses.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

Golf News OGC


nChuck Wood


Officially launched via its Grand Opening at the end of June, the Oakmont Golf Club’s Members’ Room is now open to all OGC members and their invited accompanied guests. This lounge area is located in the section of the Quail Inn’s banquet rooms that is nearest to the bar. Look for a sign by the sliding entrance door to that space. If the Members’ Room is available for your use, the sign will say “open.” If not, that space will be in use for some booked event, such as a wedding, private party or meeting. This room can be used by Oakmont Golf Club members for small meetings, playing cards and dice, eating, drinking, talking and watching TV. The Quail’s Nest Grill food and beverage servers will take orders and deliver goodies to the Members’ Room for you. Be sure to sign in when you visit the Members’ Room so that we can track its usage and popularity. This is especially important because of the six-month trial period we have established for this special place. The new furniture was purchased via the Twilighters Social Committee funds. The pieces and their fabrics were approved by Heather Peterson, so that they will be compatible for use in the Quail Inn’s entrance area if needed for a wedding reception or other special event. A win-win accomplishment!

nKathy Faherty

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club TUESDAY

July 5, 7, and 12 were the three days of the OWGS 2016 Club Championship. The overall Gross and Net winners were required to play all three days. Winners in the six flights were determined by taking the best 2 games of the 3. I am pleased to report that the new Tuesday Club Champion is (drum roll here!) Sallie Wood! The Net Champion is Ellie Baciocco (otherwise known as “Miss Ellie”)! Congratulations to Sallie and Ellie and the 29 other players who made it through a winter-like day on July 5, followed by more normal conditions on July 7 and 12. We all enjoyed lunch together in the new clubroom at the Quail following the last round. First flight: low gross, Kathy Mocricky; second low gross, Kris Peters; low net, Joan Seliga; second low net, Willie Hoerr. Second flight: low gross, Mary Rossi; second low gross, Ginny Manos; low net tie, Judy Early and Yoshi Smith. Third flight: low gross, Michele Yturralde; low net, Ro Nicholson. Fourth flight: low gross, Linda Yates; second low gross, MaryAnn Gibbs; third low gross, Carol Sharpe; low net, Charlene Buchold; second low net, Jan Buell. Fifth flight: low gross, Mary Jobson; low net, Carol Locke. Sixth flight: low gross, Jane O’Toole; low net, Tammy Siela.


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

JULY SWEEPS RESULTS JULY 7, 16 Players, Back Nine

First flight: first tie, Elaine Foote and Liisa Karjalainen; third tie, Ruth Levy, Dee Johnson and K. Wittes. Second flight: first, Ada Branstetter; second, Arlene Keenley; third, Norma Person; fourth, Deborah Jaffee. Third flight: first, Cathie Cunningham; second, Audrey Engen; third, Jeanine Haggerty.

JULY 14, 21 players, Front Nine

First flight: first, Linda Yates; second, Elaine Foote; third tie,: Patty Buchholz, Dee Johnson and Barbara Robinson. Second flight: first tie, Ada Branstetter, Arlene Keenley, Elisabeth LaPointe and Deborah Jaffe. Third flight: first, Cathie Cunningham; second, Joan Eiserloh; third, Jeanine Haggerty.

WRENs news by Linda Yates

June 15 five of the Oakmont WRENS ventured to Adam Springs. It turned out to be a wintery summer day with Gale force winds and nothing to stop the wind, so many trees burned down. We were warmly welcomed by the Adam Springs WRENS and their Pro John and enjoyed delicious barbeque hamburgers on their new deck attached to a temporary clubhouse.


July 7 was the third game of the Tuesday Club Championship. July 14 Sallie Wood was Low Gross of the field of 17 players. First flight: first, Mary Rossi; second, Sallie Wood; third, Marie Pierce. Second flight: first, Linda Kilpatrick; second, Michele Yturralde; third, Yoshi Smith. Third flight: first, Nancy DeSousa; second, Laurie Vree; third, Jane O’Toole. Their resilience from the fire last year is most inspiring. Congrats to Debbie Jaffe who won second place. Please check the WRENS Board for the next event.

Coming up

Above are the good folks who conceived the idea of our Members’ Room and then made it happen: standing are (left to right), Andy Frauenhofer and Tom Finnerty; sitting are Barbara Robinson (the Chair of our Club’s Membership Committee) and Frank Giannini (our Social Committee Chair). See you there!

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OWGS Net Champion Ellie Baciocco (right) and Club Champion Sallie Wood.


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Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson


Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

August will be a very busy month for the Seniors with four trips to popular golf clubs in the offing. The first stop will be Windsor Golf Club: http://www. Windsor Golf Club is familiar to almost all of us and is a fun stop in our schedule. This writer loves to try for the hole-in-one on the fourth hole. The hole, in this case, is a large opening in a historic old silo located to the left of the direct line to the green. He has come close several times but had to settle for a satisfying loud “clang” when the shot caromed off the silo wall and dropped down near the green. Windsor is a worthy competitor of Oakmont Golf Club and will be a blast when we tool up 101 on August 2. Contra Costa Country Club is slated for August 8 and is one of the best courses in the East Bay. Almost 90 years old, it has a long history of problem-solving and expansion and has just recently completed an extensive course renovation designed by noted golf architect Robert Trent Jones II. It has evoked rave reviews gaining a five-star rating by Yelp, among others. Visit There are no competition results to report in this column since the only July play day was on July 25, 10 days after the deadline for this issue of the Oakmont News. Look for them in the August 15.


Tuesday, August 2: at Windsor Monday, August 8: at Contra Costa Thursday, August 18: at Moraga Thursday, August 25: at Richmond Wednesday, September 21: at Marin Gary Player on golf: “The harder you work, the luckier you get.”

Attention All Horseshoe Pitchers

If you like to pitch horseshoes, meet some great people, have some fun and get some exercise then this may be the club for you! No experience needed, just a good attitude and a willingness to have a great time and meet some new people. The horseshoe pits are located behind the Central Swimming Pool. Our next meet will be on Thursday, August 4; start times are 9–10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please let me know what times you would like to play and let’s get outside and have some fun in the sun. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666 or E-mail me at

Dinner for 8 nLeslie Evans

Next Event Picnic—Sunday, August 14

If you’re interested in Dinner for 8, please give us a call in order to attend our picnic. Our group is the original Dinner for 8, not affiliated with any other group. We share hospitality and dining together in our homes four nights a year, plus a picnic and a cocktail party. Our events are every other month. We have our cocktail party in February, dinners in April and June, our picnic in August, and then dinners in October and December. When joining the group, members agree to host once during the year and are assigned a month based on their preference. On the first day of the month in which we have a dinner, the hosts receive their guest assignments and schedule their guests on a mutually agreed upon date. Members are rotated each time to give an opportunity to meet everyone. When we have a Dinner for 8 night, the hosts and their guests come together in the hosts’ homes for a delightful evening. Each host determines their menu and generally provides the entrée. Each guest is then asked to participate in the meal by bringing an hors d’oeuvre, salad, or dessert. The wine selection is suggested by the host to complement the meal. On the second Sunday in February, we start the new year by coming together at a cocktail party in a member’s home. The Dinner for 8 picnic is held in a picnic grove in Oakmont on the second Sunday of August. The guests bring hors d’oeuvres to the cocktail party and the picnic. Our Dinner for 8 (a stand-alone group not affiliated with any other organization) was founded in 2002. Based on meeting new people and widening our circle with an emphasis on fine dining, everyone at the table participates. Dinner for 8 membership is open anytime. Please call me at 843-7408 or Jean Whitridge at 538-1258 for further information.

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Summer 2016 League Schedule. Bowling dates for August: Aug. 2 (playoffs Summer League), Aug. 9 (week #1 Fall League plus BBQ), Aug. 16 and 30. No bowling Aug. 23, fourth Tuesday.


On July 26, the grandkids had a great time Wii Bowling at the West Recreation Center. Thanks to everyone who bowled.


On July 19 we had our tenth week of our Summer League which determined the teams qualifying for the play-offs. Aug. 2 we will have our Summer League play-off at 1:30 p.m. where the top three teams from the 1:30 p.m. league play the top three teams from the 3:15 p.m. league to determine the Summer League Team Champion. After the tournament at 3 p.m., we will have a meeting to present awards and sign up for the Fall League starting Aug. 9.

RESULTS AS OF JULY 12 (ninth week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place, Pocket Hits; second place, Wii Four; third place, Alley Oops; fourth place, Wild Turkeys; fifth place, 4 Tops; sixth place, Strikers. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 247; Gordon Freedman, 216; Terry Leuthner, 215; Christian van den Berghe, 212; Charlie Ensley, 209. Women’s High Games: Robin Schudel, 257; Kathryn Miller, 239; Sandy Osheroff, 237; Elisabeth LaPointe, 213; Mary Knight, 211; Peggy Ensley, 210; Sandy Wald, 205; Mariel Green, 200. Subs High Games: Carolyn Mack, 222. 3:15 PM League: first place, Wii Power; second place, Strikes & Spares; third place, High Rollers; fourth place, Strike Outs; fifth place, Pin Heads; sixth place, King Pins. Men’s High Games: Scott Harris, 267; Bruce Price, 245; Juan Fuentes, 207; Mark Attebery, 200. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 279; Maurine Bennett, 247; Valerie Hulsey, 247; Debbie Miller, 245; Vickie Jackanich, 244; Mollie Atkinson, 228; Diane Price, 228; Nicole Reed, 223; Barbara Ford, 209; Shirley Jamison, 205. Subs High Game: Terry Leuthner, 227.

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Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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

Coming up

Monday, August 8: Tangling inside shapes (flowers, trees, hearts, flags, etc.) Monday, August 22: Tangling with grids TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail

Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont nBern Lefson


The August dinner at Wild Oak Saddle Club is on Thursday, August 18 beginning with cocktails at 5 p.m. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. with Chicken Parmesan and Penne Pasta with marinara, seasonal vegetables with a green salad and lemon bars with whipped cream. The cost is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members. The dinner includes cocktails, tax and gratuity. Reservations must be made in advance by Monday, August 15. To make reservations, call Ed Low, 538-7785. The Wild Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive. To keep current on club events check out the website For membership questions call Bonnie at 537-9631.

Lawn Bowling nGreg Goodwin

I feel better. Do you feel better? Many times this column emphasizes the need for seniors to exercise and stay socially connected. There is another very important component that is to be considered for good health. That is diet and how our bodies handle foods in our golden years. Studies indicate that around the age of 65 we may develop allergies to certain foods. The most common foods that can cause symptoms ranging from bloating, headaches up to serious breathing issues are milk, eggs, peanuts, shellfish, fish and wheat. Which leads us to Lawn Bowling? Lawn Bowlers openly share health information while on the green. For example, I’ve developed dizzy spells from eating peanuts. So for my Lawn Bowling friends and Oakmont neighbors, pay attention to your reaction to certain foods and for more health advice stop by the green.

The Series Finale of Greg’s Story

We jumped in my car and sped to Railroad Square. The cafe’s waitress said two women just left moments ago with coffee to watch the initial running of the Smart Train. We ran to the tracks, looked left and then right and spotted Allison just past where the tracks bend by 6th Street. She was standing over what looked like a body lying on the tracks. It was just like the Perils of Pauline only it was Helene! We heard the train’s whistle and rushed to help Helene. Allie chased after Allison. Nowah and I worked at untying Helene while Mike ran head on to the fast approaching train. Mike never moved this fast. He was like an Olympic sprinter as he waved his arms over his head. The engineer blew the trains alarm horn. Then Mike, being the “skip” he is, gave the lawn bowling signal to slow down and “block” or not hit what is in front of you. The engineer, being a lawn bowler, understood and slammed on the emergency brake. It was going to be close as we were having a hard time freeing Helene. The train got closer and closer as Mike continued to display the “block” signal. The train finally stopped two feet from Helene’s body. It was just like the

perfect block shot we all hope to be able to perform when needed. The moral of this saga, written over the past few months, is “follow your skip’s instructions.” The End.


Oh, what fun it was. Several Oakmont residents stopped by on Wednesday morning, June 29 and learned about our sport. Everyone was pleasantly surprised by the warm (not weather) welcome they received. They were most intrigued by the natural bias of the bowls and with just a little practice got the feel of it. The newbies were escorted by friendly, knowledgeable guides, entered a “spider” wine contest and enjoyed refreshments. They all signed up for lessons and soon will be officially bowling in our daily draw. Two of the demo day visitors, Lynda Stuber and John Carlsten, first watched Lawn Bowling during the Senior Games. They came back to get a hands-on feel and said they love it.

John, Lynda and Professor Phil Bowman.


Our Labor Day Picnic is Monday, September 5, at the Polo Field.

August Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

August 27: “Appreciation and Joy Multiply our Good Fortune”

“Appreciation and joy multiply our good fortune. Complaint and negativity erase it. This seemingly small, subtle difference in attitude can make a huge difference in our lives.”—Daisaku Ikeda, Living Buddhism, pg. 6, July 2016 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, August 27 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, August 27, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

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Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

Funky Friday with Tommy Thomsen August 5, 6 PM Hood Mansion

The Ambassador of Americana—from Honky Tonk to Classic Country, Western Swing to Boogie Woogie— with a lot of improvisation. The 1995 Western Swing Hall of Famer sings in a smooth, classic voice, while playing guitar and piano. He is famous for bringing together the best of other Bay Area musicians on steel guitar, fiddle, bass and drums. This music seems a little different from the usual fare at FF, so we thought we should venture over and give it a try. This venue is so close, we don’t need to car-pool. Just drive down Pythian toward St. Francis Winery and follow the signs. Bring your own chair and food if you wish. You may bring in soft drinks only—wine and beer are available for purchase. Meet us on the lawn around 6 p.m. If you need transportation, call me at 595-3401, and I’ll try to arrange it for you. We learned in our recent Solo Aging Seminar that when you live alone and family is far away or nonexistent, it is important to build a strong circle of friends. At Single Boomers, we are building that strong circle. We go to dinner, the theater and parties together. We also work at getting to know each other better at our own mixers right here in Oakmont. When Patti and Kat joined us last month, our membership reached 101. We know there are more singles in our community. Don’t sit home alone. It’s not good for your personality, or your figure! Come join us and add to the circle!

Manning the BBQ on the 4th.

During the last half of July, we picnicked at Sebastiani Winery in Sonoma. Along with the delicious wines, we enjoyed the rhythms and costumes of the Poyntlyss Sistars. On July 28, we had a blast exchanging White Elephant gifts at our mixer at the East Rec. Center. Members, remember to check your E-mail inboxes for special invitations and E-mail Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. If you are single, live in Oakmont, and would like to participate in fun activities, join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA Office. Remember, your age doesn’t matter.

Just For Fun Game Club nPhillip Herzog

SBSC Ladies have more fun!


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By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). Signature:____________________________________________________________________

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We gather to play games of all sorts and have fun. We meet twice a month in the Card Room in the CAC: the second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and the fourth Saturday at 1 p.m. You name it, we’ll play it! Games of all sorts: board games, card games, tile games, dice games, etc., easy games, strategy games, complicated games, luck games… whatever. We have the following games on hand: a poker set, several decks of cards, double 6 and double 12 dominoes, Bananagrams, Uno, Skip-Bo, Phase 10, Sequence, Rack-O, Cribbage, Monopoly, Sonopoly, Parcheesi, Clue, Splendor, Indigo, Settlers of Catan, The Pillars of the Earth, Pictionary and there usually is Rummy Cube and Scrabble. If you have any games that you would like to donate to the club temporarily or permanently, just let me know. Play games that you already know or learn a new game. We have some games on hand, but it is always fun to bring a game with you to expand our variety. Those who are present decide which games to play or gamers can schedule ahead of time for certain games to play. The more the merrier! Our objective is to have fun. For more information E-mail me at stoetz@yahoo. com or call me at 843-3053. If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, then let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust or add another time that works. We hope to see you soon.


nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU—Oakmont Campus

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. We are beginning the speaking series on Psalms. What we find in the language of the Psalms can give us the opportunity for more contact with God, ourselves and others in a deeper and more holistic way.

August 7

Dan Melligan will be speaking, pulling out the truths of Psalm 137. Debbie Knapp will be at the piano and the Bell Ringers Trio from First United Methodist Church will be gracing us with their ring tones.

August 14

Dan Melligan will be speaking from Psalm 74. Lucas Sherman will be playing piano.

Midweek Bible Study

Join Allan Linton in our study of Genesis. No homework required. We’ll read through Scripture, ask questions and apply the truths we discover to our lives. All are welcome any week. WHERE: Oakmont Gardens, Room 106 WHEN: Tuesdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

nDavid Dearden and Kathie Brix

Fall Preview August 31, 3pm, Berger Center Classes Start September 19 Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Winston Churchill By Robert W. Kirk Mondays, Sept. 19 – Oct. 24, 3–5 PM, BERGER CENTER

OLLI favorite and Oakmont resident, Robert W. Kirk, PhD., is back to help us discover the wisdom, life and times of Sir Winston Churchill, named by the BBC as “the greatest Briton of all time.” Come meet this man and the era that shaped him in this sure to be memorable class. Dr. Kirk has long had an interest in British history. He studied British Imperialism as a post-graduate student at Yale University, taught high school for ten years, then at Clearlake College for twenty years before retirement. Well travelled, Dr Kirk is a popular cruise ship lecturer and the author of five non-fiction books.

South American Sojourns: Travels through Tahuantinsuyu By Tyra Benoit Wednesdays, Sept. 21 – Oct. 26, 3–5 PM BERGER CENTER

Let Tyra Benoit take us on a journey into Tahuantinsuyu, “the Land of Four Regions”. Prior to 1500 BCE various civilizations emerged from the Andes to the coasts of Peru and Ecuador, including the Moche, Nazca and Chimor. Who these ancients were and how their civilizations developed and prospered will be covered. How ancients addressed environmental, political, and economic issues can have lessons for modern South America. Let’s slip into the past to learn about our South American neighbors’ future. Tyra Benoit has travelled extensively to many destinations both privately and as a multiple Fulbright Scholar and a National Endowment for the Humanities participant. In 1999 she studied environmental literacy and sustainability in Peru and Ecuador. A recipient of various state and local community college level awards, Ms. Benoit is a passionate, ironic, and amusing lecturer.

Screwball: Hollywood’s Madcap Romantic Comedies by barbara spear Thursdays, Sept. 22 – Nov. 3, 2–5 PM EAST REC. CENTER

(Note: All 6 classes are 1 hour longer than usual; no class on Sept. 28) Screwball comedies began in 1934 with Frank Capra’s IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT and lasted into the 1940’s. Comedies of sexual courtship, wealthy decadence, and family zaniness but with reverse class snobbery: women on equal footing with men, sharp witty dialogue, and love masquerading as hostility. These films provide the most significant and engaging social commentary of their time, and we will examine screwball comedies through a 21-century lens. Barbara Spear is film scholar and historian and coordinates Lifelong Friends of Film, an OLLI-based program, which meets at the Rialto in Sebastopol to view and discuss independent and foreign films. Ms. Spear is a very popular instructor with over a dozen OLLI film class presentations.

Please direct questions about OLLI at SSU — Oakmont courses and activities to Chair, Fradel Been, at (707) 293-3181 or by email at Guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting. Scholarship assistance is available for all OLLI at SSU classes.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

Cafe Mortel nDorrine Conrad

Bocce Club nBarbara Bowman

Cafe Mortel, a group that discusses end of life issues, is taking a summer hiatus and will return on October 5 at 3 p.m. in Room B at Central Activity Center. No meetings will be held in August or September.


A good group of bocce bowlers clad in redwhite-and-blue competed on July 2 in the annual Independence Day Tournament. True to the spirit of the day, more than one was heard to declare, “I have but one life to give to my team,” while vying for the coveted candy bars. Twenty-three bocce players tried their hand at lawn bowling on July 12 as guests of the Lawn Bowling Club. One was good-enough to win the spider contest and a bottle of wine! Also, Bocce and Lawn Bowling Club members alike had opportunities to see how bocce balls roll on grass, with interesting results. A potluck dinner followed and a good time was had by all. Many thanks to the Lawn Bowling Club for hosting a delightful evening. On July 29, 28 grandkids enthusiastically flocked to the bocce courts to learn and play a little bocce. The morning met all their expectations, thanks to President Sherry and the volunteer club members who helped her instruct the budding-bowlers. My, do they have a lot of energy!

More happy winners: Ed Burja, Karen Clark, Jeanne Marcinek and Geoffrey Newton (not pictured, Phil Duda).


The Let the Good Times Roll Derby will be held this year on Saturday, August 6. Be sure to show up by 9:15 a.m. for a spot on a team, and have a Good Time Rolling a red or green next to the palino for—wait for it—your favorite candy bar. August 16 brings us the second Evening Bocce event of the season at 5 p.m. Remember all the good food and fun at the first one in June? Chris and Phil Duda have another one just like it planned. Bring your favorite appetizer and enjoy!

Fritz Spotleson, Jeff Clemence, John Magers and Sherry Magers smile after winning Independence Day Tournament matches and candy (not pictured, George Hasa).

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august, 2016



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






1 2 3 4 5 6 8:45 AM Yoga - Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Yoga - Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge - Practice CR 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 6:45 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR


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


8:45 AM Yoga - Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 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 Yoga - Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 1:00 PM Craft Guild E 2:00 PM Bridge - Practice CR 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 5:30 PM Oakmont Progressives E 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Single Malt Scotch Club B

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Pickle-Begin E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Sleep Apnea G 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 3:00 PM OVA Board Workshop E 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:00 PM Short Story Book Club EC 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Fabrics for All B


9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 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 Cafe Mortel B 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR



8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Pickle-Begin E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon BC 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 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 EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 5:00 PM Lawn Bowling CAC 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Fabrics for All B

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 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 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Volunteer Helpers Ste 6 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Pickle-Begin E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 4:00 PM Bocce West Picnic 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Fabrics for All B

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 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 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Lawn Bowling Board Ste 6 3:45 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Pickle-Begin E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM iPad Sig D 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Computer Learning Ctr. BC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Fabrics for All B

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 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 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 11:00 AM SIR 53 E 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 3:45 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Pickle-Begin E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 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 EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Grandparents’ Club EC 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Fabrics for All B

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 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 Bridge Practice CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 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 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 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 Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Rainbow Women E 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 5:00 PM Model Railroad Display E


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

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:00 AM OVA Fun Dog Show BC Lawn 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Model Railroad Display E 10:30 AM Meditation B 1:00 PM Yoga Workshops @ Oakmnt LW 3:45 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 5:30 PM Social and Dance Club BC


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 3:45 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW

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


9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church 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

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


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



8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Kiwanis Board Meeting E 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pinochle - Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Craft Guild AR 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 5:00 PM Single Boomers E 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

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8:00 AM Lawn Bowling B 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

8:45 AM Yoga - Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 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 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge - Practice CR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:30 PM OTC Annual Meeting E


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:45 AM Balance & Strength E 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Back Pain Seminar BC 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 1:30 PM OakMUG UW 5:00 PM Boomers BC


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR 5:30 PM Social and Dance Club BC

Monthly Event Calendar is 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


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

Hikers nEd Low

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We will stay in The Lodge at the Running Y Ranch Resort, eight miles north of City of Klamath Falls. Oakmont hikers: $99 per night plus tax for room with king-size or two queen-size beds. Suites are $149 per night plus tax. Breakfast is not included in the room rates. For more information, go to oakmonthikingclub. com or E-mail Maurice at


We will walk through this historic area with homes dating from 1872 to the 1940’s, see St. Rose Church and early business districts, all level and about two miles. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Bring water and snack. Hike leader is Donna McCulloch, 539-5730.


This 10-mile 1,300’ elevation gain hike begins at Bear Valley Parking Lot, ascends the Mt. Wittenberg Trail, continues to junction with Sky Trail, treks through forest to Coast Trail, detours to Kelham Beach, then heads south to Bear Valley Trail. Bring pole, water, and lunch. Leave Berger Center at 8:39 a.m. Hike leader is Chris Sork, 843-3155.


A suggested amount is $5/person to help drivers with gas costs on hikes more than 30 miles roundtrip, away from the local area.


This 8.8-mile 750’ elevation hike starts at the Estero trailhead, to Home Bay and along the edge of Drakes Estero before heading inland to Point Reyes National Seashore. Hiking boots and poles are recommended. Bring water and lunch. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724.


Long or intermediate hikes to picnic are available. Hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw and the “fixings,” $5 contribution. Veggie is optional—state so at reservation time! Reservations at dmculloch40@ or 539-5730.


We will walk four miles with minimal elevation gain from the Berger along Channel Drive to the dam on Violetti and around Spring Lake to the picnic area. Arrange a ride back or walk. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Larry Maniscalco, 538-2089.


The hike will leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. and will go up Steve’s S Trail and then over the meadow and thru the woods. Should arrive at the picnic spot about 11:30 a.m. It’s one way. Need a ride back or walk. Hike leader is Lynn Pelletier, 538-3530.

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A 5.5 miles walk with no elevation gain starts from Blackie’s Pasture on Tiburon, to Ark shops, past San Francisco Yacht Club, down Main Street to lunch spot on bay, with spectacular views of Golden Gate, San Francisco and Angel Island. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Bring water and lunch. Hike leaders are Tony and Connie Lachowicz, 888-1430.

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The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) special summer Session — august

Registration: 538-1485


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


WHEN: Saturday, August 20, 1:30 p.m. Social, 2 p.m. Meeting WHERE: West Recreation Center How many of you would like to know more about using your iPAD, like getting and downloading apps, SIRI and all it can do for you? And there is a lot to be learned about E-mail. Maybe you just have a question that has been bothering you? Come and find out more! We look forward to seeing you! Website:


Boomers nSusan Lynn

“Jerry Garcia* and the Grateful Dead did as much for mankind as any president.”—Grace Slick *Jerry Garcia would have been 74 years old today. He was born on August 1, 1942. Our August event gives new meaning to the phrase “Hot August Night,” so you want to be there when Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers hit the stage. Known as “Marin County’s Mighty Nine-Piece Rock ‘n’ Soul Revue,” the band brings a level of entertainment and musicality that is sure to please.

and entertainment. Sign up early for this one, because it is sure to sell out. Some of your favorite food trucks will be there providing delicious comestibles; hamburgers and more from Bunslinger, sushi a la Sushi Wraps, and Mexican food from El Coyote. We hope you will patronize the food trucks. Just bring your favorite beverages. WHEN: August 20, 5–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: $20 per member/guest BRING: BYOB and cash for the food trucks Even though we are only half-way through the year, you Boomer Board is already hard at working planning events for 2017. We have a lot of great ideas for new bands and new themes, but if you have any suggestions to contribute, please let us know. You can post them online in the Discussion Forum on our website (

Coming up: Pizza Palooza—The Next Generation on September 8

This is the first of two completely over-the-top bands we’ve got set for the second half of our year (the other is in October). We feel certain both bands will set a new standard for Oakmont rock musicianship

Join us for our next free, members-only social. Enjoy pizza from a local restaurant and dance to a custom-made playlist consisting of tunes chosen for maximum dancing pleasure. It’s a perfect storm of free food, great music, and good friends. As always, BYOB. More details to follow.


Cost is $20 per member and non-member guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member The two options you have to register for seating for this event are:

1. Reserved table for eight. Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $160. The names of all the people sitting at the table must be listed. Party name: ________________________________________ Individual names: __________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed: _________________

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


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649, Certified Apple Consultant. A free service to our membership: send your Mac questions by E-mail to: OakMUGTechHelp@gmail. com. An OakMUG member, knowledgeable of Apple products, will either answer you’re your question or will recommend someone who can.

ipad sig

There will be no iPAD SIG meeting in August.

Windows Computer Information nPhil Kenny

Having Windows problems with virus infections, computer running slowly, no internet connection, or other issues? Do you have simple questions on Android tablets? As members of the former Oakmont PC Users Group, we are continuing to offer our free help to all Oakmont residents. Call Phil Kenny, 538-2075, or Al Medeiros, 843-4447. Although the Oakmont PC Users Group has closed its doors, its Web Master continues to update and maintain its online presence ( This site will remain active through February 2017.”

Domino Club

2. Unreserved seating at several non-reserved tables. Full payment must accompany registration.

nMarilyn Carrel

Name(s): ______________________________________________________________________________________

You probably played dominoes as a child, but now you’re invited to play the grown-up version that involves more skill. Come join the congenial group that play in the Card Room of the CAC Center every Thursday from 9:45 a.m. till your foursome finishes around 1:30–2 p.m. And yes, we do stop for a brown bag lunch. Stay stimulated and sharp while meeting more Oakmonters, and at the same time having fun. Call Bob or Marilyn at 843-4548 if you have any questions.

Amount enclosed: _________________

The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m., Monday, August 15.



The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

Tai Chi for Beginners nTeresa Woodrum

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

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself, fostering connections with friends, and inviting loved ones closer. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. Equipment: Nonskid 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. Class cancelled on June 10. Thank you for your generous contributions to Oakmont Community foundation, supporting the health of our community through physical education. The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All free fitness classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, 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. Be careful dear ones.

nDr. Katy Ha, Faculty at Sonoma State University

Come and try our Tai Chi workshop for beginners at Oakmont. We have been going steadily for almost 30 years. If you have balance issues, stress-related anxieties and stiffness, Tai Chi may be a place to address those new challenges. Thirty million Chinese practice this ancient movement art in the far east on a daily basis. Won’t you join the fun? We meet in the Upper West Rec. Center on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. The workshop consists of five introductory classes for a tuition of $75. We play soft music in the background to enhance relaxation and the class is small and fun. Pre-registration is required so call me at 318-5284 to let me know you are coming. You will be most welcomed.

Saturday Morning Meditation Please join us for Saturday morning meditation. We are a group of 20–25 meditators and have been meeting at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday since 2005. After a brief talk, there is a 40-minute period of silent meditation. We sit in a circle in comfortable chairs, although anyone wishing to sit on a floor cushion is welcome to do so. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barbara Kanowick at or 539-2733. WHEN: Every Saturday morning promptly at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Central Activities Center, Room B.


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

r Fitness e t a W nCathy Rapp

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Summer is here! Keep fit with aerobics, strength and balance classes. You can join at any time! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us! The Aerobic Class format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Balance and Strength class offers.


Water aerobics participants—past and present— mark your calendars. The annual picnic meet and greet is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 at noon at the West Rec. picnic area. Don’t worry if you don’t have a potluck dish—there’s always plenty to go around. BYO beverage. See your friends fully dressed! To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

SUMMER water aerobics schedule west pool

Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return. **Free Classes through SRJC: Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Friday: 9:45 a.m.—Instructor Julie **Note: the free SRJC classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee)

Women’s Meditation Circle nHalima JoAnn Haymaker

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”—The Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Please join the Women’s Meditation Circle to find light and love in your heart in this time of confusion and pain in the world. We meet on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 11 a.m. at my home, 147 White Oak Drive. All are welcome. It is helpful if you let me know that you plan to attend: or 537-1275.

Fitness Club nnJohn Phillips


In the past few articles I’ve spent much time on the upper body, so I thought I would switch gears and write about the lower body, specifically the squat. The squat is a great multi-jointed exercise that works the Quadriceps, the Hamstrings, the Gluteus, and the calves, not to mention the core and various supporting muscles depending on which squat exercise you perform. The easiest way to explain how to perform a proper squat is to basically pretend that you’re sitting down into a chair. You want your feet at or just beyond shoulder width apart. Stand up straight with your core tight. Slowly bend at the hip moving the gluteus back, straight spine and head and chest held up. At the same time bend at the knee making sure the knees stay in alignment with the feet. Do not allow the knees to move in towards the center, if this happens we have techniques to train your body to keep the knees in alignment. Slowly lower the body down as if you where a spring, lower yourself as low as you can, if possible to where the thigh bone is parallel to the floor, especially for the more mature adult. Younger athletic types may perform a deep squat where the hips actually move below the knees. This can be very hard on the knees as we grow older and especially if we are just beginning to perform squats. Another good way to prepare for squats, especially if you haven’t worked out before, is to do stand ups from a chair without using the arms to push yourself up. This will get the idea of the chair sitting behind you when you go to perform a weighted squat without the chair. Like most exercises, there is a myth about squats that even personal trainers spread unless they really think about the exercise, and that myth is that our knees should not go over your toes. If you can see your reflection from the side and have a friend that can hold a pole at your side, slowly perform your squat. As you squat your body should move to equal sides of the pole. In other words your head and shoulders should be the same distance from the pole as your gluteus, your knees should be the same distance from the pole as your gluteus, and the pole should go directly through your feet or arch. Now, if you have a long thigh bone then the knees need to go slightly over the toes to balance the body. If you have any questions regarding this or anything else, feel free in contacting me at 494-9086 or E-mail at Note that is about a workout question, or come by the Fitness Center. I hope to see you all there.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

Lap Swim Club nNancy Crosby

Good to the Last Lap!

When do you swim? Are you part of the dawn patrol, later morning, afternoon “sunner,” happy hour crew, evening cool down, or whatever suits you on a particular day (one of the many perks of being retired)? Do you ever get there and think, “Why did everyone else decide now is a good time to swim?” It doesn’t happen often, but don’t give up if the pool seems full. There is really enough space at the East to accommodate up to about ten swimmers. See the sign posted on the bulletin board for suggested use of lanes when the numbers increase, and of course, ask to share or just wait a few minutes and someone will be done. Something else that seems to come up during these times is gear placed at the end of the lane. When the pool is full, lanes are available on a first-come, firstserved basis. Swimmers cannot expect to reserve a lane by leaving their gear to save a spot while they go to the locker room. To help everyone out, please bring your equipment with you as you enter the pool and remove it as soon as you finish so there is no confusion and all lanes are accessible.

Flip Turn News

If you enjoy using the Oakmont pools and want a voice and news regarding pool issues, please send your name and E-mail to You will be sent an E-mail inviting you to join the club, gaining access to the website. We are very loosely organized— no dues or meetings, just a website connection and friendly swimmers!

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance—New Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Feel Better in Your Body

WHEN: Thursdays 10:30–11:30 a.m. First class is August 4 WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Stretch out stiffness and breathe in vitality. Strengthen your core, even while seated! This class will focus on breath work and alignment combined with gentle stretching. Students can remain seated for the class or get out of the chair for standing balance work by the chair. Small free weights will be used to strengthen and tone the upper body. Equipment: Bring a set of free weights—your choice of one, two or more pounds—the weight you want to work with. Please bring water to class.

Forrest yoga workshop celebrate your practice

Chest openers and gentle backbends. Enjoy a fun and uplifting practice to move our tightness and increase mobility. (Workshop flyer is posted at www. WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 1–2:30 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center, Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by E-mail at

Sleep Apnea

American Mah Jongg Club

nBob Flandermeyer

This group meets to discuss topics regarding breathing issues. Key to treatment often involves medical equipment commonly called CPAP devices. Please bring your questions and possibly the equipment you use. We meet the first Tuesday of every other month— Aug., Oct., Dec., Feb., Apr., June, at 1 p.m. in Berger Room G. Call 538-5277 for information.

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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


August 5: Ellen Butterman August 12: Jim Duport 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

ongoing Forrest Yoga Classes

WHEN: Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series Explore the journey within. Enjoy the benefits of a mindful yoga practice. Take great care of yourself and commit to your yoga practice. Feed your body deep calming breaths. Experience challenging core work. Let your neck relax and ease your back. Feel centered and stronger on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Join the class, find your inner smile and connect with others in a safe and supportive setting Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I also teach Chair classes and Stretch and Balance classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.

nMarie Haverson

Oakmont Democratic Club Annual Dinner nArthur Shostak

Save the date September 9

The Oakmont Democratic Club (ODC) invites you to attend our Annual Potluck Dinner on Friday, September 9, from 6–9 p.m. at the Berger Center. Our Guest Speaker will be Susan Gorin, 1st District Supervisor, a very popular elected representative and Oakmont resident. Ms. Gorin will share her vision for the Valley of the Moon, talk about the state of Sonoma County, and will also comment on state and federal election contests. Ample time will be reserved for Q&A. We look forward to a fine mix of political information, personal fellowship, and an upbeat toast to Hillary Clinton, the next president of the United States. Please RSVP by calling Jane Rinaldi at 843-7551. She will help you choose a category of food to bring along (appetizer, entrée, veggie, dessert, etc.). Ours is a BYOB event, so please also bring beer, wine, pop, or whatever, while ODC will provide coffee, tea and water. Also, please bring $5 to pay our annual ODC dues.


If you want to meet some new friends and have a great time while doing so, then the American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! We meet at the East Rec. Center every first and third Monday of the month. Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on August 15. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. Sorry, we only have openings for experienced players or teams at this time! We will see you August 15.

SIR Branch #92 nDr. Jim Knapp, Little SIR

August 9 Speaker

The Hood Mountain Branch 92 of Sons In Retirement is proud to announce our speaker for the August meeting. Alec Peters, editor of the Kenwood Press, will bring us up to date on the matters of interest to local residents, such the state of the changes along Hwy. 12. As the editor of an important local newspaper, Alec is close to the sources of news about the issues that affect us all. SIR is a retired gentleman’s club that meets regularly on the second Tuesday of the month at the Berger Center. We begin with a social hour at about 11:15 a.m., followed by luncheon and an invariably interesting speaker. For more info please contact me at (415) 336-8844.



The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

Oakmont Men’s Group nGordon Freedman, Facilitator

The group’s goal is to help men going through their senior years with or without current problems of health, loss of mate, and other changes and challenges in our lives in our senior years. If you are lacking a forum to discuss men’s issues with other men in a safe and confidential place we have an opening for one man at this time. We meet twice a month for two hours to help and support our members of our group that would like to share their issues and receive feedback. There are no attendance requirements, dues or fees. Our group is non-religious and non-political. The Oakmont Men’s Group began in September 2011 as a support group for men in Oakmont. The group is open to all men in Oakmont, married, single, straight or gay. I have had ten years of experience with the Marin Suicide Hot Line, as well as three years as a facilitator with the Center of Attitudinal Healing in Sausalito working with health issues for the individual or spouse/partner. If interested, please contact me at 538-7025 or E-mail at to discuss your joining our group.

Oakmont Progressives nVince Taylor

The next meeting of the Oakmont Progressives will be Monday, August 8 at the East Recreation Center and will feature a “Salad Soiree” potluck in honor of the summer’s bounty. Attendees are asked to bring any salad of their choice, along with a label listing the ingredients in case of food allergies. This will be an evening of socializing and entertainment, a break from the election season hoopla that has consumed our attention. Entertainment will be provided by Oakmont’s own Playreaders, who will do a 40-minute reading from the play Driving Miss Daisy. First released in 1987, this play is a timeless, searing, funny, and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between two of popular culture’s most enduring characters. This is an iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship. Following the reading we will enjoy a dessert of peach cobbler and ice cream. We will gather at East Recreation Center starting at 5:30 p.m. with the potluck at 6 p.m. Please bring your own table setting/silverware as we are trying to avoid paper and plastic waste. Also, BYOB. All Oakmont residents and their guests are welcome to attend. To help us prepare and to have a name tag, please RSVP at Any questions, contact me at 583-9490.

The Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We also support other candidates for office who share a similar vision. Our meetings are a great way to meet other Oakmonters who share a progressive perspective on domestic politics and world affairs.

Let’s Dance—Together! nTerry Whitten

WHAT: Beginning Jitterbug Swing classes WHEN: Review class—Saturday, August 6, 3:45–5 p.m.; New Material—Wednesdays, August 17 and 24, 3:45–5 p.m. (requires knowledge of basic Jitterbug Swing steps—see below) WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $9 pp for single class, $7 pp for two or more classes purchased in advance Continue the fun we started in July with partner dance classes! Additional Beginning Jitterbug Swing classes will continue in August. The class on Saturday, Aug 6 will be a review of what was taught in the July classes (Basic Step, Outside and Inside Underarm Turns for Follower, Leader’s Underarm Turn, Heel Rocks, Cradle). The classes on Wednesdays, August 17 and 24 will teach new material building on the steps taught in July and August 6 Review class. Jitterbug Swing (also called Single Time Swing) is an upbeat, fun and versatile dance that can be danced to many types of music ranging from Big Band music to Rock ‘n Roll to fast Foxtrot music as well as contemporary tunes. No partners required. We will rotate partners during the class. A different partner dance will be taught in September. We will eventually have classes in Foxtrot, Waltz, Nightclub 2-Step, Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango and others. Aside from being fun and a great way to get exercise, a number of studies have shown that dancing on a regular basis may reduce the possibility of cognitive decline and may actually increase mental acuity. If you were unable to take the July classes and would like to attend the Review class on Saturday, August 6, please contact me first. You can E-mail me (Terry Whitten) at or call me at 539-6265 (home) or (415) 265-7590 (cell). I hope to see you on the dance floor!

Model Railroad Exhibit

nPeter Barnes

The annual visit of the local model railroad display is set for Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7 at the East Recreation Center. Again this year the Santa Rosa HO scale modular model railroad club “Coastal Valley Lines” will display their delightful modules and operate their trains at the East Rec. Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. As usual there is no admission charge. The display is open to the general public, so invite both your Oakmont and nonOakmont friends and relatives. Children of all ages are especially welcomed by the club.

Valley of the Moon Rotary Club nJohn Brodey


One of the most fascinating breakfast meeting presentations we’ve ever had here at the VOM Rotary was delivered by former Santa Rosa Mayor Scott Bartley. Fortunately, it had nothing to do with politics but everything to do with Scott’s life in the private sector. A Santa Rosa native and former city councilman, Scott is more famous for his career as an architect. If you’ve visited the St. Francis winery, you have experienced a Bartley creation. His topic was the architecture of the San Francisco World Fair of 1915, the subject of his architectural thesis. Over the years he has added to the original paper. Former Santa Rosa His presentation was councilman and mayor Scott accompanied by slides Bartley addressed the club covering everything from regarding the San Francisco World Fair of 1915, which the original layout for proved to be a fascinating the fair to the very first history lesson for our color photographs of the members. structures themselves. A precursor of modern photography these pictures were the result of using layers of glass representing different colors to enhance the photographed image. The results were magical. Since all the building surfaces were made of plaster, great care was put into the colors and textures. The story begins with the city’s effort in 1904 to host the World’s Fair of 1915. Everyone knows what happened here in 1906. At that point the biggest city west of the Mississippi had to resurrect itself from the devastation of the earthquake. They had to do this before they could be a serious candidate for hosting. The majority of reconstruction was completed in only two years, an amazing accomplishment all by itself. Along with being chosen came the task of building a city within a city. The World’s Fairs of this era were the first truly global events and this would prove to be the granddaddy of them all. The project covered 635 acres from the marina to the Embarcadero. Extensive dredging was needed to turn marshland into usable ground. A host of architects were invited to design the 10 palaces and pavilions resulting in 2 million square feet of blueprints. The structures were only intended to last for the nine months of the Fair and so they had no foundations and were framed using only wood timbers. A simply astounding task when one considers that one of the pavilions was over a 1,000-feet-long and 14 stories high. In fact, a Wright Brothers-era plane actually took off inside the building, rose 25 feet before landing at the other end. The palaces were spectacular and modeled on various architectural themes including historical landmarks from around the world. The project was an epic success. Despite costing $1.4 billion in today’s dollars, it hosted 18 million visitors. It closed in December of that year and was torn down. The only remaining structure is the Palace of Fine Arts which was carefully reconstructed using concrete to insure its’ longevity. Some statues and fixtures were donated to cities and towns around the state. It remains a feat that will never be duplicated. Check out the photos at: article/61495/12-photos-1915-san-francisco-worldsfair-than-and-now. Thank you Scott for a remarkable history lesson.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

Qigong nJanet Seaforth, Instructor

The practice of Qigong is a commitment to respect and honor your body by movement on a regular basis. It’s a personal practice hat you give to yourself to release the toxins in your body and help bring life giving energy or “qi,” pronounced “chee,” into your body, mind and spirit. The body needs movement for good health. The ancient Chinese healers realized this and designed a program to optimize the life breath energy in the body. If you don’t move you get sluggish and stiff. If you move too much you can strain and hurt yourself. We learn to relax in a standing meditative position and center the body. After the posture is established, the mind rests in the breath. We feel into the quality of breathing, the inhale and exhale of the life breath energy exchange, bringing nutrients and oxygen to every cell. We allow the breath to fill the body. Every breath helps center our mind, body, and spirit. We bring our minds loving attention into our bodies and release any tension. We breathe into the tight, sore, painful places with loving kindness and we make space for change.

ReStyle Marketplace Truck at Star of the Valley nSharon A. Charlton, Star of the Valley Catholic Church

Help support the works of Catholic Charities in challenging poverty, counseling immigrants, and caring for seniors by donating your gently-used items. ReStyle Marketplace’s donation truck will be in the Star of the Valley parking lot, 495 White Oak Drive, on Saturday, August 6, from noon to 4 p.m. to accept donations of high-end/vintage furniture, jewelry, clothing, accessories, housewares, pottery, garden statuaries, art, rugs, tools, hardware, craft and office supplies. Call Paula at ReStyle Marketplace with any questions, (707) 284-1700.

Oakmont Art Association nCarol Decker


The Annual Oakmont Art Association Show will be held on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, with set-up on July 13. Entry packets are being sent out on August 1 by E-mail to those who have computers, and snail mail to the rest of the membership. Information and registration forms will also be available in the Art Association file in the OVA Office. If you are interested in showing your art at this event and are not currently a member, now is a good time to join!


We move our body to nourish it with Range of Motion, flexibility is increased, and slowly the tendons, ligaments, and sinews of the body are strengthened. The movements help the heart to push the blood flow to every cell. The movements help take out the waste products and toxins. The gentle, circular, spiral movements of Qigong massage the organs. One of the greatest benefits of Qigong is moving the body in slow, repetitive, circular motion; the neurotransmitters and the nerve cells release calming chemicals that make us happier and give us a sense of well being. The immune system is also strengthened by moving the lymph and fascia. All systems of the body are supported and enhanced by the gentle movements of Qigong. Classes are Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the West Rec. Center. The cost is $40 monthly dues or $15 drop-in session. DVD is available for your home use for $20. This is a treatment that you learn to give yourself. I have over 35 years of experience. No equipment or mats are needed. Wear comfortable clothes. Everyone is welcome.

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Charlie Gresalfi, Vic Morelli and Susan Berg will be sketching dogs at the OVA Fun Dog Show, 10 a.m., Saturday, August 6 on the lawn at the Berger Center. Contact Marsha Zolkower at the OVA Office if you want to enter your dog in the show. Sketches will be free, but you can always give the artist a donation! Hot dogs, the food kind, are being provided by the Oakmont Gardens.


Plein Air Group: An informal group has been meeting on Tuesdays to paint at locations around Oakmont. No instruction is provided but experienced artists are willing to share tips. If interested in joining the group, contact Phil Wilkinson at or 529-4587. Mary Baum’s Painting Group: Mary’s painting group is suspended until October 10. New members will be welcomed. Please let Mary Baum know if you are interested:

Ferenc Besze Watercolor Workshop

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18 WHERE: CRC Art Room TIME: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with an hour-break for lunch COST: $150 per student DEMO: Friday evening, Sept. 16, 6:30–8:30 p.m., East Rec. Center, admission $5 for OAA members, $7 for non-members (tentative) Noted watercolorist Ferenc Besze was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. His love for art surfaced early in his childhood and it continues to this day. As a passionate artist with a free-flowing spontaneous style, he is able to bring out the beautiful characteristics of watercolor. Ferenc’s work can be explored at his website: Those interested in attending this special weekend workshop should contact Dan Fishman at dfishman@

Partners Contract Bridge nJeff Hickman

The Partners Contract Bridge group plays in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center on the first and third Mondays of every month. For August this means we will be playing on August 1 and 15. Play begins by 6:45 p.m. and wraps up by 9 p.m. You keep the same partner throughout the evening and play three different opponent pairs. If you wish to play, please call Helen Hargrave at 539-5511 or me at 282-9350, or E-mail me at jeff@ (yes—.cc). If you enjoy bridge but haven’t played with us before, call! We are always happy to meet new people who enjoy bridge. We ask you to call in advance, rather than just show up, so that we can be certain that we have full tables and everyone can play. Even if you are a regular player but you did not attend the previous session, please call one of us so we can keep track of the number of players. It is always a bit of a struggle to ensure that we have full tables for the evening, so when in doubt, please call. While we can best accommodate pairs, we will try to find you a partner if time allows but cannot guarantee that we will be successful. See you at the bridge table.

Ladies Canasta Club nJoan Johnson

Remember years ago when you played Canasta? Why not do it again? Our club here in Oakmont would welcome new members who enjoy cards and friendship. Come join us on Monday at 11:45 a.m. in the Central Activities Center and be instructed in the Oakmont version of the fame. We are a very relaxed group and welcome new members to come and join us. Hope to see you soon! For more information, call Joan at 539-2806 or Rose at 538-3873.

Oakmont Social and Dance Club nDonna Kaiser

Please join us at our little grass shack in paradise. This is just a short reminder about our August 6 “Tiny Bubbles in Paradise” dance and social time. Oakmont Market will provide the dinner and the music will be by Showcase The Band. Come in Hawaiian attire and enter our costume contest for the most authentic, the most touristy, the most outrageous, and the most beautiful Hawaiian attire. Prizes, prizes! Aloha!

Free donation pick-up! Call 485-8056.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

Pickleball Corner nRay and Marie Haverson

The One And Only Mickey Gilley’s Live Show As Seen In Branson Missouri

Yes, it is the real Mickey Gilley, all the way from Pasadena, Texas coming to Oakmont to perform his legendary show that he performs in his theater in Branson, Missouri. His normal prices for tickets are $145–$220. You can see his legendary show for a mere $60 per ticket. I have negotiated the best price possible for this show. It is not cheap to have him here but well worth the price. Mickey has had 68 number one records—58 went gold and he is in the Music Hall of Fame. Wow what a treat to have him come here for a private show in Oakmont. You will not want to miss this show! You need to get your reservations in fast. This will be a theater-type seating show. No seats will be held without full payment. Any questions please feel free to call me at 5396666, or Email me at I know this is a long way in the future, however, I must send him a very large deposit so I need reservations now. WHAT: The Live Mickey Gilley Show WHERE: Berger Center WHEN: Wednesday, September 28 TIME: 7 p.m. COST: $60 per person (need not be a member to attend) Yes you may bring your own drinks! Lemon water, coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.

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nReenie Lucker

Summer Pickleball Party A Smashing Success!

Laughing pickleballers have done it again! A rollicking summer party has proven that pickleballers are prone to fun and laughter both on and off the courts. On July 13 the East Rec. Center filled with the sounds of happy party-goers dressed to the theme “Bluegrass and Trailer Trash.” Club members and their guests enjoyed party fun, great food, revelry, and music. Included in the night’s entertainment were audience participation games, service recognition awards of dubious value, and a revealing, eye-brow raising “trailer trash” skit starring Tom Kendrick, Diane Naylor and Noel Lyons. The evening concluded on a high note with an outstanding musical performance by Iris Harrell’s band “More Joy.” The packed house, which had grown through the evening to include additional friends and music lovers, gave a standing ovation for a lively and thoroughly enjoyable performance.

Thanks to the many volunteers who made the evening so special: Melissa Bowers (Social Chairperson), Ann Benson, Peter Copen, Anita Easland, Lew Gross, Iris Harrell, Bruce Hulick, Brenda and Martin Johns, Tom and Debbie Kendrick, Joan Kielhofer, Jacky Kinney, Ron Leve, Eric and Gail Lutz, Noel Lyons, Eva McGinn, Connie and Al Medeiros, Diane Naylor, Judy Salmina and Helen Wood. Also many thanks for the culinary efforts of all the members who brought such delicious food. Melissa Bowers, Social Chair, announced that future pickleball parties will be held in the Berger Center due to the need to accommodate more participants. The party was sold out and many people had to be wait-listed. Those people who did get to attend agreed that it was as much fun as a good pickleball game. A winning pickleball game! With food, drink, and amazing music. A smash hit! Let’s do it all again.

Pickleball Tip

Move forward to the kitchen line as soon as you can.

Pickleball Play Information

Partygoer Kathy Elmer, in good form both on and off the courts.

Anita Easland receives an award for her dedication and service to the club.

WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily; quiet ball play 8–9 a.m. Tues.–Th.; drop-in play 9 a.m.–noon, daily; new player orientation Tues. 9 a.m.; coached beginner play Tues. 10–11 a.m. ATTIRE: Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available. COURT ETIQUETTE: If tennis play is in progress on the adjoining tennis court, wait for the point to finish before opening the entrance gate. Close the gate after entering. Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people. WEBSITE: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly. com NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 595-5648, E-mail:

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The Oakmont News / August 1, 2016

Tennis Club nStephanie Wrightson


Celebrate the opening of the biggest sporting event of 2016 held in Rio. This team contest brings back the memories of World Cup 2014. To register by August 2, sign up on the OTC website ( or contact Doug (, 303-949-3239) or George (, 843-4527). Provide your name, phone number and skill level (A, B or C). The captains (US and foreign-born) will select their teams. Decorations and optional costumes reflecting ancestry will add to the festivities. Meet at the West Courts, August 6, 8 a.m. where coffee and light refreshments will be served (contact George if you would like to contribute a refreshment). The medal presentation and international picnic will follow tennis. Food provided, BYO beverage of choice. No sign-up for the picnic—all OTC members are invited to the fun. According to George: no need for mosquito repellent—Oakmonters are past the Zika danger age.


OTC chefs will be grilling burgers, veggie burgers and hotdogs for members and guests on the East Rec. patio, Friday, August 19, 5:30 p.m. Pizza appetizer, soda, water, set-ups provided.

Bring a dish to feed 6–8: last names beginning with A–F, dessert; G–Z, salad or side dish. BYOB. Sign up by August 15 using the coupon below. Music provided. Get your barbecue on—it will be a blast! If you have questions or want to help, contact Cinda Gough, Social Director, 537-9763.


Sign up for the Women’s Doubles Tournament no later than August 23. Same sign-up requirements as the Rio Team Tennis event above. Meet at 8 a.m., August 27 at the West Courts where coffee and light refreshments will be served (play will be held at both East and West with separate competitions for the A and B/C groups). No partner? If available, we’ll pair you with another single registrant. Call George if you would like to contribute a refreshment.

Barbara Bobkiewicz in her whites. (Photo by Kay Kim)


Sixty current and alumni Tennis Club members donned their tennis whites to enjoy a Wimbledon morning. It was a beautiful but warm day, and the shade from the canopies was welcomed. OTC Social Director Cinda Gough (with appreciated assists by a number of club members) set the stage for a delicious breakfast followed by social tennis. A wonderful time was had by all.


Barbara Bowman and June Dismuke serve breakfast at Woods and Whites. (Photo by Kay Kim)

Name(s)_______________________________________________________________________________________ # of Members at $10:______ # of Guests at $15:______ Total enclosed: $____________ # of requesting Veggie Burgers:______ Phone number: _______________________________________

Bring a dish to feed 6-8: A–F dessert; G–Z salad or side dish. BYOB. Deposit coupon/payment in the OVA Office Tennis Club Folder by August 15. No reserved seating.



Give me a quarter (of your lap) & I’ll tell you your fortune... People say they can see the entire universe in my eyes. Sometimes they can even see their futures. Shall we try it out? Sit down, relaaax. Now look into my eyes and give me your palm. I’m just going to get comfortable in your lap. Okay… I see that you lead a calm, peaceful life. No young children. No hectic schedule. Plenty of sunny window sills. But what’s this? There’s a void in your life that only a mature, beautiful female will fill? She’s got long hair and darling freckles and wants to lounge in your company all day? Wait, her name is Kiki? This is too bizarre! It’s meant to be! I suggest you listen to the universe and call SHS right away.

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nBarbara Bowman

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

Sunday, August 7, 2 pm THE LADY IN THE VAN

In this touching human drama adapted from writer Alan Bennett’s bestselling memoir, he befriends the elderly Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith) who’s temporarily parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. This true story tells of the relationship between Bennett and Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origin, as well as that between Shepherd and Bennett’s neighbors. An extraordinary tale of empathy, with Smith at her very best. (2016), PG, 104 minutes.

Sunday, August 7, 7 pm THE LOVED ONE

Soon after a British poet (Robert Morse) arrives at his uncle’s Hollywood home, the uncle ends up dead in this satire based on Evelyn Waugh’s novel of the same name, which skewers the U.S. funeral industry. Now, the poet must deal with the cemetery’s exasperating staff: an embalmer (Rod Steiger), a funeral home manager and his twin (both played by Jonathan Winters), and a coffin salesman (Liberace), among others. A hoot of a comedy! (1965), NR, 121 minutes.

Sunday, August 14, 2 pm WOLF TOTEM

In 1967, a young Beijing student, Chen Zhen, is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads’ traditional enemies—the wolves—from the north, humans and animals, residents and invaders alike, struggle to find their rightful place in the world. Based on a true story, the film is moving and visually stunning, and includes pulse-pounding action. (2012), PG-13, 122 minutes. (In Mandarin and Mongolian.)

Sunday, August 14, 7 pm THE ILLUSIONIST

With his eye on a beautiful aristocrat (Jessica Biel), the gifted illusionist Eisenheim (Edward Norton) uses his powers to win her away from her betrothed (Rufus Sewell), the cruel Prince Leopold. But the magician’s scheme soon creates tumult within the monarchy and stirs the suspicion of dogged Chief Inspector Uhl (Paul Giamatti). Set in 1900 Vienna, the film’s beautiful cinematography won it an Oscar nomination. Full of intrigue and surprises and amazing magic pieces. (2006), PG-13, 111 minutes.

Sunday, August 21, 2 pm SCHULTZE GETS THE BLUES

Living in a small German town and forced into retirement, reserved Shultze finds his life of visiting pubs with his retired friends, fishing and playing polka music on his accordion not enough. When he stumbles on a radio station playing zesty Cajun music from Louisiana, Shultze’s life is changed forever: he cooks jambalaya, plays Cajun polka, and fantasizes on bayous—but, that’s just the beginning. Full of droll deadpan-humor, it’s a testament to music’s transformative power. (2003), PG, 114 minutes. (In German.)

Sunday, August 21, 7 pm LABYRINTH OF LIES

It’s 1958. Germany has miraculously re-bounded economically, and most Germans prefer to push their war-guilt to the back of their minds. Prosecutor Johann Radmann, following up on a reporter’s tip, uncovers a trail of evidence connecting public-sector employees to Auschwitz, but no one wants to take notice. Based on true events, the film skillfully blends fiction with powerful documentation. Well-written and acted, it received an Academy Award nomination. (2015), R (sex), 124 minutes. (In German.)

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, August 7, 2 p.m.: The Lady in the Van, (2016), PG, 104 minutes. Sunday, August 7, 7 p.m.: The Loved One, (1965), NR, 121 minutes. Sunday, August 14, 2 p.m.: Wolf Totem, (2012), PG-13, 122 minutes.

Sunday, August 14, 7 p.m.: The Illusionist, (2006), PG-13, 111 minutes. .

Sunday, August 21, 2 p.m.: Schultze Gets the Blues, (2003), PG, 114 minutes. Sunday, August 21, 7 p.m.: Labyrinth of Lies, (2015), R, 124 minutes.


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Dependable, experts serving you and your neighbors with excellence and integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, Best prices on Gutter Guard bonded and insured. Senior discounts installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429. available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. net or call us at 537-1308 for all your HERITAGE ROOFING CO. Specializing in residential re-roofing. plumbing needs. Top quality workmanship. Honest and THE COMPUTER reliable. Oakmont references. Free TROUBLESHOOTER estimates. Lic. #673839. 539-4498. Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, complete support for PC’s, Apples WC’S LOCKS AND KEYS Professional, experienced locksmith for and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers all your security needs. Senior discount. served. John Bradford. 578-6305. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, $40/hour. LCO #2411.



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

Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had NOSE TO NOSE PET SITTING IN YOUR HOME a home visit, please call Charlotte at Caring for your pets as you would. Over 538-9050. 25 yrs. experience. Dog and cat care. Daily schedules and routines. Day OR MIKE’S REPAIR overnight companionship. Insured and Plumbing, electrical, appliance, heating and air conditioning, general bonded. Call Alix, 637-6267, Sonoma. handyman (I can fix just about CARPET, UPHOLSTERY anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call AND TILE CLEANING 536-9529, emergency—328-6635. Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma resident. 14 years experience. Senior pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334. LEE MOEN CONSTRUCTION


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


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


Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont references. I’ll work with your budget. Lic. #954364. Call Angel, 707-239-1241.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



15 yr. experience, licensed tech. Mani $20, Pedi $40, Combo $50. Call Linn, 225-2656.


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


This service is designed for the homebound/disabled and includes dental cleanings, teeth, gum and oral cancer assessments and fluoride treatments to help prevent future decay. Save the inconvenience of traveling and let me come to you! Please call Jill, 707703-3703 or E-mail jill_rdhap@yahoo. com for an appointment.


Retired health care worker seeking job as a caregiver. Flexible hours. Call Evelyne at 546-1365.


Group coaching for cancer survivors. Wednesdays for 8 weeks. Register at or 536-9323. Coupon code OAKMONT50 for 50% discount.


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


Handrails, stairs, trip hazards. Decks, dry rot, doors, trim, tile, shelves, storage. Lic. #1008255. Call Alex, 843-1898.


Retired RN/Oakmont resident available for all your health care needs. References. Call Alexis at 791-3566.


Private Home Health provider with 20 yrs. experience. Compassionate, hardworking, dependable. All aspects Free estimates, consultation. Oakmont Dignity, compassion and exceptional of in-home care. Will care for you like medical and personal care by references. License #527924. Call I care for my loved ones. Avail. 5 days experienced Fijian couple. “We couldn’t 539-3196. a week, Mon.–Fri., 7 p.m.–7 a.m. have done it without them!”—Carol References available. Call Olive, (707) McConkie, 829-5461 or Liz Brock, CHRISTO LIMO 393-0446. 829-7755. Commercially licensed, transportation for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 DOGWALKER LYN’S HOUSE/PET SITTING owner-operated with several years Let me help you walk, talk and play SPECIALTY IMPROVEMENTS experience. Oakmont homeowner too. Reliable, caring, mature and with your dog. $25/hr., 15/half-hr. Call affordable. Call 539-1286 (home) or CONSTRUCTION SERVICES Call Chris, (707) 206-5018. for free meeting. Terri, (707) 480-0786. 480-1224 (cell). Complete home renovations, kitchen Local references. and bathroom design, remodeling and LOU DEMME PAINTING repair. Door and window upgrades, When quality and reliability count, call CAREGIVER decks, fences and concrete. 30 years Honest, loving, compassionate, reliable FOR RENT: on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting OAKMONT TWO BEDROOM local experience, timely and detail Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior care. Serving Sonoma-Oakmont oriented. Lic. #669482. Call residents for almost 20 yrs. Assist with Meadowgreen, 2/2 with sunroom and and exterior painting specialist, (707) 328-3555. drywall repairs and textures. Licensed dementia, Alzheimer’s. Companionship upgrades. Great location and move-in and meal prep, medication reminders, ready. $1,950. Sue Carrell and Assoc., and insured. Call us for your free incontinence care, housekeeping, etc. BRE #01386664, (707) 282-9268. D. CEBALLOS HOME REPAIR estimate today! 833-2890. Finger printed by Council on Aging, SMALL JOB SPECIALIST IHSS and through the state. CNA, Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 MARTHA L. PROFESSIONAL HHA. Affordable, exc. refs. 24-hr. care years. Focus on small jobs, projects and HOUSE CLEANING “honey-do” lists. Free estimates, very Home, business, move-outs. Windows, available. Call Martha L. at 236-5487. reasonable rates. Excellent Oakmont bed linen changing and more. Over references. Please contact me at 18 yrs. of experience. References upon 533-7741. Thank you. request., 548-9482 or 542-8720. 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


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Bulletin Boards

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

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 Dorrelle Asland 537-1518 August 16–31 Susan Mullaly 539-1328

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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


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


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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


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


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

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

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

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Andie Altman, President John Felton, Vice President Frank Batchelor, Secretary Elke Strunka, Treasurer Herm Hermann, Director Gloria Young, Director Ellen Leznik, Director

locker rentals

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

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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

Association Manager Cassie Turner

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

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

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


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Garden Club

Oakmont Rainbow Women

nPeggy Dombeck

nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph


“If I had a flower for every time I thought of you, I could walk through my garden forever.”—Alfred Lord Tennyson There are no garden club meetings in July and August. Happy gardening all summer.


• 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.

If you want to reduce your water usage in future, make a list of the biggest “water-hogs” in your garden. In Fall you can remove them and go shopping for more droughttolerant replacements. • Pinch off spent flowers on perennials and annuals to encourage repeat bloom. Periodic freshening will keep your containers going through the fall. Heavy bloomers can be cut back and fertilized. • Begonias, fuchsias, containerized plants and newly-planted garden vegetables need continuous summer feeding. Give azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons their final feeding this month.

Our July meeting was a joyous celebration of Pat and Roe’s 50th anniversary. Photos they shared from the old days prompted many sweet memories and they treated us all to a spectacular spread including a fabulous anniversary cake and champagne punch.

St. Francis Flooring Inc. Free In-Home Flooring Design Consultation Within Sonoma County • Excellent Customer Service • Competitive Pricing • In-House Licensed Installers • All Work Done In a Timely Manner • Check Out Flooring Samples From Our Large Showroom • Serving Sonoma County For Over 30 Years

Cheryl & Kerry Brown, Owners & Operators

• Hardwood • Carpet • Vinyl • Laminate • Cork Floors • Duraceramic

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Private Line 6520 Oakmont Drive

CalBRE #01169355

If you are thinking of selling this Summer, now is the time to start planning. Please call me for a complimentary market analysis of your home’s value.

They described their longevity as “the commitment to the marriage [being] more important than individual stupidities!” Good advice no matter how many years a relationship lasts. Other long-term couples also shared their stories, many with decades together but only a few years married since we became legally able to wed. Our very own Elaine Storyteller shared the wisdom of “The Wish Ring”—a story that reminded us about what matters over the long haul. For the first time, new members wore a lei at the meeting which is now a signal to go up and make introductions and welcome them to ORW. We are excited that we continue to add new members monthly. During the meeting we recognized a group of Rainbow Women that spent several months to develop a way for ORW to support each other when we need help due to health issues. Paige, Gigi, Karen and Linda, who worked to set up the “care calendar,” were honored. Our thanks for all their work, which will help us to take care of each other when short-term needs arise. In August we’ll have another BINGO night, always a very popular event. On Aug. 11 in the East Rec. it’ll be a hot August night for sure—Marge and Nancy arranged for Lisa to be our caller again. So bring dollar bills because each card will be $2 with three cards for $5. Looking forward to the September 8 meeting— we’ll be celebrating our fifth birthday as Oakmont Rainbow Women! We’re going to be looking back to honor our past and we’ll also be talking about the organization today and be stretching forward to talk about our future. September 24 is also a day to mark on your calendar. Suede ( will be performing at “Cabaret de Berger” that evening. If you’re not familiar with her bluesy, jazzy style, listen in to her on her website or YouTube. Tickets can be purchased at meetings or by leaving a check for the appropriate amount in the OVA Office. Stay cool!


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Century 21 Valley of the Moon Locally Owned—Internationally Known

Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519

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