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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Board President Explains Lease Expenditures

December 15, 2015 • Volume 53, Number 24

Santa Sails Into Oakmont

nAl Haggerty

Frank Batchelor, OVA Board President, opened a Nov. 24 board meeting with an explanation of how terminating a lease for an OVA office building cost the association more than $34,000. He called the termination “the best financial decision for the OVA.” Batchelor said that while he “never like(s) to see money go to waste,” the $34,000 represents less than 1% of OVA’s $3.5 million budget and $7.48 for each of its 4,677 residents. This, he said, “is not a terrible burden.”

The $34,000, Batchelor noted, was more than made up for by approximate savings of $24,000 on securing the doors at Berger Center, $8,000 by using sheep to cut hillside weeds near the Oakmont gardens

and $6,000 by getting a better price for clearing underbrush under the oak trees in the open space. The lease on the office building behind the Umpqua bank on Oakmont Drive was terminated, Batchelor said, when neither OVA nor the building owner, Brad Benson, agreed to pay at least $30,000 for exterior improvements needed to meet ADA requirements. While OVA agreed to pay $30,000 for interior ADA fixes, Benson wanted OVA to apply for a hardship ruling to offset the $30,000 expense for the exterior work. With OVA’s $3.5 million budget, he said, there was no guarantee OVA would be granted a hardship, leaving it with an expense of at least $30,000. Batchelor said the down payment on furniture for the new offices will not be wasted because the furniture will be used eventually. Present plans call for the offices to remain in the former medical building on Oakmont Drive. However, OVA is negotiating to give up its current space and rent the other side of the building, which formerly housed medical offices and has about twice the space as the current offices. Two years ago, Batchelor noted, a plan to construct a new administration building on the greensward between Berger Center and the Central Activities Center was abandoned in the wake of vehement opposition and cost estimates of well over $1 million. See lease expenditures on page 11

Nominating Committee for OVA Board Election Named nStaff Report

The OVA Board appointed the Nominating Committee for 2016 elections of OVA directors at its Nov. 24 meeting, naming Susi Heidenreich as chairperson of the five-person group. Other nominating committee members are Sue Dibble, Tom Woodrum, Jackie Ryan and Tony Lachowicz. Three of the seven Board of Directors positions will

be up for election in 2016. They are currently held by Andie Altman, Alan Scott and Bob Giddings. The nominating committee has until Feb. 1 to prepare a slate of at least five nominees to be presented to the board. Candidates must be an Oakmont member who is an owner in good standing to run. Board directors are limited to two consecutive, two-year terms. The Nominating Committee will be seeking candidates over the next two months, and resident members may also nominate interested parties through petition no later than Feb. 15, according to association policy. Ballots are mailed to homeowners in March and elections are held the first Tuesday in April. To learn more about Oakmont’s election process, go to the OVA website, click on the Residents tab, then Administration and Governance, Governing Documents and Elections. If you are interested in pursuing candidacy for the OVA Board, please contact Susi Heidenreich at PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Photo by Jim Brewer

One of the first holiday displays by an Oakmont homeowner features Santa Claus standing in a sailing dingy anchored in Douglas and Joan Rumrill’s front yard. So what’s a dingy doing in the middle of wine country at the corner of Oak Trail Drive and Oak Trail Court? This one was attached to the Rumrill’s 37-foot sailboat Delphinus, and logged some 40,000 miles around the Pacific over almost 30 years until the family sold the vessel in 2007. Rumrill managed to hang on to the dingy and one of the ship’s anchors. They help keep the couple connected to a life they loved for three decades. Oakmont residents for nine years, Rumrill now works on his 1937 Chevrolet coupe and 1959 BSA Goldstar motorcycle. But that’s another story.

It’s a Colorful Season

Steam rises from Oakmont’s Central Pool in front of brilliant fall colors around the community’s center of activities. (Photo by Robert Starkey)

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Two New OVA Board Policies Are Up for Residents’ Review and Comments

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

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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.

OCDC Year-End Update Sees Problems on Highway 12

nSusan Millar

The Oakmont Community Development Committee found the year 2015 to be busy, but the last quarter of the year has brought several issues to the forefront. There are three items that I think Oakmonters should know about.

Community Separators

Nineteen years ago the voters of Sonoma County had the foresight to place Community Separators into the general plan for the county. This section of the general plan will expire on January 1, 2017.

Community Separators are parcels of agricultural land that help to maintain the character and distinctiveness of our cities and towns, and are meant to create areas of rural scenic beauty instead of urban sprawl. The general plan language not only helps to create separate communities, it maintains designated lands by requiring that any change in zoning can only be done by the voters of Sonoma. The Board of Supervisors must have a proposal ready by August 2016 in order to renew the See ocdc page 11

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The OVA Board approved the following two new policies for resident review and comments: “Code of Conduct Governing OVA Premises” and ”Oakmont Employee Abuse Policy.” The OVA Board welcomes resident comments by E-mail or mail to OVA Administrative Office, Attn: Cathy Dougherty, 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste #7, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. All written comments must be received before Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.


The purpose of the Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Code of Conduct Governing OVA Premises and Community Facilities (“Code of Conduct”) is intended to set forth certain protocols and expectations relating to OVA residents’ use and conduct of OVA community facilities, and is intended to help ensure that each OVA resident will act in a trustworthy, diligent, honest and ethical manner while using OVA’s premises including, but not limited to, all OVA community facilities open to OVA’s residents. This Code of Conduct is intended to be consistent with OVA’s other governing documents including, but not limited to, Article V, Section 1(j) of the OVA Protective Restrictions. This Code of Conduct shall apply to all OVA members, residents and their guests or invitees while using any buildings, interior and exterior, and all community facilities and other grounds controlled and operated by the OVA (such community facilities, buildings and grounds are hereinafter referred to as the “premises”). This Code of Conduct shall not be deemed to invalidate any other rules or policies adopted by OVA relating to use of specific community facilities, and such rules or policies shall be read in conjunction with this Code of Conduct. Persons who violate this Code of Conduct may be fined and/or have their membership privileges including, but not limited to, community facility See new policies page 20

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

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Oakmont Art Association nCarol Decker


Our first program of the new year will focus on the theme “Exploring your Creativity” with card designer Dorrine Conrad, and jewelry makers Mary Mogck and Pat Vogenthaler. Meetings are held in Berger Center with coffee at 10 a.m. and program from 10:30–11:30 a.m. You don’t have to be a member to attend, but we will have a table to renew and accept new members.


The Tours Committee is announcing a great opportunity to view, by appointment, the private art collection of Dr. Jack Leissring in Santa Rosa. The works include European and American paintings, drawings and sculptures numbering over 6,000 pieces. The gallery housing the exhibit is itself impressive. This private tour will be on Tuesday, January 19, meeting at Berger Center parking lot at 1 p.m. and returning by 4 p.m. The price for the bus and the tour is $20. No food will be served. Please send your check accompanied by your name, E-mail address, telephone number, and address to Sylvia Davis, 414 Crestridge Court, Santa Rosa, 95409. The bus fills up quickly, so get your registration in as soon as possible. Our enjoyable and informative fall tour of the county Art and History Museums and Sebastopol Center for the Arts featured juried local and international exhibitions of the fiber arts. The spring tour was a visit to the fabulous JMW Turner exhibit at the De Young.

nGreg Goodwin

Lawn Bowling

Being the publicist for the Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club is very rewarding because every two weeks I get the opportunity to write about our club. This week I want to express some holiday wishes our bowlers have asked me to share with our community. Find joy in the company of others by spending some time doing things together, be it talking, walking or just listening. Open your hearts to the spirit of good will this holiday season. Hope your dreams come to be, wishes for good health and finally let’s share peace with everyone we know. From the Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club—Happy Holidays!


Martha McKee has put together a thank-you box of goodies that will be sent to our good friends of the Sir Francis Drake Bowling Club in Plymouth Hoe, U.K. She has included a bowling towel, hat and tote bag with our club’s insignia on them along with other gifts featuring Sonoma County. The Sir Francis Drake Bowling Club sent us many gifts to recognize our 50th Anniversary this past June. Jolly good show Martha.


For ten years Colin Pegley has organized the club’s Holiday Tournaments. Colin’s last official job took place on Monday, November 23. Thirty-six bowlers participated in a spider contest before they formed their teams filling up the rinks. The team of Paul Wycoff, Linda Rubio and Gary Scott won the top

honors by posting a 15-point winning point spread. You can see some photos on Cassie’s E-Blast (Nov. 25).


Attention New Bowlers: Show up at 12:15 p.m. Monday–Saturday and you will always get to play in one of three formats of lawn bowling. The most common is triples which has three bowlers on each team (lead, second and skip). The second format would be pairs competition (second and skip). The third format would be one I’m always eagerly ready to play and that’s cut throat, where three bowlers face off against each other. If, for some reason, an odd number of bowlers show up and the basic formats don’t work, we play fives. Any way, any day, you play.


At the General Meeting held November 5, the majority of members present voted in favor of increasing dues beginning January 2016. The new annual dues will be $20 for regular members and $15 for associate members. 2016 dues are due before January 20 to have members listed in our Green Book. Please make checks payable to OLBC and drop this form and check in OLBC James Chang says, “Don’t forget your dues.” folder in the OVA Office.


Our guest artist for the December through February exhibition will be Phil Wilkinson.

2016 OLBC ANNUAL DUES Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Member type: Regular _______ Assoc. _______ Address_________________________________________________________________ Check if new address___ Phone #__________________ Check if new phone___ E-mail address___________________________________

˙∆æµ˙∆æµ˙ Sitka Fishing by Philip Wilkinson.

After coming to the US from Australia in 1971, photography was initially Phil’s means of artistic expression, taking many landscape photos and macro photos of flowers, bugs, and butterflies. He subsequently branched out into painting. After retiring, he had more time to paint, and worked in pastels, watercolor, and oils, but most of his work is done in oils. He mostly does landscapes, usually in the studio. He says, “I like to think that life in all its aspects is Art, but some of it is Abstract, and hard to understand!” You can see more of his work at


The Language of Landscape in Watermedia with Dale Laitinen will be offered April 2–3, 2016. This class is mainly for watercolor or acrylic painters who work on paper or aquaboard. The cost of this two day class will be $160. You may register after Jan. 2 by sending a deposit check of $25 made out to Dale Laitinen to Bonnie Crosse, 8824 Oakmont Drive. Enrollment will be limited to 14. The balance will be due March 15. Mary Baum’s oil painting class could use a few more members. It is offered the second and fourth Monday of the month, from12:30–3:30 p.m. Contact Mary Baum, 539-6782 or

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU—Oakmont Winter Preview Wednesday, December 16, 3pm, at the Berger Center • Preview and Register for Classes • Take a Break from the Holidays • Enjoy Light Refreshments AmericAn Politics: issues And cAses By eric WilliAms, Ph.d.

MONDAYS, 3-5 PM, January 11–February 22 (no class January 18), BERGER CENTER Professor Eric Williams wowed Oakmont earlier this year with his clear, informative, and enthusiastic style. This winter, Dr. Williams will continue to demystify the Supreme Court for us. The course focuses on the central role the court has played in the resolution of issues that have dominated American Politics. Political issues become legal problems, and the Supreme Court is where they are settled, at least for a time. eric Williams, Ph.d., is and Chair of the Criminal Justice Department at Sonoma State University and author of Big House in a Small Town Praeger 2011. Professor Williams illuminates the Supreme Court with frequent lectures and classes for lay audiences.

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WEDNESDAYS, 3–5 PM, January 13–February 17, BERGER CENTER Remember the 2008 and 2009 OLLI classes by Len Lyons? ...Berger Cabaret evening classes with wine, Jazz, and lots of serious learning? Thanks to our own Carol Cotton, the man who knows, plays, and loves Jazz is back. The class will trace the lives and artistic development of the greatest Jazz players through film, recordings, narration and Len Lyons at the piano. len lyons, Ph.d., is the author of The 101 Best Jazz Albums; The Great Jazz Pianists; and Jazz Portraits. Dr Lyons is a jazz pianist, and studied with the legendary Lennie Tristano. He teaches extensively on the history of jazz in Boston, New York, and the SF Bay Area. Dr Lyons holds a Ph.D. from Brown University.

life in the universe: the science of AstroBiology By cArl Pilcher, Ph.d.

THURSDAYS, 3–5 PM, January 14–February 18, EAST REC. CENTER Does the universe harbor life beyond Earth? Life and our planet have co-evolved over 4 billion years, and we continue to find life thriving under ever more extreme conditions. We will study the beginnings of life on earth and use that knowledge to evaluate the habitability of other planets. Over 2,000 exoplanets are now known, with 700 being added just this year. Is life a cosmic phenomenon? carl Pilcher, Ph.d., is the retired Director of NASA Astrobiology Institute at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. Dr Pilcher led numerous scientific teams exploring our solar system with robotic missions. He played a key role in the development of Mars Pathfinder and the Sojourner rover. In 1995 Dr Pilcher made a transition to astrobiology inspired by discoveries of planets around other stars. He served as Program Scientist for NASA’s Kepler mission to discover exoplanets. Dr Pilcher has a Ph.D. in chemistry from MIT, and is the recipient of numerous scientific awards. Winter OLLI at SSU brochures, course descriptions, and registration forms will be available in the OVA office, the Central Activity Center and at the Winter Preview. Please direct questions about Oakmont courses and activities to Co-Chairs Paul and Susi Heidenreich, at (206) 604-6418 or by email at Guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting. Scholarship assistance is available to all OLLI at SSU classes.


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Holiday Boutique

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

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

Thursday Night Couples Bridge

nLynn Wycoff

Calling all bridge players!

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

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Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

Happy Holidays!

Oakmont residents did a little early season shopping on Sunday, November 29 at the Holiday Boutique at the Oakmont Golf Club. For a small donation to the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center, guests enjoyed local crafts, baked goods and other homemade treasures. (Photos by Ed Behen)

There is no meeting in December of the Oakmont Genealogy Club. The next meeting will be on Monday, January 25, 2016 in the West Rec. Center at 2:30 p.m. We will be covering genealogy research in the 18th century mainly in America. The 1700’s were a turbulent and fascinating era culminating in the American Revolution, a war in which many of our ancestors fought. You may be surprised to learn that there are lots of records available concerning the lives of Americans living at that time. Come to the meeting and hear all about it. The November meeting concerned organization of your genealogy material, especially for newbies who can simply become overwhelmed by their collection of stuff. The first step is always to prepare a Family Group Sheet (FGS) for each direct ancestor couple with their children. You start with a FGS of your parents, then both sets of grandparents, then four sets of great-grandparents, etc., working backwards through time. The FGS can be filled out on paper or on the computer using software. These FGSs are the “backbones” of your genealogy research into finding as much about each family as you can and adding additional information as you find it. It is lots of fun and quite addictive too! The Genealogy Club meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. (except July and December). There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at If you have research questions or would like to receive our newsletter, send an E-mail to: oakmontancestry@

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nKay Kim

Table Tennis is an excellent exercise for the body, hand/eye coordination and special brain activity. We have an active Table Tennis Club in Oakmont Village. Come and join us to enjoy yourself. La Dolce Vita! All skill levels are welcome. We play at the newly innovated West Recreation Center upstairs as per following schedule: Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesdays: 12 noon–2:30 p.m. Thursdays: 3–5:30 p.m. Fridays: 3–5:30 p.m. Sundays: 12 noon–4:30 p.m. For Sunday play, you must bring your own partner. If you have any questions, call me at 539-4111 or call Bob Vogenthaler at 537-3040.


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On November 24 the certified results from this year’s election for new Board Directors were released. The 2016 Board of Directors will include the newlyelected Director, Barbara Robinson and the re-elected Director, Frank Giannini. Congratulations to Barbara and Frank! We thank them for having run for election. We also thank the third candidate, Neil Huber. We hope to encourage Neil to assist the Board of Directors going forward in his areas of expertise: as a retired attorney who specialized in real estate, financing and related areas of law. Looking forward, the new board will meet in executive (closed) session on January 6. Per our club’s bylaws, that meeting will feature the election by the board of the officers for 2016: President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. Also during that meeting, the 2016 Chairperson of each of our standing committees will be appointed. The election of two members was necessitated by the retirement of two existing board members: Frank Giannini and Michael Canar. While Frank successfully sought re-election, Michael is concluding his service to our club as a director. Michael’s contributions to the Oakmont Golf Club have been many. He served as Vice President in both 2014 and 2015. His legal knowledge and experience were often called upon as our club dealt with complex issues and decisions. Furthermore, Michael really stepped up to actively oversee personnel and payroll matters while our Business Office and its staff were going through significant transitions. Thank you, Michael!

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nEileen Beltrano

Hi there ladies. Our end-of-the-year Christmas Celebration is today. I’m sure we had a great time and wasn’t that a wonderful gift from our Invitational? We had a fabulous lunch for such a generous price. Thank you to Eileen Beltrano and Christy Rexford for organizing this event and to their decoration committee. Congratulations goes out to Leslie Clark for becoming a Director for WGANC. She is now an official Green Jacket Woman. We now have two club members as directors. Leslie will be joining Kelly Downey, who’ll be starting her second year for WGANC. Penny Wright will be joining the Rules Officials for WGANC. Thank you ladies for all the work you do for this organization. Just a reminder, Sweeps will begin the first Tuesday and Thursday in January, so in the meantime, continue to make your own tee times with the pro shop staff. Now here are the results of sweeps for the later part of November.


Fourth flight: first low net, S. Kohut; second low net tie, V. Collins and C. Rexford; fourth low net, R. Lommori; and fifth low net, E. Foote.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, west BEST NINE, 13 players

Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (84). First flight: first low net, K. Downey; second low net tie, K. Peters and Y. Smith. Second flight: first low net, C. Locke; second low net, C. Rexford; third low net tie, B. VanVoorhis and L. Wiener.


A big welcome goes out to our new Tuesday Club member, Dawn Burns! OK ladies, see you out there!

Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (82). First flight: first low net tie, P. Buchholz and J. Seliga; third low net tie, K. Peters and A. Miller. Second flight: first low net, J. Early; second low net tie, B. Hulick, J. DiMaggio and D. Kendrick. Third flight: first low net tie, J. Reed and M. Jobson; third low net tie, R. Nicholson and Linda K.; fifth low net, C. Buchold.


Our club members, Peggy Lash, Jane O’Toole, Becky Hulick, Kathy Faherty and Dee Johnson at the last year’s Christmas Luncheon.

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Here’s our newly-inducted Green Jacket Lady for WGANC, Leslie Clark, with Kelly Downey and Penny Wright.


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9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel

nBarbara Bowman


On Thursday, December 10, we gathered in the Quail Inn for our annual holiday celebration and toast to the 2015 Niners’ year. Co-Chairs Tammy Siela and Barbara Robinson put-on a great party—what a way to close-out the year! Check the January 1 Oakmont News for details.

nTony D’Agosta

November 25 Sweeps (East Course)

First flight (3–12): first, Danny Morgan, 61; second, Nick Beltrano, 62; third, John Cook, 63; fourth, Bruce Hulick, 63. Second flight (13–19): first, Gary Novak, 58; second, Alan McLintock, 61; third, Bill Salmina, 62; fourth, Rick Yates, 62. Third flight (21–25): first, Joe Lash, 55; second, Wally Juchert, 58; third, Suru Subbarao, 61; fourth, Ted Mokricky, 62. Fourth flight (26+): first, Bill Faherty, 63; second, Bill Wellman, 65; third, Gordon Hopper, 68; fourth, John Garcia, 70. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Ron Feibusch, 17’6”, Bill Wellman, 22’11”; #11—Bill Samina, 15’3”, Neil Huber, 23’3”; #16—Danny Morgan, 7’8”, Dan Sienes, 19’3”.

Eclectic Results

Audrey, Marie, Sarah, Jeanine, Elisabeth, Joan and Joy enjoy the East on a West playday.


First flight: first, J. Rockwell; second, J. DiBenedetto; third, E. Baciocco; fourth tie, B. Robinson, C. Silvas and A. Keenley. Second flight: first, M. Crimaldi; second, B. James; third, A. Krajci. Third flight: first, J. Rasore; second, B. Bowman; third, A. Engen.


Linda Yates reports that the WRENS 2016 calendar has been set, with the first event April 13, being hosted by Oakmont. The Invitational will be May 15 at Buckingham. Check the WRENS bulletin board early next year for event details. Happy holidays and golfing, Niners!

Our favorite guy: thanks, Mike, for taking care of the Niners!

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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

First flight: first, Bucky Peterson, 56; second, Danny Morgan, 56; third, Nick Beltrano, 56. Second flight: first, Rick Yates, 53; second, Neil Huber, 53; third, Gary Novak, 53. Third flight: first, Wally Juchert, 45; second, Ted Mokricky, 51; third, Joe Lash, 52. Fourth flight: first, Bob Flores, 52; second, Chuck Mendenhall, 53; third, Bill Faherty, 53.

December 2, East TWO-MAN BEST BALL, 8 Teams

First, Dan Levin/Blind Draw, 51; second, Tony D’Agosta/Neil Huber, 52; third Tie, Keith Wise/Phil Sapp and Paul Lawler/Dick Scott, 53. Closest to the pins: #8—Dan Levin, 25’7”, Dan Sienes, 36’0”; #16—Dan Levin, 25’6”.

Member Notes

Congratulations to Wally Juchert, overall winner of the Eclectic! Effective January 1, the closest-to-the-pin contests will be divided into two flights, 19 and under handicap, and 20 and over. This is intended to give the higher handicap golfer a better chance of winning. Winter rules are defined as follows: “Lift, clean and place, not in a hazard, a maximum move of one club length, no closer to the hole, while maintaining the same cut of grass.” In other words, if your ball lies in the first cut of rough, you cannot move to the fairway even if within one club length, you must drop somewhere in the first cut of rough. For sake of simplicity, please putt-out, otherwise you may be disqualified. Local rule clarification: on hole #15 West, a par-3 over water, if your ball lands in any water, you can tee-off again, drop near the spot, or hit from the designated drop zone. The later is a new option recently approved by the board for people landing in water on the right side of the hole.

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We completed the Fall Eclectic Tournament and our winners are: first place, Phil Sapp with a net 23; second place was a tie, Tony D’Agosta and Gary Stone with a net 24. The new year is upon us and the 2016 schedules have been E-mailed to those who have E-mail. For those that do not have E-mail, hard copies will be available. By the time this article is published, we will have had our Holiday Awards luncheon. The results of the awards will be published in the next edition. El Nino promises a lot of much needed rain this winter so be prepared for some last-minute rain cancellations. Happy Holidays to all and happy golfing!

SWEEPS RESULTS NOVEMBER 16 Individual Low Net, 4th Round of Fall Eclectic, 18 Players

First place: Greg Carpenter with a net 27.5. Second place: Dan Sienes with a net 31. Third place: Noel Schween with a net 31.5. Fourth place tie: Al Bentham, Charlie Perotti and David Beach, all with a net 33. Closest-to-the-pin: Jack Robinson, 14’2”, Noel Schween, 25’8”, Tony D’Agosta, 30’8”.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR NOVEMBER 23 Individual Low Net, Final Round of Fall Eclectic, 19 Players

First place: Phil Sapp with a net 28.5. Second place tie: Charlie Perotti and Al Bentham, both with a net 31. Fourth place: Joe Lash with a net 31.5. Fifth place tie: Tony D’Agosta and David Beach, both with a net 32. Seventh place: Noel Schween with a net 32.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Noel Schween, 18’2”.

Dancing is 4 Everyone nMariellen Munson

The joy of dance may be experienced by you…without a partner. We have a new Beginning Line Dance Class. Check it out! Remember, dance is exercise for your brain as much as for your body. While you are dancing your brain is constantly making new neural connections. Studies show that this is very beneficial for protection against dementia. The pleasure of dance, even if you don’t have a partner, is available in Oakmont. Our instructor, Steve Luther, has a unique style of teaching that makes it easier to learn the steps to a variety of dances, and the music he selects is upbeat and lively. As you progress you will enjoy a wide diversity of music and styles, from Country, Disco, Latin, Cajun, Rock and Roll, etc. It’s the “only way” to exercise in the minds of our many line dancers. Some of us had never danced prior to this line dance class. No worries, Steve makes us feel good about our dance and good about ourselves. You don’t need a partner, so there is no reason or excuse for you not to get out and enjoy the glory of dance, and you will, most certainly, make new friends during this time. Beginning Line Dance Class is starting January 6, Wednesday nights from 7:15–8:30 p.m. at the Berger Center, and will continue weekly throughout the year. This beginning class series is only offered one time during the year, so jump right in and give line dance a try. A four-week session (monthly) is only $28. Individual classes are $9. Fun times are ahead. You will feel the joy and laughter in the room from the start. We’ll see you there! Come early to allow time to sign-up. Oh, P.S. Fragrance-free! Call me with any questions at 538-4142.


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Blood Pressure Clinic nDel Baker

Please remember we will not have any Blood Pressure Clinic on Wednesdays, Dec. 23 or 30. We will resume the clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 from 10:30 a.m.–12 noon. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

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That was followed by an attempt to lease and remodel the beauty parlor building behind the McBride real estate building on Oakmont Dr. That plan fell through as a result of complications involving parking and high cost estimates. Several other possible, were studied but ultimately rejected, including on the lawn area between Berger Center and Oakmont Dr. Batchelor said it became clear that the relative lack of undeveloped land in Oakmont was forcing OVA to seek space in available buildings. Ironically that conclusion ultimately led to the now-aborted lease for the Benson building, which had housed the OVA offices before they were moved to the medical building.


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Community Separators in the November election. At their December 15, 2015 regular meeting, at 10 a.m., the supervisors will be discussing this issue. They are looking for public input to help formulate the ballot issue. It’s important to get your thoughts to them. You can give your opinion on Community Separators to the supervisors by going to their contact page on their website.

Winery Work Group

Last spring the supervisors appointed a panel to investigate the problems developing between residents of Sonoma and the wine industry. The Wine Working Group was composed of members from wineries and non-winery residents. On November 16, a meeting was held at the Glasser Center by the Permit and Resource Management Department (PRMD) to discuss the conclusions of the Wine Working Group and to take public comment. Six members from the OCDC arrived at the meeting 20 minutes early and the hall was overflowing. I happened to be the first person to speak. I had two minutes to hit on a few points. The winery properties across from Oakmont seemed to me to highlight three problems in the wine industry.

nJohn Taylor, HEARS President

Oakmont HEARS

Next HEARS meeting With audiologist Dr. Peter Marincovich Tuesday, January 12 at 10 AM, East Rec. Center

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) has just released a very interesting and comprehensive report on hearing problems and recommended solutions. Here are some (slightly edited) excerpts: “Untreated hearing loss, especially in older Americans, is a substantial national problem. Only a fraction of consumers who need assistance with hearing obtain and use hearing aids, in large part because of high cost, complex dispensing procedures, social stigma, and performance shortfalls. “While the contributing factors are complex, PCAST believes that a few simple actions by the Federal Government could dramatically enhance the pace of innovation and level of competition leading to rapid decrease in cost and improvement in capability, convenience, and use of assistive hearing devices.” (These ideas are covered in the complete report). “Age-related hearing loss affects many Americans, with older adults particularly at risk—a quarter of adults between 60 and 69 years, over half in the range 70–79 years, and almost 80% of those older than age 80 have difficulty hearing. The absolute number of those affected, already almost 30 million, is expected

to grow as the population ages. Untreated hearing loss is statistically associated with higher risks of social isolation, depression, dementia, falls with injury, and inability to work, travel or be physically active. “PCAST believes that cost is the largest barrier to hearing-technology adoption. A 2014 survey found that the average price of one hearing aid was $2,363, with premium models costing $2,898. Many, if not most, individuals need two hearing aids, one in each ear, doubling the cost. High costs are a major obstacle for many people. “Compared with other kinds of consumer electronics, the innovation cycle for hearing aids is slow. Features, such as Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity or a smartphone app interface, routine in other consumer electronics, command price differentials of as much as $500–$1,000 in premium hearing aids. Interestingly, studies suggest that premium and basic hearing aids offer comparable levels of hearing improvement.” The complete PCAST report is 13 pages and can be accessed online. To be included on the HEARS E-mail distribution please contact Carol at

1. Event permits granted by the PRMD attach to the deed of the property, but they can be dormant for years. Two properties across the highway were granted permits for 20 events each in 1999. Vines were planted on one parcel, but another parcel was unimproved until a recent purchase and a winery is being built now on 15 acres. 2. The improvements will mean that the Annadel Estate Winery, currently permitted for 10 events, will be able to hold 30 events when a new intersection is built across from Oakmont Drive. Together, permits for 70 events annually exist on a half-mile stretch of highway. I suggested that permits should not lay dormant. If a permit is not activated within five years it should expire and a reapplication will be reviewed by the PRMD. 2. The new winery being built will process 125,000 cases of wine a year. That production load was granted along with the permit for 20 events. The owner said he will plant six acres of grapes. This is out of balance and borders on placing an industrial business on agricultural land. The new owner has 550 acres of grapes in the Alexander Valley. I suggested that PRMD should create a formula that will balance permitted wine production with the size of the property. 3. Traffic has increased on Highway 12 dramatically in the last decade. We know that wineries have attracted workers who commute. Many of them use

Highway 12 because they work in the valley and other commuters want an alternative to Highway 101, which has become congested. Very little is being done to improve traffic flow on Highway 12. Limiting permits for events could help, along with limiting the amount of production in Sonoma Valley. Oakmonters are landlocked and there are few ways to get out of the valley easily in emergency situations. The new four-way intersection of Oakmont Drive and Highway 12 will service the three properties across the road just at the point traffic slows. I suggested the County and City need to prepare a workable coordinated emergency plan in case of disasters that would detail how to route traffic and emergency vehicles, and evacuate residents. The plan should include an evaluation of wine events and limit that number in areas of over concentration.

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Last spring Oakmont Senior Living (not affiliated with Oakmont Village Association) asked the SR City Council to change the ridgeline designation on the property just west of Oakmont where they want to build an over-55 planned development. They did not submit engineered plans, hoping to get approval before having to go to the expense of drawing up plans that would not be approved. The council refused to change the general plan and asked OSL to return with their plans so they could judge the merits of the proposal. OSL has contacted the OCDC, and it appears they are ready to make a move. The OCDC will be preparing a recommendation to the OVA Board in the next two weeks. Stay tuned.

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Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies nSue Hatttendorf, COPE Director

cope Leaders, It’s Update Time!

For our COPE leaders who still do not have Internet access, it is again time to remind you to check your team for any changes. Please mark up your block diagram and put it in the COPE file in the OVA Office. For new residents, a completed Census form should be submitted. I will generate new block diagrams for your team and notify you when they are ready. Note that blank Census forms can be obtained in the OVA office. If, in the future, you begin Internet usage, please call me at 539-2543 so I can add you to our online communication group. If you do not currently have an active COPE team for your neighborhood, please call me to learn how simple it is to form a neighborhood family to support each other, especially in time of a major emergency. Thank you!

Walkers nBarbara Powell

Our first activity of the new year will be our Annual Membership Meeting at the Berger Center. The date is Friday, January 22 from 5–7 p.m. The meeting will include: 1. Payment for membership dues for 2016—$5; new members will need a badge: $6 pin-style, $8 magnetstyle. 2. Election of officers for 2016: president, vice president, treasurer, secretary will be open for election. A slate of officers will be presented to the members, followed by nominations from the floor. Dolores Salidivar is resigning from the board this year, so we definitely need a president. This is required by the bylaws and the OVA. 3. Barbara and Holly will present a list of exciting coming events. 4. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the meeting. If you have any questions or are willing to serve on the board, please call Dolores Salidivar at 539-1416.

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.


Dec. 18: Malcolm Rodman Dec. 25: No meeting 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

Bocce News

nLynn Wycoff

Well, the holiday season is officially open now that we have had our annual celebration. As usual the food was terrific, the large crowd in great spirits and the entertainment a real plus. Laura and John Benwood really added to the festive atmosphere. Now we can all concentrate on shopping and spending family time. Of course you can always find time for a game or two of bocce. Be sure to wear your woolies however as that crisp December air should make for some lively games. The new board members have been working on

the calendar of events for the coming year. When it is complete you will receive a copy by E-mail. Be sure to print out a copy to keep for handy reference. For those with no E-mail address there will be some copies in the folder at the courts. New rosters will also be available soon so be sure to get your dues sent to Jeff and Cindi or placed in the folder at the OVA. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas season and looking forward to a new year of great bocce games!

Membership Renewal form Name: _________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________ Address ________________________________________ E-mail ______________________________________ Deposit with check for $15 per person in the folder at the OVA.

˙∆æµ˙∆æµ˙∆æµ˙∆ New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball nDonna Kaiser

The Dance Club and the Oakmont Village Association are pleased to invite you to our annual New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball!


DATE: Thursday, December 31 PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 7–8 p.m. Happy Hour with hors d’oeuvres; 8 p.m. dinner by Epicurean Escape Catering; 8:30 p.m.– midnight dancing to the music provided by DJ Steve Luther COST: $90, includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, open bar and champagne toast


Open bar throughout the evening. Hors d’oeuvres Station: Caramelized onion and goat cheese tartlets with apple wood smoked bacon; a sip of carrot, ginger-orange bisque with fresh thyme; Meyer lemon Bay Shrimp cocktail on endives with Bloody Mary cocktail sauce; Cajun spiced deviled eggs with house made bread and butter pickles; Charcuterie Platter with house made pate, preserved fruit mostarda, assorted mustards. First Course: Truffled wild mushroom bisque with fresh chives and garlic thyme croutons. Entrée #1: Shrimp, lobster and scallop encroute with tarragon white wine cream sauce, and roasted pearl onions.

Entrée #2: Beef wellington with wild mushrooms and thyme, red wine jus. Vegetarian Entrée: Winter root vegetable risotto with wild mushrooms, and truffle, shaved parmesan. Dessert: Earl Grey and vanilla bean infused panna cotta with wild berry chocolate fondue and ginger butter cookies.


All reservations must be received no later than Wednesday, December 23 at 3 p.m. Because our dinner/dances are so popular, and because there is a limit of 180 guests, it is important that you sign up as soon as possible. Reservations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wait to sign up it could be too late, even though you meet the deadline.


All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. If you want to reserve a table for eight, please submit the amount due and forms for the entire table in one envelope, along with the name of a contact person. If you want to sit with a specific group of fewer than eight, please designate a table name, but first coordinate with others at that table to be certain there is room for you. If you don’t designate a specific table, we will randomly assign you to one.

New Year’s Eve reservation form Thursday, December 31

Reservation must be received by 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 23.

Name:_____________________________ Phone: ________________ E-mail:______________________________ All dinners: $90 Check enclosed for $______________ # of Entrée #1 ______________ # of Entrée # 2 ______________ # of Vegetarian Entrée ______________ Table name request: ____________________________________________________________________________

Make your check payable to the Oakmont Dance Club and place it, along with the completed form, in the Dance Club folder in the OVA Office, or mail with enough time to: Oakmont Dance Club, c/o Norm and Doris Pelton, 320 Singing Brook Circle, 538-3574. Entrée choices may not be changed after they are submitted. This especially includes a change of entrée during the event.


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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU Oakmont nMarie McKinney

Winter Course Preview December 16 in Berger at 3 pm New Coordinator for Oakmont Lifelong Learning

focus to food service. She completed the Professional Chef program at the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco and has worked both as a chef and food service administrator. After two successful years as Lifelong Learning Fradel and her husband, Craig Taylor, moved to Co-Coordinators Susi and Paul Heidenreich will pass Oakmont in July, 2010 where she has been active in the Oakmont Lifelong Learning baton to Fradel Been. the Lifelong Learning Program. Looking to the future, Many thanks go to Susi and Paul for their Fradel states, “My goal for the program fine work and dedication to the Lifelong is to continue to bring exciting learning Learning Program. On January 1, 2016 opportunities to Oakmont and to grow the Fradel will become the new Osher Lifelong Oakmont learning community.” You will be able to meet Fradel at the Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) Coordinator for Learning Winter Course Preview on December Oakmont and the Chairman of the Oakmont 16 starting at 3 p.m. at the Berger Center. The Lifelong Learning Board. In this position Preview will provide an opportunity for she will coordinate and manage the daily prospective students to hear more about the operations of the OLLI Program and courses Winter session and register for one or more at the Oakmont campus and act as the Fradel Been primary liaison with the OLLI team at courses. Classes will begin on January Sonoma State University. 11, 13 and 14, 2016. The courses for the Paul Heidenreich will welcome the Winter Session are: Monday—American new Oakmont program leader. “Susi Politics: Issues and Cases by Eric Williams, and I are so pleased to have Fradel taking Ph.D.; Wednesday—Satchmo, Duke, our place in January. Our community Miles and More: Hearing Jazz Through Its is fortunate to have someone of her Greatest Artists by Len Lyons, Ph.D.; and intellect, professionalism and passion Thursday—Life in the Universe: The Science and we are grateful for her spirit of of Astrobiology by Carl Pilcher, Ph.D. Winter OLLI at SSU brochures, leadership.” Fradel brings experience from a course descriptions, and registration wide variety of educational and career forms will be available in the OVA Susi and Paul Heidenreich venues. She holds a BS degree from Office, the Central Activity Center and at the Winter Preview. Please direct questions about the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, in History Oakmont courses and activities to Co-Chairs Paul and Anthropology. After graduation she served with and Susi Heidenreich at (206) 604-6418 or by E-mail at the Peace Corps in Micronesia teaching English as a Guests of Oakmont residents Second Language and then spent 15 years at AT&T’s are welcome, space permitting. Scholarship assistance is Human Resources Department doing Management available for all OLLI at SSU Oakmont classes Training and Development. In 1981 she turned her

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

a brand new year a brand new bible study

Our Bible Study group will break for the holidays and will start a brand new study in the new year. This is your personal invitation to join our group and start this exciting study. Our first class will start Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016. Mark your new calendar!

STUDY David: Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore

Presentation on large-screen TV with titles for hearing impaired. Class has workbooks. David: Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore is a compelling women’s Bible study of David. In this examination of the “man after God’s own heart,” David will delight and disappoint you. If you’ve ever experienced doubt, temptation, loss, family problems, or personal inconsistencies, this study is for you! God will never give up on you. Explore how David’s life proves this promise to be true. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. This is a weekly, non-denominational study. Our group is small and informal, the perfect place to meet new friends and learn exciting things from the Bible. For more information please call the number listed below. DATE: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B (new complex building) CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309 CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

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Oakmont Car Club

nRon Leve


The November outing was to the famous car museum in Danville. Blackhawk has 60 rare, exotic beautiful older cars restored to perfection and owned by Hollywood stars, sheiks and just plain old rich people. These are cars you will not see anywhere else.

The Blackhawk Shopping Center is an experience by itself with waterfalls, winding paths, sculptures, pools and restaurants galore. Of course there are high-end stores and a fabulous Costco. Other trips are planned for the future. Join us any Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. at the CAC. Grab a cup of coffee from Melissa and join us in the card room. You do not have to own an old car to attend, just enjoy camaraderie and “car talk.” For more information call me at 539-2802.

Oakmont Technology Forum nGeorge McKinney

Tuesday, January 5, 4 PM Berger Center SKYPE—A New Dimension in Communications plus Google Hangouts, Apple FaceTime and Viber

Our children and grandchildren have discovered yet another way to communicate. They have found a way to make face-to-face video calls among computers and mobile devices like SmartPhones and Tablets using the Internet. They can also make conference calls (yes, you can get all your brothers and sisters together in a family call to wish your mom a happy 90th Birthday), and shared computer screens (when you don’t understand what’s happening to your computer, you can call your son and show him the screen so he can fix it—even if he’s in North Carolina!). The most common system used is SKYPE. If you’re like the rest of us, you might have tried SKYPE a few years ago—it was a great way to make a cheap overseas phone call. SKYPE still is a wonderful way to make a cheap overseas phone call, but it has a lot more to offer now, and it’s a lot easier to use. Apple has a dedicated version called FaceTime. It’s very good, but FaceTime only works on Apple devices, so you can’t include anyone with a different type of device. On January 5, the Technology Forum will feature demonstrations and discussions showing what you can do with SKYPE. We’ll also talk about FaceTime and two other systems that are similar—Google Hangouts and Viber. All of these systems offer simple voice-over-internet service. You can place phone calls easily with them. There are also systems that work with the internet that are very good and very complete replacements for your landline—particularly Vonage. We’ll also briefly talk about how SKYPE and FaceTime differ from Vonage. This session will be in conjunction with the Oakmont Computer Learning Center open house to showcase Winter 2016 courses. See you there!

nBette Shutt

OakMUG wishes all of you much joy and happiness this holiday season! Mark your calendars for the Annual Meeting and Membership Party on January 16, 2016.

Oakmont PC Users Group

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

Neighborhood Watch News nShirley Hodgkins and Patricia Hewes


Especially now and throughout the holiday season, stay alert and rely on your senses. Car burglaries remain the number one crime in Sonoma County. Keep your car locked at all times. Never leave valuables inside the car. If your car is in your garage, make sure the garage door is closed and locked. Never leave your garage door standing open. Your home should always have the doors and windows locked. A successful Neighborhood Watch Program starts with the awareness of everyone. Be alert to suspicious activities. Question anyone loitering or wandering in your neighborhood. Ask, “May I help you?” If the person seems suspicious, call the Santa Rosa Police Department. Their number is 528-5222 to report the incident. Of course if there is a crime in progress or an emergency needing an ambulance, call 911. For more information or training call Shirley Hodgkins, Neighborhood Watch Committee Chair, 538-2530 or her cell, 888-7269. Look for information regarding a Community Meeting with Santa Rosa P.D. coming in 2016.

I’d love to find a home


that hums along predictably. And yet, it’s unpredictability that makes life so interesting! Case in point, ME! At just 5 y/o, I’ve got all the wisdom of an old soul. And while new situations make me nervous, I’m actually a social guy who craves companionship. Sensitive around small kids, I could live in a home with another cat and a calm dog. So, what can you predict from this unpredictability? A sweet cat who will make your life purr-fectly interesting!

A lot can happen in


two minutes. It might take even less than that for you to fall in love with me! If I seem a little shy at first it just means I want to get to know you. If we’re kindred spirits, I’ll be curled up in your lap in no time flat. As a 1½ year old terrier mix, I’ve got brains as well as handsomeness. I’ll thrive in a quiet home where we can bond over fun, games and training together. So, give me two minutes and I’ll give you a lifetime of love!

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nBob Stinson

Duplicate Bridge

Come join us for duplicate bridge

The Duplicate Bridge Club plays twice a week in the Central Activities Center card room, Tuesday evening at 6:45 PM and Friday afternoon at 12:30 PM. Our Duplicate Bridge Club is a friendly, low-key group who enjoy a more challenging way of playing bridge. There is a small fee, currently $3, which pays for a professional club director who organizes and officiates the game. The fee also pays for our club membership with the American Contract Bridge League. We enjoy coaching newcomers to our ranks. Firsttime players may play for free, but you need to

nSusan Ramsey

The Enocureans

remind the recorder if you are a first-timer. What is Duplicate? In social bridge, a new hand is dealt every time and a player’s score often reflects quite a bit of luck. In duplicate bridge the hands are dealt only once, and then played by nearly everyone. Your overall score is based on how well you do, compared to everyone else who played those hands. Another significant difference is that bidding is silent and uses colored bid cards from a bid box. If you enjoy bridge and want a fun, friendly and competitive way to improve your skills, bring your partner and try us out. General information and partnerships: Marilyn Hillendahl, 833-1032.

nEllen Leznik

Enocureans had a fabulous time at the November 18 MacRostie Winery event. The weather was perfect and so were the gorgeous vineyard views from the stunningly beautiful and stylish MacRostie Estate House. We enjoyed a delicious lunch paired with elegant Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs and had plenty of leisure time to enjoy the serene beauty of the surroundings and each other’s company.

Single Boomers Social Club Thanks to those that were able to join us on Dec. 9 to help at the Redwood Food Bank. Don’t forget to join us on December 17 at the Berger for some small bites and some holiday cheer. Appetizers provided! BYOB.


January 16: Movie Night

Tour of MacRostie Winery.

February 12: Paella Party


However you choose to celebrate the holidays we hope that you will have time to spend with friends and family.

If you’re interested in joining us, please fill out the attached application form, or pick up one in the OVA Single Boomers Social Club folder. For additional information on membership contact Sal Colombo, 303-7028.

Single Boomers Social Club Membership form

Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $12 to: Single Boomers Social Club (SBSC). Name:___________________________________________________________________ Date:________________ Address:______________________________________________________________________________________

Vineyard views from MacRostie Estate House.

E-mail (important, to receive Evites and Shout-outs):________________________________________________

Holiday Gala at the General’s Daughter in Sonoma Wednesday, December 16, 6–9:30 pm


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

This year’s Enocureans’ Holiday Gala, our biggest, most festive and elegant event of the year, will be at the General’s Daughter, a beautiful, historic building surrounded by lush gardens and fruit trees. The General’s Daughter is located at the base of oak-covered hills in downtown Sonoma, not far from the Plaza. The 1864 Victorian was once the home of General Vallejo’s daughter and her husband, the founder of California’s first winery. Our festivities will start with a Champagne reception, followed by a sit-down three-course, winepaired dinner and dancing.


Champagne Reception with passed hors d’oeuvres: Louis Bouillot NV Perle Aurore Rose Brut, lavender lemonade, cucumber water and iced tea, smoked salmon with mascarpone, garnet yam fritters. Starter: Salad—Dressed Local Chicories with poached pear, crispy bacon, candied walnuts, vinaigrette and Point Reyes Blue Cheese. Wine pairing—2013 Gustafson Estate Riesling. Entrée: Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Creamy Polenta. Wine pairing—2013 Lynmar Estate Russian River Pinot Noir. Dessert: Chocolate Panna Cotta with Shortbread. Wine pairing—2013 Sobon Estate Zinfandel Port. The all-inclusive event fee is $125 per person for club members, $130 for non-members. For information about the Enocureans please contact me at


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2015

Cardio Fitness


nEd Low

nBetsy Smith

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Aerobics Class


Save the date for the Hikers’ Annual Potluck in the East Rec. Center from 5:30–9:30 p.m. We will be providing dessert this year and ask you to begin thinking of the most fabulous dish you will bring. We will be asking for appetizers, salads and main dishes. The hikers are hearty eaters! Therefore, we ask that you prepare your special dish for 10–12 people. More details to follow! Contact person is Donna McCulloch, 539-5730.


Sugarloaf Ridge State Park—McCormick Addition. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

We will hike the Sonoma Coast Kortum Trail starting at the Shell Beach parking lot and walking north to the Goat Rock Beach and back along the same path for about 4.5 level miles with great views in both directions. Hike leader is Florentia Scott, 537-7314.


This eight-mile loop will pass by several waterfalls adorning Marin County open space. We will hike from the bottom of Cataract Creek up to the Mountain Theater on Mount Tamalpais, then return on a different trail. Expect some steep sections and lots of stair climbing. Elevation gain will be about 1,000’. Bring poles, lunch and water, and dress in layers. Meet at Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Lynn Pelletier, 280-2125.

Balance and Strength Class


Annadel Lake Ilsanjo. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)


right we will meet up with the intermediate hikers for lunch. That doesn’t actually happen very often but we try. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leaders are Randy and Kathy Vincent, 538-3530.


The New Year’s Bubbly Hike will be from Oak Mesa through Wild Oak to Two Quarry, Marsh, Pig Flat and Ridge trails to Laura’s Table, where we will hopefully meet the Long Hikers for lunch and a toast to the New Year. Distance is 5.8 miles with 600’ elevation gain. Bring water. Hike leader is Frank Batchelor, 537-6640.


The Long Hikers will be in Annadel for the “Bubbly Hike.” The trails will be determined depending on the weather and trail conditions. It will be around eight miles and 1,000’ elevation gain. If our timing is

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WHEN: Tuesdays. No class Dec. 22 and 29 TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center COST: $6 per class or $40 for eight classes INFO: Please bring a mat, weights, and water if you have them. We have equipment if you do not have any, so come on down! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Finally I am back from surgery! Come join us and keep fit during the Holiday Season! Fun, aerobics and friendship are what you can expect by coming to the late afternoon aerobics class. The class is ongoing and you can join at any time. The aerobic format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! We finish the class with core and balance work. The music is fun and catchy and the class is designed for all levels. Call me for more information. Bring your friends! See you in class!


To find out whether a hike has been cancelled because of rain, call the hike leader by 8 a.m. on the morning of the hike.


It is customary for riders to help drivers with gas costs on hikes more than 30 miles roundtrip, away from the local area. A suggested amount is $5/person. Check with your hike leader. Hikes are subject to change due to weather.

WHEN: Thursdays. No class Dec. 24 and 31 TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m.. WHERE: Class is held at the West Rec. Center COST: $6 per class or four classes for $20 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 538-8304 (home) or 3212105 (cell) Finally I am back from surgery! Come join us and keep fit during the winter holidays! Better balance and strength are the goals of this class. Start to reach these goals by joining Balance and Strength (All the Toys) class. You can join at any time! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves, we emphasize balance and work on strength. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of strength. Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of this class. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so please come and exercise with us!

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The Oakmont News / December 15, 2015

nLynn Seng, Instructor

Are you saying to yourself, “Yeah, yeah. But what is Zumba?” Zumba is an exercise program based on dance. As we like to say, “It is exercise in disguise!” I teach the steps to different dance routines—to exercise our bodies and brains—and if you remember them, great! And if you don’t, it doesn’t matter: just keep moving! We mo-o-o-ove, moo-moo-moove, meh-oo, mehoo, meh-oo, meh-oove to the music of Latin, Oldies and Pop, sometimes fast but not so fast or hard that we hurt ourselves. No hopping up-and-down, or getting down on the floor, or sit-ups. We dance and sweat, breathe heavy at times, work our arms, practice balance, and laugh a lot. If you’ve done something like it before and are in moderately-okay shape, join the Avancé class. If not, or if you’re just getting back to the groove, come to Débutant (see below), except not the Thursdays of Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve. Come check it out—what do you have to lose? All classes are held in the dance studio, lower West Recreation Center. The first two classes are free— just bring your shoes, water and a smile. Classes are discounted at 10 weeks for $60, five weeks for $40, or $10 per week, with no expiration. Feel free to E-mail or call me with questions: or 707-800-7470. Hope to see you soon! Avancé, Tuesdays 8:30–9:45 a.m. and Thursdays 2:30–3:45 p.m.: For the experienced exercise dancer who has been taking the class, or has recently done similar dance exercise elsewhere, or has been doing aerobic exercise on a regular basis. Débutant, Thursdays 1–2:15 p.m.: For the beginner or the person who is returning to exercise after an injury or illness, or who wants to learn dance steps and routines more slowly, or who wants to carefully build up stamina, muscle strength, and balance, or all of the above!

Saturday Morning Meditation nSheila Madden, Facilitator

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

Oakmont Health Initiative Free Fitness Classes

nTeresa Woodrum

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

Mondays: JoRene Wednesdays: Tredia Fridays: JoRene December 25, Christmas: No class—Happy Holiday! Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. Bring hand weights on Mon., Dec. 21. Word to the Wise: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All free fitness classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, wellsupervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful dear ones.

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Dreams of Sugar Plums! Dreams of the Lazy Days of Summer is more like it! We are breaking ice and plowing through the early mornings with visions of sun rays, not moonbeams. Who said, ”Only the strong will survive?” Darwin? Well, we are geared up and totally psyched. Bring on Old Man Winter! Morning, noon, or night… The East Pool users are a dedicated lot. Keep it up. Do not stop!

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

Now is the perfect time to try our Tai Chi, especially if you have never practiced it before. This ancient practice from China is greatly encouraged by western doctors because it helps to restore balance as well as enhance agility and reduce stress. We meet in the Upper West Rec. on Thursdays at 9 a.m. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop. These Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have pending appointments. Pre-registration is required by calling me at 318-5284. I have been practicing Tai Chi for 45 years and have taught it here at Oakmont for 28 years. Come join a small group of delightful students and improve your breathing and flexibility and balance. I’m looking forward to answering your questions and starting you on a new way of life.

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nCathy Rapp

Holiday Schedule

The free SRJC classes will not be held during the winter break. The last class will be on Thursday, December 17 and classes will resume on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. The fee classes and the boom box class will continue. To add your name to the water aerobics email list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain (really?) or pool closures, contact me at 5379281 or

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Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return. **Free Classes through SRJC: Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary **Note: these classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. The last class in 2015 will be Thursday, Dec. 17. Classes will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee) Friday: 9:45 a.m.—On winter hiatus

Forrest Yoga Classes nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

WHEN: Thursdays 9–10 a.m., includes Dec. 24 and 31 WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series

support yourself during the holidays!

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


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2015

Tennis Club

nStephanie Wrightson and Diane Linneball


At press time, Oakmont was fielding a team for a new USTA 7.0 mixed doubles league (age 40 and above). Last year, Team Oakmont participated in this Sonoma County league and came in first place in regular league play. Play starts in January and ends in March. All Oakmont tennis players with a USTA rating of 3.0, 3.5 or 4.0 can sign up for the team. To participate or if you have questions, please call Terri Somers, (925) 876-8074 or Bill Wrightson, 540-0471.


Thanks to the generosity of a member, the OTC owns a high-quality ball machine housed in the East Court shed. Dues-paying members, after an orientation, may use this machine. It must be taken via the ramp to the courts. Using the stairs will damage this expensive machine. More information about the proper use of all three ball machines can be found on the OTC website.


Outgoing OTC Vice President, Bill Wrightson, has an interest in tennis fitness. Last year, he facilitated two fitness workshops for tennis members conducted

by John Phillips, the trainer for Oakmont’s fitness facility. In addition, he has studied the fitness regimes of other top senior athletes. As he leaves the board after three years’ service, he shares ten aspects of a comprehensive tennis fitness regime: 1. Warm-up routine (for 20–30 minutes before playing). 2. Cool-down routine (for 20–30 minutes after playing). 3. Endurance training and high-intensity interval training (HIIT)—mountain climbers, burpees, skaters, plyometric exercises. 4. Aerobic capacity—jogging, sprints, short bursts. 5. Stretching/flexibility (plus yoga/pilates exercises). 6. Footwork, balance, coordination—grapevine, side-to-side and up-and-back shuffles, tennis footwork drills. 7. Strength training—for arms, legs, back, shoulders, hips (see chart at Fitness Center for types and examples of exercises using free weights). 8. Core fitness—rotation mobility, balance stability (planks, side planks, etc.). 9. Exercises to help specific tennis strokes—serve, forehand, backhand, volley, overhead. 10. Exercises to prevent common tennis injuries—

tennis elbow, rotator cuff inflammation, Achilles heel injuries, back and neck pain and other problems with knees, ankles, shoulders and hips. A more detailed article can be found on the OTC website home page, OTC News section.


OTC dues for 2016 remain a low $20/year for tennis tournaments, social events, beginner and intermediate tennis lessons, twice-a-week dropin tennis, club-managed substitution list, interclub tennis, three ball machines and spontaneous events like tenbeer (tennis + beer). See the membership coupon below. New memberships and renewals for 2016 received no later than March 1, 2016 will be listed in the 2016 OTC roster. New members who enroll now are paid up through 2016. After enrolling, log on to https:// and request access. Questions? Contact Membership Chairman Paula Lewis,


Complete this coupon and deposit it with a check for $20/person in the Oakmont Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office. (Re)join by March 1 to be listed in the 2016 OTC Roster. Name(s): ______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address: _______________________________________________ Phone number: ___________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________

nSusan Lynn


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”—Margaret Mead


It’s that time again—time to re-up for 2016. If we have your valid E-mail address, you should receive an E-mail notice on December 16 about renewing your membership for the coming year. Please contact us at if you do not receive a notice to renew. You may pay online using PayPal. Note: You do not need to create a PayPal Account to use PayPal. On the screen that says, “Choose a way to pay,” select the option called “Pay with a bank account, debit or credit card, or PayPal Credit.” Paying online is easy and convenient, so check it out by visiting our website at Members without an E-mail address must renew by check. Please indicate “dues renewal” on your check and deposit it in the “Dues” folder in the OVA office. It is still only $10 per person per calendar year to be a

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part of Oakmont’s most dynamic club. We’re already hard at work on our big events for next year, so get out your calendar and mark these dates: January 21: Trivia Night Social at the Quail Inn February 6: Mardi Gras March 17: St. Patrick’s Day April 21: Pizza/Dance Party May 14: Big Event TBD June 25: Big Event TBD July 21: Outside Event (this is usually a movie at St. Francis or a Transcendence Theater production) August 20: Big Event TBD September 15: Pizza/Dance Party October 22: Event TBD November 17: Trivia Night Social December 8: Holiday Party More details to follow, so watch this space. Boomer Trivia: Richard Chamberlain and Vince Edwards played doctors in these two 1960s dramas. Can you name them? For the answer, check the Boomers website,


Name _________________________________________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________________________________________ Telephone __________________________ E-mail _____________________________________________________ Dues paid ($10 per year per person) ____________

Please make check payable to Oakmont Boomers and place in the Boomers Dues folder at the OVA Office. You may also join/renew and pay online at Thank you.

Tennis Director Sumner Johnson, Jeff Clemence, Tony Agocs, Dave Koch and Doug Smith, Army vs. Navy.

Army (Fran Dias and Janet Nogara) fraternizing with Navy (Judith Fleshman).


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2015

Visual Aids nDel Baker nSusan Millar, OCF Chair


No, I’m not singing Christmas songs yet, but I am thinking about the charitable giving I may want to do. December 2015 is here. Where did the year go? For many of us, 2015 was spent enjoying all that Oakmont has to offer—club meetings and lectures, special events at the Berger, free exercise classes, concerts, Lifelong Learning, an Art Association presentation last February that was spectacular. We’re so fortunate to have many talented residents willing to share their knowledge and expertise, and a huge number of our neighbors willing to organize and lead. I hope you were also able to enjoy Oakmont’s bounty in 2015. If you have a favorite activity or participate in a special club, now is the time for you to think about charitable giving, too. The Oakmont Community Foundation makes it easy for you. Any donation to the OCF is taxdeductible. And that’s why I’m reminding you, it’s that time of year again.

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

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 Rec. Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action (no bowling fourth Tuesdays). See www. for club information and Winter 2016 League schedule. Dates for December: No bowling Dec. 15 (Demo Day, see below), 22 and 29 as we all take a break to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. ‘Tis the season for wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Thanks to everyone for making this past year successful. We look forward to a new year of even more fun and excitement. Winter League starts on Jan. 5, 2016.

We have had a busy year which we topped off with a mailing of 1,388 booklets in early November. Now it’s a bit of downtime! Please note that our last Visual Aids Workshop for this year was on Monday, Dec. 14. We will resume our work on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.

Passages Joseph Marzak, 30-year Oakmont resident, passed away December 4. Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone, 538-4293 or E-mail wallyschilpp1@, to publish the name and date of death of your loved one in the Oakmont News.

Attention All Horseshoe Players nRay Haverson

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club will have its meet on Thursday, January 7. We will be playing from 9 a.m.– 12 noon. Please let me know what hour you would like to reserve. We can play up to eight players per hour. If you are not a member yet you may join our club. The dues are a mere $12 per year. Make checks payable to Sha-Boom. Your dues for this year will pay you up to January 1, 2017. You can E-mail me for your requested start time at or call me at 539-6666. Your play time will be one hour. Come on out and have some fun! The pits are located behind the Central Pool. Please park in the Berger parking lot. See you on Thursday, January 7.


We had our Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 1:30–3 p.m. at the Berger Center with pizza, salad, coffee, diet sodas, sparkling apple cider and egg nog. A good time was had by all. We presented awards to the Fall League winners and Team Champions.


1:30 PM League: first place, Wild Turkeys: Juan Fuentes, Kathryn Miller, Vicki Robinson, Sandy Wald. High Games: Don Shelhart, 300; Kathryn Miller, 300; Sandy Osheroff, 300; and Robin Schudel, 300. 3:15 PM League: first place tie, Strikes & Spares— Jan Blackburn, Al Bentham, Valerie Hulsey and Bruce Price, and King Pins—Mollie Atkinson, Maureen Schwartz, Irene Lucia and Barbara Ford. High Games: Bruce Price, 268; and Jan Blackburn, 300. Fall League Team Champions: Strikers—Al Thomas, Phyllis Jennings, Mariel Green and Terry Leuthner. Team Strikers was added to the Team Championship Trophy.


On Dec. 15 at 1:30 p.m. at the West Recreation Center, we will have a Wii Bowling Demonstration where you will get a Wii bowling lesson and experience the fun and excitement the Oakmont Lanes Club has to offer while celebrating the holidays with cookies and refreshments. Hope to see you there!

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby


What does it mean to have the Holy Spirit directing your life? What do you know about the third member of the Trinity? This study will reveal who He is, what He does, and what life is like when He lives within you. Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, join our welcoming and friendly group to explore the answers to these questions. This Stonecroft study has six lessons, but we progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays. No classes Dec. 18 and 25 or Jan. 1. TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 6 (room is directly across the hall from the OVA Office) LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

Oakmont Great Decisions 2016 Program nGeorge McKinney, Karen Krestensen, Juanita Roland, co-chair

Great Decisions is a national program of discussion groups on foreign policy issues that are important to the United States. It is sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. Meetings are held every two weeks during February through May. In Oakmont we meet on Monday mornings from 10 a.m.–12 noon in the East Recreation Center, beginning February 1, 2016 and ending May 23, 2016. Oakmont residents who sign up for the Great Decisions program receive a book written by foreign policy experts ($19 cost) which provides background material on eight topics. Send your check for a copy of the book to George McKinney, Coordinator, 307 Stone Creek Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Topics for 2016 are: 1. Middle East (Feb. 1): In a series of conflicts that are far from being black-and-white, what can the U.S. do to secure its interests in the region without causing further damage and disruption? 2. The Rise of ISIS (Feb. 15): What is ISIS, and what danger does it pose to U.S. interests? What can and should the U.S. do about ISIS? 3. The Future of Kurdistan (Feb. 29): Kurdistan, a mountainous region made up of parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Armenia and Syria, is home to one of the largest ethnic groups in West Asia: the Kurds. What does the success of Iraqi Kurdistan mean for Kurds in the surrounding region? What should U.S. policy be regarding the Kurds? 4. Migration (Mar. 14): Today, with the number of displaced people at an all-time high, how can the world powers balance border security with humanitarian concerns? More importantly, what can they do to resolve these crises so as to limit the number of displaced persons? 5. The Koreas (Mar. 28): North and South Korea couldn’t be further apart. The North is underdeveloped, impoverished and ruled by a corrupt, authoritarian government, while the South has advanced rapidly to become one of the most developed countries in the world. Is reunification possible, even desirable, anymore? 6. The United Nations (Apr. 11): This year marks a halfway point in the organization’s global effort to eradicate poverty, hunger and discrimination. As the UN’s 193 member states look back at the success of the millennium development goals, they must assess their needs for a new series of benchmarks. 7. Climate Change (Apr. 25): The presidential election in 2016 will be one of the first ever to place an emphasis on environmental change. What can the next president do to stymie this environmental crisis? What if he doesn’t want to make these efforts? And is it too late for these efforts to be effective? 8. Cuba and the U.S. (May 9): The U.S. announced in December 2014 that it has begun taking major steps to normalize relations with Cuba. Although the U.S. trade embargo is unlikely to end any time soon, American and Cuban leaders today are trying to bring a relationship once defined by the 1960s into the 21st century. 9. Topic to be decided (May 23): The group participants will pick an emerging current events topic for a last session. If you have any questions, please E-mail We look forward to see you!



The Oakmont News / December 15, 2015

Valley of the Moon Rotary nJohn Brodey

A Watched Pot Never Boils?

It will, if it is filled with crab! For what has been a disheartening story about the delay of the official crab harvesting season up to now, it seems things will be returning to normal very soon. Recent testing on the ocean waters in the prime fishing areas show a steady decrease in the presence of the algae that has put things on hold. Once the all-clear sounds there will be a crab frenzy like none before. That makes it all the more important to grab your tickets to the Valley of the Moon Rotary’s 15th Annual Crab Feed sooner rather than later. It’s always a sellout, and this year will be no different. In case you are new to the area, this is the premier crab event in the county for the not so simple reason that we only serve fresh crab. The fact that

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access and voting rights, suspended after a properly noticed hearing before the OVA Board of Directors. Members are at all times for acts of their tenants and invitees and any suspension of membership privileges imposed against a member will be applicable to a tenant’s use of the premises. The Board of Directors may also take any other available legal action, as further described in the OVA Hearing Procedure, Enforcement and Fine Policy for Violations of the Governing Documents The following are the rules of conduct which must be complied with at all times while in or on the premises (the following is not an exhaustive list, and the Board of Directors reserves the right to enforce additional regulations as may be necessary): 1. Committing or attempting to commit any activity that would constitute a violation of any federal, state or local criminal statute or ordinance is deemed a nuisance and will be regulated in the same manner as other nuisances in or on the premises. 2. Directing an imminent threat of physical harm against any person or property. 3. Engaging in conduct that disrupts or interferes with the normal operation of the premises, or disturbs other members, resident, guests, or staff, including, but not limited to, conduct that involves abusive or threatening language or gestures, or conduct that creates unreasonable noise. 4. Using OVA materials, equipment, furniture, fixtures or buildings in a manner inconsistent with the customary use thereof; or in a destructive, abusive or potentially damaging manner; or in a manner likely to cause injury or harm to any such property or the users thereof. 5. Unless approved of in writing by OVA, soliciting, petitioning, distributing written materials, or demonstrating for a political, charitable or religious purpose inside OVA buildings, including the doorway or vestibule of any such premise, and soliciting, petitioning, distributing written materials, or demonstrating for a political, charitable or religious purpose. 6. Smoking of any substance, any use or preparation of tobacco, or any use or preparation of vaping devices or substances on the premises. 7. Bringing of animals inside OVA premises (with the exception of service, companion or therapy animals legally permitted under state and federal fair housing laws), except as allowed at an OVA approved event, or leaving an animal tethered and unattended on OVA premises. 8. Using personal equipment at an unreasonable level and/or at a volume that disturbs others on the premises, including, but not limited to pagers, stereos, televisions, cellular telephones and other electronic devices of any kind.

we have moved the feed up a month to Saturday, January 30 will only add to the importance of getting your tickets and tables reserved as soon as possible. Space is limited at the Berger Center, as we all know, so plan accordingly. We will have our notso-usual array of amusements and entertainment, including the live and kicking auction, the extremely silent auction with an array of irresistible packages, the raffle of your life and a game or two thrown in. We will have as full a bar as is allowed by the state of California and, of course, all the fresh crab you could possibly eat. Tickets are $50 and the proceeds, in their entirety, go to fund the various local causes and global organizations we support that work so efficiently

and effectively in making our world a better place. You can’t sleep any better knowing that you had your fill of one of the ocean’s delicacies, had fun with friends and made a difference, all in the same evening. Get your tickets from your usual Rotarian contact or if you are a newcomer, please E-mail Valerie Hulsey ( Bibs provided.

9. Violating or failing to comply with any general or specific rules, regulations, or requirements relating to a resident’s use of any portion of the premises or community facilities shall be deemed a violation of this Code of Conduct, whether or not such rule, regulation or requirement is set forth in this Code of Conduct or in another adopted set of rules/ policies, and shall subject the member in violation to disciplinary action after proper notice and a hearing, as described herein. Persons found violating the above listed OVA rules of conduct and any other effective requirement relating to the community facilities/premises shall, after proper notice and hearing, be subject to fines and/or suspension of their membership privileges and/or any other available disciplinary measures in the manner set forth in the OVA Hearing Procedure, Enforcement and Fine Policy for Violations of the Governing Documents.

• Make demands on any OVA Personnel • Punish, scold or threaten OVA Personnel • Defame any OVA Personnel • Sexually, verbally or physically harass OVA Personnel • Discriminate against OVA Personnel • Use any other words or actions which create an uncomfortable, unsafe, or hostile work environment for OVA Personnel Any form of abuse, disrespect, hostility, harassment, or other conduct, as described above or as may otherwise be prohibited, shall constitute a violation of this Policy, a nuisance as set forth in OVA’s governing documents, and shall subject a member to disciplinary action after a thorough investigation is performed by the OVA and a properly noticed hearing before the board is conducted in accordance with the OVA Hearing Procedure, Enforcement and Fine Policy for Violations of the Governing Document and applicable law. Additionally, any member shall be responsible to indemnify, defend and hold harmless OVA and its directors, officers, agents, managers, committee members from and against any claims, damages, losses or injuries brought against OVA by any OVA Personnel which arise or result from the actions or conduct of the member toward/against the OVA Personnel. An investigation into any abusive conduct towards or against any OVA Personnel by an OVA member shall be commenced upon receipt of a compliant/ incident report from any OVA Personnel or any other member or party that is reasonably submitted in good faith and which alleges that the OVA Personnel has been the victim of conduct prohibited by this Policy or otherwise. The OVA Personnel who has allegedly been the victim of abusive conduct need not be the person submitting the complaint/incident report. The complaint/incident report shall state, to the extent possible, the details of the incident(s), the names of the individuals or company involved, and names of witnesses (if any). OVA may maintain the confidentiality of a complaint/incident report on a need to know basis. If the OVA’s investigation does not require the disclosure of information to an accused party or witness, such disclosure will be not be made. Notwithstanding the foregoing, OVA is under a legal duty to investigate all such complaints/incident reports, and if required by law, OVA will disclose such information in performing its investigation. Persons found violating the above listed OVA Employee Abuse Policy shall be subject to fines and/or suspension of their membership or voting privileges after a noticed hearing before the Board in accordance with applicable law and the OVA Hearing Procedure, Enforcement and Fine Policy for Violations of the Governing Documents.

OVA Employee Abuse Policy

This Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Employee Abuse Policy (“Policy”) is adopted to ensure that all OVA employees, contractors, staff, directors and committee members (collectively referred to as “OVA Personnel”) are treated with respect at all times by all OVA members, residents, guests and invitees. OVA members shall be fully responsible for the acts of their tenants, guests or invitees, and any reference to an act committed by an OVA member shall be deemed to include those acts committed by the member’s tenants, guests or invitees. The OVA has a duty to ensure that all OVA Personnel are free from a hostile work environment, and OVA is committed to not tolerate abusive conduct toward any OVA Personnel. If any OVA Personnel reasonably believes he or she has been treated with abuse, malice, and/or finds the environment to be hostile, offensive, and unrelated to that OVA Personnel’s legitimate business interests, OVA shall investigate the matter and impose disciplinary action, after a properly noticed hearing, against a member if necessary. When communicating or engaging with OVA Personnel, no OVA member shall perform the following acts, which shall be deemed a violation of this Policy (the following is not an exhaustive list and other actions may constitute a violation of this Policy): • Inflict verbal abuse, such as the use of derogatory remarks, insults, profanity, obscenities or epithets • Engage in verbal or physical conduct that a reasonable person would find hostile, threatening, intimidating, bullying or humiliating • Gratuitously sabotage or undermine any OVA Personnel’s work performance • Be disrespectful, impolite or rude • Issue orders, instructions or directions to OVA Personnel


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2015

Oakmont Village Association Delinquent Assessment Collection Policy (Adopted October 20) Prompt payment of assessments by all owners is critical to the financial health of the Oakmont Village Association (“Association”) and to the enhancement of the property values of all properties within Oakmont. Your Board of Directors (“Board”) takes its obligations very seriously under the association’s governing documents including, but not limited to the Bylaws, Protective Restrictions and the California Civil Code (“Civil Code”) to enforce the members’ obligation to pay assessments. Pursuant to the Association’s Protective Restrictions, Bylaws and the Civil Code, the following assessment practices and policies outlined below have been adopted by the board and shall remain in effect until such time as they may be changed, modified, or amended by a duly adopted resolution of the board. 1. Assessments, late charges, interest and collection costs, including any attorneys’ fees, are the personal obligation of the owner of the property at the time the assessment or other sums are levied. (Civil Code Section 5650(a)) 2. Regular monthly assessments are due and payable on the first (1st) day of each month. It is the owner of record’s responsibility to pay each assessment in full each month regardless of whether a courtesy statement or courtesy late letter is received. 3. All other assessments, including special assessments, are due and payable on the date specified by the board on the Notice of Assessment, which date will not be less than thirty (30) days after the date of Notice of the Assessment. 4. An owner may, but is not obligated to, pay under protest any disputed charge or sum levied by the association, including, but not limited to, an assessment, fine, penalty, late fee, collection cost, or monetary penalty imposed as a disciplinary measure provided the amount in dispute does not exceed the California jurisdictional limits of the small claims court. By doing so, the owner may in addition to pursuing dispute resolution pursuant to Civil Code Sections 5925-5965, commence an action in small claims court. 5. Until all assessments are paid in full, any payments made by an owner will first be applied to assessments owed. Only after all assessments are paid in full will payments be applied to collection fees and costs, attorney’s fees, late charges or interest. (Civil Code Section 5655(a)) The Association may, in its discretion, enter into an agreement with an owner providing for payments to be applied in a different manner, such agreement shall be controlling. 6. Regular assessments are delinquent thirty (30) days after they come due. 7. All other assessments, including, but not limited to, special assessments, are delinquent thirty (30) days after they come due. 8. Delinquent assessments are subject to a late charge in the amount of $10 or 10%, whichever is greater. 9. Interest on all sums imposed, including delinquent assessments, collection fees and costs, and attorney’s fees shall be at an annual rate of 7% and shall commence 30 days after an assessment becomes due. 10. If a special assessment is payable in installments and an installment payment for that special assessment is delinquent for more than 30 days, all installments will be accelerated and the entire unpaid balance of the special assessment shall become immediately due and payable. The remaining balance shall be subject to late fees and interest as provided herein. 11. The association or the association’s managing agent may send to the owner a late letter once an assessment becomes delinquent. A charge (if any) for the late letter will be added to the owner’s delinquent account.

12. If an assessment is delinquent, the association or its designee, in the event the account is turned over to a collection agent, will send a pre-lien letter to the owner as required by Civil Code Section 5660 by certified mail, to the owner’s mailing address of record advising of the delinquent status of the account, impending collection action and the owner’s right to request that the association participate in internal dispute resolution (“IDR”). The owner will be charged collection fees and costs for the pre-lien letter. Notwithstanding the provisions of this paragraph, the association may (i) send a pre-lien letter to a delinquent owner at any time when there is an open escrow involving the owner’s separate interest, and/ or (ii) issue a pre-lien letter immediately if any special assessment becomes delinquent even if the owner is current in paying their regular assessments. 13. If an owner fails to pay the amounts set forth in the pre-lien letter and fails to request IDR within 30 days of the date of the pre-lien letter, the board, by majority vote in an open meeting, shall authorize the recordation of a lien for the amount of any delinquent assessments, late charges, interest and/ or collection fees and costs, including attorneys’ fees, against the owner’s property. The owner will be charged collection fees and costs for preparation and recordation of the lien. The lien may be enforced in any manner permitted by law, including, judicial or non-judicial foreclosure. See Civil Code Sections 5700-5720. 14. The lien may be enforced by non-judicial foreclosure sale when either (a) the delinquent assessment amount totals $1,800 or more, excluding accelerated assessments and specified late charges and fees or (b) the assessments are delinquent for more than 12 months. A delinquent owner could lose ownership of the property if a foreclosure action is completed. The delinquent owner will be responsible for significant additional collection fees and costs for enforcement of the lien against the property. 15. The decision to foreclose against a lien must be made by a majority of the Board of Directors in an Executive Session meeting and the Board of Directors must record their votes in the minutes of the next open meeting of the board. The board must maintain the confidentiality of the delinquent owner(s) by identifying the matter in the minutes by the parcel number of the owner’s property, rather than the name of the owner(s). Prior to initiating the foreclosure sale against a recorded lien, the association shall offer delinquent homeowners the option of participating in IDR or Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”). 16. Upon an owner’s written demand, the association shall make specified association records available for inspection and copying pursuant to Civil Code Sections 5200-5240. 17. In the event it is determined that the owner has paid the assessments on time, the owner will not be liable to pay the charges, interests, and costs of collection. 18. The owner has the right to request a meeting with the Board of Directors as provided by Civil Code Section 5665. 19. An owner has the right to dispute the debt by submitting a written request for dispute resolution pursuant to the association’s “meet and confer” program pursuant to Civil Code Sections 5900-5920. 20. An owner has the right to request alternative dispute resolution with a neutral third party pursuant to Civil Code Sections 5925-5965, before the association may initiate foreclosure against the owner’s separate interest, except that binding arbitration shall not be available if the association intends to initiate a judicial foreclosure. 21. An owner may submit a written request

to discuss a payment plan for the debt to the Association’s Board. The board is not required to meet with an owner unless the request is mailed within 15 days of the date of the postmark of the pre-lien letter, in which case the board shall meet with the owner in Executive Session within 45 days of the postmark of the request unless there is no regularly scheduled board meeting within that period, in which case the board may designate a committee of one or more directors to meet with the owner. 22. The association shall provide the owner the standards for payment plans, if any exist. The board will consider payment plan requests on a case-by-case basis and is under no obligation to grant payment plans. Payment plans shall not interfere with the association’s ability to record a lien against an owner’s separate interest to secure payment for the owner’s delinquent assessments. If the board authorizes a payment plan, it may incorporate payment of ongoing assessments that accrue during the payment plan period. If a payment plan is approved, additional late fees from the homeowner will not accrue while the owner remains current under the terms of the payment plan. If the owner breaches an approved payment plan, the association may resume its collection action from the time prior to entering into the payment plan. 23. Nothing herein limits or otherwise affects the association’s right to proceed in any lawful manner to collect any delinquent sums owed to the association. 24. Subject to Paragraph 17 above, prior to the release of any lien, or dismissal of any legal action, all assessments, late charges, interest, and collection fees and costs, including attorneys’ fees, must be paid in full to the association. 25. There is no right of offset. An owner may not withhold assessments owed to the association on the alleged grounds that the owner is entitled to recover money or damages from the association for some other obligation. 26. The association shall charge the owner a $25 fee for the first check tendered to the association that is returned unpaid by the owner’s bank and $35 for each subsequent check passed on insufficient funds. If the check cannot be negotiated, the association may also seek to recover damages of at least $100, or, if higher, three times the amount of the check up to $1,500 pursuant to Civil Code Section 1719. 27. Owners have the right to provide a secondary address for mailing for purposes of collection to the association. The owner’s request shall be in writing and shall be mailed to the association in a way that shall indicate that the association has received it. An owner may identify or change a secondary address at any time, provided that, if a secondary address is identified or changed during the collection process, the association shall only be required to send notices to the indicated secondary address from the point the association receives the request. 28. All charges listed herein are subject to change upon 30 days prior written notice. 29. Until the owner has paid all amounts due, including delinquent assessments, late charges, interest and fees and costs of collection, including attorneys’ fees, the Board of Directors may suspend the owner’s right to vote, and suspend the owner’s right to use the association’s recreational facilities after providing the owner with notice of a duly noticed hearing before the board. No suspension imposed may prevent the delinquent owner from the use, benefit and pleasure of the owner’s separate interest. 30. The mailing address for overnight payment of assessments is: Oakmont Village Association c/o Condominium Financial Management, Inc., 1001 Galaxy Way, Suite 200, Concord, CA 94520-5735.


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2015

nRosemary Waller


My first encounter with the fabulous Samuelson/ Lounsbery duo occurred shortly after I moved from Cincinnati, Ohio to Oakmont. The occasion was a surprise dinner party in Berger Center, celebrating the 80th birthday of the legendary Bob Hayden, who introduced live classical music concerts in Oakmont over 25 years ago. The party organizers managed to keep the honoree totally in the dark, even though some 200 celebrants were involved. Alla Hayden was truly a pro. She had Bob believing she was taking him out for dinner, but said she needed to stop at Berger to check on an upcoming event. And there we all were, shouting “SURPRISE!” A highlight of the evening was the appearance of soprano Jenni Samuelson and pianist Kathryn Lounsbery. They serenaded Bob in a most delightful performance, which at one point included sitting on the birthday boy’s lap. Quite a stunner to the usually unflappable Bob! Since then, Jenni and Kathryn have appeared several times in Oakmont, and we look forward to their return on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 1:30 p.m. As always, they will pepper their recital with engaging banter, facts, and surprises.

Oakmont Music Lovers nHarriet Palk

Who Doesn’t Belong and Why: Ludwig van Beethoven, Georg Philipp Telemann or Thomas Jefferson?

Please join host Bob Giddings and other Oakmont music lovers to learn the correct answer to this question. The discussion and resolution may astound you! We will view a fascinating and remarkable reenactment of the first rehearsal of Beethoven’s third symphony— the “Eroica,” Opus 55. The time is June 1804. The place is Prince Lobkowitz’s Vienna palace. The prince, his wife and assorted friends witness and react to hearing the “Eroica” Bob Giddings with Beethoven at the helm. We will have just enough time to listen and view the all-important first and second movements of this groundbreaking work. Or as the “father of the symphony,” the aging Joseph Haydn, remarked after hearing the “Eroica,” “Everything is different from today.” Beethoven originally composed the symphony to honor Napoleon, but after he declared himself emperor, in 1804, Beethoven removed Napoleon’s name from the title page and wrote instead, ”Heroic Symphony, composed to celebrate the Memory of a Great Man” and dedicated it to Prince Joseph von Lobkowitz. Perhaps no other symphony has garnered more ink or discussion from the moment it erupted onto the musical scene, but this will not deter us from further discussion and enjoyment. WHEN: January 5, 2016, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

Jenni Samuelson is a three-time regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Auditions. She has performed in over 25 lead roles with companies such as the San Francisco Opera Center, Western Opera Theater, Eugene Opera, Jenni Samuelson Opera San Jose, Cinnabar Theater, Chicago Light Opera Works, and the Skylight in Milwaukee. Signature roles include Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Musetta (La Boheme), Rosina (The Barber of Seville), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), Adina (The Elixir of Love), Nanetta (Falstaff), and Johanna (Sweeney Todd). She has appeared in concert with the Kathryn Lounsbery Carmel Bach Festival, San Francisco Chorale, Sonoma Bach Society, Merced Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony and Boston Metropolitan Chorale. She received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree from Northwestern University. A voice faculty member at Sonoma State University from 1999 through 2005, she currently teaches in the Global Arts Studies Program at UC Merced. Kathryn Lounsbery is a Los Angeles-based pianist, comedian, music director, composer, and arranger. A classically trained pianist, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she won the Beethoven Competition and also the Grand Prize in the statewide Harold Levin Competition. She received her Master of Keyboard Collaborative Arts degree from the University of Southern California. She has directed countless shows, including Little Shop of Horrors, The Fantasticks, Hairspray, Legally Blonde, and Cabaret. A wide-ranging and prolific performer, she appears in concerts, recitals, and cabaret shows, as well as comedy nights at such venues as The Laugh Factory, The Improv, The Comedy Store, 54 Below, and The Hollywood Fringe Festival. She has served on the faculty of Sonoma State University, and currently teaches at The American Musical and Dramatic Arts Academy in Hollywood. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door or your season pass

Documentary Film Masterworks nErnie Rose

For some, delicatessen food is close to a religious experience. Recipes and culinary garnishes from Hungary, Poland, Russia and Romania that followed immigrants to the new world in the 19th and early 20th century soon became part of an American culinary and cultural vernacular called Deli. Deli Man (91 min. 2015) is a brand new documentary film recounting the historical roots of this popular New York cuisine that earned its early reputation as a quick, inexpensive but nourishing lunch item for working class residents of the Lower East Side. There were Italian delicatessens. There were German delicatessens. But none came near earning the mystique and popularity of the Jewish delis that sprang up everywhere featuring tender, crumbling cuts of corned beef steeped in its juices, a full-bodied garlic dill pickle, and a bowl of hot matzah-ball soup on a summer’s day. Our principal guide in the film to these gastronomical delights is the effusive and charming Ziggy Gruber, a third-generation delicatessen man, owner and maven (as well as a Yiddish-speaking French trained chef) who currently operates one of the country’s top delis, Kenny and Ziggy’s in, of all places, Houston, Texas. It is a trip guaranteed to stir up fond memories and leave your mouth watering. WHEN: Thursday, December 17 at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose



The Oakmont News / December 15, 2015

nElizabeth McDonnell

Quilting Bee

Fellow Oakmonter, Olivia Kinzler, spoke at our meeting telling us of a quilt group she belongs to at the Center for Spiritual Living. That group makes quilts which they then finish into a sleeping bag form. These sleeping bags are donated to The Living Room, a dropin day shelter for homeless women and children. The women and children then can select a sleeping bag to keep for their own to help ward off the nighttime chill as they sleep in their cars or whatever shelter they have. Olivia showed a beautiful “heritage quilt” created by a group of ladies and donated to the Center for Spiritual Living. Each quilter created a block reflecting her heritage. It contains a cute little Scottish lass, a leprechaun, a cowboy, a gondolier, a Dutch girl and many other people in costumes of the world. The quilt is very charming and there are plans to auction off the quilt as a fundraiser. Paula Scull told us that Habitat for Humanity likes to give a quilt to each family that receives a new home from the organization. Habitat for Humanity is always looking for people to help make quilts or the donation of quilts. If anyone has quilts already made and wishes to donate them, they should contact Habitat for Humanity in Santa Rosa. Habitat for Humanity needs twin size quilts for children and queen size for adults. A tax donation receipt is provided. Cathy Rapp showed a cute postcard her sister sent her made with Thanksgiving fabric. Jean Langley showed us pictures of quilts she has made for her grandchildren. Helen White showed her wool quilt of flowers which is embellished with beading and a caterpillar. Susan MacKenzie showed a unique “wonky” purse/bag she made and promised to lead a class for us in the construction of one. Lisa Boyer also agreed to speak at a meeting in the not too distant future on the kinds and sizes of needles and threads to use for our projects. There was discussion concerning the upcoming holiday party and the challenge for 2016, which will be announced at the party.


Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee nSuzanne Cassell, OEPC Secretary/Public Relations


Olivia Kinzler

When a disaster hits, don’t count on your phone or the Internet. History tells us that those resources will likely be inaccessible, possibly for days. Anticipating this, the OEPC has established radio networks to maintain contact with the outside world, allowing us to report problems or request assistance from city, county, and federal emergency services. One critical part of our communications starts in Oakmont neighborhoods, with volunteers patrolling our streets with simple-to-use walkie-talkie radios that allow them to report problems and request assistance. Unfortunately, we only have enough volunteers, called “Zone Communicators” (ZC’s), to cover about 44% of Oakmont—far less than we would need to adequately respond in the event of an emergency. At a recent drill conducted for the purpose of training Zone Communicators in their zones/ neighborhoods, COPE leaders (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergency) complained about the lack of contact during that drill. According to Tony Lukes, Zone Communications Coordinator, the reasons were: their zone (neighborhood) had no Zone Communicator or their ZC was absent and there was no Alternate to serve as a back-up.

Helen White

The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room in the Central Activities Center, from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

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Oakmont residents/Zone Communicators Zlatica Hasa (left) and Bonnie Lukes during the recent ZC drill. (Photo by Suzanne Cassell)

The only requirement to be a Zone Communicator is the ability to walk, talk and push a button on a walkie-talkie. No license or previous radio experience is needed, and the area you would be asked to cover would be in or near your home and limited to your physical abilities. In terms of time, you’ll be asked to use your OVA-provided radio to check in once a month for about five min. to make sure it’s still working, and possibly support a four-hour communications test twice a year. Be a part of the solution! For more information, or better yet to volunteer as a ZC or Alternate, contact Tony Lukes, our Zone Communications Coordinator, at 5379631 or E-mail at Thank you!

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Pickleball Corner nTom Kendrick

Announcement this week from Outdoor Resorts in Palm Springs: “For those who haven’t heard Outdoor Resort Palm Springs is introducing Pickleball as an ongoing activity into our resort. The resort has a Pickleball club and committee and the fee to join the club and get involved with not only the sport but the activities like BBQ’s, Pot Luck dinners etc. is $20. So I encourage all who are staying with us this season to get involved, have some fun and make some new friends while getting plenty of exercise.”

Player Profile—Michael Martin

Michael and Laura Martin have been Oakmont residents for three years. Eight years ago Michael was diagnosed with Glioma, a cancerous brain tumor. Although he went through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the prognosis was not good. The crippling disorder presented him with a bleak outlook for his future. But apparently Michael does Michael Martin not follow directions very well. He has defied the odds and proved his doctors wrong by continuing to live. Not only has he continued living, he embarked on an intensive program of physical therapy in an attempt to arrest the loss of his cognitive abilities, some of which include memory. “It’s funny,” says Michael, “with everything they put me through, it turns out that pickleball seems to be one of best forms of therapy I could ever have chosen! Playing the game has not only helped my physical

nBarbara Bowman

condition, but my cognitive abilities have improved as well, not to mention my coordination and balance.” Michael also relates how the social aspects of pickleball (the part where we all sit around and jabber) has had a positive effect on his well-being, given him a sense of belonging, and has helped to stave off the ever-present bouts of depression associated with his condition. Wow! Michael, your positive attitude and zest for life is astounding—you are a true inspiration. How lucky we are to have you as an Oakmont neighbor, a friend and a playing partner!

New player orientation

PJ’s new player orientation days will continue after winter, but all new players or interested parties are encouraged to come on up to the upper courts at the East Rec. Center. We usually start around 10 a.m. these days—just listen for the sound of people having fun! All of the members of Oakmont Pickleball Club want to wish our friends and neighbors a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. How lucky we all are to live here! WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: All day, every day, seven days a week WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people ATTIRE: Proper court attire requested. Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. We have loaner paddles available. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266; E-mail:

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 Movies At Oakmont is observing a winter break during December and January. Only matinees will be shown until February 14, 2016.

Sunday, December 20, 2 pm MR. HOLMES

Long retired to a remote seaside farmhouse, 93-year-old Sherlock Holmes (Ian McKellar) tends his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper (Laura Linney) and her young son, and reflects on his remarkable career. But the legendary sleuth, who’s grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, remains haunted by the unsolved case that forced him into retirement. A beautiful story, well-told, and memorable for the brilliant performance of McKellar and his interactions with the boy. (2015), PG, 103 minutes.

Sundays, December 27 and January 3 NO FILMS SHOWN, CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S WEEKENDS Sunday, January 10, 2 pm HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT

In concert with the Oakmont Quilters, Movies At Oakmont screens a film about all kinds of relationships—romantic, platonic and familial—and the creation of a quilt. Finn Dodd (Winona Rider), a graduate student having second thoughts about her fiancé and marriage, spends the summer with her grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) and great-aunt (Anne Bancroft) and their quilting circle, whose life stories captivate the conflicted young woman. Arrive early for a special artistic treat: displayed quilt samples from the Oakmont Quilters. (1995), PG-13, 117 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, December 20, 2 p.m.: Mr. Holmes, (2015), PG, 103 minutes. Sundays, December 27 and January 3: No films shown, Christmas and New Year’s weekends.

Sunday, January 10, 2 p.m.: How to Make an American Quilt, (1995), PG-13, 117 minutes. Also, displayed quilt samples from the Oakmont Quilters.

Buddhist Group nPennijean Savage

There will be no Buddhist meeting for the Oakmont Buddhist Group in December. We will resume with our next Buddhist meeting on January 30, 2016, at 2:30 p.m. Hope to see you then. Happy Holidays! 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 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative

nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

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

Oakmont Educators Club nMarcia Murray

At our November meeting, we learned the results of the member survey. We will continue to meet every other month on the second Thursday, with our next meeting scheduled for January 14, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. On February 6, 2016, the club will host a morning Retirement Seminar for current Sonoma County teachers planning to retire within five years. The California Retired Teachers Association will present the program. Oakmont Educators Club members will be there to welcome attendees and help serve refreshments. At our January meeting, we will be making plans for our involvement in the Retirement Seminar. If you would like to attend the Retirement Seminar you must register by our January meeting. To register for this, or learn more about the Educators Club, contact Barbara Arnold at 833-2095.

Free Senior Movie Series at the Third Street Cinemas Press release

Now through June, on the first Thursday of each month, at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) you can choose from three or four current films. The theater is located at 620 Third Street, behind Third Street Aleworks. For movie choices call The Third Street Cinemas recording, 525-8909 x 2. No tickets are needed. Parking is around the corner at the D Street Garage (has an elevator) or across the street at the Third Street Garage (has stairs only), 75 cents per hour. You need to pay for parking at payment machine before getting into your car. The sponsors for this series are Kobrin Financial Services, Santa Rosa Memorial Park and Mortuary/ Eggen and Lance Chapel, and West-Cal Reverse Mortgage Company. For further information call Gwen at 523-1586 x 21.


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2015



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



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

Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont LCO #2411. references. I’ll work with your budget. HANDYPERSON Lic. #954364. Call Angel, All trades, little fix-its and prickly 707-239-1241. puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. assemblies, gardening and pruning Dependable, experts serving you and too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since your neighbors with excellence and 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, 539-5217. bonded and insured. Senior discounts COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. HOME GREETING SERVICE net or call us at 537-1308 for all your Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community plumbing needs. information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had THE COMPUTER TROUBLESHOOTER a home visit, please call Charlotte at Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, 538-9050. complete support for PC’s, Apples MIKE’S REPAIR and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers Plumbing, electrical, appliance, served. John Bradford. 578-6305. heating and air conditioning, general $40/hour. handyman (I can fix just about AC BURNS PAINT CO. anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest Oakmont preferred vendor. Interior/ and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536exterior, power washing, decks, 9529, emergency—328-6635. wallpaper removed. Will not be LEE MOEN CONSTRUCTION undersold. 575-5581. Lic. #834588.


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


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


Want to spruce up your home? Guests this fall? One room at a time or your whole house. Interior and exterior painting. Licensed and insured. Lic. #873519. Call 707-996-4050 for a free estimate.

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


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


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.


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


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


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


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

When quality and reliability count, call on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior and exterior painting specialist, drywall repairs and textures. Licensed and insured. Call us for your Free Estimate today! 707-833-2890.



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


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


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.


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


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.


Unused car taking up your garage? Sell it to me. I am not a dealer. Call Joe, 545-4311.

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






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

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

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

Ruth Hansell, 24 years organizing experience. Home office/filing system, garages, closets. Oakmont references available. Call 799-0097 or E-mail to



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


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


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

Since 1983 I have been teaching in the US and Europe. Professional musician, Oakmont resident. Francesca, 546-7987.


Many yrs. of experience working with elders, women and men alike. Companionship, outings and appointments, exercise and walking, live-in care. Currently work as a private caregiver and activity coordinator for a well known residential care facility in Sonoma County. Excellent refs. Call James today at 318-7021.


Complete home renovations, kitchen and bathroom design, remodeling and repair. Door and window upgrades, decks, fences and concrete. 30 years local experience, timely and detail oriented. Lic. #669482. Call (707) 328-3555.


Done with an emphasis upon a natural look. Also available for yard leaf vacuuming. Richard, 833-1806.


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


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2015

Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

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


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


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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

COORDINATOR December 16–31 Leanne Smith 539-6795 January 1–15 Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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.

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

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


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

Goodwill Donation Truck

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

Loaner equipment

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

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



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

Lost & found

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

Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Dr. Daily 5 AM–9 PM. Closed at 7 PM on Tues. for cleaning. Closed Christmas day. Located in the OVA office. Unclaimed items will be discarded after 30 days.

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.


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


Association Manager Cassie Turner

oakmont community garden on stonebridge


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

OAS Management Company

Schedules available at OVA office.

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


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2015

OVA-Sponsored Events Goodwill Donation Truck: December and January Pick-Ups Cancelled January 30: E-Waste Collection

nMarsha Zolkower

The monthly Goodwill donation truck which normally visits Oakmont on the first Saturday of the month will not be coming in December and January. Not to worry, because they will be here for an E-Waste Collection on Saturday, January 30, 2016 and they will gladly accept other kinds of donations on that day! They will be parked in the Berger parking lot, at 310 White Oak Drive parallel to the street, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. There is no appointment needed for this event. In addition to E-Waste, you may drop off items in gently used condition such as clothing, furniture, books, shoes, household items, etc. Accepted at the event will be computer equipment

nPeggy Dombeck

Garden Club


There is no regular December meeting. The next regular meeting will be in January.


“Nothing here (in the garden) is in a hurry. There is no rush toward accomplishment, no blowing of trumpets. Here is the great mystery of life and growth. Everything is changing, growing, aiming at something, but silently, unboastfully, taking its time.”— Ruth Stout


(computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, printers, mice, hard drives, tape and zip drives); consumer electronics such as DVD players, VCRs, gaming devices, stereo components, radios, PDAs, cell phones, cables, etc.); televisions (CRTs and LCDs); office equipment such as telephones, fax machines, copiers, etc.); and kitchen appliances such as blenders, toaster ovens, coffee makers, microwaves; household appliances such as hair dryers, irons, curling irons, vacuum cleaners. Goodwill will not accept large appliances and large office equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, stoves dishwashers, air conditioners, water heaters, large copiers, and printers that sit on the floor, etc.

Bill McNamara from Quarryhill Botanical Garden presents a fascinating slide show about his annual seed-collecting expeditions to Asia. Quarryhill is a 25-acre botanical garden of mature, flowering plants from Asia. Magnolias, dogwoods, maples, roses, lilies, rhododendrons and many others grace the garden’s paths with hidden places to sit and relax, while surrounded by ponds, waterfalls and vistas of the Sonoma Valley. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at the Berger Center

TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• Veggie starts like asparagus, artichokes, horseradish and rhubarb can be planted now. Enjoy spinach, winter lettuces and spring cabbage all winter if you cover the plants with a row cover. • Plant calendulas, iceland poppies, pansies, primroses, snapdragons, violas. • Plant nemesia, diascia and cool season annuals. • Plant any remaining springblooming bulbs. • Stop feeding and watering roses if you haven’t already. • Prune pines and other dormant conifers. Don’t trim back individual branches; rather, thin trees where necessary by pruning out entire branches. • Whether with your own shredded leaves or purchased material, make sure that your garden is amply mulched for the winter. Mulch will insulate the roots and retard weed growth. • Prune grapes when dormant. Remove ⅓ to ½ of old wood and thin undergrowth.

Sing-Along Messiah December 19 Is a Popular Holiday Tradition Press release

December 19 at 7 p.m. is the date for 35th annual Redwood Empire Sing-Along Messiah, the longest running event of its kind in the country. The location is the Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place in Santa Rosa. Sponsored by the Santa Rosa Symphony League, this holiday tradition features the popular on-stage chorus and Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra led by Director Nicholas Xenelis with Dan Earl conducting. Soloists are traveling as far as Utah to perform. Audience members will have musical scores to join in the singing of such classics as “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Listeners are warmly welcomed as well. Ticket prices are $20 at the door, in advance at Stanroy Music Center, 850 4th Street, Santa Rosa and online at This holiday event raises money for youth education programs of the Santa Rosa Symphony which introduces classical music to elementary and high school students throughout Sonoma County. For ticket information call 522-8786.


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2015

Volunteer and make a difference. Do you want to help others? Do you enjoy meeting and helping new people? Do you feel like making a difference in a positive way? The new Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital is eagerly looking for volunteers for our new Gift Shop. If you have an interest in sharing a few hours a week, kindly contact our Gift Shop Manager, Fran Rizzo, at

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