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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Lawn Bowlers Wrap Gifts For Foster Kids

OVA Dues Increase Takes Effect January 1

nAl Haggerty

nAl Haggerty

In what is likely to become a holiday tradition, members of the Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club donated and wrapped gifts for kids in foster care at its annual holiday event Dec. 2 at Berger Center. Working with the Child Protective Agency of Santa Rosa, the club set up a Giving Tree adorned with gift tags on which the kids indicated what they’d like for Christmas. Members donated more than 50 gifts.

Effective in January, the Oakmont Village Association dues will increase from $53.25 to $58 per person and from $106.50 to $116 per couple. The $4.75 increase per resident was adopted by the Board of Directors Oct. 25 as part of the $3,269,734 OVA budget for 2017. The bulk of the increase—$3.25—is the result of a $155,200 increase in the annual contribution to the asset replacement fund and a $40,715 increase in the annual contribution to the capital improvement fund. These changes bring the annual contributions to the ARF to $695,740 and to the CIF to $150,000. The rest of the dues increase—$1.50—is the result of a small increase in the operating fund. Residents who have their monthly dues automatically withdrawn from a bank account should notify the bank of the change in dues beginning next month. The board said in a statement sent to members it adopted the 2017 dues “in a fiscally responsible way to eliminate surprises and to keep Oakmont’s facilities maintained at the high level” expected by residents. “At this time,” it added, “we do not foresee the need for special assessments or loans.” The asset replacement fund, which will begin 2017 with a balance of $1,138,000, pays for large repair and replacement expenses such as painting, replacing roofs, re-plastering pools and landscaping. The capital improvement fund, with a balance of $689,000 as of Jan. 1, pays for substantial improvements and significant new amenities.

Kathy Vanderheyden, left, and Julie Scott finishing working on one of the more than 50 gifts donated by members of the Lawn Bowling Club. (Photo by Kathy Sowers)

New Senior Living Project nMarty Thompson

Kathleen Connelly puts the finishing touches on a gift for a foster child. (Photo by Kathy Sowers) More photos online at

Edie MacAlistaire, the club member who helped initiate and organize the event, said the CPS staff told her that the gifts are likely to be the only ones the kids will receive. She thanked the club members for going “above and beyond” what was expected, adding that she was “really touched” by the response. Her hope that the event “becomes a tradition” was greeted with enthusiastic approval. The gift wrapping was followed by a pizza party and the presentation of trophies for the club’s top bowlers.

Construction of The Oaks at Stone Bridge, a planned assisted living and memory care center to be built by owners of Oakmont Gardens, is expected to start in the spring, the company said. MBK Senior Living has targeted the fall of 2018 for opening the 50 assisted living and 24 memory care apartments in buildings at Oakmont Drive and Stone Bridge Road, said Roger Green, vice president of community development and renovations. “We are very excited about the future development of this community and bringing a new senior housing community to Santa Rosa,” Green said in an E-mail interview. The new buildings are expected to cost from $25 million to $30 million, he said. The project was announced a year ago. Green said the company was still working through the process of obtaining approval of its plans in order to obtain a construction permit. PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

December 15, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 24

Manager’s Update for 2016 nCassie Turner

Hi everyone! I know not all of you read my weekly E-blast updates or access my monthly Manager’s Reports on the website so I thought I would review some of the more visible projects we have been working on in 2016. A new entrance sign was approved for the East Rec. Center at the November Board meeting. The sign is projected to be installed in January. The east and west rec. tennis courts were resurfaced and the east rec. pool fence was replaced. Construction documents for the East Rec. deck replacement are finally complete. A presentation regarding this upcoming project will be made to the OVA Board by the Construction Oversight Committee at the December Board meeting. Comcast rewired all the recreation centers and significantly updated the wi-fi bandwidth. The Multi-Use Sports Court project was approved by a majority of the board and is scheduled for installation in the spring. The office renovation is taking shape and we hope to be moving into the space by no later than January 15, 2017. An access trail to Trione-Annadel Park will be constructed adjacent to the Oakmont Community Garden by the time you receive this newspaper. This trail will connect to the city water treatment property. We were not able to replace the saunas at the CAC and West Rec. Center this year. We found that they are not ADA compliant and to make them compliant, they would have to be enlarged. We are still hoping to replace/sand some of the wood in the saunas and upgrade the heaters in 2017. Another project we could not get sufficient bids for but will continue to work on in 2017 is the replastering of the east and central pools and converting them to saline. As always, I am available for your comments and suggestions and hope you have enjoyed another year living in this wonderful community. I wish you a happy and healthy 2017!

Use of Rocks in Landscaping nStaff Report

A new policy dealing with Oakmont properties with landscaping that includes more than the permitted amount of rock covering has been mailed to all OVA members. The policy (with a bright orange cover) was included in the annual budget mailing dated Dec. 1. OVA restricts rock or gravel coverage to 15% of a home’s front yard, excluding driveways and sidewalks. The policy allows members to self-report violations within 30 days and then have nine months to bring their landscaping up to code. Anyone without the means to re-landscape can seek approval for a waiver, which would require that the work be done upon sale, transfer or change of occupancy. Full details are in the mailing and available from the Architectural Office.


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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations

nOVA Administration

nJohn Renwick

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 The Thursday before the Regular Board meeting 2–3:30 PM Rm. B 1st Tues. Monthly 10 AM–12 Noon Rm. G 1st Mon. Monthly 1st Wed. (March, Sept., Dec.) 2nd Thurs. (June)

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. West Rec.

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

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

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.

Reminder: Locker Rental Fee for 2017 Due Now Locker rental fees are $60 per year. Please send your $60 fee to the OVA Office by January 16, 2017. Please let us know if you no longer use your assigned

locker. If dues are not received by February 16, we will assume you are releasing the locker and contents will be removed.

Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________ Facility: Central _______ East _______ West _______ Locker number: __________________________ Amount enclosed: ______________ (Make checks payable to OVA)

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#4 South A St., Santa Rosa •


New board members will be required for the New Year very shortly. This is a reminder to boards/ nominating committees and members that it is once again time convince association members to serve on the board for the coming year. Many times this is a hard job as members have other things they would rather be doing. All association members should remember that the reason they have time for many activities is because other members are working on their behalf. Not only is a term-served on your board a rewarding experience but also a commitment you accepted when you moved into a maintained area. Remember: this is your home and only you, an association member, can keep it nice. All board members and prospective board members should review the first part of the LOMAA Handbook through Section 1. The basic duties and responsibilities are outlined and it is a good guide to a successful term. The LOMAA Board is prepared to assist new and returning board members with advice and suggestions (learned the hard way by previous association board members and reported to LOMAA). Contact the LOMAA Board President or other board member.

NOTICE: Santa Rosa No Smoking Ordinance clarification

The A units in triplexes are included in the smoking ban, according to the County of Sonoma Department of Health Services. Next Board Meeting: Monday, January 9, 12 noon, Berger Center, Room G

Nominating Committee Seeking Candidates for 2017 Election

nStaff Report

The 2016 Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the seven-member Oakmont Village Association Board. Four positions are available for candidates in the April 2017 election. The board appointed a five-member Nominating Committee consisting of Jackie Ryan, chair; Pat Clothier, Alan Scott, Pat Olive and Bev Leve. Candidates for the board must be members of OVA in good standing. Interested persons should submit their names and other required information to any member of the Nominating Committee by Jan. 15. Under the current OVA bylaws, members may also self-nominate by submitting their name and any required information to any OVA officer or director prior to Feb. 15. Members may also submit a petition of nomination by the same closing date, or members may also self -declare a candidacy at the annual meeting. A Candidates’ Forum will be held in mid-February, date and time to be announced. All candidates prepare biographies and answers to a set of questions for publication in two editions of the Oakmont News and on the OVA website. OVA members interested in becoming candidates may contact the committee at ovanominatingcommittee


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016

nMariellen Munson

Dancing is 4 Everyone

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. During 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 9, Monday 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 (or $7 a class). Individual classes are $10. Here’s an example of the fun we have: https:// 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. Fragrance free! Questions? Call me at 538-4142.

Oakmont Social and Dance Club nJeanine Haggerty


Join us to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Oakmont, Big Apple Style, sponsored by the Oakmont Social and Dance Club and OVA. This fabulous evening will include: Open bar all evening plus a champagne toast; assorted appetizers at your table; delicious buffet including Prime Rib carving station, Sole

Menquire, Arugula salad, herbed mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, vegetable terrine and flourless chocolate cake; coffee, tea and rolls; and dancing to the Tom Shader Band. The all-inclusive price will be $90 per person. All of Oakmont is invited to join us at the Berger Center as we watch the ball drop in Times Square. Don’t miss this exciting evening, December 31, 5:30–10 p.m.

NEW YEARS EVE RESERVATION FORM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 5:30–10 pm All reservations must be received by 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________ E-mail__________________________________ Check enclosed for $_______ Table name request______________________________________________________________________________

All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. If you want to sit with a specific group, please designate a table name and coordinate with all others at the table. If you don’t specify a table, you will be randomly assigned one. Make checks payable to Oakmont Social and Dance Club. You can put reservations in the Dance Club folder in the OVA or mail to: Karen Sites, 7294 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.

Letters to the Editor

The column provides an avenue where residents can submit letters to express opinion, criticism or praise. Dear Editor: Our #16 bus, “Monty,” is once again letting passengers get off the bus at the Rincon Library on its Wednesday morning trip to Oliver’s. On the return an hour and a half later, the bus picks up passengers at the stop across the street from the library. This is good news for library patrons like me who are without cars. We now are able to place a hold on a book by phone or Internet, and pick it up when the book is available. The bus library stop was discontinued a year or more ago and we are glad to have it restored. Caroline Ramberg Dear Editor, There’s a problem with speeding in our community. We live near the corner of Fairfield and White Oak, where there have been 2 car-onpedestrian accidents in the last month. A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were walking our dogs about dusk. I stepped into the crosswalk, then heard a car coming up White Oak. Before I could get across the walk, the car came screaming around the corner toward me. I had to try to run, falling out of the way of the car, slamming onto the pavement. Last Friday evening, 11/25, our neighbor was walking his dog, was in the same crosswalk, but couldn’t get out of the way, and was actually hit by a car speeding around the corner. Unfortunately both of these incidents happened so fast that a vehicle description was not available. The 2nd incident the victim feels that he broke the passenger mirror off the car in the collision. Search of the area did not produce the mirror however. For both of us, the drivers never stopped, nor even slowed down. There is a street light across the street, dimly lit, but obviously not enough. Please, drivers, slow down and look. The person you hit could be your neighbor! Dr. Janet Ballard Dear Editor, I received a letter from the law firm SwedelsonGottlieb on behalf of our OVA, relating to enforcement of our OVA’s “gravel rule.” It states that our board will start enforcing this “gravel law.” There are hundreds of home landscapes in our community with some amount of gravel and stones. The landscaping of almost all of these homes looks very nice, innovative, clean and well maintained. This is in contrast to the many, many shabby homes that do adhere to the “gravel rule.” Our house and much of Oakmont, was built in the late sixties and seventies. Green lawns and lush landscaping were the thing to strive for and the “gravel law” was introduced. Yes, lush landscaping and no gravel! One could not imagine a water shortage in California. Than the draught hit and as good citizens, we cut back on water consumption, especially in our landscaping. Woodchips absorb water, they decompose, they are dirty, blow away with the wind and float away when it does rain. They are messy and a true nuisance compared to colorful, low maintenance gravel. Times change, so do conditions and attitudes. It seems to me that the time has come to re­evaluate this very old rule and adapt to today’s conditions. A nice gravel application of, say up to 50%, approved by our Architectural Committee, would not be detrimental to our community. It certainly would make yard maintenance easier and less expensive. Frank Beurskens


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016


nTony Lachowicz

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Bartholomew Park. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)

nJim Brewer

Greg Goodwin didn’t really know what to expect when he organized a presentation by pest control experts for Oakmont residents concerned about rats. So when more than 75 people showed up at the Berger auditorium on Nov. 30, Goodwin was ecstatic. “I had no idea how many people would come,” he said. “I hope people got some useful information.” The list of residents who signed in at the meeting indicated there are rodent issues throughout Oakmont. Nick Picinich of the Sonoma/Marin Mosquito and Vector Control District said the common roof Greg Goodwin addressing meeting. (Photo by Paul Ryan) rat is probably the community’s most likely unwanted rodent resident. Attracted by snails, fruit, and just about any food source humans leave out in the open, rats can wind up in walls, rafters and crawl spaces with relative ease. This long-tailed, big-eared rat (rattus rattus) can range as much as three blocks. “These things are smart—they known how to get in.” “Still,” he said, “if everybody gets on board and does a little bit of trapping you can probably eliminate this particular

Our annual potluck dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 21 at 5:30 p.m. the East Rec. Center. Details to follow.

December 22 INTERMEDIATE HIKE Shiloh Ranch Regional Park

Leisurely hike up Big Leaf Trail to Canyon, then down and around the Pond Trail and back along Creekside—3.7 miles just with 400’ of elevation gain. Lunch at picnic area near the trailhead. Hike leader is Florentia Scott, 591-1929. Leave from Berger Center at 9 a.m.

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


This is a lovely hike of about 5 miles with 400’ of elevation gain. We will go around a lake, over a couple of hills and into Sonoma Developmental Center. We’ll explore some of the Developmental Center and hike around the Junior Farm to see the animals. Our return is on a nice paved trail back to the parking lot. Bring lunch and hiking poles, if you wish. Leave from Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Greg and Jan Conklin, 539-4099.


This is a through hike that covers much of Annadel. We will start at the Cobblestone trailhead, hike around Lake Ilsanjo, then take South Burma to Marsh and finally Lawndale to the East Rec. The hike is about 9 miles. Bring water, lunch, and hiking poles. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Chuck Chenault, 539-1093.

Marie McBride


Private Line 6520 Oakmont Drive


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


rat, or at least control it.” Although there are some expensive traps on the market, he prefers the basic snap traps, which usually sell for under $2. Picinich said if you think you may have a problem, the district, funded by property tax revenue, can help you identify what needs fixing (800-231-3236, www. But it does not provide the actual work. Godwin hasn’t had a rodent problem himself, but said he Nick Picinich telling how to got involved because a deal with rat problem. neighbor did. (Photo by Paul Ryan) One of the things Goodwin hopes to see happen is the placement of owl boxes on the golf courses and perhaps other locations around Oakmont. One barn owl family can eliminate as many as 3,000 rats in a year, he said. He said he has gotten a favorable response from the Oakmont Golf Club and is looking now at funding sources. “If it comes through I will be letting people know.” More information about rat control can be found on the Oakmont News website, oakmont-news.

Current Events Discussion Group

Doran Beach Fireside. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)


Seminar on Rats Draws Big Crowd

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December 16: Ellen Butterman December 23: David Dearden December 30: Jim Duport Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

Wishing all of my Oakmont friends and clients a beautiful Holiday Season and a New Year filled with health and joy.


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016

nRay Haverson


Rev up your motors drag out your poodle skirts and blue jeans and come join us for a great time. WHAT: New Year’s after New Year’s Party WHEN: January 28 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 6–9:30 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. COST: Members $42 per person, members guest $47 per person, non-members $52 per person and the best deal is $54 per person that includes your first years dues and the party. DINNER MENU: Cracked Crab, BBQ Chicken, sautéed bell peppers and onions, mixed green salad, potato salad, lemon water, coffee, tea and chocolate and vanilla sheet cake with mixed fruit filling and

covered with whipped cream. Back by popular demand for your listening and dancing pleasure we will be featuring the Hot Rods Band. We will have table seating so get your table together and get your payment in as soon as possible as you will not want to miss this one. If you are bringing guests have all names and payments in one envelope as the tables are sold as the payments come in. So you may not be able to add anyone to your table later as the empty seats at that table will be filled as other people send in their payments. You can reserve a table for eight with full payment for that table. So for the best tables get your reservations in early. What a great way to kick off the start of a new club year! This is a BYOB event so please feel free to bring whatever you like to drink. You may mail your checks made out to Sha-Boom to: Ray Haverson, 7111 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may put your payment in our Sha-Boom folder at the OVA Office or you may simply drop your check into my mail box on the right hand side of my garage door. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666 or you may E-mail me at: haversonr@

Art Association

nPhilip Wilkinson


Art Association meetings will resume on January 13, with a docent presentation on the Frank Stella exhibit at the DeYoung. Celebrated and internationally known quilter, teacher, artist Judy Mathieson will be speaking at our February 10 program. Put this date on your calendar, as she is coming out of retirement just for us. Coffee and tea are served from 10–10:30 a.m., and program begins at 10:30 a.m. All are invited.


Susan Ball is going to teach the ongoing oil painting classes every second and fourth Mondays from 12:30–3:30 p.m. in the art room at the Central Activities Center. Susan likes to paint landscapes and still lifes, lives in West Sonoma County, and her works are represented in several galleries, including Graton Gallery. She takes part in Art at the Source each year. Those wanting to join the class can contact her at

There’s no place like Home for the HOLIDAYS!


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Working Dogs from Oakmont Take Multiple Honors Two of Oakmont Samoyeds recently took multiple honors at the prestigious Samoyed Club of America’s American Nationals in Albany, Oregon. The highly competitive event attracted more than 400 participants in Working and Conformation competition.

Jan Young, left, shows off Niko’s ribbons in the Rally Advanced Obedience category, earning the second of three legs towards his advanced title and a third place in his class. Niko also was second in his class in Working Dogs Intermediate Sweepstakes. Demonstrating the ability to pull 600 pounds, Niko took fourth in Weight Pull. Tomi Speed’s Snuffy (right) is a young newcomer and won first in his 15 to 18 months class and a fourth in Open Dog Class. Samoyeds are a genetically pure, 3,000 year-old working. Niko also is a therapy dog who works with Dr. Young to help her patients.

Oakmont Café to Close nStaff Report

The Vault café, which opened a year ago in the Community Bank building, is closing Dec. 23, owner Gabriela Vannier announced. “Unfortunately, there just wasn’t enough community interest or support to make it work in the long run,” Vannier said in an announcement posted at the café. She said it is possible the business may return in a different format, describing the closing as a “pause, while we think about what’s next.” The café’s lease is up, but an extension is possible, and “we are working with the landlord,” she said. “I want to thank the community for the support you have given us. We are grateful to those of you who became our regulars and friends. We will miss you.” Hours for The Vault will be 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. for the rest of the month.

Trail Building Postponed nStaff Report

A work day to build a new trail from Oakmont into Trione-Annadel State Park has been postponed until Saturday, Jan. 14 due to rainy weather, organizers announced. The work day had been scheduled for Dec. 10. “The weather isn’t cooperating,” Ken Wells, executive director of the Sonoma County Trails Council, said in an E-mail. Wells said people who signed up to work would be sent new notices in January.


Golf News OGC


nChuck Wood


Via 64.5% of our members submitting their ballots, three new directors have been elected. They are Tony D’Agosta, Neil Huber and Rick Warfel. Congratulations, gentlemen. Also to be congratulated and thanked for their having run for office as a Director of the Oakmont Golf Club are Judy Duport and Gary Novak. My personal observation from having read the five candidates’ resumes and having attended the October 24 Candidates’ Night forum is that this slate of candidates was thoroughly excellent. Again, thanks to our Nominating Committee and to these five fine members of our club. In early January, the newly-constituted Board of Directors will convene in a special executive session for the purpose of electing the officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) and appointing the chairs of our club’s standing committees. Joining Tony, Neil and Rick on the 2017 Board are current board members Russ Adamson, Frank Giannini, Barbara Robinson and Pete Waller.


Through a special promotional sales event on Friday, November 25, our club signed up 15 new memberships. This very successful effort was led by Michelle Sand, who really closed those sales. Mike Ash estimates that these new members will generate approximately $90,000 in additional monthly fee revenues over the next two years (the guaranteed minimum length of the term of these memberships). And, very importantly, you will see many new faces joining you on our courses and in the sections. The category breakdown: six unlimited memberships (one couple and five individuals) and nine individual limited memberships. If you come across anyone who seems to be interested in learning more about becoming a member of our dear club please steer that person to Michelle. She has developed a comprehensive set of materials to share with prospective members.


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

photo by Robert Couse-Baker

No sweeps results. Wishing a Warm and Wonderful Season for All!



November 22: Kathy Mokricky was low gross of the field of 20 players. First flight: first, Joan DiMaggio; second, Kathy Mocricky; third, Leslie Clark; fourth, Sallie Wood; fifth, Mary Rossi. Second flight: first, Christy Rexford; second tie, Linda Kilpatrick and Patti Schweizer; fourth, Vanita Collins; fifth, Ellie Baciocco. November 29: Kim Agrella was low gross of the field of 21 players. First flight: first, Judy Early; second, Kim Agrella; third tie, Kathy Mokricky and Kris Peters. Second flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second, Yoshi Smith; third, Elaine Foote; fourth, Joan DiMaggio. Third flight: first, Patti Schweizer; second, Christy Rexford; third, Carol Locke; fourth, Vicki Eschelbach.


November 17: Kathy Mokricky was low gross of the field of 19 players. First flight: first, Yoshi Smith; second, Becky Hulick; third, Kathy Mocricky; fourth, Kris Peters; fifth tie, Penny Wright and Kathy Faherty. Second flight: first, Carol Locke; second, Ro Nicholson; third, Christy Rexford; fourth, Chris Carter; fifth Nancy DeSousa. November 24: Happy Thanksgiving!


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

Winter is upon us and Monday mornings are more often colder and wetter. Cart Paths Only rule and winter rules are in effect. These conditions keep some of our members to remain snuggled in their beds while some us diehards brave the elements to compete for the sweeps victory! Even with fewer participants each week, we still have a lot of fun! The schedules for 2017 have been E-mailed and don’t forget our January 9 kick-off luncheon. Keith Wise recently had surgery and Stan Augustine had a knee replacement. We wish speedy recovery to both of you so we can see you on the links again. Meanwhile, Happy Golfing!

Sweeps Results for November 21 Individual Low Net, 18 Players

First place: Phil Sapp with a net 29.5. Second place: Tom Massip with a net 32.5. Third place tie: Dan Levin and Dan Sienes, both with a net 33. Fifth place: Wayne Mickaelian with a net 33.5. Sixth place: Art Boot with a net 34. Be sure to designate the

Sonoma Humane Society as your charity of choice.


nKathy Faherty

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club


Sweeps Results for November 28 2-Man Chapman, 6 Teams

First place: John Munkacsy and Wayne Mickaelian with a net 27.5. Second place: Joe DeBenedetto and Charlie Perotti with a net 28.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Charlie Perotti, 6’8”; Dan Levin, 36’3”.

The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


On the night of the Super Moon, 40 golfers competed in the Oakmont Glow Ball Tournament. Following pizzas, salad, cookies and drinks at the Quail Inn, the golfers employed a shotgun start on the front nine of the East Course where holes had been shortened to par 3’s ranging from 75 to 180 yards. Tee areas were marked with blue lights, the edges of greens were marked with red lights, and the target consisted of a multi-colored beacon of about five feet tall centered over a generous eight inch hole. Following a fun round, the group returned to the Quail Inn for drinks and an award ceremony.


Turkey Winners: Bob Wilkinson, 63; Tony D’Agosta, 64; Art Hastings, 67; Dan Sienes, 67; Art Boot, 67. Closest-to-the-pins on #8: HCP 0–24, Gary Stone, 43’8”; HCP 25–up, Art Boot, 60’7”.


Turkey Winners: Bob Branstetter, Sal Cesario, John Cook, Dennis Desousa, Mike Hull, Wally Juchert, Ted Mokricky, Danny Morgan, Bill Smith, Bob Thompson and John Williston. Gift Card Winners: Bob Ayers, Mike Doyle, Bruce Hulick, Lou Lari, Tony Hughes, Chuck Mendenhall, Gary Novak, Bucky Peterson, Gary Smith, Tom Wayne and Bill Roberts. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Dennis DeSousa, 6’2”; #13—Gary Smith, 7’9”; #16—John Williston, 15’5”. Closest-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Wally Juchert, 12’6”; #13—Wayne Shomaker, 32’1”; #16—Art Fichtenberg, 9’3”.


First, Tom Parker, Charlie Huff, John Cook and Lou Lari, 56.5; second, Bob Thompson, Bob Ayers, Bill Smith and Larry Frediani, 59.5; third, Bruce Hulick, Randy Kephart, John Williston and Rick Warfel, 59.7. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Danny Morgan, 3’6”; #13—John Cook, 15’2”; #16—John Cook, 12’4”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Tony Hughes, 16’0”; #13—Wally Juchert, 4’3”; #16—Bob Hartsock, 11’4”. Hole #5—Charlie Huff, 48’6”. Jesus and Moses are playing golf. Moses tees off with a 3-wood and hits the green. Jesus takes out his 5-iron and says, “I’m going to hit a 5-iron because Arnold Palmer would hit a 5-iron,” and then proceeds to hit his ball in the water. Jesus turns to Moses and says, “How about parting the water so I can play my ball?” Moses says, “No way. You foolishly chose the wrong club because of your Arnold Palmer fantasy!” Jesus shrugs and starts walking on the water to where his ball went in. Just then, a foursome approaching the tee box sees Jesus walking on the water. One of them asks Moses, “Who does that guy think he is, Jesus Christ?” Moses turns and says, “No, he thinks he’s Arnold Palmer!”



The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016

Oakmont Technology Learning Center (OTLC) winter Session — january • February • March


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt

Registration: 538-1485

SAVE THE DATE: January 10 at 3:30PM for our Winter Open House and Technology Forum! Topic: The Cloud

OakMUG wishes all of you much joy and happiness this holiday season! Mark your calendars for the Annual Meeting and Membership Party on January 21, 2017.

Windows Computer Information nPhil Kenny

As members of the former Oakmont PC Users Group, we continue to offer our free help to all Oakmont residents. Call Phil Kenny, 538-2075 or Al Medeiros, 843-4447. Although the Oakmont PC Users Group has closed its doors, its Web Master continues to update and maintain its online presence ( This site will remain active through February 2017.

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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

Coming up

No class for the rest of the month! Hope to see you in January for another year of fun Zentangle projects! There is a new tile—a triangle shape. See you next year! TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. COST: $10 per class WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail

There will be no December meeting of the Oakmont Genealogy Club. Happy holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone! Hopefully you will have time to do some family research during the break and come back in 2017 with all kinds of questions and ideas to share. Our next meeting will be on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 1 p.m. at the West Rec. Stay posted for further details. The November 28 meeting of the Genealogy Club focused on Irish, British and German beginner and intermediate genealogy, because many Americans have at least one of these groups in their ancestry. We tried something new by splitting into 3 discussion tables, one for each country. Patty Davis moderated the Irish discussion group, George McKinney was at the English table and Robert Reis at the German table. Thanks so much to these thre for their help and guidance. It was a great success, so we will try this format again in the future focusing on three other European areas of interest. The Oakmont Genealogy Club meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except June, July and December) at 1 p.m. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For lots of information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: If you have research questions or would like to receive our e-newsletter, please E-mail:


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016


Hearing, Education, Advocacy, Research and Support nJohn Taylor, HEARS President

Wednesday, January 11, 1:30 PM East Rec. Center Living with Hearing Loss

In this meeting we will learn from each other how we cope with hearing deficiency and what we do to communicate with those who have the problem. Loss is a family problem and can affect the spouse in profound ways.

How Hearing and Hearing Aids Work

Hearing aids are sophisticated, state-of-the-art instruments with many different features and benefits. The appropriate style depends on the level of hearing loss, lifestyle and budget. They are tiny electronic devices that sit in or behind your ear to receive sound, process and amplify it, and deliver it to your inner ear, where it is sent to the brain. Here’s that process in more detail: 1. When a person speaks, the hearing aid microphone picks up the sound and converts it into electrical signals. 2. The hearing aid amplifier increases the strength of the electrical signals and sends them to a little receiver/speaker in the ear. 3. The hearing aid receiver/speaker converts the electrical signal back into stronger sound waves which are sent to the inner ear through the ear drum. 4. The inner ear auditory nerves in the cochlea convert the sound waves into nerve impulses which are transmitted to the brain. 5. The brain reads the nerve impulses and understands them as the sounds of speech. When the brain receives an electrical signal which is garbled or void because of problems in the inner or outer ear it goes into rapid processing using the context of the discussion to guess the missing/garbled word. This high speed guessing occurs while simultaneously deciphering the discussion and sometimes the guess is correct and the conversation makes sense. Sometimes one hears the ongoing conversation but, because of that misheard word, just can’t put it all together. In those situations it’s not unusual for the brain processing guesswork to be too darn much work to struggle with the conversation. Then it’s “tune-out” time, sometimes mistakenly attributed as cognitive decline. For the hearing impaired an evening of conversation can sometimes be extremely fatiguing. This brain processing overload problem is greatly exacerbated by fast talking, poor enunciation, accented speech, improper use of microphones, poor PA systems, deficient room acoustics, restaurant noise, auto/road noise and other sound contributors. Of course, these problems can cause brain overload in normal hearing people but they are greater and continuous challenges for the hearing impaired. Oakmont HEARS exists to improve hearing for our residents. Please make known your suggestions for meeting subjects and information desired, attend the HEARS meetings, and get on the HEARS E-mail list (


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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Fall 2016 League Schedule. No bowling dates for December. We’re taking a break to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. ‘Tis the season for wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year! Thanks to everyone for making this past year successful. We look forward to a new year with more fun and excitement. Please contact Terry or Carolyn if you would like to sign up a team or individual for our 2017 Winter League starting Jan. 10, 2017.


This year we celebrated our Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 1–3 p.m. at the Berger Center. All bowlers, substitutes and their guests enjoyed Christmas cheer with chicken, beef and cheese enchiladas, Spanish rice, refried beans, chips and homemade salsa from the Oakmont Village Market and coffee, diet sodas, apple cider, egg nog and whatever libations they brought. We also presented awards to the 1:30 and 3:15 Fall League winners and the Fall Team Champions, Pin Heads.


On November 29, our Fall League Team Championship Tournament took place in which the top three teams from the 1:30 PM League (4 Tops, Strikers and Pocket Hits) played the top three teams from the 3:15 PM League (Wii Power, Pin Heads and Strikes and Spares). The Pin Heads—Mark Attebery, Pat Stokes, Christian van den Berghe and Debbie Miller (Captain)—won the tournament and will have the team “Pin Heads” added to the Team Championship Trophy.


First place, Pin Heads; second place, Wii Power; third place, Strikers; fourth place, 4 Tops; fifth place, Strikes and Spares; sixth place, Pocket Hits.

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Oakmont Great Decisions 2017 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 20 and ending May 15 with an extra meeting on March 13. US Foreign Policy will clearly be in transition during the first part of next year. This is a great opportunity to review issues and facts in each of these major areas and discuss how American policy considerations intersect with a Trump presidency. Oakmont residents who sign up for the Great Decisions program receive a book written by foreign policy experts ($17 cost) which provides background material on eight topics. Send your check made out to George McKinney, Coordinator, 307 Stone Creek Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Be sure to let us know if two people plan on participating from your household, since we limit the total number of people to keep the discussion groups manageable. (Although you don’t need two books if two people participate, you can buy two books for the same household for $25). Topics for 2016 are: 1. The EU and Brexit (Feb. 20); 2. The Truth about Trade, Jobs, and Politics (Mar. 6); 3. China and the US in the South China Sea (Mar. 13); 4. Saudi Arabia in Transition (Mar. 20); 5. US Foreign Policy and Petroleum (Apr. 3); 6. Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism? (Apr. 17); 7. Afghanistan and Pakistan (May 1); 8. Nuclear Security (May 15). If you have any questions, please E-mail More information can also be found on our website at site/oakmontgreatdecisions/. We look forward to see you!



The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016

In the Spotlight

Wendy Lalanne’s Love of Art and Music Seen in Oakmont

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of profiles of your neighbors, community members with interesting backgrounds who bring vibrancy to Oakmont.

nJackie Reinhardt

Committee, the Art Association Board Wendy Lalanne is a familiar face and was Captain of the Oakmont around Oakmont, especially in circles Women’s Golf Association (Tuesday where her creative and organizing 18-hole group). She was also tapped talents are sought after by many inside by the Santa Rosa Symphony League and outside the community. Just one as president for two terms. recent example is the Oakmont Art Lalanne found her passion for Show, which she has chaired four painting when her children were still years. young. “Since we couldn’t afford wall “I’ve been a volunteer my whole paper, I painted the kids’ bathroom life,” explained Lalanne, who rarely and took a class in Chinoiserie,” hesitates taking on a new challenge, she recalled. Later Lalanne studied especially when it aligns with her painted furniture and 18th century love of art and music. finishes which led to doing wall An example of Wendy’s artistic Jam sessions were a regular part of side is this painted violin glazing and ultimately to an interior her home life in Winnetka, Illinois, displayed in her home. design practice. where her father yelled at her to (Photo by Michael Reinhardt) Her preferred medium as an artist identify chords on the two grand pianos in their living room. She went on to study is watercolor. She started with animals and quickly composition and music theory and sang in vocal earned commissions to paint horses and landscapes. groups. A painted violin in the Lalanne home is a testament Before moving to Oakmont in 1999 from neighboring to her talent. It is a replica of one she painted that Marin County, Lalanne was on the Board of the Junior was auctioned for $700 by the League. She continues League of San Francisco, president of the Children’s to be active on the League board, heading up a Theater Association, Captain of the Women’s Golf fundraising event for bridge and other card players Association at the Olympic Club and on the Campfire every February. Girls Board. Despite the pleadings of her grown children, two of After settling in Oakmont with Cal, her husband of whom reside in Santa Rosa and Larkspur, Lalanne’s 38 years, Lalanne immersed herself in the community. pace hasn’t slowed. Clearly, she welcomes living life She joined Oakmont’s Long Range Planning to its fullest.

nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith; being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. You are warmly invited to Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive.

Midweek Bible Study

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

December 18, 10:30 am

Enjoy a message of Christmas Hope by Pastor Brinda Peterson. Lucas Sherman will be playing songs of the season and carols to add to our worship.

December 24, 3 pm, Christmas Eve

On a night long ago, in a place far away, a baby was born on the first Christmas day. His name was Jesus, a tiny wee king. On that glorious day hope entered the world. Come celebrate the greatest gift of all! Refreshments will be served.

January 1, 10:30 am

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The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016

nStephanie Wrightson

Tennis Club


Nothing gets done without volunteers: tournaments, picnics, dinner-dances, parties/fund raisers, membership meetings, tennis instruction, drop-in tennis, USTA competitive tennis, OTC logo apparel and more. A shout out to our 2016 volunteers! 2016 Board Members: Terri Somers, Jim Oswald, George Hasa, Doug Smith, Cinda Gough, Paula Lewis, Dorothy Smith and Neil Linneball.

Sing-Along Messiah December 18 Press release Sing-Along Messiah December 18 Changes to 3 pm Sunday Performance

The long-running Redwood Empire Sing-AlongMessiah will break with tradition this year with a new day—Sunday—and an afternoon performance that starts at 3 p.m. on December 18. The location is the same —Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School, 4400 Day School Place in Santa Rosa. This popular holiday tradition features the Santa Rosa Symphonic Chorus and Santa Rosa Junior College Choirs on stage with the Santa Rosa Chamber Orchestra led by Director Nicholas Xenelis. Dan Earl marks his 36th year as conductor. 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.

Diane, Liz, Tony, Neil and Jim party on at the OTC Supper Club and Awards Dinner.

2016 Committee Chairs: Paula Lewis, Hanns Ullrich, Sumner Johnson, Peter Merola, Stephanie Wrightson, Zlatica Hasa and Fran Dias. Nomination Committee: Rey Frimmersdorf, Dennis Boaz, John Burchard, Stephanie Curry and Kay Kim. And, let’s not forget Tony Agocs who improved many of our tennis games. We appreciate everyone who set up an event, made center pieces, brought a refreshment, kept score, was on clean-up committee, squeegeed or swept the courts, drove senior game participants, cooked pancakes and hotdogs and stepped-up to fill OTC positions for 2017.


The OTC recognizes a “Most Valuable Person” each year—an individual who changed the dynamic of the OTC by their positive contributions during the current year. Terri Somers was presented the 2016 MVP award by Vice President Jim Oswald at the OTC Supper Club and Awards Dinner. As OTC President, Terri worked hard for the

betterment of the club. She conceived of and ran entertaining events to raise funds for the club, thus, keeping dues low and providing a full schedule of tennis and social activities for members. She brought the senior Sonoma Wine Country Games to OTC (18 OTC members won medals!) and has been asked to manage the Terri Somers—2016 MVP. 2017 tennis games on behalf of the Council on Aging. Terri shepherded court repairs and re-outfitting— providing tennis players a safer environment. She is active in Oakmont USTA tennis, captaining or cocaptaining a number of teams. But, most important, Terri was an ardent advocate for tennis at Oakmont and well-represented club members to the board and to the Oakmont community during a sometimes tumultuous year. And, we look forward to Terri’s continued leadership in 2017. Congratulations Terri and thank you for your hard work on the club’s behalf!


Don’t miss out on tennis fun and friendship! To (re)join the Oakmont Tennis Club, submit the membership form below. Submitting your dues early allows our 2017 officers to better plan next year’s events. Questions? Contact Membership Chair, Paula Lewis, or 332-0433.


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 February 28 to be listed in the printed 2017 OTC Roster. By providing your E-mail address, you agree to your E-mail being listed in the printed roster that is distributed to other OTC dues-paying members. Your E-mail address will not be posted on the OTC website or elsewhere. Name(s): _____________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address(es): _______________________________ Phone number(s): _____________________________ Address: ____________________________________________________________________

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The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016

Just For Fun Game Club

Valley of the Moon Rotary

nPhillip Herzog

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

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In the week before Thanksgiving, the Oakmont Community Foundation received a surprise —one for which we can all be thankful. Tom Anderson (pictured below with Oakmont resident Judy Burness) walked into the OVA Office and asked if it was all right for him to write a check to the OCF. He was quickly handed the right document to fill out.

Tom announced that his dad and our cherished friend, Bill Anderson, a founding member of the OCF, had remembered us in his will. Bill bequeathed to the Oakmont Community Foundation, and thus to all residents of Oakmont, a very handsome sum, and Tom as trustee of Bill’s estate wanted to deliver this wonderful gift in person. The OCF hopes that such donations will be a recurring event, and we do want to encourage residents to consider making such a provision in their wills. All donations are used for the education and benefit of Oakmont residents, period! Thank you, Bill Anderson, and thank you Tom and Judy.

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While it seems strange that as a society we appear to need official reminders that it’s time to be thankful or spiritually aware, there is no question that the holiday season is a wonderful time on many levels. But as family and friends come together to affirm the power of common bonds, as individuals we are drawn to the more introspective process of finding meaning in daily life. A recent Thanksgiving message from Caroline Keller gave me pause to consider yet another way of looking at the little blessings. Caroline spent her entire professional career as an educator. Her commitment to young people has continued through her involvement in Rotary as a past President and chairperson for a number of local youth programs supported by the club. She has been a tireless advocate for what has evolved into the Sierra Youth Center. She helped found the SYC garden project and has championed the culinary program which has inspired so many young women. Caroline shared an E-mail in which she talks about life’s two tracks: blessings and challenges. She experienced the former recently as she heard restaurateur John Ash Caroline Keller is speak. His topic was about the a chairperson, past value of mentoring, sharing president, youth with the next generation the advocate and long-time Rotarian. bounty we have received from the experiences in our lives. He spoke about the value of growing our own food, knowing where it is grown and by whom. He mentioned the importance of utilizing ‘ugly vegetables’, the 30% of what is grown that is thrown out as unappealing. His comments led her to reflect on the value that is created at the Sierra Garden by the young women, staff and volunteers. She thought of the 20,000 volunteer hours over the four years since the gardens resurrection and what it has meant to the community it serves. This past summer, charities received 2,110 pounds of produce to distribute to a community that had become resigned to never knowing anything but canned vegetables. She closed her E-mail with an appropriate poem John Ash shared about the relationship between the human condition and something so basic to our lives that we take it for granted.

The Kitchen by Gunilla Brodde Norris

Familiar and strange, the kitchen is a holy place— alive with possibility A place for the elements. Water in the tap, fire in the stove, earth in the food, air—between, around and below. Behind the cupboard doors are the pots and pans, the bowls and the dishes, the measuring cups and the measuring spoons—holy things that lie ready for use, much like our dreams that lie waiting behind our eyelids. The kitchen is alchemical, a place where we cook— actually and spiritually. We come to it for nourishment and ease. We come to it as to a center—the heart of a dwelling. In the kitchen we are one, linked by hunger—actual hunger and spiritual hunger. We go to the kitchen to be nourished and revealed. It is a holy place.


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016

nBarbara Bowman


As 2016 draws to a close, we can look back on a most successful year of bocce play and club events, including: Tournaments: We had lots of fun—and candy—for winners and losers alike at nine tournaments (the tenth tourney, the Mother’s Day contest was rained-out), as well as an Open Doubles Tournament. The Senior Games also provided more bocce competition for a large number of members. And two of the tournaments were followed by food events, one of which was the Falling Leaves Tournament on November 5.

Bocce Club


in the next issue of the Oakmont News.


Yes, we still roll those balls throughout the winter months, starting at 1 p.m. And, if you’re not yet into bocce, come on out and see what it’s all about. You can also join the Bocce Club right now.

If you haven’t done so already, complete the 2017 membership dues coupon below, then place it with your check for only $15 in the Bocce Club folder at the OVA Office by January 31, 2017. Do it right now while you still have the paper in your hands! Don’t miss out on that first tournament in February.


Attach your check for $15 for each membership to this coupon and place it in the Bocce Club folder at the OVA Office by January 31. Please print or write legibly. Name(s): _______________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________ E-mail:______________________________________________________

nMarianne Neufeld

More winners of the Falling Leaves Tourney: President Sherry, Fritzie Amantite and Chris Duda show their delight at being on one of the winning teams.

The Volunteer Helpers and Oakmont Gardens partnered to fill and deliver 75 holiday gift baskets to fellow Oakmont residents spreading holiday cheer on December 7. This is the third year of basket deliveries, but in previous years OVH delivered 15 baskets. Starting with the fundraiser by the Oakmont Gardens, we were able to expand the holiday basket deliveries to other seniors that may enjoy a cheerful holiday visit. The Gardens provided their vans for

delivery and I was fortunate to deliver some of the baskets and receive many hugs in appreciation. It was emotional at times, but so happy to be part of this project. I am hopeful that next year our holiday basket project will continue to expand. Many thanks to all the volunteers and donors who made this project possible. The Oakmont Volunteer Helpers wish everyone a happy holiday season and healthy New Year!

Sue Lifschiz and Betty Schot enjoy a tasty dessert at the Annual Meeting potluck following the tournament.

Bocce Club Christmas Party: The December 10 event at the East Rec. featured a fabulous menu for unrecognizable dressed-up bocce attendees, a slide show of recognizable dressed-down players, and music. More on the after-dinner surprise program

Oakmont Progressives nVince Taylor

Can We Heal the Divisions in Our Community?

You are invited to the January 9, 2017 meeting of the Oakmont Progressives where we will explore how the Progressives can play a constructive role in the upcoming OVA Board elections. Please read more about this meeting on our website, at Follow the link to “January 9, 2017 Oakmont Progressives Oakmont Election Meeting.” Mark your calendars: Progressives Oakmont Election Meeting, January 9, 2017, East Rec. Center, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for social time. The Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We also support other candidates for office who share a similar vision. Our meetings are a great way to meet other Oakmonters who share a progressive perspective on domestic politics and world affairs.

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nPhil Bowman


There was a good turnout for this year’s Thanksgiving tourney. The winning teams were Team 2, Jerry Garland and George Hasa; Team 3, Frank Longoria, Marilyn Garland and Jeana Garcia; Team 4, Tom Ternullo, Colin Pegley and Francis Coryell; Team 8, Tony Lachowicz, Carlos Curbelo and Billie Cobb. Team 2 and Team 4 tied for high spread.


In order for your name, address and phone number to be in the club directory (Green Book), members need to have paid their dues by February 1. The form below can be used to pay your 2017 dues. Please, complete it fully (print legibly please) drop it with your check in the OLC folder at the OVA office. Also, note this year’s dues form contains a line for E-mail addresses. If you include yours on the line it will be included with your information in the directory.


After the first of the year a quiet time descends over Oakmont. So we will have fewer events to report on in this column for the next couple of months. But this would be a good time to work on your game so come to Daily Draw regularly and polish your delivery. Even though this column will probably be shorter or may not appear at all, we still welcome your suggestion of matters of interest for inclusion in the Oakmont News. If you have an item you think would be of interest or a photo to share, please send it to me:


We still need a member to become the Webmail Manager. If you are interested in working on the website, please contact Martha McKee at 539-6385.

Frank L, Marilyn and Jeana.

2017 OLBC ANNUAL DUES Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail: ________________________________________________ Phone: _________________________________ Regular member at $20 per year ________ Associate member at $15 per year ________ Total $_____________ Tony, Billie and Carlos.

nSusan Lynn


“When one must, one can.”—Charlotte Whitton Thank you to everyone who showed up for our Trivia Night. About 80 people came out for a great evening of spirited competition. Special thanks to Cindi Clemence, who organized the event and Susan Wurtzel, who worked so hard to come up with the Name That Tune music clips, trivia questions, and photos. Of course, we couldn’t do any of it without our volunteers. Our first game ended with two teams in a tie for first place. Congratulations to The Deep Thinkers and Didn’t Have Lunch and the Captain C team for taking second place. In the second game, Didn’t Have Lunch took first prize, Captain C came in second, and Steve’s Savants came in third. Who knew we had so many brainiacs in our club?

Save the Date: February 25

Our first big event of 2017 will be our fourth annual Mardi Gras bash—Mardi Party—with music by Second Line. Mark your calendars because you don’t want to miss out on our most popular celebration of the year. Watch this space for details in upcoming Oakmont News issues.


Since the first gathering of about 40 Boomers in 2011, we’ve grown to more than 500 members! Now, it’s time to re-up for 2016. If we have your valid email address, you should receive an email notice

on December 16 about renewing your membership for the coming year. Please contact us at info@ if you do NOT receive a notice to renew. You may pay online using PayPal, or leave a check payable to Oakmont Boomers in the Dues folder at the OVA Office. New members can click on “Apply for Membership” on our website and join in minutes. For assistance, contact Connie at 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 www.oakmontboomers. org. 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 part of Oakmont’s most dynamic club.


We’re still looking for someone to join the board and take over this column. Interested? Call Steve Spanier at 779-9718. Thank you all for helping us make 2016 our most successful year yet. All of us on the board wish you a joyous, healthy holiday season and a Happy New Year. See you in 2017!


Name _________________________________________________________________________________________ Street address __________________________________________________________________________________ Telephone ______________________________ e-mail _________________________________________________ Dues paid ($10 per year, PP) __________________________ 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

Ukesters nLinda Webster


You’ve probably been reading about the ukulele and the benefits of playing one. Well, now’s your chance to join in and increase your fun-quotient while learning a new skill. Got a ukulele? Like to play? Don’t have a ukulele but like to sing or just listen to good music? Want to learn how to play the ukulele? The Oakmont Ukesters Club invites you to come join them each Tuesday morning, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the beautiful Oakmont Gardens Crafts Room. The club has been playing together for over a year and has built an exciting repertoire of songs for easy listening, singing and playing. Members of the club have various levels of experience playing the ukulele. Some have played for years while others are beginners. It doesn’t matter because the goal is to have fun in the company of people who enjoy playing this wonderful instrument. There’s room for everyone. This means you! The ukulele is a versatile musical instrument that is fun and easy to play. It has four strings and comes in different sizes from the small (soprano) to the large (tenor and baritone). You do not have to read music in order to play since you learn basic chords and strum those when you see them in a song. Once basic chords are mastered you are able to play music and have great fun. What’s wonderful is that it’s impossible to be unhappy, worried, or in the dumps when you are strumming your uke! And, a bonus is that as you master your ukulele, you are helping your brain keep challenged in an exciting way. Playing the ukulele is good for you, just as listening to it is! Want more information about the ukulele and how you can learn to play it? Call 978-2790 and I will be happy to answer questions you may have. Whatever you do, come join the club on Tuesday and join in the fun!


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016

Fitness Club nTom Pugliese nTeresa Woodrum

Holiday Fun All Oakmont residents are welcome

Ugly Holiday Sweater Day: Wednesday, Dec. 21, 9 a.m., Berger New Year’s Potluck: Friday, Dec. 30, 10 a.m., right after class, Berger Free Line Dance, Steve Luther: Wednesday, Jan. 4, 9 a.m., Berger “Zalsa,” Steve Luther: Wednesday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m., Berger

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

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

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

If you have always wanted to try Tai Chi and didn’t have the opportunity, now you can start in your own backyard, so to speak. We meet at the Upper West Rec. Center on Thursdays (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive, in case you have other appointments to attend to) from 9–10 a.m. for a five-class workshop to introduce to you this ancient Chinese meditative exercise that increases balance and strengthens legs as well as improving stress reduction, posture and breathing. Class is small. Pre-registration is required, so please call me at 318-5284 so I can answer your questions. Tuition is $75 for the five-class workshop. Come have some fun and improve your health.

NOTICE: Attention all gym users Increased Trainer Hours and Dues Adjustment for 2017

As you may know, the Oakmont Fitness Club has existed primarily to pay for our trainer, John Phillips. Membership dues over the past couple of years have been insufficient to meet that commitment. In 2015 we received a $4,000 subsidy toward this commitment from the OVA. This year the OVA declined to renew the subsidy while they sought legal council on liability issues. This necessitated our first annual fund drive. Thanks to your generous contributions, the fund drive considerably exceeded our expectations and resolved the shortfall situation with some to spare. Beginning in 2017, the OVA will hire John Phillips as an independent contractor providing funding for 10 hours per week for his services in the Fitness Center. Based on feedback from our most recent survey, many of you requested more hours for John. To that end, and to remain true to our charter, the Fitness Club Board will use the proceeds from our fund drive and club dues to contract with John independent of the OVA. The result will be an increase in John’s hours to

have more classes, workshops and availability in the gym. John will continue to support his private clients with individual sessions by appointment. In light of this new development, the Fitness Club Board is considering ways to provide additional services to club members going forward. In the first quarter of 2017 we will schedule a general members’ meeting to share with you our ideas and solicit your input. You can also send your thoughts to us at Also, beginning in 2017, membership dues will increase to $30, irrespective of the month in which you sign up. Your membership will run through the end of the calendar year. For example, someone whose current membership is due to expire in August next year, would need to pay $30 for membership lasting through the end of 2017. The net effect of this change is that future memberships will be on a calendar year basis, beginning in January. As in previous years, those joining or renewing in November or December, will be credited with 14 or 13 months membership respectively. If you have already paid your $20 dues in October, an additional $10 will cover your membership through 2017.

OAKMONT FITNESS CLUB HOLIDAY DINNER/DANCE reservation form Berger Center, Friday, December 16, 5 pm, $45 per person Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone(s): Home_____________________________________ Cell_______________________________________ E-mail: ______________________________________________________________ # of entrées: Salmon_______ Chicken_______ Eggplant Parmesan_______ Vegetarian Lasagna_______ Total amount of entrées x $45: $ _____________ Please indicate name(s) of persons with whom you wish to be seated or seating will be assigned at random (8 per table). If you want to guarantee your table of eight please submit your reservation for the full table and enclose the total amount of $360. List the total eight entrées above and the names and entrée choices below for all persons at your table. I wish to be seated with the following guests: Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

New Fitness Class: Foam Roller nSandy Shaner

We all know about Rock N Roll—how about Stretch N Roll? My name is Sandy Shaner and I will be offering a new class on a foam roller starting in February. This class uses movements from Yoga to increase flexibility and balance; movements from Pilates to build core strength; and movements from myofascial release therapy to target trigger points soothing and releasing tight muscles. Foam rolling has been shown to be beneficial in reducing chance of injury and increasing recovery by hydrating the muscles with increased blood flow and breaking up adhesions between skin, muscles and bones. Range of motion is greatly increased, and the bottom line is, you just feel and move better in your body. I am a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, certified in Mat Pilates, and ACE certified as a personal trainer. I developed this foam roller class in conjunction with the physical therapists at a health care facility where I taught for 18 years. The class will be taught on a foam roller, so you will need to purchase one. I will have them for sale at the free sample class that is being offered on Tuesday, January 17, at 9 a.m. at Lower West Rec. Center.

I have found a local source for the rollers (saves on shipping) where I can buy them for about $17, and if you let me know that you want one, I will bring them to that sample class and sell them to you for that cost. Or you can purchase your own. It needs to be 6” in diameter and 36” long. Call me and let me know if you want me to have one at the class that you can purchase or if you will be bringing your own so I know how many to bring. Phone is (636) 532-4690 or E-mail shaner.sandy@ In addition to the foam roller, I will periodically also bring different sized balls for working on feet and hands, particularly helpful for circulation and arthritis. This is a “feel good” class, but so good for your body. Come and try it. The only requirement is a foam roller (which you will love having at home to do self-massage). Subject to board approval, classes will begin in February on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Lower West Rec. Center and the cost will be $50 for six classes. Questions? Call me at (636) 532-4690.


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Feel Better in Your Body

WHAT: Chair Stretch and Balance Class WHEN: Thursdays from 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series This class is designed to get your blood and oxygen moving! Connect your movements with your breath with attention to alignment. Feel and use your core, strengthen it, even while seated. Students have the option to get out of the chair to explore balance. Students may remain seated for the entire class. The class combines gentle movements and faster movements to gain cardio benefit. Small free weights are used to strengthen and tone the upper body. Equipment: Bring a set of free weights - your choice of 1, 2 or more pounds—the weight you want to work with. Please bring water to class.

Take care of yourself during the holiday season Commit to your Yoga Practice

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Classes WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the

purchase of a class series Get grounded, find your breath and calm your inner self with your yoga practice. The deep breathing helps to clear your brain and encourages muscles to release and relax. Build core power and challenge your abs. Feel lighter from “letting it go.” The poses and movements are sequenced to provide gentle extension and lengthening of the skeletal system while increasing strength and mobility. Experience this healing practice and feel and more centered on and off the mat. Poses are modified as needed to meet individual needs. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive setting. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair Stretch and Balance classes in addition to yoga classes and private sessions. Please see http:// for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.

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

WHEN: Every Saturday morning promptly at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Central Activities Center, Room B.


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

Let’s Dance—Together! nTerry Whitten

It’s Country 2-Step Time

WHAT: Beginning Country 2-Step Partner Dance Classes WHEN: Wednesdays, January 11, 18 and 25 TIME: 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: January New Year’s Special—$5 per person per class The New Year will be a good time to dust off your dance shoes or cowboy boots and learn some basic Country 2-Step dance moves. Country 2-Step is very popular in Sonoma County—especially on Sunday nights at Monroe Hall. It is an upbeat and fun partner dance that can be danced to lots of great Country Western music as well as to faster Foxtrot music. As before, no partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. If you have a partner, that’s great. However, I do know we are short on male leaders here in Oakmont. I’d like to invite any ladies who are interested to come and learn how to lead some basic steps. Once you learn, you will never be without someone to dance with in Oakmont and other venues. Leading can be as much fun as following! Thank you to the five ladies who did learn to lead some basic steps in the different dances taught during the past six months. Aside from being fun and a great way to get exercise, a number of studies have shown that dancing on a

regular basis may reduce the possibility of cognitive decline and may actually increase mental acuity. It is definitely good for our brains, muscles and spirit! Please let me know if you have any questions. You can E-mail me (Terry Whitten) at twhitten@pacbell. net or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell) or 539-6265 (home). I hope to see you on the dance floor!

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, List Coordinator

Looking for care for kitty when you’re away? Join the Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative. It’s free! Cat Care Co-op members share care and feeding for kitty when you travel or must be away. It’s easy! Just contact a fellow list member and arrange for care between you. We have members all around Oakmont. It works! The more members we have, the easier it is to find help when you need it. So join today! For more information and to put your name on the list contact me at 849-1581.

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength. No classes December 27 and 29. See you in the new year on Tuesday, Jan. 3 for Aerobics and Thursday, Jan. 5 for Strength and Balance! TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Keep fit with aerobics, strength and balance classes. You can join at any time! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us! The Aerobic Class format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Balance and Strength class offers.

r Fitness e t a W nCathy Rapp

If you’re afraid of the cold during the winter swim season, here are some warming options. Many swimmers like to retire to the hot tub after class and others enjoy a warming sauna. If your shoulders get cold, a thermal jacket may be just the ticket. Jackets are available locally at Seal Sports and you can check on line at and other swim sites. To add your name to the water aerobics email list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

fall water aerobics schedule west pool

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

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The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016

nReenie Lucker

Pickleball Corner Game Winner: Holiday Gratitude

On a cold morning, Marsha, Ron, Michael and Pam are found smiling.

The Pickleball Club extends Happy Holiday wishes to our Oakmont neighbors and thanks everyone for their encouragement and support throughout this past year. Here is the message from our club’s President, Peter Copen: “Dear Friends and Neighbors, This time of year gives me pause to reflect on things to be grateful for, particularly the gift of playing a sport at this age (78) that is named after a dog named Pickle! It is an activity that allows me to experience: • The awe of life itself. • The blessing of health. • The ability to give and receive kindness and friendship. • The joy of having fun. • The humility to appreciate the beauty of nature around us. • Living in a community of senior people dedicated to the value of meaningful activity. For all of these gifts I am deeply grateful. With Peace, Love and Light, Peter”


Welcome to new club members in November: Sheila Ferguson and Susan and Abraham Joseph.

2017 Club Dues

A few of the usual early morning players wait for a court.

Playreaders nNorma Doyle

On December 19 Sandy White will produce a oneact play Women of Manhattan by John Patrick Shandley. Shandley has been said to provide accessible characters who are greatly admired in his many plays (Danny and the Deep Blue Sea and Savage in Limbo) and screenplays (Moonstruck). Women of Manhattan premiered in 1986 and revolves around the lives of three women who are living in the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Rhonda has recently split with her boyfriend, Billie is married, and Judy is considered a “fag hag“ (outdated language of the 80’s) by the other two women as she often unknowingly dates men who turn out to be homosexual. The play highlights biting, smart-girl banter with surprising urbanity. It consists of four vignettes in the social lives of the young women, the sharpest being a hilarious brunch in Rhonda’s apartment that explicates the three unequal sides of their triangular relationship. The play highlights women’s strength, which makes it a pleasure. Playreaders include Cynthia Corn, Claudette Brero-Gow, Max Fenton, Ginny Smith, Ron White and Sandy White. Please note that while Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. in the CAC, Room B, no meetings will be held December 26 or January 2. Playreaders will resume their weekly meetings on January 9 and visitors are always welcome.

It’s a New Year for Pickleball Club activities! Please deposit your dues for 2017 in the Pickleball folder in the OVA Office where you will find renewal forms. Dues remain $20 per person with check made payable to Oakmont Pickleball Club. New members joining in December 2016 will pay $20 and be considered paid for 2017.

Coached Play for Beginners

Coached play for people new to the game of Pickleball, or for those who don’t feel ready for intermediate play, is offered every Tuesday on Court 4. Pickleball Orientation begins at 10 am, followed by coached games. This time slot encourages practice with others of similar ability. A growing number of people are taking advantage of this volunteer run activity. On Tuesday mornings (only), more advanced club players rotate their play on just one court, leaving the one other court for beginner practice.

Scheduling Games

During the winter, club members are encouraged to

use the Pickleball Shutterfly website message board to arrange games at various times when the weather is favorable. Drop-in play continues in the mornings, however the courts are occasionally wet and need time to dry out. Announcing your intent to head out to the courts on a sunny afternoon encourages others to do the same.

Oakmont Pickleball Play Information

WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Courts open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; group dropin play daily 9 a.m.–12 noon; new player intro to pickleball Tues. 10 a.m.; coached play Tues. 11 a.m. ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for orientation. Both paddles and balls are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball courts. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, E-mail, phone 595-5648 Join the fun, exercise, and meet nice people.

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The Oakmont News / December 15, 2016

Lifelong Learning nFradel Been, Coordinator

nRosemary Waller


Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA. Mr. Arron has performed frequently at Carnegie’s Weill and Zankel Halls, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Currently one of the top “power couples” on the and Avery Fisher Halls, New York’s Town Hall, New York classical music scene, cellist Edward and the 92nd Street Y, as well as at Bargemusic. Arron and pianist Jeewon Park, have each garnered Festival appearances include Ravinia, Salzburg, impressive accolades as solo performers as well as Mostly Mozart, Bravo! Vail, and Tanglewood. He collaborators in chamber music performances. On has participated in Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and Thursday, January 12, 2017 Music at Oakmont is Isaac Stern’s Jerusalem Chamber Music Encounters. delighted to invite back these distinguished artists, Since 2009 he has served on the faculty of New York following their stunning debut here two years ago. Edward Arron has earned praise University, and in 2016 he joined worldwide for his elegant musicianship, the faculty at the University of impassioned performances, and Massachusetts Amherst. creative programming. He made his Since making her debut at age 12, New York recital debut in 2000 at the performing Chopin’s Concerto No. 1 Metropolitan Museum of Art. Since with the Korean Symphony Orchestra, then, he has appeared in recital, as Korean-born pianist Jeewon Park has soloist with major orchestras, and as a impressed audiences with her “deeply chamber musician throughout North reflective playing” (Indianapolis Star) America, Europe and Asia. and “infectious exuberance” (New In 2013 Mr. Arron completed a tenYork Times). She has been featured at year residency as artistic director of such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice the Metropolitan Museum Artists Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, 92nd St. Y, in Concert, a chamber music series Philadelphia Museum of Art, Kravis created in 2003 to celebrate the 50th Edward Arron and Jeewon Park. Center (FL), and Seoul Arts Center (Korea). An avid chamber musician, she has appeared anniversary of the museum’s prestigious Concerts at prominent festivals internationally, including and Lectures series. Currently he serves as artistic Spoleto USA, Bridgehampton, Lake Champlain, director, host, and resident performer at the Musical Central Vermont, Norfolk, Appalachian, and Taos. Masterworks series in Old Lyme, CT. He also She has regularly collaborated with members of curates a series, “Edward Arron and Friends,” at the the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and the NY Caramoor International Music Festival, and is coPhilharmonic, as well as the Guarneri, Juilliard, artistic director with his wife, pianist Jeewon Park, of Vermeer, Brentano, Tokyo, Fine Arts, and Miami the new Performing Artists in Residence series at the Quartets. As soloist, Ms. Park has appeared with orchestras including the Charleston Symphony, Mexico City Philharmonic, and KBS Symphony Orchestra in Korea. For their program in Oakmont on Jan. 12, Mr. Arron and Ms. Park have chosen works by Bach, Barber, Arvo Pärt, and Mendelssohn. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door or your season pass

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holidays, and may the wonder of the season be with you all year long. Happy Holidays! Eileen Heavey, GRI Broker Associate


Please help us continue our lifesaving work into 2017 by donating today at

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2016 has been a special year for Oakmont Lifelong Learning (OLL). We celebrated our 10th anniversary in August with hundreds of residents and friends recalling the work of so many Oakmont residents who met the challenge of bringing a university-level academic program to our community. OLL welcomes 2017 having provided over 80 six-week college courses in Oakmont, a unique achievement.

Registering Oakmont 2016. (Photo by Fradel Been)

For 18 weeks each year Oakmont is a campus of Sonoma State University (SSU) as the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at SSU presents concurrent courses in Oakmont and at the SSU campus in Rohnert Park. Oakmont and SSU enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship providing college courses for Sonoma County’s mature adults, and I am confident our partnership will continue to grow and strengthen in coming years. OLLI courses cover a gamut of topics and offer Oakmont the timeless joy of learning about the new while looking at old ideas with a fresh eye. I think I can speak for all of us in saying that engaging our minds as well as our bodies is a prescription for a life well lived. The Oakmont campus of OLLI at SSU has delighted hundreds of us this past year with instruction in history, science, art and music, anthropology and more. OLLI lecturers love coming to Oakmont and often say we are the best students. That is a real tribute for all of us. I hope that those who have not yet had a chance to enjoy an OLLI course will join us for the Winter 2017 session. OLLI is a great place to not only see friends and neighbors while staying intellectually curious, but also continues to be one of the best ways I know of meeting new people and making friends here in Oakmont. Our courses this winter cover art, history and science. Popular SSU instructor Linda Loveland Reid is offering Early California Art and History, perennial Oakmont favorite Mick Chantler is offering Reconstruction and Recovery: The Post Civil War South, and we are very pleased to welcome a new face to Oakmont, NASA scientist Warren Wiscombe, who is presenting Goldilocks Planet: Earth’s Climate History. Goldilocks Planet reminds me of last winter’s Life in the Universe by another NASA scientist, Carl Pilcher, a course I really enjoyed. In all, another interesting and stimulating opportunity for us to spend time together this winter. I want to thank the Oakmont Lifelong Learning Board and all of our wonderful volunteers for truly making this program such a valuable part of living here at Oakmont.


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Oakmont Garden Club

nPeggy Dombeck


Dandelions might seem like weeds, but the flowers and leaves are a good source of vitamins A and C, iron, calcium and potassium. One cup of dandelion greens provides 7,000–13,000 I.U. of vitamin A.


There will be no regular meeting in December. The next meeting will be on January 17.


This year we will present a unique hands-on program for our members. Our guest will be David Fazzio of Sonoma Mission Gardens. David has been designing gardens in the Sonoma Valley for more than 35 years. His work includes the roses at the Sonoma Mission Inn.

We will learn the correct way to prune a rose bush. Then each attendee will have a chance to actually prune a living rose with David and Oakmont Garden Club member and Master Gardener Dan Milhollin assisting. There is no charge for the program, but space is limited to Garden Club members. The Oakmont address for the program will be sent to members who register prior to January 3. Dress in layers. Be sure to bring your garden gloves and hat, and your clippers, Warming refreshments will be served. WHEN: Tuesday, January 17, address to be announced to participants TIME: 10–11:30 a.m. To register, please fill out the form below and place it in the Garden Club folder in the OVA Office or mail

Registration form for January Rose Pruning Session Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: _____________________________________E-mail: _____________________________________________ Address if no E-mail: ____________________________________________________________________________

Neighborhood Watch News nShirley Hodgkins, Neighborhood Watch Committee Chair


Especially now and throughout the holiday season, stay alert and rely on your senses! Most thieves are looking for an easy grab. Don’t make it easy for them: 1. Lock all house doors. Your house should always have the doors and windows locked. 2. Lock your vehicle. Keep your vehicle locked at all times. Don’t leave your keys in your vehicle! 3. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle or in sight! Putting bags and purses out of sight in the trunk is good, but not foolproof. I have heard of trunks being broken into. 4. Do not leave garage doors open, even partially. I have heard of individuals crawling under a garage door that is partially open. Be alert to suspicious activities! Question anyone loitering or wandering in your neighborhood. Ask, “May I help you?” If the person seems suspicious, call

nBarbara Bowman

the Santa Rosa Police Department. Their number is 528-5222. I keep this number on my cell phone under “A Cop,” so it is immediately up front if needed. Of course if there is a crime in progress or an ambulance needed, call 911. Don’t take for granted that you live in a retirement community, and all is going along well! In fact, thieves take advantage of people who are complacent. We do have crime, especially thefts, that occur out here in this nice Oakmont retirement community. Some thieves consider a retirement community easy pickings. Thieves don’t take a holiday! For more information or training at a neighborhood meeting, call me at 538-2530 (home) or 888-7269 (cell). If you want a speaker to come to your meeting, call Peter Hogan, a retired CHP Officer, at 575-9581. Have a happy holiday, but continue to remain vigilant! We want your holiday to be a joyous one.

Movies At Oakmont

WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAY AND TIME: Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge—compliments of the OVA Movies At Oakmont is observing a winter break during December, January and February. Only matinees will be shown until March 1.

Sunday, December 18, 2 pm A HOLOGRAM FOR THE KING

Teetering on the edge of financial and emotional bankruptcy, Boston businessman Alan Clay (Tom Hanks) tries to reverse his fortunes by landing a lucrative contract in Saudia Arabia involving expensive cutting-edge technology. As Clay humorously attempts to navigate his way through an unfamiliar and baffling culture, and an exasperating bureaucracy, he unexpectedly finds romance. Another fine performance from Hanks. (2016), R (some sexuality/nudity, language), 97 minutes.

Sundays, December 25 and January 1: NO FILMS SHOWN Sunday, January 8: NO FILM SHOWN, OVA PARTY AT BERGER For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, December 18, 2 p.m.: A Hologram For The King, (2016), R, 97 minutes. Sunday, December 25: No film shown, Christmas Day Sunday, January 1: No film shown, New Year’s Day Sunday, January 8: No film shown, OVA Party at Berger

it to Janet Schade at 6546 Stonecroft Terrace, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 or drop it in her mailbox so it arrives before January 3. No forms will be accepted after January 10.


• Prune pines and other dormant conifers. Don’t trim back individual branches, rather, thin trees where necessary by pruning out entire branches. You can also control the size of most pines by pinching out the new shoots or “candles” in each cluster when growth begins later in the new year. • Winter is the season when rats forage our plants. If you have had problems in the past or if your neighbors have noticed rats, put out traps early before the rats devour fruit trees, vines, climbing roses and the like. • Plant winter fruits and vegetables like berries, grapes, artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb, and horseradish, and cool season annuals and perennials like nemesia, diascia, calendulas, iceland poppies, pansies, primroses, snapdragons, and violas. • Enjoy spinach, winter lettuces and spring cabbage all winter if you cover the plants with a row cover. • Living Christmas trees should be kept indoors no longer than two weeks. Move tender container plants indoors or under patio covers for winter. • Plant bare root fruit trees in December. Prune apple and pear trees, but not cherries, peaches or plums. Apply dormant oil to control over wintering pests and disease. Clean up dropped fruit and leaves. Spray peaches and nectarines with lime sulfur, copper sulfate or fixed copper to control peach leaf curl.

Oakmont Music Lovers nJudy Walker

A Conductor’s Life

Corrick Brown, who led the Santa Rosa Symphony for 38 years and is currently Conductor Emeritus, will present a program based on his life as a musician together with a discussion of how a conductor works with the orchestra to produce concerts that are satisfying and uplifting for the audience. After graduating from Stanford University, he continued graduate work at the University of California, studying with Manfred Bukhofzer, Roger Sessions and the Griller Quartet. At the Vienna Academy, he worked with Hans Swarowsky, in the class with such luminaries as, Zubin Mehta and Claudio Abbado. Later he continued his studies with Dr. Richard Lert, the former conductor of the Berlin Opera. Brown has guest conducted orchestras in California, Spain, Austria, Germany, Italy and Turkey. He also traveled to Moscow and conducted a concert and broadcast of the Moscow Radio and Television Orchestra in the magnificent Hall of Columns. The program was a tribute (the first in Moscow for a living American Composer) to his friend, composer Kirke Mechem. Like many musicians, Corrick is a duplicate bridge “addict,” mixing that with tennis, travel and an occasional four-hand concert with his pianist wife, Norma. WHEN: Tuesday, January 3 at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Rec. Center COST: Free



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


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


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


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



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


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


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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Private Home Health provider with 20 yrs. experience. Compassionate, Free estimates, consultation. Oakmont hardworking, dependable. All aspects of in-home care. Will care for you like references. License #527924. Call I care for my loved ones. Avail. 5 days 539-3196. a week, Mon.–Fri., 7 p.m.–7 a.m. References available. Call Olive, CHRISTO LIMO Commercially licensed, transportation (707) 393-0446. for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 PET CARE owner-operated with several years experience. Oakmont homeowner too. Experienced, insured sitters for overnites and exercise walks for dogs Call Chris, (707) 206-5018. and loving kitty care visits. Oakmont references. A Mother’s Love Petsitting, MARTHA L. PROFESSIONAL 775-7520.


Home, business, move-outs. Windows, bed linen changing and more. Over 18 yrs. of experience. References upon request., 548-9482 or 542-8720.


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



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


All trades, little fix-its and prickly puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, assemblies, gardening and pruning too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, 539-5217.

Reliable, caring, mature and affordable. Call 539-1286 (home) or When quality and reliability count, call 480-1224 (cell). on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior CREATING AN EXCEPTIONAL and exterior painting specialist, LIFE AFTER CANCER drywall repairs and textures. Licensed Group coaching for cancer survivors. and insured. Call us for your free Wednesdays for 8 weeks. Register at estimate today! 833-2890. or 536-9323. Coupon code OAKMONT50 for 50% GOLF CARTS discount. Huge selection of value-priced, new, used and re-conditioned golf carts for DOGWALKER sale. Professional repairs, service. Many Let me help you walk, talk and play years servicing our friends in Oakmont. with your dog. $25/hr., 15/half-hr. 584-5488. Call for free meeting. Terri, (707) 480-0786. Local references.


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





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


Support for women. Meet 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 10–11:30 a.m. each month. Redwood Covenant Church, 3175 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa. Oakmont resident co-leader, Lu Ann, (808) 353-1757.

NEED A NOTARY? I COME TO YOU! All documents notarized. Commission #2105272, License #14884. Bonded, Insured and Certified. www. Please call David Collins, (707) 934-5263.


Keep your home or company up and running. Back-up, training, security, networking, repair, transfers, tuneup, Smart Homes. Call now for free consultation, (707) 486-5302.


We wish you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season! Remodels, additions, efficiency and accessibility updates. Helping clients live comfortably in their homes since 1979. Call Craig Lawson, Oakmont Resident, 579-9088. Lic. #377330.

Made in California, now Oakmont features quality classic design for children ages 2–6 yrs. Call (415) 518-7814 or visit


Helping families in Sonoma County for over 20 yrs. I will custom tailor a plan for you based on your unique needs. Complimentary first visit. Many homes start at $100. Jef Brunstetter, 576-1793 or Sonoma Star Construction. Lic. #1008255. Bonded. Services include: interior and exterior, trim, cabinets, shelves, fences, gates, decks, dry rot. Call Alex at 843-1898.

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Oakmont News …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


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

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

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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

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

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM December 16–31 Marianne Neufeld 528-0161 January 1–15 Susan Mullaly 539-1328

Andie Altman, President

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) Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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


OAS Management Company

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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.


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.


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.


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

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

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

E-mail List Do you want to stay updated on what is going on in Oakmont? Join the OVA E-mail list. You will receive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Oakmont Notices, Meeting Announcements and the weekly Manager's Newsletter. To join, go to the OVA office and fill out a sign-up form, or visit www. To receive E-Blast by E-mail, click the "join our E-Blast email list" link. If you would like a hardcopy, please come to​the OVA Activities​office. They are located on the front counter.


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OVA-Sponsored Events “It’s A Wrap” Will Be Coming Back nMargaret Bonkowski, Volunteer, Bergin University of Canine Studies

E-Waste Collection and Goodwill Donation Truck nAnita Roraus, OVA

E-Waste: January 6, 11 am–7 pm; January 7, 9 am–5 pm Goodwill: January 7, 9 am–1 pm

E-Waste Collection will be two days: Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7! They will be parked in the Berger parking lot, 310 White Oak Drive, parallel to the street, 9 s.m.–5 p.m. There is no appointment needed for this event. We have a new sponsor, Conservation Corps North Bay! 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 (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.


Were you planning to sit down bring their beautiful dogs with them. Some of you may remember us from and write your letter to Santa Claus, last year, our first year conducting including a request for a special early this fundraiser at Oakmont. It was Christmas present this year—an elf a mutually-satisfying experience. to help you wrap your Christmas Residents arrived at our gift wrapping presents? You’re always good and station carrying anything from arms have come to expect that you’ll get full of merchandise all the way down everything you wish for, right? Well, to nothing. Nothing? Yes, a number of maybe not this year. Rumor has it that visitors stopped in just to say hello, to the elf union plans a work stoppage at learn more about the university and the height of the busy holiday season. Santa caught wind of this and took what we do, to relax with our dogs, and immediate action. He didn’t want to drop off a donation. to disappoint his many followers Those who did have presents who request elves (you don’t think wrapped were seen leaving the room you’re the only one who puts this on with a smile on their face, looking his or her wish list, do you?) so he Oakmont residents, Jackie and relieved, and asking if we’d be back arranged an alternate source of help Paul Ryan, visiting with Blossom this year. The volunteers who worked at last year’s “It’s a Wrap.” for Oakmont residents: the volunteers at this event were not only satisfied, at Bergin University of Canine Studies, who will but amazed at the warm, supportive reception we wrap your gifts for a donation. All right, maybe received and the generosity of the residents. they don’t wear those funny little caps and shoes So yes, we will be back. Look for us in a new like the elves do, but they do a great job and they location. We’ll be in Room B of the CAC on Thursday, December 15 from 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Fridays, December 16 and 23 from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Your donations will help us place more assistance dogs with people with mobility limitations and veterans with combat-related injuries. Now if only the volunteers would wear those Your donation can help a Bergin University puppy pointy-toed shoes and goofy elf hats… become a service dog. nTerri Somers

Elvis Party

OVA invites you to save the date: January 8, 2017

You may be asking yourself, “Why would OVA celebrate that date?” The answer is simple: it is Elvis Presley’s birthday. Now you may be wondering “What do they have planned?” We will be starting at 3 p.m. with the movie Blue Hawaii (released in 1961 when a movie ticket cost 25 cents). In keeping with Oakmont tradition the movie is free to all residents. Sounds like fun so far? But wait, there’s more! The Berger will be decorated for the movie, yep, you guessed it, Hawaiian style. So we decided to charge $7.50 per person and have a luau buffet starting at 5:30 p.m. (BYOB). Then we

got really crazy, and hired “Elvis” to perform for us and have a dance party starting at 6 p.m. Reservations are not necessary for the movie—which is free. We do require a reservation and payment for the dinner, entertainment, and dance party. Please drop off your check for $7.50 per person at the OVA Office to reserve your seat. Get out your Hawaiian shirts and muumuus, throw on your flip flops (you may need an umbrella given that it will be January) and then shake, rattle and roll over to the Berger for the party. Call me at (925) 876-8074 if you have any questions. Aloha!

Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa •

There will be no Buddhist meeting for the Oakmont Buddhist Group in December. We will resume with our next Buddhist meeting on January 28, 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 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.


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Come Join Us at Our Oakmont Office for Refreshments and Social Affair.

Music and Carolers! Cookies, Hors D’oeuvres, Coffee, Tea!

When: Friday, December 16, 2016 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

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5/16 RSVP by 12/1500 (707) 539-0

Location: Sequoia Senior Solutions: Oakmont 6572 Oakmont Drive, Suite E, Santa Rosa

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6263 Meadowstone drive, Oakmont, $799,000 pending 199-B white Oak drive, Oakmont, $339,500 pending 314 Belhaven Circle, Oakmont, $565,000 Sold

New ON Market—a SyNergy grOup traNSfOrMatiON Million dollar Views of the golf Course and Mountains. Single Story on the Oakmont golf Course! Birch Floor Plan, 3-Bedroom, 2-Bath, 1665 +/– Sf, 2-car Garage, 0.06 acre. Redesigned floor plan with open great room. Chef’s kitchen w/large Silestone island. Walk-in pantry. Master en suite w/dual-sink vanity. Shower surround. Walk-in closet. Sliders in bedrooms with views. Foyer. Double door entry. Indoor laundry. Spacious covered outdoor patio with room for entertaining. Linda Jones

707-548-6518 / Cindy Armstrong


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6576-B Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa CA 95409

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