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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

New Year at Mei-Don

Large Field, New Rules for OVA Board Election

February 15, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 4

Sugarloaf Winery Update

nMarty Thompson

Dragons were part of a Chinese New Year celebration at Mei-Don Restaurant on Oakmont Drive. Waiters Linda and Steve pose with the dragons from the Sonoma Vietnamese Association on Sunday, Jan. 20. (Photo by Robert Starkey)

East Rec. Deck: Tell OVA What You Think nStaff Report

There are some options for addressing problems with the East Rec. Center deck, which has been declared unsafe and closed. OVA wants to hear from members on the subject. Options include replacing the deck, putting up a smaller deck, removing the deck, or removing it but designing something to soften the resulting appearance of the building. A board decision will be affected by costs for each option. To help decide, the board has authorized spending up to $6,000 for architectural drawings for a smaller deck and other alternatives. That information will allow development of the cost estimates. A request for member opinions was published earlier in Manager Cassie Turner’s weekly email letter and on the Oakmont News website. That brought almost 250 responses, President Andie Altman said. Publication in the newspaper could swell that number. Early responders were strongest in favor of reducing the deck size, with the fewest favoring removing the existing structure. Altman noted that costs for the various options would play a big role in what the board decides to do, considering total removal of the deck has a significant price tag. Also affecting cost is what work on the building might trigger in changes to meet ADA access requirements. See survey on page 5

Oakmont’s annual board election has some new wrinkles this year, with a field of eight candidates for four seats on the seven-member board. Only one incumbent is seeking a new term, so at least three new faces will be at the table when a new board meets for the first time April 4. A Candidates’ Forum at the Berger Center Wednesday, Feb. 22 will include questions submitted by residents in advance. A video of the forum will be available on the OVA website. Ballots, which members should receive by mail on March 1, must be mailed in this year to an independent inspector of elections. Under new election rules, there will be no ballot box at the OVA office. The Annual Meeting will be Monday, April 3 at 3 p.m. at the Berger Center. Ballots not mailed earlier may be turned in at that time. Vote-counting will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 4 at the West Rec. Center. Members may observe quietly as ballots are tallied. Nancy Caldwell is chairman of the vote-counting volunteers. Results are announced at a board organizational meeting that afternoon at 2 p.m., in the West Rec. Board business then will include election of officers. The four directors whose terms are expiring are Frank Batchelor, John Felton, Herm Hermann and Elke Strunka. Batchelor is seeking re-election; Strunka is not. The others are not eligible for new terms. The eight candidates are, in alphabetical order, Batchelor, Carolyn Bettencourt, Stephanie Curry, Greg Goodwin, Ken Heyman, Bill Lucker, Al Medieros and Wayne Van Bockern. Statements by the candidates, their photos and answers to a set of questions are printed elsewhere in this edition of the Oakmont News, and will be reprinted on March 1. Observers can’t recall a board election with a larger field, and only one time when the ballot carried eight names, a year that also included voting to fill a oneyear term. This year’s new system of voting by mail prevents candidates or their supporters from giving their ballots to another person to be delivered to a ballot box. The new election rules also limit voting to members in good standing and set up a process for recounts in event of a disputed election and specify that a tie vote would produce a runoff election.

Election At-a-Glance

February 22: Candidates Forum, 6 p.m., Berger March 1: Ballots arrive April 3: Annual Meeting, 3 p.m., Berger April 4: Ballots counted, 9 a.m., West Rec. April 4: Results announced, Board Meets, 2 p.m., West Rec.


Sugarloaf Winery. (Photo by Robert Starkey)

(Additional photos of the winery interior are online at

nJim Golway

Sugarloaf Winery has announced that 52 tons of grapes were crushed during the 2016 Harvest season. “It was a scramble to get ready for our first crush but it all went smoothly,” said General Manager and Winemaker Ron Du Preez. “I’m sure this year’s crush will be even more successful.” With the wine undergoing aging and fermenting at Sugarloaf’s production facility, Du Preez and his team are now concentrating on an extensive landscaping project estimated to cost $500,000. “The first plan called for 140 trees,” said Landscape Architect Don MacNair. “But our final plan has us planting 291 trees.” MacNair said his landscape design is not intended to conceal the winery, but rather enhance its scenic appeal. “People will be able to see the winery through the trees. The design is to help the building blend into the surrounding landscape,” he said. “It will have a lush but natural look.” The 83,000 sq. ft. landscape plan will use reclaimed water and calls for planting a row of native oaks paralleling Highway 12. Trees, ranging from maple to redwood, will surround the property’s five-acre vineyard. Fronting the winery will be a myriad of flowering accent trees mixed with redwoods. After Caltrans signs off on the completed Highway 12-Oakmont Drive intersection an automated gated entrance will be installed, leading to a private road bordered by olive trees. See sugarloaf on page 3

Send In Your Questions for 2017 Forum The 2017 OVA Board Candidates Forum is scheduled for Feb. 22, 6 p.m. at the Berger Center, with Pat Amedeo moderating. The OVA Nominating Committee is asking members to send questions in advance of the forum, either by depositing them in a marked box at the OVA office or by E-mailing to ovanominatingcommittee@ Questions will also be accepted at the door. All questions must include your name and address and signature with one question per submission. Questions may be directed to a particular candidate or to all candidates. Each candidate will give an opening and closing statement. A reception with refreshments will be held after the forum to give members and opportunity to meet candidates.


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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

Letters to the Editor

The column provides an avenue where residents can submit letters to express opinion, criticism or praise.

nOVA Administration

To My Fellow Oakmont Residents

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 Conf. Rm. 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 Mgrs. Conf. Rm. 1st Mon. Monthly 1st Wed. (March, Sept., Dec.) 2nd Thurs. (June)

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

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


nJohn Renwick

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Some would like to categorize the coming OVA Director’s election as plebiscite on pickleball. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a position, pro or con, on that issue, but please, please do not cast your vote for a candidate based on that issue alone. To do so will be a great disservice to the Oakmont community. During their term of office, the Board of Directors, four of whom are to be elected in April, will be faced with one of the most important decisions in the history of Oakmont, certainly the most important since the rebuilding of the CAC. That decision will be on the future of the Berger Center, i.e. remodel, expand, rebuild, build new, etc. The final committee studying this issue (culminating three years of study by three committees in all) will present their findings and recommendation by January 2018—and then a decision should be made. After nearly six years of service on the OVA Board (and many years on a variety of other boards) my strong opinion is that candidates should be evaluated on their ability to keep an open mind on issues until all possible facts are available and then the ability to make good, considered decisions and also on their ability to understand the budgeting process and the nuances of the reserve analyses and its importance to the budgeting process, plus, of course, dealing with all of the other issues important to the Oakmont community. L.G. ”Herm” Hermann


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The winery’s current yellow exterior is a primer coating. The plan is to paint the winery a natural green color. An optional color scheme that would add a rustic red to the building’s central area awaits approval. Sonoma County’s design and review committee is expected to hold a public hearing on the plans in early March.

Clarification A story on Feb. 1 omitted one aspect of the Berger Action Committee’s work. The BAC is studying remodeling the Berger Center, replacing it with a new building or constructing a new building and repurposing the present Berger.

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Duplicate Bridge nBob Stinson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

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


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To provide your opinion, please choose only one of the options below: 1. Replace the deck. 2. Keep the deck but reduce the size. 3. Remove the deck. 4. Remove the deck but design something that will soften the look of the building once the deck is removed. Please send your choice to askova@oakmontvillage. com. There is a limit of one deck email per member.

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nJim Brewer

February 19: Jill Ravitch Elder Abuse: How to Protect Yourself

Elder abuse is more often financial fraud rather than physical abuse. Most commonly preyed upon are the elder 65 and over. In this presentation, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch will discuss the various twists that crooks usually from out of country will use to trick you to give them your credit card and social security number and get the password through cookies they imbed in your computer. If it is too good to be true, then it’s not. Ravitch, the first woman to be elected District Attorney in Sonoma County and now in her second term, opened the Family Justice Center, dedicated to providing wraparound services to victims of family violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse. She also established a dedicated elder protection unit and began an adult truancy program to hold parents accountable.

February 26: Ky Boyd The Academy Awards

It’s Oscar time again and Realito Cinemas’ own Ky Boyd will be back to talk about the highs and lows of this year’s nominations. We will also get a chance to voice our own opinions and even take a straw vote. Born and raised in Great Falls, Montana, Boyd is the well known proprietor of Rialto Cinemas. He operated the much beloved Rialto Cinemas as Lakeside location on the East side of Santa Rosa from January 2000 until August 2010. Rialto Cinemas relocated to Sebastopol in May 2012 after almost two years as a pop-up theatre operation. He also has operated Rialto Cinemas Elmwood in Berkeley since June 2007 and Rialto Cinemas Cerrito in El Cerrito, CA since July 2009.

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Annual Meeting Thursday, Feb. 16, West Rec., 6 pm

After an absence of many months, the newlyreconstituted Oakmont Democratic Club (ODC) held an organizational meeting and set the third Thursday of the month as the regular meeting date.

Accordingly, the Regular Annual Meeting of the ODC will be held on Thursday, February 16 at 6 p.m. in the West Recreation Center, second floor. A potluck social will precede the meeting. All in attendance are invited to share their favorite culinary treat. Special Guest Speakers are Laurie Gallian, Chairperson, Sonoma County Democratic Party and Val Hinshaw, Second Vice Chair, Sonoma County Democratic Party. Our speakers will talk about the value and importance of active participation in the Democratic Party in 2017. Laurie and Val will also share what is going on with other Sonoma Democratic Clubs and how we can better interface with them and the community at large. ODC Bylaws call for election of officers early in the year. Your ODC Nominating Committee will present its slate of candidates at this meeting. Other candidates can be nominated from the floor with the approval of the nominee. The election of the 2017 ODC Board of Directors will follow. Afterwards, members, new and old, will be invited to discuss the comments of the speakers and goals and actions that they want to pursue as members of the ODC. At the previous meeting held in January, the club discussed a two-strand agenda. Concurrent with monthly meetings, the club will institute a political action committee and work in conjunction with Organizing for America, the former Obama for America organization, creating a protest phone bank among other and similar actions. Those in attendance at the January meeting were enthusiastic about incorporating some of the action suggestions of the Indivisible Guide, which is newly created by former Congressional staffers. Other committees will also be formed, such as Digital Communication/Social Media and Community Outreach. In that vein, a delegation of the ODC attended a luncheon sponsored by the Los Cien, the largest Latino leadership group in Sonoma County, on Monday, January 30. At this meeting, Gemi Jose Gonzalez, the Consul General for Mexico, talked about the many strong ties between our two countries. We hope this will be the first of many community outreach activities. The newly-reorganized Oakmont Democratic Club is inviting like-minded Oakmont residents to join us on February 16 and hopefully volunteer for committee participation or to run for a position on the Board of Directors.


Golf News Oakmont Golf Club


nRick Warfel



9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel

nStan Augustine

With 15 inches of rain so far in January, there are no sweeps to report. However, on Saturday, January 14, our fellow member Bob Baciocco shot a hole-in-one on the 119-yard, uphill, par-3 16 on the East Course. His incredible shot was struck with a 7-iron and Bob celebrated by buying drinks at the Quail Inn after the round. Do you know why do golfers always carry two pairs of trousers with them? In case they get a hole in one. Do you know why there are 18 holes on a golf course? Because that’s how long it took the Scots who invented the game to finish their bottle of whiskey! Two pastors, one Catholic and one Protestant, and a Jewish rabbi were part of a threesome one day on the course. The group ahead of them were playing slow, terrible golf and weren’t gesturing for a playthrough. After several holes of this agonizingly slow golf the three clerics began to get very impatient, each muttering his own curses upon the group ahead of them. Soon the Marshall came about, and was hailed down by the holy men who shouted, “We’re sick of being held-up by these yahoos ahead of us who won’t allow us to play through!” The Marshall stated, “I’m sorry, gentlemen, but those men are both deaf and blind.” The Protestant cried, “Oh, Jesus, forgive me for my bad thoughts and cursing upon those poor souls.” The Catholic cried, “Oh forgive me, Mary, for my bad thoughts and cursing upon those poor souls.” The rabbi shouted, “So why can’t they play at night!?” “Golf is like chasing a quinine pill around a cow pasture.”—Winston Churchill “It took me seventeen years to get 3,000 hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.”—Babe Ruth “Columbus went around the world in 1492. That isn’t a lot of strokes when you consider the course.”— Lee Trevino “These greens are so fast I have to hold my putter over the ball and hit it with the shadow.”—Sam Snead “If you think it’s hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”—Jack Lemmon “If you’re caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron.”—Lee Trevino “The people who gave us golf and called it a game are the same people who gave us bag pipes and called it music.”—Anon “I would like to deny all allegations by Bob Hope that during my last game of golf, I hit an eagle, a birdie, an elk and a moose.”—Gerald Ford “After all these years, it’s still embarrassing for me to play on the American golf tour. Like the time I asked my caddie for a sand wedge and he came back ten minutes later with a ham on rye.”—Chi Chi Rodriguez

The 2017 schedules were E-mailed to our members. Hard copies are available in the East pro shop. We welcome new members—must be OGC and NCGA members (with NCGA handicap). The fee is $20 for year. Our schedule has been impacted by the recent storms but we anticipate better conditions ahead for our regular Monday morning outings. No golf on January 23, too wet!

photo by Robert Couse-Baker

Kemper Sports Management (KSM) has managed our club for the past three years. Founded in 1978 and based in Northbrook, Illinois, KSM builds, owns, and manages golf courses, golf resorts and athletic clubs. KSM’S premier property is the Bandon Dunes Golf Resort on the southern Oregon coast. According to Golf Magazine’s list of the Top 100 Golf Courses You Can Play, Pacific Dunes (designed by Tom Doak) is rated #2, Bandon Dunes (designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd) is rated #8, Old Macdonald (another Doak Design) is rated #11, and Bandon Trails (designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw) is ranked #12. Other KSM-managed golf properties in the region include: Chambers Bay (#17), Tacoma, Washington— site of the 2015 U.S. Open and designed by Robert Trent Jones II; Links at Bodega Harbor, Bodega Bay (another Jones design); Quail Lodge, Carmel, California (recent $28 million renovation); Montreaux, Reno, Nevada (Jack Nicklaus design and site of a PGA Tour Event); Desert Willow Golf Resort, Palm Desert; San Jose Country Club; Dublin Ranch Golf Course, Dublin; Creekside and Dryden Park, Modesto; VanBuskirk and Swenson Park, Stockton; Rancho Solano, Fairfield; Wild Wings, Woodland; Ridgecreek, Dinuba (John Fought design); Black Gold, Yorba Linda; The Crossings, Carlsbad; and Olivas Lakes and Buenaventura, Ventura. Mike Ash, 52, has served as the General Manager of the Oakmont Golf Club since June 2014. Mike grew up in Irvine, California with four brothers and two sisters (the #3 kid) and describes this period as “crazy and hectic.” His father and step-mother were in the software business and when Mike was in the 8th grade, the family moved to Georgetown, Canada, near Toronto. Mike loved it there and caddied and played golf with his dad at the local club. Five years later the family moved to Plano, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, where Mike attended the local junior college, played golf, and ate barbeque. After a stint at Lake Tahoe, he then transferred to San Francisco State where he studied Psychology. Mike’s career in golf management began in 1986 when, as a college student, he got a job across the street at the Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco. Over the next 30 years he would go on to manage such courses as Tayman Park in Healdsburg, Eureka Municipal, Rancho Solano in Fairfield, Teal Bend in Sacramento, Callippe Preserve in Pleasanton, and Oakmont. Mike met his wife Penny in 1998, they live in Vacaville, and Mike is especially proud of his daughter Isabella, 16, and grandson Colton, 2. Mike reports that Oakmont is his favorite managerial assignment because “there is never a dull moment” and because of all the activities, such as weddings. Mike loves to fish for trout (catch and release), ski at Heavenly Valley, read about the California Gold Rush, and is a big fan of the Sacramento Kings basketball team. His favorite golfers are Arnold Palmer, Ben Crenshaw and Jack Nicklaus, and of the new breed, Dustin Johnson, Jason Day and Jordan Spieth.

Wednesday Men’s Club

The Oakmont News / February 15, 2017

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Sweeps Results for January 30 Individual Low Net

First place tie: Tony D’Agosta and Wayne Mickaelian, both with a net 30. Third place: Tom Massip with a net 30.5. Fourth place: Keith Wise with a net 31. Fifth place: Phil Sapp with a net 33. Sixth place: Don Schulte with a net 33.5. No closest-to-the-pin on #8. Meanwhile, Happy Golfing!


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

“It’s a great day for the Irish” and a great day planned for the Niners on March 16. Yes, The Wearin’ O’ the Green Tournament and Luncheon. The shotgun at 9 a.m., Irish Coffee enroot and 11:30 a.m. lunch at the Quail Inn. Sign up in the East Pro Shop. Deadline is March 10. Hope to see you there wearing your Green Togs and full of the Blarney!


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18 nDebbie Warfel

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club TUESDAY/OWGS

No sweeps play on January 17 or 24. Sweeps results for Jan. 31: Patty Buchholz was low gross winner of the field of 21 players. First flight: first, Kim Agrella; second, Sallie Wood; third, Patty Buchholz; fourth, Joan Seliga. Second flight: first, Yoshi Smith; second, Joan DiMaggio; third, Linda Yates and Barbara Robinson. Third flight: first, Tammy Siela; second, Christie Rexford; third, Debbie Warfel; fourth, Ellie Baciocco.


No sweeps play on January 19 or 26. Both clubs: feel free to E-mail me photos or news items for publication. The following is a profile of this week’s featured woman player:

Louise Suggs

Louise, three time president of the LPGA, was one of the giants from the early years of the LPGA—one of the tour’s co-founders, and one of the best players in women’s golf from the 1940’s and 1950’s. She was born in 1923 in Atlanta, Georgia. Her father was a baseball player who retired from the sport to run a golf course. He outfitted Louise with a cut down woman’s club and she began playing at 10 years old. She turned professional at 25 when she was the reigning American and British amateur champion. She amassed many awards and honors, including: winning 11 professional major championships and achieving 61 Tour victories, becoming one of the earliest inductees into the LPGA Hall of Fame, membership into the World Golf Hall of Fame and the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Hall of Fame. Louise was also the first player on the LPGA Tour to capture the career Grand Slam and won all of the Tour’s major events in 1957. She donated $500,000 to the LPGA to promote Junior Golf. The LPGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year receives the Louise Suggs trophy. Comically, Bob Hope nicknamed her “Miss Sluggs” after watching her powerful drives and the way she attacked the ball. She was often described as feisty and outspoken. A glimpse into her personality is demonstrated by one of her many quotes: “Golf is very much like a love affair. If you don’t take it seriously, it’s no fun, but if you do, it breaks your heart. Don’t break your heart, but flirt with the possibility.” Her last LPGA Tour win was in 1962, but she continued to play occasionally on tour until 1984 and into her seventies. In her later years she taught golf five hours/day, five days a week and also played with friends. In 2015, she was selected to join the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland after it broke with tradition and began inviting women. She stated that the icing on her career cake was being named as one of the first women members, an honorary one at that, of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews after 260 years of male dominance. She died later that same year.

nRosemary Waller


On March 9 at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center, the critically acclaimed Einav Yarden will perform her third piano recital on the Music at Oakmont series. In the two years since her last concert in Oakmont, Ms. Yarden has continued to garner extraordinary international praise. Currently based in Berlin, Ms. Yarden has appeared on stages including the Berlin Philharmonie Concert and Chamber Music Halls; the Phillips Collection in Washington DC; Rose Theater at Lincoln Center in New York; and Paris’ Salle Cortot, the Musée d’Orsay Auditorium and the Grand Salon of the Hôtel des Invalides. She has soloed under such conductors as Sir Neville Marriner, Aldo Ceccato, and Leon Botstein, and has been featured at the Ravinia, Lucerne, and Verbier Festivals, among many others. Since 2012 Einav Yarden has served as collaborative pianist at the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute. In 2016 she was appointed to the faculty at the Hochschule für Musik Freiburg. An Exciting New CD: Her 2016 CD, a collection of Haydn sonatas, has won numerous awards and received glowing reviews. The UK’s prestigious Gramophone Magazine reported, “What an enterprising programme from the Israeli pianist Einav Yarden! She eschews the obvious, choosing six of Haydn’s middle-period sonatas, which offer a microcosm of his endlessly varied world, and she responds to each with great characterfulness. She balances the dramatic and the filigree to a nicety … Yarden clearly has much to say in this repertoire.” Here is an excerpt from DC Metro Theater Arts review of the same Haydn disc: “Listen to Einav’s interpretation with the image of several balls bouncing down a hill, or a decorative water fountain doing choreography, and the sense of playfulness and controlled acceleration will come to life beyond the abstraction of instrumental music. As a sneaky little trick, then call up a YouTube video of one of the 20th century’s greatest pianists, Sviatoslav Richter, playing the same piece and tell me you are not comparatively bored to tears.” Ms. Yarden has chosen works by Beethoven, Haydn, and Schumann for her March 9 appearance in Oakmont. For the complete program, and program notes, please visit our website WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, March 9, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door or your season pass

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Kiwanis Club of Oakmont nJeff Davis


How about bowling with a lot of happy people but without that 15-pound ball to haul around? How about bowling without a ball at all? What about helping local school and school kids at the same time? All this happens on Saturday, February 25, when the Oakmont Kiwanis Club and Oakmont Lanes get together with the Rincon Valley Education Foundation to sponsor the Oakmont Lanes’ 7th Annual Wii Bowl-a-Thon fundraiser. This event will take place at Austin Creek Elementary School from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and you’re invited to join in.

A scene from last year’s event.

Funds raised will go to Rincon Valley Union School District needs and to projects for children being helped by the Oakmont Kiwanis Club. That’s right. Bowling is computer-assisted with the lanes and pins on a large screen in front of you and a simple controller in your hand to “roll the ball” at the pins. All the little subtleties of hand motions are incorporated just as if you were throwing a real ball, including the sounds of the ball rolling and the pins being knocked down. Music and announcements emanate from speakers. You and those bowling at other lanes supply the shouts and cheers. Helpers will be posted around the lanes to help anyone who hasn’t tried this before. Participant ages range from preschoolers to great grandma and grandpa so bring family and friends. Before or after bowling partake of a tasty lunch donated by the local Burger King restaurant ($10 if you can’t bowl but would like to contribute) and browse the raffle prizes for things that look enticing. One hour of bowling costs you a minimum of $25, or $100 for a team of four. (Feel free to donate more.) Reserve a lane ahead of time by logging in to the foundation’s website at now. If you can’t come please feel free to make a donation at the same website. Help the school kids now. Thanks.


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OVA Board of Directors: Meet the Candidates Eight candidates are vying for seats on OVA Board this year. Each has prepared a 150-word biography and answers to three questions posed by the OVA Board’s Communications Committee. The questions follow: 1) What special expertise and skill sets do you offer that relate directly to serving on the OVA BOD? 2) What do you see as the role of the board? 3) Given changes in the ways we communicate, how would you describe your role and responsibilities as a board member in communicating with the residents of Oakmont? The Oakmont News is presenting the eight candidates in random order in this issue of the paper and in the March 1 issue. This information will also be posted online at

Frank Batchelor

Bio: I earned my B.A. degree at Stanford University and J.D. degree at Hastings Law School. I practiced law in Southern California for 32 years and was President of the Inland Chapter of Trial Lawyers for four years. I also owned and managed a sporting goods store for 10 years while practicing law. Retiring from law, I moved to Flagstaff, AZ, and enjoyed being a Realtor for seven years. My wife Carolyn and I moved to Oakmont in 2008. I was a coleader of the Hiking Club for five years and a member of the Long Range Planning Committee in 2013– 14, drafting the “Governance” and “Community Appearance” sections and co-authoring the “Open Space and Recreation” portions of the plan. In October 2014, I was appointed to fill the vacated position of President John Taylor and then elected to the current board in 2015, serving one year as President. Questions: 1. I offer two and a half years of experience and continuity if re-elected to the board. My law skills have helped me and my fellow board members find solutions for reinstating the Emergency Preparedness Committee, contracting for an emergency Red Cross shelter at the Berger, and establishing a Senior Social Club. 2. The board’s responsibility is to collect and set aside adequate reserve funds for the construction, repair, and replacement of our recreational facilities. Each year the board decides which projects should be undertaken primarily based on these guidelines: (1) The 30-year reserve study automatically schedules most yearly projects, e.g. re-plastering pools. (2) Safety concerns, such as the sagging East Rec. deck, require replacement or removal. (3) Constructing new facilities and doing major renovations, such as to the Berger Center, occur over longer time spans. These projects can and do occur simultaneously, and the welfare and safety of the members always has highest priority. A director should be willing to listen to and to respect the diverse interests and opinions of all members, should do his homework in researching and investigating the often competing alternatives available, and then should make an intelligent and informed decision on what should be done, without being swayed by intimidation and angry rhetoric. A director must be willing to do what he believes to be in the best interests of the association, even if this exposes him or her to ridicule. 3. As a director, I do welcome letters and emails from members and listen attentively to members at board meetings. I believe a director should be open minded and should fully explain why he voted in a particular manner. A board member should be courteous to both his fellow board members and to the public, with the expectation that such conduct will be returned in kind.

Ken Heyman

Bio: California born and raised, I hold a BFA degree from San Jose State University where I studied my diverse passions in fine art, media and marketing. I founded Mission Control Media 24 years ago, producing marketing communications for a diverse roster of clients. Managing multi-million dollar projects with time-critical deadlines for clients from Fortune 500 companies to local retailers, requires many skills, including problem identification and resolution, budgeting, and supervising resources. Striving to be socially responsible, I serve a mix of for-profit and not-for-profit clients. Since moving to Oakmont from San Francisco in 2013, I volunteer as a facilitator, a steward of Badger Creek, and a participant in the Sonoma Sudden Oak Death Blitz. I appreciate all that Oakmont has to offer and feel that my contribution to this wonderful community is just beginning. Questions: 1. In my 25+ year career in marketing communications, I’m confronted with complex business problems that include conflicting interests, tight budgets, and unrealistic deadlines. Yet success is the only option. To succeed requires creative thinking, delegating, and multi-tasking. It’s critical to recognize what I don’t know and enlist the support of those who do. In addition to my business experience, I believe my marketing, construction, and technology experience will benefit both the board and our community. 2. The Board of Directors is responsible for the management and operations of the OVA’s business matters. The directors were elected by and have a fiduciary responsibility to the members of the association with the obligation to act in the best interest of the community as a whole in conducting its business. Board members must exercise sound business judgment based on adequate, objective, information and research. Board members must act within the scope of their authority and in compliance with governing law; i.e., the OVA bylaws and Davis Stirling Act (the latter superseding the former in the event of a conflict). Board members must consider the wellbeing of the association as a whole setting aside personal interest and gain. 3. When considering communication, there is no one-size-fits-all. I believe members deserve to receive up-to-date information on their association. It’s not realistic to expect all our members to review the CAC bulletin board regularly, nor is it realistic to assume all members have access to computers. I believe our members can be offered a limited selection of options for receiving communications and select the best fit for their individual circumstances. Additionally, any individual member who communicates with one or more board members deserves a personal and timely response from the board.


Bio: I was raised in Burlingame CA. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corp when I turned 19. After the USMC I began a career in sales. I moved to Aptos, CA where I opened two retail stores specializing in the Hearth, BBQ industry. In 1983, I started Van Bockern and Associates, a manufacturers’ agency representing hearth and BBQ products in six states, which I still operate today. Between these two businesses, I have spent over 35 years successfully employing my strong organizational, customer service and communication skills. The discipline, sense of service and team work skills acquired from my USMC background led me to join the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s horse posse. I served as its treasurer and treasurer of the Hearth, Patio, BBQ Association and past president of both organizations. I am currently treasurer and Elder of Oakmont Community Church and look forward to serving our community on the OVA Board. Questions: 1. I have 35+ years as a business owner of a retail store, wholesale business, Sub-Contracting Company in the Construction Industry and the owner of Van Bockern and Associates a Sales and Marketing Co, which I am still actively running. My sales and marketing company sells products from Seattle, WA to Tucson, AZ and includes six states. I bring experience in managing employees, bidding construction projects, purchasing material and paying vendor accounts. I also hold a California Heating and Sheet Metal contractor’s license. I have been the treasurer of several organizations I was involved in and am currently the treasurer of the Oakmont Community Church. 2. To oversee the safety and maintenance of all our Oakmont Facilities under its jurisdiction, keeping them up to code standards. Listening to the wants and needs of the majority of Oakmont residents and making sure those needs are met. I believe the board should have an open door policy so residents can comfortably bring ideas to them. We need to work together to make this a peaceful community for all its residence. 3. Not all Oakmont residents are retired and I believe more and more are working into their later years. Those residents are missing most or all of the board meetings and I feel the board should schedule some of those meetings in the evenings giving everyone equal time to attend.



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Al Medeiros

Bio: My wife Connie and I moved to Oakmont in October 2015. We believe it’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. I’ve spent the last 50 years in senior technical and management positions with several different companies. My most challenging assignment with IBM was providing technical support to our 100 largest customers, troubleshooting and resolving complex problems. I dealt with people with all levels of technical expertise, kept everyone informed and working together until we found a solution. Here in Oakmont, I’ve put these skills to use by volunteering to do house calls for people with PC problems and began within a few weeks of moving here. I’ve been pretty busy ever since and I learn something on every call, not just about computers, but about the vibrancy of this community. I have recently been recruited to branch out to install and configure personal monitoring devices for Oakmonters who are living alone. Questions: 1. I think my background in problem solving and working with people would help me serve as a board member. Working with computers consists of solving a series of never ending problems. I’m very good at defining and understanding a problem before attempting to design a solution. I’m also very good at breaking a large, complex problem down into a series of smaller, easier to solve problems and conquering the whole a piece at a time. The Berger Center Project is an example of a complex problem that will need to be solved over the next year or two. 2. I believe board members should execute the duties outlined in our bylaws, namely to provide athletic and recreational and club facilities for the use of the members. We were first drawn to Oakmont on our first visit because we witnessed an active lifestyle and impressive facilities. I’ve since attended many board meetings and have seen several new clubs and organizations request and receive recognition by the board. I believe the board should continue to explore, encourage and support new activities that are requested by members. Above all, directors must execute their fiduciary responsibilities and always act in the best interest of the association, putting Oakmont first. That happens when we all work together to get things done for the community. 3. I would be available for fireside chats, meeting with individuals or groups of members, addressing issues and concerns through email and any other private communication medium. I would like to see a section of our website where people can ask question or express concerns and receive a response. Being on the board is an opportunity to serve and at the same time enhance and protect the amazing assets we all enjoy in Oakmont.

Carolyn Bettencourt

Bio: I grew up on a dairy ranch in Penngrove, and have lived in Sonoma County ever since. As a young woman, I worked in an administrative capacity for the Sonoma County Social Services Department, Economic Development Board, and District Attorney’s office before joining the Petaluma Police Department as a Parking Enforcement Officer. In 1979, my husband Larry and I opened a successful independent auto parts store in Petaluma. My responsibilities included customer service, working with vendors, financial planning, and hiring and supervising employees. In addition, I completed the Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy and subsequently joined the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office VIP program. The business was sold and we retired in 2008. Our dream of moving to Oakmont was realized in 2012. We enjoy our involvement in many Oakmont club activities. Oakmont is very special and unique, and it would give me great pleasure to serve our diverse community. Questions: 1. All my decisions are based on looking at things from a common sense position. When I need to make a business decision, I look for the most economical and reasonable way to accomplish it. In 1979, my husband and I opened and operated an independent auto parts store in Petaluma. Together, we set the foundation with sound decisions that kept the business successful and prosperous for 30 years. I have considerable experience working with vendors, customers and employees. This knowledge will serve me in making the best decisions for the community as a whole. 2. I see the role of the board as overseeing all OVA facilities and finances. The board has a fiduciary responsibility to consider what the financial impact would be when making all decisions that affect the membership. I believe it’s the board’s duty and responsibility to truly listen to the needs and desires of the community. Priorities should be set in making certain that all existing facilities are maintained and safe. Safety is the number one concern. Building and adding new amenities should be considered only after all existing facilities are upgraded and in proper and safe working order and when it is financially feasible to do so. 3. We should not rely solely on communicating via E-mail or posting at the Berger Center. Some residents may not have access to a computer, and there are residents who may have mobility issues and who may not have access to the bulletin board. All important information should be provided in either the Oakmont News or an insert in the paper. In some cases/circumstances, a separate mailing may be required/appropriate. We need to use every possible means in communicating with residents.

Stephanie Curry

Bio: I moved to Oakmont three years ago after 16 years in Orange County, CA. While in Orange County, I worked for Pacific Life for 20 years. I am from Rhode Island and prior to moving to CA lived in the states of MA, RI, VT, and NH. I earned by BA in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. I have worked in financial services since 1976, including being an Assistant Vice President of Pacific Life (AVP). I was on the advisory board of the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation (NMSF). My interests are traveling, walking, working out, music, cooking, and wine and scotch tasting. Questions: 1. As a member of the advisory board of the NMSF, I worked closely with the finance committee in developing viable investment programs with a goal of becoming a self-sustaining entity. As AVP at Pacific Life I managed a budget of $5,000,000+ and always came in under budget. I have been told that I have a unique skill set in my ability to bring the right people together to finalize a project. 2. I believe the board represents the Oakmont community with the goal to have Oakmont to continue to be a premier 55+ community. Building a reputation as a vibrant community will increase the attractiveness of Oakmont as the place to live. 3. As a board member I will be aware and attuned to the differing needs and desires of each member of the community. I believe that the board should listen to and work with the community as to what is important to those within the community. Each project must be prioritized so it can be completed in a timely, cost-efficient manner. The diversity of the community is why Oakmont is an attractive place to live. As with life, not everyone agrees and as a board member, I will work with the community for the common good even if I might not completely agree.

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Lawn Bowling

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nPhil Bowman


Greg Goodwin

Bio: I was born on April 2, 1950 in Newark, NJ to working class parents. Attended public schools and Seton Hall University. After college, opened a music store, taught music privately and played professionally. Met the woman of my dreams and married (Linda) in 1976. We are proud parents of two children and blessed with three grandchildren. I started working for the Postal Service in 1979 and moved to Cotati, California when I transferred to the San Rafael Post Office as a window supervisor. For over 25 years I’ve been in managerial and Postmaster positions, retiring after 33 years. We became “empty nesters“ when our children moved out in 2000 and decided to become Oakmonters the next day. Linda’s mom was residing here and we wanted to be closer in her golden years. She loved Oakmont’s beauty and serenity, so do we. Questions: 1. Managerial background includes: contract negotiations, scheduling, logistic coordination, inventory accountability, customer service and safety concerns. Planning, listening and problem solving skills in abundance. 2. The role of Oakmont’s Board is to represent and balance the interests of the community. Each board member’s role is to carefully set policy to advance that responsibility. To that end, directors are charged to act on behalf of their constituents expressed concerns by first empowering the diversity of ad hoc and standing committees. Secondly, encourage public comments by holding open and civil discussions regarding village issues. Then reach board consensus in order to make reasonable decisions. Elected Directors must adhere to bylaws and regulations to serve as guardians for the community’s present/future needs and wants, bearing in mind safety, budget and service. A couple of specific priorities, after the East Rec. balcony situation is resolved, are, one, the key issue of the Berger Center. The time has come for the controversy and gridlock to end regarding the Berger situation. Then, two, the board can focus on improving the central parking lot for safer pedestrian access to the CAC, central pool and other facilities. 3. Board members have an obligation to communicate with residents in an attentive and timely manner. The role of every board member is to encourage dialogue in various forms. I’m most comfortable with the written word. Putting my thoughts on paper, be it replying to questions or sharing information, allows me to focus on the context I’m addressing. I also enjoy one-on-one conversations listening to tone and seeing facial expressions as ideas are exchanged. It doesn’t matter how Oakmonters choose to express their concerns, the important role of a Board Director is to ensure that they feel heard and understood.

nJulie Kiil

Bill Lucker

Bio: Since moving to Oakmont three years ago, my wife and I have found that the many activities offered here have been vitally important in building new friendships with other community members. I believe that serving on the Board of Directors is the best way I can give back to our community. After spending 35 years as Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas El Paso, Reenie and I retired to Oakmont to be closer to family in California. We have had wonderful opportunities to live and visit different parts of the world, and we’re glad we came here. I believe that I can meet the challenges of making tough board decisions with fairness and optimism. I have a strong respect for Oakmont’s history, character and community culture, and believe our boards must always protect that culture and adhere to our bylaws. Questions: 1. As a professor of organizational psychology and a mediator, my successful experiences include working with many groups to improve communication and effectiveness. My careful, analytical, fact-based approach to decision-making was developed as a scientist and researcher, plus I am dependable, fair, level-headed, logical, and decisive. I’m a careful listener and a fast learner, studying problems from all sides to make informed decisions. Bringing my experiences, talents, and skills to the Board of Directors will be a positive contribution to our community. 2. An effective board sets the direction for an organization and watches over the management of its resources. As a director, I will do my homework, attend, and be prepared for all meetings. I will listen to every resident who contacts me and will consider their input. I will study all relevant materials and perform the due diligence this community deserves. At meetings, I will listen to other perspectives, express my own, weigh all information and make the best decision for the interests of the entire association. I believe a board that works together well helps the community live together well. To that end, I promise to be a director who works with others for the betterment of Oakmont. 3. Communication with the membership is a very important part of the job. Emails and letters are a productive way to do this. I will also be available to meet with people and to listen to their concerns. I will be courteous and respectful in interactions with members and will expect the same treatment in return. I ask for your consideration and vote to help Oakmont move forward together.

Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont

Saddle Club Dinner—February 16

The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, February 16 with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The menu will be Roasted Herbed Chicken with creamy herbed polenta, seasonal vegetables with a green salad and a brownie sundae for dessert. The price of the dinner

is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for nonmembers and includes cocktails before dinner, tax, and gratuity. Reservations must be made in advance. To make reservations please contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Wild Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.

With the passing of the dues payment deadline the preparation of the Green Book is in process. It is expected to be ready for distribution at the first quarterly meeting, March 2. Even though it may now be too late to be listed in the directory, we still want you as members. The forms for renewal are in the clubhouse.


Presidents’ Day Tourney, the first of 2017 is just around the corner. The tourney will be held on February 20, starting at 9:30 a.m. The format will differ greatly from previous tournaments. The rules are spelled out on the announcement posted on the bulletin board but here is the gist of the games.

The tournament is designed around teams of four bowlers. You may sign up as team or sign up individually and be assigned to a team. If necessary to prevent imbalance in the tournament, the committee may make adjustments in the makeup of teams. All games will be played with three bowls. Play will begin with teams playing eight-end games. Next, the two teams with the most wins will each split into two teams of two members. The resulting four teams will play each other in an eight-end game. At the same time the teams that lost the first game will also split into similar teams for similar games. These two games will be followed games between winning teams playing each other and losing teams playing each other. The winners of the tournament will be determined by which team wins the most games. The tournament committee indicated players would be permitted to display “spirit” so long provided they are not disruptive or impact the outcome of the games. St. Patrick’s Day Tournament will be held on Friday, March 17. Sign up and join in wearing of the green.


Many of our members had been going stir crazy from being unable to engage in their favorite sport due to the weather. But recently days have been sunny and delightful to those on the green. Not much grass but it is January! Our Greens Team, led by Frank Longoria reported that True North was doing some routine maintenance to the green the last week in January and early February so the green may be closed during some of those days. True North has verticut the green and will soon spread a pre-emergent to deal with the crabgrass.


The OVA has issued rules on the use of the bowling green. Use is restricted to members of OLBC who have passed a course of instructions and to members’ guests who are qualified bowlers. OLBC members’ guests may use the green when supervised by the member. And residents being given lessons by OLBC members may use the green during their lessons. The complete rule is posted on the OLBC website.http://


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Lifelong Learning nDavid Dearden

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

Dr. Warren Wiscombe is the second NASA scientist to teach at Oakmont in the last 12 months. Many of you will recall Dr. Carl Pilcher’s fabulous course, Life in the Universe: The Science of Astrobiology, which was part of Oakmont’s Lifelong Learning 2016— winter session. For some reason Sonoma County is an attractive place to be for premier scientists in retirement, and we are the beneficiaries.

LIVING BEYOND YOURSELF, Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit Presentation on Large Screen TV with Beth Moore

Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. The presentation is on large screen TV with subtitles and the class has workbooks. Join us in a study of the fruit of The Holy Spirit as presented in the book of Galatians. Beth walks participants through each trait listed in the fruit and encourages women to know the freedom of a Spirit-filled life. Through this study participants will look at the supernatural aspects of the fruit and that you cannot grow, learn or produce the fruit on your own. Beth challenges you to develop the fruit

Bocce Club

nSusan Lynn

Photo by Julie Kiil.

Like Dr. Pilcher, Dr. Warren Wiscombe took an unusual path to NASA. He did his undergraduate work in physics at MIT and received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics at Caltech in 1970. Looking for his first job, Dr. Wiscombe chanced on a position in a field he had never heard of, climate science, which DARPA, the Pentagon’s advanced-technology branch, had decided needed further study. As the alternative work involved studies of underground A-bomb tests, he said yes to climate science and never looked back. This week, Dr. Wiscombe is concluding his fascinating Goldilocks Planet: Earth’s Climate History, one of three outstanding OLLI courses offered this winter. Designed for a non-scientific audience, the course includes the five mass extinctions that have been chronicled during earth’s history. Particular emphasis was given to the dinosaur eclipsing sixmile diameter giant asteroid extinction event and the almost-didn’t-make-it Permian-Triassic extinction event. The Permian extinction occurred approximately 250 million years ago, claimed 96% of our planet’s marine species and took many millions of years to recover from. The course ends with the sobering and increasingly likely prospect that we are facing a sixth mass extinction, this of our own making. Dr. Wiscombe survived fieldwork from the tropics to the arctic during his 30-year career with NASA and has only one regret: in 1970 he missed a six-week adventure floating on arctic sea ice, which at the time didn’t seem quite fair to his wife and newborn child. He’s sure it still was a good call. Up next, Planets Around Other Stars, which Dr. Wiscombe plans to bring to Oakmont in 2018.

Star of the Valley Valentine Bingo nPete Hardy

WHEN: Wednesday, February 22 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Star of the Valley Parish Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards $2 each; Italian Wedding Soup, Garlic French Bread and Corn Bread, and dessert $7 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for dinner at 5:15 p.m.

by maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God. A spirit-filled life truly results in living beyond yourself. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! This is a weekly, non-denominational study, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal, a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. Please call me for additional information. DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

We had a much-needed soggy January, but the sun is out, the courts are dry, and people are back to bocce! There’s always a friendly group, so come to the courts (right up the hill from the West Rec.) Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m. and get in on the games. By the time you read this, our Valentine’s Day Tournament will be history, but you can look for pictures of the winners in the next edition of the Oakmont News. Our next contest will be the St. Patrick’s Day Tournament on Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m. Anyone,

from novice to expert can play, but you might want to get in some practice so that you’re ready to compete. You’ll want to be at your best by the time the Sonoma Wine Country Games begin in June, where Oakmont will compete with teams from all over the county. It’s still open enrollment time, so get the most bang for your buck by becoming a member of the club now. Simply fill out the coupon below and deposit it, along with your check for $15 in the Bocce Club folder at the OVA office.


Please attach your check payable to Oakmont Bocce Club for $15 for each membership and place it in the Bocce Club folder at the OVA Office. Please print. Name(s)______________________________________________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________ Phone _______________________ E-mail _______________________________________________ Dues paid ($15/yr/pp) ___________________

nCarolita Carr

Single Boomers Social Club

Upcoming Events

RECA Chinese New Year Party, February 18: The Redwood Empire Chinese Association stages a great New Year party. Come with us as we attend this regional event held at the Veterans Memorial Building. Boomers Mardi Party, February 25: We have our tables reserved at this not to be missed event. If you somehow missed getting your reservation in, go ahead and get your check to the Boomers. You can find us and sit nearby. Oscar Night Party, February 26: We are having an impromptu gathering at a private home to watch the glitz and glitter. Respond to the email regarding this event, and bring an appetizer and your own beverage. Election Night, March 2: We will have pizza, make

revisions to our By-Laws, and elect a new Board. As this is being written, five people have stepped forward to run for positions. We will also accept nominations from the floor. If our club is to continue, it is critical that energetic, fun-loving people join our board. We have already been given wonderful suggestions for activities for the coming year. Now all we need are people to execute these plans. Members, remember to check your E-mail inboxes for special invitations and E-mail Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA office.


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $ 12 to: SBSC Name____________________________________________________________________ Date_________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (important to receive Evites and Shout-outs)_________________________________________________ Phone________________________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). ______________________________________________________________________________________________


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Oakmont Rainbow Women nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

Action and Entertainment News

Rainbow Women and many other Oakmonters joined a huge groundswell of activism on Saturday, January 21 participating in demonstrations and marches around the world (all peaceful) that expressed our concern for the possible erosion of rights and gains made in recent decades. The message of all of it was: “We won’t go back to apartheid, environmental degradation, opinions that ignore science, coathanger abortions, and the LGBT closet.” In dozens of cities around the country (almost one million in Washington DC) the Women’s March brought us together, while others across the world marched in solidarity. Gathered with other like-minded men, women and children we brought a message of unity that certain regressive governmental changes would be unacceptable. The signs said many things, while millions of voices chanted: “This is what democracy looks like”. As it happened, that same night another great Rainbow Women concert was scheduled featuring the Atlanta duo “Mouths of Babes” who sang us songs of hope and joy. They ended with a perfect message from John Lennon, “Imagine.” One member said that it was the “frosting on the cake” of a deeply moving day. By now you have probably completed the E-mail survey sent out by Oakmont Rainbow Productions (ORP), the SIG that brings you such great entertainment. ORP wants to know what’s worked for you in the past, what you’d like to see changed, and who you would like to have entertain you for 2018 and beyond (2017 is already fully booked). Look for the survey in your E-mail and share your ideas! Two more concerts coming in 2017: Currently available for two of the upcoming concerts. Buy at ORW meetings or by putting a check in an envelope in our folder at the new OVA offices. Remember that ORW members get a $5 reduction for their ticket. Here are the upcoming concert dates: May 13: Zoe Lewis ( Tickets are $25. June 10: Holly Near, Jan Martinelli, Tammy Hall. This is the annual fund-raiser for 10,000 Degrees. Tickets are $30. Looking ahead to the Fall, be sure to put the following concert on your calendar. Tickets will be available in late spring for November 4—Robin Flower and Libby McLaren concert ( Tickets will be $25. Sunday, February 19, there will be a Valentines Dance and party at the East Rec. Center. There will be an Eastern Swing dance lesson from 4–5 p.m., with dancing from 5–7 pm. Light snacks and beverages will be provided. Even if you don’t dance, join the group for the fun of it. This replaces our usual Thursday monthly meeting. On April 13 the meeting will be a game night. On May 11 we will have a movie night—and yes, there will be popcorn. The new roster will be sent out soon. All members who have paid their dues by January will have an electronic copy sent to them.

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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 Winter 2017 League Schedule. Bowling date for February: Feb. 21. No bowling Feb. 28, fourth Tuesday.


Please let us know, call Scott Harris at 539-5980, if you have a time-share or other item you would like to donate as an online auction item to help us raise funds for our Charity Bowl-A-Thon Fund Raiser. All donations are tax-deductable. Our Oakmont Lanes Seventh Annual Charity Bowl-A-Thon Fund Raiser will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Austin Creek Elementary School, 1480 Snowy Egret Dr. Santa Rosa, to be split 50/50 for the benefit of Rincon Valley Union School District and the Oakmont Kiwanis Club. Save the date. Portion of the proceeds will fund science and the arts and literacy in the schools. $25 minimum per bowler/$100 for team of four includes one hour of bowling and a delicious lunch, donated by “Burger King”, plus lots of raffle ticket opportunities for family outings, gift certificates to local restaurants, wine and much more all being donated by local businesses. There will be one-hour sessions, five sessions from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. There will also be many great online auction items at Don’t have time to bowl? Donations are welcome or just come by for a $10 delicious lunch. Register on-line at, www.rvef. org, or get mail-in form from our website. Anyone who has attended our past fundraisers knows it is a blast while providing our kids with much needed support. See www. for update information.

RESULTS AS OF JANuary 31 (third week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place tie, Wii Four and 4 Tops; third place, Strikers; fourth place tie, Alley Oops and Pocket Hits; sixth place, Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 263; Gordon Freedman, 258; Terry Leuthner, 238. Women’s High Games: Joanne Abrams, 279; Kathryn Miller, 279; Sandy Osheroff, 278; Phyllis Jennings, 245; Alicia Panizo, 233; Mariel Green, 232; Robin Schudel, 226; Elisabeth LaPointe, 225; Vicki Robinson, 225; Beverly Shelhart, 224; Vicki Madden, 221. 3:15 PM League: first place, King Pins; second place tie, Pin Heads and Strikes and Spares; fourth place, Wii Power; fifth place, High Rollers, sixth place, Strike Outs. Men’s High Games: Scott Harris, 232; Christian van den Berghe, 205; Mark Attebery, 204; Juan Fuentes, 202. Women’s High Games: Maurine Bennett, 279; Mollie Atkinson, 259; Jan Blackburn, 258; Debbie Miller, 236; Valerie Hulsey, 223; Diane Price, 215; Nicole Reed, 204; Barbara Ford, 201. Sub High Game: Terry Leuthner, 216.

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

Next meeting: Cochlear Implants

WHEN: Tuesday, March14, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: East Rec. Center

Do hearing problems cause brain impairment?

Various studies at Johns Hopkins, Brandeis, and other institutions are looking at connections between hearing loss and brain problems such as loss of brain tissue, cognitive difficulties and more. Here’s my take on what I understand about this subject from perusing study conclusions and my own hearing experiences. Hearing loss means the brain is not getting clear signals from the inner ear/cochlea auditory nerves causing some words to just be noise in the sentences of conversation, announcement, or lecture. For me sometimes, it’s just a single word missing needed to grasp the sense of the sentence. (That word probably contains consonants at a pitch that my hearing doesn’t transmit to the brain). To guess the word from the context requires rapid brain processing while the conversation continues on. Needless to say, this is a special challenge when the word(s) is/are accented, rapid, quiet, masked by another sound and so on. So the brain is word guessing while, at the same time, it’s processing the rest of the sentences. The studies posit that the requirement for the rapid guesswork uses up the brain processing capability that may be required to retain the memory of what is being discussed. So even if one can process (decipher) it at the time, the sentence may not stick, subsequently giving the impression of cognitive impairment or dementia. According to Brandeis University Professor of Neuroscience Dr. Arthur Wingfield, “Even if you have just a mild hearing loss that is not being treated, cognitive load increases significantly, you have to put in so much effort just to perceive and understand what is being said that you divert resources away from storing what you have heard into your memory.” Some Johns-Hopkins Univ. researchers found that for older adults with hearing loss, brain tissue loss happens faster than it does for those with normal hearing. The studies are emphasizing this result for individuals with unaddressed hearing problems (even mild ones) and this information should motivate such people to consider hearing aids. But for those of us with severe (71-90db) or profound hearing (>90db) loss even good hearing aids may not sufficiently amplify those key consonants so we are dependent on communicators speaking clearly and directly to us and monitoring to insure our understanding. (and hoping it sticks in the memory). Further, it is important that we become assertive and make sure that we are understanding the message and thereby keeping our brain tissue healthy. And not tuning out!


WHEN: Third Monday every other month at 11 a.m., February 20, April 17, etc. WHERE: Room B at the Central Activities Center If you have hearing-related questions or solutions, please plan on attending. 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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Meals on Wheels

Oakmont Progressives nVince Taylor

Can The United States Get All Its Energy from Renewables?

We hear a lot about how the world needs to get off fossil fuels if we are not to have a climate catastrophe. But, is this really a realistic possibility? There’s lots of talk, but has anyone shown that this is feasible? Our speaker for March 13, Professor Mark Delucchi, was part of a multi-university study group that tackled these questions. Perhaps surprisingly to some, they found that getting 100% of the world’s energy from WWS (wind, water, solar) was eminently feasible Mark Delucchi and economically practical. Dr. Delucchi’s talk will show how the United States could become 80% WWS by 2030 and 100% WWS by

2050, with emphasis on the transportation sector, the most challenging sector and his area of special expertise. The study shows not only that the transition is feasible, but that it would add to employment and create social benefits sufficient to cover the entire cost of the program in four to 14 years. The scenario created in the study is not vague and descriptive, but quantitative and backed by layers and layers of research into every aspect of the transition. Skeptics can look at all the data in great detail. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from a world-class expert on how we can overcome all the technical hurdles and allow the United States to get all of its energy solely from wind, water, and sunlight. Everyone is welcome to attend: East Recreation Center, Monday, March 13, with social time at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m. For a name tag and to help us plan, please RSVP at If questions, call Gail Hartman at 595-1125. 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.

US WWS vs. Conventional energy over time.

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Liz Dethlefsen and Liz King accepted certificates of recognition for 10 years of service delivering meals and coordinating Oakmont’s Meals on Wheels program. Liz and Liz both agree that this program is very vital to our community and have enjoyed their years of service. They will continue to deliver meals as substitute drivers to fill in where needed.

Olivia Kinzler, Anita Easland and Alan Decker are the new coordinators of Oakmont’s Meals on Wheels program. More drivers are needed to deliver meals. If you are interested in volunteering as a Meals on Wheels driver, please contact Olivia at oakmontmow@ Training will be provided. To receive meals, contact Council on Aging, 5250383. For more information regarding the Meals on Wheels program visit their website councilonaging. com.

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Snyder Wants Berger Committee to be Transparent in its Process nJackie Reinhardt

Ruthie Snyder, the chair of the Berger Action Committee (BAC), is accustomed to being in the thick of things. At 25 she was the youngest vice president of the League of Women Voters where she cut her “political teeth.”

Oakmont Art Association nCarol Decker

MARCH 10 PROGRAM Monet: The Early Years

Popular local docent Alfred Escoffier will present an overview of the upcoming Monet exhibit at the Legion of Honor (February 25 to May 29). The exhibition features 60 paintings created by the young artist between the ages of 17 and 31, revealing his early genius and the radical invention that marked his artistic development, with works gathered from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and private collections worldwide. Join us at Berger Center on Friday, March 10. Program is at 10:30 a.m., with coffee and tea at 10 a.m.

Snyder was tapped for the BAC by OVA President Andie Altman who was impressed with her skills in “placemaking,” a planning process that uses ideas and tools to create a vision for public spaces that are fully functional and community-oriented. Three and half years Ruthie Snyder loves big ago, Snyder moved challenges as the chair of the Berger Action Committee. to Oakmont with (Staff Photos) her husband, Denis, whom she met while working at San Francisco State University as the manager of non-textbook departments. She also was the project manager for the remodel of the campus bookstore. The pair moved to Olympia, Washington, where Snyder saw the power of revitalizing public space firsthand when the city reinvented its downtown. As the city’s downtown liaison, Snyder drew on her background as mayor of Mill Valley and president of the chamber of commerce. It also fit her academic background, having majored in the history of art and architecture at the University of Florida. Now a consultant to the Sonoma Springs area and Roseland Village, Snyder is spearheading new “placemaking” applications. With regard to BAC, “I hope the process is


OPEN STUDIOS 2017—June 23–25

This year’s Open Studios is moving to June, in hopes of ensuring pleasant weather and avoiding conflicting with Mother’s and Father’s Day celebrations as well as other competing events. A number of innovations are planned to augment the experience for artists and visitors alike. More information will be forthcoming in future issues of the Oakmont News, as well as the Art Association e-newsletter.

CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES Exploring Pastel with James Reynolds

WHEN: March 18 and 19, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. WHERE: CAC Art Room COST: $125 for two-day workshop Beginner to advanced students are welcome. Each day will begin with a demonstration in design, color and materials. Students will work individually in class and receive personal instruction. Focus of instruction will be on color choices based on temperature and value. Other topics will include pastel layering, composition, problem solving, tools and materials, how to work from photographs. Workshop limited to 12 students In 2007, James co-founded the Sebastopol Gallery. His pastel, acrylic and oil paintings have been honored with numerous awards. James participates in two studio tours annually—Art at the Source in June and Art Trails in October. His portfolio of works can be viewed at Contact the artist at Please register with Dan Fishman, dfishman@ Supply list available upon registration. James will give a demo presentation on Friday evening, March 17 at 6 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. The demo will be free and open to the public.


Ikebana master, Ron Brown, will continue his twicemonthly classes—the second and fourth Fridays in the Art Room, from 10 a.m.–12 noon. Cost per session is $15.

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Quilting Bee nElizabeth McDonnell

A small group met at our business meeting in January and firstly began with updates on members who are currently experiencing health problems. We then passed around a picture taken of Barbara, Cherie Gooler, Cathy Rapp and Joan Rumrill presenting Barbara with her paper pieced lantern quilt she had made. Cherie machine quilted it on her long arm machine and Cathy and Joan organized and assembled the fabric backing, the sleeve and label. I machine sewed the binding on then took it to our sewing day where everyone took turns hand stitching the binding. Barbara loved her finished quilt and immediately hung it on her wall. Our Quilting Bee has been invited to once again display quilts at the Healdsburg Doll and Quilt Show to be held on April 1. Several members nodded their heads, agreeing to enter quilts. We discussed the current quilt challenge which is due at our holiday party in December. Helen White explained the rule for the challenge of “Page 38” and how she came about the theme. We only have one rule: inspiration must come from page 38 of a magazine. We need to display the page or a photocopy of the page when we reveal our challenge. Members of our Bee have been asked by local quilter and international quilt teacher, Judy Mathieson, to assist with displaying quilts when she speaks to the Oakmont Art Association meeting on February 10. By the time this is published we will have assisted her and enjoyed her talk and quilts. We had just a few show and tell items. Sandi McConnell showed a cozy looking rag quilt she was in the process of clipping edges. She was making it for a friend’s husband who has now passed away, so when finished she will give it to her friend. Susan Cobos is working on a “tiny tiles” quilt and was experiencing problems with stretching gauze used in the quilt. Several quilters gave suggestions on how to keep the gauze from stretching and she will try them to see if they help.

OAKMONT VILLAGE REAL ESTATE NEWS February 2017 by Randy Ruark The inventory of homes being offered for sale picked up in January and stands at 20. 20 X 12 = 240 for 2017, which is the higher side of the average number of homes sold in Oakmont each year. 2016 produced only 200 sales, due to lack of inventory in the second half, the election and the holidays. Prices continue to escalate and there have now been several sales at the million dollar price point. Houses under 1300 SF remain extremely scarce and in high demand. ACTUALLY ALL OF OAKMONT IS IN EXTREMELY HIGH DEMAND. Average Price of For Sale and Sold (Last 5 years)

Is your property updated? Attractive, low water use landscaping, contemporary kitchens, baths, HVAC systems, windows, floors and insulation all add value to your property (not to mention lower utility bills). Medium and Average prices can be very misleading. There is a huge difference in homes in Oakmont. The properties that have been remodeled are obviously worth much more than original condition properties. The “FLIPPERS” in Oakmont are easy to follow. The price they buy for and the price they sell for. Do Flippers pay fair market value? Not necessarily. They are in the market to make profits. If you are thinking about selling, get qualified FMV opinions, and by that I mean professionals who are familiar with the properties they used in forming their opinion. Do not rely on computer driven statistics, such as Zillow. Agents not familiar with our village and appraisers frequently do just that and as a result use inadequate information. I continue to see mispriced sales in Oakmont. Buyers, not agents, set the ceiling on what they will pay. If you are the seller, price it according to a knowledgeable Realtor’s market analysis, and then “EXPOSE” it to the buying public. They will take it to their ceiling. An inviting price will bring in offers frequently above asking in this escalating market. Feel free to call me for an opinion of value. Checking real estate value is like checking your stock portfolio. Or stop and visit me at an open house. All reports presented are based on data supplied by BAREIS MLS. Neither the Association nor its MLS guarantees or is in anyway responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the Association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activities in the market. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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Helen White and her Primitive Garden quilt.

Helen White showed her gorgeous “Primitive Garden” wool and cotton quilt that she just picked up from her machine quilter. She just needs to put binding on it and hang it on her wall. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

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A moderately-strenuous hike beginning at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, with a $4 parking fee. We’ll explore oak/bay woods, open space areas and shady ravines with a couple of steep ups and downs. Just over six miles and about 900’ elevation gain. Bring lunch, water and poles. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724.

May 15–17 Spring Tri-Nighter Hikes in Humbolt County Redwoods National and State Parks

Soggy Sugarloaf. (Photo by Martin Johns)

We are returning after an absence of six years to this magnificent scenic area of Redwoods, Ferns, Rhododendrons and shoreline. Full information is available on the club website http://www. (on the main page click on the special events tab). There are still some hotel rooms left at a very advantageous rate. The hotel is conveniently located about four hours drive from Oakmont, and a further 40 minutes takes us to the Prairie Creek Visitors Center to start Long, Medium and Short hikes for a variety of individual capabilities, over two-and-a-half days. We hope you can join us. Contact Martin Johns, (330) 815-5167 with questions.


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.

Oakmont Zen Group nElihu Smith, Leader

Sonoma Creek Waterfall. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)


Switchbacks will take us past George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch to the summit of Big Rock Ridge—at 1,895 feet, the second-highest point in Marin County. If the day is clear, we will enjoy panoramic views of the Bay Area. Distance is about seven miles, with about 1,250’ of elevation gain. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Chuck Chenault, 539-1093.

Practice in the Zen Buddhist lineage of Taizan Maezumi Roshi and Charlotte Joko Beck. I am an Oakmont resident, Dharma Heir of Charlotte Joko Beck, affiliated with the Prairie Zen Center— Weekly zazen (Zen sitting) will be on Wednesdays from 4:30–5 p.m. Cushions or chairs available. Please be prepared to remove shoes. Zazen practice and sitting instruction available by arrangement. For details, questions and Oakmont location please E-mail, or call (217) 721-9888.


This moderate hike will be about 4.5 miles with an elevation gain of approx. 400’. We will hike to London Lake, the Ancient Redwood and the Historic Orchard. Plan to snack/lunch at picnic tables overlooking the vineyards. Parking is $10 per car so bring your Jack London pass if you have one. Hiking sticks helpful. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Susan and Gary Novak, 569-6016.

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The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson

If you like to play horseshoes, meet new friends and just have a great time then this is the club for you! Your level of play doesn’t matter even if you have never played before. Best of all, there are no dues. Now is the time to get out and get some great low stress exercise and have a great time. WHAT: The Horseshoe Club WHEN: Every Thursday TIME: Start times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. NOTE: please call me at 539-6666 or E-mail at to set up the start time you would like. The pits are located behind the Central Pool by the putting green. See you there!


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


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt

Registration: 538-1485


The question of security and what are the best passwords is always relevant! Do you want to know how to keep your personal files as safe as possible from guests, grandchildren and anyone visiting who might want to use your Mac? Who best to keep us informed? Ronnie Roche! Remember there is always time for your questions! Plan to come early at 1:30 p.m. for coffee/tea, refreshments and fellowship. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. followed by the program in the West Recreation Center. We look forward to seeing you. Website:


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

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

Breaking Brick Walls

The Oakmont Genealogy Club had a great January meeting with the dramatic production of “Coming to America” presented by George McKinney, with Oakmont thespians Elihu Smith and Peggy Cummins standing in for the 1902 Lithuanian immigrants. Thanks so much to you all for a wonderful job! Our next regular meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 27, 1 p.m. at the West Rec. Kurt Boldt will give a talk on “Organizing Your Research to Break Brick Walls.” More intensive research is needed when you have a “brick wall,” and proper organization of your research can make it easier to identify where you are most likely to find something of value. Kurt will show us how to take the information you have and get the most out of it. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Additional meetings in February/March

February 20: “Cluster Genealogy for Intermediate Researchers,” West Rec., 1 p.m. Cluster Genealogy research is a term used to encompass all the people who “cluster” around an individual ancestor. Parents, siblings, spouses, children, in-laws, neighbors, church members, etc., are all important in understanding a particular person and gathering more information on their place of origin, experiences, and life. This session will focus on identifying the important people in someone’s life and exploring how to use this information to gain insights into the individuals themselves. March 13: “Organizing Your Research for Beginners,” West Rec., 1 p.m. The Oakmont Genealogy Club regularly 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 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: oakmontancestry@

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nAl Haggerty


A presentation on the basics the need to be concerned about cyber security will be offered at the Feb. 22 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at the East Recreation Center. Charles Lindauer, who’s made a study of cyber security over the past several years, will also offer an introduction to how we can protect ourselves from the fastest growing criminal industry. Based in Rohnert Park, he supports the creative department in one of the largest wine companies in California, the top internet marketing guru, and local small businesses, including insurance agencies, law offices and medical practitioners. He also works with individuals. Lindauer believes that with a bit of knowledge, a little common sense and some help with the hardware, everyone can be much better protected from the criminals who are using technology to steal. Lindauer began using Macs in 1987 and soon after created an international import business using Macs. He began learning the art of Mac maintenance and repair by necessity. Over the next two decades he also owned a retail art and antique gallery, also running on Macs. He began consulting as other business owners called for help. He was first certified by Apple in 2007 and has helped keep businesses productive and profitable for more than 20 years. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s County Catering. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Don Green at 539-2046.



If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668, Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-1598 or E-mail


WHEN: Tuesday, February 28, 2 p.m. WHERE: Room D, Berger Center

Windows Computer Information

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.

Pinochle nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2017

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 Energize yourself and increase your blood and oxygen flow. Move with your breath. Strengthen your core, even while seated! Students have the option to get out of the chair to explore balance or can stay seated for the entire class. Small free weights are used to tone and strengthen 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.

Now is the Right Time to practice yoga

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 Use your breath and explore yoga poses while building strength. Challenge yourself and strengthen your core. Alignment with breath increases inner space and mobility. Allow your neck to let go. Practice kindness to self and commit to a safe and healing practice. 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.

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength. TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by!

nSandy Shaner

INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Keep going with your commitment to stay fit! Come join the 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.

Foam Roller Class


WHAT: Foam Roller Class—Stretching, Core Work and Self-Myofacial Release Therapy WHEN: Tuesdays, 8:45–9:45 a.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $50/six classes WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat and a foam roller (see below) 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. In addition to the foam roller, I will periodically bring different sized balls for working on hands and feet, particularly helpful for circulation and arthritis. 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 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. It needs to be 6” in diameter and 36” long. Call me if you have questions, (636) 532-4690. Just Google “foam roller” and you can find them online much less expensive than in retail stores. This is a “feel good” class, but so good for your body. Come roll with us! The only requirements are a foam roller (which you will love having at home to do self-massage) and a yoga mat. Questions? Call me at (636) 532-4690 or E-mail at


r Fitness e t a W nValerie Hulsey

The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) sponsors many classes for seniors here in Oakmont. The no-fee classes shown below are paid for by the SRJC Adult Program.

Water Aerobics Class schedule for the month of February

Mondays: 9 a.m.—$6; 10 a.m.—no fee Tuesdays: 9 a.m.—no fee Wednesdays: 9 a.m.—$6; 10 a.m.—no fee Thursdays: 9 a.m.—no fee Note: There are no 10 a.m. classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month. Newcomers are always welcome at all the water aerobics classes. If you have a tender spot, the instructors will work with you to adjust the exercises for your individual needs. Join us at the West Pool rain or shine—the water is warm!

nTeresa Woodrum

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

Class is canceled second Friday each month. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. 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.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2017

Oakmont Music Lovers nJudy Walker


The audience was primed by provocative previews in the Paris press before the day Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes premiered Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. During the unprecedented 22 rehearsals, word had leaked out of a new work featuring the “stammerings of a semi-savage humanity” and “frenetic human clusters wrenched incessantly by the most astonishing polyrhythm ever to come from the mind of a musician.” From the opening bars there were outbursts of protest, quickly rising to a massive uproar. Demonstrators pro and con expressed themselves verbally and then in escalating fistfights. Police, medics, and even a dentist were summoned. Miraculously, conductor Pierre Monteux was able to complete the music, though much of it was inaudible to both the audience and the dancers on stage. On March 7, at 10:30 a.m. in Berger Center (note change of venue due to voting in the East Rec. Center), Rosemary Waller will delve into the fascinating history of this seminal work. The 1913 Rite of Spring, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, was abandoned after just a few performances, not to re-appear until 1920, in a completely different choreography by Léonide Massine. The only surviving hints of the original production consisted of a few grainy photographs, artists’ sketches, and notes scribbled in the composer’s score. In the 1980s two historians initiated a meticulous research project, creating a highly credible restoration. The amazing result, realized and recorded in 2008 by the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, will be seen on March 7. WHEN: March 7, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Berger Center (note change of venue) COST: Free

The Social and Dance Club and the OVA Celebrate the Wearing O’ the Green! nDonna Kaiser

St. Patrick’s Day Party and Pub Crawl

Open bar, mixed drinks, green beer and wine, dinner and dancing. Catered by Oakmont Village Market and live music by the Tom Shader Band. MENU: Appetizers—Guinness and Cheddar Dip with Crudite’ and crackers; green tortilla ham rollups; mixed green salad; buffet dinner of corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and onions; Irish soda

St. Patrick’s Day Party and Pub Crawl reservation form Friday, March 17

Reservation must be received by 3 p.m., March 10.

Name ________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________ E-Mail _________________________________________________ 2016 Dance Club Member $20 ________ Non-Dance Club Member $25 ________ Table of any eight $160 ________ Check enclosed for $________________ Table name request ____________________________________________________________________________


nCarolita Carr


Dinner for 8 nLeslie Evans

Our group is the original Dinner for 8, not affiliated with any other group. We share hospitality and dining together in our homes four nights a year (April, June, October and December), plus a picnic in August and a cocktail party in February. When joining the group, members agree to host a dinner once during the year and are assigned a month based on their preference. Members are rotated from dinner to dinner, giving an opportunity to meet everyone. Prior to a dinner, the hosts receive their guest assignments and schedule their guests on a mutually agreed upon date. Each host determines their menu and provides the entrée. Each guest is then asked to participate in the meal by bringing an appetizer, salad, or dessert. The wine selection is suggested by the host to complement the meal. On the second Sunday in February, Feb. 12 we started the new year with a cocktail party in a member’s home. The club provided wine (supplied by $5 dues per person), and members brought appetizers. The Dinner for 8 picnic is held in a picnic grove in Oakmont on the second Sunday of August. Members bring a dish and their beverage of choice. Dinner for 8 membership is open at any time. Please call me at 843-7408 or Jean Whitridge at 5381258 for further information.

bread and butter and pretzel bread; dessert—mud pie cake with chocolate chip mint ice cream and hot fudge; Irish coffee served with dessert. WHEN: Friday, March 17 TIME: 5:30–10 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: $20 per 2016 club member, or $25 per nonmember; or $160 for a reserved table for any eight submitted together. Last day to reserve is March 10 at 3 p.m. 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. There will be open seating for groups/individuals of fewer than 8 people. Make checks payable to the 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. Call 888-5044 with questions.

WHEN: Saturday, February 25 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30–9:30 p.m. (no early admittance) COST: $15 per person FOOD: Bring your own, and BYOB Time is running out! The February 20 deadline for this event is rapidly approaching. When people discuss this party (and they will!), you don’t want to be the one in the group who has to say, “Sorry, I missed it.” Get your reservation in now. Music will be provided by “Second Line,” a band that brings a taste of New Orleans to their audiences with their high energy and great party vibe. Their musical vocabulary spans funk, jazz, blues, soul, and rock.

The charge for this event is $15 per person, and members may bring one guest. Doors will be open at 5:30 p.m. Please, no Early Bird admittance! Our crew needs all the time allowed to ready the room for your pleasure and entertainment. Music will begin at 6:30 p.m. and conclude at 9:30 p.m. Bring an appetizer for your table and anything else you might want to eat. There are several establishments in the area that will deliver pizza right to the Berger Center. You might want to pick up dinner from one of our food venues here in Oakmont—Mei Don, the Quail Inn, or the Oakmont Village Market. Or fix your own, it’s up to you. Just don’t forget your masks and beads to get in the spirit! You must be a member in order to attend this event. Renew now!

ANNUAL BOOMERS MARDI GRAS PARTY RESERVATION COUPON February 25, Berger Center, 5:30–9:30 PM, Doors open at 5:30 PM

Cost is $15 per member and guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member. The two options you have to register for seating for Mardi Gras are: Reserved table for eight: Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $120 and the names of all the people sitting at the table. Please be sure to include a party name for the table, example Smith Party. Party name:_____________________________________________________ Amount enclosed $______________ Names:________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Unreserved seating: If you chose unreserved seating and wish to sit with friends, you should plan to arrive together when the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Full payment must accompany the reservation. Name:_________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed $______________

The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m., February 20. You may also register and pay online. If you have any questions about reservations, please contact,


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2017

nRay Haverson

If you have not paid your 2017 dues, they are now due. You may include them with your seat reservation if you wish.


Sha-Boom Events Club is proud to announce our Fourth Annual Pasta Night with Sauce Cook-off, featuring the great Carl Green Band. WHAT: Pasta Dinner/Dance with a Pasta Sauce CookOff WHEN: Saturday, March 18 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 5–9:30 p.m., doors open at 4 p.m. COST: Members $25 per person, members’ guest $30 per person, non-members $40 per person and the best deal is $37 per person that includes your first year’s dues and the party. DINNER MENU: Pasta with sauce, anti-pasta plate, polenta, mixed green salad, potato salad, garlic bread, lemon water, coffee, tea and chocolate and vanilla sheet cake with mixed fruit filling and covered with whipped cream for dessert. We will be crowning a new pasta sauce king or queen! Could it be you? Rules for the cook off as follows: 1. All sauces must be homemade, no store bought! 2. Make your sauce at home and bring it with you for tasting. 3. All that attended will judge all sauces the sauce

Let’s Dance— Together! nTerry Whitten

It’s Cha Cha Time

WHAT: Beginning Cha Cha Partner Dance Classes WHEN: Wednesdays, March 1, 8 and 15 TIME: 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $9/pp for single class; $7/pp for two or more classes purchased in advance at beginning of class. We will be continuing the fun of partner dancing in March with Beginning Cha Cha. Cha Cha is an upbeat and lively partner dance that grew out of the Mambo from Cuba in the 1950’s. It can be danced to Latin music that is faster than Rumba but slower than Salsa or Mambo. Besides Latin songs, there are also a lot of contemporary pop songs that have a Cha Cha beat including songs by Santana, Della Reese, Earth Wind and Fire, Jimmy Buffett and Lady Gaga. There are even Country Western songs with a Cha Cha beat! 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! 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!

with the most votes win. 4. Bread will be supplied for the purpose of tasting. 5. Prizes are as follows: first prize $100, second prize $50, third prize $25. So don’t be shy. Be sure to enter that sauce everyone tells you is so good and you could be the next crowned king or queen of the village. Remember homemade sauce only, no cheating. You will need about 1/2 gallon. 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. 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. Yes, you can reserve a table for eight with full payment for that table. So for the best tables get your reservations in early. 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 ShaBoom 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@

Pickleball Corner nEric Lutz

Pickle into Spring and Meet New Members

A Potluck Social is planned for new, kind of new, and “I don’t remember when I joined” club members on Wednesday, March 8 at the East Rec. Center at 11:30 a.m. Mark the date on your calendar. Details for the fun social event will be posted on the shutterfly website and in the March 1 Oakmont News. PJ Savage and other pickleball instructors will be there to discuss coached play for beginners. Everyone is invited to join the fun and to meet our club’s newest members.

Connie enjoys play on a sunny day. (Photo by Martin Johns)


Welcome to new club members in January: Barbara Hopp, Bill Wrightson, Diane Sullivan, Geri Brown, Joan and Jon Kline, and Tom Sheppard.

East Rec. Courts Reopen in February

Pickleball play returns to Oakmont’s East Rec. Court #4 in early February. This is news to celebrate! It’s time to dust off those paddles and pull your tennis shoes out of the closet.

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 players intro to Pickleball Tue. 10 a.m.; coached play for beginners Tue. 11 a.m. ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles. EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles

Ron and Carol Joseph stay focused on the ball. (Photo by Martin Johns)

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.



The Oakmont News / February 15, 2017

Playreaders nNorma Doyle

On February 20 and 27 Ron White will present Romantic Comedy, a play by Bernard Slade. Born in Canada, Slade began his career as an actor, but after he relocated to Hollywood he began to work as a writer for television sitcoms, creating favorites such as Bewitched, The Flying Nun and The Partridge Family. Despite his success in television, Slade returned to the theater in 1975 with his play Same Time, Next Year, receiving the Drama Desk Award and a Tony Award nomination for Best Play. Other scripts followed including Romantic Comedy. Following 11 previews, Romantic Comedy as a Broadway production opened in 1979 and ran for 396 performances. In 1983, Slade adapted his play for a feature film directed by Arthur Hiller. Romantic Comedy focuses on Phoebe Craddock and Jason Carmichael, playwrights who meet and decide to collaborate just as he is getting married. Their relationship produces first a failed play and then a string of successes. Their repartée remains sharp and witty as their unrequited interest in each other gathers energy over a nine-year period, until some resolution finally is in sight. Playreaders for Romantic Comedy include Charley Ensley, Anne Gero, Rebecca Kokemor, Penny Mckenzie, Joyce O’Connor, Ginny Smith and Ron White.

Readers for Ancestral Voices in late January were: (standing) Morgan Lambert, Penny MacKenzie, Dennis Hall, Ron White, Kay Hardy; (seated) Pete Folkens and Honora Clemens.

February 25 Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

Where does SGI Buddhism stand on the issues of war and peace?

“Buddhism identifies ignorance as the cause of suffering, conflict and war. This fundamental inability or unwillingness to recognize the inherent value of life, called fundamental darkness, leads people to disregard the suffering of others and conclude that there are things more important than human life and dignity. It creates the willingness to sacrifice others for selfish gains.”—Living Buddhism, January 2017, p. 8 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, February 25 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, February 25, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

Oakmont Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


“Loam wasn’t built in a day.”


A slide presentation and discussion by Jan Talmasoff of the Russian River Rose Company about the gardens and the many beautiful plants in addition to roses that they have to offer. The talk will include a focus on climbing roses. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, February 21, Berger Center TIME: 10–11:30 a.m.


• If needed, apply a final dormant oil spray to fruit trees. • Before spring growth starts, divide summer or fall-blooming perennials such as agapanthus, asters, coreopsis, and Shasta daisies that have become too crowded. Lift the clumps, cut them into good-size sections (discarding the old center), and replant the divisions.

nKay Kim

• To stimulate lush new growth on artemisia, butterfly bush, fuchsia, and Mexican bush sage, etc., cut back woody stems to within a few inches to one foot off the ground. If left un-pruned, plants become leggy and scraggly-looking. • Pull or hoe weeds while they are still small. Then cover ground with 1-4” mulch. Keep mulch a few inches away from the base of plants. • Check drip system for leaks. • Tune up houseplants. Wash the leaves periodically to help prevent spider mite and other insect infestations. If plants are movable, transport them to the shower and give them a thorough rinse. Remove yellowing or dead leaves. Using sharp pruning shears or scissors, trim brown edges from leaf tips (follow the leaf shape as you cut). Apply fertilizer at half-strength. • Sow seeds of fava beans, beets, carrots, leeks, lettuce and other leafy greens, peas, radish, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips.


This year promises to be filled with fun activities for Tennis Club members. The club board members are asking everyone to try to recruit just one new member, a significant other, neighbor, or fun-loving friend. Dues are only $20/person, and that gets you discounted prices for our social events (you’ll make that back in the amount you’ll save all year to attend our fabulous parties)! Plus, club members get to enjoy free tennis lessons through our Let’s Learn Tennis program. All duespaying members will receive a copy of our Tennis Club roster, so you can see all our social events and tournaments at a glance, and have contact information for all the other club members. You will also have access to our Tennis Club website, which allows you to sign up for tournaments and stay current with all the OTC news.


Mark your calendars and plan to attend our Spring Membership Meeting on Friday, March 10, at 5:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Rosters will be given to every member, and you can hear what the club has planned for activities in 2017. After the meeting, we will celebrate St Patrick’s Day by serving corned beef and cabbage, and we’ll play some Tennis Club trivia. This is a BYOB event, and the club will provide

the food for Tennis Club members. Non-members will need to pay $10 to enjoy the dinner. Fill out the coupon below and drop it to the Tennis Club folder in the new OVA office so we can get a headcount for how much food to buy. We are also looking for some Tennis Club trivia to use for the evening. E-mail your fun ideas about what to include in the OTC trivia to Terri Somers at


Our new social directors, Barbara Kanowick and Connie Carroll, would love some help with organizing the membership meeting and other club events. Contact Barbara at 539-2733 or Connie at 5913858 and let them know that you are willing to help.


Submitting your dues early allows our 2017 officers to better plan next year’s events. Contact Membership Chair, Paula Lewis, or 332-0433 for any questions. Enclose a check for $20/person with the form in the Oakmont Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office. Join by February 28 to be listed in the printed 2017 OTC Roster. By providing your email address, you agree to it being listed in the printed roster distributed to club members only. It will not be posted on the website or elsewhere.

OTC MEMBERSHIP MEETING sign-up form FRIDAY, MARCH 10, 5:30–8:30 PM, EAST REC. Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ # of Members at no charge: _________ # of Guests at $10: _________ Total enclosed: $____________ Phone number: ___________________________________________

Menu includes: Corned Beef, potatoes, cabbage, dessert. BYOB. Deposit coupon/payment in the OVA Office Tennis Club Folder by March 5, 4:30 p.m.

OTC MEMBERSHIP sign-up or renewal form Name(s): _______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address(es): ______________________________________________________________________________ Phone number(s): _______________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2017

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby

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. We welcome you to join us for Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. February 19: Pastor Brinda will speak on Prayer. February 26: Pastor Brinda Peterson will continue speaking on Prayer.

Midweek Bible Study Oakmont Gardens, Room 106 Tuesdays, 1:30–2:30 pm

Allan Linton is leading the study of Romans. Objective: read through Scripture, ask questions and apply the truths to your life. You are welcome at any time. No homework required. Like us on Facebook! Or visit our webpage: E-mail: Church phone number: 595-0166.

Visual Aids Workshop nBarbara Milan

Making braille books for visually and mentally-impaired children

Have you ever wondered what this workshop is all about? Come and visit us any Monday morning between 9–11 a.m. to learn more. We meet in the West Rec. facility. We would love to show you the tactile aids books we make for visually and mentally-impaired children. The books are shipped throughout the country as well as internationally. It is also a social activity as we have coffee, visit and chat while creating the books. You may decide to stay. More hands are always needed. Call me for more information at 583-5321. We would love to see you.

nJulie Jones

A few thoughts for the New Year

Getting a little bored with your usual activities? Volunteer a few hours every couple of months in the Oakmont Village Library. Easy work, score some of the newest donations, meet some of our 100-plus volunteers! Check out what we are all about in the Clubs and Organization Section of the Oakmont website, Then give Toni a call at 537-8879 or leave a message at Or if you like films, join the Chocolatiers team. They take care of our extensive library of movies, TV shows and documentaries. Freebies: Outside of the library door there are shelves of books and VHS tapes free to take and keep. Because of lack of space we have to weed out duplicate volumes and tapes, out of date books and some that are not suitable for our “browsing” library. You may find the one thing you have always wanted in your own library. Young Visitors: Grandchildren visiting? Young children getting bored? The library has suitable movies, books and jigsaw puzzles on shelves outside the library door. Visitors: If you are showing guests, or prospective Oakmont residents, around, please be sure to show off our wonderful library. Don’t forget to include the media room (where all those movies are) in the tour. Tell your new neighbors that the Library is in the CAC building, across the lobby from the Fitness Center, open every day from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Honor system. No fines, no library card, no checkout, no return date. Lots of fiction, mysteries, Large Print, romance, fascinating non-fiction gems, history, magazines and those movies.

A Night at the Opera

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

February 27: 3Z triangle tiles March 13: Tangling a landscape TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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


nBob Giddings

Zentangle™ Art Classes

Following Jesus with Luke

What a great time to begin something new! While many are unsettled by world events, find the answers and peace you thought were out of reach. We are currently in the middle of a study of the gospel of Luke. Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to join our small, welcoming and friendly group. Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know God and grow in His love through exploration of the Bible. Each book includes easy-to-understand explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

On Tuesday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. at the East Recreation Center, the Oakmont Community Foundation is pleased to present Mozart’s Don Giovanni. This production is from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London with Simon Keenlyside, Kyle Ketelsen, Joyce DiDonato and Miah Persson with conductor Charles Mackerras and is presented in high definition video and stereo sound. Don’t miss this excellent production! Admission is free but donations to the Community Foundation will be most welcomed. Don Giovanni is among the handful of the greatest operas ever composed. In fact no other than Michael Kennedy, editor of The Oxford Dictionary of Music said: “The extent and range of Mozart’s genius are so vast and so bewildering that any concise summing-up of his achievement must risk being trite… In his operas he not only displayed hitherto unequalled dramatic feeling, but widened the boundaries of the singer’s art, and with his amazing insight into human nature created characters on the stage … the equal of Shakespeare’s.” You will, no doubt, agree with Mr. Kennedy after viewing this production. So come join us as we watch and sort through the artfully illicit intrigue and double-dealing of Mozart’s version of Don Juan— Don Giovanni. Note: At intermission, as is our tradition, cake will be served.

February 17: Jim Duport February 24: David Dearden 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

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.


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Just for Fun Game Club

Café Mortal

nPhillip Herzog

nTess Lorraine

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, Cribbage, Monopoly, Sonopoly, Parcheesi, Clue, Thryme, Settlers of Catan, The Pillars of the Earth, Pictionary, Yahtzee, Deluxe Rook, Probe and someone usually brings Rummikub, Scrabble, Skip-Bo, Phase 10, Sequence, Rack-O, Splendor, Indigo as well as others. 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.

The first Wednesday of each month Café Mortal meets for an hour to share in conversation related to our hopes and fears, our questions, and our experiences regarding the topic of Death. Recently, the group invited me to become their facilitator, to bring in the perspectives I’ve gained from leading Death Café Sonoma County since early 2014. I grew up in large family. My father was hospitalized and quarantined for Tuberculosis for two years during his early adolescence. As a result of his experiences, he become one the most progressive nursing home administrators and advocates for the sick and elderly in the country. He travelled in Asia and in Scandinavian countries to find models of care that dignified the last stages of life. He died of complications relating to a long journey with Parkinson’s. In the nursing home business I learned that even with severe dementia we still have access to the emotional realms. The charts of these residents included histories of community service, commerce, teachers, and the builders of roads and towns that surrounded us. Yet many of these individuals sat in an isolated world of their own, without the reflection into the full life within. Working with the disabled and elderly taught me about the immeasurable value of human connection. In collaboration with professionals in the field of healthcare I provide trainings to address the imperatives that face us in our current socio-economic healthcare dilemma. We are emerging with medical advancements that result in greater longevity, and with those entitlements, we are faced with difficult choices in recognizing the implications on our quality of life. How we address death and dying is at the forefront of considerations on medical ethics and rising health care costs. HMO’s and hospitals provide the “five wishes” forms in order for individuals to make clear their end of life wishes. However, paperwork is one component of planning. A multitude of circumstance can lead to disputes. The most effective way we can control our end of life options largely depends on how we articulate and communicate our wishes with family, friends and health care professionals on an ongoing basis. End of life planning is not wholly for the purpose of designing a good death, it’s also an opportunity to enrich our final stages, what I call the twilight years. It opens up the door for reflection and intention for what we leave for our legacy. In multimedia, interactive seminars Oakmont Village is offering a six-month series to provide knowledge, support and resources, with skilled professionals, in preparing for our final stages. Join us. February 21: Designing a graceful transition. March 15: Quality of life considerations in making medical choices. April 11: Medical Advocacy—Expectations and responsibilities. May 17: Isolation and Interdependence— developing infrastructures of support. June 13: Entitlements, legalities and paperwork. Pre-registration is recommended. Please contact me at or (720) 272-5375. COST: $100 for five sessions or $25 a session LOCATION: East Recreation Center TIME: 10 a.m.–1 p.m., with snacks

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.

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

The Drop-In Chess players meet on Tuesday afternoons between 1–4:30 p.m. in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Drive. Beginners are welcome and there are no fees or cost— just your time as you see fit. Bring a board and chess set if you have one. The atmosphere is casual and players of varying proficiency, both men and women, take part in these games. If you have not played chess in a while, are new to our Oakmont community, or are just curious and would like to know more about the “Game of Kings,” drop in and check us out. If you have any questions or would like to know more, feel free to contact us at or at 707-225-0661.

Sonoma County Orchid Society nAnn Possinger

Press release

The Sonoma County Orchid Society proudly presents our 60th Anniversary Annual Show and Sale. This is fundraising event to benefit the Sonoma County Orchid Society and Canine Companions for Independence®. WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, April 2, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. WHERE: Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building, 1351 Maple Ave. Free and ample parking. ADMISSION: $8 Admission (look for $1 off coupon in the Press Democrat), children 12 and under free WEBSITE: A weekend full of fun, education and beautiful blooming orchids to admire, photograph and purchase! A great event for the whole family! Featuring: • Skill Sessions: Learn orchid care from the experts! • Docent Tours at noon and 2 p.m.: Learn about the rare and beautiful orchids in our displays. Shoot and post great pictures to Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. • On-Site Orchid Doctor: Trouble re-blooming your orchids? Have spots or wrinkled leaves? Bring your orchid in for a check-up! Please bring your “patient” in a separate brown bag to prevent spread of disease. • Premium Vendors from all over California and member plant sales: Featuring a wide range of orchids suitable for all skill levels; from the easy, yet uncommon orchids ideal for beginners to the rare and exotic for more advanced growers! Find the perfect plants for growing in your home, greenhouse or outdoors. • Hourly Drawings for free Orchids and related items donated by our vendors; Silent Auction with great items donated from Sonoma County merchants. • Visit with Canine Companions for Independence® Assistance Dogs at 3 p.m. Saturday only: Learn how these wonderful dogs enhance the lives of people with disabilities and meet the volunteers who provide this invaluable service to our community.

Free Tax Return Preparation

nDianne Armer

Once again, Oakmont volunteer AARP Tax Aides will be available to prepare your tax return this year. Starting on Wednesday, February 1 through April 12, the volunteers will be at the Berger Center from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. To avoid a long wait it’s best to schedule an appointment. So stop by the Berger Center to schedule an appointment any Monday or Wednesday (9 a.m.–3 p.m.) starting February 1 to have your return prepared and filed for free. All AARP Tax Aide volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS and your financial information is always confidential and encrypted.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2017

Free Movies For Seniors Press release

Free Seniors Movie Series at the Third Street Cinemas in Downtown Santa Rosa will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., and will continue through June 7. As usual, there will be a choice of four movies. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m. It is not possible to publicize an advance list of films, but for a list of the four movie titles for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording the week of the Series: 525-8909 x 2. The movies are free for seniors, 60 and older.

nBarbara Bowman

Detailed flyers are on display in the Lobbies of the Roxy 14, the Airport 12, the Summerfield and the Third Street Cinemas, as well as the Raven Film Center in Healdsburg. They have also been distributed to all of the Senior Centers, the Council on Aging, the Social Security Office, and various other facilities for seniors, including Retirement Homes, Senior Apartment Complexes, and Senior Mobile Home Parks. The Series is generously being sponsored by Santa Rosa Memorial Park and Mortuary/Eggen & Lance Chapel, Kobrin Financial Services, and Hired Hands Homecare.

The Third Street Cinemas is located at 620 3rd Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and “D” Street (behind the Third Street Aleworks). It’s only 1½ blocks from the Downtown Transit Mall, where all City and County busses arrive and depart. There are also two parking garages close by, one directly across from the theatre (no elevator), and the other around the corner on “D” Street (basically, behind the theatre). The rate is 75c per hour, but those with handicapped placards may park free at parking meters on the street. For more info, contact Gwen Adkins at the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, 523-1586 x 21 or 484-7328 (cell).

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 February; only matinees will be shown.


In concert with Lifelong Learning’s class, Reconstruction and Recovery: The Post-Civil War South, Movies At Oakmont screens this acclaimed PBS documentary which looks at one of the least understood periods in American history: Reconstruction, the tumultuous period from 1863 to 1877. The film tracks the extraordinary stories of ordinary Americans—Southerners, Northerners, white and black—as they struggle to shape new lives in a United States turned upside down. (2004), NR. Note: This is a threehour film; the instructor plans on showing approximately half of the film.

Sunday, February 26, 2 pm RAISE THE RED LANTERN

After her father’s death, 19-year-old Songlian marries the much older Chen Zuoqian, becoming the latest concubine in Chen’s burgeoning harem and finding herself at the bottom of an oppressive hierarchy in 1920s China. This beautiful, internationally critically acclaimed film, with its stunning cinematography and superb acting, won seven Best Foreign Language Film awards and was nominated for many more, including an Oscar. (1991), PG, 125 minutes. (In Mandarin)

Sunday, March 5, 2 pm THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

Lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbinder) and his wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander) live in married bliss on a remote, rugged island of the coast of Australia. But their world is turned upside down when Isabel learns that she’s unable to have children. One day, a lifeboat washes ashore with a crying baby in it. The dilemma the couple now faces will echo far beyond the island, impacting their world—and that of a stranger (Rachael Weisz). Adapted from the best-selling novel. (2016), PG-13, 133 minutes.

Sunday, March 5, 7 pM THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINTY

This absorbing biopic recounts the life of self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) who, in spite of the difficulties of transitioning to another culture in 1913 Trinity College at Cambridge, rose to prominence under the tutelage of renowned mathematics professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons)—a fascinating true story of a friendship that forever changed mathematics. Patel and Irons shine in their portrayals of these two engaging characters. (2016), PG-13, 108 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, February 19, 2 p.m.: Reconstruction: The Second Civil War, (2004), NR, approx. 90 minutes. Sunday, February 26, 2 p.m.: Raise the Red Lantern, (1991), PG, 125 minutes, (In Mandarin). Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m.: The Light Between Oceans, (2016), PG-13, 133 minutes. Sunday, March 5, 7 p.m.: The Man Who Knew Infinity, (2016), PG-13, 108 minutes.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2017



George’s furniture repair and refinishing, antiques and caning. Oakmont references. 30 years Best prices on Gutter Guard experience. Free estimates. Call George installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429. at 987-3059.


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


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



Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, 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.


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

Dependable, experts serving you and your neighbors with excellence and integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, bonded and insured. Senior discounts available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. net or call us at 537-1308 for all your plumbing needs.

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 Stephany at 545-2850.

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



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

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.



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

Commercially licensed, transportation for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 owner-operated with several years experience. Oakmont homeowner too. Call Chris, (707) 206-5018.


Retired, medical background. Local references. Call Evelyne, For all your plumbing and heating needs. Local plumbers in business since (707) 326-6610. the late 20th century, licensed, bonded and insured. Same day service is often MARTHA L. PROFESSIONAL available. Money-saving coupons! CA HOUSE CLEANING Home, business, move-outs. Windows, Lic. #659920. Please bed linen changing and more. Over call (707) 996-8683 or go to 18 yrs. of experience. References upon request., 548-9482 or 542-8720. GARDEN TRIMMING


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


Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, seamless gutters and downspouts. Quality for less. Bonded and insured, LOU DEMME PAINTING When quality and reliability count, call free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call 837-5030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell). on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior DOGWALKER and exterior painting specialist, drywall repairs and textures. Licensed Let me help you walk, talk and play with your dog. $25/hr., 15/half-hr. and insured. Call us for your free Call for free meeting. Terri, estimate today! 833-2890. (707) 480-0786. Local references.


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


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


Experienced, insured sitters for overnites and exercise walks for dogs and loving kitty care visits. Oakmont references. A Mother’s Love Petsitting, 775-7520.


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.


Dry rot repair, fences, decks, gates, doors, stairs, hand rails, cabinets, shelves, tile. Lic. #1008255. Call or E-mail Alex, 843-1898,



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


3Monkeys Thrift on the historic Railroad Square in Santa Rosa is looking for volunteer cashiers, merchandisers, and stock room clerks. Flexible schedules. Sales benefit Face to Face, the county’s premier HIV prevention agency. Please join us for one of two volunteer orientation sessions on February 16 from 3-4 p.m. or February 26 from Noon–1 p.m. Call Richard to RSVP, 541-7227.


Handyman, carpenter, and contractor specializing in home maintenance, repairs and remodels. Lic. #563548. Call Mike at 484-5019.


Sylvan Learning Center of Santa Rosa is now interviewing credentialed teachers (retired OK!) for all grades and subjects—no prep work or parent conferences, after school and Saturday mornings required, approx. 10–15 hrs/wk, year round. High demand for higher math (above Alg. I), and Spanish speaking a plus, but not required. Please email resume to Jim Rogers at, no phone calls please.


Room available with round the clock Professional appearance and calm caregiving. Loving family, awesome demeanor required. Must be available home. Hala Dehmes, 528-2811 (h), 332-7918 (cell), mornings, afternoons and weekends. 3–4 shifts/15–20 hours per week. Primary duties—interacting with test R.L. PETERS PAINTING takers, maintaining exam security, Friendly service, 25 yrs. Experience. solving minor technical issues, Touch-up experts, color matching. following well defined procedures and Clean canvas drops. Mold, mildew eradication. Power washing. Window attention to detail. Training $13/hr. washing. Gutter cleaning. Call Rich at Certified $14/hr. New applications only, please. Email resume to Jim Rogers (707) 228-7571. at, no phone calls please.

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





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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

maintenance Office

Hours: M–F 9 AM–5 PM Tel 539-1611 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A OVA E-mail: Website: Go to the members only page to view the monthly calendar, Board Meeting Minutes, criminal activity information and more.

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.


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

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

Hours: M– Th 9 AM–Noon, 1–5 PM Tel 539-0701 / Fax 539-6537 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A E-mail:

architectural office

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

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM February 16–28 Patresa Zwerling 539-8996 March 1–15 Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

Andie Altman, President

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

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


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.

Street Cleaning

City streets in Oakmont are cleaned by the city early on the fourth Friday of each month. Residents who want their streets swept should avoid street parking overnight on those days.


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.

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

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.

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


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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.

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.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2017

OVA-Sponsored Events nAnita Roraus

Toxic Waste Collection

Tuesday, february 21 west rec. parking lot

Four times a year Oakmont has a Community Toxic Collection at the West Rec. parking lot, 6470 Meadowridge Drive, from 2–7 p.m. LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (with a maximum of five gallons per container) or 125 pounds of solid material. Never

mix chemicals. Place in sealed containers in the trunk, packed to prevent spills. Syringes/needles in sealed, approved Sharps containers. NOT ACCEPTED: explosives, ammunition, radioactive materials, biological waste (except syringes), TVs, computer monitors and other electronics, business waste. Please call 795-2025 to schedule an appointment or ask your questions.

AARP Presents “The AARP Smart Driver Course” nAnita Roraus

These are four- and eight-hour classroom courses for drivers 50 years of age and older. Complete cost for the course is $15 for AARP members/$20 non-members. Open to Oakmont residents only.

2017 Two-day Full Course and One-day Refresher Course Schedule Room B, Central Activities Center Refresher class: Friday, March 3, 12:30–5 p.m.

Two-day course: Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21, 1–5 p.m. Refresher class: Friday, June 2, 12:30–5 p.m. Two-day course: Thursday and Friday, August 17 and 18, 1–5 p.m. Sign-up by calling the OVA office at 539-1611 or come by in person.

National Wear Red Day Event at Berger

Women and men turned out for Oakmont’s part of National Wear Red Day, a National Heart Association movement to help raise awareness and save lives. The Feb. 3 photo event at the Berger Center drew 40 people decked-out in red, including the photographer, John Williston.

Implant & General Dentistry

Celebrat in 20 Years g i Oakmon n t

Passages Fern Harger, 41-year Oakmont resident, passed away January 14. Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone, 538-4293 or E-mail, to publish the name and date of death of your loved one in the Oakmont News.

What’s Growing On At The Oakmont Community Garden? nShirley Phillips

The Oakmont Community Garden held its annual membership meeting on Saturday, January 21 with a good show of attendance. We welcomed new gardeners of 2016: Carol Gerst and Philip Herzog, Sandra Brandt and Elena Baranov, Priya and Ram Narasgoudar, Ellean and Charles Huff, and Pauline Uhr. Officers elected for 2017 are: Pat Olive, President; Lynda Oneto, Head Gardener; Giselle Mottiez, Treasurer; Shirley Phillips, Secretary; and Leyla Carreon, Board Member. A proposal to assist the Head Gardener with row maintenance issues was discussed and we thanked volunteers who offered to assist. Pat Olive gave an update on the proposed garden extension. Lynda Oneto gave the Head Gardener’s report and thanked everyone for their cooperation of the garden rules. Giselle Mottiez, gave the treasurer’s report. Highlights of 2016 were given with a note, from the audience, that we’d like the sheep earlier, if possible, to graze nearby grasses. Master Gardener, and garden member, Stephanie Wrightson gave a fascinating discussion/demo of how to use toilet paper to create a “seed tape,” with properly spaced seeds so a gardener can plant seeds in a smarter way. With a paste of flour and water dabbed on paper and seed on the paste, Hey Stephanie, how much the paper is folded over toilet paper should we buy? and left to dry. The entire tape is planted in ground (covered with garden soil) when weather/soil is right. Who knew? For more information on the community garden, contact OVA at 539-1611 or E-mail:

Valentine’s Implant Special

Minimally invasive technique. Procedure includes: Exam, 3Dscan, implant, implant crown, and any required x-rays. $3,499.00 Tony Sanchez DDS, Debra A. Riker RDH, BS, MS (707) 539-0336 • 6594 Stone Bridge Road (located between McBride Realty & the Fire Station)

From left: Kathy Carter, Sally Lovell, and Susan Fletcher enjoy a chat before the meeting. (Photo by Leyla Carreon)


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2017

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