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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

OVA in New Office

Winter Sunrise

nMarty Thompson

The OVA moved into its new, larger office space Jan. 19, with features including a larger front counter and more meeting and working space. “We’re delighted to welcome residents to their new office,” Manager Cassie Turner said. “Our staff worked hard to make it a reality, and the new office should help us better meet residents’ needs.” The office, at 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, is next door to Umpqua Bank and reachable from the adjoining parking lot or Laurel Leaf Drive. The front door is in the breezeway at the center of the two buildings. The Architectural Office is next door, just off the parking lot. Manager Mary Patricia recalled it’s the same place the office occupied five years ago, until OVA moved a block away on Oakmont Drive. Turner observed that the move brings the office into the central complex, near the Central Activities and Berger centers and the central pool. The office lobby features a mural of Hood Mountain donated by Oakmont artist David Harris, and banquette seating in the waiting area. The 3,598 square feet of space includes a six-seat conference room for staff meetings with members and a ten-seat conference room. Most furniture from the old office was relocated to the new space.

A sunrise over the Wild Oak polo field. (Photo by Robert Starkey)

OVA To Consider Smaller East Rec. Deck Faced with one bid of $275,000 to replace the deck at the East Recreation Center, the Oakmont Village Association board of directors is considering a smaller deck. The board voted Jan. 24 to spend up to $6,000 for an architect to provide drawings and cost estimates for a smaller deck, or the alternative of eliminating the deck all together. Iris Harrell, chair of the Construction Oversight Committee, reviewed other options for the board, saying it could cost about $100,000 to remove the deck, including the installation of new windows and railings. She said a contractor advised that repair of the deck would not be cost effective. While some dry rot is evident, she said, dry rot can be deceptive and may be more widespread than now known.

Rock-clearing from what will be the new path’s route. (Photo by John Williston)


See candidates on page 3

See board on page 3

nStaff Report

The building of a new 400-foot path into TrioneAnnadel State Park, now twice postponed by weather, has new target dates for getting the job done. Meanwhile, volunteers turned out to do some preparation on Saturday, Jan. 14. Hugh Helm, the Oakmonter spearheading the project, is hoping that one of three possible Saturdays will afford dry skies and ground solid enough for the work. The Saturday dates are Feb. 11 and 25, or March 11. Work will start at 9. a.m. on the chosen date. “We won’t decide which one until a week before, when weather forecasting has a shred of accuracy,” Helm said in an E-mail to volunteers. He asked people to pencil in all three dates, and “we’ll let you know a week before whether or not we can build the trail the following Saturday.”

nAl Haggerty

The 2017 OVA board election Candidates Forum is set for February 22 at 6 p.m. in the Berger Center, when eight candidates will take the stage to introduce themselves to the community. The OVA nominating committee recently presented the candidate names to the board president, as required

Candidates Forum Set for February 22

Park Path Project Has New Target Dates

nStaff Report

Director Frank Batchelor previously questioned the need for the deck, citing the lack of complaints since it was closed as a safety risk, and Director Herm Hermann has made it clear he won’t vote for a new deck if bids put the cost at $250,000 or more. Harrell said she expects to have a report from an architect, including drawings and cost estimates, by the board’s Feb. 20 meeting. The board approved a contract to pay John Phillips, the personal trainer at the Oakmont Fitness Center, $16,400 a year to provide his services for up to 10 hours a week. He will also be allowed to use the OVA facilities to work with private clients. To comply with new election rules adopted by the board, which move the ballot box from the OVA office to an inspector of collections’ office, the board

Cathy Daugherty, assistant to the OVA manager, left, goes over paperwork with President Andie Altman in the new office’s small conference room. (Staff photo)

February 1, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 3

Jim Mayer and Sue Harrison anchor the culvert pipe. (Photo by John Williston)

PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323 Tony Cale and John Felton break trail and haul rocks. (Photo by John Williston)

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OAKMONT’S TOP PRODUCER, NANCY DEVOTO and Team Devoto, are proud to share our 2016 list of Oakmont home sales. Valued at over 27 million dollars, it was our most successful year ever! 2016 HOMES SOLD BY TEAM DEVOTO


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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration

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

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

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

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

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. West Rec.

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

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

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

park path

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.

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“I think it’s as good a way as any, to get the trail built ASAP, and dodge the rain.” More than 20 people showed up Jan. 14 and installed a culvert at the point where the new path will merge with an existing road beside the city’s old treatment plant. “To our surprise, about 25 amazing volunteers showed up to help with whatever could be done without digging in the mucky mud,” Helm said in an E-mail. “Under the leadership of Ken Wells (of the Sonoma County Trails Council) and his crew, what we got done was significant.” In addition to the culvert, the group moved surface rocks along the trail route to the side where they can be used later to line the trail, and moved wood chips

away near the community garden. The latest trail-building postponement came Jan. 12, after Wells and his staff checked the site along Stone Bridge Road and found “the ground is oversaturated and too wet for a successful work day.” Volunteers plan to level a now bumpy path on Oakmont property between the Community Garden and the adjacent Brad Benson-owned RV storage park. Benson has posted “no trespassing” signs on the paved roadway on his property that now is being used to connect Oakmont and the park. The new path will be covered with gravel that is expected to compact with use.

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under the bylaws on or before Feb. 1. The board will formally accept the nominations at its Feb. 21 meeting. The candidates are Bill Lucker, Al Medieros, Frank Batchelor, Stephanie Curry, Ken Heyman, Carolyn Bettencourt, Wayne Van Bockern and Greg Goodwin. Four open positions are available. Candidate photos and biographies and answers to a set of questions will be printed in the Feb. 15 and March 1 editions of the Oakmont News and posted online at Ballots will be in members’ homes on March 1 and each household votes for four candidates. The Forum will be videotaped and available online at the OVA website. Four board members’ two-year terms are ending. They are Elke Strunka, Frank Batchelor, John Felton and Herm Hermann. Batchelor is eligible to continue, and is seeking re-election. Strunka, who is treasurer, is not running. Felton and Hermann have served two terms and so are not eligible for re-election.


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approved a $1,950 contract with Ernst & Co. to receive and count the ballots in the upcoming election. Ruthie Snyder, chair of the Berger Action Committee, said it is concentrating on the impacts of either replacing the Berger Center with a new building or constructing a new building and repurposing Berger. She said its deliberations will be transparent and “out in the public.” The board received OVA’s 2016 financial summary showing $2.58 million in cash and investments. This includes $502,102 in the operating fund, $1,148,540 in the asset replacement fund, $800,043 in the capital improvement fund and $131,434 in the catastrophe fund.

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

Who we are

We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith; being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. You are warmly invited to Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. We are going through a sermon series entitled “The Games of Life.” We began with “Monopoly” at the January 8 service. We have worked through comparing aspects of the Christian life to “Checkers,” “Clue,” and “Sorry.” February 5: Pastor Brinda will speak on “Payday” February 12: Julie Miller will speak on “The Radical Love of Jesus”

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.


Next meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, March 14, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: East Rec. Center TOPIC: Cochlear Implants

Special notice

There will be hearing support group meetings at 11 a.m. on third Monday every other month in Room B at the Central Activities Center: Feb. 20, Apr. 17, June 19, etc. If you have hearing-related questions or solutions, please plan on attending.

Some results of the HEARS info exchange at Jan. 11 meeting

Problems hearing conversations in a noisy environment was a popular topic at the Jan. 11 HEARS meeting. Others included when to replace older hearing aids, the need for adjustments/fine tuning, problems communicating with an impaired hearing spouse, deciphering TV/movie dialogue, closed captioning/subtitles and more. (Several specific reports from individual groups were received after this column was created. See them on E-mail if you are on the HEARS distribution list.) Two solutions exist for hearing conversations in noise: 1. Most recent hearing aids have a selectable noise or restaurant program that is supposed to reduce the background buzz of many conversations and enhance the sound of a nearby conversation. Mine helps but not a lot! 2. Use of a microphone that can be placed in front of the talker and his/her words are transmitted directly into the hearing aids requiring aids with a wireless capability (Bluetooth or WiFi) and a microphone or iPhone to transmit the conversation Replace HAs at no longer than five years: one’s hearing changes and HA technology advances greatly in five years. My iPhone controls my HA volume, bass/treble, program selection: noise, music,

t-coil and streaming. Streaming of telephone calls, audiobooks, music, etc., directly to my ears is vastly superior to any other input. Adjustment/fine tuning of hearing aids is a critical element in achieving good hearing. The possible adjustments available to a hearing aid fitter is mindboggling and usually requires multiple sessions for re-tuning with continuing inputs as to what hearing problems have been encountered Recommendations for communicating with the hearing impaired: • Be in the same room; face directly; keep hands away from mouth. • Speak and enunciate clearly, don’t shout or exaggerate, don’t talk fast, mumble or talk slowly. • Say the person’s name first in order to allow time to focus and not miss first words. • Ask the hearing-impaired person if s/he understood; repeat specifics (time, place, numbers). • The impaired person may have additional problems understanding if s/he is tired or ill. Recommendations for the impaired individual: • Avoid “What?”or “Huh?” instead say, “I heard you talk but I didn’t get the last words.” • Being open about hearing loss reduces misunderstandings and appearing ignorant, or impolite. • Ask the speaker to face you. In a group, choose the seat with least background noise. • Much of spoken English is visible on the lips. • When you think someone is trying to communicate, you turn and face the talker. If you think it’s challenging for the person speaking, it’s twice as challenging for the impaired person. 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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We will hike to the Wolf House, London’s grave, the House of Happy Walls and then to the cottage. About 2.25 miles—some minor uphill climbing. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Herm Hermann, 539-1657.


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.


This moderate hike of 8.5 miles will last about five hours. We will begin behind the Visitor Center and hike up the East Ridge Trail, gaining more than 1,500’ of elevation before reaching Bullfrog Pond for a lunch break. Nice views of the Austin Creek area will be enjoyed before heading down the Pool Ridge Trail to the start point, passing through Armstrong’s magnificent redwoods. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring lunch, water and hiking poles. Hike leader is Dave Chalk, 539-8847. Depart from Berger at 8:30 a.m.


This is a circular path that follows a rolling ridge between two arms of Lake Sonoma. Hiking poles are recommended. We will hike the trail in a counter-clockwise direction to put as much elevation as possible behind us before lunch. Distance is 5.12 miles and elevation gains to 1,000’. Rain might require a change of location. Leave from Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Holly Kelley, 843-3155.

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Photography Club

nBob Crosby

Portraiture and Landscapes in the Digital Era

Oakmont resident and local professional photographer, Tom Deininger, will be our next speaker on February 8. Some of you already know Tom since he’s been a guest at a few of our meetings this past year. His specialty is portraiture but he is now building a collection of Sonoma Valley landscapes along with some “grape art.” Tom will be speaking on how digital photography has changed his career, both the pros and cons. He’ll share how Photoshop allows him to do things that were near impossible with film and the wet darkroom. Knowing there might be a few celebrities that don’t want their images “photoshopped” he knows that the average person does love to be retouched. Or should we say “enhanced?” Samples will be shown. Tom has a studio above the Jack London Saloon (downtown Glen Ellen) where he prints his work on his 44” Epson printer. He’ll bring along some images printed on both archival fine art paper and on canvas. Currently in the planning stages, Tom is working with a fellow photographer/wine maker on trips to Italy and France to educate on both wine and photography. If interested, you’ll want to get on their mailing list. If you have questions on digital photography and if you entertain the idea of printing your own work, then you won’t want to miss this program. If you have any questions about the photography

club or this meeting, please contact me at bobcrosby3@ or call 539-4507. Not able to attend but wish to connect with our speaker? Tom can be reached at (530) 481-6764 (call or text), E-mail tomdeiningerphotography@, website Best yet, become his friend on Facebook: tomdeiningerphotography.

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February 5 Dr. Miriam Dvorin Spross Bols, Bhangra, Bollywood: Music and Dance of India

Miriam Dvorin-Spross , performing and recording artist, media producer and music arranger, will discuss and offer examples of, the music and dance of India. She will explore the relationships between classical, folk and popular genres. As orchestral violinist, violist, and mandolinist she has performed in venues such as the Kennedy Center, Wolf Trap, and the Golden Gate Theatre and with artists such as Dave Brubeck, Ben Vereen, Rod Stewart, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett.

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Help support the works of Catholic Charities in challenging poverty, counseling immigrants, and caring for seniors by donating your gently used items. ReStyle Marketplace’s donation truck will be in the Star of the Valley Catholic Church parking lot, 495 White Oak Drive, on Saturday, February 4, from

East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon $2 donation

12 noon to 4 p.m. to accept donations of high-end/ vintage furniture, jewelry, clothing, accessories, housewares, pottery, garden statuaries, art, rugs, tools, hardware, craft and office supplies. Call Paula at ReStyle Marketplace with any questions, 284-1700.

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First place, Gary Stone, 28; second place, David Beach, 30; third place, Keith Wise, 32.5. During a Pro Am, Arnold Palmer’s partner asked, “Well Arnold, what do you think of my game?” “It’s OK,” said Arnie, “but I prefer golf!” The golfer called one of the caddies and said, “I want a caddie who can count and keep the score. What’s 3 and 4 and 5 add up to?” “11, Sir,” said the caddie. “Good, you’ll do perfectly.” A pretty terrible golfer was playing a round of golf for which he had hired a caddie. The round proved to be somewhat tortuous for the caddie to watch and he was getting a bit exasperated by the poor play of his employer. At one point the ball lay about 180 yards from the green and as the golfer sized up his situation, he asked his caddie, “Do you think I can get there with a 5-iron?” And the caddie replied, “Eventually.” Two men, a priest and an atheist, are playing golf. At the green on the first hole, the atheist, lines up for a short two-foot putt, taps the ball, and the ball slips around the edge of the cup and does not go in. “Dammit, I missed!” exclaims the atheist. The priest then tells the atheist that he shouldn’t curse, because God will punish the atheist for doing so. On the second hole, the atheist tries a particularly aggressive chip shot to get the ball onto the green and instead lands in a sand bunker. “Dammit, I missed!” exclaimed the atheist, to which the priest again issued a warning about God punishing those who curse. Finally, they get to the 18th hole and the score is tied. The atheist needs to make a two-foot putt in order to win. He taps the ball, and again he misses, and again, he curses his miss. Before the priest can respond the clouds in the sky open up, and a bolt of lightning shoots out and hits the priest, killing him. Then, from the cloud comes a loud voice, “Dammit, I missed.”

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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nStan Augustine


photo by Robert Couse-Baker

I am very pleased to serve as the new communications representative for the OGC Board. Chuck Wood previously held this position and did an excellent job, so special thanks to him! As I write this in mid-January, it seems a good time to recap some of the improvements completed at our club in 2016: • Initiated funding of a new Capital Improvement drive. • Refinanced our long-term debt achieving a two-point reduction in the interest rate which has already resulted in significant savings that are being reinvested in the capital improvement fund for the facility. • Developed a comprehensive improvement plan for bunkers and cart paths. • Aerified fairways for the first time in 15 years. (Aerification is a mechanical process of creating air space in the soil that promotes a healthy rooting system for natural turf). • Completed an extensive clean-up of the main East Course irrigation pond. • Installed a new roof on the East clubhouse. • Worked with residents of the Twin Lakes residential area on a successful grounds beautification project on the East Course. Also, entered into discussions with residents along the 17th Hole of the West Course on a possible cost-sharing program for pond and lake maintenance. • For board elections, changed the bylaws from one vote per membership, to one vote per member. • Coordinated with the OVA on a successful summer concert held at the driving range and the sharing of expenses for public bathrooms located on the golf courses. • Purchased new “pindicators” (which indicate whether a hole is situated at the front, middle, or back of the green) for our course flag sticks. • Started a new program using specially-trained dogs to keep geese away. Although this effort appears successful so far, in my opinion, the real test will be when the weather warms-up in the spring. • At no cost to the club, Wadsworth Golf Construction completed various improvements to the course irrigation system. • Installed new grass at the short game practice area. • Resurfaced green number two on the East Course. • Purchased a new pizza oven. Our Food and Beverage Director Rich Treglia is refining his recipes and this should be a tasty new addition to the Quail Inn along with new take-out food options. I am sure you will agree that this is an impressive list that represents solid momentum as we move into the next year.

Wednesday Men’s Club


Whew! We made through one of the wettest few weeks in quite a while, leaving our course well saturated but in most cases playable for the hearty golfers. The annual lunch meeting of the Mens’ Niners took place at the Quail Inn on January 12. Annual awards were given out and members had a chance to thank outgoing captain Tony D’Agosta and assistant captain Gary Stone. Both have provided exceptional leadership and management for the past five years. Many thanks Tony and Gary. New leadership was elected: Captain, Stan Augustine; Assistant Captain, Phil Sapp; continuing as Treasurer is Dan Levin; Eclectic Coordinator, Ron Bickert; and Handicap Review, David Beach. There were 12 brave souls who played January 16. Low net was won by Wayne Mickaelian (29), followed by Bob Maratto (30), Dan Sienes (30), and Phil Sapp (33). The 50-plus members of the Mens’ Niners look forward to a happy and healthy, bogey-free New Year!


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

Saturday, January 14 a large group of family and friends gathered at the Quail Inn to honor Rebecca Wellman for the inspiration of living life to the full she had given to us all. Sadly Rebecca passed away November 30. An active member of the Oakmont Niners, she was President in 2010 and 2016. She was also Director of the North Bay Women’s Golf Association. Her happy, loving spirit touched so many and will be missed by all.

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18 nDebbie Warfel

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

No sweeps play on Jan. 3 or 10.


No sweeps play on Jan. 5 or 12. On Thursday, February 9, there will be a shotgun mixer and general meeting on the East Course. Please play and attend! 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.

Patty Berg

Patty was a founding member, first president and leading player on the LPGA tour. She was inducted into the Women’s Golf Hall of Fame in 1951, and was joined by other post WWII female golf pioneers, Babe Didrickson Zaharias and Louise Suggs. Their prominence in the 1940’s led to the formation of the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) in 1950. Born in Minnesota in 1918, she began golfing at 13 at the urging of her parents who were distressed that her favorite sport was football—she was the quarterback for the neighborhood boys’ team. At 16, the 5’2”, red-headed, freckle-faced young woman began her amateur career and turned professional at 22. A few years later, during WWII, she joined the Marines for three years. She was nicknamed “Dynamite” and was often described as ebullient and charismatic. Among her many accomplishments are 15 major title wins -which is still the all-time record for female golfers, the very first winner of the US Open played in 1946, the Associated Press Woman Athlete of the Year in ‘38, ‘43 and ‘55, the Bob Jones Award—the highest USGA honor recognizing distinguished sportsmanship in golf, and she was in the first class inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in ‘74. The LPGA established the Patty Berg Award in ‘78 which is presented to the female golfer who has made the greatest contribution to women’s golf during the year. Like her counterpart Babe, who had played in four men’s PGA tour events in 1945, making the 36hole cut in three of them; in ‘51 Patty led a team of LPGA tour professionals (Babe, Betsy Rawls, Peggy Kirk, Betty Jameson, and Betty Bush) to England to play a Ryder Cup-style match against male candidates for the British Walker Cup Team. Patty’s team won the competition 6.5 to 2.5. Patty was all things to women’s golf—a superb player, a great promoter and a wonderful teacher. She was a driving force for the growth of women’s golf in the mid-20th century. All her life, she remained an ambassador for the game she loved. She led more than 10,000 clinics and was known as one of the best shot makers. Her final appearance on tour was when she was 62. However, she kept playing with friends and setting up teaching clinics worldwide. In keeping with our new roster book’s tagline “Celebrating Friendship 2017,” Patty was quoted as saying, “Shake a hand, make a friend.”

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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.

Just For Fun Game Club nPhillip Herzog

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

Oakmont Rainbow Women nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

ORW started 2017 with a wonderful presentation by ORW scholarship recipients from 10,000 Degrees. Two of our college student scholars, Maritza and Anabel, shared their personal stories of struggling to achieve the higher education that seemed unattainable. Family poverty, personal difficulties, the challenges of learning how to succeed in school, set goals and move forward toward college were some of the obstacles they have overcome in addition to financial ones. Now these two inspiring young women are about to graduate from Santa Rosa Junior College and choosing among four-year schools. Their observations, appreciation for the financial support and heartfelt stories received many spontaneous rounds of applause. They not only acknowledged the scholarships but also explained how ORW women provide them with models of how successful women can be professionally and academically. Executive Director Lisa Carreno and Board Member Peg Van Camp also spoke, describing other ways ORW can contribute, e.g. reviewing applications and mentoring students selected for the program. As a further incentive to fundraising, Lisa remarked that an additional 40 lesbian students in Sonoma County could have received scholarships in 2016 if additional money were available. Being January, this is when the annual $10 dues should be paid. If you have not already done so, leave a check for $10 in the ORW folder at OVA. Benefits include a copy of the roster and discounted tickets for upcoming concerts in 2017. Oakmont Rainbow Productions (ORP), our musical production SIG, presents Zoe Lewis, an exciting and eclectic young performer, on May 13. ( Tickets for her concert are $25. Our annual fundraising concert featuring Holly Near, Jan Martinelli, and Tammy Hall follows on June 10. This extremely popular event will sell out so buy tickets ($30) early. Tickets for both concerts can be purchased at meetings or by putting checks in the ORW folder at the OVA. ORW members pay $20 for the Zoe Lewis concert ticket and $25 for the Holly Near concert. ORP will also survey ORW members to get input about how many concerts you are interested in and your suggestions for performers you’d like to see. So when the survey hits your E-mail, please fill it out. ORW will host a Valentine’s Dance and Party in the East Rec. on Sunday, February 19. This replaces our monthly meeting. An Eastern swing lesson by Joy is 4–5 p.m. and dancing from 5–7 p.m. Come out and have fun with old friends and new. Prior to January’s meeting a number of us gathered to do something that many have not done since the 60’s—make protest signs. ORW members carried those signs at the Women’s March in Santa Rosa on Jan. 21. The march, one of over 300 around the world, expressed our ongoing belief in the importance of diversity and equality and the necessity of affordable health care, women’s rights and economic justice for America’s future.

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On Feb. 9, at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center, Music at Oakmont is pleased to present the Oakmont debut of the acclaimed Horszowski Trio. Three outstanding musicians make up the Trio: violinist Jesse Mills, cellist Raman Ramakrishnan and pianist Rieko Aizawa. They will perform music by Arthur Foote, Leonard Bernstein, and Franz Schubert.

Following are program notes for Leonard Bernstein’s Trio. For program notes for the Foote and Schubert works, please visit our website www., and click on “Programs.” Leonard Bernstein, Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano: The Trio is one of Bernstein’s earliest surviving works, written in 1937, when the composer was 19 years old. He had entered Harvard at age 17, immensely talented and equally arrogant. (His father, once asked why he hadn’t given his son more early encouragement as a musician, responded, “Well, how was I to know that he would become Leonard Bernstein?”) One of Leonard’s Harvard instructors was the distinguished composer Walter Piston, only 43 years old at the time. Among Piston’s first homework assignments was the writing of a fugue. When the students’ work was turned in, Piston declared Bernstein’s fugue subject “inappropriate.” The next assigned task was to write any kind of piece the students wished. Bernstein, miffed, composed his Trio, pointedly using his repudiated theme as the basis for a fugue in the first movement. A classmate at Harvard recalled Bernstein attending classes only sporadically and often not bothering to complete assignments. Yet he dramatically aced the exams. On one occasion, at the end of the first hour of a difficult three-hour written test, a loud rattling of newspaper suddenly disturbed the quiet in the room. When he had everyone’s attention, Bernstein marched forward to turn in his completed exam, triumphantly waving the newspaper as he exited. Piston later commented, “There really wasn’t much to teach him. He knew it all by instinct.” After a student performance at the time it was written, the Trio disappeared until it was finally published in 1979. Although it is admittedly a “student” work, the student in this case was a prodigiously gifted one, and the work, highly predictive of the masterpieces to follow, is abundantly worthy of the attention it is now receiving. It is interesting to note that the composer later recycled some of the music from the Trio, inserting it into his 1944 musical On the Town. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017, 1:30 PM WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door, or your season pass

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The Best Things In Life Are Free

We’ve all heard that one although Coco Channel had the wisdom to add the observation: “But the next best things in life are verrry expensive.” Getting older means getting smarter and figuring out what really makes you happy. In the case of so many of us, some of those free things involve the satisfaction and sense of purpose that come from knowing we made a difference in someone else’s life. It turns out that donating money to various causes makes some people feel better and that’s not a bad thing. But if your version of philanthropy means having each bedpan at Memorial Hospital engraved with “A Gift from the Ernest Schmekle Foundation,” then you might have missed the essence of charity. As it turns out most non-profit organizations need volunteers as much as they need money. Time is perhaps the most valuable contribution you can make. Many of us here are retired and have the luxury of more time. No pressure but all of us at the Valley of the Moon Rotary urge you to spend it wisely. There are a million ways you can donate it. Recently we got an update from one of our favorite charities, the Living Room. Board Chairwoman Karen Fitzgerald told us about the incredible growth the organization has experienced since its birth in 1992 as a facility to give homeless women or those at risk and their children, a safe haven for the daytime hours when the shelters are closed. Originally open only three days a week and serving coffee, the Living Room has grown to a seven-day-a-week home to over 1,100 guests serving 25,000 meals annually. Recently, they moved to a new space that now allows them to offer amenities such as showers, a

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laundry, computer access, mail delivery, help in compiling resumes and learning how to interview as well as classes in meditation, parenting, etc. There is now a playground for the children and wonderful efforts to create a degree of normalcy for those living a life of anything but. There is a BackPack Giveaway at the beginning of the Guest speaker Karen Fitzgerald school year and clothes is chair of the Living Room, drives. Still, many of a Santa Rosa facility giving these families sleep in homeless women and their cars, or worse, due to the children at risk a safe haven during daytime hours. overcrowding at local shelters. As you can imagine it takes more work than a small staff can manage. In fact, it takes about 11,000 volunteer hours a year to make it all happen. Your time couldn’t be put to better use. They are looking for gardeners to help with the vegetable garden, volunteers to lead the reading program for kids and generally provide the kinds of assistance so many women struggling to gain a sense of stability, dignity and self-reliance need. So here it is, a gift everyone can afford and yet one that exceeds any imaginable value. For more ideas, check out our website: Or you can simply come by for breakfast any Friday at 7:15 a.m. at the Quail Inn.

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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 non-members and includes cocktails before dinner, tax, and gratuity. Reservations must be made in advance, and are due by Monday, February 13. To make reservations please contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Wild Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.

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Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

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 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 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

Oakmont Music Lovers nJudy Walker

An Introduction to Baroque Dance

At our February session, Corinne Antipa will present a live performance (in costume) of various dances which were performed in the Baroque style during the 17th and early 18th centuries. Accompanying her will be Ensemble Sonoma, a local group dedicated to the playing of Baroque music on original instruments. Between the dance movements, they will perform additional pieces and demonstrate their instruments. Corinne is a longtime member of Santa Rosa Symphony cello section and has performed with ensembles and orchestras throughout the greater Bay Area and with various chamber music groups in Sonoma County. Ms. Antipa holds bachelors and masters degrees in dance from Mills College and has been on the faculty of Santa Rosa Jr. College for many years teaching dance technique, dance history and choreography. She has also had a career as a dancer, co-founding and performing an educational lecture demonstration called Dance is a Language which performed over 200 shows around northern California. She is also a teacher of the Feldenkrais® method. Ensemble Sonoma consists of: Isabel Wundsam, recorders; Robin Easterbrook, baroque violin; Carolyn Butler, viola da gamba; Judy Walker, harpsichord. WHEN: February 7 at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

Café Mortal nTess Lorraine

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

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.


February 3: Malcolm Rodman February 10: Ellen Butterman 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

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 1, 2017

Oakmont Lifelong Learning nCharlene Bunas

Oakmont Art Association nCarol Decker


For the Love of Art

Standing in front of the room, she smiles at her students, opens her arms as if to hug them. “I’m thrilled to be back in Oakmont.” And then, “Thank you for coming.” OLLI instructor, Linda Loveland Reid, loves what she does! Her present class, Early California Art and History: 1948—1950, Mondays 3–5 p.m., through February 20, is one of three OLLI winter semester courses at Oakmont. Since 2012, her Art Appreciation classes have included much more than just an explanation of paintings or sculptures. With joy, she weaves a story. Reid says she wants her students “to believe that the art world belongs to them just as much as it does to the artists or instructors…or curators.” She wants them “to like what they like with passion, to be confident,” and to understand why they don’t like something. She encourages students “to embrace art, let it nourish.” She lectures what she lives. “My passion for art began years before I ever picked up a paintbrush. An ardent art admirer, I loved going to galleries and had a large collection of art books. However, I was not ready to believe in my own creativeness, until Christmas 1989, when Harry (husband) gave me a set of paints and a note.” The note said, “Just do it!” And she does. Her paintings have been on walls of galleries and art shows. Mostly oils, she paints in an impressionistic contemporary style. Strong. Energetic. Personal. She writes novels, poetry and short plays. She and Harry have just completed an anthology of their combined writing and art. A freelance writer, she writes for Sonoma Discoveries. She directs. “I was born in Hollywood, which has always been fun to say, and who knows, maybe it has lent its magic to my involvement with theater. Directing Community Theater in Marin and Sonoma Counties over 30 years has been a thrilling endeavor.”

Linda Reid and OLLI Program Coordinator Fradel Been. (Photo by Julie Kiil)

She leads: Past President of Redwood Branch of the California Writers Club and member of OLLI Curriculum Committee and Advisory Board. She learns. “I get excited with each new class I take or new book I read. Each project, be it directing theater, painting or writing, carries its own level of required creativity... the rush of that moment when… ’Yes! Great idea!’ and you begin to plan and study and make lists and learn. Of course, with all that adrenaline comes reality when, ‘OMG, how did I get into this mess!’” She steps forward. Her new OLLI class will be Artistic Couples: Fights of Fancy. Members of her OLLI Art Club ( meet at Bay Area venues for tours and shows. “We have an abundance of live theater, music, galleries and writers. I see this growing, with even more folks involved.” She gives Harry credit for saying, “You must always have future in your future. When you don’t, you are just waiting for.” Linda Loveland Reid, a woman who embraces each day.

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 dates for February: Feb. 7, 14 and 21. No bowling Feb. 28, fourth Tuesday.


Our Oakmont Lanes Seventh Annual Charity BowA-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. Save the date. The fee of $25 minimum per bowler/$100 for team of four includes one hour of bowling and a delicious lunch, catered by “Burger King”, plus lots of raffle ticket opportunities for family outings, gift certificates to local restaurants, wine and much more! We’ll have five one-hour sessions from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. There will also be many great online auction items at www.

Don’t have time to bowl? Donations are welcome or just come by for a $10 delicious lunch. Register online at,, or get mail-in form from our website. Anyone who has attended our past fundraisers knows it is a blast! Planning is in the works! See our website for update information.

RESULTS AS OF JANuary 10 (first week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place tie, Pocket Hits and Wii Four; third place, 4 Tops; fourth place, Strikers; fifth place tie, Wild Turkeys and Alley Oops. Men’s High Games: Gordon Freedman, 222; Don Shelhart, 212. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 300; Joanne Abrams, 255; Robin Schudel, 246; Vicki Madden, 214; Mary Knight, 212; Vicki Robinson, 203; Beverly Shelhart, 201. 3:15 PM League: first place, King Pins; second place tie, Pin Heads and Wii Power; fourth place tie, Strike Outs and Strikes and Spares; sixth place, High Rollers. Men’s High Games: Scott Harris, 226; Christian van den Berghe, 214. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 300; Maurine Bennett, 288; Vickie Jackanich,245; Sonja Tarshis, 243; Mollie Atkinson, 237; Shirley Jamison, 235; Valerie Hulsey, 223; Debbie Miller, 213; Betsy Smith, 212; Pat Stokes, 210. Subs High Games: Fritzie Amantite, 247; Terry Leuthner, 207.

Celebrated and internationally known quilter/ teacher/artist Judy Mathieson will be speaking at our February 10 Program. Judy will speak about the impact the quilting revival had in the 70’s and what is happening today. This is quite a large, mainly female, art field, with areas of focus ranging from historical interest, bed quilts/comfort quilts, art quilts and a new wrinkle, Modern Quilts. She will discuss techniques and tools and the influence of the internet. The presentation will have a rich visual component, showing a wide variety of quilts, with interesting commentary on their creative development. Join us at Berger Center on Friday, February 10. Program is at 10:30 a.m. with coffee and tea at 10 a.m. Remember to renew your membership for 2017. Forms are available at the OVA Office, online at, or bring a check to the next meeting. Dues are $10 per individual or $15 per couple. Membership renewals will still be taken at the February program meeting and up until Feb. 15. After that, names of non-renewing members will be removed from the current list.


Art Association Board positions of President, Secretary, Vice President and Membership Coordinator will be open in June. We currently have nominations for all positions except Membership Coordinator, and if there are any additional members interested in serving, please send your inquiries to


James Reynolds will be offering a two-day pastel workshop on March 18 and 19 from 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in the CAC Art Room. 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. James is an acclaimed local artist and member at the Sebastopol Gallery. He is also president of AWS, the Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County.


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.

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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

Coming up

February 13: Tangling Hearts February 27: 3Z triangle tiles 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


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Oakmont Garden Club

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My wife works over-thyme in her herb garden before she decides it is time to cummin.


WHAT: A presentation about climbing roses by Jan Talmasoff of the Russian River Rose Company. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, February 21, Berger Center TIME: 10–11:30 am.


• If you didn’t prune your roses in January, do it now as soon as possible and follow up with dormant oil sprayed on the pruned plants. Feed roses with

organic granular rose food just before buds break or use slow release rose fertilizer. • Citrus trees need plenty of nitrogen, so start feeding them this month with a specially formulated citrus fertilizer. Spread the fertilizer out to the dripline of the tree; water soil before and after. • To revitalize overgrown or leggy hedges of boxwood, holly, pittosporum, santolina, and sarcococca, cut plants back hard this month just before the flush of new spring growth. • Cut back woody shrubs to stimulate new growth. To rejuvenate leggy shrubs like nandina, cut to the ground one-third of the oldest thickest stems each year.

• If needed, apply a final dormant oil spray to fruit trees. • Plant summer blooming bulbs like calla lilies, gladiolus, and montbretia • February afternoons are good time for washing out old pots and trays. You can put clay pots in your dishwasher, after first rinsing off the dirt and debris. The dishwasher will sterilize them and they’ll be ready for spring planting. Rub the pots with linseed oil after cleaning to bring them back to life!

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february, 2017



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






1 2 3 4 8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class B+FS 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI B+FS 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 4:00 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing B+FS


10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church B+G+FS+D 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont B+FS


8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid D 8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class B+FS 10:00 AM BAC 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM LOMAA Board B 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI B+FS 6:15 PM Line Dancing B+FS 6:30 PM Oakmont Music Lovers E 6:45 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR A+B 7:00 PM Oakmont Progressives E



8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:00 AM Foam Roller LW 10:00 AM Landscape Imp Comm (LIC) 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Oakmont Music Lovers E 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Sleep Apnea G 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM OVA Board Workshop E 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:00 PM Lawn Bowling Board Ste 6 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:00 PM Short Story Book Club EC 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:30 PM Oakmont Travel & Adv Club E 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond B+FS

8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class B+FS 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Photography Club B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI B+FS 4:00 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:00 PM C.O.P.E Trailridge E 6:15 PM Line Dancing B+FS 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Garden Club Board Ste 6 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon B+G+FS+D 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM OLLI Committee B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 5:00 PM Single Boomers E 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond B+FS

8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class B+FS 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI B+FS 3:30 PM Playreaders E+EC 4:00 PM Candidates Meet UW 4:00 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing B+FS 7:00 PM Oakmont Book Group B

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Nominating Committee 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 2:00 PM OEPC Board B 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI E+EC 4:00 PM Meet Candidate BCFS 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR A+B


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pinochle - Daytime CR 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:15 AM OCDC B 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Boomer’s Board Ste 6 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Music at Oakmont B+G+FS+D 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM OLLI E+EC 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:00 PM Sunday Symposium Board Ste 6 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class B+FS 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM Oakmont Lanes B 2:00 PM Wear Red Day B+FS 3:00 PM OVA Candidates 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:30 PM Bocce Board Meeting B 4:00 PM Candidates Meet EC


8:30 AM Art Association G 8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Art Association B+G+FS+D 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 12:00 PM Current Events E 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Oakmont Lanes G 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 11:30 AM Yoga Workshops LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B+FS 2:00 PM Meadowstone HOA UW


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce

12 13 14 15 16 17 18

10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church B+G+FS+D 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Golden Guys E+EC 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont B+FS


10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church B+G+FS+D 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont B+FS 4:00 PM Rainbow Women E


10:30 AM Community Church B+G+FS+D 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont B+FS

8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid D 8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class B+FS 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Communications Committee B 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Painting AR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Craft Guild E 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI B+FS 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:00 PM Oakmont Progressives E 6:15 PM Line Dancing B+FS 7:00 PM Single Malt Scotch Club B 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR A+B


8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid D 8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class B+FS 9:00 AM Fitness Club Board B 10:00 AM Great Decisions E+EC 10:00 AM Great Decisions G 10:00 AM BAC 10:30 AM Bridge to Nowhere CR B 11:00 AM H.E.A.R.S. B 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Oakmont Art Critique AR 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI B+FS 6:15 PM Line Dancing B+FS 6:45 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR A+B


8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid D 8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class B+FS 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Painting AR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Genealogy Club UW 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI B+FS 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing B+FS 7:00 PM Oakmont Progressives E


8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:00 AM Foam Roller LW 9:30 AM Garden Club B+FS 9:30 AM Volunteer Helpers (OVH) Ste 6 10:00 AM Cafe Mortel E 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg B+FS 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond B+FS


8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class B+FS 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 11:00 AM SIR 53 E+EC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 1:30 PM Woodgreen #1 HOA B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Lawn Bowling Board Ste 6 5:30 PM OVA Candidate’s Forum BCFS 6:00 PM OVA Candidate’s Forum B+G+FS+D 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Kiwanis Board Meeting E 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM OLLI E+EC 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 7:00 PM Boomers B+G+FS+D 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR A+B


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Craft Guild AR 2:00 PM Oakmont Lanes G 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM OLLI E+EC 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class B+FS 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM Oakmont Lanes B 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class B+FS 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 12:00 PM Current Events E 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM OakMUG UW


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B 5:00 PM Boomers B+G+FS+D


8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:00 AM Foam Roller LW 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM iPad Sig D 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Grandparents Club Board Ste 6 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond B+FS

Monthly Event Calendar is also available online at

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


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2017

Sleep Apnea

nBob Flandermeyer

Oakmont Social and Dance Club

nDonna Kaiser

We meet the first Tuesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October, December). The meeting takes place at 1 p.m. in Berger, room G. The next meeting is February 7. We discuss treatment of sleep apnea by APAP machines and masks. Give us a call at 538-5277 if you are somewhat new to this.

Save the Date!

It’s almost time for the Wearing O’ The Green! Don’t miss the Oakmont Social and Dance Club’s St. Patrick’s Day Party and Pub Crawl, featuring a live band, corned beef and cabbage dinner, beer

and wine. Watch for details in the next edition of the Oakmont News. WHEN: Friday, March 17, 5:30 p.m. PLACE: Berger Center

•Now offering same day crowns! •New patients welcome •Insurance accepted •Highly trained staff using the latest in dental technology to provide the best for your dental needs

707-539-8956 • 6575 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa


R.S.V.P. by 707.703.4010


Join us on Wednesday, February 8 th from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


301 White Oak Dr. Santa Rosa, CA 95409

License # 496803601


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2017

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.


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


nCarolita Carr


WHEN: Saturday, February 25 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30–9:30 p.m. The Boomers Club is proud to present “Second Line” for its Mardi Gras party. This band, based in Northern California and founded in 2014, brings a taste of New Orleans to their audiences. They have quickly developed a loyal following because of the energy and party vibe that emanates from the stage during every show. Their musical vocabulary spans funk, jazz, blues, soul, and rock from the Crescent City. Second Line features professional musicians who are current and former members of It’s a Beautiful Day, Big Brother and the Holding Company, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Snooky Flowers, Smoke, Inc., Pat Jorden Band, and Bill Cutler. 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


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

Windows Computer Information nPhil Kenny Second Line band.

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! The month of January was a busy one and in all the hubbub, you may have forgotten to renew your Boomer membership. 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,

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

SIR Branch #92 nPat Donnelly, Little Sir

February 14 Speaker

Jan Loewen is a local insurance agent specializing in personal property/casualty insurance. She was a Claims professional for over 20 years beginning her career as Claims Adjuster in 1988. In 2010 she started Jan Loewen Insurance services as an independent broker/agent. She holds her CPCU designation as well as a Master of Science Insurance Management. She will be speaking about the probability of the “Big One” earthquake hitting Sonoma County and whether you should carry Earthquake Insurance and why new coverage and premium reductions from the California Earthquake Authority make earthquake insurance more affordable. SIR Branch #92 meetings are always on the second Tuesday of the month, at 11 a.m., at the Berger Center.


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2017

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

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, well-supervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful, dear ones.

Community hands-only cpr education

WHAT: Free Hands-Only CPR Training WHEN: Monday, February 13, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Berger Center We are pleased to support the American heart Association and its important mission to increase survival from cardiac arrest. We are asking all members within our community to please make time to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR.

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

get Moving! 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. The class connects movements with breath and pays attention to alignment. 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.

Forrest Yoga Workshop: Rejuvenate yourself on the inside Breathwork and Gentle Cleansing Poses (back by popular demand)

WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by E-mail at Explore varied methods of breath-work and experience the calming benefits to your nervous system. The workshop will offer a practice designed to boost lymphatic function. Experience increased mental clarity and energy from increased oxygen nSandy Shaner

and blood flow. Workshop flyer is posted at www.

Now is the Right Time 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 Build strength, flexibility and increase balance. Mindful breathwork calms your inner warrior. Learn how to relax your neck. Experience challenging core work and support your spine. Practice kindness to self and commit to a 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.

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

Women’s Meditation Circle nSheikha Halima JoAnn Haymaker

Are you looking for peacefulness in your life in these troubled times? Join us in our search for the point of inner stillness and stability. The Women’s Meditation Circle will meet at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 1 at my home, 147 White Oak Drive. Open to all women. No fee. There will be music, poetry, a time of silence, and words of Sufi wisdom. It is helpful if you let me know if you plan to come by E-mailing to or call 537-1275. “Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary, to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”— Herman Hesse

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

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

There could not be a more perfect time than now to start your first Tai Chi lessons, especially if your are worried about your balance. We offer a fiveclass workshop at the upper West Rec. Center on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to). Tuition is $75 for the five classes and pre-registration is required. Please call me at 318-5284. I would love to talk to you.


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2017

Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

COMMITMENT (Continued)

I’m writing this on Thursday, January 5. Yes, five days into the new year and the Fitness Center has been busy. Now that you have started your new program, or even for those who have been working out, how do you keep it fresh and new? Variety? That’s right, mix it up. Remember it takes about 66 days of doing something to make it a habit. At this point you should have five days under your belt and by the time this is printed and read, you should have 30 days done. Hopefully you haven’t given up yet but if you have, give it another try. This is the time you will probably start finding excuses not to work out and some of that may be coming from boredom. You don’t have to change everything. Take a long hard look at your current routine and think about the things you like to do that you might find challenging. Then look at the things that are too hard or not challenging enough. Try to find an exercise that works the same muscle but in a different way. There are many ways to find substitutes. The easiest is to come into the Fitness Center and ask me during my floor hours (posted on the bulletin board). If you are not totally sure what muscles you are working, or how to perform a new exercise, I can watch the moves you are performing that you want changed and pick from my goody bag of exercises to find one that may suit your purpose. If you are somewhat tech savvy and familiar with YouTube, you can search by the muscle group and find some excellent videos on how to work out that muscle. The problem is that if you are trying to do it from memory, you may not remember all the details of the movement. You may also pick an exercise that looks great but may be out of your capabilities. Also, you can always bring in what you have found and ask me why you may or may not want to perform a certain movement. There is still “old school” training out there that is not necessarily all that great for the more mature body. The point is, that there are many ways to work out and keep yourself challenged. If you are getting bored, then that is on you but it is a very sad reason to give up on something that has been shown over and over again to be so beneficial for you. If you have any questions please stop by the Fitness Center and see me, or call me at 494-9086, or E-mail me at I look forward to seeing everyone at the Fitness Center.

r Fit Wate ness 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. Join us at the West Pool rain or shine—the water is warm!

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength. No class Thursday, Feb. 9. 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!

nKay Kim

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.

Tennis Club

It’s been a rainy start to the new year—not much tennis time! We do have brave souls who dry the courts in order to play—love! The OTC Board members were diligent and accomplished a lot during the month. The first board meeting was held on Jan. 4 to resolve problems related to court maintenance and to establish the 2017 calendar. For those of you without a computer or those that don’t use the OTC website, I’ve included the calendar.


March 10: Spring Membership Meeting, East Rec. Center, 5:30 p.m. March 10: St. Pat’s Dinner and OTC Trivia Contest, East Rec. Center, 6:15 p.m. April 8: Getting to Know You—Round Robin Tennis Event, West/East Courts, 8:30 a.m. April 8: Getting to Know You—Wine and Food Pairing, Berger Center, 5:30 p.m. May 6: Spring Fling Round Robin Tennis Event, West/East Courts, 8:30 a.m. May 6: Spring Fling Potluck (with music), East Rec. Center, 5:30 p.m. June 3-4: Sonoma Wine Country Senior Tennis Games (hosted by OTC and Oakmont; entrance fee to Council on Aging), West/East Courts, all day June 10: Hatfields vs. McCoys Tennis Feud, West/ East Courts, 8:30 a.m. June 10: Hatfields vs. McCoys Picnic Lunch, West Picnic Area, 11:30 a.m. July 8: Woods and Whites Mixed Doubles Tournament, West/East Courts, 8:30 a.m. July 8: Woods and Whites Brunch, West Court Patio, 9 a.m. September 9: Men’s Doubles Tennis Tournament, West/East Courts, 8:30 a.m. October 7: Women’s Doubles Tennis Tournament, West/East Courts, 8:30 a.m. October 18: Fall Membership Meeting; Election of

January 11, West court scene. (Photo by Kay Kim)

2018 OTC Board, East Rec. Center, 5:30 p.m. October 18: Fall Dinner, East Rec. Center, 6:15 p.m. November 4: Army vs. Navy Tennis Battle, West/ East Courts, 8:30 a.m. November 4: Army vs. Navy Surrender and Picnic Lunch, West Picnic Area, 11:30 a.m. November 10: OTC USO Show and Awards Presentation, Berger Center, 5:30 p.m. December 8: OTC 40th Anniversary Dinner-Dance (Live Music), Quail Inn, 6–10 p.m. The above table is also posted on the East and the West tennis courts. Regarding the court maintenance, the East court is still closed until further notice. We may move the PLAYMATE (the ball machine) to the West court and keep a watchful eye out for those who abuse the machine. We want to remind players to be careful not to fall and hurt yourself if you are so determined to play on damp courts. When you use the squeegees or the rollers to dry the court, please follow the procedures to take care of them. Always put away dry rollers and squeegees.


To (re)join the Oakmont Tennis Club, submit the membership form below. Submitting your dues early allows our 2017 officers to better plan next year’s events. Questions? Contact Membership Chair, Paula Lewis, or 332-0433.

OTC MEMBERSHIP sign-up or renewal form

Complete this coupon and deposit it with a check for $20/person in the Oakmont Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office. (Re) join by February 28 to be listed in the printed 2017 OTC Roster. By providing your E-mail address, you agree to it being listed in the printed roster distributed to club members only. It will not be posted on the website or elsewhere. Name(s): ______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address(es): _______________________________ Phone number(s): ______________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2017

nRay Haverson


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 Cook-Off 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 with the most votes win. 4. Bread will be supplied for the purpose of tasting. 5. Prizes are as follows: first prize $100, second

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. 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).

nReenie Lucker

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

Pickle On!

Who says rain? Who says fog? Who says cold? Who says Closed Courts? Not the pickleball players! The rallying cry is “Pickle On!” Despite the winter weather and the temporarily closed east courts, Oakmont pickleballers continue to find games wherever they can. It is a growing challenge. The popularity of this sport is causing crowded courts at both Howarth and Finley parks. Arranging transportation and finding Joan Seliga is on court, rain or shine. players requires considerable extra effort and coordination. Oakmont pickleball players can’t wait to get their courts in Oakmont! The thought of playing at home brings sunny smiles and undaunted enthusiasm. Pickle On!

Pickleball Clinic

Professional Pickleball clinics and lessons taught by IPTPA (International Pickleball Teaching Professional Assn.) Certified Pro, Lisa Palcic, are being offered in Santa Rosa Feb. 26-–March 4. For more information, see the club’s Shutterfly website message board.

From the Pickleball Club Officers

The board will soon be appointing a nominating committee to seek volunteers for new club officers to be elected in May. Please give thought to volunteering to represent the Pickleball Club in 2017. It will be a very exciting year, with the potential opening of our

Bill Wrightson, Joan Seliga and Steve Hom are ready to play.

new courts. If you have not paid your 2017 dues, you will soon not receive club info via eE-mail. If you want to continue to be a member and receive news via E-mail, please get your dues into the OVA Office. There are forms in the Pickleball folder.

Scheduling Games

While the courts are closed at the East Rec. Ccenter, club members are encouraged to use the Pickleball Shutterfly website message board to arrange games with each other at Howarth or Finley Park.

Oakmont Pickleball Play Information

For maintenance, the East Rec. tennis and pickleball courts are closed until further notice. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, E-mail, phone 595-5648 Join the fun, exercise and meet nice people.



The Oakmont News / February 1, 2017

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.

nJeff Hickman

Partners Contract Bridge

The Partners Contract Bridge group plays in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center on the first and third Mondays of every month. For February this means we will be playing on February 6 and 20. Play begins at 6:45 p.m. and wraps up by 9 p.m. You keep the same partner throughout the evening and play three different opponent pairs. The cost is 50¢ per person or $1 per couple. If you wish to play, please call Helen Hargrave at 539-5511. If you enjoy bridge but haven’t played with us before, call! We are always happy to meet new people who enjoy bridge. nSusan Lynn

We ask you to call in advance, rather than just show up, so that we can be certain that we have full tables and everyone can play. Even if you are a regular player but you did not attend the previous session, please call one of us so we can keep track of the number of players. It is always a bit of a struggle to ensure that we have full tables for the evening, so when in doubt, please call. While we can best accommodate pairs, we will try to find you a partner if time allows but cannot guarantee that we will be successful. See you at the bridge table.

Bocce Club

The Bocce Club is one of Oakmont’s friendliest and most active clubs. Players of all skill levels are welcome, so come to the Bocce courts and see what it’s all about. We play Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m., and even if you’re not a member yet, you are welcome to join us. We’re already gearing up for the Valentine’s Day Tournament, our first of the new year, which will be held on Saturday, February 11 at 1 p.m. Winners get bragging rights and their photo in the Oakmont News. The next big contest will be our St. Patrick’s Day Tournament on Saturday, March 18 at 1 p.m., so save the date. We have plenty of tournaments, picnics, and

potlucks scheduled in the coming months, not to mention the upcoming Sonoma Wine Country Games in June. No experience is required. All you need is a desire to meet people from other towns who play bocce and love to have a good time. A fabulous party for all participants—dinner, wine and entertainment —is planned for all participants for just $10 per person! Registration for the games begins on March 1, so watch this space for more information. So, if you’re not a member yet, now is the time to join our club. Just fill out the coupon below and leave 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)______________________________________________________________________________________ nPaul Heidenreich

A Reason to Smile

The Oakmont Community Foundation (OCF) has partnered with AmazonSmile to provide an easy way to contribute to our community foundation while shopping on line, and with no cost to you! A percentage of what you purchase through AmazonSmile, paid by Amazon, goes directly to the OCF, providing a way for residents to recognize and contribute to the initiation and improvement of Oakmont educational, health, and other activities which benefit the Oakmont Community. Specifically, AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon offering the same products, prices, and shopping features as The difference is that when you sign up and shop at AmazonSmile, 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products will go directly to the OCF. It’s easy to participate: Sign on to com. Next, select the OCF as your charity of choice. After that, Amazon will remember that all your Amazon or Amazon Prime purchases made will result in an OCF donation. You can use the same account you currently have on It will simply be linked to AmazonSmile after registering your charity choice on AmazonSmile. All your current account settings for will remain the same. The OCF is able to participate in this special program as a result of the independent, non-profit benefit corporation status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We’ll be providing future updates and answer questions about the AmazonSmile program in future issues of the Oakmont News. Other contributions to the OCF can be directed to our General Fund or may be designated for specific approved educational and/or beneficial activities by OVA organizations, in recognition of individuals. Contributions may also be designated for our Endowment

Address ________________________________________________________ Phone _______________________ E-mail _______________________________________________ Dues paid ($15/yr/pp) ___________________

nCarolita Carr

Single Boomers Social Club


Our annual Crab Feed is here—the best, all you can eat, fresh, local Dungeness crab, and we bring it to you for the price of $30 for members and $35 for guests of members. We will also be serving green salad, sourdough French bread and butter, and many delicious condiments designed to go with crab. The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 6:15 p.m. We are asking for volunteers to bring an appetizer or dessert. (Let a board member know if you can.) And as always, bring a beverage of your choice. The place is the East Rec. Center, and the cut off for RSVP and payment is Feb. 6. Respond to your electronic invitation now. We have a 60-person limit. Did you get out to any of our events in January? If you did, you know how much fun we had. We were at the Quail Inn several times. We always enjoy hearing our own Richard McDaniel’s trio. Our mixer on Jan. 26 was “resolutionary,” and our members came through with tasty appetizers. Thank you to all our members who turn out and make our events special.

In March, it will be time to elect your board for the coming year. A check of the bylaws reveals that there are seven board positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Director, Communications Director, and Activities Coordinator. Currently we are operating with three board members and doubling up on positions. Terry Teplitz is President and Activities Coordinator, Karen Hepner is Vice President, Treasurer and Membership Director, and Carolita Carr is Secretary and Communications Director. While we all have had fun and it’s been a good term, we could use some help. Please consider taking your place on the board and make a positive difference for our club. Talk to one of us now! 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). ____________________________________________________________________________________________


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2017

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club

Duplicate Bridge nBob Stinson

nRay Haverson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

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 haversonr@ to set up the start time you would like. The pits are located behind the Central Pool by the putting green. See you there!

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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In the Spotlight: Caregiving is a Calling

nGrace Boyle

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

Vickie Jackanich devotes a good deal support group meetings. As facilitator, of time and dedication to programs Foster leads the confidential sessions, that make life easier and a lot more introducing newcomers, handing pleasant for aging seniors. Such as the out relevant information, making Oakmont Caregivers Support Group. sure there is time for each person to Knowing from her own experience be heard, making sure there is no that if a caregiver can’t take care of “you should of done” or “judging.” herself she can’t take care of a loved Foster says: “There is often laughter, one, Vickie founded and diligently sometimes tears, and typically some oversees the Caregivers Support sort of Ah ha! moment when one Group. Almost three years old, this person’s sharing produces a new program has become one of Oakmont’s understanding for another.” most compassionate resources, Vickie Jackanich stocks the CAC The support group, which is under offering caregivers an opportunity to kiosk with Oakmont Caregivers the umbrella of Oakmont Volunteer Support Group fliers. (Photo by share the struggles they are having Helpers, is free. Caregivers can just Michael Reinhardt) and assuring them they are not alone. drop in. Meetings are the second and Caregiving is not new to Vickie. Her husband fourth Wednesday of every month at the CAC, 10:30 Richard, a retired physician, suffered a stroke in 2008 a.m. to noon. Information fliers are posted on the at their home in Santa Rosa. Vickie was his caregiver bulletin board and stacked in the CAC kiosk and also 24/7 for almost five years. “I thought I could take care on the bulletin boards at Berger and the Rec. Centers. of him on my own, but his medical staff told me I Any questions? You can call Vickie, 595-3054, or was overloaded. ‘You need help, you can’t do this by E-mail her, yourself,’ they said.” Another of Vickie’s passions is her determination to Vickie connected with the Redwood Caregivers establish a place in Oakmont where seniors can drop Resource Center in Santa Rosa and attended support in to talk, have a cup of coffee, make friends. A place group sessions with gratifying results: “Other men for seniors to gather that’s open daily for three or four and women in the room—whether their loved one hours and staffed by one or two volunteers. had a stroke, has Alzheimer’s, or a physical disability Emphasizing why this place is needed she cites —are going through the same things you are going the elderly men and women she sees who, living through and when you walk out you feel so much alone, go to the bank to read the newspaper and be lighter. You realize you are not alone.” around people or who go to the grocery store to make Vickie, a retired surgical assistant, moved to conversation with someone, anyone. “They shouldn’t Oakmont in 2013 after her husband passed away. have to do that,” she says with firm resolve. Setting up the caregivers support program in Vickie is looking for a suitable room and checking Oakmont was, surprisingly, seamless. “Someone into funding for her idea. “This place can be achieved,” was looking out for us,” she says. “Dorothy Foster, she promises. a licensed therapist who was retiring from the Vickie is on the board of Volunteer Helpers and Redwood Caregivers Center in Santa Rosa agreed is one who takes people who no longer drive to to be the facilitator for Oakmont’s program, and medical appointments. She also finds time to reach everything fell into place.” Vickie was successful out to home-bound seniors through her role on the lining up the Oakmont Community Foundation to ministry team at Oakmont Community Church and, fund the facilitator and OVA agreed to provide a an energetic 67 years old, manages to play some golf, room at the Central Activity Center. do some quilting, attend an occasional Oakmont club On average, eight to 10 women and men attend the social.

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Passages Barbara Londerville, 30-year Oakmont resident, passed away January 15. 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.


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Oakmont Progressives

nVince Taylor

Playreaders nNorma Doyle

Susan Gorin and Julie Combs on Challenges in Our County and City

The next meeting of the Oakmont Progressives will be Monday, February 13, and will feature two special guests: Julie Combs, Member of the Santa Rosa City Council, and Susan Gorin, Sonoma County Supervisor for our 1st District. Julie will speak on the challenges facing Santa Rosa in 2017. These include our budget priorities (as heard from the public), the June 6th ballot with measures on rent control and a cannabis tax, as well as our progress on housing construction and homelessness. Susan will speak on the challenges facing Sonoma County in 2017. These include how the county is preparing for climate change, creekshed and watershed planning, transportation issues (roads, transit, bike lanes and paths), neighborhood organization and communication, youth unemployment (career pathways and mentoring). There will be time for Q&A after their presentations. We will also have updates on the status of our “Oakmont Peace Campaign,” a campaign aimed at restoring peace and harmony in our beloved community. It asks OVA Board of Directors candidates to sign a “Peace Pledge” indicating that, if elected, they will commit to participate in facilitated conflict resolution

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process with the other members of the board. The goal of the process will be to reach consensus among participants on resolving the conflicts within the board and between board members and residents. The heart of the campaign is to get all those who want peace to be restored to pledge to vote only for candidates who have signed the Peace Pledge. To join and get more information go to If you are someone who wants to know what’s going on in your community, this meeting featuring presentations by Julie Combs and Susan Gorin is one you won’t want to miss. Everyone is welcome to attend. We meet at the East Recreation Center, Monday, February 13, with social time at 6:30 p.m. and the program beginning at 7 p.m. For a name tag and to help us plan, please RSVP at www. If you have questions, call me at 583-9490. The Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We also support other candidates for office who share a similar vision. Our meetings are a great way to meet other Oakmonters who share a progressive perspective on domestic politics and world affairs.

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 until March 1.


On February 6 and 15 Norma Doyle will present Natural Causes, a dark comedy by Eric Chappell. Chappell is an English comedy writer who wrote and co-wrote a number of the United Kingdom’s biggest sitcom hits during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. He also wrote stage plays and is best known for his dark humor and complicated plots. In Natural Causes we meet Vincent who has an unusual occupation as a professional suicide merchant. He has been summoned by Walter Bryce and arrives at Walter’s home mistakenly assuming that his potion is for Walter. He soon learns, however, that it is for Walter’s wife, Celia and yet she seems completely unaware of the plan and her suicide notes (all provided by Walter) are unsigned. The plan appears to be further complicated by a young, attractive woman who appears and clearly has an unusually close connection with the scheming husband. But then a Samaritan arrives to talk the potentially suicidal person out of the plan and to explain why it is such a “wonderful world.” Sadly, his faith becomes shaken when provided with counter arguments. Several attempts to do away with various characters result in multiple poisonings of an innocent, but available rubber plant. Will anyone actually drink the potion? This is Chappell at his blackest and best comedy style. Playreaders for Natural Causes include Susan Baguette, Norma Doyle, Pete Folkens, Dennis Hall, Joyce O’Connor and Bob Sorenson.

DRIVING MISS DAISY A dramatic reading presented by Playreaders Saturday, February 4, 2 pm at Berger, Free Admission

Driving Miss Daisy is about the relationship of an elderly, white, southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African American chauffer, Hoke Colburn, from 1948 to 1973. The play won the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for drama. Highly praised and deeply touching, it is an edifying as well as entertaining example of evolving racial tolerance and heartfelt affection.

Sunday, February 12, 2 pm THE BIG SHORT

Before the housing and credit bubble of 2007 triggers an international economic meltdown, a handful of financial outsiders see the crash coming and bet against the big banks in a daring play that could reap them huge profits. Adapted from the best-selling book, the film won numerous awards, including Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Director and Acting. Christian Bale, Steve Carroll, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt star. (2015), R (language), 130 minutes.


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. This is a three-hour film; the instructor plans on showing approximately half of the film.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, February 5: No film shown, Super Bowl Sunday Sunday, February 12, 2 p.m.: The Big Short, (2015), R, 130 minutes. Sunday, February 19, 2 p.m.: Reconstruction: The Second Civil War (2004), NR, approx. 90 minutes.

Playreaders of A Barrel of Pennies early in January were: (standing) Norma Doyle, Dennis Hall, Evelyn Zigmont, Jeffrey Sheff, Max Fenton; (seated) Mike Strenski and Joyce O’Connor.

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Best prices on Gutter Guard installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429.


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.


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.

Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, CARPET, UPHOLSTERY LCO #2411. AND TILE CLEANING Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma resident. 14 years experience. Senior COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334. HOME GREETING SERVICE Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community A SENIOR HELPING SENIORS information given on every visit. If you All home repairs. Everything from are new to Oakmont and have not had fixing that leaking toilet, to hanging pictures, to replacing that broken a home visit, please call Charlotte at light switch. Serving the Santa Rosa 538-9050. area since 1985. $25 per hour. Quality workmanship and excellent ref. Just MIKE’S REPAIR make a “to do” list and call me. Local Plumbing, electrical, appliance, heating and air conditioning, general Oakmont references on request. 888-2013. handyman (I can fix just about anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest B&J CONSTRUCTION and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call BRUCE JOHNSON, 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.


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


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


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


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


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

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




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

George’s furniture repair and refinishing, antiques and caning. FIREPLACE CLEANING Oakmont references. 30 years experience. Free estimates. Call George AND SERVICE at 987-3059. Warming Trends has been cleaning, servicing and installing fireplaces, stoves and inserts for 30 years. Call 578-9276 for any fireplace needs.

Private Home Health provider with 20 yrs. experience. Compassionate, hardworking, dependable. All aspects of in-home care. Will care for you like I care for my loved ones. Avail. 5 days a week, Mon.–Fri., 7 p.m.–7 a.m. References available. Call Olive, (707) 393-0446.



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


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

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.



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


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


Let me help you walk, talk and play with your dog. $25/hr., 15/half-hr. Call for free meeting. Terri, (707) 480-0786. Local references.


25+ years experience. Dog and cat care. Daily schedules and routines. Overnight companionship. Insured Huge selection of value-priced, new, used and re-conditioned golf carts for and bonded. Based in Sonoma. Call sale. Professional repairs, service. Many Alix, 637-6267. years servicing our friends in Oakmont. 584-5488. PET CARE Experienced, insured sitters for overnites and exercise walks for dogs ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS and loving kitty care visits. Oakmont Great customer service. 12 years references. A Mother’s Love Petsitting, experience, free estimates, Oakmont 775-7520. references. I’ll work with your budget. Lic. #954364. Call Angel, 707-239-1241.

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.


Free estimates, consultation. Oakmont references. License #527924. Call 539-3196.


Honest, loving, compassionate, reliable care. Serving Sonoma-Oakmont residents for almost 20 yrs. Assist with dementia, Alzheimer’s. Companionship and meal prep, medication reminders, incontinence care, housekeeping, etc. Finger printed by Council on Aging, IHSS and through the state. CNA, HHA. Affordable, exc. refs. 24-hr. care available. Call Martha L. at 236-5487.


Nursing background. Local references. Call Evelyne, (707) 326-6610.


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


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.


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


Personable, affordable and reliable airport transport. Wine tours too. 15+ years experience. Oakmont resident. Call Ed, 539-3065.

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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

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

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

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM February 1–15 Matt Zwerling 539-8996 February 16–28 Patresa Zwerling 539-8996

Andie Altman, President

We provide the following services to Oakmont Residents: n Transportation to medical/ dental appointments in Santa Rosa only n Grocery shopping to Safeway (at Calistoga Center only) Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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


OAS Management Company

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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


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


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.


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

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

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

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


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Travel and Adventure Club

OVA-Sponsored Events

nCarolita Carr

February 7, 6:30–8 PM, East Rec. Center

National Wear Red Day—Friday, February 3 nAnita Roraus

Join OVA in our Community-Wide Photo Event!

Join the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement to help raise awareness and save more lives. Wear red on February 3. Meet at the Berger at 2 p.m. Be part of our huge photo which will go to the American Heart Association. Our goal is to have

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more people in our photo than any other photo! Let’s unite to prevent heart disease and stroke. Wear red to raise awareness and help save women’s lives. Website:

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.

As of press time, a speaker for this month’s meeting has not been finalized. September will post a notice on the social media site “Nextdoor” when she has one. The club is now looking at forming groups for specific travel destinations and arranging for travel partners. Come to the meeting and add your name and voice. Our January meeting featured a packing challenge. A 22” carry-on was filled with items too numerous to mention, but suffice to say, was enough for a sevenday trip. This led to a discussion of travel gadgets that various people have included in their packing and have found invaluable: a sink stopper, a really small umbrella, and a portable battery for charging devices, among others. September Holstad, who formed this group, is now finalizing the meeting schedule for the next six months. There will be no meeting in March, but regular meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month. If you are interested in hearing more about travel and travel ideas, just drop in to our meetings, held at the East Rec. Center.

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Century 21 Valley of the Moon Locally Owned—Internationally Known

Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519

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Thank you Oakmont Residents!

Jolene Cortright 477-6529

Paula Lewis 332-0433

You contributed 347 pounds of food to the Redwood Empire Food Bank during this past Holiday Season, allowing us to distribute the food necessary to provide over 278 meals to our neighbors in need.

Kay Nelson 538-8777

Sue Senk 318-9595

Mike & Leila O’Callaghan 888-6583

Nancy Shaw 322-2344

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