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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

nAl Haggerty

More Than 400 Oakmont Residents Hear People Have Their Say on Pickleball

The crowd nearly filled the Berger Center for the Jan. 26 meeting. (Photos by John Williston and Julie Kiil)

More than 400 Oakmont residents at a special OVA Board meeting Jan. 26 appeared evenly split as they reacted with frequent applause to 37 speakers voicing their opinions on the construction of pickleball courts at the Central Activity Center. While much of the criticism focused on the cost and location of the courts and the board’s perceived lack of transparency on the issue, supporters of the project pointed to the need for the courts in view of pickleball’s popularity and the fact that the money spent so far was necessary to determine the final cost. The special meeting, held specifically to give residents an opportunity to voice their opinions, followed a member meeting which was adjourned without being opened for lack of a quorum. A quorum requires 798 people—25% of Oakmont’s 3,191 households; 287 eligible voters signed in. The adjourned meeting was in response to a petition to conduct a vote of the membership on whether the OVA should proceed with the construction. Sandra Gottlieb, an OVA attorney and expert on homeowner

association laws, gave a detailed explanation on why such a vote would be unlawful under OVA bylaws and articles of incorporation and the California Corporations Code. Gottlieb, citing the Articles of Incorporation, said the primary purpose of the OVA Board is to provide athletic, recreational and club facilities; that the board is obligated to make related decisions and can’t delegate that obligation. She said the use of capital funds is under board control unless a special assessment is involved. Sandra Gottleib. There is no way the documents could be interpreted differently, she said. An early speaker, Bob Stinson, said he neither supports nor opposes pickleball but does support OVA’s governance with an elected board to make decisions. People who disagree with its decisions can vote the board out, he said. See pickleball on page 7

Oakmont Goes Red

February 15, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 4

Wild Oak Can Ban Bicycles, But Will It?

nJim Brewer

The Villages at Wild Oak has won its five-year court battle that could keep bicyclists from riding the path between White Oak Drive and Channel Drive, but cycling advocates are hoping it won’t come to that. “This isn’t about bicycles. It’s about the people who behave badly on bicycles,” said Gary Helfrich, executive director of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition. “We need to earn the trust of the folks in Wild Oak.” See bicycles on page 7

Oakmont Car-Pedestrian Death; Driver Facing Charges

Photo by Jim Golway.

A car-pedestrian accident at Oakmont’s main business center took the life of an Oakmont woman, seriously injured her companion, and left a third Oakmont woman facing manslaughter and other charges. See pedestrian death on page 7

Three OVA Board Openings Attract Six Would-Be Directors nMarty Thompson

These Oakmonters filled the front of the Berger Center to show their color for National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 5. The photo goes to the American Heart Association as part of a national effort to show support. (Photo by Michael Reinhardt) PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Six candidates, including one incumbent, have been nominated for three openings on the OVA Board in elections to be held starting in March. A public candidate forum will be held on Election At-a-Glance Tuesday, Feb. 16 starting February 16: Candidate Forum at 6 p.m. in the Berger March 1: Ballots Mailed Center. The candidates April 4: Annual OVA Meeting will have time for statements and then will take questions from the audience. Refreshments will be served afterwards, when residents will have the opportunity to talk informally with the candidates. See board openings on page 3


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Healthy Joints. Healthy Scores. Dr. Degenhardt is an avid skier, golfer and mountain climber and his main goal is to get his patients back to the activities they love the most. He is proud to say that he has helped countless patients get back to playing golf with little or no pain and healthier scores. Dr. Degenhardt was the team orthopaedic surgeon for Sonoma State University and the team physician for the United States Ski Team, and he continues to bring the same level of excellence to his patients today. Let Dr. Degenhardt help you enjoy life to its fullest. For a consultation, please call (707) 546-1922, ext.#1 and request an appointment with Dr. Degenhardt. 1405 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa

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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations

nOVA Administration

nJohn Renwick

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

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

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

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

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

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.

board openings

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 encourage all association members to attend the Candidates’ Forum,” OVA President Frank Batchelor said. “This may be the only opportunity that members will have to actually meet and confer with the candidates prior to the election.”


The candidates, listed alphabetically, are Andie Altman, the incumbent who is now board vice president and who is seeking a second two-year term; Karen Krestensen, a Marriage and Family Therapist; Pat Olive, an attorney who also has journalism experience; Harriet Palk, who worked as a computer programmer and bookkeeper; Tom Samarati, whose career was in hospital administration; and Gloria Young, who has been an administrator for not-forprofits organizations. Two incumbent directors, Alan Scott and Bob Giddings, are not seeking new terms. Biographies and photos submitted by the candidates appear inside this edition of the Oakmont News, along

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with their answers to three questions posed by the OVA’s Communications Committee. They will be repeated in the March 1 newspaper. Ballots for the election will be mailed to Oakmont homeowners on March 1. They may be returned to the OVA Office by mail or in person, or taken to the Annual Meeting and election ballot closing, Monday, April 4 from 3–5 p.m. in the Berger Center. Ballots will be counted at the upper level of the West Recreation Center Tuesday, April 5 from 9 .a.m. until noon. The public is welcome to observe quietly. Nancy Caldwell is chair of the ballot-counting committee. The new board will hold an organizational meeting Tuesday, April 5 from 2–3 p.m. in the upper level of the West Rec. Center. A five-person committee headed by Susi Heidenreich made the nominations. The Feb. 16 Candidates’ Forum will be videotaped and made available online at www.oakmontvillage. com/videos.

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WHEN: Saturday, March 19 WHERE: Double Tree, One Doubletree Drive, Rohnert Park, CA 94928 TIME: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Visit for latest information and online registration. Price is $50. Non-members should refer to website for fee schedule. Next board meeting: Monday, March 7, Room B, 12 noon

Free Tax Prep Services nAl Thomas, Local Coordinator of the AARP Program

Once again the AARP Tax-Aide Program will provide free tax assistance at the Berger Center for seniors and other taxpayers to prepare their 2015 Federal and State income tax returns. Sessions began Monday, February 1 and will end on Wednesday, April 13. Each session begins at 9 a.m. AARP Volunteer Tax Counselors, certified by the IRS, will be available in Room D on Mondays and Room G on Wednesdays. Tax payers may stop in on any one of the scheduled days to sign up in advance for a time slot. Time slots will be 9–11 a.m., 11 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. and 12:30–3 p.m. The sites must close no later than 2 p.m. Taxpayers should bring their 2014 tax returns along with their 2015 W-2s, Social Security SSA 1099s and all other 1099s, as well as detail of estimated tax payments made during 2015 and any other documents necessary to prepare their returns. If you have any questions about the program, please call the OVA Office at 539-1611. This service is provided for Oakmont residents and their invited guests.

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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Golf News

OGC nChuck Wood


As a service and benefit for Oakmont Golf Club members, the OGC and the Golf Shop staffs serve as a bank for monies won by club members in their section and Twilighter play—the “sweeps.” Many of you have accumulated large sums in your sweeps accounts—as much as $1,300—congratulations! An unintended consequence of players’ monetary successes on our courses, however, is that the sweeps funds must be recognized as a Liability on our club’s Balance Sheet. The total in that account was nearly $31,000 as of the end of January. That’s way too much. In the past, sweeps monies were only allowed to be used for merchandise purchases in the golf shop. Around two years ago, the OGC Board of Directors approved the use of sweeps account funds to be used to purchase food and beverages in the Quail Inn, as well as individual buckets of range balls. In 2015, the board voted to further expand the opportunities for members to spend their sweeps wealth by having it applied to the annual golf cart trail fee and the annual range ball fee (range key). If you wish to pay the annual fee to enable using an Oakmont Golf Club cart any time you wish, sweeps money can go toward that, as well. To both reduce the liability amount on our books and encourage club members to enjoy spending their sweeps monies now, the OGC has instituted changes that will take effect this year. As of March 1, sweeps funds in each of our accounts will not be allowed to carry forward on the books. They must have been spent by applying them to all the nice things our club has to offer (see above paragraph). There is a buffer, however, in that sweeps monies won in January and February of 2016 can be carried forward on the books beyond March 1. So, go have some fun buying nice things for yourself and dear ones—you’ve earned it. Buy that jacket you’ve always wanted—it’s a wet and cold winter. Have some nice meals at The Quail—Rich’s new menu is great. Buy drinks for friends—they’ll love you for it. When you sign up for the annual cart trail fee permit or the annual range ball key, apply your sweeps funds to soften the blow of the one-time cash outlay. So, no excuses for not spending those pre-2016 “sweeps” dollars now!

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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

It has been suggested that if a ball lands in a bunker and the sand is hard packed due to the rain, rake the area where the ball came to rest to fluff the sand. Place the ball in the fluffed area to create a more fair lie, then take the shot. Let’s try this method during the remainder of the rainy season. We have a divot repair crew, headed by Walt Brown, that repairs divots on the tees and fairways on both the East and West course. They meet every other Thursday at 8 a.m. and cover nine holes on one of the courses. During cart path only conditions, the crew does not meet. The club has provided sand bottles for the players to carry to repair the divots and keep our course in good condition. Pick up a bottle before your round and return it to the rack at the finish of your round. Being on the divot crew is fun and you get to interact with your fellow golfers and it only takes an hour of your time every other week. If you are interested in helping the divot crew, please contact me or Walt Brown. Happy Golfing!

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR JANUARY 18 Individual Low Net, 10 Players

First place: Tony D’Agosta with a net 29. Second place: Charlie Perotti with a net 31. Third place: Phil Sapp with a net 33. Fourth place: Don Morse with a net 33.5. Closest to the pin: Charlie Perotti, 7’2”, Phil Sapp, 18’5”.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR JANUARY 25 Two-Man Shamble, 8 Teams

First place: Dan Levin/Wayne Mickaelian with a net 62.5. Second place: Dan Sienes/Art Boot with a net 64.5. Third place: Charlie Perotti/Pat Hart with a net 68. Closest-to-the-pin: Larry Perkins, 34’2”, Charlie Perotti, 53’2”.


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


First flight (6–17): first, Mike Hull, 57; second, John Weston, 58; third, Jeff Snyder, 58. Second flight (18–22): first, John Williston, 50; second, Bob Hartsock, 51; third, Danny Crobbe, 54. Third flight (23–up): first, Bill Wellman, 54; second, Ted Mokricky, 55; third, Bill Faherty, 55. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Jeff Snyder, 2’3”; #13—Danny Morgan, 10’2”; #16—Dave Goulson, 4’6”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Alan McLintock, 6’0”; #13—John Garcia, 8’1”; #16—Gil Moreno, 10’7”.

January 27, East TWO-MAN BEST BALL, 6 Teams

First tie, Keith Wise/Phil Sapp and Paul Lawler/ Dick Scott, 55; third, John Munkacsy/Bob Carter, 56. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–24): #8—Phil Sapp, 2’10”; #16—Martin Kailgariff, 11’4”. Closest-to-the-pin (HDCP 25–up): #16—Paul Lawler, 35’.


The OGC-sponsored putting contest was a blast. Several OWMC members assisted on the design of an imaginative 9-hole, par-3 putting course laid out on the Quail Inn banquet room floor. Hazards included severe dog-legs, sand traps, water features, and garland rough. In addition to traditional prizes, holes-in-one paid $5 each. With El Nino rains washing-out several sweeps lately, column space is freed up for Golf Jeopardy. This week’s category is Golf in California.


#1: Answer: This 36-hole, semi-private facility is located in the Valley of the Moon. Question: What is Oakmont? #2: Answer: According to golf legend Jack Nicklaus, this is the best golf course in the world. Question: What is Pebble Beach? #3: Answer: Located in Novato, this course formerly served as the home of the Renaissance Faire. Question: What is Stonetree? #4: Answer: Opened in 1925, this 9-hole course originally served the Bohemian Club and is located adjacent to the Russian River. Question: What is Northwood? #5: A Scotsman, his notable golf course designs include Augusta National in Georgia and, in California, Cypress Point and Northwood. Question: Who is Dr. Alister MacKenzie? #6: Answer: Opened in 1892 as part of a navy base, this course claims to be the oldest golf course west of the Mississippi River. Question: What is Mare Island? (Vallejo) #7: Answer: With a claimed opening in 1893, just one year later than Mare Island, this 9-hole golf course is located in Napa County and is the proposed site for a new resort hotel. Question: What is Aetna Springs? (Pope Valley) #8: Answer: U.S. Open winners at this course include Webb Simpson, Billy Casper, and Jack Fleck. Question: What is the Olympic Club in San Francisco?


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18 nKathy Faherty

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

Both Tuesday and Thursday Women’s groups got in a round in the last two weeks of January. We were all grateful for Winter Rules! Yes, it’s a bit of a slog out there and there’s not a lot of roll on the fairways, but the fresh clean air and friendly camaraderie is invigorating! On January 26, Patty Buchholz was Low Gross winner of the field of 23 players. Net winners are listed below. First flight: first, Patty Buchholz; second, Mary Rossi; third tie, Joan Seliga and Linda Paul. Second flight: first, Judy Early; second, Linda Yates; third, Yoshi Smith; fourth, Lynn Davis. Third flight: first, Vanita Collins; second, Ellie Baciocco; third, Carol Locke; fourth, Tammy Siela. On January 28, Sallie Wood was Low Gross winner of the field of 14 players. There were two flights of net winners. First flight: first, Sallie Wood; second, Kathy Faherty; third tie, Linda Paul and Kathy Mokricky. Second flight: first tie, Penny Wright and Linda Kilpatrick; third, Mary Rossi; fourth, Carol Locke. Now is a great time to sign up for lessons and clinics with Jessica and to keep fit by coming to the free Oakmont Health Initiative exercise classes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9–10 a.m. at the Berger Center. I’m spotting more golfers there each week! It’s a great way to get fit and be ready for more golf days in the spring and it doesn’t interfere with Tuesday or Thursday golfing days! Read more about it in the Oakmont News. Get started and you’ll soon be addicted (just like golf)!

9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

9 nValerie Boot

January 28 was the best day we have had for golf in quite a while. Twenty-one of our members enjoyed the opportunity to get out their clubs and go have some fun. I know we need the rain but give us a break! We do need golf too. However, on the days it isn’t possible to play here are some helpful hints to keep our golf courses more playable and beautiful: • Fix your ball marks and two others (using divot tool). • Everyone carry Sand Bottles and fill your divots. • Keep carts at least 30 yards away from the greens. • When on cart paths keep all four wheels on the path. • Cart Path only on all par 3’s. • Do not take shortcuts and keep carts off steep

nHarriet Palk

slopes. • Put rakes in sand traps away from edges with handle pointing toward tee box. • Please share golf carts, best when only two carts per foursome. • Play ready golf at all times.

Sweeps results for January 28

First flight: first, EllieBaciocco; second, Patty Buchholz; third, Barbara Robinson. Second flight: first, Marie Crimaldi; second, Linda Fediani; third, Gail Dal Ciela. Third flight: first, Cathie Cunningham; second tie, Henni Willeston and Deborah Jaffe. Mark your calendars for the Wearin’ O’ the Green Tournament and Luncheon on Thursday, March 17.

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If you’ve ever emerged from a symphony concert that greatly moved or excited you, you may have wondered: Was it the conductor who’s responsible for the superb performance? If so, just how was this accomplished? Rosemary Waller will ponder these questions. The eminent NY Times critic Harold Schonberg described the great conductor as possessing “commanding presence, infinite dignity, fabulous memory, vast experience, high temperament and serene wisdom,” adding that he or she is “instinctually an actor, and as such, an egoist.” He goes on to say that the successful conductor must conceive an inspiring interpretation of the music, and be able to unify 100 or so individual musicians in bringing this conception to life. These musicians are among those best positioned to assess a conductor. As Franz Strauss (father of Richard Strauss, and the preeminent horn virtuoso of his day)

put it, “When a new man faces the orchestra—from the way he walks up the steps to the podium and opens his score—before he even picks up his baton—we know whether he is the master or we.” Oddly enough, this is true. But probably the ultimate judgment comes Rosemary Waller. down to this: does the collaboration of conductor and musicians create goose bumps for the players and the audience? We’ll have some fun tripping down memory lane, picking a few favorite “goose bump moments” remembered from a 44-year major symphony career, and taking a look at several of the great conductors involved. WHEN: March 1, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

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pedestrian death

Busy Oakmont Drive was shut down by police for four hours at just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20. A car leaving the Village Market parking lot struck two women on the sidewalk, throwing them to the car’s hood and then the street. The car continued across the four-lane street and median, coming to rest against a construction fence. The women’s possessions and a pair of glasses lay in the southbound lanes of the street. The driver, Gayle Gray, 77, remained in the car until asked by police to exit. She was placed in a police car in handcuffs and taken to jail. One of the pedestrians, Jackie Simon, an 85-yearold resident of Oakmont Gardens, died from her injuries Jan. 26 at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, police said. Simon’s companion, fellow Gardens resident Josephine Ross, 91, who also was injured, was released from the hospital Jan. 23. A woman who was in the cleaners at the same time described the pair as in a happy, talkative mood, and said Simon suggested to her friend


taking time to have some slacks measured for alterations. “Next time,” the woman said, and they headed home. At about the same time, Gayle Gray was leaving the market, carrying her purchases to her white Lexus. Her dog was in the front seat as she headed out of the market’s lot. Gray told investigating officers her foot hit the accelerator instead of the brake pedal because of the dog in her lap. Gray was arraigned before Superior Court Judge Arthur A. Wick on charges of felony vehicle manslaughter with special allegations of causing bodily injury to two or more victims and to victims over age 70 and with being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. She was freed on bond. Police said she was given a blood alcohol test; the district attorney’s office declined to release its results until they are disclosed in court. (Includes reporting by Jim Golway, Jim Brewer and Marty Thompson)

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Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum issued a final judgment in favor of the Villages on Jan. 7, agreeing that an easement behind Star of the Valley Catholic Church on White Oak that leads to Annadel State Park is for pedestrians and emergency vehicles only, not bicyclists, as the city maintained. There was no official comment from the villages association, but a member familiar with the situation said it was large groups of spandex-clad cyclists speeding along the pathway that prompted the litigation. One residents’ group, the Pedestrian Coalition, has called on the Santa Rosa City Council to “cite and prosecute scofflaw cyclists who arrogantly trespass” on the easement. Michael Scott, attorney for the villages, said home owner association representatives would be meeting soon to discuss the matter. “We’re keeping our options open,” Scott said. Helfrich said he has asked Sonoma County

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Supervisor Susan Gorin to participate in future discussions with the bike coalition and villages representatives. “The goal would be to establish some rules and regulations,” he said. “Somebody made somebody mad,” he said, adding that if cyclists would make it a practice to alert pedestrians and dog walkers to their presence instead of zipping up from behind them, “we wouldn’t be talking about this today.” Still, he said, the order does not prohibit cyclists from walking their bikes over the easement. “A person walking a bike is a pedestrian,” he said. Helfrich also said there are potentially serious problems with the alternate Oakmont route into Annadel across a narrow footbridge through the city-owned sewage treatment plant property on Stonebridge Road. “It’s been one of those nod and wink situations, he said, but “a lot of work needs to be done to make that safe.”

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Tricia McWhorter, who holds a Masters Certificate in Therapeutic and Medical Hypnosis, will speak on health and hypnosis at the Feb. 24 luncheon of Sons in Retirement (SIR) Branch #53 at the East Recreation Center. McWhorter, who studied at the Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy, will discuss how hypnotherapy is a powerful healing modality that can help us deal with pain, fears, negative habits, depression and a host of other issues. Studies have found that our thoughts have a direct effect on our bodies. Her presentation will: • Explain how we can learn to communicate directly with out subconscious minds to make rapid changes in behaviors and habits we’ve been trying to overcome. • Show the power of the mind-body connection. • Discuss how hypnotherapy can be used for


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releasing stress, getting healthy and shifting limiting beliefs that may be holding us back. • Explore some of the myths about hypnosis and how she gives her clients tools to help them take control of their lives. McWhorter’s practice, called Health Through Hypnosis, is located in Santa Rosa. She also works via Skype, Facetime and by phone with clients throughout the world. She’s a member of the American Association of Professional Hypnotherapists, and is creator of the class “Follow the Breadcrumbs Home.” SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Grill and Café. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.


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Several speakers voiced support for the board and said they would go along with whatever the board decided. Kimber Patterson challenged attorney Gottlieb’s opinion as “standing on the shoulders of legal technicalities,” and asserted that the board’s ad hoc pickle ball committee that’s been pursuing the courts project was stacked in favor of pickleball. She also said the board set no cap on the expenses and virtually ignored concerns over the project. Noel Lyons, co-chair of the ad hoc committee, asked the audience “to keep in mind we’re in the middle of the process. We’re going to get bids and then the board decides. The board will continue to listen to concerns.” Larry Souza said Oakmont Noel Lyons. has huge expenditures ahead and claimed that “the deck was stacked from the beginning” in favor of pickleball. “Let’s take care of our existing facilities,” he said. Susan Millar, a former board member, said people are confused about how the board works, noting that its job is to maintain and improve OVA facilities. She said she’s found that despite all the controversy, when a project goes through all that goes away. She cited early opposition to the Central Activities Center. Millar echoed a number of speakers when she said the board is “doing a darned good job.” Karen Oswald said that while she’s not opposed to pickle ball as a sport, she questions the proposed location and ever-escalating cost. She asserted that the project “will negatively impact Oakmont.” Anita Easland, co-chair with Lyons of the ad hoc pickleball committee, said the project has been through three OVA boards, studied by the committee and has had lots of transparency. She said the designs were presented to numerous board meetings and workshops, was two years in planning and downscaled in response to community input. She noted it was also the subject of a town hall meeting. Melissa Bowers, reacting to suggestions to use the East and West Rec. tennis courts for pickleball, said the topography causes the sound to travel to nearby homes whose owners have threatened lawsuits. She noted that the central complex is flat and doesn’t present these problems. Wally Schilpp, a former board member, questioned the petition calling for a vote by residents. He said his wife signed the petition because she was told it called on the OVA Board to exercise due diligence on the project. As a volunteer guide for people considering moving to Oakmont, he said that while three people have asked about golf, five times that many showed great interest in pickleball and three bought homes because of pickleball. Tom Bonomi said the number of pickleball players, put at 120 last year, has not increased, the project began in secrecy and that many opponents have faced intimidation and threats. He said the board should put an end to the project. Tom Bonomi. (A video of the meetings will be available at

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nJim Sannar

Oakmont Nextdoor Community Potluck


An Oakmont Nextdoor community get-together is planned for March 9 at the West Rec. This will be a potluck dinner and is open to all Oakmont residents. The event evolved from the Nextdoor website that is visited by many members of Oakmont. There are currently over 1,200 members on this site and this function will provide the opportunity to meet more of your neighbors. The party starts at 5 p.m. with appetizers and cocktails. Dinner will follow around 6 p.m. Participants

nStephanie Wrightson

are asked to bring their choice of a homemade main dish, appetizer, salad, side dish or dessert. Servings should be enough for at least eight people. Bring your own plates, utensils and beverage of choice. Coffee will be provided. There is no charge for this activity. Again, this party is open to all Oakmont residents. For reservations and potluck choice E-mail me at jim-judy7137@ ASAP. Our deadline is February 29. As of Jan. 25 we have around 50 sign-ups and are heavy on desserts.

Tennis Club


The Tennis Club season kicks off with the Spring Membership Meeting on Friday, March 11, East Rec., 4:30 p.m. Meet your 2016 OTC Board and our newest members, catch up with tennis pals and enjoy a nocost “Food Fair” with wine. Food tables will represent the “tastes” of the Italian, French and U.S. Opens. During the meeting, Social Director, Cinda Gough and Co-Tennis Event Directors, George Hasa and Doug Smith will share what they have in store for us. Also, the printed 2016 OTC Roster will be distributed which includes contact information for members, the list of OTC Directors and officers, the events schedule, court rules and more—a very valuable reference. No pre-registration is required, but you must be a current dues-paying member to attend this business meeting. While renewing your membership, consider paying dues for the non-tennis-playing significant other residing in your house so that s/he can participate fully in the club events with you.

meetings (all with refreshments) are open to duespaying members only. Members enjoy lower costs for social events as well as programs to improve tennis skills. If you’re looking for like-skilled folks for competitive or social tennis and lots of fun—find it here. (Re)join now! And, please include your E-mail address. It is only shared with OTC members in the annually printed club roster—more tennis for you if it is easy to find you. It is not shared on our website roster nor with those outside the club. Plus, E-mail and the website are the best ways to be reminded of club events and to be advised of other scheduled and spontaneous tennis activities. Make the most of membership!


Bring in a new club member by February 28 and you will be invited to breakfast prepared by four gracious hosts: mimosas, pancakes, eggs, sausage and coffee. Date and place to be announced at the March 11 membership meeting.


The OTC is inviting all clubs and residents to a silly, fun, cheap night out on Friday, April 1, 5:30 p.m. at the Berger Center. An entire table of eight will be available for only $40 (that’s just $5/person)! Check back in March for details and the sign-up coupons.

Optimism (nice try K and Herb). (Photo by Tina Lewis)

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 2016 League Schedule. Remaining date for February: Feb. 16. No bowling Feb. 23, fourth Tuesday.


On February 23 at 1:30 p.m. at the West Recreation Center (upstairs), we will have a Wii Bowling Demonstration where you will get to bowl using Nintendo Wii bowling and experience the fun and excitement the Oakmont Lanes Club has to offer. Cookies and refreshments served. Hope to see you there!


Our Oakmont Lanes Sixth Annual Charity Bow-AThon Fund-Raiser will be held on Saturday, Feb 20, at Austin Creek Elementary School, 1480 Snowy Egret Dr., Santa Rosa. The proceeds will be split 50/50 for the benefit of Rincon Valley Union School District and the Oakmont Kiwanis. Save the date! The fee is $25 minimum per bowler/$100 for team of four includes one hour of bowling and a delicious lunch plus lots of raffle ticket opportunities for family outings, gift certificates to local restaurants, wine and more! There will be one-hour sessions, five sessions from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m. Donate $100 or more per bowler and be entered in a raffle to win either an iPad or a one-week stay at the Five-Star Welk Resort in San Diego. Don’t have time to bowl? Donations are welcome or just come by for a $10 delicious lunch. Register online at,, www. or get mailing form from our website.

RESULTS AS OF January 19 (third week of Winter League)


Yes, free lessons at the beginner and intermediate levels. See the Let’s Play Tennis! flyer on the OTC bulletin boards near the courts and on the OTC website.


Then, (re)join the Oakmont Tennis Club. Club dues support a lot more than OTC tennis and social events. A viable tennis club represents and promotes interests intrinsic to all Oakmont residents’ enjoyment of tennis. No-cost tennis events/tournaments and membership

Wii Bowling Oakmont Lanes

A rare sunny day: Lutz Funke, K Jenkins, John Gray, Mark Guillory, Denise McCambridge and Sumner Johnson.


Deposit this coupon and a check for $20/person in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office. (Re)join by February 29 to be listed in the 2016 OTC Roster. Providing your E-mail implies permission to include your E-mail address in the printed roster. It is not shared elsewhere. Questions? Contact Membership Chairman Paula Lewis, Name(s): ______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address: ___________________________________________ Phone number: _______________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ If applicable, referred by the following OTC member:________________________________________________

1:30 PM League: first place, Strikers; second place, Wild Turkeys; third place tie, Pocket Hits and Alley Oops; fifth place, 4 Tops; sixth place, Wii Four. Men’s High Games: Terry Leuthner, 268; Don Shelhart, 222; Juan Fuentes, 212; Christian van den Berghe, 210. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 279; Mariel Green, 245; Beverly Shelhart, 236; Sandy Wald, 236; Peggy Ensley, 229; Robin Schudel, 216; Sue Bowman, 214; Phyllis Jennings, 211; Vicki Madden, 208. High Game Subs: Carol Green, 212. 3:15 PM League: first place tie, Strike Outs and Strikes and Spares; third place tie, High Rollers and King Pins; fifth place, Pin Heads; sixth place, Wii Power. Men’s High Games: Scott Harris, 254; Bruce Price, 216; Mark Attebery, 200; Al Bentham, 200. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 279; Valerie Hulsey, 257; Doris Ruh, 257; Mollie Atkinson, 246; Carolyn Mack, 242; Maurine Bennett, 241; Betsy Smith, 220; Nicole Reed, 217; Barbara Ford, 216; Debbie Miller, 208; Shirley Jamison, 206; Diane Price, 205. High Game Subs: Sue Bowman, 222; Fritzie Amantite, 202.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2016

Six Candidates Running for OVA Board Six candidates have offered to run for three positions on the OVA Board of Directors. They are (in alphabetical order) Andie Altman, Karen Krestensen, Pat Olive, Harriet Palk, Tom Samarati and Gloria Young. Each has prepared a short biographical statement and answered three questions posed by the

Andie Altman

Bio: I was elected to the OVA Board in 2014 and currently serve as OVA Vice President. I am actively participating on the Berger Improvement Committee, chaired the Architectural Committee and Community Garden Policy Project, and contributed as a member of the OVA/OGC Task Force and Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee Board. The knowledge, ability to make decisions and skills that I apply on behalf of our community as an OVA Director come from my work experience as an executive with McKesson Drug, owner of a Kenwood video store, homeowner association President, and, surprisingly, an HOA manager. I remain active in Community Service, which provides strong and necessary connections to our membership. I served as President of the Oakmont Kiwanis Club. Personally I bring the highest integrity, passion, hard work, diligence, dedication, and a good sense of humor to all I undertake. I would like to again serve as your Director. Questions: 1. My current responsibilities as Vice President have allowed me to hone my skills in research and due diligence, communication and decision-making. Through my work with the Berger Improvement Committee, I am also uniquely qualified to understand and assess priorities and funding needs for both current assets and future improvements. I am actively involved in the budgeting process and a member of the Asset Reserve committee which was tasked to study the Association’s assets, timing for their replacement and the required investment. I have a firm grasp of OVA governing documents and a record of interacting with our members to bring their voices to the decision-making process. 2. The board is charged with managing the affairs of the association with fiscal responsibility. Directors must incorporate many legal requirements and policies into the daily operations of a mediumsized business with over 3,200 homes and many facilities, while accommodating the wishes of 4,800 residents. With aging facilities and diverse member needs, successful board members must exhibit sound decision-making skills. I possess these skills. Over the next 2-3 years, I believe the highest priorities will be to continue ensuring fiscal prudence on decisions including: • Much needed improvements and expansions at the Central Recreation Area including the Berger Center • Present and future space and asset needs • Continued reduction of operational and maintenance costs to provide better value for our dues 3. I have enjoyed interactions with Oakmont residents at fireside chats, open forums, informal conversations, and committee meetings. Resident’s letters, emails and phone calls have given me unique insight into the needs, desires, and perspectives of our community. It takes integrity, communication skills, and creative vision coupled with realism, the ability to empower others and an eagerness to do it all for free to be a Director. Please vote for me to continue to serve you.

Communications Committee. A Candidates’ Forum will be held Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Berger Center, where members and candidates will engage in dialog. The three questions are designated by number in the profiles. They are: 1. What special expertise and


Bio: I have been a resident of Oakmont for over seven years. My late husband and I moved here from Scotts Valley, near Santa Cruz, where we lived for the 31 years of our marriage. I have three adult children, four adult step-children, and 12 grandchildren. I am active in their lives and enjoy my visits with them in Texas, New Mexico and the Bay Area. I earned an M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology, having re-entered college at age 39. I was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Jose and Santa Cruz and also taught graduate students, led workshops and did occasional business and nonprofit agency consulting. I retired in 2008. I have served on the boards of two non-profit organizations and two churches. In Oakmont I am active in Current Events, Current Events Book Club, Great Decisions, Quilting Bee, OLLI, Oakmont Fitness Center, and playing bridge. Questions: 1. Members of previous non-profit boards on which I’ve served have told me that I’m good at thinking through an issue, able to be discerning and can come to a decision based on what’s in the best interests of the group. I’m a good listener. I can mediate conflict, which I did regularly with couples in my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I believe that there don’t have to be “winners” and “losers.” Finding a third solution that all parties can live with is a positive outcome. 2. The board members are the elected representatives of the community and are responsible for carrying out the duties described in the Articles of Incorporation and bylaws of the OVA. Among others, this includes— specifically and listed first in the Articles—the duty to “provide athletic and recreational and club facilities for the use of the corporation and their guests.” “Facilities” seems to be the operational word here, as the board wrestles with limited available space and the need to expand, e.g., an aging Berger Center, the desire for pickleball courts, etc. Creative thinking will be necessary going forward. The fiscal responsibility of the board will come into play here. It will require careful thinking and prioritizing of projects. 3. Board members need to be available to hear the issues confronting the community. This might be at a board meeting, by E-mail, phone, or in writing, as many residents do not use computers. Addressing the concerns of residents is important, which does not necessarily mean agreeing with them. People need to be heard and taken seriously. The Oakmont News needs to continue to be a regular vehicle for information. The new format has helped that. Continuing Cassie’s eBlast is important. The Fireside Chats with board members are a valuable way to communicate one-on-one in greater depth.

skill sets do you offer that relate directly to serving on the OVA Board? 2. What do you see as the role of the board and specific priorities? 3. Given changes in the ways we communicate, how would you describe your role and responsibilities in communicating with the members of Oakmont?

Pat Olive

Bio: I am an Oklahoma native and earned my BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1958 and a law degree from Pepperdine University College of Law in 1971. I practiced law with Kendig, Stockwell Law Firm (later Stockwell Harris) from 1974 to 1999, when I retired. Before joining Stockwell, I practiced with English Law Firm for a year. All of my legal practice was in Los Angeles. I also worked from September 1958 through mid1972 in journalism as a reporter, night wire editor and copy editor for papers that include the Abilene Reporter News (Texas) and the Santa Ana Register (CA). Here in Oakmont I volunteer with the Oakmont Community Garden, President from October 2014 to present, and I have served on the board of the Oakmont Rainbow Women from 2012 to the present. Questions: 1. I had two enjoyable careers, law and journalism. Both required seeking information; questioning and listening to people; observation, understanding and analysis of situations; decision making and living with those decisions. Negotiation and consensus building are two of my stronger qualities along with being able to communicate with people regardless of personal feeling about them or their situation. 2. The OVA Board is the governing body of Oakmont. Policy and enforcement in conformity with governing documents(CC&Rs, bylaws, declarations, covenants) and the Davis-Stirling Act is the duty of the Board along with establishing sound fiscal policies, developing a workable budget keeping in mind the community as a whole, maintaining accurate records, establishing reserve funds, acting on budget items, enforcement of rules and penalties, select professionals for the association such as attorneys, auditors and insurance agents, provide adequate insurance coverage, determine and collect assessments, inform members of decisions and transactions as needed and required and attend and participate at meetings both open and closed. Implementation of board policy is the duty of the OVA manager. 3. Truthful. Clear communication is a necessity. An OVA Board member is a conduit between residents and the board. As a board member I would have appointment office hours for one-on-one conversations, which I find more productive than 45 E-mails. Social media has its place such as finding painters, plumbers, roofers, etc. but many of our issues are too complex to be handled in 140 characters. I favor personal, face to face communication.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2016 Continued from previous page

Election At-a-Glance February 16: Candidate Forum March 1: Ballots Mailed April 4: Annual OVA Meeting

Harriet Palk

Bio: Since 2005, I have participated in many OVA activities from Symposium, Current Events, Democratic Club (six years as secretary, treasurer and president), concerts and more. My interest in the board started in 2009 when directors voted to eliminate insurance benefits for employee spouses. I marshaled forces, and we succeeded in restoring some of the benefits. Since then, I’ve attended all board meetings unless out of town. In 2012, I was an integral part of a group that was successful in stopping the construction of an office building OVA could not afford. In 2014, I was appointed to the Communications Committee and serve as secretary and as editor of the manager’s e-newsletter that has greatly furthered my knowledge of OVA operations and policies. Before retirement, I worked as a computer programmer and bookkeeper. I earned a BA in Economics from UCLA and have been married to Bernie for 52 years. Questions: 1. My strengths include strong listening skills and the ability to synthesize what I hear to form plans of action. I am also a skilled organizer and time manager, which helps me accomplish my goals. I have worked with many organizations here and collaborated successfully on several projects. I believe my involvement in Oakmont has prepared me well to serve. 2. It is important for the board to understand the policies that should guide its decision-making. We must spend our limited funds in the most effective way for the most people to achieve maximum results. Board members should take Open Forum questions seriously and craft meaningful answers and fully explain the reasons for decisions. I believe it is important for the board to update our bylaws, and I will seek to create an ad hoc committee to explore this. It is past time to extend voting rights to each individual resident member and not just to a household. The board sets policy for the efficient, lawful operation of Oakmont and must pay attention to the issues that impact Oakmont now and in the future. 3. Communication has never been easier. I would like to see OVA expand the member experience on our website, including timely news stories and alerts for members. I also support Fireside Chats as a way to have informal discussions and know the pulse of the community. Social media will continue to play a larger role and unfortunately can sometimes disseminate misinformation. Members should be able to obtain verified information on our website as issues and questions arise. I use E-mail effectively as a communications tool, and I will always be responsive. I will answer all member questions, whether electronic, mailed or by phone, with timely, thoughtful answers.

Tom Samarati

Bio: I was born in New York city where I lived until 20 years of age. I then traveled worldwide for a year. Returning to the USA, I came to Sonoma County for the first time in 1973. Soon after I enlisted in the US Army medical corps to serve three years. My occupation was hospital based Radiologic Technology. Upon honorable discharge in 1976 I returned to live in Santa Rosa until 1985. For career advancement I moved to Monterey County where I lived until 1998. While there I earned a BS degree in health sciences education and MA in health care administration from San Jose State University. Professionally until my retirement in 2012 I worked at several hospitals as a multi-department director. My wife and I have lived in Oakmont since July 2007. I am a member of the Oakmont Golf Club and the Wild Oak Saddle Club. Questions: 1. Negotiation and collaboration with individuals and groups. My experience in hospital management required working productively with employees and their labor union representatives, contract physician groups, corporate senior executives, government regulatory agencies, hospital boards and diverse community groups. Fiscal management. At the peak of my career responsibilities I managed over 150 employees, controlled annual operating budgets of $5 million and revenue streams of $60 million. I created and managed annual capital equipment budgets for purchases and maintenance up to $8 million. From 1994 to 1998 I was a strategic planning team member for a $600 million hospital replacement project. 2. The board role is to respond to the needs of and enact positive action for Oakmont residents using prudent management practices and scrupulous fiduciary responsibility. The BOD’s top priority should be actions that ensure the safety of Oakmont residents. The next priority is the maintenance and enhancement of programs and facilities that contribute to the high quality of life in our community. 3. My primary role and responsibility would be to listen to the interests and needs of Oakmont residents. Forums for back and forth communication includes participation with the already established on-line venues, periodic face-to-face workshops, attendance of committee and special interest groups meetings. I would like to investigate the worth of creating and sending on-line surveys via e-mail to Oakmonters to periodically poll their interest and opinion about specific topics. These surveys could also be published in the Oakmont News for residents who do not use computers to send in their responses via hard copy.

Gloria Young

Bio: Jeff and I moved here in 1999 to be close to our family. We determined Oakmont would best suit our life style, at that time and for later years. My educational background: BA, MA , UC Berkeley. Professions: YMCA Activity Director; Development Director at Hospice of Marin, Terwilliger Nature Education Center; Executive Director of Lighthouse for the Blind, Houston Community Service Center, Greater Washington Tourette Syndrome Association, United Against Sexual Assault of Sonoma County. Volunteering is integral to my life: as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, Board member, (Texas Coalition of Social Service Ministries, Abused Women’s Services, Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, West Marin Senior Services), advisor to West Marin Senior Services, on call companion to patients in the Chaplain’s program at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, 4Paws therapy team visiting rehabilitation facilities and Valley of the Moon Children’s Home, food server at the Living Room, and Oakmont librarian and neighborhood COPE leader. Questions: 1. My professional experience as a not for profit administrator and fundraiser has provided me with opportunities to work effectively with diverse and strong personalities, interrelate with a wide variety of management styles and philosophies, and work diplomatically with the public, media, community, political office holders and other interested people. No less important is my experience with preparing and managing annual budgets, ensuring transparency including “open books” methods, and cultivating relationships of trust and credibility with donors, individuals, agencies, businesses, foundations and politicians. All of the above are skills sets that will relate to my service on the OVA Board. 2. I would bring to the board the capability to focus on issues and to evaluate alternatives, without being swayed by emotions. The essence of my professional experience will enable me to separate being a resident from being a board member and placing the community’s interests before my personal beliefs. My many years as an Executive Director in many different cultures and with many different personalities has helped me to be pragmatic in dealing with issues. I also have learned to seek advice and listen to pursue expertise before reaching conclusions. My experience both reporting to boards and being on boards has provided unique experience that I look forward to sharing with Oakmont. 3. As a board member I would communicate with fellow residents in many ways and venues that would include: (1) impartial, sensitive listening to residents’ concerns through surveys, open forums at board meetings, ad hoc committee findings; (2) exercising transparency by candidly sharing my views whenever possible; (3) encourage videotaping board meetings so every resident has access; and (4) periodic “fireside chats” or other informal gatherings. However, more than speaking, I believe it is most important that as a board member I listen to what everyone has to say.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2016

Pickleball Corner

nTom Kendrick

Our time in the desert is winding down and we’ll be back home soon. But I’ve been keeping track of the goings on in the ‘hood (meetings, non-quorums, lawyers, etc.). I’m somewhat happy to be missing all the action and I look forward to a time when it’s all behind us.

Palm Springs News!

The pickleball phenomenon continues to sweep across the desert. Demuth Park now has eight courts and by 9 a.m. all are full and players are waiting on the sidelines. Bermuda Dunes, just down the road, has started a competitive “Drop-in Shootout,” and each time you show up, you are paired with players of similar ability. (There are some national champions down here!) Here at our resort, there are four temporary courts, with plans to have eight (permanent) by next year. It’s not uncommon to have over 30 people waiting to play! Pickleball just a passing fad? I don’t think so!

and found himself backstage watching Player Profile! Count Basie who was down on the Peter Copen and his wife, Nan, are floor shooting craps! in their second year at Oakmont. They Peter still plays and currently taps have been married for 33 years, have on the skins for that famous Oakmont four children, five grandchildren, and combo, The Blacktops. His many as with many of us, are slaves to them. successes have now carried over to the Nan is involved with yoga, tap, and pickleball court, where his imposing is the lead coordinator for family getheight and wingspan make getting a togethers. Peter’s accomplishments ball past him nearly impossible. are many. He was president of a Peter Copen. WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. textile company for 12 years, started an alternative high school program which he ran WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 for 12 years, and started an international education WHEN: Winter hours, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Courts available program that eventually grew to over 140 countries! seven days a week. He is currently active in the Valley of the Moon WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice Rotary and the Shomrei Torah Temple in Santa people. Want a personal orientation session? Call PJ, Rosa. He is also a youth mentor through the Sonoma 843-7266 or Tom, 888-6334. Mentoring Alliance, and attends the Sunday ATTIRE: Proper court attire requested. Please wear Symposium. Oh, and he’s a musician—a drummer approved court shoes with non-marking soles. We (he took lessons from Gene Krupa!). He was a jazz have loaner paddles available. WEBSITE: lover and his (underage) gang used to sneak into jazz NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266; clubs. Once he snuck into Boston’s Symphony Hall E-mail: (by carrying a drum through the stage entrance),

nPeggy Dombeck

Garden Club


Palm Springs Players.

Help us to be the always hopeful gardeners of the spirit Who know that without darkness, nothing comes to birth As without light, nothing flowers. From “A Grain of Mustard Seed” by May Sarton


Saturday Morning Meditation Please join us for Saturday morning meditation. We are a group of 20–25 meditators and have been meeting at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday since 2005. After a brief talk, there is a 40-minute period of silent meditation. We sit in a circle on comfortable chairs, although anyone wishing to sit on a floor cushion is welcome to do so. As most of you know, this group has been facilitated for the last many years by Sheila Madden. Sheila has recently moved away, and Barbara Kanowick, Elyse Puertas and Cassie Turner have all volunteered to take turns facilitating the group so that it can continue to take place. Each facilitator has been meditating in various traditions for 20 years or more. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barbara at or 539-2733. WHEN: Every Saturday morning promptly at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center, Room B

Tuesday Afternoon Group

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


Barbara, Elyse, and Cassie will be holding an open forum after the meditation period on February 27, from 11:30 a.m. until 12 noon. Refreshments will be served, and everyone is welcome. This event is being held in order to talk about what we would like the Saturday group to look like now that Sheila has left. We look forward to hearing your comments, questions and feedback!

Carlyss Van Ness, Master Gardener, shares her passion for hydrangeas, etc., in a talk covering water saving techniques, fertilization, pruning, propagating and drying blooms. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, February 16 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


Tickets are going fast. Get yours now. WHEN: Wednesday, March 23, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. WHAT: 1 hour and 15 minute private tour, divided into four groups of 10-15 people each with a knowledgeable docent: an active walker/hiking group, a gentle walker group, a photography group, and a walk at your own pace group with direction from one of the docents. Plenty of time to shop for plants at The Arbor plant and gift store. Lunch included and possible stop at Jean’s Greens Nursery in Mill Valley. Complete the sign-up form below. Enclose the form with your check for $50 made payable to the Oakmont Garden Club. Mail to Janet Schade at 6546 Stonecroft Terrace or place in a sealed envelope and drop it in the Garden Club mail slot at the OVA Office. Deadline for ticket purchase has been extended to March 1.


• Before spring growth starts, divide summeror fall-blooming perennials that have become too crowded. Cut them into sections (discarding the old center), and replant the divisions. • Pull weeds while they are still small. Then cover ground with 1-4” mulch. Keep mulch a few inches away from the base of plants. • Check drip system for leaks. • Fertilize lawns and repair bad patches of turf. Avoid quick release, high nitrogen fertilizers. A slower release product will help roots remain strong. Be sure you have cut the berries off your crepe myrtle bushes by now. • This month or next is a good time to de-thatch and aerate your lawn. Leave the plugs on the ground to decompose naturally. • Sow seeds of fava beans, beets, carrots, leeks, lettuce and other leafy greens, peas, radish, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips. • Finish pruning dormant plants. Wait to prune back frost-damaged plants until warmer weather when you see whether they have recovered. • Cut back woody shrubs to stimulate new growth. To rejuvenate leggy shrubs, cut to the ground onethird of the oldest stems each year. • If needed, apply a final dormant oil spray to fruit trees. • Check plants for aphids as the weather warms. Remove infestations with a hard spray of water or insecticidal soap. • Feed roses with organic granular rose food just before buds break or use slow release rose fertilizer.

Garden Club Trip to SF Botanical Garden Sign-up form Name:_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ E-mail_______________________________________________________ Activity preference (check 1 or 2):

hiker/active walker _____ Easy going _____ Photography _____ At my own pace _____ Lunch selection: choices will be sent to you when the sign-ups are complete. Questions? Call Janet at 539-2099.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2016

Streams in Oakmont

These photos, taken at mid-day on Sunday, Jan. 24, by resident Maurice Fliess, show how seasonal streams were flowing on OVA property and filling the pond adjacent to the East Rec. picnic area.

SRPD: Fake IRS Calls are a Scam Recently there has been an influx of calls to citizens from people claiming to be from the IRS. This is a known scam and is an ongoing issue. Here are some tips from the IRS website on how to identify a fake call from the IRS and what to do: The IRS reminds people that they can know pretty easily when a supposed IRS caller is a fake. Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a telltale sign of a scam. The IRS will never: 1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will we call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill. 2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. 3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card. 4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone. 5. Threaten to bring in local police or other lawenforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do: • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040. The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue. • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant (https://www.ftccomplaintassistant. gov/); choose “Other” and then “Imposter Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.

Former OVA President Jim Kaiser Dies nMarty Thompson

Jim Kaiser, a former president of the Oakmont Village Association, died Jan. 24 of brain cancer, his wife said. He was 64. The Kaisers moved to Oakmont in 2009. He was elected to a two-year term on the OVA Board in 2010, was re-elected and the board chose him president. The Kaisers have been active in a number of organizations including lawn bowling, the Dance Club and golf clubs. “He really loved Oakmont since the first day we moved here,” his wife, Donna said. “As the current president of OVA, I know that I speak for the Board and the entire community in offering our condolences to Jim’s family and our appreciation for Jim’s unselfish service to Oakmont,” OVA President Frank Batchelor said. Kaiser served in the U.S. Navy for 11 years, aboard submarines and at the Advanced Officer Submarine School. After leaving the Navy, he worked for 26 years in General Electric’s nuclear energy plant business. In addition to his wife, Kaiser is survived by three children and four grandchildren. There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, March 19 at 1 p.m. in the East Recreation Center.


the most interesting cat in the world


s it my debonair tuxedo? My rakish white whiskers? Or is it my tough-guy ear that adds so much intrigue? I don’t always go around talking myself up, but when I do it’s usually true. My admirers say that I’m “extremely good-looking” and have “a sweet and suave personality”. As a 2 y/o former stray, I like to maintain a certain enigmatic air… affection on my own terms, and please tell me you only have eyes for me (I don’t want to share you with little kids or other cats!). Also, as an FIV+ kitty, I’ll need to be kept indoors. But enough about me, how do you feel about me?


confessions of a serial snuggler


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Pine Tree Coming Down

Volunteers Urgently Needed For Emergency Communications nJackie Reinhardt

A split 60-foot trunk is all that remains of a sugar pine that had to be removed from near the Central Activities Center on Jan. 26. It was a two-day project, with the problem tree’s two vertical headers all that remained after the first day. (Photo by Marty Thompson)

Oakmont Men’s Group nGordon Freedman, Facilitator

The Oakmont Men’s Group started in September 2011 as a support group for men in Oakmont. The group’s goal is to help men going through our senior years with or without problems with health, loss, and other changes and challenges in our lives. We meet twice a month for two hours to help and support members of our group that would like to share their issues and who want feedback. There are no dues or fees. This is a non-professional led group that is non-religious and non-political. This is open to all men in Oakmont, married, single, straight or gay. I’ve had ten years of experience with the Marin Suicide Hot Line as well as three years as a facilitator with the Center of Attitudinal Healing in Sausalito working with health issues for the individual or spouse/partner. If interested please contact me at 538-7025 or E-mail at to discuss joining our group.

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There was good news and bad news at the first resident forum in 2016 of the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC), which split off from OVA last year over liability concerns. Attended by an estimated 60 people, the Jan. 21 forum sought to answer questions about the communications flow in the event of an emergency. Fortunately, no disaster, such as an earthquake or widespread power outage, has occurred in a decade, but if one did the community faces a serious lack of volunteers, according to Pat Barclay, who is chairman of OEPC. Barclay, who convened the meeting, cited two key vacancies—facility coordinators for the Central and East Recreation Centers. “You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to volunteer,” noted Barclay, a theme reiterated by others who explained their functions in an emergency. As a Zone Communicator, Arlene O’Rourke said her role is to patrol streets wearing a bright lime-colored vest with a walkie-talkie radio to report problems and request assistance. Only 20% of Oakmont is covered by someone in this role. “We journal incoming and outgoing information used by the Facility Coordinator,” said Tony Lukes, the Zone Communications Coordinator and volunteer contact. A handout notes the only requirement to be a Zone Communicator is “the ability to walk, talk and push a button on a walkie-talkie.” Volunteers are expected to check in once a month with their radio and possibly support a four-hour communications test twice a year. No special license or prior radio experience are required. Dennis Sabourin, the Facility Coordinator for the West Recreation Center, said he determines what action to take and requests outside help. “When an

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Laverne Polkinghorn, a ham operator on the OEPC, explains her duties at the first resident forum. (Photo by Michael Reinhardt)

emergency hits, it is the Facility Coordinator and the Incident Commander who triage the communications,” Barclay explained, prompting an audience member to ask how long it takes to go through four or five people. “We processed 60 neighborhood reports during a onehour drill last year,” he said. Another questioned whether Good Samaritan laws protect volunteers. “They do for individuals, but not the organizations sponsoring them,” Barclay said, noting Red Cross volunteers are covered for what they do under their own umbrella. Clarifying the role of COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) which remains under OVA, Barclay said it is a huge part of Oakmont. “Their leaders keep track of neighborhood residents and use our communications network,” he said. “I’m just an ordinary citizen here in Oakmont, but I’d just like to say I’m comforted by what I’ve heard today,” said Alice Eurotas as the forum wrapped up.

Current Events Discussion Group

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 19: Richard Gallagher February 26: Harvey Lyon 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


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nElizabeth McDonnell

Quilting Bee

Members of the Quilting Bee attended the showing of How to Make an American Quilt movie at the Berger Center on January 10. They brought many quilts to display over couches, chairs and tables. Cathy Rapp spoke to the members of the audience and after the movie many people stayed to admire the quilts and ask questions about them. Our monthly meeting was very well attended, with some new ladies joining our group. Barbara Cortelyou discussed the class she will lead for us on February 10. Barbara discussed “fat quarters” and briefly told us how the fabrics will be cut and organized for sewing. Mary Ann Allen told us we have been invited back to the Healdsburg Quilt Show to display our quilts. She spoke about the facility, how well we were treated and fed and the fun we had talking with people about our quilts. The show will be held at the Healdsburg Senior Living Community in Healdsburg on April 9. Susan MacKenzie invited us to hold our summer picnic in her backyard. Susan will send us some dates that work for her in July and/or August and we can then select a date. Mary Ann Allen showed us a beautiful Wood Duck she has hand appliquéd and will give to a friend of hers who is a birder. Vivian Valencia showed us her quilt that was 20 years in the making. It is handappliquéd and machinequilted in a method called “quilt as you go.” She told us she would not do this Mary Ann Allen and her quilt method again. Wood Duck. Not to be outdone, Lisa Boyer showed us a quilt that was 25 years in the making. It was made from a kit and is hand appliquéd and hand quilted. Our quilt challenge for 2016 is a letter, which can be interpreted in any way the quilt maker wishes. Lisa’s letter is “U” and she has decided this year will be the “year of the U” and she will complete “unfinished” quilts. She has completed her 2016 challenge and, in the spirit of her letter, she called it “unique” and “unconventional” as it is not her usual style of quilt. Barbara Arnold donated four doll quilts for our doll quilt program. Ruth Blanchard showed a very pretty

Bocce Club nBarbara Bowman

Vivian Valencia’s quilt.

red and white quilt she made from a kit purchased from Connecting Threads. Susan MacKenzie told of the start of a quilt made from men’s ties and discussed with others the various methods of working with the silk ties. She also showed the foundation for a New York Beauty quilt which she plans to undertake. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room in the Central Activities Center, from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

Did it rain on February 13, or did we enjoy a Valentine’s Day tourney? If we did, results will appear in the March 1 Oakmont News. On non-rainy days, Bocce Club members have been out there on the courts honing their skills. You, too, can be enjoying a laid-back game of bocce on an in-between-rains day. Come to the Bocce Courts near the West Rec. at 1 p.m. every day but Sunday to watch games in progress—if you like what you see, sign up for a lesson.

Oakmont Educators Club nBarbara Arnold

As a result of our survey we will now meet every other month (January, March, May, July, September and November). In addition, special events will be scheduled. Meetings will continue to be in the craft room on the second Thursday of the month from 3:30–5 p.m. At our January meeting we worked on signs for this event. Also, Beverly Singer presented a scrapbook of newspaper articles on current educational issues that she has put together. You can cut out and bring more of interest to add for discussions. Please plan to attend our March meeting. Paula Scull will be teaching us how to make a lovely spring greeting card. It sounds like fun. We will need a RSVP so she will know how much material to bring. Call or E-mail me (833-2095 or Any Oakmont educator is invited. WHEN: Next meeting—March 10 TIME: 3:30–5 p.m. PLACE: Central Activity Center, Craft room CONTACT: Barbara Arnold, 833-2095

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Walkers nBarbara Powell

The Walkers Club learned shortly before Christmas that the club is not covered by insurance under the OVA umbrella for clubs because we travel beyond Oakmont’s borders. The club had been told as recently as August 2014 by an employee at the OVA Office that we were covered by OVA insurance, but that information was incorrect. The Walkers have now been told in no uncertain terms that we have no insurance coverage from the OVA, and that we never, ever had insurance coverage from the OVA. The OVA no longer sponsors off-site trips because of the lack of insurance. At the Jan. 22 annual meeting of the Oakmont Walkers, the club voted to take a three-month hiatus until more information could be gathered about how other clubs handle insurance liability for off-site trips, and to find out how much liability insurance for day trips would cost. Several people volunteered to do the research. Please funnel your findings through Carolyn Mack, The OVA requires clubs to have a President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer to be official. The Walkers club needs new people to fill the offices of President, Vice President, and Secretary. Terry Leuthner will probably remain as Treasurer if the other positions are filled. Please consider volunteering for one of these positions if the insurance issue can be resolved.


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The Half-a-Canoe Loop Trail is a circular path that follows a rolling ridge between two arms of Lake Sonoma. This is a strenuous undulating view hike between two arms of the lake. Hiking poles are recommended. We will hike the trail in a counterclockwise direction to put as much elevation as possible behind us before lunch. Distance is 5.12 miles, elevation gains to 1,000’. Rain might require a change of location. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Jason Wilkenfeld, 978-2385 or 978-0020.


This 10-mile hike summiting at 4,343’, total elevation gain is 2,000’. It is located in the Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, where the author spent his honeymoon in 1880! The park is seven miles north of Calistoga on Hwy. 29. Leave Berger center at 8:30 a.m. with poles, water and lunch. Hike leader is Mary Lou Hicks, 303-7113.


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Subject to trail conditions, the hike begins on Lower Bald Mountain Trail to Vista Trail, descends on Gray Pine Trail and across the creek to Meadow Trail. Hikers should be prepared for some steep parts and a wet stream crossing. Approximately five miles with 900’ of elevation gain. Bring lunch, water and poles. Leave Berger Center 9 a.m. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724.

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Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

The Intermediate hike will depart from Berger at 9 a.m., walk to Spring Lake through Annadel State Park on Channel Dr. Circle the lake and walk back home. This hike is 7½–8 miles on level pavement. The Short hikers (four miles) drive towards Spring Lake, turn left on Channel Dr., park in the area by Cobblestone Trail at the Montgomery Dr. metal bridge. Meet at the bridge around 9:45 a.m. Bring lunch or snack and water. Hike is on, rain or shine! Hike leader is Donna McCulloch, 539-5730.

Table Mountain. (Photo by Holly Kelley)


This long but spectacular hike with incredible views in eastern Napa county is 11 miles with elevation of 2,465’ or 1,200’. Hikers have the option to start at upper or lower end of the trail. The trails are very rocky and narrow in places. Wear boots, use poles, bring water and lunch. Postpone if rain. It is a view hike. Meet at Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Lynn Pelletier, 537-7011.


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


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Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

STUDY David: Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore

Presentation on large-screen TV with titles for hearing impaired. Class has workbooks. This is your personal invitation to join with us in 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. Our class is small and informal—a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. You may start at any time. 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. David: Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore is a compelling women’s Bible study of David. In this examination of the “man after God’s own heart,” David will delight and disappoint you. If you’ve ever experienced doubt, temptation, loss, family problems, or personal knowledge of the Bible. You may start at any time. Please call me for additional information. DATE: Tuesday TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative

nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

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

Oakmont PC Users Group

Oakmont Computer Learning Center Wants You nGeorge McKinney

The Computer Learning Center wants to set up a regular “Help Desk” for people who have questions about their iPhones, iPads, Samsung phones and tablets, Amazon Fire, and similar devices. We need Help Desk Assistants who are willing to share their knowledge with other Oakmont residents, working with an experienced Computer Learning Center Instructor. There’s a whole generation of residents who are just getting their first 21st century device. They need

people who can take a little time to show them how their device works and some of the new things you can do with it. For example, everyone who has a new phone or tablet wants to understand how to work with photographs, how to get and send E-mail, and how to work with social media like Facebook. Can you devote 2-3 hours every other month to share your experience and knowledge with others in Oakmont? If you would like more information, please E-mail

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) winter Session january • february • march

Register for a class today. Just call 538-1485.

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

nBette Shutt


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


WHEN: Tuesday, February 23 WHERE: Berger Center, Room D TIME: 2 p.m. CIRCLE LEADER: Linda Koepplin


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Oakmont Health Initiative nTeresa Woodrum

Free Fitness Classes

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

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself, fostering connections with friends, and inviting loved ones closer. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. Bring hand weights on Wed., Feb. 17 and Fri., Feb. 26. Thank you for your generous contributions to Oakmont Community foundation, supporting the health of our community through physical education. The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All free fitness classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, wellsupervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that

are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful dear ones.

Game Night Thursday, March 31, 5 pm berger center

“Fabulous Feud!” All the fun and excitement of your favorite network game show. Compete for a few rounds; laugh, cheer and console. Professional MC. Exciting stage design and gaming consoles. Join the fun! Summerfield Cinema’s popcorn will

be on each table. Please bring your favorite beverage. Paypal is easy on the OHI website: https://sites. Proceeds will support the continuation of Free Fitness Classes; providing healthy opportunities for you and your community. We look forward to welcoming you. Thank you for your support!

game night ticket purchase form

You may leave your check for $10, payable to Oakmont Health Initiative in the OHI folder in the OVA Office, or mail them to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, Ca 95409. Name of attendees:______________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to confirm receipt of payment) ____________________________________________________________

Single Boomers Social Club nSusan Ramsey


Get involved and continue the fun! Look for the new board

shout out for details on available positions. WHAT: New Board Election Night (Evite will be sent with details) WHEN: March 3, 6 p.m., Berger Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the OVA Single Boomers Social Club folder.

Single Boomers Social Club Membership form

Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $12 to: Single Boomers Social Club (SBSC). Name:_____________________________________________________________ Date:_______________________ Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________ 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): Signature:____________________________________________________________

New Classes: Tension-Releasing Exercises TRE® nAngela Merola

A self-healing mechanism to release stress that goes straight to the root

WHEN: Tuesdays, 2–3 p.m. WHERE: Lower Level West Rec. Center WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat, water, dress comfortably COST: First class is free! Six classes for $90 or $20/class Living in Oakmont is a relatively stress-free environment so I was concerned when I felt stressed out! I knew my 35 year history of working in the corporate world, and as a sole proprietor, was as much stress as I could bear but that was over… or was it? I was introduced to TRE by a friend who is a pediatrician and psychotherapist and after the first session I felt like an elephant had released his foot from my body. I felt “lighter” and I was deeply relaxed both mentally and physically. I learned that even though the stress of my job had long since passed, the stress and tension from it was still lodged in my muscle structure and was sending messages to my brain as if it was active. TRE was so simple and effective in releasing that stress I knew instantly that I wanted to become an instructor and share this extraordinary simple technique that anyone can do. What I love most about TRE® is that it activates your body’s own natural rebalancing ability. The only requirement for a group class is that you must be able to stand and get up and down from the floor without assistance. Private sessions are available upon request. The therapeutic muscle tremors evoked by the TRE exercise process is a natural, internal, neurophysiological response of the body to reduce its own stress and restore a sense of well-being. While it is different than yoga, meditation, working out, or counseling, research shows that TRE® deepens all other stress-relief practices. So how do you navigate from stress to success? In this class you will experience this revolutionary process created by Dr. David Berceli. The TRE® movement sequence is personalized for your body type and physical abilities. Learning this unique method with a certified professional ensures your safety and comfort. TRE is a body-based (somatic) process, when done properly, through a Certified TRE Provider, can allow you to discharge tension from the body, which often does not require “revisiting the story,” (i.e. verbally describing or talking about the stressful experience). Ongoing skilled support will help you to develop a regular practice for deep, lasting positive change. Not only am I your instructor but I’m also your neighbor! My husband Peter and I have lived in Oakmont for three years. I’m very excited to be a part of improving the health of our community. Reported benefits include: less worry and anxiety, reduces symptoms of PTSD, more energy and endurance, improved marital relationships, less workplace stress, better sleep, less relationship conflict, reduced muscle and back pain, increased flexibility, greater emotional resiliency, decreases symptoms of vicarious trauma, healing of old injuries, lessened anxiety surrounding serious illness and relief from chronic medical conditions.


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r Fitness e t a W nLynn Seng, Instructor


Zumba Gold is on spring recess from February 11 through March 18. Classes will resume the week of Tuesday, March 22 (Avancé) and Thursday, March 24 (Débutant and Avancé) and I will be delighted to see you. See the details, descriptions, and schedules below. And while you are deciding whether to try it out, consider the results of this recent research, reported in the New York Times on Dec. 22, 2015, p. D-4: “We strongly believe that long-term regular exercise can considerably improve the immune defense mechanism, [including] against viral infections such as colds and the flu.” The report explained that, by repeatedly stressing the body’s immune system and causing slight tissue damage, the system was actually strengthened, like when we work out in the gym and build muscles. So, while we in Oakmont “duck and cover” to try and avoid each other’s germs in this season of respiratory and GI illnesses, consider adding a long-term regular exercise like Zumba to your health care regimen to build your resistance. All classes are held in the dance studio, lower West Recreation Center. The first two classes are free— just bring your shoes, water and a smile. Classes are discounted at 10 weeks for $60, five weeks for $40, or $10 per week, with no expiration. Feel free to E-mail or call me with questions: or 707-800-7470. Hope to see you soon! Avancé, Tuesdays 8:30–9:45 a.m. and Thursdays 2:30–3:45 p.m.: For the experienced exercise dancer who has been taking the class, or has recently done similar dance exercise elsewhere, or has been doing aerobic exercise on a regular basis. Débutant, Thursdays 1–2:15 p.m.: For the beginner or the person who is returning to exercise after an injury or illness, or who wants to learn dance steps and routines more slowly, or who wants to carefully build up stamina, muscle strength, and balance, or all of the above!

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

Come and join us for a five-week workshop on the introduction of Tai Chi for Beginners. Classes are small and fun, dedicated to Oakmonter who has never practiced this ancient Chinese slow moving exercise before. We meet on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the upper West Rec. Center. Classes do not have to be consecutive, in case you have an appointment elsewhere. Tuition is $75 for the five classes. Pre-registration is required by calling me at 318-5284. Tai Chi is known for improving balance according to the Newsletter of Harvard Medical School, as well as deepening breathing and limberness and reducing stress. Please call me with your questions. I would love to encourage you to try this valuable movement and practice. I started learning Tai Chi in California and China 45 years ago and am in excellent health due in large part to this gentle ancient exercise. Come join us.

Fitness Club nTom Pugliese

Have a Shake With Your Workout

nCathy Rapp

The days are becoming longer and the daffodils are showing their yellow heads. Spring is a perfect time for jumping into the warm waters of the West Pool and enjoying a water fitness class. Make new friends, share some laughs, and get a healthy workout all in one. To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

winter water aerobics schedule west pool

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

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Emergency update! Ever call the wrong number? Ever make a mistake? Did it… In my last article the phone number suggested for reporting trespassers at the pool is not correct. It’s for the county’s unincorporated areas. Santa Rosa’s is 528-5222. Please use 528-5222, but for medical emergencies, always call 911. We are so fortunate having the fire department right here in Oakmont.

Flip Turn News

New backstroke ropes/flags! Thank you to the OVA staff for making new ones. If you consistently swim year round for a sport, workout or lifestyle, send your info to lapswim@ We are web based, no dues, nor parties, just a voice if or when needed. Happy lapping!

One of our members recently donated a vibration platform to the Fitness Center. This machine employs whole-body vibration in combination with normal exercises to enhance your workout. With wholebody vibration you stand, sit or lie on the machine’s platform as you exercise. As the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to your body forcing your muscles to contract and relax dozens of times each second. This causes you to exert yourself more than if you performed the same exercises without vibration. Quoting a recent article by Edward R. Laskowski, M.D., “Advocates say as little as 15 minutes per day, three times per week may aid weight loss, burn more fat, improve flexibility, enhance blood flow, reduce muscle soreness after exercise, build strength and decrease the stress hormone cortisol.“ His article goes on to say, “Whole-body vibration may have a role beyond sports and fitness. Some research shows that whole-body vibration, when performed correctly and under medical supervision when needed, can reduce back pain, improve balance in older adults and reduce bone loss.” There are some precautions, especially if you have had a knee or hip joint replacement, are recovering from recent surgery or have a pacemaker. As always, you should check with your doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen. It is also recommended that before using the vibration platform for the first time, you receive a demonstration and detailed instructions from our trainer, John Phillips. A copy of the user’s manual has been posted in the Resource Center section of our website which contains instructions on how to start, set-up and stop the machine as well as a detailed list of precautions:

Reminder to PaY Your 2016 Fitness Club Dues

At the January 10 Sunday Symposium, Fitness Club President Richard Duncan reminded the audience if they had not already done so, to pay the membership dues for 2016 or join the gym to keep those new year’s resolutions of getting fit and trim. Club dues pay for our trainer and with current membership levels we expect a significant budget shortfall in 2016. Logo wear sales also support our trainer. Order forms are available in the CAC lobby and in the Fitness Center. You can see samples Richard Duncan. (Photo by Julie Kiil) in the trainer’s office.

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby


Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, join our small, welcoming and friendly group to explore the third member of the Trinity. We use Stonecroft materials which are easy to follow, and progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Come and learn what peace there can be in your

life when it’s led by the Holy Spirit. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays

TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m.

PLACE: 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 6 (room is directly across the hall from the OVA office) LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566



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Oakmont Art Association

Buddhist Meeting

nCarol Decker

nPennijean Savage


The annual Open Studios event will take place on May 7 and 8. Creative Oakmont Art Association members have a chance to display and sell their creations from their homes. Their studios may be a room, a garage, or a corner of their kitchen, but at no other time can Oakmont artists display their work to so many people. At the March 11 Art Association meeting there will be an opportunity to sign up to open your studio and to become an Art Association member if you are not already. You can also call 538-5595 or E-mail Jane Carpenter at janeromaine@gmail. com and pick up a membership application in the Art Association file in the OVA Office. All creative activities are welcome and all studios, no matter how large or small. This popular event will be publicized beyond Oakmont, so we’ll expect good attendance.


Acclaimed watercolorist Dale Laitinen is going to give a painting demonstration in the East Rec. Center on Friday evening, April 1. Details will follow, but we plan to have refreshments followed by Dale’s presentation. Tickets will be $5 for members and $10 for non-members of the OAA. Because of space constraints we will only sell 80 tickets. Dale is a Signature member of the National Watercolor Society and Watercolor West. He is the author of several books and DVD’s, and conducts workshops throughout the world on painting the landscape with his signature degree of abstraction. We are privileged to have him make this demonstration and will announce more details as they are finalized.


Susan Berg and Victor Marcelli will be the featured artists in the Berger Gallery from February 13 to April 9. Award winning artist Susan Berg’s passion for the outdoors and respect for nature are the forces that channel her energy, imagination and inspiration to paint. She finds inspiration for her watercolors in Northern California’s diverse people and surrounding forest, vineyards, coastline and pasturelands.

February 27: What does Buddhism say about astrology, tarot cards, numerology, psychics, mediums and such?

Apple Cart by Victor Marcelli.


Ikebana: Ikebana classes with Master Ron Brown have resumed. Classes meet in the art room from 10 a.m.–12 noon on the first and fourth Friday of the month for $15 per session. The Colors of Music—A Watercolor Workshop with Dorothy Pierce: on May 21, noted watercolorist and former Oakmont resident, Dorothy Pierce, is returning to Sonoma County to lead two, two-hour workshops inspiring watercolor interpretations of music. More details to come.


nSusan Lynn

“Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, called conscience.”—George Washington Everyone had a blast at Trivia Night, so thanks to everyone who came to play. We had a great turnout, with 120 Boomers showing up for the Battle of the Brains. Kate Moreno, our moderator, didn’t make it easy with softball questions, so kudos to our winners, who took home prizes of red and white wines. Bragging rights go to new champs, Leslie Brockman’s gang, who took first place. Claire Fugate’s group came in second, and Richard Callahan’s team was third. For the rest of us, we’ll have another chance to challenge the champions at the re-match in November. By now, you should have renewed your Boomers’ membership for 2016. Members who have not renewed will receive an E-mail tomorrow (February 16) notifying them that their membership has lapsed. This means that you will not be able to attend any of our events, and you will no longer receive E-mail notices from the club. Of course, you may rejoin at any time, but why not take advantage of membership for the entire year? Just pay your $10 online (www.oakmontboomers. org) or drop a check in the Boomers’ folder at the OVA Office.

Coming Up

We hope you’ll join us for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, and “Get Your Green On!” This time it’s a free, members-only potluck social. Attendees may bring food for their own consumption or enter your traditional St. Patrick’s Day dish in our competition.

Watercolor by Susan Berg.

Oakmont resident Victor Ottavio Marcelli displayed a talent for art at an early age and it has served him well throughout his life, contributing to a successful career in graphic design, illustration and art direction. In 2002 Victor left the field of commercial art to concentrate on the fine art of drawing and painting from life, either landscapes or figures. He is accomplished in crayon, watercolor, and acrylic but prefers painting in oils.

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“Buddhism in essence teaches that all people equally have a far greater power within themselves to establish lives of absolute happiness. Nichiren Buddhism teaches that true happiness and fulfillment are achieved through our own inner transformation and our efforts to help others.”—Living Buddhims, February 2016, p. 8. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, February 27 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, February 27 2:30–4 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 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

An independent panel of judges will award prizes ($50 gift certificates to Stout Brothers Irish Pub and Restaurant in Santa Rosa!) to the five winners, who will choose one of these five dishes: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew (Lamb or Beef), Colcannon, Soda Bread, or Guinness Pudding with Whiskey Cream. Kindly prepare enough of your dish to serve 8–10 people. In order to win, there must be a minimum of three entries in each food category, and you may compete in more than one category. Traditional Irish music and your lucky green clothing will help set the mood, and as always, BYOB. We all know that Boomers are a busy lot, so here is a list of the socials and events for 2016. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on anything. April 21: Social—free “Pizza Madness” with music and dancing May 21: Big Event with Choppin’ Broccoli Band June 25: Big Event with the Hot Rods Band July 21: TBA (this might be a movie, theater, or concert outing) August 20: Big Event with Johnny Vegas and The High Rollers Band September 15: Social—free “Pizza and Dance Extravaganza” October 22: Big Event—Halloween Party with the fabulous Joe Sharino Band November 17: Trivia Thursday” at the Quail Inn December 8: Members Appreciation Holiday Party with free food and small quartet


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


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2016

Lawn Bowling nGreg Goodwin

nRosemary Waller


Thus does Fanfare magazine describe the distinguished Lincoln Trio from Chicago, returning March 10 for their fifth appearance on this series. Founded in 2003, the Trio brings together three solo artists of international renown. Violinist Desirée Ruhstrat has appeared at the White House and on a live broadcast heard around the world with the Berlin Radio Orchestra. Cellist David Cunliffe has performed with the BBC and Royal Scottish orchestras. Pianist Marta Aznavoorian has been featured with the Chicago Symphony and has performed at the Kennedy Center and Sydney Opera House.

Players International Competition in Venice, Italy, and 2011 recipient of the prestigious Young Performers Career Advancement Award. The ensemble has held residencies at Chicago’s Merit School of Music, the Music Institute of Chicago, San Francisco State University, University of Wisconsin Madison, and SUNY Fredonia. Details of the Lincoln Trio’s program in Oakmont will appear in the next Oakmont News, and can also be found, with program notes, on our website www. WHAT: Lincoln Piano Trio WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door, or your season pass


Together they have appeared at such venues as Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Bryant Park Festival, Ravinia Festival, University of Chicago, and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. In Springfield IL the Trio was chosen to celebrate the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial with President Barack Obama. The Lincoln Trio has concertized worldwide in Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and South America. In 2013 the Trio collaborated in the Grammynominated release on the Naxos label of Annelies, based on The Diary of Anne Frank. The work was the concluding event of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 20th Anniversary Tour. The Lincoln’s latest CD, on the Cedille label, includes the entire works of Joaquin Turina for piano and strings. The Lincoln Trio was winner of the 2008 Master

We are pleased to announce that Oakmont Gardens will host a reception immediately following the Lincoln Trio concert, just across the street from Berger Center. The entire audience is invited to enjoy some fine refreshments, and to meet and greet the Lincoln Trio. Do plan to join us!


On Saturday, March 12 at 3 p.m., Music at Oakmont continues our annual tradition of presenting the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Groups. Please mark your calendar and plan to hear these fabulously talented young people. WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Groups WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 3 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $10 at door, but free to age 16 and under (note: this is a special extra concert, benefitting both Music at Oakmont and Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Groups, not part of our regular season series)

Grandparents’ Club Easter Egg Hunt nLaVerne Polkinghorn

The Easter Bunny is arriving in Oakmont to meet and greet you and your grandchildren at our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event is for toddlers through 12-year-olds. The cost is $5 per child and includes the bags to hold their eggs, face painting, refreshments, entertainment and dancing to music by the Oakie Folkies and more. Please join us at this fun-filled event where our grandchildren will enjoy playing and hunting for prize filled eggs.

DATE: Saturday, March 26 TIME: 1–2:30 p.m. PLACE: Berger Center If you have any questions, please call Evelyn George at 539-5688. To sign up, please fill out the form below and place it with your check payable to the Grandparents’ Club in the folder in the OVA Office by Friday, March 18— that’s the last day of registration. There will also be forms available in the Grandparents’ Club folder.

EASTER EGG HUNT SIGN-UP FORM Grandparent(s) name: __________________________________________________________________________ Phone____________________________E-mail: _____________________________________________________ Grandchild name: _____________________________________________________ Age:_____ Girl/Boy Fee:$5 Grandchild name: _____________________________________________________ Age:_____ Girl/Boy Fee:$5 Total enclosed: ______ To support the Grandparents’ Club become a member, it is only $10! Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #: _____________________________ E-mail: _________________________________________________

I haven’t been able to bowl for quite a while due to the rains and my work schedule (babysitting). I can’t tell you how good it was to get back out on the green and reconnect with members of our lawn bowling family. Experts agree that it is not uncommon for family members to lose touch with one another. Reuniting often strengthens bonds which are extraordinarily important for seniors. Good relationships play a vital and timely roll for everyone’s well being, especially Oakmonters. So this is just a reminder to take a step back from your busy schedules and remember, with gratitude, what is important in life—health, happiness, friends and family.


I recently stopped by the Oakmont Gardens to have lunch with my grandmother. She has a nice apartment that overlooks the lawn bowling green. Grams has a wire-haired terrier named “Elbie” because she watches the lawn bowlers every time they play. After our early lunch, nana wanted to take a nap and asked me to take the dog for a walk. I had Elbie on a long leash as she was sniffing around the lawn bowling sign. My heart skipped a beat when I looked up and saw Nowah making his way to the green. He waved and made a gesture to say, “don’t go away.” Fourteen bowlers had already showed up to play. Nowah was the last to arrive and since 15 players would force an odd team, Nowah excused himself. He motioned to me to meet him by his car as he left the green. He said he had some free time and asked if I was busy. We were soon sitting on nana’s sofa as she was fast asleep. To be continued...


You bowled when you couldn’t play tennis, and you won everything (22 trophies). Oh Sandy! You ruled our greens more than Emperor Ming. Now you’re moving away, Oh, sorry Barry Manilow. Sandy Gravitch, nee Rothchild of the Missouri Rothchilds, the grand lady of Oakmont bowling is moving to Novato. No longer will bowlers hear, on a daily basis, “who taught you how to bowl?” Sandy is moving with Walter (cat) and Charlie (dog) to a senior complex on March 1. Her new apartment has a spare bedroom which will become her art studio. Sandy will be closer to her three children, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Sandy joined our club in 2001 and even though she will no longer be an Oakmonter, she is welcome to bowl as a special guest of the OLBC.


Save the date: Friday, February 19 at 3 p.m. It’s a “Fare Thee Well” party at the Berger Fireside Room for Sandy Gravitch. Sandy will be moving to Novato to be close to her family on March 1 so we’re having a little get-together with the usual chips, dips, chains, whips…oops! I mean some munchies, cake and beverages and you are encouraged to help “roast” her by telling your favorite Sandy story.



The Oakmont News / February 15, 2016

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

The Oakmont Community Garden membership met January 16, at the Berger Center for its Annual Meeting and Elections.

From left: Susan Fletcher and Sally Lovell ready for Spring gardening.

nRay and Marie Haverson

The Pasta King is coming to Oakmont

On March 19 we are having our Italian Dinner/ Dance with food supplied by the famous Pasta King. Menu as follows: 1. Pesto Polenta; 2. Anti-Pasta Trays; 3. Italian Meat Balls; 4. Pasta in Marinara Sauce; 5. Mixed Green Salad with Herbal Vinaigrette Dressing; 6. Rolls and Butter; 7. Fruit Basket Chocolate and Vanilla Cake with Whipped Cream. Music is provided by Billy Mac and Company. You asked for it—you got it: “The Mac Is Back.” This is a great band if you like 50s-60s music. If you like to dance be ready to spend the night on the dance floor. We have had a lot of request to bring them back so don’t miss this one. WHEN: March 19 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; dinner 5–6 p.m.; music 6–9:30 p.m. COST: Members $35pp, guest of member $40pp, non-members $49pp. Best deal $47pp includes membership.


From left: Gail Hartman, Aruna Donde and Julie Cade catch up on garden news.

Nine new members were welcomed into the garden during 2015: Richard Albert, Marie and Joe Penaz, Carole Boldt, Aruna and Arvind Donde, Susan Berg, and Jose and Vivian Valencia. Two gardeners had passed away and were fondly remembered: George Brott and Katherine Kelsey. Engaging garden literature was provided by two gardeners who are also Sonoma County Master Gardeners: Sue Ridgeway and Stephanie Wrightson. Now we know when it’s best to plant our veggies! During the meeting, a list of 2015 garden accomplishments were noted with a thank-you to all members who participate in garden projects and upkeep. Officers who were elected or re-elected for another one-year term were: Pat Olive, President; Lynda Oneto, Head Gardener; Giselle Mottiez, Treasurer; and Shirley Phillips, Secretary. Leyla Carreon has agreed to serve as back-up Treasurer and manager of electronic records. Winter gardeners especially welcomed the ongoing rains: Rain, rain, come our way. Garden loves you any day! For more information on signing up for the garden, contact OVA at 539-1611 or E-mail:

All seats are reserved when your check is received. If you have people you want to sit with please make sure all checks are in one envelope or we cannot guarantee you will be sitting together, the same applies to tables of eight. There will be no switching from one table to another after your seat is assigned. If one person wants to reserve a table of eight and pay for all eight seats and give us the names later that is OK. We will need all names within 15 days of event per new OVA rules. Please keep in mind we have a no-refund policy, sorry. Thank you for your understanding.


Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU-Oakmont nDavid Dearden

455 SEATS FILLED Oakmont Lifelong Learning starts 10th Year!

If it’s Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday at 3 p.m., it must be time for an Oakmont Lifelong Learning class. For over 10 years, Oakmont has welcomed six weeks of intellectual rigor, friendly crowding, and no homework as OLLI at SSU-Oakmont winter session gets underway. What keeps ‘em coming back? Oakmont resident Charlene Bunas offered a clue in this excerpt from the 2016 OLLI at SSU winter catalog: “For 5 years we had been talking of moving from the home we built in 1975. Yet our search had brought us nothing…seemed as if we didn’t really want to make the leap. Well, that all changed when we discovered OLLI at SSU Oakmont resident and Lifelong Learning classes at Oakmont. “In January 2014, we enthusiast Charlene Bunas. joined a friend for History of Paris. The instructor, Bruce Elliot, wore pantaloons, brocaded jackets, and feathered hats. Plus, he knew his subject! “But beyond the class and professor, what really impressed us was the energy of the 150+ students. During intermissions, women and men sprung from their chairs and greeted one another: lively discussions all round. These folks were happy, energetic, embracing the day and the chance to enrich their lives. We looked around and decided whatever they had, we wanted. “At Oakmont, we felt a sense of close community and joyous camaraderie. By May, we’d purchased a house in Oakmont and in October 2014, we moved into our new-to-us home. Right time, right place, right course…and right choice.” Coming soon: Oakmont Lifelong Learning Spring Preview March 16 at 3 p.m. in the Berger. Mark your calendars! OLLI at SSU brochures, course descriptions, and registration forms are available in the OVA Office, the Central Activity Center, and online at http://www. Please direct questions about OLLI at SSU-Oakmont courses and activities to Chair, Fradel Been, at 293-3181 or by E-mail at Guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting. Scholarship assistance is available for all OLLI at SSU classes.

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

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


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2016

Documentary Film Masterworks

Oakmont HEARS

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

What to expect from a painless and free hearing test

We sit in an insulated room to minimize surrounding noise with a pair of earphones and a button gadget in hand. Probably the first test will be a little puff of air in the ear which creates a chart called a Tympanogram that shows the functioning of the eardrum and inner ear. Ignore that, it’s for the experts. Next the person giving the test sends a series of sounds at varying loudness levels and pitches (frequencies). When we hear a sound, we push the button. Part of the time we sit and wonder if we missed a sound, and there will be sounds that we can’t hear. Next, words are sent to the earphones and we repeat back what’s heard. This is a measurement of word recognition. The words have been chosen to represent a spectrum of the word sounds difficult for those of us with hearing impairment to decipher. My word recognition score ranged from 28–48% depending on which ear and the sound level—not good. An audiogram chart displays the results from the button-pushing test. Here’s how to read it; on the left side is the sound loudness level given in decibels (db) with normal hearing between zero and 20 db at the top of the chart. Reading left to right is the pitch of the sound given in Hertz (hz) which are “cycles per second” of the sound waves. The audiogram shows how each ear responds to the various sounds at different levels and frequencies. The left ear response is the line with x’s and right ear with o’s. The db’s down the chart show how loud a sound has to be to be heard at that frequency. It will likely show our low frequency response, less than 500 hz, at near normal (20db) with the x and o lines dropping down as they flow to the right displaying the higher frequency response. For example, my hearing responses at 4,000 hz are about minus 100db—so I could hear a nearby jet engine screaming but I don’t hear anything quieter at that frequency. That’s about the frequency for the k, f, s and th consonants in the English language. Often I cannot make out those consonants, which are so often the first and/or last letters of words that are otherwise the same. It then requires unconscious and continuous rapid-fire interpretation/guesswork of what’s being said which “strains the brain” and sometimes leads to “the hell with it”—tuneout time. Thus, an audiogram shows the hearing aid fitter which frequencies need to be amplified for the specific requirements of the individual. Modern digital hearing aids have the capability for narrow ranges of frequencies to be amplified to different loudness levels. This provides the customizing for each ear. To be included in the HEARS E-mail list notify Carol at

East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon $3 donation

nJim Brewer

February 21:Charleen Gavette One Month In Liberia with the World Health Organization

Graphic information systems specialist Charleen Gavette spent a month in Liberia assisting the World Health Organization at the height of the Ebola crisis last year. She will speak about her experiences observing the epidemic and the WHO response.

nErnie Rose

Seymour Bernstein started playing the piano as a little boy, and by the time he turned 15 he was teaching it to others. He enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a performer before he gave it up to devote himself to helping others develop their own gifts. Seymour: An Introduction (81 min., 2015) produced and directed by film and TV actor Ethan Hawke, is a warm and lucid meditative portrait of an artist and his exceptional life and work. It is also a love letter to the study of music itself, and a film about the patience, concentration and devotion that are fundamental to the practice of all the art.

February 28: Ky Boyd It’s Oscar Time Again

In what has become an annual tradition for the Sunday Symposium, local film expert Rialto Cinema proprietor Ky Boyd will talk about the movies and the journey to this year’s Oscars, including the controversy over the all white selections for nominations. Seymour Bernstein with producer-director Ethan Hawke.

Ukesters nLinda Webster


Lucky you! A third class is scheduled for Beginning Basics of the Ukulele. The Oakmont Ukesters Club is pleased to announce a third introductory, hands-on tutorial for individuals new to playing the ukulele. The first class began in January, the second class begins this month, and the third offering is scheduled to begin Friday, April 1 (no fooling!), 1–2 p.m. This series of five meetings will introduce you to the basics of playing the ukulele. The goal of the series is to introduce individuals to skills needed to begin playing this unique instrument. Topics will include getting to know your instrument (what are all those parts called?), beginning chords (no you do not need to know how to read music!), strumming patterns, and tuning your ukulele. Songs using the beginning chords will be introduced so that by the time the series ends, you will be playing your ukulele. From then, you can start attending the regular meetings of the Oakmont Ukesters Club (Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Oakmont Gardens) to practice what you have learned. What do you need? You will need a ukulele, tuner, and if possible, a music stand. These will be explained when you call to register for the series. Are there pre-requisites? No, just a willingness to prove to yourself that if others can play, so can you! Remember, you do not have to read music in order to play the ukulele. You learn chords (e.g., C, G, A, D) and play them when you see them in songs. Costs? You will be asked to contribute a minimal fee ($3) to cover the cost of printed handouts. When, where and how? The location and time of the five meetings will be at my house and applications are now being accepted. Response has been positive, so please call me at 978-2790 right away to reserve your place. Why should you learn? Because playing the ukulele is good for the brain, and it is good for your soul. Give yourself the gift of having fun in the company of supportive, caring lovers of the Uke! You will be surprised at how much fun it is.

The master performing.

This film allows us to spend time with a generous human being who has found balance and harmony through his love of music. WHEN: Thursday, February 18, at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose

Playreaders nJackie McDonald

On February 15 and 22, Joyce O’Connor will bring Dead Man’s Cell Phone by Sarah Ruhl to Playreaders. Jean is eating in a café when another customer’s cell phone begins to ring. She is annoyed when the man doesn’t answer his phone and goes over to his table to speak to him. There she discovers the man, named Gordon, hasn’t answered because he is dead. Jean decides to answer the phone and talks in turn to his mother, his estranged wife, his mistress and his brother. One critic noted that the story explores the paradox of modern technology’s ability to both unite and isolate people in the digital age. Readers are Susan Baggett, Norma Doyle, Dennis Hall, Joyce O’Connor, Star Power, Jeffrey Sheff and Evelyn Zigmont.

Readers of Alphabetical Order.


The Oakmont News / February 15, 2016


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.

nBarbara Bowman

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.

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

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

Got German Roots??

Any Oakmonter with German roots or an interest in German culture, please join us at our next meeting of the Genealogy Club on Monday, Feb. 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the West Rec. Center. The guest speaker will be Lisa Gorrell, who is the President of the Contra Costa Genealogical Society and on the board of the California Genealogical Society. The subject of her presentation will be “Researching your Ancestors in German Records.”

Sunday, February 21, 2 pm NO FILM SHOWN, OVA EVENT AT BERGER Sunday, February 21, 7 pm ALL IS LOST

In this harrowing drama—which has no dialogue—Robert Redford portrays a man stranded alone at sea, courageously battling a ferocious storm as he struggles to survive in a damaged sailboat with just a sextant and maritime maps to guide him. This pulse-racing, riveting adventure at sea is bolstered by extraordinary cinematography. Nominated for a Golden Globe, Redford’s virtuoso performance is mesmerizing and totally convincing. A unique viewing experience. (2013), PG-13, 106 minutes.

Sunday, February 28, 2 pm MISS PETTIGREW LIVES FOR A DAY

When her gruff demeanor costs her yet another nanny job, desperate Guinevere Pettigrew (Frances McDormand) lands a job as the “social secretary” for an aspiring American actress, Delysia Lafoose (Amy Adams) and soon gets swept up in a dizzying world of glamour and high society. Finding that they are just what the other needs, Guinevere and Delysia empower each other to discover their romantic destinies. A fast-moving and charming comedy, with great ‘40s sets, costumes and music. (2008), PG, 92 minutes.

Sunday, February 28, 7 pm EIGHT BELOW

When an accident forces a trio of Antarctic scientists to leave behind their team of sled dogs, the animals must survive a cruel and punishing winter on their own. Based on a true story, Eight Below is an engrossing adventure with gorgeous vistas of the Antarctic wilderness. The film is highlighted by remarkable interactions among the dogs as they fend for themselves and try to survive. Will the scientists be able return in time to rescue these courageous, smart and amazing canines? (2006), PG, 120 minutes.

Sunday, March 6, 2 pm SONGCATCHER

After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Dr. Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer), a gifted musicologist, impulsively visits her sister in Appalachia. There she stumbles upon a musical treasure trove of dozens of Scot-Irish ballads that have been preserved since colonial periods by the local populace and are unknown to the outside world. The film’s musical score includes many of the songs in their traditional Appalachian style, as well as contemporary arrangements. (2000), PG-13, 109 minutes.

Sunday, March 6, 7 pm HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG

When her husband leaves her, emotionally unstable Kathy (Jennifer Connelly) finds her house in the Northern California hills seized in foreclosure and put up for auction. An exiled Iranian air force colonel (Ben Kingsley) buys Kathy’s dream house, but Kathy’s obsessed with getting it back. Adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name, this intense drama is a tale of the American dream gone awry. Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Kingsley. (2003), R (some violence, language, nudity), 126 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, February 21, 2 p.m.: No film shown, OVA event at Berger Sunday, February 21, 7 p.m.: All Is Lost, (2013), PG-13, 106 minutes. Sunday, February 28, 2 p.m.: Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, (2008), PG, 92 minutes. Sunday, February 28, 7 p.m.: Eight Below, (2006), PG, 120 minutes. Sunday, March 6, 2 p.m.: Songcatcher, (2000), PG-13, 109 minutes. Sunday, March 6, 7 p.m.: House of Sand and Fog, (2003), R, 126 minutes.

America is a melting pot of immigrants from across the globe and people of German ancestry make up the biggest chunk of that mix. There are more than 49 million people with German ancestry in the United States, a number that accounts for 16% of the population. The largest wave of Germans came to America during the middle of the 19th century, facing civil unrest and high unemployment at home. Today, the majority of German-Americans can be found in the non-coastal states, with, surprisingly, the largest number in Maricopa County, Arizona. On March 7 there will be a class at the West Rec. from 3–5 p.m.: Starting our Genealogy Research, Part II. This session, a sequel to Part I held on Feb. 1, will be taught by George McKinney. All are welcome to attend. The LDS Family History Library at 1725 Peterson Lane, Santa Rosa, is having “Family Discovery Day” on March 12, 1–4:30 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. On March 14 at 3 p.m. George McKinney will teach a second class on the genealogy software program Legacy at the Oakmont Computer Learning Center. The first such class on Feb. 15 is full. To register please E-mail George at: The Genealogy Club meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. (except July and December). There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: If you have research questions or would like to receive our newsletter, send an E-mail to:

nKay Kim

Table Tennis in Oakmont

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


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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.


Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, seamless gutters and downspouts. Quality for less. Bonded and insured, free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call 8375030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell).


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

Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont LCO #2411. references. I’ll work with your budget. HANDYPERSON Lic. #954364. Call Angel, All trades, little fix-its and prickly 707-239-1241. puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. assemblies, gardening and pruning Dependable, experts serving you and too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since your neighbors with excellence and 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, 539-5217. bonded and insured. Senior discounts COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. HOME GREETING SERVICE net or call us at 537-1308 for all your Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community plumbing needs. information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had THE COMPUTER TROUBLESHOOTER a home visit, please call Charlotte at Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, 538-9050. complete support for PC’s, Apples MIKE’S REPAIR and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers Plumbing, electrical, appliance, served. John Bradford. 578-6305. heating and air conditioning, general $40/hour. handyman (I can fix just about PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest FAUX FINISHES and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536Reasonable rates, free estimates, 9529, emergency—328-6635. Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary LEE MOEN CONSTRUCTION Luurs, 528-8489.


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


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

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


Remodels, additions, efficiency and accessibility updates. Helping clients live comfortably in their homes since 1979. Call Craig Lawson, Oakmont Resident, 579-9088. Lic. #377330. Free estimates.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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



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

WANTED: JAPANESE SWORDS AND RELATED ITEMS Please call 938-4436 or (949) 683-3103.

Done with an emphasis upon a natural RENTAL IN WILD OAK—$3,250 look. Also available for yard leaf 2,500 sq. ft., 3 BD, 2.5 BA. One-year vacuuming. Richard, 833-1806. or 6-mo., fully- furnished. Cathedral ceilings, large kitchen, extra bonus SELL ME YOUR DUSTY CAR room, two fireplaces. Situated above Unused car taking up your garage? Sell it to me. I am not a dealer. Call Joe, Oakmont within the serene gated community. Views, secluded half-acre 545-4311. landscaped lot, gardener included. CLUTTER GOT YOU DOWN? Dogs or cats OK. Call 521-9819 or Ruth Hansell, 24 years organizing E-mail experience. Home office/filing system, garages, closets. Oakmont references HOUSE CLEANING WITH available. Call 799-0097 or E-mail to “QUEEN OF CLEAN” Excellent service and dependable. Call Valerie, 573-9842.


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


Customized personal training for individuals or small groups of 2–4. SPECIALTY IMPROVEMENTS Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant CONSTRUCTION SERVICES and Certified Personal Trainer/Holistic Complete home renovations, kitchen Health Coach. Improved health and and bathroom design, remodeling and well-being for 2016. Affordable and repair. Door and window upgrades, competitive rates. Call Rhonda Lee at decks, fences and concrete. 30 years 758-7681. local experience, timely and detail oriented. Lic. #669482. Call (707) 328-3555.

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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

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


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


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

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

COORDINATOR February 16 – 29 Marianne Neufeld 528-0161 March 1 – 15 Patresa Zwerling 539-8996

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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

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

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


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

Goodwill Donation Truck

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

Loaner equipment

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

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



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

Lost & found

(Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) For the foreseeable future, n​ o appointments for counseling, or regular meetings with seniors at Oakmont. Call 1-800-434-0222 for additional information.

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

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

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


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


Association Manager Cassie Turner

oakmont community garden on stonebridge


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

OAS Management Company

Schedules available at OVA office.

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


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OVA-Sponsored Events The OVA Comedy Club Presents Dan St. Paul nMarsha Zolkower

Friday, February 26, 7 pm Berger Center

California Redwood Chorale Sings for Oakmont nMarsha Zolkower

A Free Concert on Sunday, February 21 Presented by OVA

Ever on the go performing around the world, the California Redwood Chorale performs in the Berger Center from 3–4 p.m. on Sunday, February 21. Whether they are in Hungary, Austria, Italy, Puerto Rico or Oakmont, you can count on this to be a beautiful afternoon of chorale music and fun as 30 voices fill the air! The Sunday afternoon program will be a repertoire with origins from well-known films. Some of the movie music you will recognize come from films such as Skyfall, An American Tale and Slumdog Millionaire. The concert will also be peppered with a touch of international music as well. This is a free event with open seating. No ticket is required. Please just come by the Berger beginning at 2:30 p.m. when the doors open. Snacks will be sold by the California Redwood Chorale as a fund-raiser for their Scholarship Fund.

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Come join in the laughs at this cabaret event, not to be missed! BYOB, snacks and your sense of humor. Prepare for an evening of laughter and nonsense with one very funny comic. No reserved seats, just mix and mingle! It is rare that a comedian as successful as Dan St. Paul can walk down the street unrecognized. But Dan St. Paul isn’t successful from television or movies—he’s the rare comedian that hit it big on the radio. Even if you don’t know the name, you probably still know the bit: St. Paul’s religious satire classic “First Baseball Game” is a favorite on Bob and Tom’s uber-syndicated morning show, and is also wildly popular on the internet. The Los Angeles Theater and Entertainment Review said about Dan, “Combining a sharp, clean wit with an outstanding talent for creating characters, Dan’s show appeals to audiences of all ages...what sets Dan apart is that he doesn’t just tell jokes, but rather creates a series of comedic events.” Stop by the OVA Office to purchase these highly coveted tickets which are only $15. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Oakmont Community Church

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. The great privilege of the Christian life is to participate in the soul’s development. The sermon series “Soulcraft” is an examination of that thing we call discipleship.

February 21

Dan Melligan will be preaching from Galatians 5:16– 18; Walk by the Spirit. Debbie Knapp will be playing the piano.

February 28

Dan Melligan will be sharing from Ephesians 1:3– 10; Adopted as Children of God. Lucas Sherman will be at the piano.

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