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nJim Brewer

OVA Election Rules Revised

Revised OVA Board election rules will be in effect this year that among other things create an independent Inspector of Elections and provide a clear definition for the proxy process. The rules, adopted by the board of directors Dec. 20, also lay out ways candidates can be nominated. “The intent was to tighten the rules to be in line with our governing documents, civil code and corporate code,” said President Andie Altman. Four seats on the seven-member board are up for election this year. Ballots are mailed out to arrive at least 30 days before the annual membership meeting on April 3. One owner of each home in Oakmont is eligible to vote. In addition, one vote is allowed for each apartment unit in the Oakmont Gardens complex. This year ballots will be in the legal custody of an independent inspector of elections, who will designate a location to mail or deliver them. The inspector, who has yet to be selected by the board, cannot be an OVA member, Oakmont resident or related to one. The inspector will determine the deadline for the return of all ballots but it generally is by the close of the annual meeting. Ballots are counted the next day. One of the more significant rule changes is the

elimination of language that allowed voters to hand over a validated ballot to another person to vote on their behalf. The elimination also means candidates or their supporters are not allowed to provide replacement ballots to residents and return those ballots to the ballot box. Proxies may be completed or ballots may be obtained, completed and returned at the April 3 member meeting. Other changes to the election rules: • Prevent convicted felons and individuals who have been declared by a court to be of unsound mind from becoming OVA board members. This updates OVA rules to conform to statute. • Provide more detail on member eligibility and suspension of member voting rights. Members not in good standing (i.e. delinquent) are not eligible to vote. • Make clear that a runoff election must be held if a board election ends in a tie vote. • Lay out the process for recounts of disputed board elections. To read the full election rules online, go to: http://

Berger Action Committee Gets to Work on Options nJackie Reinhardt

The new Berger Action Committee at its second meeting Jan. 9 decided to pursue two separate tracks for carrying out its mandate from the OVA Board to come up with a successful improvement plan for Oakmont’s 53-year-old multi-purpose center. A subcommittee made up of Bob Jackson and Claudette Brero-Gow will investigate remodeling and updating Berger, drawing on the work of the now disbanded Berger Improvement Committee. Art Fitchenberg and David Dearden will look at options for constructing a new Berger and what to do with the existing building. Both subcommittees will prepare a timeline, including required tasks, for the group’s next meeting on Jan. 23. Emphasizing the importance of transparency and listening to the community, members reviewed nStaff Report

the Voices of Oakmont survey. Among the findings highlighted was residents’ desire to maintain property values and to make Oakmont attractive to the next generation by providing amenities such as a Sports Complex and more opportunities for social interaction. The Ad Hoc Committee chaired by Ruthie Snyder has two board representatives, President Andie Altman and Director Herm Hermann whose Central Project Committee earlier studied space needs of the central complex area and East and West Recreation Centers. The BAC’s ultimate recommendation to the OVA Board is expected to provide detailed analyses of the costs, benefits, challenges and impacts on the community at large.

OVA in New Office

The OVA is expected to be open in its new office behind the Umpqua Bank building on Tuesday, Jan. 17, Manager Cassie Turner announced. Entrance to the building is via a breezeway reached off Laurel Leaf Drive or from the parking lot between the Berger Center and the bank. The telephone number

and other contact information remain unchanged. The new, larger quarters replace office space in the blue-roof building at 6575 Oakmont Drive. Those offices were closed for two days Jan. 12–13 so furniture and other equipment could be moved. OVA is closed Monday, Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Day. PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

January 15, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 2

Crackdown on Rock Violations Entering New Phase nAl Haggerty

The drive eventually to eliminate the overuse of rock or gravel in Oakmont landscaping enters a new phase later this month with on-site inspections of all properties. If found in violation, homeowners will have two options: (1) correct the violation within 90 days or (2) if owners do not have the means to re-landscape the property, they may execute a covenant that requires fixing the violation upon change in title. Marianne Neufeld, chair of the Architectural Committee (AC), said those with violations will have 90 days to fix the problem and can request extensions if necessary. The new Gravel Landscaping Policy adopted by the board last November allowed homeowners to “self-report” violations before the end of 2016 and be given nine months to correct the violation. For self-reporting owners who lack the means to re-landscape, the OVA is paying for a covenant requiring that the violation be corrected upon change of title. Neufeld said 30 property owners self-reported and some asked for their property to be measured to be sure rock areas do not exceed the limit. The policy was outlined last November in a letter to all residents, calling it “a positive and fair approach” to enforcing the gravel rule. It said disciplinary action “includes, but is not limited to, monetary fines,” which can be imposed on a daily basis until the violation is corrected. The letter, written by OVA attorney Sandra Gottlieb, encourages “all members to notify the board of any properties it believes are in violation.” The letter went on to say that since the board knows there are violations of the gravel rule, “it is in the best interest of Oakmont and its architectural and aesthetic character to properly enforce all violations of the gravel rule” as the board becomes aware of them. Neufeld, in an interview with the Oakmont News, said she encourages residents to make an appointment with the AC to have their property evaluated to determine if they comply with the 15% policy. She said she would begin checking all the homes in Oakmont in late January, beginning with the section along Oak Leaf Drive between Highway 12 and the West Golf Course and running from Pythian Road to the Central Activities Center on White Oak Drive. She emphasized that she will do all of the evaluations and take photos of every property that appears to be in violation. She indicated that her decisions will be reasonable. She said one homeowner had the property measured by a professional who certified the findings. The policy allows up to 15% gravel in the front yard, not counting driveways and walkways. Neufeld said one property owner complied with the rule by simply See crackdown on page 3


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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

Letters to the Editor

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

nOVA Administration

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

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

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

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

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. West Rec.

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

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

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

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


nJohn Renwick

League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations

OAS Management is hosting a complimentary Board Member Boot Camp in Santa Rosa at the East Recreation Center for all HOA board members on Saturday, January 28 from 9:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m. What community association boards need to know: • Operating as a board: administrative management of your HOA • Finance: financial reporting, budgeting and reserve studies • Meetings: board meetings, executive sessions, open forums • Governing documents: a legal perspective


• Maintenance and landscape of common areas • Insurance: making decisions for your homeowners association • Question-and-answer session with the experts Continental breakfast and lunch are included, catered by Oakmont Market. Limited seating available—please RSVP to events@ today, to save your seat! Next board meeting: Monday, February 6, 12 noon, Room B The ECHO Wine Country Seminar is scheduled for the morning of Saturday, March 25. Plan to attend—it will be worth your time.

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creating a walkway filled with gravel. Since the gravel was in a walkway it didn’t count when calculating the 15%. She also emphasized that all modifications in landscaping must be approved by the Architectural Committee before work begins. Earlier surveys by the committee indicated that there are hundreds of homes in violation of the 15%


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rule. Suggestions that the rule simply be rewritten or removed are complicated by the fact that it is part of OVA’s governing documents. As a result any change must be approved by a majority of the residents. Since barely a majority of the residents vote in OVA board elections, virtually every vote would have to favor the change, a highly-unlikely outcome.


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Dear Editor, Mr. Beurskens letter to the editor dated 12/15/2016 explained the history of the “gravel” rule and the changing climate issues of the recent years well. I agree with his comparison of wood chipped yards and gravel yards over time. Gravel yards that are put in by a licensed landscaper that reduces water usage as approved by the Santa Rosa Water Department with drought-tolerant landscaping is more beautiful over time than are woodchip/mulch yards. Walk down Fairfield from White Oak then onto Oak Leaf Dr. and look at the yards this time of year and see which ones look nice and which ones look like they need “do-overs.” Any yard, grass, gravel or woodchip/mulch must be kept up and redone every so often. Sometimes we forget to “give back” to our yards. We can’t expect what was done 2 years ago to last for 10 more years. Nature in a community needs to be nurtured to keep it healthy. It’s time for a change to the 15% gravel policy. New standards for gravel yards need to be developed by the OVA. There are more serious landscaping issues than those that have more than 15% gravel in the front yard. Claudine H. Simpson

Open Letter to our Oakmont Governing Board Please Save Our East Rec. Center Observation Deck’s Magnificent View!

It is Oakmont’s premier vantage point for viewing the vast beauty of “The Valley of The Moon.” Virtually, every Oakmonter and their guest, who gaze on this magnificent view, day or night, cannot help but exclaim, “This is a spectacular sight!” This expansive view of the Valley of the Moon, is carpeted with a huge swim pool at your feet, extending over well-kept one-story homes, interspersed with beautiful trees and shrubs, an 18-hole golf course, plus vineyards of grape vines that carry their rows halfway up the sides of those beautiful breathtaking Hood and Sugar Loaf Mountains, changing shades of color by the hour. A more memorable and romantic setting would be hard to find. Only a cold-heart with no sense of beauty would not appreciate. We as a community, should give voice to our pride in our Oakmont environment, by urging our Governing Boards to capitalize on our location’s beauty, by not only replacing our East Rec. deck but enhancing it to a point of calling the finished replacement, the ”Crown Jewel of Oakmont.” Oakmont is about as a sublime a place to spend our retirement years, as we could have dreamed. Let’s be generous to ourselves now, and to those who follow. If you agree with this view speak out in favor! Otherwise, accept what the naysayers do and the apathetic default to. A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Frank Schretlen


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The Oakmont News / January 15, 2017

nMarlena Cannon

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU—Oakmont


Like a fine wine, Mick Chantler’s Post Civil War has been 50 years in the making. “There is an endless significance to the era in American history between 1865 and 1926,” Professor Chantler said during a pre-Christmas interview. “Teaching this class on the period of Southern Reconstruction and Recovery as if it were being seen through the eyes of someone who lived through it, will be fascinating.”

To start that journey, Chantler poses the question: What words or images best describe the South? Retirement mecca, the Klan, Gone with the Wind, The Research Triangle, Elvis? Diverse and often contradictory, Chantler contends that our knowledge of the South comes from the media, not personal experience. He seeks to use a neutral eye in

understanding 15 states that continue have an outsized political, cultural, and historical impact on America. If a time machine transported us back to New York City in 1865, the differences between now and then would have been apparent but not unsettling. To land in the Mississippi Delta, however, would be bizarre and shocking. The Mississippi Delta in 1865 was hellish for most. Although blacks outnumbered whites 8:1, it was white supremacist police state. After fighting a war that took over 620,000 lives, the North lost interest in the South. Lincoln was dead, inflation rampant, and everything ruin. The South was alone. Even two generations later white Southerners are still defiant losers: Southern mill workers are paid half the rate of northern workers; per-capita income is 40% less than the national average; states like Louisiana have less than 250 miles of paved roads. Mick ends the course with the infamous 1925 Scopes Monkey case. Covered by over 200 newspapers, the trial confirms the prejudicial view of the South as a hopeless, ignorant, and benighted world apart. And now, in 2017, has America gone South? Country sells more music than any other, Southern states determined the 2016 election, and Southern Baptists are the fastest growing religion. OLLI registration at www.sonoma/edu/exed/oll. Brochures are available at the OVA Office and the CAC kiosk.

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

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

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

Oakmont Art Association nCarol Decker


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

CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES Mixed Media Workshop Saturday, January 28, 9 am–2 PM

Led by Zoya Scholis, this workshop will use a variety of materials—Japanese papers, designer fabrics, glues, stamps, dies, paints etc. to make a large-scale mixed media piece. We will be using tools, both new and familiar. All levels are welcome. Make a mixed-media masterpiece. Zoya Scholis is an award-winning artist with a BA in Studio Arts, from CSEB and over 20 years teaching experience (15 years facilitating creativity workshops). Her works are featured at SFWA Gallery, San Francisco, City Arts Gallery, San Francisco and Los Gatos Museums Gallery, Los Gatos, CA. More information about Zoya can be found at www.zoyart. com or Cost of the workshop is $90. To register, contact Dan Fishman, or (408) 621-0127.


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

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nChuck Wood


On December 29, the newly-constituted Board of Directors met to elect the board’s officers and standing committee chairs for 2017. The officers are: Barbara Robinson, President; Frank Giannini, Vice President; Rick Warfel, Secretary; and Russ Adamson, Treasurer. The standing committee chairs are: Russ Adamson, Finance; Tony D’Agosta, Golf; Pete Waller, Greens; Frank Giannini, House and Social; Neil Huber, Membership; Rick Warfel, Communications; and Barbara Robinson and Neil Huber as Co-Chairs for Long-Range and Strategic Planning. Additionally, Neil Huber will serve as the OGC Board’s Liaison to the OVA/OGC Joint Task Force.


The dates are now set for this year’s Monday Twilighter events: May 15, June 5, July 10, August 14, September 18 and October 9. For those of you who have not participated in these very fun social golf gatherings, the format each time is this: sixsome teams of three gals and three guys play in a form of scramble or shamble game; we have a shotgun tee-off at 3 p.m. on the East Course; then we gather back at the Quail Inn for beverages, socializing, buffet dinner and prizes. The Twilighters form the core of our club’s social activities for our members and their guests each year. Just as in 2016, we will make up the sixsome teams ourselves. Please consider inviting new and newish members of our club to join your team each month. Invite a guest or two who might be considering joining our dear club. Already we can anticipate the fun Twilighter themes and decorations and food offerings that the OGC’s Social Committee will have for us this year.


As was initiated last year, the Oakmont Golf Club needs to get the members’ “sweeps” account monies from the prior calendar year off the club’s books (they are carried as a Liability on the OGC’s Balance Sheet). Accordingly, we must all spend our hardfought earnings from 2016 play in our sections and Twilighters before February 28. Sweeps money won in January and February of this year can be carried forward in your account beyond March 1. Fortunately, there are many ways to spend your loot at the Oakmont Golf Club. Buy merchandise in the Pro Shop (Dann made a great buy of Footjoy golf shoes, by the way), pay for food and beverages in the Quail Inn and purchase buckets of range balls at the Pro Shop counter. You can also apply sweeps funds toward the annual golf cart trail fee and the annual range ball fee (range key). Have fun. You earned it. Thank you.

Wednesday Men’s Club

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


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

nRick Warfel


First flight (13.5–17.0): first, Tom Parker, Lou Lari, John Cook and Charlie Huff, 151; second, Jim Scinto, Bob Baciocco, Frank Giannini and Bob Branstetter, 147. Second flight (17.8–up): first, Tom Wayne, Bud Simi, Bob Siela and Art Fichtenberg, 149; second, Dennis DeSousa, Frank James, Chuck Mendenhall and Wally Juchert, 148. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Bruce Hulick, 11’6”; #13—Tom Kendrick, 6’9”; #16—Rick Yates, 5’1”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Alan McLintock, 17’2”; #13—Randy Kephart, 5’11”; #16— Bud Simi, 15’3”; #5—Randy Kephart, 9’1”.

Back to the December Luncheon. Congratulations to these two winners!

December 21, EAST COURSE

First place, Art Hastings, 62; second place, Gary Stone, 65; third place tie, Keith Wise and Chuck Woods, 67. There is a golf course where the parking lot is just to the right of the first fairway. Separating the fairway and lot is the access road to the pro shop. One day, a ball comes flying off the first tee, hits the rear window of one car and shatters it. After surveying the damage, the golf pro asks each golfer as he walks off the ninth green if anyone hit a slice of the first tee. After numerous negative replies, the pro finally finds his culprit. The golfer admits that, yes, indeed, he hit his first tee shot to the right, but it went outof-bounds, he and the rest of his group didn’t bother looking for it. The pro explains about the car window and the golfer who hit the errant shot moans, ”Oh, that’s terrible. What can I do?” The pro says, “You should probably try rolling your hands a little to the right to strengthen your grip.” While sitting at a table in the clubhouse after a game, Padraig remarked to a fellow club member, “I’m not going to play golf with Jim Lawler anymore. He cheats.” “Why do you say that?” asked his friend. “Well, he found his lost ball two feet from the green,” replied Padraig indignantly. “That’s entirely possible,” commented his friend. “Not when I had his golf ball in my pocket,” retorted Padraig with finality. A young man and a priest are playing golf together. At a short par 3 the priest asks, “What are you going to use on this hole, my son?” The young man says, “An iron, father. How about you?” The priest says, “I’m going to hit a soft seven and pray.” The young man hits his iron and puts the ball on the green. The priest tops his iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards. The young man says, “I don’t know about you, father, but in my church when we pray we keep our head down.”

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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Coming up

January 23: Exploring round tiles called Zendalas. February 13: 3Z tiles—let’s explore the new triangleshaped tiles! TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail

From L-R: Linda Yates, Our Net Club Champion, Debbie Warfel and our Captain Joanne Finnerty.

Linda and Joanne again presenting the Most Improved Player Award to JoAnn Banayat.


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

This will be my last Niners article I write as your Captain. By the time this is published we will have had our kick-off lunch and elected our new officers for 2017. My best to the new officers and I hope they have as much fun as I have for the last five years. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season and are ready to get back out and play some golf! There are no sweeps results to report because of the cancellations due to weather and the holidays. Once again, I want to thank Gary Stone as your cocaptain and Dan Levin as your treasurer for all they have contributed to the club. And again, I want to thank you, the members, for all your participation and cooperation to make this club a success. I will be serving on the Oakmont Golf Club Board for the next three years. I invite you to come to me regarding any OGC concerns you might have. Meanwhile, Happy Golfing!


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18 nDebbie Warfel

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

Hello, my name is Debbie Warfel and I will be serving in the role of publicity/historian for the 18Hole Tuesday and Thursday women’s golf clubs. In this new position I take-over for Kathy Faherty who did a superb job. I moved to Oakmont from Greenbrae in Marin County about a year-and-half ago and I have been taking lessons from Jessica. I especially like the social aspects of the clubs and making new friends. Normally, I will announce sweeps results, but, in this my first article, I would like to present a brief history of perhaps the greatest woman golfer ever.


The Associated Press declared Babe Zaharias the “Woman Athlete of the Half Century” in 1950. She won 17 golf tournaments in a row in 1946 to 1947 and won 82 tournaments between 1933 and 1953. She was born in 1911 in Port Arthur, Texas and earned her nickname “Babe” by hitting five homeruns in one baseball game. Her greatest achievement was breaking four world records in the 1932 Olympics at Los Angeles. She won the 80-meter hurdles, the javelin throw, and set a world record in the high jump, but had the jump disqualified and she placed second. At the age of 32 she took-up golf seriously and could hit a drive 260 yards or more. She would hit as many as 1,000 balls per day, take lessons for five to six hours, and play until her hands were blistered and bleeding. In 1953 Babe had a cancer operation and many feared she would never play again. The next year she won the United States Women’s Open by 12 strokes.

Landscape Improvement Committee Meeting

nRay Haverson


We are now 65% sold out for this party. If you are coming you need to get your reservations in very soon. You do not want to miss out on The Hot Rods Band, cracked crab and BBQ Dinner with all the fixin’s. Do not forget your dues for 2017 are now due. Rev up your motors drag out your poodle skirts and blue jeans and come join us for a great time. WHAT: New Year’s after New Year’s Party WHEN: January 28 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 6–9:30 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. COST: Members $42 per person, members guest $47 per person, non-members $52 per person and the best deal is $54 per person that includes your first years dues and the party. DINNER MENU: Cracked Crab, BBQ Chicken, sautéed bell peppers and onions, mixed green salad, potato salad, lemon water, coffee, tea and chocolate and vanilla sheet cake with mixed fruit filling and covered with whipped cream. Back by popular demand for your listening and

nJudy Butler

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

January Buddhist Meeting

January 28—Winning Means Refusing to Be Defeated

“Faith equals daily life, and Buddhism is manifested in society. It is inconceivable, therefore, that our Buddhist practice and the teachings of Buddhism would fail to help us win in our daily lives and society or become happy. Today again don’t be defeated. Today again bring forth courage. As you make your way on the path of your vow, on the path of victory.” —Daisaku Ikeda, Living Buddhism, December 2016, p. 5

You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, January 28 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, January 28, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 5480225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

nAlan Scott

On January 3, the LIC met to discuss the state of the grounds and the plans for future improvements. Yvonne Horn noted that shrubs in the median at Oakmont entrance have overgrown the large and decorative boulders. The plan now is to prune the shrubs aggressively. We’ve planted more daffodil bulbs and golden poppy seeds this year. Marianne Neufeld oversaw the new landscaping of the entrance to the West Rec. which is complimentary to the Meadowridge HOA landscaping. At the East Rec., OVA will soon plant rock roses in the bald spots in the front of the pool and surrounding areas. The gardeners will remove the spray watering which they will replace with drip irrigation. Also, to the north of the pond, LIC has plans for an agave garden with rocks, agave americana and agave parryi. The company that copped down a heritage oak in the common area below Meadowridge Dr. has planted some trees between Quail Run HOA and Hwy. 12. Unfortunately this mitigation project has run afoul with the government because of a lack of permits and irrigation hoses in a creek bed. The fig tree in the CAC has developed problems so it will be replaced. The gardeners are carefully applying a pre-emersion herbicide to control the weeds throughout Oakmont. LIC could use a couple of new members who are interested in planning and planting on OVA property. If interested, please call 529-4135.

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Windows Computer Information nPhil Kenny

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


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


WHEN: January 21, 12 noon WHERE: West Recreation Center All paid OakMUG members are invited to attend. The party includes lunch! The club will provide a main course, dessert, wine and tableware. Households with names beginning A through M— please bring a salad; N through Z—please bring an appetizer.

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

Registration: 538-1485

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

nJim Brewer

January 22: Rita George Transforming in the Midst of Crises

Revolutionary new historical, archeological, and scientific discoveries shine a bright light on how Seven Principles—the Phoenician Blueprint—was used by the ancient Phoenician culture to create peace and prosperity for 3,000 years, even though they were surrounded by larger, warlike neighbors. The Phoenicians were masterful at protecting themselves by creating group resonance and heart coherency while living on three different continents. As a descendant of the Phoenicians and as a transformational strategist and author, who has turned around individual lives and businesses in transition for over 30 years, Rita brings insight on how evolutionary transformation is unfolding in the midst of a crisis cycle of history, how the country is divided by two different worldviews, how this ancient wisdom illustrates a bigger picture of history linked to the last political election, and how the wisdom can resolve modern day crises.

January 29: Wendy Wisely How can live theater compete in this new digital world

Today’s audiences, need only hit a button or run a finger along a touch screen to bring up endless entertainment and educational content, and all from the comfort of their private couch. How can live theatre compete with that? Acting, writing and directing throughout the Bay Area for over two decades, Wendy Wisely will make the case for live theatre in a digital world. Ms. Wisely is on the Theater Arts faculty at Las Positas College and Santa Rosa Junior College, where her production of Gross Indecencies received a Dean Goodman Award. She has also taught two semesters abroad: London 2011 and Florence 2014. She spends her summers teaching for the California Shakespeare Theatre.

Instructor: Bob Stinson


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Valley of the Moon Rotary Oakmont Lanes nTerry Leuthner, President, and Carolyn Mack, Vice President

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Winter 2017 League Schedule. New bowlers: Please contact Terry or Carolyn if you would like to sign up a team of four bowlers or be a substitute for our 2017 Winter League starting Jan. 10. It is a 10-week league ending on April 18 with playoffs on May 2. We have a 1:30 PM League and a 3:15 PM League. Look forward to hearing from you. Remaining bowling dates for January: Jan. 17 and 31. No bowling Jan. 24, fourth Tuesday.


Our Oakmont Lanes Seventh Annual Charity Bow-A-Thon Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Austin Creek Elementary School, 1480 Snowy Egret Dr. Santa Rosa, to be split 50/50 for the benefit of Rincon Valley Union School District and the Oakmont Kiwanis. Save the date. The $25 minimum per bowler/$100 for team of four includes one hour of bowling and a delicious lunch, catered by Burger King, plus lots of raffle ticket opportunities for family outings, gift certificates to local restaurants, wine and much more! 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 a special prize. There will also be many great online auction items at Don’t have time to bowl? Donations are welcome or just come by for a $10 delicious lunch. Register online at,, or get mailing form from our website. Anyone who has attended our past fundraisers knows it is a blast! Planning is in the works! See our website for update information.

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nAl Haggerty


The role of Habitat for Humanity in providing housing for low-income families in Sonoma County will be explored at the January 25 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at the East Recreation Center. Algeo Che Casul, manager of community development and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County, will explain the program which provides housing to families who help build their own homes by putting 500 hours of sweat equity (work hours) into their homes. Casul says Habitat is looking for people who are interested in volunteering at building sites, in its repair program, at the Restore (renovation warehouse) and in its office to help further its mission to “help raise worthy families out of poverty and help our seniors to continue to live in their homes with dignity.” “The work hours,” Casul explains, “is their down payment on the home and because of our wide network of dedicated volunteers, our fundraising and our Restore, we are able to provide these worthy families with housing at significantly less than the current market rate. This allows families who would never be able to afford a home in Sonoma County to buy a home, have stability for their families and achieve independence in our community.” Casul says Habitat just started a program called Aging in Place to help low income seniors do critical repairs on their homes based loosely on its housing model. The seniors will do a minimum of eight hours of sweat equity and Habitat will complete critical repairs on their homes at about half the cost of market rate repairs. Casul describes himself as “a 7th generation rancher in Bodega, born and raised on the same spread my great, great, great, great grandfather settled. On my Dad’s side I’m a first generation on the mainland Puerto Rican.” He says he was married in July to an Aussie nurse he met in Paris six years ago. “She’s way too good for me,” he adds, “she just hasn’t figured it out yet.” He recently got his Masters in Public Administration from Sonoma State University and has been in public service for the last seven years. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Country Catering. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contract Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.

nJohn Brodey

Grow Your Family

Does a year that hasn’t even happened yet deserve to be celebrated? There was a time in life when we didn’t question celebrations. Getting dressed up to go hang out with a bunch of strangers, spend a lot of money, stay up too late, drink too much and feel like the bottom of a birdcage the next morning once seemed like a perfectly good idea. Why not party like it’s 1999? During my pre-New Year’s Eve visit to the Ford dealership, the 30-ish service manager mentioned that going to Times Square to watch the ball drop was on his bucket list. Firstly, he’s too young to have a bucket list. Secondly, he obviously hasn’t done anything yet. One can only imagine what else is on his list, spring break in Ft. Lauderdale? At my age, celebration has more to do with those occasions that enable us to spend time with those to whom we feel closest. For many, that means family. You’re lucky if you have relatives you really like, living within commuting distance. For the rest of us it means something else. The journalist and author, Edna Buchanan, said it best in only six words: “Friends are the family you have chosen.” My family, who is very dear to me, is scattered about around the world and we can’t see each other as often as I would like. Fortunately, living in Oakmont has given me the opportunity to create an everyday family. It is the amazing bonus that comes with living where we do. There is no excuse for being lonely or feeling empty at not having those you love around you. Despite the old adage that you get to a point in life where you can’t make any more old friends, I would disagree. It’s happened. The ways to connect are infinite. No matter the source—Boomers, Oakmont golf club or in my case Rotary and pickleball—what has really happened is that I’ve made new, great old friends. They are family to me. I don’t think I’d trust anyone who said they didn’t like Oakmont and moved away. They are not likely to find happiness anywhere. It’s up to you and if you’re smart, then you’ve come to realize that it’s the personal connections we build that make life worthwhile. So, get out there and make sure you haven’t missed anybody. Don’t forget the welcome mat is always out at Valley of the Moon Rotary. Every Friday morning at 7 a.m., we convene at the Quail Inn for breakfast. Speaking of which, our Annual (FRESH) Crab Feed Fundraiser is coming up on Saturday, February 11. The tickets are likely sold out at this point, but we urge you can still help by making a donation or by offering an item for our silent auction. Every dollar helps and 100% of the proceeds go to support a number of worthy charitable causes. You can pick your own cause from our club list by visiting our website:

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Boomers nCarolita Carr


It’s that time again, time to join or renew your membership in Boomers, Oakmont’s biggest social club. Why should you join or renew? First of all, dues are affordable—$10 per year. That’s less than a dollar a month! Second, during the year there are two types of events for free, ones open only to members where food is often provided, and the larger, ticketed parties where a member may bring one non-member guest. And third, these activities are lots of fun and, in the case of the ticketed events, usually sell out rapidly. If you are a member, you get advance notice through E-mail. See our website, for ways to either renew or join. An alternative is to drop a check, made out to Oakmont Boomers, into the Boomers’ folder at the OVA Office.


It’s always fun to look back at the good times from the past year. The Zydeco Flames heated up our Mardi Gras bash—”Rendezvous on Bourbon Street,” in February. In May, Choppin Broccoli gave

us “Dance Vibrations.” We were “At the Hop” with the Hot Rods in June, and Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers brought us “Hot August.” October was “Spooktacular” with the Joe Sharino Band. In addition to these events, there was a Members Appreciation Holiday Dinner in December. Members were treated to two pizza parties and at least one Trivia Night elsewhere on the 2016 calendar. Our reservation specialist, Connie Lachowicz, reports that there were a total of 1880 reservations made for all activities during the year. That number represents a lot of happy Boomers!


You don’t have to go to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras. You can do it right here at the Berger Center. Heidi Klyn, our events coordinator, has big plans for us for the evening of February 25. Second Line, a band you know if you have attended Funky Fridays, really knows how to get a crowd in the NOLA spirit. So get your masks, beads and glad rags together for this not to be missed experience. When tickets become available, get yours immediately. This event is sure to sell out fast.

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby

Following Jesus with Luke

What a great time to begin something new! While many are unsettled by world events, find the answers and peace you thought were out of reach. We are currently in the middle of a study of the gospel of Luke. Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to join our small, welcoming and friendly group. Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know God and grow in His love through exploration of the Bible. Each

book includes easy-to-understand explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

Lawn Bowling

nPhil Bowman

can be used to pay your 2017 dues. Please, complete it fully (print legibly please) and drop it with your check in the OLBC folder at the OVA office. Also, note this year’s dues coupon contains a line for email addresses. If you include yours on the line it will be included with your information in the Green Book.



Our club suffered the loss of a fine member. Last month Tom Cuneo passed away after a short illness. We’ll all miss his constant smile and good humor (he could take as good as he gave.


In order for your name, address and phone number to be in the “Green Book,” members need to have paid their dues by February 1. The coupon below

Incoming president, Jerry Garland and the board have been busy filling positions on various committees with members that have volunteered (or been drafted). They are the glue that keeps the club going: Membership and Instruction, Tony Lachowicz and Bill Livingston; Tournament and Games, Bob Dodd and Carlos Curbelo; Senior Games, Jeff Vanderheyden and Frank Gyorgy; Green Maintenance and Equipment, Frank Longoria, Jeff Vanderheyden and Bob Dodd; Hospitality and Clubhouse, Jim Krause; Communications, Jack Breglio, Martha McKee and Phil Bowman; Social, Jeana Garcia. Some of these committees will need additional members to carry out their functions so please volunteer or step up and help when called upon.

2017 OLBC ANNUAL DUES Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail: __________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________ Regular member at $20 per year ____________ Associate member at $15 per year ____________ Total $_____________

Free Tax Return Preparation nDianne Armer

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

Ladies Canasta Club nJoan Johnson

Remember years ago when you played Canasta? Why not do it again? Our club here in Oakmont would welcome new members who enjoy cards and friendship. Come join us on Monday at 11:45 a.m. in the Activities Center and receive instructions in the Oakmont version of the game. We are a very relaxed group and welcome new members to join. Hope to see you soon. For more information call me at 539-2806 or Rose at 538-3873.

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

Coming to America

The next meeting of the Genealogy Club will be on Monday, January. 23, at 1 p.m. at the West Rec. George McKinney is going to do a dramatic production of “Coming to America,” a trip from a small town in Lithuania to Lynn, Massachusetts through Ellis Island in 1902. He is going to go through every step, from the decision to immigrate, to obtaining tickets, to traveling across Europe, to waiting at Bremen, to boarding the ship and crossing the Atlantic, to arriving in New York and transferring to Ellis Island, through the process on Ellis Island, to release to travel onward, to the train trip to Boston and arrival in Lynn. He then plans to do a brief discussion of how the process would have differed for Irish, Italian, and Russian Jewish immigrants during this period. The hope is that anyone who wants to understand the immigration process better, including immigration before Ellis Island, will come to this presentation and look at immigration through the eyes of the immigrant and see the process that delivered millions of people to America’s shores. The Genealogy Club meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except June, July and December) at 1 p.m. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For lots of information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: www. If you have research questions or would like to receive our E-newsletter, please E-mail:


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nNorma Doyle

On January 23 and 30 Kay Hardy will present Ancestral Voices by A. R. Gurney. Ancestral Voices is set in Gurney’s hometown of Buffalo, New York in the 1940’s. It is a bittersweet story, perceived through the eyes of young Eddie, whose family is turned inside out when his grandmother unexpectedly divorces his grandfather to marry his grandfather’s best friend. Simultaneously, the outside world is undergoing temporal changes and we follow the family through the ensuing decades of war and

social upheaval. As with Gurney’s popular play Love Letters, Ancestral Voices was written to be performed informally, with actors reading from scripts. Prior to writing this play, Gurney, a prolific and popular American playwright wrote Love Letters which created an annuity for himself, and was a perennial favorite of theaters all over the country. It was an economical play to produce, designed to be performed by two actors reading from scripts. The play is still one of the most frequently produced, Gurney’s follow-up effort was Ancestral Voices, which was also designed to be adaptable to actors of all ages, reading the play without much rehearsal. Playreaders in Ancestral Voices include Dennis Hall and other members of Playreaders, yet to be confirmed.

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

In late December 2016 Playreaders presented Woman of Manhattan and the readers were: (standing) Claudette Brero-Gow, Sandy White, Cynthia Corn and Ron White; (seated) Max Fenton and Ginny Smith.

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

Got a Drone for the Holidays? There are Rules nStaff Report

If a drone took up residence at your home over the holidays, be aware that some drones need FAA registration and there are rules for using drones for hobby and recreation. OVA President Andie Altman received several requests for information, much of which is available from the FAA website. Drones weighing over 5.5 pounds must be registered with the FAA and display evidence of that registration. If a grandchild is involved, he or she must be at least 13 years of age to fly a drone. Operators must maintain visual line of sight of the drone and be able to track its position, altitude and movement. Their use is limited to daylight hours and they cannot be flown above 400 feet. There are penalties for failing to register and for not following the rules. Details of how to register and the rules can be found online at www. With regulation up to the federal government, Oakmont does not have rules on their use. First Service Residential, a company that works with homeowner associations, says that most experts agree that existing privacy, or “Peeping Tom” laws apply to camera-equipped drones. When hobbyists are responsible and respectful, residents and drone pilots can coexist harmoniously, according to advice from Drew Schlegel of First Service.

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In the Spotlight: Susan Millar, Leading Leader Editor’s Note: This is part of a series of profiles of your neighbors, community members with interesting backgrounds who bring vibrancy to Oakmont.

nJim Cotton

Like another famous blonde (Lana Turner), Susan Millar was a “discovered” woman, not at a drug store but on the campuses of Cal and Oakmont. At Cal, she was discovered by John, her future husband, and they are still going strong at 57 years and counting. The Millars arrived in Oakmont at about the time that we were starting to talk of improving the Central Activities Center. It was at these Long Range Planning Committee meetings that Susan was discovered by Carol Cotton and Wally Schilpp and encouraged to get involved. The record is not clear about who was first discoverer! What impressed were the important questions Millar asked from the floor. Not long after this, we find Millar running for the OVA Board and subsequently being asked by OVA President Jack Abercrombie to fill the seat of a withdrawing board member. Once on the board she hits the deck running and puts in three hardworking years ending as president. Let’s pause to learn of her earlier years that may have contributed to her successful third career of volunteering and leadership here at Oakmont. Her life began in Washington, D.C., with a plethora of Annapolis Naval Officers, including her father, as forebears. This led to three years in Hawaii as a Navy brat followed by a tour in the Bay area and eventually settling in Woodside, California. After university and marriage she and John continue living in the East Bay. While living there she gets involved in community affairs including dealing with the authorities in morphing Orinda and Lafayette from county status into incorporated cities, a fairly long, complicated task. Also “for something to do” she becomes a court reporter. After 20 intense

years, Millar retires from that career. Her “take home” was that in her next life she is going to be a lawyer. So, after years in the west and east bay, our tale goes to the North Bay and Oakmont where Millar has recently retired from the OVA Board. So what to do after serving a strenuous three years on our board? Plenty. A few years roll by with an assortment of civic tasks including chairing with Bob Chapman the 50th Anniversary of Oakmont. That gets us up to the present; where we find our subject chairing two important committees simultaneously: #1: Oakmont Community Foundation that encourages 501(c)(3) tax-free donations that enhance activities such as music, learning, etc. #2: Oakmont Community Development Committee, dealing with the major land-use issues like housing developments inside Oakmont and nearby such as the Meadows and Elnoka that will affect our lifestyle. So what does Millar do in her spare time besides painting in Europe? Sticking with the Lana Turner theme, how about: Tap dancing ala Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Millar advises this is good exercise, especially for the brain for step sequences. Petanque ala Julius Caesar (who actually played Petanque!) It’s a lot like Bocce Ball with a French twist. That’s not all: Millar donates to and docents for the Sonoma Land Trust, which is trying to save the charm of our valley by buying up development rights of open land. And she is volunteering at the 200-plus acre Glen Oak Ranch with the noteworthy 1868 stone house. Jack London would be and all of us should be grateful.


Pinochle nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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

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Our annual potluck dinner is scheduled for Saturday, January 21 at the East Rec. Center, starting at 5:30 p.m. The categories for food are: Appetizers, Salads or Mains. Please bring enough for 10–12 people—hikers have good appetites! Dessert will be provided by the club. Please E-mail Donna McCulloch at with the item you would like to bring.


This hike is five miles, which includes three out and backs on three loop trails to lakes. There are good trails that meander through woodlands with ups and downs and approximately 400’ in elevation gain. Parking is $7 per car, if you don’t have a Regional Park Pass. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Bring water and lunch. Hike leaders are Greg and Jan Conklin, 539-4099.

McCormack. (Photo by Martin Johns)


This moderately-strenuous hike will be about 6.7 miles, with an elevation gain of 1,500 to 1,700’. From the main parking lot we’ll take Canyon Trail to the waterfall. After crossing Adobe Canyon Road, we’ll hike up Pony Gate Trail, then take Stern Road to Lower Bald Mountain. The route will continue on Vista Trail, with a lunch stop at Indian Rock. Gray Pine Trail will lead us to a junction where hikers may choose either the relatively flat Meadow Trail or the more demanding Hillside Trail back to the parking lot.

The Cave at Doran Beach. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)

Dress in layers, wear sturdy boots, and bring lunch and water. Hiking poles are recommended. Hike leader is Bernie Palk, 537-8662. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Rain cancels.


Hike the Vista Loop from the Pony Gate parking area outside the park entrance, using the Pony Gate, Stern, Lower Bald Mountain, Vista, Gray Pine and Meadow trails. This hike is about five miles with 900’ of elevation gain. Please bring lunch, hiking poles, and if you have it, a CA State Parks permit. Departure from the Berger parking lot at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Jason Wilkenfeld, 978-2385.


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

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Star of the Valley Bingo nPete Hardy

WHEN: Wednesday, January 18 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Star of the Valley Parish Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards $2 each; Senate Bean Soup, corn bread, bread sticks and dessert $7 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for dinner at 5:15 p.m.

The City of Santa Rosa is declining to appeal a court ruling in favor of The Villages at Wild Oak in fiveyear court battle to keep bicyclists from riding the path between White Oak Drive and Channel Drive. “The court ruled that the public has the right to use the easement only as a pedestrian footpath and for emergency vehicle access,’’ the city attorney’s office said in a website post in late December. “The court’s ruling made clear that the public has no right to use the Easement as a bike path or horse trail. That ruling is now final.” Last January, Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum issued a judgment in favor of the Villages, agreeing that an easement behind Star of the Valley Catholic Church on White Oak that leads to TrioneAnnadel State Park is restricted to pedestrians and emergency vehicles only, not bicyclists, as the city maintained. It is still unclear how the ruling will be enforced and there was no official comment from the Villages association. But there is general agreement that cyclists would be free to walk their bikes across the easement. In addition to the controversy surrounding the White Oak path, there have been efforts to restrict access to the park from Stone Bridge Road in Oakmont. Access to the park there was threatened when Brad Benson posted “no trespassing” signs on the paved road through his property, which bicyclists and pedestrians have used for years. But a new path is planned that will run from Stone Bridge Road past the Oakmont Community Garden to the access road in front of the old sewage treatment plant. A community volunteer plan to build that path is planned for Jan. 14. The OVA and the city support that project and there are no plans to restrict bicycle access to the park along the new path.

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, List Coordinator

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

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Quilting Bee nElizabeth McDonnell

A fun, festive holiday party was held by the Quilting Bee on December 7 at the East Rec. Mary Ann Allen, Vivian Valencia and Helen White, with the assistance of Skipper Taylor, decorated the room with brilliant poinsettias, Santas and a Menorah. Of course a potluck lunch brings out everyone’s best dishes and we didn’t lack for wonderful food.

Pickleball Corner nRenee Lucker

2017 Pickleball Club Dues

It’s a new year for Pickleball Club activities and courts will soon be available again for play. The definition of “soon” is a source of speculation, but patience is one of our virtues, learned by lots of dinking at the net. (For those not familiar with the game, dinking is a soft ball exchange across the net in the no-volley zone). Annual club dues remain $20 per person and may be left in the Pickleball folder in the OVA office which also contains renewal forms. A check made payable to Oakmont Pickleball Club will renew your membership for a year and maintain your access to the Shutterfly website. Join the fun in 2017!

Pickleball equals Fun for All Ages

Skipper, Barbara, Joann and Robin

The unveiling of our challenge quilts for the year was a highlight of the party. Members were very creative in their interpretation of alphabet letters they had blindly chosen. From Sandi McConnell who had the letter “A” and showed us three quilts (Aprons, Angel and Acorn) to Helen White’s “H” letter with a very cute quilt of woodland animals “Howling at the Moon” we saw a display of beautiful quilts and one pot holder.

The USA Pickleball Association officially launched its junior program in November of this year at the Pickleball Nationals in Casa Grande, AZ. Check out: to see the exciting participation of so many young people in this growing sport. The USAPA was organized to promote the growth and development of pickleball. You can visit their website to get more information about its increasing popularity in retirement communities across the nation and to view pickleball play videos. Pickleball is a paddle ball sport that gets you up and moving, meeting new people and having fun. Its health benefits are physical, social, and mental. The fun of playing attracts people who enjoy having a good time outdoors. As one resident remarked, “What’s not to like?”

Scheduling Games

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

Perhaps one of the most creative interpretations was made by Yvonne Draper who showed a pretty pink and black patterned quilt and the pattern she used named “Costa Maya.” Yvonne had the letter “I” and when asked how the quilt represented the letter “I,” she responded: “I Made It Myself!” Barbara Cortelyou had the letter “E” and showed us a star block she called “Easy Star.” Ruth Blanchard was equally imaginative with her letter “U”. Her geometric pattern in soft teals, browns and creams had us scratching our heads, until the explanation she “used up fat quarters” of fabric! Each of our members presented wonderful quilts but, unfortunately, there isn’t enough room to describe and tell of the quilts in this article. However, I do want to acknowledge the members made the challenge a huge success by their participation and sharing of their handiworks. Joan Rumrill once again brought two fun games to our party. One of which had us sending our wrapped gifts back and forth and around a circle until her story ended and we each had a gift, not our own, to open. Her second game involved rolling dice and passing 6” squares of fabric “Right, Left or Center” until only Barbara Arnold was left in the game and won all the pieces of fabric. Speaking of challenges, Helen White announced next year’s challenge, explained the few rules that accompany the challenge and showed pictures of quilts she has seen that meet the new challenge of “Page 38.” Rules and discussion will follow at future meetings. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

Star of the Valley Men’s Club

2016: smiles off court.

A look back at 2016: smiles on court.

Oakmont Pickleball Play Information:

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

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

Tuesday, March 14, 1:30 pm East Rec. Center

The subject planned for this meeting is Cochlear Implants. More info later. Cochlear implants are an established and effective treatment option for moderate to profound hearing loss when hearing aids are not providing enough benefit. In addition, CochlearTM HybridTM Hearing may be a solution if one can hear some low-frequency sounds like a dog barking or a lawn mower, but cannot hear high-frequency sounds like birds chirping. A Cochlear Implant with Hybrid Hearing can provide access to the missing sounds enabling one to enjoy conversations, talk on the phone and hear the sounds of nature.

A Balancing Act!

The inner ear is a tiny, but notable, body part. Not only is it important to hearing, it is also where the balance organs and nerves are located. I hope you can wade through the medical terminology here to get a sense of the various contributions to our equilibrium. The basic components of the inner ear include semicircular canals, the cochlea, the utricle, the saccule, and the vestibulocochlear nerve. The cochlea and one half of the vestibulocochlear nerve (the cochlear nerve) are in charge of hearing. The remaining stuff is responsible for balance. There are three semicircular canals that contain fluid to activate sensory hair cells which are arranged at 90-degree angle and detect different kinds of movement: up and down, side to side, and tilting.

But it is not only the vestibular system that assists with balance. Vision and sensory receptors (muscles, joints, skin, etc) all transmit messages to the brain that work together and voila!—Balance (or not!). Vestibular disorders can have a big effect on one’s equilibrium. People might experience dizziness, vertigo, or imbalance, as well as other inner earrelated issues. A commonly diagnosed balance disorder is Meniere’s disease. I recently had an episode of “benign positional vertigo.” This certainly screws up ones balance. It is not serious unless one falls down and scrambles the brain or breaks bones. This condition occurs when the small calcium particles within the fluid filled inner canals move out of position and stimulate the inner ear with a feeling of vertigo. It usually cures itself after a while. A tidbit of info: IFHOH is an international, non-governmental organization representing the interests of more than 300 million hard of hearing people worldwide. It is a not-for-profit, benevolent and charitable organization and has its seat in Hamburg, Germany. In a news release from March 3, 2016, the IFHOH stated, “Over 360 million persons, five percent of the world’s population, have a hearing loss and 32 million are children. Hearing loss constitutes one of the largest categories of disabilities in the world.” Oakmont HEARS exists to improve hearing for our residents. Please make known your suggestions for meeting subjects and information desired, attend the HEARS meetings, and get on the HEARS E-mail list,

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

Upcoming Events

January 17: Happy Hour, Quail Inn, 4 p.m. January 21: Rico McDaniel Trio, Quail Inn, 7 p.m. January 26: New Year’s Resolution Mixer, East Rec. Center, 6 p.m. February 14: Crab Feed—annual event not to be missed March 2: Election Night—time to bring on a new board Happy Hour at the Quail: Join us. This is a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Then come back for Richard McDaniel and his trio. This group never disappoints. New Year’s Resolution Mixer: January 26, 6 p.m., East Rec. Center. It’s a new year! Were resolutions part of your celebration? We will be sharing resolutions past and present, and having some laughs at our own strengths and foibles. We are all human after all! Bring a small appetizer to share and your favorite libation. Crab Feed: Our annual Crab Feed is just a month away. Be sure to sign up as soon as you receive the invite. We always get the best crab, and make sure

there is plenty of it. This is open to members and their guests only. In March, it will be time to elect your board for the coming year. Our bylaws state that there are seven board positions—President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and three Directors—Membership, Communications and Activities. While Terry, Karen and I have had fun and it’s been a good term, we could use some help. Please consider taking your place on the board and make a positive difference for our club. Thank you to all the members who have already renewed their membership for 2017. For others who are procrastinating, don’t wait too long. On January 31, we will purge our E-mail list, and anyone who hasn’t slipped their $12 check (made out to Single Boomers Social Club) into our folder in the file at the OVA office will no longer receive our messages. If you are a member, you know how much we communicate by E-mail. Don’t miss out on our unpublished activities! Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the OVA office.

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. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”—Hebrews 11:1

Where is My Hope? A Reflection from Roxanne Rogers

I grew up with only a little faith believing in Santa, not God, until my brother told me Santa wasn’t real. When I was 16 a friend introduced me to the idea of God loving me through Jesus and that changed everything. For many years I have been learning to walk by faith and not by sight and gradually more and more to come to know that I am beloved of the Holy One. Now recently, just over a month ago, as many of you already know, I have been shockingly diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. So where is my hope now? Well, my long-range hope is the same as it has been for many years: I’m looking forward to my heavenly home! But I also hope for here and now in this life to be healed! I am holding onto my dreams, the same dreams I had before all this came up. I hold onto the verse: Psalm 27:13-14: “I am still confident of this that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Stay with God, take heart don’t quit, stay with God.” Every day I see and experience so many things to be thankful for, such as many people’s kindness and the beauty of the earth and quiet moments in God’s presence. Finally, my hope is in the here and now, that I can know the Lord’s sweet presence more and more especially in my weakness as I press through the pain and discomfort of the treatments I must endure. I hope to know his presence more as I must depend on him more.

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

Allan Linton is leading the study of Romans. Objective: read through Scripture, ask questions and apply the truths to your life. You are welcome at any time. No homework required. We are going through a sermon series entitled “The Games of Life” We began with “Monopoly” on the January 8. January 15 at 10:30 a.m.: “Chess” January 22 at 10:30 a.m.: “Clue” January 29 at 10:30 a.m.: “Sorry” Like us on Facebook! Or visit our webpage: E-mail: Church phone number: 595-0166.


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $ 12 to: SBSC Name_______________________________________________________________ Date_____________________ Address______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (important to receive Evites and Shout-outs)_________________________________________________ Phone____________________________________

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

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Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nTeresa Woodrum

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

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

Community hands-only cpr education

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

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nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Shake it up and get Moving! Feel Better in Your Body!

My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive setting. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair Stretch and Balance classes in addition to yoga classes and private sessions. Please see http:// for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.

next forrest yoga workshop save the date!

New! Foam Roller Class!

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

WHEN: Saturday, February 4, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by E-mail at

Now is the Right Time to build strength, flexibility and increase balance

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Classes WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Get grounded, find your breath and calm your inner self with your yoga practice. Allow your neck to relax. Deep breathing helps to clear your brain and encourages tense muscles to release. Challenging core work supports your spine and assists digestion. The poses and movements are sequenced to provide gentle extension and lengthening of the skeletal system, while increasing strength, mobility and mental focus. Feel lighter from “letting it go.” Be kind to yourself and experience this healing practice. Poses are modified as needed to meet individual needs.

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

There could not be a more auspicious time and place to begin Tai Chi than now at Oakmont. We meet in the Upper West Rec. Center on Thursdays at 9–10 a.m. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop. (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to.) Why study Tai Chi, you may ask? Because your doctor and children have constantly been urging you to get started with this excellent exercise from China that increases your balance and flexibility. Begin 2017 with a 5,000-year-old practice recommended by the Harvard Medical School as you age gracefully. Pre-registration is required. Please call me at 3185284. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

nSandy Shaner

WHAT: Foam Roller Class—stretching, core work, and Self-Myofacial Release Therapy WHEN: Tuesdays, 9–10 a.m., beginning Jan. 24—free trial class on Jan. 17 WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $50/six classes WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat and a foam roller (see below) We all know about Rock N Roll—how about Stretch N Roll? I will be offering a new class on a foam roller, with a free trial class on Jan. 17, and regular classes begin on January 24. This class uses movements from Yoga to increase flexibility and balance; movements from Pilates to build core strength; and movements from myofascial release therapy to target trigger points soothing and releasing tight muscles. In addition to the foam roller, I will periodically bring different sized balls for working on hands and feet, particularly helpful for circulation and arthritis. Foam rolling has been shown to be beneficial in reducing chance of injury and increasing recovery by hydrating the muscles with increased blood flow and breaking up adhesions between skin, muscles and bones. Range of motion is greatly increased, and the bottom line is, you just feel and move better in your body. I am a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, certified in Mat Pilates, and ACE certified as a personal trainer. I developed this class in conjunction with the physical therapists at a health care facility where I taught for 18 years. The class will be taught on a foam roller, so you will need to purchase one. I will have them for sale at the free sample class. I have found a local source for the rollers (saves on shipping) where I can buy them for about $17, and if you let me know that you want one, I will bring them to that sample class and sell them to you for that cost. Or you can purchase your own. It needs to be 6” in diameter and 36” long. Call me at (636) 532-4690 or E-mail shaner.sandy@ and let me know if you want me to have one at the class that you can purchase or if you will be bringing your own so I know how many to bring. You will also need to bring a yoga mat. This is a “feel good” class, but so good for your body. Come and try it. The only requirement is a foam roller (which you will love having at home to do selfmassage) and a yoga mat. Questions? Call me at (636) 532-4690.


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nBetsy Smith

Afternoon Exercise Class

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Start the new year right! Keep fit with aerobics, strength and balance classes. You can join at any time! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us! The Aerobic Class format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Balance and Strength class offers.

r Fitness e t a W nCathy Rapp

It’s 2017 health resolution time! If water aerobics is on your list, consider the friendship, fun and heated pool at the West Rec. NOTE: SRJC classes run on the school schedule. Spring semester begins Tuesday, January 17, however, many classes are continuing on a fee basis during the break. Check the schedule below. To add your name to the water aerobics email list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

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. Note: the free SRJC classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6), will be free SRJC class beginning Jan. 23 Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6), will be free SRJC class beginning Jan. 17 Tuesday: 10 a.m.—Class will resume April 4 Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6), will be free SRJC class beginning Jan. 18 Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6), will be free SRJC class beginning Jan. 19 Thursday: 10 a.m.—Class will resume April 6 Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee) Friday: 9:45 a.m.—Class on winter hiatus

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


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

Balance and Strength Class

nMary Hastings

Older adult education program Sponsored by santa rosa junior college

WHEN: Fridays at 9:30 a.m., spring semester begins Friday, Jan. 20 WHERE: East Rec. Center COST: No fee Enrollment forms for new students are in a folder at the OVA office. Bring this form to the first class or fill one at the first class you attend. Continuing students will simply sign in on the first day of class.

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

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

Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. The presentation is on large screen TV and the class has workbooks. Join us in a study of the fruit of The Holy Spirit as presented in the book of Galatians. Beth walks participants through each trait listed in the fruit and encourages women to know the freedom of a Spirit-filled life. Through this study participants will look at the supernatural aspects of the fruit and that you cannot grow, learn or produce the fruit on your own. Beth challenges you to develop the fruit by maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God. A spirit-filled life truly results in living beyond yourself. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! This is a weekly, non-denominational study, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal, a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. Please call me for additional information. DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

Oakmont Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


Fossil evidence indicates that roses have existed for some 35 million years in nature, and there are 150 species of the genus Rosa. Historians believe that cultivation of the rose began in China 5,000 years ago and then spread westward. We know that roses were used in ancient celebrations and as a source for perfume by ancient civilizations. During the 17th century, roses were so valued that they were used as legal tender in some parts of the world.


This year’s dues will be collected at the February meeting since the January meeting will be a pruning session outdoors instead of a regular indoor meeting. Space is limited to 25–30 Garden Club members. This year we will present a unique hands-on program for our members. David Fazio of Sonoma Mission Gardens has been designing gardens in the Sonoma Valley for more than 35 years. He will teach us the correct way to prune a rose bush. Then each attendee will have a chance to actually prune a living rose with David and Oakmont Garden Club Master Gardener Dan Milhollin assisting. There is no charge for the program, but space is limited to 25 to 30 Garden Club Members. The Oakmont address for the program will be sent to members who have registered prior to January 3. Dress in layers. Be sure to bring your garden gloves and hat, and your clippers. Warming refreshments will be served. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, January 17, address to be announced to participants TIME: 10–11:30 a.m.


The February meeting will be a presentation about climbing roses by Jan Talmasoff of the Russian River Rose Company.


• Feeding any plants with a 0-10-10 fertilizer will be beneficial during the winter, especially for plants like Citrus, Camellias, Azaleas, and Primrose. • Blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and roses are all available bare-root this month. Many plants can be planted or transplanted all through the winter, especially bare root plants. • After pruning your roses and fruit trees, apply dormant spray. First clean up all debris on the ground under the plants. Make sure it is above 40 degrees, not likely to freeze soon and not windy or about to rain. Dormant spray can be horticultural oils and/or copper or synthetic fungicide. They can be mixed together for spraying. Copper and fungicides limit infection and prevent the spread of bacterial and fungal diseases such as peach leaf curl, and powdery mildew. Trees commonly sprayed include apples, peaches, pears, apricots, cherries, nectarines, almonds, and roses. • Another type of dormant spray is liquid limesulfur used on grapes, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries to kill fungus and bacteria. The spray must be applied thoroughly to stem, trunk and branch.



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Oakmont Craft Guild

Dinner for 8

nPat Vogenthaler

nLeslie Evans

The Oakmont Craft Guild enters its second year with much success. Our community is filled with crafters in multiple categories. This year we look forward to demonstrations with pennies, maybe tassels (now I’ve got your attention), and miniature fairy garden furniture. Come join us on the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m. in the East Rec. Center. If you wish to be added to the monthly newsletter, please send your name, E-mail address, and phone number to me at`

Our group is the original Dinner for 8, not affiliated with any other group. We share hospitality and dining together in our homes four nights a year in April, June, October and December, plus August picnic and February cocktail party. When joining the group, members agree to host a dinner once during the year and are assigned a month based on their preference (April, June, October, or December). Members are rotated from dinner to dinner, giving an opportunity to meet everyone. Prior to a dinner, the hosts receive their guest assignments and schedule their guests on a mutually agreed upon date. Each host determines their menu and provides the entrée. Each guest is then asked to participate in the meal by bringing an appetizer, salad, or dessert. The wine selection is suggested by the host to complement the meal. On the second Sunday in February, we start the New Year with a cocktail party in a member’s home. The club provides wine (supplied by $5 dues per person), and members bring appetizers. The Dinner for 8 picnic is held in a picnic grove in Oakmont on the second Sunday of August. Members bring a dish and their beverage of choice. Dinner for 8 membership is open at any time. Please call me at 843-7408 or Jean Whitridge at 538-1258 for further information.

Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont nJulie Kiil

Saddle Club Dinner January 19

The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, January 19 with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The menu will be Chicken Marsala, buttered noodles, seasonal vegetables with green salad, and raspberry cheesecake for dessert. The price of the dinner is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members and includes cocktails before dinner, tax, and gratuity. Reservations must be made in advance, and are due by Monday, January 16. To make reservations please contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Wild Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.

Signed Cal Football presented to Dave Arcado

The Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont is recognizing a community benefactor, Dave Arcado, for his support of Cal and Santa Rosa Junior College scholarships. The football has been signed by the coach and the entire 2016 Cal football team. This is the seventh football Dave has received for over $3,000 he has donated to the Cal Alumni Club’s Scholarship Fund.

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

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

Hillard String Theory Adult Orchestra Press release Free winter concert

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 19, 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Bennett Valley Senior Center, 70 Bennett Valley Rd., Santa Rosa COST: Free, with complimentary snacks PROGRAM: “An Elizabethan Madrigal” by Thomas Morley; “Air” from Brook Green Suite by Gustov Holst; “Balletto” by Ottorino Respighi; “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel; “Lady Gaga Fugue” by Lady Gaga

Join the orchestra

Dave Arcado, owner of the Oakmont Market, receiving football from Cal Alumni Club President Bern Lefson and Past President Brian Adams.

Please join us if you play violin, viola, cello or bass. Level: advanced-beginner and beginningintermediate. The orchestra is conducted by Jeanette Isenberg and Karen Zimmerman. Rehearsals will go from February 1 through May 31 with the concert on Thursday, June 1. For more information call 583-3344 or E-mail Visit our website:

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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


January 20: Karen Donnelly January 27: Pat Donnelly 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

nBob Chapman, OCF Treasurer

2016 was an eventful year for Oakmonters, and nowhere more so than for your Oakmont Community Foundation (OCF) volunteers! We’ve been busy indeed, as more of you realize that the OCF is an ideal venue to support and contribute to educational and beneficial Oakmont activities—all through your taxdeductible donations. In 2016, seven different Oakmont organizations have so far (as of December 23) received financial support from the OCF. Reading this, some of you may be thinking: “Of course they did! My donation was for that group!” And, many of them may be familiar to you: Music at Oakmont, the Oakmont Genealogy Club, the Computer Learning Center, the Oakmont Health Initiative, the Oakmont Art Association, Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, and Oakmont Lifelong Learning have all benefitted from OCF support. In 2016, we’ve so far received over 160 donations—and some folks have contributed more than once! Our 501(c)(3) charitable organization status requires us to diligently pursue worthwhile organizations to support on your behalf. With that understanding, many of you ask that their donations go to our General Fund. This allows your directors to respond to grant requests from worthy Oakmont groups that otherwise may not receive the financial support they need. In fact, some of the groups listed above received all, or part of, their OCF funding this way. It’s no surprise, then, that well over 50% of all 2016 donations were requested by you to go into our General Fund! More and more Oakmonters realize that a donation to the OCF is an ideal way to honor or memorialize someone important to them. In 2016, over 36% of all of our donations were designated for that purpose! As we enter into our 10th year, we expect to work harder and smarter to enhance the service we provide to our community. Looking back, we very much appreciate your faith in us. Looking forward, we expect that your support will continue, with your understanding that more Oakmont groups and organizations will benefit from your generosity! For complete information about who we are and what we do, and for helpful forms for giving and grant requesting, we invite you to visit our website: And finally, from all of us, please accept our best wishes for a happy and healthy 2017!


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Oakmont Great Decisions 2017 Program nGeorge McKinney, Karen Krestensen, Juanita Roland, Co-chair

Great Decisions is a national program of discussion groups on foreign policy issues that are important to the United States. It is sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. Meetings are held every two weeks during February through May. In Oakmont we meet on Monday mornings from 10 a.m.–12 noon in the East Recreation Center, beginning February 20 and ending May 15 with an extra meeting on March 13. Oakmont residents who sign up for the Great Decisions program receive a book written by foreign policy experts ($17 cost, $25 for two books in the same household) which provides background material on eight topics. Send your check made out to George McKinney, Coordinator, 307 Stone Creek Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Topics for 2016 are: The EU and Brexit (February 20); The Truth about Trade, Jobs, and Politics (March 6); China and the US in the South China Sea (March 13); Saudi Arabia in Transition (March 20); US Foreign Policy and Petroleum (April 3); Latin America: From Ideology to Pragmatism? (April 17); Afghanistan and Pakistan (May 1); and Nuclear Security (May 15). If you have any questions, please E-mail More information can also be found on our website at site/oakmontgreatdecisions/.

Partners Contract Bridge nJeff Hickman

The Partners Contract Bridge group plays in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center on the first and third Mondays of every month. For January this means we will be playing on January 2 and 16. Play begins at 6:45 p.m. and wraps up by 9 p.m. You keep the same partner throughout the evening and play three different opponent pairs. If you wish to play, please call Helen Hargrave at 539-5511. If you enjoy bridge but haven’t played with us before, call! We are always happy to meet new people who enjoy bridge. We ask you to call in advance, rather than just show up, so that we can be certain that we have full tables and everyone can play. Even if you are a regular player but you did not attend the previous session, please call one of us so we can keep track of the number of players. It is always a bit of a struggle to ensure that we have full tables for the evening, so when in doubt, please call. While we can best accommodate pairs, we will try to find you a partner if time allows but cannot guarantee that we will be successful. See you at the bridge table.

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Just For Fun Game Club nPhillip Herzog nRosemary Waller


Four years ago the pianist Rieko Aizawa performed a dazzling solo recital in Oakmont. On Thursday, Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center, we are most pleased to welcome her back, this time as a member of the acclaimed Horszowski Trio. She joins violinist Jesse Mills and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan in an ensemble the New Yorker magazine has described as “destined for great things.” Their program will include works by Arthur Foote, Leonard Bernstein, and Franz Schubert.

When the members of the Horszowski Trio played together for the first time, they immediately felt the spark of a unique connection. Many years of close friendship had created a deep trust among the players, which in turn led to exhilarating expressive freedom. Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills first performed with Raman Ramakrishnan, founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, at the Kinhaven Music School (Weston, Vermont) over 20 years ago, when they were children. In New York City they met pianist Rieko Aizawa, who, upon being discovered by the late violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, had made her US debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. The musical bonds of the three friends were strengthened at various schools and festivals around the world, including the Juilliard School and the Marlboro Festival. In the five years since their formal debut at Rockefeller University in NYC in December 2011, they have been booked for almost 200 concerts in the US as well as tours in Japan and India. They collaborate often with distinguished guests, including members of the Pacifica, Guarneri and Tokyo Quartets. Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist Mieczyslaw Horszowski (1892–1993), at the Curtis Institute. The Trio takes inspiration from Horszowski’s musicianship, integrity, and humanity. Like Horszowski, the group performs repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary. As an ensemble-in-residence of the Electric Earth Concerts, they premiered Eric Moe’s Welcome to the Phase Space in 2014. They have also recorded For Daniel by Joan Tower, included in the composer’s 75th-birthday celebration album. Violinist Jesse Mills, who is also a composer and arranger, has written a work for the Trio called Painted Shadow, commissioned by and premiered at Bargemusic in NY in January 2015. The Trio has a particular interest in works by composers with whom Horszowski had personal contact, such as Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Fauré, Martinu, Villa-Lobos, and Granados. In 2014 Bridge Records released the Trio’s debut recording, dedicated to the memory of Horszowski. It features works by Fauré, Saint-Saëns, and d’Indy. Based in NYC, the members of the Horszowski Trio teach at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, February 9, 1:30 PM WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door, or your season pass

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

Free Movies For Seniors Press release

Free Seniors Movie Series at the Third Street Cinemas in Downtown Santa Rosa will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., and will continue through June 7. As usual, there will be a choice of four movies. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m. It is not possible to publicize an advance list of films, but for a list of the four movie titles for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording the week of the Series: 525-8909 x 2. The movies are free for seniors, 60 and older. Detailed flyers are on display in the Lobbies of the Roxy 14, the Airport 12, the Summerfield and the Third Street Cinemas, as well as the Raven Film Center in Healdsburg. They have also been distributed to all of the Senior Centers, the Council on Aging, the Social Security Office, and various other facilities for seniors, including Retirement Homes, Senior Apartment Complexes, and Senior Mobile Home Parks. The Series is generously being sponsored by Santa Rosa Memorial Park and Mortuary/Eggen & Lance Chapel, Kobrin Financial Services, and Hired Hands Homecare. The Third Street Cinemas is located at 620 3rd Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and “D” Street (behind the Third Street Aleworks). It’s only 1½ blocks from the Downtown Transit Mall, where all City and County busses arrive and depart. There are also two parking garages close by, one directly across from the theatre (no elevator), and the other around the corner on “D” Street (basically, behind the theatre). The rate is 75c per hour, but those with handicapped placards may park free at parking meters on the street. For more info, contact Gwen Adkins at the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, 523-1586 x 21 or 484-7328 (cell).


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nBarbara Bowman

Movies At Oakmont

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

Sunday, January 15, 2 pm A FACE IN THE CROWD

In this prescient drama, Andy Griffith makes a spectacular film debut as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, a philosophical country-western singer discovered in a small town jail by TV talent coordinator Marcia Jefferies (Patricia Neal), who makes him a superstar. But his hunger for the bright lights causes him to become desperate. A poignant film about celebrity, the mass media and the political process. (1957), NR, 125 minutes.

Sunday, January 22, 2 pm SULLY

Viewers around the world were astonished in 2009 when airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) safely lands an Airbus 320 on the Hudson River after both engines were disabled. This fact-based drama illuminates Sullenberger’s life, his heroic achievement and his ordeal with the NTSB. Typical superlative work by Hanks. Laura Linney also stars. (2016), PG-13, 96 minutes.


It’s a mystery on a global scale: five times in Earth’s past, life has been nearly extinguished, the vast majority of plants and animals annihilated in a geological instant. What triggered these dramatic events? And what might they tell us about the fate of our world? In concert with the Osher Lifelong Learning class Goldilocks Planet: Earth’s Climate History, Movies At Oakmont screens this provocative and compelling PBS documentary. (2014), NR, 60 minutes.

Sunday, February 5, 2 pm NO FILM SHOWN—SUPER BOWL SUNDAY Sunday, February 12, 2 pm THE BIG SHORT

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

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet Sunday, January 15, 2 p.m.: A Face in the Crowd, (1957), NR, 125 minutes. Sunday, January 22, 2 p.m.: Sully, (2016), PG-13, 96 minutes.

Sunday, January 29, 2 p.m.: Mass Extinction: Life on the Brink, (2014), NR, 60 minutes. Sunday, February 5: No film shown—Super Bowl Sunday


Oakmont Music Lovers nJudy Walker

An Introduction to Baroque Dance

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

Tennis Club nTerri Somers

Ice and rain—What a pain!

The members of our tennis club have faced so tough times as of late. We all know how time-consuming it is to dry the courts in order to play, but we have also had to de-ice them lately. Amazing what a bunch of die-hard tennis players will do to play this sport of ours. I can’t help but feel a sense of pride when I drive to our courts, look at the outside temperature and see that it’s 42 degrees, and arrive to see men and women working hard to make the courts safe to play. I’ll admit that I’ve seen players so desperate to play that they have made up new rules to accommodate Mother Nature’s gifts of the season: South side of the courts too wet or frozen—no problem, all you do is play ½ court on the south and full court on the north (good way to improve your net game). Puddles on the back of the courts—no lobbing allowed (ya right, that lasts until the other team is down 5-40). Rain drops making it difficult to see through your sunglasses—hold an umbrella in one hand and your racquet in the other (by the way this is impossible if you have a two-handed backhand). When all else fails and the courts are too wet, or too frozen, and it’s truly unsafe to play—go home, get warm, stay injury-free, because tomorrow is another day!


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Dependable, experts serving you and your neighbors with excellence and integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, Best prices on Gutter Guard bonded and insured. Senior discounts installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429. available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. net or call us at 537-1308 for all your HERITAGE ROOFING CO. Specializing in residential re-roofing. plumbing needs. Top quality workmanship. Honest and CARPET, UPHOLSTERY reliable. Oakmont references. Free AND TILE CLEANING estimates. Lic. #673839. 539-4498. Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma resident. 14 years experience. Senior WC’S LOCKS AND KEYS Professional, experienced locksmith for pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334. all your security needs. Senior discount. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, A SENIOR HELPING SENIORS All home repairs. Everything from LCO #2411. fixing that leaking toilet, to hanging pictures, to replacing that broken COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR light switch. Serving the Santa Rosa HOME GREETING SERVICE area since 1985. $25 per hour. Quality Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community workmanship and excellent ref. Just information given on every visit. If you make a “to do” list and call me. Local are new to Oakmont and have not had Oakmont references on request. 888-2013. a home visit, please call Charlotte at 538-9050.


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


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



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

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


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


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


George’s furniture repair and refinishing, antiques and caning. Oakmont references. 30 years experience. Free estimates. Call George COMPUTER OOPS?? Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer at 987-3059. Services. Call Chuck for all things computer. VOM Rotary member, PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, computer instructor. References FAUX FINISHES available, many satisfied Oakmont Reasonable rates, free estimates, Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary customers. $45/hr. 293-8011. Luurs, 528-8489.


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

over 20 yrs. I will custom tailor a plan for you based on your unique needs. Complimentary first visit. Many homes start at $100. Jef Brunstetter, 576-1793 or


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


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



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

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


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

Huge selection of value-priced, new, used and re-conditioned golf carts for sale. Professional repairs, service. Many years servicing our friends in Oakmont. PET CARE 584-5488. Experienced, insured sitters for overnites and exercise walks for dogs QUALITY OVERNIGHT CARE and loving kitty care visits. Oakmont Private Home Health provider with references. A Mother’s Love Petsitting, 20 yrs. experience. Compassionate, 775-7520. hardworking, dependable. All aspects of in-home care. Will care for you like ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS I care for my loved ones. Avail. 5 days Great customer service. 12 years a week, Mon.–Fri., 7 p.m.–7 a.m. experience, free estimates, Oakmont References available. Call Olive, references. I’ll work with your (707) 393-0446. budget. Lic. #954364. Call Angel, 707-239-1241.


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


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


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


All documents notarized. Commission #2105272, License #14884. Bonded, Insured and Certified. www. Please call David Collins, (707) 934-5263.


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

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


Barnaby—grey tabby. Black tabby markings. Male, about 10 lbs, neutered. No collar, micro-chipped. Pale green eyes, white under nose and chin. Call Jennifer, (707) 490-4077.


Christo Limo is taking reservations to travel to the Crocker Museum on Jan. 18, free admission. Please contact Chris for info, (707) 206-5018.


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


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


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


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

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Group coaching for cancer survivors. Wednesdays for 8 weeks. Register at or 536-9323. Coupon code OAKMONT50 for 50% discount.



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


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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

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

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM JJanuary 16–31 Bev Schilpp 538-4293 February 1–15 Matt Zwerling 539-8996

Andie Altman, President

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

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

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


OAS Management Company

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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


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


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.


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

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

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

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


The Oakmont News / January 15, 2017

OVA-Sponsored Events National Wear Red Day—Friday, February 3 nAnita Roraus

Join OVA in our Community-Wide Photo Event!

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

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

Toxic Waste Collection

nAnita Roraus

Tuesday, february 21 west rec. parking lot

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

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

Healthy Spine, Healthy You! nAnita Roraus

Friday, January 27, 2 pm Berger Center Complimentary Seminar

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s Bone and Joint Health Network and OVA invite you to hear Dr. Christian Athanassious, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in conditions of the spine. With an undergraduate degree in psychology from UC Davis and a degree in medicine from Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA., he is an advocate of the whole-body medical approach.

Dr. Athanassious completed his residency in orthopedics at Monmouth Medical Center in New Jersey where he served as chief resident in his final year. In 2014, he completed the prestigious Stanford Medicine Spine Fellowship. Dr. Athanassious has published many award-winning studies on a variety of medical subjects. Dr. Athanassious’ spine presentation will review the anatomy and pathology of the spine, including common causes of neck and back pain. The audience will be educated on both conservative and surgical treatment options for neck and back pain.


nBarbara Bowman

Bocce Club

Your Bocce Club Board is ready to go with a full schedule of events for 2017. We’re fortunate to have these members—bocce lovers who are willing to give their time to make events possible, especially since many of them continue to serve from last year: Sherry Magers, Bev Schilpp, Cindi and Jeff Clemens, and Chris and Phil Duda. John Magers and Paul Wycoff will also continue their roles in 2017. New members include Jean Reed, Susan Lynn, Pat and Don Paulson and Eddi and Bob Pelton.


Ann Miller and Ed Burja also enjoy a Christmas dance.

Bocce continues throughout the winter months, Monday through Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. If you’re interested in bocce, come to the bocce courts to see what it’s all about. You can also join the Bocce Club right now.


If you haven’t done so already, complete the 2017 membership dues coupon below, then place it with your check for $15 in the Bocce Club folder at the OVA Office by January 31. Be ready to play in this year’s daily club team draw.

Alan & Denise Scott, Realtors Experience you can trust

President for another year Sherry and John Magers dance to Elvis’ songs at the Christmas party.

Direct: 707-486-8256

6520 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa


The Oakmont News / January 15, 2017

Hello, neighbor! Implant & General Dentistry

Kathy Crim CLU ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic#: 0A54498 4777 Sonoma Highway Santa Rosa, CA 95409 Bus: 707-538-7093

Please stop by and say, “Hi!” I’m looking forward to serving your needs for insurance and financial services. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.® CALL ME TODAY.

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New Patient Special! $99 All-Inclusive First visit includes: • Full periodontal exam & cleaning • Oral cancer screening • Full set of x-rays


State Farm, Home Office, Bloomington, IL

Tony Sanchez DDS, Debra A. Riker RDH, BS, MS (707) 539-0336 • 6594 Stone Bridge Road (located between McBride Realty & the Fire Station)

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COMINg SOON IN OAKMONT MOVE-IN READY • Juniper plan • Kitchen island • Master en suite • Great room • Cul-de-sac For appointment to preview call 537-SOLD












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5679 Queen Anne Drive, Santa Rosa — NEW ON MARKET 3060 sq ft SINGLE STORY, over ½ acre level lot. Fully landscaped, low maintenance front and back yards, pergola, entertainers dream. 4 bedrooms, plus office. 2½ baths, 3-car garage. Extensively updated throughout. Chef’s kitchen with newer stainless steel appliances opens to inviting family room with stone fireplace. Formal living room, dining room. Austin Creek Elementary and Rincon Valley School District. Easy access to Trione Annadel Park, Spring Lake, biking, hiking, camping. Close to Shopping, Wineries, Golf. Priced at $1,100,000. Deb Merga 707 484-0550

136 Oak Island Circle, Oakmont $799,000

620 Buena Vista Drive, Santa Rosa $890,000


6576-B Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa CA 95409

404 Oak Point Court, Oakmont $860,000

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