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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Holiday Gift Baskets

Winter Rain

nStaff Report

Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, Oakmont Gardens and Santa Rosa Fire Station 7 teamed up to deliver more than 75 holiday gift baskets to Oakmont seniors on Dec. 7. OVH and Oakmont Gardens raised $1,400 to buy supplies for the baskets at an “MBKares Celebrate the Good Work” event. It was the third year of basket deliveries to seniors here, but the joint effort allowed the number of baskets delivered to grow from 15 to 75, with the prospect of expanding the number of deliveries. Firefighters from the Oakmont station volunteered to help assemble the baskets.

Volunteers gather with gifts at Oakmont Gardens. (Photo by Marlene Neufeld)

Automatic Payment Clarification for 2017 OVA Dues nStaff Report

There are two types of automatic dues payments. If a member has signed up through the OVA office to have dues automatically deducted from their account, no action is needed; the new balance will be automatically deducted from their account. If a member went directly to their own bank’s billpay system to authorize automatic payments, they must instruct the bank to change the amount for 2017.

OVA Office Move Due This Month nStaff Report

Heavy mid-December rain filled the seasonal stream that passes through the East Golf Course. Maurice Fliess took this photo on the morning of December 16. One Oakmonter’s rain gauge measured 3.2 inches December 14-15.

Matt Zwerling of OVH and Denise Dunning of Oakmont Gardens hold a model check for $1,400. (Photo by Bob Starkey)

January 1, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 1

After three years of searching and planning, the OVA Office is expected to relocate to new space in the building behind Umpqua Bank on Oakmont Drive in the second week of January. “Relocating to this building returns our business office to our central complex,” said Andie Altman, OVA President. “Visitors to the new office will experience a space with a more professional and updated image from our current office rental. We look forward to offering our members a more comfortable and private environment in which to conduct business, with good access to information and staff. The space also allows our valued staff to better serve the association and its membership while providing a more comfortable and productive work environment.”

Yearend: Pickleball and All the Rest nStaff Report

It was the year of pickleball in Oakmont. A controversial plan to build courts at the Central Complex moved through a third year, the subject of debate at board meetings and one focus of 2016 board elections. More than 400 people expressed opinions on pickleball during a special Jan. 26 board meeting in response to a petition calling for a member vote on the proposal. The board voted in June to spend up to $300,000 to build the courts. A plan won Planning Commission approval, and an appeal was rejected by the City Council. A construction permit application was pending as the year ended. Other highlights of the year now ended: • Future of Berger Center study begins; board in January authorized an engineering study of the building and a special committee studied overall Oakmont space needs. A new committee of people with backgrounds in construction management was named in November to get cost and financing estimates for upgrading or replacing the Berger. • A Care and Resource Center for Oakmont elders moved toward reality, with opening expected this year, at the West Rec. Center, in partnership with the Council on Aging. • Two new directors, Ellen Leznik and Gloria Young, were elected to OVA Board. The top vote getter, Andie Altman won a new term, and was chosen as president, succeeding Frank Batchelor. See yearend on page 7 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Construction crew members pose behind the unfinished counter in OVA’s new office space on December 16. (Photo by Marty Thompson)

OVA Manager Cassie Turner noted that, “First impressions are important and lasting. The new office will present a progressive and welcoming atmosphere for both new and long-time residents.” Entrance to the office is via a breezeway connecting the adjacent parking lot and Laurel Leaf Place. The reception area features a 14-foot mural of Hood Mountain, donated by Oakmont artist David Harris. The 3,598 sq. ft. office is larger than the existing space in the “blue roof” building to the north on Oakmont Drive.

East Rec. Center Deck May Not Be Replaced nAl Haggerty

The deck at the East Recreation Center, closed pending repairs or replacement, may not be replaced after all. The Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors, which had previously voted to replace the deck, backed off that decision at its Dec. 20 meeting. With a city-mandated need for changes in the parking lot to comply with the Americans with Disability Act driving up costs, the board will wait for bids before deciding whether to replace or remove the deck. Director Frank Batchelor, questioning the need for the deck, said it is rarely used and there have been few, if any, complaints since it was closed. Reminded of the See board on page 5


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2017

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Oakmont Notice

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration

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

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

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

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

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. West Rec.

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

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

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

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

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

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

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

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This newspaper and its website and the manager’s weekly E-mail Eblast are the only official news communications on Oakmont’s behalf. The Nextdoor social media site is not in any way connected with Oakmont Village Association and the posts therein are not official Oakmont news posts and are not representative of Oakmont or Oakmont’s Board of Directors or management. The OVA/Board Info Group on Nextdoor is an opinion only group that conveys contributors’ own information/agenda and contains personal opinions of individuals in that group only. The Nextdoor “OVA/Board Info Group” is not an officially sanctioned group, and communications in this group should not be relied on or interpreted as official Oakmont communications. OVA is taking this opportunity to properly inform all Oakmont members about this important issue, and to be mindful that statements made on a non-Oakmont affiliated website by individual homeowners are not official OVA statements. Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

Nominating Committee Seeking Candidates for 2017 Election nStaff Report

The 2016 Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the seven-member Oakmont Village Association board. Four positions are available for candidates in the April election. The board appointed a five-member Nominating Committee consisting of Jackie Ryan, chair; Pat Clothier, Alan Scott, Pat Olive and Bev Leve. Candidates for the board must be members of OVA in good standing. Interested persons should submit their names and other required information to any member of the Nominating Committee by Jan. 15. Under the current OVA bylaws, members may also self-nominate by submitting their name and any required information to any OVA officer or director prior to Feb. 15. Members may also submit a petition of nomination by the same closing date, or members may also self declare a candidacy at the annual meeting. A Candidates’ Forum will be held on Feb. 22. All candidates prepare biographies and answers to a set of questions for publication in two editions of the Oakmont News and on the OVA website. OVA members interested in becoming candidates may contact the committee at

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Pedestrian Concerns at Oakmont Intersection

nJudy Burness

At dusk on a pleasant November evening, Janet Ballard and her husband, Daniel Graham, were walking their dogs near their home, crossing the intersection of White Oak and Fairfield Drive. Ballard was in the middle of the crosswalk on Fairfield when she saw a pair of headlights speeding toward the intersection down White Oak, which has no stop sign. Desperately scrambling for the curb, she fell as the oncoming car sped past her, rounding the corner. A close shave. Her injuries were minor, and due to the darkness, she doubts that the driver even realized he or she had nearly hit a pedestrian. A visitor caring for a nearby neighbor’s dog had a similar experience on Thanksgiving weekend. He was crossing the same intersection, at dusk and carrying the small dog, when he was struck a glancing blow by a speeding car. According to his friend, Megan Flax, that victim also fell in the frightening encounter, luckily without serious injuries. Neither of the drivers stopped, and while they are very concerned about the safety of the many walkers in the area, neither pedestrian felt justified in making a police report.

Several factors could have contributed to the incidents, the neighbors speculate. Often, drivers use White Oak and Fairfield as an eastbound route from central Oakmont. This requires turning onto Fairfield a block before White Oak dead-ends. There is no warning of the upcoming intersection, no stop sign, and no crosswalk. The neighbors say that drivers often take the corner too fast, even coming up on the sidewalk as they turn. The old-style, amber colored street light at that location is due to be replaced by a new and brighter LED fixture when it fails, according to Mark Kuyee, the city’s Supervising Electrical Technician. (The city recently installed a pedestrian-activated crosswalk warning light on White Oak in front of Oakmont Gardens.) Residents at one time discussed petitioning the city for a stop sign, according to Ballard, but dropped the issue because of at least one neighbor’s opposition. Ballard says, “It’s sad to think that in this active community, seniors out trying to get exercise on a lovely evening have to worry about being hit by speeding neighbors.” Her neighborhood is only a short walk from the Central Activities Center, she points out, and walking is a cherished daily activity for many residents.


declarations are handled. Based on governing documents and law, any qualified person becomes a candidate. Batchelor, who has said he would seek a new term, did not participate in the discussion and vote. The new rules increase ballot box security by moving it from the OVA Office to the inspector of collections’ office. This means that members must mail ballots to the inspector. They cannot be dropped off at the OVA. The board approved a $12,260 contract with Reyff Electric to install seven bronze bollards, which are lighted posts along paths at the East Recreation Center. The board approved a master insurance policy with an annual premium of $96,045 written by the Tim Cline Insurance Agency of Santa Monica. Turner said the policy adds fidelity crime, cyber liability and equipment breakdown to the previous coverage. Also approved was a $4,900 contract with Levy Ernlanger to audit OVA finances. There will be no board workshop session in January, President Andie Altman announced. Watch the board meeting online at www.oakmontvillage. com/videos.

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board’s previous vote to replace the deck, Director Herm Hermann said it was “one of the big mistakes of my life.” Noel Lyons, a member of the Construction Oversight Committee, told the board that while the construction documents for the deck replacement are complete, the city decreed that the project would require modifications in the parking lot. He explained that the ADA requires level parking spots for wheelchair vans. Since the parking lot slopes, the handicap spaces would have to be leveled, requiring considerable grading and repaving. The board directed Manager Cassie Turner to get bids for the overall project. If the bids put the cost at $250,000 or more, Hermann said, he won’t vote for it. A motion to apply for a city permit before getting bids failed 5-2. The board voted 5-1 with one recusal to apply new election rules for the upcoming board elections. The vote followed a lengthy discussion on how candidate

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Letter to the Editor

The column provides an avenue where residents can submit letters to express opinion, criticism or praise. Dear Editor, I read with interest the letter from Frank Beurskens, since I have been thinking about sending a similar letter, although the policy regarding gravel in landscaping does not affect me personally. As I walk around the neighborhood with my little dog, I observe the landscaping in many yards I like and some I don’t care for as much. But I do not see that all the yards that use extensive gravel are inferior to those that employ the various kinds of bark, etc. I also occasionally pass one yard that had originally put in what I thought was a very attractive arrangement of artificial turf, but was required to replace it just before that policy was changed. That yard still looks nice, but I don’t think that the expensive change was an improvement. I personally wish we could keep more grass, but that doesn’t make sense in the face of water shortages. Rather than requiring folks to remove what should be acceptable landscaping, I think our policy needs to be reviewed to allow for drought-resistant yards of many types. We want to keep our community looking nice, but that doesn’t mean that we need to impose our personal tastes on our neighbors. A little variety makes life interesting. Juanita Roland


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New Trees, Shrubs to Protect a Creek Bank nMarty Thompson

A riparian restoration project has brought 36 new trees and a variety of shrubs to stabilize the bank of Badger Creek between the Quail Run Homeowners Association and Highway 12. Motorists on the highway could see workers putting in trees and shrubs the week of Dec. 12. It’s a joint project between the developer of The Meadows homes across Oakmont Drive and Quail Run. Because building The Meadows included taking out some riparian habitat, the developer had to pledge to restore a habitat somewhere else in the county. Willow Glen Homes proposed doing the work right here. “He will be putting something back in the same general area, so he approached us,” said Jeff Young, president of Quail Run. “We thought, ‘Why not?’” Young noted in a telephone interview that putting in low maintenance plants isn’t creating more landscaping the HOA would need to take care of. The developer is paying for removal of some willows along the creek and planting native, low water-use trees and shrubs. He also is installing an irrigation system to nurture the plantings for two years, after which they aren’t expected to require irrigation. Water comes from Quail Run’s nearby well. Irrigating the area is expected to require about 13,500 gallons of water a year. Planners noted the average home uses 132 gallons a year. Roots from the plantings covering .69 of an acre should stabilize the creek bank, for which the Regional Water Control Board had already expressed concern. There were no concerns expressed for Badger Creek elsewhere in Oakmont, including where it passes alongside the West Rec. Center. The developer is responsible for maintenance, pruning to preserve views, and replacing any dead plants for at least five years. The 36 new trees include Coast Live Oak, California Buckeye, Dwarf Red Willow and Valley Oak. Other plants include Coyote Brush, California Wild Rose, Native Honeysuckle, Manzanita and Coffeeberry. In addition to Quail Run, the project required approval by OVA and county agencies overseeing the creek.

In the Spotlight: Jean Macpherson Duffy

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

Jean Macpherson Duffy the Presiding Judge of the grew up in Oakland with High Court of England Scottish-born parents who and Wales. At 90, he still decorated their home with walks the circular staircase tartan plaids but did not of Newton Castle, the 16th display a similar affinity for century Macpherson family returning to their homeland. home in Blairgowrie where So it was unusual that in Duffy and her husband, 1972, her now-widowed Gordon, stayed this past mother would ask Jean to August when they attended accompany her to Scotland. the 70th anniversary of the “I was astounded,” Jean Association clan and the says of the trip. “When I got Newtonmore Highland there, everyone sounded Games. What games they were! like my grandparents. Jean Macpherson Duffy proudly carries the family cromach to lead the march into the 2016 Newtonmore Highland Three hundred and fifty I felt immediately and Games. Carrying the Green Banner is Duffy’s nephew. people from 14 countries overwhelmingly like I was (Contributed photo) came to attention at 2 o’clock home.” sharp, when the sound of bagpipes began the colorful, That trip was the beginning of a life journey for respectful procession of 186 kilted clan members. It is led Jean who has united thousands of Macphersons from by Duffy who is flanked by the Macpherson Association around the world, serves as Chairman of the Clan flag on one side and on the other, the Green Banner that Macpherson Association and in the summer of 2015 was taken into the battles fought years ago. was the first U. S. woman to ever lead the Macpherson Clad in her Hunting tartan kilt and a maroon march into the Newtonmore Highland Games. jacket, she carries the Macpherson family cromach, a Derived from Gaelic, the word “clan” basically shepherd’s hook, to the main field to start this year’s means an extended family group where the majority competitions of authentic Scottish games like the of members are related by blood and who banded tossing of the caber, hill races, highland dancing and together to defend territory and ensure survival in a bagpipe competition. difficult times. While an honor for Duffy, leading the procession The Macpherson clan dates back to 1309 during the is also a testament to her commitment to the clan. As time of Robert the Bruce. But it is best known since chairwoman of the Association, she is responsible for 1745 when “Bonnie” Prince Charles, attempted to use coordinating six Macpherson branches around the Scottish troops to invade England and capture the world, writing newsletters and organizing the 2017 throne for his father, from George II—a story wellGames. known to fans of the popular Outlander series. She also runs the chop of the Clan Macpherson The family name means “Son of the Parson” and has Museum in Newtonmore. A center for the entire clan, the unusual motto of “Touch Not the Cat but a Glove.” it is a Scottish Tourist Board Four Star Museum that Today, the clan includes 64 different surnames and holds a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. boasts members from all over the world. Membership Duffy is a registered nurse and was a professor of is patriarchal, passing down through the male side of nursing at California State University until she served the family, and is lead today by the 27th chief of the as the State Assemblywoman in the 5th Assembly Clan, Sir William Macpherson. District. She is an Oakmont resident, has five grown A man with a distinguished career, Sir William served children and 12 grandchildren. in the 21st Special Air Service Regiment and became

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• Teresa and Tom Woodrum received Community Service Awards recognizing their Oakmont Health Initiative. • Sugarloaf Winery opened in a new production facility across Highway 12 from Oakmont, with the Oakmont Drive-Highway 12 intersection due to become four-way. • The 5,100-acre state park next to Oakmont was renamed Trione-Annadel State Park, honoring philanthropist Henry Trione. • OVA leased new office space in the building behind Umpqua Bank, and expects to move there in January. • OVA prepared to enforce the architectural rule restricting front yards to no more than 15% gravel, but offered a plan to help owners bring their yards into compliance.

New Year’s Greetings from Table Tennis Club nKay Kim

New Year’s Greetings to all Oakmont residents from all of us! We wish all of you a healthy and happy new year.

Sufi Meditation Circle nJoAnn Halima Haymaker

Meditation Circle for Women

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Travel and Adventure Club nCarolita Carr Front raw from the left, Bob Vogenthaler, Ruthy Snyder, Tom Woodrum and Gale Lutz; the second raw on the back, Ian Seddon, Del Friesen; third raw hidden, Richard Russell, Herbert Bieser, David Coar and Arthur Boot.

Exercise is the healthiest thing you can do. Exercise is also a natural mood enhancer. When you work out, the body releases endorphins that make you feel young and energetic. It’s been a very wet winter outside. Why not come to a warm inside to play pingpong and have fun with us.

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Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 noon Wednesdays: 12 noon–2:30 p.m. Thursdays: 3–5:30 p.m. Fridays: 3–5:30 p.m. Sundays: 12 noon–4 p.m. (bring your own partner) Location: West Recreation Center Upstairs We have four tables, ping-pong balls and some spare rackets for new comers. We normally play doubles, so 4 people can play on each table at any one time. We also have Robopong Newgy 2050 for anyone who wants to practice to improve their skills.

January 3, 6:30–8 PM, East Rec. Center

There will be no speaker this month, but we will have what September calls a “Packing Challenge.” Audience participation should prove to be entertaining! Come and learn how to get your wardrobe into a small suitcase and still manage to look un-rumpled. Our December meeting featured Marty Behr, a fellow Oakmonter, making a presentation on tours to National Parks and Monuments provided by National Parks Revealed. Thanks to Marty, we all learned something new about these national treasures right here in the US. September Holstad has more information regarding this company, and would be happy to share with anyone interested.

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Table Tennis (Ping-Pong) is a Mind, Body and Soul Sport. There are numerous benefits of playing this enjoyable Olympic sport: • Health and Fitness: Just a couple of hours a day, two or three times a week hitting those little orange balls can do wonders for your fitness. • Gentle on Your Body: You can play this sport according to your own capabilities and limitations, and still be competitive. All skill levels are welcome. • A Sport for Life: It can be played competitively right up to your eighties and beyond. It’s never too late to start. • Keeps You Mentally Sharp: It’s good for the brain function. There is an awful lot of thinking, fast brainto-hand coordination. This activity keeps your brain alert! • You Can Play Anytime: Table tennis is an indoor sport. You can play it all year round, rain or wind, hot and cold. No need to worry about exposure to UV rays. • Make New Friends: You’ll get to meet many nice people at the club. You’ll be able to compete and make friends with fellow table tennis enthusiasts. • You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune: There is no fee to play at our club. We provide paddles for new comers free of charge and balls are provided by OVA. A basic ping-pong paddle can be bought for around $35–50. A good racket for advanced play would usually be around $100–150. As a complex game of mind, soul and body, table tennis is one of the most beneficial sports for aging population, improving mental and physical conditions alike. It’s an excellent investment for your well-being. Contact information: Kay Kim at 318-0644 or Bob Vogenthaler at 537-3040.

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Golf News OGC


nChuck Wood


Often well behind the scenes, many members of our dear club have made significant contributions in 2016 to its viability and value for all of our membership. Here are a few of them: Phil Sapp provided significant innovation and analytical skills to the Greens Committee’s Bunker Study project. He employed Google Earth to create photos and exact dimensions of each of our two courses’ bunkers. Committee members used these photos and data in making their individual recommendations as to future bunker actions, whether elimination or resizing. Phil also worked with our Superintendent, Andy Trinkino, to determine the potential cost savings to the club via either removing or resizing approximately 35% of the existing bunkers. Per the committee’s Chair, Pete Waller, the spreadsheets Phil created will be used in every related decision going forward. Pete also wants to acknowledge the Bunker Study contributions of Kris Peters, Mike Isola and Russ Adamson. Neil Huber headed the negotiation efforts in two key areas in 2016. First was the refinancing of our club’s mortgage. With his experience in the law and corporate finance, Neil brought tons of capability and horsepower to this extremely important and successful undertaking. Mike Ash and Russ Adamson also played instrumental roles in this undertaking. The Oakmont Golf Club will enjoy many years of improved cash flow and greater financial stability because of this refinancing. The second area that Neil led was the negotiation of our new three-year contract for our club’s union represented employees. Key among the negotiated terms of the new contract is greater scheduling flexibility, much needed for our seven days a week operation. Neil was joined on the negotiation team by Barbara Robinson and Pete Waller. The Capital Fund Drive campaign, led by John Weston, is now well underway. John wants to acknowledge the many contributions that Nona Leone, Debbie Kiddoo and Neil Huber made in defining and launching this much-needed effort. Walt Brown also deserves our acknowledgement and thanks. He has maintained the dedicated effort to lead the fairway sanding crew. Would be nice if more members and other golfers carried sand and applied it to their divots when they play. Oh well, guess their mothers always picked up after them. Thanks to Walt, however, divot repair and grass re-growth are systematically addressed for the benefit of us all. Of course, I have not been able to acknowledge all the many fine members who have helped make our club a better place and business in 2016. So, continued thanks to the very many members who actively make things happen via leadership in sections, being members of committees, volunteering when a special project comes up, making donations to our Capital Fund Drive, reaching out to new members and just being friendly.

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Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Rusty Sims, 27’8”; #13—Bill Hainke, 7’9”; #16—Bill Hainke, 8’9”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—John Williston, 4’9”; #13—John Williston, 7’10”; #16— Wally Juchert, 20’8”; #5—Charlie Huff, 10’2”. A couple was in a shopping center before Christmas. The wife suddenly noticed that her husband was missing so she called him on the mobile. The wife said, “Where are you, you know we have lots to do.” He said, “You remember the jewelers we went into about 10 years ago, and you fell in love with that diamond necklace? I could not afford it at the time and I said that one day I would get it for you?” With tears flowing down her cheek she said, “Yes, I do.” “Well I am in the golf shop next door.” Murray was beginning his pre-shot routine when a voice came over the clubhouse loudspeaker. “Would the gentleman on the ladies’ tee please back up to the men’s tee.” Murray remained in his routine, seemingly unfazed by the interruption. A little louder: “Would the man on the women’s tee kindly back up to the men’s tee!” Murray raised up out of his stance, lowered his driver, and shouted, “Would the announcer in the clubhouse kindly shut up and let me play my second shot?” The Pope met with his cardinals to discuss a proposal from the Prime Minister of Israel. “Your Holiness,” the Prime Minister wants to challenge you to a game of golf to show the friendship and spirit shared by the Jewish and Catholic faiths.” The Pope thought this a good idea, but he had never played golf. “Do we have a cardinal who plays who can represent me?” he asked. “None that play well,” the cardinal replied. “But there is a man named Jack Nicklaus, an American golfer. We can offer to make him a cardinal, then ask him to play as your personal representative. Besides showing our spirit of cooperation, we’ll win the match.” Everyone agreed it was a good idea and the call was made. Of course, Nicklaus was honored and agreed to play. The day after the match, Nicklaus came to the Vatican. “I have some good news and some bad news, your Holiness,” the golfer told the Pope. “Tell me the good news first, Cardinal Nicklaus.” “I don’t like to brag, but even though I’ve played some great golf in my life, this was the best I’ve ever played, by far. I must have been inspired from above. My drives were long and true, my irons accurate and purposeful, and my putting perfect. With all due respect, my play was truly miraculous.” “And there’s bad news?” asked the Pope. “Yes,” Nicklaus sighed. “I lost by three strokes to Rabbi Woods.”

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

The Tuesday and Thursday Women’s Golf Sections held a Joint General Meeting/Christmas Luncheon at the Quail Inn on Tuesday, Dec. 6. We celebrated another great year of golf and awards were announced and distributed. Probably the biggest surprise is always the Most Improved Golfer (MIG). In 2016 that distinction went to Tammy Siela for OWGS (Tuesday), and Penny Wright for TOWGC (Thursday). Big congratulations to them and to all those who worked hard to improve their game last year! Now it’s time to start looking ahead to 2017 and making those resolutions to get better next year. Jessica and Rebecka are offering special holiday rates, so sign up now and get ready for 2017. This is my last article for the Oakmont News. I am handing off to the very capable Debbie Warfel and Tammy Siela. Now I’ve got to rush off to my next lesson and continue the never-ending quest for a lower handicap. Happy New Year to all and I hope to see you out on the course!

Thanks to our 2016 Captains, Judy DuPort (left) and Chris Carter (right).

A fond goodbye to Mary Rossi (L) who moved back to Southern CA and her neighbor, Joan Seliga.


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The Holiday Luncheon was a huge success. So good to see the warm relationships that our members enjoy. The decorations by Joanne Finnerty and her team were just beautiful. The trophy for our Net Club Championship was presented to Debbie Warfel. Congratulations Debbie! Congratulations also to JoAnn Banayat who won the Most Improved Player Award. Birdie and chip-in pins were also presented, a nice reminder of all the members who experienced those exceptional moments. Happy New Year!


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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

9 nTony D’Agosta

Happy New Year! 2017 should be another banner year for the Niners. Our kick-off luncheon will be held at the Quail Inn on January 9 at 12 noon. A sign-up sheet is on the table in the pro shop. At our luncheon we will conduct a little Niner business which will include elections of our 2017 officers and some fun awards. The nominating committee recommends the following: Stan Augustine as Captain, Phil Sapp as Co-Captain and Dan Levin returning as Treasurer. David Beach has agreed to take care of the handicapping and Ron Bickert has agreed to take care of the eclectic tournaments. If we are rained out, we will still have our luncheon meeting. Gary, Dan and I thank each and every one of you for your support and cooperation during these last several years. Meanwhile, Happy Golfing!

Sweeps Results for December 5 Two-Man Best Ball, 15 Teams

First place: Dan Sienes and Art Boot with a net 25. Second place: Gary Stone and Bob Ure with a net 26. Third place: Neil Huber and Phil Sapp with a net 28. Fourth place: Paul Lawler and Bob Morotto with a net 29. Closest-to-the-pin: Phil Sapp, 30’1”.

Sweeps Results for December 12 Individual Low Net, 10 Players

First place: Gary Stone with a net 29.5. Second place tie: Dan Sienes and Don Schulte, both with a net 31.5. Fourth place: Neil Huber with a net 32.5.


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.

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.

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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

Coming up

January 9: Back to the Beginning—renewing the steps to what makes Zentangle such a great art form. January 23: Exploring round tiles called Zendalas. TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail

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


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Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies nSue Hattendorf, COPE Director

Update Time

For our COPE leaders who still do not have Internet access, it is again time to remind you to check your team for any changes, mark up your block diagram and put it in the COPE file in the OVA Office. For new residents, a completed Census form should be submitted. I will generate new block diagrams for your team and notify you when they are ready. Note that blank Census forms can be obtained in the OVA Office. If, in the future, you begin Internet usage, please call me at 539-2543 so I can add you to our online communication group. Also, if you do not currently have an active COPE team for your neighborhood, please call me to learn how simple it is to form a neighborhood family to support each other, especially in time of a major emergency. Thank you!

Advanced Beginner Bridge Series nKate Hill

Starting Friday, January 13 Play of the Hand— Insider Tips on Declarer Play Become a Virtuoso at the Table!

Begin the new year with play! Bridge play, that is! The newest Friday morning bridge series begins January 13, at the Card Room in the Central Activities Center. All classes take place on Friday mornings from 9:30–11:30 a.m. We will concentrate on Play of the Hand, a frequently requested topic. This is a biggie! It’s also an area where we can all improve. Declarers need help in making a plan. It’s not always easy seeing ahead of time what pitfall to avoid at trick #8! The first four-week segment will include: 1) Making a plan; 2) How to develop tricks through promotion and length; 3) When, How and Whether to Finesse; and 4) How to Avoid Losers—Ruffing and Discarding. This will run from Jan. 13 through Feb. 3. The second four-week segment will include: 5) Watching out for Entries; 6) Watching out for the Opponents; 7) Managing the Trump Suit; and 8) Putting it all Together. This will run from Feb. 10 through Mar. 3. No partner is required. Students may enroll, individually or with a partner, at the first class meeting on Friday, January 13, at 9:15 a.m., or by notifying the instructor (contact info below) prior to that date. A book is available separately for $20. It isn’t mandatory, but it covers the entire curriculum. E-mail or call me at least a week ahead of time (by Jan. 6) to let me know you’ll be attending both series, and book price will be just $10. No payment need be made until the first class meeting on Jan. 13. I have taught bridge in the Santa Rosa area for ten years. I am an ACBL-certified instructor, director, and Gold Life Master. The focus of our lessons will be on the fun and camaraderie of the world’s greatest card game. We’ll hone our skills and strive for our personal best while enjoying the companionship of partner and foes alike. We never forget that bridge is about play! I look forward to seeing you Friday morning, January 13, at 9:15 a.m. No advance registration is required, but you may contact me with questions, comments or requests at, 545-3664.

Oakmont Art Association nCarol Decker


The first Art Association meeting of the new year will be on January 13, with a docent presentation on the Frank Stella exhibit at the DeYoung. Frank Stella: A Retrospective is an expansive presentation surveying the career of this towering figure in postWWII American art. Fifty works, including paintings, reliefs, sculptures and maquettes, are on display, representing Frank Stella’s prolific output from the late 1950s to the present day. The show, running from November 5, 2016 to February 26, 2017 is the first comprehensive U.S. presentation devoted to the artist since 1970. “Frank Stella’s impact on abstract art is unmatched,” says Max Hollein, Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “This retrospective is timely and important for San Francisco audiences. To see the development of an artist who created ‘masterpieces’ just one year out of college, who is still working as a major force today—it is impressive to see an extraordinary body of work that spans six decades.” Join us at Berger Center on Friday, January 13. 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.


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 or www. Cost of the workshop is $90. To register, contact Dan Fishman, or (408) 621-0127.



League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick


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

NOTICE: Santa Rosa No Smoking Ordinance clarification

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

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Dinner for 8


nLeslie Evans

nNorma Doyle

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

nBarbara Bowman

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.

Bocce Club



Wow! What an enjoyable time we had. After appetizers and a delicious meal, President Sherry thanked the 2016 Board and introduced the new board. Special guests were the four attendees who are 90-years-of-age or older, proving that bocce is a great game for everyone at any age. Then came the surprise entertainment: Elvis! With lots trade-mark hip-moves, Elvis entertained the 73 Bocce Clubbers, singing all-time favorites, requests and holiday selections. He also wooed the ladies, creating gales of laughter from the crowd. Thanks once again, Chris and Phil Duda, for a wonderful closing event.

Bocce continues through-out the winter months, Monday through Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. And, 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.

Chris, Bob and Maureen sing along with Elvis.

Margaret Nielsen swoons as Elvis serenades her.


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

No Playreaders meeting will be held January 2. On January 9 and 16 Dennis Hall will present A Barrel Full of Pennies by John Patrick. Patrick’s early life was marked by abandonment, foster homes and delinquency, but after becoming a radio announcer at age 19 he began to write radio scripts in the late 1920’s. His first plays were produced on Broadway in 1935 and 1942. He then changed directions and volunteered to support the British Army fighting World War II. His next play The Hasty Heart was germinated from this military experience and proved a great commercial success. It was later adapted for the screen and later still for TV. After two more plays his stage adaptation of Vern J. Sneider‘s novel The Teahouse of the August Moon garnered him both the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for drama. He adapted a well-known autobiographical book, A Many-Splendored Thing by Han Suyin, for the movie Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing. The remainder of his career was dedicated to a series of successful screenwriting assignments. At age 90 he died and his death was ruled a suicide. Patrick is best remembered for his screen work though his plays remain popular with community theatres. In A Barrel Full of Pennies the household of a cab driver (and lover of mankind, all homeless dogs, lame ducks and people) everyone is welcome, much to the distress of daughter, who wishes she didn’t have to be embarrassed at the thought of inviting her elegant boyfriend to dinner. But plans are made, only to be jeopardized by the arrival of still another “stray,” a selfproclaimed folk singer. Despite the best intentions of the cab driver and his wife to have things go smoothly, they go, as luck would have it, quite the opposite, and the complications multiply hilariously. The elegant boyfriend is forgotten about in the turmoil, the “stray” (who shows up better than expected) proves that love will find a way—and, what is more important, that the wild and wonderful lifestyle of this unusual family has found a new champion to keep it spinning along merrily for many years to come. Playreaders of A Barrel Full of Pennies include Norma Doyle, Max Fenson, Anne Gero, Denis Hall, Joyce O’ Connor, Jeffrey Sheff and Mike Strenski. Playreaders meet in the Central Activity Center, Room B every Monday from 2–3 p.m. Visitors are always welcome.


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


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Dancing is 4 Everyone

The joy of dance may be experienced by you without a partner. We have a new Beginning Line Dance Class. Check it out! Remember, dance is exercise for your brain as much as for your body. During dancing your brain is constantly making new neural connections. Studies show that this is very beneficial for protection against dementia. The pleasure of dance, even if you don’t have a partner, is available in Oakmont. Our instructor, Steve Luther, has a unique style of teaching that makes it easier to learn the steps to a variety of dances, and the music he selects is upbeat and lively. As you progress you will enjoy a wide diversity of music and styles, from Country, Disco, Latin, Cajun, Rock and Roll, etc. It’s the “only way” to exercise in the minds of our many line dancers. Some of us had never danced prior to this line dance class. No worries, Steve makes us feel good about our

dance and good about ourselves. You don’t need a partner, so there is no reason or excuse for you not to get out and enjoy the glory of dance, and you will, most certainly, make new friends during this time. Beginning Line Dance Class is starting January 9, Monday nights from 7:15–8:30 p.m. at the Berger Center, and will continue weekly throughout the year. This beginning class series is only offered one time during the year, so jump right in and give line dance a try. A four-week session (monthly) is only $28 (or $7 a class). Individual classes are $10. Here’s an example of the fun we have: https:// Fun times are ahead. You will feel the joy and laughter in the room from the start. We’ll see you there! Come early to allow time to sign-up. Fragrance free! Questions? Call me at 538-4142.

nRay Haverson


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

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

Let’s Dance—Together! nTerry Whitten

It’s Country 2-Step Time

WHAT: Beginning Country 2-Step Partner Dance Classes WHEN: Wednesdays, January 11, 18 and 25 TIME: 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: January New Year’s Special—$5 per person per class The New Year will be a good time to dust off your dance shoes or cowboy boots and learn some basic Country 2-Step dance moves. Country 2-Step is very popular in Sonoma County—especially on Sunday nights at Monroe Hall. It is an upbeat and fun partner dance that can be danced to lots of great Country Western music as well as to faster Foxtrot music. As before, no partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. If you have a partner, that’s great. However, I do know we

are short on male leaders here in Oakmont. I’d like to invite any ladies who are interested to come and learn how to lead some basic steps. Once you learn, you will never be without someone to dance with in Oakmont and other venues. Leading can be as much fun as following! Thank you to the five ladies who did learn to lead some basic steps in the different dances taught during the past six months. Aside from being fun and a great way to get exercise, a number of studies have shown that dancing on a regular basis may reduce the possibility of cognitive decline and may actually increase mental acuity. It is definitely good for our brains, muscles and spirit! Please let me know if you have any questions. You can E-mail me (Terry Whitten) at twhitten@pacbell. net or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell) or 539-6265 (home). I hope to see you on the dance floor!

nRosemary Waller


Music at Oakmont is delighted to present cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park, on Thursday, Jan. 12, in Berger Center. The New York “power couple,” remembered from their stunning debut here two years ago, will be heard in works by Bach, Barber, Arvo Pärt, and Mendelssohn. Program notes for the Bach and Barber sonatas follow. Complete program notes are available at the concert, as well as on our website www. J.S. Bach, Sonata in G Major for Viola da gamba and Keyboard, BWV 1027: In 1723 the city of Leipzig interviewed prospects for a new choirmaster at St. Thomas School. Bach was not the Town Council’s first choice. He was hired only after Telemann and another candidate had withdrawn. One Council member’s comment was duly recorded: “Since the best could not be obtained, mediocre [candidates] would have to be considered.” It was a happy choice for posterity, if not for Bach or the city, which spent the next 27 years in petty micromanagement of the composer. But Bach found satisfaction in moonlighting as director of the Collegium Musicum, a consortium of singers and instrumentalists who performed at Gottfried Zimmermann’s coffee house. They were often joined by distinguished solo artists whose concert tours brought them to Leipzig. The regular Friday evening events were rarely advertised— spontaneous, relaxed music-making accompanied by excellent food and drink. It’s thought that Bach wrote his charming Coffee Cantata as a sort of commercial for Zimmermann’s as well as for coffee drinking (newly a craze in Europe). Much of Bach’s non-liturgical instrumental music was composed for this venue, including the delightful Sonata BWV 1027. Samuel Barber, Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 6: One of the joys of writing program notes is happening upon quirky gems of music history. One of my favorites is this letter written to his mother by nine-year-old Samuel Barber: “Dear Mother: I have written this to tell you my worrying secret. Now don’t cry when you read it because it is neither yours nor my fault. I suppose I will have to tell it now without any nonsense. To begin with I was not meant to be an athlet [sic]. I was meant to be a composer, and will be I’m sure. I’ll ask you one more thing—Don’t ask me to forget this unpleasant thing and go play football. Please—Sometimes I’ve been worrying about this so much that it makes me mad (not very).” The Sonata Op. 6 was written when the composer was 22, before he completed his studies at the fabled Curtis Institute. He had been accepted there at 14, a triple prodigy in piano, voice, and writing. In 1928 he started following his composition teacher Rosario Scalero to Italy for summer studies. It was there, in 1932, that the cello sonata was born. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 12, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door or your season pass


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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU−Oakmont nMarlena Cannon and David Dearden

Winter Registration Underway Classes Start January 5 EARLY CALIFORNIA ART AND HISTORY, 1848-1950 MONDAYS, JAN. 9–FEB. 20, 3–5 PM, BERGER CENTER

Explore the events and personalities that made San Francisco an economic and political giant, and the region’s cultural hub. Gold transformed pastoral to industrial: population exploded, Earthquake destroyed, and society turned toward modernism. Constant change defined 19th and 20th century California, and art responded in kind. Linda Loveland Reid has degrees in History and Art History, has been an OLLI instructor since 2012, and has two published novels.


Mick Chantler is back! Detested Yankees occupied the sacred homeland humiliating old Dixie. Mick traces the moral and political struggles Southerners faced in the wake of utter ruin. Mick Chantler, an American historian for over 40 years, currently teaches at SSU, Dominican, U.C. Berkeley and Davis.


Earth is a Goldilocks Planet because its climate is “just right” for life. A survey of earth’s 4.5 billion year climate history and its interaction with life-including the Gaia Hypothesis (life regulates climate) and the Medea Hypothesis (Earth has been at times hostile to life). NASA Goddard Space Flight Center scientist Warren Wiscombe (physics, applied math, MIT and Caltech) has led climate science research since the early 1970s. Winter OLLI registration forms are available in the OVA Office and the Central Activity Center or by visiting Scholarship assistance available, guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting. Please direct questions to Fradel Been at 293-3181 or by E-mail at

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10:30 AM Community Church BC

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 1:00 PM Bocce 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

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10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 6:00 PM OVA Event (Elvis Presley) BC


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Communications Commit B 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM LOMAA Board G 1:00 PM Craft Guild E 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:00 PM Oakmont Progressives E 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Single Malt Scotch Club B

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 10:00 AM OLLI Committee B 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Landscape Imp Comm G 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:00 PM OVA Board Workshop E 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Short Story Book Club EC 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:30 PM Oakmont Travel & Adv Club E 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond BC


8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Photo Steering Committee EC 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Garden Club Board Ste 6 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 3:30 PM OCLC Open House BC 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond BC

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Café Mortel B 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC


9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 1:00 PM Bocce 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR A+B


9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 1:30 PM Music at Oakmont BC 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM OLLI E+EC 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness BC 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 12:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 9:00 PM Goodwill Donation Truck BC Pkg Lot


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Art Association BC 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 12:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Goodwill Donation Truck BC Pkg Lot 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 10:30 AM Meditation B 11:30 AM Yoga Workshops LW 1:00 PM Bocce


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 10:30 AM Meditation B 1:00 PM Bocce

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10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 10:30 AM Bridge to Nowhere CR B 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 1:00 PM Oakmont Art Critique AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Singing Woods E 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Foam Roller LW 9:30 AM Volunteer Helpers Ste 6 9:30 AM Garden Club BC 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond BC


8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Foam Roller LW 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM iPad SIG D 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond BC

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakmont Book Group B


9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:30 AM Kiwanis Board Meeting E 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM OLLI E+EC 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR A+B


9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study G 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Craft Guild AR 2:00 PM OLLI E+EC 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW

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


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

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 10:30 AM Meditation B 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM OakMUG UW


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 10:30 AM Meditation B 1:00 PM Bocce

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10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Foam Roller LW 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond BC

Monthly Event Calendar is also available online at

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


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2017

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/.



nTony Lachowicz

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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 McCullogh at with the item you would like to bring.

January 5 long hike Annadel Bubbly

The long hikers will be in Annadel for the “Bubbly Hike.” The trails will be determined depending on the weather and trail conditions. It will be around eight miles and 1,000’ elevation gain. If our timing is right we will meet up with the intermediate hikers for lunch. That doesn’t actually happen very often but we try. Bring water and lunch. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leaders are Randy and Kathy Vincent, 538-3530.

Long Hikers at McCormack Addition. (Photo by M. Fliess)

January 5 short/INTERMEDIATE Hike Annadel Bubbly

From the top of Oak Mesa Drive, we will pass through Wild Oak and around Ledson Marsh to the picnic table at Schultz Ridge Trail where we will meet the long hikers for lunch and toast  the New Year. Distance is 4.2 miles with 500’ elevation gain. (We will have an alternate route for short hikers that lops off a mile). Bring a lunch; non-alcoholic bubbly will be provided. Hike leaders are Frank Batchelor, 537-6640 and Larry Maniscalco, 538-2089.


This hike starts in the little town of Graton and follows the old Petaluma and Santa Rosa railroad line to lunch at the new Downtown Park in Forestville.

Spooky Shadows at Sugarloaf. (Photo by M. Fliess)

This is a paved level hike of approximately 6.5 miles through vineyards and agricultural lands. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724.


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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Oakmont Music Lovers


Hearing, Education, Advocacy, Research and Support

nJudy Walker

A Conductor’s Life

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

Just For Fun Game Club nPhillip Herzog

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


nJohn Taylor, HEARS President

Wednesday, January 11, 1:30 pm East Rec. Center

The subject will be Living with Hearing Loss. This meeting will be an Oakmont participation event, with small groups, where experiences, tips, strategies, frustrations, etc. of trying to hear and/ or communicate will be discussed. Come, listen and share your experiences and coping strategies. Being unable to decipher conversations and announcements as well as trying to communicate with a person with hearing problems are serious and frustrating problems. For example, when watching TV, what do you do to make sense of all of the dialogue, announcements, talk shows, etc.? Even my high quality hearing aids cannot compensate totally for my not hearing the frequencies required to decipher many words. With either a TV streamer or hearing loop, the hearing aid volume can be controlled separately from the TV speaker volume. I installed a hearing loop under the rug but then the VA gave me a great TV streamer that I now use and find very satisfactory. Use of either the streamer or the loop allows my “playmate” (for 62+ years) to have control of the TV speaker volume including total quiet while I control the sound level in my hearing aids. For programs where the announcer/speakers are

facing me, e.g. news commentators, I usually get most of what is said, but I do appreciate having the captioning which lets me pick up on lost words. Although I am not consciously reading lips, that may be helping. I found the technology behind subtitles and closed captioning to be much more involved than I had realized but, suffice to say, they help greatly when they are available. Broadcasters, cable companies, and satellite television service providers must provide closed captioning for 100% of all new, non-exempt, English language video programming (enforced by the FCC). Most movies without subtitles or closed captions (cc) are undesirable for me because the high speed brain guesswork continuously required to figure out what is going on is simply too hard. So, prescreening movie candidate lists for subtitles would be useful. But, I haven’t figured out, yet, how to prescreen Amazon or Netflix movie listings for subtitles/cc so I must look at the data for each movie I am interested in. Maybe there is a way not yet revealed to me! 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,

Lawn Bowling nPhil Bowman



We had a good party on December 2. Over 60 In order for your name, address and phone attended this different holiday party dreamed up number to be in the “Green Book,” members need by President Jim and Edie MacAlastaire. No turkey to have paid their dues by February 1. The coupon and stuffing. Instead we had a good old below can be used to pay your 2017 pizza party and wrapped gifts for foster dues. Please, complete it fully (print children who were likely not to receive legibly please) drop it with your check any this year. Members contributed one in the OLBC folder at the OVA Office. or more gift that the children said they Also, note this year’s dues coupon would like to have and we had over 59 contains a line for email addresses. If gifts on the tree. you include yours on the line it will be Tournament chair, Jeff Vanderheyden included with your information in the presented the trophies to winners, Green Book. including an exciting play-by-play of UPCOMING EVENTS a number of matches. His description This is a quiet time for lawn bowling of the end of the Women’s Pairs in Oakmont—no tournaments—so we Championship had the crowd on the Jim and Edie MacAlastaire. will probably have few events to report edge of their seats. The score was tied 10 on in this column for the next couple to 10 in the 14th end. With only one shot of months. However, if you have an left, Skip Kathleen Connelly rolled her item you think would be of interest or bowl through the head, bumping bowls a photo to share, please E-mail it to me: aside and came to rest next to the jack to win the championship! President Jim MacAlastaire announced JOB OPPORTUNITY! the winner of the Dorr Mott Award. We still need a member to become After keeping us all in suspense for the Webmail Manager. If you are awhile he identified Jeff Vanderheyden interested in working on the Website, as the awardee. Jeff’s acceptance brought please contact Martha McKee at nearly everyone, including Jeff himself, Jeff Vanderheyden. 539-6385. to tears. A well-deserved award!

2017 OLBC ANNUAL DUES Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail: _____________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________ Regular member at $20 per year _________ Associate member at $15 per year _________ Total $___________


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2017

Fitness Club nJohn Phillips nTeresa Woodrum

special occasions

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 9 a.m., Berger: Line Dance with Steve Luther, no mats Wednesday, Jan. 11, 9 a.m., Berger: “Zalsa” Salsa Workout with Steve Luther, no mats Friday, Jan. 13: Class canceled due to Berger scheduling.

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

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

Tai Chi for Beginners nDr. Kate Ha

Now is the time to follow last year’s New Year’s Resolution and really take Tai Chi at last. We are waiting for you if you are a beginner and want to improve your balance, increase flexibility and reduce stress. Class is small and non-threatening and very much fun. This is the beginning of the 30th year offering this class in Oakmont. Won’t you join us? Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to). Preregistration is required so call me at 318-5284. I would love to answer your questions.


It’s the beginning of a new year and I’m sure many have made their new year’s resolutions, which are supposed to be a commitment to change in behavior or to break a bad habit, yet how many times have we heard of the broken New Year’s resolution? The resolution should become a commitment which in turn will become a life changer and a habit. Especially if the resolution was to get into shape or get healthier. It all starts with the commitment and turning it into a habit. Now with that said let us discuss how to succeed. First, the easiest part of this procedure is probably making the commitment. After all that is only making a statement “I’m going to start working out” or “I’m making a commitment to eating better.” Easy, right? The rest of it is the tough part—actually making it happen. We have all heard that it takes performing something for 21 or 30 days before it becomes a habit. I just came upon a study by Phillippa Lally that found it actually takes more like 66 days before something becomes a habit , and in my experience with fitness and exercising this would be a more accurate time frame. It takes approximately 4–6 weeks before the body adapts and begins to show any changes and in most cases they are very subtle. Most people get impatient and quit working out just before these changes begin. If they are able to just push themselves a little bit harder and muscle through the 2–3 weeks they need to get to the changes, they will have also made it to the point were working out has become a habit and they will miss it if they don’t do it. This in a way also teaches one important rule about working out and that is if you find yourself getting bored with whatever you’re doing then you probably need to mix it up and make it seem new again. Remember, the best way to start is by taking baby steps. Just come into the center or workout at home for 10 minutes, slowly build that up until you have a good workout and if you take your time, before you know it you will have a new habit and a pretty good workout. If you need help in getting started come on by the Fitness Center and I will be glad to help you out. If you have any question regarding this article or anything else please come by the center and see me or give me a call at 494-9086 or E-mail me at wkuout2@ I hope to see you all soon and have a great New Year!

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Start the New Year by keeping 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.

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Happy Healthy New Year to all Polar Bears! You’ve kept up your workouts/lifestyle/sport by swimming every season. And this one separates the mice from the men. Women too. Arriving in the pitch of darkness, testing your toe for the water’s temp, and taking the plunge! It takes courage, dedication, determination—all the “-nations” that come to mind! Hope you found your old aqua jacket or rash guard because some days you’ll need it when it’s too windy and the staff didn’t cover the pool. Stay the course and see you all in the New Year!

Flip Turn News

The little crawly, hopping critters are back. Caught the first salamander December 10, the first tree frog the same week. Please use the little fish net hanging on the rope and also rinse off the chlorine water as it damages tender skin. The drink fountain is right near and place the critters on creekside near the men’s locker door is nice foliage. Give it a gentle kiss and a scowling not to come back! Happy lapping!

New Fitness Class: Foam Roller

nSandy Shaner

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

The Oakmont News / January 1, 2017

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

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

WHAT: Chair Stretch and Balance Class WHEN: Thursdays from 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Energize yourself and increase your blood and oxygen flow. The class connects movements with breath and pays attention to alignment. 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.

Rejuvenate yourself on the inside Breath-work and Gentle Cleansing Poses

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Workshop WHEN: Saturday, January 7, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by E-mail at Explore varied methods of breath-work and experience the calming benefits to your nervous system. The workshop will offer a practice designed to boost lymphatic function. Experience increased mental clarity and energy from increased oxygen and blood flow. (Workshop flyer posted at www. nCarolita Carr

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. 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 for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at, 696-5464.

Single Boomers Social Club

Upcoming Events (mark your calendars)

January 17: Happy Hour, Quail Inn, 4 p.m. January 26: Winter 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 2016 is history, the year Single Boomer Social Club got along with only three board members. Did you notice? In spite of that, we had a good year. Membership hit an all-time high. We had creative mixers, went to wineries for music nights, attended Funky Friday shows, went to the theater, had dinners out, and toasted ourselves at happy hours. What’s in store for 2017? Please note the upcoming events and plan to participate. More information will be forthcoming. Our Holiday Party held last month was lots of fun. We had our share of “ugly holiday sweaters,” plenty of cookies to eat and share, and, of course, the hot chocolate got everyone warmed and in the holiday spirit. We finished off the afternoon with carols and other holiday songs, accompanied by Jan Wyma on

the piano. Thank you, Jan, we appreciate it. Reminder: Have you paid your dues for 2017? Please drop your check for $12 made out to SBSC, into the SBSC folder in the file at the OVA Office. Make sure you get it into the right folder, and do it before January 31. We will be updating our computer contacts list and if we don’t have your check, we will have to drop you from the roster. Don’t miss out on any important communications. In this issue we welcome new members Henry L. and Maurine M. Our club and its members are great, but you have to attend to experience this greatness! And this goes for all our members. When was the last time you came to a mixer or a happy hour? We would love to see you and get to know you. Don’t sit home alone! Members, remember to check your E-mail inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA Office.


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

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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

Oakmont Progressives nVince Taylor

Progressives to Meet on Oakmont Board of Directors Election

The January 9, meeting of the Oakmont Progressives will explore how Oakmont Progressives can play a constructive role in the upcoming OVA Board elections. Our hope is that the meeting will lead to approval by those in attendance of a list of actions and goals—a Progressive Agenda—that could help to reduce the divisions that now exist in our community. Members of the Progressives who want to help in this election will be asked to join together to help those candidates who endorse the Progressive Agenda. Everyone is welcome. Please RSVP to help us plan and to get a printed name tag. To RSVP and get a fuller description of the meeting, go to www. Follow the link to “January 9, 2017 Oakmont Progressives Oakmont Election Meeting.” Mark your calendars. WHAT: Progressives Oakmont Election Meeting WHEN: January 9, 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for social time. WHERE: East Rec. Center The Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We also support other candidates for office who share a similar vision. Our meetings are a great way to meet other Oakmonters who share a progressive perspective on domestic politics and world affairs.


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2017

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

A Happy and Healthy New Year to all our Team Bowlers and Substitutes! 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. Bowling dates for January: Jan. 10, 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. Anyone who has attended our past fundraisers knows it is a blast! Planning is in the works! See our website for update information.

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.


nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

A Holiday Delight! Our annual holiday party was more festive than ever thanks to decorations by OVA and the beautiful table décor by Roe—each table was decorated with holiday greens and a pineapple (symbol of welcome in colonial times). Thank you! As usual Rainbow Women contributed many food donations and money for the Redwood Empire Food Bank. A bountiful potluck with entrees provided by the ORW Board and delicious side dishes were shared and then, oh what dancing! And now, impossibly, it’s 2017—a new year. And don’t we live in interesting times? A number of informative and fun meetings and activities are in store for the coming year. In just the first three months we have several things scheduled already. January 12 is the next ORW meeting beginning at 7 p.m. in the East Rec. Our scholarship recipients are coming! Meet some of the amazing young scholars who are receiving mentorship, financial and academic support through our ORW scholarship at 10,000 Degrees. Support and cheer these girls and then stay for music by Rainbow Women who play with the Oakmont Ukesters. We’ll sing our hearts out—the songs will be familiar and fun to join in, with lipsynching for the less musically inclined! On January 21 Rainbow Women have a busy day. In the evening is the wonderful concert produced by the Oakmont Rainbow Productions SIG. “Mouths of Babes” are two very talented, smart and funny (and cute!) gals who put on a terrific show. Note that the concert will be held in the West Rec. Center at 7 p.m. If you’ve never heard them you will be delighted and you can check them out at: www. January 21 at noon is the “Sonoma County Stands Together for Women” rally, one of dozens of regional events supporting the Women’s March on Washington. It will be from 12–2 p.m. at Santa Rosa City Hall. ORW will be well represented and we invite and encourage all our members to participate and show your support for inclusivity, equal rights and democracy. Watch for an E-mail for more information on Oakmont participation. For more on the Santa Rosa rally, search “Sonoma County Stands Together for Women” on Facebook or Google. Then in February our board is planning a dance just for us—more delicious on that next month. March features a “Health Fair” with local health care practitioners who will discuss senior lesbian health and other important topics. And that’s just the first three months! ORW is growing in numbers and expanding its SIGs. Any woman who is an Oakmont resident is welcome to join, although our focus is Oakmont lesbians. This new year may be filled with multiple challenges and hopefully also occasions of joy and wonder. Being part of the Oakmont community and the Rainbow Women group is certainly one way we will meet it with strength and positivity. We wish you a very happy, healthy New Year!

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.

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller


We continue with Beth Moore Studies on large screen TV. Class also has workbooks and participates in interesting discussions. 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. 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 Spiritfilled 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


nLinda Webster


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


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2017

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.

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

January 8: Mick Chantler The Civil War as a Religious Crusade

Mick Chantler’s knowledge of the struggle between the states and of Abraham Lincoln will reveal fascinating facts about this crucial time in American history. Chantler holds a BA and MA in History, and he has been an educator and student of American history for more than 40 years. He organized the Lincoln bi-centennial for the city of Sonoma, and has taught at three Bay Area Osher Lifelong Programs. Every November he travels to Gettysburg to study at the Lincoln Forum. Come to hear his insights into the country’s 16th president and Lincoln’s involvement in the War Between the States.

January 15: John Namkung How My Experience with Refugees in Greece Opened My Heart

Retired special educator John Namkung went to Greece in March and April of 2016 to help Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees as they escaped war and destruction and attempted to reach safety

in Europe. His audio-visual presentation is about three journeys: a personal and spiritual

journey of the heart that led him to go to refugee camps in Greece, the perilous journey of the refugees from the Middle East to Europe, and his journey to the island of Lesvos and then to northern Greece to assist the refugees

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.

Neighborhood Watch News nShirley Hodgkins, Neighborhood Watch Committee Chair


Especially now and throughout the holiday season, stay alert and rely on your senses! Most thieves are looking for an easy grab. Don’t make it easy for them: 1. Lock all house doors. Your house should always have the doors and windows locked. 2. Lock your vehicle. Keep your vehicle locked at all times. Don’t leave your keys in your vehicle! 3. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle or in sight! Putting bags and purses out of sight in the trunk is good, but not foolproof. I have heard of trunks being broken into. 4. Do not leave garage doors open, even partially. I have heard of individuals crawling under a garage door that is partially open. Be alert to suspicious activities! Question anyone loitering or wandering in your neighborhood. Ask, “May I help you?” If the person seems suspicious, call the Santa Rosa Police Department. Their number is 528-5222. I keep this number on my cell phone under “A Cop,” so it is immediately up front if needed. Of course if there is a crime in progress or an ambulance needed, call 911. Don’t take for granted that you live in a retirement community, and all is going along well! In fact, thieves take advantage of people who are complacent. We do have crime, especially thefts, that occur out here in this nice Oakmont retirement community. Some thieves consider a retirement community easy pickings. Thieves don’t take a holiday! For more information or training at a neighborhood meeting, call me at 538-2530 (home) or 888-7269 (cell). If you want a speaker to come to your meeting, call Peter Hogan, a retired CHP Officer, at 575-9581. Have a happy holiday, but continue to remain vigilant! We want your holiday to be a joyous one.

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).

Our Library is Unique And Popular nMarlena Cannon

The most visited place in Oakmont, the Library, is a reflection of the diversity of the people who live here. Unlike other libraries, the rules are simple—there pretty much aren’t any. Cell phones are OK. There are no fines. No Keep Quiet signs. No Dewey Decimal system. No checkout limits or for that matter, no checkout at all. And, no budget. All of the 25,000 books, CDs and materials in the library have been donated over the years by Oakmont residents. From a few shelves in a corner of the Berger Center to an overflow of books in Room G, the volunteer librarian was overwhelmed. Her plea for help was answered by Ruth Caldwell, who together with Dee Fannon, began to build a library. That was 18 years ago and today, Caldwell continues to be the library’s gentle guiding force. While she does not hold a library science degree, Caldwell does have both years of library experience and a keen understanding of how to create an oasis of learning that meets the needs of 90 Oakmont patrons a day. To the outsider, it all seems seamless. But behind the scenes, the job is complex and endless. Ask any of the 115 volunteers, who under the devoted eye of Toni Novoa, keep the spirit of the library alive because they love the feel of the books and the room that houses them. Each week, the volunteers sort, label or play forward hundreds of books that are put into the slot by the front door by people who visit every day. The decisions are tough, partly because there isn’t much more room. And partly because as the world becomes more complex, so does the categorizing of the books that tell of it. Is Boys in the Boat, the story of the U.S. rowing team in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, shelved under non-fiction, history, sports or memoirs? For the library team, the answer is always where they think the library patrons can find the book most easily. In this case, the Sports section. “We have total leeway in how we structure our books,” says Caldwell. “Except for the fiction section, everything is filed based on what the residents have asked for. Sometimes we have to be creative but we really try to accommodate the requests.” Take the History section for example. The World War II books are divided by the branch of service. World History boasts a section on Spies. And another on Sea and Ships. Putting Oakmont first is why there’s a shelf dedicated to Oakmont authors. The movie section named in honor of long-time, cinema-loving Oakmont resident, Don Hatch. A writing table named in honor of Dee Fannon. It’s also why there are audio books and books with large type for residents who have visual difficulties. And why rules that accidently imposed hardships on patrons, like a 7-books-for-7-days checkout limit, were eliminated. Library Board member Jeanne DeJoseph, who directed the effort to write the library procedures book, puts it this way, “The library is a vibrant community. It is a place where people come to think and to hope.” Her feelings are echoed by Caldwell, “Oakmont owns this place. It’s our library. It’s a social place to meet friends and exchange ideas. That’s the fun of it. We change all the time because it’s always all about the people who live here.“


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2017

Partners Contract Bridge


nJeff Hickman

nSusan Lynn

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.

“There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”—Leonard Cohen

Pickleball Corner nReenie Lucker

Pickle Your Way into the New Year

Are you looking for an exciting and enervating activity to jump start your New Year? Try pickleball, the paddle sport that gets you up and moving, meeting new people and having fun. This sport has grown rapidly across the nation and is well suited for players of all ages. Many retirees have taken up the sport and its popularity has increased dramatically. It is taught in elementary and secondary schools and is also promoted on a professional level. Pickleball is played on a half-size tennis court, using a paddle and a plastic whiffle ball. The rules are simple to learn and there are many teaching videos available on Youtube. It’s a fun sport that attracts fun people.

Happy New Year, Boomers! I’m sure you are as excited as we are for the new year to get under way. After the rush of parties, guests, family, and events, we all need a little time off, so we don’t have any socials scheduled for January. We do, however, have our fourth annual Mardi Gras event (Mardi Party) coming up next month, so be sure to watch for your E-mail notifications and follow this column for information about registering for this, our most popular celebration. Our Member Appreciation Holiday Party was a great success, and we are so glad that so many of you turned out to help us celebrate you. Thanks, as always, to Heidi and her team of volunteers. They outdid themselves this time with decorations that really delivered on the holiday theme. Black and White Jazz provided the perfect background music for this festive event. For our new members, it was a chance to get to know the board members who work so hard all year and get a taste of what Boomer membership is like. To attend Mardi Party (or any of our big events) you will need to be a club member. At press time, we were 527 strong and growing. Please take a moment

to become a member of Oakmont’s liveliest and most energetic club or to renew your membership for 2017. With annual dues of just $10 per person, can you even afford not to be a member? You can join/renew online in minutes, or fill out the coupon below and leave it and your check in the Boomers Dues folder at the OVA Office. New members can click on “Apply for Membership” on our website and follow the prompts. For assistance, contact Connie at NOTE: You do not need to create a PayPal Account to use PayPal. On the screen that says, “Choose a way to pay,” select the option called “Pay with a bank account, debit or credit card, or PayPal Credit.” Paying online is easy and convenient, so check it out by visiting our website at www.oakmontboomers. org. Finally, thank you to all who have shared your kind words for this column over the years. Please welcome our newest board member, Carlita Carr, who will be bringing you club news in 2017.


Name ________________________________________________________________________________________ Street address _________________________________________________________________________________ Telephone ________________________ E-mail _____________________________________________________ Dues paid ($10 per year, PP) __________________ Please make check payable to Oakmont Boomers and place in the Boomers Dues folder at the OVA Office. You may also join/renew and pay online at

Happy New Year! Have a Pickled Ball.

2017 Club Dues

It’s a new year for Pickleball Club activities! Please deposit your dues for 2017 in the Pickleball folder in the OVA Office where you will find renewal forms. Dues remain $20 per person with check made payable to Oakmont Pickleball Club. Thanks to all who have paid early. Those not paid by January 31 will be removed from the roster and will no longer receive Shutterfly updates.

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 at Howarth or Finley Park.

Oakmont Pickleball Play Information

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


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2017

Current Events Discussion Group

Tennis Club nKay Kim


nTina Lewis

2017 will be an exciting year for our club; we are celebrating our 40th anniversary, we have exciting social events planned, our tournaments are sure to bring out the competitor in each of us, and we have logo apparel to show our pride. The first OTC scheduled event will take place March 10th: the OTC spring membership meeting and St. Patty’s day celebration with corned beef and cabbage and an OTC trivia contest. More details will be reported in the next issue. It’s been a wet winter. Wet courts can get pretty slippery, making it easy to trip and hurt yourself, so please make sure that the courts are completely dry before you play. Let’s make it a great year!

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 6: Bernie Palk January 13: Karen Krestensen Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

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OTC Board: Neil and Diane Linneball, Paula Lewis, Terri Somers, Chuck Hinkley, Barbara Kanowick, Connie Caroll and Jim Oswald.


Welcome OTC’s new and returning board members and chairs! 2017 OTC Board: Terri Somers, President; Jim Oswald, Vice President; Diane Linneball, Secretary, Paula Lewis, Treasurer and Membership Chair; Chuck Hinckley, Tennis Events Director; Barbara Kanowick and Connie Carroll, Social Events Co-Directors; Neil Linneball, Ex-Officio. Committee Roles: Sumner Johnson, Inter-Club Tournaments and Drop-In Tennis; Hanns Ullrich, Drop-In Tennis; Peter Merola, Court Maintenance; Young Ran (Kay) Kim, Newspaper Reporter; Stephanie Wrightson, Website Reporting; Zlatica Hasa, Roster Publisher; and Olivia Kinzler, Sunshine Person. Contact information can be found on the OTC website and will be included in the printed 2017 OTC Roster. Also, check the east court conditions on the website:

People who play tennis three hours per week (at moderately vigorous intensity) cut their risk of death in half from any cause, according to Dr. Ralph Paffenbarger who studied over 10,000 people over a period of 20 years. So, if you want to live a long, healthy life and have fun, join us. To (re)join the Oakmont Tennis Club, submit the membership form below. Submitting your dues early allows us to better plan next year’s events. Questions? Contact Membership Chair, Paula Lewis, or 332-0433.


If you don’t have your own foursome, don’t miss Saturday drop-ins from 9–10:30 a.m. in the West Court. You can practice your mixed doubles skills at the drop-ins. We reserve one or two courts depending on the number of participants for Saturday drop-ins.

Tony Agocs with OTC’s 2017 mascot. Q1: Who is more handsome? (Photo by Doug Smith)


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

nJudy Butler

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.


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nPeggy Dombeck

Oakmont Garden Club


to be announced to participants TIME: 10:00–11:30 a.m.

“Of Winter’s lifeless world each tree Now seems a perfect part; Yet each one holds summer’s secret Deep down within its heart.” By Charles G. Stater



This year 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 to 30 garden club members, so send in your coupon early!


This year we will present a unique hands-on program for our members. Our guest will be David Fazzio of Sonoma Mission Gardens. David has been designing gardens in the Sonoma Valley for more than 35 years. His work includes the roses at the Sonoma Mission Inn. We will learn the correct way to prune a rose bush. Then each attendee will have a chance to actually prune a living rose with David and Oakmont Garden Club member and Master Gardener Dan Milhollin assisting. There is no charge for the program, but space is limited to 25 to 30 Garden Club Members. The Oakmont address for the program will be sent to members who register prior to January 3. Dress in layers. Be sure to bring your garden gloves and hat, and your clippers. Warming refreshments will be served. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, January 17, address

• Protect tender garden plants by covering them on frosty nights. Some succulents, citrus, bougainvillea and fuchsias are among the frost-sensitive plants. You can also use an anti-desiccant such as Cloudcover. Christmas lights in a tree is often enough to protect the plant from frost, as well. • This is the best month to buy and plant bare-root fruit and shade trees, roses, berries, vines and shrubs. Bareroot plants are less costly and establish faster than container plants. Avoid planting in soggy soil or working in your garden beds after heavy rains, which can compact the soil. • Many deciduous trees, shrubs and vines can be pruned now. Do not prune spring-blooming plants until after they bloom. • Sow seeds for carrots, winter radishes, rhubarb and turnips when heavy rains are not in the forecast. • Order seeds for your spring and summer garden. • Clean, sharpen and repair garden tools. • Now’s the time to order special varieties of begonias, dahlias, gladiolus, lilies, and other summerblooming bulbs by mail. • Prune pines and other dormant conifers. Don’t trim back individual branches. Rather, thin trees where necessary by pruning out entire branches. • The next issue of Oakmont News will have rose pruning information.

January pruning session Sign-up coupon

To register, please fill out the coupon below and place it in the Garden Club folder in the OVA office or mail it to Janet Schade at 6546 Stonecroft Terrace, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 or drop it in her mailbox so it arrives before January 3. No coupons will be accepted after January 10. Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail: __________________________________________________ Phone: _______________________________ Address if no E-mail: ___________________________________________________________________________

nBarbara Bowman

Movies At Oakmont

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

Sunday, January 1 NO FILM SHOWN: NEW YEAR’S DAY Sunday, January 8 NO FILM SHOWN, ELVIS PARTY AT BERGER 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.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, January 1: No film shown, New Year’s Day Sunday, January 8: No film shown, Elvis Party at Berger Sunday, January 15, 2 p.m.: A Face In The Crowd, (1957), NR, 125 minutes.

Valley of the Moon Rotary Club nJohn Brodey


The wait is over and we are ahead of the curve. In the past, our Valley of the Moon Rotary Annual Crab Feed took place near the end of the crab feasting season. But as our loyal supporters know, this year’s feed will take place on Saturday, February 11. If you don’t have a ticket to attend our boisterous fundraiser, you may be out of luck unless you hold potentially embarrassing information about Susan Boak, our head Crab. Yep, it’s usually a sellout and as such is, far and away, our primary fundraiser of the year. A lot is riding on the support of our community. Many of you are familiar with some of the programs VOM Rotary partners with having read this column over the years. But how, you may ask, can I help if I cannot attend? Well, we’ve never been known to turn down a donation. In fact, you can even tell us where you would like the money to go. Some of our pet projects have an impact far beyond their immediate reach. An especially moving one is our Music for Seniors. It’s a project that pairs high school students with club members who together work on compiling musical playlists on iPods for those in memory care units locally. The playlists are created with the help of family members who identify songs that form a soundtrack of their parent’s life. The results are astounding and everyone who participates is affected by the experience as well. We also have our Student of the Month Award. This goes to a deserving Rincon Valley student who has exemplified the very essence of our motto “Service Above Self.” These elementary and middle-schoolers are phenomenal. Hearing their principals talk about what makes them so special is always inspiring. We give them a gift card, the obligatory award citation and what is called Pay It Forward Cash. The student is challenged with putting the $15 to good use in helping someone else or perhaps contribute to a fledgling cause that will make a difference in the lives of others. You’d be amazed at what they report having done with the money. They are as creative as they are generous. Our Fund a Need solicitation is directed toward Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign to eradicate Polio worldwide. The funds we raise here are matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We’re not done yet. Feel free to donate items to our silent auction, take a personal ad out in our event program or simply contribute to our general fund. Remember, Rotary is a 100% volunteer organization and we have the highest rating from Charity Navigator. Most importantly, make it a great new year. My daughter Simone, gave me food for thought recently. She said: “Do something to make it a real new year, not because you bought a new calendar, but because you turned the page on those chapters whose stories have ended.”

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

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


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



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


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


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.

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).


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


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



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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.


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

Sonoma Star Construction. Lic. #1008255. Bonded. Services include: interior and exterior, trim, cabinets, shelves, fences, gates, decks, dry rot. Call Alex at 843-1898.


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.


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.

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


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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 January 1–15 Susan Mullaly 539-1328 January 16–31 Bev Schilpp 538-4293

Andie Altman, President

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

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

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


OAS Management Company

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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


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


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.


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

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

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

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


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Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont

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

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

E-Waste Collection will be two days: Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7! They will be parked in the Berger parking lot, 310 White Oak Drive, parallel to the street, 9 s.m.–5 p.m. There is no appointment needed for this event. We have a new sponsor, Conservation Corps North Bay! In addition to E-Waste, you may drop off items in gently used condition such as clothing, furniture, books, shoes, household items, etc. Accepted at the event will be computer equipment

(computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, printers, mice, hard drives, tape and zip drives); consumer electronics such as DVD players, VCRs, gaming devices, stereo components, radios, PDAs, cell phones, cables, etc.); televisions (CRTs and LCDs); office equipment such as telephones, fax machines, copiers, etc.); and kitchen appliances such as blenders, toaster ovens, coffee makers, microwaves; household appliances such as hair dryers, irons, curling irons, vacuum cleaners. Goodwill will not accept large appliances and large office equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, stoves dishwashers, air conditioners, water heaters, large copiers, and printers that sit on the floor, etc.

nJulie Kiil

Elvis Party

nTerri Somers

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.

Home Care

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

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

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

Healthy Spine, Healthy You! nAnita Roraus

Friday, January 27, 2 pm Berger Center Complimentary Seminar

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#1 Quality. WeCare employs only the best caregivers. #2 Security. Employees are screened, bonded, insured. #3 Placement. Caregivers matched to clients’ satisfaction. #4 Supervision. Ongoing oversight of care. #5 Stability. 10 years in business. First agency in Oakmont. #6 Experience. Hundreds of satisfied clients. #7 Family-Owned. Highest standards. Not a franchise. #8 Reputation. Referred by clients and professionals alike. #9 Satisfaction. Guaranteed. #10 WE CARE! Caring for your family as we would our own. Keep this ad for a 10% discount on first month’s services.

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.

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