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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

El Nino Winter

January 15, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 2

Special Committee to Study OVA Facility Space Needs nAl Haggerty

A series of storms whipped up by El Nino, began to fill a running brook on Cliffwood Drive in this Jan. 6 photo. Similar sites could be seen throughout Oakmont where creeks and catchment areas were babbling again. (Photo by Paul Ryan)

New Landlord for OVA Office nStaff Report

The blue-roofed medical building on Oakmont Drive which houses the Oakmont Village Association offices has been sold, and the new owner has been working to upgrade the building. A pool of investors represented by Dharinda (Dan) Shah purchased the building Nov. 25 from Eric Kraut of Baltimore, Maryland. Shah has begun fixing leaks and making some cosmetic changes to the building at 6575 Oakmont Drive. “I want to make this building one of the best in Oakmont,” Shah said. “It has been neglected for a long time.” “We’ve seen a flurry of activity since the building was sold,” said Cassie Turner, OVA manager. The purchase was by Alliance Capital Real Estate headed by Shah. The sale price was not disclosed. The OVA is negotiating a new lease, which may include additional space. The building also houses the offices of Santa Rosa Dental, but much of the structure has been vacant for some time. OVA had earlier sought to move to the building behind Umpqua Bank, where it was located a few years ago, but negotiations with the landlord failed to produce an agreement.

Facing increasing demand for the use of Oakmont facilities, the OVA will name a special committee at its Jan. 19 board meeting to study the issue and make recommendations. The need for the study became clear during a wide-ranging discussion of the issue among board members and residents at a Jan. 5 board workshop. Director Herm Hermann, who has studied the problem of providing space in Oakmont’s facilities for the broad range of resident activities, emphasized the necessity of looking at the long-range implications of space needs of everything from much-used facilities such as

the Fitness Center and the Library to spaces serving smaller groups involving only a handful of residents. Capital budget planning, he said, should be part of the study. Several board members appeared to agree with a suggestion that a new Berger Center would likely cost far more that the $4.6 million suggested by the Berger Improvement Committee. Hermann said his call for a study is “particularly pertinent if we are going to consider any new building to replace the existing Berger.” He said the study should look at the feasibility of building a new Berger and providing additional space in such a building. Another possibility, he said, is adding on to the Central Activities Center. See space needs on page 10

In the Spotlight: Sierra Center Thrives Through Volunteerism

Golf Lab

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

Eight years ago a Santa Rosa girl, we’ll call her Jane, had a baby. She was 12 years old. Four years later Jane was taken into custody and a county judge removed her from her home and placed her in the Sierra Girls Center, a residential program that offers a renewing environment for troubled girls. Today, at 20, Jane has a high school diploma, a steady job, is raising her son, and keeps in touch with a friend she made at Sierra Center, Caroline Keller.

nJim Golway

It is a strange truism about golf that you need not set foot on a course to experience the uplifting, mysterious allure of the game. Great satisfaction comes from simply hitting a bucket of balls. Why? Some have speculated golf forges a link to mankind’s deepest desire. When you connect with the ball, you are connecting, in a sense, with yourself. When you see your shot soar high, you feel it is a part of you, flying free. Fortunately, the Oakmont Golf Club offers a driving range and practice facility rivaling any in the North Bay, where residents can experience the blissful joy of hitting a ball skyward and hopefully, in the direction intended. However, as any golfer knows, this simple challenge is not as easy as it appears. But thanks to Oakmont Golf Pro Jessica Quayle this devilishly difficult, simple game is about to become a lot easier for both the beginner and advanced player.

Caroline Keller. (Photo by Peter Boyle)

Across Highway 12 at Pythian Road, the Sierra Girls Center owes its existence today to Caroline Keller. Several years ago, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors lacked funding and closed the existing See sierra center on page 10 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323 Pro Jessica Quayle poses in the Golf Lab. (Photo by Jim Golway)

See golf lab on page 10


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Letters to the Editor

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

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

nOVA Administration

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

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

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

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

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

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


League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick


The LOMAA Board, consisting of five directors elected by the membership, elects the board officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). The board serves the associations as a research, information and advice source on subjects pertinent to the maintained areas. Board members attend industry seminars, review publications and other sources to keep abreast of the changes in association management and obligations. During 1994 the LOMAA Board assembled information gathered since the start of LOMAA and produced The LOMAA Handbook, distributed to all associations, with information on board responsibilities, finance, landscaping, plumbing & irrigation, painting, engineering and legal. Each year LOMAA, with the cooperation of Association Boards, receives a completed survey form from the associations showing what activity there has been in the area of Finance, Landscaping,

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plumbing and irrigation, painting and engineering. This information is tabulated and with new and updated information (gathered from publications and seminars) is distributed to each maintained area board at the June Workshop for updating the LOMAA Handbook. LOMAA Board members attend ECHO (Educational Community for Home Owners— California organization monitoring the Legislature and associations) seminars on a regular basis to keep informed on developments effecting Homeowner Associations. Association Boards and homeowners are invited to bring their problems to the LOMAA Board or to seek their advice and counsel. Next Board Meeting: Monday, February 1, 12 noon, Room B The ECHO Wine Country Seminar is scheduled for the morning of March 19. Plan to attend—it will be worth your time.

To Our volunteer Board of Directors, Reading the current Time magazine profile of Person of the Year, Angela Merkel, I draw a parallel to the democratic philosophies of our country and even to our small, but important community. In the face of vociferous opposition, Mrs. Merkel has invited a million war refugees into Germany. She has been called “insane” by Donald Trump, a “traitor and a whore” by her countrymen, and opponents warn of “economic collapse and cultural suicide.” Merkel’s approval ratings have dropped, even as she has said again and again, “We can do this.” Nancy Gibbs, the author of the piece says, “You can agree with her or not, but she is not taking the easy road.” My favorite quote in this article, and the words that prompted me to write this are, “Leaders are tested only when people don’t want to follow.” Thank you all for your efforts as you wade through the rocky political climate in our community. Thank you for your vision that considers not only our elderly citizens, but also our (relatively) youthful ones, and for envisioning Oakmont as an attractive and active place for incoming residents. Your hard work and long hours spent on our behalf are greatly appreciated by an overwhelming majority of Oakmonters. Tom Kendrick Dear Editor, Recently I had a couple of golf balls in my front yard, not to mention my back yard. My wife pointed out the ones in the front yard to me and, later, when I went to get them, they were gone. Imagine that! That means that someone came onto my property without my permission and stole those golf balls. I know that there are people who gather “stray” golf balls. That’s OK with me. However, the stray ball collectors must get permission from the land owner and/or occupant in order to go onto that property and remove any golf balls, or anything else for that matter. So, what I am asking is that any collectors get permission to enter private property to collect golf balls and those who know the collectors, please kindly remind them that they need permission to pick up those “stray” balls that are on private property. Thank you so much for your help. Phillip Herzog Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines Author must be an Oakmont resident or owner. Letter must include topic title, author’s signature and Oakmont address, email address and/or phone number (not published). Maximum length 250 words. Letters not previously printed elsewhere may be given publishing priority. Writers will be limited to one letter per 90 days. Letters may be subject to editing for length or clarity. Personal attacks and inflammatory comments will not be printed. Communications Committee retains its right of refusal to publish. Send letter to OVA Office at 6575 Oakmont Drive, Ste 7 or by email to

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Golf News



nChuck Wood


Sometimes it helps to sit back and reflect on the many benefits that we enjoy as members of the Oakmont Golf Club. They include: 1. Two very nice, easily walk able courses in the beautiful Sonoma Valley. One of which, our East Course, is the only “executive” golf course in the county. Both of our courses are easy to get to, with lots of available parking. 2. An exceptionally useful golf practice facility that allows hitting off of both grass and mats, as well as two practice greens—the second of which includes a practice bunker and large chipping areas. Moreover, high quality personalized instruction is readily available. 3. Good “pace of play”—certainly better than the other local golf courses. 4. Varied membership categories that provide different levels of golfing privileges at price points that provide attractive value. 5. Preferred Tee Time reservations—21 days in advance. 6. Preferred golfing rates for guests of members. 7. Complementary Guest Passes issued annually— currently up to four per membership. 8. Ability to charge golf equipment and apparel purchases, as well as food and beverage purchases to the member’s account for monthly billing. 9. Special discounts for members at the Quail Inn including wine bottle corkage, Happy Hour pricing, room use fees and special event tickets. 10. Members receive a 10% discount when purchasing golf merchandise. 11. Members pay discounted golf cart and range ball fees. 12. Members enjoy “reciprocal” golf fee rates at six KemperSports managed courses nearby. 13. Ability to participate in organized golf groups, including the Thursday Women’s and Wednesday Men’s golf sections. 14. Prime Tee Time schedules for informal golfing groups that include the Monday Marauders, Geezers, Guys & Dolls, Duffers, and the Monday evening Twilighter events. 15. The ability for both men (“Seniors”) and women (“Team Play”) to golf on nearby private courses via organized travelling teams. 16. Participation in members-only social and golfing events, plus special merchandise sales. 17. Ability to recruit new club members via the Member Referral Program (when offered by KemperSports), whereby the current member receives a $200 credit when a referred individual or couple join the Oakmont Golf Club.


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December 16, East Course 4-MAN SCRAMBLE

First, Charlie Huff, Frank Giannini, John Garcia and (blind draw), 59; second, Bill Hainke, Danny Crobbe, Jack Haggerty and Larry Frediani, 59; third, Bob Giddings, Al McLintock, Tom Wayne and Tommy Yturralde, 59; fourth, Danny Morgan, Tom Kendrick, Ted Mokricky and Gordon Hopper, 60; fifth, John Weston, Neil Huber, John Munkacsy and Scott Ricci, 61; sixth, Mike Hull, Phil Sapp, Lou Lari and Art Boot, 61. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Alan Stewart, 18’4”, Wally Juchert, 17’2”; #11—Jeff Snyder, 15’3”, Charlie Huff, 30’2”; #16—Danny Morgan, 5’11”, Neil Huber, 15’1”.


• With a total payout of $240, card-offs based on the sum of the last six holes were used to determine place winners. • After a frosty 8:30 a.m. shotgun start, a delicious hot lunch including ham, turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and pie was enjoyed by about 75 golfers. Thank you to J.T. and all members. $20 gift certificates were handed-out to 20 lucky raffle winners ($400) and the five “major winners of the year were honored: President’s Cup, John Haggerty; East Course Champions, Gross—Shelly Brodsky, Net—Bruce Hulick (Club Captain); West Course Champions, Gross—Mike Hull, Net—John Weston. • Please note that December 23 results will appear in the next issue. • On January 20 the game is individual low net, throw out any two scores of 18: post based on all 18 holes. • On January 27 the game is four-man teams, count the three best scores of the foursome. • If you are 80 years old or better, and your age plus OWMC handicap equals 100 or more, for a three-month trial period, you now have the option of playing from the yellow (forward) tees on the West course. This trial policy is identical to that already used at other NCGA North Coast clubs such as Fountaingrove, Santa Rosa, Marin, and Napa. For the sake of full-disclosure to other club members, please sign-up on the appropriate form in the member room (a note on your scorecard is not enough).


A “poley” is when you sink a putt longer than the length of the flag pole, or flagstick. “Confidence, of course, is an admirable asset to a golfer, but it should be an unspoken confidence. It is perilous to put it into speech. The gods of golf lie in wait to chasten the presumptuous.”—P.G. Wodehouse A guy gets to a tricky, long par-3 over water. Just then, the clouds part, a beam of light hits the green, and a voice from above booms “Hit the Titleist Pro VI.” A bit shaken, the poor fellow tees-up his Titleist, takes a practice swing and the voice from above thunders, “Never mind, hit a range ball.”

With winter here, we will be playing winter rules. A review of some of our rules are as follows: 1) Lift, clean and place within one club length in same cut of grass, no nearer to the hole; 2) If ball lands in an animal track in a bunker, lift and place as near as possible, all other hazard rules apply, no penalty; 3) If ball lands in standing water in a bunker, place ball in bunker out of the standing water, all other hazard rules apply. If there is no relief from the standing water, drop ball behind bunker keeping the bunker between the ball and the flag. No penalty; 4) Hole all putts, no “gimmies!” 5) Keep all four wheels of golf carts on the path near greens and tees; 6) When “cart paths only” restrictions are in effect, keep all four wheels of golf cart on the path at all times. Due to weather and the holidays, no sweeps to report. Happy New Year and happy golfing.

18 nKathy Faherty

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

It’s a new year and this is my first article as Publicity Chair for the Women’s Golf Clubs on Tuesday (PWGA) and Thursday (WGANC). Eileen Beltrano is a hard act to follow, but not to worry—I’ve been highly trained by Eileen herself. Here is a transcript of my training session at the Christmas Luncheon. Me: “How do I do this job?” Eileen: “Just write a bunch of stuff and throw in a few photos.” Me: “OK, thanks!” So there you have it—I’m good to go! My goal this year will be to continue the good job that Eileen has done for the past few years. And while all of us are making goals for the New Year, be sure to set some golf goals too. The first might be to simply sign up and get out there and play! It’s easy to get out of the habit and slide away. (Fun fact: I was given a Fitbit for Christmas and logged over 17,000 steps yesterday because of walking the golf course!) Think about what part of your game needs improvement (I know what you’re thinking right now, “All of it!”), and then take those lessons you’ve been promising yourself and make a plan for getting to the practice range. Throwing in some fitness training can improve your strength and help to avoid injuries as well. There’s a lot to look forward to this year: weekly Sweeps, North Bay Team Play, Open Days and special tournaments with WGANC, Futures Team Play, Club Championships, PWGA special events, the Invitational. So drop by or call the Pro Shop and get started now! Do your best in weekly Sweeps and see your name in this column next issue.


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Candidates Readying For Election nStaff Report

The Nominating Committee for the 2016 Oakmont Board election is in its final weeks of seeking candidates for three open positions on the sevenmember board. The committee must present a slate of candidates to the board by Feb. 1 and is currently meeting with interested Oakmont members to gather resumes and answer questions about the election process. The positions currently held by Alan Scott, Bob Giddings and Andie Altman are up for election. Terms are two years and are limited to two consecutive terms. Susi Heidenreich, committee chairperson, said there has been strong interest. “Several members have expressed a willingness to serve,” she said. “We’re confident we’ll be able to present a robust slate of candidates for the 2016 elections.” Candidates are asked to prepare a brief biography and answer three questions related to serving on the board, all of which will be printed in the Feb. 15 and March 1 editions of the Oakmont News. The materials will also be available online at OVA will host a Candidates’ Night Forum Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Berger Center. Ballots are mailed to homes March 1 and elections/counting is held the first Tuesday in April.

Vault Café Preps For Opening nStaff Report

A new neighborhood café is scheduled to open Feb. 1 in the First Community Bank building. The Vault will be open for breakfast, lunch and happy hour in a space formerly occupied by restaurants. Gabriela Vannier is the Vault owner and she said in addition to breakfast items, the café will offer paninis, wraps, sandwiches and salads at lunch time. The happy hour menu includes small plates. She also said crews were painting, cleaning and equipping the space to meet the Feb. 1 opening. Vannier and her staff baker are both graduates of the Santa Rosa Junior College culinary program.

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Table Tennis Club nKay Kim

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

nJim Brewer

January 17 Africa In The 21st Century

Present day sub-Saharan Africa seems to get international attention except, perhaps, as a place for terrorism. Yet Africa is a continent of significant change and influence. Many of the fastest-growing economies in the world are in Africa while as witness others, unfortunately, are still in the hands of repressive dictators. Throughout much of Africa, religious and tribal strife continue, as seen in the Central African Republic. Richard Zimmer, professor emeritus of the Hutchins School at Sonoma State University, will talk about these general trends in the African Diaspora.

January 24 Immigration And Attempts to Regulate It

With a lifetime personal and professional interest in U.S. immigration, Dr. Leslie Koepplin will discuss immigration and its regulation, with particular attention to the some 11 million undocumented immigrants of today. Part of his presentations will focus on why people left their homes and chose to come here, what their cultural, social and economic contributions were; how they were received and whether their migration was a success. Dr. Koepplin spent the bulk of his career in academic administration at UCLA and Rutgers University with a special interest in federal government support of research and student aid.

January 31 China’s March to the Sea: Conflict in the Southern Ocean

As China expands its southern borders to encompass most of the area known as the Southern Sea, the South China Sea has emerged as a flash point for the next decade. Many of China’s southern neighbors are protesting the expansion, while even Japan to the north is directly challenging Chinese oceanic ambitions. In this presentation, retired professor of Asian studies and recent Oakmont neighbor Perry Ritenour will discuss China’s expansion and its implications for the region and the rest of the world.

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What is the best sport you can try in Oakmont Village when it rains all the time as it has been? Exercise is the healthiest thing you can do especially for aging population. NIH studies show that “taking it easy” is risky for aging population. Exercise is also a natural mood enhancer. When you work out, the body releases endorphins that make you feel young and energetic. Come to play ping-pong with us. As far as I know, our club does not have any snubs. Most tennis players won’t have any problem learning how to play pingpong since they already have the skill set. You will have lots of fun.

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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 very active club. We have four tables, pingpong balls and some spare rackets for new comers. We normally play doubles, so four 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.

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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 brain-tohand 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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Fitness Club nTom Pugliese

nLynn Seng, Instructor

10 Fitness Excuses You Need to Stop Making Now Adapted from a JON BROOKS article

photo by Robert Couse-Baker

“You can have results or excuses. Not both.”— Anonymous Below are the 10 most common fitness excuses our minds trick us into believing: 1. I don’t have enough time. You’re really saying, “I don’t have enough time for that”. A 30-minute workout takes 2% of your day. Don’t consider how much time you’ll waste working out a few times a week. Instead, consider how much of your life you’ll waste being unfit and overweight. 2. I’m way too tired to workout. Our minds easily rationalize future behavior based on past behavior. If you miss one workout, you’re more likely to justify missing the next. You will almost always leave the gym more energized than when you came in. The only thing that counts is showing up. If you’re too tired to workout, change your sleeping habits. 3. But exercise is so boring! We accept certain activities as a necessary part of life like brushing your teeth. The people who never miss a workout are the ones who view it just that way. If you don’t enjoy your workouts, don’t stop working out, just work out differently. Try running, hiking, swimming, tennis, pickle ball, cycling … but keep showing up. 4. I have no motivation to workout. Try the “few minutes” principle of motivation. Procrastinators often put off doing things because the size of the task seems too overwhelming. By going to the gym for a few minutes you’ll often see the workout through to completion. Are you motivated enough to train for two minutes? Baby steps to start. 5. I have someone to look after. Those you care for should be your biggest reason to exercise, not your biggest excuse. 6. I don’t have anyone to train with. By becoming someone who works out regularly, you’ll start meeting people who also value health and fitness. 7. I don’t feel very well. At some point in our lives we’ve all faked illness to avoid doing something we know we should. If you’re really sick, don’t work out. But feeling a bit tired or achy is no reason to skip a workout. Always check with your doctor before beginning a workout program. 8. The gym is too expensive or far. Really? 9. I don’t know how to train properly. We have a trainer, John Phillips. Check out John’s workshops and floor hour schedule or contact him at 494-9086 or for an appointment. John also has videos demonstrating the set up and use of the major equipment in the Fitness Center. Go to the “Resource Center” section of the Fitness Club’s website. 10. I feel intimidated by the fit people there. It’s because you don’t go enough! If you went regularly you’d get used to the place and the friendly, health-conscious people. Stop making excuses and just do it for two months. It will become a part of your life you cannot live without.

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Results of a new research study suggest that exercise “may affect the way the brain works, so an older person’s brain ‘acts like a younger brain.’”— Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, Dec. 15, 2015, p. D-8. Assuming that is a desirable goal, a fun and ageappropriate (for us) exercise is Zumba! “What is Zumba?” you ask. Zumba is an exercise program based on dance. As we like to say, “It is exercise in disguise!” I teach and lead the steps to different dance routines—to exercise our bodies and brains—and if you remember them, great! And if you don’t, that’s okay: just keep moving! We move to the music of Latin, Oldies, and Pop, sometimes fast but not so fast or hard that we hurt ourselves. No hopping up-and-down, or getting down on the floor, or sit-ups. We dance and sweat, work our arms, practice balance, breathe heavy at times, and laugh a lot. If you’ve done something like it before and are in moderately-okay shape, join the Avancé class. If not, or if you’re just getting back to the groove, come to Débutant (see below). Check it out—what do you have to lose? All classes are held in the dance studio, lower West Recreation Center. The first two classes are free— just bring your shoes, water and a smile. Classes are discounted at 10 weeks for $60, five weeks for $40, or $10 per week, with no expiration. Feel free to E-mail or call me with questions: or 707-800-7470. Hope to see you soon! Avancé, Tuesdays 8:30–9:45 a.m. and Thursdays 2:30–3:45 p.m.: For the experienced exercise dancer who has been taking the class, or has recently done similar dance exercise elsewhere, or has been doing aerobic exercise on a regular basis. Débutant, Thursdays 1–2:15 p.m.: For the beginner or the person who is returning to exercise after an injury or illness, or who wants to learn dance steps and routines more slowly, or who wants to carefully build up stamina, muscle strength, and balance, or all of the above!

Forrest Yoga Classes New Tuesday Class Added nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

WHEN: Tuesdays 12:30–1:30 p.m., Thursdays 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 Support yourself and commit to a steady yoga practice. Set your intentions and explore the possibilities. Let Forrest Yoga help you find steadiness and calmness while connecting to your “inner warrior.” Forrest Yoga does not require strength or flexibility. It only requires a willingness to learn how to feel authentically and respond honestly.

Experience the benefits of a mindful yoga practice now offered twice a week

Explore yoga poses safely in a compassionate and safe environment. Yoga is about the process— about feeling and using your breath (as opposed to achieving specific poses). I give hands-on adjustments and modify poses as needed. Classes integrate breath and core strengthening with a focus on alignment. Let your stress level decrease while you increase your energy level, strength, flexibility and mental clarity. Perfect for new students, senior students and advanced practitioners who want a more restful practice. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Classes cover breath work (pranayama), postures (asana) and strengthening core work. Ease your back and relax your neck! Feel stronger on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and any props you need—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I will 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 also teach Chair classes and Stretch and Balance classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain... It won’t bother us, we’re already wet. From the swimmers’ perspective, the sparkling raindrops are like diamonds falling from the sky. Really beautiful at the dawn hour. Half-way through January with about 6–7 weeks left before the time changes in March. And then next up is Spring! So keep the laps going.

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r Fitness e t a W nCathy Rapp

Now that the sugar high has worn off, it’s time to get serious about your 2016 fitness plan. Why wait until it’s sunny and warm when you can get a kickstart now. Grab a friend and jump into the deep end of the West Pool—it’s 86 degrees—and you’ll love it! Top off your workout with a dip in the hot tub or a relaxing sauna. The free classes sponsored by SRJC start up again on Tuesday, January 19 (Monday is a holiday). At least 15 participants are needed in order to keep the classes going—so convince yourself (and a friend!) to get off the couch. Come on in, the water’s warm! To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain (really?) or pool closures, contact me at 5379281 or

winter water aerobics schedule west pool

Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return. **Free Classes through SRJC: Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary (begins Mon., Jan. 25, no class MLK Day) Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary (begins Tues., Jan. 19) Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary (begins Wed., Jan. 20) Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary (begins Thurs., Jan. 21) **Note: The free SRJC classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee) Friday: 9:45 a.m.—On winter hiatus

Late Afternoon Exercise Class

Oakmont Health Initiative nTeresa Woodrum

Free Fitness Classes

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

It’s true! JoRene will lead classes three days a week. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. Bring hand weights on Mon., Jan. 18. Word to the Wise: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All free fitness classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, well-supervised class first, and consult a

Ring in the New Year with a zumba

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. WHERE: Berger Center TICKETS: $10 at the door, payable to Oakmont Health Initiative

Reservation form Name of attendees: _____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to confirm receipt of payment): ____________________________________________________________ You may pay in class, leave your check in the OHI folder in the OVA Office, or mail them to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, Ca 95409. PayPal is easy on the OHI website:

Oakmont HEARS

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

Coddle and maintain your hearing aids

Purchasing hearing aids, especially the newer high tech ones, is not like going to the store and buying a toaster you just plug in and it works. They are more like a car you purchase which requires good care for it to

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@ Create better overall fitness for you in the new year. Join the classes for an all-around exercise routine. Tuesday is an aerobic class with a small session for balance and strength work at the end. Better balance and strength are the goals of the Thursday class. You can join at any time! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. The aerobic 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. 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!

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.

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run properly. Even if you buy the same car as someone else, you still need to adjust the seat, the mirrors, and the seat belt for your characteristics. You must also keep up with the oil changes, tune-ups, new tires, etc. Hearing aids are similar in many ways, because they are highly technical, individual hearing health medical devices. They only work well when you keep them fine-tuned, cleaned and properly adjusted. Because the brain has to train itself to work optimally with hearing aids, wearing them during all waking hours is most beneficial. If they are uncomfortable and/or not satisfactory, it is imperative that you go back to get them adjusted or reprogrammed until they work properly. Another aspect is the changes that, over time, naturally occur to an individual’s hearing sensitivities which require periodic hearing re-tests and adjustments to the hearing aids parameters. Typically, cleaning, adjustments and periodic hearing re-tests are included as part of the original purchase price. It is highly recommended that hearing aid users utilize these services. To be included on the Oakmont HEARS E-mail distribution, contact Carol at

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girls center operated by Probation. Keller, backed by a small army of volunteers from Oakmont clubs, mounted an intense campaign to reinstate a program for high-risk girls, and the Supervisors agreed to establish a group home for girls without probation officers. Sierra Girls Center is run by the non-profit Crossroads Treatment Center of Sacramento. Some 45 volunteers, mostly from Oakmont, are responsible for vocational programs. Keller is coordinator. Girls live full time at the center and are transported to a public school. Working with volunteers, they learn job skills and care for a 3/4-acre garden. Funds from selling produce help finance the center. Popular Saturday morning markets offer fresh produce plus preserves and baked goods made in their culinary program. Sierra Girls Center is just one of Keller’s accomplishments. She is also a Rotarian, serving as president in 2013. She participates in the philanthropic activities of PEO and has made over 80 colorful totes and handbags that are sold to fund scholarships for women. She refuses to take personal credit for her achievements. “I don’t think any of us individually can do what collectively we can do,” she says. Keller ended a 42-year career in education when she and her husband George moved to Oakmont in 2004 from Santa Cruz. They have two married daughters. During her career, she was a teacher, principal, and trained California teachers. She developed vocational programs for Santa Cruz County young people. She also mentored administrators for Santa Cruz City Schools. “Working with young people,” she says, “is my calling.” Keller strongly believes in sharing through volunteering. Oakmont people who wish to volunteer at Sierra Girls Center may contact her at 539-7618. “Residents here have such rich lives,” she says. “The experience of interacting with people who have had rich lives and who come alongside as mentors is a huge gift.”

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“First,” he said, “let’s make it clear that we don’t have to provide any additional space for any of our facilities. We can continue with the existing spaces as is.” He added, however, that it would be “a major disservice to the community to do so. My personal take on my fiduciary responsibility is that it is not only to maintain and protect that assets of the association but to enhance those assets as needed.” Association Manager Cassie Turner said the board needs specifics to back up calls from the Fitness Club and the Library users for more room. Turner said she wasn’t questioning the need for expansion, but wanted more information to make the case. Several participants in the discussion noted that the Library and Fitness Center are among Oakmont’s most popular facilities. Wally Schilpp, a past board member, said the library needs more space because hundreds of books are donated every week, but he questioned whether that is reason enough to expand. Other residents suggested that additional books would bring in more residents. Comments from board members and residents touched on the problems created by small groups of as few as five residents who feel entitled to the use of a large meeting room only because they’ve been using it for years.


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In the space formerly occupied by the OGC business office, Quayle and her crew have built an indoor, high-tech instructional golf facility. She calls it the Golf Lab. “The Golf Lab will enable me to precisely analyze, measure and record all aspects of a student’s swing and ball contact,” said Quayle. And while the Lab won’t take the place of her practice range instruction and on-course lessons, according to Quayle the technology will aid in diagnosing swing flaws and help the beginner advance more rapidly. By next month Quayle expects to have the Lab in operation. She’ll have students hit quality Titleist golf balls into a net while high-definition video and a radar-based launch monitor record their swing and ball contact. Specialized computer software will generate data points such as swing plane, club path, face angle, spin rate and launch trajectory. The data will be linked to video, giving students a visual understanding of what is happening at the moment of impact. “As your swing improves, you’ll see the data change giving positive feedback that will simplify and speed the learning process,” said Quayle. The Lab will also be used for club fitting. The data will help ensure a player’s clubs accurately match their game and physique. Quayle admits to being “kind of a techie,” and is happy talking about lie angles, compression, kick-points and so on. However, with a degree in kinesiology she has a deep understanding of the movement of the human body. Quayle will use the lab’s Motion and Balance room to demonstrate exercises that will increase flexibility and assess a student’s physical limitations due to medical conditions or injuries. “I enjoy the challenge of helping a player develop a golf swing that best matches their physical capabilities. This is especially important when teaching the senior golfer.” Despite living in a country club community with a magnificent driving range and two splendid golf courses, it is estimated a majority of Oakmont residents never play golf. Quayle hopes that will change. “With the addition of the Golf Lab I hope more residents will give the game a try. It will benefit both the beginner and the avid player who wants to improve. Plus, now you can work on your game even when it rains.” To schedule a lesson with Jessica Quayle, contact the Pro Shop at 539-0415, or 321-9791.

January 30 Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

Faith Equals Daily Life

“The purpose of religion should be to enable people to lead happy, fulfilling lives. Buddhism exists for this very reason. While many tend to view Buddhism as a reclusive practice of contemplation aimed at freeing the mind from the concerns of this world, this is by no means its original intent. Seeking to deny or escape the realities of life or society does not accord with the genuine spirit of Buddhism.”—World Tribune, December 11, 2015, p. 8 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, January 30 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, January 30, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 5480225 or Pj at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

Saturday Morning Bridge

nTom Conley

You are invited to join us for Contract Bridge on Saturday morning. We meet every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the CAC card room and play four rounds of six hands each, usually finishing around noon. You don’t need a partner to participate. All you need is enthusiasm, some experience, and $1. If you recently started playing bridge or are a veteran, you never stop learning about the game. This includes keeping abreast of new techniques, or just developing and maintaining your skills. It’s a good way to meet other bridge players in Oakmont. There’s nothing like starting Saturday off with an energizing game of bridge to get the brain cells working. To get more information or to just join the group, please contact me at 537-9402 no later than the preceding Wednesday to reserve your place.

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Mercury Found in Oakmont Garage

Hazardous Sugar Pine Must Come Down nJackie Ryan

A resident’s discovery of a jar of mercury in his garage brought a Fire Department hazardous materials team to Aspen Meadows Circle January 4. A neighbor carried the container to his garage and called the Fire Department. Firefighters turned it into a training exercise, responding with four vehicles including the hazmat truck pictured here. Firefighters suited up and placed the jar in a bucket for removal. “Thanks for calling, you did the right thing,” the neighbor quoted one of the firefighters as saying.

Photo by Keith Sauer.

Star of the Valley Bingo nPeter Hardy

WHEN: Wednesday, January 20 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards$2 each; Chicken Noodle Soup, Italian rolls corn bread and dessert $7 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for soup at approx. 5:30 p.m.

The 60-foot sugar pine near the Central Activity Center must come down. That’s the studied opinion of three experts, according to Rick Aubert, OVA facilities manager. “We had three arborists inspect the tree and all three came to the same conclusion. It has to come down,” Aubert said. “It poses significant risk to persons and property should it fall.” He said the OVA has also explored cabling the tree to see if it could be saved, but unfortunately none would guarantee the outcome and none would take on liability in the event of failure. Arborists with True North Landscape Management provided a detailed report on the condition and health of the tree near White Oak Drive and the CAC. Their valuation revealed three narrow “primary leaders” or vertical branching and splitting at the mid section of the tree, which is not typically seen in sugar pines. The tree also exhibits a swollen area and suspicious concave injury to its trunk. True North said the pine poses a significant hazard and potential for causing serious injury or damage in a target zone that includes “pedestrian sidewalk, real property with pool and recreation center with a frequent to constant occupancy rate.” “It’s upsetting to have to remove such a beautiful 60-year-old tree. No one wants to lose it,” said Cassie Turner, OVA Manager. “If a large section of this tree broke off, it could land on roof of the gym and take out part of the gym and possibly injure people in the gym. It could also land on the sidewalk or someone walking on the sidewalk. The safety of the residents and the facilities has to take priority.” The tree will be removed some time in January.

The three-way split in the tree trunk is clearly visible in this photo.

The ailing sugar pine towers over the CAC, with the Fitness Center at right and the Central Pool at the left. (Photos by Rick Aubert)

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OTC dues are a sweet deal—a low $20/year for tournaments, social events, tennis lessons, dropin tennis, club-managed substitution list, interclub tennis, ball machines and spontaneous tennis activities. See the membership coupon below. Existing members must re-enroll and pay dues to maintain membership in 2016. New and rejoining members who pay before March 1, will be listed in the annually printed OTC Roster, an invaluable resource. It’s the only place you’ll find members’ email addresses and is a handy reference for court rules, schedule of club events, contact information for club officers, etc. Plus, dues paying status affects continued access to the members-only OTC website. If you have a non-tennis playing partner in your home, sign them up as well. This allows them to participate in two membership meetings (which include no-cost wine and food, and are restricted to dues-paying members only) and to attend club social events at subsidized costs. Questions? Contact Membership Chairman Paula Lewis, paulalewis@ or 332-0433.


If you have not yet accessed the members-only website, check it out (https://oakmonttennisclub. Because of the lead time required with newspaper production along with space restrictions, the latest club news, photos and event sign-up opportunities can be found first on the website. Enter a logon and password of your

Tennis Club choosing and request access. Subsequently, Website Coordinator Diane Linneball will verify your dues status and approve entry. If you need help, contact Diane at dlinneball@ or 331-2746. Our website is hosted for free by Shutterfly. But you are not required to set up an account for services or to provide any personal information to Shutterfly in order to access the OTC website.


There is a new sheriff in town and his name is Peter Merola. Pete agreed to assume court maintenance duties on behalf of the club in 2016. Does this mean you that call him to sweep your court? No! It means that members report problems with tennis facilities and equipment to Pete who will resolve issues with OVA maintenance. Contact Pete at or 972-898-6058. Have you noticed a dowel threaded at one end of the tennis net? That is not to be used to beat off opponents. The dowel length matches the regulation height for the center of the net. Remember to not lean broom or squeegee heads on the ground. This misshapes the tools and shortens their life. Hang them on fence hooks or thread them through the chain link fence so that they do not sit on the ground. When using the East Courts OTC ball machine, please use the ramp. Using the stairs will cause damage. Non-scuff court shoes must be worn on the courts by you and your guests. Thank you!

And, so it begins—George Hasa and Doug Smith, 2016 Co-Tennis Event Directors with President Terri Somers.

Janet Nogara (with Lutz Funke) is “joy to the world” personified (OTC holiday party).


Walkers nBarbara Powell

Annual Meeting to Discuss New Information Impacting the Walkers Future

This is the same meeting that has been published recently in the Oakmont News. All interested in the Walkers are invited to attend. Refreshments after the meeting. PLACE: Berger Center DATE: January 22 TIME: 6 p.m.


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 March 1 to be listed in the 2016 OTC Roster. Questions? Contact Paula Lewis, Membership Chair, Name(s): ______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address: _______________________________________________ Phone number: ___________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________



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nSusan Lynn

“You become what you believe, decide, and act upon.” —Anese Cavanaugh

Get ready for our first social of the new year on January 21, when we will move our brains out of holiday mode for another Trivia Night match-up. If you haven’t gotten your team together, do it now. There will be plenty of tables you can join, or go it alone (if you dare). There will be one check per table, and credit cards will not be accepted, so please bring cash. BYOB and pay a special $5 corkage fee. Please E-mail to RSVP so we give the Quail Inn a head count. WHEN: January 21, 5–8:30 p.m. WHERE: Quail Inn COST: Free ($5 corkage fee) BRING: Cash or check

Sleep Apnea

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Special Guest

Dr. Greg Ackroyd, MD, Pulmonologist, Santa Rosa North Bay Sleep Institute, will be our guest at the February 2, 1 p.m. meeting. He will discuss equipment and answer any questions you may have. Bring your equipment and get an independent, professional perspective. Any questions, call me at 538-5277.

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Mardi Gras

This year, our Mardi Gras theme is Rendezvous on Bourbon Street with music by Zydeco Flames. This event is always a sellout, so don’t delay. This year, let’s make a resolution to register for all Boomers events at It’s quick and easy, but if you haven’t done it yet, here’s a quick tutorial: 1. Log in to with your E-mail address and password. If this is your first time, click “How Members Can Log In” (on the upper left side of the “About Us” page). To join, click on “Apply for Membership” (see the upper left side of the “About Us” page) and follow the instructions. 2. Click on “Club Events” (left side panel), then click on the link for the event. Click the “Register” button. 3. Your E-mail address will appear in the “Enter registrant email” field. 4. If you are registering for yourself, choose “Next” and proceed to register (and pay for) your own reservation. To register another member/guest, go to Step #5. 5. To register another member/guest: Select the “Add

Guest” button. Enter the name and E-mail address of the other member/guest. If you don’t have the names, enter “Guest 1” in the “Last Name” field. If you are registering more than one guest, enter those names. If you’re not sure who will be attending, enter Guest 2, Guest 3, etc. When all names are entered, select “Done” (bottom right of the screen) to go to the payment screen. You will receive E-mails confirming your registration and payment. If you need some one-on-one help, contact support@ and one of our board members will come to your home and walk you through it. If you’re still not ready to go digital, deposit your coupon and payment in the Boomers folder at the OVA Office. We’ll provide traditional King Cakes and Hurricane Punch and coffee. You provide appetizers, etc., to share with your table of 8. Of course, BYOB and be ready to dance, dance, dance! Please check in by 6 p.m. so that our volunteers don’t miss out on the fun. WHEN: February 6, 5:30–10 p.m. (check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center BRING: BYOB/food for your table PRICE: $15 per member/guest (limit one guest per member)


Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per member and guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member. The two options you have to register for seating for Mardi Gras are: Reserved table for eight: Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $120 and the names of all the people sitting at the table. Please be sure to include a party name for the table, e.g., Smith Party. Party name:__________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed $_________ Names:________________________________________________________________________________________ Unreserved seating: There will be several unreserved tables available. If you chose unreserved seating and wish to sit with friends, you should plan to arrive together when the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Full payment must accompany the reservation. Name: ______________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed $________ The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m. Friday, January 29. You may also register and pay online. If you have any questions about reservations, please contact, Please make checks payable to Oakmont Boomers.


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nEd Low

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STUDY David: Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore

Save the date for the Hikers’ Annual Potluck in the East Rec. Center from 5:30–9 p.m. We will be providing dessert this year and ask you to begin thinking of the most fabulous dish you will bring. We will be asking for: appetizers, salads and main dishes. Please prepare your special dish for 10-12 people. Please call or E-mail Donna McCulloch, 539-5730 with your choice of contribution for the potluck. Dessert, coffee and hot water will be provided. Bring your own table settings and wine glasses. BYOB.


This open space area is part of the Sonoma County Regional Park system. It has great views overlooking Santa Rosa. Distance is 4.5 to 5 miles with 1,000’ of continual but gradual elevation gain. We will be taking the switchback trail. Bring water and lunch. We will leave Berger at 9 a.m. The hike leader is Holly Kelley, 843-3155.

Lake Ilsanjo, Annadel State Park. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)


This moderately strenuous 7.3-mile hike will follow the Stern, Pony Gate and Canyon trails to a Sonoma Creek waterfall. After a photo stop, we will climb out of the canyon and make our way to the Creekside, Hillside, Gray Pine and Vista Trails. After lunch, we will descend via the Bald Mountain and Lower Bald Mountain trails. Elevation gain will be about 1,500’. Note: This hike involves a stream crossing; if the water level is too high, the route will be modified. Layered clothing, sturdy boots and hiking poles are recommended. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Maurice Fliess, 536-9382. Steady rain cancels.


This is a mostly flat five-mile hike on paved surface from Vallejo Home State Park to Bartholomew Park Winery. We will snack at picnic tables at the winery park overlooking the valley or under a covered gazebo if it’s wet. We will go if not heavy rain. Meet at Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Susan Novak, 569-6016.

Cataract Fall, Marin County. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Presentation on large-screen TV with titles for hearing impaired. Class has workbooks. This is your personal invitation to join with us in Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed. Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! Our class is small and informal, a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. You may start at any time. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. David: Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore is a compelling women’s Bible study of David. In this examination of the “man after God’s own heart,” David will delight and disappoint you. If you’ve ever experienced doubt, temptation, loss, family problems, or personal inconsistencies, this study is for you! God will never give up on you. Explore how David’s life proves this promise to be true. Please call me for additional information. DATE: Tuesday TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309


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


It is customary for riders to help drivers with gas costs on hikes more than 30 miles roundtrip, away from the local area. A suggested amount is $5/person. Check with your hike leader. Hikes are subject to change due to weather.

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A moderately-strenuous hike of 9.5 miles with an elevation gain of approximately 1,000’. Grand views of the Napa Valley at a private park. Lunch, plenty of liquids, and weather appropriate clothing recommended. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Dave Chalk, 539-8847.


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Lawn Bowling

nGreg Goodwin


Does experiencing nature affect your mental health and well being? Gregory Bratman from Stanford University recently conducted a study using data and brain scans to answer that very question. Brooding, which scientists refer to as rumination, is a mental state in which many people focus on negative thoughts about themselves and their lives. The study had one half the participants walk for 90 minutes in an urban setting and the other half through a leafy quiet park like setting. The latter group showed meaningful improvement in mental health measured by reduced blood flow to the prefrontal cortex. Which brings us to Lawn Bowling. In a typical game lawn bowlers walk about two hours. It is played on lush grass and is located in a quiet area. Best of all, it’s right here in Oakmont. Come on, get happy and shake your cares away. Lawn bowling awaits.


Greg and I were paired against Mike and Richard yesterday. It was the 14th end, and we were tied at 10 all. I told Richard, “If I get the winning point, the beers are on me.” With that said, my last bowl hit the jack and followed it into the ditch for the game winning point. After the game, we went to the Quail for my promised pitcher of beer. We were just seated when the waitress came over and placed her hand on my shoulder and said, “Hi, Nowah. What can I get you and your friends?” Later, having finished our beers, my friends were about to heave when our server came by and said, “My shift ends soon, can I get you

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anything else?” I handed her $40 and said “I’ll have a J.W. Black, neat and keep the change.” As Greg was leaving, I heard him say to Mike, “I think that waitress was at the Christmas party and her name is Allie.” To be continued...


As usual, the lawn bowling rinks have turned brown. This happens every year during the cool/ cold winter months. Fret not my friends, for come February/March the lawn will start to green up once again. Don’t let the brown lawn fool you. Games are still being played, although you would be wise to wear sweaters (perhaps a Christmas one) on chilly days. Please check to see if the “No Bowling Today” sign is posted due to rainy conditions.

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What Happens When Disaster Strikes? nSuzanne Cassell, Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee

emergency strike Oakmont. While our presentation will be focused primarily on how we communicate within Oakmont and with the outside world to get help where it is needed, we will be touching on all of the resources that will be available to you when the need arises. Members of our team will discuss their roles and responsibilities when a disaster hits, by following a specific request for help from a COPE leader or resident in an Oakmont neighborhood through to its resolution, be it something that can be handled within our community or a need that requires assistance from city or county emergency services. Do yourself a favor and join us on January 21 at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center. You won’t regret it.

American Short Story Reading Group Invites New Members nMark Randol

The American Short Stories Reading Group is back for 2016! Group members read two short stories each month and then discuss them in an informal setting led by English Professor (Emirita) Susan Nuernberg, Ph.D. The stories are featured in the book, Best American Short Stories of 2015, edited by noted author T.C. Boyle. We discuss each story in depth, focusing on point of view, use of language, emotional impact, ambiguity, plot and characterization. Once you register, we’ll send you a detailed discussion guide as well as a list

Quite a cheerful group of quilters gathered to celebrate with a holiday party in December. Quilts (not stockings) were hung and tables were beautifully decorated by a crew consisting of Mary Ann Allen, Vivian Valencia and Helen White. How I love a potluck! Everyone brought such tasty dishes to share. Joan Rumrill entertained us yet again with two fun games to play resulting in much laughter and crazy passing of packages.

Joann Fuller, Skipper Taylor and Karen Krestensen.


At the General Meeting What about my held November 5, the prefrontal cortex? majority of members present voted in favor of increasing dues beginning January. The new annual dues will be $20 for regular members and $15 for associate members. 2016 dues are due before January 20 to have members listed in our Green Book. Please make checks payable to OLBC and drop this form and check in OLBC folder in the OVA Office.


The Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEOC) is hosting a resident forum on January 21 at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center. All Oakmonters are invited and encouraged to attend! The OEPC is a group of residents committed to helping you and our Oakmont community and its residents respond, survive, and recover from an emergency or disaster. Our volunteers anticipate, plan, prepare, and practice for the worst: Earthquakes, fires, floods, and even terrorism. We are your neighbors, your friends, and people you have never met, devoting our time and efforts to helping you when the unthinkable happens. At this forum, we will discuss the steps that we, OEPC volunteers, will take should a disaster or

nElizabeth McDonnell

of dates and the stories to be read for those dates. REQUIRED BOOK: The Best American Short Stories of 2015, edited by T.C. Boyle. The paperback volume is widely available at bookstores and online for about $15. DATES: The first Tuesday of each month from 4–5:30 p.m. WHERE: East Rec. Center Conference Room. REGISTRATION: Our group is limited to 25 members, but we may have openings. If interested in joining, please contact me at mark.randol@yahoo. com and include your contact information.

Joan Valencia, Helen White, Mary Ann Allen and Joan Rumrill.

The quilt challenge was unveiled and it seems everyone loved a color crayon challenge. Paula Scull used her wild strawberry color to create not one, but two quilts. Barbara Arnold looked to a new quilt book on her shelf and tried a new technique sewing curves to display her apricot color. From a class at Fabrications in Healdsburg, Joann Fuller used indigo to make a quilt that will be donated to a silent auction at her church. A family of owls on a tree branch (with one upside down) is a whimsical quilt made by Helen White using chestnut color. Joan Rumrill created a purse with butterfly print fabric to show off her olive green color. Using several shades of blue, along with some yellow and rust, Ruth Blanchard showed a bright, pretty sunset on the lake quilt. Cathy Rapp used a panel of roosters for her barn red color. Karen Krestensen reminded us her gold color was in a purple and gold school color quilt given to her grandson, made in a double Irish chain pattern. Nancy O’Brien used her burnt orange in an appliquéd quilt. Vicki Jackanich used pacific blue to make her first hand appliqué quilt. A scrap quilt, made by Lisa Boyer, had her color cerulean in it. Her quilt will be donated to a Lake County fire victim. Silver quilting thread, Mary Ann Allen’s color, shimmered on her purple Moon Over The Mountain quilt. Vivian Valencia’s color of cornflower was in a baby quilt for her niece. Pam McVey’s color was wild strawberry and she used it in a Block of the Month quilt. Barbara Cortelyou made very clever placemats using her mahogany color. Skipper Taylor created her own pattern with her sea green color. After discussing her woes in its creation she vowed to use a pattern next time. My color was melon and it was the thread color hand quilted on an all-white background of fabric, creating a design.


The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room in the Central Activities Center, from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.


The Oakmont News / January 15, 2016

Pickleball Corner nTom Kendrick

Intermediate Bridge: Put a Shine on Your Game!


Ah, Santa is winding down back at the North Pole, sitting in his hot tub and re-stocking pickleball paddles for next year. Families are back home, and the new Star Wars movie is a world-wide phenomenon. What a great memory—one of my first dates with my wife of 36 years of was waiting in line around the block in 1977!

70 is the new 12!

A recent blog entry on Pickleball Central was talking about various ways of mitigating the sounds created by pickleball. The noise-reducing material, “Acoustibloc” which attaches to fences, is one of the better solutions out there. Interesting though, the author goes on to say, “Acoustical fencing may soften the thwacking sound of the pickleball hitting the paddle. However, the sound of boisterous pickleball players raising their voices with excitement and laughter has yet to be solved.” Yep, that’s a problem—we have too much fun. We laugh and we socialize. Unlike tennis players, who are for the most part quieter, more polite, have etiquette, and enjoy a long history of proper behavior, we pickleballers are more—what’s the word— boisterous, unruly, rambunctious? Wait a minute— that sounds more like those kids over at the central pool! (Hey, I resemble that remark!). Hmmm, come to think of it, it’s kinda nice being lumped into the same category as a bunch of 12-year olds. When’s the last time that happened to any of us Oakmonters?

Pickle Profile—Gail and Eric Lutz

Speaking of energy, I got your energy right here! Eric and Gail Lutz have lived in Oakmont for 12 years. Long-time bay area locals, Eric is retired from the tech industry and Gail was a pharmacy tech. They have two kids and two grandkids. Eric has plenty of energy and he’s in great shape (for the shape he’s in). Besides being an avid “pickler,” he also plays pingpong (sorry, table-tennis).

Gail and Eric Lutz.

But the real firecracker in this tireless twosome is Gail. She plays pickleball, table-tennis, Zumba and does the free (health-initiative) fitness classes. But her real moves? On the dance floor. At the “Stir it Up,” Reggae-themed pickleball party, Gail pretty much danced every dance. She went through about 10 dance partners, after which they all needed a nap. In fact, after simply watching her dance for 15 minutes, you would probably need a nap. If energy could be related to animals, Gail would be a bunny, Eric would be a puppy, and I would be a turtle. Happy New Year to all—and may the Force be with you! WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Every day, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. seven days a week WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people. Want a personal orientation session? Call PJ, 843-7266 or Tom, 888-6334. ATTIRE: Proper court attire requested. Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. We have loaner paddles available. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266; E-mail:

nRosemary Waller


New York-based pianist Joel Fan will be remembered by many for his two outstanding solo recitals in Oakmont, in 2006 and 2008, and we are delighted to welcome him back on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Fan is celebrated for his exuberant virtuosity as well as a bold repertoire that embraces piano classics and inspired discoveries of contemporary and world music. He has re-invented the piano recital by illuminating the rare and unexpected, and has been described by the New York Times as possessing a “probing intellect and vivid imagination.” Baltimore Sun critic Tim Smith describes a Fan appearance as “one of the most satisfying piano performances I’ve ever heard.” As a soloist, Fan has performed over 40 different concertos with orchestras worldwide, including the New York Philharmonic, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Odessa Philharmonic, Singapore Symphony, and London Sinfonietta, with conductors such as David Zinman, Zubin Mehta, Alan Gilbert, and David Robertson. As a recitalist, Fan has Joel Fan. appeared on numerous stages ranging from the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, Jordan Hall in Boston, Calgary Celebrity Series, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, to the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Internationally, he has been featured on four continents, most recently in tours of China, Cuba, and South America. Along with his innovative programming, he delivers Mozart with “eloquence and sensitivity” (Boston Globe), and brings “a steely power and feather-light touch to Prokofiev, and red-blooded Romantic gestures in Kirchner’s sonata” (New York Times). Fan is also recognized for his work with cellist Yo-Yo Ma as a member of the Silk Road Ensemble, appearing at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and collaborating with such leading ensembles as the Shanghai Quartet, Orion Quartet, Imani Winds, and A Far Cry chamber orchestra. Joel Fan was born in NYC to Taiwanese parents, began early musical studies at The Juilliard School, and earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University, followed by a Master of Music degree in piano performance from the Peabody Institute. He is a winner of the Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy and the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Chopin Prize, and was named a Presidential Scholar by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Fan studied composition with Leon Kirchner and piano with Leon Fleisher. Joel Fan has recorded for Reference Recordings, Sony Classical, Verdant World Records, and Albany Records. He is a Steinway Artist. For his Oakmont recital he has chosen a compelling mix of works by Alberto Ginastera, the Chinese composers Peixun Chen and Jianzhong Wang, and Franz Liszt (the beloved Sonata in B Minor). Look for program notes in the Feb. 1 Oakmont News, as well as on our website WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 11, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door or your season pass

nKate Hill, Instructor

New Friday Morning Series Starts January 22

Celebrate the New Year by supercharging your bridge game! Is your bridge a little rusty? Let’s dust it off and take it to the next level by learning: 1. How to flummox the opponents with preemptive power. The do’s and don’ts of preemptive bids. When are they mandatory? When are they insane? Remove the guesswork by learning the Rule of Two, Three and Four. Getting in the swing of “Weak Two’s.” 2. When to enter the opponents’ auction—to overcall or not to overcall— that is the question? We’ll answer it, with lots of examples and pointers re what to do when your partner overcalls. 3. When to make a Takeout Double? Should I or shouldn’t I, and what will partner expect? Is it ever OK to pass? 4. The Competitive Auction: How do my responses change when the opponents enter to auction? Should I obey “The Law of Total Tricks?” How high is too high? Am I a bad person if I don’t make all my contracts? 5. What’s new in Standard American Bridge in the past 40 years—any interesting changes? How do you enter the new millennium? We’ll review Stayman, Jacoby Transfers, Five-card Majors, Convenient Minors, and the impact of inflation on the no-Trump range. This class is for you if you want to reconnect or advance your bridge game in a friendly atmosphere with zero intimidation guaranteed. The newest Friday morning bridge series will commence January 22, in the Central Activities Center. The class will run for six consecutive Friday mornings from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Cost is $90 for the entire series (includes text). Drop-ins are also welcome ($15 per session, $10 for previous attendees). The class will be taught by me, and my philosophy is “Bridge is about play and camaraderie. A successful day at the bridge table is one you and your partner can enjoy and have a laugh with friends. If we sharpen our concentration and memory at the same table, it’s a serendipitous bonus.” I have taught bridge in the Santa Rosa area for over 10 years, and am an ACBLcertified instructor, director, and Gold Life Master. Students may enroll, individually or with a partner, at the first class meeting on Friday, January 22, at 9:15 a.m. The last class will take place on February 26. No partner is necessary. Come as you are, or feel free to contact me for pre-enrollment, questions or comments at, or 545-3664.

American Mah Jongg Club nMarie Haverson


If you want to meet some new friends and have a great time while doing so, then the American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on January 18. Check in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. We have some openings for experienced players or teams only at this time! For information on how to get lessons please contact me at 539-6666 or by E-mailing We have a beginners classes starting on January 18 should you want to learn the game. Feel free to call me for details Looking forward to hearing from you.


The Oakmont News / January 15, 2016

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53

Super Bowl Fifty Party nPete Hardy

nAl Haggerty


Frank Baumgardner, the author of three books chronicling the history of Northern California, will explore that history as speaker at the Jan. 27 luncheon of SIR Branch #53. Baumgardner’s presentation, entitled “Blood Will Tell: Divvying Up Early California, from Col. Juan Bautista de Anza to Jasper O’Farrell,” will open with the discovery of the San Francisco Bay Area during the spring and summer of 1776 by a Spanish expedition led by Col. Bautista de Anza and the initial settlement by ten Mexican families. Some of this material is drawn from the diary of Father Fray Pedro Font, a Franciscan missionary who accompanied de Anza. This is followed by Spain establishing more than 20 missions, beginning in San Diego, to help solidify its hold on California. He then portrays the life of O’Farrell, California’s most important surveyor, pioneer and city planner. Arriving in Sausalito on a whaling ship in 1833, O’Farrell patterns his lifestyle on other early Californians who established ranchos

in both northern and southern California. Baumgardner will cover the famous duel in early California between Sen. David C. Broderick and Judge David S. Terry within the framework of duels in the U.S. in general and California specifically. Broderick was an abolitionist whose political machine contended for control of California’s Democratic Party, while Judge Terry was a leader of the proslavery and pro-Southern wing of the party. A member of the Sebastopol branch of SIR, Baumgardner has a BS degree from Davidson College in North Carolina, an MA degree in post Civil War American history from San Jose State University and has completed studies toward a Ph.D. at UCSB. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Grill & Café. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contract Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.

An Evening of Dining and Dancing Sponsored by the Dance Club nDonna Kaiser


Romance is in the air, so take your darling’s hand and celebrate Valentine’s Day at our Sweetheart Dance. You will be infatuated by Oakmont Village Market’s romantic dinner, and your heart will be dancing to the music of Showcase The Band. Singles and couples, boomers or not, are all welcome. DATE: Saturday, February 13 PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30–6:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres, (BYOB) setups provided; 6:30 p.m. dinner by Oakmont Village Market; 7–10 p.m. dancing. COST: $45 for members, $50 for non-members Appetizers: Fig and Olive Tapenade, Caprese Bites, Mini Quiche Lorraine, Little Shrimp Cocktails, Baked Brie in puff pastry with raspberry jam. Baby Spinach Salad with Gorgonzola cheese, candied walnuts, dried cranberries, red onion and a special balsamic dressing/ Entrée #1: Chicken Piccata with capers, artichoke hearts or Entrée #2: Surf and Turf, BBQ Tri-Tip & Prawns in a butter garlic sauce. Vegetarian entrée is available upon request. Creamy mashed potatoes, broccoli florets, assorted breads and butter, coffee/hot tea, and chocolate surprise!


All reservations must be received no later than 3 p.m. on the Friday, before the week of the dance. Make your check payable to the Oakmont Dance Club and place it, along with the completed form, in the Dance Club folder in the OVA Office, or mail with enough time to: Oakmont Dance Club, c/o Norm and Doris Pelton, 320 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409, phone: 538-3574.


Membership dues for 2016, $10 each or $20 per couple, are payable now and may be included with your reservation or dropped in the Dance Club folder in the OVA Office. Dues are for the calendar year, January through December.


• All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. • If you want to reserve a table for eight, please submit the amount due and forms for the entire table in one envelope, along with the name of a contact person. • If you want to sit with a specific group of fewer than eight, please designate a table name, but first coordinate with others at that table to be certain there is room for you. • If you don’t designate a specific table, we will randomly assign you to one.

Valentine’s Dance Reservation Saturday, February 13

Reservation must be received by 3 p.m., Friday, February 5

Name:__________________________________________________________ Phone:________________________ E-mail:___________________________________________________________________ Dance Club Dues for 2015: $10 each or $20 per couple. Dance Club Member Dinner: $45. Non-Dance Club Member Dinners: $50. How many of Entrée #1 _____ How many of Entrée #2 ______ How many of Vegetarian_____ Dues for 2015__________ Check enclosed for $ __________ Table name request: ____________________________________________________________________________ Entrée choices may not be changed after they are submitted. This especially includes a change of entrée during the event.


COST: $5 per person. For planning purposes please deposit checks in the Men’s Club Box or mail to SOV Men’s Club, 495 White Oak Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409. DEADLINE: Friday, February 3 FOOD: Before half-time—nachos, jalapenos, chips and dips; half-time and after—Iowa “Plumper Hot Dogs” and all the fixings and chili POOL: $1 and $5 with winners each quarter Come and have a great time. Everyone is welcome!

Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


A stamen is the male reproductive organ of a flower, consisting of a filament and a pollen-containing anther, often yellow or red. A pistil is the female part of a flower composed of ovary, style and stigma. How they get together is the interesting part.


Bill McNamara from Quarryhill Botanical Garden presents a fascinating slide show about his annual seed collecting expeditions to Asia. Quarryhill is a 25-acre botanical garden of mature, flowering plants from Asia. Magnolias, dogwoods, maples, roses, lilies, rhododendrons, and many others grace the garden’s paths with hidden places to sit and relax, while surrounded by ponds, waterfalls, and vistas of the Sonoma Valley. A hidden gem! WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, January 19 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• Begin to cut back deciduous ornamental grasses (see accompanying article). You can wait until February or March if you like the existing structure. • Don’t forget to take care of your mower blades. Your winter gardening break is the perfect opportunity to have your blades sharpened to give your grass that clean cut it deserves come spring. Sharp blades mean a cleaner cut and a better looking lawn. • Many deciduous trees, shrubs and vines can be pruned now. Do not prune spring-blooming plants until after they bloom or you will lose the flowers. • Pick off old flowers from camellias and azaleas and clean up dropped flowers to reduce petal blight, a fungal disease. Do not add them to your compost pile. • Now’s the time to order special varieties of begonias, dahlias, gladiolus, lilies, and other summerblooming bulbs by mail. • Shrubs that bloom during the winter months include the lovely Lily of the Valley Shrub, Fragrant Daphne, Camelia, Lenten Rose, Euryops and Strawberry Bush/Tree. • Feeding any plants with a 0-10-10 fertilizer will be beneficial during the winter especially for Winter and early Spring blooming and fruiting plants such as Citrus, Camellias, Azaleas, Cyclamen, and Primrose. Nitrogen promotes leaf growth which we do not want during the harsh Winter weather, (this is the (0). The Phosphorus (10), and Potassium (10) only aid in the development of roots, flower buds, and fruiting, but also help plants to resist diseases and cold weather damage.


The Oakmont News / January 15, 2016

Pinochle nSue Rowlands

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

Happy 2016!

The next meeting will be on Monday, January 25, in the West Rec. Center at 2:30 p.m. and will cover genealogy research in the 18th century, mainly in America. The 1700’s were a turbulent and fascinating era culminating in the American Revolution, a war in which many of our ancestors fought. You may be surprised to learn that there are lots of records available concerning the lives of Americans living at that time. Come to the meeting and hear all about it. Coming up in February there will be several genealogy seminars for Beginners (four sessions) and Intermediates (four sessions) held at the West Rec. from 3–5 p.m. The first Beginners session will be on Monday, Feb. 1, and will focus on “Events: the Building Blocks of Genealogy.” The first Intermediate session will be on Monday, Feb. 8, and will focus on “Collateral Research: Using information about other family members and neighbors to break brick walls.” Watch for further information on these instructive seminars. The Genealogy Club meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. (except July and December). There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at www. If you have research questions or would like to receive our newsletter, send an E-mail to:

Ukesters Club nLinda Webster


The Ukesters Club is pleased to announce an introductory, hands-on tutorial for individuals new to playing the ukulele. A series of five sessions is being planned to introduce you to the beginning basics of playing the ukulele. The goal of this series is to introduce individuals to skills needed to begin playing this unique instrument. Topics will include getting to know your instrument (what are all those parts called?), beginning chords (no, you do not need to know how to read music!), strumming patterns, and tuning your ukulele. Songs using the beginning chords will be introduced so that by the time the series ends, you will be playing your ukulele! From then, you can start attending the regular meetings of the Ukesters Club (Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon, Oakmont Gardens) to practice what you have learned. What do you need? You will need a ukulele, tuner, and if possible, a music stand. These will be explained when you call to register for the series. Are there prerequisites? No, just a willingness to prove to yourself that if others can play, so can you. Remember, you do not have to read music in order to play the ukulele. You learn chords (e.g., C, G, A, D) and play them when you see them in songs. Costs? You will be asked to contribute a minimal fee of $3 to cover the cost of printed handouts. The location and time of the five meetings is to be determined but applications are being accepted now. Please call me at 978-2790 as soon as you can so that the tutorial can begin.

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.

Playreaders nJackie McDonald

On the last two weeks of January, Playreaders will read two one-act plays. On January 18, Ginny Smith and Charlie Ensley will read E. R. Gurney’s Love Letters in which Mellisa and Andrew talk about the letters they’ve exchanged for nearly 50 years, discussing their hopes and ambitions; disappointments and defeats. On January 25, Jeffrey Sheff will present Michael Frayn’s two-character play, Alphabetical Order, in which Leslie, a new assistant, begins work in the library of a local newspaper. Leslie totally transforms the chaos of the library when it’s announced that the paper will be closing. Readers are Norma Doyle, Charlie Ensley, Pete Folkens, Jerry Gow, Dennis Hall, Kay Hardy, Steven Litzenberger, Joyce O’Conner and Bob Sorenson.

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

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

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

Monday, January 25: Zendalas—round Zentangle tiles. They are really fun to create with. Monday, February 8: Black and White Bijou tiles. Create on these small 2” tiles in black and white. If you have gel pens, please bring them. 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

Readers of Looking.

nRay Haverson


This event is selling out very fast, so you should hurry if you want to come. WHAT: New Year’s After New Year’s Party WHEN: January 23, 2016 TIME: Doors open at 4 p.m.; dinner from 5–6 p.m.; music from 6–9:30 p.m. MUSIC: The Hot Rod Band COST: $43 members, $48 members’ guest, $55 nonmembers not with a member. Best deal $55 includes one-year membership and party. Sorry, due to the high cost of crab and The Hot Rod Band we had to slightly raise the price for this year but still a good value. Dinner will include: 1/2 Cracked Crab (about 1 lb. or larger), cocktail sauce, BBQ Chicken, sautéed red peppers and onions shrimp salad, tossed green salad, bread and butter, coffee, lemon water and whipped cream cake with fruit filling. This is a party not to be missed! You wanted The Hot Rods back—you got them! What a party this will be. If you like to dance you won’t be able to sit down. Every year this party has sold out very fast so get your money in now so you won’t be left out. And remember, we place tables by the date you paid. All tables of eight or groups must have checks in one envelope with all names and who to contact and that person’s phone number. Sorry, no switching or late payments will be allowed to be placed with another group. You may call me at 539-6666 or E-mail me at with any questions.


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Oakmont Great Decisions—2016 Program nGeorge McKinney, Karen Krestensen, Juanita Roland, Co-chair

Final chance to sign up

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 1, nHarriet Palk

2016 and ending May 23, 2016. Oakmont residents who sign up for the Great Decisions program receive a book written by foreign policy experts ($19 cost) which provides background material on eight topics. Send your check to George McKinney, Coordinator, 307 Stone Creek Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Topics for 2016 are: 1. Middle East (Feb. 1); 2. The Rise

of ISIS (Feb. 15); 3. The Future of Kurdistan (Feb. 29); 4. Migration (Mar. 14); 5. The Koreas (Mar. 28); 6. The United Nations (Apr. 11); 7. Climate Change (Apr. 25); 8. Cuba and the U.S. (May. 9); 9. Group participants will pick an emerging current events topic for a last session (May 23). If you have any questions, please E-email We look forward to see you!

Oakmont Music Lovers


classic book What to Listen for in Music. Whether we’re listening to a Beatles’ song or a Beethoven symphony, lurking under “Almost anyone can more readily the surface is some organizing principle, a distinguish melodies and rhythms, or even framework if you will, that holds it all together. harmonies, than the structural background Marc will delve into this often neglected topic of a lengthy piece of music. That is why our as he talks about and plays musical examples main emphasis, from here on, must be put to assist us in listening more consciously on structure in music; for the reader should realize that one of the principal things to Marc Helfman. when we are in the presence of great pieces of music. listen for, when listening more consciously, is the planned design that binds an entire composition WHEN: February 2, 10:30 a.m. together.” Thus starts a chapter in Aaron Copland’s WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

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

nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith, being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. You are warmly invited to Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. The great privilege of the Christian life is to participate in the soul’s development. The sermon series “Soulcraft” is an examination of that thing we call discipleship.

January 17

Dan Melligan will be opening up Romans 8:12–17, the text telling of our adoption as children of God. Debbie Knapp will be bringing her joy-filled self to the piano.

January 24

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

Dick Meyer will be speaking from Romans 15:14–20 where Paul speaks about proclaiming the gospel of Christ. Lucas Sherman will be enlivening the worship service at the piano.

January 31

Allen Haley will be sharing from Romans 15:13 where we find the words “May the god of hope fill you with joy and peace.” Our own Oakmonter, Debbie Knapp, will be adding beautiful music at the piano.

Happy New Year from the Oakmont PC Users Group!

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

nBette Shutt


All paid OakMUG members are invited to attend. The party includes lunch! The club will provide a main course, dessert, wine and tableware. We are asking households with names beginning A through M please bring an appetizer; N through Z please bring a salad.


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


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Bocce News nLynn Wycoff

Well, we must have the cleanest bocce courts in the world! All that rain has been welcome but we are ready for a few nice days to play. Perhaps we can convince Mother Nature to take turns and let us have our share. Fortunately the courts drain well so when there is a clear day you can plan on having a good game. Our first tournament of the new year will be the

Valentine’s Day event. It is scheduled for Saturday, February 13 at 1 p.m. Plan to bring your sweetheart attitude and join the fun. No rain please! Have you paid your dues for 2016? If not it is time. Deposit your check for $15 each in the envelope at the OVA. A coupon is provided below for your convenience. See you on the courts!

Membership Form Name __________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________ Address _______________________________________ E-mail _________________________________________ Deposit with check for $15 each in the folder at OVA.

Dinner for 8

nLeslie Evans

Our Dinner for 8 (a stand-alone group not affiliated with any other organization) was founded in 2002. Hosts and guests come together for a mutually agreeable date for dinner. Based on meeting new people and widening our circle with an emphasis on fine dining, everyone at the table participates. We share hospitality and dining together in our homes four nights a year, plus a picnic and a cocktail party. Our events are every other month. We have our cocktail party in February, dinners in April and June, our picnic in August, and then dinners in October and December. When joining the group, members agree to host once during the year and are assigned a month based on their preference. On the first day of the month in which we have a dinner, each host receives their guest assignments and schedules their guests on a date that accommodates everyone.

nBarbara Bowman

Members are rotated each time to give an opportunity to meet everyone. When we have Dinners for 8, the hosts and their guests come together in the hosts’ homes for a delightful evening. Each host determines their menu and generally provides the entrée. Each guest is then asked to participate in the meal by bringing an hors d’oeuvre, 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 by coming together at a cocktail party in a member’s home. The Dinner for 8 picnic is held in a picnic grove in Oakmont on the second Sunday of August. The guests bring hors d’oeuvres to the cocktail party and the picnic. Dinner for 8 membership is open at anytime. Please call me at 843-7408 or Jean Whitridge at 538-1258 for further information.

Movies At Oakmont WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAY AND TIME: Sundays at 2 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty, Priscilla Naworski and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible Movies At Oakmont is observing a winter break during December and January. Only matinees will be shown until February 14.

Sunday, January 17, 2 pm THE KING OF MASKS

Nearing the end of his life, Wang—a locally renowned street performer and wizard of the art of mask magic—yearns to pass on his technique. But custom decrees that he can only hand-down his craft to a male successor. Anxious to preserve his unique art, the heirless Wang buys an impoverished eight-year-old on the black market. But when the child divulges a dreaded secret, Wang faces a choice between filial love and societal tradition. Winner of several film festival awards. (1999), NR, 101 minutes. (In Mandarin.)

Sunday, January 24, 2 pm A PRAIRIE HOME CAMPANION

Director Robert Altman’s final film is a quirky piece of fiction based on the real-life radio program of the same name, with a wry screenplay written by the show’s host, Garrison Keiller, who also stars. Fueled by a high-powered cast that includes Meryl Streep, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Kline, John C. Reilly, Tommy Lee Jones and Woody Harrelson, the film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the mayhem surrounding the folksy program’s final broadcast. (2006), PG, 106 minutes.

Sunday, January 31, 2 pm DIOR AND I

Raf Simons is given two months to prepare his inaugural fashion collection for Christian Dior in this behind-the-scenes look at the high-pressure world of haute couture. A beautifully tailored documentary, the film is a colorful homage to the seamstresses and other ordinary people of the storied world of Dior’s fashion house who serve Simon’s vision. One doesn’t have to be a fashion fan to enjoy the drama and suspense of the team toiling to meet the collection’s show date. (2015), R (some language), 90 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, January 17, 2 p.m.: The King of Masks, (1999), PG-13, 101 minutes (in Mandarin). Sunday, January 24, 2 p.m.: A Prairie Home Companion, (2006), PG, 106 minutes. Sunday, January 31, 2 p.m.: Dior And I, (2015), R, 90 minutes.

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby


Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, join our welcoming and friendly group to explore the third member of the Trinity. This Stonecroft study has six lessons, but we progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Coming back after Christmas break, we are just beginning lesson 4, so we’re only half-way there! The next chapter focuses in on the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22–23), nine qualities that are the natural product of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Looking for hope and a new beginning in 2016? Join us to learn God’s answers from the Bible. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays. No classes January 29 TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 6 (room is directly across the hall from the OVA Office) LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

Oakmont Art Association nCarol Decker


The Tours Committee has made arrangements to view the private art collection of Dr. Jack Leissring in Santa Rosa. The works include European and American paintings, drawings and sculptures numbering over 6,000 pieces. This private tour will be on Tuesday, January 19, meeting at Berger Center parking lot at 12:45 p.m. for a 1 p.m. departure, and returning by 4 p.m. The price for the bus and the tour is $20. No food will be served. Please send your check accompanied by your name, E-mail address, telephone number, and address to Sylvia Davis, 414 Crestridge Court, Santa Rosa, 95409. The bus is almost full, so get your registration in as soon as possible.


Charles Gresalfi will join Phil Wilkinson as special guest artist from December through February. Charlie taught art for 30 years at the secondary and college level. Throughout the years he has received countless awards and exhibited art on both the East and West Coasts. Charlie was an original founding officer of WASCO, one of the largest watercolor societies in northern California. He paints and continues to teach painting classes in a variety of media at Oakmont.


Ikebana classes with master Ron Brown will resume on Friday, January 22. Classes meet in the art room from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and fourth Friday of the month for $15 per session. The January 22 class will focus on an Ikebana arrangement with a common kitchen object. A second January class will be held on Jan. 29. The Language of Landscape in Watermedia with Dale Laitinen will be offered April 2–3. This class is mainly for watercolor or acrylic painters who work on paper or aquaboard. The cost of this two-day class will be $160. You may register by sending a deposit check of $25 made out to Dale Laitinen, to Bonnie Crosse, 8824 Oakmont Drive. Enrollment will be limited to fourteen. The balance will be due March 15.


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


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


Macular Degeneration?

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

Pre-owned, low cost, low vision CCTV SYS can help. For sale, or rent with option to purchase program. For more information or a no-obligation demonstration call Jack Donnellan, 595-3790.



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

Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont LCO #2411. references. I’ll work with your budget. HANDYPERSON Lic. #954364. Call Angel, All trades, little fix-its and prickly 707-239-1241. puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. assemblies, gardening and pruning Dependable, experts serving you and too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since your neighbors with excellence and 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, 539-5217. bonded and insured. Senior discounts COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. HOME GREETING SERVICE net or call us at 537-1308 for all your Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community plumbing needs. information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had THE COMPUTER TROUBLESHOOTER a home visit, please call Charlotte at Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, 538-9050. complete support for PC’s, Apples MIKE’S REPAIR and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers Plumbing, electrical, appliance, served. John Bradford. 578-6305. heating and air conditioning, general $40/hour. handyman (I can fix just about AC BURNS PAINT CO. anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest Oakmont preferred vendor. Interior/ and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536exterior, power washing, decks, 9529, emergency—328-6635. wallpaper removed. Will not be LEE MOEN CONSTRUCTION undersold. 575-5581. Lic. #834588.


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


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


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


Want to spruce up your home? Guests this fall? One room at a time or your whole house. Interior and exterior painting. Licensed and insured. Lic. #873519. Call 707-996-4050 for a free estimate.

Oakmont News Classified Rates • Classified ads of 150 spaces or less, (payment to accompany this form) $25 per insert • Pre-paid standing ads of 150 spaces or less, for a period of 3 months (6 issues) $120 • Pre-paid standing ads of 150 spaces or less, for a period of 6 months (12 issues) $216 • Pre-paid standing ads of 150 spaces or less, for a period of 1 year (24 issues) $384

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



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


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


Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer Services. Call Chuck for all things Caring for your pets as you would. computer. VOM Rotary member, Over 25 yrs. experience. Dog and cat computer instructor. References care. Daily schedules and routines. Day available, many satisfied Oakmont OR overnight companionship. House customers. $45/hr. 293-8011. sitting available. Insured and bonded. BRAD CHIARAVALLE Call Alix, 637-6267, Sonoma.


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


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


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


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


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

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



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


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


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


Complete home renovations, kitchen and bathroom design, remodeling and repair. Door and window upgrades, decks, fences and concrete. 30 years local experience, timely and detail oriented. Lic. #669482. Call (707) 328-3555.


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


Excellent pet sitter with lots of experience. Dogs, cats, mail, etc. in your home. Call Mae Stevens, (707) 332-4374.


Furniture, accessories and crystal. 10 a.m.–2 p.m., Jan. 16 and 17. 2 Oak Forest Ln., off Cliffwood, off Oakmont Drive. Call Tim, 527-2777.


Customized personal training for individuals or small groups of 2–4. Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Personal Trainer/Holistic Health Coach. Improved health and GARDEN TRIMMING well-being for 2016. Affordable and AND PRUNING Done with an emphasis upon a natural competitive rates. Call Rhonda Lee at 758-7681. look. Also available for yard leaf vacuuming. Richard, 833-1806.



New Tv’s DVD’s, Stereos and Streamers Unused car taking up your garage? Sell it to me. I am not a dealer. Call Joe, are complicated. I will help you. 35 years experience. $40/hr. Jason 545-4311. Baldwin, 479-1364.


Ruth Hansell, 24 years organizing experience. Home office/filing system, garages, closets. Oakmont references available. Call 799-0097 or E-mail to


Mature, reliable Oakmont resident. References available. Call 833-4614 or cell 529-3038.


Since 1983 I have been teaching in the US and Europe. Professional musician, Oakmont resident. Francesca, 546-7987.


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


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…is owned by the Oakmont Village Association which, through its board, sets editorial policy. The OVA has contracted with CJM Productions to handle typesetting, layout, printing and free distribution of the Oakmont News, the latter by U.S. mail, to each home via 3rd class mail. CJM Productions also handles advertising for the Oakmont News. CJM Productions and the Oakmont Village Association assume no responsibility for the content of any ads that appear in the Oakmont News nor do we endorse or recommend any product or service advertised herein. CA law requires all CA licensed contractors to list their license number in their service advertisements. CA law also requires contractors performing work totaling $500+ (incl. materials & labor) must be licensed by the Contractor State License Board (CSLB) to work in California. For information contact the Contractor’s State License Board at


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

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


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


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

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

COORDINATOR January 16–31 Patresa Zwerling 539-8996 February 1–15 Matt Zwerling 539-8996

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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

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

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


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

Goodwill Donation Truck

First Saturday of each month, Berger Parking Lot, 9 AM–1 PM.

Loaner equipment

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

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



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

Lost & found

(Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) Helps seniors with Medicare-related questions. By appointment only. 1-800-434-0222. Berger Center, Room D, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, 1–4 PM.

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

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

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


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


Association Manager Cassie Turner

oakmont community garden on stonebridge


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

OAS Management Company

Schedules available at OVA office.

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


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OVA-Sponsored Events OVA Presents A Hot Swinging Afternoon nMarsha Zolkower

Goodwill Donation Truck Saturday, January 30: E-Waste Collection nMarsha Zolkower

E-Waste Collection in Oakmont will be on Saturday, January 30, 2016 and they will gladly accept other kinds of donations on that day! They will be parked in the Berger parking lot, at 310 White Oak Drive parallel to the street, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. There is no appointment needed for this event. 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.

nSusan Ramsey

Music of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw with a Touch of Duke Ellington and Count Basie Thursday, January 28, 2 PM Berger Center

Larry Vuckovich’s Benny Goodman Tribute Sextet will perform some stimulating selections from Benny Goodman’s 1938 famous Carnegie Hall concert, as well as some of the great hits from the orchestras of Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. This program highlights selections from one of the great eras in jazz—music which is timeless. Larry Vuckovich’s Benny Goodman Tribute Sextet recently sold out at the Robert Mondavi Winery concert. The musicians in this ensemble are world-class players that have toured and performed with renowned bands throughout the USA and Europe. In addition to Larry on piano, the sextet features the outstanding clarinetist, Noel Jewkes, in the role of Benny Goodman; swing vibraphonist, Tommy Kesecker, paying tribute to Lionel Hampton; soulful guitarist Jeff Massanari, in the role of Charlie Christian; and the hard-driving rhythm section of Jeff Chambers and Leon Joyce. Advanced ticket purchase required. Buy yours at the OVA Office now for $20. This event will have open audience-style seating and the Berger doors will open at 1:30 p.m. OVA will provide intermission refreshments.

Single Boomers Social Club

Call for members who would like to participate by running for the 2016 Board! If you are interested please respond to the “new Board” shout out, or speak to Susan at the next meeting.


January 16: Movie Night • February 12: Paella Party Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the OVA Single Boomers Social Club folder.

Documentary Film Masterworks nErnie Rose

The small town of State College, Pennsylvania is the home of Penn State University. Its population is 41,000 people. Yet the university’s football stadium on its rural campus holds 106,500 fans, the second largest outdoor campus facility in the nation. It is regularly packed to capacity on weekends to cheer on the Penn State Nittany Lions, led for 46 years by its legendary coach, Joe Paterno. With 409 victories, Paterno set a record as the winningest coach in college football history and was loved by all whose lives he touched.

Coach Joe Paterno.

Penn State football stadium.

But in November of 2011 all that came crashing down when he was fired for his alleged role in a cover up of child sex abuse by one of his assistant coaches. Also drummed out of office in disgrace before the dust settled was the university’s president and several of its top officials. Paterno died of complications from lung cancer on January 22, 2012, only two months after his firing. As the film Happy Valley (100 min., 2014) dramatically shows, five years later this blight on the university’s reputation remains a highly controversial matter, raising the issues of the role sports play in college life and what values remain paramount in guiding our institutions of higher education. WHEN: Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

Starting off the new year at the Quail Bash.

Geoff Burke plays piano at Christmas gathering.

Single Boomers Social Club Membership form

Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $12 to: Single Boomers Social Club (SBSC). Name:____________________________________________________________________ Date:_______________ Address:______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (important, to receive Evites and Shout-outs):_______________________________________________ Phone:_______________________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder): Signature:____________________________________________________________________________________

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 22: Bob Faux January 29: 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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