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Pickleball Approval Appealed By Opponent

OVA to Spend Up to $10K for Next Pickleball Plans

nJim Brewer

nAl Haggerty

A vote by the Santa Rosa Planning Commission approving the proposed site location for pickleball courts in Oakmont has been appealed to the City Council. The appeal, which could be heard as early as February, is not expected to immediately affect efforts to complete drawings and move to obtain bids for the multi-use court project. Santa Rosa planning commissioners easily approved a conditional use permit for the courts behind the Berger Center on Dec. 10 after urging combative Oakmont residents to try to get along with each other. The 5-0 vote focused strictly on land use issues. It allowed the Oakmont Village Association Board to move ahead at its Dec. 15 meeting with design and construction bids before deciding whether or not give it final approval and to apply for a building permit. “If you look at everything going on in the world, if your main concern is pickleball, you have really got it pretty good,” Commissioner Hans Dippel said following an hour-long public hearing where some Pickleball site opponent Kerry 30 Oakmont residents Oswald addresses planning alternately praised and commissioners about noise issues that he said were not condemned the project.

The Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors has approved spending up to $10,000 for detailed drawings needed to get an overall bid for the proposed pickleball courts at Oakmont’s Central Complex. Noel Lyons, chairman of the ad hoc pickleball committee, told the board Dec. 15 that Hogan Landscape Services and landscape architect Laurie Cagwin would prepare drawings of the pickleball courts and the plants, irrigation, lighting and fencing portions of the project. He estimated the cost at $9,600. While board members continued to voice their concern about the overall cost, they voiced strong support. Andie Altman said it would have a very positive impact on Oakmont, Herm Hermann said he is a strong supporter while concerned about overall cost and John Felton said he supports the project. The pickleball project survived a challenge Dec. 10 when the Santa Rosa Planning Commission voted 5-0 to allow the OVA to move forward, based on preliminary plans. That approval has been appealed to the City Council. Responding to a petition from opponents, the OVA has scheduled a Jan. 26 meeting to hear public comments. However, the OVA said its bylaws rule out a vote on the project as requested by the petitioners.

properly studied. The commission approved the plans; its action was appealed to the city council. (Photo by Jim Brewer)

See pickleball appeal on page 11

See spending approval on page 7

Pickleball Petitions Qualify: Board Sets Meeting But No Vote nMarty Thompson

Observing Pickleball proceedings at the Planning Commission are left to right, OVA Ad Hoc Pickleball Committee Co chairs Noel Lyons and Anita Easland, OVA Manager Cassie Turner; Andie Altman, Board Vice President; Director John Felton and Frank Batchelor, Board President. (Photo by Julie Kiil)

January 1, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 1

Petitioners seeking a special meeting and an opportunity to vote on proposed pickleball courts at Oakmont’s Central Complex have won a meeting but not a vote. Signatures on a petition have been verified and the board has scheduled a meeting on Jan. 26, but said the OVA bylaws rule out holding a vote. The petitions were delivered to OVA President Frank Batchelor at a Nov. 17 board meeting by Ellen Leznik, who has been an opponent of a plan to build pickleball courts near the Berger Center. She said the petitions carried 230 signatures, more than the 5% of OVA members required by OVA’s bylaws to call a special meeting. The petitions also ask for a vote on the pickleball proposal at the meeting, and Leznik said her group would continue to press for a vote. See petitions qualify on page 11 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Resident Alerts PG&E to Underground Gas Leak nJim Golway

A potentially hazardous gas leak was detected by an Oakmont man who notified PG&E of the possible threat. On the morning of Friday, Dec.11, Shawn Kelly stepped into his garage and smelled the strong odor of natural gas. “I thought it was a problem with my furnace,” he said. “I opened the garage door and figured I’d have to call a repairman.” See gas leak on page 10

Berger Committee Recommends: Modernize and Update or Replace nJackie Reinhardt

After more than a year of work, the Berger Improvement Committee chaired by Board Director Bob Giddings spelled out its recommendations Dec. 15 that, if ultimately adopted, could result in the 52-year-old building being modernized and expanded or replaced entirely near the existing site. The projected cost estimates for these options range from a low of $2.6 million up to $4.6 million. See berger on page 10

Nominating Committee Will Present Slate Feb. 1 nStaff Report

The OVA Director Nominating Committee is currently seeking interested members who would like to be candidates in the 2016 elections for three positions on the OVA Board of Directors. The committee will present a slate of candidates to the board on February 1. To be eligible for candidacy, an OVA member must be in good standing and be a homeowner. Interested people should send their names and a resume to the committee by mid-January in order for information to be certified. Directors can serve no more than two consecutive two-year terms. See nominations sought on page 10


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Architectural Committee Guidelines

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

nMary C. Patricia, Administrator for the Architectural Office

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.

Locker Rental Fee For 2016 Due Now nOfelia Roman, Admin. Assistant

Locker rental fees are $60 per year. Please send your $60 fee to the OVA Office by January 15. Please let us know if you no longer use your assigned locker. If

“Containers for garbage and large containers for yard trimmings must be stored in the homeowner’s garage or appropriate storage area, out of public view, or in the backyard within the property line. No container may be stored in the common area of an associationmaintained area.”—Architectural Guidelines and Standards, Edition 8, Article IV F. 26, Page 28.

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League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations

nCarol Callahan


LOMAA will hold their first meeting in the new year on Monday, January 4, at 12 noon in the CAC, room B. We will be discussing the No Smoking ordinance recently passed by the legislature and how it will affect you. We will also have rental restrictions on the agenda because we’ve been asked by several HOAs for some language to be included in their CC&Rs. We will distribute the 2016 LOMAA schedule for anyone interested. There is a January ECHO Seminar being held in San Rafael that any Oakmont HOA board member may attend for free. The seminar topics are “Is your community compliant?” with information being provided about bringing your governing documents up to date, how to communicate effectively with your members and the consequences of non-compliance. The seminar will be held at the Embassy Suites on McInnis Parkway in San Rafael. You can register online at, or request a registration form from You can attend for free as long as you fill in your “HOA or Firm” as “OVA—Oakmont Village Assn.” Hope to see you at the January 4 meeting in the CAC, Room B.

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nAl Haggerty

Tall Pine Tree Near CAC Set For Removal

Described as “an accident waiting to happen,” a towering pine tree behind the Central Activities Center is up for removal pending a second opinion and bid. Cassie Turner, manager of the Oakmont Village Association, told a Dec. 11 board meeting that heavy rain, combined with what an arborist diagnosed as beetle activity and white pine rust disease, could cause one of the tree’s three primary trunks to split off and seriously damage the roof of the Fitness Center. The board directed her to get a second arborist’s opinion and bid and schedule the removal as soon as possible. The first bid was $6,200. Board President Frank Batchelor, concerned about liability should the tree cause injury, said, “This board is now on notice.” Director John Felton said it’s not a matter of “if but when” the tree comes down. “Let’s get rid of the tree,” said Director Herm Hermann.


The prospect of Oakmont getting its own radar speed trailer ran into immediate trouble when directors Hermann and Alan Scott said they would vote against the idea. Director John Felton said that the city is working on an agreement which would allow OVA to purchase a trailer and donate it to the city with the understanding it would be used only in Oakmont. Felton said it would cost from $6,000 to $7,000 delivered.

nStaff Report

The city’s limited number of radar-activated speed warning signs is seldom available for Oakmont, where complaints about exceeding the 25 mile an hour limit are frequent.


Turner urged Oakmont residents to support “Go Red for Women,” an American Heart Association awareness campaign, by wearing red Feb. 5. She said she would provide more details as the date approaches. Board fireside chats, in which board members answer questions and discuss issues with residents periodically at Berger center, will continue with several changes. The chats, which board members said were enjoyable and educational, will be held once a month on the same day at a specified time for six months beginning in January. The dates will be announced and publicized. Batchelor announced that OVA board members and staff will no longer post any comments on the social media website Nextdoor, but that he will continue to monitor the site. More than 1,000 Oakmont residents have signed up to use the site. He also announced that, beginning immediately, requests for OVA documents must be in writing and it will take a little longer to get responses as the requests will be processed as staff time is available. Batchelor said the number of requests had been increasing.

Senior Living Project Moving Ahead

Groundbreaking for an assisted living and memory care center by the owners of Oakmont Gardens signals plans to begin construction this spring. MBK Senior Living expects the 74-unit project at Oakmont Drive and Stone Bridge Road to be complete by the winter of 2018, the company said in a statement. Construction fence now surrounds what is planned

to include 50 alcove, one-bedroom and two-bedroom assisted living apartments around an interior courtyard. There also will be 24 private suites in a single-story memory care unit. Terry Howard, president and CEO of MBK Senior Living, said the facility, Oaks at Stone Bridge, will be a sister community to Oakmont Gardens, which offers independent and assisted living.


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Two New OVA Board Policies Are Up for Residents’ Review and Comments The OVA Board approved the following two new policies for resident review and comments: “Code of Conduct Governing OVA Premises” and ”Oakmont Employee Abuse Policy.” The OVA Board welcomes resident comments by E-mail or mail to OVA Administrative Office, Attn: Cathy Dougherty, 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste #7, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. All written comments must be received before Friday, Jan. 15, 2016.


The purpose of the Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Code of Conduct Governing OVA Premises and Community Facilities (“Code of Conduct”) is intended to set forth certain protocols and expectations relating to OVA residents’ use and conduct of OVA community facilities, and is intended to help ensure that each OVA resident will act in a trustworthy, diligent, honest and ethical manner while using OVA’s premises including, but not limited to, all OVA community facilities open to OVA’s residents. This Code of Conduct is intended to be consistent with OVA’s other governing documents including, but not limited to, Article V, Section 1(j) of the OVA Protective Restrictions. This Code of Conduct shall apply to all OVA members, residents and their guests or invitees while using any buildings, interior and exterior, and all community facilities and other grounds controlled and operated by the OVA (such community facilities, buildings and grounds are hereinafter referred to as the “premises”). This Code of Conduct shall not be deemed to invalidate any other rules or policies adopted by OVA relating to use of specific community facilities, and such rules or policies shall be read in conjunction with this Code of Conduct. Persons who violate this Code of Conduct may be fined and/or have their membership privileges including, but not limited to, community facility access and voting rights, suspended after a properly noticed hearing before the OVA Board of Directors. Members are at all times for acts of their tenants and invitees and any suspension of membership privileges access and voting rights, suspended after a properly noticed hearing before the OVA Board of Directors. Members are at all times for acts of their tenants and invitees and any suspension of membership privileges imposed against a member will be applicable to a tenant’s use of the premises. The Board of Directors may also take any other available legal action, as further described in the OVA Hearing Procedure, Enforcement and Fine Policy for Violations of the Governing Documents. See new policies page 28

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Golf News OGC

nChuck Wood


In each month’s OGC Board meeting Mike Ash and Russ Adamson provide verbal reports about our club’s current financial performance at a summary level—both for the current month under discussion and year-to-date. Those members attending the board meetings are able to hear those reports and, later in the meetings, ask follow-up questions of Mike and Russ. No written reports are provided to attending members during the meetings, however. Did you know that you can read copies of those monthly financial performance reports by going to the Member Area of our Oakmont Golf Club website? In the following month after each board meeting the minutes of the prior meeting are approved by the board. Once that is done, those minutes are posted to the website (under the Board of Directors tab) for you members to read. You will see the reports that Mike and Russ have read during each month’s board meeting. It’s an important briefing that your club makes available to you. Thus, you can stay abreast of the Oakmont Golf Club’s financial performance on an ongoing basis and not have to wait until our annual meeting in March to view this information.


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nBarbara Bowman


The Niners ended the 2015 season with an elegant holiday party at the Quail Inn, Co-chaired by Tammy Siela and Barbara Robinson. After a champagne toast, Captain Barbara awarded Chip-In pins and Birdie pins. Ellie Baciocco led the pack with pins—but, that’s to be expected from our 2015 Low Gross Club Champion.

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nTony D’Agosta

We are into a new year and predictions are the first part of the year will be a wet one. That means limited golf during the winter months. We will have to be patient until spring arrives. Let’s hope we get to play in between showers. We had our annual Christmas lunch and made some fun presentations to the most sweeps won, the most times first place was won, the most times last place was won, the most improved handicap player, the closest-to-the-pin (4’3”) for the year, and the furthest from the pin (61’2”) and still on the green. A good time was had by all. We look forward to 2016. See you on the course. Happy New Year and happy golfing!

NOVEMBER 30 SWEEPS Two-Man Chapman, 6 Teams

Linda Yates and Barbara Robinson congratulate Tammy Siela on winning the Most Improved Niner Player of 2015.

First place: Art Boot/Dan sienes with a net 24.5. Second place: Phil Sapp/Don Morse with a net 27.25. Third place: Wayne Mickaelian/Dan Levin with a net 29.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Charlie Perotti, 18’6”.

DECEMBER 7 SWEEPS Two-Man Best Ball, 8 Teams

First place tie: Al Bentham/Don Schulte, Stan Augustine/Phil Sapp and Keith Wise/Tony D’Agosta, all with a net 26. Closest-to-the-pin: Pat Hart, 18’10”, Charlie Perotti, 26’10”.


The sold-out show on December 9 was a super-fun event. The smiles and laughs and applause from the audience seemed to be non-stop. As Tom Kendrick, the show’s organizer and master of ceremonies, reports golfers, tennis players, pickleballers, boomers, dancers, lawn bowlers and many others came together for the Variety Show Extravaganza, an OGC fund-raising benefit show. Many people contributed to the success of this show. Tom especially wants to acknowledge Debbie Kendrick, Debbie Kiddoo, Joann Banayat, Heidi Klyn, Mert Smith and Ray Haverson. He also sings the praises of our Quail Inn staffers, including Heather, Jasmine, Katy, Chuey and Karla. The Black Tops band (all are Oakmont residents: Tom and Debbie, and Peter Copen and Chris Finn) were super throughout the night—really accomplished musicians. The net proceeds from this lovely evening will be used by our club to help improve the appearance of the East Course parking area. Thank you, Tom.


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DECEMBER 14 SWEEPS Individual Low Net, 13 Players

Rebecca, our 2016 Captain receives the gavel from Barbara. Thanks, Barbara, for a great year.

The luncheon was followed by the awarding of the beautiful Most Improved Golfer trophy to Tammy Siela. Congratulations, Tammy. And, after a year of capably leading the Niners, Captain Barbara handed over the gavel to Rebecca Wellman, the 2016 Captain. Rebecca introduced her board and indicated that there are still positions needing to be filled. Thanks, Tammy and Barbara for a memorable afternoon.


Happy New Year, Niners, and Happy 2016 Golfing!

First place: Stan Augustine with a net 28. Second place tie: Joe Lash and Wayne Mickaelian, both with a net 31.5. Fourth place: Phil Sapp with a net 32. Closest-to-the-pin: Stan Augustine, 26’2”.

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nEileen Beltrano

Hi there ladies. Welcome to the New Year! Here’s to good health, continued friendship and lots of pars and birdies in 2016! Our end-of-the-year Christmas Luncheon was a great success and it’s so fun seeing all our golfing buddies dressed-up! I’d like to recognize the new Tuesday board members: Captain, Judy Duport; Co-Captain, Linda Frediani; Secretary, Mary Jobson; Treasurer, Cindy Carroll; Tournament, Judy Early; Handicap, Vanita Collins; Shy Baxter, Rules; Linda Kilpatrick, Membership. Now for Thursday’s new board members: Captain, Chris Carter; Co-Captain, Laurie Vree; Secretary,

Cindy Carroll and Kathy Faherty. Kathy is our new Publicity person and Cindy is the Treasurer for Tuesday Club.

Kris Peters, Thursday’s outgoing captain, with our incoming Captain, Chris Carter. Chris also received the most improved golfer for our Thursday Club. Carol Sharpe won for the Tuesday Club!


December 2, West 3 best ball ON ODD/2 best ball ON EVEN

First flight (11.5–20.8): first, Jeff Snyder, Bill Hainke, Bob Peterson and Frank Zelko, 153; second, Nick Beltrano, Tom Kendrick, Ron Feibusch and Gil Moreno, 158. Second flight (21.0–up): first, Ed Pierson, Wally Juchert, Wayne Shomaker and (blind draw), 154; second, Sal Cesario, Bob Giddings, Jack Haggerty and Tom Finnerty, 155. Closest-to-the pins: #8—Ray Pierce, 6’7”, Danny Morgan, 8’6”; #13—Shelly Brodsky, 19’7”, Bob Siela, 23’3”; #16—John Cook, 3’9”, Bob Peterson, 6’11”.

December 2, East TWO-MAN BEST BALL, 8 Teams

First, Dan Levin/Blind Draw, 51; second, Tony D’Agosta/Neil Huber, 52; third tie, Keith Wise/Phil Sapp and Paul Lawler/Dick Scott, 53. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Dan Levin, 25’7”, Dan Sienes, 36’0”; #16—Dan Levin, 25’6”.

December 9, East 9 HOLES INDIVIDUAL LOW NET (Rain, 7 Players)

First tie: Tony D’Agosta and Keith Wise, 30; third, Dave McDonnel.


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The OGC sold-out performance of “Wednesday Night Live, a Variety Show Extravaganza,” written, produced

and performed by our Tom Kendrick, included several club members and their wives in starring roles and was a rollicking good laugh. For example, in a mock presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump pledged to buy the Oakmont golf courses for $20 million and promised “a new set of golf clubs for everyone.” Later he was seen in deep discussion with the lovely ladies of the Oakmont Escort Service. A New Year’s Eve Bash with live music by Charlie Baker and complimentary champagne all night will be hosted by the OGC, $50 for members. A delicious crab feed dinner has been rescheduled for Friday, January 8 at the Quail Inn. See Rick Yates for tickets, $35 per person. Correction: It is on hole #13 West where local rules allow for use of the drop zone for any balls landing in the drink (not #15 as previously stated).


“Here is an important way to think of the importance of the short game to your overall handicap. You cannot do much to recover from poor pitch or chips shots, but you can often recover from longer shots. Just like a poor putt, a poor chip or pitch is usually a shot lost to par.”—Dave Pels After being reassured that his 80-year-old caddie has perfect eyesight, the golfer hits his first tee shot deep in the right rough. “Did you see it?” the golfer asks as they walk off the tee. “Yep!” Old Eagle Eye replies with confidence. “Well, where is it?” “I can’t remember.”


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Judy Duport, our incoming Tuesday Captain, with Ellean Huff, our outgoing Captain.

Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


Sallie Wood; Treasurer, Leslie Wiener; Tournament, Becky Hulick; Handicap, Kris Peters; Rules, K.C. Cote; and Membership, Marie Pierce. Both our clubs would not exist if it weren’t for our board members and all the ladies that support our clubs. Speaking of new board members, I would like to welcome Kathy Faherty, who will write the article for both clubs bi-monthly. I had fun writing this article for a few years, but I will enjoy, even more, not worrying if it’s the 15th or 30th of the month! Thank you to all my readers out there, and Happy New Year! Oh, remember, sweeps begin on Jan. 5 and 7 at 9 a.m. See you out there ladies.


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Batchelor dismissed rumors suggesting that “the sky is falling” and OVA is going bankrupt because of pickleball expenses. He said the project, if approved, would be paid for by the Capital Improvement Fund, which is funded by development fees from builders of homes like those in the Meadows development at the corner of Highway 12 and Oakmont Drive. He said there would be no special assessment or dues increase to pay for pickleball courts.


The board reversed a previous decision to stop videotaping its meetings. It voted 6–1 to resume taping regular board meetings, but not workshops, and prohibit private taping of the meetings. Bob Giddings opposed the motion, saying that taping the meetings is at odds with attorneys’ advice. The board directed the Communications Committee to study the issue and recommend whether to resume the taping permanently. Board President Frank Batchelor, while acknowledging the opposition of attorneys, said he wants his words recorded exactly as he says them. Altman said it’s in the best interests of board members to reduce exposure and avoid personal attacks by having all meetings recorded.


The issue of a code of conduct for OVA residents was tabled after Giddings questioned the need, saying that it would set up a bureaucracy and deal with an issue that is “so danged complicated.” “It’s not a good idea,” he added. Altman said although she helped draft the code she had afterthoughts and concluded that the proposal was “far too reaching.” Elke Strunka said she has reservations and Felton said he wasn’t ready to vote on the issue. Batchelor, a strong supporter, argued that OVA governing documents do not allow the board to take action when a resident displays unacceptable behavior. He said he didn’t anticipate using the code very often. The board unanimously approved an employee abuse policy, which was developed in response to reports of inappropriate resident behavior toward OVA employees. (Separate stories on the city planning commission action on pickleball and on the OVA Board’s planned special meeting appear elsewhere in this edition.)


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2016

Singing in the Holiday Season

nRay Haverson


Songs filled the Berger Center as the Maria Carrillo Jazz Chorus entertained a full house for their second holiday concert here, described as the start of a new Oakmont tradition. The concert was followed by eggnog and treats served up by the OVA staff. (Photo by Dave Turner) (Another photo online at

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Letter to the Editor To the Editor: Because I am interested in the accuracy of the complaint from the Oakmont Tennis Club that there is no room for permanent pickleball courts on the existing courts because they are always full, I undertook a short survey. Beginning October 29, taking a break over the Thanksgiving holiday that might have skewed the result, I drove by the West Rec. courts at some point between 9 and 11 a.m. on weekdays with good playing weather: no rain, no fog, no puddles on courts from prior rain, no heavy cloud cover. I was able to sample 18 days. Never were no courts in use; never was anyone waiting. Four times four courts were in use, and three times each two or three courts were in use. And the highest number—eight days—only one court was in use. I leave you to draw your own conclusions. It is no secret that I support pickleball only on existing courts, not building new ones; but I would not sacrifice my integrity for the cause. I recorded exactly what I saw. Harriet Palk 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

Passages Gertrude (Kay) McCall, 30-year Oakmont resident, passed away November 18. Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone, 538-4293 or E-mail, to publish the name and date of death of your loved one in the Oakmont News.

Sufi Meditation Circle

Holiday Boutique

nJoAnn Halima Haymaker

New Year’s Meditation with Poetry and Music

You are invited to join us as we examine what we choose for our lives in the new year. The Women’s Meditation Circle will meet on Wednesday, January 6, at 11 a.m. at my home, 147 White Oak Drive. Open to all women. There will be music, poetry, meditation, and Sufi wisdom. It is helpful if you can let me know if you are coming: 537-1275 or There will be a place for you in the circle of peace. International Association of Sufism, A number of Oakmont people turned out for the Sierra Girls Center Holiday Market and Boutique Dec. 13. Shown, at left, is Mary Lord and across the table, back to front, Gail Johnson, Geri Gottbrath, Janet Schade and Maeve Clemens. Caroline Keller reported the sale took in almost $2,500, enough for several field trips for the girls. (Photo by Peter Boyle)

Visual Aids nDel Baker

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We invite you to ease into the new Year by engaging a number of ways to contemplate 2015 and intentionally usher in 2016. Readings, music, silence and other spiritual practices will be introduced. Everyone is welcome and a safe and sacred space will be held for all.

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Partners Contract Bridge

nJackie McDonald

nHelen Hargrave

Happy New Year to Partners Contract Bridge Players!

The Partners Contract Bridge group will be playing in the Card Room at the CAC on Monday evenings, January 4 and 18 from 6:45–9 p.m. We keep the same partner throughout the evening and rotate through each table keeping a running score.

berger committee

Readers of Theft.

On January 4 and 11, Dennis Hall will present Alive and Kicking by Jules Tasca to Playreaders. Tasca is the author of 102 published plays which have been produced in both the US and abroad. Gloria Nix’s son has announced that he and his girlfriend have just gotten married and Gloria panics. She feels that his decision means her life will be over soon and she should sell their home and move to a small apartment so she can be close to a funeral home. Her easy-going husband, John, thinks this is hilarious and says maybe he should put one of the two steaks he’s taken out of the freezer back. Alive and Kicking is a humorous play about the serious subject of adapting to the changes in life. Readers are Jane Borr, Rebecca Kokemor, Stephen Litzenberger and Jeffrey Sheff.

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Later, while standing on the sidewalk outside his house on Wintergreen Court, Kelly continued to smell the odor of gas drifting around the cul-de-sac. Recalling what happened in 2010 when a gas line erupted in San Bruno destroying a neighborhood, Kelly immediately called PG&E. Within the hour a crew arrived. They detected an underground gas leak. The fumes appeared to be coming from the main gas line connection to residential feeder lines. Using a jackhammer they carved out a patch of sidewalk, dug down four feet and discovered the source of the leak. A three-inch wide plastic cap had fractured. “It’s called a T-Cap,” said the onsite PG&E engineer. “It’s rare they break but it does happen. It’s good Oakmont has concerned citizens like this resident who didn’t wait to call us.” It took the crew a couple of hours to install a new T-Cap, check the gas line and fill in the hole. It will likely be a few weeks before the sidewalk is repaired.

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If you have not played with us, please call me at 539-5511 or George McKinney at 538-7264, and we will include you and your partner in the group. We are always happy to meet new folks who enjoy bridge!

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Giddings strongly urged the board to conduct an updated structural study to find out how strong Berger is and identify deferred maintenance and any other limitations before moving forward. OVA President Frank Batchelor instructed Cassie Turner to get at least three competitive bids from engineering firms before the January board meeting. While considering five options in all, including a basic facelift, Giddings said the committee concluded the minimum design to meet the community’s future needs was to reconfigure the interior space and add more square footage in addition to improvements recommended in a December 2012 report from a Hayward construction firm and by users and other stakeholders the committee surveyed. Two conceptual designs that extend the interior space beyond the building’s current footprint were presented. Both add a lobby with one design emphasizing greater storage and the other more meeting rooms. “If the board decides to enter into Phase II—Schematic Design—it may decide to swap out some of the elements,” Giddings said. Just to make Berger safe by today’s standards would require an initial investment of $989,159, according to Archilogix, the committee’s architectural consultants. This estimate includes bringing the building up to existing codes and a new lobby, but none of the other improvements deemed desirable by the committee. Those improvements include addressing acoustics, replacing the floor, lighting, doors and windows, updating the kitchen, enlarging the stage, upgrading audiovisual systems, reconfiguring meeting rooms and adding storage. Del Nordby, the cost consultant hired by Archilogix, assumed it would take six to nine months to complete

the recommended remodeling, a period in which the Berger would likely be shut down. If the building were kept open and completed in two stages, the cost could be 20% higher. The next steps depend on whether the board pursues modernizing and expanding Berger or asks the architects to produce a conceptual design for a brand new building. Either option requires the board to grapple with several considerations in Giddings’ view: How to finance improvements or construction of a new building, city parking requirements that come into play if additional footage is added and the space needs of OVA at the Central Activities Center. He also recommended the board establish a policy for club and activities storage at Berger. During their 18 meetings, many of the Berger committee members expressed the opinion that the 10,180 square foot Berger is too small and unlikely to meet Oakmont’s long-term needs. Besides Giddings, the members included board members Andie Altman and Herm Hermann, Lynn Crammer, Heidi Klyn, Noel Lyons, Jim Sannar and Terry Whitten. Questions from board members after the presentation concerned demolition costs of the existing Berger, whether a second floor was contemplated and if Santa Rosa’s Planning Commission had been approached. Giddings said schematic drawings would be needed to get the city’s feedback. “This isn’t going to happen overnight,” Batchelor said. “It deserves thorough debate.” (An architect’s drawing of the conceptual design with the smaller lobby and storage option is available online at

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A Candidates’ Forum will be held on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Berger Center to give members an opportunity to meet the candidates, learn about their qualifications and ask questions. Ballots are mailed to all Oakmont homeowners on March 1 and the election closes April 5. Members of the Nominating Committee are Susi Heidenreich, Sue Dibble, Tom Woodrum, Tony Lachowicz and Jackie Ryan. If you are interested in becoming a candidate please E-mail Susi Heidenreich or contact any member of the committee.

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Dinner for 8 nLeslie Evans

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, the hosts receive their guest assignments and schedule their guests on a mutually agreed upon date. Members are rotated each time to give an opportunity to meet everyone. When we have a Dinner for 8 night, 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. Our Dinner for 8 (a stand-alone group not affiliated with any other organization) was founded in 2002. Based on meeting new people and widening our circle with an emphasis on fine dining, everyone at the table participates. Dinner for 8 membership is open at anytime. Please call me at 843-7408 or Jean Whitridge at 538-1258 for further information.

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In the end, commissioners rejected opponents’ concerns that the courts should not be built in the proposed location because of visual, noise and parking concerns. On Dec. 18 pickleball project opponent Ellen Leznik filed a seven-point appeal, saying in part that many of those concerns were not adequately addressed by the planning commission. She also said that inadequately worded signs posted to announce the public hearing were “confusing and affected participation of opponents.” In addition she said, the courts would displace the 60 members of the Oakmont Horseshoe Club, who earlier this year were granted OVA recognition on the understanding that the pits could be moved if the sports courts are built. OVA Manager Cassie Turner said the directors anticipated an appeal when they approved additional funding on Dec. 15 to finalize construction plans for submission to the city design review board for approval. ”The board was expecting an appeal,” Turner said. “This was not a surprise.” The controversy generated by the proposed picklball court project was a matter for concern at the Dec. 10 hearing. “I know people are not going to be happy with whichever way we vote,” said Commissioner Vicki Duggan. “But we are only charged with the land use decision here. “As far as the land use decision goes, to me it sounds like this is the perfect place in Oakmont to put these courts because it is the Central Activities Center, it’s near the pool, the children, it is an open area that is under-utilized and there is a parking lot available,” Duggan said. The commission did agree to address one concern raised by opponents: It added language to the conditional use permit requiring that any grading be done in a manner that protects a giant oak tree near the putting green area. Remodeling work around the West Rec. Center last summer resulted in the death of at least one, and possibly three redwood trees. At a meeting of the OVA Board Dec. 11 Noel Lyons, who chairs the board’s Ad Hoc Pickleball Committee, said that it is important that residents know how much this project is going to cost. “I think it is appropriate that we at least go out and get some bids and get some facts that are going to help this board or the next board, whichever, makes a decision going forward,” Lyons said. So far the board has authorized more than $60,000 for the project, which one preliminary estimate indicated could cost at least $300,000. It is not clear how much more the appeal of the conditional use permit may cost. The $462 fee for the filing was covered by a personal check signed by Leznik. (Text of the appeal is available in the online version of this story, at

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While the bylaws give members the right to vote for members of the board, the board and OVA attorneys noted only the board can vote on issues such as the pickleball proposal. “I’m not trying to stifle public comment,” Batchelor said “The board welcomes a debate on the issue, but ultimately this board or the new board in April is going to have to make the decision.” OVA board elections are held in April. Petitioners gathered the 5% of Oakmont members required to force the meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. in the Berger Center.


In a letter sent to OVA members, the board said its attorneys advised that holding a vote would not be “proper and lawful purpose” and so there will not be a vote. However, the board said in a statement that “all are welcome” to attend the Jan. 26 meeting “to express their opinions for or against the construction of the proposed pickle ball courts.” The board’s letter noted that petitioners have the right to withdraw their petition, in which event the meeting would be canceled and a notice of cancellation sent to OVA members. Leznik said her group would not withdraw the petition and had no plans to abandon its effort to win a vote at the meeting. “We will press on this, it’s a legal issue, and we will take it up,” she said. She declined to discuss strategy. “No vote will be conducted at the special meeting as requested in the petition,” the letter to OVA members said. “If the board allowed such a vote to bind them to a certain course of action, the board members would be in violation of their fiduciary duties and this could subject OVA to liability and damages,” Batchelor said. Leznik said her group, which is informal and doesn’t have a name, believes the OVA is getting bad legal advice. An ad hoc committee named by the board has been working on finding a site for pickleball and settled on the Central Complex after studies led it to rule out converting tennis courts at the other two recreation sites. Pickleball is being played temporarily on tennis courts at the East Recreation Center until a permanent home is found. The pickleball plan won unanimous approval from the city Planning Commission Dec. 10. Leznik appealed that decision to the City Council. Project cost has been estimated to exceed $300,000, but actual cost can’t be determined until it’s known what the city would require. That would allow the OVA Board to actually vote on the proposal and, if it’s approved, order construction plans. Challenges to the pickleball proposal have contributed to costs, which to date are about $65,000. That includes $16,000 for redesigns, sound and visual evaluations, a parking study, an environmental review and a 3D rendering of the proposed courts. The project would be paid for from OVA’s capital improvement fund, which is forecast to contain $700,000 by the start of next year. Money there comes mostly from in-kind fees paid as newly-built homes are sold, along with some money from dues. So far $60,000 has been spent or authorized for the project. That figure now includes about $2,500 spent to notify residents of the January membership meeting, according to OVA Manager Cassie Turner.

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American Mah Jongg Club

Bocce News nLynn Wycoff

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 4. 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 9 should you want to learn the game. Feel free to call me for details Looking forward to hearing from you.

Current Events Discussion Group

Walkers nBarbara Powell

nTina Lewis

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


Happy New Year to all from the Bocce Club! Our daily schedule for the winter months, January–May, is 1:30 p.m. No scheduled play on Sunday. The calendar of events for 2016 will be coming out soon. Look for it on your E-mail and be sure to make a copy for your handy reference. Club rosters will also be ready soon when all dues are recorded. Printed copies of each will be available in the folders at the courts for those with no E-mail. The first tournament of the year will be in February so watch for the announcement. All of this nice rain should have the courts in great shape. They seem to drain well so play is not interrupted for long after a storm. Hopefully Mother Nature will continue to send us rain but also leave plenty of days for games. We still welcome new players. Come up to observe and take time try your hand at it. Membership is $15 per person for the year. Membership forms are available at the courts. See you at the courts!

Jan. 1: No meeting. Jan. 8: Gordon Freedman Jan. 15: Ellen Butterman Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

Our first activity of the new year will be our Annual Membership Meeting at the Berger Center. The date is Friday, January 22 from 5–7 p.m. The meeting will include: 1. Payment for membership dues for 2016—$5; new members will need a badge: $6 pin-style, $8 magnetstyle. 2. Election of officers for 2016: president, vice president, treasurer, secretary will be open for election. A slate of officers will be presented to the members, followed by nominations from the floor. Dolores Salidivar is resigning from the board this year, so we definitely need a president. This is required by the bylaws and the OVA. 3. Barbara and Holly will present a list of exciting coming events. 4. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the meeting. If you have any questions or are willing to serve on the board, please call Dolores Salidivar at 539-1416.

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Oakmont Community Foundation Year in Review

The year 2015 was an eventful year for Oakmonters, and nowhere more so than for your OCF volunteers! We’ve been busy indeed, as more and more of you realize that the OCF is an ideal venue to support and contribute to educational and beneficial Oakmont activities—all through your tax-deductible donations. Last year, 12 different Oakmont organizations received financial support from the OCF. Reading this, some of you may be thinking, “Of course they did! My donation was for that group!” And, many of them may be familiar to you: Music at Oakmont, the Oakmont Genealogy Club, The Computer Learning Center, the Oakmont Health Initiative, Documentary Film Masterworks, the OVA Library, the Emergency Preparedness Committee, Sunday Symposium, the Oakmont Photography Club, the Oakmont Art Association, Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, and Lifelong Learning all benefitted from OCF support. In 2015, we received over 110 individual donations— and some contributed more than once! Our 501(c)(3) charitable organization status requires us to diligently pursue worthwhile organizations to support on your behalf. With that understanding, many of you ask that their donations go to our General Fund. This allows your directors to respond to grant requests from worthy Oakmont groups that otherwise may not receive the financial support they need. (In fact, some of the groups listed above received all, or part of, their OCF funding this way.) It’s no surprise that over 60% of all 2015 donations were requested by you to go into our General Fund! Others know that a donation to the OCF is an ideal way to honor or memorialize someone important to them. In 2015, over 20% of our donations were designated for that purpose. As we enter into our ninth year, we expect to work harder and smarter to enhance the service we provide to our community. Looking back, we very much appreciate your faith in us. Looking forward, we expect that your support will continue, with your understanding that more Oakmont groups and organizations will benefit from your generosity. For more information about who we are and what we do, please visit the OVA Web site. Click on the “Oakmont Residents” tab, and you’ll find us listed there.

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.


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Tennis Club

nStephanie Wrightson and Terri Somers


The OTC December holiday party at the Berger featured a catered dinner and the Unauthorized Rolling Stones. The food was fabulous, the music was rockin’ and the company of OTC members and other Oakmont residents was awesome! We had a fabulous time.

The holiday party was a blast, blast, blast!


A huge thank-you to outgoing board members and chairs: Bill Wrightson, Vice President; Barbara Bowman, Secretary; Sumner Johnson, Tennis Event Director; K Jenkins, Ex-Officio; Michael Gough, Court Maintenance; and Tom Cooke, Sunshine Person. Returning in 2016: Terri Somers, President; Paula Lewis, Treasurer and Membership Chair; Neil Linneball, Ex-Officio; and Zlatica Hasa, Roster Chair. New in 2016: George Hasa and Doug Smith, CoTennis Event Directors; Cinda Gough, Social Director; Dorothy Smith, Secretary; Peter Merola, Court Maintenance; Jill Gossard, Sunshine Person; and Fran Dias, Newspaper Reporting (replacing Stephanie Wrightson and Diane Linneball who will continue with OTC website administration).


Your new board is busy planning a year of exciting tennis and social events—to be announced in a future issue of the Oakmont News. Cinda is organizing her crew to provide new and returning popular social events for the enjoyment of club members. And two wild and crazy guys (AKA George and Doug) are doing what they do best: tennis! Plus, there will be some surprises (think “pop-up” events) throughout the year. To be the first to know about latest club news as well as future and spontaneous club events, visit the OTC website frequently (https://oakmonttennisclub. I am pleased to share OTC’s recent recognition of two club members. The highly prestigious Roll of Honor Award is given to a member whose body of work over time has contributed greatly to the welfare of the club. The 2015 Board, lead by President Neil Linneball, named K Jenkins to the Roll of Honor for his tireless work and advocacy for the club. A club member since retiring to Oakmont in 2008, K served as OTC Tennis Events Co-Director and Director, Vice President, President and Ex-Officio. During his six-year board tenure, Let’s Play Tennis! was instituted. Members at all levels were able to improve their skills— promoting a more vibrant club. K fostered a culture of K Jenkins—Roll of Honor recipient. greater inclusion for existing


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: ______________________________________________________________________________________

nPeggy Dombeck

Garden Club


A hangover is the wrath of grapes.


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. 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.


• Protect tender garden plants by covering them on frosty nights. Some succulents, citrus, bougainvillea and fuchsias are among the frost-sensitive plants. Use stakes to keep material from touching foliage and

remove the coverings when temperatures rise the next day, unless it is a frost blanket that can stay on. • Buy and plant bare-root fruit and shade trees, roses, berries, vines and shrubs. Bare-root plants are less costly and establish faster than container plants. Avoid planting in soggy soil. Avoid walking on or working in your garden beds after heavy rains, which can compact the soil. • Many plants can be planted or transplanted all through the winter, especially bare root plants. The winter rains will help them get established. • Sow seeds for carrots, winter radishes, rhubarb and turnips when heavy rains are not in the forecast. • Roses should be pruned any time between New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. Be careful not to compact the soil around the plants with your feet when you prune. After pruning roses, it is time for dormant spray to be applied. When you spray, be sure it is above 40 degrees and not about to rain. Now is also time for dormant spray on fruit trees. • Feed your lawn with organic fertilizer every six weeks throughout the winter which will keep it healthy but not produce tremendous bursts of growth which will require frequent mowings.

and new members. K was at the helm to vigorously represent OTC interests when the use of tennis facilities first came into discussion. We owe much to K for his club leadership and contributions. The Most Valuable Person (MVP) Award recognizes an individual who changed the dynamic of the OTC by their positive contributions during the current year. Stephanie Wrightson was named 2015 MVP for creating the OTC website as well as providing significant content, authoring the club’s newspaper articles and managing the publicity and refreshments for tennis events. Here’s to 2016! See you on the courts!

Did You See Us? nPat Barclay, Chair, Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee

On Saturday, November 14, the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) conducted a simulated emergency drill to exercise its communications capabilities and evaluate our ability to respond to a disaster that might affect Oakmont. The emergency scenario was based on a loss of the Northern California electrical grid which rendered telephone land lines and cell phones inoperative, leaving radio communications as the only option for contacting city and county emergency services. About 50 Oakmont volunteers participated in this exercise, including COPE leaders. While outside agencies were not involved in this drill, approx. 60 simulated incidents were reported from Oakmont neighborhoods, over half of which required assistance from the Santa Rosa Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, etc. OEPC communications stations were set up on the patio outside the Berger Center and inside the East Rec. Center, with volunteers wearing color-coded vests to delineate their area of support. Volunteers with bright yellow vests (Zone Communicators) walked pre-defined neighborhoods to report simulated incidents occurring within our community. (Say “hi” when you see one —they are there for your benefit.) Our November 14 drill was largely successful, but—as with all tests of our emergency response capabilities— we indentified areas where more work is required. This includes reviewing the placement of radio antennas to facilitate communications to all Oakmont neighborhoods, revisions to our forms and logs in handling radio message traffic, and additional training for our communications and other key personnel. But the biggest lesson learned from this exercise, by far, is that we need more volunteers to be truly effective in the event of a disaster. For example, we do not have enough volunteers in our neighborhoods to report incidents; with our present staff we can cover about 50% of Oakmont. And in many of those neighborhoods we have only one volunteer, who cannot be expected to perform his or her duty during an extended emergency that might continue for several days. Likewise, we are lacking volunteers to handle communications at our emergency centers, both radio personnel and facility coordinators whose responsibilities include the handling and disposition of incident reports. Our OEPC emergency responders are Oakmont residents who volunteer their time and effort to assist you in the event of an emergency. As a wise man once said, “You are either a part of the solution or you are a part of the problem.” Be a part of the solution. Contact Pat Barclay at 537-0909 or by E-mail at to join your neighbors in helping Oakmont respond to, and recover from, the next disaster to befall us. It’s not a matter of “if,” it’s only a matter of “when.”


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A few weeks ago I requested and hoped for some help writing this column. Lo and behold my wish came true when I met two new club members at the Christmas Gala. Their names are Nowah and Helene. They recently moved here from Montauk, N.Y. Both have journalistic backgrounds. He is a freelance publisher/ editor, and she helped write books with her father. They both expressed interest in submitting stories to help promote our club. Helene was extremely attentive, keeping eye contact with me during our entire conversation. Nowah was also enthusiastic during our chat, yet he would often turn his attention to the food server as she passed by. I think her name was Allie. To be continued...

Register now for Winter 2016 semester. Classes start January 11. Please visit http://www.sonoma. edu/exed/olli/registration.

The OLBC Board has decided there will no longer be monthly Brown Bag Meetings. The board will now hold regularly scheduled board meetings on the third Wednesday of each month beginning January 2016. All club members are welcome to attend these meetings. Quarterly meetings will be held on the first Thursday of March, June and September at 11 a.m. The Annual Meeting will be held on the first Thursday of November. Please check the bulletin board and visit the club website for more information.

nDavid Dearden


American Politics: Issues and Cases By Eric Williams, Ph.D. MONDAYS, 3-5 PM, Jan. 11–Feb. 22 (no class Jan. 18), berger center

Professor Eric Williams wowed Oakmont earlier this year with his clear, informative, and enthusiastic style. This winter, Dr. Williams will continue to demystify the Supreme Court for us. Political issues become legal problems, and the Supreme Court is where they are settled, at least for a time.

Satchmo, Duke, Miles and More: Hearing Jazz Through Its Greatest Artists By Len Lyons Ph.D. WEDNESDAYS, 3–5 PM, Jan. 13–Feb. 17 BERGER CENTER

Remember the 2008 and 2009 OLLI classes by Len Lyons, the Berger Cabaret evening classes with wine, jazz, and lots of serious learning? Thanks to our own Carol Cotton, Len Lyons, the man who knows, plays and loves jazz is back. The class will trace the lives and artistic development of the greatest jazz players through film, recordings, narration and Len Lyons at the piano.

Life in the Universe: The Science of Astrobiology By Carl Pilcher, Ph.D. THURSDAYS, 3–5 PM, Jan. 14–Feb. 18 EAST REC. CENTER

Dr. Carl Pilcher, a star NASA scientist in robotics, solar system exploration and extraterrestrial life, joins us for his first OLLI series. Does the universe harbor life beyond Earth? Life and our planet have co-evolved over 4 billion years, and we continue to find life thriving under ever more extreme conditions. We will study the beginnings of life on earth and use that knowledge to evaluate the habitability of other planets. Over 2,000 exoplanets are now known, with 700 being added just this year. Is life a cosmic phenomenon? Winter OLLI at SSU brochures, course descriptions, and registration forms are available in the OVA office, the Central Activity Center, and online at http://www. Please direct questions about OLLI at SSU-Oakmont courses and activities to Chair, Fradel Been, at 293-3181 or by E-mail at Guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting. Scholarship assistance is available to all OLLI at SSU classes.


Sixty-four club members attended the Annual Christmas Gala and Awards Presentation Dinner held on December 4. Nostalgic film footage of past Christmas shows from Radio City Music Hall were

shown on the Big Screen for all to enjoy along with wonderful listening and dancing music from Jess Petty. The most enjoyable part of the evening for many took place when George Hasa led the singing of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” You had to be there.


Just what did he know and when did he know it? Many members at the Christmas Gala wondered if I was aware I would be this year’s Dorr Mott recipient because I had prepared notes. The answer my friends is “No.” I did think I might be considered, so like any good boy scout... well you know. I had notes in order to thank those who helped with the club’s celebration of 50 years of Lawn Bowling. Oops, even with notes I forgot to thank the cast of the Sir Francis Drake reenactment. So Who needs those thanks Colin, James, George stinking notes? and, of course, Fritzie.


At the General Meeting held November 5, the majority of members present voted in favor of increasing dues beginning January 2016. 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.

2016 OLBC ANNUAL DUES Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Member type: Regular _______ Assoc. _______ Address________________________________________________________________ Check if new address___ Phone #_________________ Check if new phone___ E-mail address___________________________________

Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont nWilliam Anderson

Saddle Club Monthly Dinner

The club’s monthly Saddle Club dinners resume on Thursday, January 21, beginning with cocktail hour at 5 p.m. and featuring Chicken Marsala as the main dish. Additional menu items are buttered noodles, seasonal vegetables, green salad and raspberry cheesecake. The cost is $29.50 for Saddle Club Members and $32 for non-members. The dinner price includes cocktails before dinner, tax and gratuity. Reservations must be made in advance and are due by Monday, January 18. To make your reservation call Ed Low at 538-7785. These dinners are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month except April, September and October. The dinners are a very pleasant way to socialize with fellow Cal Club members in a delightful venue with fine food. The Saddle club is located at 550 White Oak Drive. Come join us for dinner!


Here in Oakmont we have alumni from many of the campuses that make up the UC system from UCSD to UCB and in between. Now an opportunity to meet socially is extended to all those who attended any of the campuses. Mark your calendar and be prepared to send in your reservation! WHEN: Wednesday, February 3 TIME: 5:30–7:30 p.m. WHERE: East Rec. Center HOST: Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont WHAT: Tasty and hearty small food offerings at food stations; wine and other beverages (hosted); fun and good conversation PRICE: $23 all-inclusive

RESERVATION FORM Name(s): _____________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail: ________________________________________________________ Phone: ________________________ Address: __________________________________________________________ Campus:___________________ Number of attendees: _____ x $23 = $ _____________________ Send form to Helen Young, 362 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, 95409. Make check payable to Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont.


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2016

Oakmont Rainbow Women nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

which local non-profit group that ORW will support in 2016. Four local nonprofit groups will present information about their programs. Those attending will then vote on which group will be the beneficiary of ORW community fund-raising for 2016. Thanks to the fundraising study group which screened a large number of candidate groups and is bringing these four very worthy organizations to meet with us. We meet Thursday, January 14 at 7 p.m. Please be sure to attend.

What a party!

As our group photo attests, we had plenty of fun at our December 5 Holiday Party. The tables were set with the finest decorations from many personal collections. Our tree and banners glittered and laughs filled the air as we enjoyed another superb potluck effort, including turkey and ham provided by the ORW Board. Congrats to Debra and Carol who organized the event and Marge, Nancy and their team who made everything look fabulous. As one member said, “It was simple, it was complete, and it was perfect!” We reprised the white elephant gift exchange game—many silly and some wonderful items changed hands several times. We so appreciated the hard work of our organizing team and board—and especially Pat for being a terrific game impresario. Later, the iPod was cranked up and we danced the night away.

Tickets for Kathryn Lounsbery Concert

We are very excited to have Kathryn Lounsbery in concert at Berger on Saturday, January 16. Kathryn is a classically-trained pianist with a wicked sense of humor and we are lucky to have her performing here. She’s on YouTube if you want a preview.

A Special Treat and Wish for the New Year

At the Holiday Party.

Tickets are on sale at $15 each, with each ORW member able to purchase a ticket for $10. They will be available at the next ORW meeting or put an envelope in the ORW folder in the OVA with a check for the number of tickets you would like and those tickets can be picked up at will-call at the performance. Please include an E-mail address so that we can acknowledge receipt of your check.

January Meeting: Choosing a non-profit

At the regular January meeting we will choose

We had a special treat during the party when one of our new members, Holly Near, sang “I Am Willing,” a powerful hymn of hope and tradition, to our gathering. Holly,

a multi-talented musician and long-time activist, chose a song that is especially appropriate when we consider, in this season of joy and connection, some of the huge challenges in the world today. The words of the chorus are worth sharing (words by Holly Near, copyright Hereford Music): I am open and I am willing To be hopeless would seem so strange It dishonors those who go before us So lift me up to the light of change. Peace on earth and best wishes to us all for a happy and healthy new year!

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Happy New year to all of our oakmoNt frieNds & ClieNts

Congratulations to Carol Locke for winning the $100 gift basket of holiday goodies and wine.

Thank you Oakmont for another successful Winter Coat Drive. Through your continued support and generosity you donated over 530 coats this year.

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8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

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


10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 1:00 PM Singer Party E 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM OakMUG Board G 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM LOMAA Board B 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Communications Committee B 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:30 AM Portraits of the Heart AR 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Paint Grp AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 5:30 PM City of Santa Rosa E 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Single Malt Scotch Club B 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Portraits of the Heart AR 10:30 AM Bridge to Nowhere CR 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 1:00 PM Oakmont Art Critique AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:30 AM Portraits of the Heart AR 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Paint Grp AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge -Practice CR 2:30 PM Genealogy Club UW 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR



8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Inter LW 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 10:00 AM Landscape Imp Comm G 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:30 AM Oakmont Music Lovers E+C9 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:00 PM OVA Board Workshop E 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:00 PM Short Story Book Club EC 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Inter LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 10:00 AM H.E.A.R.S. E 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Portraits of the Heart AR 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon BC 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:00 PM Cal Alumni Board EC 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Valley of the Moon Wine CR 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Inter LW 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:30 AM Garden Club BC 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 10:30 AM Portraits of the Heart AR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Volunteer Helpers (OVH) Ste 6 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Cal Alumni Board E 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 3:00 PM Lawn Bowling Board Ste 6 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakmont Book Group B 7:00 PM Valley of the Moon Wine CR

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Inter LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Portraits of the Heart AR 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM OVA Membership Meeting BC 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM iPad SIG D 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:00 PM Grandparents Club Ste 6 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM Bunco Rotary E 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 11:00 AM SIR 53 E 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:00 PM Democratic Club E 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW 7:00 PM Valley of the Moon Wine CR








7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Inter B 11:00 AM Lawn Bowling Brown Bag BC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Zumba Gold Intro LW 2:00 PM OEPC Board B 2:00 PM Nominating Committee D 2:00 PM Boomer Board Ste 6 2:30 PM Zumba Gold Inter LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR



8:30 AM Qigong LW 8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Art Association Board G 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 10:00 AM Art Association BC 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible Ste 6 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 5:30 PM The Enocureans BC


7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 11:30 AM OCDC B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Oakmont Boomers Grp Ste 6 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Zumba Gold Intro LW 1:30 PM Music at Oakmont BC 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 2:30 PM Zumba Gold Inter LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI E 3:30 PM Oakmont Educators Club AR 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Rainbow Women E

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible Ste 6 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Oakmont Health Initiative BC 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Zumba Gold Intro LW 2:00 PM OEPC General Meeting BC 2:00 PM Nominating Committee D 2:30 PM Zumba Gold Inter LW 3:00 PM OLLI E 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR 7:00 PM Documentary Films E 7:00 PM Boomers BC

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible Ste 6 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW



7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Zumba Gold Intro LW 1:30 PM Jazz Tribute w/Vuckovich BC 2:30 PM Zumba Gold Inter LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI E 6:30 PM Pinochle CR



8:30 AM Qigong LW 8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce


7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce


7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Parkinson’s Support Group B 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM OakMUG UW 4:00 PM Single Boomers E 6:00 PM Rainbow Women Concert BC


7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 4:00 PM Sha Boom BC 5:30 PM Hikers Club E


7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 5:00 PM Rotary Club BC


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2016

Oakmont Music Lovers nHarriet Palk

Who Doesn’t Belong and Why: Ludwig van Beethoven, Georg Philipp Telemann or Thomas Jefferson?

Please join host Bob Giddings and other Oakmont music lovers to learn the correct answer to this question. The discussion and resolution may astound you! We will view a fascinating and remarkable reenactment of the first rehearsal of Beethoven’s third symphony— the “Eroica,” Opus 55. The time is June 1804. The place is Prince Lobkowitz’s Vienna palace. The prince, his wife and assorted friends witness and react to hearing the “Eroica” Bob Giddings with Beethoven at the helm. We will have just enough time to listen and view the all-important first and second movements of this groundbreaking work. Or as the “father of the symphony,” the aging Joseph Haydn, remarked after hearing the “Eroica,” “Everything is different from today.” Beethoven originally composed the symphony to honor Napoleon, but after he declared himself emperor, in 1804, Beethoven removed Napoleon’s name from the title page and wrote instead, ”Heroic Symphony, composed to celebrate the Memory of a Great Man” and dedicated it to Prince Joseph von Lobkowitz. Perhaps no other symphony has garnered more ink or discussion from the moment it erupted onto the musical scene, but this will not deter us from further discussion and enjoyment. WHEN: January 5, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free



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Save the date for the Hikers’ Annual Potluck in the East Rec. Center, 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. The hikers are hearty eaters! Therefore, we ask that you prepare your special dish for 10–12 people. After January 1, please call or E-mail Donna McCulloch, 539-5730, with your choice of tasty, delicious contribution for the potluck. Dessert will be provided, as will coffee and hot water. Remember your table setting, plates and wine glasses if you prefer them to our plastic cups. Also: Important! BYOB.


The New Year’s Bubbly Hike will be from Oak Mesa through Wild Oak to Two Quarry, Marsh, Pig Flat and Ridge trails to Laura’s Table, where we will hopefully meet the Long Hikers for lunch and a toast to the New Year. Distance is 5.8 miles with 600’ elevation gain. Bring water. Hike leader is Frank Batchelor, 537-6640.

Lake Sonoma Recreational Area. (Photos by Maurice Fliess)



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


This approximately five-mile 400’ elevation gain hike will begin at the Sonoma Valley Regional Park on Highway 12. Bring Regional Park Passes. We will meander through woods, grassland, around a lake, over hills and into the Sonoma Development Center. Bring water and lunch. Hike leaders are Jan and Greg Conklin, 539-4899. Leave Berger at 9 a.m.

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.


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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Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies nSue Hattendorf, COPE Director


For COPE leaders who do not have Internet access, this is your reminder that it is time to check your team for any changes, mark up your block diagram, and put it in the COPE file in the OVA Office. For new residents, a completed Census form should be submitted. I will generate new block diagrams for your team. If, in the future, you begin Internet usage, please call me at 539-2543 to let me know so I can add you to our online communication group. Be assured, your E-mail address will only be used for COPE-related communications. Also, if you do not currently have an active COPE team in your neighborhood, please call me to learn how simple it is to form a neighborhood family. Thank you for your willingness to help and Happy New Year!

Pinochle nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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

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 11: Back to Basics. What is Zentangle? Let’s create a piece together! Monday, January 25: Zendalas—round Zentangle tiles. They are really fun to create with. 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

Dancing is 4 Everyone nMariellen Munson

The joy of dance may be experienced by you…without a partner. We have a new Beginning Line Dance Class. Check it out! Remember, dance is exercise for your brain as much as for your body. While you are dancing your brain is constantly making new neural connections. Studies show that this is very beneficial for protection against dementia. The pleasure of dance, even if you don’t have a partner, is available in Oakmont. Our instructor, Steve Luther, has a unique style of teaching that makes it easier to learn the steps to a variety of dances, and the music he selects is upbeat and lively. As you progress you will enjoy a wide diversity of music and styles, from Country, Disco, Latin, Cajun, Rock and Roll, etc. It’s the “only way” to exercise in the minds of our many line dancers. Some of us had never danced prior to this line dance class. No worries, Steve makes us feel good about our dance and good about ourselves. You don’t need a partner, so there is no reason or excuse for you not to get out and enjoy the glory of dance, and you will, most certainly, make new friends during this time. Beginning Line Dance Class is starting January 6, Wednesday nights from 7:15–8:30 p.m. at the Berger Center, and will continue weekly throughout the year. This beginning class series is only offered one time during the year, so jump right in and give line dance a try. A four-week session (monthly) is only $28. Individual classes are $9. Fun times are ahead. You will feel the joy and laughter in the room from the start. We’ll see you there! Come early to allow time to sign-up. Oh, P.S. Fragrance-free! Call me with any questions at 538-4142.

SIR Branch #92 nDr. Jim Knapp, Little SIR

Sonoma County Taxpayer’s Association President to Speak at SIR Branch #92

For our monthly luncheon meeting at Berger Center on the second Tuesday of January, Jan. 12, we are pleased to welcome Timmothy Hannan, Esq., President of the SCTA, who will address issues of interest to the homeowners, taxpaying gentlemen of our Hood Mountain Branch of Sons In Retirement here in Oakmont. Mr. Hannan is a long-time Kenwood resident and legal expert who will share his views with us. The meeting starts at about 11:15 a.m. with a social hour, and then a luncheon and an approximately 30 to 40-minute talk that is sure to engage us all. For more info call me at (415) 336-8844.

Oakmont Community Church nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

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

Sunday, January 10

Dan Melligan will be preaching the first of the “Soulcraft” messages. Lucas Sherman will be contributing his pianist skills to the worship.

Oakmont HEARS

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

nJim Brewer

January 3 Richard B. Hechler: Elder Fraud Prevention

Richard B. Hechler tells us some things you can do things to protect yourself and loved ones from elder fraud. Before entering private practice mediating and litigating elder abuse matters, Hechler was for 23 years an assistant district attorney in San Francisco. From 1999 to 2006 he was assigned to the Elder Abuse unit, exclusively prosecuting both physical and financial cases involving elder and dependent victims. He also has taught elder abuse courses at the University of San Francisco Law School.

January 10 Mark Randol: The Terrorism Threat During the Rise of the Islamic State

Forty-four percent of Americans now think another terrorist attack in the United States in the next few months is very likely, the highest percentage since right after the 9/11 attacks. In this presentation, Mark Randol will discuss the rise of the Islamic State and how it differs from other jihadist groups such as Al Qaeda, why its threat is greater in Europe than here at home and why the effort to stop these groups is so difficult. Prior to retirement, Randol served as the senior specialist in domestic intelligence and counterterrorism at the Congressional Research Service in Washington D.C. Prior to that he was the Director of Counterterrorism Policy at the Department of Homeland Security.

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

SPEAKER: Dr. Marincovich on Hearing Technology Tuesday, Jan. 12, 10 a.m. East Recreation Center

Technology in the modern age allows us to be constantly connected, constantly communicating. What would it be like if we lived in a world where all of your technology united in a single interface? Today’s hearing aids can do just that. While some manufacturers utilize a third party transmitter to connect their hearing aids to other devices, some are capable of bridging directly to cell phones, remote microphones, televisions, classroom PA systems, and computers. The new generation of hearing devices makes it easier to stay connected; not only to your electronic devices, but more importantly, stay connected to those around you. Dr. Marincovich has over 30 years of experience in audiology and hearing technology in the Santa Rosa area. At this event, Dr. Marincovich will discuss the latest technology for those with hearing loss and how to find out if a specific hearing device or accessory is appropriate for your loss. This lecture will include a brief overview of how we hear, and the effects of hearing loss. The new generation of hearing devices makes it easier to stay connected not only to your electronic devices, but more importantly, stay connected to those around you. These tools act to keep people closer together, allowing communities to evolve and grow. Please join us and keep the conversation going—literally. To be included on the HEARS E-mail list, contact Carol at


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Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

New Year, New Beginning

The holidays are over and a new year begins. Is this the year for you to really make some big commitments to yourself and begin a journey of health and wellness by starting the year off right with a new exercise routine? Even if you have been working out, it may be time to re-evaluate your current routine. It is always a good idea to change it around and spruce it up. It is very human to get into a rut and just do the same thing over and over, not a good idea for the body. You may be over working certain muscles and not working others, creating imbalances that can cause pain and balance issues later in life. The new year is always a good time to start something new, but it has to be for the right reason or whatever you’re trying to change will go the way of the Cuckoo Bird. Every year about this time, every Fitness Center in the country becomes crowded with hopeful ideas on how much weight will be lost or how strong they will become. Unfortunately, good intentions will fall away to somewhat plausible excuses. The reason your workout needs to be a reason for yourself. Can you trick yourself into turning a possible wrong reason into a success? Of course, all you need is some ideas on how to do it. The first and most important is not to give up, keep trying and try different things. You may actually find some type of workout that you enjoy and it may lead to another. Start out small, try doing 10 or 15 minutes, or two or three exercises, find a friend that will help motive you on the days you don’t want to work out and try and return the favor. It might also help to find and share interesting articles on health benefits of exercising or other things that you can use as a motivator to exercise. Try scheduling the time, put it on your calendar, and make it the same time each session. This way, when you do miss a session it has become a habit, you will miss it and feel a little guilty. That is probably the best tip I can give: make working out a habit, something you are going to miss if you are unable to do it. It takes on average six weeks for the body to change and adapt to whatever you are doing. Unfortunately, most people give up after four weeks, just shy of the changes that would occur. So, again I will say, don’t give up, keep trying. If you need some assistance or ideas on how to mix it up or even how to get started, come by the Fitness Center, drop me an E-mail or give me a call at 494-9086, and we will get creative and get you started on a new healthy path. That is why I am here.

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

WHEN: Tuesdays 12:30–1:30 p.m., starts January 5; 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 It’s time to draw on the earth’s energy, plant your intentions and explore your possibilities. Let Forrest Yoga support your physical and emotional body 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.

Late Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

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


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

With the beginning of the new year now is a perfect time to start your first Tai Chi lessons. You know your doctor has been suggesting this gentle exercise for some time, so why not take his suggestion and join a small group now? Your balance can be improved, as well as your agility and of course stress is reduced. The Harvard Medical Journal promotes this kind of exercise as we age, to actually slow down the aging process. As you know, millions of people around the world, especially China, practice this slow movement for health and healing. Won’t you join us? We meet in the Upper West Rec. Center on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to). Pre-registration is required by calling me at 318-5284. I have been teaching this class at Sonoma State University and in Oakmont for almost 28 years. I am looking forward to talking with you. Happy New Year!

Qigong nJanet Seaforth

Qigong and Tai Chi exercises are often associated with the Yin Yang symbol of two fish one dark one light always moving, ever changing, one becoming the other just as day turns into night. So it is with good health. We must keep our bodies moving. If we just sit like couch potatoes we are more likely to get sick. Our blood needs to circulate to bring nutrition from the air we breathe and the food we eat to feed every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body. If the heart can’t push the blood around we stagnate. Qigong is an ancient system of movement based on relaxation. When the body is relaxed the blood flows, the pathways of the body are open and necessary exchanges can happen. Nice deep breathing means more oxygen is getting to the cells, gentle movement provides stimulation to the digestive system so you can get more nutrients from you food and supplements and medications. Gentle stretches keep the body flexible and help prevent falls. Most qigong exercises are done from a standing position, this helps by providing the weight bearing that the bones need to stay strong. It also means you don’t need any equipment, so no mat. You can do qigong inside or outside. It doesn’t take a lot of room. And you can wear whatever clothes you want. We are pro active about our health. We pay attention and ask questions about the pros and cons of the choices we make for our good health. Taking responsibility for our own body and giving our bodies the loving care that we deserve to promote the health we need to get all the other things in our life done! A healthy body is the center piece of a purposeful life. A healthy body includes a healthy mind, making good choices create a happier life. A useful life makes the whole world a better place for life itself. Give yourself the gift of good health in 2016. Come to Qigong class. All are welcome! Join us Friday 8:30 a.m. at the West Rec. Center for an hour of simple standing and gentle movements. Chair Qigong is on the last Friday of the month. The cost is $40 month or $15 drop-in. I have over 30 years of experience. Call me at 894-7345.


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nLynn Seng, Instructor

It’s time to come Zumba out the old and dance in the new. We’re getting ready for a happy and healthy new year! “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 the steps to different dance routines—to exercise our bodies and brains— and if you remember them, great! And if you don’t, it doesn’t matter: 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, breathe heavy at times, work our arms, practice balance, 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). Come 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!

Saturday Morning Meditation nSheila Madden, Facilitator

Change Coming

After five solid years of teaching meditation here in Oakmont, and more years as a substitute teacher for Joyce Wolfe (who founded this group in 2005) I am sad to report that I am moving south, closer to San Francisco and will not be able to continue to teach here after the last class, January 23. Between now and then we will be searching for another teacher. The final word about whether the class will continue with another teacher will be reported in the January 15 issues of the Oakmont News.

nGayle Miller

nCathy Rapp

Happy 2016! Are you a Type A personality who begins a project like being shot from a cannon? Then don’t waste a moment to start your 2016 exercise program (everyone else can wait a day or two!). Water fitness provides cardio and strengthening exercise in a low impact environment. Don your tattered swimsuit and join us for a healthy good time—rain or shine. 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

Free Fitness Classes

nTeresa Woodrum

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

Special Occasions: Friday, Jan. 1: Class canceled— Happy New Year’s Day!

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

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Damn (oops), if it ain’t here! Old Man Winter has raised his fierce head telling us, “I’m here!” Well, don’t let him be in charge. Don your swimsuit, body glove, fins, board and all the Christmas toys you opened. Though the mornings are darker than all get out, stay the course, and focus on that tiny light at the end of the tunnel. That’s Spring! And she will be back.


Oh, and if your New Year’s Resolution is a healthy fitness routine, join us year-rounders by sending name/E-mail to We are a webbased group, no dues nor parties, who if/when needed are a voice for all the independent lap swimmers. Find the pool with the temp you prefer, and get going. Happy New Year 2016!

Women of Faith Bible Study a brand new year—a brand new bible study David: Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore

Presentation on large-screen TV with titles for hearing impaired. Class has workbooks. Our Bible Study group starts January 5. This is your personal invitation to join with us as we start our 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. This is a weekly Bible study and you may start at any time. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every

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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

Wednesday, Jan. 6: Line Dance with Steve Luther—no mats Friday, Jan. 8: Class canceled Wednesday, Jan. 13: “Zalsa” Salsa workout with Steve Luther—no mats 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. 4 and 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 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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Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) winter Session january • february • march

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

New Classes for Oakmont’s Computer Learning Center New for Winter 2016 session are Open Classes which will be based on a Q&A format. Classes are available for Apple and PC devices. These sessions are designed for those who have taken a class and have more questions or for residents who have a tablet and/or smartphone and want to learn more about how to make the most use of them. Bring your questions and we’ll try to find the best answers! Students should indicate what device(s) or programs they have and should bring these to the class. Skype: Skype is one of a series of new programs designed to make it easy to have face-to-face conversations using your computer, your tablet, or your smartphone. It also provides an inexpensive way to make international phone calls. In these two sessions we will introduce Skype and explore how to use it to make a basic call, to create a conference call, and to share your computer screen with another user. Legacy: This two-hour session will introduce the student to Legacy, the computer program recommended by the Oakmont Genealogy Club for creating and maintaining your family genealogy on your computer. This session is being offered as part of a series of seminars for the beginning genealogist. Please contact George McKinney at 538-7264 before enrolling.

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.

nGeorge McKinney

Oakmont Technology Forum

Tuesday, January 5, 4 PM, Berger Center SKYPE—A New Dimension in Communications plus Google Hangouts, Apple FaceTime and Viber

Our children and grandchildren have discovered yet another way to communicate. They have found a way to make face-to-face video calls among computers and mobile devices like SmartPhones and Tablets using the Internet. They can also make conference calls (yes, you can get all your brothers and sisters together in a family call to wish your mom a happy 90th Birthday), and shared computer screens (when you don’t understand what’s happening to your computer, you can call your son and show him the screen so he can fix it—even if he’s in North Carolina!). The most common system used is SKYPE. If you’re like the rest of us, you might have tried SKYPE a few years ago—it was a great way to make a cheap overseas phone call. SKYPE still is a wonderful way to make a cheap overseas phone call, but it has a lot more to offer now, and it’s a lot easier to use.

Apple has a dedicated version called FaceTime. It’s very good, but FaceTime only works on Apple devices, so you can’t include anyone with a different type of device. On January 5, the Technology Forum will feature demonstrations and discussions showing what you can do with SKYPE. We’ll also talk about FaceTime and two other systems that are similar—Google Hangouts and Viber. All of these systems offer simple voice-over-internet service. You can place phone calls easily with them. There are also systems that work with the internet that are very good and very complete replacements for your landline—particularly Vonage. We’ll also briefly talk about how SKYPE and FaceTime differ from Vonage. This session will be in conjunction with the Oakmont Computer Learning Center open house to showcase Winter 2016 courses. See you there!

nBette Shutt

OakMUG wishes all of you much joy and happiness this holiday season!


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.


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2016

Pickleball Corner

Valley of the Moon Rotary

nTom Kendrick

Pickleballers invade other club events!

A plethora of pickleballers was noticed at the Oakmont Golf Club Variety Show last Wednesday evening. They were seen schmoozing with golfers, lawn bowlers, tennis players, dancers, boomers and others. Then, two nights later, a pickleball pod invaded the Rolling Stones event at the Berger Center, which was hosted by the tennis club. Also observed on the scene were several civilian members of Oakmont’s general population. Wait a minute! Oakmont residents coming together and enjoying themselves despite their differences? People of differing opinions breaking bread and toasting each other? Well, tie me up and call me Loretta.

Pickleball takes one small step for man, one giant leap for Oakmont!

In a 5– 0 vote, the City Planning Commission voted to issue a conditional use permit for the construction of new pickleball courts. This means that we (Oakmont) will be able to solicit real bids for the project. So it could be that in a couple of months we’ll know the real cost, instead of verbal estimates, guesses and financial dart-throwing.

Pickle News from Hackensack (Hackensack— isn’t that fun to say?)

“It’s not often that anyone shows up at the Hackensack City Council meeting to thank the council for something. But that’s what happened at the Dec. 7 meeting. Speaking for her fellow pickleball players, Sue Buche told the council they appreciate having the year-round pickleball courts!”

Player Profile

Bev and Ron Leve have lived in Oakmont for 13 years. Both are retired from the travel agency business and are seasoned world-travelers. Bev says some of her funniest stories are about traveling with seniors (hey, wait a minute!).

Ron and Bev Leve.

Bev volunteers at the library and she is also a hiker. Not a wimpy hiker (like me), a real hiker who embarks on major treks near and far. Ron is a “carguy,” a member of the car club, and proud owner of a 1970 Jaguar XKE, a collector’s dream. The traveling twosome have been pickleballers here in Oakmont since day one, and both are regulars at our (temporary) courts at the East Rec. Center. Man, are there some interesting people here at Oakmont, or what? 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 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


Forget any preconceived notions you might have about a voice and piano recital. On Thursday, January 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center, we happily welcome back the irrepressible team of Jenni Samuelson and Kathryn Lounsbery. Both are classically-trained, award-winning musicians known for combining artistry with an irresistible connection to their audience. They promise to “serve up a silver platter of spectacular songs, banter, and surprises.” Soprano Jenni Samuelson is a three-time regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera auditions. She has performed in over 25 lead roles with companies such as the San Francisco Opera Center, Western Opera Theater, Eugene Opera, Opera San Jose, Cinnabar Theater, Chicago Light Opera Works, and the Skylight in Milwaukee. She has appeared in concert with the Carmel Bach Festival, San Francisco Chorale, Sonoma Bach Society, Merced Symphony, Santa Rosa Symphony, and Boston Metropolitan Chorale. She received her Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree from Northwestern University. A voice faculty member of Sonoma State University from 1999 through 2005, she currently teaches in the Global Arts Studies Program at UC Merced. Here is a portion of Kathryn Lounsbery’s bio, in her own words, from her website “Kathryn Lounsbery is a Los Angeles-based pianist, comedian, music director, composer, arranger, and Green Bay Packers fan. She is also a member of Triple A. She is a frequent performer in concerts, cabaret shows, and comedy nights, appearing at the Laugh Factory, The Improv, The Comedy Store, 54 Below, and the Hollywood Fringe Festival. “Recently she was the music director for the world premiere of Primal Scream, a new musical by producer David Foster and the creator of Primal Scream Therapy, Dr. Arthur Janov. “She grew up steeped in culture. Her mother was a concert manager at the Pabst Theater and later ran the Skylight Opera Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her father played French horn in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. As a result, Kathryn was a theater rat, fortunate to meet the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Philip Glass, Dave Brubeck, Ton Koopman, and the Modern Jazz Quartet. “She formed her first band ‘Hot Tar in the Streets’ at age 5 with her best friend Oliver SchowalterHay. At age 13 she performed in a master class with acclaimed pianist Yefim Bronfman, who praised her interpretation of Beethoven. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she won the Beethoven Competition and was also Grand Prize Winner in the Harold Levin Competition. She received her Master in Keyboard Collaborative Arts degree from the University of Southern California. “Her 6.1-pound dog, Twiggy Amiracle Lounsbery, is the apple of her eye.” Included in the Jan. 14 concert will be works by Purcell, Strauss, Rossini, Bernstein, and Gershwin, as well as musical theater classics by Rodgers and Hart. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 14, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door or your season pass

nJohn Brodey

Making Music

For those of us who took music lessons, the real lesson was, don’t count on having a career in music. But, as someone in that category myself, I did find a way to make money. When I was 13, I saved up $50 and bought a brand new Gretsch snare drum kit. I took to it furiously, practicing in my room at night after homework and dinner. After three weeks of steady pounding, my father offered to buy the drum back from me for $75. Even a talentless fool knows a good deal when he sees one. Unlike many aspiring musicians I was able to make money, albeit for a very short time, as my dad soon found out I was planning to move on to the electric guitar and instituted a live-music-in-the-house ban. But that doesn’t mean you can’t become a true fan of music. And that bring us to a terrific breakfast speaker we had recently at a Valley of the Moon Rotary meeting. Alan Silow is the Executive Director of our own Santa Rosa Symphony Orchestra. Alan has been with the SRSO since 2002. During the economic crisis many orchestras dissolved, but he was able to At a recent meeting, keep the third largest symphony Alan Silow, orchestra in California, north of Executive Director of the Santa Rosa L.A., in business. This was no mean feat as an Symphony, discussed several programs orchestra loses money every they will be offering time it performs due to the large in the coming year payroll associated with such an with an emphasis on youth music event. These days, the symphony activities. is on very sound financial footing. That enabled them to play a leadership role, along with SSU, in bringing the world class Green Music Center into existence. There have only been three conductors in the SRSO’s history and current conductor, Bruno Ferrandis, will be leaving at the end of the 2017–18 season. In the meantime, the symphony has four school programs in place that are designed to train musicians early on. The project is called “It’s Elementary” and includes different programs like “El Sistema” which offers free violins to students and teachers who will commit five years to the program. The goal is to provide a continuing source of talent for the Youth Orchestra. The SRYO has recently completed a concert tour of China and receives international recognition. Naturally, they are very fond of donations but almost more than that, Alan emphasized how important it was to strengthen the symphony’s season ticket holder roster. If you haven’t seen them in action at the Green you owe it to yourself. About half of our club members are subscribers, which did bring a smile to Alan’s face. Hey, don’t forget the VOM Rotary Crab Feed coming up January 30 at the Berger Center. It is our 15th Anniversary Feed, so it will be fun, fresh (crab) and a good cause. Tickets may still be available by contacting We’ll see you there.

Blood Pressure Clinic nDel Baker

Please remember we will not have any Blood Pressure Clinic on Wednesdays, Dec. 23 or 30. We will resume the clinic on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 from 10:30 a.m.–12 noon. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2016

Oakmont Art Association nCarol Decker

Single Boomers Social Club nSusan Ramsey


Our first program of the new year will focus on the theme “Exploring your Creativity” with card designer Dorrine Conrad, and jewelry makers Mary Mogck and Pat Vogenthaler. Meetings are held in Berger Center with coffee and conversation at 10 a.m. and program from 10:30–11:30 a.m. You don’t have to be a member to attend, but we will have a table to renew and accept new members.

Our Food Bank day was a grand success! Thanks for all who helped. Reminder: it’s that time of year for membership renewal. Get your checks in and join us for the fun events scheduled for 2016!

At the Food Bank.


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. The gallery housing the exhibit is itself impressive. You can preview some of the works on Jack’s website, This private tour will be on Tuesday, January 19, meeting at Berger Center parking lot at 1 p.m. 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 fills up quickly, 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. He has been president of the Artists Round Table and 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.

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:______________________________________________________________________________


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Charlie Gresalfi is offering a new course focusing on creating portraits of special people. He will teach fundamentals of facial anatomy, image transferring and rendering techniques to achieve a satisfying likeness but, better yet, will look to encourage that unique quality of love and affection that somehow comes out in a hand-made portrait, and which no photograph can ever equal. Starting on January 11, the class is open to beginning and advanced art students who are welcome to use any medium they are comfortable with. Class will be held on Mondays and Tuesdays in the Art Room of the Central Activities Building from 10:30–12 noon, January 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26. Cost for the six-class series will be $108. Suggested art materials list (with art store discount) will be posted in the Art Room. To register, send a check for $25 made out to Charles Gresalfi to Bonnie Crosse, 8824 Oakmont Drive.


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Boomers nSusan Lynn

“Many people look forward to the New Year for a new start on old habits.”—Anonymous Happy New Year! With the holidays behind us, we’re ready to start making new memories, and we’re off to a great start with our first social of 2016. If you’ve never experienced Trivia Night at the Quail Inn, you’re in for a treat. Not only is it the perfect opportunity to show off all of that extraneous information you’ve been carrying around for years, but the winners get bragging rights and prizes! There will be tables of eight, so get your team together. To avoid driving the Quail Inn staff crazy, there will be one check per table. Please bring cash or check, as they will not accept credit cards that night. Trivia starts promptly at 6:30 p.m., so if you want to enjoy appetizers from the bar or Fish ‘n Chips and Pork Sliders with Chips (both priced at $9), get there early. Beer and wine will be available at $5, or bring your own bottle and pay a Boomers-only $5 corkage fee. WHEN: Thursday, January 21, 5–8:30 p.m. WHERE: Quail Inn COST: Free (but there is a $5 corkage fee) BRING: Cash or check—no credit cards, please

Coming up

It’s almost time for our annual Mardi Gras party. This year, we’ll Rendezvous on Bourbon Street with music by Zydeco Flames. Mardi Gras is our first big event of the new year and usually sells out quickly, so be sure to reserve your spot now.


Why not make 2016 the year you start registering for events online at If you’re not quite ready to go digital, deposit the coupon below (along with your payment), in the Boomers’ folder at the OVA Office. We’ll provide traditional King Cakes and Hurricane Punch (but bring your own rum), and coffee. You provide appetizers, etc., to share with your table of eight. Don’t want to cook? Think about ordering a pizza for delivery from Mary’s Pizza Shack, Union Hotel Restaurant, or Round Table Pizza, or pick up some take-out Chinese food at Mei-Don. Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m., but please be checked in by 6 p.m. so that our volunteers don’t miss out on the fun. WHEN: Saturday, February 6, 5:30–10 p.m. (doors open and check-in starts at 5:30 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center PRICE: $15 per member and guest (limit one guest per member)

Boomer Trivia

Which movie matches this tagline? “You are cordially invited to George and Martha’s for an evening of fun and games.” Extra credit if you can name the actors who played George and Martha.

Zydeco Flames.


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Attention All Horseshoe Players

Oakmont Great Decisions 2016 Program

nRay Haverson

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club will have its meet on Thursday, January 7. We will be playing from 9 a.m.–12 noon. Please let me know what hour you would like to reserve. We can play up to eight players per hour. If you are not a member yet you may join our club. The dues are a mere $12 per year. Make checks payable to Sha-Boom. Your dues for this year will pay you up to January 1, 2017. You can E-mail me for your requested start time at or call me at 539-6666. Your play time will be one hour. Come on out and have some fun! The pits are located behind the Central Pool. Please park in the Berger parking lot. See you on Thursday, January 7.

Creative Writing New Year Resolutions nKathy Rueve

I bet you, like me, greet the new year with plenty of resolve to get it right this year, to find the extra time to take care of the house or garden or whatever task seems to evade the best of intentions. Writing is like that. Even for someone like me with a habitual writing practice and a work in progress, in this case a novel, there are times when I find it difficult if not downright impossible to live up to my goal. So what to do? You could accept that you aren’t going to meet your objective and lower your expectations. After all, writing a few words each day is better than nothing. A friend of mine returned to writing after a serious illness by working only 15 minutes a day. Before long she was able to increase the pace with satisfaction as hundreds of words turned into thousands. You might take a week or month or more to devote your time to writing. Every November NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month; see helps those brave wordsmiths who commit to writing 50,000 words in 30 days achieve that goal. It’s easy to find a local support group to keep you on task. You could give up. That is what happens to most resolutions anyway. Isn’t it? We are all so busy these days, it’s amazing that anything gets done. Especially with an aspiration that is not a necessity, why bother? You could join a writing group that meets regularly to share your work. Some groups meet every couple of weeks or once a month. Your schedule can be whatever works best for those involved. Or you could try our Oakmont Writers Creative Writing group. We meet every Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Room D at the Berger Center. Four or more of us gather each week to share pieces we’ve written, to comment on the other pieces presented and to take part in general discussions about writing and life in general. We are flexible: come when it works for you. We are resourceful: if you haven’t written anything bring something that’s inspired you to share. The only demand is this: that we have fun.

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

The next meeting will be on Monday, January 25, 2016 in the West Rec. Center at 2:30 p.m. We will be covering 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. The November meeting concerned organization of your genealogy material, especially for newbies who can simply become overwhelmed by their collection of stuff. The first step is always to prepare a Family Group Sheet (FGS) for each direct ancestor couple with their children. You start with a FGS of your parents, then both sets of grandparents, then four sets of great-grandparents, etc., working backwards through time. The FGS can be filled out on paper or on the computer using software. These FGSs are the “backbones” of your genealogy research into finding as much about each family as you can and adding additional information as you find it. It is lots of fun and quite addictive too! The Genealogy Club meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. (except July and December). There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at If you have research questions or would like to receive our newsletter, send an E-mail to: oakmontancestry@

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby


What does it mean to have the Holy Spirit directing your life? What do you know about the third member of the Trinity? This study will reveal who He is, what He does, and what life is like when He lives within you. Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, join our welcoming and friendly group to explore the answers to these questions. This Stonecroft study has six lessons, but we progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays. No classes Dec. 18 and 25 or Jan. 1. 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

nGeorge McKinney, Karen Krestensen, Juanita Roland, co-chair

Great Decisions is a national program of discussion groups on foreign policy issues that are important to the United States. It is sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. Meetings are held every two weeks during February through May. In Oakmont we meet on Monday mornings from 10 a.m.–12 noon in the East Recreation Center, beginning February 1, 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 for a copy of the book to George McKinney, Coordinator, 307 Stone Creek Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Topics for 2016 are: 1. Middle East (Feb. 1): In a series of conflicts that are far from being black-and-white, what can the U.S. do to secure its interests in the region without causing further damage and disruption? 2. The Rise of ISIS (Feb. 15): What is ISIS, and what danger does it pose to U.S. interests? What can and should the U.S. do about ISIS? 3. The Future of Kurdistan (Feb. 29): Kurdistan, a mountainous region made up of parts of Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Armenia and Syria, is home to one of the largest ethnic groups in West Asia: the Kurds. What does the success of Iraqi Kurdistan mean for Kurds in the surrounding region? What should U.S. policy be regarding the Kurds? 4. Migration (Mar. 14): Today, with the number of displaced people at an all-time high, how can the world powers balance border security with humanitarian concerns? More importantly, what can they do to resolve these crises so as to limit the number of displaced persons? 5. The Koreas (Mar. 28): North and South Korea couldn’t be further apart. The North is underdeveloped, impoverished and ruled by a corrupt, authoritarian government, while the South has advanced rapidly to become one of the most developed countries in the world. Is reunification possible, even desirable, anymore? 6. The United Nations (Apr. 11): This year marks a halfway point in the organization’s global effort to eradicate poverty, hunger and discrimination. As the UN’s 193 member states look back at the success of the millennium development goals, they must assess their needs for a new series of benchmarks. 7. Climate Change (Apr. 25): The presidential election in 2016 will be one of the first ever to place an emphasis on environmental change. What can the next president do to stymie this environmental crisis? What if he doesn’t want to make these efforts? And is it too late for these efforts to be effective? 8. Cuba and the U.S. (May 9): The U.S. announced in December 2014 that it has begun taking major steps to normalize relations with Cuba. Although the U.S. trade embargo is unlikely to end any time soon, American and Cuban leaders today are trying to bring a relationship once defined by the 1960s into the 21st century. 9. Topic to be decided (May 23): The group participants will pick an emerging current events topic for a last session. If you have any questions, please E-mail We look forward to see you!


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2016

Duplicate Bridge

nBob Stinson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

The Duplicate Bridge Club plays twice a week in the Central Activities Center card room, Tuesday evening at 6:45 PM and Friday afternoon at 12:30 PM. Our Duplicate Bridge Club is a friendly, low-key group who enjoy a more challenging way of playing bridge. There is a small fee, currently $3, which pays for a professional club director who organizes and officiates the game. The fee also pays for our club membership with the American Contract Bridge League. We enjoy coaching newcomers to our ranks. Firsttime players may play for free, but you need to remind the recorder if you are a first-timer. What is Duplicate? In social bridge, a new hand is dealt every time and a player’s score often reflects quite a bit of luck. In duplicate bridge the hands are dealt only once, and then played by nearly everyone. Your overall score is based on how well you do, compared to everyone else who played those hands. Another significant difference is that bidding is silent and uses colored bid cards from a bid box. If you enjoy bridge and want a fun, friendly and competitive way to improve your skills, bring your partner and try us out. General information and partnerships: Marilyn Hillendahl, 833-1032.

Neighborhood Watch News nShirley Hodgkins and Patricia Hewes


Especially now and throughout the holiday season, stay alert and rely on your senses. Car burglaries remain the number one crime in Sonoma County. Keep your car locked at all times. Never leave valuables inside the car. If your car is in your garage, make sure the garage door is closed and locked. Never leave your garage door standing open. Your home should always have the doors and windows locked. A successful Neighborhood Watch Program starts with the awareness of everyone. Be alert to suspicious activities. Question anyone loitering or wandering in your neighborhood. Ask, “May I help you?” If the person seems suspicious, call the Santa Rosa Police Department. Their number is 528-5222 to report the incident. Of course if there is a crime in progress or an emergency needing an ambulance, call 911. For more information or training call Shirley Hodgkins, Neighborhood Watch Committee Chair, 538-2530 or her cell, 888-7269. Look for information regarding a Community Meeting with Santa Rosa P.D. coming in 2016.

Table Tennis in Oakmont nKay Kim

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

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative

nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

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

Oakmont Educators Club nMarcia Murray

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

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

Thursday Night Couples Bridge

nLynn Wycoff

Calling all bridge players!

Do you know we have an active group that meets twice a month for a friendly game of bridge? We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7 p.m. to about 9:40 p.m. We play four rounds of 40 minutes each and change partners with each round. There are table prizes for high score, a grand prize for high score of the evening, and prizes for slams. We are a sociable group with coffee, teas and refreshments provided. To join us you need to have a partner and then just show up. It costs $1 to play. Check us out! For more information call Paul Wycoff or me at 537-7019.

We will continue to meet every other month on the second Thursday, with our next meeting scheduled for January 14, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. On February 6, 2016, the club will host a morning Retirement Seminar for current Sonoma County teachers planning to retire within five years. The California Retired Teachers Association will present the program. Oakmont Educators Club members will be there to welcome attendees and help serve refreshments. At our January meeting, we will be making plans for our involvement in the Retirement Seminar. If you would like to attend the Retirement Seminar you must register by our January meeting. To register for this, or learn more about the Educators Club, contact Barbara Arnold at 833-2095.

Free Senior Movie Series at the Third Street Cinemas Press release

Now through June, on the first Thursday of each month, at 10 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.) you can choose from three or four current films. The theater is located at 620 Third Street, behind Third Street Aleworks. For movie choices call The Third Street Cinemas recording, 525-8909 x 2. No tickets are needed. Parking is around the corner at the D Street Garage (has an elevator) or across the street at the Third Street Garage (has stairs only), 75 cents per hour. You need to pay for parking at payment machine before getting into your car. The sponsors for this series are Kobrin Financial Services, Santa Rosa Memorial Park and Mortuary/ Eggen and Lance Chapel, and West-Cal Reverse Mortgage Company. For further information call Gwen at 523-1586 x 21.



The Oakmont News / January 1, 2016

new policies

Continued from page 5

The following are the rules of conduct which must be complied with at all times while in or on the premises (the following is not an exhaustive list, and the Board of Directors reserves the right to enforce additional regulations as may be necessary): 1. Committing or attempting to commit any activity that would constitute a violation of any federal, state or local criminal statute or ordinance is deemed a nuisance and will be regulated in the same manner as other nuisances in or on the premises. 2. Directing an imminent threat of physical harm against any person or property. 3. Engaging in conduct that disrupts or interferes with the normal operation of the premises, or disturbs other members, resident, guests, or staff, including, but not limited to, conduct that involves abusive or threatening language or gestures, or conduct that creates unreasonable noise. 4. Using OVA materials, equipment, furniture, fixtures or buildings in a manner inconsistent with the customary use thereof; or in a destructive, abusive or potentially damaging manner; or in a manner likely to cause injury or harm to any such property or the users thereof. 5. Unless approved of in writing by OVA, soliciting, petitioning, distributing written materials, or demonstrating for a political, charitable or religious purpose inside OVA buildings, including the doorway or vestibule of any such premise, and soliciting, petitioning, distributing written materials, or demonstrating for a political, charitable or religious purpose. 6. Smoking of any substance, any use or preparation of tobacco, or any use or preparation of vaping devices or substances on the premises. 7. Bringing of animals inside OVA premises (with the exception of service, companion or therapy animals legally permitted under state and federal fair housing laws), except as allowed at an OVA approved

nBarbara Bowman

event, or leaving an animal tethered and unattended on OVA premises. 8. Using personal equipment at an unreasonable level and/or at a volume that disturbs others on the premises, including, but not limited to pagers, stereos, televisions, cellular telephones and other electronic devices of any kind. 9. Violating or failing to comply with any general or specific rules, regulations, or requirements relating to a resident’s use of any portion of the premises or community facilities shall be deemed a violation of this Code of Conduct, whether or not such rule, regulation or requirement is set forth in this Code of Conduct or in another adopted set of rules/ policies, and shall subject the member in violation to disciplinary action after proper notice and a hearing, as described herein. Persons found violating the above listed OVA rules of conduct and any other effective requirement relating to the community facilities/premises shall, after proper notice and hearing, be subject to fines and/or suspension of their membership privileges and/or any other available disciplinary measures in the manner set forth in the OVA Hearing Procedure, Enforcement and Fine Policy for Violations of the Governing Documents.

OVA Employee Abuse Policy

This Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Employee Abuse Policy (“Policy”) is adopted to ensure that all OVA employees, contractors, staff, directors and committee members (collectively referred to as “OVA Personnel”) are treated with respect at all times by all OVA members, residents, guests and invitees. OVA members shall be fully responsible for the acts of their tenants, guests or invitees, and any reference to an act committed by an OVA member shall be deemed to include those acts committed by the member’s tenants, guests or invitees. The OVA has a duty to ensure that all OVA Personnel are free from a hostile work environment, and OVA

Movies At Oakmont

WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAY AND TIME: Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty, Priscilla Naworski and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible Movies At Oakmont is observing a winter break during December and January. Only matinees will be shown until February 14.

sunday, January 3 NO FILM SHOWN: NEW YEAR’S WEEKEND Sunday, January 10, 2 pm HOW TO MAKE AN AMERICAN QUILT

In concert with the Oakmont Quilters, Movies At Oakmont screens a film about all kinds of relationships—romantic, platonic and familial—and the creation of a quilt. Finn Dodd (Winona Rider), a graduate student having second thoughts about her fiancé and marriage, spends the summer with her grandmother (Ellen Burstyn) and great-aunt (Anne Bancroft) and their quilting circle, whose life stories captivate the conflicted young woman. Arrive a little early for a special artistic treat: displayed quilt samples from the Oakmont Quilters. (1995), PG-13, 117 minutes.

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.)

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, January 3: No film shown, New Year’s weekend Sunday, January 10, 2 p.m.: How To Make An American Quilt, (1995), PG-13, 117 minutes. Also, displayed quilt samples from the Oakmont Quilters. Sunday, January 17, 2 p.m.: The King of Masks, (1999), PG-13, 101 minutes (in Mandarin.)

is committed to not tolerate abusive conduct toward any OVA Personnel. If any OVA Personnel reasonably believes he or she has been treated with abuse, malice, and/or finds the environment to be hostile, offensive, and unrelated to that OVA Personnel’s legitimate business interests, OVA shall investigate the matter and impose disciplinary action, after a properly noticed hearing, against a member if necessary. When communicating or engaging with OVA Personnel, no OVA member shall perform the following acts, which shall be deemed a violation of this Policy (the following is not an exhaustive list and other actions may constitute a violation of this Policy): • Inflict verbal abuse, such as the use of derogatory remarks, insults, profanity, obscenities or epithets • Engage in verbal or physical conduct that a reasonable person would find hostile, threatening, intimidating, bullying or humiliating • Gratuitously sabotage or undermine any OVA Personnel’s work performance • Be disrespectful, impolite or rude • Issue orders, instructions or directions to OVA Personnel • Make demands on any OVA Personnel • Punish, scold or threaten OVA Personnel • Defame any OVA Personnel • Sexually, verbally or physically harass OVA Personnel • Discriminate against OVA Personnel • Use any other words or actions which create an uncomfortable, unsafe, or hostile work environment for OVA Personnel Any form of abuse, disrespect, hostility, harassment, or other conduct, as described above or as may otherwise be prohibited, shall constitute a violation of this Policy, a nuisance as set forth in OVA’s governing documents, and shall subject a member to disciplinary action after a thorough investigation is performed by the OVA and a properly noticed hearing before the board is conducted in accordance with the OVA Hearing Procedure, Enforcement and Fine Policy for Violations of the Governing Document and applicable law. Additionally, any member shall be responsible to indemnify, defend and hold harmless OVA and its directors, officers, agents, managers, committee members from and against any claims, damages, losses or injuries brought against OVA by any OVA Personnel which arise or result from the actions or conduct of the member toward/against the OVA Personnel. An investigation into any abusive conduct towards or against any OVA Personnel by an OVA member shall be commenced upon receipt of a compliant/ incident report from any OVA Personnel or any other member or party that is reasonably submitted in good faith and which alleges that the OVA Personnel has been the victim of conduct prohibited by this Policy or otherwise. The OVA Personnel who has allegedly been the victim of abusive conduct need not be the person submitting the complaint/incident report. The complaint/incident report shall state, to the extent possible, the details of the incident(s), the names of the individuals or company involved, and names of witnesses (if any). OVA may maintain the confidentiality of a complaint/incident report on a need to know basis. If the OVA’s investigation does not require the disclosure of information to an accused party or witness, such disclosure will be not be made. Notwithstanding the foregoing, OVA is under a legal duty to investigate all such complaints/incident reports, and if required by law, OVA will disclose such information in performing its investigation. Persons found violating the above listed OVA Employee Abuse Policy shall be subject to fines and/or suspension of their membership or voting privileges after a noticed hearing before the Board in accordance with applicable law and the OVA Hearing Procedure, Enforcement and Fine Policy for Violations of the Governing Documents.


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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).


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


Huge selection of value-priced, new, used and re-conditioned golf carts for sale. Professional repairs, service. Many years servicing our friends in Oakmont. 584-5488.


WeCare Home Assistants is looking to fill part-time and full-time shifts, weekends and evenings. Living in Oakmont a plus. Must be experienced. Call us today at 843-3838.


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


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


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


General Contractor. Residential, commercial remodel and repairs, winterization, complete drywall, tile, cement work. Fences, decks, ADA upgrades. Free estimates. Small jobs OK. Call Frank, 707-396-6901. Lic. #875552.

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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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


CA licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach, level 1, CHEK Exercise Coach. Please call (707) 758-7681.






situation, winter/spring, any duration. Excellent references. (707) 321-6137.

Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer When quality and reliability count, call Services. Call Chuck for all things computer. VOM Rotary member, on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior computer instructor. References available, many satisfied Oakmont and exterior painting specialist, drywall repairs and textures. Licensed customers. $45/hr. 293-8011. and insured. Call us for your Free MARTHA L. PROFESSIONAL Estimate today! 707-833-2890.



Home, office, move-outs. Full service cleaning, with more than 19 years of experience. References upon request. Lic. #343515. Call 548-9482 or 542-8720.


Excellent pet sitter with lots of Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 experience. Dogs, cats, mail, etc. years. Focus on small jobs, projects and in your home. Call Mae Stevens, (707) 332-4374. “honey-do” lists. Pressure washing, gutter cleaning. Free estimates, very NEED RELIABLE HOUSE SITTERS? reasonable rates. Please contact me at Responsible couple, who hopes to make 533-7741. Thank you. Oakmont our home, seeks house sitting

Done with an emphasis upon a natural look. Also available for yard leaf HOW SAFE DO YOU FEEL? vacuuming. Richard, 833-1806. When walking down the stairs into your garage or back patio. Sturdy SELL ME YOUR DUSTY CAR handrail systems installed. Mark Red Unused car taking up your garage? Tail Construction. B635729. Sell it to me. I am not a dealer. Call Joe, (707) 318-4603. 545-4311.

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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 1–15 Joyce Andrews 539-8345 January 16–31 Patresa Zwerling 539-8996

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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

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

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


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

Goodwill Donation Truck

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 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

The OVA Comedy Club Postponed nMarsha Zolkower

The OVA Comedy Club, January 22, Dan St. Paul Show has been postponed until Friday, February 26. If you have already purchased a ticket, we apologize for the new date. Your ticket will still be accepted for the February 26 show, or if you are unable to attend, please come in for a refund.

nMarsha Zolkower

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.

Community Advisory Board Will Visit Oakmont January 11 nMarsha Zolkower

A community meeting, hosted by the Community Advisory Board (CAB) of the City of Santa Rosa is scheduled for January 11, 5:30–7:30 p.m. in the East Rec. Learn more about the Community Advisory Board, Capital Improvement Projects and Participatory Budgeting. The Community Advisory Board (CAB) is in a very unique place within the city structure. The job of the CAB is to represent views and ideas from the broader community on issues of interest to the City Council. The CAB and the City Council jointly decide on the topics on which they will seek input. Staff will be on hand to answer questions. Share your priorities for community improvement projects with the members of the CAB, make your views count!


Marie McBride


Private Line 6520 Oakmont Drive

CalBRE #01169355

OVA Presents A Hot Swinging Afternoon 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 worldclass 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.


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Identity Theft: Protecting everything that’s you! Join Us!

Free Educational Series for Seniors

Speaking on: Identity Theft: A seminar on protecting yourself from Identity theft. Some of Our Services: n

When: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am


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Location: Sequoia Senior Solutions: Oakmont 6572 Oakmont Drive, Suite E, Santa Rosa RSVP (707) 539-0500

Jodi Curry

LegalShield Representative

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Caring Companionship Meal Planning and Preparation Transportation and Errands Light Housekeeping Medication Reminders Assistance with Bathing and Grooming

Providing specialized care in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Arthritis and Hospice | | Call us today for a free assessment at (707) 539-0500

Century 21 Valley of the Moon Wishing You a Very Happy and Healthy New Year!

Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519

Mike & Leila O’Callaghan 888-6583

We would like to thank our present and past clients plus all of our Oakmont friends, for making 2015 another successful year! Jolene Cortright 477-6529

Kay Nelson 538-8777

coming soon Paula Lewis 332-0433

153 Oak Shadow Drive $749,000

114 Mountain Vista Circle $435,000

8825 Hood Mountain Court

in escrow

in escrow


Joey & Claudine Cuneo 694-2634

7802 Oakmont Drive

6712 Fairfield Drive

Randy Ruark 322-2482

Nancy Shaw 322-2344

14 Oak Forest Lane

707• 539 • 3200

Sue Senk 318-9595

Molly Stokeld 583-6997

Laura Ruark Kenig 303-3579

6580 Oakmont Drive Santa Rosa 95409 BRE#01523620

Jeannie Perez 805-0300

Gail Johnson 292-9798

Peter & Roberta Lommori 539-3200

January 1 edition of the Oakmont News