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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

The Sheep Move East

The herd of Dorpers sheep that has been mowing tall grass on OVA property moved late in June to the area around the East Rec. Center. Here, they are grazing next to the fish pond dock above the tennis courts. They began their work near the community garden along Stone Bridge Road. The sheep and their herder are from Living Systems Land Management LLC, which contracted with OVA for a second year of fireprevention work. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Santa Rosa Police Reach Out to Oakmont nJim Golway

All Oakmont residents are invited to Coffee with a Cop, a national community outreach program that comes to the Quail Inn Wednesday morning, August 17. “Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions, bring concerns and get to know our officers in casual, one-on-one conversation,” said Sgt. Jeneane Kucker. Supported by the United States Department of Justice, the Santa Rosa police department initiated the Coffee with a Cop program over a year ago. Since then, eight community get-togethers have been held at Santa Rosa coffee shops and restaurants. When the Quail Inn management was asked if they would participate, they immediately accepted. “It sounds like a great thing for the community,” said restaurant manager, Richard Treglia. Sgt. Kucker expects up to 10 officers to attend and often the chief comes as well. “You can talk to the officers about anything,” Kucker said. “We want it to be a fun, informal way to get to know one another.” So, if you’re concerned about speeders or wonder what to do when you know someone is driving who shouldn’t be, or wish something could be done about phone scams and internet fraud, or just like to thank a local police officer for their service, come to the Quail Inn and have coffee (or beverage of your choice) with a cop. The event will be in the main dining room from 9–11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17.

nJim Golway

July 15, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 14

Neighboring Winery Nearing Completion

With the harvest season nearly upon us, Oakmont’s newest neighbor, Sugarloaf Winery, is scrambling to complete its 57,000-squarefoot, state-of-the-art production facility in time to crush its first load of grapes in August. However, achieving that goal depends on Caltrans. The intersection at Oakmont Artist’s rendering of the Sugarloaf crush facility now nearing its final construction phase. Drive and Highway 12 Although Du Preez does plan on planting six acres will need to be enlarged and a four-way stoplight of vineyards, Sugarloaf is not the typical Sonoma installed. Oakmont Drive will also need to extend up Valley winery. The facility is exclusively for the the hillside to the winery entrance. viticulture industry, designed principally to serve Ronald Du Preez, Sugarloaf general manager and small, high-end producers. “Our clients are boutique winemaker, has arranged for Caltrans to do much of the work at night. “This will help minimize traffic See winery on page 3 problems and reduce some concerns the community may have,” said the affable Du Preez, who commutes daily from his home in Healdsburg. “I drive Highway 12 nearly every day so I am very familiar with the traffic congestion that residents face. I don’t want Sugarloaf to add to these problems.”

Reminder to Oakmont Pet Owners

Summer Picnic

Linda Suhr and Dave Sherman enjoy the ice cream dessert course at the McBride picnic.

Hundreds of people turned out on a sunny afternoon for McBride Realty’s 6th annual picnic and barbecue, held on Thursday, July 7. People lined up for hamburgers, hot dogs and the trimmings, then found seats at tables around the agency’s parking lot at the corner of Oakmont Drive and Stone Bridge Road. Broker Marie McBride estimated that between 500 and 550 people were served. (Photos by Keith Sauer) PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

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The OVA is reminding pet owners to properly clean up after their animals. That means carrying disposable bags when walking dogs and never flushing used cat litter down the toilet. With the summer in full swing, the OVA is getting more complaints about the accumulation of dog feces on curbs and sidewalks. The association, however, can only forward the complaints to city officials. The problem is similar to the issue of vehicular speeding, said OVA Board President Andie Altman in a letter to one resident, which was provided to the Oakmont News. “Both are troubling issues, yet continue to occur without our ability to change the course of action as OVA.” Pet waste that washes into storm drains can be hazardous to humans, other animals and the environment. A pet waste section of Santa Rosa’s city website says dog feces should be placed in trash cans “in a carefully tied bag to avoid spillage during trash collection” and only flushed if no trash can is available. Cat litter should never be flushed, it says, because it can carry a parasitic protozoan into the water supply that can be dangerous to humans and also has been linked to the deaths of California sea otters.

Mail Vote Scheduled to Renew Money for Kenwood Schools nStaff Report

Residents in the eastern part of Oakmont will be receiving mail ballots in early August on a proposed extension of a $52 dollar parcel tax for neighboring Kenwood School District, which operates one of the best elementary schools in Sonoma County. Measure A, which requires a two-thirds vote for approval, was last passed in 2011 with strong backing See kenwood schools on page 3


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Oakmont HEARS

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

Next meeting Tues, July 19, 1:30 pm, East Rec. Hearing aids and more by Bill Diles and Dr. Dan Auble of Kenwood Hearing

This meeting will cover the latest in hearing aid technology and ancillary things like wireless bluetooth connectivity, iPhone control of hearing aids, streaming of audio books and music, T coils, hearing loop in your home, and more. There are people who pretend they’re still hearing but often are not. Rather than accepting they have a problem and taking mitigating action, they’d rather ask people to repeat things or just try to ‘wing it,’ be thought of as a bit aloof and/or impolite or even cognitively impaired! Their families and friends become frustrated with their lack of understanding, their neighbors wonder why the television has to be so loud all the time, and sometimes, they retreat into a world of their own. It’s strange and sad. Some people who get hearing aids are fixated on having them be invisible. What’s so bad about being recognized as having hearing difficulties? Beats me. Here are some personal experiences. I make it known that I have trouble hearing, (even with my good hearing aids), and am frequently struggling to follow the conversation when several people are

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involved. I often miss a key word and then attempt to identify the subject from the context of the conversation. Sometimes I am successful but, after a while of not solving it, I interrupt and ask “pardon, but what are we talking about?” Embarrassing? Yes, but necessary if I want to participate. It’s always tempting to just tune out. Another action when not hearing a key word, I interrupt the conversation and repeat what the speaker said up to the missing word and ask for that word. Often the speaker starts over from the beginning of the conversation even though I repeated the sentence up to the missed word. Unfortunately, there are people who have no understanding of or sympathy with this invisible disability and display irritation when their pronouncements or questions are not acknowledged. Poor hearing can be a severe and invisible disability. It warrants a great deal more attention than it has had. With recent comprehensive reports on hearing issues from Government and Academic organizations and articles in the New York Times, this is beginning to change. You can contact me if you want to read these. The HEARS group exists to improve hearing for Oakmont residents. Please make known your suggestions for meeting subjects and information desired, attend the HEARS meetings, and get on the HEARS E-mail list at

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from the 2,100 voters who live in Oakmont. It provides financial support for many student programs, such as art and computer technology, and helps keep class sizes down to 20 or less. It makes up about 4% of the district’s annual budge but does not directly help pay for teacher and administrator salaries. Although Oakmont voters comprise roughly two thirds of the Kenwood district, residents over 65 can support the measure and still opt out through what is

called a “senior exemption.” “These taxes provide budgeting stability for a K-6 school to maintain class sizes of 20 or less, which has proven long-term benefits for children and our society with demonstrated achievement gains, improved behavior, and higher graduation rates,” said OVA Board President Andie Altman, whose home is in the Kenwood district. “Please help.” Ballots for the mail-in only election will be sent out beginning Aug. 1 and are due by 8 p.m. on Aug. 30.

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• A Board Member is a Fiduciary. • FIDUCIARY—a person to whom property is entrusted to hold, control or manage for others. Board members conduct the affairs of the association under the powers granted by the Protective Restrictions and the membership of the association. The board owes the association and membership a fiduciary duty when it exercises its powers. Generally there are two primary duties a board member is bound to follow: 1. Put the interests of the association above your own personal interests; and 2. Always exercise your prudent business judgment. The California Corporations Code Section 7231 requires a director to perform duties 1. In good faith (i.e. sincerely and honestly); 2. In a manner the director believes to be in the best interests of the association; and 3. With such care as an ordinary prudent person in a like position would use in similar circumstances. Following the foregoing guide an association will benefit from their board’s management and decisions. Fiduciary responsibility remains with the association board even though a professional manager is hired. If the Association Board has any questions, contact the President of the LOMAA Board. If she does not have the immediate answer, she will advise as to whom to contact. This is one of the duties of your LOMAA Board. Next board meeting: Monday, August 1, Room B, 12 noon.


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wineries, growers of ultra-premium wine,” Du Preez explains. “That’s why you won’t see huge trucks, loaded with grapes, turning into our entrance. Our clients want their fruit handled very gently.” And while Sugarloaf is permitted to have 20 special events per year, these gatherings will solely be for clients and industry insiders, Du Preez said. Sugarloaf will have no public wine tours, no tasting room, and no gift shop or picnic grounds. What it will have is a production facility unlike any other in Wine Country. At Sugarloaf the entire process—from crushing, fermenting, aging and bottling—is conducted under one roof. Sugarloaf’s technological integration provides what Du Preez calls, “a true grape-to-glass pipeline for clients.” When in full operation Sugarloaf will have the capacity to handle 700 tons of grapes with a climatecontrolled storage area capable of up to 126,000 cases of wine. Residue from the crushing process will become compost and trucked off site. At peak season no more than 20 employees are expected to be working. While the facility is designed to offer innovative, customized wine production for North Bay growers, Du Preez said he is committed to making Sugarloaf a responsible contributor to the vitality of Sonoma Valley and a good neighbor to Oakmont. “I want residents to know our two goals will always be worker safety and minimal environmental impact. I hope to do all I can to establish a strong, lasting relationship with Oakmont.”


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The Oakmont News / July 15, 2016

Golf News

OGC nChuck Wood


On Friday, June 10, the fourth annual OGC Octogenarian Championship was won by “Dr. Don” Streutker on the East Course with a net score of 58. In second place was Frank Giannini with a 61, followed by Bob Ure with a 62. A total of 17 players competed on a beautiful day.

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club TUESDAY

June 21: Patty Buchholz was Low Gross player of the field of 24 players. First flight: first, Patty Buccholz; second, Joan DiMaggio; third, Jean Reed; fourth, Ro Nicholson; fifth, Michele Yturralde. Second flight: first, Piilani Edwards; second, Carol Locke; third, Shy Baxter; fourth, Betty VanVoorhis. Third flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second, Dee Johnson; third, Jane O’Toole. June 28: Kris Peters was Low Gross of the field of 34 players. First flight: first, Kathy Mocricky; second tie, Kris Peters and Marie Pierce; fourth, Sallie Wood. Second flight: first, Linda Kilpatrick; second tie, Piilani Edwards and Jean Reed; fourth, Ellean Huff. Third flight: first, Linda Yates; second, Judy Duport; third tie, Charlene Buchold and Vanita Collins. Fourth flight: first, Debbie Jaffe; second, Patty Schweizer; third tie, Elaine Foote and Jane O’Toole; fifth tie, JoAnn Banayat, Vicki Eschelbach, Christy Rexford.


Jim Spangler (left) presents the Octogenarian Championship award to Don.


Three Oakmont Golf Club members won gold medals in the recent Wine Country Games: Tony D’Agosta in the age 75 to 79 bracket; John Williston in the 80 to 84 bracket; and Wendell Freeman in the 90 to 94 bracket. Congratulations! The winners in each age group flight were determined by their net scores. Thus, even though Steve Spanier had by far the best gross score in the age 60 to 64 bracket (he shot a 74), his net score gained him a silver medal. John Williston reports that the turnout was slim for this golfing competition. Makes me think that our gals and guys should be looking toward entering next year’s games.

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June 16: Sallie Wood was Low Gross of the field of 17 players. First flight: first, Sallie Wood; second tie, Kathy Mocricky, Kathy Faherty and Ginny Manos. Second flight: first, Judy Duport; second, Yoshi Smith; third, Ellean Huff; fourth tie, Carol Sharpe and Leslie Wiener. June 23 was a team mixer on the East Course followed by a General Meeting. First place team: Sallie Wood, Laura Bellows, Ro Nicholson, Leslie Wiener. Second place team: Kelly Downey, Ellean Huff, Linda Kilpatrick, Judy Duport. Third place team: Kathy Mokricky, Ginny Manos, Chris Carter, Carol Locke. June 30 was the Captain’s Choice Shotgun Tournament on the West. First flight: first, Sallie Wood; second, Kathy Mokricky; third tie, Eileen Beltrano and Marie Pierce. Second flight: first, Michele Yturralde; second, Mary Rossi; third, Linda Kilpatrick; fourth, Yoshi Smith. Third flight: first tie, Carol Locke and Jane O’Toole; third, Vanita Collins; fourth, Leslie Wiener. Kudos to Captain Chris Carter and her helpers, Laurie Vree and Cindy Carroll for putting together a very fun tournament and luncheon in our new Member Room! Before the game each player drew the name of the top 24 finishers at the US Open (played at the “other” Oakmont!). At the end of the round our net scores were added to the score our Pro player got on the last day of the US Open. Their scores ranged from 66–76. (Ours were a little higher!) Fun format and great lunch!


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First, Boot/Dan Sienes, 52; second tie, Jim Spangler/ Bob Ure, Tom Massip/John Munkacsy and David Beach/Noel Schween, 56. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–24): #8—Bob Ure, 11’10”; #16—Bob Ure, 18’9”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 25–up): #8—Dan Sienes, 34’8”; #16—Paul Lawler, 23’3”.


First flight (4–14): first, Bucky Peterson, 61; second, Charlie Huff, 61; third, Mike Hull, 62; fourth, Bill Hainke, 64. Second flight (15–18): first, Bob Branstetter, 61; second, John Williston, 64; third, Mike Isola, 65; fourth, Ted Mokricky, 66. Third flight (19–24): first, Tom Wayne, 62; second, Jack Haggerty, 62; third, Sal Cesario, 63; fourth, Wally Juchert, 64. Fourth flight (25–up): first, Tony Hughes, 56; second, Gary Novak, 60; third, Chuck Avery, 60; fourth, Bill Faherty, 60. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Charlie Huff, 20’10”; #13—Bob Branstetter, 9’3”; #16—John Weston, 1’0”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Jack Haggerty, 6’6”; #13—Ed Pierson, 17’5”; #16—Bob Flores, 6’4”. Note: due to multiple ties, card-offs were used to determine place winners.


First, Dan Sienes, 57; second, Tony D’Agosta, 60; third, Wayne Mickaelian, 63; fourth, Noel Schween, 64. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–24): #8—Neil Huber, 8’5”; #16—Tom Massip, 41’4”. A man is getting married and is standing by his bride at the church. Standing by him are his golf clubs and bag. His bride whispers: “What are your golf clubs doing here?” And the man says, “This is not going to take all day, is it?” Two Scots, Rabby and Angus are playing golf and come upon a water hole. Rabby tees up and hits it into the middle of the pond. He reaches into his bag to find that he is out of balls. He then asks Angus for a ball and proceeds to hit it into the pond as well. This goes on for 3 or 4 more times and when he asks Angus for yet another ball, Angus says, “Rabby, these balls cost me a pretty penny.” Rabby replies, “Och Angus, if you cannee afford to play the game, ya should nee be out here.”

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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

On June 20 we had our Men’s and Women’s Niners Mixer. Men and women were paired and the game was Two People—One Best Net Ball. After the game we had lunch at the Quail and announced the winners. Results are shown below. Our thanks to Dave McDonnell for conducting the para-mutual based on picking winning teams. Many won a little bit but only one person, Jeanine Haggerty, picked the winning team for a larger prize. Our special thanks go to Rebecca, Joanne, Barbara and Gary Stone for all their help in making this a fun and successful event. Another special thank-you goes out to our golf pro, John Theilade, for his work and cooperation. A good time was had by all! We all welcome back our “Senior” member, Gordon “Hop” Hopper, on his return. A setback kept him away for awhile so, look out, he’s back in competition! He just turned 98 years young! The board decided to make him an Honorary Member. Happy Birthday, Hop and again, welcome back. Happy Golfing!

Mixer Results for June 20, 20 Teams

First place: Barbara Robinson and Al Bentham with a net 24. Second place tie: Debbie Jaffee and Jack Robinson, and Elaine Foote and (Blind Draw), all with a net 26. Fourth place: Cindy Carroll and Tony Apolloni with a net 27. Fifth place tie: Linda Yates and Tony D’Agosta, and Jeanine Haggerty and Don Schulte, all with a net 28. Seventh place tie: Debbie Kiddoo and John Munkacsy, Betty Von Voorhis and Dick Scott, and JoAnne Banayat and C.R. Webb, all with a net 29.

Sweeps Results for June 27 Two-Man Odd-Even Alternate Shot, 11 Teams

First place: Alan Stewart and Tom Massip with a net 26.75. Second place: Greg Carpenter and David Beach with a net 29.25. Third place: Art Boot and Dan Sienes with a net 30.75. Fourth place: Stan Augustine and Neil Huber with a net 32.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Tom Massip, 27’5”.


Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

Oakmont and Oakhurst at Napa Valley Country Club

The last June playdate for the Seniors fell on June 30, when we traveled to Napa Valley to play one of this author’s favorite venues. The weather was a little warm but tempered by a gentle breeze. As usual the breakfast and lunch were excellent, and the staff very friendly and efficient. Altogether, a strong showing of almost 30 Oakmont players made the trip and many compliments were heard about the event. There were 19 foursomes in three flights. The game was best two balls of the foursome. First flight: First Place (card off), Wolf, Thompson, Smith and Howard, 122; second, Tremblay, McClintock, Fiori and Rogers, 122; third, Monteverdi, Wittenbrink, Boyce and Isola, 126. Second flight: First, Spencer, Gee, Smith and Williston, 130; second (card off), Avellar, Stroebel, Wallace and Byerley, 131; third, Thompson, Stewart, Cabral and Bruce, 131. Third flight: First, Narducci, Johnson, Salmina and Juchert, 117; second, Hulmer, Martin, Orlando and Mendenhall, 124; third, Marden, Garcia, Callahan and Thayer, 125. Closest-to-the-pin: Oakmont, Keith Wise, 12’4”. July has just one event for the Seniors, the last one at Oakmont for the year. We will host Marin and Richmond Country Clubs on July 25. August, on the other hand, will be quite busy with four away dates scheduled.


Monday, July 25: at Oakmont—Marin, Richmond Tuesday, August 2: at Windsor Monday, August 8: at Contra Costa Thursday, August 18: at Moraga Thursday, August 25: at Richmond Wednesday, September 21: at Marin

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June 20: Second annual men/women niner tournament

The Second Annual Men/Women Niner Tournament was a huge success. Twenty men and 20 women played golf. Over 40 were at lunch. First place: Barbara Robinson/Al Bentham, 24; second place tie, Debbie Jaffee/Jack Robinson and Elaine Foote/Blind Draw, 26; fourth place, Cindy Carroll/Tony Apolloni, 27; fifth place tie, Linda Yates/Tony D’Agosta and Jeannine Haggerty/Don Schulte, 28; seventh place tie, Debbie Kiddoo/John Munkacsy, Betty Van Voorhis/Dick Scott, and JoAnn Banayat/C.R. Webb, 29. Dave McDonnell handled the betting process. Jeanine Haggerty won the grand prize—she was the only one to bet on the winning team.

JUNE SWEEPS RESULTS June 16, 16 Players, Back Nine

First flight: first, Elisabeth LaPoint; second tie, Ruth Levy, Roberta Lammori, Betty Jaffe. Second flight: first, Marie Crimaldi; second, Audrey Engen; third, Joan McDonnel.

June 23, 12 Players, West Front Nine

Yellow Tees: first, Tammy Siela; second, JoAnn Banayat; third, Cathie Cunningham. Red Tees: first, Elaine Foote; second, Ruth Levy; third, Ellie Baciocco. Yea! Linda Yates had a Birdie/Chip-In on West #8.

June 30, 26 players, East Front

First flight: first, Elaine Foote; second tie, Marie Mar, Ellie Baccioco; fourth, Linda Leitner. Second flight: first tie, Ada Branstetter, Elisabeth LaPoint; third, Arlene Keenley; fourth tie, JoAnn Banayat, Barbara Robinson. Third flight: first, Barbara Bowman; second, Debbie Kiddoo; third tie, Joan McDonnell, Jeanine Haggerty; fifth, Joy Guerber. Tammy Siela Chip-in on #9.


July 21 on the West course: Niner and Thursday 18-hole Collaborative Red Tee Game, followed a luncheon. August 18 also on the West course: the Niner and Guest Invitational and Luncheon. Be sure to sign up at the East Pro Shop.


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Oakmont Social and Dance Club nJeanine Haggerty

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We may not have Don Ho to sing for us, but we will be listening and dancing to the tunes of Showcase the Band, who promises a variety of music, including line dance, swing and the classics. We’ll also have a luau of our own, Oakmont-style, with a delicious dinner provided by J’s Grill and Café of Santa Rosa. DATE: Saturday, August 6 PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30 p.m. appetizers, 6:30 p.m. dinner, 7–10 p.m. dancing to the music of Showcase the Band. BYOB, set-ups provided.

COST: $43 for members, $48 for non-members MENU: Assorted appetizers, mixed green salad with pineapple vinaigrette dressing, rolls and butter. Entrées: 1. Teriyaki Chicken with Hawaiian cole slaw and potato salad; 2. BBQ baby back ribs with Hawaiian cole slaw and potato salad; 3. Hawaiian glazed vegetable stir fry with rice and cole slaw. Dessert and coffee, Tropical Lime Cake. DEADLINE: Friday, July 29, 3 pm All reservations must be received no later than 3 p.m. on the Friday, before the week of the dance. Make your check payable to the Oakmont Social and Dance Club and place it, along with the completed form, in the Social and Dance Club folder in the OVA Office, or mail with enough time to: Oakmont Social and Dance Club, c/o Frank and Karen Sites, 7294 Oak Leaf Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409, phone: 539-9551.

Valley of the Moon Rotary nJohn Brodey

For He’s a Jolly Good Sport

As it turns out, our recently departed Valley of the Moon Rotary President, Bob Jackson, is just that. We recently held the official “out with the old, in with the new” ceremony at the Quail Inn during which we celebrate the club’s accomplishments over the past year under Bob’s leadership.

“Tiny Bubbles in Paradise” Dance Reservation form Saturday, August 6

Reservation must be received by 3p.m., Friday, July 29.

Name:________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone:________________________ E-mail:_________________________________________________________ # of Entrée #1_____ # of Entrée #2_____ # of Vegetarian Entrée #3_____ Dance Club Dues for 2016: $10 each or $20 per couple. Dance Club Member: $43 Non-Dance Club Member: $48

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American Mah Jongg Club


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! We meet at the East Rec. Center every first and third Monday of the month.

Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on July 18. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. Sorry, we only have openings for experienced players or teams at this time! We will see you July 18.

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Rotarians John Brodey and Valerie Hulsey have some fun at the expense of outgoing club president Bob Jackson, seated, a professional engineer and all-round good guy. The bench was hand-crafted by incoming club president Fred Polkinghorn especially for the event.

We call it a “debunking.” No one really knows what it means but if there were a synonym for it would probably be “demeaning.” It consists of equal parts cocktails, dinner, awards, a short speech or two and as for entertainment, a skit lampooning our fearless leader. It’s a chance to take several cheap shots at an otherwise imperious figure. This year’s production was a particularly juicy one in which the assembled cast (The Jackson 6 Players) took issue with Bob’s background as an engineer and his desperate need to leave a lasting legacy of his term. We started with several irreverent examples of previous pet projects, such as his answer to El Nino and potential flooding in Oakmont; the ill-fated “Sandbags for Seniors.” This led to the unveiling of the final feather in Bob’s cap, Phase Two of the Oakmont Bus Bench Project ‘2.0’. Incoming President Fred Polkinghorn is quite a builder himself as is obvious from the accompanying picture. It’s certainly a departure from the actual bus benches we previously installed two years ago but this one turned out to be a lot more fun. Bob did try to sit on the prototype despite some nagging design flaws but he should be out of the hospital soon. On a more proper note, we extend our congratulations and warmest thanks to Susan Boak, who received the Rotarian Award for Service this past year and to Terry Metzger who won Rotarian of the Year. Their contributions truly made this year a success and we are in their debt. As we look forward, it bears repeating that we meet at the Quail Inn for breakfast every Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. Not only is breakfast back on top as the most important meal of the day but every week we have a speaker for dessert. Our upcoming schedule includes presentations by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Sonoma (July 15), the Santa Rosa Parks Department (July 29) and on August 12 we will hear from none other than Oakmont’s reigning raconteur, daredevil, man about town, musician, yarn spinner, sports guru and rogue…Tom Kendrick. You won’t want to miss that one. Give us a heads up at: Hope to see you soon.


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Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont nBern Lefson

Cal Club Saddle Club Dinner July 21

The Oakmont Cal Club’s monthly dinner at Wild Oak Saddle Club is on Thursday, July 21 beginning with cocktails at 5 p.m. The dinner starts at 6 p.m. with St. Louis Pork Ribs, mashed potatoes and gravy, seasonal vegetables with a green salad and 3-berry crisp with whipped cream for dessert. The cost is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members. The dinner includes cocktails before dinner, tax and gratuity. Reservations must be made in advance are due by Monday, July 18. To make reservations, call Ed Low 538-7785. The Wild Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive. These dinners are scheduled for the third Thursday of each month except April, September, October, November and December. To keep current on the club’s activities check out the website For membership questions call Bonnie at 537-9631.


The Cal Alumni Club’s Second Annual Welcome Lunch for new Cal students from Sonoma County will be held Saturday, July 30. The lunch will be at the East Rec. Center from 12 noon to 2 p.m. MENU: Drinks, salad and deluxe sandwiches PRICE: $10 pp. PURPOSE: Meet these talented new members of the Cal family Reservations deadline is July 25! Send check made out to Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont to Helen Young, 362 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, 95409.

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Summer 2016 League Schedule. Bowling date for July: July 19 (week 10). No bowling July 26, fourth Tuesday (Grandkids Day).


Oakmont Lanes will provide Wii Bowling experience for the grandkids on Tuesday, July 26 at the West Recreation Center, 1:30–2:15 p.m. Please sign up your grandkids with the Grandparents’ Club.


On Aug. 2 we will have our Summer League playoff at 1:30 p.m. where the top three teams from the 1:30 p.m. league play the top three teams from the 3:15 p.m. league to determine the Summer League Team Champion. After the tournament at 3 p.m., we will have a meeting to present awards and sign up for the Fall League starting Aug. 9.

RESULTS AS OF JUNE 21 (seventh week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place, Pocket Hits; second place, Wii Four; third place tie, Alley Oops and Wild Turkeys; fifth place tie, 4 Tops and Strikers.

Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 258; Terry Leuthner, 235; Christian van den Berghe, 217; Gordon Freedman, 212; Dan Madden, 205. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 289; Peggy Ensley, 268; Sandy Wald, 266; Robin Schudel, 247; Vicki Robinson, 237; Kathryn Miller, 225. Subs High Games: Alicia Panizo, 215. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes and Spares; second place tie, Wii Power and Pin Heads; fourth place tie, Strike Outs and High Rollers; sixth place, King Pins. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 266; Scott Harris, 245. Women’s High Games: Mollie Atkinson, 299; Jan Blackburn, 279; Valerie Hulsey, 257; Barbara Koch, 247; Debbie Miller, 226; Marie Haverson, 223; Nicole Reed, 216; Barbara Ford, 214; Pat Stokes, 212; Judy Lawrence, 203; Diane Price, 201. Subs High Games: Sue Bowman, 268; Joanne Abrams, 267.

Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club

nRay Haverson

Attention All Horseshoe Pitchers

If you like to pitch horseshoes, meet some great people, have some fun and get some exercise then this may be the club for you! No experience needed, just a good attitude and a willingness to have a great time and meet some new people. The horseshoe pits are located behind the Central Swimming Pool. Our next meet will be on Thursday, July 21; start times are 9–10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please let me know what times you would like to play and let’s get outside and have some fun in the sun. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666 or E-mail me at

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nNorma Doyle

On July 18 and 25 Stephen Litzenberger will present The Subject Was Roses by Frank D. Gilroy. Gilroy was an American playwright, screenwriter, film producer and director. He won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony for The Subject Was Roses. This domestic drama focuses on a young man who returns home after World War II with newfound confidence. He soon realizes that his parents have long been feigning happiness for his benefit. The two-act play has been compared to Eugene

O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. One description by a theater critic stated that it was… “a family triangle in which a father loves a son and a mother loves the son and the son loves both mother and father and not one of them can make a move or utter a sound that does not constantly damage the other.” Playreaders for The Subject Was Roses will include Charlie Ensley, Joyce O’Connor and Ron White. On August 1 and 8 Honora Clemens will direct the

Tennis Club

nStephanie Wrightson


West Courts reserved July 26, 10–11 a.m. and July 25–27, 3:30–5 p.m.


Fritz Spotleson. Thanks to volunteers who made the day a huge success.


Congratulations to 18 members who won 22 medals at the senior games.

Celebrate the opening of the Rio Olympics—team tennis reminiscent of World Cup 2014. Sign up by August 2 on our website or contact Doug (dasmith_2@ or 303-949-3239) or George (hasageo@aol. com or 843-4527). Provide name, phone number and skill level (A/B/C). The captains (US and foreign born) will select their teams. Costumes reflecting ancestry will add to the festivities. Meet at the West Courts, August 6, 8 a.m. for coffee, light refreshments and tennis (contact George to contribute a refreshment). The medal presentation and international picnic will follow tennis. Food provided, BYO beverage.

Fran Dias—Gold Medalist.

OTC chefs will be grilling burgers, veggie burgers and hotdogs for members and guests on the East Rec. patio, Friday, August 19, 5:30 p.m. Pizza appetizer, soda, water and set-ups provided. Bring a dish to feed 6-8: last names A–F dessert; G–Z salad or side dish. BYOB. Music provided. Sign up by August 15 using the coupon below. Get your barbecue on—it will be a blast!



Senior games medalists.

Gold: Ray Baldwin, Jeff Clemence, Fran Dias, Kathy Erickson, George Hasa, Tom Kendrick, Olivia Kinzler, Paula Lewis, Doug Smith (2), Vince Taylor, Bill Wrightson. Silver: Tom Kendrick, Dave Koch, Neil Linneball, Jim Oswald, Terri Somers, Vince Taylor. Bronze: Tony Agocs, Dennis Boaz, Neil Linneball,

play Absent Friends by Alan Ayckbourn. Ayckbourn is an Olivier and Tony Award-winning playwright who has written 79 plays, more than half of which have been produced in London as well as around the world. As an acclaimed director, he has worked extensively in the West End and has also run his own company at the National Theatre. He has also served as the Artistic Director of the Stephen Joseph Theater. In Absent Friends a man named Colin has been absent and returns to his circle of friends. They are worried about how to approach him over the death of his fiancée, Carol, who has drowned. At an event arranged for him, the friends are shown to have interrelationship tensions, near eruption when he arrives. Oddly, Colin seems euphorically happy while the rest of the party are near breaking point. When the play unfolds in the second week (Act II) more evolving drama occurs with an unusual ending. Readers in Absent Friends include Jane Borr, Honora Clemens, Max Fenson, Rebecca Kokemor, Steven Litzenberger, Jeffrey Sheff and Ginny Smith. Playreaders gathers every Monday from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B and welcome all visitors.

Many think of warm-up as a quick practice session before play. But the real value is warming and oxygenating the muscles, tendons and ligaments, so that when we run, stretch, dive (of course you do), etc., tissues give and take instead of tearing or spasming. This is especially important as we age. A couple of minutes of easy shots from the service line can improve your footwork, timing and touch. Then, some relaxed ground strokes. Take a few shots at the net and a couple of overheads. How about a few practice serves? Yes, you still can take “first good.” Now your body is better prepared for your quick starts and stops, reaches, stoops, etc. One more thing—hydration. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Hydrate before you play. More hydration means more oxygen in the blood flowing to the tissues—improving elasticity and function. Now go hit the courts, warm up, improve your shots and have fun without injury.

Playreaders for 2 Across in June were Ginny Smith. Bernie Cheriff and Evelyn Zigmont.

Train as a Patient Care Volunteer Support Hospice by the Bay’s patients and their families, and make a difference in your community! 30-hour training starts Sept. 19

Apply by September 9

OTC BARBECUE/POTLUCK sign-up form FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 5:30–8:30 PM, EAST REC. Name(s):_______________________________________________________________________________________ # of members at $10_____ # of guests at $15_____ Total enclosed: $_______________ Protein choice: Burger_____ Hot dog_____ Veggie burger_____ Phone number:__________________________ Bring a dish to feed 6–8: A–F dessert; G–Z salad or side dish. BYOB. Deposit coupon/payment in the OVA Office Tennis Club Folder by August 15. No reserved seating.

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Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) special summer Session — july • august


Registration: 538-1485

Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


WHEN: Saturday, July 16, 1:30 p.m. Social; 2 p.m. meeting WHERE: West Recreation Center! As many of you know there is a new game in town: photos! Changes have been made. Come find out how this might affect you. We look forward to seeing you! Website:


Dues are $10 per household. Three ways to join: at any meeting; a check made payable to OakMUG and sent to Justine Haugen, Treasurer, 8926 Acorn Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409; or you may put your check into our file in the OVA Office. Members receive a discount on the entire catalog of O’Reilly and Peachpit books.


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649, Certified Apple Consultant. A free service to our membership: send your Mac questions by E-mail to the following E-mail address: An OakMUG member, knowledgeable of Apple products, will either answer you’re your question or will recommend someone who can.


WHEN: Tuesday, July 26, 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Sue Lebow

Windows Computer Information nPhil Kenny

photo by Robert Couse-Baker

Having Windows problems with virus infections, computer running slowly, no internet connection, or other issues? Do you have simple questions on Android tablets? As members of the former Oakmont PC Users Group, we are continuing to offer our free help to all Oakmont residents. Call Phil Kenny, 538-2075, or Al Medeiros, 843-4447. Although the Oakmont PC Users Group has closed its doors, its Web Master continues to update and maintain its online presence ( This site will remain active through February 2017.”

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Lifelong Learning nAnne Cobb

Gaye LeBaron Presents “This Corner of Our County” at Oakmont Lifelong Learning’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

We are pleased that Gaye LeBaron, renowned historian, lecturer, author and Press Democrat columnist will speak on “This Corner of Our County” at Oakmont Lifelong Learning’s 10th Anniversary Celebration on August 22 at the Quail Inn. Gaye’s career with the Press Democrat newspaper spans 57 years, during which time she has written over 8,200 columns. In a special 2001 PD article about LeBaron, newspaper colleague Peter Golis described Gaye as “the closest thing to a celebrity that we have in Santa Rosa.” Executive Editor Catherine Barnett also said that “LeBaron earned a place in our homes and collective consciousness, a welcome guest whose wit and wisdom defined the vast region she considers her backyard.” While Gaye has been the recipient of numerous awards, she is very humble about receiving recognition. However, the 2001 PD article stated “LeBaron’s star status was firmly set in 1988 when the Press Democrat did an exhaustive search to identify the 10 most powerful people in Sonoma County. LeBaron came out second in the survey, under Henry Trione. LeBaron emerged as the county’s most powerful woman, reflecting the influence of her daily column.” More recently, Gaye was named and honored as the 2015 “Sonoma County Woman of the Year.” Between 1975 and 2008 Gaye taught Sonoma County History courses at Santa Rosa Junior College. LeBaron co-authored a two-volume history of Santa Rosa and Sonoma County: Santa Rosa, a 19th

Century Town, published in 1985, which covers through the 1906 earthquake, and Santa Rosa, a 20th Century Town, published in 1993, which goes from reconstruction following the earthquake, the boom years following World War II and life through 1955. A favorite instructor in the Sonoma State University/Osher Lifelong Learning Program, Gaye taught two outstanding six-week session courses for Oakmont Lifelong Learning students: The History of Sonoma County, Winter 2008. Enrollment was capped at the Berger Center maximum of 325, with several on the waiting list. The course received rave reviews and requests for “more, more!” A Look at Sonoma County History, Spring 2010, was presented in conjunction with Gaye’s husband, John LeBaron, who was a well-known photographer, Santa Rosa J.C. instructor and a fourth generation Sonoma County resident. Again, this was a “top of the charts” course, delighting Oakmont students. We encourage you to join us for Oakmont Lifelong Learning’s 10th Anniversary Celebration at the Quail Inn, Monday, August 22, 4–6 p.m. Tickets are $28 and include delicious hors d’oeuvres, St. Francis wine and Gaye’s special presentation. We anticipate that this will be a sold out event, as reservations are coming in at a good pace. Forms may be picked up at the OVA Office and then placed, along with a check, in the Oakmont Lifelong Learning folder prior to the August 12 deadline. Any questions may be directed to Wendy James at 538-5426.


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In the Spotlight: Dan Melligan, A Pastor to Give Thanks For


Sharon Oswald, 10-year Oakmont resident, passed away July 3. 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.

nJim Cotton

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

It strikes many of us that Mr. Youth for Christ programs of 150 to Norwood Berger took on a gargantuan 200 youths in the Valley and Santa task when he bought 50 acres of Rosa high schools. Then by what could county ranch land in the 1960’s be called a Christian “epiphany,” and dealt with all of the financial, Dan earned graduate degrees in governmental and design problems Social History and English with the involved in creating a happy, socially Christians at Dominican University functional, mountains-and-lowin Marin and at Oxford University in lands village for elder folks here. England. He addressed the social part by In 11 years here in Berger’s providing our large Berger Center auditorium, Dan took us to many to be available for community getnew “places” as well as the traditional togethers including, especially for the places and hymns that the elder Oakmont Community Church. parishioners so fondly remember. In 2005 James and Elsa Cobbold These new “places” included: Taize: led a committee that selected Dan musical and spiritual meditation; Melligan to be Oakmont’s Pastor. Dan Melligan and his wife, Meg. Lectio Divina: deep penetration What followed was 11 years of into certain key scriptures; Dante: (Family photo) Dan caring for his Oakmont flock. Adventures in Hell; Campostela Pilgrimage; 700 devotional miles in Spain on film. Consider his little known stats over this time: over He modernized the whole service to media-enhanced. 500 unique sermons, over 700 weddings, over 1,000 At the same time he raised a family, fell in love bedside and hospital visits; plus group interventions with his new beautiful wife, Meg, and, recently, came and finally 150 funerals. down with incurable Leukemia. Dan came well prepared for the People Business as That last is the key to the man. With minimal time he modernly calls it. The core of it is, in his summation: off for medical procedures, he bounced back and is “It’s all about love.” leading the congregation and the local needy with His aptitude started in childhood in the San Joaquin the same loving, contagiously cheerful and inspiring Valley with its hard-working agriculture-focused results as if nothing had happened. What a guy! people. His parents were not religious, but Dan was Sadly, Dan will be retiring soon and will be moving attracted to the Christian faith with its all-inclusive to the Sacramento area, perhaps to write another book, charity. He attended Sunday school regularly. A definitely to bring joy and peace to those around him degree in communications including coaching and hopefully enjoying a well-deserved rest with his football at Sacramento State followed. new bride. This was followed by many years of leading the

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The Enocureans

Fun never stops for the Enocureans and we like to experience all things delightful and delicious. May brought sunshine and put us in the mood for an al fresco wine tasting and lunch at the beautiful Fog Crest Vineyard in Sebastopol. In June we celebrated the first day of summer at the Peruvian restaurant Sazón in Santa Rosa. Next stop—an Italian dinner in Sonoma.

filled terraces decorated with topiary and statues. The garden surrounds a central reflection pool and Roman fountain. For our dinner we will have the exclusive use of the Pergola terrace, with the outdoor stone fireplace on one side and the pool with the fountain on the other side. Bellissimo! No wonder the Depot Hotel Restaurant was recently named as one of Open Table’s top 100 al fresco dining experiences in America. The Depot Hotel Restaurant is known for its rustic Italian cuisine. Our dinner will be prepared by Executive Chef Antonio Ghilarducci (son of the owners, Gia and Michael Ghilarducci), who took over the reins as head Chef in 2014, the year the family celebrated its 30th year of continuous operation. Chef Antonio honed his skills at some of Northern California’s best restaurants, including La Folie, The French Laundry, Redd and El Dorado Kitchen.

nRay and Marie Haverson

The One And Only Mickey Gilley’s Live Show As Seen In Branson Missouri

Yes, it is the real Mickey Gilley, all the way from Pasadena, Texas coming to Oakmont to perform his legendary show that he performs in his theater in Branson, Missouri. His normal prices for tickets are $145–$220. You can see his legendary show for a mere $60 per ticket. I have negotiated the best price possible for this show. It is not cheap to have him here but well worth the price.


Romance at the Fog Crest Vineyard in Sebastopol.

Enjoying Peruvian dinner at the Sazón Restaurant in Santa Rosa.

Wednesday, August 17, 6–8:30 pm Italian Dinner at the Depot Hotel Restaurant in Sonoma

Our next event will be dinner at the historic Depot Hotel Restaurant located in an 1870 train depot, a charming and lovingly restored stone building just two blocks from the Sonoma Plaza. The romantic restaurant has the look and feel of an Italian country inn. The dining rooms are decorated with antique Italian china, antique copper, and tapestries. The entire back wall of the restaurant is glass, opening onto a beautiful Italian garden with shady flower-

Our plated three-course dinner will have the following choices: First course: Chef’s Soup—Seasonal Soup of the Day; or Roasted Beet Salad—Laurel Chenel Goat Cheese, Arugula, Balsamico. Main course: Ravioli Al Funghi—Mushroom and Ricotta Ravioli, Green Peas, Lemon Sage Sauce; or Oricchiette Con Gamberoni—Gulf Shrimp with Chef’s Seasonal Presentation; or Penne Bolognese—Penne Pasta, Ragu Bolognese Dessert: Tiramisu—Belgian Chocolate, Espresso and Dark Chocolate Sauce or Housemade Limoncello Cake with Mango Sauce. Wine (3 oz pours of each wine per person): Villa Sandi Prosecco, Doc, Veneto; 2013 Ciù Ciù Pecorino, La Marche, Docg; 2014 La Quercia Montepulciano D’abruzzo. Wines are based on availability, subject to substitution. All-inclusive price for this event is $57 for members, $62 for non-members. For more information about this event or the Enocureans please contact me at

Mickey has had 68 number one records—58 went gold and he is in the Music Hall of Fame. Wow what a treat to have him come here for a private show in Oakmont. You will not want to miss this show! You need to get your reservations in fast. This will be a theater-type seating show. No seats will be held without full payment. Any questions please feel free to call me at 5396666, or Email me at I know this is a long way in the future, however, I must send him a very large deposit so I need reservations now. WHAT: The Live Mickey Gilley Show WHERE: Berger Center WHEN: Wednesday, September 28 TIME: 7 p.m. COST: $60 per person (need not be a member to attend) Yes you may bring your own drinks! Lemon water, coffee, tea and cookies will be provided.

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Garden Club

Buddhist Meeting—July 30

nPeggy Dombeck

nPennijean Savage

“The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world.”— Charles Warner, My Summer in a Garden There are no garden club meetings in July and August. Happy gardening all summer.

“No matter how complex global challenges may seem, we must remember that it is we ourselves who have given rise to them. It is therefore impossible that they are beyond our power as human beings to resolve. Returning to our humanity, reforming and opening up the inner capacities of our lives, can enable reform and empowerment on a global scale.”— You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, July 30 and learn more about the benefits of this



• Feed container plants and citrus. • Pinch off spent flowers on perennials and annuals to encourage repeat bloom. • For indoor arrangements, cut flowers in the morning when they are freshest. • To make sure your plants are getting enough water, dig down and check out the soil. As an example, for your plants to be getting an inch of water a week, the soil should be moist to about the depth of 12 inches. • Have you been picking slugs off of your vegetables and plants? You can remove that slimy slug residue on your hands with a couple of capfuls of inexpensive vinegar. Wash your hands with lukewarm water and repeat if necessary. • Control powdery mildew, a fungus that likes dry summer conditions. Spray susceptible plants with a horticultural oil or biological fungicide. • Prune wisteria now to keep plants under control and for bigger blooms next spring. Tie some of the strappy stems to support and encourage them to grow where you want them. Cut the rest back to within 6 inches of the main branches.


Global Citizenship

Yellow Jackets Can Save Your Life nPat Barclay, Chair, OEPC

Some people say they are yellow. To others they may look lime-colored or fluorescent green. We’re not talking about insects, but rather the vests worn by resident volunteers who handle neighborhood radio communications for the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC). We call them Zone Communicators (ZC’s). And unlike the insect, they can save residents’ lives during a major emergency! On June 25, over 40 OEPC volunteers conducted a simulated emergency drill focused on responding to a wildfire in Annadel State Park. Maybe you saw a few of them walking our residential streets or working with radio equipment at the WRC, ERC, Berger Center and CAC? During times when the 911 system may be inoperable or overloaded, these volunteers step in to become our lifeline in requesting help from city and county emergency services. They will also provide residents with information on the nature and extent of an emergency, areas affected, and instructions on how to stay safe (e.g. shelter in place, evacuate, etc.) During the two-hour simulation, our communications volunteers handled about 120 reports from neighborhoods on issues ranging from vegetation fires to smoke inhalation. Half of those reports required a response from outside emergency services and simulated requests for assistance were “sent” to the Santa Rosa Fire Dept. These are very positive results—for those who live within Oakmont neighborhoods that have communication volunteers. Sadly, this is only 1/3 of our community. To cover the rest of Oakmont we need your help.

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Lynn Seng, COPE Leader for the Meadowstone neighborhood, reporting an incident to Zone Communicator Julie Kiil during the Oakmont June emergency drill. Note the “Help” sign in the front window.

Radio operators Tom Pugliese, Marilyn Pugliese, Al Thomas and Pat Barclay, at the West Rec. Communications Center, receiving information from Zone Communicators during the Oakmont June emergency drill. (Photos by Suzanne Cassell)

5 y/o Tuxedo

Kids these days, what with their heavy metal and hip hop? In my snazzy little tuxedo, I’m more of a jazz man myself. But I don’t go in for those jarring chord changes and abrupt stops and starts, I like things to be real smoooooooth. As a calm and sensitive 5 year old, I’ve found this happens best when I’m the only cat in the club. Do you have a quiet adult home? Do you have the patience to let my social, affectionate self emerge in a slow tempo? You just might be the high note I’ve been looking for! Come in to SHS and let’s lay down some tracks.

Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, July 30, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study an d dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.


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What’s Growing on in the Community Garden

Ramblin’ With the Rovers’ RV Club nBev Leve

nStephanie Wrightson

Our gardeners bring years of gardening experience to their efforts here. From growing up on farms to current Sonoma County Master Gardeners, there is something to be seen and learned from them, in order to make the most of our garden spaces.


A community gardener, especially one who is sharing a garden with another neighbor, learns quickly how to maximize limited food gardening space. There is only one way to go—up! Vertical gardening utilizes structures—free-standing and lashed poles, trellises, towers, obelisks, etc.—for climbing crops that include pole beans and peas or for crops that can be trained on supports such as squash and cucumbers. The “monsters” of the garden (e.g., zucchini) can take up to one-tenth of the space when they are growing up. The fruits of such crops are cleaner when held off the soil and are less susceptible to ground pests. If carefully positioned, these living walls can shade and extend the life of crops that do not like our hot summers such as leaf lettuce. Vertical food gardening is an ideal solution for those with small yards or only a patio space where vegetables must be grown in containers. If you would like to sign up for the garden, contact OVA at 539-1611 or E-mail: Oakmontcommunitygarden

Sugarloaf. (Photo by Jeff Hickman).

We had a really good time at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park’s Star Party. We barbecued and socialized until 8 p.m. when the Observatory opened for viewing. Visiting Professor John Dillon entertained (yep, that’s the right word) us with a fast moving history of astronomy and as the sky darkened, docents helped us see what we were seeing. Sugarloaf is proud of its big telescope, largest open for public viewing in Northern California. We have a real gem in our own backyard. The next Rover event is an outing to Santa Barbara, August 22–28. We will be staying at a beautiful resort in the Santa Ynez mountains. At Rancho Oso there will be a wide range of activities to choose from: horseback

riding, hiking trails into the national forest, pickleball just to name a few. In-town excursions will include mission and old town explorations, beaching and romping on a leash-free dog-friendly beach with a gourmet restaurant. Check it out on If interested, please contact wagonmasters Bev and Ron Leve, Also, put our Summer Picnic on your calendar and join us at the West Rec. Picnic Grounds on August 13 at 3 p.m. For more information about our club and how you can join us (membership is cheap—$10 a year—and the memories are priceless), go to our website, http:// or contact Jim at 537-8215.

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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

passed around to enable everyone to hear. A $1 donation is requested.


July 22: Pat Donnelly July 29: Karen Krestensen Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

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nSusan Lynn

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”—Chinese Proverb We rocked it and rolled it At the Hop. The Hot Rods got everyone up on their feet and the energy

in the room was fantastic. Thanks to Heidi and the dedicated team of volunteers who pull it all together, and those who brought their vintage automobiles for us to enjoy.


Cost is $20 per member and non-member guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member The two options you have to register for seating for this event are: 1. Reserved table for eight. Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $160. The names of all the people sitting at the table must be listed.

We also want to acknowledge our greeters, Connie Lachowicz and Annette Daniele, who braved the heat to make sure everyone was welcomed and checked in.

Another Op’nin’, Another Show

Our August event gives new meaning to the phrase “Hot August Night,” so you want to be there when Johnny Vegas and the High Rollers hit the stage. Known as “Marin County’s Mighty Nine-Piece Rock ‘n’ Soul Revue,” the band brings a level of entertainment and musicality that is sure to please.

Party name: ________________________________________ Individual names: __________________________ ______________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed: _______ 2. Unreserved seating at several non-reserved tables. Full payment must accompany registration. Name(s): _____________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________Amount enclosed: _______ The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m., Monday, August 15.

nReenie Lucker

Pickleball Corner opportunities. Their efforts are appreciated by current players and will continue to attract active and healthy residents to our community in the future. Praise and thanks also were given to Iris Harrell, who was unable to attend the gathering, and whose expertise and energy are appreciated and acknowledged.

Summer Party is a Sell-out

Pickleball fun moved from the courts to the East Rec. Center on July 13. What remained constant? The laughter! More reporting and pictures to come on this sold-out event.

Pickle Ball Tip

Keep your paddle up and in front of your body.

Welcome New Club Members

July Appreciation Event, seated left to right: Anita Easland, Noel Lyons, Diane Naylor. Standing: 2015 President Tom Kendrick and 2016 President Peter Copen.

We welcome our new members in the month of June: Janet Felker, Robin Jurs, Maureen Muckle, Pete and Maggie Schmidt, and Tom Tremont.

Pickleball for Kids

Club members Shirley Liberman, PJ Savage, and their helpers will coach pickleball play for kids, ages 8 and up, as part of the activities offered by the Grandparents’ Club during the last week of July. Response has been enthusiastic. Pickleball is growing in popularity with young people as many schools have included it in their physical education curriculum. This sport is great exercise for kids, develops hand-eye coordination, good social skills, and before they know it, they're having fun! It is perhaps a startling discovery for them that their Oakmont grandparents are doing the same.

Pickleball Courts Open at Howarth Park

In response to the growing city-wide participation in pickleball and the over-crowding of available city courts, Santa Rosa has opened four pickleball courts at Howarth Park. There is parking on Summerfield Rd. right next to the courts. They are open all day, including early mornings, and have lights for evening play. Players must bring their own balls and rackets, and it is wise to arrange a time to meet with other players. Also it has been suggested to bring a chair if you want to sit between games.

Service acknowledged with Social Gathering

Club members gathered at VJB Winery’s outdoor patio on June 29 to thank Anita Easland and Noel Lyons for their dedicated service on the Pickleball Ad Hoc Committee. Anita and Noel have given countless hours and energies to improve Oakmont’s recreational

This is the first of two completely over-the-top bands we’ve got set for the second half of our year (the other is in October). We feel certain both bands will set a new standard for Oakmont rock musicianship and entertainment. Sign up early for this one, because it is sure to sell out. Ticket sales begin today, July 15, so don’t delay. We hope you will patronize the food trucks; just bring your favorite beverages. WHEN: August 20, 5–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: $20 per member/guest BRING: BYOB and cash for the food trucks

Coming up

You can still reserve your spot at the Oakmont Health Initiative’s All Request DJ Summer Party, but time is running out. Jeff Tyler from Palooza will on site cooking up burgers and pulled pork sandwiches for purchase. If you’re not going to the party, take a night off from the kitchen and enjoy the food. Partygoers, when you sign up on the OHI website, you will see a link to a website where you can request your favorite tunes for the playlist.

New club member Robin Jurs is welcomed by Iris Harrell.

Pickleball Play Information

WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily; quiet ball play 8–9 a.m. Tues.–Th.; drop-in play 9 a.m.–noon, daily; new player orientation Tues. 9 a.m.; coached beginner play Tues. 10–11 a.m. ATTIRE: Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available. COURT ETIQUETTE: If tennis play is in progress on the adjoining tennis court, wait for the point to finish before opening the entrance gate. Close the gate after entering. Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 595-5648, E-mail:

Dress is beach casual. Proceeds will support the continuation of Free Fitness Classes for all Oakmont residents. Order tickets at oakmonthealthinitiative/summer-party, or leave your check in the OHI folder at the OVA Office. (See the OHI article for the coupon.) You can also mail it to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 WHEN: July 23, 6 p.m. (Food Trucks from 5–7:30 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center COST: $15 BRING: BYOB (and cash to purchase food)


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Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

July 28, 6 PM, East Rec. Center Mystery Mixer

Will it be a pizza party? An ice cream social? A game night? Who knows? But maybe you don’t like surprises, or hate pizza, or are watching calories. Rest assured, our board will come up with something creative, we just haven’t decided yet. But we know with Single Boomers it will be fun, and for sure there will be new faces. Our membership grows almost every day. Recently Janis, Carole, Carol, and Sukhbir have joined us. Watch for your online invitation to this mixer. About membership, we will keep saying this. Our name is Single Boomers Social Club, but you don’t have to be a Boomer to belong. And although our male members really like the odds of our current membership, we want to encourage any single men living in Oakmont to join us. We encourage any single women to join us as well, we would just like to even things out a bit. We have been very busy in July. On July 1, several of us carpooled to Broadway under the Stars in Jack London State Park. Transcendence Theatre always comes through, and this year is no exception. We picnicked on the grounds and then enjoyed a fabulous show. On July 4, we celebrated our nation’s independence with a barbecue at Sharon Castle’s lovely home. The deck overlooking the garden and creek provided a

Single Boomers enjoy Swing Dance party.

Sharon smiles for the camera.

comfortable spot to have our dinner. We met at the Berger Center on July 7, and headed out for a free movie at St. Francis Winery. On July 12, we brought Dr. Sara Geber, who spoke on “Solo Aging.” We received lots of good information and food for thought. Coming the second half of July, in addition the July 28 Mixer: July 22: Poyntless Sisters at Sebastiani Winery, Sonoma July 23: Summer Party, sponsored by OHI, Berger Center, 6 p.m. Members, remember to check your E-mail inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication.

If you are single, live in Oakmont, and would like to participate in fun activities, join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA Office. Remember your age doesn’t matter.


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $ 12 to: SBSC Name_______________________________________________________________________ Date______________ Address________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (important to receive Evites and Shout-outs)__________________________________________________ Phone________________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). Signature:______________________________________________________________________________________

Ukesters Got a ukulele? Know how to play? Don’t know how to play but like to sing? The Oakmont Ukesters Club invites you to come join them each Tuesday morning, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the beautiful Oakmont Gardens Crafts Room. The club just celebrated its first year anniversary and has built an exciting repertoire of songs for easy listening, singing, and playing. All levels of familiarity with the ukulele are invited to come and have fun. Beginning levels are especially welcome since the first hour of playing features songs with fewer chords that are easier to play. Don’t have a clue? Can’t read music? Think you can’t play an instrument? Think you are too old? Think again, because it’s never too late to learn something new! The ukulele is a versatile musical instrument that is fun and easy to play. It has four strings and you do not have to read music in order to play since you learn basic chords and strum those when you see them in a song. Once you master basic chords you are able to play music and have great fun. A bonus is that as you master your ukulele, you are helping your brain to keep challenged in an exciting way. Playing the ukulele is good for you! It lifts your spirit and introduces you to some wonderful people. Tempted? The Oakmont Ukesters Club offers a Beginning Basics for the Ukulele class. Five one-hour

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.

Just For Fun Game Club

nLinda Webster



sessions will prepare you to play the ukulele with spirit. The next series of five meetings will begin Friday, August 5 at 1 p.m. Sessions are one-hour long and located in a private residence. Topics include getting to know your instrument (what are all those parts called?), beginning chords (no, you do not need to know how to read music!), strumming patterns, and tuning your ukulele. Songs using the beginning chords will be introduced so that by the time the series ends, you will be playing your ukulele! From then, you can actually participate in the regular meetings of the Oakmont Ukesters Club (Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Oakmont Gardens) to put to use what you have learned. What do you need? You will need a ukulele, tuner, and if possible, a music stand. These will be explained when you call to register for the series. Are there prerequisites? No, just a willingness to prove to yourself that if others can play, so can you! Remember, you do not have to read music in order to play the ukulele. You learn chords (e.g., C, G, A, D) and play them when you see them in songs. Costs? You will be asked to contribute a minimal fee to cover the cost of printed handouts. The location and time of the five meetings will be at my house and applications are still being accepted. Time is short before we begin, so please call me, Linda Webster, at 978-2790 right away!

nPhillip Herzog

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


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SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53

Model Railroad Exhibit

nAl Haggerty


The study of handwriting as a tool to understanding yourself will be explored by the speaker at the July 27 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at the East Recreation Center. Dennis Morris, a human resources/labor relations director in both the private and public sectors, will discuss whether handwriting reveals more about someone than a psychological test and the use of handwriting as a selection tool. He will conduct an interactive session with the audience, explaining what the slant of their words, certain letters and their signature reveals about someone. Audience members will be provided with pencil and paper to provide examples of their handwriting. A question-and-answer period will follow. Morris has studied and completed training in graphology, the study of handwriting, through a national graphology association. He was a human

resources/labor relations director for Napa and Riverside Counties and the cities of Petaluma, Vallejo, Ontario and three other California cities. He received his Master’s Degree from California State University, Long Beach, and his Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State University. Morris teaches courses at UC, Riverside, and is an adjunct professor in the Graduate School at Sonoma State University. He received the “Outstanding Instructor” award from UCR. The International Personnel Management Association selected him to represent the U.S. as its representative to the IPMA Personnel Managers Exchange Program in Great Britain. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Grill and Cafe. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.

nPeter Barnes

The annual visit of the local model railroad display is set for Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7 at the East Recreation Center. Again this year the Santa Rosa HO scale modular model railroad club “Coastal Valley Lines” will display their delightful modules and operate their trains at the East Rec. Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. As usual there is no admission charge. The display is open to the general public, so invite both your Oakmont and nonOakmont friends and relatives. Children of all ages are especially welcomed by the club.

Grandparents’ Club Registration Form JULY 24–29 LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS JULY 22 Grandparents’ Name:___________________________________________________ Amount included $________ E-Mail (required for confirmation)_________________________________________ Phone #_____________________________________

Welcome Party at Oakmont Gardens, Sunday, July 24: all ages, 3–5 p.m. Games, Balloon Man, Prizes, Ice Cream Sundaes.

Zentangle Art at CAC Art Room, Wednesday, July 27: ages 6 and up, 10–11 a.m. Maximum 15 children. Grandparents are encouraged to attend and create their own art for free! # of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Table Tennis at Upper West Rec. Center, Wednesday, July 27: ages 6–16. Two sessions. Maximum 8 children each session. Session 1: 2:30–3: 30 p.m.

# of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

# of children____ # of adults____ $5 per person

Or Session 2: 3:30–4:30 p.m. # of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Music and Movement at CAC Art Room, Monday, July 25: ages 2–5, 10–11 a.m. Maximum 15 children.

# of children____ # of adults____ $7 per person

Family Movie Night at Berger Center, Sunday, July 24: all ages, 7 p.m. Familyfriendly Zootopia. Free—just show up.

# of children____ ages_______ Free

Introduction to Pickleball at East Rec. Court #4, Monday, July 25: ages 8 and up. Two sessions. Maximum 8 children each session. Must wear non-marking soled shoes. All equipment provided. Session 1: 10–10:45 a.m. # of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Or Session 2: 11–11:45 a.m. # of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Coin Toss at Central Pool, Monday, July 25: Two sessions. Maximum 25 children each session. Potty-trained to age 7: 1:30–2 p.m. # of children____ ages_______ Free Ages 8–12: 2:15–2:45 p.m.

# of children____ ages_______ Free

Family Bingo at Berger Center, Monday, July 25: all ages, 3:15–4:45 p.m. # of children____ # of adults____ $3 per person

Three-Day Tennis Clinic, West Courts, Mon./Tues./Wed., July 25–27: ages 8 and up, 3:30–5 p.m., tennis experience required. Bring own racket. Must wear non-marking soled shoes. # of children____ ages_______ $9 per child for 3 classes

Introduction to Tennis, West Courts, Tuesday, July 26: ages 8 and up, 10–11 a.m. Maximum 16 children. Bring own racket. Must wear non-marking soled shoes. # of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Wii Bowling at Upper West Rec., Tuesday, July 26: ages 6 and up. Two sessions. Maximum 24 children each session. Session 1: 1:30–2:15 p.m. # of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Or Session 2: 2:15–3 p.m. # of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Aerobics at Lower West Rec., Tuesday, July 26: ages 5 and up, 3:30–4:15 p.m. Maximum 25 children. Grandparents are invited to participate. # of children____ ages_______ Free

Family Fun Night at West Rec. BBQ/Picnic Area, Wednesday, July 27: all ages, 5–7 p.m. Pizza, ice cream, games, prizes. Maximum 50 children, no limit on the number of adults. Robotics at Berger Center, Thursday, July 28: ages 6 to 16, 10–11:30 a.m. Maximum 40 children. Tinker Toys, Teams and Imaginations. All materials provided. # of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Puppet Making and Play at CAC, Room B, Thursday, July 28: ages 3 and up. Two sessions. Maximum 12 children each session. All materials provided to make a sock puppet. Session 1: 1–1:45 p.m.

# of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Or Session 2: 2–2:45 p.m. # of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Social Time at the Central Pool, Thursday, July 28: all ages, 1–5 p.m. No registration required. Just show up and have fun!

Bocce Ball at West Rec. Bocce Ball Courts, Friday, July 29: ages 6 and up, 10– 11:30 a.m. Maximum 24 children. All equipment provided. # of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Fun with Paper Crafts, Friday, July 29: ages 7 to 12, 10–11:30 a.m. Maximum 12 children. All materials provided. # of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Making Pasta Noodles at Berger Center, Friday, July 29: ages 7 and up, 12:30– 2 p.m. Maximum 12 children. All materials provided. # of children____ ages_______ $3 per child

Register early, as space is limited! Your registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation from Grandparents’ Club. Please write your E-mail address clearly so it can be read. A grandparent or parent must accompany children to events. Last day to register is July 22. You can pay in cash or make a check out to Grandparents’ Club. Registration and fees may be mailed to Leslie Brockman at 6587 Pine Valley Drive, Santa Rosa 95409 or put in Grandparents’ Club folder in OVA Office. Questions? E-mail Leslie, Grandparents’ Club Chair, at or call her at 755-3168. Sorry, no refunds once registration is confirmed.


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Qigong nJanet Seaforth, Instructor nTeresa Woodrum

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

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself, fostering connections with friends, and inviting loved ones closer. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle— hydration revitalizes. Class cancelled on June 10. Thank you for your generous contributions to Oakmont Community foundation, supporting the health of our community through physical education. The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All free fitness classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, wellsupervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful dear ones.

Saturday, July 23, 5–7:30 pm Cookout on the Berger Plaza

Burgers and Pulled pork sandwiches with fries. Prices to be announced. Please bring cash for food purchase. BYOB. Tables and chairs will be provided. Even if you are not attending the Summer Party, Jeff Tyler Palooza’s smiling chef welcomes you to sit and visit with neighbors and enjoy the soft summer evening. The Summer Party tickets are currently waitlisted. To check for ticket availability, please contact seating hostess Teresa Woodrum, Thank you.

Fitness Club Fund Drive—Save Our Trainer! nFitness Club Board

All of us on the Fitness Club Board wish to thank those of you who continue to support the club through annual dues, attending our events and buying club logo wear. Virtually 100% of your support is used to cover our trainer’s salary. Unfortunately, the current membership level and logo wear sales will not provide enough income to fully fund our trainer through all of 2016. Our records indicate that we have approximately 600 club members and more than 1,200 regular gym users. With our annual club dues of $20, our membership would need to increase by at least 150 in 2016 to fix the budget.

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


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

In addition to our annual Holiday Dinner Dance, the Fitness Club is considering other methods of increasing revenue including an increase in club dues for 2017. But first we need to survive 2016. Due to liability and insurance issues with Oakmont clubs that the OVA and Oakmont Community Foundation are working through, funding from those organizations is not available at this time. What does John Phillips do? • John helps everyone in the gym, club members or not. • He is primarily involved in educating people on proper set-up and use of gym equipment, either in person or through instructional videos available on the gym monitor and the Fitness Club website. • He holds orientation workshops weekly for newcomers. • He helps people establish and maintain exercise routines to address specific anatomical problems or recover from injury or surgery. • He partners with OSPT (Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy), therapists and caregivers to utilize the Fitness Center for rehab. • John writes monthly articles for the Oakmont News to educate readers on various aspects of fitness training techniques, general health and exercise programs. • He ensures gym cleanliness. This fund drive will run from July 15 to October 15. Our projected budget shortfall is $3,000, which is the goal for the drive. Look for forms in the gym and our website. Please make your checks payable to the “Oakmont Fitness Club” and be sure to write “2016 Fund Drive” on your check. You can drop your donation in the mail slot outside the trainer’s office, or place it in the OFC folder in the OVA Office. Please help us save our trainer!

The practice of Qigong is a commitment to respect and honor your body by movement on a regular basis. It’s a personal practice hat you give to yourself to release the toxins in your body and help bring life giving energy or “qi,” pronounced “chee,” into your body, mind and spirit. The body needs movement for good health. The ancient Chinese healers realized this and designed a program to optimize the life breath energy in the body. If you don’t move you get sluggish and stiff. If you move too much you can strain and hurt yourself. We learn to relax in a standing meditative position and center the body. After the posture is established, the mind rests in the breath. We feel into the quality of breathing, the inhale and exhale of the life breath energy exchange, bringing nutrients and oxygen to every cell. We allow the breath to fill the body. Every breath helps center our mind, body, and spirit. We bring our minds loving attention into our bodies and release any tension. We breathe into the tight, sore, painful places with loving kindness and we make space for change. We move our body to nourish it with Range of Motion, flexibility is increased, and slowly the tendons, ligaments, and sinews of the body are strengthened. The movements help the heart to push the blood flow to every cell. The movements help take out the waste products and toxins. The gentle, circular, spiral movements of Qigong massage the organs. One of the greatest benefits of Qigong is moving the body in slow, repetitive, circular motion; the neurotransmitters and the nerve cells release calming chemicals that make us happier and give us a sense of well being. The immune system is also strengthened by moving the lymph and fascia. All systems of the body are supported and enhanced by the gentle movements of Qigong. Classes are Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the West Rec. Center. The cost is $40 monthly dues or $15 drop-in session. DVD is available for your home use for $20. This is a treatment that you learn to give yourself. I have over 35 years of experience. No equipment or mats are needed. Wear comfortable clothes. Everyone is welcome.

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Hotter than Who out there! Hard to cool down even in the pool. Some days the water temp simply cannot cool low enough to feel refreshing… Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Bring your water bottle to sip during workouts. Did you know our bodies perspire in the pool when exercising? Yep, so play it safe and drink up!

Flip Turn News:

This group of dedicated year round swimmers keeps growing as new swimmers move into Oakmont. If you fit the bill, send your name and E-mail address to No dues, nor parties but a site for connecting if needed. Happy lapping!

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Chair Stretch and Balance—New Class nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Feel Better in Your Body

WHEN: Thursdays 10:30–11:30 a.m. First class is August 4 WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Stretch out stiffness and breathe in vitality. Strengthen your core, even while seated! This class will focus on breath work and alignment combined with gentle stretching. Students can remain seated for the class or get out of the chair for standing balance work by the chair. Small free weights will be used to strengthen and tone the upper body. Equipment: Bring a set of free weights—your choice of one, two or more pounds—the weight you want to work with. Please bring water to class.

Forrest Yoga Classes

WHEN: Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series NEXT MONTHLY WORKSHOP: Saturday, August

nBarbara Bowman

6, 1–2:30 p.m., West Rec. Center—Lower Level Explore the journey within. Enjoy the benefits of a mindful yoga practice. Take great care of yourself and commit to your yoga practice. Feed your body deep calming breaths. Experience challenging core work. Let your neck relax and ease your back. Feel centered and stronger on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Join the class, find your inner smile and connect with others in a safe and supportive setting Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I 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.

Bocce Club


On June 11, a good turnout on a beautiful day resulted in two men’s teams and one women’s team winning this annual standoff between the sexes. Everyone had fun, fun, fun—and received a candy bar.

Women winners: Cindi Clemens, Debbie Kendrick and Barbara Newton.

On July 12, Bocce Club members were guests of the Lawn Bowling Club for some bowling and a potluck dinner. We had the opportunity to try to get closest to the jack (lawn bowling equivalent of the palino) and win a bottle of wine. And, we ate and socialized sumptuously. Thanks to the Lawn Bowling Club for including us in a very nice evening. Be sure to come to the annual Bocce Picnic event to be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 at the bocce courts and picnic area. Look for the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for details. Chris and Phil Duda have a special morning planned. Looking ahead to August, we have the Let the Good Times Roll Derby on Saturday, August 6, and the always-favorite Evening Bocce on Tuesday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. A reminder: no play on Friday, July 29 when we are hosting Oakmont grandchildren during Grandparents’ Week.


Men winners: John Magers, Bob Pelton, Jeff Clemence, Tony D’Agosta, and Geoffrey Newton. (Not pictured, Guido Arecco).


The Independence Day Tournament was played on July 2. Look for the winners’ pictures in the August 1 Oakmont News.

The Bocce Club bowls every day except Sunday at 9:30 a.m. during the summer months. Because it’s so much fun, we’d like to include you as a new member. If you think you might become a bocce lover, come to the courts at the West, watch the play and ask for a lesson. If you already know you want to be part of the bocce action, complete the membership form below, attach a check for $15 (made out to the Oakmont Bocce Club) and put it in the Bocce Club folder at the OVA Office, or mail it to Sherry Magers, 350 Belhaven Circle. See you on the courts!

Bocce Club Membership Form Name(s):______________________________________________________________________________________ Mailing Address:_______________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ E-mail address:______________________________________________________ Attach a check ($15/person) made out to the Oakmont Bocce Club.


nCathy Rapp


Water aerobics participants—past and present—mark your calendars. The annual picnic meet and greet is scheduled for Wednesday, August 3 at noon at the West Rec. picnic area. A potluck sign-up list will be posted in the West women’s locker room. BYO beverage. It’s always fun to guess who’s who with our clothes on! To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

SUMMER water aerobics schedule west pool

Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return. **Free Classes through SRJC: Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Friday: 9:45 a.m.—Instructor Julie **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 ($6) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee)

Let’s Dance—Together! nTerry Whitten

WHAT: Beginning Jitterbug Swing classes WHEN: Either Saturday, August 6, 3:45–5 p.m. (review class) or Wednesdays, August 17 and 24, 3:45–5 p.m. (new material) WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $10 pp for single class. $28 pp in advance for four classes which can be taken over several months Come join the fun of partner dancing! Additional Beginning Jitterbug Swing classes will continue in August. Come to either Saturday, Aug. 6 or Wednesdays, Aug. 17 and 24. The material taught on Saturday, Aug. 6 will be a review of what was taught in the July classes. Jitterbug Swing (also called Single Time Swing) is an upbeat, fun and versatile dance that can be danced to many types of music ranging from Big Band music to Rock ‘n Roll to fast Foxtrot music as well as contemporary tunes. No partners required. We will rotate partners during the class. A different partner dance will be taught in September. We will eventually have classes in Foxtrot, Waltz, Nightclub 2-Step, Rumba, Cha Cha, Salsa, Tango and others. If you have a partner, that’s great. However, I do know we are short on male leaders here in Oakmont. I’d like to invite any ladies who are interested to come and learn how to lead some basic steps. Once you learn, you will never be without someone to dance with in Oakmont and other venues. Leading can be as much fun as following! Aside from being fun and a great way to get exercise, a number of studies have shown that dancing on a regular basis may reduce the possibility of cognitive decline and may actually increase mental acuity. Many of you have seen me doing partner, freestyle and line dancing at a lot of our Oakmont dances. Most recently, I have been teaching both partner and line dancing at The Ballroom dance studio in Rohnert Park. I love to dance and I love teaching others to dance! If you want more information, please E-mail me (Terry Whitten) at or call me at 539-6265 (home) or (415) 265-7590 (cell.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!


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nEd Low

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Long or intermediate hikes to picnic are available. Hot Dogs, Potato Salad, Coleslaw and the “fixins,” $5 contribution. Veggie optional—state so at reservation time. Reservations at: or 539-5730.

nBarbara Bowman


This strenuous six-mile loop and 1,100’ of elevation gain will hike through the park along the East Ridge—Pool Ridge loop, returning along the nature trail. Bring poles, water and lunch. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Holly Kelley, 843-3155.

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, free of charge— compliments of the OVA

Sunday, July 17, 2 pm: WAITRESS

Jenna (Keri Russell) is a waitress whose fabulous pies are about the only sweet ingredient in an otherwise dreary existence. That is, until an unwanted pregnancy breeds unexpected romance between Jenna and an attractive doctor. This charmer is a frank and funny examination of the fears brought on by impending motherhood. Andy Griffith shines in an atypical role. The movie was made into the 2016 Tony-nominated Broadway musical. (2007), PG-13, 104 minutes.

Sunday, July 17, 7 pm: THE SWIMSUIT ISSUE

Unfortunately for the guys on Sweden’s only all-male synchronized swim team, a passion for their sport does not necessarily equal a proficiency in it. But that’s not going to stop these middle-aged mermen in their quest for the world championship. A humorous tale of courage, triumph and gender reversal, the film gently touches on issues not usually found in comedies: hard times, fragmented families, reverse discrimination. A film festival audience favorite. (2008), NR, 100 minutes. (In Swedish.)

Sunday, July 24, 2 pm: SUFFRAGETTE

Dreaming of the right to vote, working-class Maud (Carey Mulligan) eagerly joins the early feminist movement. But when the peaceful protests of the suffragettes accomplish nothing, they’re driven to more radical methods of effecting change. Inspired by true events, the film is a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all for the right to vote. Fine acting by Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, as well as Meryl Streep in a cameo role. (2015), PG-13, 106 minutes.

Sunday, July 24, 7 pm: ZOOTOPIA

In concert with Grandparents’ Week and its Family Movie Night, Movies At Oakmont screens this exquisitely animated film. After an otter suddenly disappears in the animal metropolis of Zootopia, a melting pot where animals from every environment live together, by-the-book bunny police officer Judy Hopps reluctantly joins forces with the fast-talking fox Nick Wilde to unravel the mystery. A tale of equality, determination and friendship—and terrific viewing for people of all ages. (2016), PG.

Sunday, July 31, 2 pm: CHEF

When Chef Carl Casper’s (Jon Faveau) plans for opening a restaurant in Los Angeles fail to pan out, he returns home to Miami and debuts a food truck instead. While trying to regain his zest for cookery, Carl also tries to mend his fractured family ties. A comedy with lots of heart, a charming cast—including Dustin Hoffman and Scarlett Johansson—a sharp, funny script, and mouth-watering food. You’re guaranteed to leave the movie feeling great—and hungry! (2014), R (language), 115 minutes.

Sunday, July 31, 7 pm: STATE OF PLAY

When his mistress is found dead, Congressman Stephen Collins (Ben Affleck) tries desperately to protect his name and career. As journalists Cal (Russell Crowe) and Della (Rachael McAdams) investigate further, they uncover an intricate web of lies that stretches to the highest levels of power. Based on the critically acclaimed BBC miniseries, this intriguing political thriller co-stars Helen Mirren, Robin Wright and Jason Bateman. (2009), PG-13, 128 minutes.


This nine-mile through hike with about 2,100’ of elevation gain will start from the Willow Creek near Duncans Mills, climb to the Islands in the Sky Trail, then descend to the Pomo Canyon campground. A second ascent will take us through two redwood groves to the summit of Red Hill. The hike will terminate at Shell Beach, where a car shuttle will return us to Willow Creek. Bring poles, lunch and water. Hike leader is Maurice Fliess, 536-9382. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.


We’ll hike the 8.5 miles, 750’ of elevation gain, Sky, Woodward, Coast and Laguna Trails. Have to car ferry on Limantour Road between the Sky Trail parking lot near Pt. Reyes Hostel and Laguna Trail. Bring poles water and lunch. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Zlatica Hasa, 843-4527 and Holly Kelley, 843-3155.


We will walk through this historic area with homes dating from 1872 to the 1940’s, see St. Rose Church and early business districts. All level and about two miles. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Bring water and snack. Hike leader is Donna McCulloch, 539-5730.


This 8.8 miles 750’ elevation hike starts at the Estero trailhead, to Home Bay and along the edge of Drakes Estero before heading inland to Point Reyes National Seashore. Hiking boots and poles are recommended. Bring water and lunch. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724.


We will walk four miles with minimal elevation gain from the Berger along Channel Drive to the dam on Violetti and around Spring Lake to the picnic area. Arrange a ride back or walk. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Larry Maniscalco, 538-2089.


The hike will leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. and will go up Steve’s S Trail and then over the meadow and thru the woods. Should arrive at the picnic spot about 11:30 a.m. It’s one way. Need a ride back or walk. Hike leader is Lynn Pelletier, 538-3530.


A suggested amount is $5/person to help drivers with gas costs on hikes more than 30 miles roundtrip, away from the local area.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, July 17, 2 p.m.: Waitress, (2007), PG-13, 104 minutes. Sunday, July 17, 7 p.m.: The Swimsuit Issue, (2008), NR, 100 minutes (In Swedish.) Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m.: Suffragette, (2015), PG-13, 106 minutes. Sunday, July 24, 7 p.m.: Zootopia, (2016), PG, 108 minutes. Family Movie Night. Sunday, July 31, 2 p.m.: Chef, (2014), R (language), 115 minutes. Sunday, July 31, 7 p.m.: State of Play (2009), PG-13, 128 minutes.

Annadel State Park. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)


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Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont references. I’ll work with your budget. Best prices on Gutter Guard Lic. #954364. Call Angel, installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429. 707-239-1241.



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


Dependable, experts serving you and your neighbors with excellence and integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, bonded and insured. Senior discounts available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. net or call us at 537-1308 for all your plumbing needs.

Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, THE COMPUTER LCO #2411.



Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, complete support for PC’s, Apples and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers served. John Bradford. 578-6305. $40/hour.

Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, a home visit, please call Charlotte at FAUX FINISHES 538-9050. Reasonable rates, free estimates, Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary MIKE’S REPAIR Luurs, 528-8489. Plumbing, electrical, appliance, heating and air conditioning, general NOSE TO NOSE PET SITTING handyman (I can fix just about IN YOUR HOME anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest Caring for your pets as you would. Over and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 25 yrs. experience. Dog and cat care. 536-9529, emergency—328-6635. Daily schedules and routines. Day OR overnight companionship. Insured and LEE MOEN CONSTRUCTION bonded. Call Alix, 637-6267, Sonoma.


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


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


Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma resident. 14 years experience. Senior pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Commercially licensed, transportation for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 Complete home renovations, kitchen and bathroom design, remodeling and owner-operated with several years experience. Oakmont homeowner too. repair. Door and window upgrades, Call Chris, (707) 206-5018. decks, fences and concrete. 30 years local experience, timely and detail oriented. Lic. #669482. Call LOU DEMME PAINTING (707) 328-3555. When quality and reliability count, call on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior D. CEBALLOS HOME REPAIR and exterior painting specialist, SMALL JOB SPECIALIST Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 drywall repairs and textures. Licensed years. Focus on small jobs, projects and and insured. Call us for your free estimate today! 833-2890. “honey-do” lists. Free estimates, very reasonable rates. Excellent Oakmont references. Please contact me at MARTHA L. PROFESSIONAL 533-7741. Thank you. HOUSE CLEANING Home, business, move-outs. Windows, bed linen changing and more. Over VIDEO STEREO HOOKUP 18 yrs. of experience. References upon AND HELP! New Tv’s DVD’s, Stereos and Streamers request., 548-9482 or 542-8720. are complicated. I will help you. 35 years experience. $40/hr. Jason Baldwin, 479-1364. PROFESSIONAL NAIL


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


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.


General landscape, yard maintenance (with free fertilizer), high weed clearance, clean-up, hauling, trimming, pruning and gutters. Free estimates, references available. Tony Sandoval, 321-2958.



15 yr. experience, licensed tech. Mani $20, Pedi $40, Combo $50. Call Linn, 225-2656.


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


Retired health care worker seeking job as a caregiver. Flexible hours. Call Evelyne at 546-1365.


Dignity, compassion and exceptional medical and personal care by experienced Fijian couple. “We couldn’t have done it without them!”—Carol McConkie, 829-5461 or Liz Brock, 829-7755.


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


St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Kenwood seeks part-time Director of Music Ministry to provide choral, vocal, and instrumental music for parish worship and events. Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Music or equivalent and at least five years’ experience leading congregational music, expertise in organ, piano, and choral conducting. Go to www. for job description, or call Andy, 843-4160. Submit résumés to


This service is designed for the homebound/disabled and includes dental cleanings, teeth, gum and oral cancer assessments and fluoride treatments to help prevent future decay. Save the inconvenience of traveling and let me come to you! Please call Jill, 707703-3703 or E-mail jill_rdhap@yahoo. com for an appointment.

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

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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Bulletin Boards

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

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 July 16–31 Joyce Andrews 539-8345 August 1–15 Dorrelle Asland 537-1518

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.


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


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


SUMMER 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 (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) JACUZZI HOURS: Same as facility. No one under 18 years in West and East pools and Jacuzzis. Central Pool Children’s Hours: 11 AM–2 PM (Exception: 12 Noon –4 PM Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day.) Children must be accompanied by an OVA member or adult with a valid pool access card. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.


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


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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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

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

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Andie Altman, President John Felton, Vice President Frank Batchelor, Secretary Elke Strunka, Treasurer Herm Hermann, Director Gloria Young, Director Ellen Leznik, Director

locker rentals

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

OAS Management Company


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.


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

Association Manager Cassie Turner

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

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

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


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Oakmont Art Association nCarol Decker

Quilting Bee nElizabeth McDonnell


The Annual Oakmont Art Association Show will be held on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, with set-up on Oct. 13. Look for your entry packet the beginning of August. They will be sent by E-mail to those who have computers, and snail mail to the rest of the membership. If you are interested in showing your art at this event and are not currently a member, now is a good time to join!


Plein Air Group: An informal group has been meeting on Tuesdays to paint at locations around Oakmont. No instruction is provided and painters are experienced oil and watercolorists. Remaining sessions are July 19 and 26. If interested in joining the group, contact Phil Wilkinson at Mary Baum’s Painting Group: July painting classes are cancelled, but we are still planning on having classes in August, if we have enough people. As a reminder, the classes are the second and fourth Monday of the month at 12:30 p.m. in the Activity Center Art Room. Please let Mary Baum know if you are interested: We may have to cancel the classes if we don’t have some new members.

Our June business meeting started off with Nancy O’Brien discussing the reverse appliqué class she taught on Saturday, July 2. She pointed out it is necessary to have good contrast in the two fabrics selected so the design stands out. She then showed various quilts made in this appliqué method pointing out two of the quilts that needed more contrast. To remedy this problem on one quilt she added black bias tape between the pieces which gives the quilt a stained glass effect. Nancy showed her frog, hibiscus, gingko, sun, dragon fly and bird of paradise quilts. We discussed the challenge quilt due in December for those newbies in our group and whether a summer picnic would happen. Knowing she is a big fan of all things Wizard of Oz, Barbara Arnold’s sister found Wizard of Oz fabric and made Barbara two bags, a small one to hold sewing notions and a larger one to store fabric scraps. Helen White announced she had purchased a CD of a fabric fusing method by Grace Errea, and she would like to share the video with our Bee. Plans will be made to view that at a meeting in the near future. Mary Ann Allen had a picture of a baby quilt pattern she is making. It is a cute One Fish, Two Fish, Three Fish quilt and she plans to give the Dr. Seuss book along with the quilt to the baby. Pam McVey told us she just adopted a dog from

beagle rescue and showed us his picture. His name is Jake and they are in the process of bonding. Laura Lamar showed us a UFO that has been sitting in her closet for quite some time. It is a backgammon (fabric) board and she asked if we had any suggestions on finishing it and what to use for game pieces. Suggestions followed. Helen Kivell joined us after an absence and we were pleased to see her. She showed a beautiful, handmade quilt she made. Paula Scull loves to make quilts in fitting colors for various holidays and she was just finishing the binding on her red, white and blue quilt. Beautiful!

Helen Kivell.

I showed a baby quilt made for a friend’s new grandson. Baby Flynn’s nursery has a theme of planets and space and I found fabrics with planets and rocket ships on them to coordinate with his room. The Quilting Bee meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays in the Arts and Crafts room in the Central Activities Center, from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

Paula’s red-white-blue quilt.

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