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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

A Natural Meeting— Making Friends

nMarty Thompson

July 15, 2014 • Volume 52, Number 14

Honoring Those Who Served

Months of planning and preparation by staff at the Oakmont Gardens came together with the dedication of a Wall of Honor recognizing 28 residents who served in the military. Photos of the 28 men and women in uniform are framed next to current pictures and displayed on a wall in a first-floor room that also includes other artifacts of military service. “It’s a time to recognize our veterans who live in Oakmont Gardens as well as Oakmont and elsewhere,” Oakmont Gardens Executive Director Scott Bissey told a June 28 gathering. “We’re losing sight of sacrifices made for us,” he said.

Veterans and their families and friends filled an Oakmont Gardens auditorium for the Wall of Honor program. (Photo by Star Power)

Photographer Keith Sauer captured this scene outside his kitchen window July 1. “The first rule of nature photography is ‘be there,’” Sauer observed.

OVA Could Adopt Fines Policy for CC&R Violations July 15

A section of the Wall of Honor shows the side-by-side display of photos of the men and women in uniform with current photographs. (Photo by Star Power)

nAl Haggerty

The Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors will consider a policy of imposing fines for violations of the CC&Rs at its regular meeting July 15. An ad hoc committee has recommended fines ranging from $100 for a first violation to $500 for a third violation. The committee urged an “absolute zero tolerance policy.” A wide-ranging discussion at a July 1 board workshop pointed up the difficulty of developing and putting in place a policy aimed at reducing the number of Oakmont homes with serious maintenance problems and enforcing architectural rules. Board President John Taylor emphasized the need for a new policy in light of “a significant number of obvious violations,” including deteriorating paint on homes, the need for new roofs and serious landscape violations. He added that some of Oakmont’s homeowner associations (HOAs) are “not stepping up” to address problems with homes in their areas. The HOAs are responsible for common area landscape maintenance and must sign-off on changes to members’ homes. Owners who maintain their own homes deal directly with the AC.


Director Andie Altman said her research found that most violations would be eliminated if the board imposes a fine for any residents who modify their property without Architectural Committee (AC) approval. She said a fine would be a “strong deterrent” See fines policy on page 11 Oakmont Village Association 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7 Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5906

An honor guard from Boy Scout troops 55 and 134 folded a large flag and carried it from the auditorium to the Wall of Honor display on the first floor at the Gardens. (Photo by Star Power)

An audience of the honorees, family members and guests filled an auditorium, and then followed a Boy Scout flag honor guard to view the Wall of Honor. See honoring on page 11

Trees Pulled from Oakmont Drive Median

nMarty Thompson

Eight Crepe Myrtle trees were removed from the Oakmont Drive median near Stone Bridge Road at the start of July to make way for a left-turn lane into the Meadows new homes development. The trees, just beginning to bloom, were part of a recently-completed replanting of the median between Highway 12 and Stone Bridge. “We were surprised—shocked actually, when construction representatives came to the Oakmont Village Association Office to tell of plans to pull out the trees,” OVA Manager Cassie Turner wrote in her weekly E-mail newsletter. It turned out that the city required the turn lane, Turner said, but neither the city nor the developer, the Hunter Group, “thought to tell the OVA.” The contractor, Northwest Engineering, volunteered to move the trees. ”Since there was no time to contact anyone or get a consensus about where to put the trees,” Turner said, “they were given a temporary home in the bark chip-covered area in front of the PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Berger Center. Some plants from the median also will be relocated.” “We hope the trees will survive the stress of the move and the hot weather,” she added.

Workers plant one of the trees at the Berger Center. (Photo by Cassie Turner)

Inside the Oakmont News Golf Club News...............................5–6

OVA-Sponsored Events....................13

Letters to the Editor............................9

Puzzle Contest.................................17


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The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014 CAN’T ATTEND A BOARD MEETING? Watch it online at Board meetings will be streamed live. Also, check out past videos.

Who You Gonna Call? Numbers to Save

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

nOVA Administration

nOVA Administration

The listed Oakmont Village Association meetings are open sessions. Any interested Oakmont residents are invited and encouraged to participate in these important meetings.

MEETINGS Architectural (No participation) / Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Board OVA Board Workshop

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

COMMITTEES Communications (CC) / Community Development (OCDC) / Finance (FC) / Landscape Improvement Committee (LIC) League of Maintained Area Associations (LOMAA) Regular Meetings Quarterly Meetings LOMAA Workshop Long-Range Planning (LRP) /

DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Mon. Monthly 8:30–10 AM Rm. B 2nd Thurs. Monthly 11:30 AM–1:30 PM Rm. B 4th Thurs. Monthly 2–3:30 PM Rm. B 1st Tues. Monthly 10 AM–12 Noon Rm. G 1st Mon. Monthly 1st Wed. (March, Sept. & Dec.) 2nd Thurs. (June) 4th Tues. Monthly

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

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM 10 AM–12 Noon

Rm. B West Rec. West Rec. East Conf. Rm.

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

Oakmont Village Criminal Activity Report June 1–30

nOVA Office

Date Time Reported Incident Description Incident Location 6-2 7:26 a.m. Suspicious Veh. Unoccupied Oakmont Dr. 6-9 9:20 p.m. Drunk Driver DUI Arrest Meadowridge Dr. 6-11 12:13 p.m. Fraud Report Oak Leaf Dr. 6-27 4:16 p.m. Check the Welfare Meadowridge Dr. 6-28 9:56 p.m. Missing Person at Risk Rpt. White Oak Dr. 6-29 11:23 p.m. Traff. Acc. Ambul. Enroute Pythian Rd.

Data listed here is gathered from the Santa Rosa Police Department Website and Raids Online. Report criminal activity as soon as possible to the Santa Rosa Police Department: Emergencies— 911 Non-Emergencies— 528-5222 Fire/Ambulance— 528-5151 To ensure the swiftest response, please do not report criminal activity to the OVA Office. Please use the numbers listed above.

LRPC to Host Community Forum that we would like to conduct in the coming months. The forum will be held on Tuesday, July 29 from 1–4 p.m. at the East Recreation Center. All Oakmont residents are invited to participate. We welcome your questions, suggestions and criticism.

Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Policy For Refunds It is the policy of the OVA Board of Directors to make full refunds of assessments and fees, subject to limitations outlined below. The board approves the following procedures to affect the policy for the situations stated:


1. Dues: a. Sale of Property: Unearned dues will be refunded, through escrow or upon valid request when not done through escrow. Refunds are prorated to the close of escrow date. b. Reduction of Occupancy: Refund requests made by owner(s), legal survivor(s), or legal agent(s), and upon proper documentation, such as death certificate, will cause a refund check to be mailed to the requesting person. Owner(s), legal survivor(s),

Fallen Power Line: 911—immediately. Street Lights Out: if pole is on HOA property, call OAS at 539-5810; otherwise, have pole number handy and call City of Santa Rosa at 543-3880. Black Ice: if on HOA property, call OAS at 539-5810; otherwise, call City of Santa Rosa at 543-3881. Wild Animals: in your house, nesting in the attic or outside— Wildlife Rescue Service at 992-0274. You can try spraying the animal with a hose first. Snake Sighted: Reptiles Rescue, 829-8152. Mountain Lion Sighted: Sonoma County Animal Control, 565-7100. If you think you are in danger, call 911. Carcass Removal: on your property—Animal Abatement at 528-2868; on HOA property—OAS at 539-5810; on city streets— City of Santa Rosa at 543-3881. Fawn Rescue: Wildlife Fawn Rescue at 931-4550.


League of Maintained Area Associations

nJohn Renwick

LOMAA Board Meeting August 4, Room B, 12 noon

Speaker Chuck Wood from the Oakmont Golf Club will review planned landscape changes along the perimeter of the golf courses. All HOA Board members are invited to attend. The usual second August Board Meeting: August 25, Room B, 12 noon

nMarianne Neufeld

nTony Lachowicz, LRPC Chair

The Long-Range Planning Committee will be hosting a community forum on the proposed Oakmont Long-Range Plan. At this forum, members of the LRPC will review the work that they have completed to date on the plan. We will also present our ideas about a community-wide research project

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or legal agent(s) advising OVA or OVA’s Financial Management Company in writing of a reduction in occupancy, shall be informed they may be eligible for a refund. Property owner(s), legal survivor(s), or legal agent(s) will be refunded eligible dues up to 12 months prior to the date of notification. c. Dues Receipts: Payments of dues for each Oakmont property may be received from any party (owner, tenant, legal third party). See refunds page 11

Architectural Committee


To help keep Oakmont looking vibrant and ensure that landscaping and structures continue to conform with the Guidelines and Standards, the Architectural Committee will begin regular drive-by property inspections starting September 1. During drive-by inspections the committee will generally be looking at condition and maintenance of landscape, fences, and house. Photos will be taken of any violation and will be included in compliance letter to resident. Remember! You must file an application and receive AC approval for any changes or alteration to the outside of your home or property prior to starting the project. Page 2 of the Guidelines and Standards states, “failure to obtain approvals may require modification or removal of the unauthorized work at the expense of the homeowner.” Copies of the following documents can be obtained in the Architectural Office: Guidelines and Standards, Landscape Criteria for Drought Conditions and Minimum Landscape and Maintenance Standards. Correction! There is no fine policy at the current time for any violation. An announcement will be made if and when any fine policy is adopted.


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014

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nChuck Wood

Golf News



The Oakmont Golf Club is just now implementing a new program for welcoming and including new OGC members in our golfing and social activities. That is, helping to make them truly feel like members. The mission of our program: to create an environment where each new member feels formally welcomed in the Oakmont Golf Club, as well as to encourage new members to establish personal connections amongst other new and existing members in order to strengthen the overall longevity and prosperity of the club. To facilitate bringing this mission to life many people within both the Oakmont Golf Club itself and members of the KemperSports’ staff will have vital roles. The process begins with Heather Pelleriti, our Director of Sales and Marketing. She has begun to have new members complete a “Member Interest Profile” that communicates the individual’s or couple’s preferences for playing golf (such as tournament, social, couples, 18 holes, nine holes, weekdays, weekends, as well as their current GHIN Index number); and preferences regarding food and beverage, social activities, catered events, and recreational interests. Heather then forwards the completed profile to me, as the program’s mentor, by way of chairing the Membership and Marketing Committee. I will then assign one or more ambassadors to reach out and extend a warm welcome to the new member(s). Who are the ambassadors? They will be a group of Oakmont Golf Club members who have volunteered to meet new members and help them become active participants in the club’s golfing and social activities. The matching up process will include trying to align the new member’s golfing level and stated interests with an Ambassador who shares that community of interests. The current Golf Section Captains and their membership chairs will need to be essential contributors to our Ambassador Program’s success. In the next Golf and Greens Committee meeting (July 24) I’ll review this program, ask for the sections’ help, and sign up new ambassadors. The assigned ambassador for the new member(s) will make introductions to existing OGC members, explain how things work in our club, and schedule a golf outing and/or a dining event at the Quail Inn with them. I’ll follow up to review the welcoming process for each new member and, over time, report that progress back to our Membership and Marketing Committee. Our club’s General Manager, Mike Ash, will also help ensure that new members are recognized and welcomed by the entire Oakmont Golf Club staff. Beyond the officially assigned ambassadors for new members, all OGC members should work together to create a true club environment for new and existing members. That includes attending the mixer dinners, such as the excellent Eat, Drink and Be Members event many of us enjoyed on June 26. At the next dinner, invite some newbies to join you at your table. We are all ambassadors for and of our Oakmont Golf Club!

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nEileen Beltrano

Hi there ladies. Well it’s that time of year—our Club Championships! Tuesday’s Championship starts on the July 15 (today!) with the second and third rounds next week. Good luck to all the ladies playing. Remember, you can be the champion of your flight! Thursday’s Club Championship is held next month. But most of all, don’t forget to sign up for our Invitational on Sept. 16. Busy, busy, busy with all these exciting Oakmont golf events. Speaking of exciting, Thursday’s Captain’s Choice play day is on July 24. This should prove to be a fun time for all. Leslie has some great prizes in store for us, as well as a unique format for the game. There’s still time to sign up. I would also like to welcome three new members to our Tuesday Club. A big welcome goes out to Betty J. Voorhis, Ellen Comaduran and Debbie Kendrick. Here are the results of sweeps for the end of June

TUESDAY, June 17—GUEST DAY, West Step aside scramble

First flight: first, J. Seliga, J. Reed, S. Wood and J. O’Toole; second, E. Huff, L. Miller, M. Pierce and Y. Smith; third, E. Beltrano, C. Locke, C. Buchold and S. Hansen. Second flight: first, E. Baciocco, J. Dimaggio, C. Rexford and P. Schulze; second, K. Wittes, P. Vadon, N. DeSousa and M. Delagnes; third, L. Frediani, D. Kiddoo, S. Keating and C. Tripaldi.


Low Gross of Field: Sallie Wood. First place team, J. Moreno, K. Downey, S. Wood and P. Wright; second place team, G. Donham, C. Sharp, C. Locke and J. O’Toole; third place team, P. Buchholz, K. Wittes, V. Collins and C. Rexford; fourth place team, M. Pierce, Y. Smith, E. Huff and L. Wiener.


Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (88). First flight: first low net, Ginny Donham; second low net, P. Buchholz; third low net, B. Hulick; fourth low net, K. Peters; and fifth low net, Y. Smith. Second flight: first low net, Kim Murphy; second low net tie, J. Reed and Linda K; and fourth low net

JoAnn Banayat, a member of both our clubs. We haven’t seen you out there in quite sometime, JoAnn. Hurry and heal. We miss you!

tie, K. Faherty and E. Huff. Third flight: first low net, E. Baciocco; second low net, R. Nicholson; third low net, C. Carroll; and fourth low net tie, C. Sharp and G. Farhner. Fourth flight: first low net, C. Rexford; second low net, K. Wittes; third low net tie, V. Collins and H. Williston; and fifth low net, B. Robinson.


Low Gross of Field: Sallie Wood (90). First flight: first low net, K. Peters; second low net, S. Wood; third low net, P. Buchholz; and fourth low net, M. Pierce. Second flight: first low net tie, Y. Smith and J. Duport; third low net, E. Huff. Third flight: first low net, L. Wiener; second low net, N. DeSousa; third low net, K. Wittes; and fourth low net, V. Collins. It was great to watch Michelle Wie (Stanford Grad) win her first major at the U.S. Open. We had our very own Leslie Clark, there in Pinehurst, following the top players for that final round. Ask Leslie whose autograph she got while she was there? See you out there ladies.

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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

9 nBarbara Bowman

Niners welcome our new OGC General Manager, Mike Ash. Glad to have you on board. Welcome new members: Neil Huber, Noel Coghlan and Joel Goodman. That brings our total count to 57 members. If you know someone who would like to have nine holes of fun every Monday, invite them to join us. Happy Birthday, Gordon Hopper! Hop turned 96 years young on Monday, June 23. We surprised him with a cake and a song.

nBucky Peterson


Thursday, August 7 is the date for the Niners’ Invitational. Here’s a great opportunity to treat that golfer friend of yours to a morning of golf followed by cocktails and lunch. A little birdie told us— unfortunately it wasn’t the one we always hope for when we tee off—that good things are being planned. Co-chairs Henni Williston and Valerie Boot have been doing the planning. Look for the poster and sign-up sheet at the East. Wednesday, August 6 is a WRENS event, the Adam Springs Invitational at Ukiah. Linda Yates says a good time will be had by all. It’s not too late to become a WREN and participate in this invitational. Call Linda to join and to make the trek to Ukiah (the same little bird said it’s a fun car-pooling time with good golfing.) There’s information on the WRENS board.


This was the third day of the Eclectic, and an opportunity to improve scores. Many of the following did so. It was also the first day of qualifying for the Oakmont Niners WRENS President’s Cup Team.

Gordon “Hop” Hopper, 96 years young

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR June 16 Two-Man Trilogy, 10 Teams

First place: Stan Augustine and Neil Huber with a 26.5. Second place Phil Bowman and Wendell Freeman with a 29.5. Third place: Noel Schween and Keith Wise with a 30.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Vic Fryling, 7’5”; Keith Wise, 7’11”; Neil Huber, 23’5”.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR June 23 Individual Low Net, 27 Players

First place: Jim Norem with a 25.5. Second place: Noel Schween with a 27.5. Third place tie: Dick Larsen and Paul Lawler, both with a 31. Fifth place: Neil Huber with a 31.5. Sixth place tie: Don Morse and Phil Sapp, both with a 32.5. Eighth place tie: Noel Coghlan, Tony D’Agosta, Wendell Freeman, Vic Fryling and Rich Silvas, all with a 33. Closest-to-the-pin: Noel Schween, 4’0”; Phil Sapp, 15’3”; Dan Sienes, 32’1”.

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Wednesday Men’s Club

It’s been a busy month with President’s Cup and Member-Guest. And the Member-Guest was just plain great! Thanks Mike Isola and John Weston who made it all possible. We have a few new members who joined us in the last few months: Suvu Sabbarad, Ed Biglin, and Joel Goodman. Perhaps the highlight of the last month is Don Baum’s hole-in-one. Congratulations Don!


First flight (3.8–13.3): first, Nick Beltrano, 59; second tie, Kevin Buehner and Mike Isola, 61; fourth tie, Danny Morgan and Bucky Peterson, 63. Second flight (13.5–18.1): first, Ron Feibusch, 57; second, Ross Alzina, 59; third, Rick Yates, 61; fourth, Denny Mool, 63. Third flight (18.5–24.7): first, Neil Huber, 58; second, John Greig, 59; third, Bill Smith, 62; fourth, Bud Simi, 63. Fourth flight (24.9–Up): first, Bob Flores, 54; second, Lou Lari, 56; third, John Garcia, 57; fourth, Mike LaForge, 58. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Mike Doyle, 2’4”, Bob Branstetter, 2’11”; #11—Kevin Buehner, 9’9”, Bob Branstetter, 9’11”; #16—Nick Beltrano, 7’9”, John Weston, 12’3”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Jim Spangler, 50’6”, no second; #11—Bill Smith, 4’8”; #16—Tony D’Agosta, 24’5”, John Garcia, 34’0”. Overall winners: first flight—Kevin Buehner, 68–61, 129; second flight—Ron Feibusch, 63–57, 120; third flight—Bill Smith, 66–62, 128; fourth flight—Lou Lari, 69–56, 125.

June 25, WEST COURSE: 3-2-1 GAME

Eclectic smiles on Valerie Boot, Barbara Robinson, Henni Williston, Christy Rexford and Cindy Carroll must have been some score-changing holes today!

First flight: first tie, L. Yates, M. Mar, E. Foote, C. Carroll, and E. Baciocco. Second flight: first tie, E. LaPointe, S. Thomason, and B. Robinson. Third flight: first, J. DiBenedetto; second tie, J. Howell, H. Williston, and J. Eiserloh. Fourth flight: first, B. Bowman; second, J. Haggerty; third, V. Boot. Chip-ins: #1—J. DiBenedetto, and #8—Cindy Carroll.

nGary Goodenough

First flight (10.8–18.8): first tie, Alan McLintock, Gary Novak, Bill Roberts and Phil Sapp, and Bob Siela, Bill Smith, Rick Yates and John Williston, 123. Second flight (19.0–28.0): first, Dennis DeSousa, Frank James, Chuck Mendenhall and (blind draw), 120; second, Tom Wayne, Bud Simi, Pete Eschelbach and Scott Ricci, 121. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Shelly Brodsky, 16’1”, Charlie Huff, 16’2”; #13—Pete Waller, 9’10”, Mike Doyle, 12’4”; #16—Jim Scinto, 5’8”, Tom Kendrick, 9’6”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Pete Eschelbach, 27’6”, Gil Moreno, 39’0”; #13—Larry Frediani, 6’5”, Jack Haggerty, 22’7”; #16—Art Hastings, 22’5”, Gil Moreno, 30’8”.

Model Railroad Exhibit

The annual visit of the model railroad display in Oakmont will be Saturday, August 2 and Sunday, August 3. Again this year the Coastal Valley Lines, the Santa Rosa HO scale modular model railroad club, will operate their equipment at the East Rec. Center on Saturday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. The display is open to the general public, so invite both your Oakmont and non-Oakmont friends and relatives. In addition to the operation layout, a switching module will be available for the public to test their operating skill. As usual, there is no charge.


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Photography Club

Oakmont Art Association

nBob Crosby

nJane Carpenter

The Photography Club is planning a field trip to Santa Rosa’s Bird Rescue Center on Sunday, July 20 to photograph their 21 resident raptors. There are owls such as Pygmy, Screech, Barn and Great Horned; falcons such as American Kestrel, Merlin and Peregrine, Osprey, Turkey Vultures; and hawks such as Coopers, Red Tail and Rough Legged. Handlers can take a bird from its enclosure to the outdoors for photos. This has been our most popular field trip for the last couple of years and many intriguing photos have resulted.

It may seem that the Oakmont Art Association is relatively inactive during the summer but don’t be misled. Many exciting things are percolating beneath the quiet surface. Of course our galleries are still adorned with beautiful and interesting works of art and our popular classes are going strong, but many of our members are working hard to bring new and interesting programs to all of Oakmont in the coming year.

Horned Owl

Turkey Vulture

Meet at the East Recreation Center at 10 a.m. for car-pooling. All Oakmonters are welcome to attend whether you’re a beginning or advanced photographer. For more details about the center, check out their website at If you have any questions, contact me at bcphoto@ or 539-4507. We hope you’ll join us for this great opportunity for some unusual photos.

Current Events Discussion Group

nSandra Sebastian

Our Friday discussions invite informed comments from across the political spectrum, from Liberals to Conservatives. Some prefer to listen and learn, still others 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.


July 18: Bernie Palk July 25: Richard Gallagher Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center, and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information please contact Tina Lewis at 539-5546.



Are you stuck in a rut with your painting? Do you want to break through to the next level? Are you hoping to enter and win in competition? Do you want to improve your marketing skills? Join us on Saturday and Sunday, August 9 and 10, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Art Room in the Activities Center. This is a class for artists who are advanced beginners or above, who work in any two-dimensional media, including watercolor, pastel, acrylic, oil or any combination. Emphasis is on individual instruction following principles of design and movement with special attention to the value scale. Sandy Delehanty, CAW Signature Status, is an accomplished teacher and judge. The class size is limited to 10 and there will be some homework prior to the class, so register as soon as possible. Mail or bring a check for $130, payable to Sandy Delehanty, to Bonnie Cross, 8824 Oakmont Dr. by July 26. No cancellations after that date. For more information call Bonnie at 282-9076.


On Friday, September 12, we will have the first program of our calendar year. Jeff Davis, Program Chairman, assures us that it will be well worth looking forward to, so plan to come and to renew your membership in the Oakmont Art Association. Joan Rumrill, Membership Chairman, will be on hand to do that. Call Joan at 282-9074 if you have questions about membership.


Put these dates on your calendar now so you won’t miss this important event. The Oakmont Art Association’s Annual Art Show is almost as old as Oakmont itself. It is an affair that all of our residents look forward to and Wendy Lalanne, Chairman of the Art Show, and Barbara Pascal, Raffle Chairman, are already hard at work preparing for it. They will need lots of volunteer helpers, so if you want to be part of this historic event be sure to sign up to help when you renew you Oakmont Art Association membership at our first meeting in September. If you are an artist and would like to enter your art work in the show you have to be a member of the Art Association so be sure to sign up or renew. Entry forms for your art work will be available soon. The Silent Action that goes along with the Raffle was a very popular innovation begun last year by Blanche Kaiser. This year we already have seven original paintings in the auction including two from the estate of our beloved late President, Susan Lee. Barbara Pascal will be happy to arrange to pick up any items you would like to donate to the raffle or the Silent Auction. Call her at 537-6692.


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014

Letter to the Editor

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

An open letter to the board of directors, the ac and all residents of Oakmont

Recent meetings and hearings conducted by the Oakmont Village Association regarding infractions of the Architectural/Landscape Rules and Regulations make it apparent that the existing rules are out of date and have created a divisive situation. The Architectural Committee seems to be unable to decide what constitutes an infraction and what is allowable without benefit of the committee approval. Attempts to enforce these rules seem to be in conflict with the current drought conditions in which the community and the entire state are suffering these past three years. I suggest that Architectural Committee members revise the regulations to better suit the 21st century. The guidelines should include line items on which each and every member of Oakmont can vote and include blanks for writein suggestion as well. The ballot measure should be mailed out to all homeowners and include a postage-paid addressed return envelope to help insure that all members will respond. These new rules should reflect the majority opinions of the voting population, not the outdated wishes of present committee. Perhaps the present discontent can finally be resolved by majority rule. We all have a common interest in preserving the wonderful ambience which first attracted us to purchasing a home here in Oakmont. Once new rules are established, fines and punishments can be established and reasonably and equitably enforced. David Lynch 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 kelly@

Dance Club

nNoel Lyons

Coming Attractions

Saturday, August 16: As a special thanks to loyal members of the Oakmont Dance Club, we’re planning a special Member Appreciation Event. So dust off your dancing shoes and mark your calendars for Saturday, August 16. We’ll have all the details in the July 15 edition of the Oakmont News. We know you won’t want to miss this special evening. Saturday, October 31: Bill McCubbins Band will haunt the Berger Center for our annual Halloween Dinner Dance. It’s not too soon to start planning your costume. Saturday, December 4: Ring in the holidays in style at our Holiday Dinner Dance, with music by favorite deejay Steve Luther. We may not have snow, but we’ll have traditional holiday music and food. Thursday, December 31: Close out the old year and welcome the new, with our traditional New Year’s Eve Dinner Dance, jointly sponsored by the Dance Club and the Oakmont Village Association. We’ll dance the night away to the music of Bill McCubbins and his band until the balloons drop at midnight.

Oakmont Village Association Architectural Committee

nMarianne Neufeld


Care of Lawns: 1. During the summer months, it is recommended that water be reduced by 20% of normal usage. Check sprinklers so that spray does not overreach to paved areas. Water during evening or early morning hours only. 2. Lawns must be kept mowed, trimmed and weed free. 3. Go to architectural.asp for lawn watering suggestions and information. Landscape for Front Yards and Properties Adjacent to Golf Course: 1. Front yard landscaping, and landscaping in public view, including property adjacent to golf course boundaries, must be landscaped with a combination of live plant material. Bark or mulch cannot exceed 50% of landscaping without approval of the Architectural Committee. 2. No more than 15% (exclusive of driveways and walks) of front yard, side yard adjacent to street or areas adjacent to golf course boundary lines, may be covered in ornamental rock, gravel or decomposed granite. 3. Drought resistant landscaping must be maintained at all times to assure an attractive appearance. Perennials and ornamental grasses that die back must be cut back at appropriate times to remove dead material. 4. All landscaping in public view must be kept weed free. 5. Sickly or dying plants must be removed and replaced. 6. No plants may encroach onto or over public sidewalks. Application for Approval: 1. Lawns cannot be removed without first (a) having a plan for re-landscaping and (b) obtaining approval from the Architectural Committee. A drawing of the new landscape plan must be submitted to the AC for approval. An architect’s drawing is not necessary; a simple sketch done by the resident may be submitted to the AC. 2. All plans to re-landscape require an AC application and approval by the AC before work may begin. 3. Determination by the AC will normally be made within 10 working days of receipt of complete information from applicant. (Working days refer to days during which the AC is open for business.)

Live Music at Sugarloaf

nBill Myers

Press release

The summer concert series at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park continues every Friday at 6:30 p.m. through August. These fund-raisers help Team Sugarloaf keep the park beautiful and open to the public. Enjoy outstanding local musicians as they bring music to the meadows at the park’s outdoor amphitheater. This is a family-friendly event. Food and beverages are available on-site or you can bring a picnic. The sun setting on the craggy palisades of Sugarloaf Ridge behind the stage is a unique backdrop. Support from the Oakmont community has been superb and greatly appreciated. Visit www. or call 833-6288 for details.

Duplicate Bridge

nBob Stinson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

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

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Quilting Bee

nElizabeth McDonnell

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Summer! We all look forward to it, then complain when it is too darn hot. Winter! We pray for the rain and brisk mornings, then grumble about cold toes and pets that insist on their walks. At the Oakmont Village Library, we don’t have to check the thermometer or even look out the window to know what the weather is like. Sometimes even the season! The DVD’s and VHS tapes area a good example. Right after a hot spell, lots of movies are returned. Folks were staying home, keeping cool and watching hot films. A new donation Contagion has a cast that includes Matt Damon, Laurence Fishburne, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, and Jennifer Ehle and will certain give you chills. During a cold snap, Oakmonters will huddle by the fire with a “toddy” and a good mystery to distract them from the wind howling and branches cracking overhead. A really good read for cold days is any of the Canadian mysteries by Louise Penny. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Surêté du Québec and his team of investigators always have a good case in the small village of Three Pines south of Montreal. They will make you glad to live in comparatively warm Oakmont. When patrons arrive with red and green sweaters with spangly motifs it is time to get down the big box of holiday videos and books for visiting family. All the versions of Miracle on 34th Street are available as well as every Peanuts holiday special ever made. Classic and contemporary Christmas stories are ready for the annual reading—possibly to the youngest visitor for their first time. If the gardening books start disappearing off the shelves it must be spring. Pocket Gardens—Big Ideas for Small Spaces seems ideal for Oakmont’s tiny plots. Travel adventures and guides to exotic, especially warm, places start marching out the door when mornings start becoming nippy. Skeletons On the Zahara—A Story of Survival In the Desert by Dean King may not make you want to emulate the shipwrecked, kidnapped sailors in 1815, but it will make you warm. Travel guides will help you plan visits to anywhere —Alaska to Antarctica, Virginia to Vietnam. We even know when it is late July. Children’s books, films and puzzles fly off the shelves in the hall outside the library doors because it’s Grandparents’ Weeks and the little darlings are swarming to Oakmont for the fun. When they (or you) are worn out from the activities, settle down to watch every Disney fantasy available, mostly on VHS tapes. Books for toddlers to teens and jig saw puzzles are there too. The freebie shelves are popular in all seasons. Paperbacks can go on trips and be left behind for other travelers in need of reading material. Near the holidays, shopping gets busy when folks find books, calendars and films perfect as gifts for family and friends. Recent popular books like Mockingjay from The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Biographies and obscure histories for the avid bibliophile. A favorite film, like Apollo 13 for a VHS collection. We dare Oakmonters to be unable to find something for every weather and every season at the Oakmont Village Library.

Nancy O’Brien, a dedicated and talented quilt artist, presented a trunk show of her quilts at the June 25 gathering of the Quilting Bee. She began her quilt career in the early 1990’s. She took many lessons and tried many things. Her very favorite techniques are whole-cloth appliqué and Hawaiian quilting. She showed many examples of the styles. It was especially helpful for the quilters to see the variety of ways that Nancy labeled her quilts. A big thank-you goes to Nancy for sharing her wonderful work.

Paula Scull Nancy O’Brien’s clamshells

After Nancy O’Brien’s trunk show the group shared a show-and-tell. Paula Scull showed two quilts, one a very cute picnic quilt that has ants on it. In her guest room she displays seasonal quilts on the end of the bed. Paula showed us a very pretty red, white and blue quilt that will be displayed for the 4th of July. Cathy Rapp told us of the wonderful volunteer work her sister does teaching yoga to incarcerated juveniles. Cathy makes eye pillows with soft, comforting fabrics which are filled with lavender and flax seeds. Her sister gives these pillows to the youths to assist them in their relaxation. The Quilting Bee will once again be presenting a quilt workshop for grandchildren during Grandparents’ Week. The kids will learn to use a sewing machine and they will make a small wall hanging during the workshop. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and

the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.


The Quilting Bee is inviting all Oakmonters to attend a non-sewing workshop presented by Alana Light, a professional speaker, to be held on August 13 from 9 a.m.–12 noon in the East Rec. Center. The subject of the workshop will be about having more joy in our lives. No matter what challenges we face, we deserve to have a joyful life. This fun workshop is full of laughter and insight. You will learn 52 ways to greater joy in your life, find out what one thing will benefit your health for an entire month (and it’s not diet or exercise!) and discover how to put the “zip” back in your ”doodah.” All are welcome to join us, laugh a little and put some bounce in the rest of our summer. Any questions call Priscilla Naworski, 538-8847.

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Bissey said the original Wall of Honor would be expanded as information becomes available. John Gilfillan, activities director at the Oakmont Gardens, noted that the veterans included four pilots from various theaters of war. Gilfillan read out the names, with service branch and rank achieved. Some of the honorees shared stories from their military careers. Branches represented include the Army, Army Air Corps, Navy, Marine Corps and the Royal Air Force.

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to ignoring the application process. She added that no fines would be imposed until the issue reaches the board. Altman headed the ad hoc committee prior to joining the board. Outlining how violations are investigated, Altman said when the AC gets a complaint, it first checks whether there is a violation and then, if there is one, contacts the homeowner and allows 30-plus days to resolve the issue. If it is not corrected, another letter is sent and more time is allowed. “The last thing the AC wants is to go to the board,” she said. Taylor suggested the possibility of adopting a policy in place previously of getting neighbor input for a property modification and making that part of the AC application. He said that process was dropped in recent years. There was considerable discussion of how specific regulations need to be. Marianne Neufeld, chair of the AC, said replacing one or two bushes that have died would not require AC approval. Evelyn George, a past director, suggested the guidelines were not specific. “Without specificity,” she said, “how can you impose fines?” A member of the audience suggested that a resident who refused to correct a violation would also refuse to pay a fine. OVA Manager Cassie Turner responded that if someone refused to pay a fine OVA “we’ll take him to small claims court.” Director Herman Hess raised the subject of some residents not being able to afford the work needed to clear a violation. He said he believes affordability is the underlying cause of some degraded properties.


Taylor said a report by the League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations (LOMAA) revealed that less than a third of Oakmont’s 35 homeowner associations have produced a professional reserve study and even fewer have provided adequate funding of reserves, which pay for major repairs and updates ranging from house-paining to street paving. He said one association had to assess its members $2,500 each to fund its reserve. A recent newsletter from OAS Management said California law states that homeowner associations must provide a reserve study to their members at least every three years. It said a first-time reserve study costs from $1,500 to $2,500 with three-year updates costing less.


The board plans to appoint an ad hoc committee at its July 15 meeting to study changes needed to improve and update Berger Center. Turner suggested the possibility of setting up a coffee bar in the fireplace area to give Oakmonters a place to have their morning coffee and visit with each other. The board is already considering a new dance floor surface and carpeting. Turner announced the hiring of a replacement for OVA’s Events Director, Penny Gotzmer, who has retired. She said Marsha Zolkower would start July 7 and have the additional title of community relations administrator. Zokower comes from Sonoma County’s employment center, Job Link, where she was responsible for marketing business services to employers and organizing hundreds of hiring events. Most of her career has been in sales and marketing in Sonoma County.

Tot Lot Fails to Win LRPC Approval

Oakmont-Based Company Has Varied Tour Offerings

nJim Golway

nLeanne Smith

The Long-Range Planning Committee (LRPC) declined June 24 to recommend that the Oakmont Village Association board of directors consider a proposal to build a playground in Oakmont. The proposal, submitted by John Derby of the Grandparents’ Club, asked the OVA to allocate space, pay for design work and supervise construction of a children’s playground. LRPC Committee Chair Tony Lachowicz said the need for a tot lot should not be considered on a standalone basis, but only as part of a community-wide research project that would provide accurate data on resident satisfaction with existing facilities and future recreational preferences. The committee received over 100 E-mails and letters from residents about the playground proposal. Eighteen were in favor, with 86 opposed. The committee also received a petition signed by 251 residents opposing the building of a tot lot in Oakmont.

From a one-day bus trip to catch a San Francisco Giants or Oakland A’s baseball game to a multi-day tour that starts in Seattle and ends in Vancouver, B.C., Daytripping, a local tour bus company, offers many excursions on a year-round basis. John Pettersen is the owner/operator of Daytripping which moved in March from downtown Santa Rosa to Oakmont. Two motor coaches, both equipped with reclining seats and a galley for serving refreshments, are used—a 33-seater for long trips and a 44-seater for short trips. The Berger Center parking lot is one of three Santa Rosa pick-up/drop-off locations. (The Oakmont Village Association recently decided to end its own bus excursion schedule, which had experienced a falloff in usage.)


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d. Dues Refunds: Refunds when applicable are made only to the property owner(s), Legal survivors or legal agents even if payment was made by someone else. This policy is based on the fact that the property owners, Legal survivors or legal agents is/ are responsible for OVA dues payments, regardless of arrangements otherwise made between owner(s), tenant(s) or other legal third party(s). Therefore, only the owner(s) legal survivors or legal agents are entitled to receive OVA dues refunds. This policy eliminates the risk that a tenant may receive a refund from the OVA and the owner(s). 2. Transactions in OVA Office: a. Event Fees: For any event for which a ticket is purchased, the OVA Office will require a 10-day notice of cancellation in order to assure a refund. There will be no refunds within the 10-day period prior to the event unless the cancelled spot is filled. There is a 10% cancellation charge on every refund cancelled by the ticket purchasers, no matter when cancelled. If an event is cancelled by OVA, the refund is 100%. b. Access Cards: Facility access cards are issued at a cost of $25 to all new residents and for guests wishing facility access. This amount is refunded when cards are returned, in working order. When the card is reported lost by a resident, OVA Office deactivates the lost card to prevent unauthorized use. Residents may obtain a replacement access card for $50. c. Locker Rental Fees: Annual locker fees for East, West and Central facility locker rooms are $65/yr. A notice is published in the Oakmont News Dec. 1 and 15 reminding residents that annual locker fees are due before Jan. 31 the following year. A notice with the same message will be posted on each locker room entry door during Dec each year. Unpaid locker fees result in releasing the locker for re-renting. A forfeit notice will be posted on the locker for the first 10 days of February, which instructs the contents have been removed and are stored in OVA Maintenance Office for 30 days. Unclaimed belongings will be donated and/or disposed by OVA. Requests for fee refunds will be considered and decided on a case-by-case basis by the Association Manager. 3. Dues Relief: The OVA Board does not have the authority to grant dues relief for any reason. Common requests include ‘not using facilities’ and ‘financial hardship’. 4. Disputes: Disputes should be submitted to the Association Manager for resolution. Appeals of the manager’s decision may be made to the Board of Directors.

(Photo courtesy Daytripping, Inc.)

Frequently offered day trips go to musicals, plays, concerts and shows in and beyond the Bay area. Prices include tickets and generally start at $89 per person. This summer daytrippers will attend the Mendocino Music Festival and travel to Sacramento to see the musical, La Cage aux Folles. Coming this fall are day trips to San Francisco to see Motown the Musical and Kurios, a Cirque du Soleil show. For nature lovers, there’s an overnight trip to Carmel Valley to see Monarch butterflies and help feed new colonies of Italian honeybees. Daytripping also offers tours of popular attractions, including San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, HaightAshbury District and the Presidio. Multi-day tours are featured on the company’s website, A bi-monthly newsletter provides information on upcoming trips as well as reservation and cancellation policies. Daytripping’s office is in the 6570 Oakmont Drive building; office hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m.– 1 p.m. Phone: 577-8894. Walkers are permitted on the restroom-equipped buses.


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014

nCathy Carstensen

Bocce News


With fire season starting earlier and ending later, and with global temperatures likely to rise, the threat of fire in our now heavily populated wilderness areas is an increasing danger. In order to keep your property as fire-safe as possible, here are some of the steps you can take to reduce this threat. The first step is having your home roofed with fireresistant material. The second step is creating defensible spaces on your property. This is accomplished by dividing your property into zones. Zone 1a: This starts within the first 6’ from the dwelling. This area, under ideal conditions, would be planted sparingly and any plants have no growth over a few inches high. This is a good area for a small lawn, pool, concrete patio or other hardscape materials. Zone 1: This extends from the 6’-point to 30’ from the dwelling. This area should contain only groundcovers, low-growing shrubs, and trees that are small and clean (minimal litter and dieback). The trees should be trimmed up 6’ from the ground. Zone 2: This is the transition zone for somewhat larger lots. It’s a good place to plant low-growing, drought-tolerant ground covers and shrubs. Plants with similar growing habits, heights and water needs should be grouped together. All plants in this area

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Summer has arrived and games are definitely heated! All kidding aside, we are surviving the warm weather and the courts have been full almost daily. The board met last week and decided to try some new times for play to accommodate the large groups. Several options were considered and none seem to please the members. Hence a vote is being taken and the majority will decide. Hopefully that will settle the problem and stop the complaining. After all the courts are open 24/7 so if the new schedule doesn’t suit you then you are welcome to set up your own games. The new final schedule will be posted on the courts, you will be notified by E-mail and it will appear in the next edition. Case closed. A new set of balls has been ordered to replace the missing balls. Please be patient! When it arrives we will be in good shape with an extra set (smaller ones) for a spare. Also an additional layer of oyster shell has been added to court 1 to hopefully even out the surface. We will continue to add shell as needed. Our Independence Day Tournament was held July 12. Winners’ pictures will be posted in the next edition. The Oakmont Derby scheduled for July 19 has been scratched in order to accommodate the picnic plans. Daily play that day will be at 10 a.m. and the number of players will be unlimited. Sign-up sheets for the picnic to be held at the West Center picnic ground will be posted on the bulletin board for this event. Please be sure to sign up so we know how many to plan for with the entrée. Entrée and soft drinks will be provided and other items, salads, side dishes and desserts will be brought by members. Also BYOB if you want anything besides soft drinks or water. The picnic will begin about 11:30 a.m. Plans are in the mill for new signs for the courts. We need large signs for court usage and protocol. Many non-members use the courts and we need for them to be sure to put down umbrellas to protect from wind damage, secure the shed and pick up all trash. Our new courts are a great attraction and we want to keep them in pristine condition. Plans have been made for an intra-club match with the Santa Rosa Club on Sunday, July 20. Both sides are enthused about the idea. Friday, August 1 is the annual Grandparents’ Day for kids’ bocce. We will need members to help supervise this event. If you haven’t attended one of these games you have missed a lot of fun. Please consider giving us a helping hand that day. It will begin at 10 a.m. See you at the picnic July 19 and on the courts!

should with be widely spaced with ground covers or mulch separating the groupings. The larger plants, shrubs and trees should be planted sparingly and thinned out to reduce fuel load. By grouping similar plants, watering needs can be easily facilitated and can benefit from drip irrigation. Zone 3: This area applies to very large lots and is farthest from the dwelling having plants that don’t require additional irrigation. These should be interspersed with lower plantings and they should be well maintained. Here is a maintenance checklist to help keep your property fire-wise: Continual: Keep fallen leaves, pine needles and other yard refuse cleaned up. Rain gutters and roofs should be free of debris. Compost should be as far away from residence as possible. Learn the particulars about plants appropriate for your area. (See Resources) Annual: Annual grasses and weeds should be mowed down. Prune woody perennials and shrubs and thin out. Occasional—every several years: Cut back and thin out twiggy shrubs, vines and groundcovers. This will help renew plants as well as remove fuel. Reduce tree canopies which will also increase spacing between trees. Keep lowest branches pruned up 10– 20’ depending on size of large trees. Do not top trees: This is bad for trees and not fire-wise. Note: Too much or too little water can kill plants so checking requirements is very important. For drought-tolerant plants monthly deep watering should be considered if there has been little or no rain and once weekly for high water-requiring species (there should be very few to none of these in your yard). An occasional light sprinkling is a good practice to clean up and keep dust and dirt off ground covers and other low growing plants. Keep your irrigation system in good working order and adjusted for rain. Resources: Firescape: Landscaping to Reduce Fire Hazard, East Bay Municipal Utility District; California Wildfire Landscaping, Maureen Gilmer, Dallas, TX, Taylor Publishing, 1994, 164 pp; armstronggarden. com/pages/firescaping;


nLynn Wycoff

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OVA-Sponsored Events Sol Flamenco Dance Company Returns to Oakmont

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Saturday, September 13, 3–4:30 PM, Berger Center

What do you get when you combine lightening fast footwork, haunting guitar rhythms, soulful singing, and the timeless passion of Spain? Flamenco! For one afternoon only, the Sol Flamenco dance company, just back from Seville, will perform with breathtaking accuracy and beauty, transporting Oakmont residents and their friends to Spain. This year’s performance welcomes the return of international recording artist, guitarist Mark Taylor, seasoned flamenco singer/guitarist Geoff Hawkins and dancers just back from Seville, Joelle Gonçalves and Pamela Martinez. Press Democrat writer, Michele Anna Jordan, mentioned in her recent column, “The group has performed together in the Bay Area for years and is widely praised for its passion and precision.” (April 18, 2014) Director, Joelle Gonçalves says, “Every year we look forward to returning to the Berger Auditorium at Oakmont—this is a well-traveled audience who appreciates the art and culture of Spain. Flamenco is so exciting—we love sharing our art.” L. Pierce Carson in The Napa Valley Register called Mark Taylor “The Bay Area’s Best flamenco guitarist.” In a previous article for a show at Copia in Napa he

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stated: “Mark Taylor, amazed an attentive crowd of more than 300 with his technical skills, lightning-fast fingerings and perfect tone… Taylor has a feel for the music’s innate sensuality.” Ticket price is $8—on sale now in the OVA Office or purchase at the door. For more information call 573-8450. Visit for videos of the troupe. Hear Mark Taylor at

OVA class size: min. 11/max. 24. Auto insurance discounts available upon completion. This program consists of an eight-hour classroom refresher course for drivers 50 years and older. Cost: $15 AARP members, $20 non-members. We are now taking reservations for the July 31 and August 1 refresher class. This is a two-day course, 1–5 p.m. both days. Give your check for the course to the instructor on the first day. The check should be written out to AARP. The class will be held in room B in the Central Activities Center, 310 White Oak Dr. The classes are for Oakmont residents only. Please call the OVA Office at 539-1611 to get into the class. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. If the scheduled class date doesn’t work for you and you are on the internet, you can take the course on your computer. Find it at AARP Driver Safety Program Online Course.

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The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014

Pat Amedeo at Home in Oakmont and Oregon

Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing series of profiles of your neighbors, community members with interesting backgrounds who bring vibrancy to Oakmont. The stories will appear in the print edition and in the online edition, at

Genealogy Club

nMelinda Price

There will be no July meeting of the Genealogy Club. The next one will be on Monday, August 25 at 2:30 p.m. at the West Rec. Center. Stay posted to learn what the subject will be. The June 23 meeting, led by Krystine Boehme, featured the LDS (Mormon) TV program called The Generation Project, which airs Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on channel BYU (TV ch. 567 on AT&T U-verse; ch. 228 on Comcast)). Krystine presented an interesting film that explores a quite different approach to genealogy research, involving asking yourself why you want to delve into your family history, and how your ancestors’ stories can have an impact in your life now. Some people do family research to answer a question they’ve always had about their family or a particular ancestor of theirs, while others are just generally curious about their forefathers’ lives. The Genealogical Club meets on the fourth Monday of each month, at 2:30 p.m. in the West Rec. Center (except this May, July and December). There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities and programs please visit our website or E-mail questions to

Bring home a little love.

nJackie Reinhardt

Pat Amedeo, a former Oakmont Village Association President, has her feet in two different worlds and navigates both with amazing ease. She and her husband, Tom Mason, moved to Oakmont in 2002 from Portland as newlyweds shortly after her 50th birthday. Both have high profiles in their native Oregon to which she returns regularly to participate in her book club. An art graduate of the University of Oregon, Amedeo worked in Washington, D.C. for her local congressman and then spent two decades in naturalresource management for state government. Her accomplishments include spearheading a ballot initiative to protect Oregon’s parks and salmon runs, overseeing the designation of the Columbia River Gorge as a National Scenic Area and purchasing 17 miles of the Deschutes River for state ownership. She served six years on the Nature Conservancy Board. Mason, a lawyer and 16-year veteran of the Oregon Legislature, is working on his second book and is a lobbyist. When they aren’t in Oakmont or Oregon, they are traveling the world where she adds to her pottery and art book collections. Amedeo’s political skills and knowledge of landand-water-use policies have benefitted Oakmont significantly. Ironically, the Architectural Committee initially rejected her application because they thought she would be bored. She prevailed and was then

nSuzanne Cassell

We love dogs of all sizes, and

sometimes it’s the tiny ones who capture our hearts. Through July 31st, Sonoma Humane Society is offering halfoff adoption fees for any small dog (16 lbs. or less) who really captures your heart. Here are just a few of our friends to tell you why little dogs are such a big deal:


”We pack a ton of personality into a petite package!”


”Cheers to half-pint pups with half-price adoption fees!”


“We have a small carbon ‘paw print’”!

A Safe Haven for Animals Sonoma Humane Society 5345 Hwy 12 W | Santa Rosa, CA 95407 707.542.0882 Healdsburg Center 14242 Bacchus Landing Way |Healdsburg, CA 95448

Pat Amedeo and husband, Tom Mason

recruited for the OVA Board where she served as a director (2005–2006), vice president (2007–2009), and president (2006–2007). Most recently Amedeo was co-chair and, later, chair of the Oakmont Community Development Committee (January 2011 through June 2013). Her responsibilities included negotiating with the developer of the Meadows subdivision on behalf of the OVA Board. Looking ahead, Amedeo is concerned about whether Oakmont’s golf courses will survive without assistance. She is also worried about the state’s drought and believes water rationing is needed. Local jurisdictions need to consider water use before approving building permits, in her view.

Is your Neighborhood Included in the COPE Disaster Plan?

A few years after moving to Oakmont from Southern California 15 years ago, Sue Hattendorf became involved with the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC). She soon realized there was no plan in place at the neighborhood level to prepare residents for earthquakes and other major emergencies. Having experienced the Northridge 6.7 magnitude earthquake in January 1994, Sue knows all too well that our neighbors are our closest family in such emergencies. So in 2004, Sue started organizing neighborhood COPE teams (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies). A team usually represents about a dozen households. Being a tireless volunteer, she has so far organized 220 COPE Teams, approximately 85% of Oakmont. To date, 33 residents have volunteered to serve as Zone Communicators (ZC). Each supports an average of five neighborhood teams in the area surrounding their homes. More ZC’s are needed, won’t you volunteer? Please call Tony Lukes at 537-9631. Following are the neighborhoods that are organized, but due to normal attrition do not currently have a Replacement Leader, someone able to communicate with his/her neighbors and relay communications to and from their Zone Communicator in case of a disaster. This position may be shared. Although not mandatory, some of the COPE teams get together at least annually for a potluck dinner meeting such as the one recently held in the 7560– 7596 Oak Leaf Drive area. These neighbors socialized and got to know each other better while sharing good food (see photo). If you reside in one of the following neighborhoods and would like to be prepared and help your neighbors prepare to cope in case of a major emergency, please call Sue Hattendorf at 539-2543. Deerfield Place 504–520; Fairfield Drive 6617–6711, 7110–7170; Greenfield Circle 304–370 even numbers; Glengreen 1–21; Hood Mountain Circle 8832–8854;

Peggy Ayers (standing), one of Oak Leaf Drive newest residents, meets her new COPE team members during the recent annual neighborhood potluck dinner meeting. (Photo by Suzanne Cassell)

Hood Mountain Court 8823–8837; Mockingbird Circle 331–395; Meadowgreen Place 6502–6528; Meadowridge Drive 6363–6390, 6568–6582 even numbers; Mountain Vista Circle 134–146; Mountain Vista Court 325–356; Oak Crest Place 2–9; Oak Island Drive 2–22, 164–190, 26–160; Oak Leaf Circle 340–356; Oak Leaf Drive 7223–7347; Oakmont Drive 7849–8050, 6654–6698 even numbers, 6702–6820 even numbers, 8826–8837, 6850–6956 even numbers, 8927–8963, 8402–8692 even numbers; Oak Trail Circle 9416–9435; Oak Shadow Drive 220–275, 201–223; Oak Trail Court 8839–8859; Pin Oak Place 3–11; Pythian Road 436–460 even numbers, 461–473, 320–360 even numbers; Pine Valley Drive 6479–6503 odd numbers; Stone Bridge Road 6376–6392, 6498–6544 even numbers; Twin Lakes Drive 321–335; Twin Lakes Circle 400–414, 415– 430; Trail Ridge Place 411–442, 419–434; Valleygreen 1–24; Woodgreen Street 11–18; Woodley Place 445– 484, 407–444; White Oak Drive 207–229 odd numbers. Thanks for your willingness to help!


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014


nFrank Batchelor

American Mah Jongg

nMarie Haverson


Our group will be meeting on the first and third Mondays of the month. WHERE: East Recreation Center. CHECK-IN TIME: 12:30–1 p.m. GAME TIME: 1–3 p.m. DUES AMOUNT: $1 per meeting (to be used for parties and club expenses as needed)

Mah Jongg Update

Ilsanjo Lake. (Photo by Ken Stueben)


Come celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our TriNiters in Fort Bragg where it all started. We have reserved rooms (20% discount) at the Harbor Lite Lodge (964-0221) with check-in on Sept. 15 and checkout on Sept. 18. Wednesday dinner ($36/person, tax and tip) will be at Silver’s on the Wharf. Entrée choice will be Rock Cod, Linguini Alfred w/chicken or veggie, or Petite Rib-Eye or New York steak (subject of availability). After making Lodge reservations let Chuck Chenault, 539-1093, or Herm Hermann, 5391657, know and send a check payable to Oakmont Hiking Club for $36 per person indicating your entrée choice to Chuck Chenault, 9140 Oak Trail Circle, S.R 95409. See for more information


Starting at Shell Beach parking lot we will hike up through the Pomo Canyon Trail to the deep redwoods of the Pomo Environmental Campground then loopback up to Red Hill. The hike offers vistas of the lower Russian River, Willow Creek, the town of Jenner and our beautiful rugged coastline if the fog will allow us this pleasure. The distance is estimated at seven miles with approximately 1,500’ of elevation gain. Bring water, poles, a smile and your lunch. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Mary Lou Hicks, 303-7113.


Starting at Berger, we will walk to the Annadel parking lot, climb Richardson Trail to Lake Ilsanjo, have lunch, and return on Steve’s S Trail. Approximately four miles with 500’ of elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, and poles. Hike leader is Frank Batchelor, 537-6640. Leave Berger at 9 a.m.


The Marin Cross Trail is a paved bike path along Paper Mill Creek. This is a virtually level seven-mile hike in oak woodlands and redwood forest with lunch at the picnic tables. The drive time is approximately one hour each way and total time runs about 5½ hours. Bring State passes for parking in case we opt for a shorter hike because of hot weather. Bring water and lunch. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724. Leave Berger at 9 a.m.


Starting at Goodspeed trailhead, going on Canyon, Creekside, and Hillside Trails and returning on Meadow and Pony Gate Trails. Distance is 6.5 miles with approximately 1,000’ of elevation gain. Bring lunch, poles, and water. Hike leader is Jason Wilkenfeld. Leave Berger at 9 a.m.

Kortum Trail. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)


This hike will begin at the Bear Valley Visitor’s Center in Point Reyes. From the Visitor’s Center the hike will begin on the Bear Valley Trail but will veer up onto the Meadow Trail. At the ridge we will take Sky Trail to Arch Rock and have lunch. After lunch we will return to the Visitor’s Center via the Bear Valley Trail. The hike is 11.1 miles and has an elevation gain of 1,380’. Dress in layers as it can be windy and cold even in July. Also bring a lunch and water. Hike leader is Chris Sork at 495-3196 for call or text, or Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.


This is a 1.5-mile flat hike. Hike circuits a lake on a wide dirt road with some, minor, rocky footing. Pleasant walk, mostly in the sun with plants and trees (mostly second growth redwoods). A redwood grove at the beginning and end of the hike with picnic tables for our break after the hike. If the weather is clear, there’s a great view of Mt. St. Helena reflected in the lake. Great blue herons nest here and may still be around. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Bring water and snack. Hike leader is George McKinney, 538-7264.


This hike begins at Shell Beach, passes Heart’s Desire Beach and stops at Indian Beach where we have lunch before returning on a slightly different route. It covers most of Tomales Bay State Park and is on well-graded wooded paths. The distance is 9.5 miles with an elevation gain of approximately 1,740’. Bring poles, lunch, and water. Hike leader is Suzanne Bond, 538-3340. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.


It is customary for riders to help drivers with gas costs on hikes away from the local area. A suggested amount is $5/person. For additional information on hiking events, go to Hikes are subject to change due to weather.

Our teachers are no longer teaching Mah Jongg, so if you have any questions or need more help, I would be happy to help, as well as other players that are at the meeting. I have also set it up with Carol Jarvis at the Jewish Community Center for those of you who would still like a little more help with the game. WHEN: Second and fourth Tuesdays of every month PRICE: $2 ADDRESS: 130l Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. It is on the corner just before you get on Hwy. 12 on the right side of the street. Please feel free to still come to our meetings as well. The more you play the faster you will master the game. Thank you so much for supporting the club and making this a fun game for all of us.


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014

Visual Aids Article

nAnn Ver Planck

Thank You Sizzix

One of the first steps of creating the Visual Aids books is to cut out different shapes to go into them. These shapes have always been cut by hand and sometimes take longer because of the precision required. One of our volunteers suggested that a Sizzix die cutting machine could speed up the process and increase the number of books we can produce each year. We wrote to the Sizzix company, telling them about our need, asking if they would consider donating one of their products to our group. A few months went by and we didn’t hear anything. Then in May, we received a phone call and an E-mail saying we had won a Big Shot machine, complete with die cuts, in their monthly drawing. Two days later the Big Shot by Sizzix arrived.

Garden Club

nPeggy Dombeck


“The essential thing is not so much that children should grow up (although they must), as that grownups should not lose altogether the innocent sensual pleasures that we knew at our beginning. We should be able to find our way back to the bright discovery days of the world as it was perceived and known in childhood, when every day brought new things to experience and learn… There is nothing like a garden to stimulate and satisfy each and all of our senses.” —Allen Lacy


Enjoy the fullness of the summer.


Marilyn Dennis using the Big Shot for the first time.

Our volunteers are still being trained on the Big Shot, but have had a chance to see some samples and they were amazed at what it can do. People were heard to say “oh, they are so precise” and “look how easy it is to create them.” Thank you Sizzix for contributing to our group and making those harder to cut shapes so easy to do. If you would like to see the Big Shot in action, come on over to the upper West Rec. Center on Mondays from 9–11 a.m. for a demonstration. If you are a person who is interested in learning more about Sizzix products, check them out at

• Trees, shrubs, and perennials that you planted this spring (or summer) can take a long time to adjust to their new homes. They need extra watering or their leaves will droop. Water them evenly and well to encourage deep root growth. Water them throughout the growing season to ensure that they winter over well. • Don’t kill spiders in your garden! Spiders do not harm your plants and they help you keep down other insect populations. • To prevent limb breakage on apple, peach, pear and plum trees laden with fruit, use wooden supports to brace sagging branches. Also, regularly clean up and discard fallen fruit, since it might harbor diseases and pests. • When the first bloom flush starts to fade, trim back dahlias and fertilize them to encourage new growth. • Control powdery mildew, a fungus that likes dry summer conditions. Spray susceptible plants with a horticultural oil or biological fungicide. • Feed azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons with a balanced fertilizer formulated for acid-loving plants.

Plants to Attract Butterflies

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53

nDan Crossland

Enjoying Consciousness

The speaker for our July 23 luncheon will be Jeff Cox, author and weekly restaurant reviewer for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. His topic is “Why doesn’t science know anything about consciousness, and just what is consciousness?” We all (apparently) enjoy consciousness but we may be surprised at what he has to say about it. Jeff Cox is the author of 20 books, many award winners including the James Beard Foundation nominated The Organic Cook’s Bible and the bestselling (200,000 copies) From Vines to Wines. He is former Managing Editor of Organic Gardening magazine, Contributing Editor of The Wine News, and is now a Contributing Editor of Horticulture magazine, writing a science column for each issue. He has been reviewing local restaurants for the Press Democrat since 1993, which, at rough count, would have involved eating out something like 1,092 times. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Drive. Our social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at 12 noon catered by Café Europe. Any Oakmont men interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.

Oakmont HEARS Brings You The Hearing Dog Program!

nLynn Seng

On Tuesday, July 22 from 2–3:30 p.m. in the Berger Center, we are pleased to bring you a special presentation on The Hearing Dog Program. Our speaker, Glenn Martyn, Executive Director of the program, will describe the various types of service dogs and discuss how they make sure they have the right dog for this work, how they match them with the right person, and how they train the dogs. One of our own Oakmonters, Donna Forst, will introduce her hearing dog, Cabo, a golden retriever, and she will talk about their experiences.

Yarrow, armeria, asclepias, ceanothus, gaillarida, hollyhock, sunflower, chrysanthemum, sweet alyssum, aster, black-eyed susan, coreopsis, cosmos, dianthus, echinacea, rose, verbena bonariensis, marigold, zinnia, phlox, impatiens, butterfly bush, scabiosa, mallow, and parsley.

Plants to Attract Hummingbirds

Shrubs: Azalea, Butterfly Bush (Buddleia), Cape, Honeysuckle, Acanthus, Flowering Quince, Lantana, Manzanita, Red Buckeye, and Weigela. Vines: Coral Honeysuckle, Morning Glory, Scarlet Runner Bean, and Trumpet Creeper. Perennials: Agastache, Bee Balm (Monarda), Canna, Cardinal Flower, Columbine, Heuchera (Coral Bells), Foxglove, Hummingbird, Mint (Agastache), Lupine, Penstemon, Fuchsia, Salvia, and Lantana. Annuals: Impatiens, Petunia, and some Salvias. Provide a source of water in the hummingbird garden. Unlike larger birds, hummingbirds will seldom take advantage of a bird bath or bowl of water. Instead, they relish cool mists. A garden hose with a misting attachment or a small fountain that can be adjusted to a fine mist will keep them happy.

Hearing dog Cabo

“The Hearing Dog Program provides canine assistance to people with hearing loss by training dogs to alert deaf and hard of hearing people to important sounds such as the smoke alarm, the telephone, and the doorbell. Through awareness of these sounds, the person’s quality of life and independence dramatically improve. In addition, the loving companionship of a trained hearing dog results in the formation of a strong, life-long bond that benefits both the recipient and the dog.” ( We hope you can join us! WHEN: Tuesday, July 22, 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014

Single Boomers Social Club

nJim Ptak

Our July meet-and-greet Hot Dog Roast was held on Saturday, July 12 in a casual setting on the Central Rec. patio. We had invited Joey Chestnut of Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest fame but he politely declined saying he was “stuffed” from his July 4th event! Fortunately nobody in our group came close to breaking his 2013 record of 69 “dogs” in 10 minutes. A special thank-you to those special cooks who brought salads, fruit and deserts and who helped with the setup and clean-up. Our next social will be Tina’s Taco Tuesday, August 5 at the Quail Inn from 6–9 p.m. This event will be on the outdoor deck with the Quail Inn’s tacos served from 5–7 p.m. for $2 each. If you haven’t tried them, they are delicious! Plan on joining us for a pleasant evening of conversation, music and specially-priced Margaritas. Look for your SBSC Evite to arrive in your E-mail soon. For those of you who like to plan ahead, we will have our second Jack London State Park picnic on Thursday, August 21. Hugh Shacklett and Possible Friends will provide the music. Prior to the picnic, SBSC member, Susan Nuernberg, a Jack London scholar and park docent, will lead an informative walk to Jack London’s grave site and The Wolf House. Look for more information coming in our member shout outs and an Evite for this special occasion. The Bon Appétit monthly dining experience continues. After a June visit to Café Citti (rated excellent), the group will be enjoying Puerto Rican cuisine at El Coqui on July 24. For further details, watch for our next shout out or contact Karen Hepner at Our membership continues to grow as word spreads about our friendly socials and upcoming events. If you are interested in becoming a member of the SBSC, contact Sandy Throne at srthrone@msn. com for a membership application. Not sure? Feel free to drop by any of our socials, meet our members and get a sense of who we are. You won’t be disappointed! Our club’s purpose is to offer a friendly social environment and to promote fun, camaraderie, and entertaining events combined with an opportunity to meet single baby boomers in a relaxed setting.

Santa Rosa Dental Family Dentistry

Wii Bowling Oakmont Lanes

nTerry Leuthner, President, and Sugar Carlton, Vice President


6575 Oakmont Drive

■ Ofelia Roman — OVA Administration

Entry Form for july 15 issue Find this picture: hidden in the articles. The winner’s prize is $15.

Bowling dates for July: July 15 and 29. No bowling July 22—fourth Tuesday.

Barbeque grill #1 Pg. #______


Barbeque grill #2 Pg. #______

We had our BBQ lunch with a delicious homemade potato salad prepared by Juan and Virgina Fuentes. After lunch we celebrated the Fourth of July with a special challenge where a bowler or substitute won a $5 gift certificate to Safeway if he/she bowled a strike in the fourth and seventh frames of any one game. One gift per bowler. Also a game ending in 47 or 74 won. Winners are: 1:30 PM League: Strikes in 4 and 7—Sue Bowman, Germaine Byrne, Juan Fuentes, Mary Knight, Kathryn Miller, Sandy Osheroff, Robin Schudel, Don Shelhart; 174 game—Vicki Robinson. 3:15 PM League: Strikes in 4 and 7—Mollie Atkinson, Mark Attebery, Jan Blackburn, Valerie Hulsey, Dick Jones, Elisabeth Lac Pointe, Carolyn Mack, Bruce Price, Diane Price, Nicole Reed, Pat Stokes.


Oakmont Lanes will provide Wii Bowling experience for the grandkids on Thursday, July 31 at the West Recreation Center, session 1 from 1–2 p.m., session 2 from 2:15–3:15 p.m. Please sign up your grandkids with the Grandparents’ Club.

RESULTS AS OF July 1 (seventh week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place, Strikers; second place, Alley Oops; third place, Wii Four; fourth place, Pocket Hits; fifth place, Wild Turkeys; sixth place, 4 Tops. Men’s High Games: Gordon Freedman, 213; Christian van den Berghe, 212; Terry Leuthner, 208. Women’s High Games: Germaine Byrne, 290; Kathryn Miller, 279; Sandy Osheroff, 267; Mariel Green, 258; Florence Palica, 248; Sue Bowman, 234; Mary Knight, 234; Robin Schudel, 226; Vicki Robinson, 222; Phyllis Jennings, 216; Margo Chicoine, 212. High Game Subs: Don Shelhart, 222; Mark Attebery, 211. 3:15 PM League: Due to a power failure when tearing down the equipment, King Pins and High Rollers were unable to finish their third game. They will bowl their third game on July 8. Results will be in August 1 article. Thanks to everyone who help setup and tear down all our equipment each week. Anyone who wishes to join the club as a team bowler or substitute bowler, please call Terry at 538-9177 or Sugar at 539-6295 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m., no bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Summer 2014 League Schedule.

Dr. Lara Rice • Dr. Michael Rice Dr. Doug Chase •New patients welcome •Insurance accepted •Highly trained staff using the latest in dental technology to provide the best for your dental needs.

Oakmont Puzzle Contest

Late news. More photos. It’s the online Oakmont News at

Article:_____________________________________ Article:_____________________________________ Barbeque grill #3 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Barbeque grill #4 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Barbeque grill #5 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Barbeque grill #6 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Barbeque grill #7 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Barbeque grill #8 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Barbeque grill #9 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________

Write your answers on this form and bring it in, or mail it, to the OVA Office. Either way it must reach us no later than Friday, July 25.

Name______________________________________ Phone______________________________________ Street Address_______________________________ ___________________________________________

july 1 CONTEST WINNER George Callori

Congratulations George!

Cal Alumni Club

nBern Lefson


The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, July 17 with cocktails at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. We will also have a short but entertaining trip down memory lane by Ford Whipple. The menu will be BBQ chicken with coleslaw, beans, potato salad, fresh green garden salad, corn bread with honey butter. Dessert will be hot fudge sundae. Wine will be on each table. The price of the dinner includes cocktails, wine, tax and gratuity at $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members of the Saddle Club. Reservations in advance are a must. Contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive. Mark your calendar for the annual Labor Day Picnic on September 1. If you wish to help out contact Phil Lowell, 544-6373, or Bob Tuttle, 539-4865.


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014

nJackie McDonald


On Monday, July 21, Playreaders will read writer Bill Manhoff’s two-character play, The Owl and the Pussycat. Manhoff is better known as the premier writer of many 60’s TV series, such as All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and The Partridge Family. The Owl and the Pussycat opened in New York in 1964 with Alan Alda as Felix and Diana Sands, an African American actress, as Doris. Sands was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance. The movie, however, starred George Segal and Barbara Streisand.

Felix is a clerk in a book store but wants others to think he’s a talented writer, even though he’s never had anything published. Doris is basically a prostitute, but claims she’s an actress/model. After Felix has Doris evicted from her apartment because she’s too noisy, she winds up on his doorstep, demanding that he give her a place to sleep. If you’re curious about how it all works out, come to Playreaders in Room B on Mondays at 2 p.m. Readers of the two roles are Cynthia Corn and Charlie Ensley. Star Power reads the narration.

nBette Shutt


We’re cooking up a BBQ and sure hope you can come! Mark Attebery is the chef with Jerry Thompson and the rest of your board assisting. Hamburgers and hot dogs are on the grill! To help round out the faire we are asking you to bring a salad, deviled eggs (what would a BBQ be without deviled eggs!) or baked beans. Condiments, plates, silverware, beverages and dessert will be furnished. We look forward to seeing you. Website:


Dues are $10 per household. There are 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.

Readers of Separate Tables

nPennijean Savage

Buddhist Meeting

July 26: Conspicuous and Inconspicuous Benefit

“In Nichiren Buddhism, benefit is at times also translated as ‘blessing’ or ‘virtue.’ While it can refer to any positive outcome or gain, fundamentally it means the virtues or excellent qualities we develop in our lives through Buddhist faith and practice.”— Living Buddhism. July 2014, p. 8 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, July 26 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy.

WHEN: Saturday, July 26, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 538-3369 or meat 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668, Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-1598 or E-mail

iPAD SIG “show up and share”

WHEN: Tuesday, July 22, 11 a.m. PLACE: Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Bev Lebow

PC Users Group

nBarbara G. Dudley


General Dentistry

Gentle, quality care at reasonable prices Most insurance plans accepted

Richard A. Davis, Ms, DDS 6574 Oakmont Drive, Suite B Santa Rosa, CA 95409

707-539-0336 Res. 539-4525

Getting hot enough for you? Enjoying those picnics and food-filled barbeques? We hope so! To provide you with more hours to cool off and indulge, OPCUG takes its summer break from June through August. During that time, Program Meetings (third Mondays) and newsletters are suspended, while Q&A Sessions (second Mondays at 2 p.m. in the Upper West Rec.) continue, and only the August Board Meeting is scheduled. Enjoy your summer!


Here you can find information about the Q&A Sessions on our Home page, and read timely articles about PC issues on our Past Programs page and in past issues of newsletters.


If you live in Oakmont and want personal PC help, group members are happy to assist you, free of charge. Call our experts: Phil Kenny at 538-2075, Dan Gaffney at (916) 878-9538; or Gordon Ramsey at 538-4981.


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014

Grandparents’ Club

nJoan Palma


The Grandparents’ Club has put together one week of activities that you and your grandchildren can share in. The summer program will run from Sunday, July 27 through Friday, August 1. The fun begins with a Welcome Party/Carnival on Sunday, July 27 from 3–5 p.m. at Oakmont Gardens. Every day we will have a variety of activities for you to choose from. Check out the registration form below for information about the activities we offer. Umpqua Bank in Oakmont will be hosting a coloring contest for grandkids ages 2–12. Please stop by Oakmont branch to pick up all supplies needed for the contest. Completed artwork will be displayed in the bank. Prizes awarded. New this year: the Quail Inn Restaurant will be offering a special children’s menu during our summer program. If your grandchild is participating in tennis please have him or her wear scuff-free shoes so our tennis courts will not get marked up. We need lots of coins for our Coin Toss, both foreign and home grown. Donated coins can be left in the Grandparent’s Club folder marked to George McKinney’s attention. Swimming will be open to the children at the Berger Pool each day from 1–5 p.m. Last day to register your grandchild is July 23. Your registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation from Grandparents’ Club. Please write your E-mail clearly so it can be read.

SmartPhones for Better Hearing

nGeorge McKinney

from Oakmont Technology Forum and Oakmont HEARS

Oakmonters may have an opportunity to test a new generation of devices intended to improve hearing based on a SmartPhone (iPhone, Android, or equivalent). This may be of particular interest if you have a minor but real problem hearing in noisy environments, like restaurants and parties. The company, SoundHawk (http://www.soundhawk. com/), has a very interesting product coming to market. They are seeking individuals who experience difficulty with hearing, but who do not have more than moderate hearing problem. The Soundhawk product is not a hearing aid, but may serve as a highly effective assistance device in a variety of listening situations. They are interested in testing the product before it is shipped this fall. They would like 10–12 people from Oakmont to participate in this test. Ideal participants would commonly report that they could easily follow one to one conversation in quiet listening situations, but might experience more difficulty in noisy listening situations, group settings, when watching television with others. Since their system is personalized by the user, they would also need to have access to a SmartPhone (iPhone 4s or newer or Android 4.0 or newer). They would also prefer it if there is audiometric (hearing test) data on each participant, although this is not absolutely necessary. It’s okay if the participants currently use hearing aids, as long as they meet the criteria described above. The study would involve a minimum of two lab test and interview sessions of 60–90 minutes duration. Between these sessions, participants would perform a field trial of the system for 2–3 weeks. During the field trial, participants would complete questionnaires regarding their performance in a variety of listening situations. If you think you might be interested, contact me directly by E-mail at


Space is limited—please register early.

Grandparent’s Name __________________________________________________________________________ Amount included_______ E-mail (required for confirmation)_______________________________________________________________ Phone # if E-mail not available____________________________________________________ Welcome Party at Oakmont Gardens for all ages, 3–5 p.m., Sunday, July 27.

# of children______# of adults______ at $5 per person

Creation Station Art Project at CAC Art Room, Ages 4–6, 10–11 a.m. (only 12 spaces available others will not be able to participate), Monday, July 28. # of children_____ Ages_______ at $3 per child

Coin Toss at Central Pool: Session 1 age up to 7, potty-trained, at 1:30 p.m. (only 25 spaces, must be registered to participate) or Session 2 ages 8–12 at 2:15 p.m., Monday, July 28. Session 1–ages up to 7: # of children _____ Ages ______ Free Session 2—ages 8–12: # of children_____ Ages_______ Free

Family Bingo at Berger Center for all ages, 3:30–5 p.m., Monday, July 28.

# of children_____ # of adults____ $3 per person

One Day Introduction to Tennis, West Courts, ages 6 and up, 10–11 a.m., Tuesday, July 29.

# of children_____ Ages________ at $3 per child

Four-Day Tennis Clinic—West Courts (8 and up, tennis experience required), 3:30–5 p.m., Tues.–Fri., July 29–Aug. 1. # of children____ Ages________ $15 per child for four days

Learn to Quilt at CAC Art Room, (only 12 spaces available, others will not be able to participate), ages 7 and up, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Tuesday, July 29. # of children____ Ages_______ Free

Puppet Play at CAC, ages 3 and up, must be accompanied by a grandparent, (only 12 spaces available in each session, others will not be able to participate), Wednesday, July 30. Two sessions available: Session 1 at 10–10:45 a.m., or Session 2 at 11–11:45 a.m. All materials provided to make a sock puppet. Session 1: #of children___________ at $3 per child Session 2: #of children___________ at $3 per child

Table Tennis at Upper West Rec. Center, ages 6–16 (only 16 spaces available per session, others will not be able to participate), Wednesday, July 30. Two sessions available: Session 1 at 2:30–3:30 p.m., or Session 2 at 3:45–4:45 p.m. Session 1: # of children_____ at $3 per child Session 2: #of children_____ at $3 per child

Family Fun Night at West BBQ area, Pizza and Games for All, 5–7 p.m. (only 50 spaces for children who register with no limit amount of adults), Wednesday, July 30. # of children_____ # of adults_____ at $7 per person

Robotics at Berger Center, ages 6–16, 10–11:30 a.m., Thursday, July 31.

# of children_____ Ages_________ at $3 per child

Wii Bowling at Upper West Rec. Center, ages 6 and up (only 24 spaces available each session, others will not be able to participate), Thursday, July 31. Two sessions available: Session 1 at 1–2 p.m., or Session 2 at 2–3 p.m. Session 1: #of children_____ at $3 per child

Session 2: #of children______ at $3 per child

Bocce Ball at West Rec. Center, Bocce Ball Courts, ages 6 and up, 10–11:30 a.m. (only 24 spaces available, others will not be able to participate), Friday, August 1. # of children______ at $3 per child

Making Pasta Noodles at West Rec. Center, ages 7 and up, 1–2:30 p.m. (only 12 spaces available, others will not be able to participate), Friday, August 1. # of children______ at $3 per child

You can pay in cash or make checks out to Grandparents’ Club and put in Grandparents’ folder in OVA Office together with completed sign up form. For questions you can call Marianne Neufeld, 528-0161 or E-mail me at Sorry, no refunds once registration is confirmed.


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014

nGreg Goodwin

Lawn Bowling


nRay Haverson

Second Annual Country Ho-Down Featuring The Great Dry Creek Band

WHEN: August 23 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open 4:30 p.m.; dinner 5–6:30 p.m.; music: 6–9:30 p.m. COST: Members $22, members’ guests $25, nonmembers $35.-best deal—one-year membership and Country Ho-Down party $34. DINNER MENU: BBQ 1/2 lb. Hamburgers (the best in the west), Veggie Burgers (advance order only please), our special 1/4lb. all-beef hot dogs, potato salad, green salad, Ray’s famous chili, garlic bread and desert. We will supply: lemon water, hot tea, coffee, napkins, forks, knifes, spoons, plates, cups for the chili. This is Bring Your Own Bottle—wine, soft drinks and so on. Dry Creek Band is fantastic. If you came last year you already know how good they are. If you missed it last year you are in for a real treat! So put on your boots and be ready to kick up your heels (boots and Western wear not required). Dry Creek plays all types of music slow, fast, line dances and so on.

FUTURE EVENTS The Great Italian Festival

WHEN: October 18 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open 4:30 p.m.; dinner served 5–6:30 p.m. MUSIC: Billy Mac There will be pasta sauce cook-off with cash prizes. Please sign up early. Must be homemade sauce only— no touched-up store brands! Menu to be announced at a later date.

The Rat Pack Vegas-Style Show Featuring Joey Bishop, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin And Sammy Davis Jr.

WHEN: November 7 TIME: Doors open 5 p.m.; show time 6–8 p.m. COST: All seats are $30 for this show only SEATING: Tables of eight. You may reserve a table of eight for you and your guests as long as all are paid for in one envelope with all names included. FOOD AND DRINK: You may bring whatever snacks, food or drink you would like. We will have coffee, hot tea, lemon water and cookies. Please get your money and reservations in very early as seats are going very fast for this great show. For the best tables get it in now! This is a first-come, first-served event. No tickets at the door and no refunds due to the cost of the entertainers and their musicians. Sorry! This will be a great show and we are lucky they are willing to come to Oakmont. Their ticket prices are normally $65–$105. We have gotten a great price for this show. Once again seating will be limited. Mark your calendars for our upcoming events so you do not miss them.

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The last lawn bowling column raised a question that needed to be answered, and that was “Where does your time go?” This reporter has asked many wise lawn bowlers that question, and here listed, in no particular order, were some of their responses: People seek out activity, so when you stay busy, time goes by quickly. If you over-schedule, you lose track of time. Being idle makes time go by slowly. I’ve always got time to lawn bowl. It takes a lot of time to get ready in the morning and a lot of time to get ready for bed which doesn’t leave much time to get things done. By the time I finish the crossword puzzle, word jumble and then sudoku, it ‘s time for lunch. My conclusion from extensive interviews is: lawn bowling for two hours per day, three times each week in the morning balances your time perfectly. The end.


The fifth round of the season has now been completed. Team “Let’s Roll” is leading in the standings but not far behind are three other teams. Okay then, sorry still writing in Fargoese (see May 15 League column), there are four more rounds to be played before the season is concluded, and, because of a series of injuries, substitutes and replacements will play an important role down the home stretch. It’s going to get exciting. You betcha.


This year’s tournament started on Monday, June 16 with four teams vying for the club’s title. Two teams advanced and played in the championship game on Friday, June 20. The winning team members were: Skip—Marilyn Garland, Second—Linda Rubio, and Lead—Beverly Shelhart.

Zentangle™ Art Method is Here!

nBetsy Smith

Come join us for a fun, interesting art technique called Zentangle™. If you can draw a dot, a straight line, squiggly line, circle or square, you can do the Zentangle™ Art method. The second Tuesdays of each month will be a beginning, review, learn more basic tangles class. If you have attended a Zentangle™ class before, this can still be the place to learn a new tangle or two and practice what you know. On the fourth Tuesdays, we will explore tangling using different kinds of materials, colors, other mediums, and more complicated tangles. You don’t have to go to the beginning class to come but it may help in orienting you to the Zentangle™ method. All supplies will be provided. Be sure to call or E-mail to sign up as classes fill up. Cost is $8 for the class. Hope to see you in class! WHEN: Second Tuesdays of the month, July 14, August 12—Beginning/Review/Learn More Basic tangles class; fourth Tuesdays of the month—July 28 “Sepia toned tiles and colored chalks,” August 25—“Using black tiles” TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center COST: $8 INFO: Just bring yourself, all supplies will be provided. Tell your friends and come explore! Call me at 538-8304 (home), 321-2105 (cell) or E-mail me at

Women’s Triples winning team


Just want to express that I’m proud to serve as President of the Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club and welcome your help in keeping our club vibrant, challenging and fun. From time to time I’ll mention a few things for you to keep in mind. First, when leaving the cubby room, please remember to shut off the lights. They don’t go off automatically. Second, it’s polite to stand behind (off to the left) and remain quiet as your opponent stands on the mat ready to bowl. Thanks for your consideration.


Here is an ongoing invitation to try lawn bowling. Oakmonters who are curious about what we actually do are welcome to find out. The best way would be to stop by the green around 9:15 a.m. any day except Sunday and ask a member how to get started. The other easy way would be to contact the greeter of the month and for July that would be Bev Harris. Give her a call at 282-5574 and she will be happy to meet with you and set up an opportunity for you to try rolling—you may just find out that lawn bowling is your ticket to fun.


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 p.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¢ a game, paid to the winners. Call Chuck or Sue Rowlands for information or questions, 537-7498.


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014

nTina Lewis

Tennis Club


The USTA Men’s Team didn’t go to the semi-finals at Silverado, but they sure came close! It was nail-biting time at the Sectionals played at Vintage High School in Napa on Monday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 24. We came very close, with only some tie breakers keeping us from perhaps advancing. If any of them had been won, we would have secured the second-place position and would have been a wildcard at the semis.

some matches have to be defaulted because Oakmont is lacking a sufficient number of women. If you’re interested in having fun playing tennis while representing Oakmont, call Terri at (925) 876-8074.


Summer has arrived, when most tennis players want to get an early start. But we don’t have enough courts to accommodate everyone. Many groups start at 7:30 a.m., giving up their morning coffee for the love of the sport. There are almost 15 hours of daylight in July. Starting to play at 6 or 6:30 p.m. in the evening can be a viable option to playing late in the morning, when the temperature starts to sizzle. Whenever you play, the important thing is to follow court rules and etiquette, and above all, to have fun!


USTA Sectional players Armando Zimmerman, Bill Wrightson, Ray Baldwin, Rey Frimmersdorf, Jeff Clemence, Terry Brown, Jim Oswald, and Neil Linneball. (Photo by Terri Somers)

Inter-Club Tournaments Director Sumner Johnson will be accompanying six men and six ladies to Creekside for an inter-club tournament on Saturday, July 19. Good luck to our team!

USTA Captain Terri Somers said it best when she wrote this to the team: “Hold your heads high. You played like rock stars. You played against very seasoned teams, very long-standing partnerships, teams that have won sectionals in the past. You gave them a real run for their money. I heard from several players and each of the other captains that Oakmont was the surprise element, and they were amazed at the level you played. Congratulations!” Terri not only is a first-class coach, she fed her players well. The spreads she set out for the matches were the envy of other teams. Some players cozied up to Terri asking if she was sharing with other teams. She very graciously turned them away.


USTA Captain Terri Somers makes sure the men’s team is well fed.

Oakmonters were among the cheering section both days. It means a lot to the guys to know that the Tennis Club is behind them. Great season, men! Onward to the next challenge.


USTA Captain Terri Somers announces that the Mixed Doubles are alive and happening. However,

Direct from the desk of President Neil Linneball, here’s the latest on the Women’s Doubles Tournament: Sign-up sheets are posted on both the east and west bulletin boards. An E-blast has been sent to all members who approved an E-mail contact. Players should sign up with their partners. Players without partners need to indicate that they are requesting one. There will be two flights, A and B. The maximum number of doubles teams is eight per flight (16 players), first-come, first-served. On August 2, play will begin at 8 a.m. on both the east and west courts. Finals will be played on August 9 starting at 8 a.m. on the west courts. There will be consolation matches in each flight. Participants will be ranked and seeded. On August 2 the higher-ranked Flight A will play on the west courts, Flight B on the east courts. The first matches will be a pro set (eight games total). The second match on August 9 will be two sets, regular scoring. Adjustments will be made if fewer than eight pairs per flight sign up. The club will provide balls, water, and coffee. Winners will be announced at the December Holiday Party.


It’ll be chicken and ribs at the Old East Rec. Corral at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 16. Add potato salad, baked beans, and who knows what all, and enjoy a good old country barbeque! Rumor has it that our own Tennis Club cowboys will be doing the cooking. During the cookin’ and eatin’ you can be dancin’ to the music of the Little Mountain String Band. Chair of the event, Sherry Kohut, and her sidekick, Terri Somers, can use some help in set-up and cleanup. If you’re willing to lend a hand, call Sherry at 5416674. See ya there, pardners!

Sleep Apnea Group

nBob Flandermeyer

Come and join us for an informal exchange of experiences with the equipment required, as well as new sources of supplies, technical people and any other pertinent subject. These meetings are especially helpful to those about to start or just starting to use the equipment. First-time attendees and new users of the apnea equipment please call me at 538-5277 before the meeting, so we can have enough long-time users to answer questions and pass on their experience. DATE: First Tuesday of every other month (August 5, October 7 and December 2) TIME: 1–3 p.m. WHERE: Room G in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive


nJessica Herritt

San Francisco trip

WHERE: Wells Fargo Museum, Grace Cathedral and lunch at Sinbad’s Pier 2 WHEN: Thursday, July 24 TIME: Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m.; return about 5:30 p.m. PIRCE: $90 per person Wells Fargo Museum is our first stop. This is the original site that Wells Fargo first opened for business in 1852. A Wells Fargo stage coach will be on display, along with gold dust and a special collection of Gold Rush correspondence. Lunch will be at Sinbad’s which is located on Pier 2 near the Ferry Building. Please choose one of the following meals for lunch: Salmon Florentine, Blackened Red Snapper Cajun Style, Breast of Chicken Piccata, London Broil, or Shrimp Louie Salad. After lunch we will visit and have a guided tour of Grace Cathedral which rests atop Nob Hill in San Francisco. Some of you may remember the Episcopal Bishop Pike, who served there in the late 1950 and early 1960. He was one of the first religious figures to appear regularly on television. He was featured in the newspapers disagreeing with his superiors, arguing for a living wage, speaking of desegregation and the ordination of women. The cathedral has two labyrinths, 68 stained glass windows and is a San Francisco landmark. This is a walking tour, so please wear comfortable shoes. Please make your check out to the Oakmont Walkers and note your lunch choice. Mail checks to Carolyn Mack, 318 Stone Creek Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Her E-mail address is clpmack@comcast. net, phone number is 537-7347. Details of our fun August Picnic will be in the next issue of the Oakmont News. The club’s website is


BYOBeverages! Place coupon and check in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office or mail to Sherry Kohut at 6589 Meadowridge Drive. Name(s) _____________________________________________________________________________________ # of members at $15 ________________ # of guests at $20 ________________ # of requesting vegetarian ________________ Check enclosed $________________ Phone No. ____________________________________________ No reserved seating—arrive early to save your space.

Photos by Lloyd Douglas


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014

Tai Chi for Beginners

nDr. Kate Ha, Instructor

nTeresa and Tom Woodrum

Free Fitness Class

WHAT: Stretch and Body Conditioning Class WHERE: Berger Center WHEN: Wednesdays from 9–10 a.m. EQUIPMENT: Non-skid yoga mat, athletic shoes, water bottle, small hand towel. NEW OHI WEBSITE: site/oakmonthealthinitiative/ home July 16- Cardio Fitness and Strength with Betsy Smith July 23: Zumba Fit and Fun with Lynn Seng. Using dance and music to improve memory, muscles, balance and brains. July 30: YMCA-led fitness class August 2: Cabaret “Those Were the Days” September 20: Cabaret “An Evening with Sandy and Richard Riccardi”

Cabaret night: an Evening with sandy and richard riccardi Saturday, september 20, 6–8 pm Berger Center

Oakmont Health initiative invites you to join us for a second cabaret. Relax with friendly people, bring a snack to share with your table and your beverage of choice. It will be a very nice event and your will help support a good cause. Please make your check payable to Oakmont Health Initiative. Admission is $15

Lap Swim Club

per person. You may leave checks in the OHI Folder in the OVA Office, or mail them to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. One-hundred percent of profits will help to expand Oakmont Health Initiatives. We look forward to welcoming you. Volunteers of the Free Fitness Class: Kathy Vincent, Henni Williston, John Phillips, Dr. Robert Bliss, Tom and Teresa Woodrum. Preview Cabaret Video and purchase tickets online at the new Oakmont Health Initiative website: https:// home. Payment is easy with Paypal on the website. The website lists upcoming instructors for Free Fitness and details of the Cabarets. Check it out and I hope you enjoy it.

Good to the Last Lap!

Flip-turn News

1. New West rep is Sumner Johnston, known for his tennis skills, swims evenings at 7 p.m. Welcome and thank you, Sumner. 2. New furniture arrives for the East Pool. All pools have a color theme and the East is white/blue pieces with variegated blue-stripe umbrellas. Thank you OVA!

Fit & Fun nLynn Seng

Gentle Yoga

nSharon Traeger


Although many people feel that seniors should follow the advice of taking it easy, that is actually what causes seniors problems. Extended periods of sitting lead to muscle-shortening, tightening and weakening. Loss of movement leads to loss of flexibility and loss of balance. Loss of balance stems in part from sitting rather than standing and not challenging one’s balance. Gentle Yoga addresses these factors of aging through gentle stretching and breathing and movement. The class is medium in size which allows for individual attention. WHEN: Mondays and Thursdays, 12:30–1:45 p.m. WHERE: West Recreation-Lower Level (across from tennis courts) FEE: $10 drop-in or $60 for 10 sessions (don’t have to be consecutive) INFO: Class co-taught by Lou and myself. Drop-in or call 537-8661 REQUIREMENT: Must be able to get up and down off mat without assistance

nMelissa Bowers

This new club is for year-round, lap swimmers. It doesn’t matter how fast nor how far, only that you are dedicated to swim each and every season. If this is you, come join your fellow mates. As independent, self-motivated people using three separate pools, we previously had no connection, no voice. Well, that has changed, we have a website bringing us together. Send your name and E-mail address to lapswim@ The website connection will arrive. Go on to enter your info and create your own password. Viola! You’re in! Then in upper right corner hit “members,” drop down to “edit my profile” and add your photo.

If you have always wondered what all the hype was about, now you have the chance to fulfill your doctor’s request and go ahead and take an introductory workshop on Tai Chi. Even if you have health and balance, knee and hip issues Tai Chi may offer you some new way to approach these issues. You may even sit during class. I myself just had spinal surgery. We focus on breathing and relaxation besides gentle exercises that rejuvenate the body. Class meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m., Upper West Rec. Center. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop (classes do not need to be consecutive). Pre- register by calling 318-5284.

Fun, Food and Friendship

nPeggy Wright

It’s with regret that it has become necessary for me to resign from having the responsibility of handling Fun, Food and Friendship dinners. In order for these potluck dinners to continue, someone else will have to volunteer to take them over. In November 2004 my husband and I took over the responsibility of these dinners from Jinx Shall, who had them for 18 years. The dinners now have been going on for 28 years. It would be a shame if they didn’t continue. There are a number of people who enjoy Fun, Food and Friendship and it would be sad if the dinners no longer existed. If you are interested in taking over, please call me at 538-3345. If no one take over the responsibility of the Fun, Food and Friendship dinners, Saturday, September 20 will be the last event.

Do you have any fibbows, bowbifs, wibfobs, i.e., blahs, boredom, fatigue, isolation, overeating, sluggishness, weight gain? Then please join me for Zumba Fit and Fun! Classes are held in the Lower West Rec. at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings, and 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoons. For more information E-mail me at There is no charge for your first two classes. Successive classes, which do not need to be consecutive, are $10 per week or discounted at five weeks for $40 or 10 weeks for $60. And if you are ready to dance Zumba Fit and Fun twice a week, you can attend both Tuesday and Thursday classes for the cost of one! Try it! What do you have to lose?

Saturday Morning Meditation

nSheila Madden, Facilitator

Join a drop-in group of 20–25 meditators, which has been meeting every Saturday morning at 10:30 AM since 2005. A 40-minute period of silence is preceded by a short dharma talk about meditation principles, chiefly (but not exclusively) based on Buddhist ideas. We sit in a circle on comfortable chairs, but anyone who prefers to sit formally on a floor cushion is welcome to bring one and use it. I have been a meditator for 35 years, and have been teaching meditation since the mid-1980’s. Beginning meditators are advised to call me in advance at 538-1716 for some tips on the how-tos of sitting. LOCATION: Central Activities Center, Room B

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The Oakmont News / July 15, 2014

nRichard Duncan

Some thoughts on the Paleolithic diet

Cardio Fitness

Keep your fitness going for the summer! Come exercise to a fun aerobic workout at the Lower West Rec. Center. The class is ongoing and you may join at any time. The aerobic format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! We finish the class with core and balance work. The music is fun and catchy and the class is designed for all levels. Call me at 538-8304 for more information. Bring your friends! See you in class! WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays ongoing. Join any time. First class is free. No class July 22. TIME: Tuesdays 5:30–6:30 p.m., Thursdays 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $6 per class or $40 for eight classes—good for two months INFO: Please bring a mat, weights and water INSTRUCTOR: Me, 538-8304

All the Toys Fitness new class time! (Balance and strength)

Summertime is here! Time for walks, golf and outside activities. Keep balanced and strong by joining us in the lower West Rec. Center Wednesday evenings from 4:30–5:30 p.m. We emphasize balance, using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves in addition to working on strength. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of balance and strength. Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of this class. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, bands and a ball if you have them. WHEN: Wednesdays, join any time. First class is free! No class July 23. TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. (earlier time!) WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $6 per class or four classes for $20—good for two months INFO: Please bring water, mat, and weights, balls INSTRUCTOR: Me, 538-8304

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The Paleo-diet has been much in the news just recently. It is man’s natural diet on which he has subsisted for the past ~200,000 years humans have existed as nomadic, hunter-gatherers. Pre-agricultural humans ate meat from wild animals, fish, roots, wild plants, some fruit, nuts and the occasional batch of honey. Post-Paleolithic (Neolithic) diets include foods that result from agriculture or animal husbandry (grains, dairy, beans/legumes, potatoes, sugar and fake foods). They share the following important characteristics: they are all toxic when raw—they can be extremely dangerous and it is important never to eat them raw or undercooked. These toxins include enzyme blockers, lectins, and others. However, cooking destroys most but not all of these toxins. Insufficient cooking can lead to sickness such as acute gastroenteritis. They are all rich sources of carbohydrate and, once cooked, they are usually rapidly digestible—but at the cost of generating a high glycemic index (sugar spike). They are extremely poor sources of vitamins (particularly vitamins A, B-group, folic acid and C), minerals, antioxidants and phytosterols. If the Paleo-diet is followed correctly, it can promote fat loss, increase of lean muscle and provide lots of energy. The paleo conversation is an interesting one, and makes sense in a lot of ways. The diet includes abundant vegetables, fruits in moderation, lean meats, eggs, most fish, shellfish, nuts and seeds and good oils (coconut, avocado, palm and olive oils.) It excludes dairy, grains, legumes, potatoes, high salt foods (cured meats) and sweets. While the diet outlined above would be ideal, it is clearly impractical in this day and age when only large scale agriculture for the production of wheat, rice and corn makes the support of seven billion people possible on this planet. The Paleo-diet is problematic from the perspective of procuring high quality, clean animal food which is becoming increasingly rare these days. If you want to venture down the paleo road, it’s important that you buy the highest quality meats and fish you can find, with the former being free of antibiotics, hormones, and genetically modified feed. We are most fortunate to live in a rural area with ready access to organic agricultural produce. Once you’ve tasted home grown chicken or beef, pork or lamb, you’ll realize that what the industrial food complex dishes up (packaged supermarket food) is a far cry from lovingly raised animal food. Fish is also something of a gamble these days. Our oceans, lakes and rivers are facing ever increasing contamination; consequently fish is too. So check the origins of your fresh fish. Also relevant to the conversation is that we are not eating the grains our great grandparents ate. Ours have been hybridized, genetically modified, and manipulated to a degree that could be considered highly problematic. Excess consumption of grains is problematic, and can exacerbate a host of problems, including autoimmune issues. Many people who are facing an autoimmune challenge or troubled digestion benefit enormously from giving grains a rest. In this case an evolved Paleo-diet can tip the scales in favor of controlling inflammation, healing the gut and quieting the fires within. So for all who are pondering changes in your diet, please work with someone who can guide you through the maze, and listen to the wisdom of your body. From raw to macro, vegan to vegetarian, paleo to Mediterranean, there are dozens of theories about what’s best. Our bodies tell us more than anyone else can, so combining mindfulness with knowledge is a great path to walk.

nBetsy Smith


Fitness Club

The Enocureans

nEllen Leznik

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.”— Michael Broadbent The Enocureans is the club for the oenophile and epicurean in all of us. It is for Oakmonters who love and enjoy their food and wine and want to experience to the fullest everything that life in our beautiful Wine Country has to offer. Our inaugural event was held on January 30 of this year and now, six months later, we have 106 members. The club has monthly events, both in Oakmont and at various wineries and restaurants in Sonoma County. Our past events included Champagne and Chocolate tasting in Oakmont, dinner at the Peruvian restaurant Sazón in Santa Rosa, wine tasting and picnic at the Gustafson Family Vineyards in Geyserville, Summer Whites oyster and white wines picnic in Oakmont and the Bastille Day dinner at La Bodega in Sebastopol. Below is the description of our upcoming August event at Benziger Family Winery.


To kick off our event at Benziger, we will take a 45-minute tram tour of Benziger’s biodynamic vineyards with commentary by a member of the winery staff. We will visit the vineyards, fermentation facility, crush pad and the barrel caves. After the tour we will gather on Benziger’s lovely patio for a guided tasting of estate, biodynamic and single vineyard wines, including the 2012 Paradiso de Maria Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Signaterra West Rows Chardonnay, 2012 Signaterra La Reyna Pinot Noir, 2010 Signaterra Three Blocks Cabernet Sauvignon (San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Gold Medal Winner) and 2011 Obsidian Point Cabernet Sauvignon. There will also be an assortment of cheeses, fruit and nuts to accompany the wines. We will be offered a 20% discount on wine purchases that day, so you may want to buy your favorites to take them home with you as a lovely (and delicious!) souvenir. Registration for this event will begin in June. Cost is $42 for members and $47 for non-members. All Enocureans’ events have a limited capacity, generally 20–40 people depending on the event. Members pay a lower fee and have priority in registration. The membership fee is $15 per calendar year. If you would like to join, register for an event or have any questions, please contact me at

nCathy Rapp

Summer is in full swing, and so are the water fitness classes. With free classes through the junior college and classes with a fee, there’s something for everyone. The summer class schedule is posted below. Come on in—the water’s perfect! To add your name to an E-mail list and receive updates on the changing calendar, please call me at 537-9281 or E-mail me at Also, feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the water fitness classes.

Schedule for summer water aerobics classes at the West Pool

Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5 fee); 10 a.m.— Instructor Mary, free JC class Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5 fee) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5 fee); 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary, free JC class Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5 fee) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee); 9:45 a.m.— Instructor Julie, free JC class

Table Tennis in Oakmont

nHerm Hermann

Table tennis is excellent exercise for the body, for hand/eye co-ordination and spatial brain activity. We have an active Table Tennis Club in Oakmont. So come join us. All skill levels are welcome. We play at upper West Rec. as per the following schedule: Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesday: 12 noon–2:30 p.m. Thursday: 3–5:30 p.m. Friday: 3:30–6 p.m. Sunday: 12 noon–4:30 p.m. If you have any questions contact me at 539-1657, or Ian Seddon, 843-4040.


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Oakmont Community Church

nLaurie Hartmann Goldstein

A Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith; being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. You are warmly invited to Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. Here is what is happening in our upcoming 10:30 a.m. weekly services:

Each Sunday

Dan Melligan brings a message of hope and encouragement in his sermons. His summer preaching series is on the book of Romans and how that letter of the Apostle Paul informs who we are as mature Christians. We also enjoy some of the best musicians in Sonoma County and beyond in our regular weekly services. Besides uplifting instrumental music, we enjoy singing together words of hope and truth.

Sunday, July 20

nSteve Spanier

Boomers Club

We hope you enjoyed our July 4th event with the Captain Paisley band and food from the Oakmont Market. July is a big month for the Boomers Club. Read on for another opportunity to get together this month with your boomer friends.


On the evening of July 17, our Boomers Club will descend upon the St. Francis Winery to enjoy an installment of their “Stars Under the Stars” Outdoor Film Festival. Screening that evening will be the hilarious bank robbery send-off A Fish Called Wanda, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, John Cleese and Michael Palin. The combination of a beautiful outdoor venue, what is likely to be great summer evening weather, pre-show entertainment by guitarist Nate Lopez, super food and wine, fine friends and a fiercely funny film make this a date to circle on your calendars. And, did I mention it’s also free?

Steve Andrews from Sacramento area will be joining our music team in the service. Steve’s love for music includes singing, playing guitar, alto sax, and five-string banjo, on the great hymns of the faith.

Steve Andrews

Sunday, July 27

Dennis Studebaker will be joining us again in the worship music. It is easy to sing along with his guitar and honey vocals. Lucas Sherman from Fresno will be playing piano in the service. Hearing his fingers bring melody out of the keyboard is a gift to all who listen.

Drop-In Chess

nRichard Duncan

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

One important note: St. Francis sells wine! This means you can’t bring your own alcoholic beverages to this event. Featured St. Francis wines will be sold by the glass and food from Sonoma’s Favorite Taco Truck, Lonchera Emely, will be available for purchase. So please, don’t BYOB. WHAT: A Fish Called Wanda at the St. Francis Film Festival WHEN: July 17, 7 p.m. WHERE: St. Francis Winery (across the street from the Pythian Oakmont entrance) BRING: Portable seating or blanket and outdoor summer evening clothing PRICE: Free!


Rather than a simple social in August, we’re encouraging everyone to go to the Transcendence Theatre Company’s production of Music of the Night in Jack London State Park. Music of the Night is part of an award-winning series of Broadwayinspired concerts that feature talent from the NY and Hollywood stages and screen. More than just a standard musical revue, each concert weaves your favorite Broadway and popular songs into a spectacular evening of singing and dancing unlike anything you’ve seen before. And you don’t even need to drive! TTC and Beau Wine Tours are partnering to provide round-trip shuttle service from the Berger Center for only $20 per seat. See the TTC website (www.transcendencetheater. org) for details. If you’ve never attended one of these performances, you owe it to yourself to join us for what promises to

be a very special evening. A portion of the proceeds supports the magnificent Jack London State Park. Here are a few tips if you’re planning to attend: We recommend you arrive at 5 p.m. to get better parking and partake in the pre-show picnicking. Parking is quite limited, so car-pooling is strongly encouraged. Barbeque stations and picnic tables are also limited and first-come, first-served. Further, there is not much space for stowing personal items in the performance area, so please consider this when bringing coolers or other equipment. If you plan on arriving for the show only (no picnicking), you will likely be directed to park in the Benzinger Winery parking lot, from which you will take a shuttle up to the park. Allow extra time (on both ends!) for this. At the latest, arrive at least 30 minutes before show time in order to have time to park and find your seats before the show begins. Latecomers may have to wait until an appropriate break in the performance to be seated. Even if it’s a warm day, temperatures drop significantly after dusk. Dress in layers and have a jacket on hand. There is minimal lighting at the venue after dark. We recommend you bring a small flashlight to help illuminate your walk back to the car. WHAT: Music of the Night Transcendence Theater production WHEN: August 22, 5 p.m. for pre-show picnicking; the show begins at 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen BRING: Appropriate outdoor summer evening clothing (chairs are not necessary) and a small flashlight PRICE: Do not pay the Boomers Club. Purchase your tickets for both the shuttle and the show (various prices are available) online at www.transcendencetheater. org


Save September 6 for an evening of satisfaction with the Unauthorized Rolling Stones.


If you apply for Boomers Club membership manually, please provide an E-mail address. This is especially important since we often send out notices via the website between issues of the Oakmont News. Checks are often dropped off in the dues folder without a new member application form attached. There is a folder with new member applications in the Boomers’ section at the OVA.


Minimal problems resulted from our recent software upgrade. If you encounter difficulties, please send an E-mail describing the experience to support@ Our website is your best source of information about anything related to the Boomers Club.


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nBarbara Bowman

Movies At Oakmont WHERE: Berger Center

SCREENING DAYS AND TIMES: Sundays at 2 PM Matinee and 7 PM Evening.

HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty, Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff , and Larry Metsger.

NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible Sunday, July 20, 2 pm CHOCOLAT

A single mother (Juliette Binoche) and her young daughter move into a peaceful French village and open a chocolate shop during the height of Lent. At first, the shop’s rich, sensuous desserts scandalize the town. But the villagers soon learn to savor the sweetness. A charming and whimsical movie, with a delicious soundtrack, it was nominated for six Academy Awards and five Golden Globes. Johnny Depp, Judi Dench and Leslie Caron also star. (2000), PG-13, 121 minutes.

Sunday, July 20, 7 pm THE BIRDS

The townsfolk of Bodega Bay—including gorgeous socialite Melanie (Tippi Hedron) and her love interest, Mitch (Rod Taylor)—face a massive avian onslaught, with feathered friends inexplicably attacking and killing at random. Alfred Hitchcock’s terrifying masterpiece is listed as the American Film Institute’s seventh greatest film thriller. (1963), PG-13, 120 minutes.

Sunday, July 27, 2 pm THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

After bogus preacher Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum) is released from jail, he goes in search of the money hidden by Ben (Peter Graves), his former cellmate. Powell marries Ben’s widow (Shelley Winters) and then only Ben’s children and an indomitable woman stand between Harry and the loot. A suspenseful and chilling movie, with an unforgettable villain. Listed in the National Film Registry, as well as the American Film Institute’s “Thrilling Movies.” Charles Laughton directs. (1955), NR, 93 minutes.

Sunday, July 27, 7 pm UNFAITHFUL

Connie Sumner (Diane Lane), a forty-something wife and mother, escapes the content but boring life she has with her devoted husband, Edward (Richard Gere), when she starts up an unexpected, all-consuming affair with Paul. Her selfish actions soon catch up with her when Edward decides to confront Paul. A thriller with many twists and turns and outstanding acting, particularly Lane, who was nominated for both an Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Actress. (2000), R (sexuality, language and some violence), 124 minutes.

Sunday, August 3, 2 pm CINEMA PARADISO

Six-year-old Salvatore is the mischievous, highly intelligent son of a war widow. Nicknamed Toto, he discovers a love for films and spends every free moment at the movie house, Cinema Paradiso. There he develops a friendship with the projectionist, Alfredo, who takes a shine to the boy and provides a wise father-figure for him. The director’s memoir of his Sicilian youth, it’s regarded by many as a classic. Both Oscar and Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. (1988), PG, 123 minutes. (In Italian.)

Sunday, August 3, 7 pm THE MONUMENTS MEN

In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by the Nazis before Hitler destroys them. Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, and recounted in the book of the same name, the film was written and directed by George Clooney, who also stars in it. This unlikely platoon also includes Matt Damon, John Goodman and Cate Blanchett. (2014), PG-13, 118 minutes.

For your refrigerator and/or wallet July 20, 2 p.m.: Chocolat, (2000), PG-13, 121 minutes.

July 27, 7 p.m.: Unfaithful (2002), R, 124 minutes.

July 20, 7 p.m.: The Birds, (1963), PG-13, 120 minutes.

August 3, 2 pm.: Cinema Paradiso, (1988), PG, 123 minutes.

July 27, 2 p.m.: The Night of the Hunter, (1955), NR, 93 minutes.

August 3, 7 p.m.: The Monuments Men, (2014), PG-13, 118 minutes.


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Quality workmanship, reasonable prices, free estimates. 15 yrs. Best prices on Gutter Guard installation! experience. Call Long, 707-332-8419. Careful, professional, quality work. Call ZTAXLADY TAX PREP Alex, 707-291-0429



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


Year-round service since 2002. Need help in bill paying, balancing a checkbook or organizing papers for your tax return? Specializing in self-employed and rental returns. Reasonable, licensed and bonded. Renee L. Cohen, 539-6004.

Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. FURNITURE REPAIR Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, George’s furniture repair and refinishing, antiques and caning. Oakmont LCO #2411. references. 30 years experience. Free DAN THE HANDYMAN estimates. Call George at 987-3059. Helping with your home repair, maintenance and improvement needs. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS $68/hr., ½ hr. minimum. No dispatch Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont or service fees. 10% senior discount. Bonded and insured. Lic. #894070. Dan references. I’ll work with your budget. Lic. #954364. Call Angel, Noar, Owner, 292-4231. 707-239-1241.


All trades, little fix-its and prickly puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, assemblies, gardening and pruning too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, 539-5217.


Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had a home visit, please call Charlotte at 538-9050.


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



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.

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


Clothing alterations, repairs, updates and household sewing with over 25 years experience. In Rincon Valley. Call 539-0832.


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


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


Reasonable, fair and honest. Available for 4 to 24-hr. shifts. References. Call Susan at 539-4861.


We have daily discounts for seniors and limited delivery. Located at 2425 A personal transportation service for airports, cruises, vacations, family visits, Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa. Call etc. Oakmont resident, friendly reliable 526-2800. service. Call Babe or Joe, 545-2850.




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


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


Oakmont preferred vendor. Interior/ exterior, power washing, decks, wallpaper removed. Will not be undersold. 575-5581. Lic. #834588.

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

Renovations, remodels, repairs, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, all your home needs. Call Bill Kutz, 575-8335. Lic. #769510. Serving Oakmont since 1987.


Japanese swords and related items. (707) 938-4436 or (949) 683-3103.


Tired of your extra car taking up space in your garage? Call me. Joe, 545-4311.



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


Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer Services. Call Chuck for all things computer at your home or business. 40+ years experience. $50/hr. Oakmonters receive 20% discount. 293-8011.



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


Trees, hedges and shrubs. Careful work done with an emphasis upon a natural look. Affordable rates, small jobs OK. Richard, 833-1806.


House and window cleaning, moveout, pressure wash siding, driveways, decks, etc. Commercial, residential. References upon request. 15 yrs. exp. Call 542-8720 (home) or 548-9482 (cell).


Specializing in doors, screens, shutters, blinds, finish carpentry. Supply and installation. Free estimates. Oakmont references. Lic. #527924. 539-3196.


Every Saturday morning. Stop by and stock up on sweets for the week! Also Stevia sugar-free chocolate available.


Kitchen/Bath Remodeling, Repair/ Renovations. We gladly work with insurance companies. 30 yrs. experience, local references, senior discounts. Call us first! (707)328-3555. Fast, friendly, competent service. LYN’S HOUSE/PET SITTING Specialty Improvements, General CAL CUSTOM BUILDING Reliable, caring, mature and affordable. Contractor, Lic. # 669482. SERVICES, INC. Call 539-1286 (home) or 480-1224 Kitchen, bath, whole home renovation (cell). CARPET, UPHOLSTERY and accessibility expertise since 1979. AND TILE CLEANING Lic. #377330. Oakmont Resident. 579- HOME COOKED MEALS Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma resident. From my kitchen to yours, I will cook 9088, your favorite meals and deliver to your 12 years experience. Senior pricing. Free LION CONSTRUCTION CO. door. Call Sherry K, 541-6674 or (805) estimates. Call 935-6334. General Contractor. Residential, 551-7231. BODEN PLUMBING, commercial remodel and repairs, HEATING AND AIR winterization, tile, cement work. Fences, CAN’T DRIVE? For all your plumbing and heating decks, ADA upgrades. Free estimates. Need help with errands, shopping, needs. Local plumbers in business since doctor’ s appointments, trips to see children, Small jobs OK. Call Frank, 707-494the late 20th century, licensed, bonded airports? Call John and Lily, Oakmont 4359. Lic. #875552. and insured. Same day service is often residents, 537-9834. available. Money-saving coupons! Macular Degeneration? CA Lic. #659920. Please call Pre-owned, low cost, low vision CCTV DOG SITTING (707) 996-8683 or go to Cuddles and companionship for your SYS can help. For sale, or rent with small pampered pooch (my specialty) option to purchase program. For in my Oakmont home. Experience and more information or a no-obligation A WELL-BEHAVED DOG references. Call Mary, 537-7609. demonstration call Jack Donnellan, IS YOUR BEST FRIEND! 595-3790. CAREGIVER In Step Dog Training offers in-home Experienced caregiver with integrity private training. Services include: DRIVER FOR WOMEN available to help you or your loved one solutions for difficult behaviors and Services by women, for women! rude manners, walk and train, and Excellent, dependable transportation with personal care, meal prep, light to appointments, errands, airport. Fair housekeeping, errands, shopping, etc. more. Contact Nancy Dougan at (707) Skillful care delivered with respect and 696-8200, nancy@instepdogtraining. rates. Call Regina at 596-1463. privacy. Local references. com. BILL KUTZ JR. HEATING AND AIR (707) 299-0454. HOUSE CLEANING Spring A/C and Heating Tune-Up Special NOSE TO NOSE PET SITTING Reliable and experienced. Attention to $89. Expert repair, maintenance and detail. Excellent references, reasonable IN YOUR HOME unit replacement at low rates. 19 yrs. experience. Call Bill, 230-0564. Caring for your pets as you would. Over rates. Call 588-7493. 25 yrs. experience. Dog and cat care. BODEGA BAY GETAWAY Daily schedules and routines. Day or overnight companionship. House sitting Enjoy a beach house that sleeps 8. A available. Insured and bonded. Call Alix, 5-minute walk to the ocean, or take in the views from the many decks or 637-6267, Sonoma. windows in the house. Bird watch, golf, kayak, BBQ or relax. Call Susan at 322-0519 for info/pictures. Video tapes, records and cassettes to DVD and CD. Video and audio interviews of life stories. Northern Lights Recording, 576-7240. www.


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

Hours: M–F 10 AM–4 PM / Tel 707-539-1611 / 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7 OVA E-mail: / Info E-mail: Website: OVA Members-Only Page: Go to the members only page to view the monthly calendar, Board Meeting Minutes, criminal activity information and more.

Available in OVA Office Gas Shut-off Wrench.....................................$7 Tennis COurt Key.............................................$2 Vials for Life...............................................FREE resident magnetic access card...............FREE replacements......................................$10 ea Guest magnetic access card................$10 ea Guest Facility use Pass............................FREE Emergency Contacts for Residents This form is confidential and used only in case of an emergency to notify your named contacts.

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

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


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


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


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.

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 10 AM–4 PM Tel 539-0701 / Fax 539-6537 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7 E-mail:

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

architectural 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 Matt Zwerling, 539-8996

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

If you would like to be a volunteer, please call 528-0161. 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.


Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Dr. Daily 5 AM–9 PM. Closed Christmas day.


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: 8 AM–9 PM (Sat & Sun) 7 AM–9 PM (Mon–Fri) East: 8 AM–9 PM Central: 7 AM–9 PM 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 an adult with a valid pool access card. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY. Please Note: Pool cleaning occurs on Mon., Wed., and Fri. so the pool may not be open until 9 AM on those days.


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


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

CityBus #16 bus takes residents to 5 different shopping centers weekday mornings and around Oakmont afternoons. n

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

2014-2015 OVA board of Directors E-mail: John P. Taylor, President John R. Felton, Vice President Andie Altman, Director Frances Dias, Director Bob Giddings, Director Herm Hess, Director Alan Scott, Director Chuck Chenault, Treasurer Hugh Helm, Secretary Association Manager Cassie Turner E-mail:

Lost & found

Located in the OVA office. Unclaimed items will be discarded after 30 days.

Loaner equipment

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

ova-sponsored events Sol Flamenco Dance Company Berger Center September 13 3–4:30 p.m. AARP Smart Driver Course Room B, Central Activities Center July 31 and August 1 1–5 p.m.

Public Transportation Available in Oakmont n

OAS Management Company

n Sonoma County Transit #30 bus goes to Memorial and Kaiser Hospitals and downtown Santa Rosa. Returns via Oakmont to Sonoma.

Schedules available at OVA office.

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 the Member’s Only webpage and click on the link to join the E-mail list.


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45^fifl¢∞§45^fifl¢∞§45^fifl¢%4 Feel safe and secure with the quality of in-home care that Sequoia Senior Solutions is known for. Compare us to any other care provider: – Certified by California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) – Accredited by the Better Business Bureau with a rating of A+ – Six time winner of the North Bay Business Journal “Best Place to Work Award”

Serving Oakmont residents for over 10 years!

Some of our services: n Caregiving: from 15

minute visits to 24 hour care n Remote Care Service: the low-cost alternative n Transportation and Errands n Bill pay assistance & light accounting n Assistance with Long Term Care Insurance paperwork

Owners, Gabriella Ambrosi, CEO and Stanton Lawson, CFO

Providing specialized care in Alzheimer’s, Parkinsons’s, Diabetes, Arthritis and Hospice | | Have questions? Call us now at: (707) 539-0500

July 15th edition  

July 15th Oakmont News