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The Oakmont News / June 15, 2014

nNancy Giddings

Tennis Club

Ahoy, tennis people. Mid-summer’s almost upon us and the club continues its headlong flight into fun, fun and more fun! We have a really super tournament coming up, as well as a couple of social events that will knock your socks off.


Saving the upcoming news for a big, socko finish, let’s start with a recap of the May 31 event entitled French Open at Oakmont. Attended by an enthusiastic crowd, numbering somewhere in the neighborhood of 54 Francophiles, it was widely considered by attendees to have been one of the best “happy hours” ever! For an entry fee hardly worth mentioning members and their guests enjoyed food and drink a la Francais while basking in the truly Parisienne atmosphere created by co-chairs Olivia Kinzler and Terri Somers. Young-Ran Kim, who turns out to be a whiz with a paring knife, made the crudités look so pretty it was almost a shame to consume them. A host of savory hors d’oeuvres, accompanied by Olivia’s handmade petit-fours and generously donated champagne by Korbel, were finished beautifully by tiny cups of espresso, courtesy of barrista-for-a-day, Terri. Highlights from the 2013 French Open tournament played on the big screen all afternoon and Olivia spoke movingly about Althea Gibson, the first African-American athlete (of either gender) to breach Sharon Oswald’s adorable shoulder the color divide in bag showed all and sundry where she’s heading this fall. international tennis. She also became the first black player to win a Grand Slam title—at the 1956 French Open. Olivia’s presentation was a fitting tribute in honor of a true trailblazer. Later in the day, Sherry Kohut emceed a tennis trivia contest and Olivia presented each winner with his or her very own bottle of Korbel’s finest.

The Enocureans nMark Randol

a brown-bag, BYOB picnic. (If you’ve got folding chairs at home, feel free to bring them with you, to supplement available OVA seating.) This event is strictly for fun and absolutely free. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy some of the fabulous amenities we all moved here for in the company of old friends and new. Terri will provide ice chests and a minifridge for perishables, super-fantastic music and even some prizes for lucky winners. Winners of what, you ask? You’ll have to show up to find out, but be assured, tennis prowess is not a requirement. Join us! And don’t forget your sunscreen and big, fluffy beach towel.


Direct from the desk of President Neal Linneball comes the following very important dispatch: Save the date for our next big tournament— Celebrate World Cup—to be held Saturday, July 12 at West courts, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Two teams, America and The World, will battle for supremacy of Oakmont tennis on the eve of the actual World Cup final in Rio de Janeiro. Each team will field men’s, ladies’ and mixed doubles pairs selected by their respective captains. By the time you read this the month-long, 32-country soccer tournament will be in full swing and the world will be celebrating the biggest sporting event on the planet. Catch the fever! A picnic will follow, with authentic Brazilian beverages, as well as wine and beer. Sign-ups start Saturday, June 21, and close Sunday, July 6. You may sign up on court bulletin boards, E-mail fedtheelder@ or phone Tournaments Director George Hasa at 843-4527.


Don’t forget to take advantage of our two drop-in tennis options: the Bill Wagner open, Tuesdays at 11 a.m., organized by Sumner Johnson; and Saturday Morning Open Tennis, starting at 9 a.m., led by Hanns Ullrich. Both activities take place at West courts.


Be kind to your fellow members. Use ball machines after 11 a.m. only. Play during late afternoon and early evening hours whenever possible to free up courts in the morning. Read and follow Court Rules and Points of Etiquette, prominently posted at East and West courts.

Visual Aids Workshop

Bill Wrightson, Dorothy Smith, Doug Smith, Jill Gossard, Janet Siela, Olivia Kinzler, Sherry Kohut, Rey Frimmersdorf, Terri Somers and Jim Oswald lit up the recent French Open soiree.

Thanks to all who helped make this year’s French Open event a delightful success, including volunteers from the Oakmont Men’s USTA team, who manned the bar and kept spirits flowing freely. As always, our volunteers are the backbone of the club and without their cheerful assistance setting up the room and cleaning up afterward, the show literally could not go on. A measure of the afternoon’s success was the fact that the clean-up crew was soon joined by a large handful of happy party people who simply didn’t want to go home when it was over.


Hey, beach bunnies and surfer dudes, grab your boogie boards and rackets and head on over to West courts (aka “party central”) on Saturday, June 28, 10:30 a.m., to enjoy a fun-in-the-sun event certain to rock your world. Terri Somers will host a morning of informal (meaning selforganized) tennis matches and splashing in the pool for OTC members and their significant others, followed by

nAnn Ver Planck


Usually, the Workshop closes for the summer, but this year we will be working through the summer. The reason for the change is that the remodel of the West Rec. Center will take place sometime in the next few months and when that happens the room we use will be unavailable until the remodel is finished. Please watch the newsletter articles for further schedule updates. And, if you’re looking for something worthwhile to do on Mondays this summer, please join us from 9–11 a.m. at the Upper West Rec. Center until the remodel takes place. Children all over the world are using the tactile aids we produce and send, free of charge, to educators of the visually-impaired. This year’s projects included materials for children in Russia and Kyrgyzstan. We are so grateful to the men in our community for all the work they do throughout the year. Preparing everything for mailing and taking each project to the post office is something we couldn’t do without them. Our final mailing for this year was on June 9, and our dedicated volunteers completed a total of 4,012 books for the fiscal year.

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.”— Michael Broadbent


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 nonmembers. 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 Ellen Leznik at

Single Boomers Social Club

nJim Ptak

Summer Solstice arrives this year in Oakmont on Saturday, June 21 at 3:51 a.m. and is the day with the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. That’s good news for the Single Boomers Social Club! Why, you ask? Because you won’t need a flashlight at 5 p.m., you’ll save on your electric bill, and there’ll be more natural light to enjoy our evening activities. Last month Bon Appetite visited Yeti’s Restaurant in Glen Ellen. The group enjoyed excellent plates of Nepalese/Indian cuisine. Some had curries, others Tandoori dishes. The service was courteous and attentive. Definitely a restaurant to go to, if you haven’t been there yet. We always enjoy good food and great company at these dinners. 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@ 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.

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