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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Local Resident Honored in San Francisco Event

June 1, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 11

OVA Approves Videotaping All Board Meetings

Happy Ending to Lost Dog Tale

nYvonne Alexander

nAl Haggerty

The Righteous Among the Nations award was presented to Oakmont resident John van Dorp on behalf of his late grandparents, Abram and Cornelia van Dorp, on May 1 in San Francisco, an honor the State of Israel bestows on non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust. The presentation by Dr. Andy David, Consul General of Israel, was the culmination of a series of events that began 50 years ago when John van Dorp first visited Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.

The Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors has unanimously approved videotaping all board meetings and workshops, including the annual meeting and candidates’ forum. The board on May 17 rejected a recommendation from its Communications Committee to continue taping board meetings on a six-month trial basis and then consider adding the workshops pending the evaluation of the trial. Directors John Felton and Gloria Young were not present. Asked about the committee recommendation, OVA Manager Cassie Turner said the committee was concerned that if the trial period indicated discontinuing the workshop recordings it could be a problem. See videotaping on page 3

nJim Golway

It can take a village to find a dog. Especially when the missing dog is a high strung, highly resourceful, coal-black schnauzer named Annie. “I owe it to the community,” said Mac McHenry. “I’ve got my Annie back and it’s due to all the help and hopes of everyone.”

Lawn Bowling and Tennis Events at Oakmont June 10–11 and 18 Dr. Andy David, Consul General of Israel, left, and John van Dorp. (Photo by Joel Simon Images)

“I remembered that my Dutch grandparents had hidden a Jewish couple during the war,” he said. “Ten years later as my wife, Margery, and I were preparing to move from Atlanta to San Francisco, I told her there was something I had to do before we left the east coast: go to New York to meet Helena Nihom, the woman my grandparents had hidden.” His notes from that visit sat in a file cabinet for 35 years, until his niece telephoned in 2010 after she visited the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. “She had searched the Righteous Among the Nations list for the van Dorp grandparents, but they were not included, and she wanted to know why. I told her that someone would need to research their story and submit it to Yad Vashem. By the end of our conversation, I realized I would be that someone.” He dug up the yellowed notes from that longago visit with Helena Nihom and started searching Facebook for descendants of the couple, a search that led back to New York City where the Nihoms’ daughter, Rosetta, then in her 80s, was living. She had been 14 years old when she and her brother went into hiding with their parents, and 17 when the war ended. “Over many long distance phone calls, Rosetta shared with Margery and me her family’s experience of the war,” van Dorp told the Oakmont News. Thus began a writing and research project that culminated on May 1 when the Nihoms’ 64-year-old grandson, Jack Menco, flew from New York for the See resident honored on page 10

nStaff Report

Lawn bowlers from as far away as Utah will join local competitors on the Oakmont bowling green as the local club hosts the Sonoma Wine Country Games Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11. Chairs will be set up for spectators at the greens adjacent to the Central Activities Center on White Oak Drive. Forty-eight players are registered for the competition, which begins with an opening ceremony on Friday. Each team will play what’s called a Spider Game starting at 8:45 a.m. each day. All 48 players will roll one ball and whoever is closest to the target, a little white ball called the jack, will win a bottle of wine. Oakmont’s tennis teams will also compete in the 2016 Games on June 18 on the West Rec tennis courts off of Meadowridge Drive. Matches include men’s and women’s singles at 8 a.m., mixed doubles at 11 a.m. and men’s and women’s doubles at 2 p.m.

The Wine Country Games, now in their sixth year, include events for competitors 50 and older in 18 sports and are held at venues around the county. The games are organized by the Sonoma County Council on Aging. PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Together again. Annie and Mac McHenry enjoying quality time at the polo field. (Photo by Jim Golway)

Annie was found on Mother’s Day, eight miles from home and ten pounds lighter. A day after her homecoming, McHenry and his “Good Girl” returned to the place, where on April 16 she vanished without a trace. “We would come to the polo field twice a day,” said the 93-year-old McHenry. “It was our exercise. We both need it, because she is getting up in age too.” Flat as a pancake and spanning over five football fields in size, the Wild Oak polo field seems the perfect spot to take a dog for an off leash romp. And while it is unfenced, owners of even the most energetic dogs can at least keep their pet in sight. But Annie is not the usual dog. For all her “good dog obedience,” Annie was born with an ‘‘Achilles’ Paw.” “Unusual sounds scare her to death,” McHenry said, while running his hands gently through Annie’s rough coat. “One day someone was flying model airplanes; the noise just scared her so. And then there was the time someone set off firecrackers. Like a shot Annie bolted into nearby Oakmont Creek. The fire department came out. They went into the creek bed to rescue her,” recalled McHenry. “Annie just hates loud, strange noises.” But on the day of her disappearance it was a typical quiet Saturday. A funeral was being held at Star of the Valley Church. A few horse trailers were parked beside the Wild Oak corral and the polo field was empty. Annie and McHenry were on their final lap. While McHenry trudged ahead Annie circled, trotting in pace with her master, like a dark moon orbiting an aging star. See happy ending on page 5


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June Primary: Where to Vote

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

nStaff Report

nOVA Administration

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

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

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

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

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


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


As part of a lengthy discussion of standing and ad hoc committees, including how and why they are formed, the board approved Turner’s request to

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The videotaping vote reflected strong support from the directors. Director Ellen Leznik called taping “critical and necessary” whether there are 20 residents or 500 viewing the recordings. She added that it’s an “incredibly important piece of evidence” when determining what was said at meetings. Director Frank Batchelor said he wants all meetings recorded, noting that the cost is minimal. Director Herm Hermann said workshops should be included and Board President Andie Altman called the recordings “very beneficial.” She did note that OVA is one of the few HOA’s in California that records its meetings. Estimates put the cost at $325 a month to videotape regular board meetings and another $200 for monthly workshops. The May meeting was the first since the board makeup changed following the annual OVA election and under new president Andie Altman. Changes introduced gave a new feel to the session. They included having board members state their reasoning before votes are called, and allowing members to comment on agenda items as they come up, not just in the open forum at the start of meetings. In her monthly manager’s report, Turner announced “good news and bad news. The good news is that the construction business is booming again. The bad news is that any vendor we contact about any project OVA is considering states that they are incredibly busy.” She added that they have had to wait many months to get bids and/or specifications for the proposed pickleball courts, the East Recreation Center deck repair, a Berger Center structural analysis and various tennis court and pool projects. Nevertheless, the board unanimously approved a $49,000 contract with the Adams Company to resurface and restripe the East and West Rec. tennis courts and a $32,867 contract with Coggins Fence Supply to replace the East Rec. pool fence.

Oakmont voters who vote in person will cast ballots at three locations in the June 7 California primary. Polling places will be set up at the East and West recreation centers and at Oakmont Gardens. Berger Center, usually a polling place, is not being used in this election. Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Most Sonoma County voters—about 70%—use mail-in ballots, which were sent out by the county Registrar of Voters in mid-May. For people voting on election day, precincts and polling places are: #7107—East Rec. #1122—West Rec. #1124—Oakmont Gardens

form a Construction Oversight Committee, which would include three to five members with experience in the construction trades who read construction documents and blueprints. The OVA will seek committee applicants through the Oakmont News, the Nextdoor website and the manager’s weekly E-Blast internet newsletter. Among Leznik’s recommendations regarding committee names and charters was the formation of a fund-raising committee to help OVA finance special projects. Her ideas included selling naming rights for OVA buildings and casino nights. She also called for adding new members to the ad hoc Pickleball Committee to make it more representative of the community, saying committee members mostly favor the proposed pickleball project. Neither idea won support, with other directors noting that the pickleball committee’s work was basically done and that it probably would be disbanded in a few weeks.


A presentation by Yuri Koslen, a planner with the Santa Rosa Transit Department, made it clear that a draft plan to “re-image” the city’s bus service includes no changes in the #16 CitiBus that circulates through Oakmont. The contract for the #16 is up for renewal and OVA is asking riders for suggested changes, comments or complaints about the service. Koslen said the bus made 8,545 regular trips and 524 special trips to residents’ homes in the year ended last July. He said the annual cost for the upcoming contract will be $57,348. This is expected to rise to $59,764 the following year and $60,405 in the year beginning in July, 2018. One of the additions to the service being considered is a monthly trip to the Coddingtown shopping center and/or downtown Santa Rosa. Altman said OVA expects to wrap up negotiations of a lease for the OVA offices in the building they now occupy in the very near future. Indicating the difficulty in reaching agreement with the two landlords, she said the board is “demanding a list of all variables” in a move to finalize the lease.

League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nCarol Callahan

In the May board meeting, the board decided that LOMAA would provide a template for any interested HOA boards for an amendment to their CC&Rs to clarify the responsibility for maintenance, repair and replacement of any Exclusive Use Common Area in the association. This template will be presented at the June board meeting. The speaker for our quarterly meeting on September 7 will be Rachel Adams from the George Peterson Insurance Agency. She will talk about the type of condo insurance that HOAs need, liability issues and coverage needs. If time permits, she will also talk about earthquake and flood insurance for HOAs.


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Then suddenly, carried on the breeze, they heard the mournful sound of a bagpiper’s elegy. “It took me a moment to realize that the funeral was over and a bagpiper was playing bagpipes,” remembers McHenry. “When I turned to look at Annie, she was gone. She had just disappeared.” McHenry forced himself not to panic. The graduate of Annapolis and former two-star admiral knew that in a crisis situation it is best to stay calm, think clearly and marshal your resources. He immediately called his daughter. “When dad called I could tell he was distraught,” said Leslie Hunter, McHenry’s daughter. “After mom died, Annie and dad were inseparable. They were like a couple.” Hunter got cracking. She was determined to do all she could to find her dad’s wayward girl. “I started reading articles that offered strategies and advice on finding a lost dog. They all agreed that you need to act fast, get the word out quickly, to as many people as possible and most importantly, don’t give up. Many people get discouraged and give up the search. But it can take weeks for a lost, disoriented animal to find their way home or come out in the open where someone can spot them. That’s exactly what happed to Annie.” Hunter printed hundreds of flyers with a photo and description. She went online, posting notices on sites such as Sonoma Humane and Josie’s Lost Dog Alert. “Websites are critical in spreading the word about a lost pet.” When she linked into Oakmont’s Nextdoor website the search for Annie clicked into high gear. Many responses were from residents who knew Annie and McHenry from the polo field. Some offered to hang posters or organize search parties while others just wanted to share their hopes and prayers for Annie’s safe return. After all, she was one of our own. “The response was incredible,” said Hunter. “All those good wishes and words of support from Oakmont helped keep my dad’s spirits up.” Deeply worried but hopeful, McHenry took to the road. Each night he drove slowly though Oakmont’s deserted streets holding a squeak toy out the window. “I figured Annie would hide during the day but travel after dark. So at night I would drive all around Oakmont and Wild Oak. I didn’t want to disturb the

neighborhood by calling for her so I used her favorite toy, a ball that squeaked, hoping that would attract her. I don’t know if she ever heard it, but squeezing that ball did build up my arm muscle.” A few sightings came in. The most reliable was from a resident who spotted a black dog running in a field across from the Meadows Kennel. “Annie knew that kennel, I boarded her there. I really think that was her,” said McHenry. “Heidi Niemann at The Meadows Kennel was immensely helpful,” said Hunter. “She sent E-mail alerts to over a thousand clients. She left crates out for Annie with bits of dad’s clothing in them. She created a “scent trail” with pieces of bed sheet that had his scent on it, hoping it would help Annie find her way home. As the days rolled by and the storms came in, sweeping the valley with rain and wind, some began to wonder if the lost dog of Oakmont would ever be found. “The house felt so empty without her,” recalls McHenry. “After my wife died, it was just Annie and me. I found myself getting up in the morning and tip-toeing around so I wouldn’t wake her, but then I’d catch myself and realize that Annie’s not here, my good girl’s gone. And I don’t know where.” Twenty-two days after Annie’s disappearance, as McHenry, his daughter and her husband were sitting down for a Mother’s Day dinner they got the call. “We rushed out of the restaurant; the caller described Annie perfectly,” remembers McHenry. “But we tried not to get too excited; it had gone on for so long.” They followed directions to Rincon Valley. All the hard work of getting the word out appeared to have paid off. A couple who lived off Calistoga Road heard about Annie and immediately thought of the dog they had spotted hiding in the woods near their home. “We parked my car so Annie could see it, and for over an hour we yelled for her, we squeaked her toy,” said McHenry, shaking his head. “But she wouldn’t come out.” They planned to try again the next day, but as they drove away a black dog appeared. “We couldn’t believe it; there she was, running down the road in front of us! When she zipped into a driveway, we pulled up; I rolled down the window and yelled Annie! And bang! She stopped, turned and looked at me and came running. She jumped into the car and we were all crying with joy. I know Annie was as happy

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as we were. It was wonderful.” After three weeks in the wilds of wine country Annie seems little changed, both McHenry and his four-legged gal pal have returned to their routine. “She’s eating good, sleeping in her bed just fine,” McHenry said as he and Annie ambled across the polo field. “So we’ll be back to our daily exercise soon. We are so blessed to have this field.” McHenry stops, “Look at what my daughter gave us.” His blue eyes sparkle with pride as he holds out a large, heavy duty retractable leash. “Annie won’t be running off now, not when she’s hooked to this. Annie won’t mind. She is such a good girl.”

Cal Alumni Club nJulie Kiil

Saddle Club Dinner—June 16

The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, June 16 with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The menu will be Roast Sirloin of Beef, grilled asparagus, smashed potatoes and gravy, green salad, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. The price of the dinner is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members and includes cocktails before dinner, tax, and gratuity. Reservations must be made in advance, and are due by Monday, June 13. To make reservations please contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The White Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.


The Oakmont News / June 1, 2016

Lawn Bowling

Buddhist Meeting June 25

nGreg Goodwin

nPennijean Savage

Good News! Unlike the upcoming Olympics, there have been no reported doping scandals as the Oakmont Lawn Bowling teams prepare for Sonoma County Senior Games starting June 10. The “E.I.E.I.O” and “The World Anti-Doping Agency” have given a clean bill of health to every Oakmont bowler after extensive illegal substance testing. The only substances used by our participants have been approved by the L.B. Council. These substances include baby aspirin, the topical cream—Blue Emu and, of course, wine. Stop by the green at 9 a.m. on Friday, June 10 and watch Oakmont teams vie for the gold, silver and bronze medals.

“In Nichiren Buddhism, it is said that no prayer goes unanswered. But this is very different from having every wish instantly gratified, as if by magic. When we look back later we will be able to say with absolute conviction that everything turned out the way it did for the very best. When you chant NamMyoho-Renge-Kyo, you will definitely gain the best result for yourself, regardless of whether that benefit is conspicuous or inconspicuous.“—Excerpt from Discussions on Youth (SGI-USA, l998) You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, June 25 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist


While visiting family in New Jersey, I watched a television news story reporting that a man having served 15 years of a life sentence at Rahway State Prison was found innocent of his crime. Allie Carter was convicted of murdering his father and stepmother. Allie and his twin sister Allison’s birth mother died during their childbirth. His stepmother, Helen, was a successful magazine editor, and his father, Noah, was a professional bowler. The report ended showing Allie’s before and after prison photos. I gasped as I viewed the images because he looks just like the woman who stops by our lawn bowling green. To be continued...

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Photography Club nBob Crosby

The Photography Club will meet on Wednesday, June 8 at 2 p.m. in Room B at the Central Activities Center. All Oakmont residents are invited to attend. We will show and discuss recent member’s photographs. The discussion will be aimed at not only suggestions to improve specific photographs, but also to provide information to the membership about the thinking and execution behind the submitted photo. If you are a member, please send any recent images you have captured and would like to have your work discussed at the meeting. Subject matter is up to you. Even photos that didn’t seem to work the way you had hoped. We can offer suggestions on how to achieve your vision. This will be a non-challenging critique. Please E-mail those photos you want presented, by attaching them to an E-mail and sending to bobcrosby3@ Please, no more than 10 images per member. There will a photo opportunity on May 28 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. The Annual Oakmont Car Show will take place in the parking lot of Berger Center. There will be lots of exciting possibilities capturing the beauty of the cars as well as the human activity at the show. This is a great opportunity to stretch your photo talents and the various abilities of your camera.

If you are not a Photo Club member, you are welcome to come to your first meeting as a guest. Otherwise, dues are $10 per year per family and will be collected at this meeting. Our members range from beginners to advanced photographers and our meetings and field trips are enjoyable and instructive whatever one’s photography background. For more information contact me at 539-4507 or

Valley of the Moon Rotary Club nJohn Brodey

You Got the Music in You

You don’t have to be an anthropologist to know that since the dawn of modern man, music has been as central to our social evolution as has language and the written word. The power of music is undeniable. It is the soundtrack of our lives. Music can make you cry, dance, love, laugh and sing. It shouldn’t be surprising that we take it for granted but life would be hollow without it. In the last half a century, a lot of attention has been devoted exploring the power of music to heal. Years ago, a book called the Mozart Effect, provided a blueprint for examining how music could be used to help children suffering from Autism. It proved to be especially effective in treating the most severe cases— non-verbal children who seemed to live within an impenetrable wall. They shut down, in a sense, as their brains are overloaded with sensory input. Their brains don’t have the normal ability to filter all this data out. While my young daughter was on the high functioning end of the Autistic spectrum, I can attest to the changes that resulted from weekly music therapy. Her verbal skills increased dramatically as did other cognitive and emotional functions. Nothing short of a miracle. All of which brings us to a program a group of fellow Valley of the Moon Rotarians have been participating in for the past few months. Lighting Up Lives with Music is an effort to see how music might impact those with another kind of cognitive defect—dementia. While the exact causes of Autism and Dementia are unclear and occur at opposite ends of the lifecycle, they can manifest some of the same symptoms. The plan was simple enough. Residents at the Summerfield Health Center would have weekly therapy sessions listening to music on headphones. Our own Terry Metzger enlisted the help of five student volunteers who would work with the residents and family members to reconstruct an approximation of the musical soundtrack of their lives.

Rotarian Peter Copen, on left, congratulates teacher Kelly Lister, next to him, and her students for their participation in providing personal music programs to Summerfield Health Center patients.

Janet Weinberger, the director of rehabilitation and our five student helpers, gave a presentation to show us just what had taken place during the trial program. There was a significant range in severity with some residents being non-verbal and preferring to be alone in their rooms. Few socialized or interacted with staff to any extent. The narrative and accompanying film clips were moving and profound. One resident who rarely participated in any therapies and used a walker, lit up the minute she heard Johnny Mathis signing “Chances Are.” She actually got up and danced with her walker like that great Fred Astaire scene where he dances with a coat rack. The transformative power of music was evident in every case. You may wonder, as we all do, if we’ve lost it. One thing I can tell you with certainty is that firing up an iPod with some favorite music may not save us all from the ravages of memory loss, but there’s every indication that it may enable us to reclaim a life worth living to the very end.


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Golf News

nChuck Wood



The 2016 Oakmont Golf Club Octogenarian Tournament is coming up soon! On Friday, June 10 OGC members in good standing who are 80 years of age and older will compete on the East Course. With the shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., players will check in at 8 a.m. This will be an 18-hole individual low net tournament. All of the women players, as well as all men who are 90 years of age and older, will play from the Forward Tees. Handicaps will be verified by our Director of Golf, John Theilade. The cost is $35 each and that includes a light lunch in the Quail Inn following the golf. Following lunch there will be an awards ceremony. And, as in prior years, Jim Spangler, this tournament’s founder, is the chief organizer. Contact Jim on 537-1379 if you have any questions. Below with J.T. are the prior years’ winners: Jim Spangler (2015), Elaine Foote (2014), and Josie and Joe DiBenedetto (2013). Picture yourself in next year’s photo! Sign up by Monday, June 8 in the West Course Pro Shop.


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nKathy Faherty

nTony D’Agosta

The Men’s Niners and the Ladies’ Niners Mixer will be held on Monday, June 20, nine holes with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start at the East Course. Sign up as a single and we will pair you with a Lady Niner. The sign-up sheet is in the East pro shop. A Western theme luncheon will follow at the Quail Inn with ribs, chicken and all the “fixins.” The cost is $25 which includes $5 for sweeps and $20 for lunch. Para-mutual betting on the projected winning teams will take place prior to tee off time and at the luncheon we will have a putting contest. This is guaranteed to be a casual, fun event. Meanwhile, Happy Golfing!

Sweeps Results for April 18 Two-Man Yellow and White

First place: Art Boot and Dan Sienes with a net 58.5. Second place: Tom Massip and John Munkacsy with a net 62/ Third place: Gary Stone and Keith Wise with a net 64. Fourth place: Pat Hart and Jack Robinson with a net 65. Fifth place: David Beach and Alan Stewart with a net 66. Closest-to-the-pin: Stan Augustine, 33’1”; Phil Sapp, 34’1”; Dan Levin, 37’10”.

Sweeps results for April 25 Individual Low Net


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

First place: John Munkacsy with a net 28.5. Second place: Keith Wise with a net 29. Third place tie: Tony D’Agosta and Phil Sapp, both with a net 31.5. Fifth place tie: Pat Hart, Paul Lawler and Noel Schween, all with a net 32. Eighth place: David Beach with a net 32.5. Ninth place: Wayne Mickaelian with a net 33.5. Closest-to-the-pin: John Munkacsy, 5’0”; Noel Schween, 18’2”; Keith Wise, 22’8”.

Sweeps results for May 2 Two-Man Scramble

nValerie Boot

First flight: first, Elaine Foote; second, Vanita Collins; third, Linda Yates. Second flight: first, Roberta Lommori; second tie, Joan McDonnell and Barbara James; fourth tie, Marie Crimaldi and Barbara Bowman.

May 12, 26 Players, Front Nine

First flight: first, Lisa Karjalainen; second, Barbara Olsen; third tie, Cindy Carroll and Peggy Lash. Second flight: first tie, Elisabeth LaPoint and Marie Crimaldi; third tie, Jean Rockwell and Tammy Siela; fifth tie, Barbara Robinson and Susan Hazlewood. Third flight: first, Joan Eiserloh; second tie, Henni Williston and Sarah Wood; fourth, Jan Rasore. Be sure to sign-up for the Men and Women’s Mixer on Monday, June 20. This is going to be a real fun event.

WRENS NEWS By Linda Yates

Six Oakmont WRENS enjoyed beautiful and warm day at the Buckingham Invitational Tuesday, May 10. Oakmont took home most of the sweeps and raffle prizes. It’s always a lot of fun to visit our other WRENS clubs. Next WRENS event is Play Day at Adams Springs on June 15. Check our bulletin board for details and sign-up sheet.

First place: Dan Sienes and Art Boot with a net 19.25. Second place: Paul Lawler and Alan Stewart with a net 22. Third place: Phil Sapp and Tony Apolloni with a net 22.75. Fourth place: Wayne Mickaelian and John Munkacsy with a net 23. Fifth place: Pat Hart and Jack Robinson with a net 23.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Jack Robinson, 15’9”; Neil Huber, 31’6”; Charlie Perotti, 47’9”; Phil Sapp, 47’9”.

photo by Robert Couse-Baker

SWEEPS RESULTS May 5, 15 Players, Back Nine

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club TUESDAY

May 3: Patty Buchholz was Low Gross player of the field of 28 players. First flight: first, Mary Rossi; second, Kathy Mocricky; third, Patty Buchholz; fourth, Kathy Faherty. Second flight: first, Ro Nicholson; second, Linda Kilpatrick; third, Joan DiMaggio; fourth, Charlene Buchold. Third flight: first, MaryAnn Gibbs; second tie, Lynn Davis and Vanita Collins; fourth, Dee Johnson. Fourth flight: first, Elaine Foote; second, Ellie Baciocco; third, Sherry Kohut; fourth, Jane O’Toole. May 10: Kathy Mokricky was Low Gross of the field of 35 players. First flight: first, Kathy Mocricky; second tie, Joan Seliga and Judy Early; fourth, Becky Hulick. Second flight: first, Charlene Buchold; second, Ellean Huff; third tie, Judy DuPort and Ro Nicholson. Third flight: first, Betty Van Voorhis; second, Lynn Davis; third, Linda Kilpatrick; fourth, Carol Locke; fifth tie, Jan Buell and Laurie Vree. Fourth flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second tie, Darlene Bath and Roberta Lommori; fourth tie, Vicki Eschelbach and Patti Schweizer.


May 5: Linda Paul was Low Gross of the field of 16 players. First flight: first, Kathy Faherty; second tie, Linda Paul and Kelly Downey; fourth, Sallie Wood. Second flight: first, Marie Pierce; second, Linda Kilpatrick; third, Yoshi Smith; fourth, Ellean Huff; fifth, Laurie Vree. May 12: Kelly Downey was Low Gross of the field of 19 players on the East. First flight: first, Laura Bellows; second, Marie Pierce; third tie, Kelly Downey and Penny Wright; fifth, Sallie Wood. Second flight: first tie, K.C. Coté and Ro Nicholson; third tie, Ellean Huff, Laurie Vree and Carol Locke.


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Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston


First, Wally Juchert and Ed Pierson, 47.5; second, John Cook and Bob Siela, 48.0; third, Frank Zelko and Tony Hughes, 48.5; fourth, Phil Sapp and Charlie Perotti, 50.0. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Charlie Perotti, 0’11”; #16—Bill Hainke, 18’6”.


My wife Deb and I recently played the Poppy Hills, Pacific Grove and Peter Hay golf courses. The following is our review. Poppy Hills Golf Course: Poppy Hills used to have a reputation as a very tough course; however, in April 2014, a major renovation was completed by Robert Trent Jones II in order to soften the design. Poppy now plays from 5,215 yards to 7,002 yards, and with slope ratings of 125 to 144, is still very challenging. As a member of the Northern California Golf Association (NCGA), we paid the member rate of $94 each on a Monday morning which included cart and complimentary range balls. This was a significant discount as compared to the general public rate of $225. Overall, we found Poppy exciting and difficult, but generally playable, with up and down topography and huge, fast greens that are heavily contoured and well-guarded by bunkers. Our only gripe: on a day when the course was dry, we were required to keep our carts on the path. One thing we really loved: the pristine white bunker sand. Overall, we agreed that Poppy Hills is an excellent value for what looks and feels like an upscale, Pebble Beach resort course. Pacific Grove Golf Links (PG): With a regular weekday walking rate of $49, PG is often called “The Poor Man’s Pebble Beach.” The best part of is the back nine where a Scottish-links type of layout wraps around a historic lighthouse. The golfer enjoys panoramic views of the Pacific and a major renovation program just eliminated ice plant from the dunes. Overall, the views are amazing and the course is fun, not too difficult, a very good value. Peter Hay Golf Course: Peter Hay is a true hidden gem located just across the street from the Pebble Beach Lodge. It is situated on the hill leading up to the driving range and features panoramic views of Stillwater Cove. Peter Hay is a 9-hole, par-3 course where holes range from about 65 to 105 yards. A couple will pay $30 each for an all-day pass where you can come and go as you please, but when you account for the $10 refund on the road toll, this equates to only $25 each, an incredible bargain. Golfers tee-off from rubber mats and small wellmaintained greens are guarded by trees, slopes and bunkers. Juniors play for $10 and children under 12 are free. A great place to hone your short game, we often combine our play with lunch at the Gallery and shopping at the Lodge.

May was a busy month for the Oakmont Seniors, with three scheduled events. On May 9 Oakmont hosted its first home tournament with four guest clubs. Due to a scheduling conflict with the Northern California High School Division 2 competition on the West Course the Seniors played on the East in a point par format. The very next day, Tuesday, May 10, our intrepid Oakmont warriors sent almost 40 to Fountaingrove to join 40 others on a beautiful day. As always at Fountaingrove, the food, camaraderie and golf were outstanding. On Wednesday, May 18, the Seniors traveled to Bodega, our sister KemperSports course. Unfortunately, scheduling problems led to a conflict with the WMC President’s Cup finals so it is likely that the Oakmont crowd will be a little sparse. Results will appear in the next Oakmont News.

Monday, May 9: at Oakmont With Santa Rosa CC, FountainGrove, Contra Costa, and Moraga—Point Par

First place, Dave Curry, Paul Lumpkin, Bob Thompson and Dick Thayer, 152; second, Bill Salmina, Paul Ciraulo, Ken Wise and Gary Stone, 142; third, Bucky Petersen, Kevan Clemens, Dan Levin and Blind Draw, 142. Closest-to-the-pin, Oakmont: Wally Juchert.

Tuesday, May 10: at FountainGrove with Moraga and Santa Rosa— Best Two Balls of Foursome, Two Flights

First flight: first place, Chuck Josephs, Kevin Clemens, Dennis Martel and Bob Thompson, 122; second, Logan Adams, Rick Clarke, Frank Mewborn and Dennis Cornell, 122; third, Larry Quarles, Dick Curry, Jim Yeakel and Gary Novak, 123. Second flight: first, Paul Lumpkin, Jon Ranstrom, Gary Smith and Ken Wise, 118; second, Dick Osmun, Daniel Doran, Denis Iwata and Tony D’Agosta, 124; third (card off), Al Roviaro, Charles Healy, Jim Brown and Bucky Petersen, 126. Closest-to-the-Pin, Oakmont: Randy Kephart, 7’7.5”. On Monday, June 13, we host Rio Vista, Napa and Bodega. Thursday, June 30, will see us at Napa Valley, one of the favorite venues of the year. Don’t miss this one!


Monday, June 13: at Oakmont—Rio Vista, Bodega, and Napa Thursday, June 30: at Napa Monday, July 25: at Oakmont—Marin, Richmond Tuesday, August 2: at Windsor Monday, August 8: at Contra Costa Thursday, August 18: at Moraga  Thursday, August 25: at Richmond  Wednesday, September 21: at Marin


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 1:30 p.m. Social; 2 p.m. meeting WHERE: West Recreation Center! This is what is turning out to be our annual meeting about asking questions and getting answers! It’s informative and fun. We look forward to seeing you! Website:


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


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

iPAD SIG — SHOW UP AND SHARE WHEN: Tuesday, June 28, 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: TBD

Oakmont PC Users Group

E-mail address: Free PC help: Dan Gaffney, (916) 878-; Al Medeiros, 843-4447; and Phil Kenny, 538-2075. These helpers have signed on to provide help without pay. However, should a job prove to require more than two hours, you can talk to them about payment to compensate for the extra work that they put in after the two hours. Should you run into a conflict, please, contact Barbara at the E-mail address provided above. SAVE THE DATE: Monday, June 13, at 2 p.m., Berger Center. This Member Meeting will be the final meeting for OPCUG. A panel of experts will discuss the issues and answer your questions about Windows 10.

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Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

June 11, 9:15 Am Berger Center parking lot Stones and Images Tour Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery

Be amazed at the variety and history of the shapes, carvings and symbols used on the gravestones found here and other old cemeteries. We will meet in the Berger Center parking lot, and carpool to the cemetery. This event is free, and tours are during the daytime (no creepy night visits to cemeteries, thank you very much), so come join us. It should be fascinating. In today’s edition, we welcome new members Marlene, Mark and Jennifer. And just a note, while we appreciate that you know we are a fun group and would like to give the single life a try (even though you have a spouse), we are a club for singles only. Please respect our policy. Funky Fridays are back. And by now everyone knows that it is much closer to Oakmont than it was before. SBSC is planning on attending together on June 4. We will meet in the parking lot of the Berger Center at 5:30 p.m. and carpool. Bring a picnic dinner and your own drinks, or buy from vendors. You will also need

a low chair or blanket to sit on. Tickets are $10 per person, parking is $10 per car (free with Regional Parks Pass). Reservations are being taken for the Boomers party on June 25. As we go to print, we still have some seats available. If you want to sit with us, you need to act fast. This is a popular event and sells out quickly. Please notify one of your board members if you would like to go. Well, the Quail Inn listened (or read my article) and brought Richard McDaniel’s band back. It was anything but unlucky Friday the 13th (of May) for all of us who like to dance to live music. And as requested, we got more room to dance. Keep up the good work, Richard, and thank you, Quail Inn. Members, remember to check your E-mail inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. If you are single, live in Oakmont, and would like to participate in fun activities, join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA Office.

Single Boomers at a recent mixer.


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $ 12 to: SBSC Name_______________________________________________________________________ Date______________ Address________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (important to receive Evites and Shout-outs)__________________________________________________ Phone________________________________

By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). Signature:______________________________________________________________________________________

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San Francisco ceremony. The grandsons of the Nihoms, and the van Dorps who sheltered them met for the first time that day. Jack Menco told the gathering of about 300 in San Francisco he realized he might never have known his grandparents had it not been for the intervention of the van Dorps. His family lost almost all their relatives to Jack Menco, left, and John van Dorp. the Holocaust—42 people. In 1940, when Nazis invaded the Netherlands, life changed drastically for the Dutch. Despite Holland’s small size (about the same as New Hampshire), Hitler assigned more soldiers and Gestapo police to Holland than to any other western European country. Hitler intended to win over the Dutch, who were under enormous pressure to collaborate. Nevertheless, many Dutch citizens resisted. Those who were arrested faced severe consequences, usually deportation to concentration camps. Abram and Cornelia van Dorp were hardworking farmers who lived in the tiny village of Schipluiden, South Holland. Both were 70 when a member of the Resistance and of their church approached Abram. “A couple needs a place to hide,” he whispered. “They’re out in the rain and the man is sick.” It was 1944, the year of Holland’s “Hunger Winter.” People were dying of starvation throughout the country, but the van Dorps were farmers; they knew they could feed two more. Yet, who can imagine what must have gone through Abram’s mind as he considered his friend’s request? Abram and Cornelia were being asked to risk their lives for two strangers. Abram responded with a simple question, “What time will you bring them?” His friend answered, “Late tonight.” So it was that the van Dorps prepared an upstairs bedroom in their small farmhouse, a duplex, for a couple about whom they knew nothing. Late that night, the two people ushered in the back door were introduced by the names on their forged ID cards. Their real names were Salomon and Helena Nihom. The van Dorps anticipated that life would be difficult with five adults living in their small duplex. Their youngest daughter, Jacoba, 24, also lived there. But they did not anticipate that two German soldiers would come to their door late one night while the Jewish couple was downstairs having tea. The soldiers, one a commandant, intended to inspect the house to decide which room they would occupy. But quick thinking by Jacoba saved all their lives when she ran to the door and exposed a chronic rash on her upper arm. “Measles!” she cried out. “We’re infected.” The soldiers fled, but not far. They moved into the other side of the duplex where the van Dorps’ youngest son, his wife and four small children resided. Thus, for the last months of the war, the van Dorps had Nazis and Jewish refugees living under one roof. At least there was no connecting door in the duplex. All survived. After receiving a specially minted medal from the Israeli Consul General, on May 1, John van Dorp addressed the gathering. “In light of my grandparents’ legacy, I continue to ask myself a sobering question: Would I have done what they did? I wish I could say without hesitation, ‘Yes, absolutely.’ But in all honestly, I can only hope that I would have their depth of strength and courage.”

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Art Association nCarol Decker


The following board members for 2017 were elected at our May 13 annual meeting: Phil Wilkinson, President; Mary Baum, Vice President; Cathy Rapp, Secretary; and Joan Rumrill, Treasurer. We are looking for candidates for 2017 Art Show Chair, Art Show Raffle organizer, and Trip Coordinator. In addition, we need more volunteers! Anyone interested should contact Philip Wilkinson at 529-4587.


Trips 4U, a local independent tour operator, is offering a tour of the new SFMOMA on Wednesday, July 20. This is not an Art Association-sponsored tour, but the board wanted to advise our members of this opportunity, since the new facility is quite amazing. Designed in partnership with architecture firm Snøhetta, the 235,000-square-foot building expansion will more than double the museum’s exhibition space, add art-filled free-to-the-public galleries, and open the building to the surrounding neighborhood. The expanded museum will showcase a growing SFMOMA collection along with the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the world’s greatest collections of modern and contemporary art. Learn more about SFMOMA’s transformation at The cost for transportation and admission is $85; $99 includes a docent-led architectural tour. For more information and registration, go to


Charlie Gresalfi is considering offering a foursession plein aire class this summer, featuring his favorite natural spots in Oakmont. Two sessions would be on site and two in the studio. More details to follow.


Fabrics Class nWally Filler

nNorma Doyle

Did you ever wonder why we wear certain clothes, choose certain sheets, or enjoy looking at beautiful printed garments? There are many other items to be explored and examined and explained in this course. I am a transplant from the New York metropolitan area, with a BS in textile engineering. My background has been employment in the home of the textile industry for 50 years, and 40 of those owning my own business. In addition, I have taught the undergraduates at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, and seminars to retail stores, designers and anyone who was interested in the making of fabric. The course I will teach will bring together all aspects of the making of fabric, from the fiber (polyester, cotton, linen, and bamboo, etc.) to the yarn (spinning, twisting, etc.), to the weaving (denim, twill, plain etc.) and to knitting (jersey, double knit, etc.), to be dyed, printed and finished and then to be sold to the garment manufacturer or home furnishing for sheets, sofas, wall hangings, etc. Samples of all will be shown. Discussion on what can be patented, confined and information that would add to your knowledge of this most important industry. This course is for anyone who would care to further their interest in how fabrics are woven, dyed, printed and finished. A minimum of 10 residents are needed to complete the quota for the classes. It will be 1 to 2 hours long for a total of 8 to 16 hours. The fee will be $30 for the entire 16 hours. If there is additional interest classes will be added. Please E-mail me at or call at 538-8559, if you have a definite interest or need further information.

On June 13 and 21 Norma Doyle will present The West Side Waltz by Ernest Thompson. Thompson not only wrote plays, but acted and directed them and wrote multiple screen plays, as well. He wrote The West Side Waltz in 1978 following the success of his previous work, On Golden Pond. Upon its opening Katherine Hepburn was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance. The play focuses on an aging, widowed pianist living in a dreary apartment, her relationships with a prim, a virginal violinist neighbor, a young companion who moves in for an extended stay and the two men who become a part of their lives. Playreaders for The West Side Waltz include Honora Clemens, Norma Doyle, Jerry Gow, Dennis Hall, Rebecca Kokemor and Joyce O’Connor.

Playreaders in May for Wife After Death are: (standing left to right) Evelyn Zigmont, Susan Baguette and Ron White and (seated) Norma Doyle, Honora Clemens and Dennis Hall.

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Oakmont Men’s Group nGordon Freedman, Facilitator

The Oakmont Men’s Group started in September 2011 as a support group for men in Oakmont. The group’s goal is to help men going through our senior years with or without problems with health, loss, and other changes and challenges in our lives. We meet twice a month for two hours to help and support members of our group that would like to share their issues and who want feedback. There are no dues or fees. This is a non-professional led group that is non-religious and non-political. This is open

to all men in Oakmont married, single, straight or gay. I’ve had ten years of experience with the Marin Suicide Hot Line as well as three years as a facilitator with the Center of Attitudinal Healing in Sausalito working with health issues for the individual or spouse/partner. If interested please contact me at 538-7025 or E-mail at: to discuss your joining our group.

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Partners Contract Bridge Players nHelen Hargrave

The Partners Contract Bridge group will be playing in the Card Room at the CAC on Monday evenings June 6 and 20 from 6:45–9 p.m. We keep the same partner throughout the evening and rotate through each table keeping a running score. If you have not played with us, please give a call either to Jeff Hickman at 282-9350 or me at 539-5511, and we will include you and your partner in the group. We are always happy to meet new folks who enjoy bridge!

Tennis Club

nStephanie Wrightson


The old family feud will be settled on the courts of Oakmont on June 11. Sign up no later than June 7: contact Doug ( or 303-949-3239) or George ( or 843-4527). Provide your name, phone number, E-mail and skill level (A, B or C). The “elders” of the two clans will select their family members and set the match-ups for the battle. Era costumes are not required but would add to the fun.

The Hatfield Clan circa 1898.

Meet at the West Courts, Saturday, June 11, 8 a.m. where light refreshments will be served (call George if you would like to contribute a refreshment). Once the feud is settled, a “peace-making picnic” Mark Guillory demonstrates will be held at the West Rec. picnic area. We will how sad you’ll be if you miss the Hatfields and smoke our corn peace McCoys Team Tennis pipes and feast on fried and Picnic. chicken, corn on the cob, corn bread and green beans. BYOB (your beverage of choice). If you’re not playing, come out to cheer on your friends and join the peace party.


Make a note to the OTC Schedule of Events in your printed Roster: the Woods and Whites Breakfast and Tennis is rescheduled to Saturday, July 9. Details to follow.

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Court rules are posted on East and West Court bulletin boards, in the OTC printed roster and on OTC’s website. They spell out how Oakmont tennis players sign up for and take the courts. Tennis is a game that requires courtesy and cooperation. When the ball is in play on a court, do not enter an adjacent gate, and do not retrieve your loose ball unless invited by the other group. If your ball goes onto or near another court and if the ball may be unsafe for other players, yell, “Ball on the court” as a warning. We Tennis Club members like to have fun. But visitors and loud conversations on the court are not appropriate. Generally, there is no or little player chatter during a point (double players can talk to each other). We respect “my side, my call” decisions. If doubles partners disagree on a call, the ball is good. Spectators never make calls. The server always announces the score. The server gets two serves when there is outside interference during service motion or when an outside ball stops play on the court. Google the ITF Rules of Tennis for more detail about un-officiated matches.


To (re)join the Oakmont Tennis Club (a low $20/ year), complete the sign-up form in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office. Enjoy social and tournament tennis, fun parties and events, membership meetings with free refreshments, drop-in tennis, three ball machines, tennis lessons and the friendship of some super Oakmonters. Questions? Contact Membership Chair, Paula Lewis, or 332-0433.

East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 AM–12 noon / $3 Donation / nJim Brewer

June 5: Breck Parkman Wartime Sacrifices of the Greatest Generation as Illustrated by Three Military Dog Tags

Numerous artifacts have been found on Angel Island, home of former Fort McDowell. Military occupation of the island began in 1863, at the time of the American Civil War. During the military’s century of occupation, around 800,000 soldiers were processed through Fort McDowell on their way to and from foreign wars and peace time deployments. The names of these men have slipped through the cracks of time, making them all but anonymous. The discovery of dog tags, however, provides a name to help counter the anonymity and inform our understanding of the lives of those who went to war. This presentation by Breck Parkmen, a Senior State Archaeologist with California State Parks, looks at three of these dog tags and the overlapping stories they tell.

June 12: Barb Spangler Saving Smiles. Changing Lives

Barb Spangler, a past-President of the Rotary Club of the Valley of the Moon who is involved in Healthcare Consulting to primary care clinics in Sonoma County, will share her personal experiences with Rotaplast, the nonprofit humanitarian organization providing free reconstructive cleft-palate operations. She also will share the importance of making this type of service opportunity available to young professionals (through Rotary International District 5130) so that they can make service an integral part of their lives. It is said that participation in a Rotaplast mission changes the lives of the patients for the better. This is also true for everyone involved in these missions.

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The Oakmont News / June 1, 2016

What’s Growin’ On in the Community Garden nJulie Cade nPat Clothier


Since its founding eight years ago, the Oakmont Community Foundation has had so many reasons to be thankful for the generosity of our neighbors. This participation has given the Foundation the opportunity to support multiple activities which educate us and enrich our experience as Oakmont residents. To name a few, we have supported Music at Oakmont, Lifelong Learning, Volunteer Helpers, Oakmont Health Initiative, the Computer Learning Center and the Library through these donations. Oakmonters have proven over and over again that they are caring people who are genuinely concerned about our community. Many givers direct their gifts to a specific group in the community with which they are involved—and that’s great—it’s what keeps these organizations up and running. And we need them. But this time, we’d like to tell you about a particularly generous group. The word “altruism” is generally defined as “giving for the benefit of others without any thought of benefit to oneself.” Now, you might not think that a group of golfing gentlemen would take it upon themselves to donate for educational and beneficial purposes, but you’d be wrong. We just received a generous donation to the OCF general fund from the Oakmont Residents Golf Club, Men’s Section, Wednesday Men’s Club. The gift was spearheaded by Nick Beltrano and Bruce Hulick. We are grateful for their support and wish that they all have lots of under par golf days—we think they’re champions.

Even though it may seem that the winter rains resolved our drought issues, the fact is that we must continue to conserve. Drought restrictions instituted by the City are still in effect. Consider the following: 1) We need above average rainfall in the winter and spring months—32 inches is the average annual rainfall in Santa Rosa, for example. So far, we are only at 25 inches. 2) Sierra snowpack, which provides 30% of California’s water, was at 87% of average in April, but is already melting at a faster rate than prior years, meaning less water available during the drier months ahead. Keep conserving, folks! There are more dry years ahead. For helpful advice on how to grow food with less water, please visit this site: scmg/Food_Gardening_with_Less_Water/. Almost everyone who gardens loves to plant and hates to weed. Thanks to a hardy group of Community Garden members, the need to weed will be minimized because of their spreading of mulch

outside the fence of the garden. Now not only will the garden allotments look colorful, but the poppies planted last year and the newly-spread mulch have spruced up the entire area. Many thanks to Susan Berg, Gail Capehart, Bob Cerniglia, Roe Estes, Dennis Hall, Rochia Holmquist, Nancy Lande, Sally Lovell, Bob and Shirley Phillips, and Janet and Marty Thompson for their labor. The garden’s annual picnic occurred on May 21. Stay tuned in the next edition of the Oakmont News for photos and fun details. If you would like to sign up for the garden, contact OVA at 539-1611 or E-mail Oakmontcommunitygarden

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Oakmont Friends, Clients & Residents You are invited to McBride Realty’s 6th Annual Picnic & Barbeque July 7th 12:00 – 2:00pm We hope you can stop by! (McBride Realty parking lot) 707-538-2270 • 6520 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

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


9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 5:00 PM Duffers Potluck UW


9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


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


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Communications Comm B 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Painting AR 12:00 PM Canasta - Monday CR 1:00 PM OPCUG BC 1:00 PM Craft Guild E 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Single Malt Scotch Club B 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR


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


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


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


6:00 AM Elections Government UW 6:00 AM Elections Government E 8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Pickle Beginner E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Landscape Imp Comm G 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Sleep Apnea G 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français Ste 6 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:00 PM Short Story Book Club EC 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 5:00 PM OHI Fundraiser BC 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 11:00 AM Oak Vista HOA EC 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Photography Club B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Valley of the Moon WC CR 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Beginner E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon BC 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 5:00 PM Lawn Bowling CAC 5:00 PM Bocce 6:30 PM The Orchard Qtrly Meeting EC 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 2:00 PM Social Security Seminar BC 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 3:00 PM Lawn Bowling Board Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakmont Progressives E 7:00 PM Oakmont Book Group B

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Pickle Beginner E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Volunteer Helpers Ste 6 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Pets Lifeline BC Pkg Lot 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Democrat Club E

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

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Pickle Beginner E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM iPad SIG D 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

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







8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:00 PM Lawn Bowling Qtrly Mtg BC 12:30 PM Chess CR 2:00 PM OEPC Board B 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR 7:00 PM VOM Wine Club E 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel BC 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM LOMAA Workshop UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM OCDC B 12:30 PM Chess CR 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Rainbow Women E

7:00 AM Sonoma Wine Co Games 8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 8:30 AM Art Association Board G 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW



8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM AARP Driver Safety B 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Boomers BC 7:00 PM Documentary Films E 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Craft Guild AR 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 5:00 PM Single Boomers CAC Patio 6:30 PM Pinochle CR



8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM AARP Driver Safety B 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Shredathon BC Pkg Lot 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 1:00 PM Yoga Workshops LW


7:00 AM Sonoma Wine Co Games 7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B


7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR 1:00 PM Rainbow Women West Picnic 1:30 PM OakMUG UW 6:00 PM OVA Swing Band Night BC


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:00 PM Birthday Party E 1:30 PM Woodgreen #1 HOA Quaterly B 2:00 PM OHI Showcase Practice LW 5:00 PM Boomers BC


The Oakmont News / June 1, 2016

Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


“To sit in the shade on a fine day and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”—Jane Austen


Open to all Oakmonters and their guests at no charge. We will tour another six lovely Oakmont gardens. One of them features rain harvesting. Reservations are required and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Jean Whitridge at or 5381258 (avoid calling in the late afternoon) to reserve your spot. Deadline for sign-up is June 11. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, June 21, Berger Center TIME: Meet at 9:45 a.m. to form carpools; tour is from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Please be on time—we start promptly.


• Plant colorful, drought-tolerant containers: Instead of growing thirsty annual flowers in your pots this summer, consider colorful perennial succulents that don’t need a lot of water. Try succulents like echeveria and sedum, which come in various colors. Be sure to plant in fast-draining cactus potting soil. • Care for tomatoes: Stake or place wire cages over tomato plants to support the vining stems. Feed the plants with a low-nitrogen fertilizer when the fruit starts to develop (too much nitrogen encourages rampant foliage rather than more fruit). Take care not to overwater―check the soil before watering, and keep it damp but not soggy. Mulch the tomato plants to conserve moisture. • Keep planting vegetables: There’s still time to get beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, and tomatoes in the ground. These warm-season plants grow well as soil heats up but need lots of irrigation. • Control powdery mildew: Dry summer conditions are perfect for this white fungal disease, which forms on both sides of leaves. Cosmos, crape myrtles, delphiniums, and roses can be quite susceptible to it, especially if growing in shade. Treat with a plantbased oil such as neem oil or jojoba oil, or use the biological fungicide Serenade. • Fertilize camellias, azaleas and citrus. • Pinch back dahlias and mums to encourage new growth for bushier plants with more blooms.

nReenie Lucker

Pickleball Corner New is Good!

Pickleball isn’t really all that new, but it’s new enough for many Oakmonters who are looking for active fun. The club continues to grow in membership and with the return of good weather the courts are busier than ever. Pickleball is played with a paddle and whiffle ball on a half-sized tennis court. It is an active game that creates both a good work-out and fun social connections.

New Orientation Schedule

The new time for beginner orientation is every Tuesday: 9–10 a.m. new player orientation; 10–11 a.m. new coached play for beginner level players. Balls and Loaner paddles are provided The new dedicated hour of coached play is intended to help beginning players who are just learning the rules of the game and anyone else who would like to practice with players of a similar level. Instructional coaching will be given during play. The new player Orientation and Coaching is being organized by PJ Savage, who has been involved with

the club from its inception and has taught many of the current Oakmont players the fundamentals of the game. Assisting her in the Orientation and Coaching program is Connie Medeiros, Nancy Lande, Pauly Uhr and Reenie Lucker. The beginner program will be held each Tuesday, using one of the two pickle ball courts at East Rec. Tennis Court #4. The second pickleball court will remain available for open play for other club members. As the demand for court availability increases, the player membership is asked to adjust their play times accordingly on Tuesday. The Coached Play court for beginning level players will revert to “open play” if there are insufficient participants at the appointed hour of 10 a.m.

New PickleBall Connections

Oakmont PB player Bill Lucker spent a morning with Spring Lake Villagers on May 12 demonstrating the use of a ball machine to improve their play. They were enthusiastic and eager, which are common traits for the sport. It was not clear whether the feedback from the group was meant as a pun: “You were definitely a hit!”

New Club Officers

June 1 new club officers: President, Peter Copen; Vice President, Eric Lutz; Secretary, Connie Medeiros; Treasurer and Membership Chair, Susan Hazlewood.

Save the Date: July 13 Summer Pickleball Party! More to come.

Coaches Nancy Lande and Pauly Uhr.

Coaches Connie Medeiros and PJ Savage.

Pickleball Play Information

WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Quiet ball play 8–9 a.m Tues.– Th. Courts available seven days a week. WHY: Come join the fun, exercise, and meet nice people. ATTIRE: Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266, E-mail:


nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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

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The Oakmont News / June 1, 2016

Oakmont Rainbow Women nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

May was a true milestone for Oakmont Rainbow Women. Every week or two new members are added to the roster. With a nostalgic history lesson, high energy music and wildly successful fundraising activities for 10,000 Degrees scholarships, ORW has been working hard and having fun. We thank especially Carroll, Dianne and the board who marshaled talents and resources for an amazingly successful series of events to fund the scholarship. We outstripped our goal by a mile, raising over $14,000 and still counting! At our regular meeting, social change activist and music icon Holly Near shared her personal story of coming to “women’s music.” She recounted how her political and personal evolution as a woman and political activist was shaped by the lesbian community and progressive politics. Speaking to more than 60 Rainbow Women, she reflected on the days when women started to think for ourselves: writing and singing, and doing change. Holly talked about how social change happens, expressing optimism about the activism of younger women today. Her tapestry of anecdotes, involvement in anti-war events, and progressive activism, were shared by many in the room—the earliest women’s music performers’ first tours and trips to perform and stand for peace in war-torn regions of the world. To Holly, music is a great healer, is transformative and has a large role to play in making social change and building community. With warm memories, Holly’s talk galvanized the “elders” of the women’s movement—that would be us, Oakmont Rainbow Women. Two nights later, the biggest event of the ORW concert year featured Holly with Barbara Higbie and Jan Martinelli, playing everything from tunes of the 1970s to Broadway standards—Barbara burning up the bluegrass fiddle and Jan laying down serious blues beats on bass to provide an eclectic and energizing evening. The evening included speakers from 10,000 Degrees including a young woman who is a program beneficiary about to graduate from college. Between the raffle prizes, the Kauai condo week, and donations straight into the bucket, Rainbow Women and their friends were exceedingly generous. Thank you so much!

June is Pride Month so we hold our yearly picnic at the West Rec. picnic area on Saturday, June 13 from 1–4 p.m. Bring food to share, a portable chair and a friend. See you there! Volunteers are needed for the picnic: check with a board member or E-mail oakmontrainbowwomen@ for more information. Looking ahead, another great concert is on the horizon: the fabulous jazz and blues musician, Suede, will be at Berger in a cabaret-style show on September 24. Tickets will be available at the picnic, upcoming meetings and the OVA Office: $20 for members and $25 for everyone else.

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Summer 2016 League Schedule. Bowling dates for June: June 14 and 21. No bowling June 7—Primary Election, and 28, fourth Tuesday.


On June 14 we will have a BBQ lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and salad from 1–2:30 p.m. for our bowlers and substitutes.

RESULTS AS OF May 10 (third week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place, Wild Turkeys; second place tie, Pocket Hits and Wii Four; fourth place, 4 Tops; fifth place, Alley Oops, sixth place, Strikers. Men’s High Games: Terry Leuthner, 233; Ed Schudel, 211; Christian van den Berghe, 207; Don Shelhart, 205. Women’s High Games: Robin Schudel, 257; Sue Bowman, 246; Peggy Ensley, 244; Sandy Osheroff, 243; Vicki Robinson, 240; Phyllis Jennings, 224; Sandy Wald, 215; Vicki Madden, 212; Mary Knight, 205. High Game Subs: Carolyn Mack, 227; Beverly Schelhart, 206. 3:15 PM League: first place, Pin Heads; second place, High Rollers; third place tie, King Pins and Strikes and Spares; fifth place tie, Strike Outs and Wii Power. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 256; Mark Attebery, 239; Scott Harris, 212. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 287; Mollie Atkinson, 277; Judy Lawrence, 231; Valerie Hulsey, 226; Debbie Miller, 225; Nicole Reed, 223; Pat Stokes, 223; Shirley Jamison, 216; Carolyn Mack, 201; Barbara Ford, 200. High Game Subs: Sandy Osheroff, 258; Terry Leuthner, 206. Our website has team schedules to remind team captains when it’s their week to bring cookies and either help setup or tear down equipment. A total of 48 cookies per team seems to be the magic number.

Oakmont HEARS

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

Next HEARS meeting not yet created!

Dr. Marincovich’s lecture subject at the May 3 HEARS meeting was Hearing Impairment and Cognitive Decline. Many questions on general hearing issues were asked by the 25 or 30 attendees

Thoughts while (not) hearing

Not hearing is a frustrating and significant disability occurring more and more due to war, loud music, aging population, etc. When the little hairy gadgets (stereocelias) that detect the sound waves in the inner ear are damaged, they never come back— gone forever. The bright facts in this arena are the increasing recognition that bad hearing is a real disability and recent significant advances in digital technology and cochlear implants which are providing greatly improved help for the disability. The majority of people who need hearing aids don’t have them. Some consider it demeaning to be seen as wearing hearing aids, for some high cost is a major block, for others it’s simply overcoming inertia to do something. The hearing aid provider ads in the newspapers touting invisibility, small size, etc. are deplorable. They somehow imply there is a stigma in wearing aids. I’d wear bright red gadgets on my ears if it would help me hear better. Unfortunately, even the best hearing aids can compensate only partially for moderate to severe loss. Hearing announcements in public venues such as airports, understanding lectures, classes, sermons, TV dialogue and just normal conversation are big problems. Some of these problems can be solved by inductive hearing loops that a Telecoil (T coil) equipped hearing aid user can utilize in many venues. Hearing loops should be mandatory in all public venues and T coils required in all new hearing aids. HEARS made this recommendation to the FDA in response to their request for comments on new hearing aid draft regulations being considered in response to the White House PCAST Report on Hearing Aids of Oct. 2015. HEARS exists to improve hearing for Oakmont residents. Please make known your suggestions for meeting subjects and information of interest to our residents and consider volunteering to help manage HEARS by E-mailing to Do attend the HEARS meetings and get on the HEARS E-mail list. The mailing list is currently not working but we plan that it will soon be functioning again. We’ll also use NextDoor for communications.

Oakmont Book Group nDarlene Donat, Temporary Facilitator

We are a group of people who love to read and discuss books—classic, modern, fiction, non-fiction, biography, history and more. The books we read are chosen by vote each season. Members volunteer to lead the discussions. Like many who join book clubs, we have found that books can provide a great stimulus for discussion, and we have discovered gems suggested by other members that we would never have found on our own. Our group meets from 7–8:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, in Room B at the Central Activity Center. We take breaks in December, July and August. To make sure everyone has a chance to contribute, membership is limited to 16 people. We welcome men and women living in Oakmont. For more information, please contact me at


The Oakmont News / June 1, 2016

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

Do join us for a beginners’ class of Tai Chi to loosen the ligaments and muscles and strengthen and improve balance as well as reduce stress. It is a perfect class for those who have always wanted to try out this ancient Chinese movement and meditation form. There is no way you can make a mistake. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop. We meet on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the Upper West Rec. Center (classes do not have to be consecutive in case you have another appointment to attend to). Pre-registration is required so call me at 318-5284 and let’s get going. I am looking forward to meeting you and improving your life.

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nCathy Rapp

Yes, after seven or eight years, Mary has raised her drop-in price to $6 for water fitness classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 9 a.m. Mary’s other classes on Monday through Thursday are free through the JC. Julie is keeping her drop-in fee at $5 this spring. Her class at 9:45 a.m. on Fridays will be free (sponsored through the JC) beginning June 24. To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

spring water aerobics schedule west pool

Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return. **Free Classes through SRJC: Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary **Note: the free SRJC classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee) Friday: 9:45 a.m.—Instructor Julie ($5)

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Is swimming really as quack-ed up as reported? Hmmmm… It seems to be true especially at the East Lap Pool. Word has it two Quack-ers have made it their exercise routine to circle fly in for a swim. Polly and Drake are two smart Mallards. Without being taught, they naturally knew the wide lane is for two swimmers. No problem skimming over the lane rope and settling in for their wet workout. So flutter down early to see them, and bring No Crackers for Polly ‘cause she’s working on her waistline.

Flip Turn News

If you are a year round swimmer, join this group by sending your name/E-mail to As independent pool users, this site bring us a voice if/ when a pool issue arises. No parties, nor dues, just a website connection. Happy lapping!

Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

Qigong nJanet Seaforth, Instructor

The Brain

As many members of the Fitness Club know I ask for articles that pertain to fitness, health or nutrition to post on the bulletin board in the Fitness Center. Well, for the last month or so I have been inundated with articles on how exercise helps the brain. I find it interesting that for some people this idea is foreign or ironic. One article discussed a study from the UK. This was a study of twins for over 10 years and compared their thigh health. The participants’ with fitter thighs had fitter brains. The other article was based on a longterm study that compared activity level to memory. It found that the more active the participant the better the memory. In other words, runners, cyclists, and swimmers performed better then walkers. It didn’t offer any theories on why this may be, however, I do have a theory. All the activities involve movement. The more active the movement the quicker the response time needs to be, the quicker the brain must be. So if you’re a runner, swimmer or cyclist the less response time you have, so the brain must stay more alert to respond to changes that may occur. As we grow older and the brain slows down, the less sure we become in our activities and eventually we quit, whatever activity it may be. It is a vicious cycle because as we quit being active, our brains slow down, which in turn slows the body. As for weight training, I believe I have said this before: to be a good exerciser you should think out your routine beforehand. In other words, you should walk into the Fitness Center with some type of plan, with the idea that it may need to be changed depending on availability of equipment, the body’s energy levels or just your mental capacity that day. The brain should also be utilized as we workout, making sure we are using the proper form to work the muscles that we had in mind to be trained. In fact it might be a new and refreshing experience to actually turn your brain on while working out and discover what your body can do. If you have any questions or comments please stop by the Fitness Center at the Central Activities Center and see me or call 494-9086 or E-mail me at wkuout2@ I hope to see you all at the Fitness Center.

Saturday Morning Meditation Please join us for Saturday morning meditation. We are a group of 20–25 meditators and have been meeting at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday since 2005. After a brief talk, there is a 40-minute period of silent meditation. We sit in a circle on comfortable chairs, although anyone wishing to sit on a floor cushion is welcome to do so. As most of you know, this group has been facilitated for the last many years by Sheila Madden. Sheila has recently moved away, and Barbara Kanowick, Elyse Puertas, Cassie Turner and Tom Barber have all volunteered to take turns facilitating the group so that it can continue to take place. Each facilitator has been meditating in various traditions for 20 years or more. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barbara at or 539-2733. WHEN: Every Saturday morning promptly at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center, Room B

Tuesday Afternoon Group

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

Good Health and Healing Qigong Practice

Finding a practice or exercise program that works for you, to give yourself a healthy happy life, can be a challenge. When we were younger we could do strenuous fitness programs, we ran, we could do sit-ups and push-ups, we played and worked hard, and we often suffered overuse and sometimes injuries. Qigong is a very different kind of exercise. It is thought of as a Body-Mind-Spirit practice that involves the whole self. In our Friday morning PYNK Qigong practice we focus our mind on our body and give our body healing and good health. This is done through gentle massaging circles to stimulate the organs and tissues and keep the joint and muscles flexible. Our body responds with a relief that makes our spirit happy and peaceful. Our energy is better because our body is cleaner and the mind is more relaxed and focused. We feel alert and relaxed after qigong because the body has been cleaned through gentle movement. All Oakmont residents are welcome. We meet at 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning for one hour of standing guided Qigong practice except on the fourth Friday when we practice sitting Qigong in a chair. You can come to any of the classes for $15 and get a treatment you learn to give yourself. Or you can sign up for $40/month. The benefits are immediate, however a series of six classes are recommended to be able to understand the way of Qigong as a personal practice. Qigong is sometimes called medicine in motion because it has profound healing qualities. Please join us at the West Rec. Center. For more information call me at 894-7345. I’ve been instructor for over 40 years.

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Summer is here! Keep fit with aerobics, strength and balance classes. You can join at any time! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us! The Aerobic Class format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Balance and Strength class offers.


The Oakmont News / June 1, 2016

Forrest Yoga nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Stand Your Ground a workshop dedicated to Feet!

WHEN: Saturday, June 4, 1–2:30 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by E-mail at We use our feet to ground downwards and connect to the Earth’s energy. Our feet connect and support us upwards to our legs and bodies. How we stand and use our feet impacts every pose including seated postures. Grounding helps us find stillness in balance poses and stability in inversions. “Walking tall” or “Standing your ground” are phrases that convey feelings of strength—that start with our feet and extend beyond the yoga studio. Individuals with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend Monthly workshops are offered the first Saturday of the month from 1–2:30 p.m.

Ongoing classes

WHEN: Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series Feel good from the inside out. Deepen your breath, build your strength and increase your energetic flow. Challenge yourself and explore yoga poses safely in a supportive and compassionate environment. I guide students with hands-on adjustments and modify poses as needed. My classes integrate breath and core strengthening with a focus on alignment. Let your stress level decrease while you increase your energy level, strength, flexibility and focus. Perfect for new students, senior students and advanced students who need a more restful practice. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Classes cover breath work (pranayama), postures (asana) and strengthening core work. Ease your back and relax your neck! Feel stronger on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and any props you need—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I also teach Chair classes and Stretch and Balance classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson

Attention All Horseshoe Pitchers

If you like to pitch horseshoes, meet some great people, have some fun and get some exercise then this may be the club for you! No experience needed, just a good attitude and a willingness to have a great time and meet some new people. The horseshoe pits are located behind the Central Swimming Pool. Our next meets will be on Thursday, June 2 and 16; start times are 9–10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please let me know what times you would like to play and let’s get outside and have some fun in the sun. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666 or E-mail me at

nTeresa Woodrum

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

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

The Barbara Streisand Tribute Underwritten by the Oakmont Community Foundation

In this main stage, one-woman show, actress and vocalist Kelly Brandeburg pays tribute to Barbra Streisand through stories and songs. There will be concert seating. Please bring your water bottle and enjoy a box of fresh popcorn from Summerfield Cinema and wine on the plaza provided by Suncé Winery, our sponsors. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the continuation of Free Fitness Classes, providing healthy opportunities for you and your community. We look forward to welcoming you. Thank you for your support! Buy your tickets online at com/site/oakmonthealthinitiative/kelly-s-nyfavorite-barbara, or leave your check in the OHI folder at the OVA Office. WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 5 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center

Save the date

We hope you will join us for our All Request DJ Summer Party on July 25. More details to follow. WHEN: July 25, 6 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: $15

Streisand Tribute Ticket Purchase Form

Tickets are $20. You may leave your check, payable to Oakmont Health Initiative, in the OHI folder in the OVA Office, or mail it to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Susan Lynn, 11 Oak Forest Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Name of attendees: ____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to confirm receipt of payment) ____________________________________________________________

Oakmont Progressives nVince Taylor

The Future of the Democratic Party

If you are interested in understanding where the future of the Democratic Party lies, you won’t want to miss the Oakmont Progressives meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at 7 p.m. in the East Rec. Center. Reserve a space at Bernie Sanders insurgent campaign has challenged the Democratic Establishment, revealing flaws in the way the party now operates and raising questions about its future. Will the Democratic Party continue to seek financing from Wall Street and Megacorporations? Will it continue to reject the desires of the 45 and under voters who have flocked to the progressive agenda of Bernie Sanders? Will it continue its current primary system that allows states to set their own rules, often denying independents a voice in selection of the party’s Presidential Candidate? Will it continue to set the primary calendar and use “Super” delegates to create (almost) insurmountable obstacles to non-Establishment candidates? “What is the Future of the Democratic Party?” will be the subject of a panel discussion by Alice Chan, cohead of Grassroots for Progress; Ben Boyce, a political columnist and radio show host on 91.3; and Nils Palsson, who is running against Mike Thompson for the House

of Representatives. Nils is a Bernie Democrat, fully supporting Bernie’s progressive platform. He represents the movement that many believe is the future of a successful Democratic Party. Here is more information on Nils Palsson (taken from his primary ballot statement): “To truly thrive we need visionary leadership. I will address the pressing issues of our time, including wealth inequality, climate change, social justice and affordable housing and education. “I take no Super-Pac contributions. My clear allegiance is to our people and the planet: to Main Street, not Wall Street… my top priority is getting money out of politics. “I will work to ensure all our children inherit a healthy planet, a strong economy, and a just society.” Mark your calendars now: Wednesday, June 15, East Rec. Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for social time, meeting starts at 7 p.m. To have a name tag, help us prepare and to receive updates, please sign up at


The Oakmont News / June 1, 2016

Just for Fun Game Club

nPhillip Herzog

nRay Haverson


WHAT: Fourth of July Party WHEN: Monday, 4th f July WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open 4:30 p.m.; dinner at 5:30 p.m.; music 6:30 p.m. COST: $35 per member, $40 member’s guest, $50 non members (best deal $47 per person which includes a Sha-Boom Membership until January 1, 2017 and the 4th of July Party. MENU: BBQ Chicken and Tri Tip, Ray’s Famous Chili, salad, onions and bell peppers, garlic bread and potato salad. Dessert: chocolate and vanilla cake with mixed fruit filling, covered with whipped cream. Drinks: coffee, lemon water and ice. You will not want to miss this party so get your checks in early to reserve your table of eight or seats as this one will sell out very fast. Remember this party is on the Fourth of July. Note: all table reservations must have all checks in one envelope at one time. We assign tables and seating by the date the payments are received. You may pay for a table of eight and give us the names later, however keep in mind that we do have a no refund policy. We will try to find you a buyer but no guarantee.


In the near future we will be featuring the real Mickey Gilley Show direct from Branson, Missouri. Yes it is the real Mickey with his complete show. He will be doing the same show as he does in Branson with his band and female back-up singers also. So keep an eye out for our announcement on the date and time of the show. Tickets will be $55–$60 due to the cost of having him and his complete show come to Oakmont. Regular cost for his show at other venues are from $125 and up, so it is a great savings. Start saving your money as you will want to see this once in a lifetime appearance here in Oakmont. It will be theater seating for this show. The Kingston Trio Tribute Show (County Line) on April 16 was a great show and sold out very fast. All had a great time. Check out the photos below. Everyone got into to the music and the sounds of our times. Wow!

We have a schedule change! Our regular meeting time will now be in the Card Room in the CAC on the second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and on the fourth Saturday at 1 p.m. If you like Hand and Foot, Parcheesi, Settlers of Catan, Poker, Chicken Foot, Liars Dice, Uno, Chess, Mah Jongg, Bridge, Magic: the Gathering, Mexican Train, Bunko, Set, Rack-O, Monopoly, 7 Wonders, Go, Mississippi Marbles, Trivial Pursuit, Canasta, Dominos, Pictionary, Chinese Checkers, Hearts, SkipBo, Rummy Cube, Rheinlander (well, I think you get the idea), then come join us to play games. Those who are present decide which games to play or gamers can schedule ahead of time certain games to play. Bring your favorite games and teach

others how to play or learn new games or just play what you know. Just come out and play with us. The more the merrier! Our objective is to have fun. If you already play with another club and want more play time, we are happy to have you come play with us too! For more information or to join the club, E-mail me at or call me at 843-3053. If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, then let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust or add another time that works. We hope to see you soon.


nSusan Lynn

“Fear is stupid. So are regrets.”—Marilyn Monroe

At the Hop

Shake it up, baby! Put on your poodle skirt and your blue suede shoes as you get ready to twist and shout to the music of the Hot Rods. The band will play classic oldies from the 50s and 60s—the golden age of rock ‘n roll. At car shows, fairs, festival, and casinos the Hot Rods have shared the stage with many great early rock bands including the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly’s Crickets, the Nelsons, Neil Sedaka, Danny and the Juniors, Jay and the Americans, the Drifters, and the Platters.

Food trucks from El Coyote, Bunslinger, and Chicago Hot Dogs, all Oakmont favorites, return with an assortment of food choices. This one will sell out quickly, so make your reservation now at, or complete the coupon below and leave it in the

Boomers folder at the OVA Office. WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 5–9 p.m. (doors open at 4:45 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center COST: $15 per member/non-member guest (limit one guest per member) BRING: BYOB and cash for the food trucks

Save the date

For the past few years, July has been the month for offsite events. We’ve gone to the St. Francis Outdoor Film Festival and performances at The 6th Street Playhouse or the Transcendence Theater in Jack London Park. This year, we’re keeping it closer to home by partnering with the Oakmont Health Initiative for an All Request DJ Summer Party. Burgers and BBQ will be available for purchase, so just BYOB and enjoy the “beach” party while supporting free fitness classes for all Oakmont residents. Check the “community happenings” section of our website or visit Oakmont Health Initiative’s site at oakmonthealthinitiative/summer-party. WHEN: July 25, 6 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: $15 BRING: BYOB (and cash to purchase food) Boomer Trivia: Who wrote the novelty hit, “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh” about Camp Granada? Have you been meaning to become a member of Oakmont Boomers but just haven’t gotten around to it? Join today and be a part of Oakmont’s grooviest club. It’s so easy; just visit our website and pay your dues using PayPal. You do not need a separate PayPal account, and it only takes a few minutes. Questions? E-mail


Cost is $15 per member and non-member guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member. The two options you have to register for seating for this event are:

1. Reserved table for eight. Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $120. The names of all the people sitting at the table must be listed. Individual names:_______________________________________________________________________________ Party name:_________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed:___________ 2. Unreserved seating. There will be several unreserved tables available. Full payment must accompany registration.

Name(s):_______________________________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed___________

The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m., Monday, June 20.


The Oakmont News / June 1, 2016

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

Lifelong Learning nDavid Dearden

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


June 2: Ed Sutter June 10: Larry Fee Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to


Celebration of our 10th Anniversary Monday, August 22, 4–6 pm Quail Inn

There will be St. Francis wine and hors d’oeuvres. Price per person is $28. The keynote speaker is Gaye Le Baron, esteemed local historian, Press Democrat columnist, author

and recipient of numerous awards. Gaye was named 2015 Woman of the Year in celebration of Women’s History Month. Seating is limited so we suggest that you file your reservation soon.

10th anniversary reservation form Name(s): __________________________________________________________________________________ Phone:________________________ E-mail:__________________________________ Amount paid:______

Make checks payable to OLL. Please leave this form with your check or cash in an envelope at the OVA Office or mail to Wendy James at 462 Starry Knoll Court (538-5426). Deadline for reservations is Friday, August 12.

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nLinda Webster


The ukulele is a versatile musical instrument that is fun and easy to play. It has four strings and comes in different sizes from the small (soprano) to the large (tenor and baritone). You do not have to read music in order to play since you learn basic chords and strum those when you see them in a song. Once you master basic chords (e.g., C, G7, F) you are able to play music and have great fun. (Best unkept secret: you cannot be unhappy, worried, or in the dumps when you are strumming your uke!) Important is that as you master your ukulele, you are helping your brain to keep challenged in an exciting way. Playing the ukulele is good for you! It lifts your spirit and it introduces you to some wonderful people. Tempted? The Oakmont Ukesters Club has been offering Beginning Basics for the Ukulele classes and to date there have been three completed with two scheduled, one in May and one in June. More will be planned if there is interest. The time is 1–2 p.m. Each class is composed of five sessions that will prepare you to play the ukulele with spirit. You will learn the parts of the uke, how to tune it, strumming patterns, and chords that will allow you to play fun songs. Beginning with the first session you will be able to play songs. Cost of the series is now $8 to help defray cost of all the wonderful handouts you will receive. If interested, please call me at 978-2790. I will be happy to sign you up for the class and answer any questions you have. The location of the tutorial will be given together with advice about how to get a ukulele if you do not own one. Bonus: You do not have to wait to begin having fun with the ukulele. The Oakmont Ukesters Club invites you to come join them each Tuesday morning, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the beautiful Oakmont Gardens Crafts Room. The club has been playing together for nine months and has built an exciting repertoire of songs for easy listening and singing. Examples: “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Up a Lazy River,” “Ramblin’ Rose,” “Rock Around the Clock,” “My Funny Valentine,” “Walking My Baby Back Home,” “Tonight You Belong to Me,” “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Blue Hawaii,” and “A Kind of Hush.” Don’t forget: Life is too short to not play the ukulele and have fun!

Kiwanis Club of Oakmont nJeff Davis


The Kiwanis Club of Oakmont again presents their annual pancake breakfast at Oakmont Gardens on Saturday, June 11, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. And what’s in store for participants? Delicious Breakfast: First you see the experienced

Kiwanis pancake flippers, armed with their famous secret pancake batter recipe, filling the counter with those delicious pancakes. Who can resist hot pancakes covered with butter and syrup along with hot sausages and scrambled eggs? All you can eat with an array of beverages such as hot coffee or tea and cold fruit juices. Fabulous Gift Bags: Need items for a grand picnic? Gardening? Tennis? Snack watching TV? An array of outstanding gift bags will be raffled off at the breakfast with no limit on how many $1 chances you put in for your favorite baskets. The drawing will be at noon but you don’t have to be present then to win. Take a good look. Win a Golf Cart: Your purchase of a ticket to the breakfast will automatically enter you into a chance to win a golf cart donated to the Kiwanis Foundation. It’s in great shape and the perfect vehicle to tool around the neighborhood. All that on top of your delicious meal. Tickets: Tickets for Pancake Breakfast are $10 each and can be ordered from any Kiwanis member. Tickets are also available at First Community Bank, Umpqua Bank and Oakmont Garage as well as at the door June 11. Donations to the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont Community Foundation are also welcome to help the Kiwanis goal of aiding children in a multitude of ways are also welcome. More details will be available soon.

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

Explore you creative side with the Zentangle™. If you can draw a dot, line, squiggly, circle or square, etc., you can do the Zentangle™ Art Method. You do not have to have attended any other Zentangle™ class to come. Everyone is welcome! Classes are on second and fourth Mondays each month. Check the schedule below for specific dates. Materials are provided. Be sure to call or E-mail me to reserve your space in class. Hope to see you in the next class!

Coming up

Monday, June 13: Renaissance Opus Tile—creating an art piece on the tan 10.5” tile! Monday, June 27: No class TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail


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This is a leisurely short hike of 2.4 mile with no elevation gain in the wetland preserve of the Laguna de Santa Rosa near Sebastopol. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Ed Low, 538-7785.


Enjoy a long hike of 10 miles with about 1,200’ of elevation gain, featuring coastal trails in Salt Point State Park and the Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve inland on the other side of Highway 1. We’ll walk by the ocean, see beaches, rocks, cliffs, coves and marine life, with a few trees for shade, rhododendron blossoms in the forest across the road. Bring poles, water and lunch. Leave Berger parking at 8 a.m. for the 57-mile one hour and 40 minutes drive to Salt Point, Hike leader is Danna McDonough, 595-3946.

Sufi Meditation Circle nJoAnn Halima Haymaker

Rumi and Meditation for Women Only

A time of silence, a place of peace. All women are welcome at the Women’s Meditation Circle on Wednesday, June 1, at 11 a.m. at my home, 147 White Oak Drive. Join other friendly women for music, meditation, poetry by Rumi and others and Sufi wisdom. No fee. It is helpful if you can let me know if you are coming: 537-1275 or Please bring your sacred inner light into the circle of peace. International Association of Sufism:


This is a seven-mile, 800’ elevation gain hike in Marin Municipal Water District. Start at Bon Tempe Dam. Skirts one side of Alpine Lake and then climbs up Rocky Ridge, returning down to the shady side of Bon Tempe Lake for lunch. $8 parking fee. Bring poles, water and lunch. Meet at Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724.


Pinnacles-intermediate hikers. (Photo by Alan Kelley)

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


This 7.3-mile 1,600’ of elevation gain hike starts at the Dipsea trail, traverses wind-swept sand dunes. We’ll climb through a steep ravine, including an ascending ladder and conclude at the Pantoll Ranger Station in the Mt. Tamalpais State Park for lunch. Return downhill on Matt Davis trail in Stinson Beach. Bring poles lunch and water. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Steve Spanier, 779-9718. See details at ( stinson.html),


This 5.6-mile 660’ elevation gain hike is a steep rough path to Lake Ilsanjo. Start from Park Trail Drive on to Rough Go Trail. Continue on Lake Trail

Pinnacles-long hikers. (Photo by Martin Johns)

around the lake. Lunch at a picnic area. Return via Spring Creek Trail. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are George and Zlatica Hasa, 843-4527.


To find out whether a hike has been cancelled because of rain, call the hike leader by 8 a.m. on the morning of the hike. A reminder to all hikers: It is customary for riders to help drivers with gas costs on hikes more than 30 miles roundtrip, away from the local area. A suggested amount is $5/person.

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Oakmont Walkers’ Farewell Dinner


Five Oakmont Bocce Club teams are competing in the Wine Country Senior Games this coming weekend, Friday, June 3 and Saturday, June 4: Team 1—Sherry Magers, Captain, John Magers, Margarete Schmidt and Rachel Corso; Team 2—Barbara Newton, Captain, Geoffrey Newton, Jean Reed and Jean-Michel Poulnot; Team 3—Maureen McGittigan, Captain, Bob Pond, George Hasa and Debbie Kendrick; Team 4—Cindi Clemence, Captain, Jeff Clemence, Tony D’Agosta and Susan Wurtzel; and, Team 5—Elaine Foote, Captain, Betty Van Voorhis, Barbara James, and Ellie Bacoccio. We’re well-represented! Let’s get out to the courts in Juilliard Park and cheer them on.

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Team 4: Susan Wurtzel and Cindi and Jeff Clemence get in a little practice time before the Senior Games, June 3 and 4.

SIR Branch #92 nJim Knapp, Little Sir

Ladies’ Day Luncheon

Members and non-member couples alike are invited to our Ladies’ Day Luncheon on June 14 when our speaker pianist Deborah Knapp will give an entertaining presentation/performance of “Ragtime Gals” together with several examples of music by women composers, including her own “California Quail Rag.” Deborah has a Master’s in Piano Performance from SF State University, and is regular keyboardist with two local churches, aside from playing at Jack London Park on a monthly basis. Luncheon and concert will be $25/person and for the men it is a chance to experience the atmosphere of SIR Hood Mountain Branch 92. We meet regularly on the second Tuesday of each month at the Berger Center, beginning with a social hour at 11:15 a.m., followed by luncheon and an invariably interesting speaker. Ladies are welcome at our annual Ladies’ Day Luncheon, and for our December Couples’ Holiday Meeting. For SIR membership, the annual dues are $25 and the luncheon meetings cost approximately $20 with a choice of one of three entrées. A no-host bar helps initiate the social hour. Annual dues are prorated for someone who joins during the year. RSVP is necessary by June 6. For more information or to RSVP contact me at (415) 336-8844.

Team 5: Elaine Foote, Betty Van Voorhis and Barbara James practice and look forward to their first Senior Games competition.


Rain forced the cancellation of the Mother’s Day Tournament on May 7, but the Battle of the Sexes Tournament is coming up on Saturday, June 11. Remember, it has a 9:30 a.m. start time, so be there by 9:15 a.m. to participate. Who are better bowlers— women or men? A member favorite, Evening Bocce, will be held on June 14 at 5 p.m. at the Bocce courts. Bring a dish— appetizers, finger foods, cookies, your favorite thing to eat—to share before we take to the courts for a game. Questions? Call Social Chairs Chris or Phil Duda, 293-9988 or E-mail at


On May 6, 108 members attended the Oakmont Walkers Farewell Dinner. Everyone enjoyed the piano music of Jim Wittes while we had a delicious dinner catered by Laura and Dave from the Oakmont Village Market. Also thanks to Helen Herbert, Carolyn Mack, Holly Blue and Terry Leuthner for organizing the dinner. Seven folks started the Walkers in 1972. It then grew to a high of 261 members in 2008 and ended after an amazing 44-year run with 180 members in 2015. The party was kept upbeat with members answering fun questions about the Walkers and receiving a bottle of wine for the first member to answer correctly. Past and present board members were thanked for their years of service and dedication. Lloyd Douglas was recognized for two years as President, 12 consecutive years as Past President and responsibility for badges and photography, and Terry Leuthner for 11 years as Treasurer/Membership duties. Jim Wittes played “Thanks for the Memories” while Bob Flores sang. Members were asked to tell us about their most memorable trip which enabled us to share these experiences. Table flowers and a basket of goodies created by Carolyn Mack were given away as gifts. Carolyn Mack was honored with a plaque from the Oakmont Walkers Club Board for her 11 years of dedicated service as Vice President/Trip Planner 2004–2014. Ironically the 2015 Christmas trip to San Francisco was the100th trip Carolyn planned, not realizing it would be the last trip the Oakmont Walkers would enjoy as a club. She was also presented with a check to enjoy a trip with her girls where she doesn’t have to worry about all the planning. In closing, Carolyn then addressed the members thanking them for all their friendship and support and noting how the Walkers Club provided a needed service for the Oakmont community. “Thanks for the Memories” to everyone associated with the Oakmont Walkers Club.

Grandparents’ Week is coming in July, and grandchildren love bocce. Think about helping out on Friday, July 29, 10 a.m. Six to nine volunteers are needed. Let President Sherry know if you’re interested by calling 537-3084.

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nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith, being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. You are warmly invited to Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. We will be continuing a new speaking series, “Elder-Faith,” which seeks to explore how our faith can be a source of encouragement and hope as we enter the second half of life.

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June 5

Sylvan Eidelman and friends will be singing and playing Americana gospel music in the service. Come on over and join in! Debbie Knapp will be with us also on the piano.

June 12

Don Cobb will be speaking on moving from what 12 Step founder Bill Wilson called “Spiritual Kindergarten” into a personal relationship with

the Most High God; it is inevitable if one is truly seeking. Lucas Sherman at the piano.

Midweek Bible Study

Join Allan Linton in our study of Genesis. No homework required. We’ll read through Scripture, ask questions and apply the truths we discover to our lives. All are welcome at any time. WHERE: Oakmont Gardens, Room 106 WHEN: Tuesdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Movies At Oakmont WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAY AND TIME: Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty, Priscilla Naworski and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible

Sunday, June 5, 2 pm SPOTLIGHT

The 2016 Oscar-winning Best Picture, Spotlight, a powerful and emotionally gripping film, tells the true story of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe team of reporters who exposes the Catholic Archdiocese’s history of keeping reports about child molestations and other priest-initiated abuse under wraps. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actor and Actress (Mark Ruffalo and Rachael McAdams), the film also won for Best Original Screenplay. (2015), R (language), 129 minutes.

Sunday, June 5, 7 pm MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA

When nine-year-old Chiyo is sold to a geisha house, she endures harsh treatment from the owners and the haughty head geisha, who envies Chiyo’s beauty. Chiyo eventually blooms in her role, but World War II threatens to change her life forever. Based on the best-selling novel, the movie’s a sensory feast with its sumptuous costuming, scenery, cinematography and Oscar-winning sound track. It earned numerous international honors and awards, including Best Actress nominations. (2005), PG-13, 145 minutes.

Sunday, June 12, 2 pm SAN ANDREAS

After the infamous San Andreas Fault finally gives, triggering a magnitude 9 earthquake, a search and rescue helicopter pilot (Dwayne Johnson) and his estranged wife make their way from Los Angeles to San Francisco to rescue their daughter. But their treacherous journey north is only the beginning. When they think the worst may be over, it’s just getting started. The film received several awards for its outstanding special effects: watch what happens to Golden Gate Bridge! (2015), PG-13, 114 minutes.

Sunday, June 12, 7 pm MARVIN’S ROOM

The tables are turned when straight-laced Bessie (Diane Keaton)—who devotes her life to caring for her chronically ill father (Hume Cronyn)—suffers a health catastrophe herself and must ask her estranged, fiercelyindependent sibling Lee (Meryl Streep) for help. The sisters haven’t spoken or written to each other for 20 years. Brilliant performances by Keaton and Streep as well as a young Leonardo DiCaprio. Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. (1996), PG-13, 95 minutes.

Sunday, June 19: NO FILMS SHOWN, FATHER’S DAY Sunday, June 26, 2 pm PHILOMENA

Floundering BBC journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) and aging Irishwoman Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) form an unlikely bond—and raise plenty of smiles—when they pair up to find the son Philomena was forced to give up for adoption 50 years ago. Based on a powerful true story, the film pleases in every way. A film festival audience favorite, the movie was nominated for four Academy Awards: Best Picture, Actress, Screenplay and Score. (2013), PG-13, 95 minutes.

Sunday, June 26, 7 pm COMING HOME

In the waning days of China’s Cultural Revolution, dissident Lu Yanshi returns home after he’s released from a labor camp, only to find his wife suffering from amnesia. But Lu is determined to resurrect their life together and bring back her lost memory. A tender, touching and bittersweet story starring two of China’s most respected actors, Gong Li and Chen Daoming, who offer great performances in a film about love, loss and perseverance. (2015), PG-13, 111 minutes. (In Mandarin.)

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, June 5, 2 p.m.: Spotlight (2015), R, 129 minutes. Sunday, June 5, 7 p.m.: Memoirs of a Geisha, (2005), PG-13, 145 minutes. Sunday, June 12, 2 p.m.: San Andreas, (2015), PG-13, 114 minutes. Sunday, June 12, 7 p.m.: Marvin’s Room, (1996), PG-13, 95 minutes. Sunday, June 19: No films shown, Father’s Day Sunday, June 26, 2 p.m.: Philomena, (2013), PG-13, 95 minutes. Sunday, June 26, 7 p.m.: Coming Home, (2015), PG-13, 111 minutes. (In Mandarin.)


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


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.



Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont references. I’ll work with your budget. Lic. #954364. Call Angel, 707-239-1241.


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.


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

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


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




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

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.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Quality cleaning with reasonable rates. Houses, apartments, condos, offices. Move-outs. Free estimates. References. Call (707) 484-9194.



When quality and reliability count, call on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior and exterior painting specialist, drywall repairs and textures. Licensed and insured. Call us for your free estimate today! 833-2890.

Huge selection of value-priced, new, used and re-conditioned golf carts for sale. Professional repairs, service. Many MARTHA L. PROFESSIONAL years servicing our friends in Oakmont. HOUSE CLEANING 584-5488. Home, business, move-outs. Windows, SPECIALTY IMPROVEMENTS bed linen changing and more. Over CONSTRUCTION SERVICES Complete home renovations, kitchen TONY’S GARDENING SERVICES 18 yrs. of experience. References upon and bathroom design, remodeling and General landscape, yard maintenance request., 548-9482 or 542-8720. repair. Door and window upgrades, (with free fertilizer), high weed decks, fences and concrete. 30 years clearance, clean-up, hauling, trimming, local experience, timely and detail pruning and gutters. Free estimates, HOME CARE oriented. Lic. #669482. Call references available. Tony Sandoval, Retired health care worker seeking (707) 328-3555. 321-2958. job as a caregiver. Flexible hours. Call Evelyne at 546-1365.


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


New Tv’s DVD’s, Stereos and Streamers are complicated. I will help you. 35 years experience. $40/hr. Jason Baldwin, 479-1364.


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


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


To assist you with personal care, driving, light housekeeping, cooking. Oakmont references. Certified Medical Assistant. Flexible hours and rates. Call Paula, 703-6231.




Good references. Caregiving built around your needs. Days and evenings. Call Pam at (707) 292-0661 or Corlina at 548-4482.

Carpentry, interior/exterior, garbage bin enclosures, shelving, decks, paint and stain, concrete repair, trip hazards. Lic. #1008255. Call Alex, 843-1898.

We can sell your car quickly and provide the cash buyer for autos from 2008 and newer. Please contact 415-521-5209 to discuss specifics and your asking price.


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


Commercially licensed, transportation for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 owner-operated with several years experience. Oakmont homeowner too. Call Chris, (707) 206-5018.

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

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

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Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

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OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Bulletin Boards

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

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

COORDINATOR June 1–15 Susan Mullaly 539-1328 June 16–30 Ann VerPlanck 527-3411

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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


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


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


SUMMER SCHEDULE Access to OVA pools is by magnetic card. Call OVA Office, 539-1611 if you need a permanent new member pool access card or to register for a temporary guest pool access card. West: 7 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Wednesdays for cleaning) East: 8 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 7 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Tuesdays for cleaning) JACUZZI HOURS: Same as facility. No one under 18 years in West and East pools and Jacuzzis. Central Pool Children’s Hours: 11 AM–2 PM (Exception: 12 Noon –4 PM Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day.) Children must be accompanied by an OVA member or adult with a valid pool access card. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.


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


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

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

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

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

locker rentals

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

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


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

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

Association Manager Cassie Turner

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

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Social Security and You nMarsha Zolkower

Back by Popular Demand, OVA Swing Band Night! nMarsha Zokower

WHEN: Saturday, June 18, 6–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center TICKETS: $15 in advance Join us for an incredible evening of music and dancing with the Moonlighters, a full swing dance band with vocals. Bring your favorite treats and libations to this spectacular event and dance until your drop! This event will surely sell out, get your tickets early! Stop by the OVA office to purchase these hot tickets.



OVA invites you to attend a free seminar to learn more on the subject of Social Security, where questions abound, but getting answers are not always easy. You have paid into the system for years and now it’s your turn to reap the rewards of your hard work. However, there are many rules governing when and how you can receive these funds. When you decide to collect can be a function of a variety of elements, including your current health, family history of longevity, marital status and the age difference between you and your spouse. Join us for an informative seminar during which we’ll discuss: • Who is eligible for Social Security benefits • What factors you should consider before starting your benefits • When is the most appropriate time to start taking benefits • Ways in which you can potentially maximize your benefits. WHEN: Wednesday, June 15, 2–3 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center PRESENTER: Marie M. Theilade, ADPA, CRPC, Vice President, Merrill Lynch Marie subscribes to a program that equips advisors with knowledge, tools, resources, calculators, and materials to help individuals navigate through Social Security. Marie regularly presents on Social Security, comprehensive wealth management and retirement planning to the Council on Aging, Senior Center, and Council on Positive Aging (COPA), the Life Planning Network, and local fortune 500 company employees. To reserve your seat today, simply contact Marsha Zolkower at the OVA Office at 539-1611 or E-mail


If you want to meet some new friends and have a great time while doing so, then the American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! We meet at the East Rec. Center every first and third Monday of the month. Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on June 20 (no meeting June 6). Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. Sorry, we only have openings for experienced players or teams at this time! We will see you May 2.

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