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Pickleball Hearing Delayed nStaff Report

A City Council hearing on an appeal of the City Planning Commission approval of preliminary plans for proposed Oakmont Central Park picklleball courts was postponed March 8 for lack of a council quorum. The appeal was put over to the council’s March 29 agenda. The city’s Planning Commission and Economic Development Department have recommended denial of the appeal, filed by Oakmont resident Ellen Leznik.

OVA Voting Underway; Deadline is April 4 nMarty Thompson

The 2016 OVA Board election is underway, pointing to the annual meeting when voting closes. Seven candidates are seeking three open board positions. Voting materials have been sent to all OVA members. Ballots may be returned by mail, deposited in a ballot box at the OVA office or delivered to the annual meeting in the Berger Center at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 4.

Elder Center Has Support Along With Budget Questions

El Nino in Oakmont

nAl Haggerty

A proposal for a care and resource center for Oakmont elders received enthusiastic support along with questions about budget considerations and priorities at an OVA Board workshop March 1. The mission of the program, to be known as Care & Resource Center (CARE) for Oakmont elders, is “to bring interactive social programs and needed lifeenhancing services to the insufficiently served elders of Oakmont Village.” The goals of social day care, according to the committee, are to prevent institutionalization by providing alternative care, encouraging socialization and enhancing self-esteem. The programs are designed to provide care and companionship for older adults who need assistance or supervision during the day. Director Herm Hermann, Elder Care who said his wife suffered from At-a-Glance dementia, said he learned that day care “can be a life saver.” He said • Exercise that while the board should “do • Entertainment everything we can” to advance • Companionship the proposal, the board has “a lot • Meals of demand for funds” and various priorities. He voiced strong support. Director Bob Giddings called the idea “just terrific” and “a wonderful opportunity to consider,” adding that further thinking is needed. Director Alan Scott called it “a perfect program”.


The candidates, in alphabetical order, are Andie Altman, the current board vice president; Karen Krestensen, a marriage and family therapist; Ellen Leznik, an attorney; Pat Olive, an attorney who also has journalism experience; Harriet Palk, who worked as a computer programmer and bookkeeper; Tom Samarati, whose career was in hospital administration; and Gloria Young, who has been an administrator for not-for profit organization. They are seeking twoyear terms. Two directors, Bob Giddings and Alan Scott, did not seek re-election.

The committee is asking the OVA Board to approve the proposal and negotiate and pay for the lease for 1,950 square feet at 6637 Oakmont Drive, known as the Benson building, behind Umpqua Bank. The committee said it would raise the money needed for renovations. Sue Dibble, a committee member, urged the board to act while the proposed site is available. She said the committee studied various sites in Oakmont for a year before finding the space they’re now recommending. Director Andie Altman called it an immediate need and said the board should either jump on the proposal or pass on it. “We can’t wait for a committee to come back in six months with a report.” Nevertheless, the board decided it will discuss forming a committee to study the proposal at its regular meeting March 15. Other members of the CARE committee are Julie Jones, Vickie Jackanich, Iris Harrell and Sheila Morrissey. Morrissey and Dibble are registered nurses. OVA Manager Cassie Turner raised questions about insurance coverage for the program and whether it

See voting on page 7

See elder center on page 7

Tina Greig casts her ballot in the OVA Office March 2.

March 15, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 6


A large limb of a heritage oak along the path above the East Recreation Center came down during the weekend wind and rain storm March 5 and 6. This photo was taken the morning of Sunday, March 6. (Photo by Maurice Fleiss)

Central Project Committee Begins Its Work nJim Brewer

A new committee has begun work a long process that could help decide whether major remodeling is needed for the Burger Center or if it should be replaced altogether. The ad hoc Central Project Committee, chaired by OVA Director Herm Herman, is charged with determining the space needs of major users of the Berger and the Central Activities Center as it studies what upgrades can be accomplished within the limited area. “We need to define goals for Oakmont that would be part of expenditures for capital improvements down the line,” Herman told the committee at a Feb. 29 meeting. “We can’t make any decisions until we get a handle on space needs.” The committee, which will meet twice a month in the East Rec. Center, hopes to complete its work by late summer. Meetings are open to any interested Oakmont resident. Schedules, minutes and member bios are posted on a special page of the OVA website along with the committee charter. It’s at in the News and More section. There also is an E-mail address to contact the committee with questions or suggestions ( Members of the committee include OVA Director Andie Altman and Heidi Kyln, Noel Lyons, Terry Whitten and Jim Sanar, all former members of the Berger Committee which completed its work month. New appointees have wide experience in areas involving construction, planning and data collection. They include: Kathy Cirksena, Ph.D. in Communication Research with 40 years experience directing studies on a variety of topics including time use and resource utilization; Pat Browlie, a former member of the Oakmont LongRange Planning Committee and an information technology professional in data and business process management; Dave Johnson, a former OVA board See central project on page 7


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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

Letters to the Editor

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

nOVA Administration

Bringing a Community Together

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)

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. West Rec.

1st Thurs. Monthly 3rd Thurs. (Jan., May, Sept.)

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

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.

Architectural Committee

nMary C. Patricia


The Oakmont yards and gardens will also be “springing” into life! The winter sleeping beauties will begin to compete with the springing weeds. And the dried Poppies need to be pulled. (They will come back next season.) All greenery will begin to grow with great gusto. Now is the time to dig out the big clippings container (check with Empire Waste for your pick-up day). This is also a good time to assess the need for other clean-up jobs—pruning, edging, re-bedding plants,

cleaning down spouts and gutters. If re-landscaping or re-painting is necessary, remember to submit an Application for Approval. They are available through the Architectural Office. Also, check your copy of the Oakmont Architectural Guidelines and Standards for landscaping compliance. The Architectural Committee’s guideline for your yards and home sites is “neat,” “clean” and “wellkept.” Working together will insure that Oakmont remains the beautiful community that attracted us to live here. The committee will resume site inspections in April. Happy Spring!


League of Oakmont Maintained Areas Association STREETS

Association streets and parking areas are valuable assets and should be well taken care of. Lack of care will result in major expenses to the association. Asphalt deteriorates from exposure to ultra violet rays and water. Control irrigation water runoff. Multiple short watering periods rather than one long period will help reduce runoff. The pavement will look good long after it should have been treated. Asphalt pavement starts to oxidize the minute the paving is laid down. Look at your pavement. Note how well the aggregate is coated with asphalt. Are there loose stones? Are you able to lift stone

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Dear Editor, Now that the courts have acknowledged Wild Oak Villages have full rights to a contested easement, we have an opportunity to heal the friction that caused the law suit and, in so doing, bring our community together. As a resident of Oakmont, I both walk and bicycle the corridor in question. I am familiar with the primary issue of bicyclists rapidly approaching pedestrians either unannounced from the rear or in mass to the front, often causing alarm and evasive action. Bicyclists have used the corridor for over 30 years and restricting their passage would force countless cyclists to pedal the shoulder of high speed Highway 12. Many will resist any restriction and knowing the temperament of some bicyclist, there may be a confrontation. It must not lead to that happening. This is a time for healing. A practical solution would be a separate bike way adjacent to the existing pedestrian path. Such a project would require filling low spots, the removal of bushes, small trees, large rocks, repositioning signs, making a firm riding surface and the depression of two street curbs. With media support, there would be volunteers, donors and fundraising events, such as bicycle century rides. This project would require the partnership of bicyclists, the residents of Wild Oak and Oakmont Villages, the City of Santa Rosa, and the Annadel State Park Authority. It would represent a prime example of a community coming together to solve a major problem. Alfred Mascy

RE: “wild Oak Can Ban Bicycles, but will it” by Jim Brewer, 2/15

Dear Editor, Fast passed exercise cyclists continue to cause problems along the pedestrian only easements. This began with the unauthorized 2005 printing by Mr. Helfrich’s Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition of a preferred route along the private pathways. Mr. Helfrich’s organization did nothing to correct the conditions. His organization failed to advocate a suspension of illegal biking until the suit was settled, failed to inform, admonish and prevent its members from “misbehaving” and acting illegally. The legal problems are both private property trespassing and interfering with pedestrian’s lawful easement “quiet enjoyment” rights. The solution is not just correcting “bad behavior” by some cyclists. Giving pedestrians and dog walkers adequate notice from behind, while still requiring them to step aside, assumes that cyclists have the right of way and can speed through, while pedestrians freeze or move aside. Trying to blend exercise cycling and its objectives and style of riding with pedestrians on narrow pathways is an irreconcilable safety and comfort problem for walkers, especially senior citizens. The Pedestrian Coalition is not just a “residents group” of Wild Oak, but also The Villages, and includes walkers from Oakmont and the surrounding area. The article misses entirely the impact on pedestrians and their legal, rightful position. Rosalie Bulach, Jean Reed Oakmont Members The Pedestrian Coalition


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The Oakmont News / March 15, 2016

Golf News



nChuck Wood


Here it is early March and I’m already suggesting that you need to be thinking about running for the Oakmont Golf Club’s Board of Directors this fall. Am I crazy? Well, yes, but that’s really not relevant to this issue. There will be three vacancies on our board at the end of this year (the three-year terms for Debbie Kiddoo, John Weston and me come to a conclusion). Our bylaws call for having at least two candidates for each opening when the ballots are submitted to you in early November. As Nona Leone and Sal Cesario, our two recent Nominating Committee Chairs, have found, it is really quite difficult to get an appropriate number of folks to commit to running when the nominating process gets underway in August. So, let’s informally get that process underway now. Our dear club needs your talents and energy. To learn more about how becoming a member of our Board of Directors might be a good fit for you, I offer these suggestions. Be sure to attend our Annual Meeting on Monday, March 28 at 5 p.m. Become a frequent attendee of our monthly OGC Board meetings held on the last Wednesday of each month (the next one will be held on Wednesday, March 30 at 3 p.m.). Try to get more active in your golf section’s leadership. Attend some of the monthly Golf Committee meetings (third Thursday) and monthly House and Green Committee meetings (third Tuesday). Spend some time in the members’ area of our Oakmont Golf Club website to learn more about our club’s operations. Get informed. Get involved. Get known. And, in the process of doing all the above, mentally “try on those shoes” to see if you can project yourself into an important leadership position within the Oakmont Golf Club. Some folks are concerned that having two candidates for each opening, with only one able to be elected, is a bad thing. I disagree. Our members benefit from having choices. And, very importantly, candidates often get elected the second time around, having become better known to their fellow members. For instance, Barbara Robinson, Pete Waller and Frank Giannini each were elected the second time they ran. So, dive on in. The Oakmont Golf Club needs you!


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

SWEEPS RESULTS February 25, 24 Players


First flight: first, Linda Yates; second tie,: Patty Buchholz and Barbara Robinson. Second flight: first tie, Elisabeth LaPointe and Tammy Seila; third tie, Ada Branstetter and Marie Crimaldi. Third flight: first, Debbie Jaffe; secondtie, Debbie Kiddoo, Cathie Cunningham, Nancy Young and Jeanine Haggerty. “Happy Days are here again, the sky above is clear again So get your swing in gear again, Happy Days are here again.” Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

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Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

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February 17, East INDIVIDUAL LOW NET, 9 HOLES 13 Players

First, Dan Sienes, 26; second, John Munkacsy, 28.5; third, Bob Ure, 29.5; fourth, Tom Massip, 30.5; fifth tie, Gary Stone and Noel Schween, 32. Closest-to-the-pin: HDCP 0–24, #8—Bob Ure, 23’6”; HDCP 25–up, #8—Dan Sienes, 20’5”.


First flight (9.0–19.5): first, Sal Cesario and Mike Doyle, 156.1; second, Bucky Peterson and Danny Morgan, 156.6; third, John Cook and Rick Warfel, 156.6; fourth, Jell Snyder and Bob Peterson, 159.1. Second flight (20.0–up): first, Denny Mool and Bill Smith, 165.0; second, Gil Moreno and Ray Pierce, 168.8; third, Ted Mokricky and Dave Goulson, 168.9; fourth, Don Streutker and Frank James, 170.0. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Bob Branstetter, 28’2”; #13—Bob Peterson, 8’2”; #16— John Cook, 14’5”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Frank James, 5’1”; #13—Ted Mokricky, 25’1”; #16—John Derby, 8’7”. Card-offs were used to settle ties.


This week’s category: Golf Clubs. As usual, the answer is provided and the correct response is formed as a question. Golf Jeopardy Answers: #1: Miss Daisy had one. #2: Sound used to detect submarines. #3: Chemical symbol Fe. #4: Area in barn where hay is stored. #5: Carrol Shelby famously built his first one in the late 1960’s. #6: Custom fit. #7: Second President of the USA. #8: This 2000 movie remake starred Samuel L. Jackson. #9: Intercontinental missile. #10. Salad with iceberg lettuce and blue cheese or famous Huntington Beach surf spot. #11: “Number one ball in Golf.” #12: “Big Bertha” maker. #13: Ben Crenshaw’s was named “Little Ben.” #14: Offspring of two species. #15: Home of the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame. #16: John Lennon preferred a Norwegian type. #17: Pencil core material. #18: Hit by astronaut Allen Shephard on the moon. Golf Jeopardy Questions: #1: What is a Driver? #2: What is Ping? #3: What is Iron? #4: What is Loft? #5: What is Cobra? #6: What is TaylorMade? #7: What is Adams? #8: What is Shaft? #9: What is Nike? #10: What is Wedge? #11: What is Titleist? #12: What is Callaway? #13: What is Putter? #14: What is Hybrid? #15: What is Cleveland? #16: What is Wood? #17: What is Graphite? #18: What is 6-Iron?


“Try to think where to put the ball, not where you don’t want it to go.” Billy Casper “Many a golfer prefers a golf cart to a caddie because the cart cannot count, criticize, or laugh.” Anonymous

Robins on the fairways, trees adorned with riots of flowers, shorts worn by players on the golf courses, can there be any doubt that spring is coming? The temperatures have been in the seventies during the week before this column was written and golf balls are actually bouncing after landing! It looks like it’s time to get ready for a new golf season. If you are a member of the Oakmont Golf Club and are not members of the Senior Men’s Club you should seriously consider joining us. Those of you who have played with the Seniors before know what a bargain our events really are. We play with members of other golf clubs in the area both at Oakmont and at other local clubs such as Marin, Napa, Santa Rosa and Fountaingrove. Oakmont will host three times in 2016 and we will be guests at ten other clubs. The costs are remarkably low because of all of the things that are included in one price of about $50: greens fees, breakfast, lunch, cart fees, and the tournaments. For most of these clubs the greens fees alone are more, often much more. When we play away events we travel in car-pools, meeting at the Quail Inn parking lot. To join our club one of the first things to do is to drop a check for $35 made out to the Senior Men’s Club for your 2016 dues in the labeled box in the West Pro Shop Club Room. In years past this fee was enclosed with the mailing for OGC 2016 greens fees, however things were done differently this year and a separate payment is required. The schedule of events for the 2016 season is listed below.


Wednesday, April 27: at Santa Rosa CC Monday, May 9: at Oakmont with Santa Rosa CC, Fountaingrove, Contra Costa, and Moraga Tuesday, May 10: at Fountaingrove Wednesday, May 18: at Bodega Monday, June 13: at Oakmont with Rio Vista, Bodega, and Napa Thursday, June 30: at Napa Monday, July 25: at Oakmont with Marin and Richmond Tuesday, August 2: at Windsor Monday, August 8: at Contra Costa Thursday, August 18: at Moraga Thursday, August 25: at Richmond Wednesday, September 21: at Marin

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18 nKathy Faherty

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

It looks like the rains might return next week. Thinking of getting a pair of waterproof shoes before El Niño moves on? Do you know how to tell if they really are waterproof? Look for the raindrop on the outside of the box. It will either have a 1 in it or a 2: 1 means guaranteed for one year; 2 is for two years. This is the same for all brands. This tip is courtesy of Michelle in the Pro Shop! On Feb. 16, Patty Buchholz was Low Gross winners of the field of 25 players. Net winners are: First flight: first, Patty Buchholz; second, Linda Paul; third, Joan Seliga; fourth, Leslie Clark; fifth tie, Kathy Mokricky and Kathy Faherty. Second flight: first, Ellean Huff; second, Yoshi Smith; third tie, Marie Delganes, Charlene Buchold and Jean Reed. Third flight: first, Darlene Bath; second, Ellie Baciocco; third, Christy Rexford; fourth, Carol Locke. On Feb. 23, Linda Paul was Low Gross winner of the field of 26 players. Net winners: First flight: first, Linda Paul; second tie, Patty Buchholz and Kathy Mokricky; fourth, Sallie Wood. Second flight: first, Marie Delagnes; second, Jean Reed; third, Chris Carter; fourth, Yoshi Smith; fifth tie, Charlene Buchold and Ellean Huff. Third flight: first, Christy Rexford; second, Linda Kilpatrick; third, Laurie Vree; fourth, Dawn Burns; fifth, Ellie Baciocco. On Feb. 25, Kelly Downey was Low Gross winner of the field of 17 players. Net winners: First flight: first, Kelly Downey; second tie, Leslie Clark and Penny Wright; fourth, Karen Sites; fifth, Eileen Beltrano. Second flight: first, K.C. Cote; second, Ellean Huff; third, Chris Carter; fourth tie, Yoshi Smith and Ro Nicholson.


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

By the time you read this we should be back into a much needed rainy pattern. With last month’s dry period, we have experienced some good golfing weather and have had some pretty good turnouts. Be patient, spring is just around the corner and we will be back on the links. Meanwhile, Happy Golfing!

Sweeps Results for February 15 Individual low net, 26 players

First: Gary Stone with a net 28.5. Second: Tom Massip with a net 29.5. Third: Charlie Perotti with a net 30. Fourth: Tony D’Agosta with a net 31. Fifth tie: Art Boot and Dan Levin, both with a net 31.5. Seventh tie: Paul Lawler and Tony Apolloni, both with a net 32. Ninth: Jim Norem with a net 32.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Phil Sapp, 10’10”; Jack Robinson, 40’0”; Noel Schween, 53’0.

Sweeps Results for February 22 Two-Man Odd-Even Alternate Shot, 10 Teams

First: Dan Levin and Wayne Mickaelian with a net 31. Second: Tom Massip and John Munkacsy with a net 33.5. Third: Larry Perkins and Charlie Perotti with a net 33.75. Fourth: Art Boot and Rich Silvas with a net 34.25. Closest-to-the-pin: Dan Levin, 25’ 2”; Tom Massip, 43’6”.

nJohn Brodey

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Relax, we’re not having a yard sale, but there are a few things we need to pass along to you. First and foremost, a very heartfelt thank-you to all our 15th Annual Valley of the Moon Rotary Crab Feed guests. It turned out to be our first Oregon Crab event, thanks to the suspension of the local crab season, and hopefully it will be our last (although the northern crab did receive rave reviews, we look forward to having our local crustaceans back again next year). Despite attendance restrictions, this year’s Feed eclipsed last year’s totals and our new Fund-ANeed raised 25% more than last year for Rotary International’s Polio Plus Campaign to eradicate this disease from the planet. Your generosity is greatly appreciated and enables us to continue to support those organization and groups whose work is vital to the health of not just our community but those in many third world countries. Speaking of peace in the middle east, you might just want to hear a bit more about the anti-Polio efforts by Rotary International. If you’d like to see where the money goes, please join us on Friday morning April 1 for breakfast at the Quail Inn. Our speaker will be Bob Rogers who is involved with the program and will give us a state of the mission report. That does remind me that Caroline Keller has put together a fantastic speaker schedule for the coming months. The guest list includes: March 25: Mike Neering from Women’s Recovery

Services who will describe how this important organization works. April 1: Polio Free Planet, Bob Rogers April 8: Impact 100? (Be the first on your block to know what this is). Vicki Groninga will present. April 15: The Great Seal of the United States (a bit of history) with Paul Zamarian. April 22: The Santa Rosa S.E. Greenway Development. Get your hands dirty and find out what is happening with this major project. Thea Hensel is our speaker. April 29: The Austin Creek Chorus will be making an appearance at our breakfast meeting. Support the arts and join us for a little music. Unless you are a hip-hop fanatic, you will enjoy yourself. Join us any Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. at the Quail. One other event of note, which is particularly exciting, is the return of our charity golf tournament. In honor of our much beloved fellow Rotarian, we will be holding the First Annual Ron “Rooni” Nicholson Memorial Golf Tournament on May 20 on the home course. Director of Golf John Theilade and Oakmont Golf Course Manager Frank Giannini will lend their expertise and oversee the tournament. We look to have major fun and invite you to start thinking about foursomes and sharpening your clubs. More details will follow but for now, John and Frank can handle any questions you may have. Let’s put the “Hyper” back in “Oakmont—a Hyper-Active Adult Community” and get out there.

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Oakmont Visual Aids Bridge

nTerry Leuthner, Treasurer


On Friday, March 25, Oakmont Walkers will meet at Berger Center at 3 p.m. to determine whether or not the club will remain in existence. We will discuss: 1. $1,000,000 Directors and Officers Liability Insurance, which has been investigated and found not to be an issue; 2. Board positions—someone to step-up to be on the board for positions of president, vice president and secretary. I will remain treasurer if board positions are filled. Without a board, the club will no longer remain in existence. To become a board member or for additional info, call Dolores, 539-1416; Barbara Powell, (714) 309-1987; or me at 538-9177.


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Profiles of the candidates have been published in the Oakmont News, along with photos and their responses to three questions submitted by the OVA Communications Committee. The candidates spoke at a public forum on Feb. 16, and a video of the candidate forum can be viewed online at Go to “News and More” and click on the drop-down “videos” tab.

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member who also served on the Santa Rosa Planning commission and represented Oakmont on the Santa Rosa Community Advisory Board; Claudette BreroGow, widely experienced in commercial construction and strategic planning. Became the largest womanowned contractor in the U.S.; and Greg Goodwin, a 15-year Oakmont resident who worked for the postal service for 33 years, including supervisory, managerial and Postmaster positions. Owned and operated a landscaping and taught music after retirement.


nDorrelle Aasland

nNorma Doyle

Marathon Players Spring Awards Luncheon Wednesday, May 11, 11;30 am, Quail Inn

On March 14 and 21, Dennis Hall will present Sitting on Paradise by the prolific, Canadian playwright Eugene Strickland who won several awards including the Governor General’s Award. The play is characterized by black humor and involves dysfunctional and failed family relationships. The plot involves a Banff developer who plans a New Age development for an unspoiled tract of land, but must win over the developer’s materialistic wife before his plans can proceed. Readers for the play are Dennis Hall, Joyce O’Connor, Mike Strenski, Honora Clemens, Stephen Litzenberger and Norma Doyle. Playreaders gather every Monday from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B.

Keep this date open! We are arranging a lovely luncheon followed by an afternoon of bridge. Oh, and don’t forget. We will be announcing winners of the year and awarding prizes! So continue racking up those points and get the totals in to me by the end of April. Watch the next issue for details.

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folds into the OVA bylaws, which say that OVA’s primary purpose is to provide athletic, recreational and club activities for its residents. She said she would consult attorneys and OVA’s insurance broker and have a report for the March 15 meeting. The committee said the Sonoma County Council on Aging has agreed to bring its social day care program to CARE. The program will bring exercise, entertainment, companionship and meals to Oakmont elders and provide respite for caregivers. The committee estimates an average cost of $35 a day, which includes a hot lunch provided by Meals on Wheels. The participant or family pays the fee, with transportation provided by volunteers. The program would provide care for five hours a day three days a week.


A survey of COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) leaders last August indicated that 64 Oakmont residents could benefit from social day care and that at least 33 would use the program. The committee emphasized that the survey represented the opinion of COPE leaders, not the residents themselves. Board President Frank Batchelor said the cost of renovations of the proposed site was put at $180,000 to $185,000 for the entire building when OVA was considering it for its offices. He said that while CARE was proposing to use only part of the building, he wondered if it was prepared for that kind of expense. Harrell, who is a contractor, said that CARE could move in with a minimal amount of work with contractors doing the work at cost. Asked if the space would be available for other OVA activities, Dibble said “absolutely.” She said that while the program would operate three days a week, the space would be available after 3 p.m. on those days and on the other four days. The committee said that the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont has agreed to let the committee operate under the umbrella of its 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, which means all donations are tax-deductible if made through Kiwanis and designated to CARE.

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Free Tax Prep Services nAl Thomas, Local Coordinator of the AARP Program

Once again the AARP Tax-Aide Program will provide free tax assistance at the Berger Center for seniors and other taxpayers to prepare their 2015 Federal and State income tax returns. Sessions began Monday, February 1 and will end on Wednesday, April 13. Each session begins at 9 a.m. AARP Volunteer Tax Counselors, certified by the IRS, will be available in Room D on Mondays and Room G on Wednesdays. Tax payers may stop in on any one of the scheduled days to sign up in advance for a time slot. Time slots will be 9–11 a.m., 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. and 12:30–2 p.m. The sites must close no later than 3 p.m. Taxpayers should bring their 2014 tax returns along with their 2015 W-2s, Social Security SSA 1099s and all other 1099s, as well as detail of estimated tax payments made during 2015 and any other documents necessary to prepare their returns. If you have any questions about the program, please call the OVA Office at 539-1611. This service is provided for Oakmont residents and their invited guests.


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Current Events Discussion Group

nTina Lewis

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

donation is requested.


March 18: Larry Fee March 25: Karen Krestensen April 1: Ed Sutter 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

Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont

nJulie Kiil


The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 17 with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The menu will be a St. Patrick’s Day Theme—Corn Beef and Cabbage with all the fixings and Mint-Chip Ice Cream. 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 in advance, are a must. Please contact Ed Low at 5387785. The White Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.


Please join us for the Cal Alumni Club’s Spring dinner. We will be introducing the new Cal Alumni Club executive director, Cloey Hewlett. The affair

will be outstanding with featured speaker, Henry Brady, Dean of Goldman School of Public Policy, in addition to a superb menu. DATE: Wednesday, April 20 TIME: 5:30 p.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. MENU: Appetizers, mixed green salad with red onion, tomatoes, mozzarella, sweet piquant pepperdews and balsamic dressing. Roasted red potatoes with rosemary and onions, dinner rolls and choice of one entrée: Prime Rib with Au Jus and creamy horseradish; Baked Salmon with a white wine, shallot sauce; Eggplant Parmesan. Dessert of Lemon Cream Cake. Wine, cocktails, water, coffee, tea. PRICE: $39.50 includes the menu, alcoholic beverage, tax and tip RESERVATION DEADLINE: April 15. Reservation required!

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Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

Brick Walls and How to Climb Over Them

The next Genealogy Club meeting on March 28 at 2:30 p.m. will be a presentation by George McKinney on “Using a Periscope to See Around Brick Walls.” This is the first of two meetings focused on advanced research techniques. Anyone who has done research on their family tree has run into them. Whether it’s to find the parents of your great-grandfather, or the maiden name of your great-grandmother, you will eventually come to a halt and wonder, “Where do I go from here?” Learn how to change your focus to see more about the person of interest. If you’ve been looking directly at the problem and all you see is a wall, a periscope redirects your vision to let you look around or over that brick wall: Look at siblings and close relatives; look at the person’s FAN club (friends, acquaintances and neighbors); change the geographic location you’re researching; change the way you spell the person’s name; look in different research sites; look in different time periods; add or subtract words in your query. So, come to our meeting at the West Rec. Center at 2:30 p.m. and bring your brick walls with you. The February meeting had a very interesting presentation on German genealogy research by Lisa Gorrell, an experienced and thorough genealogist. We learned that the country of Germany didn’t even exist until 1871, but was until then a collection of small kingdoms, principalities, etc. There are no early central German government records, so in order to conduct research on your German ancestors you must pinpoint the very town where they lived, as all early records were kept by the village or the church. This is a reminder that there is a beginner course on the software Family Tree Maker on March 21. E-mail George McKinney at if you want to attend and aren’t already scheduled. There will be a special meeting on April 4, from 3–5 p.m. at the West Rec.—“Writing your family story.” Many of us want to start the process of writing about our family, and Pat Carhart, program chair for the Sonoma County Genealogical Society, will lead this session. Starting in April the Genealogy Club will meet in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except July and December) at 1 p.m. This change from 2:30 p.m. will allow people to attend the Lifelong Learning lectures later that afternoon. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: www. If you have research questions or would like to receive our newsletter, then E-mail:


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American Mah Jongg Club

nMarie Haverson


If you want to meet some new friends and have a great time while doing so, then the American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on March 21.

Check in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. We have some openings for experienced players or teams only at this time! Looking forward to hearing from you.

Is It Time to Replace That Old Computer? nGeorge McKinney

Oakmont Technology Forum Tuesday, March 22, 4 PM Berger Center

Do you spend too much time waiting on the computer to boot up, download pictures, or start a program? Do you have trouble updating the operating system or programs you use? Does your computer make funny noises? Is your computer out of room? Or is it just feeling old?

Maybe it’s time to buy a new computer or tablet. The common wisdom is that computers have a 4-5-year working life. This session of the Oakmont Technology Forum will review how to tell whether your computer still got what it takes to support you, some fixes if you’ve got minor problems, and a peek at the options if you want to look at a new computer or tablet. This session will be in conjunction with the Oakmont Computer Learning Center open house to showcase Spring 2016 courses. See you there!

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) spring Session april • may

Registration: 538-1485

SAVE THE DATE! March 22, 4pm, Berger Center OCLC Open House/Tech Forum — “Is it Time to Replace That Old Computer?”

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson

We finally have had a couple of dry days and have been able to get outside and play some horseshoes. Yea! We have put some new sand in the pits and gotten them ready to play so now there are no excuses not to go practice. Do not forget you are welcome to use the pits located next to the putting greens any time you want to play or practice. We are now accepting new members. If you like the outdoors and a lot of nice folks you will love our Horseshoe Club. You can call me at 539-6666 or E-mail me at Our next day of club play will be Thursday, March 24, starting at 10 a.m. Please let me know what time you will play.

Oakmont PC Users Group

E-mail address: Questions for Experts: BobMandel@ (Bob Mandelstam) Free PC help: Phil Kenny, 538-2075; Dan Gaffney, (916) 878-9538 and Al Medeiros, 843-4447.

nBette Shutt


E-mail operates across the Internet or other computer networks via an E-mail provider’s server. The Internet, networks and provider’s server! Do you have an understanding of all of these? There is always something more to be learned about E-mail! And what is the latest Web Scam? Can you recognize scam or hoax E-mails and websites? Pat is coming to help us understand. Remember there is always time for your questions. Plan to come early at 1:30 p.m. for coffee/tea, refreshments and fellowship. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. followed by the program. 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 the OakMUG file located 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 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668, both Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-1598 or E-mail


WHEN: Tuesday, March 22, 2 p.m. WHERE: Room D, Berger Center


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A BFO is coming to Star of the Valley on April 5! nJim Warman

Intermediate Bridge nKate Hill

BFO stands for “Blinding Flash of the Obvious.” This is what people are calling Steven Campbell’s presentation “Thinking with the Mind of Christ.” Cognitive psychology proposed 60 years ago that everything you can do today is based on what you say to yourself about yourself today. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this dynamic speaking engagement and luncheon at Star of the Valley on Tuesday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m. The event will be held in the Monsignor Fahey Parish Center. His energetic talk will cover how positive thoughts can inspire happiness, good health and spiritual wellbeing in your life. Steven’s presentations in the past have motivated his audiences to take the initiative to lead more satisfying lives.

Come join the community at Star of the Valley on Tuesday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m. and share in fellowship, lunch and an engaging talk by Steven Campbell. Deadline for reservations is Friday, April 1. Tickets are only $15 for the luncheon and presentation. Checks should be made out to Star of the Valley Men’s Club and put in the Men’s Club box at the Parish Center. Or, send your check to 495 White Oak Dr. Santa Rosa, CA 95409, Attn: Steven Campbell Luncheon. Questions? Call Jim Warman, 230-2682. Steven Campbell, former professor and now nationwide speaker, is the author of Making Your Mind Magnificent—Flourishing at Any Age. His fourth book titled, Making HIS Mind Your Mentor will soon be in book stores.

Tennis Club

nStephanie Wrightson


OTC is hosting an April Fools’ Comedy Night, April 1, 5:30 p.m., Berger Center—an inexpensive, fun evening. The cost is $40/table of eight (that’s only $5/person!). Why so cheap? First, each table decides what refreshments to bring for their table. BYOB. The OTC will provide table settings, water and coffee. Second, we are the entertainment. One person, a few or all eight at the table provide one act—tell a joke, perform a skit, sing or…? If you’re shy, no one will make you perform (this is when you want to sit with that extrovert). Clubs or neighborhoods are encouraged to reserve an entire table and find out who has the most entertaining act. Silly is fine. After all, it’s April Fools’ Day. Don’t miss the fun! Deadline is March 25. See sign-up coupon. Questions? Contact Terri Somers, or (925) 876-8074.

roster on the Hasa front porch through March 31 (374 Miramonte Place). Beginning April 1, rosters for duespaying members will be in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office.


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. Questions? Contact Membership Chair, Paula Lewis, paulalewis@ or 332-0433.


Getting to Know You on Saturday, April 9 is the first 2016 tennis event for dues-paying members. Meet new members and reconnect with old friends. Sign up by April 5 on the OTC website (https:// or contact one of our Tennis Events Co-Directors: Doug Smith, (303) 949-3239 or; or George Hasa, 843-4527 or Provide your name, phone number, E-mail address and skill level (A, B or C). George and Doug will keep us on our toes and provide coffee and light refreshments on the West Court patio. Meet at the West Courts at 8 a.m. unless instructed to report to the East Courts. Let the wild rumpus begin!

Maria, Kay, Denise and Barbara finish their game before the storm arrives.


New league play is starting. Cheer on Team Oakmont at their home games, West Courts, 11:30 a.m.: March 17, 24, April 7, 14 and May 5. Bring your lunch and enjoy some great tennis.


The OTC roster, printed annually, was distributed at the spring membership meeting. If you missed this event and your dues are current, pick up your

Tennis buddies Dennis, Ron, Doug, Tony, Bob, Ray and Bill. One is moving to Canada.


Submit this coupon and your $40 in the OVA Office Tennis Club folder by March 25. See article for details.

Name:________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________

Guests at your table of eight: _____________________________________________________________________


The newest Friday morning bridge series begins April 1 at the Card Room in the Central Activities Center. The class will run for five consecutive Friday mornings from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Cost is $85 for the entire series, including text. Drop-ins are also welcome ($15 per session), and no partner is necessary. Students may enroll, individually or with a partner, at the first class meeting on Friday, April 1, at 9:15 a.m. The last class will be on April 29. The class will explore the differences between the original meaning and use of the double bid, and the many new interpretations of doubling in modern play. Do you find yourself at a loss in the middle of an auction, uncertain of how to proceed, but having that niggling feeling that you ought to do something? Listen to the little voices inside you! They might be suggesting that you should double. This is a bid that adds new flexibility and meaning to all your auctions. If you’re like most bridge intermediates, you’re not doubling often enough! The double will allow you to levy the appropriate penalty on opponents who chronically overbid with impunity. You and your partners will receive new guidelines for when and how high to double, and your opponents will sit up and take notice! We will focus, in particular, on how to differentiate between whether partner’s double is asking you to continue bidding, or whether partner is asking you to stop bidding. It makes all the difference! I have taught bridge in the Santa Rosa area for ten years. I am an ACBL-certified instructor, director, and Gold Life Master. The focus of our lessons will be on the fun and camaraderie of the world’s greatest card game. We’ll hone our skills and strive for our personal best while enjoying the companionship of partner and ‘foes’ alike. We never forget that bridge is about play! Contact me with questions: or 545-3664.

Buddhist Meeting March 26 nPennijean Savage

“I think religion is a crutch for the weak. If people are hardworking and self-reliant, why do they need religion? “The purpose of Nichiren Buddhist practice is to help you enhance the effectiveness of your efforts in whatever you do, and to improve your strengths and overcome your weaknesses at the deepest level. It enables you to bring forth deep self-confidence and the limitless potential and worth in others, and provides a sure way to fully utilize that potential, creating a ripple effect that can even change society and create a foundation for peace. Even if you feel you don’t need it, you cannot fail to benefit from it.”—Living Buddhism, March 2016, p. 8. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, March 26 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, March 26, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 5480225 or Pj at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.


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Oakmont’s Annual Car Show Set for May 28 nBob Stinson

Our annual car show is set for Saturday, May 28, Memorial Day weekend. All Oakmont residents are welcome to attend. We stage our cars at 9 a.m. in the Berger Center parking lot and open to the public from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. The Oakmont Market will again be there to serve coffee, snacks, burgers and hot dogs. Any Oakmont resident may show any car they wish, regardless of their car’s age. “Outsiders” (which we need to complete the show) must bring a classic car at least 30 years old and in good condition. The fee to show is $5 payable upon arrival. There is no form to complete. Unregistered cars will be turned away. Putting on this event is a team effort by members of the Oakmont Car Club. One of my assignments is to log official registrations. We do expect to sell out of spaces. Any Oakmonter interested is reserving a spot in the show should contact me either by phone (538-5760) or via E-mail at Thanks.


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.

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.

March 20: Palm Sunday

Mark your calendar, as this will be a special service with choir and Lucas Sherman on piano, honoring Jesus as King and recalling the events of Holy Week.

March 27: Easter

Come celebrate the most joy filled Sunday of the year! Debbie Knapp at the piano will help us rejoice along with trumpet and choir and a message of hope.

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

BRAND NEW STUDY STARTING MARCH 22 THE PATRIARCHS: Encountering The God Of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by Beth Moore

Presentation Large Screen TV with titles for hearing impaired. Class has workbooks. The Patriarchs is a journey through Genesis 12–50. Discover God’s pursuit of a relationship with man, and marvel as His plan to bless all people unfolds. Full of twists and turns, ruin and redemption, revelation and mystery this Bible study keeps participants captivated by the God who stars in it! Explore concepts such as blessing, covenant, and promise, and the bearing each has on a New Testament believer’s life today. Many of the most profound and enduring concepts in the whole counsel of God’s Word are initiated in this marvelous book of beginnings. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word. This is a weekly, non-denominational study. Our class is small and informal—a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. You are welcome to start anytime. DATE: Tuesday TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309


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

Next Meeting: Wed., March 30 10 am–noon, East Rec. Center

This meeting will include a presentation by APOLLO Hearing (a startup company) and an exchange of information on hearing issues amongst Oakmonters. The APOLLO Hearing presentation will address their efforts to increase access to hearing care for individuals who need hearing aids but haven’t yet chosen to adopt them. They are interviewing current users to aid the development of a low cost product that better suits their needs. They want to learn from direct observation and interviews what aspects of hearing aids are most frustrating for users. Their goal is to build top quality hearing devices that are affordable for those who need them. “The current prices in the industry are exorbitant and are a result of people problems rather than physics problems.” APOLLO has assembled a website of useful information, take a look at There is much experience on dealing with hearing issues existing in our Oakmont residents and this meeting is aimed at taking advantage of that knowledge and for answering questions. All Oakmont residents are invited to attend and share questions and information. Please let me know if you have specific info to share so we can assemble some sort of agenda. Here’s your chance to laud and/or vent about hearing aids and issues. To be included on the HEARS E-mail distribution contact Carol at

Do You Have a COPE Team Leader in Your Neighborhood? nSue Hattendorf, COPE Director

As can be expected, due to normal attrition, we periodically have to solicit new COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) team leaders. This month, new COPE leaders are needed in the following areas. Check to see if your neighborhood is one of them: Aspen Meadows Circle 12–55; Fairfield Drive 6617– 6711, 6855–6928, 7110–7170, 7200–7236; Greenfield Circle 304–370 even; Glengreen 1–21; Hood Mountain Circle 8832–8854; Hood Mountain Court 8823–8837; Mockingbird Circle 331–395; Miramonte Court 345–369; Miramonte Place 309–332; Meadowridge Drive 6340– 6390, 6519–6597 odd, 6534–6564 even, 6568–6596 even; Mountain Vista Lane 207–273. Read the next Oakmont News for other areas. Please call me at 539-2543 to let me know if you would like to help or if you have any questions about the COPE program. Thanks for your willingness to help!

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nAl Haggerty


Bruce Wohlert, founder of Sonoma Canopy Tours and business director of Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds, will speak on the topic “Touring the Redwoods Canopy” at the March 23 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at the East Recreation Center. His presentation will cover the launching of Sonoma Canopy Tours, marketing efforts that have led to the company’s growth, surprises encountered in launching and beyond and the tours’ efforts at giving back to their community. Wohlert has enjoyed a varied career with leadership roles in a large, hi-tech corporation, a nonprofit organization, a start-up venture and a family business. He oversees sales and marketing, finances, human resources, IT, outdoor education and canopy tours and hospitality teams of both ARCG and SCT. “Our organizational slogan,” Wohlert said, “is ‘service as tall as our trees’ and our staff is thrilled to provide that service to more than 55,000 retreat and canopy tour guests each year.” Wohlert is also CFO of Viridian Eco Solutions, a local start-up that provides earth-friendly solutions for commercial cleansers and eradicating bed bugs. Its commercial cleansers were voted “green product of the year” at a major commercial cleaners’ conference. Prior to joining the Alliance Redwoods executive team, Wohlert enjoyed a 23-year career at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies in which he held various management positions in marketing, manufacturing and R&D and was a circuit board designer. Wohlert has an MBA from Golden State University and Bachelor’s Degree from Humboldt State University. He and his wife have lived in Sonoma County for more than 50 years. They have two sons, a daughter and two grandsons. Their hobbies include biking, gardening, golf, zip-lining, international travel and ushering for SRJC’s Summer Repertory Theater and Transcendence Theaters. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Oakmont’s East Recreation Centr, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Grill & Café. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contract Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.


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Sleep Apnea

nGrace Boyle

nBob Flandermeyer

We meet to discuss sleep difficulties, e.g. snoring and interrupted breathing. Bring your equipment and/or your questions. Occasionally we have guest speakers. We meet in Berger Center Room G the first Tuesday at 1 p.m. every other month (Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct. and Dec.). Next meeting will be on April 5. Questions, call me at 538 5277.

Taylor Finlay: Music Weaves a Fabric of Life

Getting to know Taylor Finlay is like going to a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Listen to his friends: “Taylor Finlay is an extremely optimistic, giving person.” “He’s special. We are all Taylor Finlay Groupies” “Feel like strumming? Call Finley. He’ll put a group together in his home.” Taylor Finlay’s life has always been filled with music. As a child, he remembers his mother singing while cleaning house. Now 91, he recalls that in his youth people gathered around the piano at night and sang. “Music is good therapy,” he says. “It’s good for your health. And you make the best friends of your life through music.” Contributing to his infectious joie de vivre is the rapport he says he has with living creatures— from the doves and deer that share his backyard to birds, flowers, trees. “I try to open myself to all living creatures in this beautiful, complicated and mysterious world in which we live,” he says. “I establish rapport with people more quickly since I have opened myself up.” Finlay plays guitar, auto-harp, mandolin, harmonica and loves to sing. His first musical group was the Sikes High School Double Quartet in Louisiana. He received a band scholarship while at Louisiana State Normal College. Then Pearl Harbor happened. He piloted C-47s with the 316th Troop Carrier Group in England, dropping British paratroopers. He

participated in the Varsity Paradrop in 1945, a massive operation to secure an Allied foothold across the Rhine River at Wesel, Germany. The Allied victory involved more than 16,000 paratroopers and several thousand aircraft, the largest airborne operation in history to be conducted on a single day in a single location. Music did not fade from his life during the war. He joined moraleboosting bands that entertained troops. After the war, Finlay furthered his education at the University of Denver and University of Washington. Most of his working life was spent with McClatchy Newspapers and Broadcasting in Sacramento where he joined the Sacramento Guitar Group. “I met some of my dearest friends there,” he says. Finlay and his wife Charlotte moved to Oakmont 20 years ago. He started the Oakmont Folk and Eclectic Music Society, now known as Oakie Folkies. He also plays with a group at Oakmont’s Saturday farmers market. He has put together “A Finlay Miscellanea,” a memoir, which is available at Oakmont’s library. A page entitled “Life Intensification Principles, written by Finlay in 2012, is a captivating synopsis of his philosophy. It ends: Think good, positive thoughts. Open your windows to the fresh air. Sing.


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The Oakmont News / March 15, 2016

Documentary Film Masterworks nErnie Rose

Ever since the “swinging 1960s” the institution of marriage has seen a steady decline in popularity as more and more couples decide to live together without benefit of a traditional ceremony. About 40% of them eventually bite the bullet and make their relationship legal. Last year more than two-and-a-half million people got married in the U.S. That amounts to a lot of weddings, and an important documentary filmmaker has witnessed more than a hundred of them first hand as an official photographer. That sideline has provided a steady source of supplementary income for his primary interest as a social commentator. In 112 Weddings (95 min., 2014) Doug Block turned his critical eye to the institution of marriage itself. After two decades of filming weddings, Block had long wondered what became of those couples. Are they still together? Is married life what they thought it would be? How have they navigated the inevitable ups and downs of marriage over the long haul?

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OLLI Spring Preview Wednesday, March 16, 3–5pm

Classes start April 11, 2016 Register now for the Spring Session Statesmen and Rogues By Mick Chantler Mondays, April 11-May 16, 3-5 PM, Berger OLLI favorite Mick Chantler examines the lives of 5 vanguard members of the American Revolutionary generation.

Folklore, Magic, and Ritual By Dianne Smith, Ph.D. Wednesdays, April 13-May 18, 3-5 PM, Berger See what Freud, and millions of others, found so valuable in proverbs, myths, urban legends, superstitions, and more.

The Cobra and the Mongoose: China and Japan in Conflict By Perry Ritenour, Ph.D. Thursdays, April 14-May 19, 3-5 PM, East Rec. The Cobra (China) and the Mongoose (Japan) have been in conflict since the 13th century. Will the U.S. persue containment of China through diplomatic and military support for Japan?

“The Big Day.”

Driven by a deep curiosity to answer these questions, he begins to track down and interview many of his photographic subjects, juxtaposing wedding day flashbacks with the present-day reality as he explores themes of love and marital commitment and asks them all the same question: After years of being married, what would your advice be for a young couple soon to be married? It is a film that provides much food for thought about one of our most sacred social institutions, and who we are as people. WHEN: Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m. WHERE: Movie theater, ERC HOST: Ernie Rose

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Roaming with Rovers RV Club nJulie Cade

The Oakmont Rovers RV Club had its first trip of the year to Death Valley. Camping 200 feet below sea level at the Furnace Creek Campground, the group enjoyed the beauty of a super-bloom, the colorful outburst of desert wildflowers resulting from the El Nino rains. They hiked, dined, and reveled together for several glorious days.

What’s Growing On in the Oakmont Community Garden nJulie Cade and Stephanie Wrightson

Despite our early Faux Spring, with the abundance of blooms and nurseries full of artificially boosted flowers, please don’t direct plant your tender seeds or starts too early! This common mistake can be avoided with a bit of knowledge of which plants can handle the possible late chill, and the patience to wait for the right time for in-ground planting. If you do plant soon, watch the weather and be prepared to use frost protection, especially through April into the first week of May. Some gardeners use Mother’s Day as their tomato transplant day (along with other warm-weather crops) just to be fairly certain frost won’t be an issue. Savvy gardeners know that in working in alliance with Nature, synthetic fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides are not necessary. Why? Nature generates her own methods of ensuring biodiversity and plant health. Many plants, through the production of chemicals (pheromones or repellents), keep predator insects at bay, while other self-made attractants (pollen, nectar) draw in the necessary insect or bird to enable pollination. Gardeners can facilitate these actions by growing helping companion plants, ones which either attract the good guys or repel the bad boys. Experience has shown that the following companions, planted adjacent to each other, minimize or eliminate insect problems.

You want: Tomatoes—plant with chives, onion, parsley, marigold, nasturtium, carrot, garlic. Squash—plant with icicle radishes (three per squash hill); nasturtium. Peas—plant with carrots, turnips, radishes, cucumbers, corn, beans, potatoes. Lettuce—plant with strawberries, cucumbers, carrots, radishes. To attract bees and other pollinators, grow native plants, and/or refer to the graphic in this article for other ideas to benefit bees and your garden! There are many good articles and books on the topic of organic companion planting methods on the internet and in the library, such as this: http://www.

If this kind of activity fits your idea of good times, then do join us for future trips; we’ve got much fun planned for the rest of the year. Yearly dues are only $10. The club usually plans four to six camping outings plus four social events in Oakmont each year. You are welcome to join us for an outing before you sign up. Contact Jim Ritter for more information: 537-8215 or E-mail Check out pictures and future trip details at our website: home. Our upcoming trips are: March 29–April 1: Amador County 49er RV Park in Plymouth May 16–19: Fort Bragg RV August 22–27: Santa Barbara RV October-November: Rancho Sedona RV Park, Sedona, AZ

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We will traverse the Redwood and Coyote Peak Trail for about 4.5 miles with 850’ of elevation climb. Good trails, mainly shaded with some views. Bring poles and lunch and water. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Phil Wigen, 538-3194.


Snaking between San Rafael and Novato is Big Rock Ridge. We will take the Big Rock Trail to the summit starting from an elevation of about 700’ and climb steadily for a round trip of about seven miles. The trail is mostly on land in Lucas Valley open space preserves of Marin County Parks. If the weather is not good for distance viewing, we may change the hike location. Steady rain cancels. Bring lunch, liquids and weather-appropriate clothing. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike Leader is Martin Johns, (330) 815-5167.


The plan is to hike North Burma, Live Oak, Lake and Louis Trails. Be prepared for rocky trails and steep parts. Distance is six miles, elevation gain 500’. Bring lunch, water and poles. Leave Berger Center 9 a.m. Hike leader is Holly Kelley, 843-3155.


From parking lot, trail climbs Sonoma Mountain north face about 700’ in 1.9 miles to Bennett Valley overlook. Options: going further 1.5 miles round trip, or climbing trail to the Umbrella Tree adding 1.3 miles and 400’ elevation. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Zlatica and George Hasa, 843-4527.

Annadel State Park. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)


This seven-mile hike with 1,175’ elevation starts at Alpine Dam, up Cataract Falls Trail to Laurel Dell Trail, continue to Mickey O’ Brien Trail, followed by Bare Knoll, to High Marsh Trail and back to Cataract Falls.

Indian Rock, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. (Photo by Phil Wigen)

May change on weather conditions. Bring water, lunch, hiking poles. Meet at the Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Lynn Pelletier,


Oakmont Walkabout is approximately three miles, starts at Berger, pass polo fields, path to Wild Oak, through Channel Dr. Cross creek at bridge, pass community garden, uphill on woodland path, past West Rec., down Meadowridge to Berger. Hike leader is Yvonne Horn, 537-9135.


This 10-mile hike starts and ends at the new North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park trailhead, 5297 Sonoma Mountain Rd. Great views of both Sonoma and Bennett valleys at 2,000’ Bring lunch, liquids, and appropriate clothing. Depart Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Dave Chalk, 539-8847. A $5/person is suggested to help drivers with gas costs on hikes more than 30 miles roundtrip away from the local area. Check with your hike leader. Hikes are subject to change due to weather.

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March 20: Lois Fisher The New Urbanism

In just two decades, Windsor was transformed from “‘Poor Man’s Flat” to the safest community in Sonoma County and the 30th safest in the state. What are the clues in the environment that lets you know that it is a safe place and how can planners use them y to create safer places? Lois Fisher, whose firm, Fisher Town Design specializes in creating walkable downtowns and neighborhoods, will look at look at urban design issues in Windsor, Santa Rosa and Petaluma.

March 27: No Symposium A weekly series offering informative and enlightening presentations on a wide range of topics. Want E-mail reminders? Tell us at

Grandparents’ Club Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 26

The Grandparents’ Club event, for toddlers through age 12, will be held Saturday, March 26 from 1–2:30 p.m. at Berger Center. The cost, $5 per child, covers all activities: jumpy house, balloon art, face painting, the Easter Bunny and live music with the Oakie Folkies. There will be drinks and cookies, candy and oodles of prize-filled Easter Eggs. Participants are encouraged to arrive on time since the first hunt begins promptly at 1:20 p.m. Please don’t be late. Three separate egg-hunting grounds will be set up on the grassy areas adjacent to Berger Center. The youngest group, toddlers–3-year-olds,

will go first at 1:20 p.m., followed by children 4–6 years of age at 1:35 p.m. The last hunt is for 7 to 12-year-olds, beginning at 1:50 p.m. To sign up, please fill out the form below and place it with your check payable to the Grandparents’ Club in the folder in the OVA Office by Friday, March 18— that’s the last day of registration. There will also be forms available in the Grandparents’ Club folder in the OVA Office. Any questions can be directed to Evelyn George, 539-5688.

EASTER EGG HUNT SIGN-UP FORM Grandparent(s) name: ___________________________________________________________________________ Phone/E-mail: _________________________________________________________________________________ Grandchild name: ______________________________________________________ Age:_____ Girl/Boy Fee:$5 Grandchild name: ______________________________________________________ Age:_____ Girl/Boy Fee:$5 Total enclosed: ______ To support the Grandparents’ Club, become a member, it is only $10! Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #: _______________________________ E-mail: ________________________________________________

Red Cross Volunteer Training in Oakmont nDennis Sabourin, OEPC Facility Coordinator

In 2015, the OVA and the American Red Cross (ARC) entered into an agreement to certify three Oakmont facilities as emergency shelters that may be used in the event of an emergency or disaster affecting Oakmont or other local communities. Based on that agreement, the East and West Rec. Centers and the Berger Centers are now certified as ARC shelters that can be activated to provide comfort, shelter, and medical assistance to residents. When this agreement was enacted, the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) solicited volunteers for training by the ARC to staff those shelters when the need arises. The OEPC goal is to have a sufficient number of local residents that can staff the shelters without having to rely on outside ARC volunteers coming from other areas of the County or State. Thanks to the selfless community spirit of several Oakmont and Wild Oak residents, 25 individuals attended a Shelter Fundamentals training class conducted by the ARC on January 30 in the ERC. This class described the ARC philosophy in running a shelter and the expectations of volunteers who will be working with the people that have been displaced and may be emotionally distraught. Having completed the class, these volunteers are now in a much better position to assist those in need in the event of an emergency. Several residents also elected to become “fullfledged” Red Cross volunteers, which will allow them to assist in activating our shelters and to engage in other ARC activities. For those that completed the Shelter Fundamentals class, and anyone interested in volunteering with the Red Cross, please visit their web site: http://www. The OEPC is working with ARC to provide onsite provisions in order to allow rapid shelter activation. But since that requires enough ARCtrained volunteers to staff the shelter, more resident volunteers are needed. We encourage you to join us— it takes a village!

nSusan Lynn


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Boomers Are Going Green

It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day, so get ready for some traditional Irish foods prepared by our members. It’s not too late to join the fun. If you’d simply like to attend, send an E-mail to events@ and let us know how many to expect. Bring any food and drink you’d like. Or, if you’d like to bring a dish and have a chance to win a prize, sign up on your computer by going to You may enter one or more of the following categories: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Irish Stew (lamb or beef), Colcannon (vegetarian), Irish Soda Bread, Guinness Pudding with Whiskey Cream. An independent panel of judges will award a $50 gift certificate to a local Irish restaurant to the winner in each category! So wear your luckiest green outfit, gather your member friends and join us as we socialize and sample the Emerald Isle’s favorite cuisine! WHEN: March 17, 6–8 p.m. (those entering the contest should bring their dishes at 5:45 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center BRING: Food for yourself and/or your table, BYOB COST: Free—members only, please

Coming up

The Oakmont Boomers Board cordially invites you to Son of Pizza Palooza, a free, members-only happy hour social on April 21. Wear your dancing shoes and groove to a custom Boomers playlist of the best dance songs from our youth. We’ll provide the pizza, but we suggest that you bring a salad to round out your meal. Of course, as ever, bring your beverage of choice. There are no reserved tables, so if you wish to sit with friends, try to arrive together. This social is the perfect opportunity to meet and greet some of our new members, so keep your eyes open. If you spot some newbies, please make them feel welcome by introducing yourself and then introducing them to at least two other people. This social is limited to 205 members, and it will fill up quickly, so your best bet is to RSVP online at to reserve your spot. If you’re still not ready to go digital, just fill out the coupon below and deposit it in the Boomers’ folder at the OVA Office. Mark your calendars for our May 14 dance party. Choppin’ Broccoli will bring the music, and the food trucks return. More details to come in future Oakmont News editions. Watch this space. Boomer Trivia: What was the name of Caroline Kennedy’s pony?


Deadline for RSVP is no later than 3 p.m. Friday, April 15. This event is a members only Happy Hour Social. There is no charge for this event, and there is no reserved seating. Please place completed coupon in the Boomers’ folder at the OVA Office. How many members is this an RSVP for? ____________ Name(s)_______________________________________________________________________________________



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Pickleball Corner nTom Kendrick

Quilting Bee nElizabeth McDonnell

Pickleball in Alaska?

From the Peninsula Clarion in Kenai: “Pickleball has become a wildly popular game with the general residents of the borough—the Sterling Community Center hosts games four nights per week these days,” said Rochelle Hanson, the administrative assistant for the center. “I get folks coming in from Nikiski and Ninilchik to come play,” Hanson said. The Funny River community would like its own pickleball court as well. (What a cool name—Funny River!)

Pickleball in South Africa?

From the USAPA website: Graham Tungate, 72, a pickleballer in Havasu, intends to return to his other home 50 miles south of Cape Town, South Africa, to share pickleball in a country where he says the sport is virtually unheard of. The game is played in much the same way as tennis, where players volley plastic, perforated balls across a net with wooden paddles, scoring points to win matches. It doesn’t require the level of endurance required by tennis, and it’s relatively simple to learn—things that have made it increasingly popular among seniors in the U.S.

Growing pains

With only two courts, friends returning from the desert soon, an influx of new players, and of course our regular full-timers, we’re bursting at the seams! Summer is on the way, so pickleball leadership has undertaken the arduous task of trying to figure out a new formula of “Player Hours” in an attempt to appease higher-level, intermediates, and beginners. I predict our meetings will be loud, contentious and lots of fun! (hmm, I’ve been putting off that root canal for a while—perhaps…). We’re also talking about more dedicated newcomer hours and weekly gameimprovement-clinics.

Justice Thomas speaks!

After ten years of silence, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas uttered his first words yesterday. According to a source who was in the room, on the matter before him Justice Thomas asked, “What the heck is pickleball?” WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Winter hours, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Courts available seven days a week. WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people. Want a personal orientation session? Call PJ, 843-7266 or Tom, 888-6334. ATTIRE: Proper court attire requested. Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. We have loaner paddles available. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266, E-mail:

Our member Barbara Cortelyou taught a class to our members at our sewing day in February. The room was packed with people and their sewing machines, as well as others in the group who came to watch and take notes. What a turnout! Barbara demonstrated and instructed the group in making very attractive placemats with four fat quarters of fabric. The room was abuzz with activity. Pam McVey led the business meeting later in the month. She announced the 2016 Sonoma Quilt show will be held March 19 and 20 at the Vintage House Senior Center. The sponsors of the show are asking for quilts to be displayed by our Bee as well as volunteers to staff the show. Several members indicated they would enter quilts in the show. Nancy O’Brien just returned from her trip with a two yard piece of Hawaiian fabric to give away. Former Oakmont resident and member of our Bee, Terri McDonald, sent the fabric to be given to one of our members. New member, Laura Lamar, picked a number from the sign-in sheet and the winner of the fabric was Joann Fuller. Our new member, Laura Lamar, showed a copy of the 2016 Lake County Destinations magazine which she designs and produces annually. She spoke of a feature in the magazine called Lake County Quilt Trail which tells of a self-guided tour of over 87 “barn quilts” which are installed on Lake County barns, businesses and other local buildings. Laura also mentioned a series of books she is enjoying about Norwegian immigrants to North Dakota in the late 1880s and early 1900s written by Lauraine Snelling. The women’s quilting group at the church and its role in the community is featured in most of the books as well as the introduction of the Singer sewing machines, which made a difference in the lives of the hard-working women. Many members showed their finished and inprogress place mats from the class earlier in the month. Mary Ann Allen showed a wonderful griddesign quilt on which she is just finishing the binding. Lisa Boyer displayed a beautiful “practice” piece she completed using a new type of ruler while machine quilting. She also showed a little carrying case she made using one-side of a zipper which gave body to the case so the sides stood up and kept the top open.

Lisa Boyer and her placemat.

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative

nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

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

Oakmont Rainbow Women Target Education in 2016 Fundraising Events nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

A designated college scholarship, named for Oakmont Rainbow Women, is the focus of 2016 fundraising activities. As in 2014, ORW has collectively chosen to support a community organization through a substantial donation. This year, that organization is 10,000 Degrees, a Sonoma County non-profit that helps local disadvantaged young people go to college. 10,000 Degrees aims to “support students with need to access and complete higher education to positively impact their communities and the world.” They accomplish this through a comprehensive system of academic, financial and social support. The program includes intensive academic prep, orientation to higher education, and advising while in college. They served 4,200 students in 2015: 100% low-income, 90% first generation college and 84% students of color. To endow the scholarship, targeted to a disadvantaged lesbian scholar, ORW will produce a concert in May, with a silent auction, as well as other fundraising activities. In 2016, ORW’s goal is to raise $5,000, but with your help, perhaps much more.

Fundraising Concert

Rainbow Women is proud to present a very special concert with Holly Near, Barbara Higbie and Jan Martinelli on May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Berger Center. In a career spanning over 40 years as a singer, songwriter and teacher, Holly Near is renowned on the global stage as a tireless advocate for peace and human rights—and performer with a transcendent voice and vital message. Her inspiring and inclusive concerts are as energizing and uplifting as they are thought provoking. “One of the most remarkable things about Holly Near is not that she possesses one of the clearest, most expressive voices on the acoustic stage, but that she can marry that remarkable voice to a political message and then wrap it in a lovely melody that stays with you.” (Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange Review) Barbara Higbie is an award-winning composer, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has performed on more than 65 albums. From jazz to blues to country, Barbara’s fluid and joyful sound infuses her performances with a special zest, “like a jolt of bright sunlight” (LA Times). Jan Martinelli, a recognized master of the electric bass, has performed on twenty albums, touring nationally with numerous well-respected musicians. A frequent performer with Holly and Barbara, Jan’s bass playing always adds a soulful, vibrant dimension. Invite your friends. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Place checks made out to Oakmont Rainbow Women with a notation for “Holly Near” in the ORW file in the OVA Office.

Silent Auction Donations

Joan Chalk showing her hand quilting.

The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room in the Central Activities Center, from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

A silent auction/raffle the night of the concert will help to reach our goal. We need donations of raffle prizes and silent auction items for the concert. If you have anything to donate, or know of any businesses we should contact, please let us know. Contact Carroll Johnson at For further information on how to help, including individual donations, contact ORW at


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Wii Bowling—Oakmont Lanes Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby

Beginning A New Study Following Jesus with Luke

What would it have been like to walk around with Jesus, watching what He did and hearing what He said? This study will guide readers through the eyewitness accounts gathered by Luke in his Gospel. Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to join our small, welcoming and friendly group. Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know God and grow in His love through exploration of the Bible. Each book includes easy-to-understand explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: Note new meeting place—East Recreation Center, Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

Garden Club

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 Winter 2016 League Schedule. Remaining dates for March: Mar. 15 and 29. No bowling Mar. 22, fourth Tuesday.


Our Sixth Annual Wii bowling Bowl-A-Thon Charity Fund-Raiser was held at Austin Creek Elementary School on Feb. 20. We had over 200 bowlers and everyone had a Wii bit of fun along with a Burger King lunch and many raffle prizes. Our online auction closed on Sunday, Feb. 28. Next article will name the big winners along with the amount donated for the kids.


On March 15, we will have an event celebrating St. Patrick’s Day where a bowler/substitute will win a $5 gift certificate to Safeway if he/she bowls a strike in the first, second and seventh frames of any game,

nPeggy Dombeck


Gardeners are down to earth.


WHEN: Wednesday, March 23, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. WHERE: Meet at the Berger Center Participants will be contacted with other information. There will be no March meeting because of the field trip.


Brianna Schaefer from Daily Acts will give a presentation on the timely topic of rainwater harvesting. The presentation “Harvest the Rain and Slow the Flow, will focus on rainwater harvesting strategies and systems that can easily be implemented in your landscape to help make the most of this free resource. Topics covered include how to calculate your rainwater harvest, an overview of rain barrel storage options, benefits and design considerations for rain gardens and bioswales, etc. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, April 19 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• Apply Sluggo (non-toxic to pets, children and wildlife) to deal with snails, which are hatching in the garden now. • Fertilize your roses now and then every 4 to 6 weeks thereafter. Fertilize other perennials that are emerging from winter dormancy. • Pull weeds while they are small. Add mulch to prevent more weeds. • Aphids? Hose them off with a strong, but fine spray of water or use insecticidal soap. • Over-seed bare spots in the lawn.

nCarol Decker

and a score of 217 in any game.

RESULTS AS OF Feb. 16 (sixth week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, Wild Turkeys; second place, Strikers; third place, Alley Oops; fourth place, Pocket Hits; fifth place, 4 Tops; sixth place, Wii Four. Men’s High Games: Christian van den Berghe, 246; Ed Schudel, 242; Terry Leuthner, 214; Don Shelhart, 210. Women’s High Games: Vicki Robinson, 258; Mariel Green, 257; Phyllis Jennings, 246; Robin Schudel, 245; Kathryn Miller, 233; Elisabeth LaPointe, 211; Beverly Shelhart, 206; Sue Bowman, 204; Peggy Ensley, 203; Sandy Wald, 202. 3:15 PM League: first place, King Pins; second place, Strike Outs; third place, High Rollers; fourth place, Strikes and Spares; fifth place, Wii Power; sixth place, Pin Heads. Men’s High Games: Scott Harris, 227; Bruce Price, 226. Women’s High Games: Maurine Bennett, 246; Mollie Atkinson, 245; Valerie Hulsey, 234; Jan Blackburn, 233; Debbie Miller, 227; Barbara Ford, 221; Nicole Reed, 217; Carolyn Mack, 212; Marie Haverson, 210; Helen Herbert, 202. High Game Subs: Terry Leuthner, 246; Beverly Thompson, 201. 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 Art Association


March 23 is the final date for registering for the May 7 and 8 event. Posters advertising the Open Studios will soon be appearing and maps of studio locations will be available in April. Just fill out the form below, or, if you prefer you can call Jane Carpenter at 5385595 or E-mail her at to receive an application. The fee of $25 covers the cost of posters and maps. This is not only a good chance to show and sell your work, but it is fun.


Acclaimed watercolorist Dale Laitinen will do a live demo on Friday evening, April 1 at 7 p.m. at the East Rec. Center, with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be $5 for Art Association members and $10 for non-members. Because of space constraints we will only sell 80 tickets. Contact Treasurer, Cathy Rapp at 537-9281 for tickets.


Join us for a tour of the Pierre Bonnard Exhibit, Painting Arcadia, Thursday, April 28, at the Legion of Honor, San Francisco. The bus leaves Berger Center at 9 a.m., returning at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $45, not including lunch.

Send check made out to Oakmont Art Association to Sylvia Davis, 414 Crestridge Ct., Santa Rosa. Include with your check your address, E-mail address, telephone number, and name and telephone number of an emergency contact. If you are a member of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, include your membership number. There have been many requests for this tour, so send your checks in soon to reserve your place.


The Colors of Music—A Watercolor Workshop with Dorothy Pierce: On May 21, noted watercolorist, and former Oakmont resident, Dorothy Pierce, is returning to Sonoma County to lead two, 2-hour workshops on interpreting/expressing music in watercolor. Classes will be held in the CAC art room, 10 a.m.–12 noon or 1:30–3:30 p.m. and are limited to 12 participants each. The $30 fee will be donated to the SRJC Art Scholarship fund. (Dorothy was responsible for Oakmont’s sponsorship of SRJC art scholarships. Additional contributions to the scholarship fund will be welcomed.) Register by May 1. Send a check for $30 (or more) made out to Oakmont Art Association, to Cathy Rapp, 369 Green Field Circle. Please include your E-mail address and telephone number on a separate piece of paper. Questions? Call Sylvia Davis, 539-5698 Ikebana: Ikebana classes with master Ron Brown have been suspended due to health issues.

OPEN STUDIO REGISTRATION Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone______________________ E-mail________________________________ Medium____________________

Open Studios fee $25. Art Association dues for new members: $10 single, $15 couple. Checks must be made out to Oakmont Art Association and mailed to Jane Carpenter, 349 Oak Leaf Circle, 538-5595.


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2016

Bocce Club nBarbara Bowman


Early registration for the 2016 Senior Wine Country Games, to be held at Julliard Park on June 3 and 4, continues through April 15. You’ll receive a $5 discount on the individual registration fee of $45. Sign up on the sheet on the board at the bocce shed, or call Sherry Magers, 537-3084, with your information. If you have a team, sign up all four players and your team name. If you don’t have a team, you may sign up as a single and we will try to arrange a team for you. If you just want to be an alternate and be called to play only if someone one on a team is sick or can’t play for some reason, indicate that. We will need a few players as alternates for both days, Friday and Saturday. Each person needs to handle their own registration online or by phone with the Wine Country Games at the Council on Aging, 525-9143, ex. 121 Leigh Galten. Don’t be shy—past Senior Games participants report that they had a great time.


Sure and begorrah, o’bocce was enjoyed by every leprechaun playing in the March 12 St. Paddy’s Day tourney. Photos of the winners will appear in the April 1 issue of the Oakmont News. Next up is the Tax Time Tournament on Saturday, April 16. Plans are moving along to have an Open Doubles Tournament in April. If it’s a go, a team sign-up sheet will be posted at the bocce shed in March and tourney information will be made available. Winter play time: President Sal reports that some OBC members would like to play at an earlier time during the winter, perhaps starting at 11 a.m. or 12 noon rather than the current 1 p.m. time. Think about it; we’ll discuss later.


Wander over to the courts near the West Rec. Center and watch us play any day at 1 p.m. except Sunday to see if you’d like to learn. You’ll find folks willing to give lessons. There’s still plenty of time to take part in a full array of 2016 events.

George Hasa, Jeanne Marcinik and President Sal Colombo are ready for a hot game of bocce.

Nancy LaPorte, Jim Bogue, Jim Huseby and Guido Arecco enjoy a friendly bocce rivalry. Looks like Nancy and Jim won the point!

Photography Club nBob Crosby

The next meeting of the Oakmont Photo Club will be Wednesday, April 13 at 2 p.m. at the Central Recreation Center, Room B. This will be our new venue for meetings from now on. We will be discussing “Tools for Better Photos,” a topic of interest to all photographers from beginners to advanced. Some of the subjects which may be covered are white balance, flash fill, high dynamic range, ISO, continuous shooting, bracketing, panoramas, shutter vs. aperture, and gray card. Planning for a field trip to Paradise Ridge Winery at the end of April will also be discussed. 2016 dues of $10 per household will be collected from members at the meeting. Non-members are welcome to attend their first meeting as a guest. We hope to see you on April 13 for some valuable tips on how to take better photos.

Ukesters nLinda Webster


Can’t read music? Can’t play an instrument? Think you can’t do it? Think You Are Too Old? Think again, my friend! 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 is presenting its fourth Beginning Basics for the Ukulele class. Kickoff date is April 1, 1 p.m. Five sessions 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. Cost of the series is $3 to help defray cost of all the wonderful handouts you will receive. If you 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 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,” “A Kind of Hush.” Don’t forget: Life is too short to not play the ukulele and have fun!

Library Lines nJulie Jones and Jeanne DeJoseph

Back by popular demand! Several patrons have asked about the shelf we used to have for “New Arrivals” to the library. Some of those books had been moved to the “end caps,” which are the plastic holders on the ends of the stacks. However, there were too few spaces to accommodate the many new donations we get weekly. Patrons complained, and the Library Steering Committee listened. The result is that the cart just to the right of the library door has been converted from a dictionary stand to a “New Arrivals” section. When we have new donations, your library volunteers will label them and put them there. So stop by the library and see what your neighbors have donated! And if you love the library, remember that we are always looking for additional volunteers. You’ll have the chance to spend about four hours every ten weeks in one of the best places in Oakmont. And of course if you’d like to work more than that, you can. We welcome your comments and suggestions as well as your interest in being a volunteer. In order to help you get in touch with us, the Steering Committee has a new E-mail address:

Oakmont Music Lovers nHarriet Palk


Gian Carlo Menotti (1911–2007) was a brilliant composer, librettist and stage director who created several highly acclaimed operas with wide popular appeal at a time when few American composers had any success with this notoriously difficult hybrid medium. Born in Italy, Menotti came to America at the age of 17 to study composition at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. Several well-received early works paved the way for his stunning success with two tragic operas: The Medium (1947) and The Consul (1950). In 1951 his Christmas story Amahl and the Night Visitors became the first opera ever performed on television. Menotti ultimately composed over two dozen operas—also concertos, ballets, chamber music and a song cycle. In 1928 Menotti met fellow student Samuel Barber at the Curtis Institute. Despite great differences in their personalities and musical styles, they developed a deep attachment and lived together for over 40 years. A highlight of their relationship was Menotti’s work as librettist for Barber’s most successful opera, Vanessa (1958). A gregarious man with great personal magnetism, Menotti inspired many budding composers as a teacher at the Curtis Institute for many years. In 1958 he founded the international music festival in Spoleto, Italy, and in 1977 founded a similar festival in Charleston, South Carolina. During the 1970’s, Menotti also adopted a son and bought a mansion for retirement in Scotland. Particularly during the 1950’s and 1960’s, during the ascendancy of the avant-garde in Europe, some American critics found Menotti’s operas too accessible, derivative or melodramatic, but his admirers considered him an artist with great theatrical flair and expressive power, a first-rate melodic gift and a profound affinity for the singing voice. WHEN: April 5, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2016

nRosemary Waller


Two years ago, when we were planning the current season, we decided to celebrate the 25th year of live chamber music in our community with a special concert. After considering many options we decided we would try to engage Jeffrey Kahane, a fabulous artist who also has unique ties to this community. For 10 years he brought beauty and excitement to Santa Rosa audiences, as Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony, where he continues to hold the title of Conductor Laureate. Many of us had the privilege of knowing Jeffrey’s delightful mother, Lore Kahane, who lived in Oakmont during that time. Several months of communication, with great help from Jeffrey’s NY manager and Jeffrey himself, resulted in an Oakmont date two years away: Sunday, April 10, 2016 at 3 p.m. Jeffrey Kahane. Equally at home at the keyboard and on the podium, Jeffrey Kahane grew up in Los Angeles, where he was a student of the great Jakob Gimpel. Grand Prize winner in the Arthur Rubinstein Piano Competition and finalist in the Van Cliburn Competition, Mr. Kahane made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1983, the same year he was awarded a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Since then, he has appeared as soloist with major orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, and

Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra. He has performed all five Beethoven piano concertos with both the Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, where he has also been Music Director since 1997. During the 2005–06 season he was soloist in 23 Mozart piano concertos with the LACO. He is a favored collaborator with such luminaries as Yo-Yo Ma, Dawn Upshaw, Joshua Bell, Thomas Quastoff, and the Emerson Quartet.


This concert takes place on Sunday, April 10, at 3 p.m., a different day and time from our usual schedule. Since we are expecting a large crowd and seats are not reserved, do plan to arrive early. Please have in hand the correct change ($15), or your season pass, or an already-written check, made out to Music at Oakmont. Doors will open at 2 p.m. Be aware that space in Berger Center is limited, and we would be very sorry to have to turn anyone away! Jeffrey Kahane’s program will appear in the April 1 Oakmont News, or you may visit our website www.


Our annual Donor Drive takes place in April and May, with information included in the April 10 and May 12 programs. Donor checks should be made out to Oakmont Community Foundation, with memo line reading “Music at Oakmont.” The 2016-17 artist roster will be available at the April 10 concert, with season passes to be sold at the May 12 and October 20 concerts. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Sunday, April 10, 3 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15, or your season pass

nRay and Marie Haverson


WHAT: County Line Trio (A Salute to The Kingston Trio) WHEN: April 16 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open 6 p.m.; show time 7 p.m. COST: $20 per person (no club membership needed) SEATING: Tables (yes, you may bring drinks and food) This is a fun-filled show with song and comedy. The County Line Trio has been performing since 1969 and has even performed with the Kingston Trio. You will not want to miss this show, so for the best seats get your checks in early. Attached is a picture of the group. Recording artists, the County Line Trio celebrates over 45 years performing their hugely popular and highly entertaining show “Salute to the Kingston Trio.” This defines the music to those who aren’t familiar with the County Line Trio name.

Lawn Bowling

nGreg Goodwin

The question for today’s column is, “Just what is Lawn Bowling?” Is it: a) a sport, b) a game, c) a pastime or d) a form of exercise with socialization an added plus? The answer is all of the above. I’d like to expand a bit on the benefit exercise has on our brains. Gretchen Reynolds of the New York Times wrote an article “Which Type of Exercise is Best for the Brain?” She compared the results of endurance running, weight training and high intensity workouts. Early test results showed that endurance programs such as long distance running and lawn bowling 14 ends increased levels of neurogenesis. Increasing neurons (that’s good stuff) in the hippocampus (a key area of the brain for learning and memory) is essential for young and especially senior dudes and dudettes. Who said lawn bowlers aren’t smart? Ooh Rah!


I thought to myself, time on treadmills and lifting weights are wonderful exercises and I’m glad Nowah went to the Fitness Center when he couldn’t lawn bowl. That night Nowah and I enjoyed a hardy meal along with some wine he won at last week’s Spider Contest. As a matter of fact, he was more relaxed that evening than I’ve seen him in a long time. Could it have been the wine? He was like a new man, so it was the perfect time to tell him I’d like to get a new dining room set. The next day Martha called and asked if I’d be interested in writing copy for the Spring Fling Mai Tai Mystery

Murder Show. She said it was about a man making new friends which lead to a love triangle. To be continued...


Outside of corned beef and green beer, what could be better than bowling in the OLBC’s St. Patrick’s Day Tournament on March 17? If you can’t bowl that day, come watch. If you miss St. Pat’s, sign up for the April Fool’s Day Cut-Throat Tournament on guess when? There are already seven teams from the OLBC signed up for the Senior Games special event on June 10 and 11. There is still room for a few more teams to participate, so think about signing up.


Gidget Goodtime and Lotta Bodey (it’s pronounced Bow-day) head for Honolulu, Hawaii in August, 1962 to enjoy the pleasures and mysteries of the 50th state, but other mysteries take over their tropical adventure, including...murder! Come to the Spring Fling on May 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the East Rec. to find out who done it. Bring a potluck dish to accompany club-provided Roast Pig and Barbecued Chicken. As always, BYOB. Water, ice and soft drinks (with umbrellas) are on us. Plates and utensils will be provided. The price for this terrific event is only $20 per member/partner and $25 per guest. Complete the form below and put it in the OLBC folder at the OVA Office along with your check made payable to OLBC. Reservations must be in by May 1.

SPRING FLING LUAU sign-up form Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #_____________________________ E-mail____________________________________________________ # of Members/Partners at $20 ea._____ # of Guests at $25 ea._____

Additional background info: In past years, the County Line Trio has opened shows for the late comedian Pat Paulsen, troubadour Glenn Yarbrough and the late singer/songwriter John Stewart, who was a former member of the Kingston Trio. Their show is filled with acclaimed renditions of the Kingston Trio’s great hits and extensive repertoire, and it includes a generous helping of comedic banter, song parodies, sing-along and “let’s have a good time” atmosphere. For more info on the group, history, music, videos, etc., please visit their

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

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


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2016

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.

Lap Swim Club

r Fitness e t a W nCathy Rapp

Julie’s 9:45 a.m. Friday water aerobics classes will resume on March 25, the first Friday of spring. There will be a $5 drop-in fee this spring until the SRJC class begins in the summer. Dive into springtime with Julie. 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

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 ($5) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee) Friday: 9:45 a.m.—Instructor Julie ($5), beginning March 25



Our club was formed a couple years ago to give a voice and source of information to the swimmers at Oakmont. If you would like to be a part of our group, send your name and E-mail address to lapswim@ You will receive an E-mail invitation to join and gain access to the website. See you in the water!

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

Come join us if you have never practiced Tai Chi before—a gentle, slow moving exercise that increases balance and agility as well as improves breathing and reduces stress. We meet on Thursdays at 9 a.m. in the Upper West Rec. Center for a five-class workshop, one hour each class. Tuition is $75 for the five classes which do not need to be consecutive in case you have other appointments. Pre-registration is required so please call me at 318-5284 to sign up and to answer any questions you may have. All of the moves are adaptive in case you have special needs. Harvard Medical School bulletins extol the virtues and positive results from a regular practice of Tai Chi. Come join us today. I would love to present this ancient Chinese practice to you so that you can get on with your life becoming more limber and energized.

nTom Pugliese

2016 Wine Country Senior Games Sponsored by the Council on Aging (COA)

If you are over 50, would enjoy competing in your age group in one or more of the following sports and socializing with other like-minded seniors, then you will have the opportunity from June 9–18.

winter water aerobics schedule west pool

nNancy Crosby

It’s now days before spring officially begins (although in Sonoma County, the daffodils and flowering trees may already a thing of the past), daylight savings time has begun, and the seasonal swimmers are back venturing out to join the year round crew. Remember to be welcoming to the newcomers, and gentle in sharing the Oakmont etiquette when necessary. Keep in mind that bulletin boards at each pool have a “Pool Politeness” posting that addresses various issues that come up, so you don’t have to be the bad guy. Enjoy our wonderful pools!

Fitness Club

nLynn Seng, Instructor


Zumba Gold is on spring recess from February 11 through March 18. Classes will resume the week of Tuesday, March 22 (Avancé) and Thursday, March 24 (Débutant and Avancé) and I will be delighted to see you. See the details, descriptions, and schedules below. And while you are deciding whether to try it out, consider the results of this recent research, reported in the New York Times on Dec. 22, 2015, p. D-4: “We strongly believe that long-term regular exercise can considerably improve the immune defense mechanism, [including] against viral infections such as colds and the flu.” The report explained that, by repeatedly stressing the body’s immune system and causing slight tissue damage, the system was actually strengthened, like when we work out in the gym and build muscles. So, while we in Oakmont “duck and cover” to try and avoid each other’s germs in this season of respiratory and GI illnesses, consider adding a longterm regular exercise like Zumba to your health care regimen to build your resistance. All classes are held in the dance studio, lower West Recreation Center. The first two classes are free— just bring your shoes, water and a smile. Classes are discounted at 10 weeks for $60, five weeks for $40, or $10 per week, with no expiration. Feel free to E-mail or call me with questions: or 707-800-7470. Hope to see you soon! Avancé, Tuesdays 8:30–9:45 a.m. and Thursdays 2:30–3:45 p.m.: For the experienced exercise dancer who has been taking the class, or has recently done similar dance exercise elsewhere, or has been doing aerobic exercise on a regular basis. Débutant, Thursdays 1–2:15 p.m.: For the beginner or the person who is returning to exercise after an injury or illness, or who wants to learn dance steps and routines more slowly, or who wants to carefully build up stamina, muscle strength, and balance, or all of the above!

This year’s events include: Archery, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Lawn Bowling, Golf, Pickleball, Pétanque, Handball, Soccer, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Loop Around the Lake. Age divisions are in five-year age groups except where noted: 50–54, 55–59, 60–64, etc. with no upper limit. Medals are awarded to the top three competitors by age group and best overall for some sports. Team and doubles age group is determined by the age of the youngest team member. Registration opened March 1. The individual registration fee is $45 plus an additional $3–45 per event depending on the sport. An early registration discount of $5 is available through April 15. Team rosters need to be finalized by May 27. For individual sports, registration closes 1 week before the event date. If you are new to a sport or would like to have some additional training, contact one of the many Oakmont Clubs, make an appointment with the Fitness Club Trainer John Phillips or check out the training opportunities listed on the Senior Games website If you are not interested in competing, the COA is also looking for volunteers to help at the events. Most shifts are four hours, but vary. Volunteers are needed as greeters, set-up, hands-on during sporting events, photographers, refreshments, scoring, timing and at the celebration event. Register online. You’ll receive a t-shirt for helping out. Contact Michele Leonard, 5250143 x 147 for more information. This year the Celebration of Athletes will be June 11 from 6–9 p.m. where you can enjoy wine, dinner and entertainment at a location to be announced. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased when you register. You don’t need to be an athlete to enjoy this event. Extra tickets are available by contacting the COA. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Over 1,000 athletes participated in last year’s games, including 23 Oakmonters who won medals. To mark the 50th anniversary of Lawn Bowling at Oakmont, the Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club, whose team also medaled, hosted the Lawn Bowling event. Other Oakmonters medaled in Pétanque, Table Tennis, Swimming, Volleyball, Track and Field, Tennis, Soccer, 5k walk/run and Cycling. See the Oakmont News archives July 1, 2015 and Aug. 1 editions available online. To register or learn more about the games visit the website or contact Leigh Galten, 525-0143 x 121, E-mail: lgalten@ All proceeds from the games assist the COA in providing over 16 programs to serve seniors in our county through a range of social, financial, legal and nutritional services. For more information about the COA programs and services visit their website www.councilonaging. com, call 525-0143 or E-mail


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2016

Forrest Yoga Classes nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

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

Slow down so you can breathe, feel, strengthen, and heal

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

nJanet Seaforth, Instructor

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.

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. Bring hand weights on March 16 and 25. Thank you for your generous contributions to Oakmont Community foundation, supporting the health of our community through physical education. The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All free fitness classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, wellsupervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful dear ones.

Qigong The Qigong gathering on Friday morning consists of diverse group of people who come together to support ourselves and each other in developing and sustaining our health and sense of well being. Health is the center component of our life, without our good health we are limited and compromised. Qigong seeks not only to maintain our good health, but to improve it and prevent disease and. Qigong is a simple practice that has been passed down through generations for thousands of years. It consists of simple standing to align the body so it can relax and be in harmony. The massaging circles of PYNK Qigong move the organs and joints to keep the body fresh and clean, it uses simple stretches for flexibility, taps to stimulate our body’s immune system and harmonize the internal systems, movement to increase and sustain balance. There are many different forms of qigong from other traditions that we incorporate in any given session to relax and refresh the body, the mind and the spirit. Any resident of Oakmont is welcome to join us on any Friday at 8:30 a.m. at the West Recreation Center for an hour of this simple exercise practice. On the fourth Friday we do sitting Chair Qigong. Cost is $40/mo. or $15/session. Wear comfortable clothing. No equipment is required. I have over 30 years of teaching experience. Website: Choice Studios, 894-7345.

Oakmont Writers nKathy Rueve

Fun Photoshop permissions from: (left side) Laurel, Glenna, Sherri, Fritzie, Connie, Bruce, Becky and Susan; (right side) Olivia, Mark, Heidi, Pete, Cathy, Tom, Lynn, Zlatica, Teresa, Susan and John.

Game Night Thursday, March 31, 5 pm berger center

“Fabulous Feud!” All the fun and excitement of your favorite network game show. Compete for a few rounds; laugh, cheer and console. Professional MC. Exciting stage design and gaming consoles. Join the fun! Summerfield Cinema’s popcorn will be on each table. Please bring your favorite beverage. Paypal is easy on the OHI website: https://sites. Proceeds 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!

game show ticket purchase form

You may leave your check for $10, payable to Oakmont Health Initiative in the OHI folder in the OVA Office, or mail them to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, Ca 95409. Name of attendees:____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to confirm receipt of payment) ___________________________________________________________


Another great literary event is coming to Oakmont. Join Oakmont Writers on Saturday, April 2 in the Berger Center at 2 p.m. in welcoming Elisabeth Levy and Isabel Creager as they present two fascinating books for your reading pleasure. Elisabeth Levy is a perpetual adventurer who brings us along as she visits China, Ghana, Antarctica, Cuba and more in her newly-published book, Carry On, Travels Around the Globe. Pictures aplenty illustrate street scenes and daily life along with her fellow travelers as they feast on remarkable sights like the Death Dance of Bhutan. Watch out for icebergs while looking for penguins or take in the sights from atop the city walls of Dubrovnik. Want to know what it’s like to sail at night on the Nile or walk through the tundra in the Arctic, meet the children in an orphanage in Tanzania? Elisabeth’s marvelous travelogues take you there. In a completely different account, Isabel Creager takes you back to the time of the Revolutionary War when Pennsylvania was still a wild frontier. Eli Jackson prepares to go down river to the grist mill with no inkling that he will be captured by Indians and taken to live with a Seneca tribe far away. He soon finds the Indian way of life as it follows the seasons with abiding love for the land appeals to him. Embraced by his new family who make Eli one of their own, he never forgets the wife and children he has left behind. As the Army nears in a rampage destroying the Indian villages, Eli is torn between needing to stay and knowing the time for escape has come. This is an event you don’t want to miss. Put the date on your calendar: Saturday, April 2 from 2–3:30 p.m.. Linger awhile by the fireplace in the Berger Center, enjoying readings and discussion of both these great books. We’ll look for you there.


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2016

nBarbara Bowman

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, March 20, 2 pm NEVER CRY WOLF

Based on the autobiographical novel by Farley Mowat, this film chronicles the work of Tyler (Charles Martin Smith), a biologist who sets out alone on a government-sponsored mission to study the lives of Arctic wolves and their interactions with the caribou herd, an experience which ultimately becomes a journey of self-discovery as well. Tyler’s story provides a suspenseful, poignant and often humorous movie with spectacular cinematography and an Oscar-nominated sound track. (1983), PG, 105 minutes.

Sunday, March 20, 7 pm MAO’S LAST DANCER

A delegation from Madame Mao’s Beijing Dance Academy selects 11-year-old peasant villager Li Cunxin to study ballet in far-off Beijing, where he trains for seven grueling years to become one of China’s greatest dancers. His efforts win him the opportunity to dance in America, opening his eyes to a new love and the possibility of defection from China. This remarkable true story, based on Li’s autobiography, makes an inspiring film with beautiful dance pieces and a creative musical score. (2010), PG-13, 117 minutes.

Sunday, March 27 NO FILMS SHOWN, EASTER SUNDAY Sunday, April 3, 2 pm THE MARTIAN

Abandoned on the surface of Mars after his crew concludes that he perished in a dust storm, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) must find a way to survive the planet’s harsh environment—despite having only 28 days of supplies left. Adapted from the best-selling novel, the film was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Actor. Watney’s humor, in such a dire situation, won the movie a Golden Globe for Best Film, Comedy/Musical Division. Jessica Chastain also stars. (2015), PG-13, 130 minutes

Sunday, April 3, 7 pm SECRETS and LIES

A family confronts shocking secrets and long-forgotten lies in this bittersweet drama. With no man in her life, single mom Cynthia (Brenda Blethyn) finds life with her sullen daughter disappointing. But everything changes when Hortense shows up claiming to be the daughter Cynthia gave up for adoption—a revelation that shakes Cynthia’s entire family. Universally acclaimed, the film received nearly 50 international film awards, including a Golden Globe for Blethyn. (1996), R (language, brief sexual), 142 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m.: Never Cry Wolf, (1983), PG, 105 minutes.

Sunday, March 20, 7 p.m.: Mao’s Last Dancer, (2010), PG-13, 117 minutes. Sunday, March 27: No films shown, Easter Sunday.

Sunday, April 3, 2 p.m.: The Martian, (2015), PG-13, 130 minutes.

Sunday, April 3, 7 p.m.: Secrets and Lies, (1996), R (language, brief sexual), 142 minutes.


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, March 28: Creating on Renaissance tiles Monday, April 11: Tangling on small shapes—Bijou, circles etc. 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

Dinner for 8 nLeslie Evans

Our Dinner for 8 (a stand-alone group not affiliated with any other organization) was founded in 2002. Hosts and guests come together for a mutually agreeable date for dinner. Based on meeting new people and widening our circle with an emphasis on fine dining, everyone at the table participates. We share hospitality and dining together in our homes four nights a year, plus a picnic and a cocktail party. Our events are every other month. We have our cocktail party in February, dinners in April and June, our picnic in August, and then dinners in October and December. When joining the group, members agree to host once during the year and are assigned a month based on their preference. On the first day of the month in which we have a dinner, each host receives their guest assignments and schedules their guests on a date that accommodates everyone. Members are rotated each time to give an opportunity to meet everyone. When we have Dinners for 8, the hosts and their guests come together in the hosts’ homes for a delightful evening. Each host determines their menu and generally provides the entrée. Each guest is then asked to participate in the meal by bringing an hors d’oeuvre, salad, or dessert. The wine selection is suggested by the host to complement the meal. On the second Sunday in February, we start the new year by coming together at a cocktail party in a member’s home. The Dinner for 8 picnic is held in a picnic grove in Oakmont on the second Sunday of August. The guests bring hors d’oeuvres to the cocktail party and the picnic. Dinner for 8 membership is open at anytime. Please call me at 843-7408 or Jean Whitridge at 538-1258 for further information.


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Best prices on Gutter Guard installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429


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



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


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

Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont LCO #2411. references. I’ll work with your budget. HANDYPERSON Lic. #954364. Call Angel, All trades, little fix-its and prickly 707-239-1241. puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. assemblies, gardening and pruning Dependable, experts serving you and too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since your neighbors with excellence and 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, 539-5217. bonded and insured. Senior discounts COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. HOME GREETING SERVICE net or call us at 537-1308 for all your Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community plumbing needs. information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had THE COMPUTER TROUBLESHOOTER a home visit, please call Charlotte at Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, 538-9050. complete support for PC’s, Apples MIKE’S REPAIR and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers Plumbing, electrical, appliance, served. John Bradford. 578-6305. heating and air conditioning, general $40/hour. handyman (I can fix just about PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest FAUX FINISHES and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536Reasonable rates, free estimates, 9529, emergency—328-6635. Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary LEE MOEN CONSTRUCTION Luurs, 528-8489.


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


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

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.


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


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


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


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.

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


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


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


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


Complete home renovations, kitchen and bathroom design, remodeling and repair. Door and window upgrades, decks, fences and concrete. 30 years local experience, timely and detail oriented. Lic. #669482. Call (707) 328-3555.


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


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


Customized personal training for individuals or small groups of 2–4. Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Personal Trainer/Holistic Health Coach. Improved health and well-being for 2016. Affordable and competitive rates. Call Rhonda Lee at 758-7681.


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.


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


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


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


Carpentry, shelves, handrails, trellises, arbors. Small jobs OK. Insured. Lic. #1008255. Call Alex, 843-1898.


P/T position for women’s apparel shop in Montgomery Village. Experience in sales, customer service and cash handling. Call Susan at 566-0961.


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


I strive to meet all of your needs and I have a diverse background for medical attention. Reasonable and fair, references. Susan, 539-4861.


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

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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

Available in OVA Office Gas Shut-off Wrench.....................................$7 Tennis COurt Key.............................................$2 Vials for Life...............................................FREE resident access card..............................$25 EA replacements......................................$50 ea Guest access card..................................$25 ea Emergency Contacts for Residents This form is confidential and used only in case of an emergency to notify your named contacts.

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

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.

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


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.


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

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 March 16–31 Ann VerPlanck 527-3411 April 1–15 Beverly Schilpp 538-4293

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.



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.


oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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

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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

OAS Management Company

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

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

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

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

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


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OVA-Sponsored Events OVA Presents Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s Bone and Joint Health Seminar

nMarsha Zolkower

OVA, in conjunction with the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s Bone and Joint Health Network present a Bone and Joint Health Seminar in the Berger Center on Thursday, March 24, from 7–8:30 p.m. This enlightening seminar is free to Oakmont residents and will be an informative evening with time for a question-and-answer period from the audience. Mark your calendars now for this no-cost seminar! If you think joint pain and brittle bones are an

inevitable result of aging, think again. It’s never too late to start thinking about your bone and joint health. Join our presentation, brought to you by the Center for Bone and Joint Heath at St. Joseph’s Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, with speakers Jessica Kerger, RN and Courtney Hurwitz, MPT, Orthopedic Service Line Manager. Topics include how to maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating healthy, exercising and building strength, stress relief techniques and coping with aches and pains. Special guest speaker Dr. Geoff Tompkins, Orthopedic surgeon, will be educating on conservative and operative options for arthritis. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s Bone and Joint Health Network is a team of orthopedic specialists who provide quality care and support to patients of all ages. This specialized network of doctors, physical therapists, and wellness advocates provides a multitude of health services that can help you address your orthopedic concerns.

Get Ready to be Amazed, OVA Presents Mentalmania!

AARP Presents Smart Driver Course

nMarsha Zolkower

Oakmonters are invited to be amazed on Sunday, April 17, at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center, when Mark Stone presents “Mentalmania,” a mind-reading and E.S.P. show! Mark Stone is one of the most sought after entertainers in the country, and his jaw-dropping ESP and mind-reading show has awed audiences on land and sea and left them begging to know just how he does it. An audience member thinks of a name and address freely chosen from one of several big city phone books. Mark “reads” the person’s mind and reveals the very name and address he is concentrating on! Amazing! Tickets are just $10. Purchase them at the OVA Office. Bring along your favorite Shirley Temples or lightening in a bottle along with sweet and savory treats. Open seating, so no reserved tables. Mix and mingle and make new friends.

nMarsha Zolkower

2016 Two-day Full Course and One-day Refresher Course Schedule

WHAT: Eight-hour classroom course and 4-hour refresher course for drivers 50 years of age and older. Oakmont residents only COST: $15 for AARP members, $20 non-members WHERE: Room B, in the Central Activities Center TIME: 1–5 p.m. each day DAY AND DATES: Friday, April 15; Thurs. and Fri., June 16 and 17; Friday, September 16; Thurs. and Fri., October 20 and 21; Friday, December 9 SIGN-UP: Just call the OVA Office at 539-1611 or come by in person

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Please stop by and say, “Hi!” I’m looking forward to serving your needs for insurance and financial services. Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there.® CALL ME TODAY.

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Elect to Laugh! nMarsha Zolkower

The Oakmont Comedy Club Presents Will Durst!

Oakmont’s favorite funny man, Will Durst returns to the Berger at Oakmont, on Saturday, April 9, performing his show, “Elect to Laugh 2016.” This brand-new hysterical one-man show stalking the presidential election cycle like white on rice. Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector, this hilarious production reflects Durst’s outraged and outrageous sensibilities, accessing the topical through the jugular, as current as Hillary Clinton’s lead staffer’s latest tweet. Why the show? Why not the show? Winston Churchill called the American political process a circus wrapped inside a game show covered in poisonous weasel glitter. Well, he should have. But no matter which side of the partisan aisle you sit, you have to agree that the 2016 election season has already spawned one of the most fertile, febrile and fecund campaigns in history. For mocking and scoffing and taunting purposes, that is. As a source for comedic material it has been an embarrassment of riches. Lush like a tropical rain forest. A cornucopia of delights. Its comedy for people who read or know someone who does. Purchase tickets at the OVA Office, $15 each. Bring your own Libations and Munchies! Open Seating at round tables, no reserved tables. Show starts at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.


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Your Horoscope for March


rue love will present itself in the form of a handsome, albeit hairy, little stranger with a dazzling smile. (That’s me!) Born under the sign of Chihuahua/Pisces 5 years ago, I’m prone to a little shyness but am so deserving of a loving home. My lucky soul mate will be showered with my undivided attention, and I could be compatible with another small dog or indifferent cat. If the sun rises in your child-free house and you have a soft heart, I predict the future holds tremendous happiness for us! All will be revealed when you call SHS!


Nobody Puts Baby in the Shelter


ell, somebody tried… and I was having none of it! That’s how I got my own office at SHS. Well, I share it with the bookkeeper, and does she ever have her priorities messed up. She seems to think the keyboard is made for number crunching or some such nonsense. Where else am I gonna roll around to let her know I want my pets—RIGHT MEOW! At 4 y/o, I’m looking for a cat-free personal assistant who understands that I’m the boss. I’m not looking for a lap, but I am looking to be right by your side. Head-butting experience a plus. Please inquire within.

SONOMA HUM A N E S O C I E TY | 707-542-0882 serving Santa Rosa & Healdsburg

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