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Oakmont Tech: From Quiet Beginning to Today’s Computer Center nMarlena Cannon

About 20 years ago, when IBM’s Deep Blue computer was defeating world champion chess player Garry Kasparov, a small group of Oakmont residents were making their own computer history by starting what would later become the Oakmont Technology Learning Center (OTLC). Classes were first held at the West Rec., moved to a luxurious “closet” at McBride Real Estate and then to portable pre-CAC units. Board member Caroline Keller still smiles when she recalls trying to teach above the noise of the dance class next door.

Gloria Salander, education chair, welcomes students to Ed Dean’s early class on data processing. From left, Bette Hewett, Loretta Campbell, Ralph Campbell, AL Hewitt, Barbara Bernal, Ed Dean and Dorraine Turner.

A few years later when the CAC was being designed, Keller and three other board members, Pat Barclay, Mike Noble and Arlene O’Rourke, worked to get a room for 12 computers with overhead projection and temperature controls. Noble ran wiring, installed motion sensors, developed the security system and set up the wireless internet. More than a new room, the board wanted to offer cutting edge instruction to keep Oakmont residents current in our fast-evolving technology. One of Keller’s favorite examples is the 96-year-old woman who enrolled to keep in touch with her grandchildren. For Barclay, Mac User Group board member, it’s been the ability to teach everyone, regardless of skill level or physical impairment. The OVA pays for the computers and recently upgraded to faster internet speeds. Everything else is paid from the $5 course fee, including back-up drives, supplies, software and updating the computers. Two years ago Noble and a host of tech volunteers spent the summer programming 12 new Macs to be dual platform computers able to run the most current PC or Mac operating systems.


March 15, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 6

Gardens Couple Married Seven Decades

nJim Cotton

“We were a good fit,” allows writer, whose self-profile recalls: “While still living in Nick Nichols as he and life Massachusetts, Terry and partner Terry prepared to mark Nick won the New England 70 years of marriage on March 1. mixed doubles table tennis The Oakmont couple, here since championships three years in a 1994, are in their mid-90s and full row. of vim and vigor with impressive “In mid-life, they both played mental and physical capacities. a lot of golf (and bridge) in San Family members from Rafael and Santa Rosa. Their California and Oregon were part travels covered much of the of two family dinners as their territory from Vienna to New three children, Leslie, Cisco and Zealand to Alaska including Lynn, joined with the Nichols to Caribbean cruises. celebrate the anniversary. “Also in mid-life, they both In addition to quantity of life, did quite a bit of volunteer work: Nick’s 150-page family history Terry with the Oakmont Visual teams with rich years of playing Aids Workshop producing tactical sports, writing, church-going, learning materials for visually volunteer work, travel and greatand/or mentally impaired grandparenting. Photo by Michael Reinhardt. children, and Nick doing Nick’s family history paints statistical work for the Santa Rosa Police Department the quintessential poster folks for America’s Greatest and scoring for the Ladies Professional Golf Association Generation. New Englanders from Colonial times, tournaments held in Lincoln, California. they have recent ancestors who were president of “Now, living in Assisted Living at Oakmont Dartmouth College and a scientific colleague of Albert Gardens, they get the help they need from competent, Einstein. Their own rich and full life has produced a friendly caregivers, and are still are active with their family with three great-grandchildren. Nick is a published serious author (and near-perfect long-time hobbies and friends. Terry has produced writer-typist) of essays on the broadest of topics such as oil paintings and sculptures for almost 60 years, and Darwin, John Stuart Mills, climate warming and novels some 15 of her paintings are hanging on the second about baseball, crime and golf. He is still an active floor of the Gardens enriching the life of others.”

Yard Signs, Website Visits Show Interest in Election

Board Taking Another Look at East Rec. Deck Plan

nMarty Thompson

nAl Haggerty

The annual OVA election is at mid-point, with campaign signs blossoming in yards across Oakmont and meet-the-candidate events and other campaigning underway by the eight candidates seeking four board seats. The future of the Berger Center, repairs to the East Rec. deck, pickleball and restoring civility were key issues raised at a candidate forum last month. A video of that forum can be viewed at www.oakmontvillage. com/videos/ As a measure of interest in the election, the forum video received 444 unique views in the first week after its posting. By comparison, the video of last year’s candidate forum drew only 48 unique views in its first week. Ballots were mailed out earlier and are being returned by mail or placed in a secure ballot box at Umpqua Bank, Oakmont Drive and Laurel Leaf Place.

After favorable reaction to replacing the rotting East Rec. Center deck with one offering stairway access to the pool, the OVA Board decided to pause and reconsider plans for the deck at its March 21 meeting, President Andie Altman announced. “At the request of many directors present at the meeting and in the majority (5-1) decision, this issue will be returned to the board agenda to further discuss stairs to the pool from the deck and the lower deck,” said Altman, who was not present at the March 7 meeting. She said the Construction Oversight Committee (COC) had been asked to pause, and that the OVA would seek member input via an internet poll on whether there should be stairs on a new deck, and on a proposed lower deck beneath it at pool level. The board action March 7 authorized the COC to get formal drawings for a two-level deck with stairs. The drawings would be needed to get bids for the work. The 5-1 vote overrode Director Herm Hermann’s objections to having steps leading from the deck to the pool. Apologizing for changing his mind about approving the deck with stairs, he said there was “no compelling reason” for people in the main room of the center to get down to the pool. Director Ellen Leznik, after saying it was time to stop changing minds and move forward, made the

See computer center on page 7


See board on page 3


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Consultants Approved to Move Berger Remodel to Next Steps nJackie Reinhardt

Building on the work of the former Berger Improvement Committee, the subgroup pursuing remodeling options for the Berger Center asked for and received the go ahead from the OVA Board March 7 to spend up to $20,000 for consultants. Speaking on behalf of the new Berger Action Committee (BAC), Bob Jackson said the money will be used to refine concepts previously recommended for modernizing and expanding Berger, adding a new lobby and making meeting and auditorium space more flexible. The subcommittee, which also includes Claudette Brero-Gow and David Dearden, will work with ArchiLOGIX and its principal architect, Mitch Connor, to incorporate new space needs and identify building components, such as doors, windows, flooring and partitions. ArchiLOGIX, which has a long history in Oakmont, will bill for work on an hourly basis, not to exceed a budget of $15,000. Also approved were Brokaw Design to do an electrical assessment and 15000 Inc. to conduct mechanical studies of the Berger Center. These

Current Status of OVA Reserves and Maintenance Funds nFrom the Desk of Tom Woodrum, Member OVA Finance Committee

photo by Robert Couse-Baker

First, a look at the cash balances on hand as of Jan. 31. The ARF (Asset Replacement Fund) has $1,167,600; the CIF (Capital Improvement Fund) has $746,400, and the Catastrophe Fund has $131,500. That’s a total of over $2,045,000 in cash reserves for the OVA. OVA has about $150,000 in the operating fund, over and above current liabilities, so at present the OVA has close to $2,200,000 in available cash. The current budget calls for $845,000 of the income from our monthly $58 dues to be placed into the reserve funds. Projected 2017 expenditures from the Asset Replacement Fund (reserve funds) are $888,000 but we might not spend all that money on the items listed to be replaced in the reserve study depending on their current condition, so at 2017 year-end there will be a combined total of about $2,150,000 in the Asset Reserve Fund, Capital Improvement and Catastrophe Fund. Additionally, the association has no debt, as the loan to build the Central Activity Center was paid off in May of 2016. See ova reserves page 9

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contracts limit expenditures to $2,000 and $3,000 respectively. Kevin Zucco of ZFA will provide a complete structural/seismic analysis under a previously-approved $10,000 contract which has $7,500 remaining. Asked to clarify what ASCE41 Tier 2 refers to in ZFA’s proposal, Jackson said it means a detailed procedure for seismic analysis of a building that will be retrofitted. “The main point is that it will be done to the highest standards,” he added. Jackson also outlined a timetable for reporting to the board. Requests for additional consultants and a parking study will be presented March 21, a progress report on April 18 and on May 2 the subcommittee will request approval to begin the selection process for an architect/engineering team and cost estimator and specify how the project will be built (design/bid/ build or a variation). The initial design phase known as schematics is slated to begin in July. The full Berger Action Committee plans to present options for remodeling or constructing a new Berger no later than January 2018.


League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick

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WHEN: Saturday, March 25 WHERE: Double Tree, One Double Tree Drive, Rohnert Park TIME: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. WEBSITE: Visit www.echo-ca.org/events for latest information and online registration. PRICE: Free for pre-registered ECHO HOA Members; $50 non-members (refer to website for fee schedule) Next Board Meeting: Monday, April 3, Room B, 12 noon Quarterly Meeting: Wednesday, March 22, East Rec. Center, 7 p.m. Speaker Kim Pearson, UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County, will talk about Landscape Sustainability.

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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 pickup 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 homesites is “neat, clean” and well-kept.” Working together will insure that Oakmont remains the beautiful community that attracted us to live here. The committee continues to do drive-by inspections. Happy Spring!


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March 7 motion to get drawings for the proposed deck, along with resurfacing of the pool deck to comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act. The deck slants at a level now unacceptable under the ADA. Iris Harrell, chair of the Construction Oversight Committee, told the board she had discussed the plans with city staff, who said that while they saw no problems, the project would have to go through the plan review process. She said there would be no need for an elevator or lift to provide access from the deck and its proposed stairways to the pool. Director Frank Batchelor asked Harrell if she discussed with the city the possibility of glasses being brought from the main room down to the pool. It was noted that only paper or plastic drink containers are allowed at the pool. Harrell noted previously that the smaller deck would not cost “significantly less” than previous estimates putting the cost of replacing the original deck at $250,000 to $275,000. Addressing the possibility of repairing the rotting deck, Harrell said it was beyond its normal life and that her committee had concluded that repairs could entail “uncontained costs” because there is no way of knowing the extent of dry rot without taking apart every piece of the deck and examining it.


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

Cochlear Implants were addressed at HEARS on March 14. Internet/mail order inexpensive hearing aids and the experiences of a brand new hearing aid wearer were covered at the Hearing Support Group meeting on February 20 at CAC, Room B. (not Berger). The inexpensive hearing aids were New Sound VIVO206 selling today for $92 each for a pair. They appeared to

be well made. Their website is newsound.com. There are other internet suppliers. Please let me know what you find. Think you just might need hearing aids? Do you have hearing aids more than five years old? The technological improvements are substantial and it’s well worth upgrading. In either case get a free hearing test from Costco, Audiology Associates, Kenwood

Boomers nCarolita Carr

Coming in April

WHAT: “Staying Connected,” a concert with folk group More Joy WHEN: Friday, April 21 WHERE: Berger Center, Oakmont TIME: 7–8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) Boomers Club presents a benefit concert for the Oakmont Community Foundation with More Joy, a group that specializes in presenting traditional and contemporary folk music. There will be theater-type seating, no reserved seats. If you have a group that wishes to be seated together, please arrive together at 6:30 p.m. More Joy has performed at other fundraisers here in Oakmont, so they may be familiar to you. This promises to be a fun, entertaining evening that supports a good cause. Get your tickets by using the coupon below or visit our website at

oakmontboomers.org. Please note that the deadline for reservations is April 18.

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We are bringing back special interest groups (wine tasting, dining in, etc.), all we need are leaders. If you have an idea for an interest group you think others might like, and/or would be willing to assume a leadership role, let us know.

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The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m., April 18. You may also register and pay online. If you have any questions about reservations, please contact events@oakmont boomers.org.

Hearing, the VA, or Kaiser (may require co-pay for member). Do not sign up for any aids at that time. Get your audiogram (test result) and explore your options. You could be happy with inexpensive ones or want/need careful and complete service from one of the local providers. Veterans, see the VA for high quality HAs. The impairment doesn’t have to have been caused by military service. Sign up online and then utilize the local VA facility near Airport Blvd. Maybe you’re ready to sign up for new HAs? The most important decision, of course, is to get the ones that let you hear best. The results may be impacted by how skillfully the adjustments are made. The fitter has a multitude of possible combinations which may not be optimal on the first fitting. My guess is that all of the major hearing aid brands can be adjusted for very similar response and the variations one might encounter are tuning differences. (I don’t know how to verify that guess). Insist on a T-coil. The hearing loops that let the T-coils function are becoming ubiquitous and improve hearing quality in many venues: Berger, East and West Rec. Centers, theaters, classrooms, churches, some airports, etc. The next decision is wireless (Bluetooth) capability which allows the HA programs to be selected with a Smartphone, (all around, noisy places, music, t-coil) and response (volume, bass, treble and more). You can stream telephone calls, music and audio books directly from the phone to the HAs, can use a TV streamer, and connect to many car audio systems. I am very enthusiastic about this Bluetooth capability and use it constantly. The March issue of Consumer Reports (consumerreports.org) contains a comprehensive article on hearing issues. They report the FDA is no longer enforcing the regulation requiring an ENT doctor’s evaluation for HA purchase. Costco is rated quite highly as a Hearing Aid provider and CR found that some of the less expensive devices sold on the internet can be helpful for persons with mild to moderate hearing impairment but also, that the really cheap ones are worse than useless. Oakmont HEARS exists to improve hearing for our residents. Get on the HEARS email list, attend the HEARS meetings, suggest meeting subjects and pose any hearing question to me at jctmkt@gmail.com.

Letter to the Editor

The column provides an avenue where residents can submit letters to express opinion, criticism or praise. Dear Editor, In reading the article on the front page of the March 1 Oakmont News “New East Rec. Deck” I saw that only 296 residents responded to the request for opinions on the replacement of the deck. A very small amount when we have over 3,000 homes here. I felt that one or two balconies— similar to what we have at the West Rec.—would have been sufficient and much less costly. I have participated in events/dinners at the East Rec. and the deck was never used. Rather than be guided by a small number of respondents I feel it would be better to see just how much the deck has been used in the past. Why replace something at great expense when it will not be used. Also, I see no benefit to having stairs connecting the deck with the pool area. Are swimmers going to use to the deck? Do we want to have access to the pool via the rooms above? To have to modify the parking lot to accommodate this seems unreasonable. Tom Conley


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2017

Hikers nTony Lachowicz

Visit our website: www.oakmonthikingclub.com.

one. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Zlatica and George Hasa, 843-4527.


A moderately strenuous hike in the Marin Municipal Water District, includes three lakes and climbing partway up the northwest slope of Mt. Tam for some views. Rough estimate of 10 miles and 1,400’’ elevation gain. $8 parking fee. Bring water, lunch and poles. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724. Rain cancels.


If the hiking trail is more than 30 miles round trip from Oakmont, it is customary to compensate your driver at least $5 for gas.

Annadel Long Hike. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

May 15–17 Spring Tri-Nighter Hikes in Humbolt County—Redwoods National and State Parks

We are returning after an absence of six years to this magnificent scenic area of Redwoods, Ferns, Rhododendrons and shoreline. Full information is available on the club website http://www. oakmonthikingclub.com (on the main page click on the special events tab). Contact Martin Johns, (330) 815-5167 with questions.


Join us for a 10-mile round-trip hike on the Robert Louis Stevenson trail, named after the author who spent his honeymoon in a cabin here in 1880! This is the tallest peak in Sonoma County at 4,339’. The hike utilizes a fire road for a steady climb, with an elevation gain of 2,000’. Bring a sun hat, water and food. Depart Berger at 8:30 a.m. for a carpool ride to CA-29 N. Hike leader is Mary Lou Hicks, 303-7113.


From the Shell Beach parking lot we cross Highway 1 and start an ascent up to Red Hill. Along the trail we will enjoy early spring flowers, increasingly spectacular views of the rugged Sonoma Coast, and see the Russian River flowing into the ocean. Hike length is 6.5 miles with 900’ elevation gain. Bring lunch, water, hiking poles and layered clothing. We leave the Berger parking lot at 9 a.m. Rain cancels hike. Hike leader is Alex Bautista, 538-1190.

March 23 Intermediate Hike Taylor Mountain

The hike begins at the Petaluma Hill Road entrance and traverses the Redtail, Western, Lupine Sky and Eastern Trails to the summit and returns by the same route. Distance is 4.5 to 5 miles with 1,000’ of continual but gradual elevation gain. There are great views overlooking Santa Rosa. Poles and hiking boots are recommended. Lunch is at the summit. We leave from the Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Phil Wigen, 235-2440.


We will start from the parking lot at North Sonoma Mountain Trailhead and take the North Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail to Bennett Valley Overlook with approx. 750’ elevation gain of switchbacks, where we will have lunch. Round trip is approx. 4.5 miles with other options available. Bring poles, liquids, lunch and Sonoma County Reg. Parking Pass if you have

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computer center

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“This is like running a school,” says Keller, a former high school principal. She’s right. Today, there are 20 instructors, three technology forums, three class previews and three terms of classes. There are also another 30 or so volunteers like O’Rourke, fondly called the Center’s “walking historian,” who keep things running smoothly.


This school’s enrollments continue to increase. In the past year alone, the Winter Session numbers virtually doubled to 25 classes, 159 students and 335 hours. Wait lists are common.

Students explore their smart phones while Bob Votenthaler answers questions. (Photo by Kathy Sowers)

This is in part because seniors are becoming tech savvy. A 2014 PEW Research study estimates that 59% use the internet and 77% have a cell phone, up 6% in less than a year. It is also because the range of courses has expanded to include handheld devices, apps, Siri, the Cloud, iPhones and iPads. For new board member and instructor Tina Nerat, the key going forward is relevance. She’s establishing new feedback systems and bringing new marketing ideas to the OTLC that will keep access to the new technology alive and available to meet future needs of Oakmont residents.

Perfect timing

Today’s digital technology revolution is rapidly intersecting with the realities of an aging society. This “Connected Aging” supports the enormous volume of research that shows that people are more likely to remain healthy and stay independent by living at home and combines it with the rapidly growing array of Internet-based technologies and mobile devices to support older adults and their caregivers in doing just that. These new technologies are expected, very soon, to provide solutions to a wide range of medical, health, social and functional needs that will connect seniors and their caregivers with user-friendly solutions at a reasonable cost. No matter what technologies lie ahead, one thing is certain. The OTLC team will be ready. More photos online at www.oakmontvillage.com/ oakmont-news.

Grandparents’ Club Easter Egg Hunt nKathy Sowers

The Easter Bunny is arriving in Oakmont to meet and greet you and your grandchildren at our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event is for toddlers-through 12-year-olds. Cost is $5 per child and includes bags to hold their eggs, face painting, a bounce house, balloon animals, refreshments, prizes, and entertainment. Please join us at this fun-filled event where our grandchildren will enjoy playing and hunting for prize-filled eggs. Enjoy our very own life-size bunny for that very special photo with your grandchild! This event is open to all Oakmont residents. DATE: Saturday, April 15 TIME: 1–2:30 p.m. PLACE: Berger Center QUESTIONS: Contact Leslie Brockman, Grandparents’ Club Chair, at lesliebrockman45@ gmail.com or 755-3168 Sign-up forms are available in our folder in the OVA Office. Return your registration and cash or check (payable to Grandparents’ Club) to our folder by Monday, April 10, the last day of registration. To support the Grandparents’ Club, become a member for only $10 per family per year.

Sleep Apnea nBob Flandermeyer

Bern Lefson co-teaches in today’s modern lab. (Photo by Kathy Sowers)

Please note: this is a slight change in place and time of day. Our next meeting will be April 4 from 4–6 p.m. in Berger Center, Room D. Greg Ackroyd, MD Pulmonologist, will be there to answer your questions. If you like, bring your equipment and/or your diagnostic paperwork. Come to add you helpful experience for everyone’s benefit. Any questions call 538-5277, leave message.

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Golf News

nRick Warfel



Founded in 1963, the 1,400-acre Oakmont activeadult community features 36 holes of golf, about 3,200 homes, and has a population of about 4,700. For any master-planned golf course community, a key measure of golf participation is the average propensity for households to join the golf club. At Oakmont, it is 10.3% assuming 330 golf memberships and 3,200 homes. Although only one in ten homes at Oakmont includes a golfer, it is important to note that the golf courses provide significant economic benefits to all property owners and residents in the community through: managed drainage and flood control, enhanced image and branding, golf view premiums, serving as a recreational amenity and social center for the community. Flood Control: When planning a golf community, it is important to identify water drainage patterns and areas prone to flooding, then, to the extent possible, route the golf course through these areas. The theory is that it is better for portions of the course to flood than adjacent homes. When Mr. Berger developed Oakmont, he faced the particular challenge that creeks, lakes and ponds on the south side of the property drained toward San Pablo Bay while water features on the north side drained the opposite way towards the Russian River. With over 50 inches of rain so far since October 1, it is obvious that the Oakmont golf courses benefit all community residents by effectively managing drainage and flood control throughout the community. Image and Branding: The golf courses at Oakmont are key amenities that create an active, upscale image for the community and attract new buyers. Property values are trending up. Golf View Premiums: By creating scenic open space views and serving as a natural corridor for wildlife, a well-maintained golf course creates significant golf view premiums for homes located along its fairways. For example, for an updated Juniper model of about 1,800 square feet, the premium for being on the golf course is currently about $100,000 compared to a similar model not on the course. Recreational Amenity: The Oakmont golf courses attracted about 61,000 rounds of play last year with the majority of play generated from the general public. The club also hosts large golf charity and other events and sponsors several junior golf programs. Social Center for the Community: The Quail Inn is a very popular venue for weddings and special events and the golf course, restaurant and banquet rooms serve as a major social center for Oakmont residents, plus the outside community-at-large. In conclusion, it is clear that the golf courses create significant economic benefits for all property owners and residents within Oakmont. Therefore, even if you are not a golfer, you might consider donating to the golf course Capital Improvement Fund since the facility serves such a valuable role in the community. There is a wooden donation box situated on the front desk of the West Course pro shop.

18 nDebbie Warfel

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

Tuesday/OWGS: no sweeps play on Feb. 21 or 28. Thursday/TOWGC: no sweeps play on Feb. 16 or 23. The following is a profile of this week’s featured woman player, Mickey Wright: Mickey was a premier LPGA player and a living legend in the world of golf. Mickey, a tour sweetheart, was aptly born on Valentine’s Day, 1935 in San Diego. At four years old, she began hitting golf balls with her dad. At 11 years old, she received her first golf lesson at La Jolla Country Club and within one year broke 100. By 1952, she won her first national title in the USGA Girls Junior Championship. Intending to become a psychology teacher, she attended Stanford University, studied psychology and joined their golf team. She only completed her freshman year, and then moved on to professional golf. She stated that, “psychology was as important to one’s golf game as an efficient swing” and “pro golf provided my own version of a master’s degree in psychology.” She had a remarkable career winning 82 events on the LPGA tour, and has the second best ever record in a single LPGA season, with 13 wins in 1963. Mickey was one of the six inaugural inductees into the LPGA Hall of Fame and was their president in ‘64 and ‘65. She also became a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame in ‘64. Additionally, she is the only LPGA Tour player to hold all four major titles at the same time. She was named by the Associated Press as the Female Athlete of the Year in ‘63 and ‘64. Mickey dominated the LPGA Tour, then retired from golf in ‘69 at the age of 34, already accomplishing so much. A shy and intensely private person, she did not enjoy reveling in all the attention. Mickey wrote a book, Play Golf the Wright Way, and her famous swing is demonstrated on videos. So great were her accomplishments, the USGA Museum opened a room to showcase her career. Wright was only the fourth player—and the first woman—to have a gallery honor her name at this museum, joining icons Ben Hogan, Bobby Jones and Arnold Palmer. Mickey was tall, had an athletic build, was skillful and a powerful swinger. Ben Hogan described her swing as the best he ever saw and fellow golfers Kathy Whitworth and Betsy Rawls also admired her perfect swing, strength and shot-making ability. During an interview while talking about her prized 2-iron she said, “I could hit it so well. I used to say the second greatest feeling in the world was a high 2-iron to a well-trapped green.” When asked what the greatest feeling was, she said, “Winning.”


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nStan Augustine

A wet February restricted Monday Niners to just two contests: February 13 and 27. Just nine web-footed golfers completed the circuit on Feb. 13, with Jim Norem’s net of 32 taking the top prize; followed by Keith Wise, 33.5; Jim Spangler, 35; and Bob Ure, 36.5 rounding out the top four finishers. A welcome break in the weather enticed 16 to play on Feb. 27, led by Phil Sapp’s net of 31.5, with a threeway tie for second between Stan Augustine, Don Schulte and Keith Wise at 32.5, then Neil Huber’s 35.5 and Tony D’Agosta’s 36. Better weather in the forecast should attract more or our 54 players to get out and enjoy the beauty of Oakmont golf.


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot


Wednesday, April 12 will be the first WRENS event for 2017 here at Oakmont. Remember, all Oakmont Niners are encouraged to join the Women’s Redwood Empire Niners. The 2017 WRENS events are listed on the WRENS board and on the calendar pages of our roster book, please disregard the dates shown on page 36. Golfing days are here again The skies are full of cheer again So let’s sing a song of cheer again Golfing days are here again.


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Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


First flight (10.5–16.5): First, Mike Hull and Danny Crobbe, 50; second, Steve Spanier and Rick Yates, 49; third, Bill Hainke and Bob Peterson, 47. Second flight (17.5–23.5): First, Tom Wayne and Bud Simi, 60; second, Gary Novak and Bill Roberts, 55; third, Phil Sapp and Alan McLintock, 49. Due to multiple ties in third place, card-offs were used. Third flight (25.0–up): First, Bob Flores and Frank James, 53; second, Dave Goulson and Ray Pierce, 49; third, John Garcia and Larry Frediani, 48. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Rick Yates, 2’2”; #13—Rusty Sims, 6’10”; #16—Bob Baciocco, 12’0”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Bud Simi, 5’3”; #13—Bud Simi, 2’1”; #16—Dave Goulson, 28’6”.


First flight (13.8–17.8): First, Jeff Snyder, Bill Hainke, Frank Zelko and (blind draw), 199; second, Mike Hull, Danny Crobbe, Gary Smith and Charlie Huff, 200. Second flight (19.0–up): First, John Cook, Bob Giddings, Sal Cesario and (blind draw), 209; second, Paul Phillips, Rick Warfel, John Williston and Wally Juchert, 212. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Jim Scinto, 10’6”; #13—Mike Hull, 0’6”; #16—Paul Phillips, 6’4”.   Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Larry Frediani, 14’10”; #13—Gary Novak, 6’7”; #16—Ted Mokricky, 5’3”. Nobody hit hole # 5, so we have a three-week carry-over.


First tie, Mike Hull/Steve Spanier and Rusty Sims/ John Garcia, 131; third tie, John Weston/Danny Morgan and Rick Warfel/Paul Phillips, 132. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Paul Phillips, 10’2”; #13—Steve Spanier, 10’9”; #16—Rick Yates, 9’9”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #13—Rick Warfel, 10’5”; #16—Gary Novak, 18’7”. Hole #5— Paul Phillips, 25’0”. “My game is so bad I had to have my ball retriever re-gripped!” Real golfers don’t miss putts, they get robbed. Real golfers don’t cry when they line up their fourth putt. Real golfers have two handicaps: one for braggin’ and one for betting. Golf is an easy game... it’s just hard to play. How is golf like fishing? Both mysteriously encourage exaggeration. Golf is what you play when you’re too out of shape to play softball. You know it’s too wet to play golf when your cart capsizes.

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The reserve study professionally done for the OVA looks at replacement expenditures and funds available for each year, based on a detailed study of every asset and its expected lifetime and budgeted reserve contributions. This study showed that, starting with an ARF amount of $1,137,000 at year-end 2016, the fund stays positive for every one of the next 10 years and the ARF ends in 2026 with $2,724,265 in the bank. The professional study conducted by Reserve Analysis Consulting shows that the OVA plans to more than adequately fund all anticipated replacement expenditures for the next 10 years. How do these numbers reconcile with the statement in the reserve study that replacement of all existing assets is only 28% funded? This simply means we now have in the bank enough money to replace 28% of all of our existing assets, but these assets don’t need replacement now. They will wear out and need replacement over the next 30 years. It is an error due to lack of understanding of reserve accounting to imply that the 28% number indicates inadequate reserve planning. What about the Berger Center? The Berger remodel/ renovations are hard to project, until the committee and ultimately the board decide what is to be done. But the OVA’s reserve study includes the Berger Center, so allowances have been made for replacing the various components of the building. If the board decides on a complete overhaul or rebuilding all at once, then OVA may have to finance the project with a lender, or issue a special assessment, but, depending on the scope of the work, it may be able to be done with the reserves on hand.


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They also may be turned in at the Annual Meeting, at 2 p.m., Monday, April 3 at the Berger Center. The new board likely will decide whether to update or replace the aging Berger, the community’s largest gathering and event space. A committee is working on options. Plans for a pickleball court on the central campus, focus of spirited debate, have been approved by the board and by the city, with construction set to start as soon as the ground is dry enough. Dry rot forced shutdown of the East Rec. deck, and the board is close to approving its replacement with a smaller deck, probably with stairs leading to the poolside. The election will be culminated by public votecounting and a reorganization meeting for the new board. Votes will be counted by volunteers starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 4 at the West Rec. Center. The new board will meet at the West Rec. that afternoon at 1 p.m., when it votes on officers for the new year. The eight candidates are, in alphabetical order, Frank Batchelor, Carolyn Bettencourt, Stephanie Curry, Greg Goodwin, Ken Heyman, Bill Lucker, Al Madieros and Wayne Van Bockern. Directors whose terms are expiring are Batchelor, John Felton, Herm Hermann and Elke Strunke.

nRay Haverson

Fifth Annual Cinco De Mayo Celebration Featuring the Great Charley Baker and Company

WHAT: Cinco De Mayo Celebration WHEN: Friday, May 5 TIME: Doors open 4:30 p.m.; dinner 5–6:30 p.m.; music 6:30–9:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center MENU: Chicken Enchiladas, Cheese Enchiladas, Pork Tamales, Mexican rice, refried beans, tacos, chips and salsa, lemon water, coffee and fruit filled cake covered with whipping cream. This is a BYOB event. COST: Members $30, member’s guest $35, nonmembers $40. Best value $42 includes membership through Dec. 31. This is one of our best events of the year! It is the only event of the year that we have door prizes and of course our Famous Conga Line! This is the one party you do not want to miss out on so get your reservations in early to guarantee you and your guests a spot. You may reserve a table of eight I will need all names and payment in one envelope. If you have less than a table of eight but want to sit together with your friends all names and payment must be in one envelope at one time, as I will be unable to add someone later (just a suggestion). The best way to do it so you can get better seating is send one check for all and that person collect from their friends. Please remember that seating is based on the date I receive your reservation payment and we fill seats at all tables as we receive them. You may mail your checks made out to Sha-Boom to Ray Haverson, 7111 Oak Leaf Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may put your payment in our Sha-Boom folder at the OVA Office or simply drop your check into my mailbox on the right had side of my garage door. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666 or email me at haversonr@comcast.net.


Friday, May 5: Cinco de Mayo Celebration Tuesday, July 4: Western Bar-B-Q featuring The Dry Creek Band Saturday, August 24: Back by popular demand— County Line (Kingston Trio Show) Saturday, September 9: TBA Saturday, October 7: TBA Saturday, November 4: Back by Popular Demand— The Great James Garner’s Salute to Johnny Cash Saturday, December 9: TBA Sunday, December 31: East Rec., TBA As you can see we have a lot going on this year. We still have some unfilled slots being held for hopefully great special shows waiting for some conformations yet to come.


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Duplicate Bridge

Intermediate Bridge Series Starts March 24

nBob Stinson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

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

Café Mortal nTess Lorraine

In January Congress passed legislation that boosts funding for medical research and which eases the development and approval of experimental treatments. The bill, known as the 21st Century Cures Act, provides $4.8 billion in new funding for the National Institutes of Health; of that, $1.8 billion is reserved for the “cancer moonshot” launched by Vice President Biden. Another $1.6 billion is earmarked for brain diseases including Alzheimer’s. Also included are $500 million in new funding for the Food and Drug Administration and $1 billion in grants to help states deal with opioid abuse. I recently read an article from the Washington Post called, “When cancer treatments do more harm than good.” The article sites the bill, warning consumers of new drugs that are being introduced into healthcare with minimal research. The drug referred to was aimed to treat an 80-year-old father’s cancer. He tried it and initially had increased mobility. Within a couple of months he had severe pain shooting through his legs due to nerve damage, a side effect of the drug. A 100 patients, averaging the age of 31, were tested before the drug was released. The article is posted on Death Café Sonoma Facebook page. This month on March 21 at the East Recreation Center from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. in the “Awakening to Life and Death” seminar series, we will be exploring “Quality of life considerations in choosing medical interventions.” With the advances of western medicine, we have the advantage of longer lives and more options for medical care. It can also come at cost to our own health, and to the sustainability of our familial and social infrastructures. Increasingly, we are at risk of complications at our end of life. Medical interventions are expanding rapidly and with less regulation we are inadvertently collaborating with the medical industry for research. The onus is on us to stay informed and communicate our wishes on a consistent basis with those who share in our final passages. Join us in an interactive program that advances our priorities and decisions. Contact me at Tesslorraine@ mac.com for more information.

Oakmont Democratic Club nMolly Fleischman

Oakmont Dems to Sponsor Rent Control Panel

The Oakmont Democratic Club will host a panel discussion on rent control on Thursday, March 16 at the East Recreation Center. The evening will begin with a brief Business Meeting at 7 p.m. followed by the panel discussion at 7:30 p.m. The annual dues of $10 per member will be collected at this time at the sign-in table. These dues and all dues paid now and/ or collected later in this calendar year will be in effect until January 2018 when new dues will be collected. Activities of several committees will be reviewed before the panel discussion. During the review, new members can sign up for committees and activities via clip boards that will be passed around before the panel discussion and in hopes of minimizing later interruptions. The highlight of this meeting will be our panel discussion on the Pros and Cons of Rent Control which will appear on the June ballot. Paul Gallixson, Editorial Director at the Press Democrat, will head up this compelling discussion. He will introduce the topic and moderate the ensuing discussion. Julie Combs, well known in Oakmont and a member of the Santa Rosa City Council, will represent the Yes on Rent Control issue. Daniel Sanchez, Government Affairs Director at North Bay Association of REALTORS® will speak for those opposed. After 30 or so minutes of discussion by the panel, there will be a Question and Answer Session for members to pose their own questions. Those in attendance are respectfully requested to remain seated while the discussion continues. We will endeavor to terminate the meeting close to 8:30 p.m. Residents of Oakmont, guests and neighbors from nearby communities are invited to attend this meeting and all our meetings.

nKate Hill

DEMYSTIFYING CUE BIDS What to Do When You Don’t Have a ‘Cue!’

Cue Bids have a reputation for causing confusion, and, sometimes, mayhem! But they are absolutely indispensable to those who want to play bridge with success and accuracy. Our Friday morning bridge program will offer a new series on this helpful device, a topic that is being offered for the first time. Our new series begins March 24, and will continue for four consecutive weeks, at the Card Room in the Central Activities Center. Final class will be April 14. All classes take place on Friday mornings from 9:30– 11:30 a.m. The class will cover Cue Bid Raises, Western CueBids, Michael’s Cue Bids, and Control-Showing Cue Bids. We will discover how to untangle the variety of meanings that share a common name. Which is which, and how do we use them? Cost for the class is $45 or $15 for drop-ins. You needn’t attend all four presentations to benefit, as the lessons are stand-alone. No partner is required. Students may enroll, individually or with a partner, at the first class meeting on Friday, March 24 at 9:15 a.m., or by notifying the instructor (contact info below) prior to that date. I have taught bridge in the Santa Rosa area for ten years. I am an ACBL-certified instructor, director, and Gold Life Master. As usual, 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. Zero intimidation is guaranteed. We never forget that bridge is about play! I look forward to seeing you Friday morning, March 24, at 9:15 a.m. No advance registration is required, but you may contact me with questions, comments or requests at kate.hill@sbcglobal.net or 545-3664.

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Oakmont Music Lovers

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club

Current Events Discussion Group

nJudy Walker

nRay Haverson

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 17: Ken Smith March 24: Karen Krestensen March 31: Karen Donnelly 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 email to oakmontcurrentevents@gmail.com.

If you like to play horseshoes, meet new friends and just have a great time then this is the club for you! Your level of play doesn’t matter even if you have never played before. Best of all, there are no dues. Now is the time to get out and get some great low stress exercise and have a great time. WHAT: The Horseshoe Club WHEN: Every Thursday TIME: Start times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. NOTE: please call me at 539-6666 or E-mail at haversonr@comcast.net to set up the start time you would like. The pits are located behind the Central Pool by the putting green. See you there!


The Glamour and Brilliance of Yuja Wang

For our April session, local resident Jean Wong will be giving a presentation on pianist Yuja Wang who was awarded musical American artist of the year for 2017. The New York Times is quoted as saying, “She seems to have everything: speed, flexibility, pianistic thunder and interpretive nuance.” With her inexhaustible creative imagination and unmatched stamina, her glamour is enhanced when she often appears on stage with four-inch stiletto heels and with either very tight short or long Jean Wong. diaphanous, alluring dresses. Jean Wong is a pianist who is a member of the Upbeat Trio and has played at many local venues. She is an award-winning poet, memoir, and fiction writer and her work has been frequently produced on stage including two plays at 6th Street Playhouse. Her new book, Hurtling Jade and Other Tales of Personal Folly has been recently released. WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

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Bocce Club

Lawn Bowling

nSusan Lynn

nPhil Bowman

Did you know that as early as 5,000 B.C. the Egyptians played a form of Bocce with polished rocks? Graphic representations of figures tossing a ball or polished stone have been recorded as early as 5,200 B.C. While Bocce today looks quite different from its early predecessors, the unbroken thread of Bocce’s lineage is the consistently common objective of trying to come as close to a fixed target as possible. From Egypt, the game made its way to Greece around 800 B.C. The Romans learned the game from the Greeks, and then introduced it throughout the empire. In early times, the Romans used coconuts brought back to Africa and later used hard olive wood to carve out Bocce balls. The early Romans were among the first to play a game resembling what we know as Bocce today. In early times, they used coconuts brought back from Africa and later used hard olive wood to carve out Bocce balls. Beginning with Emperor Augustus, Bocce became the sport of statesman and rulers.

Star of the Valley Bingo nPete Hardy

WHEN: Wednesday, March 22 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Star of the Valley Parish Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards $2 each; Chicken Pot Pie Soup, cheese breadsticks, corn bread and dessert $7 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for dinner at 5:15 p.m.


Presidents’ Day Tourney: Rained out! Rescheduled to February 27 but due to more rain had to be cancelled again. Fortunately, the No Bowling Today sign came down on February 23 and we got to bowl the next several days but the tournament had already been cancelled, again.

Upcoming tournaments

Due to limited space in the previous Oakmont News issue we were unable to post the photo of the third-place winners of the Valentine’s Day Tournament, so here they are: Paul Wycoff, Pam Gilbert, Lynn Wycoff, Jim Bogue, Betty Van Voorhis, Ellie Baciocco, Pat Paulson and Margaret Schmidt.

From the early Greek physician Hippocrates to the great Italian Renaissance man Galileo, the early participants of Bocce have noted that the game’s athleticism and spirit of competition rejuvenates the body. So, now that you have some historical perspective, it’s time to come to the courts and check it out. We play every day (except Sunday) at 1 p.m., and everyone is welcome.

The St. Patrick’s Day Tournament: Friday, March 17, two days from this edition. Even if you haven’t signed up to play, come to the green and wear your green and watch the action. April Fool’s Day: Saturday, April 1 Men’s and Women’s Pairs: Wednesday, April 26 If you find a mistake in the Green Book, please let me know. With all the wet weather, not much is happening in the lawn bowling scene (or green) these days.

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Join us for our St. Patrick’s Day Tournament on March 18 at 1 p.m. No matter your skill level, you are guaranteed to have a good time. Show up early to be sure to get a spot.

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nElizabeth McDonnell

Our Quilting Bee has been invited to once again display quilts at the Healdsburg Doll and Quilt Show to be held on April 1. Several members nodded their heads, agreeing to enter quilts, and we’re hoping to display a sizeable number of our 2016 Challenge Quilts as a group. At our recent meeting Joann Fuller told us she was asked by her granddaughter how to knit on a loom. Reading the instructions, Joann was equally perplexed and asked if anyone in the group knew how to use

Pinochle nSue Rowlands

Quilting Bee the loom. Luckily there are several members who are familiar with the process and we gave Joann names to call for help. We recently lost a member of our Bee and wish to hold a memorial to remember our friend Barbara. Plans are in the works for a tea to be held in March to reminisce and share pictures of Barbara and her quilts. We discussed the current quilt challenge which is due at our holiday party in December. We only have one rule: inspiration must come from page 38 of a magazine. When someone asked if a catalogue page or quilt magazine page would be acceptable, Helen said “no,” but after a lot of whining she relented and said “do whatever you want.”

Nancy O’Brien recently returned from her annual sabbatical in Hawaii and shopping at her favorite Kauai quilt shops. She had several new quilt kits, panels of turtles and butterflies as well as bright Hawaiian print fabrics to show us. She is excited to start sewing on the new projects. She displayed a reverse appliqué quilt of owls she completed prior to leaving for Hawaii. Paula Scull showed us a table runner she is just finishing and Yvonne Draper showed a table top quilt she made in a class taught by Judy Mathieson. Judy recently spoke to the Oakmont Art Association. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

Nancy O’Brien and her Owls.

Yvonne Draper and her Mariners Compass.

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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

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Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

Genealogy Classes in Oakmont

Our next regular meeting will be on Monday, Mar. 27, 1 p.m. at the West Rec., and member Robert Reiss will speak on German-American Ethnic Research. Since millions of Americans have some German ancestry, many will be interested in this presentation. Everyone is welcome. The February 27 meeting featured Kurt Boldt speaking on Organizing Your Research to Break Brick Walls, and he gave us many helpful leads and tips on how to get over that most difficult, inevitable stumbling block in our research. He handed out a Brick Wall Submission Form that you can fill out and mail in, and Sonoma County Genealogical Society members will try very hard to help you solve your problem, and follow up with possible solutions at the May 20 workshop at noon at the Finley Center. There were several specialized genealogy classes held in Oakmont in February and March to help local genealogists, and thanks go to George McKinney, Kurt Boldt, Dave and Pat Hall, and Jeffrey Vaillant for their presentations. George McKinney will host three more special classes scheduled in early April: April 1, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Computer Learning CenterGenealogy for Beginners (call 538-1485 to reserve a place, facility fee $10). April 8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Computer Learning CenterIntermediate Genealogy (call 538-1485 to reserve a place, facility fee $10). April 10, 1 p.m., West Rec.—Organizing a Family Group for Beginners (free). The Oakmont Genealogical Club regularly meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except June, July and December) at 1 p.m. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: www.oakgenclub.org. If you have research questions or would like to receive our e-newsletter, please email: oakmontancestry@aol.com.

Tennis Club

We are off to a great year

Our first tennis event, “Getting to Know You,” will be held April 8, 8:30 a.m. Club members can sign up on the OTC website or call Chuck Hinckley, 520-4565; provide your skill level (A, B, or C) and contact information. Please let Chuck know if you can provide a refreshment. All residents are invited to the April 8 Wine and Food Tasting at the Berger, 5:30 p.m. Enjoy four wine and food pairings, a speaker and maybe some surprises. The cost is $20 for OTC members and $25 for non-members. Use the coupon below to sign up by March 31. Questions? Contact Terri, (925) 876-8074. Tennis Event Director Chuck Hinckley has an exciting tennis season planned. Please contact him if you can run or help out with one of the tournaments. East court #3 will become a training court with a ball machine to practice your swing along with targets to work on shot placement. This is an excellent opportunity to practice drills as a group or to individually improve your game. Equipment is only for use by OTC members—not guests. Only use the training equipment and ball machine when the courts are completely dry. Our “Spring Fling” tennis and social events will take place May 6. Look for more information in future newspaper issues and on the OTC website. The evening social event will be a potluck and will include a DJ and dance music, and, likely, the usual DJ shenanigans. USTA is going strong with the 65 and over men’s team—matches are taking place now. Cheer on Team Oakmont and enjoy some great tennis. Match dates are posted on the OTC website.

Enough already, bring on the sunshine!

Keep informed by checking the OTC website often. Find the latest club news and current events, the 2017 tennis and social calendar, court rules, photos, tournament sign-up lists, the sub list, USTA information and more. The OTC Most Valuable Person award recognizes a club member who has made a dramatic impact on our tennis club over an extended period of time. It’s time to send in your written nomination to Terri, Only1tls@att.net or Jim, jimandsharon66@sbcglobal. net. The OTC Board will select the honoree from the nominations and present the award at our 40th anniversary celebration on December 8 at the Quail Inn. It continues to be my honor to be OTC President. I’m looking forward to a fantastic year. See you on the courts.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU WINE AND FOOD TASTING sing-up coupon Berger Center, 5:30–9:30 pm

Complete this coupon and deposit it with a check for $20/person for members, $25 for non-members in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office by March 31. To reserve a table of 8, submit all fees and names. Name(s): _____________________________________________________________________________________ # of members at@ $20/each: __________ # of non-members at $25/each: __________ Phone number: ___________________________________________ Total enclosed: $__________

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The Oakmont News / March 15, 2017

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See www.oakmontlanes.com for club information and Winter 2017 League Schedule. Remaining bowling date for March: March 21. No bowling March 28, fourth Tuesday.


Our Seventh Annual Wii Bowling Fundraiser was held at Austin Creek Elementary School on Feb 25. We had over 200 bowlers and everyone had a Wii bit of fun along with a Burger King lunch and many

raffle prizes. The total donated amount, silent online auction plus bowlers and corporate sponsorships, will be split 50/50 between the Ricon Valley Education Foundation and the Oakmont Kiwanis Club. Watch future article for total amount. Thank you to everyone who donated, participated and volunteered.

RESULTS AS OF February 21 (sixth week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Strikers; third place, Pocket Hits; fourth place, Wild Turkeys; fifth place tie, Wii Four and Alley Oops. Men’s High Games: Christian van den Berghe, 227; Terry Leuthner, 226; Don Shelhart, 216; Al Thomas, 215; Juan Fuentes, 208. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 277; Joanne

Abrams, 268; Sandy Wald, 225; Kathryn Miller, 217; Vicki Madden, 215; Vicki Robinson, 215; Alicia Panizo, 214; Elisabeth LaPointe, 208; Beverly Shelhart, 208; Mariel Green, 205; Phyllis Jennings, 204; Mary Knight, 201; Robin Schudel, 201. 3:15 PM League: first place tie, Pin Heads and Strikes and Spares; third place tie, Wii Power and King Pins; fifth place, High Rollers; sixth place, Strike Outs. Men’s High Games: Christian van den Berghe, 234; Mark Attebery, 226; Bruce Price, 217; Scott Harris, 214. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 268; Mollie Atkinson, 255; Vickie Jackanich, 249; Maurine Bennett, 235; Valerie Hulsey, 214; Judy Lawrence, 211; Debbie Miller, 209; Shirley Jamison, 206; Diane Price, 206; Betsy Smith, 206; Nicole Reed, 205. Sub High Game: Beverly Thompson, 215.

Oakmont Technology Learning Center (OTLC) spring Session — april • may

Registration: 538-1485


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


Do you want to learn how to set up Facebook from the beginning? That’s what Richard is going to show us. The program will be more like a beginners class, divided into two 45-minute sections, like a classroom! Please note: here is the timeline for the two-hour program: 1:30 p.m. coffee; 1:45–2:30 p.m. Part 1; 2:30 p.m. break for coffee and goodies; 2:45–3:30 p.m. Part 2. We look forward to seeing you in the West Recreation Center. Website: http://www.oakmug.org


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


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649, Certified Apple Consultant. General questions please call me at 539-1598 or email bette707@sbcglobal.net.


WHEN: Tuesday, March 28, 2 p.m. WHERE: Room D, Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Sue Lebow

Oakmont Technology Forum nGeorge McKinney

Windows Computer Information

As members of the former Oakmont PC Users Group, we continue to offer our free help to all Oakmont residents. Call phil kenny, 538-2075 or Al Medeiros, 843-4447.

“How do I know it’s time to replace my tablet or cell phone?” In conjunction with the Oakmont Technology Learning Center Open House

WHEN: March 23 at 4 p.m. WHERE: Berger You’ve moved into the 21st Century. You have a SmartPhone (iPhone, Samsung, or whatever) and a tablet (iPad, Samsung, Amazon Fire, or whatever) and they’re still working. But there are new generations of phones and tablets. How do you know that it’s time to get a new phone or tablet?

This meeting of the Technology Forum will discuss the issues that you should consider—how you use the phone or tablet, cost, and features. We’ll have experts from both the iPhone/iPad world and the Android/ Samsung/Amazon world. Come. Bring your questions. We’ll try to give you some answers.


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2017

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

get moving and Feel Better in Your Body!

WHAT: Chair Stretch and Balance Class WHEN: Thursdays from 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Increase your energy and find your inner smile with this lively class. Movements are connected with breath-work. Strengthen your core, even while seated! Students can remain seated for the entire class or get out of the chair to explore balance. Small free weights are used to tone and strengthen the upper body. Equipment: Bring a set of free weights—your choice of 1, 2 or more pounds—the weight you want to work with. Please bring water.

Forrest yoga workshop: restorative yoga—do less!

WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by email at carolkng1234@yahoo.com Restorative yoga is about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. During the long holds, your muscles relax deeply. It’s a completely different feeling from other types of yoga classes since you are not using your muscles to support your body. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and a great antidote to stress. Workshop flyer posted at www.carolkingyoga.com.

Take care of yourself and commit to your yoga practice

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Classes WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 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 Use your breath and explore yoga poses safely. Challenge yourself and strengthen your core. Allow your neck to relax. Reap the benefits of a regular practice—increased calm and mental clarity as well as a stronger, more flexible body. Poses are modified as needed to meet individual needs. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive setting. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair Stretch and Balance classes in addition to yoga classes and private sessions. Please see http:// www.carolkingyoga.com for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.


nTeresa Woodrum

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

Class is canceled second Friday each month. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. 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 and fostering connections with friends. 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. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. 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

Foam Roller Class nSandy Shaner


WHAT: Foam Roller Class—Stretching, Core Work and Self-Myofacial Release Therapy WHEN: Tuesdays, 8:45–9:45 a.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $50/six classes WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat and a foam roller (see below) This class uses movements from Yoga to increase flexibility and balance; movements from Pilates to build core strength; and movements from myofascial release therapy to target trigger points soothing and releasing tight muscles. In addition to the foam roller, I will periodically bring different sized balls for working on hands and feet, particularly helpful for circulation and arthritis. Foam rolling has been shown to be beneficial in reducing chance of injury and increasing recovery by hydrating the muscles with increased blood flow and breaking up adhesions between skin, muscles and bones. Range of motion is greatly increased, and the bottom line is, you just feel and move better in your body. I am a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, certified in Mat Pilates, and ACE-certified as a personal trainer. I developed this class in conjunction with the physical therapists at a health care facility where I taught for 18 years. The class will be taught on a foam roller, so you will need to purchase one. It needs to be 6” in diameter and 36” long. Call me if you have questions, (636) 532-4690. Just Google “foam roller” and you can find them online much less expensive than in retail stores. This is a “feel good” class, but so good for your body. Come roll with us! The only requirements are a foam roller (which you will love having at home to do self-massage) and a yoga mat. Questions? Call me at (636) 532-4690 or E-mail at shaner.sandy@gmail.com.

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.

Mustache bash Monday, april 3, 9 am

A costume party with a cool new spin: mustache madness! The ‘stache is the world’s easiest costume because it’s instant: when the adhesive meets the skin, all kinds of crazy mood morphing follows. Enjoy!

r Fitness e t a W nValerie Hulsey

The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) sponsors many classes for seniors here in Oakmont. The no-fee classes shown below are paid for by the SRJC Adult Program.

water aerobics schedule

Monday: 9 a.m. $6, 10 a.m. no fee Tuesday: 9 a.m. no fee Wednesday: 9 a.m. $6, 10 a.m. no fee Thursday: 9 a.m. no fee Note: There are no 10 a.m. classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays this month. Newcomers are always welcome at all the water aerobics classes. If you have a tender spot, the instructors will work with you to adjust the exercises for your individual needs. Join us at the West Pool rain or shine—the water is warm!

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

Now is the time to do what your doctor has been suggesting for years. Start Tai Chi to improve your balance. Our class is small and fun and you will be given gentle exercises to address your balance issues and breathing problems. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop which meets on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the upper West Rec. Center. Classes do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments on some Thursdays. Pre-registration is required so please call me at 318-5284. I will love to talk to you and answer any questions you might have about this ancient gentle Chinese movement.


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2017

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

“Olly Olly Oxen Free!” Do you remember yelling this when playing Kick the Can to call all those still hiding to come on in? Well, it now has a new meaning with a slight twist. It’s “Otty otty oxen free!” Last week in the East Pool at 6:30 a.m. a tiny baby otter was enjoying its freedom in the pool. No mom nor pop to tell it what to do. Roiann Hatcher and Andy Robart thought better of doing laps with the little guy so rescued it. It quickly scrambled away toward the creek yelling, “Otty otty oxen free!” News Bulletin! After follow-up research, this turns out to false reporting! Fake news! It wasn’t an otter, it was a gopher!

Flip Turn News

Waiting for spring to arrive and warmer days? By now the daylight hours are here which helps the evening lap swimmers. We are a year-round group who swim come hell or high water, and there’s been far too much of that! Swim T-Shirts: A central pool lap swimmer has an interest in ordering swim T-shirts like the Fitness Center did. If you are interested, call Peter Matteoli at 539-2704. Happy lapping!

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. We welcome you to join us for Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. Prayer is (or at least should be) an essential part of the Christian life. As a congregation, we are moving towards the Easter season by focusing our attention on prayer. Do you need prayer? Whether you are new to the faith, been a Christian for years, or want to know more about Jesus, we are here for you. March 19 and 26: at 10:30 a.m.

Midweek Bible Study Oakmont Gardens, Room 106 Tuesdays, 1:30–2:30 pm

Allan Linton is leading the study of Romans. Objective: read through Scripture, ask questions and apply the truths to your life. You are welcome at any time. No homework required. Like us on Facebook! Or visit our webpage: occsantarosa.org. E-mail: occsantarosa@gmail.com. Church phone number: 595-0166.

Visual Aids Workshop nBarbara Milan

Making braille books for visuallyand mentally-impaired children

We need your help. Can you spare two hours a week to make tactile-Braille books for visually and mentally-impaired children? The orders just keep coming in for these needed books. Teachers and schools from across the country and from other nations continue to want and need the handmade books we make. It is such a rewarding experience to be part of this valuable workshop. We meet on Monday mornings from 9–11 a.m. in the upstairs room of the West Rec. facility. There is coffee and a snack while we chat and work on our books. We have a good time together while producing these important aids for visually and mentally-impaired children. Come and join us. See what we do. You may want to stay and help. If you need additional information please call me at 538-5321.

nGayle Miller

Women of Faith Bible Study

LIVING BEYOND YOURSELF, Exploring the Fruit of the Spirit Presentation on Large Screen TV with Beth Moore

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. The presentation is on large screen TV with subtitles and the class has workbooks. Join us in a study of the fruit of The Holy Spirit as presented in the book of Galatians. Beth walks participants through each trait listed in the fruit and encourages women to know the freedom of a Spirit-filled life. Through this study participants will look at the supernatural aspects of the fruit and that you cannot grow, learn or produce the fruit on

your own. Beth challenges you to develop the fruit by maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God. A spirit-filled life truly results in living beyond yourself. 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, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal, a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. Please call me for additional information. DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

Oakmont Car Show—Saturday, May 27 nBob Stinson

Call for Entrants and Spectators

The 15th annual Oakmont Car Show will be held Saturday, May 27 on Memorial Day weekend. All Oakmonters are encouraged to come and view our fantastic collection of classics. We will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. As usual, the Oakmont Market will be there selling coffee, snacks, hamburgers, hot dogs and other munchies. As a special treat we will have some live ragtime piano music! Oakmonters are allowed to enter basically any car they are proud of. Please contact me via my email address at RLStinson2@comcast.net, providing your full name, address and phone, along with the year, make and model of your car. Outside entrants must have a vehicle “born” before 1975.

nCarol Decker

All participants must be pre-registered. The cost is $5, payable when you arrive. Participants will receive a personalized placard which must be displayed on your front window. We will “stage” between 9–9:45 a.m. For insurance reasons, we ask that all participants remain until 1 pm. We expect to sell out of spaces so please register as soon as possible. Hope to see everyone on May 27.

Oakmont Art Association

OPEN STUDIOS 2017—June 23, 24, 25

Oakmont’s annual Open Studios event is a wonderful way to show and sell your artwork. It is also an opportunity to have fun meeting new people, share techniques with other artists and interested collectors, and make new connections for networking your art. This year’s event will take place in late June, over a weekend of no holidays or other large competing events in Sonoma County. Hopefully a good chance of fair weather too! No studio or don’t want people in your home? Consider setting up in your garage— great excuse to clean up and clean out! New this year is an option for you to be open on Friday, June 23, in addition to the weekend. Also new this year—beginning in mid-May, through mid-July we will set up the Berger Center main room walls as an early preview gallery. A participant meeting will be held at the beginning of May to share best practices, marketing tips and answer questions. Entry forms must be received no later than Friday, April 21, to accommodate publicity schedules. For information and entry forms, go to oakmontart.com or pick them up at the OVA Office.

DE Young Museum Trip Wednesday, April 19 Stuart Davis: In Full Swing and The Summer of Love $50/person, $33 DE Young members

A great American original, Stuart Davis created

bold, vibrant paintings that combine American street culture, the rhythms of jazz, European modernism, and the unbridled optimism enmeshed in the American Dream. This new De Young exhibit runs from April 1 to August 6 and features 70 of Davis’s paintings from the ‘20s to the ‘60s. Concurrently at the De Young, The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock and Roll will be an exhilarating exhibition of iconic rock posters, photographs, interactive music and light shows, costumes and textiles, ephemera, and avant-garde films. Bus leaves Berger Center at 9 a.m., returning at 3 p.m. Registration forms available at oakmontart.com or at OVA Office.

CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES Watercolor Bootcamp for Beginners with Victor Marcelli

WHEN: April 7 and 8 TIME: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. WHERE: CAC Art Room COST: $100 A two-session workshop on the fundamentals of transparent (aquarelle) watercolor painting, this class is designed for the neophyte. No experience is required and all materials will be supplied. Contact Dan Fishman to register at dfishman@pacbell.net.


Ikebana master, Ron Brown, continues his twicemonthly classes—the second and fourth Fridays in the Art Room, from 10 a.m.–12 noon. Cost per session is $15.


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2017

Playreaders nNorma Doyle

Volunteers Make Lifelong Learning Possible nKathie Brix, Volunteer Coordinator

Osher Lifelong Learning Spring 2017 classes at Oakmont are starting soon. On February 28, volunteers lead by me met to get ready for the hundreds of Oakmont residents who will take the classes. The work behind the scenes to make these unique educational experiences is extensive. Handouts are prepared for each class; seating is reserved for people with special needs; refreshments prepared and sometimes, special class events are arranged. Over the past year, more than 30 people have volunteered to help both bring these classes to Oakmont and to bring them alive for the people who take them. A special thank-you to all of you who have helped! The Spring classes at Oakmont are:

Undaunting Dante: The Divine Comedy through Art and Music Mondays, March 20, 27, April 10, 17 and May 1 , 8 (atypical schedule) 3–5 PM, Berger Center

Cultural historian Kayleen Asbo’s interdisciplinary class explores Dante’s epic poem about his transformative personal journey from a state of despair to hope, through passionate storytelling, extraordinary art and exquisite music.

British Revolution: Kings, Queens and Knaves Wednesdays, April 5–May 10 3–5 PM, Berger Center

Meet notables like Elizabeth I, Henry VIII and King George III and the knaves, like Sir Francis Drake and Oscar Wilde who delighted in shocking them. Dr. Bruce Elliott sweeps through four centuries of British history with extensive visuals and some period costumes.

On March 20 and 27 Ginny Smith will present Chapter Two by Neil Simon. Chapter Two is a semiautobiographical play written in1977 which was nominated for a Toby Award and later won the Los Angeles Drama Critics Award. Simon, a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, is one of America’s most productive and popular dramatists. His plays expose human weaknesses and make people laugh at themselves. During his teens, he and his brother wrote and sold material to standup comedians and radio shows. Chapter Two was in some ways a turning point for Simon, the moment when he started to use his own life as something more than an excuse for a gag-fest. It was written as a tribute to Marsha Mason, his second wife, and her tolerance with his long-lasting grief over the death of his first wife. There is something very painful here, in among the gags, about a man trying to come to terms with death rather than a new life Chapter Two is about the coping of a recently widowed writer, George Schneider, who is introduced by his press agent brother to soap opera actress Jennie Malone. Jennie’s marriage to a football player has dissolved after six years. Both are uncertain of themselves as to being ready to start dating and developing a new romance, when Jennie’s breakup is

so recent and George has recurring memories of his deceased wife, Barbara. Playreaders for Chapter Two include Jane Borr, Bernie Cheriff, Morgan Lambert, Penny MacKenzie and Ginny Smith. Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B.

In late February 2017 Playreaders read Romantic Comedy. Playreaders included: (standing) Ron White, Penny MacKenzie, Anne Gero; (seated) Ginny Smith, Charlie Ensley and Joyce O’ Connor.

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby

Following Jesus with Luke

We are currently in the middle of a study of the gospel of Luke. 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. No meeting on March 17. TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

Generations Side by Side: Sonoma County Agriculture in the 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries Thursdays, April 6–May 11 3–5 PM, East Recreation Center

Michele Anna Jordan, author and Press Democrat columnist explores food, farming, agriculture and cooking in Sonoma County, including recipes and tips for a year-round harvest at local farm stands, fisheries and public lands. For more information or to register online, go to: www.sonoma.edu/exed/olli Brochures are available in the OVA Office and the CAC kiosk. Anyone who might want to join this terrific group of people as a volunteer is welcome and needed. Please email at ocicatma@sonic.net, 978-3360, or Fradel Been at llloakmont@gmail.com.

•Now offering same day crowns! •New patients welcome •Insurance accepted •Highly trained staff using the latest in dental technology to provide the best for your dental needs


www.dentistoakmont.com • 6575 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2017

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53

Oakmont Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


nAl Haggerty


The history and delight of a bite of chocolate will be explored at the March 22 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center. David Gambill, who turned his love for chocolate into a career about 10 years ago, will discuss the best way to taste chocolate, how wine and chocolate are alike and the health benefits of chocolate. He’ll also cover who first enjoyed chocolate, how a seed transforms “to a bit of heaven on your tongue,” how chocolate can fight cavities and senility and the difference between a chocolatier and a chocolate maker. After a career in international environmental policy and conservation, Gambill decided to turn his 25 years making chocolate for fun into a business as a chocolatier. He and his wife started Sonoma Chocolatiers in 2008. “We have a lot of fun creating new flavor combinations, finding new ways to make the chocolates look good and watch the reaction of customers as they bite into one of our chocolates for the first time,” he explains. Using only dark chocolate to make their treats, they’ve been voted the Best Chocolatier in Sonoma County for the last nine years. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by the Oakmont Market. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Don Green at 539-2046.

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“The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses.”—Hanna Rion


All Oakmont residents are invited to a Succulent Swap to be held at the Berger Center. The program will include a short presentation and succulent planting demonstration by Ann Lowings, Master Gardener and succulent expert. Residents will have an opportunity to “swap” some of their own succulents for different ones brought in by other attendees. Don’t have any to swap? No problem. There are sure to be extras available. Please bring a suitable container for carrying your new plants home. Send your questions to janetschade@sonic.net. Succulent cuttings need to dry out for a couple of days before planting them so they can callus over. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, March 21, Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• Apply first lawn fertilizer; over-seed bare spots in the lawn. • Fertilize perennials that are emerging from winter dormancy. Fertilize early bulbs after blooming • If you catch weeds before they go to seed you can put them on your compost pile. • Check on your ornamental grasses. Those that are not evergreen should be cut back within a couple inches from the ground to make way for the new shoots. To make cleanup easier, tie a belt or a rope around the grass before cutting, and then simply pick up the bundle and put it in the compost pile. • Don’t cut back the evergreen grasses (such as Carexes or Helictotrichon)! Use your hand or a small rake and tease out the dead blades. • Prune and fertilize spring bloomers with complete fertilizer, acid-loving plants with acid fertilizer after they bloom, roses with rose food every 4-6 weeks until October. • Plant summer blooming annuals and perennials, feed with low nitrogen fertilizer when new growth appears on established perennials. • Many drought-tolerant perennials do not need any fertilizer, just compost.

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Pickleball Corner nReenie Lucker


The annual Sonoma Wine Country Games are scheduled for June and registration is now started. The games mission statement: “The Sonoma Wine Country Games encourages healthy activity and social engagement for anyone 50+ through education, connections, and the spirited competition of sport, inspiring all to take an active role in determining the quality of their aging experience.” Last year pickleball was one of their most popular events, drawing players from all over California. By registering now through April 15, which is the early registration period, you will save $5 on the registration fee. Registration will be open until one week before the event. Now is the time to start preparing to play. Information is available online at www.winecountrygames.com.


Thanks to all those individuals who helped to make our first club potluck lunch so much fun. Smiling faces went well with enjoying food, meeting new club members, and learning more about the game of pickleball. Orientation coaches PJ Savage, Connie Medeiros, Nancy Lande, Pauly Uhr, and Reenie Lucker encouraged new players to meet each other and to participate in coached play on Tuesday mornings, 11 a.m. Special thanks to club social chair, Melissa Bowers, for her great help in the arrangements. Also we salute Connie Medeiros for getting the idea organized.

PJ Savage, Melissa Bowers, Reenie Lucker, and Connie Medeiros prepare for potluck lunch for new members.


Playing Pickleball helps with: hand-eye coordination; balance and avoiding falls; boosting the cardiovascular system, relieving hypertension, stroke and heart attack; elevating self-esteem and combating depression. (Medical University of South Carolina, Healthy Aging/October 2016. Reference: http:// www.muschealth.org/healthy-aging/october-2016/ index.html) By the way, did we mention it’s fun?

Oakmont Pickleball Play Information

WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Courts open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; group dropin play daily 9 a.m.–12 noon; new players intro to Pickleball Tue. 10 a.m.; coached play for beginners Tue. 11 a.m. ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles. EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for Orientation. Both paddles and balls are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball courts. WEBSITE: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly.com NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, E-mail pjsavage24@att.net, phone 595-5648 Join the fun, exercise, and meet nice people.


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Just For Fun Game Club nPhillip Herzog

Great news! We are expanding our game times. We are going to start playing four times a month—for the second half of March we will meet on third Saturday and on the fourth Thursday.

Who we are and what we do

We gather to play games of all sorts and have fun. We meet four times a month in the Card Room in the CAC: typically the second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and the first and third Saturday at 1 p.m. You don’t need to bring any games. All you need to do is be there. You name it, we’ll play it! Games of all sorts: board games, card games, tile games, dice games, etc., easy games, strategy games, complicated games, luck games, whatever. We have the following games on hand: a poker set, several decks of cards, double 6 and double 12 dominoes, Cribbage, Monopoly, Sonopoly, Thryme, Settlers of Catan, The Pillars of the Earth, Pictionary

nBarbara Bowman

and someone usually brings Rummy Cube and Scrabble, Bananagrams, Uno, Splendor, Indigo, SkipBo, Parcheesi, Clue, Phase 10, Sequence, Rack-O, Splendor and Indigo. If you have any games that you would like to donate to the club temporarily or permanently, just let me know. We are always looking for more games to add to our collection. Play games that you already know or learn a new game. If we don’t have what you want to play, bring it with you. Those who are present decide which games to play or gamers can schedule ahead of time for certain games to play. The more the merrier! Our objective is to have fun. For more information email me at goldguyphil@ yahoo.com or call me at 843-3053. If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, then let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust or add another time that works. We hope to see you soon.

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 and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge—compliments of the OVA

Sunday, March 19, 2 pm SOUTHSIDE WITH YOU

Chronicling a fateful summer day in 1989 when a Harvard Law student wooed a pretty young attorney by taking her on a memorable South Side Chicago date, this engaging romantic comedy/drama charts the beginning of Barack and Michelle Obama’s relationship. Although we know the outcome of their first date, captivating performances from newcomers Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter make for a charming film that’s also a love-song to the city of Chicago. (2016), PG-13, 84 minutes.

Sunday, March 19, 7 pm MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA

While working as a handyman in Boston, taciturn loner Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) receives word that his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) has died. After returning to their New England home town, Lee receives another shock: he’s been named legal guardian of Joe’s 16-year-old son. The film received critical acclaim and many honors, including six Academy Award nominations and a Golden globe for Affleck. Michelle Williams also stars in an Oscar-nominated performance. (2016), R (language), 135 minutes.


In response to many requests, Movies At Oakmont screens the second episode of this acclaimed PBS American Experience series documentary, covering the Reconstruction years of 1868 to 1877. The film tracks the effects of the 14th Amendment: blacks vote for the first time, run for political office and govern. Share cropping, carpet baggers, and the KKK appear. The responses of President Grant, Congress and the North to the unrest in the South are chronicled, as well as the end of Reconstruction. (2004), NR, 90 minutes.

Sunday, March 26, 7 pm LOVING

Recounting a landmark chapter in the struggle for civil rights, this absorbing drama depicts the 1958 arrest and imprisonment of Richard and Mildred Loving for violating Virginia’s law against interracial marriage. This beautiful and affecting film celebrates love and the lengths some go to fight for it. Two outstanding performances by the leads: Oscar and Golden Globe Best Actress nominations for Ruth Negga, and Golden Globe Best Actor nomination for Joel Edgeerton. (2016), PG-13, 123 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m.: Southside With You, (2016), PG-13, 84 minutes. Sunday, March 19, 7 p.m.: Manchester-By-the-Sea, (2016), (2016) R, 135 minutes. Sunday, March 26, 2 p.m.: Reconstruction: The Second Civil War, Part 2, (2004), NR, 90 minutes. Sunday, March 26, 7 p.m.: Loving, (2016), PG-13, 123 minutes. Sunday, April 2, 2 p.m.: The Harmonists, (1997), R , 115 minutes. Sunday, April 2, 7 p.m.: Kill The Messenger, (2014), R, 112 minutes.

March 25 Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

Everyone Has a Noble Mission

“All people have a right to flower, to reveal their full potential as human beings, to fulfill their mission in this world. You have this right, and so does everyone else. That is the meaning of human rights. “To scorn and violate people’s human rights destroys the natural order of things. We must develop ourselves to become people who prize human rights and respect others.”—Daisaku Ikeda, Living Buddhism, March 2017, p. 5 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, March 25 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, March 25, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See www.sgi-usa.org for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

Star of the Valley Catholic Church nBarbara Spotleson

It’s Lent Again!

Star of the Valley Catholic Church will host a Lenten Retreat on Wednesday, March 29, at 1:30 p.m. in the Monsignor Fahey Parish Center, 495 White Oak Drive. All faiths are invited to this retreat. The title of the retreat is “It’s Lent Again! What are you doing to make your life miserable?” Fr. Anthony Rosevear, O.P., a Dominican priest with the Western Dominican Province in San Francisco will be our speaker. He will address Lenten misconceptions and a deeper growth in the interior spiritual life. Some of our observances or approaches to Lent aren’t really conducive to interior growth and don’t really address where we need to develop spiritually. Deeper spiritual growth is through an informed prayer rooted in scripture, study, meditation, contemplation and an ongoing conversation between the soul and its deepest friend, Christ. Living the mystery of the Eucharist daily brings alive the goal of the Lenten season; the joy of Easter. (Living this mystery doesn’t mean having to attend daily Mass, but living out its meaning for our lives). There is no fee for the retreat but reservations are necessary. Please email Judithfleshman@yahoo. com or call (858) 663-2880 to reserve your place and state it is for the Lenten Retreat on March 29. Refreshments will be served. Deadline for reservations is March 27. Fr. Anthony Rosevear, O.P. is a Dominican priest and has been in the Order of Preachers for 46 years. He is part of the Western Dominican Province and has ministered in roles as pastor, prior, vocation director, parochial vicar and retreat center chaplain. He presently resides at St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco and is Novice Master for the Dominicans in this part of the US. In this position he leads young men who enter the Order through their first year of formation and religious training.


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Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, LCO #2411. FAUX FINISHES Reasonable rates, free estimates, Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR Luurs, 528-8489.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


Retired, medical background. Local references. Call Evelyne, (707) 326-6610.


Home, business, move-outs. Windows, bed linen changing and more. Over For all your plumbing and heating needs. Local plumbers in business since 18 yrs. of experience. References upon the late 20th century, licensed, bonded request. MarthaL1041@att.net, and insured. Same day service is often 548-9482 or 542-8720. available. Money-saving coupons! CA Lic. #659920. Please E. SANCHEZ ROOFING call (707) 996-8683 or go to AND GUTTER www.BodenPlumbing.com. Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, seamless gutters and downspouts. Quality for less. Bonded and insured, GARDEN TRIMMING free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call AND PRUNING An emphasis upon a natural look and 837-5030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell). no leaf blower used. Small jobs OK. Richard, 833-1806, Oakmont.


Let me help you walk, talk and play with your dog. $25/hr., 15/half-hr. Call for free meeting. Terri, (707) 480-0786. Local references.


25+ years experience. Dog and cat care. Daily schedules and routines. Overnight companionship. Insured and bonded. Based in Sonoma. Call Alix, 637-6267.


Dry rot repair, fences, decks, gates, doors, stairs, hand rails, cabinets, shelves, tile. Lic. #1008255. Call or E-mail Alex, 843-1898, sonomastarconstruction@gmail.com.


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



Experienced, insured sitters for overnites and exercise walks for dogs and loving kitty care visits. Oakmont references. A Mother’s Love Petsitting, 775-7520.


Licensed, experienced with male and female care in-home, at assisted living homes and hospice care. Mike, (707) 835-7157.


Keep your home or company up and running. Back-up, training, security, networking, repair, transfers, tuneup, Smart Homes. Call now for free consultation, (707) 486-5302.

3BR/2BA, 2,600 sq. ft. Includes attached in-law unit. No smoking, no pets. $2,850. Wonderful property. Call 525-1673.


Handyman, carpenter, and contractor specializing in home maintenance, repairs and remodels. Lic. #563548. Call Mike at 484-5019.


Honest, loving, compassionate, reliable care. Serving Sonoma-Oakmont residents for almost 20 yrs. Assist with dementia, Alzheimer’s. Companionship and meal prep, medication reminders, incontinence care, housekeeping, etc. Finger printed by Council on Aging, IHSS and through the state. CNA, HHA. Affordable, exc. refs. 24-hr. care available. Call Martha L. at 236-5487.


We wish you a Happy and Healthy Holiday Season! Remodels, additions, efficiency and accessibility updates. Helping clients live comfortably in their homes since 1979. Call Craig Lawson, Oakmont Resident, 579-9088. Lic. #377330. www.calcbs.com.

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Oakmont News …is owned by the Oakmont Village Association which, through its board, sets editorial policy. The OVA has contracted with CJM Productions to handle typesetting, layout, printing and free distribution of the Oakmont News, the latter by U.S. mail, to each home via 3rd class mail. CJM Productions also handles advertising for the Oakmont News. CJM Productions and the Oakmont Village Association assume no responsibility for the content of any ads that appear in the Oakmont News nor do we endorse or recommend any product or service advertised herein. CA law requires all CA licensed contractors to list their license number in their service advertisements. CA law also requires contractors performing work totaling $500+ (incl. materials & labor) must be licensed by the Contractor State License Board (CSLB) to work in California. For information contact the Contractor’s State License Board at www.cslb.ca.gov.


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

maintenance Office

Hours: M–F 9 AM–5 PM Tel 539-1611 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A OVA E-mail: askova@oakmontvillage.com Website: www.oakmontvillage.com Go to the members only page to view the monthly calendar, Board Meeting Minutes, criminal activity information and more.

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.


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

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

Hours: M– Th 9 AM–Noon, 1–5 PM Tel 539-0701 / Fax 539-6537 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A E-mail: mary@oakmontvillage.com


architectural 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)

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM March 16–31 Susan Mullaly 539-1328 April 1–15 Beverly Rodman 539-2658

Andie Altman, President bod.andrea.altman@gmail.com

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) Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

Rides Within Oakmont Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

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.

Mon.–Fri. medical 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.


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. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.

Street Cleaning

City streets in Oakmont are cleaned by the city early on the fourth Friday of each month. Residents who want their streets swept should avoid street parking overnight on those days.


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

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

Tel 575-7200 E-mail: cjmprod567@gmail.com

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

oakmont News

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


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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.

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 cat@oakmontvillage.com.

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.

E-mail: askova@oakmontvillage.com

John Felton, Vice President bod.john.felton@gmail.com Frank Batchelor, Secretary bod.frank.batchelor@gmail.com Elke Strunka, Treasurer bod.elke.strunka@gmail.com Herm Hermann, Director bod.herm.hermann@gmail.com Gloria Young, Director bod.gloria.young@gmail.com Ellen Leznik, Director bod.ellen.leznik@gmail.com Association Manager Cassie Turner cassie@oakmontvillage.com

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. oakmontvillage.com/oakmont-residents/. To receive E-Blast by E-mail, click the "join our E-Blast email list" link. If you would like a hardcopy, please come to​the OVA Activities​office. They are located on the front counter.


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Valley of the Moon Rotary Club

nJohn Brodey

It’s been a busy February for the VOM (Valley of the Moon) Rotary. This year we moved our annual Crab Feed up a bit on the calendar to February 11. It was a great night and, no surprise, several guests said it was the best one yet. After 16 years, we have it down to a science but none of it would be possible without those of you who come out and support our biggest fundraiser of the year. It was a sellout, of course, and we had the most happening bar west of the El Mocambo Club. Naturally, we had some fantastic live and silent auction packages as well as our world-famous raffle. The star of the show, as always, was the fresh crab that is served in copious amounts. Next year we may have to add a crab eating contest for those who seem determined to eat their weight in crustaceans or simply get their monies worth. This year’s unofficial winner was Bruce Hulick, very impressive. Our young chefs and servers from the Maria Carrillo culinary program performed spectacularly and we must extend a very special thanks to our fearless, unflappable head crab, Susan Boak, who choreographs the entire event. Obviously, this is an all-volunteer effort and so every member makes a valuable contribution to its success. The final results aren’t official yet but the bidding was quite spirited and we expect to have met our goal which will enable us to continue to support the broad array of projects and organizations that do so much for so many. Again, a heartfelt thanks to all those who made it possible. February ended with a SOM (student of the month) presentation at our weekly Friday morning breakfast. This is such a fun event as we honor an elementary, middle and high school student who has shown himself/herself to be a role model for others.

VOM Rotarian Frank Sites and his hard-working crew prepared hundreds of pounds of fresh crab for invited guests at our 16th annual Crab Feed.

Invariably the emphasis is placed on serving their school community in a variety of ways. This month’s recipient from Rincon Valley Charter School is Sara Dolan. She is not only a good student, but one who volunteers for any project, helps other students, teachers and staff. She is everywhere and is a member of the Rainbow Girls (a Masonic youth organization). She was an organizer for the Canned

Student of the month Sara Dolan, shown between her parents, displays her “Student of The Month” certificate awarded by the VOM Rotary Club, with Rincon Valley Charter School Vice Principal Hannah Bates on the far right.

Food Drive, Hearts for Giving and was a unanimous choice by the faculty for SOM. She embodies the Rotary motto of Service Above Self. She received a certificate, a gift card for herself and as always, $15 dollars that she will pay forward towards a worthy cause or to someone in need. It’s the best return for a $40 investment we can think of. Don’t forget to join us for a little fellowship any Friday morning at the Quail Inn for breakfast. In case you didn’t know it is now sunny at 7 a.m. No excuses.

nRosemary Waller



Brownie’s Motto


re you scouting the scene for a new furry friend? Perhaps for a tiny terrier guy like me who’s longing to pledge his love to you? On my honor, I will get along great with other dogs, cats, and gentle older kids, even though I’m still working on my “sharing” badge. I will try my best to be brave when meeting new people. At just a year old, I can be sweetly timid. I like to take a minute to get to know you (chin scratches earn extra merit!). Once I do though, I promise to keep your heart—and your lap—warm forever!

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The Dover Quartet catapulted to international stardom following a stunning sweep of the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition, becoming one of the most in-demand ensembles in the world. The New Yorker recently dubbed them “the young American string quartet of the moment,” and Strad magazine raved that the Quartet is “already pulling away from their peers with their exceptional interpretive maturity, tonal refinement and taut ensemble.” In 2013-14 the Quartet was the first ever Quartet-in-Residence for the venerated Curtis Institute of Music, and is now faculty Quartet-in-Residence at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. In addition to winning the Grand Prize and all three Special Prizes at the 2013 Banff Competition, the Dover Quartet has continued to receive accolades: in 2015 it was announced that the group had won the highly coveted Cleveland Quartet Award. Shortly thereafter, Lincoln Center honored the Quartet with the annual Hunt Family Award, as part of the organization’s Emerging Artist Awards. In its early years the Quartet also won Grand Prize at the Fischoff Competition, and special prizes at the Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition. The Dover Quartet participates regularly in some of the continent’s most prestigious summer festivals, including Chamber Music Northwest, Artosphere, Bravo Vail, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival. They are active proponents of new music, including the premier of Pulitzer-Prize-winning Caroline Shaw’s new quartet at Dumbarton Oaks, and works by Richard Danielpour and Michael Djupstrom. Formed in 2008 at the Curtis Institute, the Dover Quartet continued their studies as Graduate Quartetin-Residence at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music from 2011 to 2013. Because of the exceptional faculty at both these institutions, the ensemble draws from the musical heritage of the Cleveland, Vermeer, Concord, and Guarneri Quartets.

For their Oakmont program, the Dover Quartet has chosen works by Haydn, Britten, and Beethoven. Details and program notes will appear in the April 1 Oakmont News, and can also be seen on our website www.musicatoakmont.org.


Please be aware that this concert takes place on the third Thursday of April, not on our customary second Thursday.


Music at Oakmont’s annual Donor Drive takes place in April and May, with donor envelopes and information included in the April 20 and May 11 concerts. Donor checks should be made out to Oakmont Community Foundation, with memo line reading “Music at Oakmont.” The 2017–18 artist roster will be available at the April 20 concert, with season passes to be sold at the April 20, May 11, and Oct. 19 concerts. The cost of the season pass will remain at the current level, $140 for eight concerts. WHAT: Dover String Quartet WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door or your season pass


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2017

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