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Finances, Berger, Pickleball Dominate Candidates’ Forum nAl Haggerty

The future of both Berger Center and pickleball shared the spotlight—but finances dominated the discussion—at a forum featuring the seven candidates for the Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors Feb. 16 at the Berger. Some 250 residents packed the hall. The candidates to fill three open seats on the board are Andie Altman, who is running for re-election, Karen Krestensen, Ellen Leznik, Pat Olive, Harriet Palk, Tom Samarati and Gloria Young. Directors Bob Giddings and Alan Scott are not seeking new terms.

OVA Studying Space Needs at Berger and Central Area

The OAK in OAKmont

nAl Haggerty

The Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors has named a committee to study the space needs of major users of the Berger Center and the Central Activities Center as it considers the future of the Berger building. Director Herm Hermann, chair of the newlyformed Central Project Committee, told the board Feb. 16 meeting that he hopes to finish the study within seven months. Joining him on the committee are Andie Altman, the board vice president, and Claudette Brero-Gow, Pat Brownlie, Kathy Cirksena, Jim Sannar and former board members Dave Johnson and Noel Lyons. Hermann said the committee will study what space is needed, how to provide it, the long-range capital needs and the parking needs which may be created. It will concentrate on the major users of the buildings involved, including the library, the fitness center and the card rooms. He said that while some users may need more space, others may not.


Kathleen Connelly introduced the candidates, moderated the question-and-answer session, stepping in several times to calm the proceedings and ending the question session with several people still in line when the microphones on the dais failed. No one objected. There was general agreement on a need for dues increases to help pay for future projects and a bank loan for large projects like remodeling or replacing the Berger. Asked to list Oakmont’s three highest priorities, Berger received top billing by the candidates after the obvious need to address safety concerns over the rotting deck at the East Recreation Center, an issue already being addressed. Other major issues explored included the need for a master plan for Oakmont and the need to reduce rancor and rift in the community through the achievement of consensus and compromise through negotiations. While the majority of the candidates appeared open to the construction of pickleball courts behind the Central Pool depending on the cost, Leznik, an outspoken opponent of the proposal, said she doesn’t oppose pickleball, but assigns the courts “a very, very, very low” priority. She emphasized the “fiduciary responsibility” of the OVA.

In a review of projects up for replacement this year with money from the Asset Replacement Fund, the board agreed to go ahead with the repair of cracks and resurfacing the West Rec. tennis courts with a budget of $17,500. The work is not expected to begin until well after the rainy season so that the courts can dry out. They were last resurfaced 10 years ago. The replacement fund totaled just under $800,000 at the end of January. The East Recreation Center entrance sign will be replaced with a budget of $8,500. OVA Manager Cassie Turner is working on a design and the Landscape Improvement Committee will be asked to oversee the project. The Association will get a proposal for work on the East Rec. pool, including repairing the deck, switching to saline water and repairing the fence around the pool. The board directed staff to sand the wood and generally clean up the men’s and women’s saunas at the two recreation centers. The possibility of replacing the saunas was ruled out when Turner said replacement would bring in ADA requirements and require much larger saunas. Relandscaping the grassy area in front of the Central Activities Center, which has a $54,000 budget, was put off so that it can be tied in with what is done about the Berger Center, which may be either remodeled or replaced. The board voted to postpone any work on the Berger sign and two signs at the entrance to the West Rec. until a uniform design is adopted.

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Members filling the Berger Center as seen from the dais behind board candidates. (Photo by Dave Turner)

March 1, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 5


Photographer Bob Starkey captured this view of the oak tree at the edge of the golf course behind the Central Activities Center.

OVA Board Elections nMarty Thompson

Voting in Oakmont’s 2016 board election is starting, with ballots in the mail to all members who will choose from a field of seven candidates to fill three open seats on the seven-member board. New directors will be joining a board that must deal with planning and financial challenges on possible updating of Oakmont’s main gathering place, the Berger Center, with proposed new pickleball courts and with repairs to the East Recreation Center deck. Voters are learning about the candidates from profiles and answers to questions posed by OVA’s Communications Committee and published in this edition of the Oakmont News and on the OVA website. The candidates also Election At-a-Glance appeared live at a Through April 4: Voting underway public forum Feb. 16. April 4: Annual OVA meeting Coverage of that event April 5: Votes counted, new board appears in this edition organizes of the newspaper, and a video of the forum can be viewed online at Go to “News and More” and click on the drop-down “videos” tab. The candidates, in alphabetical order, are: Andie Altman, the current board vice president; Karen Krestensen, a marriage and family therapist; Ellen Leznik, an attorney; Pat Olive, an attorney who also has journalism experience; Harriet Palk, who worked as a computer programmer and bookkeeper; Tom Samarati, whose career was in hospital administration; and Gloria Young, who has been an administrator for not-for profit organization. They are seeking twoyear terms. See elections on page 3


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The Oakmont News / March 1, 2016

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

Letter to the Editor

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

nOVA Administration

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

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

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

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

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

nMary C. Patricia

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

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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 pick-up day). This is also a good time to assess the need for other clean-up jobs—pruning, edging, re-bedding plants,

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

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Dear Editor, Lucky for those who attended Candidates’ Night Feb. 16 to hear firsthand the clearest unequivocal declarations from at least three candidates espousing very similar priorities and values. If elected, they vowed to contribute these synthesized positive fiduciary characteristics to the BOD on our behalf. Openness: Besides Audio/Video Recording, they would recommend ‘publishing’ the balanced reasoning and thinking, behind major decisions and for those of significant controversial Issues. Budgeting: Responsibly, weighing community needs, to wants, to income, presenting options of choices of how deep into debt to go beyond meeting immediate needs. (How much to tax ourselves.) Prioritizing Needs: Based on soundly founded facts, protecting the safety and comfort of our residents. . All Oakmont homeowners are entitled by Right of Ownership, to fair evenhanded consideration of all interests, in all deliberations. I urge all Oakmont homeowners who want our future BOD to exercise their fiduciary responsibilities with the above mentioned characteristics, to view and listen to all seven candidates express their convictions, three will clearly stand out, (despite some mic problems.) Give your votes to the three candidates who will serve the best interests of all Oakmont! I would like to offer “Kudos” to all who enlisted the candidates, organized, participated and facilitated this informative meeting! All Oakmonters owe you a debt of gratitude! Thank you! Frank Schretlen


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Two incumbent directors, Alan Scott and Bob Giddings, did not seek re-election. Ballots may be returned by mail or in person to the OVA Office or delivered to the Annual Meeting Monday, April 4 from 3–5 p.m. in the Berger Center. Ballot counting will take place the next morning starting at 9 a.m. at the West Recreation Center. The public is welcome to observe quietly. Nancy Caldwell is chair of the ballot-counting committee. The new board will assemble Tuesday, April 5 from 2–3 p.m. at the West Rec. for an organizational meeting.

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The Oakmont News / March 1, 2016

Golf News

OGC nChuck Wood


The dates are now set for this year’s Monday Twilighter events. They are: May 2, June 6, July 18, August 15, September 12 and October 3. For those of you who have not participated in these very fun social golf gatherings, the format each time is this: sixsome teams of three gals and three guys play in a form of a scramble or shamble game. We have a shotgun tee-off at 3 p.m. on the Oakmont East course, then gather back at the Quail Inn for beverages, buffet dinner and prizes. The Twilighters form the core of our club’s social activities for our members and their guests each year. All of this year’s Twilighters will have teams that we make up ourselves. Please consider inviting new and newish members to join your team each month. These events are great opportunities for meeting new people, as well as introducing “newbies” to others. Remember: we are all ambassadors when it comes to welcoming new members into the Oakmont Golf Club and letting them know about our sections and the many benefits that come with membership.



Please put this item on your calendar: Monday, March 28, from 5–6:30 p.m. in the Quail Inn. Our club will hold its annual meeting. You will be able to hear informative presentations from the Board of Directors’ Officers and Committee Chairs and members of the KemperSports management team. And, you will have the opportunity to ask lots of questions. This is a very important medium for members to stay informed of our club’s performance and plans. Keep an eye out for further details.


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel

We have had good turnouts for the winter months. The last three weeks we have had an average of 25 players—that is about 50% of our total membership. One of our Niner rules is that we can improve our lie in the fairway or the rough. The reason we have put this rule in place is that when we were playing the ball “down”, some of the members were still improving their lie. So, to make a fair playing field, the board made the decision to allow members to “bump” the ball year round with no penalty. Bumping the ball means moving it within six inches, not one foot, not a club length and not 10 feet. It means six inches. And it does not mean you can improve your lie to avoid a tree, a bunker or any other obstacle. If you must take relief to avoid a tree, a bunker or other obstacle, you can take an “unplayable lie” where you can move the ball within two club lengths, no nearer to the hole, and take a one stroke penalty. If someone in your group is not abiding by this or any other rule, please, to make it fair to all the players, bring it to their attention. If you are a player that is bending the rules and someone brings it to your attention, thank them for making an honest person of you. Happy Golfing!

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR FEBRUARY 1 Individual Low Net, 22 Players

First place: Larry Perkins with a net 26.5. Second place: Keith Wise with a net 27. Third place: Wayne Mickaelian with a net 30.5. Fourth place: Paul Lawler with a net 31 Fifth place: Don Morse with a net 32. Sixth place: Charlie Perotti with a net 34. Seventh place tie: David Beach, Al Bentham, Dan Levin, Tom Massip, Jim Norem, and Phil Sapp, all with a net 34.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Phil Sapp, 0’6”; Wayne Mickaelian, 13’7”; Gary Stone, 29’6”.


First place: Phil Sapp/Don Morse with a net 24. Second place: Stan Augustine/John Munkacsky with a net 25. Third place tie: Al Bentham/Don Schulte and Gary Stone/Tony D’Agosta, all with a net 27. Closest-to-the-pin: Dan Levin, 10’8”; Gary Stone, 10’9”; Wayne Mickaelian, 17’1”; Larry Perkins, 18’10”.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR FEBRUARY 15 Individual Low Net, 26 Players

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

January 27, West Three BEST NET BALLS OF four-MAN TEAM

First, Bob Giddings, Mike Doyle, Sal Cesario and Bob Hartsock, 201; second, Tommy Yturralde, Rick Yates, Bill Smith and Ron Feibusch, 202; third, Mike Isola, Bucky Peterson, John Weston and Danny Morgan, 202; fourth, Jeff Snyder, Frank Zelko, Bill Hainke and Bob Peterson, 203. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Jeff Snyder, 8’6”; #13—Kevin Buehner, 3’1”; #16—Shelly Brodsky, 35’6”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8 (no one on the green); #13—Alan McLintock, 21’3”; #16—John Williston, 45’10”. One card had the four players listed as J, G, T and D. In the future, if you do not include last names on your card, you will be disqualified. Card-offs were used to settle ties.

February 10, East 2 BB OF Four-MAN TEAM

First flight (10.80–17.3): first, Jeff Snyder, Bill Hainke, Bob Peterson and Frank Zelko, 101; second, Phil Sapp, Bill Roberts, Gary Novak and Suru Subbarao, 106; third, Ron Feibusch, Nick Beltrano, Tom Kendrick and John Williston, 107. Second flight (17.5–up): first, Bill Wellman, Larry Frediani, John Garcia and Rodi Martinelli, 100; second, Jack Haggerty, Lou Lari, Randy Kephart and Bob Siela, 106; third, Tom Wayne, Scott Ricci, Pete Eschelbach and Bud Simi, 108. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Phil Sapp, 7’10”, John Derby, 14’6”; #11—Andy Frauenhofer, 8’4”, Bucky Peterson, 37’6”; #16—Bill Roberts, 4’4”, Bucky Peterson, 7’2”.


This week’s category is famous nicknames in golf. As usual, the answer is presented and you provide the question. First and last names must be provided. A perfect score indicates that you are a golf expert. #1: Great White Shark. #2: The King. #3: Golden Bear. #4: Merry Mex. #5: Boom-Boom. #6: Lefty. #7: Long John. #8: Tiger. #9: Big Easy. #10: Walrus. #11: Gentle Ben. #12: Mrs. Doubtfire. #13: Fuzzy. #14: Champagne. #15: Boss of the Moss. #16: Fluff. #17: Bubba. #18: El Nino. Questions: #1: Who is Greg Norman? 2: Who is Arnold Palmer? #3: Who is Jack Nicklaus? #4: Who is Lee Trevino? #5: Who is Fred Couples? #6: Who is Phil Mickelson? #7: Who is John Daly? #8: Who is Eldrick Woods? #9: Who is Ernie Els? #10: Who is Craig Stadler? #11: Who is Ben Crenshaw? #12: Who is Colin Montgomery? #13: Who is Frank Zoeller? #14: Who is Tony Lema? #15: Who is Loren Roberts? #16: Who is Mike Cowan? #17: Who is Gerry Watson? #18: Who is Sergio Garcia?


Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee continues as an OVA standing committee. A Feb.15 article incorrectly said OEPC split off from OVA because of liability concerns. COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) was split off and is an independent organization.


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18 nKathy Faherty

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

Here it is the middle of February and we only had one rained out playday! Time for the return of El Niño! Meanwhile, lots of golfers are enjoying these springlike days and the beauty of the Oakmont courses. By the way, if you get the NCGA GOLF magazine, go to p. 23 and read about the 2015 Tournament Official of the Year, K.C. Coté. K. C. is an OGC member and plays with the Thursday Women’s group when she isn’t traveling all over the state officiating at tournaments. She’s also on p. 74 in the list of 2015 Volunteers. On February 4, Linda Paul and Kathy Mokricky tied for Low Gross winners of the field of 19 players. Net winners are listed below: First flight: first, Kathy Mokricky; second, Kris Peters; third, Linda Paul. Second flight: first, Penny Wright; second, Leslie Clark; third, Mary Rossi. Third flight: first, K.C. Coté; second, Linda Kilpatrick; third, tie, Ellean Huff and Vanita Collins. On February 9, Patty Buchholz was Low Gross winner of the field of 31 players. Net winners: First flight: first, Kathy Mokricky; second, Patty Buchholz; third tie, Linda Paul and Eileen Beltrano. Second flight: first, Willie Hoerr; second, Larna Leitner; third, Judy Early; fourth, Ann Miller. Third flight: first, Carol Locke; second, Betty Van Voorhis; third, Kay Wittes; fourth, Ellean Huff. Fourth flight: first, Sherry Kohut; second, Elaine Foote; third, Christy Rexford; fourth, Tammy Siela. On February 11, Kathy Mokricky was Low Gross winner of the field of 26 players on the East Course. Net winners (Putts only game): First flight: first tie, Kathy Mokricky and Leslie Clark; third, Kris Peters; fourth, Sallie Wood; fifth tie, Linda Paul, Kelly Downey and Becky Hulick. Second flight: first tie, Yoshi Smith, Ellean Huff and Cindy Carroll; fourth, Cindy Armstrong. Third flight: first tie, Linda Kilpatrick, Carol Locke and Kay Wittes.


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

SWEEPS RESULTS February 4, 13 Players

First flight: first, Cindy Carroll; second tie, Elaine Foot and Barbara Robinson. Second flight: first, Elizabeth La Point; second, Joan Eiserloh; third tie, Henni Williston and Barbara James.

February 11, 22 Players

First flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second tie, Patty Buchholz and Betty Van Voorhis. Second flight: first tie, Jean Rockwell and JoAnn Banayat; third, Arlene Keenley; fourth tie, Elaine Foote and Henni Williston. Third flight: first, Barbara James; second, Debbie Kiddoo; third, Joan Eiserloh; fourth, Barbara Bowman. Don’t forget that St. Paddy’s Day is around the corner and if you’re looking for a lively time, I’d like to suggest that you get out those Kelly Green clothes, and practice the Jig, for sure the Thursday Lady Niners will be celebrating in grand fashion with their Yearly Wearin’ O’ the Green Tournament and Luncheon. Top O’ the Mornin, to all!

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson

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

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

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

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Partners Contract Bridge Players! nHelen Hargrave

The Partners Contract Bridge group will be playing in the Card Room at the CAC on Monday evenings, March 7 and 21 from 6:45–9 p.m. We keep the same partner throughout the evening and rotate through each table keeping a running score. If you have not played with us, please give a call to either me at 539-5511 or Jeff Hickman at 282-9350, and we will include you and your partner in the group. We are always happy to meet new folks who enjoy bridge.

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

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Altman said her position on pickleball has been consistent, and she is in favor of moving forward as planned depending on the costs. Olive aligned with Altman, saying she is for pickleball but is waiting to see the final plans and bids. Samarati took a “wait and see” position, adding that if it’s the will of the people, he supports the project. He noted the popularity of pickleball, noting one Del Webb community has six courts. Palk said that while pickleball “should be a priority, nothing else should be done” until the future of Berger is decided. Young said pickleball should be part of the community, but added that OVA has a fiduciary duty on how to spend its money and there’s a need “to grasp all the issues.” Krestensen declared herself neutral on pickleball and wondered if there’s a third option beyond the central area project or using tennis courts for pickleball. She suggested it may take three years to decide. She defended the money spent so far on the project, saying money has to be spent on the early exploratory stages of any project, calling it “due diligence.” Altman, the board vice president who also serves on the Asset Reserve Analysis Team, said “today is the right time to develop an even stronger reserve funding plan” as OVA looks at cost estimates for replacing assets and how to fund this work. Asked by a resident how OVA can replace its money without assessment or loans, the candidates turned to a discussion of OVA dues, most agreeing that there is room for increases. The $53.25 monthly dues which becomes effective June 1 for all OVA members was called “low for Oakmont’s quality of life” by Samarate, “very, very low” by Krestensen and “incredibly low” by Palk. Young called for gradual increases. Leznik, citing an uncertain economic future, noted that low dues are a selling point for Oakmont homes and she expects dues increases to be minimal. She said she worries about the finances of some older residents and stressed the need to prioritize expenditures. Olive predicted a long-term loan for the Berger project. “I can guarantee you members will be charged.” The candidates were virtuously unanimous in their call for ending what Krestensen called “the contentiousness and divisiveness of the pickleball controversy” and the need to “really, really listen to one another respectfully. Sometimes we don’t get what we want, but that

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doesn’t mean we haven’t been heard. I pledge to listen respectfully and respond in a civil manner.” Altman said she promises “to bring a conciliatory influence to all dialog. I’ll strive to always reach consensus over compromise.” She listed as one of her priorities “bringing the community back together.” Samarati said leaders “listen to people” and there is “a need to draw out more folks.” He added that mending the rift in the community “is central to my candidacy.” Leznik said “the community can come back” and that things will go back to normal after the pickleball issue is resolved. She said she would be at the Vault restaurant in the First Community Bank building from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday to meet with residents. One resident called for a change in Oakmont’s bylaws to allow for one vote per resident rather than the one vote per household now allowed. Young said she thinks the proposal is fine but is willing to listen to both sides of the issue. Palk said an Oakmont home can have five or six names on a deed and thus be entitled to that many votes if the bylaws were changed. “It’s not as simple as it sounds,” she added. Leznik said “we have to think this through. There are no easy answers.” Altman said that while Oakmont’s bylaws are “woefully outdated,” changing them would be expensive. (To view a video of the candidate forum, go to www.

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Turner, explaining OVA’s frequent use of attorneys in recent months, said the association is being secondguessed on a regular basis. This, she explained, necessitates the need to supplement the Board of Directors’ action with legal opinions, triggering attorney fees. On the same issue, she said one resident, Tom Bonomi, recently requested copies of the last three years of OVA legal invoices. Because the invoices include proprietary information, she said, they must be vetted in order to pull certain information and synthesize other parts of the invoices. She said she recently spent three hours going over just a fraction of the invoices. She said the OVA will charge Bonomi for the work involved. A request for recognition by the OVA of an Oakmont for Bernie group was unanimously denied on the grounds that it would set a precedent of allowing groups for individual candidates and that, according to OVA President Frank Batchelor, such groups are prohibited under OVA bylaws. Director John Felton reported on possible solutions to the East Rec. balcony dry rot problem, which has made it unusable. He said the three options are repair, replace or remove. He said proposals are being sought from contractors and noted that contractors qualified to do the work are very busy, slowing down the process.

American Mah Jongg Club nMarie Haverson


If you want to meet some new friends and have a great time while doing so, then the American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on March 7. Check in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. We have some openings for experienced players or teams only at this time! Looking forward to hearing from you.


League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nCarol Callahan


The LOMAA March 22 Quarterly Meeting will be held at the West Rec. Center at 7 p.m. All HOA board members are welcome. The speaker will be Ellen Swedberg, Sonoma County Health Policy Planning officer, who will talk about the new Santa Rosa smoking regulations for multiple family residences. At the last monthly board meeting, a question was raised about whether the common areas needed to have posted signage as well. This is an excellent question that we will raise directly with Ellen Swedberg at the March quarterly meeting. The LOMAA Board is still looking for help in taking notes at our monthly meetings. We’re looking for a volunteer who can join us on the first Monday of every month to take notes of the meeting and send them to our president for distribution to the other board members. We are a very informal group, so the note taking should not be onerous. If anyone is interested, please contact Janet Dove at lomaaatoakmont@gmail. com. Our next monthly board meeting is on March 7 at noon in Room B, CAC. All HOA board members are welcome to bring any questions or topics for discussion.

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Good People Making Oakmont Great!

nDave Turner

Oakmont Community Foundation (OCF) is again making possible a fundraiser for the Oakmont Health Initiative (OHI). Foundation President Sue Millar and Treasurer Bob Chapman presented OHI with a check of $2,500 to underwrite one of the health initiative’s fundraisers.

organizations. Ticket sales for the concert cover the cost of instructors for the Health Initiative’s free classes. The Woodrums’ group supports health and quality of life issues in Oakmont. Its board plus numerous advocates, volunteers, and health professionals

advocate both physical and mental health through their many programs. The Community Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization to which tax-free contributions support a number of community clubs and organizations.

Liability Issues Raised for The Walkers Club nJackie Reinhardt

Teresa Woodrum, left, with Foundation Secretary Pat Amedeo, President Susan Millar, Treasurer Bob Chapman and Tom Woodrum. (Photo by Dave Turner)

“What a pleasure it is for OCF to continue to support OHI, and how fortunate it is to have hardworking volunteers like Tom and Teresa Woodrum living in our community spearheading a healthy lifestyle for all Oakmonters,” Millar said. The Woodrums founded and run OHI’s free programs. OHI is presenting “My Favorite Barbra,” a tribute to the songs of Barbra Streisand, starring Kelly Bradeburg at the Berger Center on Tuesday, June 7 at 5 p.m. at the Berger Center. More information is on OVA’s website, via a link under clubs and

The future of the Walkers Club, one of the oldest groups in Oakmont, is up for discussion March 25 when members discuss liability issues raised over insurance coverage. The meeting is set for 3 p.m. at the Berger Center. Immediate Past President Dolores Salidivar said the club is on hiatus while investigating insurance to cover members when traveling by bus outside of Oakmont. Having members sign waivers, which some have suggested, won’t protect the group from lawsuits, she said. “We’ve been floating on angels’ wings,” Salidivar said of the nine trips the club typically makes. Last year’s excursions included Angel Island, Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Rafael and the Botanical Gardens in Berkeley. Locally, the group, which has 178 members, has a picnic at the Quail Inn, a Harvest Dinner at the Berger Center and a general meeting. Contrary to its name, The Walkers Club is primarily about “nice social outings,” according to Salidivar, who along with Barbara Powell, vice president, has led the group for two years. But when the group met in January and liability issues were raised, no one stepped forward to run the club. “Without leadership and insurance coverage the club may have no option

but to disband,” Salidivar said in an interview. “There never is any insurance policy in place to cover groups or clubs that take bus trips to a designated place,” Cassie Turner, OVA Manager, said, explaining OVA has premises liability coverage. She said the OVA was working on a fact sheet discussing insurance for use by OVA clubs.

Club members board a bus at the Berger Center. (Photo courtesy Walkers Club)

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nStaff Report

Not only are OVA Board meetings being videotaped again, there also is a new regular place on the OVA web page to find them for convenient viewing. Board meeting videos are posted on the site later the same week as the

meeting. Videos of past meetings also are available on the same page. To view the videos, go to www. and on the “News and More” pull down, click on the “Videos” tab and then on the meeting you wish to watch.

Police Make Arrests in Oakmont in Auto Burglary nJim Brewer

Police following a “ping” signal from a stolen computer responded in force Jan. 10 to a spot on Oakmont Drive, where they made an arrest and recovered items taken in a car burglary elsewhere in Santa Rosa the previous night.

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

Winter Gardening

Anyone walking by the Community Garden may see that winter gardening is alive and well here. The rains and relatively mild temperatures have made it easier this season to grow nutritious leafy greens: kale, turnips, collards, bok choy, spinach, chard and cabbages. The white frost covers have been handy for the few days we’ve had of below-freezing weather.

Spring Dreaming

Our gardeners are eagerly thumbing through the annual seed catalogs, anticipating spring planting. Even in our small allotments (garden spaces, aka “plots,” although some of us object to calling them “plots,” because it seems to imply our last resting place, and we aren’t ready for that just yet!), we have to consider rotating our crops to avoid spreading disease or cultivating pests. So this year a tomato may rotate from the bottom of the allotment to the top, and we may need to take a break from planting any cucurbits at all, to discourage squash bugs.

Experts recommend that crops be moved annually and not re-planted in the same place for at least three years, adding another challenge to small space gardening. On the other hand, this encourages growing and eating a wide variety of foods, which is likely healthier for the soil and for us humans.

New Gardeners

Two of our new members are Aruna and Arvind Donde, who moved here a few years ago from Denver and have been enjoying the longer growing season of California. Both are retired IT professionals who moved further West to be nearer to family. Aruna volunteers at the Sierra Garden, where she helped create the Indian Garden and flower program. Many of the favorite fresh foods used in Indian cooking are not available Aruna and Arvind Donde. locally, so Aruna and Arvind use their garden spaces to grow varieties of squash, peppers, and herbs used in Indian cuisine. You’ll find Arvind on the golf course a few days a week, in addition to his gardening and family activities. We’re happy to have them join us in the Community Garden. For more information on signing up, contact OVA at 539-1611 or E-mail Oakmontcommunitygarden@

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The Oakmont News / March 1, 2016


Seven Candidates Running for OVA Board (In Alphabetical Order)

nJackie McDonald

On March 6 and 13, Stephen Llitzenberger will stage Neil Simon’s The Prisoner of Second Avenue for Playreaders. Described as a black comedy, Clive Barnes of the New York Times noted, “It is the most amusing comedy Mr. Simon has given us so far.” Mel Edwards just lost his job and is trying to cope with being unemployed. His wife, Edna, is dealing with a garbage strike, noisy neighbors and a robbery. His former boss lends Mel money, but Mel suffers a nervous breakdown. The loving care of his wife, his brother, Harvey, and his sisters eventually brings him back to reality. Jack Lemon and Anne Bancroft were the original actors in the leading roles. Readers are Susan Baggett, Norma Doyle, Dennis Hall, Joyce O’Conner, Star Power, Jeffrey Sheff and Evelyn Zigmont.

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Andie Altman

Bio: I was elected to the OVA Board in 2014 and currently serve as OVA Vice President. I am actively participating on the Berger Improvement Committee, chaired the Architectural Committee and Community Garden Policy Project, and contributed as a member of the OVA/OGC Task Force and Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee Board. The knowledge, ability to make decisions and skills that I apply on behalf of our community as an OVA Director come from my work experience as an executive with McKesson Drug, owner of a Kenwood video store, homeowner association President, and, surprisingly, an HOA manager. I remain active in Community Service, which provides strong and necessary connections to our membership. I served as President of the Oakmont Kiwanis Club. Personally I bring the highest integrity, passion, hard work, diligence, dedication, and a good sense of humor to all I undertake. I would like to again serve as your Director. Questions: 1. My current responsibilities as Vice President have allowed me to hone my skills in research and due diligence, communication and decision-making. Through my work with the Berger Improvement Committee, I am also uniquely qualified to understand and assess priorities and funding needs for both current assets and future improvements. I am actively involved in the budgeting process and a member of the Asset Reserve committee which was tasked to study the Association’s assets, timing for their replacement and the required investment. I have a firm grasp of OVA governing documents and a record of interacting with our members to bring their voices to the decision-making process. 2. The board is charged with managing the affairs of the association with fiscal responsibility. Directors must incorporate many legal requirements and policies into the daily operations of a mediumsized business with over 3,200 homes and many facilities, while accommodating the wishes of 4,800 residents. With aging facilities and diverse member needs, successful board members must exhibit sound decision-making skills. I possess these skills. Over the next 2-3 years, I believe the highest priorities will be to continue ensuring fiscal prudence on decisions including: • Much needed improvements and expansions at the Central Recreation Area including the Berger Center • Present and future space and asset needs • Continued reduction of operational and maintenance costs to provide better value for our dues 3. I have enjoyed interactions with Oakmont residents at fireside chats, open forums, informal conversations, and committee meetings. Resident’s letters, emails and phone calls have given me unique insight into the needs, desires, and perspectives of our community. It takes integrity, communication skills, and creative vision coupled with realism, the ability to empower others and an eagerness to do it all for free to be a Director. Please vote for me to continue to serve you.


Bio: I have been a resident of Oakmont for over seven years. My late husband and I moved here from Scotts Valley, near Santa Cruz, where we lived for the 31 years of our marriage. I have three adult children, four adult step-children, and 12 grandchildren. I am active in their lives and enjoy my visits with them in Texas, New Mexico and the Bay Area. I earned an M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology, having re-entered college at age 39. I was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in San Jose and Santa Cruz and also taught graduate students, led workshops and did occasional business and nonprofit agency consulting. I retired in 2008. I have served on the boards of two non-profit organizations and two churches. In Oakmont I am active in Current Events, Current Events Book Club, Great Decisions, Quilting Bee, OLLI, Oakmont Fitness Center, and playing bridge. Questions: 1. Members of previous non-profit boards on which I’ve served have told me that I’m good at thinking through an issue, able to be discerning and can come to a decision based on what’s in the best interests of the group. I’m a good listener. I can mediate conflict, which I did regularly with couples in my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I believe that there don’t have to be “winners” and “losers.” Finding a third solution that all parties can live with is a positive outcome. 2. The board members are the elected representatives of the community and are responsible for carrying out the duties described in the Articles of Incorporation and bylaws of the OVA. Among others, this includes— specifically and listed first in the Articles—the duty to “provide athletic and recreational and club facilities for the use of the corporation and their guests.” “Facilities” seems to be the operational word here, as the board wrestles with limited available space and the need to expand, e.g., an aging Berger Center, the desire for pickleball courts, etc. Creative thinking will be necessary going forward. The fiscal responsibility of the board will come into play here. It will require careful thinking and prioritizing of projects. 3. Board members need to be available to hear the issues confronting the community. This might be at a board meeting, by E-mail, phone, or in writing, as many residents do not use computers. Addressing the concerns of residents is important, which does not necessarily mean agreeing with them. People need to be heard and taken seriously. The Oakmont News needs to continue to be a regular vehicle for information. The new format has helped that. Continuing Cassie’s eBlast is important. The Fireside Chats with board members are a valuable way to communicate one-on-one in greater depth.



The Oakmont News / March 1, 2016 Continued from previous page

Ellen Leznik

Bio: I moved to Oakmont in 2013 after retiring from private law practice. Oakmont has what I had been dreaming about for many years: beautiful scenery, serenity and a perfect location in the Wine Country. In 2014 I founded the Enocureans, a club for Oakmonters who love food, wine and camaraderie, and I currently serve on the Board of Governors for Meadowgreen #1, the HOA in which I reside. I practiced law in the Silicon Valley for 17 years, advising companies on business operations and regulatory issues. Prior to becoming a lawyer, I had a consulting practice focusing on software development for senior level management. I received my BBA in Management Information Systems and an MBA from University of Houston, and my JD from Stanford Law School. I have travelled to 48 countries and 25 states, and I am very happy and very proud to call Oakmont my home. Questions: 1. As a business lawyer I counseled companies on a variety of issues related to their ongoing business operations. I drafted and negotiated hundreds of agreements, many valued at millions of dollars and designed to govern multi-year transactions. My legal knowledge and business know-how, as well as my analytical, decision-making, negotiation and communication skills, are directly applicable to the type of tasks performed by the OVA Board. I also bring board experience having served on three different Boards of Directors: at a publicly traded company, a local chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel, and Meadowgreen #1 HOA. 2. I see OVA as the glue that holds our diverse community together. The role of our board is to govern the association, establish consistent and enforceable policies and rules, maintain and enhance our common facilities, ensure financial solvency and stability, and promote a quality community environment for all residents. The board has a fiduciary duty to act in the best interests of our community as a whole. Directors have the duty to be careful with the association’s assets that are placed in their trust. Board members must use their business and common sense and comply with the governing documents and the law. 3. With all technological advances what remains constant is that communication is a two-way interaction. Listening to and understanding the needs and concerns of association members is just as important as communicating board’s actions to the community. Board transparency is crucial. I see my role as making sure that members understand the details of the issues that the board members are facing and the basis for their decisions. I also believe that board and other open association meetings should be videotaped to provide access to our members who are not able to attend such meetings.

Pat Olive

Bio: I am an Oklahoma native and earned my BA in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma in 1958 and a law degree from Pepperdine University College of Law in 1971. I practiced law with Kendig, Stockwell Law Firm (later Stockwell Harris) from 1974 to 1999, when I retired. Before joining Stockwell, I practiced with English Law Firm for a year. All of my legal practice was in Los Angeles. I also worked from September 1958 through mid1972 in journalism as a reporter, night wire editor and copy editor for papers that include the Abilene Reporter News (Texas) and the Santa Ana Register (CA). Here in Oakmont I volunteer with the Oakmont Community Garden, President from October 2014 to present, and I have served on the board of the Oakmont Rainbow Women from 2012 to the present. Questions: 1. I had two enjoyable careers, law and journalism. Both required seeking information; questioning and listening to people; observation, understanding and analysis of situations; decision making and living with those decisions. Negotiation and consensus building are two of my stronger qualities along with being able to communicate with people regardless of personal feeling about them or their situation. 2. The OVA Board is the governing body of Oakmont. Policy and enforcement in conformity with governing documents(CC&Rs, bylaws, declarations, covenants) and the Davis-Stirling Act is the duty of the Board along with establishing sound fiscal policies, developing a workable budget keeping in mind the community as a whole, maintaining accurate records, establishing reserve funds, acting on budget items, enforcement of rules and penalties, select professionals for the association such as attorneys, auditors and insurance agents, provide adequate insurance coverage, determine and collect assessments, inform members of decisions and transactions as needed and required and attend and participate at meetings both open and closed. Implementation of board policy is the duty of the OVA manager. 3. Truthful. Clear communication is a necessity. An OVA Board member is a conduit between residents and the board. As a board member I would have appointment office hours for one-on-one conversations, which I find more productive than 45 E-mails. Social media has its place such as finding painters, plumbers, roofers, etc. but many of our issues are too complex to be handled in 140 characters. I favor personal, face to face communication.

Harriet Palk

Bio: Since 2005, I have participated in many OVA activities from Symposium, Current Events, Democratic Club (six years as secretary, treasurer and president), concerts and more. My interest in the board started in 2009 when directors voted to eliminate insurance benefits for employee spouses. I marshaled forces, and we succeeded in restoring some of the benefits. Since then, I’ve attended all board meetings unless out of town. In 2012, I was an integral part of a group that was successful in stopping the construction of an office building OVA could not afford. In 2014, I was appointed to the Communications Committee and serve as secretary and as editor of the manager’s e-newsletter that has greatly furthered my knowledge of OVA operations and policies. Before retirement, I worked as a computer programmer and bookkeeper. I earned a BA in Economics from UCLA and have been married to Bernie for 52 years. Questions: 1. My strengths include strong listening skills and the ability to synthesize what I hear to form plans of action. I am also a skilled organizer and time manager, which helps me accomplish my goals. I have worked with many organizations here and collaborated successfully on several projects. I believe my involvement in Oakmont has prepared me well to serve. 2. It is important for the board to understand the policies that should guide its decision-making. We must spend our limited funds in the most effective way for the most people to achieve maximum results. Board members should take Open Forum questions seriously and craft meaningful answers and fully explain the reasons for decisions. I believe it is important for the board to update our bylaws, and I will seek to create an ad hoc committee to explore this. It is past time to extend voting rights to each individual resident member and not just to a household. The board sets policy for the efficient, lawful operation of Oakmont and must pay attention to the issues that impact Oakmont now and in the future. 3. Communication has never been easier. I would like to see OVA expand the member experience on our website, including timely news stories and alerts for members. I also support Fireside Chats as a way to have informal discussions and know the pulse of the community. Social media will continue to play a larger role and unfortunately can sometimes disseminate misinformation. Members should be able to obtain verified information on our website as issues and questions arise. I use E-mail effectively as a communications tool, and I will always be responsive. I will answer all member questions, whether electronic, mailed or by phone, with timely, thoughtful answers. Continued onto next page



The Oakmont News / March 1, 2016

Candidates Continued from previous page

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

Tom Samarati

Bio: I was born in New York city where I lived until 20 years of age. I then traveled worldwide for a year. Returning to the USA, I came to Sonoma County for the first time in 1973. Soon after I enlisted in the US Army medical corps to serve three years. My occupation was hospital based Radiologic Technology. Upon honorable discharge in 1976 I returned to live in Santa Rosa until 1985. For career advancement I moved to Monterey County where I lived until 1998. While there I earned a BS degree in health sciences education and MA in health care administration from San Jose State University. Professionally until my retirement in 2012 I worked at several hospitals as a multi-department director. My wife and I have lived in Oakmont since July 2007. I am a member of the Oakmont Golf Club and the Wild Oak Saddle Club. Questions: 1. Negotiation and collaboration with individuals and groups. My experience in hospital management required working productively with employees and their labor union representatives, contract physician groups, corporate senior executives, government regulatory agencies, hospital boards and diverse community groups. Fiscal management. At the peak of my career responsibilities I managed over 150 employees, controlled annual operating budgets of $5 million and revenue streams of $60 million. I created and managed annual capital equipment budgets for purchases and maintenance up to $8 million. From 1994 to 1998 I was a strategic planning team member for a $600 million hospital replacement project. 2. The board role is to respond to the needs of and enact positive action for Oakmont residents using prudent management practices and scrupulous fiduciary responsibility. The BOD’s top priority should be actions that ensure the safety of Oakmont residents. The next priority is the maintenance and enhancement of programs and facilities that contribute to the high quality of life in our community. 3. My primary role and responsibility would be to listen to the interests and needs of Oakmont residents. Forums for back and forth communication includes participation with the already established on-line venues, periodic face-to-face workshops, attendance of committee and special interest groups meetings. I would like to investigate the worth of creating and sending on-line surveys via e-mail to Oakmonters to periodically poll their interest and opinion about specific topics. These surveys could also be published in the Oakmont News for residents who do not use computers to send in their responses via hard copy.

Gloria Young

Bio: Jeff and I moved here in 1999 to be close to our family. We determined Oakmont would best suit our life style, at that time and for later years. My educational background: BA, MA , UC Berkeley. Professions: YMCA Activity Director; Development Director at Hospice of Marin, Terwilliger Nature Education Center; Executive Director of Lighthouse for the Blind, Houston Community Service Center, Greater Washington Tourette Syndrome Association, United Against Sexual Assault of Sonoma County. Volunteering is integral to my life: as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, Board member, (Texas Coalition of Social Service Ministries, Abused Women’s Services, Law Enforcement Chaplaincy, West Marin Senior Services), advisor to West Marin Senior Services, on call companion to patients in the Chaplain’s program at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, 4Paws therapy team visiting rehabilitation facilities and Valley of the Moon Children’s Home, food server at the Living Room, and Oakmont librarian and neighborhood COPE leader. Questions: 1. My professional experience as a not for profit administrator and fundraiser has provided me with opportunities to work effectively with diverse and strong personalities, interrelate with a wide variety of management styles and philosophies, and work diplomatically with the public, media, community, political office holders and other interested people. No less important is my experience with preparing and managing annual budgets, ensuring transparency including “open books” methods, and cultivating relationships of trust and credibility with donors, individuals, agencies, businesses, foundations and politicians. All of the above are skills sets that will relate to my service on the OVA Board. 2. I would bring to the board the capability to focus on issues and to evaluate alternatives, without being swayed by emotions. The essence of my professional experience will enable me to separate being a resident from being a board member and placing the community’s interests before my personal beliefs. My many years as an Executive Director in many different cultures and with many different personalities has helped me to be pragmatic in dealing with issues. I also have learned to seek advice and listen to pursue expertise before reaching conclusions. My experience both reporting to boards and being on boards has provided unique experience that I look forward to sharing with Oakmont. 3. As a board member I would communicate with fellow residents in many ways and venues that would include: (1) impartial, sensitive listening to residents’ concerns through surveys, open forums at board meetings, ad hoc committee findings; (2) exercising transparency by candidly sharing my views whenever possible; (3) encourage videotaping board meetings so every resident has access; and (4) periodic “fireside chats” or other informal gatherings. However, more than speaking, I believe it is most important that as a board member I listen to what everyone has to say.


March 6: Tim F. Reese A Queen, The Golden Age and the Seduction of an American Boy

Tim F. Reese, Oakmont resident and the executive director of the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, will share his perspectives of Afghanistan, its past, present and future. He is a former resident of Kabul, Afghanistan and graduate of the American International School of Kabul. His unique personal insights will challenge many concepts of this troubled land.

March 13: Bob Kirk Potatoes and Corn, Smallpox and Sugar: How Columbus Changed the World

Potatoes and corn from America caused an unprecedented population explosion in Europe and Asia. Sugar from the Old World led to massive depopulation of Africa and slavery in the Americas until emancipation in Brazil as late as 1888. Most catastrophically, smallpox and a lethal cocktail of Old World diseases wiped out millions of American Indians. And of course there’s more to tell from what biologist Alfred Crosby called “The Columbian Exchange.” This presentation marks the 13th time that Bob Kirk has spoken at Sunday Symposium since 1988. He is the immediate past president of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. Kirk has published five non-fiction books. A weekly series offering informative and enlightening presentations on a wide range of topics. Want E-mail reminders? Tell us at


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2016

Is It Time to Replace That Old Computer?

Oakmont PC Users Group

nGeorge McKinney

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

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

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

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) winter and spring Sessions march • april • may

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

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E-mail operates across the Internet or other computer networks via an E-mail provider’s server. The Internet, networks and provider’s server! Do you have an understanding of all of these? There is always something more to be learned about E-mail! And what is the latest Web Scam? Can you recognize scam or hoax E-mails and websites? Pat is coming to help us understand. Remember there is always time for your questions. Plan to come early at 1:30 p.m. for coffee/tea, refreshments and fellowship. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. followed by the program. We look forward to seeing you. Website:


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


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


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



The Oakmont News / March 1, 2016

nCarroll Johnson

Rainbow Caring Circle

Fifty-five ORW members turned out on February 11 to hear about the Rainbow Caring Circle. After extensive research, our task force concluded that the online system Care Calendar is the best way for our members to support each other when one of us has a short-term illness or disability. Care Calendar permits any ORW member—or a friend or family member she selects—to create and monitor an online calendar to arrange meals, rides, errands, help with personal care, and the like. The calendar is private and easy for volunteer helpers to use and it’s free. Four members of the task force—Linda Allen, Karen Averitt, Gigi Kent, and Paige Wickland—have agreed to serve for one year as the Rainbow Caring Circle Support Team. At the meeting they described how the Calendar works and the ways in which it is flexible. The Support Team will provide instructions on how to set up a care calendar as well as help with set-up problems.

Meeting Change for March

In place of our regular March meeting, our Oakmont Rainbow Productions SIG will present a free concert for members on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, at 7 p.m. in the West Rec. Center. Note the date and place change! The Barton twins, Deby and Pamela, better known as the eclectic and talented musical duo Honey Bee, will perform Celtic, folk, rock, jazz, and blues tunes for us. This meeting will be an energizing change of pace and is sure to bring out the Irish in all of us!

Fundraising Concert

Holly Near and Barbara Higbie will perform a very special concert on May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Berger Center. Holly Near has worked for over 40 years as a singer, songwriter and teacher. With her powerful voice, wry sense of humor, and curious mind she interprets the songs of the folk tradition, Broadway, cabaret and pop with equal grace. Barbara Higbie is a Grammy-nominated, Bammy award-winning composer, pianist singer-songwriter and multiinstrumentalist who has performed on more than 65 albums. Jan Martinelli will join on bass. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Place your checks made out to Oakmont Rainbow Women with a notation for Holly Near in our file in the OVA Office. This event will be a fundraiser for 10,000 Degrees, a non-profit administering directed scholarship funds as well as mentoring and support programs for disadvantaged students in Sonoma County. Our goal this year is to raise $5,000 to establish a named scholarship in the name of our organization targeted to a lesbian scholar. We need donations of raffle prizes and silent auction items for the concert. If you have anything you’d like to donate, or know of any businesses we should contact, please let us know. You can reach Carroll Johnson at carroll.

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“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.”—Lucian Annaeus Seneca Once again, our annual Mardi Gras bash was a great success. This is the first time that we have asked our members to bring their own food, and you responded with everything from casual to gourmet dining. The band was great, and we even had a Zydeco dance lesson! Many thanks to John Ross, a well-known local

dance teacher from The Ballroom Dance Studio. Our “float” was back, throwing beads and doubloons to the revelers, and the Hurricane Punch was a smash hit. As always, it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our volunteers, who show up early to set up and decorate the Berger Center and stay late to clean up.

Coming up

Get your green on and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day— Boomer Style! It’s a potluck, it’s a competition, it’s a social. Bring food for yourself and/or your table, or enter our contest by choosing one of five traditional St. Patrick’s Day dishes. An independent panel of judges will award prizes ($50 gift certificates to Stout Brothers Irish Pub and Restaurant in Santa Rosa) to the winners in each

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


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Son of Pizza Palooza

Free, members-only social where attendees enjoy pizza and dance to a custom-made playlist of tunes chosen for maximum dancing pleasure. More details to come in future Oakmont News editions. WHEN: April 21 WHERE: Berger Center BRING: BYOB

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category. Increase your chances of winning by competing in more than one division. (For a dish to be eligible for a prize there must be a minimum of three entries in each food category.) Choose one of the following, and please prepare enough to serve 8–10 people: Corned Beef and Cabbage; Irish Stew (Lamb or Beef); Colcannon; Irish Soda Bread; Guinness Pudding with Whiskey Cream. To sign up to enter one or more of the five prescribed dishes in the competition, please visit www. Click on “Sign up for the Next Club Event,” and then click on “St. Patrick’s Day: Get Your Green On.” In the second-to-last paragraph of text, click on the underlined word, “here.” You’ll be given a choice of dishes to sign up for. You may need to do this more than once for multiple entries. If you’d like to register for the event, but do not want to compete or bring a dish to share, RSVP by sending an E-mail to Get into the spirit by wearing your luckiest green outfit, gather your member friends, and join us as we socialize and sample the Emerald Isle’s favorite cuisine! WHEN: March 17, 6–8 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center BRING: Food for yourself and/or your table, BYOB COST: Free—members only, please


Come join the community at Star of the Valley on Tuesday, April 5 at 11:30 a.m. and share in fellowship, lunch and an engaging talk by Steven Campbell. Deadline for reservations is Friday, April 1. Tickets are only $15 for the luncheon and presentation. There is a no-host bar. Checks should be made out to Star of the Valley Men’s Club and put in the Men’s Club box at the Parish Center. Or, send your check to 495 White Oak Dr. Santa Rosa, CA 95409, Attn: Steven Campbell Luncheon. Questions? Call Jim Warman, 230-2682. Steven Campbell, former professor and now nationwide speaker, is the author of Making Your Mind Magnificent—Flourishing at Any Age. His fourth book titled, Making HIS Mind Your Mentor will soon be in book stores. photo by Robert Couse-Baker

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Have you ever wanted more from your wine appreciation? There is a new wine club, right here in Oakmont. We are called Valley of the Moon Wine Club. At VOTMWC, you will plunge head first into everything and anything related to the world of wine. Whether you are no stranger to life’s liquid pleasures or you are already smelling, swirling and spitting for the first time, join us for beginner to advanced instruction on the world of wines. Our club is designed to build your understanding, awareness and appreciation for the whole spectrum of wine. We also include other beverages, such as beer, sprits and sake. Gaining an understanding of your own palate and taste will lead to a sense of ease and confidence with wine. If you are already comfortable with wine participating in our club events and trips offers you an opportunity to meet others, have fun, and sharpen your observations and insights into wine. Our yearly dues are $12 per year. If you have any further questions or want to join in on the fun, please contact me at 595-1239.


The Wines of Italy: North, South and the Islands: Italy is currently the No. 1 wine exporting and production country in the world, as well as the most imported wine into the United States. Italy is a force in the wine world that is hard to ignore! WHEN: March 9 and 16, 7–9 p.m. WHERE: CAC building card room COST: Club members $70, non-club members $80 The Wines of Spain: Welcome to the wines of Spain, far from the ordinary! Discover the exciting world of Spanish wines! WHEN: April 13, 7–9 p.m. WHERE: CAC building Card room

COST: Club members $25, non-club members $30 The Sweet Class: Port and Sherry: Join us for this popular class, as we examine the difference and similarities of these fortified wines. WHEN: May 11, 7–9 p.m. WHERE: CAC building card room COST: Club members $35, non-club members $40

Pinochle nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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

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10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

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



10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Intermed B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:00 AM Lawn Bowling Qtrly Mt’g BC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Church Choir Practice D 7:00 PM Single Boomers BC 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR 7:00 PM VOM Wine Club E

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Intermed LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM American Mah Jongg CR

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 10:00 AM Landscape Imp Comm G 10:30 AM Oakmont Music Lovers E 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Intermed LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM OLLI BC 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Oakgreen HOA D 2:00 PM Tension Releasing Exer LW 3:00 PM OVA Board Workshop E 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:00 PM Short Story Book Club EC 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Photo Steering Comm EC 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon BC 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Intermed LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Tension Releasing Exer LW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 5:00 PM Nextdoor Community Party E 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM VOM Wine Club CR 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Intermed B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM OCDC B 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 AM Music at Oakmont BC 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:30 PM Oakmont Educators Club AR 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Church Choir Practice D 6:30 PM Rainbow Women E 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Art Association Board G 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 10:00 AM Art Association BC 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Intermed LW 12:00 PM Current Events E 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:00 PM OTC Annual Meeting E

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM American Mah Jongg CR 3:00 PM Music at Oakmont BC











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

7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 7:15 AM Kiwanis E 8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Jim Kaiser Celebr of Life E 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Kiwanis Board Meeting E 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Meditation B 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 11:30 AM Tap Practice Intermed LW 11:00 AM OVA BoD Exe Session G 11:00 AM Grandparents Club AR 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:15 AM Spanish Class Intermed B 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 11:15 AM Tap Class Intermed LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Parkinson’s Support Group B 12:00 PM Canasta CR 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM OakMUG UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 4:00 PM Sha Boom BC 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 3:00 PM Lawn Bowling Board Ste 6 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 6:30 PM Church Choir Practice D 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 5:00 PM OTC Membership Mtg E 7:00 PM Boomers BC 2:00 PM Tension Releasing Exer LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Documentary Films E 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 7:00 PM Oakmont Book Group B 7:00 PM Rainbow Women UW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:30 PM The Orchard Qtrly Meeting EC 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

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

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:00 AM ZUMBA Gold Intermed LW 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Intermed LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM iPad Sig D 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Computer Learning Ctr BC 2:00 PM Tension Releasing Exer LW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 5:00 PM Rotary Bunco E 5:30 PM LOMMA Qtrly Meeting UW 6:00 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW 7:00 PM VOM Wine Club CR

7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Intermed B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Craft Guild AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:30 PM Zumba Gold Intermed LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Church Choir Practice D 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 7:00 PM Bone/Joint Health Semin BC

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM ZUMBA Gold Intermed LW 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Creative Writing Class D 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Intermed LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Tension Releasing Exer LW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Grandparents Club Ste 6 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR


9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM H.E.A.R.S. E 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC




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





7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Spanish Class Intermed B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Zumba Gold Introductory LW 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM OHI Fundraiser BC 2:30 PM Zumba Gold Intermed LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR


8:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Intermed LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OVA Bod Fireside Chats BCFS 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 AM Easter Egg Hunt BC 1:00 PM Bocce

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


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The Intermediate hike will depart from Berger at 9 a.m., walk to Spring Lake through Annadel State Park on Channel Dr. Circle the lake and walk back home. This hike is 7½–8 miles on level pavement. The Short hikers (four miles) drive towards Spring Lake, turn left on Channel Dr., park in the area by Cobblestone Trail at the Montgomery Dr. metal bridge. Meet at the bridge around 9:45 p.m. Bring lunch or snack and water. Hike is on, rain or shine! Hike leader is Donna McCulloch, 539-5730.


This long but spectacular hike with incredible views in eastern Napa county is 11 miles with elevation of 2,465’ or 1,200’. Hikers have the option to start at upper or lower end of the trail. The trails are very rocky and narrow in places. Wear boots, use poles, bring water and lunch. Postpone if rain. It is a view hike. Meet at Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Lynn Pelletier, 537-7011.


This five-mile minimal elevation hike takes less than two hours. From Berger Center, through Meadowridge Dr., trek through the scenic West Rec. by the creek, go north on Stonebridge Rd. and go south on Meadowridge Dr., traverse the Gamefield walking course, walk across Oakmont’s “Golden Gate” bridge to Channel Drive in Annadel State Park, walk by the church and back to Berger Center. Bring water, pole optional. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Ed Low, 538-7785.



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


To find out whether a hike has been cancelled because of rain, call the hike leader by 8 a.m. on the morning of the hike.


It is customary for riders to help drivers with gas costs on hikes more than 30 miles roundtrip, away from the local area. A suggested amount is $5/person. Check with your hike leader. Hikes are subject to change due to weather.


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We were taken to another private area to view even more cars. In total there were about 200 vehicles. Many famous people like Natalie Woods owned various cars. We all had a great fun day. Join us for the next adventure and meet us at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings or call me at 539-2802.

We will traverse the Redwood and Coyote Peak Trail for about 4.5 miles with 850 feet of elevation

climb. Good trails, mainly shaded with some views. Bring poles and lunch and water. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Phil Wigen. 538-3194.


Pictured above from left to right are: Jay, Doug, Joe, Gil, Bill, Mike, Martin, Bob, Chuck, and Ron (shortie) in the front.

Skyline Wilderness Park. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)


The Academy of Art Museum’s car collection gave us a tantalizing glimpse into the history of art and design of automobiles. We saw the expansive and expensive classic cars including Duesenberg, Packard, Jaguar, Bugatti, Alpha Romeo and many more one of kind perfectly restored beauties.

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Wanted—Poker Players

nFred Cunha

The Poker Club plays poker on Wednesday afternoon from 12:30–3 p.m. and Friday afternoon from 12:30–4 p.m. Interested players may call for details the following members: Louie, 538-2889; Ken, 545-6842; Jeff, 236-5792; or me at 537-1636.

nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith, being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. You are warmly invited to Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. The great privilege of the Christian life is to participate in the soul’s development. The sermon series “Soulcraft” is an examination of that thing we call discipleship.

March 6

Dan Melligan will be preaching from Philippians 4:4–7; Let Your Gentleness Be Evident to All. Debbie Knapp will be playing the piano.

March 13

Dan Melligan will be sharing from Colossians 1:19– 23; Reconciliation. We will also be having our annual church meeting where we look back at the past year to see where God was evident and look forward to where He may be taking us. We will partake in communion together.

March 20

Mark your calendars as this will be a special service honoring Palm Sunday and preparing us for the events of Holy Week.

Just for Fun Game Club nPhillip Herzog

There’s a New Club in Town!

I’ve recently heard that there used to be a game club here in Oakmont. Well, there is one again! If you like to play games, then The Just For Fun Game Club is for you. We play card games, board games, tile games, dice games, etc. Come join us for fun and games and friendship. Don’t forget to observe the number one rule—have fun! We are meeting in the Card Room on the first and third Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and on the second and fourth Saturdays at 1 p.m. It’s okay if you can’t be there when we start, just be there when you can. Most of the time people play for one to two hours, but you can play as long as you like, or until they kick you out for the night, whichever comes first! Those who are present decide which games to play. Bring your favorite games with you and teach others how to play or learn new games or just play what you know. Just come out and play with us. The more the merrier! So, if you like to play Hand and Foot, Parcheesi, Settlers of Catan, Poker, Chicken Foot, Liars Dice, Uno, Chess, Mah Jongg, Bridge, Magic: the Gathering, Mexican Train, Bunko, Set, Rack-O, Monopoly, Acquire, 7 Wonders, Go, Mississippi Marbles, Trivial Pursuit, Canasta, Dominos, Pictionary, Rheinlander, Chinese Checkers, Rummikub, Hearts, Skip-Bo…well, I think you get the idea. There are way too many games to list here. To get more information or to join the club, E-mail me at 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. Oh, and please spread the word! We hope to see you soon.

Valley of the Moon Rotary Club nJohn Brodey

A Life Worth Growing

Teenagers can be stubborn and difficult to reach. I was a standard bearer for mediocrity as a high school student and remember being mostly disinterested in just about everything except music and politics (I had JFK fever). My general apathy was obvious enough to have secured the dubious distinction of being voted Least Likely to Volunteer for the yearbook my senior year. Obviously a Nobel Peace Prize was not in my future, but these days kids volunteer like crazy, mostly to bolster their college resumes. It does seem, however, that they do possess a greater awareness of what’s going in the world around them than we did. I mention all this as a way of illustrating how life changes one’s perception and priorities over time. Like a lot of my fellow Valley of the Moon Rotarians, I had felt a general desire to give back after so many years of benefiting from an abundance of opportunities. I wanted to make my life count in a more meaningful way. I admire those people who have an idea and want to take on a cause by starting their own service mission. For some of us, it’s more a matter of “I don’t know where to start, how can I help make a difference?” Rotary has provided that platform for all of us. Projects and organizations that we evaluate and decide to support enable us to have greater impact as part of a group. All of a sudden that frustration to find out how best to make something good happen dissipates. We are proud of the impact our simple efforts have on the community and it is always exciting when our neighbors decide to join us. Sometimes, it is someone new to Oakmont who is looking to find new ways to engage. For others, it is a matter of finally saying now is the time. No question, our club is just as much about fellowship, mutual support and becoming part of another family as it is about helping others. But it’s always an honor and a sign of our club’s vibrancy when we accept new members. In the past few months we have welcomed four new members and one group membership. They are all Oakmont residents and include: Mike Ash, John Theilade, Heather Peterson, Andy Trinkinio and Noel Mechau from the Golf Club and Quail Inn. In addition, we are pleased to count as new members: Mikki SchmidtPetersen, David Beach, Mike O’Brien and Frank Giannini. Our club remains 50+ strong and we invite you for breakfast, anytime. See you at 7:15 a.m. on Fridays at the Quail Inn. You won’t find any strangers, only new friends.

Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont nJulie Kiil


The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 17 with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The menu will be a St. Patrick’s Day Theme—Corn Beef and Cabbage with all the fixings and Mint-Chip Ice Cream. The price of the dinner is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members and includes cocktails before dinner, tax, and gratuity. Reservations in advance are a must, and are due by Monday, March 14. Please contact Ed Low at 5387785. The White Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.

Pickleball Corner nTom Kendrick

On the political front

Boy, are things heating up in our country’s politics— we have a reality-show host, an evangelist, a socialist, and a guy who looks like he’s 12 years old! They call each other liars, robots, and further impugn each other’s good name. Too bad they’re not more like us Oakmonters—polite, civil, and never say a bad word about each other!

Pickleball in Virginia Beach!

From the Southside Daily: “Pickleball is exploding on the Virginia Beach recreational scene. Seniors in particular can’t seem to get enough of the game as a way to stay active and to release their competitive side … it’s an easy way to make friends and a fun community to be a part of.”

Prospective residents ask about pickleball!

Wally Schilpp, former OVA Board member, is a volunteer guide for people considering moving to Oakmont. He says that not only are many prospective buyers asking about pickleball, but that three have purchased here because of pickleball!

Profile: Anita Easland

How long have you lived in Oakmont? Seven years. Before that, Diane and I lived on a ranch in Annapolis for 17 years. Diane Naylor? The physical therapist? The athlete? The singer for the Dills? Yes, and my wife since 2008. (But we’ve been together for 25 years!) Your job? My background is in nursing. I was in management and a supervisor at Redwood Coast Medical Services in Gualala. How did you come to be a pickleballer? I was an avid tennis player for years, but sustained a knee injury which ended my tennis days. After a long period of depression, I read an article in the Oakmont News about pickleball over at Wild Oak. I gave it a try, it Anita Easland and Diane Naylor. didn’t hurt my knee, and I was immediately hooked. Tell me briefly about pickleball in Oakmont. It began when PJ Savage and Van Nason got OPC started in 2013. Then Noel Lyons and I gave a presentation to the OVA board in hopes of having courts here. We had a core group of supporters that included Joan Seliga and Judy Salmina. So that was three boards ago? Yes, we are now in our third board and we hope the incoming (fourth) board will vote to continue the process. So, one could say that this is all your fault? Ha! Yes, I suppose so. But after my injury, not being able to play tennis, plus hearing similar stories, I know it’s the right thing for Oakmont. It’s been a tremendous struggle with a lot of nastiness and it makes me sick to see neighbors arguing like this, but I just know it’s the right thing, and I’m proud to be doing this. A reminder: If you haven’t already done so, get your 2016 dues in! WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Every day! WHY: Fun, exercise and meet nice people. ATTIRE: Proper court attire requested. Loaner paddles available. NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266


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Oakmont HEARS

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

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

Subject: Exchange of hearing information among Oakmonters and a presentation by Apollo Hearing, a startup for internet hearing aids. Apollo founders will describe their plan to build and provide low cost hearing aids over the internet. HEARS is trying to help them get hearing aid user information for development of their company strategies. A wealth of information on hearing issues exists that can be described by some of our Oakmont residents. Part of the March meeting will be devoted to their experiences and answers to participant’s questions. Here’s something that could be of use if you think you may have a hearing loss but haven’t done anything about it. A DIY (do it yourself) hearing test

nStephanie Wrightson

using an iPhone. Download the free (https://www. app and play with it to your heart’s content. SRJC has organized a Hearing Strategy Support group meeting once a month on their campus. It is open and free to anyone. The February meeting was on Cochlear implants. The March meeting will be on Tinnitus. Contact coordinator Debbie Ezersky at for specifics. For a plethora of information on hearing issues, join the HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America) A free CTAP (California Telephone Access Program) ALTO amplifier telephone is available to anyone who would like to evaluate and keep it, if useful. E-mail me if you are interested. To be included on the HEARS E-mail distribution contact Carol at

Tennis Club


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

Busy West Courts (but could it just be April Fools’ Day?)


Club members are invited to the spring membership meeting, Friday, March 11, 4:30 p.m., East Rec. Meet your 2016 officers, learn about this year’s tennis and social events, receive your 2016 OTC Roster and enjoy a no-cost buffet with wine. This is a business meeting for dues-paying members only. If you haven’t yet renewed your 2016 dues and/ or you wish to enroll your spouse/resident significant other, see the membership coupon. Submit your dues by March 1 to be included in the printed OTC roster.


Getting to Know You, our first 2016 social tennis event, is scheduled for April 9. Details in the next issue.


Team Oakmont’s mixed doubles team beat the Airport Athletic Club on their home turf 2-1. Bring your beverage/snack and cheer on the ‘hood. Remaining matches: March 6, 11:30 a.m. (at La Cantera); March 12, 2 p.m. (West Courts); March 19, 12 p.m. (West Courts).


In March, we honor the pioneering achievements of women athletes—in particular, California-native Billie Jean King. Billy Jean is known for her court performance (20 Wimbledon titles; four US Open wins; and a French Open and Australian Open win). She did even more for women’s tennis off the courts. She played a significant role in establishing the Women’s Tennis Association and fought for gender equality. Who can forget her 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” win over Bobby Riggs?!

nRay and Marie Haverson

The Pasta King is coming to Oakmont

On March 19 we are having our Italian Dinner/ Dance with food supplied by the famous Pasta King. Menu as follows: 1. Pesto Polenta; 2. Anti-Pasta Trays; 3. Italian Meat Balls; 4. Pasta in Marinara Sauce; 5. Mixed Green Salad with Herbal Vinaigrette Dressing; 6. Rolls and Butter; 7. Fruit Basket Chocolate and Vanilla Cake with Whipped Cream. Music is provided by Billy Mac and Company. You asked for it—you got it: “The Mac Is Back.” This is a great band if you like 50s-60s music. If you like to dance be ready to spend the night on the dance floor. We have had a lot of request to bring them back so don’t miss this one. WHEN: Saturday, March 19 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; dinner 5–6 p.m.; music 6–9:30 p.m. COST: Members $35pp, guest of member $40pp, non-members $49pp. Best deal $47pp includes membership.


Open to all Oakmont residents, membership to Sha-Boom Events Club is not required. Country Line has been performing the Kingston Trio Show since 1969. They have even played with the Kingston Trio over the years. If you want to roll back time, have some laughs and enjoy a fabulous show you will not want to miss A Salute to the Kingston Trio. This show will be table seating. Please feel free to bring your own food and drink to enjoy at your table. WHEN: Saturday, April 16 WHERE: The Berger Center TIME: 7–9:30 p.m. COST: $20 p.p. No membership required. Free cookies, coffee and lemon water


All seats are reserved when your check is received. If you have people you want to sit with please make sure all checks are in one envelope or we cannot guarantee you will be sitting together, the same applies to tables of eight. There will be no switching from one table to another after your seat is assigned. If one person wants to reserve a table of eight and pay for all eight seats and give us the names later that is OK. We will need all names within 15 days of event per new OVA rules. Please keep in mind we have a no-refund policy, sorry. Thank you for your understanding.


Deposit this coupon and a check for $20/person in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office. (Re)join by March 1 to be listed in the 2016 OTC Roster. Providing your E-mail implies permission to include your E-mail address in the printed roster. It is not shared elsewhere. Name:________________________________________________________________________________________

E-mail address:______________________________________ Phone Number:____________________________ Address:______________________________________________________________________________________


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

Name:________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number:________________________________

Guests at your table of eight: _____________________________________________________________________

Passages Robert Waska, 18-year Oakmont resident, passed away January 16. Chris Cleveland, 22-year Oakmont resident, passed away February 9. Jack Ryan, 29-year Oakmont resident, passed away February 21. Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone, 538-4293 or E-mail wallyschilpp1@, to publish the name and date of death of your loved one in the Oakmont News.


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nRosemary Waller


We celebrate March with two outstanding concerts. On March 10, at 1:30 p.m. in Berger, we welcome one of Music at Oakmont’s favorite groups, the Lincoln Piano Trio, from Chicago. This distinguished ensemble will perform music by Clarke, Piazzolla, Turina, and Cuellar. Program notes follow for the Clarke Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano. Complete program notes are available on our website

Moving to New York in 1916, Clarke premiered her composition titled Morpheus, under the pseudonym Anthony Trent. Reviewers praised the Trent work, ignoring the pieces credited to Clarke that she performed on the same recital. In a 1919 competition, Clarke’s viola sonata tied for first place with a work by Ernest Bloch, but Bloch was later declared the sole winner. Reporters speculated that Rebecca Clarke was merely a whimsical alias created by Bloch, positing that such a piece could not have been written by a woman. She lived to the age of 93, her small musical output remaining largely unknown. It is now widely respected and regularly performed.

A Party at Oakmont Gardens Following the March 10 Concert

Rebecca Clarke, Trio: Rebecca Clarke was born in England in 1886 to a German mother and an American father, a sales rep for the Eastman Kodak Co. She studied violin at the Royal Academy in London. Her father abruptly pulled her out when a harmony professor proposed marriage. (Undaunted, he later willed her his Stradivarius violin!) Transferring to the Royal College, she studied composition and viola. Her difficult relationship with her father collapsed when she confronted him with an actual house of cards constructed from the letters of his mistress. Ejected from her home, she supported herself by making history: she is the first known woman to be engaged by a professional symphony orchestra. Sir Henry Wood hired her in 1912 for the Queen’s Hall Orchestra. Note: the New York Philharmonic hired its first female player in1966.

nLaVerne Polkinghorn

Immediately after the March 10 program, Oakmont Gardens is generously hosting a reception, directly across the street, in their beautiful new lobby. The entire audience is invited to savor excellent refreshments and to meet the members of the Lincoln Trio: Desirée Ruhstrat, David Cunliffe, and Marta Aznavoorian. Please plan to join us! WHAT: Lincoln Piano Trio WHEN: Thursday, March 10, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door, or your season pass

A Special Extra Concert on March 12

On Saturday, March 12, at 3 p.m. in Berger, we continue our tradition of presenting the fabulously talented Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Groups. The Youth Orchestra Brass and the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra will be featured. WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Groups WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 3 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $10, at door, but free to age 16 and under. (Note: this is a special extra concert, benefitting both Music at Oakmont and Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Groups, not part of our regular series.)

Grandparents’ Club Easter Egg Hunt Saturday, March 26

March 18 is the last day to register for the Easter Egg Hunt. The Grandparents’ Club event, for toddlers through age 12, will be held Saturday, March 26 from 1–2:30 p.m. at Berger Center. The cost, $5 per child, covers all activities: jumpy house, balloon art face painting, live music and oodles of prizes. Participants are encouraged to arrive early since the first hunt for eggs with candy and-prize tickets begins promptly at 1:20 p.m. Please don’t be late. Three separate egg-hunting grounds will be set up on the

grassy areas adjacent to Berger Center. The youngest group, toddlers–3-year-olds, will go first at 1:20 p.m., followed by children 4–6 years of age at 1:35 p.m. The last hunt is for 7 to 12-year-olds, beginning at 1:50 p.m. To sign up, please fill out the form below and place it with your check payable to the Grandparents’ Club in the folder in the OVA Office by Friday, March 18— that’s the last day of registration. There will also be forms available in the Grandparents’ Club folder. Any questions can be directed to Evelyn George, 539-5688.

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

New Classes: Tension-Releasing Exercises TRE® nAngela Merola

A self-healing mechanism to release stress that goes straight to the root

WHEN: Tuesdays, 2–3 p.m. WHERE: Lower Level West Rec. Center WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat, water, dress comfortably. The only requirement for a group class is that you must be able to stand and get up and down from the floor without assistance. COST: First class is free! Six classes for $90 or $20/ class CALL FOR QUESTIONS: (214) 418-6860 or E-mail Living in Oakmont is a relatively stress-free environment so I was concerned when I felt stressed out! I knew my 35-year history of working in the corporate world, and as a sole proprietor, was as much stress as I could bear but that was over… or was it? I was introduced to TRE by a friend, a pediatrician and psychotherapist. After the first session I felt like an elephant had released his foot from my body. I felt “lighter” and I was deeply relaxed both mentally and physically. I learned that even though the stress of my job had long since passed, the stress and tension from it was still lodged in my muscle structure and was sending messages to my brain as if it was active. TRE was so simple and effective in releasing that stress I knew instantly that I wanted to become an instructor and share this extraordinary simple technique that anyone can do. What I love most about TRE® is that it activates your body’s own natural rebalancing ability. The therapeutic muscle tremors evoked by the TRE exercise process is a natural, internal, neurophysiological response of the body to reduce its own stress and restore a sense of well-being. While it is different than yoga, meditation, working out, or counseling, research shows that TRE® deepens all other stress-relief practices. So how do you navigate from stress to success? TRE is a body-based (somatic) process, when done properly, through a Certified TRE Provider, can allow you to discharge tension from the body, which often does not require “revisiting the story,” (i.e. verbally describing or talking about the stressful experience). In this class you will experience this revolutionary process created by Dr. David Berceli. The TRE® movement sequence is personalized for your body type and physical abilities. Ongoing skilled support will help you to develop a regular practice for deep, lasting positive change. Not only am I your instructor but I’m also your neighbor! My husband Peter and I have lived in Oakmont for three years. I’m very excited to be a part of improving the health of our community. Reported benefits include: less worry and anxiety, reduces symptoms of PTSD, more energy and endurance, improved marital relationships, less workplace stress, better sleep, less relationship conflict, reduced muscle and back pain, increased flexibility, greater emotional resiliency, decreases symptoms of vicarious trauma, healing of old injuries, lessened anxiety surrounding serious illness and relief from chronic medical conditions.


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Qigong nJanet Seaforth, Instructor

2016 is the Year of the Fire Monkey in the Chinese Zodiac and is their biggest celebration.

Tai Chi for Beginners

nJohn Phillips

Lat Pull-Down

nCathy Rapp

As I write this in early February, the temperature is near 80 and the cloudless sky is blue. By the time you read this, it could be (hopefully) raining again. But don’t let the changing weather rule your exercise program. Join water aerobics. If it’s raining, who cares? You’re already wet! Wear a shower or baseball cap to keep your head warm and jump in! To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

winter water aerobics schedule west pool

People born in the Year of the Monkey: Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross, Alice Walker, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Michael Douglas, Mick Jagger, Bette Davis, Annie Oakley, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Miley Cyrus. Monkey Traits: Wise, intelligent, confident, loyal, inventive, charming, lucky, adaptable, and lively and mischievous. Monkey is the trickster. They can also be egotistical, arrogant, crafty, restless and snobbish. It is noted that monkeys finish what they start. Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happiness and Prosperity! February 8, 2016 to January 27, 2017. Fire qi is the expression of the previous Wood year’s vision. Fire Monkey is intense, passionate, and calls for a need to connect with others and begin actualization. Tending the fire; slow and steady does the job. Our job is to take our creativity, our dream, our truth into the new dimension of the future. What do we carry into the safety and enjoyment of the future? What is the treasure we protect to the enlightenment of others? What have we to share? What product have we to offer? What vision? What contribution to share with the Earth and our community? In Qigong practice we work with the natural life force energy to direct our own attention to the loving care of our body, mind, and our spirit or attitude. We align in softness and stillness to reconnect to ourselves and to each other. The gentle movements of qigong help us to cleanse the body of toxins, support and enhance the body’s systems. We use various Qigong movements to increase balance and flexibility, and restore our natural harmony, health and happiness. Everyone is welcome. Class starts at 8:30 a.m. on Friday mornings at the West Rec. Center. The cost is $15 to drop-in or $40/month. All movements are done from a standing position except on the fourth Friday when we do Chair Qigong. I have over 40 years of teaching experience. Call me at 894-7345. Website:

Fitness Club

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

Lap Swim Club nNancy Crosby


Have you year-round swimmers noticed? There haven’t been nearly the number of baby frogs in the pool this winter as in past years. Must be a sign of El Nino that they have enough water in their natural habitats to not visit ours! We still have the little net hanging from the overhead rope just in case a rescue is in order. Something else to be watching for in the near future is the annual blooming of the trees at the east pool, one of the most beautiful times to be at the pool, and a sure sign of spring around the corner!


We tend to be the non-club club. One meeting so far, no dues, membership friendships tend to be those people we see at the time and pool when we swim. However, we do have a website and the ability to post updates, closures and other various information to all who frequent the Oakmont pools. If you would like to be a part of this group of dedicated swimmers, send your name and E-mail address to, and you will receive an invitation to join!

Continuing with my series of exercises that are performed incorrectly, the Lat Pull-down is another one of those exercises which is really good for the upper back especially esthetically, when it is performed correctly. It primarily works the Latissimus dorsi, the trapezius, and the Rhomboid Major and gives width to the back, giving the body that nice v-shape that many strive to obtain. The Lat Pull-down is one of those exercises that can be performed correctly or very incorrectly and the incorrect form can be correct for the right person. What do I mean by that? Primarily I’m writing about the wide grip pull-down, and people who pull the handle behind their head. The only people who should attempt to perform a behind the head pull-down are those who are flexible enough to naturally pull their arms down and behind the head without forcing the arms. The shoulder girdle of most people is not designed for the arms to be pulled behind the head with a pole attached to a weight without the head moving forward. When the head is bent down to allow the pole to go behind it the cervical vertebrae are moved into a flexed position causing pressure on the vertebrae and because of the position of the trapizius it causes the muscle fibers to stretch in certain areas while the muscle is trying to flex in others. Not good for the muscle. Remember, whenever we are working out, we want our spine to be in a natural position. If the head and neck are in a neutral position, then the trapizuius would also be in neutral and allow the proper muscle fiber to flex without other fibers fighting them by not being stretched. What is proper form for the wide grip pull-down? Grab the bar wide, pull down and sit down on the bench, you want to have the seat adjusted so that the knees are at a 90-degree bend and the knees just touch the support bar. Bend back slightly at the hip and pull the bar down and back to the upper chest/sternum area. The forearms should match the same angle as the cable of the machine. Keep your core tight. Remember if it doesn’t feel right or good, then it properly isn’t. If you have any questions on how to perform this or any exercise, please feel free in asking me about it, and if you are looking to start or change an exercise program, please contact me at, or call 494-9086 or stop by the Fitness Center at the Central Activities building next to Berger and see what we have going on. Look forward to seeing everyone at the Fitness Center.

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Early bird registration is March 1–April 15. Save $5. Team rosters need to be finalized May 27. For individual sports, registration closes one week before the event.

Holistic Yoga

nDr. Katy Ha Faculty Sonoma State University

nDonna Connell (IYT)

Been a little off balance? If so, Tai Chi at Oakmont is for you, especially if you are a beginner. Besides strengthening your legs and improving your agility, stress is reduced and relaxation is deepened. We are a small group and would love to welcome you to our five-week workshop for the beginner. Pre-registration is required so call me at 318-5284 to sign up or ask me any questions. Tuition is $75 for a five-class introductory workshop. We meet on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the Upper West Rec. Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments.

This popular ongoing class is an opportunity to build strong, flexible muscles, gain better balance, and learn the healing power of deep breathing. It will help you become more conscious of your body and its signals. You will learn proper alignment of the spine in each pose. This will help improve your posture and range of movement. This focus aids in avoiding injury to the back and joints. Yoga can facilitate healing the body inwardly and outwardly, center the mind and attain deep levels of relaxation. I am a certified Integrative Yoga Therapist, and have

been teaching in Oakmont since 2001, combining yoga with healing, aiding the individual in promoting a safe and effective practice. My approach to yoga is non-competitive helping each student at their own individual level of ability. Come join this friendly class and experience solid effective instruction from a teacher who is approachable and dedicated. All levels and abilities are welcome. Classes are Monday at 8:45 a.m., Wednesday and Friday at 9 a.m. at the West Recreation Center. First class is free with the purchase of a class pass, $75/8 classes. Call me at 799-3099 or E-mail


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Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength. No class March 3. TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Keep on coming! The longer you stay, the more coming to class becomes a habit. If you haven’t joined, it is never too late! You can join at any time! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. The aerobic format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body. Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Balance and Strength class offers. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own so please come and exercise with us! The Aerobic Class format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your hear rate up and work your body. Using equipment, such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Balance and Strength class offers.

nLynn Seng, Instructor


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

nTeresa Woodrum

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

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself, fostering connections with friends, and inviting loved ones closer. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle— hydration revitalizes. Bring hand weights on March 7, 16 and 25. Class is cancelled on Friday, March 11. Thank you for your generous contributions to Oakmont Community foundation, supporting the health of our community through physical education. The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All free fitness classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, wellsupervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful dear ones.

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Game Night Thursday, March 31, 5 pm berger center

“Fabulous Feud!” All the fun and excitement of your favorite network game show. Compete for a few rounds; laugh, cheer and console. Professional MC. Exciting stage design and gaming consoles. Join the fun! Summerfield Cinema’s popcorn will be on each table. Please bring your favorite beverage. Paypal is easy on the OHI website: https://sites. Proceeds will support the continuation of Free Fitness Classes; providing healthy opportunities for you and your community. We look forward to welcoming you. Thank you for your support!

game show ticket purchase form

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

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

WHEN: Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series

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

Explore yoga poses safely in a supportive and compassionate environment. I enjoy giving handson adjustments and can modify poses as needed. My classes integrate breath and core strengthening with a focus on alignment. Let your stress level decrease while you increase your energy level, strength, flexibility and focus. Perfect for new students, senior students and advanced students who need a more restful practice. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Classes cover breath work (pranayama), postures (asana) and strengthening core work. Ease your back and relax your neck! Feel stronger on and off the mat.

My classes are appropriate for all levels. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and any props you need—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I also teach Chair classes and Stretch and Balance classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.

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The Enocureans

nEllen Leznik

Marie McBride


If you are thinking of selling this Spring, now is the time to start planning. Please call me for a complimentary market analysis of your home’s value.

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Enjoying life, food, wine and friendship at the Enocureans’ events.

Supper Club Evening at Suite D in Sonoma Tuesday, March 22, 6–9 pm

A supper club is a combination of a dining establishment and a social club. The term has a somewhat old-fashioned and high-class image, but the price is usually affordable to all. For the Enocureans’ March event, we will create our own supper club at Suite D, a multipurpose, urbanindustrial event space in Sonoma brought to you by the team that owns both the Girl & The Fig restaurant and The Fig Cafe. By popular demand, our three-course, wine-paired supper will be followed by dancing to our favorite prerecorded tunes. Fun is guaranteed to be had by all! Menu: Apéritif Salad: Frisee and Lardon Salad Entrée: Cassoulet—house-made sausage, duck confit, flageolet beans Dessert: Creme Caramel Wine: a flight of four wines, 3 oz pours each The all-inclusive price for this event is $60 for club members, $65 for non-members. For more information about this event or the Enocureans please contact me at

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Buddhist Meeting March 26 nPennijean Savage

“I think religion is a crutch for the weak. If people are hardworking and self-reliant, why do they need religion? “The purpose of Nichiren Buddhist practice is to help you enhance the effectiveness of your efforts in whatever you do, and to improve your strengths and overcome your weaknesses at the deepest level. It enables you to bring forth deep self-confidence and the limitless potential and worth in others, and provides a sure way to fully utilize that potential, creating a ripple effect that can even change society and create a foundation for peace. Even if you feel you don’t need it, you cannot fail to benefit from it.”—Living Buddhism, March 2016, p. 8. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, March 26 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, March 26, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

Bocce Club nBarbara Bowman


Club president Sal Colombo declared that everyone competing in the Valentine’s Day Tournament was already a winner, and before anyone even tossed out a pallino, he awarded each bowler a large See’s chocolate heart. On such a lovely day, surrounded by amiable company, he was correct. Thanks, Sal. A large group turned out on February 13 for the year’s first event.


If it seems that bocce players have a good time, you’re right. Come watch us play any day at 1 p.m. except Sunday to see if you’d like to learn. You’ll find folks willing to give lessons. But, don’t delay, there are nine more tournaments plus several events (with food!) to enjoy.

Barbara Newton, Jeanne Marcinik, Fritzie Ammantite and Rita McBride feeling Bocce Love at the tournament.


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“Every weird thing about you is beautiful and makes life interesting.” Is it so weird that I have a sophisticated steel-grey coat and sturdy build, yet have a tiny little meow? Is it so weird that a semi-shy 5 ½ y/o gal like me can be such a lively conversationalist, or have no problem soliciting cheek rubs? Is it so weird that I don’t want to share you with children or other cats? And if so, why would we want it any other way! Are you a loving person ready to adopt a loving cat? Let’s make life beautiful and interesting!

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Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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

Savannah really now... Being shy can be reeeally adorable (see above!). But sometimes it can keep a 1½ y/o Spaniel pup like me from having all the fun I deserve. In my foster home, I’m building trust and getting a sense of what it feels like to be a beloved family member (playing, snoozing on the sofa, learning new things, snuggling!), and hey, you know what? It’s reeeally FUN! Now I’m ready to find a quiet home where I can have another dog to pal around with and be loved fur-ever! Does this sound like your place? I’d reeeally love to meet you!

monetary prize (not really, but it got your attention, didn’t it?). Plans are moving along to have an Open Doubles Tournament in April. If it’s a go, a team sign-up sheet will be posted at the Bocce shed in March and tourney information will be made available. Be sure to regularly check the bulletin board on the Bocce shed for information on upcoming events and other important announcements.

Coming up

Bob Pond, Maureen McGettigan and Tony D’Agosta enjoy Bocce’s Valentine’s Day.


Saturday, March 12, bocce bowlers will be competing in the St. Patrick’s Day Tournament. To assure a place on a team, arrive by 12:45 p.m. for the 1 p.m. start. Wear your green and bowl for a huge

Monday, March 14: Tangling on the Opus tile Monday, March 28: Tangling on fabric TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail


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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU-Oakmont

nDavid Dearden

Spring Preview Register now for Spring 2016 Session

Classes start April 11. Website: http://www.

Statesmen and Rogues by Mick Chantler Mondays, April 11–May 16, 3–5 PM, BERGER CENTER

OLLI favorite Mick Chantler is back, this time to tell stories about our Founding Fathers. Join us as we examine the lives of five vanguard members of the American Revolutionary generation. While they were indeed brilliant political philosophers, military commanders, and founders of arguably the world’s oldest democracy, they also made some disastrous decisions, particularly on race and slavery. Mick Chandler, M.A., is an Early America and Civil War historian with wide experience and an enthusiastic following at four OLLI programs in the Bay Area. He also teaches in the Bay Area Roads Scholar Program.

Folklore, Magic, and Ritual By Dianne Smith, Ph.D. Wednesdays, April 13–May 18, 3–5 PM, BERGER CENTER

The study of folklore began as European literati documented kitchen tales, superstitions, and other oral traditions of local villagers and domestic servants.

nCarol Decker

Study revealed complex meaning or function below the surface of tales, jokes, and myths. Theorizing about hidden meaning stimulated early psychoanalysts like Freud and Jung. Even Hitler saw the power in symbols and meaning found in peasant archetypes. Field anthropologist Dianne Sigmund Freud Smith has studied pre-modern circa 1900. cultures in the Americas, Europe and Asia. She spent 30 years at UC Riverside, CSULA, and SRJC winning numerous awards for teaching excellence.

Affairs Council. He has taught at Westmont College, the California Maritime Academy, and at many OLLI venues including SSU and Oakmont.

The Cobra and the Mongoose: China and Japan in Conflict By Perry Ritenour, Ph.D. Thursdays, April 14–May 19, 3–5 PM, EAST REC. CENTER

Spring 2016 OLLI at SSU brochures, course descriptions, and registration forms are available in the OVA Office, the Central Activity Center, and online at registration. Please direct questions about OLLI at SSU Oakmont courses and activities to Chair, Fradel Been, at 293-3181 or by E-mail at Guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting. Scholarship assistance is available to all OLLI at SSU classes.

The Cobra (China) and the Mongoose (Japan) have been in conflict since the 13th century. Each by turns has been seeking supremacy in Asia. China is ascending again and challenging Japan, and others, for control of the western Pacific. The U.S. has a security treaty with Japan, which could draw America into Sino-Japanese disputes. Will the U.S. persue containment of China through diplomatic and military support for Japan? Perry Rittenour, Ph.D. is an Asian historian, military veteran, and member of the Sonoma Co. World

Oakmont Art Association


The annual Open Studios event will take place on May 7 and 8, when Oakmont Art Association members will have a chance to display and sell their creations from their homes. Open Studios is an unparalleled opportunity for Oakmont artists to gain access to a wider art-loving audience. All creative activities and all studios, no matter how large or small, are welcome. It’s easy to register! Just fill out and return the registration form below. Final registration deadline is March 23. This popular event will be publicized beyond Oakmont, so we’ll expect especially good attendance.


Acclaimed watercolorist Dale Laitinen will be teaching classes here on April 2 and 3. The classes are full, but Bonnie Crosse will take names for a wait list, 282-9076. In addition, Dale will do a live demo on Friday evening, April 1 at 7 p.m. at the East Rec. Center, with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be $5 for Art Association members and $10 for non-members. Because of space constraints we will only sell 80 tickets. Our Treasurer, Cathy Rapp, will be selling tickets at the next association meeting on March 11, or you may contact her directly at 537-9281).


The Colors of Music—A Watercolor Workshop with Dorothy Pierce: On May 21, noted watercolorist, and former Oakmont resident, Dorothy Pierce, is returning to Sonoma County to lead two, 2-hour workshops interpreting/expressing music in watercolor. Classes will be held in the CAC art room, 10 a.m.–12 noon or 1:30–3:30 .m. and are limited to 12 participants each. The $30 fee will be donated to the SRJC Art Scholarship fund. (Dorothy was responsible for Oakmont’s sponsorship of SRJC art scholarships. Additional contributions to the scholarship fund will be welcomed.) Register by May 1. Send a check for $30 (or more) made out to Oakmont Art Association, to Cathy Rapp, 369 Green Field Circle. Please include your E-mail address and telephone number on a separate piece of paper. Questions? Call Sylvia Davis, 539-5698. Art Room Open Studio Added: Due to its popularity a second artist’s open studio time has been added to the schedule. It is Fridays, 1–4 p.m., in addition to Thursday mornings. Ikebana: Ikebana classes with master Ron Brown have resumed. Classes meet in the art room from 10 a.m.–12 noon on the first and fourth Friday of the month for $15 per session.

OPEN STUDIO REGISTRATION Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone______________________________ E-mail_____________________________________________________ Medium________________________________________________________________

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

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Intermediate Bridge nKate Hill


The newest Friday morning bridge series begins April 1 at the Card Room in the Central Activities Center. The class will run for five consecutive Friday mornings from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Cost is $85 for the entire series, including text. Drop-ins are also welcome ($15 per session), and no partner is necessary. Students may enroll, individually or with a partner, at the first class meeting on Friday, March 25, at 9:15 a.m. The last class will be on April 22. The class will explore the differences between the original meaning and use of the double bid, and the many new interpretations of doubling in modern play. Do you find yourself at a loss in the middle of an auction, uncertain of how to proceed, but having that niggling feeling that you ought to do something? Listen to the little voices inside you! They might be suggesting that you should double. This is a bid that adds new flexibility and meaning to all your auctions. If you’re like most bridge intermediates, you’re not doubling often enough! The double will allow you to levy the appropriate penalty on opponents who chronically overbid with impunity. You and your partners will receive new guidelines for when and how high to double, and your opponents will sit up and take notice! We will focus, in particular, on how to differentiate between whether partner’s double is asking you to continue bidding, or whether partner is asking you to stop bidding. It makes all the difference! I have taught bridge in the Santa Rosa area for ten years. I am an ACBL-certified instructor, director, and Gold Life Master. The focus of our lessons will be on the fun and camaraderie of the world’s greatest card game. We’ll hone our skills and strive for our personal best while enjoying the companionship of partner and ‘foes’ alike. We never forget that bridge is about play! Contact me with questions: or 545-3664.


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SIR Branch #92

Lawn Bowling

nDr. Jim Knapp, Little Sir

nGreg Goodwin

Branch #92 of Sons In Retirement is pleased to welcome Che Casul of Habitat for Humanity as our guest speaker for the luncheon meeting Tuesday, March 8, at the Berger Center. Habitat for Humanity has helped hundreds of thousands of people in many parts of the world to have affordable housing in a unique way that is also supportive of the environment. Don’t miss his stimulating talk! SIR Branch #92 meets the second Tuesday of the month, starting with a social hour at 11:15 a.m. followed by lunch and a guest speaker. For more info contact me at (415) 336-8844.

Now that the 2015–2016 pro football season and the Super Bowl are over, we have March Madness (college basketball) on the TV. The players are young, fiercely competitive and trying their best to impress team scouts for a future in the pros. Which brings us to Lawn Bowling. First of all, we are not that young, but young at heart. Second, we are not fiercely competitive, yet thrive on friendly competition. Third point is, since there is no professional Lawn Bowling League, we don’t have to impress anyone. How great is that! Stop by the green at 12:30 p.m. to join in the fun.

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Winter 2016 League Schedule. Dates for March: Mar. 1, 8, 15 and 29. No bowling Mar. 22, fourth Tuesday.


On February 9, a bowler/substitute won a $5 gift certificate to Safeway if he/she bowled a strike in the first, second and fourth frames of any game. Also a score of 214 in any game. Winners are: 1:30 PM League: Mariel Green and Sandy Osheroff. Kathryn Miller bowled 214. 3:15 PM League: Mollie Atkinson, Mark Attebery, Jan Blackburn, Valerie Hulsey, Carolyn Mack, Debbie Miller, Sandy Osheroff, Diane Price, Betsy Smith and Pat Stokes.

RESULTS AS OF February 9 (fifth week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, Wild Turkeys; second place, Strikers; third place, Alley Oops; fourth place, 4 Tops; fifth place, Pocket Hits; sixth place, Wii Four. Men’s High Games: Ed Schudel, 247; Don Shelhart, 243; Juan Fuentes, 233; Terry Leuthner, 207. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 278; Mariel Green, 245; Phyllis Jennings, 245; Kathryn Miller, 224; Robin Schudel, 224; Sandy Wald, 209; Vicki Robinson, 204. High Game Subs: Beverly Thompson, 225. 3:15 PM League: first place tie, Strike Outs and King Pins; third place, High Rollers; fourth place, Strikes and Spares; fifth place, Wii Power; sixth place, Pin Heads. Men’s High Games: Mark Attebery, 227; Scott Harris, 212. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 279; Mollie Atkinson, 276; Diane Price, 258; Nicole Reed, 255; Debbie Miller, 247; Valerie Hulsey, 245; Pat Stokes, 232; Doris Ruh, 215; Betsy Smith, 211; Barbara Ford, 202. High Game Subs: Sandy Osheroff, 277; Terry Leuthner, 257. Our website has team schedules to remind team captains when it’s their week to bring cookies and either help setup or tear down equipment. A total of 48 cookies per team seems to be the magic number.

Garden Club

nPeggy Dombeck


After spending a delightful visit with Allie, I left the Oakmont Gardens and got home at 3 p.m. I entered the kitchen and saw Helene making stew. I said, “That smells great.” She turned and gave me a funny look. Immediately my senses told me something is wrong. I asked her, “Is everything okay?” She said, “Everything is fine” and added, “How was lawn bowling?” My man code rule #2 started to kick in. I assumed that she stopped by the green to watch me bowl and didn’t see me there. I said, “I didn’t bowl today and worked out at the Fitness Center.” Fortunately, she didn’t check to see if I was there, or did she? To be continued...


On February 5, four club members started bowling at 12:30 p.m. They decided to play 10 ends so they could take part in a photo shoot scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Berger. The photo was to show support for Women’s Heart Disease. Over 80 people showed up dressed in red. It was a great showing. If you don’t have the time or energy to play a full regulation match, contact members to see if the short game would work for them. Check the bulletin board.


According to a recent survey, here are the top five least and most dangerous sports in which to participate. The most dangerous are: #5 Football, #4 Gymnastics, #3 Cheerleading, #2 Bull Riding and #1 Horseback Riding. Fortunately, these sports are not readily available in Oakmont. The least dangerous sports in Oakmont are: #5 Swimming, #4 Tennis, #3 Lawn Bowling! #2 Walking, and #1 Golf.


The Spring Fling is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Break out your Hawaiian shirts and coconut tops. Get ready for a luau. See future columns for more information and check the bulletin board.


Oh what a beautiful day we had on Presidents Day, February 15. The winning team was all smiles after posting the tourneys biggest point spread.

Winning Team of Sandy, Frank and Kathleen.


“One of the most important resources that a garden makes available for use is the gardener’s own body. A garden gives the body the dignity of working in its own support. It is a way of rejoining the human race.”—Wendell Berry.


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


• Finish pruning back plants that flower in summer or fall on new growth. • Prune and fertilize spring-blooming shrubs after blooming is over. • Sow seeds of fava beans, beets, carrots, leeks, lettuce and other leafy greens, peas, radish, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips. • Plant summer-blooming bulbs such as agapanthus, canna, gladiolus, lilies, watsonia and dahlias. Fertilize early bulbs after blooming. • Apply compost or a high-nitrogen organic fertilizer to trees, shrubs and perennials, especially those that were planted last fall. • Fertilize roses, citrus and other spring-flowering plants. • Fertilize azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons after they have finished blooming. • Let the leaves remain in place on spent daffodils and other spring bulbs. Until the foliage dies, they provide nutrients to rebuild the bulb for next year. • If you have a lawn, begin feeding. Over-seed bare spots in the lawn.

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

STUDY David: Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore

Presentation on large-screen TV with titles for hearing impaired. Class has workbooks. This is your personal invitation to join with us in Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! This is a weekly, non-denominational study. Our class is small and informal—a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. You may start at any time. 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. David: Seeking a Heart Like His by Beth Moore is a compelling women’s Bible study of David. In this examination of the “man after God’s own heart,” David will delight and disappoint you. If you’ve ever experienced doubt, temptation, loss, family problems, or personal knowledge of the Bible. You may start at any time. Please call me for additional information. DATE: Tuesday TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309


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Single Boomers Social Club

nSusan Ramsey


Be there to vote for your new board. The 2015 Board would like to thank all the SBSC members for their support and participation during the past year. Special thanks to Tina Hoogs, Sal Columbo, and especially Karen Hepner for her continued involvement!

We had a great time getting to know all of you and sharing SBSC events: Pool at Flipside, Ping Pong at Palooza, Funky Fridays, Kenwood 4th of July Parade, Pumpkins on Pikes, Chateau St. Jean music, Bocce Picnic, Thanksgiving Dinner, Christmas Caroling, Redwood Food Bank, Take over the Quail, Paella Feast, Several Boomer Dances, and our several social gatherings at the Berger.

Single Boomers Social Club Membership form

Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $12 to: Single Boomers Social Club (SBSC). Name:____________________________________________________________________ Date:________________ Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (important, to receive Evites and Shout-outs):_________________________________________________ Phone:_______________________________________

Ellen Leznik and Jean Michel Poulnot enjoy Mardi Gras Event.


I am sure the new board will have a great list of upcoming activities. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the OVA Single Boomers Social Club folder.

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

nBarbara Bowman

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

Sunday, March 6, 2 pm SONGCATCHER

After being denied a promotion at the university where she teaches, Dr. Lily Penleric (Janet McTeer), a gifted musicologist, impulsively visits her sister in post-Civil War Appalachia. There she finds a musical treasure trove of dozens of Scot-Irish ballads that have been preserved since colonial periods by the local populace and are unknown to the outside world. The film’s musical score includes many of the songs in their traditional Appalachian style, as well as contemporary arrangements. (2000), PG-13, 109 minutes.

Sunday, March 6, 7 pm HOUSE OF SAND AND FOG

When her husband leaves her, emotionally unstable Kathy (Jennifer Connelly) finds her house in the Northern California hills seized in foreclosure and put up for auction. An exiled Iranian air force colonel (Ben Kingsley) buys Kathy’s dream house, but Kathy’s obsessed with getting it back. Adapted from the best-selling novel of the same name, this intense drama is a tale of the American dream gone awry. Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Kingsley. (2003), R (some violence, language, nudity), 126 minutes.

Sunday, March 13, 2 pm THE TERMINAL

After a coup d’etat explodes in his homeland, Viktor Nevorski (Tom Hanks) is stranded at Kennedy Airport, where he’s holding a passport that nobody will recognize. While quarantined in the transit lounge, Viktor simply goes on living. Director Steven Spielberg delves into new territory with his entertaining—and timely—look at the plight of a refugee escaping his Eastern European country’s civil war. Catherine Zeta-Jones and Stanley Tucci also star in this charming film. (2004), PG-13, 128 minutes.

Sunday, March 13, 7 pm SEDUCING DR. LEWIS

This comedy follows a small fishing town near Quebec that’s facing tough times as the economy continues to take a hit, and the fishing dries up. The townspeople are thrilled when a major company chooses their locale to build a factory; the trouble is the factory will be built only if the town can convince a full-time doctor to move there. So, a local man organizes a no-holds-barred crusade to bring in a big-city doctor—someone who, it turns out, has his own reasons to leave town. (2003), NR, 108 minutes. (In French.)

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, March 6, 2 p.m.: Songcatcher, (2000), PG-13, 109 minutes. Sunday, March 6, 7 p.m.: House of Sand and Fog, (2003), R, 126 minutes. Sunday, March 13, 2 p.m.: The Terminal, (2004), PG-13, 128 minutes. Sunday, March 13, 7 p.m.: Seducing Dr. Lewis, (2003), NR, 108 minutes. (In French.) Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m.: Never Cry Wolf, (1983), PG, 105 minutes. Sunday, March 20, 7 p.m.: Mao’s Last Dancer, (2010), PG-13, 117 minutes.


Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby


Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, join our small, welcoming and friendly group to explore the third member of the Trinity. We use Stonecroft materials which are easy to follow, and progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Come and learn what peace there can be in your life when it’s led by the Holy Spirit. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: Note new meeting place—East Rec. Center conference room 7902 Oakmont Dr. LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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


March 4: John Sebastian March 11: Ellen Butterman (note: meeting time on March 11 is 12–1:30 p.m.) Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to


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


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



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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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



All aspects of housekeeping, gardening, Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 cooking, etc. Personal care, companion. years. Focus on small jobs, projects and Reasonable rates, good references. 539-2566. “honey-do” lists. Pressure washing, gutter cleaning. Free estimates, very reasonable rates. Please contact me at CONDO FOR RENT IN PINEHURST N.C. 533-7741. Thank you. 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo with beautiful view on Pinehurst Lake CLUTTER GOT YOU DOWN? available for rent April 1–15 or all of Ruth Hansell, 24 years organizing experience. Home office/filing system, May and June. The Pinehurst Resort garages, closets. Oakmont references Southern Pines area is a golfer’s paradise with more than 40 courses available. Call 799-0097 or E-mail to in a 10-mile area. Fully furnished 2 queen beds, flat screen TVs. The rate MALE COMPANION stars at $700 for first week and comes CAREGIVER AVAILABLE way down from there. For more info Many yrs. of experience working and pics call Connie, (415) 509-1945 or with elders, women and men E-mail alike. Companionship, outings and CAREGIVER/COMPANION appointments, exercise and walking, live-in care. Currently work as a private I strive to meet all of your needs and I have a diverse background for caregiver and activity coordinator for medical attention. Reasonable and fair, a well known residential care facility in Sonoma County. Excellent refs. Call references. Susan, 539-4861. James today at 318-7021.



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

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


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


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

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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

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


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


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


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

Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) For the foreseeable future, ​no appointments for counseling, or regular meetings with seniors at Oakmont. Call 1-800-434-0222 for additional information.

March 16–31 Ann VerPlanck 527-3411

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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

Loaner equipment




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


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

Lost & found

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

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


COORDINATOR March 1–15 Patresa Zwerling 539-8996

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

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

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

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

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


OAS Management Company

Schedules available at OVA office.

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

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


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

nMarsha Zolkower

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

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

nPat Clothier

Valentine’s Day For OCF Donors

The Oakmont Community Foundation presented a Valentine to its major donors on Tuesday evening, February 17 with a lovely dinner at Ca’Bianca. Hearts, flowers and candlelit tables put everyone in a festive mood as Board Members and donors gathered to celebrate the work accomplished over the past year and looked forward to a still more productive 2016.

Pat Clothier, Tom Mason and John Millar.

OCF Board.

The generosity of our wonderful donors has made it possible to support: Music at Oakmont, Sunday Symposium, the Photography Club, Oakmont Art Association, Library, Fitness Center, Oakmont Health Initiative, Oakmont Computer Learning Center and other organizations which benefit our community. We are always open to ideas from Oakmont residents about new and interesting ways we can contribute. If you have an idea, let us know and we’ll see what we can do to help. We hope that our Valentine tribute will be even larger next year, as more Oakmonters discover how easy it is to make tax exempt donations to organizations which make our community an even better place in which to live. Come and join us We can promise you a delicious dinner, a lot of fun—and can even help you take a bite out of your income taxes! What could be better?

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most AFTER HOURS CARE —when you need it —

Our After Hours Care offices are designed to provide accessible, affordable health care throughout Sonoma County. We serve adult, senior and pediatric patients on a walk-in basis, and offer a convenient means of treating most minor ailments, illnesses and injuries such as: • Cold and flu symptoms

• Urinary tract infection

• Minor cuts and burns

• Sore throat, ear or sinus infections

• Mild asthma

• Sprains and minor injuries

• Fever or rash




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