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DA Warns of Elder Abuse

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nJim Brewer

Reports of elder abuse in Sonoma County have more than doubled in just the past few years, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In a presentation to the Oakmont Sunday Symposium on Feb. 19, Dist. Atty. Jill Ravitch said the 4,600 reported cases last year also reflect a sustained effort to educate elderly citizens and encourage them to report instances of physical, financial or emotional abuse. “Abuse has been happening; we just weren’t aware of it. We’ve gotten much better about getting into communities,” Ravitch said. “So it’s not a negative, it’s not a glass half-empty, it’s a glass half-full—even though abuse is a problem and it’s on the rise.” Almost a quarter of Sonoma County’s 500,000 residents are over the age of 60, Ravitch said. Twentyone percent of them are living in poverty. Of residents over 75, the number rises to 26%. “We have so many seniors that are living in their cars right now. It is tragic,” Ratich said. “These are people who have slowly lost their homes, they’ve lost their incomes and they are just really in a bad way. The fact that we have so many seniors making up part of that community… to me it’s just heart-breaking.” Ravitch said forms of elder abuse can be physical, sexual, financial, emotional or neglect. “What’s important to remember is this: 85% of these crimes are committed by someone the victim knew,” Ravitch said. “These are not strangers. These are family members. These are trusted friends.” See elder abuse on page 3

Candidates Forum Focuses on Restoring Civility, Berger, East Rec. Deck nAl Haggerty

An overflow crowd heard candidates for the OVA Board of Directors disagree about pickleball while emphasizing the need to restore civility to the community and move forward with planning to update the Berger Center and replacing the East Recreation Center Deck at a forum Feb. 22 at Berger. With residents still streaming in, Pat Amedeo, the moderator, introduced the eight candidates running Amedeo for two-year terms. They are Carolyn Bettencourt, Stephanie Curry, Wayne Van Bockern, Frank Batchelor, Al Medeiros, Ken Heyman, Bill Lucker and Greg Goodwin. Many late arrivals

March 1, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 5

Debut of Voting Changes as OVA Election Opens nMarty Thompson

Signs of Spring in Oakmont: A tree in bloom near the West Rec. tennis courts, and a bed of daffodils in a yard on Moonstone Drive. (Photos by Marty Thompson)

New East Rec. Deck with Pool Access Appears Likely nAl Haggerty

The OVA directors appear ready to approve a smaller deck with access to the pool at the East Recreation Center. This tracks with the results of a poll showing that nearly three quarters of 296 residents who responded favor replacing the deck rather than removing it. Iris Harrell, chair of the Construction Oversight Committee, presented architects’ renderings of three proposals for replacing the center’s rotting deck with a smaller one at the Feb. 21 board meeting at Berger Center. One proposal would have no stairs. The others would have stairs running straight down from either side of the deck or from either side toward the center of a new lower deck.

See forum on page 3


Voting is underway in what has developed into a spirited campaign by eight candidates seeking four two-year terms on the seven-member OVA Board. Ballots were mailed to arrive in member homes this week, and starting this year are to be mailedin or delivered to a ballot box maintained by an independent inspector of elections. New election rules this year eliminated the former practice of placing a ballot box in the OVA office. Instead, a secure ballot box will be located in the Umpqua Bank office at Oakmont Drive and Laurel Leaf Place. It will be under supervision of an independent inspector. Voting instructions offer three ways to deliver completed ballots: • Mail to the inspector of elections whose address is on ballot envelopes. • Place the ballot envelope in the secure ballot box at Umpqua Bank. • Take the ballot to the Annual Meeting by 3 p.m. Monday, April 3 at the Berger Center. Some of this year’s candidates have grouped themselves into slates and promoted themselves that way. Campaigning has included meet-and-greet receptions and yard signs. Such campaign activity had been unusual here until the previous two years, and has been more intense this election season. All candidates run as individuals and will appear that way on the ballot. There are two versions of the ballot, with candidates listed in different order on each, to help ensure impartiality in the voting process. The OVA Annual Meeting will be Monday, April 3 at 3 p.m. in the Berger Center. Ballots not mailed earlier will be accepted then. Votes will be counted by volunteers starting at 9 a.m. the next day at the West Rec. Center. Members may observe that process quietly. The new board will meet at the West Rec. that afternoon at 1 p.m., when it votes on officers for the new year. The eight candidates are, in alphabetical order, Frank Batchelor, Carolyn Bettencourt, Stephanie Curry, Greg Goodwin, Ken Heyman, Bill Lucker, Al Madieros and Wayne Van Bockern. Directors whose terms are expiring are Batchelor, John Felton, Herm Hermann and Elke Strunke. Another election rule change this year is the removal of language that allowed voters to “hand over a validated ballot to another person to vote on their behalf.” The elimination also means candidates or their supporters are not allowed to provide replacement ballots to residents and return those ballots to the ballot box. The candidates’ photos, biographical sketches and answers to three questions submitted by the OVA’s nominating committee appear elsewhere in this edition of the newspaper.

Election At-a-Glance March 1: Ballots arrive April 3: Ballot box at Umpqua Bank closes, 2 p.m. April 3: Annual Meeting, ballot deadline, 3 p.m., Berger Center April 4: Ballots Counted, 9 a.m., West Rec. April 4: Board meets to reorganize, 1 p.m., West Rec.


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had to stand for fear of violating fire safety regulations by blocking aisles with more chairs. Responding to the inevitable question regarding pickleball, three candidates, Heyman, Bettencourt and Van Bockern, said they would like to review the contract to build pickleball courts at the Central Complex. A fourth, Goodwin, said while he favors pickleball he questions the project. Batchelor, Medeiros, Curry and Lucker said they would not rescind contracts for the project, which is expected to start with dry weather. Bettencourt and Van Bockern voiced concern about the effect of rain on the water table and whether it could increase the costs. The two-hour forum, conducted with a civility that reflected the candidates’ emphasis on the need for more civil discourse in the community, reflected broad support for expanding the Fitness Center and keeping the Oakmont bus. All eight candidates expressed enthusiastic support for OVA Manager Cassie Turner and her staff. The need for civility, mutual respect and “bringing peace back to Oakmont” was the overwhelming theme of the candidates’ opening comments. Bettencourt said

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her vision is to restore civility to the community, while Batchelor, the only incumbent, called for everyone to “put matters to rest and move on.” He deplored what he called “the nastiness” in recent years. Goodwin, urging everyone to be civil and reasonable, said: “It’s time to learn from past mistakes.” Asked if they favor remodeling or tearing down the Berger, the candidates leaned toward remodeling, but some raised the question of seismic safety. “Is Berger seismically safe?” Batchelor asked rhetorically. “You wouldn’t be sitting here if it weren’t.” Heyman raised the seismic safety issue, but added that he would “never level the building.” “I love the Berger,” Goodwin said, and called for updating the building, including modernizing the kitchen and fixing the dance floor. Bettencourt said Berger is worth saving and Van Bockern called for remodeling and addressing safety concerns. Addressing Oakmont’s fiscal condition, Batchelor said “Oakmont has never been in better shape.” He said it’s in the best shape in 50 years. Heyman stressed the need for a financial master plan, and claimed that Oakmont’s reserve fund is inadequate. Goodwin noted that with the completion of the 36 homes in Oakmont Meadows at the intersection of Oakmont Drive and Highway 12, which produced more than $400,000 in impact fees for Oakmont, there will be no more such fees. However, Medeiros noted that impact fees are replaced by dues-paying Oakmont residents once the homes are sold. Watch a video of the meeting online at www.

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Letter to the Editor

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


A number of my friends and neighbors have found the lack of civility among board members and with the audience to be unacceptable. We expect that all show respect, openness, and harmony toward each other. We also expect our audience members to act in a civil and courteous manner toward the board members. We, in Oakmont, are a civil population that looks to our board members as role models. So, we want to let the board know what we expect of their behavior. Please be our role model. Cordially, Bern Lefson


League of Maintained Area Associations nCarol Callahan

We’d like to remind HOAs with rentals that it is the rental owner’s responsibility to notify their tenants about the Santa Rosa No Smoking ordinance and to post appropriate signage on any rented multi-family unit (duplexes, B and C units of triplexes and four-plexes). If the tenant has a lease for the unit, the owner must amend the language of the lease when it is due to be signed. The County of Sonoma has a very helpful website called Breathe Easy Sonoma County,, where you can find signage, FAQs, sample letters to tenants, and sample new leases available to download. You can also call their hotline, 565-6680. Sue Dibble on the LOMAA Board has been leading our effort to help HOAs manage this issue. She can be contacted at Our next monthly LOMAA meeting is Monday, March 6 at noon in Room B of the CAC.

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With the directors favoring a deck with stairs, Harrell was directed to consult with city staff to determine if there are any “hiccups” which could raise problems getting city permits. She noted that the new proposals would not cost “significantly less” than previous estimates putting the cost of replacing the original deck at $250,000 to $275,000. She noted that reducing the deck size would not affect the approximate $60,000 cost of railings and of parking lot modifications to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

it with room for up to three tables on the top deck and four on the bottom. Director Herm Hermann indicated approval of either proposal and director Elke Strunka called the smaller deck “a very good solution.” There appeared to be no opposition to a smaller deck. Director Ellen Leznik said the board needs to move forward and get plans. Manager Cassie Turner said she was concerned about potential liability, calling the stairs “accidents waiting to happen.” Harrell in turn stressed the benefits of the connection between the pool and the deck, while Leznik said the board should not “get paralyzed” over the liability question.


Diagram Proposal 2: Drawing shows stairs to the pool level at each end of a new, smaller balcony.

Ruthie Snyder, the chair of the Berger Action Committee (BAC), reassured the board that her committee wants to have the least impact as possible on fitness classes and other activities at Berger during construction. “Whether it is a new building or a remodel, we will have scenarios in place to address contingencies,” Snyder said, adding she will take the lead on this priority. She noted many groups such as Music at Oakmont, plan a year or more in advance. BAC expects to submit proposals for funding work by engineers and structural consultants to the board March 7. The proposals will identify the scope of work and billable hours involved. Snyder also announced her committee is having one public meeting every month and in between there are work sessions where no policy or decisionmaking is carried out. The work sessions are limited to committee members.


Diagram Proposal 3: Diagram shows stairs to pool level at the center of a new deck.

Harrell said she would present the board with final plans at a March 7 meeting, set for 3 p.m. at Berger Center. The meeting, ordinarily a workshop, was changed to a regular meeting at which the board could approve the new plans. Harrell noted that both plans would create two usable spaces, one on the upper deck and one below

The board unanimously approved plans outlined by facilities Maintenance Manager Rick Aubert to add roughly 45 new spaces to the Oakmont Community Garden at a cost of up to $15,000. With 22 on the waiting list for garden spaces, this would provide another 23 spaces for new members. The costs include $6,400 for new fencing and $7,000 for additional water lines. President Andie Altman and Leznik urged the garden club to develop a program to “give back to the community” by providing residents with starter plants for their household gardens. The garden’s president, Pat Olive, said she would be happy to work something out. Watch a video of the meeting online at www.

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What a great time to begin something new! While many are unsettled by world events, find the answers and peace you thought were out of reach. We are currently in the middle of a study of the gospel of Luke. Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to join our small, welcoming and friendly group. Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know God and grow in His love through exploration of the Bible. Each book includes easy-to-understand explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays. No meeting on March 10 and 17. TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

March 25 Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

Everyone Has a Noble Mission

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

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

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March Dates for Women’s Meditation Circle Women’s Retreat and Class for Men and Women

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Valley of the Moon Rotary Club nJohn Brodey

Ten Reasons Why Rotary Can Enrich Your Life

In this column, we try to cover as much of the scope of the Valley of the Moon Rotary as we can. Often, we focus on certain aspects such as our good works but, in reality Rotary offers a unique combination of features that make for a rewarding experience. 1. Friendship. A close knit group is what it’s all about. I consider my fellow club members as part of my family. We genuinely appreciate each other’s company. We support and care for one another. 2. Personal Growth. Many of us find it difficult to fill our lives with things that really matter. Things that challenge us intellectually and clearly lead to healthier aging. For all of us, the club is an important

part of this process. 3. Citizenship. It is easy to pull back or be a bystander but in reality our community and country is only as good as the effort we make to participate. The minute we become apathetic, we lose our way. 4. Continuing Education. This might seem a bit lofty. Club experience isn’t exactly like taking a course at the SRJC. But there has never been a speaker who has failed to educate, inspire or increased our awareness. 5. Fun. Did we mention this? Often overlooked but seldom absent from meeting, we have a lot of funny people in our club and humor is always an important part of any meeting. Laughter is a great way to start the day. 6. Global Awareness. Separated as we are from most of the world by two oceans, our knowledge of issues and problems facing other, those far away, is limited. If nothing else Rotary is a global organization and seeks to increase our awareness of what is happening around us. 7. Travelling Assistance. This is kind of a fringe benefit to being a Rotarian. But if you’re a traveler, your membership is all the introduction you need to connect with other members worldwide. Attend a meeting, find a doctor or go to dinner with locals. The world is your oyster. 8. Entertainment. Boy, are we entertained. The opportunities for getting together go beyond meetings. We like to find new ways to enjoy each other, whether it is going to a winery for some appetizers or attending an event. We do it all. 9. Cultural Awareness. Part of our involvement, which can mean volunteering for a week at Casa Amigo (a pet project of ours in a small village in Guatemala) or going on a Rotary international mission, there is no question Rotary facilitates our understanding of other cultures, As such it becomes a key aspect of coming together as one. 10. No Rules. Well, we do have the four way test which is a reminder of those principles so important to our integrity as individuals. Otherwise, there are no funny hats, secret handshakes. There is no attendance requirement. Rotary is meant to fit around your life not rule it. Come to breakfast at the Quail Inn on Fridays at 7 a.m.

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March 5: Dr. Bruce Elliott The Great Rivalry: Britain Versus France

For centuries of European history, the greatest national rivalry as well as the starkest cultural contrast was that between Great Britain and Magnificent France. The one was the model for Representative Government, the other for Royal Absolutism. One became the world’s greatest imperial and commercial center, while the other has long been the prime capital for style and the fine arts. Employing his extensive visuals, the color area historian and lecturer Dr. Bruce Elliott will highlight core differences between the British and French character and demonstrate how these differences have played out in cultural and political contrasts throughout history.

March 12: Jim Hinton and Alan Silow Search for the Next Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony

Who will be the next music director of the Santa Rosa Symphony after Maestro Ferrandis departs at the end of the orchestra’s 2017–2018 season? The Board of Directors appointed a Music Director Search Committee in December 2015 to begin an international search to find the right person to further realize the effort to raise the symphony’s national profile as one of America’s leading regional symphony orchestras. Jim Hinton, SRS past Board President and chair of the music director search committee, aided by Oakmont resident Alan Silow, Executive Director since 2002, will speak about how the process to date has unfolded, introduce, via a short film, the five candidates that have been selected, and discuss the next steps that will include community input into the final decision by the board in March 2018.

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First flight (11.8–16.8): first, Tom Parker, Larry Frediani, Rusty Sims and (blind draw), 192; second, Bill Smith, Randy Kephart, Rick Yates and Steve Spanier, 193. Second flight (17.3–27.8): first, Bob Giddings, Sal Cesario, Mike Doyle and Bob Hartsock, 196; second, Chuck Mendenhall, Bob Flores, Art Fichtenberg and (blind draw), 201. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Sal Cesario, 1’4”; #13— Bill Hainke, 6’3”; #16—Tom Parker, 10’2”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Bob Hartsock, 4’5”; #13—Mike Doyle, 24’6”; #16—Alan McLintock, 12’10”; #5—Rusty Sims, 16’0”.


First, Art Hastings and Jack Haggerty, 29; second, Dan Sienes and Art Boot, 26; third, Neil Huber and Blind Draw, 23. Closest-to-the-pin: #16—Art Hastings, 6’1”.

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club TUESDAY/OWGS

No sweeps play on February 7. Sweeps results for Feb. 14: Ellie Beltrano was low gross winner of the field of 17 players. First flight: first, Ellie Beltrano; second tie, Sallie Wood and Kris Peters; fourth tie, Kathy Mokricky and Joan DiMaggio. Second flight: first, Yoshi Smith; second tie, Michele Yturralde and Ellie Baciocco; fourth, Christie Rexford; fifth tie, Patti Schweizer and Jane O’Toole.

Happy Hour 2–5PM, Tue–Sun $2 beer / $4 wine by the glass Catering & private banquet room available Tue–Sun, 11:30am–8pm / 6576 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa


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John Theilade is our Director of Golf, and, according to GM Mike Ash, “John is a legend in the Northern California PGA.” John oversees golf operations at Oakmont, provides input on course maintenance, and organizes tournament groups. As well, John helps sections with scoring and he runs member events such as the Twilighters—six events on Mondays that combine mixed teams in a 9-hole scramble format on the East Course with dinner following. Twilighter events are especially popular and typically draw 100 golfers and 120 diners. Other popular member events include a recent indoor putting contest and a full moon Glow Ball Tournament. In terms of the growing business from golf groups, John reports that the average group size is about 40, and including ten “shotgun” events of 100 or more players, annual revenues from golf groups were nearly $193,000 last year (not including food and beverage). Bookings for tournaments this year are well ahead of last year’s pace (they often book a year in advance), and many groups report increased levels of satisfaction from very good greens, improved course conditions, and excellent customer service. Says John, “We run a good tournament here.” Major tournaments with 100 or more players include: California Grocers (200 golfers), Santa Rosa Rotary, Valley of the Moon Rotary, Santa Rosa High School, Sonoma Valley Realtors, Santa Rosa Realtors, and For Our Angels. John grew-up in Tacoma, Washington, and by 14, worked on the maintenance crew at a local course. At Wilson High School, he was the number one golfer on a team that won the State Championship twice in a row. It was while competing against Fred Couples that John fully realized how good one had to be to become a PGA Touring Pro. John studied at the University of Washington in Seattle (“Huskies”) where he majored in Business Administration. As a PGA Golf Professional for the past 28 years, the list of golf courses where he has worked in the past is impressive, and includes The Boulders Club in Scottsdale, Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club in Wyoming, Incline Village GC in Nevada, Bishop Country Club, Alameda Golf Complex, Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club, Foxtail Golf Club and Tilden Park in Berkeley. John met his wife Marie in 1996 and the two live happily in Oakmont. For John, Oakmont has been his favorite course to work at because of all the activities and his involvement with the community. John and Marie love their dogs and just purchased a motorhome which they plan on using in their leisure time. John is a big fan of the San Francisco Giants and the Oakland Raiders and he enjoys playing golf with Marie and the members at Oakmont. John’s favorite golfers from the past and present are Bobby Jones, Fred Couples, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Justin Day. His favorite pastime away from work is being a Deacon at the Christian Family Fellowship Church in Santa Rosa, where he and his wife Marie are members.

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Unlike Gene Kelly, the Monday Niners have not been “Dancing in the Rain.” In fact, we’ve been patiently awaiting a break in the weather to resume regular Monday morning golf on the East Course. We did have some 14 brave souls turn out on January 30 led by the low net score of 30 shared by Tony D’Agosta and Wayne Michaelian, followed by Tom Massip’s 30.5, and Keith Wise at 31. Due to the continued unsettled weather the preValentine’s Day event saw only nine dedicated souls finish the morning nine with top honors going to Jim Norem (32), followed by Keith Wise (33.5), Jim Spangler (35), and Bob Ure (36.5). Closest-to-the-pin on #8 was won by Gary Stone (35’5”), followed by Phil Sapp’s (42’7”). The Niners look forward to days ahead when the entire group will turn out and enjoy good weather and playing conditions.


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Get ready to wear your Greens for the Wearin’ O’ the Green Tournament and Luncheon Thursday, March 16. It will be a shotgun start at 9 a.m. The tournament Chairs will make up the teams. We will be out there enjoying our Emerald Isle Greens and the traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage Lunch. Sign-up sheet is in the East Pro Shop. Sweeps and lunch $22, lunch only $20. Put your check in the Niners box. Deadline is Friday, March 10. I have ordered a sunny and dry day!


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As is our custom in March, Music at Oakmont is pleased to present our regular series concert on March 9, plus our annual presentation March 11 of the Youth Groups from the Santa Rosa Symphony.


On Thursday, March 9 at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center we are delighted to welcome back a favorite of Music at Oakmont, the outstanding Israeli pianist Einav Yarden, now based in Berlin. Ms. Yarden will perform works by Haydn, Beethoven, and Schumann. Program notes for the Haydn follow. Complete program notes are available on our website www. Haydn Sonata No. 44 in F Major, Hob. XVI/29: “No one can do it all—jests and thrills, laughter and deep emotion— and all as well as Haydn does.” Thus did Mozart pay apt tribute to the older composer. Haydn wrote around 60 keyboard sonatas from the 1750s to the 1790s, a period which happened to coincide with the initial development of the modern piano. Among his contemporaries, he was exceeded in this category only by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, who produced an astonishing 150 to 200 such works. Haydn’s Sonata No. 44 was written in 1774, in the composer’s “middle period.” His first sonatas were intended for harpsichord, but from around 1771 he started to write for the possible use of the piano. His last three sonatas, composed during his second visit to London in 1794–95, were written for the large English piano of the day, which had an extended keyboard not yet available on the continent. Haydn liked that instrument so much that he brought one back to Vienna. It is only in recent years that Haydn’s keyboard works, thanks to being championed by such artists as Alfred Brendel, are becoming as familiar to audiences as his beloved string quartets and symphonies. In 2016 Einav Yarden released her second recording on Challenge Classics, featuring six Haydn sonatas, including the Sonata No. 44. Highly praised internationally, the CD was awarded the German Record Critics Award and was selected CD-of-theMonth by Piano News. WHAT: Music at Oakmont, Einav Yarden WHEN: Thursday, March 9, 1:30 PM WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door or your season pass


On Saturday, March 11 at 3 p.m. in Berger Center, we are happy to present two of the Santa Rosa Symphony’s acclaimed youth groups: the Brass Quintet, and the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra. This is a special extra concert, not included in our series. Admission is $10 at the door, but free to age 16 and under. We urge you to enjoy hearing and encouraging these most talented young people. WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Groups WHEN: Saturday, March 11, 3 PM WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $10 at door (not included in season pass), free for age 16 and under

Women of Faith Bible Study

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

Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. The presentation is on large screen TV with subtitles and the class has workbooks. Join us in a study of the fruit of The Holy Spirit as presented in the book of Galatians. Beth walks participants through each trait listed in the fruit and encourages women to know the freedom of a Spirit-filled life. Through this study participants will look at the supernatural aspects of the fruit and that you cannot grow, learn or produce the fruit on

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your own. Beth challenges you to develop the fruit by maintaining an intimate relationship with the Spirit of God. A spirit-filled life truly results in living beyond yourself. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! This is a weekly, non-denominational study, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal, a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. Please call me for additional information. DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

Single Boomers Social Club

Upcoming Events Election Night—March 2 East Rec. Center, 6 pm

We will have pizza, make revisions to our bylaws, and elect a new board. There are seven positions on our Board of Directors. Only four people have volunteered to run. We will also accept nominations from the floor. Members, please step forward. Perhaps you feel that it’s time for you to relax and let others take over. Well, look around, there are no others, there is only us. If our club is to continue, it is critical that energetic, fun-loving people join our board. The job isn’t hard. You won’t be handed weighty subjects and difficult jobs, and we only have one monthly meeting. We have already been given wonderful suggestions for activities for the coming year. Now all we need are people to execute these plans.

Looking Back

Our Crab Feed on Valentine’s Day was awesome! Many attendees remarked that they were delighted to have something to look forward to on that special evening. A couple of our gentlemen made the evening nJudy Walker


more special by presenting each woman in attendance with a red rose, one living, to remind us of the fleeting beauty of each moment, and one lasting, to remind us that cherished friendships last forever. The fresh crab was delicious. We owe a big thank you to Sharon Castle, who made this event happen, and to our many volunteers, who set up, cleaned up, and brought appetizers and desserts. A special musical addition was provide d by Jan Wyma, who played the piano during our social hour. Thank you, thank you, all you Single Boomers who came out and made this evening so special. The Redwood Empire Chinese Association’s Chinese New Year Party, the Boomers’ Mardi Party, and our own Oscar Night Party (and a thank-you to Karen McMillan for hosting) during the second half of February provided us with opportunities for cultural exchange, dancing, and people watching. Members, remember to check your email inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by picking up an application form in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA Office.

Oakmont Music Lovers

The audience was primed by provocative previews in the Paris press before the day Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes premiered Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. During the unprecedented 22 rehearsals, word had leaked out of a new work featuring the “stammerings of a semi-savage humanity” and “frenetic human clusters wrenched incessantly by the most astonishing polyrhythm ever to come from the mind of a musician.” From the opening bars there were outbursts of protest, quickly rising to a massive uproar. Demonstrators pro and con expressed themselves verbally and then in escalating fistfights. Police, medics, and even a dentist were summoned. Miraculously, conductor Pierre Monteux was able to complete the music, though much of it was inaudible to both the audience and the dancers on stage. On March 7, at 10:30 a.m. in Berger Center (note change of venue due to voting in the East Rec. Center), Rosemary Waller will delve into the fascinating history of this seminal work. The 1913 Rite of Spring, choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky, was abandoned after just a few performances, not to re-appear until 1920, in a completely different choreography

by Léonide Massine. The only surviving hints of the original production consisted of a few grainy photographs, artists’ sketches, and notes scribbled in the composer’s score. In the 1980s two historians initiated a meticulous research project, creating a highly credible restoration. The amazing result, realized and recorded in 2008 by the Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra, will be seen on March 7. WHEN: March 7, 10:30 a.m. COST: Free WHERE: Berger Center (note change of venue)


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2017

OVA Board of Directors: Meet the Candidates Eight candidates are vying for seats on OVA Board this year. Each has prepared a 150-word biography and answers to three questions posed by the OVA Board’s Communications Committee. The questions follow: 1) What special expertise and skill sets do you offer that relate directly to serving on the OVA BOD? 2) What do you see as the role of the board? 3) Given changes in the ways we communicate, how would you describe your role and responsibilities as a board member in communicating with the residents of Oakmont? The Oakmont News is presenting the eight candidates in random order in this issue of the paper and in the March 1 issue. This information will also be posted online at

Frank Batchelor

Bio: I earned my B.A. degree at Stanford University and J.D. degree at Hastings Law School. I practiced law in Southern California for 32 years and was President of the Inland Chapter of Trial Lawyers for four years. I also owned and managed a sporting goods store for 10 years while practicing law. Retiring from law, I moved to Flagstaff, AZ, and enjoyed being a Realtor for seven years. My wife Carolyn and I moved to Oakmont in 2008. I was a coleader of the Hiking Club for five years and a member of the Long Range Planning Committee in 2013– 14, drafting the “Governance” and “Community Appearance” sections and co-authoring the “Open Space and Recreation” portions of the plan. In October 2014, I was appointed to fill the vacated position of President John Taylor and then elected to the current board in 2015, serving one year as President. Questions: 1. I offer two and a half years of experience and continuity if re-elected to the board. My law skills have helped me and my fellow board members find solutions for reinstating the Emergency Preparedness Committee, contracting for an emergency Red Cross shelter at the Berger, and establishing a Senior Social Club. 2. The board’s responsibility is to collect and set aside adequate reserve funds for the construction, repair, and replacement of our recreational facilities. Each year the board decides which projects should be undertaken primarily based on these guidelines: (1) The 30-year reserve study automatically schedules most yearly projects, e.g. re-plastering pools. (2) Safety concerns, such as the sagging East Rec. deck, require replacement or removal. (3) Constructing new facilities and doing major renovations, such as to the Berger Center, occur over longer time spans. These projects can and do occur simultaneously, and the welfare and safety of the members always has highest priority. A director should be willing to listen to and to respect the diverse interests and opinions of all members, should do his homework in researching and investigating the often competing alternatives available, and then should make an intelligent and informed decision on what should be done, without being swayed by intimidation and angry rhetoric. A director must be willing to do what he believes to be in the best interests of the association, even if this exposes him or her to ridicule. 3. As a director, I do welcome letters and emails from members and listen attentively to members at board meetings. I believe a director should be open minded and should fully explain why he voted in a particular manner. A board member should be courteous to both his fellow board members and to the public, with the expectation that such conduct will be returned in kind.

Ken Heyman

Bio: California born and raised, I hold a BFA degree from San Jose State University where I studied my diverse passions in fine art, media and marketing. I founded Mission Control Media 24 years ago, producing marketing communications for a diverse roster of clients. Managing multi-million dollar projects with time-critical deadlines for clients from Fortune 500 companies to local retailers, requires many skills, including problem identification and resolution, budgeting, and supervising resources. Striving to be socially responsible, I serve a mix of for-profit and not-for-profit clients. Since moving to Oakmont from San Francisco in 2013, I volunteer as a facilitator, a steward of Badger Creek, and a participant in the Sonoma Sudden Oak Death Blitz. I appreciate all that Oakmont has to offer and feel that my contribution to this wonderful community is just beginning. Questions: 1. In my 25+ year career in marketing communications, I’m confronted with complex business problems that include conflicting interests, tight budgets, and unrealistic deadlines. Yet success is the only option. To succeed requires creative thinking, delegating, and multi-tasking. It’s critical to recognize what I don’t know and enlist the support of those who do. In addition to my business experience, I believe my marketing, construction, and technology experience will benefit both the board and our community. 2. The Board of Directors is responsible for the management and operations of the OVA’s business matters. The directors were elected by and have a fiduciary responsibility to the members of the association with the obligation to act in the best interest of the community as a whole in conducting its business. Board members must exercise sound business judgment based on adequate, objective, information and research. Board members must act within the scope of their authority and in compliance with governing law; i.e., the OVA bylaws and Davis Stirling Act (the latter superseding the former in the event of a conflict). Board members must consider the wellbeing of the association as a whole setting aside personal interest and gain. 3. When considering communication, there is no one-size-fits-all. I believe members deserve to receive up-to-date information on their association. It’s not realistic to expect all our members to review the CAC bulletin board regularly, nor is it realistic to assume all members have access to computers. I believe our members can be offered a limited selection of options for receiving communications and select the best fit for their individual circumstances. Additionally, any individual member who communicates with one or more board members deserves a personal and timely response from the board.


Bio: I was raised in Burlingame CA. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corp when I turned 19. After the USMC I began a career in sales. I moved to Aptos, CA where I opened two retail stores specializing in the Hearth, BBQ industry. In 1983, I started Van Bockern and Associates, a manufacturers’ agency representing hearth and BBQ products in six states, which I still operate today. Between these two businesses, I have spent over 35 years successfully employing my strong organizational, customer service and communication skills. The discipline, sense of service and team work skills acquired from my USMC background led me to join the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s horse posse. I served as its treasurer and treasurer of the Hearth, Patio, BBQ Association and past president of both organizations. I am currently treasurer and Elder of Oakmont Community Church and look forward to serving our community on the OVA Board. Questions: 1. I have 35+ years as a business owner of a retail store, wholesale business, Sub-Contracting Company in the Construction Industry and the owner of Van Bockern and Associates a Sales and Marketing Co, which I am still actively running. My sales and marketing company sells products from Seattle, WA to Tucson, AZ and includes six states. I bring experience in managing employees, bidding construction projects, purchasing material and paying vendor accounts. I also hold a California Heating and Sheet Metal contractor’s license. I have been the treasurer of several organizations I was involved in and am currently the treasurer of the Oakmont Community Church. 2. To oversee the safety and maintenance of all our Oakmont Facilities under its jurisdiction, keeping them up to code standards. Listening to the wants and needs of the majority of Oakmont residents and making sure those needs are met. I believe the board should have an open door policy so residents can comfortably bring ideas to them. We need to work together to make this a peaceful community for all its residence. 3. Not all Oakmont residents are retired and I believe more and more are working into their later years. Those residents are missing most or all of the board meetings and I feel the board should schedule some of those meetings in the evenings giving everyone equal time to attend.



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Al Medeiros

Bio: My wife Connie and I moved to Oakmont in October 2015. We believe it’s one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. I’ve spent the last 50 years in senior technical and management positions with several different companies. My most challenging assignment with IBM was providing technical support to our 100 largest customers, troubleshooting and resolving complex problems. I dealt with people with all levels of technical expertise, kept everyone informed and working together until we found a solution. Here in Oakmont, I’ve put these skills to use by volunteering to do house calls for people with PC problems and began within a few weeks of moving here. I’ve been pretty busy ever since and I learn something on every call, not just about computers, but about the vibrancy of this community. I have recently been recruited to branch out to install and configure personal monitoring devices for Oakmonters who are living alone. Questions: 1. I think my background in problem solving and working with people would help me serve as a board member. Working with computers consists of solving a series of never ending problems. I’m very good at defining and understanding a problem before attempting to design a solution. I’m also very good at breaking a large, complex problem down into a series of smaller, easier to solve problems and conquering the whole a piece at a time. The Berger Center Project is an example of a complex problem that will need to be solved over the next year or two. 2. I believe board members should execute the duties outlined in our bylaws, namely to provide athletic and recreational and club facilities for the use of the members. We were first drawn to Oakmont on our first visit because we witnessed an active lifestyle and impressive facilities. I’ve since attended many board meetings and have seen several new clubs and organizations request and receive recognition by the board. I believe the board should continue to explore, encourage and support new activities that are requested by members. Above all, directors must execute their fiduciary responsibilities and always act in the best interest of the association, putting Oakmont first. That happens when we all work together to get things done for the community. 3. I would be available for fireside chats, meeting with individuals or groups of members, addressing issues and concerns through email and any other private communication medium. I would like to see a section of our website where people can ask question or express concerns and receive a response. Being on the board is an opportunity to serve and at the same time enhance and protect the amazing assets we all enjoy in Oakmont.

Carolyn Bettencourt

Bio: I grew up on a dairy ranch in Penngrove, and have lived in Sonoma County ever since. As a young woman, I worked in an administrative capacity for the Sonoma County Social Services Department, Economic Development Board, and District Attorney’s office before joining the Petaluma Police Department as a Parking Enforcement Officer. In 1979, my husband Larry and I opened a successful independent auto parts store in Petaluma. My responsibilities included customer service, working with vendors, financial planning, and hiring and supervising employees. In addition, I completed the Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Academy and subsequently joined the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office VIP program. The business was sold and we retired in 2008. Our dream of moving to Oakmont was realized in 2012. We enjoy our involvement in many Oakmont club activities. Oakmont is very special and unique, and it would give me great pleasure to serve our diverse community. Questions: 1. All my decisions are based on looking at things from a common sense position. When I need to make a business decision, I look for the most economical and reasonable way to accomplish it. In 1979, my husband and I opened and operated an independent auto parts store in Petaluma. Together, we set the foundation with sound decisions that kept the business successful and prosperous for 30 years. I have considerable experience working with vendors, customers and employees. This knowledge will serve me in making the best decisions for the community as a whole. 2. I see the role of the board as overseeing all OVA facilities and finances. The board has a fiduciary responsibility to consider what the financial impact would be when making all decisions that affect the membership. I believe it’s the board’s duty and responsibility to truly listen to the needs and desires of the community. Priorities should be set in making certain that all existing facilities are maintained and safe. Safety is the number one concern. Building and adding new amenities should be considered only after all existing facilities are upgraded and in proper and safe working order and when it is financially feasible to do so. 3. We should not rely solely on communicating via E-mail or posting at the Berger Center. Some residents may not have access to a computer, and there are residents who may have mobility issues and who may not have access to the bulletin board. All important information should be provided in either the Oakmont News or an insert in the paper. In some cases/circumstances, a separate mailing may be required/appropriate. We need to use every possible means in communicating with residents.

Stephanie Curry

Bio: I moved to Oakmont three years ago after 16 years in Orange County, CA. While in Orange County, I worked for Pacific Life for 20 years. I am from Rhode Island and prior to moving to CA lived in the states of MA, RI, VT, and NH. I earned by BA in Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. I have worked in financial services since 1976, including being an Assistant Vice President of Pacific Life (AVP). I was on the advisory board of the National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation (NMSF). My interests are traveling, walking, working out, music, cooking, and wine and scotch tasting. Questions: 1. As a member of the advisory board of the NMSF, I worked closely with the finance committee in developing viable investment programs with a goal of becoming a self-sustaining entity. As AVP at Pacific Life I managed a budget of $5,000,000+ and always came in under budget. I have been told that I have a unique skill set in my ability to bring the right people together to finalize a project. 2. I believe the board represents the Oakmont community with the goal to have Oakmont to continue to be a premier 55+ community. Building a reputation as a vibrant community will increase the attractiveness of Oakmont as the place to live. 3. As a board member I will be aware and attuned to the differing needs and desires of each member of the community. I believe that the board should listen to and work with the community as to what is important to those within the community. Each project must be prioritized so it can be completed in a timely, cost-efficient manner. The diversity of the community is why Oakmont is an attractive place to live. As with life, not everyone agrees and as a board member, I will work with the community for the common good even if I might not completely agree.

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Greg Goodwin

Bio: I was born on April 2, 1950 in Newark, NJ to working class parents. Attended public schools and Seton Hall University. After college, opened a music store, taught music privately and played professionally. Met the woman of my dreams and married (Linda) in 1976. We are proud parents of two children and blessed with three grandchildren. I started working for the Postal Service in 1979 and moved to Cotati, California when I transferred to the San Rafael Post Office as a window supervisor. For over 25 years I’ve been in managerial and Postmaster positions, retiring after 33 years. We became “empty nesters“ when our children moved out in 2000 and decided to become Oakmonters the next day. Linda’s mom was residing here and we wanted to be closer in her golden years. She loved Oakmont’s beauty and serenity, so do we. Questions: 1. Managerial background includes: contract negotiations, scheduling, logistic coordination, inventory accountability, customer service and safety concerns. Planning, listening and problem solving skills in abundance. 2. The role of Oakmont’s Board is to represent and balance the interests of the community. Each board member’s role is to carefully set policy to advance that responsibility. To that end, directors are charged to act on behalf of their constituents expressed concerns by first empowering the diversity of ad hoc and standing committees. Secondly, encourage public comments by holding open and civil discussions regarding village issues. Then reach board consensus in order to make reasonable decisions. Elected Directors must adhere to bylaws and regulations to serve as guardians for the community’s present/future needs and wants, bearing in mind safety, budget and service. A couple of specific priorities, after the East Rec. balcony situation is resolved, are, one, the key issue of the Berger Center. The time has come for the controversy and gridlock to end regarding the Berger situation. Then, two, the board can focus on improving the central parking lot for safer pedestrian access to the CAC, central pool and other facilities. 3. Board members have an obligation to communicate with residents in an attentive and timely manner. The role of every board member is to encourage dialogue in various forms. I’m most comfortable with the written word. Putting my thoughts on paper, be it replying to questions or sharing information, allows me to focus on the context I’m addressing. I also enjoy one-on-one conversations listening to tone and seeing facial expressions as ideas are exchanged. It doesn’t matter how Oakmonters choose to express their concerns, the important role of a Board Director is to ensure that they feel heard and understood.

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Bill Lucker

Bio: Since moving to Oakmont three years ago, my wife and I have found that the many activities offered here have been vitally important in building new friendships with other community members. I believe that serving on the Board of Directors is the best way I can give back to our community. After spending 35 years as Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas El Paso, Reenie and I retired to Oakmont to be closer to family in California. We have had wonderful opportunities to live and visit different parts of the world, and we’re glad we came here. I believe that I can meet the challenges of making tough board decisions with fairness and optimism. I have a strong respect for Oakmont’s history, character and community culture, and believe our boards must always protect that culture and adhere to our bylaws. Questions: 1. As a professor of organizational psychology and a mediator, my successful experiences include working with many groups to improve communication and effectiveness. My careful, analytical, fact-based approach to decision-making was developed as a scientist and researcher, plus I am dependable, fair, level-headed, logical, and decisive. I’m a careful listener and a fast learner, studying problems from all sides to make informed decisions. Bringing my experiences, talents, and skills to the Board of Directors will be a positive contribution to our community. 2. An effective board sets the direction for an organization and watches over the management of its resources. As a director, I will do my homework, attend, and be prepared for all meetings. I will listen to every resident who contacts me and will consider their input. I will study all relevant materials and perform the due diligence this community deserves. At meetings, I will listen to other perspectives, express my own, weigh all information and make the best decision for the interests of the entire association. I believe a board that works together well helps the community live together well. To that end, I promise to be a director who works with others for the betterment of Oakmont. 3. Communication with the membership is a very important part of the job. Emails and letters are a productive way to do this. I will also be available to meet with people and to listen to their concerns. I will be courteous and respectful in interactions with members and will expect the same treatment in return. I ask for your consideration and vote to help Oakmont move forward together.

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saddle Club Dinner—March 16 St. Patrick’s Day Menu

The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, March 16, with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The menu will be a St. Patrick’s Day theme with Corn Beef and Cabbage with all the fixings and Mint-Chip Ice Cream for dessert. The price of the dinner is

$29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for nonmembers and includes cocktails before dinner, tax, and gratuity. Reservations must be made in advance, and are due by Monday, March 13. To make reservations please contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Wild Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.

It’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day is when the Oakmont Community Foundation celebrates and thanks its dedicated supporters at our annual Donor Dinner. This year 24 guests and board members assembled at Ca’Bianca Ristorante for a chance to visit, reflect on what the foundation has accomplished during the past and what our hopes are for the future. We began the evening with visiting and wine, followed by a delicious dinner provided by Marco and his staff. Everyone was in a party mood and the board members enjoyed meeting our Valentines face-toface. Oakmonters continue to be most generous in their support of OCF, which in turn allows the foundation to help make all of our lives richer. This year grants were given to many groups and projects including Music at Oakmont, Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, Lifelong Learning, Genealogy Cub, Oakmont Art Association and the Computer Center. We are grateful to all of our donors for their generosity. Would you like to contribute to some worthy group or project in our community? Please get in touch with any board member. You can look us up on our Oakmont Community Foundation website—we’d love to have you join us. Won’t you be one of our Valentines?


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2017

Pickleball Corner

nReenie Lucker


Pickleball goes with sun like smiling goes with fun. The returning sunshine creates a perfect match of exercise and fun outdoor sport. Bright yellow balls are again in action on East Rec. Court #4 with smiles on players’ faces making it that much sunnier. Dry days find a line-up of players, new and old, waiting for a turn on court. For those wanting to learn to play the game, the warmer and potentially dryer weather allows the resumption of beginner orientation every Tuesday morning, starting March 7. Basic play instruction begins at 10 a.m. Coached beginner play for those wanting additional help with their game skills follows at 11 a.m., Tuesdays only.


Kick-start your spring pickleball play and meet other pickleballers at the club potluck social March 8 at the East Rec. starting at 11:30 a.m. Members can sign up to bring food on the pickleball Shutterfly website. The club will furnish drinks, tables, plates and forks. Fun prizes are in the works! Club members who have attended the recent

pickleball clinic in Santa Rosa with Lisa Palcic will be asked to share some of their new-found pickleball wisdom. Our club instructors will be available to discuss coached play for beginners and to help new players find others who play at their level. Everyone is invited to join the fun, rekindle enthusiasm for playing pickleball, and meet some great new folks in our club.

Oakmont Pickleball Play Information

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

Mary, Ron, Ed, Joan, Pam, and Diane line up for a turn to play.

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


0:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid D 8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 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 Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 6:45 PM Mon Night Contra Bridge CR


8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Elections-Government E 9:00 AM Elections-Government UW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Landscape Imp Comm MCR 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct. #4 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond BC

8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 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 B 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR A+B



8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 10:15AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 12:30 PM AARP Driver Safety B 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Interval Training 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 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce



8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 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 Interval Training 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 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce

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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


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

8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid D 8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Communications Commit B 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 11:15 PM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Painting AR 1:00 PM Genealogy Club UW 1:00 PM Craft Guild E 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC


8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid D 8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 10:30 AM Bridge to Nowhere CR 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Oakmont Art Critique AR 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 6:45 PM Mon Night Contra Bridge CR


8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid D 8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 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 Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Photo Steering Commit EC 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct. #4 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond BC


8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Cafe Mortel E 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Kiwanis Board Meeting E 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR A+B


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 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 Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW


8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:30 AM Garden Club BC 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct. #4 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond BC

8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Craft Guild AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Patio 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 12:00 PM Current Events E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Orientation E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct. #4 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM iPad Sig D 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond BC


8:30 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC




8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 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 Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Patio 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Interval Training 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 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM OakMUG UW


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR 1:00 PM Bocce


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2017

nTony Lachowicz


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We will hike the Meadow and Hillside trails, mainly level with one short steep stretch of about 250’ elevation gain. Before or after, as the group wishes, we can hike into the waterfall, adding about 0.6 of a mile. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Herm Hermann, 539-1657.


This 10-mile moderately strenuous hike begins and ends at North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park. Weather permitting, we will enjoy views of Bennett and Sonoma valleys from several knolls, including one noted for its “umbrella tree.” Elevation gain will be about 2,000’. Bring lunch and water, and wear weather-appropriate clothing. Hiking poles are recommended. Depart Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Maurice Fliess, 536-9382.

Ceremony Tree at Sugarloaf State Park. (Photo by Tony Lachowicz)

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March 9 Intermediate Hike ANNADEL STATE PARK/Henry’s Knob

For an intermediate hike this will be strenuous. This hike of about seven miles with elevation gains of about 800’ will take in Two Quarry, Marsh and Ridge trails then go off trail to Henry’s Knob for a beautiful view of Santa Rosa and surrounding mountains. Bring lunch, poles and water. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Rain cancels. Hike leader is Lou Kinzler, 595-1214.

March 13 10:30 am -11:30 am

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

We are returning after an absence of six years to this magnificent scenic area of Redwoods, Ferns, Rhododendrons and shoreline. Full information is available on the club website http://www. (on the main page click on the special events tab). There are still some hotel

Travel and Adventure Club nCarolita Carr

Next Meeting: April 4, 6:30–8 PM East Rec. Center

Make your next move as easy as can be! Join Move Management Expert, Kimberlee Soggy Sugarloaf State Park. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

rooms left at a very advantageous rate. The hotel is conveniently located about four hours drive from Oakmont, and a further 40 minutes takes us to the Prairie Creek Visitors Center to start Long, Medium and Short hikes for a variety of individual capabilities, over two-and-a-half days. We hope you can join us. Contact Martin Johns, (330) 815-5167 with questions.

Foster from Chucket! Organization and Relocation Services, as she teaches practical ways to reduce clutter, maintain order and simplify your next move.

Refreshments will be served! RSVP by March 12.

Due to the Sonoma County Special Election, there will be no meeting in March. The April meeting will feature a presentation from Canyon Ranch.

Cruise Possibility

Group space has been blocked for a cruise out of San Francisco, beginning on April 7, 2018. Experience the ease of sailing out of San Francisco on this sevenday California coastal cruise. For more information, attend one of the Travel Club meetings. In addition, Princess Cruises will make a presentation at our June meeting, after which we will hear about a cruise sale.

Discussion Topics

We plan to schedule time at each meeting for a discussion of specific travel related topics. To suggest a topic for discussion, email September with your ideas for inclusion on the agenda.

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February Meeting Recap

The guest speaker at the February meeting was Tom Harter from Walk Europe. Tom explained that the trips they offer aren’t specifically walking tours, but provide time within the day for group walks to areas of interest wherever they are staying. They provide a variety of special interest tours. More information can be found at


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2017

Sugarloaf Winery Draws Fire from Supervisor Gorin nAl Haggerty

The winery opposite the Oakmont Drive entrance to Oakmont came under fire from County Supervisor Susan Gorin in a talk at a meeting of the Oakmont Progressives Feb. 13. She questioned whether the drainage pond and the color of the winery roof comply with permitting, and called the winery fence “the ugliest I’ve ever seen.” Gorin, who was elected to her second four-year term last year, called the Sugarloaf Winery “an abomination” aesthetically and said she was “looking into” the situation. While she questioned the color of the roof, she said she was more concerned about the fence and the drainage pond. She said she hopes to have the fence modified but said “it’s pretty expensive to move a pond.” She noted that while people may think a supervisor has power, “not so much.” Responding to an audience complaint that the roadway leading to the winery from its intersection with State Highway 12 was not graded properly, Gorin called it “a mess” and said she would contact Caltrans, which built the new intersection. Sugarloaf General Manager and Winemaker Ron DuPreez told the Oakmont News in January the winery was working on a $500,000 landscaping project “to help the building blend into the surrounding landscape.” He said the winery’s yellow exterior was a primer coating, and there were plans to paint the winery a natural green color.) On the subject of wineries along Highway 12, she was asked about traffic concerns and vineyard water use. She noted that all the supervisors are supported by the wineries and that winery events are “really big business and a big part of the economy.” As for water, she said the vineyards tap ground water with wells. Asked about widening Highway 12, she declared “it’s not going to happen.” Gorin noted that while wineries used to be allowed up to 70 events a year, the limit is now 15, 20 or maybe 25. She added that there has to be a limit on the number of people at these events.


The supervisor, who lives in Oakmont, urged a “yes” vote on Measure A, which would put a countywide tax on cultivators and manufacturers of marijuana. The measure, the only countywide issue in a March 7 special election, would initially generate $6.3 million to cover the cost of implementing regulations for the crop. She emphasized that the measure does not tax individual residents, but only the cultivators and manufacturers of marijuana. She said the revenue is needed to finance all the services, including those addressing public health concerns, needed once the cannabis business becomes legal. Gorin said county roads were in “absolutely deplorable” condition, even before the recent rains. She said more than 85 roads throughout the county were closed for limited periods. She said at least two roads, including Old Cazadero Road, are in danger of collapsing and could cost $1 million each to fix. Gorin said four counties are working on solutions to Highway 37 problems. She said the highway, which carries 45,000 cars a day, could remain closed for another week or two. She said a 21-mile stretch has to be elevated and widened. It may become a toll road, she added, because the state doesn’t have the funds to fix the problems. City Council member Julie Combs was scheduled to speak but had to cancel because of illness.

The Social and Dance Club and the OVA Celebrate the Wearing O’ the Green! nDonna Kaiser

St. Patrick’s Day Party and Pub Crawl

Open bar, mixed drinks, green beer and wine, dinner and dancing. Catered by Oakmont Village Market and live music by the Tom Shader Band. MENU: Appetizers—Guinness and Cheddar Dip with Crudite’ and crackers; green tortilla ham rollups; mixed green salad; buffet dinner of corned beef, cabbage, carrots, potatoes and onions; Irish soda bread and butter and pretzel bread; dessert—mud

pie cake with chocolate chip mint ice cream and hot fudge; Irish coffee served with dessert. WHEN: Friday, March 17 TIME: 5:30–10 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: $20 per 2016 club member, or $25 per nonmember; or $160 for a reserved table for any eight submitted together. Last day to reserve is March 10 at 3 p.m. All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. If you want to sit with a specific group, please designate a table name and coordinate with all others at the table. There will be open seating for groups/individuals of fewer than 8 people. Make checks payable to the Oakmont Social and Dance Club. You can put reservations in the Dance Club folder in the OVA or mail to Karen Sites, 7294 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Call 888-5044 with questions.

St. Patrick’s Day Party and Pub Crawl reservation form Friday, March 17

Reservation must be received by 3 p.m., March 10.

Name ________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________ E-Mail _________________________________________________ 2016 Dance Club Member $20 ________ Non-Dance Club Member $25 ________ Table of any eight $160 ________ Check enclosed for $________________ Table name request ____________________________________________________________________________

nSusan Lynn

Bocce Club so find a team and get out there and compete.

The weather cooperated with a perfect day for our first tournament of the year! Forty bocce players turned up at the Valentine’s Day Tournament and kicked off the 2017 season. Everyone had a wonderful time socializing and soaking up the sunshine. (Of course, the Valentine’s chocolates didn’t hurt.) Congratulations to the winners, pictured below. Now is the time to get your team of four together for the Wine Country Senior Games. Online registration begins today, March 1, at www.WineCountryGames. com, or you can call 525-0143 (ext. 121). Note: everyone must sign up individually. The games, which begin on June 2 are fun, but they also help the community, as proceeds go to benefit Sonoma senior service programs. Players of all levels are welcome,

Mark your calendars for our next contest, the St. Patrick’s Day Tournament on March 18. You can come to the courts every day (except Sunday) at 1 p.m. and join in the fun, whether you’re a newbie or a veteran player. Also, did you know that you can also reserve a court outside of our regular hours? Play with visiting family or friends by contacting Jean Reed at jmreed@ or 538-3874. Check us out this week. Once you meet our friendly members, you’ll want to join our club. Simply fill out the coupon below and leave it, along with your check for $15, in the Bocce Club folder at the OVA Office.

John Magers, Don McPherson, Fritz.Spotleson, Chris and Phil Duda

Rachel Corso, Don Paulson, Bev Schilpp, Geoffrey Newton, Lisa Bonomi and Barbara Newton.

Coming up


Please attach your check payable to Oakmont Bocce Club for $15 for each membership and place it in the Bocce Club folder at the OVA Office. Please print. Name(s)______________________________________________________________________________________


Address ________________________________________________________ Phone _______________________ E-mail _______________________________________________ Dues paid ($15/yr/pp) ___________________


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

get moving and Feel Better in Your Body!

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

now is the perfect time to commit to your yoga practice

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Classes WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Use your breath and explore yoga poses safely. Challenge yourself and strengthen your core. Allow your neck to relax along with your brain. Reap the benefits of a regular practice—increased calm and mental clarity as well as a stronger, more flexible body. Poses are modified as needed to meet individual needs. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive setting. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair Stretch and Balance classes in addition to yoga classes and private sessions. Please see http:// for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.

Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

Being in Touch

Last month I covered boredom. Let us now discuss being in touch with your body. The reason I bring this up is that I have recently received quite a few notes about people reading on the equipment and not paying attention to time limits. This does not only happen on the cardio equipment but I have noticed people doing it on the weight equipment as well. The rest period between sets should be 30–60 seconds long. What I really want to discuss is being in touch with your body. We have become so out of touch with our bodies that even when we visit our doctors we are unable to tell them where or what kind of pain or discomfort we are experiencing. May I suggest the next time you come into the Fitness Center put away your phone, tablet or reading material, even for your cardio work. You will be able to identify what you feel, what muscles are pulling, and what muscles relax when you peddle, walk, row or run. It is equally important that you do this when you’re working out with weights. Your brain should be sending messages to the muscles being worked so they contract. This helps develop the muscle you are working without working muscles you don’t want to work. This will help you identify the different regions and groups of muscles even if you don’t learn their names. In addition, this will also help to identify if you are over working certain groups or neglecting others. The good news of becoming aware of your body’s aches and pains is that when you visit the doctor or need to go into the hospital, you will be able to tell the nurse or doctor where you hurt and what it feels like. By being in touch with your body it will keep you interested in your workout, especially when you discover everything the body is capable of doing. I find it fascinating. If you have any questions regarding this article or anything else as long as it deals with working out or fitness, stop by the Fitness Center and see me. I would enjoy the challenge of answering your question, or call me at 494-9086, or email I hope to see everyone at the Fitness Center soon.

nTeresa Woodrum

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

Class is canceled second Friday each month. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself and fostering connections with friends. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. Thank you for your generous contributions to Oakmont Community Foundation, supporting the health of our community through Physical Education. Whenever you go to the movies, please thank Summerfield Cinema for donating popcorn to all our events. Thank you for your support! 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.

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith; being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. We welcome you to join us for Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. It won’t be long before spring arrives and the weather warms up. Now is the time to spring into action. First stop—Oakmont Community church. Join us each week as we explore God’s word and how we can grow closer to Him and others through prayer and action. March 6 is our 10:30 a.m. service, and on March 12, immediately following our morning service we will have our Annual Vision Meeting. Together we can see where we’ve been, where we are and where we are going!

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

Like us on Facebook! Or visit our webpage: E-mail: Church phone number: 595-0166.

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength. No classes March 2, 21, and 23. 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 going with your commitment to stay fit! Come join the aerobics, strength and balance classes. You can join at any time! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us! The Aerobic Class format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Balance and Strength class offers.


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2017

Foam Roller Class nSandy Shaner


WHAT: Foam Roller Class—Stretching, Core Work and Self-Myofacial Release Therapy WHEN: Tuesdays, 8:45–9:45 a.m. No class March 7. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $50/six classes WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat and a foam roller (see below) This class uses movements from Yoga to increase flexibility and balance; movements from Pilates to build core strength; and movements from myofascial release therapy to target trigger points soothing and releasing tight muscles. In addition to the foam roller, I will periodically bring different sized balls for working on hands and feet, particularly helpful for circulation and arthritis. Foam rolling has been shown to be beneficial in reducing chance of injury and increasing recovery by hydrating the muscles with increased blood flow and breaking up adhesions between skin, muscles and bones. Range of motion is greatly increased, and the bottom line is, you just feel and move better in your body. I am a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, certified in Mat Pilates, and ACE-certified as a personal trainer. I developed this class in conjunction with the physical therapists at a health care facility where I taught for 18 years. The class will be taught on a foam roller, so you will need to purchase one. It needs to be 6” in diameter and 36” long. Call me if you have questions, (636) 532-4690. Just Google “foam roller” and you can find them online much less expensive than in retail stores. This is a “feel good” class, but so good for your body. Come roll with us! The only requirements are a foam roller (which you will love having at home to do self-massage) and a yoga mat. Questions? Call me at (636) 532-4690 or E-mail at

Cribbage is Fast-Paced Fun nMarlena Cannon

Each Tuesday, a somewhat raucous group of Oakmonters meets to play cribbage, a fast-paced card game allegedly invented in the early 1600s by Sir John Suckling, an English courtier, poet, gamester, gambler and scoundrel. Based on the game Noddy, cribbage was brought to American shores by English settlers, where it became quite popular in the colonies, especially in New England. The Cribbage Club meets on Tuesday from 12:30–3 p.m. Players can come at any time and stay as long as their schedule will allow. New to the game or a little rusty? Here’s a YouTube about the game watch?v=stAYNntn0hE or contact Sandra Stetzel at or 539-0300, and she’ll find someone who can teach you play.

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 2017 League Schedule. Bowling dates for March: March 14 and 21. No bowling March 1—county voting and 28, fourth Tuesday.


The winners of a $5 Safeway gift card bowling a strike in the first, fourth and seventh frames are: 1:30 PM League—Joanne Abrams, Elisabeth LaPointe, Terry Leuthner, Alicia Panizo, Robin Schudel and Don Shelhart; 3:15 PM League—Joanne Abrams, Jan Blackburn, Maurine Bennett, Scott Harris, Valerie Hulsey, Barbara Koch, Debbie Miller, Diane Price, Pat Stokes.


Mar h 15 article will review the event.

RESULTS AS OF February 14 (fifth week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Strikers; third place, Wii Four; fourth place, Alley Oops; fifth place, Pocket Hits; sixth place, Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 244; Terry Leuthner, 239. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 279; Robin Schudel, 278; Kathryn Miller, 267; Peggy Ensley, 257; Joanne Abrams, 237; Beverly Shelhart, 221. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes and Spares; second place, Pin Heads; third place, King Pins; fourth place, Wii Power; fifth place, High Rollers, sixth place, Strike Outs. Men’s High Games: Christian van den Berghe, 237; Scott Harris, 234; Al Bntham, 203. Women’s High Games: Diane Price, 278; Jan Blackburn, 255; Maurine Bennett, 246; Debbie Miller, 215; Valerie Hulsey, 210; Sonja Tarshis, 206; Judy Lawrence, 205; Nicole Reed, 200. Sub High Game: Joanne Abrams, 289; Sandy Osheroff, 268; Fritzie Amantite, 203.

Tennis Club

nKay Kim

OTC Events Scheduled

Membership Meeting is March 10, 5:30 p.m. in the East Rec. We need all RSVP’s by March 6. Members free, non-members $10 to attend dinner. The friendly “Getting to Know You” tennis tournament is scheduled on April 8. Sign up to participate and meet new friends or mingle with old friends. Don’t forget to sign up for Food and Wine Pairing at the Berger from 5:30 p.m. on the same day. Tickets will be $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. Call (925) 876-8074 for more information. Coupon is in OVA office and March 15 newspaper. The East Courts are open for play. The damages and the surface will be repaired in the spring after the rains. The Playmate tennis ball machine is temporarily unavailable. The lock has been changed to the East shed; there is no access by any OVA resident. This will protect the machine from damage from the grit/sand from the courts. The machine will be available once the courts are resurfaced and cured. Remember: Use of the ball machines and equipment in the East and West sheds are for OVA residents only; their guests may not use them.

2017 DUES

It’s time to renew your OTC membership for 2017— still $20/year. And add your significant other (even if not a tennis player) because a number of events are restricted to and/or are free to members; others have discounted fees for members. Members whose dues are received by February 28 are included in the printed 2017 OTC Roster which will be distributed at the March Membership Meeting.


It takes a village to run a club. I am the newspaper

Take a look at OTC A-level tennis players. They are in such good shape.

reporter for a monthly article in the Oakmont News. If you are interested in writing on the 15th issue of every month, contact Terri Somers, or (925) 876-8074. We are still looking for a website coordinator. No programming or techie-web knowledge required, but a very elementary knowledge of Excel and/or Word. If you are interested in serving as the website coordinator, contact Terri Somers.


The weather is improving for tennis players. OTC Saturday drop-in session has been active when the sun was out. NIH studies show that “taking it easy” is risky for aging population. Reports indicate that seniors who regularly play tennis have benefits of keeping their bodies strong and flexible, and keeping their minds sharp. As Tony always says, you don’t worry about playing like a professional, just focus on having fun and playing at a casual pace.


Complete this coupon and deposit it with a check for $20/person in the Oakmont Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office. By providing your email address, you agree to it being listed in the printed roster distributed to club members only (it will not be posted on the website or elsewhere). Name(s): ______________________________________________________________________________________ Email address(es): __________________________________ Phone number(s): ___________________________ L to R: Marlena Cannon, Marsha Beck, Ken Weber and Sandy Stetzel play Cribbage at the CAC on Tuesday afternoons.

Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2017

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


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


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


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


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


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

Windows Computer Information

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

Lawn Bowling nPhil Bowman nRay Haverson

If you have not paid your 2017 dues, they are now due. You may include them with your seat reservation if you wish.


Sha-Boom Events Club is proud to announce our Fourth Annual Pasta Night with Sauce Cook-off, featuring the great Carl Green Band. WHAT: Pasta Dinner/Dance with a Pasta Sauce Cook-Off WHEN: Saturday, March 18 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 5–9:30 p.m., doors open at 4 p.m. COST: Members $25 per person, members’ guest $30 per person, non-members $40 per person and the best deal is $37 per person that includes your first year’s dues and the party. DINNER MENU: Pasta with sauce, anti-pasta plate, polenta, mixed green salad, potato salad, garlic bread, lemon water, coffee, tea and chocolate and vanilla sheet cake with mixed fruit filling and covered with whipped cream for dessert. We will be crowning a new pasta sauce king or queen! Could it be you? Rules for the cook off as follows: 1. All sauces must be homemade, no store bought! 2. Make your sauce at home and bring it with you for tasting. 3. All that attended will judge all sauces the sauce with the most votes win. 4. Bread will be supplied for the purpose of tasting. 5. Prizes are as follows: first prize $100, second prize $50, third prize $25. So don’t be shy. Be sure to enter that sauce everyone tells you is so good and you could be the next crowned king or queen of the village. Remember homemade sauce only, no cheating. You will need about 1/2 gallon. We will have table seating so get your table together and get your payment in as soon as possible, as you will not want to miss this one. If you are bringing guests have all names and payments in one envelope as the tables are sold as the payments come in. You may not be able to add anyone to your table later, as the empty seats at that table will be filled as other people send in their payments. Yes, you can reserve a table for eight with full payment for that table. So for the best tables get your reservations in early. This is a BYOB event, so please feel free to bring whatever you like to drink. You may mail your checks made out to Sha-Boom to Ray Haverson, 7111 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may put your payment in our ShaBoom folder at the OVA Office or you may simply drop your check into my mail box on the right hand side of my garage door. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666 or you may E-mail me at: haversonr@


This year’s first quarterly meeting is just a day away—March 2 at the Berger Center starting at 11 a.m. There will be reports from various committees and discussion of old and new business. The meeting is promised to be completed in time to get to the green for the daily draw.


Results of the Presidents’ Day tourney, held on February 20, after publication deadline, will be reported in the next edition. The format for the tournament differed greatly from previous tournaments seeking to avoid long delays in completing it. If successful the tournament committee hopes to use it on future tourneys. The St. Patrick’s Day tournament will be held on Friday, March 17. Sign up and join in the “wearing of the green.”


The green needs our help. Please take care when setting mats. Vary the placement so the area of the green around the mats does not suffer wear at the same place. When it is moist, it would be helpful if an additional mat is placed on the green for bowlers to use when stepping down onto the green. This will prevent damage to the green in those circumstances, and also help avoid injuries from slipping when stepping onto the green.


You may have noticed the size of the column in this edition is shorter than usual. While summer days have their “doldrums” winter has its effect on lawn bowling, thus less information for publication. In recognition of this situation, here is a photo of the intrepid six that entered the Novice Tournament this year: Liliane Rains, Francis Coryell, Jim Krause, Carole Berenyi, Tony Cuneo and Elaine Monney. If you have an idea of a subject that should be covered in future editions, it will be greatly appreciated.

Novice Bowlers.

Oakmont Rainbow Women nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

ORW celebrated Valentine’s Day a bit differently this year. Songs from the 1930’s through today rang out at the East Rec. on February 19. Joy and Pamela from Outwest Dance in Sebastopol taught a one-hour class in East Coast swing dancing. The “leads” and “follows” learned their steps and they also learned about “tone,” “frame,” and how to “square your torso.” Who knew? It was a great party even for those who didn’t dance, and thanks to the ORW Board who provided snacks and (thank goodness) lots of water. The upcoming ORW meeting on March 9 is a longawaited health and well being fair. There will be

seven speakers who will give us information and then take time to meet with those who have more specific questions. Topics will include massage, chiropractic, home care assistance, the healing power of touch, how to maintain your health records, and finally, how the ORW Care Calendar works to help us help each other with episodic care. At that meeting you can still purchase tickets for Zoe Lewis. She’s a great musician and we’re lucky to have her at Oakmont. Her concert will be May 13, and you can hear samples of her work at her website (www. Tickets are $20 for ORW members and $25 for the general Oakmont public.


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Kiwanis Club of Oakmont nJeff Davis


Oakmont Gardens has had an important relation with Oakmont Kiwanis for many years. They have hosted the club’s annual Pancake Breakfast almost since the event began in 1989. The scale of their contribution is indicated by the fact that some 600 Oakmont residents attend the Pancake Breakfast each year. More recently, Oakmont Gardens joined the OVA staff and the Oakmont Kiwanis Club to sponsor Oakmont’s annual Veterans Day Parade, contributing vehicles to transport veterans in the parade, personnel to help manage the event, and food for the reception to honor veterans after the parade. Kiwanis recognized Oakmont Gardens’ corporate support of their programs at a root beer float party on February 15 with presentation of a plaque by Past-President Charlie Ensley to Denise Dunning of Oakmont Gardens (and current Vice President of Oakmont Kiwanis). Also recognized were the efforts of Oakmont Gardens staff for their many contributions through the years.

Denise Dunning of Oakmont Gardens mounts the recognition plaque as President Rafaella Morillas looks on.

Let’s Dance Together! nTerry Whitten

It’s Cha Cha Time

WHAT: Beginning Cha Cha Partner Dance Classes WHEN: Wednesdays, March 1, 8 and 15 TIME: 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $9/pp for single class; $7/pp for two or more classes purchased in advance at beginning of class. We will be continuing the fun of partner dancing in March with Beginning Cha Cha. Cha Cha is an upbeat and lively partner dance that grew out of the Mambo from Cuba in the 1950’s. It can be danced to Latin music that is faster than Rumba but slower than Salsa or Mambo. Besides Latin songs, there are also a lot of contemporary pop songs that have a Cha Cha beat including songs by Santana, Della Reese, Earth Wind and Fire, Jimmy Buffett and Lady Gaga. There are even Country Western songs with a Cha Cha beat! As before, no partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. If you have a partner, that’s great. However, I do know we are short on male leaders here in Oakmont. I’d like to invite any ladies who are interested to come and learn how to lead some basic steps. Once you learn, you will never be without someone to dance with in Oakmont and other venues. Leading can be as much fun as following! Aside from being fun and a great way to get exercise, a number of studies have shown that dancing on a regular basis may reduce the possibility of cognitive decline and may actually increase mental acuity. It is definitely good for our brains, muscles and spirit! Please let me know if you have any questions. You can E-mail me (Terry Whitten) at twhitten@pacbell. net or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell) or 539-6265 (home.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!

Oakmont Progressives nVince Taylor

Can The United States Get All Its Energy from Renewables?

We hear a lot about how the world needs to get off fossil fuels if we are not to have a climate catastrophe. But, is this really a realistic possibility? There’s lots of talk, but has anyone shown that this is feasible? Our speaker for March 13, Professor Mark Delucchi, was part of a multi-university study group that tackled these questions. Perhaps surprisingly to some, they found that getting 100% of the world’s energy from WWS (wind, water, solar) was eminently feasible Mark Delucchi and economically practical. Dr. Delucchi’s talk will show how the United States could become 80% WWS by 2030 and 100% WWS by

US WWS vs. Conventional energy over time.

2050, with emphasis on the transportation sector, the most challenging sector and his area of special expertise. The study shows not only that the transition is feasible, but that it would add to employment and create social benefits sufficient to cover the entire cost of the program in four to 14 years. The scenario created in the study is not vague and descriptive, but quantitative and backed by layers and layers of research into every aspect of the transition. Skeptics can look at all the data in great detail. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from a world-class expert on how we can overcome all the technical hurdles and allow the United States to get all of its energy solely from wind, water, and sunlight. Everyone is welcome to attend: East Recreation Center, Monday, March 13, with social time at 6:30 p.m. Program begins at 7 p.m. For a name tag and to help us plan, please RSVP at If questions, call Gail Hartman at 595-1125. The Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We also support other candidates for office who share a similar vision. Our meetings are a great way to meet other Oakmonters who share a progressive perspective on domestic politics and world affairs.


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

Tues., March 14, 1:30 pm East Rec. Center Cochlear Implants

For some hearing impaired individuals, even very good hearing aids are not enough to make the sound waves in our inner ears tickle the auditory nerves enough for the brain to recognize them as speech. Could cochlear implants solve that problem? At the upcoming HEARS meeting, Dr. Amber Powner of Audiology Associates will bring us up to date on cochlear implants: what they are, who can benefit from them, how they are installed, current technology and more.


This group will meet 11 a.m., third Monday every other month in Room B at the Central Activities Center. The next meeting will be April 17. These are small gatherings for the exchange of information, ideas and concerns. If you have hearing related questions or solutions, please plan on attending.

What is a safe noise dose?

What level of loud sound and for how long can those little inner ear hairy gadgets (cilia) that activate the auditory nerve endure before laying down and giving up—forever? There are defined maximum amounts of sound with specific lengths of time that are safe: higher intensity and time will damage hearing. Here are some accepted limits of exposure to be safe in one 24-hour period (the proximity to the noise is also a significant factor): busy city street—traffic 85 dBa, two hours; gas mower, hair dryer 95 dBa, 15 minutes; walkman 105 dBa, 1–3 minutes; leaf blower, rock concert 115 dBa, less than one minute; ambulance, jack hammer 135 dBa, less than one second. Hearing protection is very desirable when exposed to the louder sounds. You can download a free dB meter APP for your iPhone from the Apple App store that will let you assess the loudness of the environment you are in. Oakmont HEARS exists to improve hearing for our residents. Please make known your suggestions for meeting subjects and information desired, attend the HEARS meetings, and get on the HEARS email list:

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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

Coming up

March 13: Working with black tiles March 27: Creating a Zentangle landscape 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


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2017

nKathy Sowers

Grandparents’ Club Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny is arriving in Oakmont to meet and greet you and your grandchildren at our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event is for toddlers-through-12-year-olds. Cost is $5 per child and includes bags to hold their eggs, face painting, a bounce house, balloon animals, refreshments, prizes, and entertainment. Please join us at this fun-filled event where our grandchildren will enjoy playing and hunting for prizefilled eggs. Enjoy our very own lifesize bunny for that very special photo with your grandchild! This event is open to all Oakmont residents. DATE: Saturday, April 15

Home Care

TIME: 1–2:30 p.m. PLACE: Berger Center QUESTIONS: Contact Leslie Brockman, Grandparents’ Club Chair at or 755-3168 SIGN-UP FORMS: Fill out form below and place it with your check, payable to Grandparents’ Club, in our folder in the OVA office by Monday, April 10, the last day of registration. To support the Grandparents’ Club, become a member for only $10 per family per year. Additional membership forms are in the OVA folder, along with extra copies of the Egg Hunt sign-up sheets.

Easter Egg Hunt Registration Form Grandparent(s)’ Name: __________________________________________________________________________ Phone ____________________________ Email ______________________________________________________ Grandchild’s name ____________________________________________ Age ______ Girl or Boy (circle one) $5 Grandchild’s name ____________________________________________ Age ______ Girl or Boy (circle one) $5

Top 10 Reasons

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Oakmont Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


“Shh…germination in progress.”


All Oakmont residents are invited to a Succulent Swap to be held at the Berger Center. The program will include a short presentation and succulent planting demonstration by Ann Lowings, Master Gardener and succulent expert. Residents will have an opportunity to “swap” some of their own succulents for different ones brought in by other attendees. Don’t have any to swap? No problem. There are sure to be extras available.

Please bring a suitable container for carrying your new plants home. Send your questions to Succulent cuttings need to dry out for a couple of days before planting them so they can callus over. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, March 21, Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• Sow seeds of fava beans, beets, carrots, leeks, lettuce and other leafy greens, peas, radish, spinach,

Opening the Finest Doors in Oakmont in escrow

Marie McBride


7356 Oak Leaf Drive, Beautifully remodeled Birch with den $679,000

8950 Acorn Lane, Pristine Juniper


in escrow

5995 Stone Bridge, St. Helena

9 Oakgreen, Adorable Sycamore 1

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233 Belhaven Court, Expanded Manzanita

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Swiss chard and turnips. • Plant summer-blooming bulbs such as agapanthus, canna, gladiolus, lilies, watsonia and dahlias. • 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. Roses should receive their first application after new leaves emerge and then every 4 to 6 weeks thereafter. Fertilize early bulbs after blooming. Apply first lawn fertilizer. • 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. • Be diligent about pulling weeds before they set seed. Apply two to three inches of mulch around plants and on bare areas of your garden to suppress weed germination and growth. Mulch also will retain soil moisture as winter rains subside. Useful websites and phone numbers for gardening help:, (for pest information). Master Gardeners information desk, 565-2608, 9 a.m.–12 noon and 1–4 p.m.

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Implant & General Dentistry

Celebrat in 20 Years g i Oakmon n t

Tony Sanchez DDS, Debra A. Riker RDH, BS, MS (707) 539-0336 • 6594 Stone Bridge Road (located between McBride Realty & the Fire Station)

Mama & Me Star, my mama – that’s her on the right – said we’d be finding a real home, real soon. She’s worked hard to teach me that we stick together no matter what. At 2 y/o, I’m bigger than she is (she’s 4), but we’re both Chihuahua-mix small! Mama’s cute and petite with the most loving face. She’s friendly and tends to make the introductions, where I prefer to hold back a bit until I know you better. But once I do, you’ll find that we’re both eager to soak up the love and attention, and we love accompanying you on fun walks. Neither of us are big fans of small kids, but we’d sure love to be a part of your furry family. Interested in doubling up on the amount of love in your life? Call the Adoption Center at Sonoma Humane Society at (707) 542-0882 to learn more!

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nBarbara Milan

Visual Aids Workshop

nPat Donnelly, Little SIR

Making braille books for visually and mentallyimpaired children

We just completed our first mailing for 2017. We mailed out 1,317 individual tactile-Braille books for visually and mentally-impaired children. It was quite a thrill to see them packaged and sent off to the post office. The books were mailed to schools and teachers around the country and to several international addresses. If you are not a workshop member, please drop in and see what we do. We meet at the West Rec. facility on Monday mornings from 9–11 a.m. We have a good time together making these needed books. There is coffee and a snack while we prepare the books. Who

nBarbara Bowman

SIR Branch #92

knows, this may be just the group you are looking for. We would love to have you come and visit us. If you need additional information call me at 538-5321.

Movies At Oakmont

WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAY AND TIME: Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge—compliments of the OVA

Sunday, March 5, 2 pm THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS

Lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbinder) and his wife Isabel (Alicia Vikander) live in married bliss on a remote, rugged island off the coast of Australia. But their world is turned upside down when Isabel learns that she’s unable to have children. One day, a lifeboat washes ashore with a crying baby in it. The dilemma the couple now faces will echo far beyond the island, impacting their world—and that of a stranger (Rachael Weisz). Adapted from the best-selling novel. (2016), PG-13, 133 minutes.

Sunday, March 5, 7 pm THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINTY

This absorbing biopic recounts the life of self-taught Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel) who, in spite of the difficulties of transitioning to another culture in 1913 Cambridge, rose to prominence under the tutelage of renowned mathematics professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons)—a fascinating true story of a friendship that forever changed mathematics. Patel and Irons shine in their portrayals of these two engaging characters. (2016), PG-13, 108 minutes.


Movies At Oakmont celebrates our home town of Santa Rosa by screening two films about and made in the city. The first is a 33-minute documentary produced for the Historical Society of Santa Rosa as a way to document our history and all that is special about the place we call home. It features some of the 148-year-old city’s biggest names, past and present, from the time of the Pomos and Coast Miwok, to more recent times. Gaye LeBaron, the Press Democrat columnist, provides much of the historical background. The second is Alfred Hitchcock’s taut and chilling tale, Shadow Of a Doubt, about Charlie (Teresa Wright), a Santa Rosa girl consumed with finding out whether her uncle (Joseph Cotton) is a serial killer. (1943), PG, 108 minutes.

Sunday, March 12, 7 pm FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS

Despite her horrid singing voice, New York City heiress Florence Foster Jenkins is certain she can become an opera star. Her partner and manager (Hugh Grant), does all he can to shield Florence from the truth, but his task may prove impossible. This delightful and poignant film, based on a true story, garnered many honors, including Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Streep, and Golden Globe nominations for Grant and Simon Helberg, who plays Florence’s accompanist. (2016), PG-13, 110 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, March 5, 2 p.m.: The Light Between Oceans, (2016), PG-13, 133 minutes. Sunday, March 5, 7 p.m.: The Man Who Knew Infinity, (2016), PG-13, 108 minutes. Sunday, March 12, 2 p.m.: Santa Rosa—The Chosen Spot On All The Earth (33 minutes), and Shadow Of A Doubt, (1943), PG, 108 minutes. Sunday, March 12, 7 p.m.: Florence Foster Jenkins, (2016), PG-13, 110 minutes. Sunday, March 19, 2 p.m.: Southside With You, (2016), PG-13, 84 minutes. Sunday, March 19, 7 p.m.: Manchester-By-the-Sea, (2016), (2016) R, 135 minutes.

SIR #92 is a local club for retired gentlemen that meets the second Tuesday of the month at Berger Center. Meetings include social hour, near service, luncheon, speaker, outings including parties with ladies, golf tournaments and a monthly speaker. Our speaker for March 14 is John Phillips, Oakmont’s own fitness center trainer. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Health and Wellness. He continues to obtain continuing education certificates and to study topics regarding the training and health of mature adults. He has been a trainer since 1986. John will speak on a variety of topics with respect the health, exercise training and wellness for mature adults.

Oakmont Art Association nCarol Decker

OPEN STUDIOS 2017—June 23, 24, 25

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


FAMSF docent Alfred Escoffier will present an overview of the upcoming Monet exhibit at the Legion of Honor (Feb. 25–May 29). The exhibition features 60 paintings created by the young artist between the ages of 17 and 31, revealing his early genius and the radical invention that marked his artistic development. Works have been gathered from major museums and private collections worldwide. Program is at 10:30 a.m. with coffee and tea at 10 a.m. in Berger Center.

DeYoung Museum Trip Wednesday, April 19 Stuart Davis: In Full Swing

COST: $50/person, $33 DeYoung members TIME: Bus leaves Berger Center at 9 a.m. returning at 3 p.m. Stuart Davis was an early modernist pop art painter who favored jazz themes. Registration forms available at or at OVA Office.

CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES Watercolor Bootcamp for Beginners with Victor Marcelli

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


Ikebana master, Ron Brown, continues his twicemonthly classes—the second and fourth Fridays in the Art Room, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Cost per session is $15.


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over 20 yrs. I will custom tailor a plan Remodeling, kitchens and baths. Best prices on Gutter Guard for you based on your unique needs. Reasonable rates. Small jobs OK. installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429. Complimentary first visit. Many homes Free estimates. Lic. #428073. start at $100. Jef Brunstetter, 576Call 996-1454. 1793 or



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


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


Home, business, move-outs. Windows, bed linen changing and more. Over FURNITURE REPAIR A personal transportation service for When quality and reliability count, call 18 yrs. of experience. References upon George’s furniture repair and request., airports, cruises and vacations. Call for on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting refinishing, antiques and caning. reservations. Plus Babe is on the road Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior 548-9482 or 542-8720. Oakmont references. 30 years again for local doctor visits, shopping, and exterior painting specialist, experience. Free estimates. Call George etc. Call Stephany at 545-2850. drywall repairs and textures. Licensed E. SANCHEZ ROOFING WC’S LOCKS AND KEYS at 987-3059. and insured. Call us for your free Professional, experienced locksmith for AND GUTTER estimate today! 833-2890. FIREPLACE CLEANING Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, all your security needs. Senior discount. seamless gutters and downspouts. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, AND SERVICE LCO #2411. FAUX FINISHES Quality for less. Bonded and insured, Warming Trends has been cleaning, GOLF CARTS Reasonable rates, free estimates, free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call servicing and installing fireplaces, Huge selection of value-priced, new, Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary stoves and inserts for 30 years. Call 837-5030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell). used and re-conditioned golf carts COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR Luurs, 528-8489. 578-9276 for any fireplace needs. for sale. Professional repairs, service. HOME GREETING SERVICE Many years servicing our friends in DOGWALKER Welcoming new residents since Oakmont. 584-5488. Let me help you walk, talk and play COMPUTER OOPS?? 1975. Have valuable local community ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. with your dog. $25/hr., 15/half-hr. information given on every visit. If you Dependable, experts serving you and Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer Call for free meeting. Terri, Services. Call Chuck for all things are new to Oakmont and have not had your neighbors with excellence and ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, (707) 480-0786. Local references. computer. VOM Rotary member, a home visit, please call Charlotte at Great customer service. 12 years bonded and insured. Senior discounts computer instructor. References 538-9050. experience, free estimates, Oakmont available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us available, many satisfied Oakmont references. I’ll work with your NOSE TO NOSE PET sitting on the web at www.onewayplumb. customers. $45/hr. 293-8011. budget. Lic. #954364. Call Angel, 25+ years experience. Dog and cat MIKE’S REPAIR net or call us at 537-1308 for all your 707-239-1241. care. Daily schedules and routines. Plumbing, electrical, appliance, plumbing needs. Overnight companionship. Insured and VALLEY OF THE MOON heating and air conditioning, general bonded. Based in Sonoma. Call Alix, handyman (I can fix just about PLUMBING, LLC WIDOWS ANONYMOUS st rd CARPET, UPHOLSTERY 637-6267. anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest Emergency services, regular service, Support for women. Meet 1 and 3 AND TILE CLEANING and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call water heaters, clogs, remodels, repair. Wednesdays, 10–11:30 a.m. each Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma 536-9529, emergency—328-6635. Local business, owner-operated. Call month. Redwood Covenant Church, PET CARE resident. 14 years experience. Senior (707) 800-2043. 3175 Sebastopol Rd., Santa Rosa. Experienced, insured sitters for pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334. Oakmont resident co-leader, Lu Ann, overnites and exercise walks for dogs LEE MOEN CONSTRUCTION (808) 353-1757. and loving kitty care visits. Oakmont BODEN PLUMBING, GENERAL CONTRACTOR references. A Mother’s Love Petsitting, A SENIOR HELPING SENIORS A to Z home maintenance and HEATING AND AIR 775-7520. All home repairs. Everything from repair. Kitchen and bath remodel. CHRISTO LIMO For all your plumbing and heating Carpentry, tile, plumbing, electric and fixing that leaking toilet, to hanging Commercially licensed, transportation needs. Local plumbers in business since pictures, to replacing that broken painting. No job too small. All phase the late 20th century, licensed, bonded for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 MALE CAREGIVER/ light switch. Serving the Santa Rosa construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee and insured. Same day service is often owner-operated with several years PERSONAL AIDE area since 1985. $25 per hour. Quality available. Money-saving coupons! CA experience. Oakmont homeowner too. Moen, 318-5591. Licensed, experienced with male and workmanship and excellent ref. Just Call Chris, (707) 206-5018. Lic. #659920. Please female care in-home, at assisted living make a “to do” list and call me. Local call (707) 996-8683 or go to homes and hospice care. Mike, (707) Oakmont references on request. 835-7157. 888-2013. Specializing in residential re-roofing. Top quality workmanship. Honest and reliable. Oakmont references. Free estimates. Lic. #673839. 539-4498.


All documents notarized. Commission #2105272, License #14884. Bonded, Insured and Certified. www. Please call David Collins, (707) 934-5263.


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


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


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


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

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

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


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

maintenance Office

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

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

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM March 1–15 Marianne Neufeld 528-0161 March 16–31 Susan Mullaly 539-1328

Andie Altman, President

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.

Rides Within Oakmont Marianne Neufeld 528-0161 Mon.–Fri. medical rides before 9 AM or after 4 PM are subject to limited volunteer driver availability. No service on weekends or holidays. Please call at least three full working days prior to appointment. We regret that we are unable to provide either wheelchair or emergency service.


OAS Management Company

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)


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

Street Cleaning

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


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

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

oakmont News

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


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.


John Felton, Vice President Frank Batchelor, Secretary Elke Strunka, Treasurer Herm Hermann, Director Gloria Young, Director Ellen Leznik, Director Association Manager Cassie Turner

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

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

E-mail List Do you want to stay updated on what is going on in Oakmont? Join the OVA E-mail list. You will receive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Oakmont Notices, Meeting Announcements and the weekly Manager's Newsletter. To join, go to the OVA office and fill out a sign-up form, or visit www. To receive E-Blast by E-mail, click the "join our E-Blast email list" link. If you would like a hardcopy, please come to​the OVA Activities​office. They are located on the front counter.


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OVA-Sponsored Events



nCarolita Carr

nNorma Doyle

Save the Date Friday, April 21, Berger Center

Boomers Club presents More Joy, a band that specializes in presenting traditional and contemporary folk music. This will be a concert with theater-type seating, with proceeds going to the Oakmont Community Foundation. More Joy has performed at other fundraisers here in Oakmont, so they may be familiar to you. This promises to be a fun and entertaining evening. Be sure and save the date, and get tickets when they go on sale on March 15.

nAnita Roraus

These are four- and eight-hour classroom courses for drivers 50 years of age and older. Complete cost for the course is $15 for AARP members/$20 non-members. Open to Oakmont residents only. Room B in Central Activities Center.

2017 Two-day Full Course and One-day Refresher Course Schedule

Refresher class: Friday, March 3, 12:30–5 p.m. Two-day course: Thursday and Friday, April 20 and 21, 1–5 p.m. Refresher class: Friday, June 2, 12:30–5 p.m. Two-day course: Thursday and Friday, August 17 and 18, 1–5 p.m. Sign-up by calling the OVA office at 539-1611 or come by in person.

Oakmont Craft Guild nPat Vogenthaler

The Oakmont Craft Guild meets on the second Monday of every month at 1 p.m. in the East Recreation Center (no meeting in November and December). You do not have to be an expert in a craft to attend, but you will see demonstrators teaching you a craft they enjoy. Thank you to Mary Stinson (January), Susan Berg (February), Nancy Giddings and Lory Day (March), our recent demonstrators who shared with the Craft Guild their crafts. In April, we welcome Nanette Garner as she teaches us about miniature fairy garden furniture. Contact me at if you wish to be added to the membership listing.

Mardi Gras

In early February Playreaders read Natural Causes by Eric Chappell. Playreaders were: (standing) Dennis Hall, Joyce O’Connor, Bob Sorenson, Norma Doyle; (seated) Pete Folkens and Susan Baguette.

On March 6 and 13 Jane Borr will present That’s Where the Town’s Going by Tad Mosel. Mosel’s interest in theater began in 1936 when he saw Katharine Cornell on Broadway in Saint Joan. He started writing plays while auditioning as an actor, and became a leading scripter for live television dramas. Mosel’s play All the Way Home premiered in 1960 to critical acclaim. In addition to winning a 1961 Pulitzer Prize, the play was nominated for a Tony Award. Mosel wrote screenplays for the films Dear Heart and the popular Up the Down Staircase. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series for an episode of The Adams Chronicles, a PBS drama series based on the lives of presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and their families. In Mosel’s play That’s Where the Town’s Going two middle-aged sisters live in a small Midwestern town caring for their dying mother. Wilma, the dreamy and impractical sister tries out of desperation to connect with a past boyfriend hoping for marriage and an escape from the endless care-taking. However, her sister Ruby, the more cunning and practical sister steals her sister’s ex-boyfriend and Wilma ends up with the town’s aging lecher. Playreaders for That’s Where the Town’s Going include Jane Borr, Gail Doremus, Dennis Hall, Ron White and Sandy White.

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Our “Mardi Party” was a great success and sold out. We are sorry that some of you were turned away. We can’t stress this often enough-the Berger Center only holds so many, you have to get tickets well in advance of any of our events.


Since November, 62 people have decided to join us. Have you joined or renewed your membership? The way to keep informed of our events and to have easy ticket payment access is to join our club. Go to the Oakmont Boomers website for more information.

Boomer Survey 2017

Thank you to the members who responded to our email survey. It is you, our membership, who make our club the success that it is. Your opinions are important to our board, and we consider them carefully. Look for future adoption of the suggestions you offered.

Interest Groups

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



The Oakmont News / March 1, 2017

Century 21 Valley of the Moon Locally Owned—Internationally Known

From all of us at Century 21 Valley of the Moon We want to thank you for your continued support in helping us achieve another successful year of selling and listing your homes in Oakmont. Here is our production for 2016! Street Name

Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519

Jolene Cortright 477-6529

Paula Lewis 332-0433

Mike & Leila O’Callaghan 888-6583

Joey & Claudine Cuneo 694-2634

Peter & Roberta Lommori 539-3200

114 Mountain Vista Circle 7802 Oakmont Drive 6712 Fairfield Drive 7411 Oakmont Drive 308 Mountain Vista Court 114 Mountain Vista Circle 46 Oak Island Circle 7033 Overlook Drive 2 Autumn Leaf Place 153 Oak Shadow Drive 8825 Hood Mountain Court 2 Oakcrest Place 451 Pythian Road 7 Valley Green Street 35 Oak Forest Place 6492 Meadowridge Drive 6840 Oak Leaf Drive 6373 Stone Bridge Road 402 Crestridge Court 7536 Ferroggiaro Way 22 Woodgreen Street 7411 Oakmont Drive 6409 Meadow Creek Lane 412 White Oak Drive 193 Mountain Vista Circle 223 Oak Shadow Place 451 Oak Mesa Drive 6529 Stone Bridge Road 8851 Oak Trail Court 142 White Oak Drive 275 Mockingbird Circle 6579 Meadowridge Drive 2 Oakgreen 6335 Pine Valley Drive 9417 Oak Trail Circle 6429 Meadow Creek Lane 6580 Stone Bridge Road 8883 Oak Trail Drive 6842 Oakmont Drive 8883 Oakmont Drive 512 Oak Vista Lane 97 Aspen Meadows Circle 8933 Oakmont Drive 7284 Oakmont Drive 249 Mountain Vista Lane 6 Valley Green Street 6368 Stone Bridge Road

Model Plan Sale Price Sequoia 16A Annadel Birch Sequoia 17 Redwood Sequoia 16A Juniper Sylvan 34 Juniper Juniper Laurelwood Manzanita Aspen Sequoia 15C Sylvan 31 Sequoia 16C Manzanita Oakwood SugarLoaf Plan 1 Sequoia 17 Sequoia 17 Cedar Sequoia 15C Sequoia 16B Juniper Mt. Hood Sycamore 21 Cypress Glen Ellen Manzanita Sequoia 17 Pinewood Plan 4 Plan A Juniper Manzanita Birch Custom Redwood Redwood Redwood Redwood Monterey Sycamore Sequoia 15B Oakwood

$324,000 $800,000 $538,560 $244,000 $660,000 $435,000 $693,000 $665,000 $555,000 $729,000 $755,000 $505,000 $850,000 $320,000 $525,000 $413,500 $600,000 $505,000 $752,000 $690,000 $350,000 $365,000 $780,000 $370,000 $440,000 $610,000 $825,000 $520,000 $651,000 $655,000 $450,000 $335,000 $385,000 $783,000 $378,829 $656,000 $594,000 $505,000 $621,000 $675,000 $775,000 $553,000 $699,000 $696,000 $375,000 $450,000 $515,000

Street Name

480 Shooting Star Place 6353 Stone Bridge Road 32 Cliffwood Place 227 Valley Oak Drive 9272 Oak Trail Circle 180 White Oak Drive 6940 Oak Leaf Drive 6816 Fairfield Drive 275 Mockingbird Circle 248 Belhaven Court 8834 Oak Trail Drive 6761 Wintergreen Court 7355 Oakmont Drive 412 Oak Brook Place 8395 Oakmont Drive 2 Oak Forest Lane

Model Plan Sale Price

Our Sonoma County Closings

1230 White Oak Drive 2142 Vintage Circle 437 Christopher Way 3929 New Zeland Avenue 741 Leo Drive 368 Harvest Lane 98 Tarman Drive 133 Greene Street 129 La Mancha Drive 1430 Mission Blvd 232 Los Alamos Road 5169 Oak Meadow Drive 4189 Concord Avenue 52 Jess Avenue 1669 Cerro Sonoma Circle 919 Hogwarts Circle 12857 Occidental Road 5196 Oak Meadow Drive 1807 Bella Vista Way 2032 Bedford Street 675 Magnolia Avenue 2549 Vallejo Street 52 Jess Avenue 2448 Gilham Way 71 Middleton Drive 217 Albertz Street 1411 Parsons Drive 7560 Kennedy Road

707• 539 • 3200

6580 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa 95409 BRE#01523620

Annadel Sylvan 34 Sylvan 33 Madrone Plan 3 Sequoia 16 Juniper Birch Manzanita PineWood Sycamore 24 Matanzas Exp-Juniper Oakwood Sonoma Sylvan 32

$765,000 $690,000 $435,000 $465,000 $798,000 $400,000 $640,000 $749,000 $615,000 $479,000 $442,000 $594,000 $785,000 $692,000 $630,000 $475,000

$2,000,000 $689,000 $649,000 $549,000 $399,000 $300,000 $380,000 $875,000 $428,150 $312,500 $365,000 $900,000 $530,000 $417,254 $567,000 $690,000 $800,000 $860,000 $661,000 $440,000 $605,000 $300,000 $589,000 $490,000 $225,000 $529,900 $602,000 $876,000

Randy Ruark 322-2482

Kay Nelson 538-8777

Sue Senk 318-9595

Nancy Shaw 322-2344

Gail Johnson 292-9798

Cheryl Peterson 974-9849

Brian McGuire 490-7959

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