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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Oakmont Wants to Hear From “Monty” Bus Riders

May 15, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 10

Backyard Visitor

nAl Haggerty

Party on the Greens at OGC Tropical Theme for May 22 Event nStaff Report

It’s become a great yearly community party: Music on the Greens at the Oakmont Golf Club driving range, sponsored jointly by the OGC and Oakmont Village Association. This year’s party is Sunday, May 22, starting at 3:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Mike Amaral’s California Beach Boys, playing from 4–6 p.m. Food and drink will be available for purchase on the grounds. Bring cash to buy $5 food and beverage tickets. No outside food or beverages are allowed. Wear your tropical attire, and plan to eat, drink and dance at this golf course beach party in Oakmont. Admission is free, but residents are asked to make reservations. RSVP by calling the OGC at 539-9215, Ext. 228, or the OVA Office at 539-1611.

Oakmont Woman Faces Possible Prison Sentence nJim Golway

Oakmont resident Gayle Gray will be sentenced June 21 on felony charges stemming from the fatal accident that occurred when the car she was driving struck two elderly women who were walking on the sidewalk in front of the Village Market. At a preliminary hearing in Santa Rosa May 4, Gray pleaded no contest to the charges of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. She could face over nine years in prison, but Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Jamie Thistlethwaite found Gray acted without willfulness or the intent to harm, which could lead to a much lighter sentence or even probation. Gray had a blood-alcohol level of .05 percent, under the legal limit, but a toxicology report showed the 77-year-old woman also had prescription antidepressants in her system. Gray told a Press See possible prison on page 3

The Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors wants to hear from the riders of “Monty,” the #16 CitiBus that circulates through Oakmont. Do riders want changes or do they have complaints or other comments about the service? With renewal of the contract for the near $60,000-a-year service coming up, the board discussed possible changes in the contract at its workshop May 3. President Andie Altman noted that OVA can only make changes at contract renewal. The bus, which picks up 40–50 riders a day throughout Oakmont, takes them to local shopping destinations, including Safeway, Olivers and Montgomery Village. They are picked up about an hour-and-a-half later. Director Ellen Leznik suggested that the bus make a trip every two weeks to downtown Santa Rosa. Responding to one resident’s complaint that she has a distance to walk after getting off the bus, Altman said the service includes taking residents to their door and helping them in with packages if requested. When Director Frank Batchelor suggested “we ask people who ride the bus what changes they want,” OVA Manager Cassie Turner asked that the riders contact Cat Gajarski at the OVA Office with their comments and suggestions. She can be reached at 539-1611 or by E-mail at Director John Felton said he will take a look at his suggestion that residents be given coupons for taxis or Uber to replace the bus service or that riders be charged anywhere from $2.50 to $5 a day to help pay the cost of the service.

Rainbow Over OGC

This rainbow arced briefly over 18th hole of the West Golf Course of the Oakmont Golf Club on April 22. (Photo provided by Jack and Kathy Hammel)


This photo of a buck with its forked horns in velvet was taken along Badger Creek in Oakmont. (Photo by Keith Sauer)

Videotaping All OVA Board Meetings Likely To Pass nAl Haggerty

A proposal to videotape both Oakmont Board of Directors regular meetings and workshops received strong support from the directors at a May 3 board workshop. At the same time, the idea of holding one board meeting a quarter in the evening to give working residents a chance to attend received little support. The videotaping proposal will be on the agenda of the board’s regular meeting May 17 at Berger Center for discussion and action. Action cannot be taken at workshops. Director Frank Batchelor said he is “totally in favor” of videotaping the meetings and dismissed legal opinions that oppose the practice on the grounds that what directors say could be used against them in legal proceedings. He said the cost of videotaping is “minimal.” Regular board meetings are now videotaped. Director Ellen Leznik said videotaping is a “fabulous” idea, adding that she has no legal concerns and thinks it will help avoid “conspiracy theories.” Reacting to the fact that relatively few people watch the board meeting tapes, she said even if it helps “a few people,” it’s a good idea. Director John Felton said estimates of the cost adding the taping of workshops indicate it would amount to about 50 cents a year for each Oakmont resident. Estimates put the cost at $325 a month to videotape regular board meetings and another $200 for workshops.


Reacting to a suggestion the board try some evening meetings so people who work days could attend, Batchelor said he doesn’t like the idea. He said it’s hard enough getting people to run for the See videotaping on page 3


The Oakmont News / May 15, 2016

OAKMONT VILLAGE REAL ESTATE NEWS May 2016 by Randy Ruark January and February were very slow in sales, just 21. In March prices started jumping and multiple offers were frequently in play. There were 71 closed sales by the end of April. It is a great time if you are selling, hard if you are a buyer. Prices rose 17 to 25 percent year over year. Number of Homes For Sale vs. Sold vs. New Listing (Feb. 2015 – Apr. 2016)

Two examples. A renovated home sold in April 2015 for $450,000, 12 months later it sold again for $525,000. Another property in the identical time frame, was purchased in original condition for $565,000, was partially renovated, is now in contract at $740,000. “Flippers” in Oakmont are alive and well, experiencing excellent profits. They frequently catch heirs who are not savvy about Oakmont prices and accept quick cash deals. Pricing real estate correctly involves more market knowledge than simply looking at statistics. The condition of the property inside and outside is key to top dollar. Few of the recently sold properties had top notch landscaping and were minimally changed on the exteriors. Think what enjoyment and profits could be realized if landscaping is addressed on more than a minimal scale. Everyone appreciates the many Oakmonters who take pride in their landscaping. Some owners and HOAs have simply given up other than hiring a mow and blow gardener. Give your property some thought. Replacing ratty shrubs will be appreciated by you, your neighbors and your heirs and will add value. Do contact me if you are interested in the value of your property whether or not you plan to sell. All reports presented are based on data supplied by BAREIS MLS. Data maintained by the Association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activities in the market. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Randy Ruark, a veteran professional in the real estate industry, is associated with Century 21 Valley of the Moon, a locally owned, but internationally known real estate office, located in Oakmont Village. She focuses on residential real estate. Randy is an active participant in issues of interest at the community, state and national level. She previously served her local board of Realtors as an arbitrator on their Ethics committee and as a panelist on a weekly television show addressing real estate questions. She has earned many awards as a top ranking producer among her peers. In addition to residential real estate her broad statewide experience included agriculture, income properties and investment counseling. Ms. Ruark utilizes her knowledge of the market conditions and her expertise and negotiating skills to provide a level of professional representation and service highly valued by her clients both old and new. She is an active member of the Valley of the Moon Rotary Club and serves as a fundraiser for various local charities. She has owned property and resided in Oakmont with her husband since 2004.

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The Oakmont News / May 15, 2016 These signs will be showing up on multi-family residences here to comply with a new city ordinance requiring those dwellings and all common areas in HOAs to be smokefree. Affected homes are in duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes. Sue Dibble, a member of the League of Oakmont

Maintained Areas Associations (LOMAA), is spearheading the effort to distribute signage to Oakmont’s homeowners associations. If you have questions, call 565-6680 or visit HOA board members can also contact Dibble at slblomaa@gmail. com to order signage.

Emergency Preparedness Residents Forum nSuzanne Cassell, OEPC Secretary/Public Relations


On May 19 at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center, the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) will be holding its Spring Residents’ Forum. All Oakmont residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. John McGinnis has been invited as the guest speaker. He is the Chair of the Disaster Preparedness Committee for the Adobe Creek community in Petaluma. Like the OEPC, John and his committee are constantly seeking solutions to help residents prepare for a major disaster. Like the OEPC, they have focused on organizing neighbors to help neighbors.

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Democrat reporter that she decided not to fight the charges out of sympathy for the victims’ relatives. The accident critically injured 91-year-old Josephine Baker and her friend, Jackie Simon, 85. Both women were residents of Oakmont Gardens. Simon succumbed to her injuries a week later.


In Oakmont, this effort is handled by the COPE group (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies). In Adobe Creek, it is managed by John and his committee. But while the Adobe Creek program has many elements that are common with COPE, there are differences that you may find interesting and valuable in preparing for and assisting your neighbors when the need arises. Please plan on attending this important forum on May 19 at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center for what promises to be an entertaining and enlightening program. Hope to see you there!

Gray told investigators that as she was driving out of the parking lot on the afternoon of January 20, she was momentarily distracted by her dog that was in the front seat. When she looked up and saw the women she slammed her foot down on the brake, but hit the gas pedal instead.

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board without making them attend two separate meetings in a day. He noted that the board holds an 11 a.m. executive committee meeting on the same day as its regular meetings. He said since 93% of Oakmont residents do not work, the proposal would be inconveniencing the 93% in favor of the 7%. Wally Schilpp, a former board member, said the board tried evening meetings 10 or 12 years ago and it didn’t work,” because attendance was low. Leznik also suggested that holding a social

gathering after night meetings such as is done after candidates’ forums could improve attendance. The board discussed at length the idea of establishing “open, effective and productive” rules of order for board meetings. President Andie Altman suggested that the board could adopt “our own rules of order” working within Roberts Rules of Order. Altman said following Roberts Rules would be “very cumbersome.” She said the intent is for OVA to come up with its own rules to allow more discussion.


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League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick

ANNUAL WORKSHOP Irrigation Water Distribution Thursday, JUNE 9, 9 am west rec. center

Reservations are not required—be there! Our speaker will be Kris Loomis from Wyatt Irrigation briefing drip and water distribution methods and respond to questions from attendees. The LOMAA Handbook will be updated—be sure to bring your association’s book Board Nominating Committee 2016 (Chair/Board Members) will hold a short meeting immediately following the workshop. Next Board Meeting: Monday, June 6, 12 noon, Room B

Architectural Committee A Gentle Reminder

Before the sale, garage sale residents need to complete, and send to the Architectural Office, a “General Waiver and Indemnity” form. The form is on the Oakmont website, can be E-mailed or picked up at the AC Office. See page 29 of the Architectural Guidelines & Standards for additional criteria.

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Golf News

OGC nChuck Wood


To keep you all in the loop, the Oakmont Golf Club really is trying to address the problem of non-golfers strolling on the golf courses and cart paths. We on the board and within our KemperSports management team believe that clear, but friendly, communication and education will mitigate the frequency of walkers, with and without dogs, on our properties. And, you can help us. First, you will see atop The Oakmont Golf Club’s advertising page, usually page 4 (thank you, Oakmont News for providing this to us in each edition), a “Public Service Announcement” about this issue. As most of you have heard in conversations with Oakmonters, many residents believe that they, through the OVA, own our golf courses. That’s how it is at lots of developments across the country—but not here in Oakmont. So, folks who think that they are taking an evening stroll on “their walking paths” need to be educated that those paths are on private property. And, they need to appreciate the potential hazards they face from flying golf balls. Thus, the explanations within the “announcement.” But, we need to do more. Led by John Weston, a small team of volunteers will be updating our signage on the pathways that connect to our courses. Newly-stenciled messages will reinforce the fact that our courses are private property. When on the courses, our marshals will continue to greet non-golfing walkers and ask that they leave the golf course property for their own safety. Here’s where you come in: each of us who lives in Oakmont has the opportunity to speak with neighbors in a casual manner about this issue to clarify our property rights and our concerns for public safety. And, when golfing, we can engage in conversation (“fair, firm and friendly” is my mantra) folks we see wandering our paths and fairways inappropriately. We, the Oakmont Golf Club and the Oakmont Village Association, are both important—and essential— contributors to the enjoyment of residing and recreating in this fabulous Sonoma Valley setting. So, please share our message in a confident and helpful manner for the benefit of all.

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club NEWS FLASH!

The Thursday Futures Team hosted a Match Play event at Oakmont on Monday, April 18. Susan Lowe, a C team player from Sonoma Golf Club, got her first hole-in-one on #13! It was also her starting hole and first swing of the day. Susan’s going to Mexico courtesy of Kemper Sports! Who’s next?

TUESDAY, April 19

Jerry Moreno was Low Gross player of the field of 26 players. First flight: first, Becky Hulick; second, Judy Early; third tie, Kathy Mokricky, Kathy Faherty, Marie Pierce. Second flight: first, Joan DiMaggio; second, Jean Reed; third, Michele Yturralde; fourth, Linda Kilpatrick; fifth, Yoshi Smith. Third flight: first tie, Vanita Collins and Tammy Siela; third, Ellie Baciocco; fourth, Patti Schweizer.

Tuesday, April 26

Patty Buchholz was Low Gross of the field of 33 players. First flight: first, Patty Buchholz; second, Linda Paul; third tie, Sallie Wood, Kathy Faherty, Becky Hulick. Second flight: first, Marie Delganes; second, Yoshi Smith; third, Judy Early; fourth tie, Marie Pierce and Judy DuPort. Third flight: first, Ellean Huff; second, Carol Locke; third, Christy Rexford; fourth tie, Piilani Edwards and Dawn Burns. Fourth flight: first Elaine Foote; second, Roberta Lommori; third, Christy Rexford; fourth, Jane O’Toole; fifth tie, Vanita Collins and Ellie Baciocco.

THURSDAY, April 21

Sallie Wood was Low Gross of the field of 16 players. First flight: first, Kathy Faherty; second, Sallie Wood; third, Becky Hulick; fourth, Kathy Mokricky. Second flight: first, Ellean Huff; second, Linda Kilpatrick; third, Vanita Collins; fourth, Yoshi Smith.

Thursday, April 28

Kris Peters was Low Gross of the field of 15 players. First flight: first, Kris Peters; second, Mary Rossi; third, Becky Hulick; fourth tie, Kathy Mokricky and Yoshi Smith. Second flight: first, Vanita Collins; second tie, Ro Nicholson and Gail Holmes; fourth, Christy Rexford.

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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

Thank you Niners for your patience when our games get cancelled or rescheduled due to the weather or stepping aside for large tournaments. Oakmont Golf Club is campaigning for new members. If you know anyone, and they do not have to be Oakmont residents, that would like to belong to a golf club, please refer them to Michelle at the West pro shop. If they would enjoy playing with the Niners, we would love to have them in our group. Happy Golfing!


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


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

SWEEPS RESULTS April 14, 24 Players, Back Nine

First flight: first, Ruth Levy; second tie, Linda Yates and Betty Vanvoorhis. Second flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second tie, Barbara Robinson and Marie Crimaldi; fourth, Elisabeth La Pointe. Third flight: first, Debbie Jaffee; second, Barbara Bowman; third, Joan Eiserloh; fourth tie, Tammy Siela and Henni Williston.

April 21: Rainy Day—No Sweeps April 28: 24 Players

First flight: first tie, Ruth Levy and Linda Yates; third, Peggy Lash. Second flight: first, Elisabeth La Pointe; second, Roberto Laommori; third tie, Barbara Robinson and Ada Branstetter. Third flight: first, Barbara James; second, Barbara Bowman; third, Henni Williston; fourth tie, Joan McDonnell and Cathie Cunningham. Congratulations Lisa Karjalainen on scoring a Birdie on Hole #2.

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Wednesday Men’s Club

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Senior Men’s Club

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First place, Keith Wise/Noel Schween, 92; second place tie, Gary Stone/Tony D’Agosta and Paul Lawler/Dick Scott, 97. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–24): #8—John Munkacsy, 53’11”; #16—Tony D’Agosta, 17’2”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 25–up): Dick Scott, 15’7”.


First flight (9.8–17.5): first tie, Mike Doyle, Bob Hartsock, Bob Giddings and Bob Thompson, and Mike Isola, Bucky Peterson, John Weston and Danny Morgan, 162. Second flight (21.5–29.5): first, Pete Eschelbach, Scott Ricci, Bob Siela and (blind draw), 155; second, Gary Novak, Larry Frediani, Bill Wellman and John Garcia, 158. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Bob Giddings, 4’7”; #13—Danny Morgan, 5’2”; #16— Charlie Huff, 4’4” Closest-to- the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Bob Siela, 9’3”; #13—Gil Moreno, 16’3”; #16—Don Streutker, 2’9”.


First tie, Bob Baciocco, Frank Giannini, Jay Diment and David Beach, and Bucky Peterson, Tommy Yturralde, Alan McLintock and Gary Stone, 93; third, Bill Hainke, Ted Mokricky, Keith Wise and Ed Pierson, 96; fourth, Frank Zelko, Phil Sapp, Dan Levin and Tony Hughes, 99; fifth, Danny Morgan, Bob Thompson, Larry Frediani and Jim Spangler, 100. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Dan Crobbe, 11’8”; #11—Jim Scinto, 16’2”; #16—John Williston, 27’1”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Jay Diment, 12’3”; #11—Bob Carter, 12’11”; #16—Tony Hughes, 11’6”.


About 60 golfers enjoyed the April Mixer. A cool spring day, the first day of summer rules (play it as she lies), and burgers, brats and beers. “Poleies,” a made first putt longer than the flag pole which reduces your score by one, added to the excitement. Remember¸ for those of you playing from the yellow tees, please put a circled Y by your name on the score card.


This week’s category: Golf-Crazed Celebrities. Answers: #1. Driving range pro and star in Tin Cup. #2. Gardner in Caddy Shack. #3. Dirty Harry. #4. Coach star. #5. Everyone loves him. #6. Happy Gilmore. #7. Best James Bond. #8. Caddy in Tin Cup. #9. Here Comes Johnny. Questions, Who Is…? #1. Kevin Costner. #2. Bill Murray. #3. Clint Eastwood. #4. Craig T. Nelson. #5. Ray Romano. #6. Adam Sandler. #7. Sean Connery. #8. Cheech Marin. #9. Jack Nicholson.


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The 2016 Seniors’ season kicked off on April 27 with a visit to the popular Santa Rosa Country Club, the oldest member golf club in the county. The day started off with ominous clouds coming in from the West and a forecast of possible showers and thunderstorms. It actually did sprinkle a bit, but soon cleared and gave the 71 golfers a beautiful day to play. Even under the threat of rain about 40 Oakmont Seniors showed up and dominated the results.


First place, Dave Curry, John Garcia, Ben Pope and Gary Novak, 119; second, Dean Loughran, Randy Kephart, Alan McLintock, and blind draw, 123; third, Mike Isola, John Munkacsy, Gary Masada and Ken Franklin, 125. Closest-to-the-pin on hole #17: Wally Juchart, 12’8”. By the time you read this the Oakmont Seniors will have already hosted visits by Santa Rosa, Fountain Grove, Contra Costa, and Moraga on Monday, May 9 and played Fountain Grove on the next day. Results of these two competitions will be in the next Oakmont News. On Wednesday, May 18 the Seniors are scheduled to play at Bodega, our sister KemperSports course. Unfortunately this date conflicts with the President’s Cup finals, but those not playing in the Cup finals can sign up in the West Pro Shop Clubroom and carpool to Bodega. Carpools to away events meet on the east side of the Quail Inn parking lot.


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

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Star of the Valley Men’s Club Annual Pancake Breakfast nPete Hardy

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Dinner for 8

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


Hearing, Education, Advocacy, Research, Support nJohn Taylor

HEARS will report on Dr. Marincovich’s May 3 talk on hearing and cognitive links in the next Oakmont News. The next HEARS meeting is still in the ‘cognitive’ stage. May is Better Hearing and Speech Month. Significant changes are coming in the hearing aid business! A White House report (PCAST, Oct. 2015) recommended revising FDA regulations to reduce hearing aid cost by eliminating medical exam requirements, increasing competition and facilitating availability of low cost aids over the counter or internet. A recent New York Times article (Apr. 20, 2015) covers this issue in depth, and discusses how the entire system for delivering hearing aids must change. A Bloomberg News article (Apr. 21, 2015) also describes hearing issues and current FDA activities. (HEARS is responding to the FDA request for comments on their regulations and is further recommending that T coils be required on all new hearing aids.) Hearing issues are the most common serviceconnected disability among returning veterans. So, that gives me an opening for a personal report. After 60 years of ignoring the VA, I applied for benefits in order to get hearing aids. My experience has been very positive although it does take quite a while to get appointments, understandable when my problem isn’t urgent like many returning veterans. The VA facility is close to the Santa Rosa airport. Since my hearing loss was not connected to my military service (in NSA R&D lab) there is a co-pay, $50 so far. The VA fitted me with Resound Linx2 HAs equipped with T coils and controlled by my iPhone. These are excellent hearing aids, likely as good or better as any available. My VA audiologist is a jewel, really knows what she is doing (and just told me that her mother lives in Oakmont!). Some further adjustments are needed to improve my speech understanding, I miss many words but that is going happen anyway since no hearing aid can fully compensate for my rather severe high frequency hearing deficiency where many key consonants are located. I stream cell phone calls, audiobooks and music directly into my HAs from the iPhone which is perfect for my trike rides and treadmill exercise. The volume, treble and bass are all controlled by the iPhone. My older (very good) Resound HAs from Costco had a TV streamer which won’t work with my new Bluetooth-equipped HAs, so I may install a hearing loop at home. HEARS exists to improve hearing in Oakmont. Please make known your suggestions for meeting subjects and information of interest to our residents and consider volunteering to help manage HEARS ( Do attend the HEARS meetings and get on the HEARS E-mail list. (The mailing list is currently not working but we plan that it will soon be functioning again). We’ll also use NextDoor for communications.

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Bocce Club nBarbara Bowman


May 27 is the last day for teams to sign up for the Senior Games. Sign-up will continue until May 27 as long as spots are available. We now have five teams ready to play (a team consists of four players) at Julliard Park on June 3 and 4, and two members who would like to form a team. E-mail Sherry Magers at or call 537-3084 for more information. Plan on attending and cheering-on our Oakmont Bocce Club members as they compete in a sport we all enjoy.


The Doubles Tournament, in which 16 members played, was completed on April 24. We had some fun games, and doubles gave a new dimension to the sport. Congratulations to grand winners and champions Margarete Schmidt and Sigrid Thomason. Jim and Carol Huseby are the runners-up. And, kudos to the others who competed in the club’s new tournament: Jeff and Cindi Clemence, Jean Reed and George Hasa, Phil and Chris Duda, John and Sherry Magers, Geoffrey and Barbara Newton, and Bob and Eddi Pelton.

Runners-up Jim and Carol Huseby congratulate Sigrid Thomason and Margarete Schmidt for winning the Open Doubles Tournament. Good play, all.

The happy faces of Guido Arreco, Barbara Newton, Geoffrey Newton, Jean Reed and Maurine MacHugh tell the story: taxes filed—and Tax Time Tourney winners!

The Mother’s Day Tournament was played on May 7 (look for winners in the June 1 Oakmont News), and the Battle of the Sexes Tournament has been rescheduled to Saturday, June 11 so that those competing in the Senior Games will be able to participate. President Sherry E-mailed an updated tournament/ event schedule to all members. Be sure to print yours if you haven’t already done so. Another June event and member favorite, Evening Bocce, will be held on June 14, 5 p.m. at the Bocce courts. Mark your calendar.


Paul Wycoff had to give up the job of court maintenance which he did so well over the years. We appreciate your dedication and devotion to the Bocce Club and its facilities. Thanks, Paul. John Magers has graciously volunteered to assume the job of Court Maintenance Manager. Thanks, John.


The Oakmont News / May 15, 2016


Wearing Adult Diapers or Padded Underwear May No Longer be Necessary According to Dr. Seipel, Leaking, Squirming, Squeezing, and Embarassing Odors...Even Accidents Can Now be a Thing of the Past! NEW YORK, NEW YORK — If life isn’t hard enough, now you have to worry about making it to the bathroom in time. The feeling of your bladder bursting and the down right panic of “not making it” in time can be absolutely overwhelming. Don’t even dare to laugh, cough or sneeze at the “wrong” time and when did you start to become scared to take a big sip of tea, coffee or water? You’re not alone in your battle to control your bladder. According to The National Institute of Health, as many as 33 million Americans are affected by bladder control issues described above.

really worsened after the birth of my first child.” A friend who was aware of Brandy’s condition told her about Dr. Seipel’s formula. “After two weeks, I had already noticed changes,” smiles Brandy.** “I was finding that although I felt I needed to urinate, I wasn’t as desperate to run to the toilet. Now, when I get up in the morning,” she adds, “I’m able to make the coffee and even have a cup before needing to go, which is a great improvement!”

Dr. Tracey Seipel: Naturopath, Clinical Nutritionist, “Most people who have overactive bladders choose to keep their problem Herbalist & a secret,” says Dr. Tracey Seipel, a Diabetes Educator

The Family Secret Even the Family Doesn’t Know

longtime clinician who is one of the world’s leading experts in natural urological healthcare. “They don’t even tell their spouse or families about it. It affects their lives in every way, influencing where they go, and even what they will wear in case they have an accident.” “Black is the color of choice,” says Dr. Seipel, “as it can hide evidence of public accidents.” A 100% natural, drug-free aid developed by Dr. Seipel is now available in a remarkable, fast-acting natural formula called Bladder Control featuring Urox. This sophisticated herbal compound has been shown in clinical studies to help improve bladder control with reductions in bladder frequency, nocturia (having to urinate at night), urgency, and bladder discomfort, sometimes in as little as two weeks. Since its introduction in Australia, more than 25,000 people have used the Bladder Control formula. Dr. Seipel’s formula has made a believer out of 45-year-old, mother of three, Brandy W., from Brisbane, Australia. “I had a high bladder frequency as a child,” says Brandy, “but my frequency

How Does It Work? “Bladder Control helps support bladder health by revitalizing bladder tone and function, and by helping support kidney health,” says Dr. Seipel. “Bladder Control promotes normal urinary frequency, and reduces urgency, nocturia and those embarrassing, awayfrom-home bladder accidents,” adds Dr. Seipel. “The compound invigorates the tone of the bladder wall, assisting a healthy level of firmness by enhancing the bladder’s muscular elasticity. This reduces the frequent urge to urinate,” explains Dr. Seipel.

Positive Clinical Trial This natural, drug-free Bladder Control formula has performed well in a clinical study. In one placebo-controlled, randomized trial, many participants saw results in as little as two weeks. But the best was yet to come. Two weeks later, those participants shocked study observers by reporting a significant improvement in their quality of life. Thirty days later 77% of participants were experiencing benefits.

Results like these are not surprising to Dr. Seipel who single-handedly pioneered the bladder care category in the early 2000’s, receiving an award from the prestigious US Nutrition Business Journal for her work. Her patent-pending formula consisting of select, synergistically paired botanicals like Crateva nurvala, Equisetum arvense and Lindera aggregata, was 15 years in the making. Dr. Seipel searched for an effective, nutritional solution.

Reduce the Need for Adult Diapers

“Overactive bladder syndrome is a widespread problem,” says Dr. Seipel. Many of these individuals wear adult diapers. Insiders in the adult diaper industry are keeping a close eye on Dr. Seipel’s bladder support breakthrough because of people like 78-year-old retired teacher, Glenda B. from Gold Coast, Australia. Glenda wore adult diapers every day to guard against accidents. “My bladder capacity was good but the leakage and accidents would occur without warning. So, I wore them every day,” confesses Glenda. Since Glenda discovered Dr. Seipel’s Bladder Control formula, you won’t find her shopping in the adult diaper section of the store anymore. “After only 10 days on Bladder Control, I reduced the need to wear my diapers. Now, I am managing very well, thank you,” says Glenda. According to Euromonitor International, a respected market research firm, the size of the adult diaper market in the U.S. was approximately $1.4 Billion in 2012.

Prostate or Bladder? Hard to Tell Many men confuse the symptoms of overactive bladder syndrome with prostate woes. Dr. Seipel explains, “Prostate enlargement restricts urine flow. The bladder compensates for this by trying harder and harder to push the urine out.” As bladder pressure increases, so does instances of urinary frequency and

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urgency. Long after a man’s prostate woes are relieved, he may still experience the same symptoms thanks to his nowoveractive bladder.

His-and-Her Results “Because male and female bladders, other than size, are identical,” says Dr. Seipel, “the formula works equally well for both men and women”. “It’s a his-and-her formula,” she smiles. David M., age 46, can attest to this. “I was having to go to the toilet every hour or so and I had to go to the toilet at least four times per night.” Four weeks after starting Bladder Control, David says, “My trips to the toilet have definitely reduced and I’m having much better sleep, getting up maybe once a night.” If you’re ready to alleviate your gonow urination urges, to those frantic trips to the bathroom, and if you are looking for the confidence and security that a healthy bladder can bring to your life, here’s your risk-free opportunity.

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Buddhist Meeting May 30 nPennijean Savage

“The True spirit of Tolerance”

“The Lotus Sutra is a teaching that sees the infinitely respect-worthy Buddha nature existing within each person’s life. Based on this standard of value, any other system of thought that teaches the dignity of life deserves our respect as well. On the other hand, we can never accept a philosophy that denies the dignity of life. This is the true spirit of tolerance and compassion,”—SGI President Ikeda, from the January 2016 Living Buddhism, p. 36 (World Tribune, May 15, 2016, p. 6, 7) You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, May 30 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 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 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

nDonna Kaiser

Genealogy Club nGeorge McKinney

Social Media and Genealogy

The Genealogy Club will meet next on May 23 at 1 p.m. in the West Rec. Center. Our speaker will be Erin Lacey, who will talk about Social Media and Genealogy. Most of us have found Facebook pages and other forms of social media that contain a lot of information that is useful in our genealogical research. This is particularly true of sites that are oriented to particular families. We had another great meeting in our “Breaking Brick Walls” series. Kurt Boldt of the Sonoma County Genealogical Society led a discussion about using message boards and serendipity in making breakthroughs in genealogical research. There will not be a June or July meeting of the club. Our next meeting will be August 22! Have a great summer. The Genealogy Club meets on the fourth Monday of each month, at 1 p.m. in the West Rec. Center (except in July and December). There are no club dues and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities and programs please visit our website (above) or E-mail questions to:

Valley of the Moon Rotary nJohn Brodey

Kids These Days

Despite some of the disturbing trends among young people that we read about in the news these days, it turns out that kids are mostly thriving and evolving into great human beings. All of us at the Valley of the Moon Rotary receive regular reminders about just how amazing today’s youngsters really are. Our Student of the Month Award is one of our breakfast meeting highlights and hearing about the accomplishments of these elementary and middle school students never fails to impress us. Each month we select a student from the Rincon Valley School District to honor for setting a remarkable example of putting our motto “Service Above Self” into action. Last month we honored Sophia Katosh-Eshe who is in eighth grade. Her Principal, Hannah Bates, waxed rhapsodic about Sophia’s ability to make a difference in so many ways. She is the first to ask; “How can I help?” She assists in the school office which she proceeded to reorganize into a more efficient operation. She helps teachers, led the school coat drive this winter, helps new students get settled and is an ambassador for the school at parent’s night.

Social and Dance Club


Put on your red, white and blue and make some memories at the Oakmont Social and Dance Club’s Memorial Day Celebration! Singles and couples will have a memorable time enjoying a fabulous dinner and dancing the night away. A wonderful evening is in store listening and dancing to the tunes of Showcase the Band, who promises a variety of music, including line dance, swing and the classics. A delicious dinner will be provided by J’s Grill and Café of Santa Rosa. DATE: Saturday, May 28 PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30 p.m. appetizers, 6:30 p.m. dinner; 7–10 p.m. dancing to the music of Showcase the Band. BYOB, set-ups provided. COST: $43 for members, $48 for non-members WEBSITE:


Appetizers: Meatballs in sauce, meat and cheese platter, dips and bread platter, fruit and vegetable platter, House salad with Italian dressing with bread and butter. Entrée #1: Chicken Veronic with Rice Pilaf and vegetables. Entrée #2: Poached Salmon in a lemon dill sauce with Rice Pilaf and vegetables. Vegetarian Entrée #3: Vegetable Primavera. Dessert: Ice Cream Celebration.

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, May 20, 3 pm

All reservations must be received no later than 3 p.m. on the Friday, before the week of the dance. Make your check payable to the Oakmont Social and Dance Club and place it, along with the completed form, in the Social and Dance Club folder in the OVA Office, or mail with enough time to: Oakmont Social and Dance Club, c/o Frank and Karen Sites, 7294 Oak Leaf Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409, phone: 539-9551.


Membership dues for 2016, $10 each or $20 per couple, are payable now and may be included with your reservation or dropped in the Social and Dance Club folder in the OVA Office. Dues are for the calendar year, January through December.


• 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, but first coordinate with others at that table to be certain there is room for you. If you don’t designate a specific table, we will randomly assign you to one.


Saturday, August 27: Hawaiian Evening in Paradise Saturday, October 29: Halloween Thursday, December 31: New Year’s Eve

Memorial Day Dance Reservation Saturday, May 28

Reservation must be received by 3 p.m., Friday, May 20.


Sophia Katosh-Eshe, second from right, was our April Rincon Valley Charter School student of the month. Looking proudly on are Sophia’s teachers and parents.

The overall conclusion from Ms. Bates is that Sophia represents all of the values that the school hopes to instill in its’ students. Sophia’s parents were present and while raising a child is hard work, there are no guarantees as to how it will all turn out. Their sense of pride was their reward for a job well done. As with each student so honored, we give them a certificate, a $25 gift card and a surprise. We know the value of paying it forward and each student of the month receives $15 in cash to help someone else. It is their choice and the card we provide gives them the opportunity to tell us what they did with the money. The response from previous honorees is creative, thoughtful and inspiring. In coming months we will share some of the things these students have done with their seed money. All in all, another great reasons to get up on a Friday morning and come to Rotary for breakfast. On an event note, things are coming together nicely for our Ron Nicholson Memorial Golf Tournament coming up on May 20. It will feature all the bells and whistles and, of course, the added bonus of spending the day with friends in paradise. So call John Theilade, director of golf and event co-chair and see if there is still room.

Phone:_____________________________ E-mail:_____________________________________________________ # of Entrée 1_______ # of Entrée 2_______ # of Vegetarian Entrée 3_______ Dance Club dues for 2016: $10 each or $20 per couple. Dance Club member: $43; non-Dance Club member: $48.

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Tennis Club


The old family feud will be settled on the Oakmont courts on June 11. Sign up by June 7 on the OTC website (https://oakmonttennisclub.shutterfly. com/) or contact Doug ( or 303949-3239) or George ( or 843-4527). Provide your name, phone number, E-mail and skill level (A, B or C). The “elders” of the two clans will select their family members and set the match-ups for the battle. Era costumes would add to the fun. Meet at the West Courts, June 11, 8 a.m. where light

refreshments will be served (call George if you would like to contribute a refreshment). A “peace-making picnic” will follow play. BYOB (your beverage of choice). If you’re not playing, come out to cheer on your friends and join the peace party.


On Saturday morning, June 25, break out the white tennis attire. Michael and Cinda Gough are bringing back Woods and Whites in the best tradition of Wimbledon! This is a tennis and social event. Whether you still play or not, don’t miss this unusual sartorial happening. Breakfast includes, among other items, strawberries and cream, scones with jam, croissants, fruit and Cinda’s popular cucumber sandwiches. Tennis format and sign-up details will be forthcoming.


What a great start to the 2016 tennis season with a large turnout of former and new OTC members on April 16. Kudos to our Tennis Event Co-Directors, George Hasa and Doug Smith for a fabulous morning that included coffee and goodies (thanks to members who brought refreshments). Go to the OTC website to see more photos.


Dorothy Smith, new member Margo Worthington, Janet Nogara and Ron Holliday.

Pam Hughes and Tom Cooke play new member Jeanne Osterland and Mark Guillory.

nEllen Leznik

I was asked to write about Tony Agocs’ tennis lessons that we, a group of ladies, have been receiving from him. All of us agree how helpful he has been in improving our skills. He is meticulous in observing and pointing out how we can improve. As soon as I make a mistake, I now realize right away what I did wrong, and how I can correct it the next time I hit the ball. Most of all, we all enjoy his tennis sessions because he has a good sense of humor and really enjoys seeing us improve our skills. It’s our privilege to have someone like Tony in Oakmont. As Sumner Johnson put it, Tony is the best late addition to OTC. He is very generous with his time, always willing to help anyone who wants his help and he treats us as his friends, not just his students. He is a good model to create a friendly atmosphere in OTC. He was a USTA-certified tennis coach but he is now retired. He considers his coaching activity as his contribution to OTC. Thank you, Tony!

The Enocureans

Wednesday, May 25, 12–2:30 pm Wine Tasting, Tour and Lunch at Fog Crest Vineyard in Sebastopol

Our May destination is Fog Crest Vineyard, a family-owned 30-acre boutique winery located in the Russian River Valley. The well-appointed tasting room is housed in the Tuscan-style villa on a hilltop overlooking Laguna de Santa Rosa. It is chic and cozy, filled with natural light and warmed by a big, welcoming fireplace. The patio, where we will have our lunch, offers beautiful views of mountain and valley vistas. Fog Crest Vineyard is still an “off the radar” winery, but after tasting its lovely burgundy-style wines that have earned accolades from both Wine Enthusiast and Wine Spectator, I am sure it will be on your radar

for many years to come. We will start our visit with wine tasting hosted by Jérôme Chéry, Fog Crests’s winemaker who hails from France’s Loire Valley and has worked in the wine industry in France and Australia before settling in Northern California. Following the tasting, Jérôme will lead our group on a tour of production facility. Upon return, we will enjoy a delicious lunch and the gorgeous vistas on the lovely patio. Wines to be included in the tasting: 2015 Rosé (new release), 2013 Laguna West Chardonnay, 2012 Estate Chardonnay, 2013 Laguna West Pinot Noir, 2013 Estate Pinot Noir, and 2014 Upper Block Estate Pinot Noir (limited bottling). Lunch will be served buffet style and will include a variety of gourmet sandwiches and salads, crudités, fresh fruit and bakery fresh dessert. All-inclusive price for this event is $48 for members, $53 for non-members. For more information about this event or the Enocureans please contact me at

Food Trucks Coming to Oakmont nHeidi Klyn, Event Coordinator

WHEN: Saturday, May 21 TIME: 5–8 p.m. WHERE: Berger Parking Lot, tables and chairs provided WHO: Franchetti (formerly Rosso’s), Fish On Chips and Sushi Shoubu—gourmet sushi burritos Brought to you by the Oakmont Boomers Club.

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Summer 2016 League Schedule. Remaining bowling dates for May: May 17 and 31. No bowling May 24, fourth Tuesday.


On May 24 from 7–8:30 p.m. in the Berger Center we will set up our Oakmont Lanes information table plus a Wii Bowling Demo in Room D. Come see us in action.

RESULTS AS OF April 19 (first week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place tie, 4 Tops and Pocket Hits; third place tie, Wii Four and Wild Turkeys; fifth place tie, Alley Oops and Strikers. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 264; Ed Schudel, 234; Terry Leuthner, 222. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 290; Robin Schudel, 275; Vicki Robinson, 256; Mary Knight, 226; Phyllis Jennings, 212; Kathryn Miller, 206; Sandy Wald, 203; Vicki Madden, 201. High Game Subs: Beverly Shelhart, 227. 3:15 PM League: first place, Pin Heads; second place tie, High Rollers and Wii Power; fourth place tie, King Pins and Strike Outs; sixth place, Strikes and Spares. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 242; Mark Attebery, 236; Juan Fuentes, 214. Women’s High Games: Mollie Atkinson, 256; Maurine Bennett, 246; Debbie Miller, 245; Shirley Jamison, 232; Valerie Hulsey, 225; Pat Stokes, 225; Irene Lucia, 211; Carolyn Mack, 207; Marie Haverson, 202. Our website has team schedules to remind team captains when it’s their week to bring cookies and either help setup or tear down equipment. A total of 48 cookies per team seems to be the magic number.


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Kiwanis Club of Oakmont nJeff Davis


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

Fabulous Gift Bags: Need items for a grand picnic? Gardening? Tennis? Snack watching TV? An array of outstanding gift bags will be raffled off at the breakfast with no limit on how many $1 chances you put in for your favorite baskets. The drawing will be at noon but you don’t have to be present then to win. Take a good look. Win a Golf Cart: Your purchase of a ticket to the breakfast will automatically enter you into a chance to win a golf cart donated to the Kiwanis Foundation. It’s in great shape and the perfect vehicle to tool around the neighborhood. All that on top of your delicious meal. Tickets: Tickets for Pancake Breakfast are $10 each and can be ordered from any Kiwanis member. Tickets are also available at First Community Bank, Umpqua Bank and Oakmont Garage as well as at the door June 11. Donations to the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont Community Foundation are also welcome to help the Kiwanis goal of aiding children in a multitude of ways are also welcome. More details will be available soon.

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Lawn Bowling Here, Part of Wine Country Games nStaff Report

Sonoma Wine Country Games, popular with many Oakmonters, is coming up June 3 through 19. The games are for athletes 50+. Registration is open, with team sports rosters to be finalized by Friday, May 27. Registration for individual sports closes one week before the event date. Lawn bowling is sold out and will be sponsored again this year by the Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club. Dates on the Oakmont greens are Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11. To learn more about events, how to register and other information, go to the event’s website, www.

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Quilting Bee

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Assisted Suicide Law explained Wednesday, June 1 at Berger Center

What to know about the California End of Life Option Act becoming law in June. Compassion and Choices Speaker Carole van Aelstyn will explain the new law and answer questions regarding assisted suicide and C&C’s services. PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 3 p.m. Carole van Aelstyn, BSN, is a retired nurse. She received her AA in Nursing, worked at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in the Oncology ward while attending Sonoma State University for her BSN. Upon graduating, she worked to develop services for dementia victims and their families. Carole began the support group, Share and Care: Coping with dementia. She was the first Director of the Brain Impaired Adult Resource Center, a state funded program for caregivers of brain-impaired adults. After a two-year stint in the Peace Corps, Carole became a hospice nurse. She was introduced to Compassion & Choices by her son, Nico, a lawyer working for Oregon’s death with dignity. She became California’s director of end of life consultation, supervising two groups of volunteers who counseled clients about end of life choices. Carole retired two years ago, and now works as a C&C volunteer. She also speaks to groups about death with dignity.

Lisa led off our April 27 meeting with a tutorial and demonstration on access to and use of our new blog, Pinot and Piecing. Hopefully many of our members will feel at ease viewing the site and perhaps contributing to it. There followed discussion on our participation in Grandparents Week activities. It was suggested we ask other sewers and quilters in Oakmont, who are not members of our Bee, if they would like to join us in the class. We are interested in finding an outside teacher to give a class to our group. Several local, Sonoma County ladies who teach were suggested. In the meantime, Paula Scull spoke with members Nancy O’Brien and Helen White and each agreed to teach a class on reverse and wool appliqué. Arrangements are underway to organize those classes. Nancy O’Brien showed us her current appliqué project, Koi Pond. She explained she found both pieces of fabric in her stash and was surprised to find she had fabrics with koi on them. Barbara Cortelyou continues to make placemats and showed us the newest set she made. Barbara recently took a class from Kim Schrader Fauth. Kim, a retired math teacher, has created a system for easily making complicated looking blocks which have parallelograms and trapezoids in addition to triangles. Barbara’s red, white and blue quilt made from the class is very attractive. Laura Lamar passed around Lake County California Quilt Trail brochures for us to take. The brochures

have information and a map where barn quilts are on display in Lake County. Laura also showed us two appliquéd roosters she found in an antique store and sewed into pot holders. Helen White showed her beautiful wool appliqué quilt made from A Primitive Garden pattern. Helen also told us of a little shop she found in Chula Vista that sold a perfect quarter inch foot for her Featherweight machine. Paula Scull told of making her granddaughter small quilts for her doll cradle. She used the book 3 Times the Charm for her patterns. She also asked how to machine sew the binding, and several members were able to explain how it’s done. There was also mention of creating a flange on the binding and Lisa said she would repost a video on Pinot and Piecing on using that technique. Julie Sapp just finished a quilt for her granddaughter’s dorm room. She had a picture of the quilt she wanted to make, but no idea how much fabric to buy. Cathy Rapp came to her rescue, calculating the amount of fabric needed. Cathy was so accurate in her calculations there were just very small scraps of fabric left when the quilt was finished.

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800’. Hiking boots and poles recommended. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Suzanne Bond, 958-3340.


Walk the coastal trail loop from Lands End Lookout to Seacliff and back. See the ruins of the once fabulous Sutro Baths, Sutro Heights, the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Distance is 4.5 miles with some steps. Bring lunch and water. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Larry Maniscalco, 538-2089. Bolinas Ridge. (Photo by Martin Johns)


This demanding hike of 6-7 mile with 1,350’ of elevation gain in Napa county’s Archer Taylor Preserve is for experienced hikers and those not afraid of heights. We will climb into the grotto (devil’s well) where waterfalls cascade from above. Bring hiking poles, boots, water and lunch. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Lynn Pelletier is the leader,


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


Tilden Park. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)

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This historical hike (6.2 miles with a 200’ elevation gain) along the shores of Bodega Bay to Bodega Head features the ghost ship Marin, sites from Hitchcock’s The Birds, The Hole In the Head, plus others. Lunch at the head or great clam chowder after the hike. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Dave Engman, 5385440 and Diane Camilli, 540-0367.


We hike along the Tamales Point Peninsula, famous for its wildflowers and Tule Elk herds. We’ll start at Pierce ranch and hike out to the end of the point and back. The hike is 9.4 miles round trip with a total elevation gain of

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


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


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Funky Fridays Debut At Hood Mansion nMarty Thompson

Funky Fridays concerts open a new 15-week season May 27, their first in a new venue across Highway 12 from Oakmont. The featured band is “The Bruthas,” popular in past years in the concerts’ former venue in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The new site is the lawn at Hood Mansion, a Sonoma County regional park off Pythian Road. Admission is $10 a person. Youths under 18 are free. Parking is $10 per car (holders of Regional Parks annual passes park free). The concerts are at 7 p.m., although many people arrive early to picnic and socialize. Lawn seating means bring low-back chairs or blankets. Umbrellas and high-back chairs must be placed on the lawn perimeter. The entrance is past St. Francis Winery on Pythian Road. Parking attendants will be available from 5:30

until 7:30 p.m. to guide guests to parking lots. ADA parking is available. Guests may bring picnics and beverages. Wine and beer will be available for purchase. Food vendors on site will be Tips Tri-Tips Trolley, Glen Ellen Star Ice Cream, Rainy Day Chocolates and Master Piece Cakes. Advance tickets may be ordered on the concert website. Go to and click on the tickets tab. Tickets can be printed out at home or downloaded to a smart phone. A list of all 15 groups on this summer’s schedule is on the website home page. Funky Fridays is looking for volunteers to help. Go to the website, and click on the volunteer tab. Funky Fridays relocated after issues arose with large turnouts and parking at the state park.

Documentary Film Masterworks

nErnie Rose

It might seem that we live in an era of failed revolutions (e.g., Egypt, Syria, Libya, and Iraq). But one “revolution” that succeeded and radically changed world history in just a matter of months was the sudden dissolution of the USSR, and the overnight ending of the perilous Cold War that had lasted for half a century. It was an event that was embraced by most leaders in both East and West, and it changed almost everything on both sides of that great divide. It was almost as though there was a sense that world peace was actually at hand. But how did it impact those ordinary citizens who were caught in the middle of this unexpected turnaround? What did it mean to the millions of young children who came of age in the twilight of the Soviet Union? In a society where patriotism, obedience and respect for authority had been drummed into their value system from an early age, what did “Glasnost” (openness) mean to these children? Who could they now look to for the comforting stability, sense of unity, and predictability they felt as children within the USSR? That is the topic U.S.-born Robin Hessman set out to explore in My Perestroika (88 min., 2010). Having studied Russian in high school, she enrolled in the world famous Moscow film school, earning a degree in both directing and cinematography. She was soon hired to produce the Russian version of Sesame Street. This film took six years to make, involved almost 200 hours of footage, and cost $750,000 which she raised from foundations and investors. The story unfolds in the thoughts and memories of five ordinary Russians now in their 40’s. All of them had lived in Moscow in extraordinary times—from their sheltered Soviet childhood, to the collapse of the Soviet Union during their teenage years, and during the constantly shifting political landscape of post-Soviet Russia. Together, they paint a complex picture of the dreams and disillusionment of those raised behind the Iron Curtain, and how the word “perestroika” (change, rearrangement) has reshaped their outlook on life. WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose

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Cal Alumni Club nJulie Kiil

Oakie Folkies nBob Chapman

Saddle Club Dinner—June 16

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

Pickleball Corner nTom Kendrick

Blood Sport

Word around the ‘hood is that Noel Lyons took a tumble last week and was dripping blood all over the court. The good news is that he won the point. So just a reminder kids—be careful out there, you’re not 60 anymore! From the Naples Daily News (I think that’s in Florida): “Sarah Ansboury was exhausted by the time the sun went down Saturday at East Naples Community Park. In her longest day of a long week, Ansboury completed her sixth match of the day as the sun dipped behind the bleachers (I’m sure they meant to say “player waiting area”) of the championship court at the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships. Getting the gold medal draped around her neck—her second of the day and third of the week—wiped away the fatigue and brought a wide smile to Ansboury’s face. Ansboury was one of the stars of what the U.S. Open program called “the biggest night in the history of pickleball.” Congratulations Sarah, and congratulations to Oakmont—we are inching closer to having our own dedicated pickleball courts! The overwhelming support from the Santa Rosa Planning Commission, City Council, design reviewers, and of course the Oakmont Board of Directors means that our project may indeed happen within our lifetimes! And now everybody in Oakmont is happy! (OK Tom, don’t get carried away…) Speaking of happy people, my term as president of OPC is coming to an end, as are my writing chores for the Oakmont News. I’ll bet that will make some people extremely happy! What a joy it’s been to help steer our stable ship through these smooth waters for the last year. I’ll be handing the presidential tiller over to Peter Copen, who along with our new directors will carry on the joyful duties of club leadership. As for the pencil, it will now be wielded by Reenie Lucker, who is bright, well-educated and knows how to spell. Thanks guys, it’s been a swell year. WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Quiet ball play 8–9 a.m., Tu.– Th. Courts available seven days a week. WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people. ATTIRE: Proper court attire requested. Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. We have loaner paddles available. WANT A PERSONAL ORIENTATION SESSION? Call PJ, 843-7266 or Tom, 888-6334 WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266, Email

Movin’ and Groovin’ with the Oakie Folkies

The “Oakie Folkies” is Oakmont’s acoustic music society. We go on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the West Rec., from 7–10 p.m. And, of course, there is the Oakmont Gardens jam. We’ll be there the first Wednesday of each month, 1 p.m. in the Activities Center. We enjoy creating music in almost every style: folk, blues, country, cowboy, gospel, the Great American Songbook, and the occasional rocker. As this article indicates, we enjoy each other’s company, and look for reasons to get together to see what we can create. Maybe it’s time for you to see what goes on at one of our get-togethers. You can pick, sing, or listen. We’re always looking for Oakmonters to help us generate new musical experiences. Come check us out!

The Oakie Folkies have been around for awhile, pushing 12 years now. Like any vibrant, vital organization, we’re evolving. “Members” (in quotes, as we’ve no dues, membership cards, or agenda) ebb and flow, and we seem to constantly reinvent ourselves. The delight of all this is twofold: (1) We are growing in recognition, and our audience participation increases with each jam. (2) We’re attracting new artists, and the musical acumen of some is most impressive. Even better is that the only important prerequisite for anyone who cares to be involved is the ability to create and/or enjoy music. Folks can play, listen, or both. That’s all we ask!

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby

easy-to-understand explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center, Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

Following Jesus with Luke

What would it have been like to walk around with Jesus, watching what He did and hearing what He said? This study will guide readers through the eyewitness accounts gathered by Luke in his Gospel. Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to join our small, welcoming and friendly group. Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know God and grow in His love through exploration of the Bible. Each book includes

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

May 26, 6 PM, East Rec. Center Fun and Games Mixer

Get to know other members and relax with your favorite libation. We will be collecting $3 per person for food at this one, so there is no need to fret over what to bring to share. Our director in charge of event planning, Terry Teplitz, has some wonderful ideas to get us mixing. As usual, BYOB. Word is out that Single Boomers is fun, and our ranks are growing. In the last few weeks Kiyomi, Shera, Sandy, Jean-Pierre, Susan, Bette, Sarah, Margaret and Jeannie have joined us. Welcome! Murder on the Nile at the Luther Burbank Center entertained us on May 1. After the theater, we adjourned to Carmen’s for an early dinner. We will be looking forward to more theater outings in the future. We have three tables reserved for us at the Boomers’ party, Dance Vibrations on May 21. We get the word out to our members, collect checks and get our request for tables in a timely manner. That way we get to sit together. (Going to these big parties can be daunting for a single.) This is one of the perks of membership in SBSC. We are also making plans to sit together at Music on the Greens on May 22. If you have not received an

E-mail “Shout Out” regarding this event, you will get one shortly. Speaking of music, members of SBSC danced the night away at the Quail Inn when one of our own, Richard McDaniel, and his band performed. We really enjoyed the live music they provided, and hope this will be the first of many times they perform at this venue. Our hope is that next time, we get more room. The dance floor was a bit crowded, but it was fun to be out dancing past 9 p.m.! Thanks, Richard, for the great music and good luck to you and your band. SBSC will have a table at Join a Club Night at the Berger Center on May 24 from 7–8:30 p.m. If you have thought about joining us, but have questions to ask, or just want to see who we are, here’s your chance. We look forward to meeting any and all prospective members. As always, members should continue to check their E-mail inboxes for special invitations and E-mail Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. If you are single, live in Oakmont, and would like to participate in fun activities, join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA Office.


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

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


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nNorma Doyle

Neighborhood Watch News


In late April Jane Borr presented A Light Lunch by A. R. Gurney. Gurney, a playwright, novelist and actor received the PEN/Laura Pets International Foundation for Theater Award as a master American dramatist. A Light Lunch, released in 2008, served as a model for refreshingly funny, political theater and is a postBush cautionary tale about the price paid for legacy. When a young lawyer from Texas invites a literary agent for lunch in a New York restaurant, more than a production is on the table. There are plenty of laughs and no shortage of fun moments between the play readers who are pictured below.

Playreaders for The Next Room will include Joyce O’Connor, Ginny Smith, Susan Baguette, Star Power, Ron White, Pete Folkens, Morgan Lambert and Sandy White. On May 30 and June 6 Ron White will present the play The Cocktail Hour by A. R. Gurney. Gurney has written almost 50 plays with multiple strong successes and acknowledgements and was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006. The Cocktail Hour written in 1988 examines an over-privileged family that fights domestic battles while downing drinks. As the martinis flow so do the revelations and recriminations. Both hysterically funny and heartbreakingly poignant, The Cocktail Hour is a comedy about how far one family can stretch the ties that bind them. Gurney said the play was “probably the most personal thing I had written up to this time.” He also revealed that he promised his parents it would not be produced in their hometown. Playreaders for The Cocktail Hour include Charley Ensley, Ron White, Marilyn Carrel, Ginny Smith and Norma Doyle. Playreaders meets every Monday from 2–3 p.m. at the Berger Center, Central Activity Area, Room B. Visitors are always welcome.

Earlier in the spring Playreaders presented Sitting on Paradise by Eugene Strickland. Readers left to right were Dennis Hall, Stephen Litzenberger, Mike Strenski, Norma Doyle and Honora Clemens.

nCarol Decker

Regular Art Association programming ended with the May 13 meeting and board election, resuming in September. Additional non-elected board positions are open, however, and applicants are heartily encouraged. The nominating committee is looking for individuals to fill the positions of Trip Coordinator, Open Studios chair, Scholarship chair, and Art Show Raffle organizer. Anyone interested should contact Philip Wilkinson at 529-4587.

galleries, and open the building to the surrounding neighborhood. The expanded museum will showcase a growing SFMOMA collection along with the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection, one of the world’s greatest collections of modern and contemporary art. Learn more about SFMOMA’s transformation at Cost for transportation and admission is $85; $99 includes a docent-led architectural tour. For more information and registration, go to



Trips 4U, a local independent tour operator, is offering a tour of the new SFMOMA on Wednesday, July 20. This is not on Art Association-sponsored tour, but the board wanted to advise our members of this opportunity, since the new facility is quite amazing. Designed in partnership with architecture firm Snøhetta, the 235,000-square-foot building expansion will more than double the museum’s exhibition space, add art-filled free-to-the-public

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May 15: Dr. James W. Knapp Hospital de la Familia


We are planning an Oakmont community Neighborhood Watch meeting to be held Monday, May 23, at 7 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. We hope you can come! There will be a Santa Rosa Police Officer and a spokesperson to give tips on keeping our Oakmont neighborhoods safe. Time for questions and answers will be given. We look forward to seeing you on May 23! Keep “A Cop” dispatch phone number handy: 5285222. For more information about the Oakmont Neighborhood Watch Committee, contact me at 5382530 or 888-7269 (cell).

nJim Brewer

Readers of A Light Lunch.

On May 16 and 23 Sandy White will present The Next Room by Sarah Ruhl. Ruhl is a young and prolific playwright who received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2006. The award announcement stated that she is a “…playwright creating vivid and adventuresome theatrical works that poignantly juxtapose the mundane aspects of daily life with mythic themes of love and war.” The Next Room concerns the early history of the vibrator, when doctors used it as a clinical device to bring women to orgasm as treatment for “hysteria.” Other themes include Victorian ignorance of female sexual desire, motherhood, breastfeeding, and jealousy. The play was nominated for three 2010 Tony Awards.

nShirley Hodgkins, Committee Chair

Dorothy Pierce’s Workshop on May 21 has been cancelled. Dorothy has a family emergency and won’t be coming to California in May. Everyone signed up for the class will get a refund check soon. We will try and get Dorothy to reschedule this if she does return to Oakmont for a visit, but at present things are in limbo. Ikebana: Ikebana classes with master Ron Brown have resumed. First and fourth Fridays from 10 a.m.– noon in the Art Room, $15 per class.


Oakmont resident and retired ophthalmologist James W. Knapp will tell the story of the Hospital de la Familia, located in tiny Nuevo Progreso, Guatemala, just across the border from Tapachula, Mexico. The hospital was built in the mid-70s, financed by members of a men’s social club in San Francisco called “The Family.” Medical teams of surgeons, nurses and helpers began going down to the hospital in 1976, performing many operations, primarily for cleft lip and palate, on the local people who are mainly Mayan coffee pickers and farmers. The hospital grew rapidly to become a regional medical center in an area little served by the Guatemalan government. Dr. Knapp has been going there since 1987, doing large numbers of eye surgeries. His presentation to the symposium will include many photos, videos and a discussion of the history and operation of the HDLF.

May 22: Reuben Weinzveg and Padi Selwyn Trouble in Paradise

There is a growing perception in Sonoma County that the wine industry is an unchallenged growth industry, with little regulation of mega event centers and industrial production facilities on agricultural lands. Many influential now believe that without policies that consider cumulative growth effects, there will be compounding negative impacts on neighborhoods, roads, the environment and quality of life. In this presentation Reuben Weinzveg, past president of Sonoma County Land Trust, and Padi Selwyn, co-chair of Preserve Rural Sonoma County Coalition, will discuss recent developments in the wine industry in Sonoma County and how community groups are working to maintain rural character and balance the rights of all property owners.

May 29: Memorial Day Break A weekly series offering informative and enlightening presentations on a wide range of topics. Want E-mail reminders? Tell us at


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Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) spring Session — may


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group

Registration: 538-1485

nBette Shutt


iCloud connects you and your Apple devices in amazing ways. Ronnie is coming to show us how iCloud lets us easily share music, movies, photos, and more with everyone in your family. With iCloud, you always have what’s most important to you on whatever device you have in hand. And it’s all done automatically. Come learn how all of this happens! Remember there is always time for your questions! Plan to come early at 1:30 p.m. for coffee/tea, refreshments and fellowship. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. followed by the program. We look forward to seeing you. Website:


nSusan Lynn

“Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going.”—Sam Levenson What a great time everyone had at Son of Pizza Palooza! We hosted 163 Boomers who showed up to eat, schmooze, and dance to a fabulous playlist. Thanks to our President, Steve Spanier, who made a mix that kept the dance floor full from start to finish. Next up, “Dance Vibrations” with the music of Choppin’ Broccoli. Dance to tunes by Michael Jackson (start practicing your moon-walk), Bon Jovi, Journey, Prince, Duran Duran, and others.

Note: There’s been a change in the food truck lineup, with Sushi Wraps replacing Seed on the Go. Not to worry, though. With Fish On! Chips and Franchetti’s (formerly Rosso’s) on hand, you’ll still have plenty of choices. As always, bring your beverage of choice and any other treats to share with your table. More than half of the spaces for this event have already been snapped up, so be sure to register today at or leave your check in the Boomers’ folder at the OVA Office. WHEN: May 21, 5–9 p.m. (doors open at 4:45 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center


COST: $15 per member/non-member guest (only one guest per member, please) BRING: Cash for the food trucks, BYOB

Coming up

Well, you can rock it you can roll it, you can stop and you can stroll it “At the Hop.” The Hot Rods return to Oakmont to play the doo-wop oldies you love. The Hot Rods have shared the stage with many great early rock bands, including the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly’s Crickets, the Nelsons, Neil Sedaka, Danny and the Juniors, Jay and the Americans, the Drifters, and the Platters. Food trucks will be on hand to provide an assortment of food choices.

You know that this one will be a sell-out, so make your reservation early at, or deposit your check with the completed coupon below in the Boomers’ folder at the OVA Office. WHEN: June 25, 5–9 PM WHERE: Berger Center COST: $15 per member/non-member guest (only one guest per member, please) BYOB: Cash for the food trucks, BYOB On Saturday, July 25, Oakmont Boomers will join the Oakmont Health Initiative at their All Request Summer DJ Party. There will be burgers and barbeque for purchase. Proceeds will support the continuation of Free Fitness Classes, providing healthy opportunities for all of us. Check the Boomers’ website for more details.


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

1. Reserved table for eight. Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $120. The names of all the people sitting at the table must be listed. Individual names:______________________________________________________________________________ Party name:_________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed:__________

2. Unreserved seating. There will be several unreserved tables available. Full payment must accompany registration. Name(s):______________________________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed___________

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

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


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


WHEN: Tuesday, May 24, 2 p.m. WHERE: Room D, Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Linda Koepplin

Oakmont PC Users Group

E-mail address: Questions for Experts: BobMandel@PSUAlum. com (Bob Mandelstam) Free PC help: Phil Kenny, 538-2075; Dan Gaffney, (916) 878-9538 and Al Medeiros, 843-4447. SAVE THE DATE: Monday, June 13, at 2 p.m., Berger Center. This Member Meeting will be the final meeting for OPCUG. A panel of experts will discuss the issues and answer your questions about Windows 10.

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson

Attention All Horseshoe Pitchers

If you like to pitch horseshoes, meet some great people, have some fun and get some exercise then this may be the club for you! No experience needed, just a good attitude and a willingness to have a great time and meet some new people. The horseshoe pits are located behind the Central Swimming Pool. Our next meet will be on Thursday, May 19, start times are 9–10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please let me know what times you would like to play and let’s get outside and have some fun in the sun. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666 or E-mail me at


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Tai Chi for Beginners nDr. Katy Ha, Faculty SSU

Come join us for a five-class workshop for the total beginner in Tai Chi. This is your opportunity to address issues of loss of balance and stiffness in the limbs and muscles, and to finally learn to relax. Having taught this class in Oakmont over the last 29 years, I have seen many seniors improve the quality of their life with this ancient Chinese exercise and meditative practice. Curious? Come join us on Thursdays in the Upper West Rec. Center from 9–10 a.m. for a five-class workshop. Tuition is $75 (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other obligations). Pre-registration is required, so please call me at 3185284 to sign up or ask questions. I am looking forward to talking to you.

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nCathy Rapp

Spring in Oakmont means cool nights and warm days. On cool mornings, the heated pool feels warmer than ever. Don’t miss that amazing feeling—jump right in! To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

spring water aerobics schedule west pool

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

Fitness Club nMike Harris


Cast: Clive Egerton, Donator; Richard Duncan, FC Board Member; Mike Harris, FC Board Member; Hanns Ulrich, FC Board Member; Rick Aubert, Oakmont Facilities Manager; Bruce Robinson, Maintenance Crew; Gil Perez, Maintenance Crew; Tom Pugliese, FC Board Member; John Phillips, FC Trainer; and Erik Anderson, FC Equipment Repair Contractor. We recently obtained an additional workout apparatus for our gym, thanks to a generous donation from Oakmont resident Clive Egerton. It is a Pro-Form Power Plate Activator. Tests have shown that exercises lasting a total of just five minutes have produced positive results. Simple exercises are performed while standing on the base plate. The plate can be set to vibrate at different hertz frequencies and time settings in seconds. Clive contacted his colleague Richard, our Fitness Club President at the time, offering to donate the Power Plate to the Fitness Club. Richard and Mike visited Clive’s gym (alias garage), checked out the apparatus which was in good condition and decided to accept the offer. Mike spoke with Rick, Oakmont’s Facilities Manager, asking if he would help us to transport the item to our gym. Rick approached two of his maintenance staff, Bruce and Gill, who drove the maintenance truck to Clive’s house, where Mike and Hanns once again tested the equipment which was subsequently loaded on the truck and transported to the gym. Our gym is just about at capacity regarding available space for additional equipment but Hanns and Mike managed to find an ideal spot for it with a minimum rearrangement of equipment and close to the necessary electrical wall plug outlet. After setting up the Power Plate, we found that it would sometimes fail to start on command, possibly due to a short in the wiring due to the loading and unloading during the transporting. Mike contacted our maintenance contractor, Erik from Fitness Fixers,

who quickly identified the problem and fixed it. Next challenge: how to operate without a knowledgeable person available? Enter Tom Pugliese! Tom downloaded and printed instruction information from the manufacturing site on how to start and operate the Power Plate which Tom attached to the frame. There was also a letter size paper showing photos and instructions of the various exercises. Unfortunately both the photos and text were cramped and difficult to understand clearly. Tom performed his magic and his extensive computer knowledge and experience to copy information to a 28” x 18” poster, framed it and hung it on the wall facing the Power Plate. Additional information is also available from our trainer John Phillips. John is familiar with the benefits from exercising on this unique piece of equipment and also has posted times that he is available for group instruction. John is also available for help during the hours that he is contracted by our Fitness Club. This well coordinated and willing effort from various employees and volunteers demonstrate what we can achieve when we collectively pool our resources for the benefit of all Oakmont residents.

Qigong nJanet Seaforth, Instructor

PYNK Qigong practice helps the body cleanse, rejuvenate and strengthen through relaxed circular movements, stretches and weight bearing. Class meets for one hour at 8:30 a.m. on Friday mornings at the West Rec. Center. We practice chair Qigong on the fourth Friday. The cost is $40/month or $15 drop-in. Wear comfortable clothing. There is no equipment required. Shoes are optional. Enjoy an hour of loving attention. I have been an instructor for over 35 years. For more information call me at 894-7345. Website:

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

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.


May 20: Bernie Palk May 27: Karen Krestensen Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

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

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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

Coming up

Monday, May 23: Tangling cloth bags Monday, June 13: Renaissance Opus Tile—creating an art piece on the tan 10.5” tile! TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail


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Forrest Yoga

nRay Haverson

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

WHEN: Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series NEXT MONTHLY WORKSHOP: Saturday, June 4, 1 p.m., West Rec. Center—Lower Level

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

Challenge yourself and explore yoga poses safely in a supportive and compassionate environment. I guide students with hands-on adjustments and modify poses as needed. My classes integrate breath and core strengthening with a focus on alignment. Let your stress level decrease while you increase your energy level, strength, flexibility and focus. Perfect for new students, senior students and advanced students who need a more restful practice. People with injuries

or conditions are encouraged to attend. Classes cover breath work (pranayama), postures (asana) and strengthening core work. Ease your back and relax your neck! Feel stronger on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and any props you need—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I also teach Chair classes and Stretch and Balance classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.

Lawn Bowling


WHAT: Fourth of July Party WHEN: Monday, July 4 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open 4:30 p.m.; dinner at 5:30 p.m.; music 6:30 p.m. COST: $35 per member, $40 member’s guest, $50 non members (best deal $47 per person which includes a Sha-Boom Membership until January 1, 2017 and the 4th of July Party. MENU: BBQ Chicken and Tri Tip, Ray’s Famous Chili, salad, onions and bell peppers, garlic bread and potato salad. Dessert: chocolate and vanilla cake with mixed fruit filling, covered with whipped cream. Drinks: coffee, lemon water and ice. You will not want to miss this party so get your checks in early to reserve your table of eight or seats as this one will sell out very fast. Remember this party is on the Fourth of July.

Martha McKee is filling in for Columnist Greg Goodwin who is on assignment in New Jersey. Greg’s regular column will resume on June 1.


Some exciting things are happening on the Green, and you will definitely want to enjoy them! Mark your calendar with these events/dates to make sure you will be there. If you have any questions, please contact Tony Lachowicz, Jerry Garland or Bill Livingston to find out more.


Every Tuesday at the regular Daily Draw time—12:30 p.m. through May, then 9:30 a.m. beginning the first Monday of June. This is a general invitation to all of Oakmont to join us on a drop-in basis and try their hand at bowling. If you are at the daily draw, and someone arrives to try bowling, please welcome them and set up a separate rink to show them a bit of how lawn bowling works. Remember, this is not a lesson, just let them try a little bowling. Then, if they are interested, please get their name and contact info and tell them someone will get back to them to schedule a lesson.


Every Tuesday and Thursday at the regular Daily Draw time. If 8 or 10 ends is your preference, these are the days for you! We will try to set up a special rink just for short games players. If that is not possible, you can still bowl a short game with regular 14-end players, and then drop out and they will continue their game without you. No problem, we have tried this and it works!

DEMO DAY: Wednesday, May 25, 10 AM

Our official open house to invite Oakmont to see what our sport is all about—and perhaps become bowlers! We will need a good volunteer turnout to help make this a success. Details to follow.


After a year’s hiatus, this wonderful afternoon event is back on the second Tuesday of each month through summer. This is a social as well as bowling event, and includes potluck food and drink. Silly bowling games and a chance to win prizes will be featured. Please bring a dish to share and your own beverages (of course you may bring wine!) Guests are welcome. Bowling games start at 5 p.m. with food and drink on the CAC patio starting around 6 p.m. Dates: May 10, June 14, July 12 and August 9.


Mark your calendar for Friday and Saturday, June 10–11. Teams from around the Bay Area/Northern California and Utah as well as eight teams of our own are competing in this year’s event. Whether you are bowling, helping with the event, or just plain enjoying the games as a spectator, you don’t want to miss this exciting competition! Visit OLBC at www.oakmontlawnbowlingclub. Contact OLBC at oakmontlawnbowling

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nAl Haggerty


A cruise through 108 years of automotive history—1908 to 2016— from the Model T Ford to the Model S Tesla will be offered by the speaker at the May 25 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at the East Recreation Center. Richard Randolph holds a lifetime interest in personal transportation. Before he was 20 he had assembled multiple Goodwill model hybrids and toured the Santa Clara Valley on a 21-speed Peugot Trophy de France which he had throughout college at UC Santa Barbara. Randolph has owned a 1956 Oldsmobile Starfire 98 Convertible, 1965 Mustang, 1968 Corvette, two Corvairs and three engines, three Volvos, four Fords, two Lexuses and one Prius. Currently he and his wife’s newest is a 2015 Tesla Model S, while their

oldest is a vintage 1919 Model T Open Touring Sedan. There is little connection between Randolph’s academic education and avocation. His undergraduate degree is in Cultural Anthropology. His first job was in automotive accounting at UC Santa Barbara, where he was in charge of the Fleet Management System. Randolph describes himself as an enthusiast, more than a mechanical expert, and finds automotive history and technology an engaging intersection of industrial progress and social change. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Grill and Cafe. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.

Note: all table reservations must have all checks in one envelope at one time. We assign tables and seating by the date the payments are received. You may pay for a table of eight and give us the names later, however keep in mind that we do have a no refund policy. We will try to find you a buyer but no guarantee. Thanks and see you there!

nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

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

May 15

Dan Melligan will be speaking on “A Blue Fire,” using a passage from Isaiah. Debbie Knapp will be on piano and Laurie Hartmann will be playing the harp.

May 22

“What is Justice?”—the positive view of justice in the Bible. Tim Stafford will speak on this and his work in producing “God’s Justice: The Holy Bible” as well as reporting on the refugee crisis from his travels in Europe. Lucas Sherman will be at the keyboards.

May 29

Pastor Dan Melligan will share a message, “Finish Well.” Lucas Sherman will assist us in worship with his piano skills.

Midweek Bible Study

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


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nGayle Miller

Women of Faith Bible Study

THE PATRIARCHS: Encountering The God Of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob by Beth Moore

Presentation is on a large screen TV (titles for hearing impaired). Class has workbooks. The Patriarchs is a journey through Genesis 12–50. Discover God’s pursuit of a relationship with man, and marvel as His plan to bless all people unfolds. Full of twists and turns, ruin and redemption, revelation and mystery this Bible study keeps participants captivated by the God who stars in it!

nBarbara Bowman

Explore concepts such as blessing, covenant, and promise, and the bearing each has on a New Testament believer’s life today. Many of the most profound and enduring concepts in the whole counsel of God’s word are initiated in this marvelous book of beginnings. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the word of God. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are

not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! This is a weekly, non-denominational study. Our class is small and informal—a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. DATE: Tuesday TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

Movies At Oakmont

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

Sunday, May 15, 2 pm TRUMBO

Bryan Cranston stars as famed 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, whose refusal to testify before the congressional House Un-American Activities Committee resulted in a prison sentence and being blacklisted as a communist. Based on a true story, involving many famous personalities such as John Wayne and Kirk Douglas, the film is a neat mix of politics, Hollywood and family life. Helen Mirren makes a terrific Hedda Hopper. Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Cranston. (2015), R, 125 minutes.

Sunday, May 15, 7 pm TRUTH

In this dramatic re-creation of news anchor Dan Rather’s (Robert Redford) fall from grace, his stellar career comes to an abrupt end after erroneously reporting that President George W. Bush received preferential treatment that kept him from serving in Vietnam. The film features an inspired performance by Cate Blanchett as the veteran CBS News producer Mary Mapes. An informative look at how a 60 Minutes segment comes into being, and the journalistic skills involved. 2015), R (language), 121 minutes.

Sunday, May 22, 2 pm WOMAN IN GOLD

Six decades after World War II, Jewish octogenarian Maria Altman (Helen Mirren) begins a quest to reclaim the artwork confiscated from her family by the Nazis—including a framed Gustav Klindt masterpiece. In a compelling true story of persistence and redemption, Maria’s efforts force her to confront difficult truths about the past. Ryan Reynolds turns in a fine performance as Randol Schoenberg, a down-on-his-luck attorney and grandson of the composer. (2015), PG-13, 109 minutes.

Sunday, May 22, 7 pm THE DANISH GIRL

In 1930, Danish painter Einar Wegner (Eddy Redmayne) elects to have gender-reassignment surgery, with the blessing of his wife, Gerda (Alicia Vikander). This true-life narrative of personal courage also sheds light on the medical origins of transsexual surgery. A tender portrait of marriage and true love, beautifully shot and costumed, the film shines with the extraordinary acting of Redmayne and Vikander, which earned an Oscar for Vikander and a nomination for Redmayne. (2015), R, 121 minutes.

Sunday, May 29, 2 pm BRIDGE OF SPIES

At the height of the Cold War in 1980, the downing of an American spy plane and the pilot’s subsequent capture by the Soviets draws Brooklyn attorney James Donovan (Tom Hanks) into the middle of an intense effort to secure the aviator’s release. Steven Spielberg directs this inspiring drama about a man who struggles to do the right thing. Nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Mark Rylance won Best Supporting Actor for his fine performance as the spy. (2015), PG-13, 142 minutes.

Sunday, May 29, 7 PM SECRETS & LIES

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

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.: Trumbo, (2015), R, 125 minutes. Sunday, May 15, 7 p.m.: Truth, (2015), R, 121 minutes. Sunday, May 22, 2 p.m.: Woman In Gold, (2015), PG-13, 109 minutes. Sunday, May 22, 7 p.m.: The Danish Girl, (2015), R, 121 minutes. Sunday, May 29, 2 p.m.: Bridge of Spies, (2015), PG-13, 142 minutes. Sunday, May 29, 7 p.m.: Secrets & Lies, (1996), R, 142 minutes.


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


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



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


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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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



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


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


Home, business, move-outs. Windows, bed linen changing and more. Over 18 yrs. of experience. References upon request., 548-9482 or 542-8720.


Retired health care worker seeking job as a caregiver. Flexible hours. Call Evelyne at 546-1365.





General landscape, yard maintenance (with free fertilizer), high weed clearance, clean-up, hauling, trimming, pruning and gutters. Free estimates, references available. Tony Sandoval, 321-2958. To assist you with personal care, driving, light housekeeping, cooking. Oakmont references. Certified Medical Assistant. Flexible hours and rates. Call Paula, 703-6231.


Good references. Caregiving built around your needs. Days and evenings. Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 Call Pam at (707) 292-0661 or Corlina years. Focus on small jobs, projects and at 548-4482. “honey-do” lists. Free estimates, very reasonable rates. Excellent Oakmont BRAD CHIARAVALLE references. Please contact me at RESIDENTIAL DOOR 533-7741. Thank you. INSTALLATION AND REPAIRS Free estimates, consultation. Oakmont VIDEO STEREO HOOKUP references. License #527924. Call AND HELP! 539-3196. New Tv’s DVD’s, Stereos and Streamers are complicated. I will help you. CHRISTO LIMO 35 years experience. $40/hr. Jason Commercially licensed, transportation Baldwin, 479-1364. for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 owner-operated with several years GARDEN TRIMMING experience. Oakmont homeowner too. AND PRUNING Call Chris, (707) 206-5018. An emphasis upon a natural look and no leaf blower used. Small jobs OK. LOU DEMME PAINTING Richard, 833-1806, Oakmont. When quality and reliability count, call on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting LYN’S HOUSE/PET SITTING Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior Reliable, caring, mature and and exterior painting specialist, affordable. Call 539-1286 (home) or drywall repairs and textures. Licensed 480-1224 (cell). and insured. Call us for your free estimate today! 833-2890.

3BD, 2BA, 2-car garage, walk-in closet, fireplace, patio, washer, dryer, fridge. One-year lease. No pets or smokers. Rent $2,300, deposit $2,500. Available June 1. 539-2630.

Responsible and reliable. Employed w/ Sonoma County 15 yrs. Professional references. Reasonable cost/exchange. Call Gabriel at (707)623-2457.


Robin Nixon, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, conveniently located in Oakmont. Individuals, couples, seniors. (707) 364-9495 or robin.nixon. MFC #52322.


Seeing is Believing with Freida’s House Cleaning. Reliable, experienced, affordable. (707) 332-7466. References available upon request.


Memorial Day Weekend, Fri.—Mon., May 27–30, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Household items, dishes and crystal, antique and vintage collectibles, Japanese items, costumes and costume jewelry, men’s and women’s clothing, record collection, construction items and more! (Not a lot of furniture, but some great stuff!) 296 Maple Ave., Kenwood.

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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Bulletin Boards

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

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

COORDINATOR May 16–31 Sonia Moore 539-4119 June 1–15 Susan Mullaly 539-1328

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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


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


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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


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


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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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

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

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

locker rentals

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

OAS Management Company


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


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

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.

Association Manager Cassie Turner

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

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

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


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OVA-Sponsored Events Social Security and You nMarsha Zolkower

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

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


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

Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


“And then the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.“—Anais Nin


Sara Malone, Master Gardener, presents “Enter the Cone Zone! An Introduction to Conifers.” She has developed a distinctive style of gardening that emphasizes the use of shrubs and trees including conifers, rather than herbaceous perennials. She is the editor of the American Conifer Society’s website and a contributor to the society’s Conifer Quarterly. Her garden has been featured in Fine Gardening, Garden Design, and Pacific Horticulture magazines. Her undergraduate degree is in botanical science. WHEN AND WHERE: Tues., May 17 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m. Mark your calendar for the Annual June Oakmont Garden Tour on June 21.


• Containers, especially clay pots, tend to dry out and can be rather demanding for water, particularly if they’re in the full sun. So mulch them! You can add a layer of very small bark chips, gravel, decorative stones, or even composted material. • Stay vigilant about aphids. Spring is the worst time for aphids in Sonoma County gardens. The hot summer weather drives them away. Use insecticidal soap or spray with water from the garden hose as necessary. Wash off spittlebugs. • Summer crops including corn, squash, and tomatoes need nutrient-rich soil to thrive. Before you plant these edibles, till a 4- to 6-inch layer of compost into your beds. • Mulch around plants to conserve moisture. Be sure to leave a small circle of bare soil around the stem of each plant. • Fertilize vegetables monthly. • Pinch back petunias and fuchsias to encourage bushier growth and more flowers.


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“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” —Helen Keller

I arrived at SHS in need of special care. My eyes were severely damaged and causing me a lot of pain. Since having the medical procedure I needed to be a healthy girl, I am being fostered in the home of one of my nurses. She’s taught me to get around well without the use of sight. I’ve blossomed into a playful 5 y/o Chihuahua with a lot of love and snuggles to give. Now I’m ready to find my forever home—a loving place without children, where there’s a regular routine. Do you feel it in your heart?

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The Mind Body Konnection for Healthy Aging

Thursday, May 26, 2016 • 1:30 to 3:30pm Enjoy interactive wellness sessions plus a brain healthy snack.

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