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Director Altman Resigns nStaff Reports

What’s that? A Maypole! nStaff Report

OVA Board of Director Andie Altman is resigning from her post, she said in a statement to the Oakmont News. Altman notified the board after its meeting May 2. Her statement follows: To the residents of Oakmont and Board of Directors, I would like to thank this community for the honor of serving it in many capacities as a volunteer and at this time I must tender my resignation from the corporation so that I may focus on new priorities. I am proud of our accomplishments over the past few years and I wish to thank those I served with, especially the directors and volunteers who brought to OVA their brilliance and experience with an honest, caring, cooperative, and selfless spirit. Andie Altman Altman was currently in the second year of her second term and would not have been eligible to run again next year. She served as President of the board 2016 through 2017. She also chaired the Architectural Committee for three years before running for the OVA Board. Altman has been involved in several Oakmont organizations and served as President of Oakmont Kiwanis.

Pickleball Continues to Dominate Discussion at Board Meeting nAl Haggerty

Pickleball continued to dominate the discussion at the May 2 Oakmont Village Association Board meeting at Berger Center as residents near the East Recreation Center tennis courts said some homes “might become permanently degraded by pickleball noise.” Magdalena P. Shelton, who said her home is closest to the East Rec. tennis courts, told the board, “I will fight you with all my heart” over the proposal to repurpose two of the East Rec. tennis courts for pickleball. Shelton, who has repeatedly appeared before the board to complain about pickleball noise, said: “They drive me crazy. There’s no way you stop the noise.” She did concede that pickleball players are not insulting her anymore and that things are “much better” in that regard. Ellen Leznik, board president, said residents will be “an integral part” of the pickleball discussion. “We will listen,” she said, adding that board members “don’t live in your houses” and experience the See board on page 5

Did you see Oakmont’s Maypole?

Big and colorful, it was easily spotted from all around the Berger Center and beyond.

Photo by Kathy Sowers.

Photo by Julie Kiil.

The Maypole was the focus of the second “feel good” event this spring, produced for OVA by Terri Somers (the first was giant Easter eggs with notes inside directing the finder to pick up a prize at the OVA office). The pole is only part of the story. Somers arranged for Morris dancers and music on the brick patio in front of the Berger on May Day. At 11:30 a.m. the dancers performed and then taught onlookers how to dance and wrap the Maypole. OVA invited residents to turn out. “Terri came to me seeking OVA support and approval to bring some beauty and happiness to Oakmont,” said OVA Manager Cassie Turner. “I said, ’Go for it!’ and boy did she. This beautiful display of ribbons and flowers was designed and built by Terri.” The Maypole is made up of 35 ribbons of five colors tied to spokes of a bicycle wheel atop the 15-foot center pole that began life as a retractable birdhouse post. Somers began the installation Wednesday evening, April 26. It took time and some help from Gil, Dominic and Brad of OVA Maintenance. Somers tied each of the ribbons to the spokes of the bike wheel and hung silk flowers with fishing line. Then it was time to raise the pole and secure the ribbons to the ground. PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

May 15, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 10

Fixing East Pool, Deck Won’t Happen Soon nMarty Thompson

Upgrades and repairs needed to the East Rec. Center pool and balcony “will be expensive, timeconsuming and stressful,” OVA President Ellen Leznik told a town hall meeting April 28. The best guess for when the work could start is spring of 2018, OVA Maintenance Manager Rick Aubert told the more than 100 people in the Berger Center audience. The work could take 3 to 4 months, during which the pool would be closed, increasing the load at Oakmont’s two other pools. Aubert said that contractors have been quoting eight-month lead times, and that Oakmont first needs plans and permits as well as bids. The project would include replacing the rotting East Rec. balcony, probably with a smaller one, replastering the pool and replacing the pool deck. The deck must Aubert have a slope of 2% or less to meet ADA standards, he said. The present deck doesn’t meet that requirement. OVA Manager Cassie Turner noted the pool was built in 1987. Aubert showed photos of wood on the now closed balcony that is rotten or splitting. OVA has been looking at balcony repair or replacement since last year. Members asked to state their preferences via email have favored replacement with a smaller deck, and rejected proposals for stairs from the balcony to the pool area. Included in the project would be new equipment to operate the pool, and to convert it to a saline pool—like the West Rec. pool. The project would mostly be paid for from OVA’s asset replacement fund, which Leznik said stood at $1,150,000 at the end of last year. “Now you know what we know,” she told the audience. Iris Harrell, who until recently headed OVA’s Construction Oversight Committee, declared she favors a smaller deck with no stairs, drawing applause. Ed Sutter voiced support for spending money on other things than a deck. Melissa Bower urged Harrell that views from the pool be preserved, even if a shade canopy is added. Don Green suggested that work on the East Rec. include upgrading its kitchen appliances to commercial grade. John Felton contended “the deck wasn’t really used” when it was open, and that if it is replaced or not “six months from now no one will remember what it used to look like.” Felton


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Message From the OVA Board President

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration

nEllen Leznik

MEETINGS Architectural (No participation) / Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Board

DATE 2nd Tues. Monthly 1st and 3rd Tues. Monthly

COMMITTEES DATE Communications (CC) / 2nd Mon. Monthly Community Development (OCDC) / 2nd Thurs. Monthly Finance (FC) / (temporarily cancelled) The Thursday before the Regular Board meeting Landscape Improvement Committee (LIC) 1st Tues. Monthly League of Maintained Area Associations (LOMAA) Regular Meetings 1st Mon. Monthly Quarterly Meetings 1st Wed. (March, Sept., Dec.) LOMAA Workshop 2nd Thurs. (June) Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) OEPC Board 1st Thurs. Monthly OEPC Community Meeting 3rd Thurs. (Jan., May, Sept.) A quorum of OVA Board of Directors may be present at these meetings. *It is sometimes necessary to change meeting locations and/or dates and times. Please check the Rec. Center bulletin boards for written notice of change or call the OVA office prior to scheduled meetings for confirmation.

TIME PLACE* 1:30 PM Conf. Rm. 1–3 PM Berger Center TIME PLACE* 9–11 AM Rm. B 11:30 AM–1:30 PM Rm. B 2–3:30 PM 10 AM–12 Noon

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The subject this year is Relationship of the Architectural Committee and Owner Associations. Our speaker will be Marianne Neufeld, Chair of the Architectural Committee. The LOMAA Handbook will be updated—be sure to bring your association’s book.

Board Nominating Committee 2017 (Chair/Board Members) will hold a short meeting immediately following the Workshop. Next Board Meeting: Monday, June 5, 12 noon, Room B LOMAA Annual Workshop: Thursday, June 8, 9 a.m., West Recreation Center. Reservations not required—be there!


Your board has an important decision to make by filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Director Altman. After three years of controversy and turbulence in our community it is your board’s goal to resolve several remaining controversial issues and get things back to normal. We know this will not happen overnight but we will work diligently toward restoring peace in the community. It is important that the newly-appointed director be willing to work with us towards this goal. As directors it is our responsibility to set the tone of civil discourse and cooperation in dealing with the issues before us. And it is our sincere hope that this civility and cooperation will be shared by the membership as we move forward. It is critical that the board functions properly and works together towards achieving important goals. Each director is expected to contribute equally to the board and has an equal vote in making many important decisions on behalf of our community. In this spirit, we are seeking a board candidate who will be a significant contributor. Such person should possess knowledge of Oakmont and the issues we are facing, relevant professional and educational background, willingness and ability to work hard and dedicate much of their time to work on the board, good communication skills and ability and willingness to work with other directors to achieve common goals. Some suggestions have been made to fill the vacancy with one of the candidates who ran in our recent election. This is not the procedure that is set out in our bylaws nor has it been used by previous boards. We intend to follow past practice and our governing documents. The Personnel Committee will seek qualified candidates, interview them and make its recommendation to the board at an Executive session where all directors will have an opportunity to discuss all candidates. Following such Executive session, the appointment will be made at an open board meeting by the majority vote of directors. As outlined in Section 5.5 of our bylaws, the board has 30 days to fill the vacancy “by majority vote of the remaining directors.” If the board fails to fill the vacancy within 30 days, association members will vote to fill it. We have been accepting nominations and interviewing candidates since May 3, the day following Director Altman’s resignation. We hope to be able to complete this process and appoint a new director at our May 16 board meeting.

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problems. She added that the board “will go to the city (of Santa Rosa) and let the city tell us what to do.” There is some question whether the city will approve the permanent pickleball courts proposed. A previous approval was conditional. “Only when we have a consensus will we move forward,” Leznik said. “We’re very hopeful we can get there.” Leznik opened the meeting with a plea to Oakmont residents “to learn from our mistakes and our successes and move forward together as a united community.” “We will make every attempt to work together and not against each other,” she continued. “We will be open to new ideas, new suggestions and to constructive criticism. We are all Oakmont and we sincerely hope that all of us will join together on this challenging and exciting journey into the future.” Maurice Fliess, representing seven homeowners on Trail Ridge Place, all close to the tennis courts, asked the board not to rush the decision-making process for the conversion of tennis courts to pickleball courts. He called the concept of neighborhood “a fundamental principle” that requires comprehensive, deliberate and separate handling of the project. He said noise “is the rub, morally, psychologically and legally. If noise is intolerable for any resident, let alone a dozen or more, the board has an obligation to protect the quality of life”. Director Ken Heyman, reporting on the East Recreation revitalization, said the deck was one of the first amenities he used in Oakmont, adding that the board has been receiving comments from residents who regularly use the deck. He called for a holistic approach to revitalizing the balcony, pool, pool deck and spa. Leznik said her guess is that the balcony will be replaced, adding that it will have tables and chairs to make it more user friendly. The board unanimously approved a motion to refund the Pickleball Club’s $16,131 donation to the now defunct pickleball project. Directors Gloria Young and Andie Altman were not present. Peter Copen, club president, said it would “re-donate” the funds with the completion of permanent pickleball courts. Leznik was named chair of a Central Park Committee, which will develop plans for a community gathering spot behind the pool where the pickleball courts were to be built. She said there is a lot of interest in the project, with suggestions for a fountain with memorial tiles and gazebo and a “healing garden.” She said it would be a place to come together with family and friends. A bit of controversy erupted when a resident challenged the right of a tenant to speak at a board meeting. It quickly subsided when OVA attorney Martin Hirsch said he was not aware of an absolute prohibition and the directors said they wanted to hear from renters.


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Endorphins at Dawn nCharlene Bunas

Early morning dolphins launch into the East Rec. pool, swim, shower and are on with their day before most of Oakmont sips its first cup of coffee. Who are they? Why do they? Bill and Roiann Hatcher swim almost daily. ”We’re not hard body swimmers, just hope not to drown.” Living 300 yards from the pool, they have no excuses. “Exercise is why we moved to Oakmont in 2015.” For 20 years, three days a week, Melissa Bowers is in the pool by 6:30. “Swimming my mile is my time to meditate.” Her routine includes aerobic classes, Pickleball and Zumba. “I can control the beginning of my day. Later, it’s easy to find an excuse,” says one Oakmonter. “Besides, at dawn, no one cares about bed-head.” Dean James swims his 65 lengths because “it softens my back pain.” A soak in the spa warms up muscles and bones. From laps to links, Dean also enjoys golf. But it’s those early hours in the pool that give him a chance to experience beautiful sunrises. Not an early-early morning swimmer, Mike O’Brien arrives at 8:15 and swims 25 laps because, “My swim wakes me up and makes me feel terrific.” Alan McLintock advocates “low impact exercise.” “Endorphins,” cheers another swimmer. “Endorphins!” Born in England, Raymond Skipp jokes, “Back home, summer is thunder and rain, so why wouldn’t I swim here year round?” Often seen on his motorized bicycle, he and Susan have lived in Oakmont 12 years. Sanford Dickey says he’s been competing “all my life.” After he and Kate moved to Oakmont, he found East Rec., and he’s been a regular ever since. Rain or shine, this 91-year-old dives in and thrives. Lap swimmer connection:

Sanford Dickey takes a small break in his lap swimming routine at the East Rec. pool. (Photo by Michael Reinhardt)

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Oakmont Community Foundation Marks 10th Anniversary This Year

Prominent Oakmonters Bob Giddings and Pat Clothier were more than up to the challenge when the 2007 OVA Board asked them to create a charitable organization that would enhance community life. Next month the product of their work—the Oakmont Community Foundation (OCF)—will mark its 10-year anniversary, a milestone that attests to its founders’ organizational skills and on-going leadership under current President Sue Millar and other dedicated board members. “It was daunting,” recalled Giddings who sought out Clothier, Bill Anderson, James Ernest, OVA’s accountant and the OVA manager at the time to help launch the new venture. “I knew it was going to be a long haul,” said Clothier, OCF’s first president. “But now we’re established and we’re here to stay.” Serving with her and Bob on the first board were Beverly Cranston, Bev Levy and Anderson. Since its beginning, OCF has awarded an estimated $160,000 in grants to pay for educational-related projects in Oakmont, according to Bob Chapman, the treasurer. Oakmont Boomers donated proceeds from their “More Joy” band concert in April to OCF in recognition of their contributions to the community. Probably OCF’s longest standing partnership has been with Music at Oakmont whose donors can take tax deductions when they contribute through the charity. OCF also sponsored the recent Santa Rosa Symphony Youth concert at Berger Center in March. “Ticket sales account for less than one half of the actual costs,” explained Rosemary Waller, artistic director. “OCF’s support has enabled us to bring a certain level of performers and raised the level of the concert series,” she added. Also benefitting is the Oakmont Technology Center where residents learn how to use Windows and MAC operating systems, iPads, move pictures from their cameras to their computers, master their smart phones and play brain games. “Almost everything we use needs updating,” Mike Noble explained. “We’ve spent literally thousands for software updates and OCF has helped us to do that.” OCF also was instrumental in enabling Oakmont

Volunteer Helpers to offer Caregiver Support to Oakmonters. “We couldn’t do this group without OCF support,” Matt Zwerling stressed. “Having a place to talk and share common experience is increasingly important to residents.” Among the other clubs and groups helped are the Oakmont Health Initiative at the Berger Center, the Oakmont Genealogy Club, the Oakmont Art Association and the Audiovisual Club, which sought funding to reorient the movie screen and projector at the East Recreation Center. Sonoma State University also is able to award scholarships to Oakmont residents for its Lifelong Learning series because of OCF’s support. In her third year as OCF’s president, Millar is excited about the board’s most recent action authorizing an endowment fund in memory of Dutch Lichliter. “An endowment fund is an indication we want OCF to survive us,” she explained. “If people have a favorite activity and you need stuff, the foundation can help. It keeps dues from going up too high.” Millar also has her sights set on establishing a legacy society to encourage bequests such as one Bill Anderson left OCF in his will. “We want to encourage that kind of giving,” she added. For more information about OCF, go to

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The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 18, with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The menu will be a Beef/Cheese Enchiladas with Spanish rice and refried beans, green salad, chips and salsa with mocha chocolate mousse 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. Please join us on the Saddle Club’s beautiful deck overlooking the Mayacamas mountains sipping cocktails then inside for a delicious meal with the same spectacular view of the Trione Polo field and the Valley of the Moon. Reservations must be made in advance, and are due by Monday, May 15. To make reservations please contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Wild Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.

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Passion for the Parks

nJudy Burness

Dave Chalk and Bill Myers, founding leaders of the popular “Bill and Dave Hikes,” have become iconic figures in Sonoma County. Dave lives in Oakmont with his wife, Joan, but during daylight hours he is usually off in a park somewhere. (After dark, you may find him back in Oakmont, playing bridge.) Bill and his life partner Linda Pavlak live in Kenwood.

Bill Myers (left) and Dave Chalk during a lunch break on a Bill and Dave Hike in Trione-Annadel State Park on Nov. 16. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Bill and Dave met in a six-week park docent class in 2000. By the end of the program, they knew they both loved hiking and the parks of Sonoma County, and wanted to share it with others. Thus were born the one-Saturday-a-month Bill and Dave Hikes. The hikes, usually in one of the county’s state or regional parks, draw an average of 40 people for beautiful and sometimes strenuous outings. Most cover 8 to 10 miles in about five hours, with elevation gain of 1,500 to 1,800 feet. No hike has ever been canceled, not even for weather, on the principle that “people who really love the outdoors, love it in all weather.” Over 17 years, that makes more than 8,000 Bill and Dave hikers. Dave usually leads, while Bill brings up the tail to make sure everyone is accounted for. Bill, a natural promoter, now has an e-mail list of more than 1,000 hiking fans, and announcements appear in news media throughout the north bay.

One popular walk is the Brushy Peaks Trail, which rewards hikers with summit views down into both Napa and Sonoma Counties. The team’s “signature” hike, the Gunsight Rock Trail, offers a sensational view of Oakmont and Sonoma Valley. For Bill and Dave, the hikes were only the beginning. When the state announced plans to close Sugarloaf, Annadel, and other parks in 2012, the two were among people who stepped up. Bill and Linda conceived and continue to organize the “Funky Fridays” fund-raising concert series, held first in Sugarloaf Park and now at Hood Mansion. The concerts draw hundreds of people, many from Oakmont, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Dave Chalk now is one of 14 volunteer park stewards in the county, capable of taking on virtually any task. Most weeks, he spends three or four days in one or another of the parks, now mostly staffed by volunteers like Dave. Dave is a lifelong outdoorsman and former scout leader. After a career as a high school math teacher in Michigan, in 1998 he and Joan moved to Oakmont to assist his ailing father. The Chalks go “back east” every year to be with their children and grandchildren, while Bill Myers keeps the hikes going by partnering with the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council or Sonoma County Regional Parks. Among several annual Bill-and-Dave special events is the Fourth of July Fireworks Hike, offering views of fireworks displays up and down Sonoma County and beyond. This one and the March “Brunch on Bald” hike offer optional motor transportation to the summit, are fund-raisers for Team Sugarloaf, which now operates Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Reservations are a must. A new venture this year benefited both Sugarloaf and the county parks. It was the “Headwaters to Headwaters” event April 29. It’s a unique opportunity for serious hikers to experience the 11 challenging miles from Hood Mountain Regional Park to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park via the historic McCormick Ranch section of Sugarloaf. Admission included shuttle service one way.


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Hikers string out along a ridgeline. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Regular Bill and Dave Hikes are free, sponsored by the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association, Sonoma County Regional Parks, California State Parks, Team Sugarloaf, and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. Bill and Dave also hike regularly with friends, and sometimes go with the Oakmont hikers, including Maurice Fliess who provided the photographs for this article. For announcements of future hikes, and special events, Google “Bill and Dave hikes.”

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Golf News Oakmont Golf Club


nRick Warfel


Russ Adamson has served as a Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) Course Rating Captain since 1986, and as a NCGA Tournament Official since 1994. It was as reigning club champion at Peacock Gap in San Rafael that he first assisted the NCGA team in rating a course. Russ “liked what they did,” and soon thereafter became an official course rater for Area 5 which extends from San Francisco to the Oregon border. Russ grew up in a golfing family in New Jersey and played on the Madison High School golf team. He has played many of the world’s great golf courses including Pebble Beach, Spyglass Hill and Cypress Point. He and his wife Elizabeth have lived in Oakmont for 15 years and his top five golfers, in order, are Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, Jordan Spieth and Matt Kuchar. The NCGA recently rated the Oakmont West Course on April 3 and the following are key highlights. • A NCGA course rating team consists of eight men who have been a low-digit single-handicap golfer sometime during their career. They measure the golf course using GPS from every tee pad (blues, whites, yellow) to the center of the green, as well as the elevations from those pads to the green. In addition, they use charts to assess effective playing length and obstacles. • For each hole, the course raters go to landing zones to assess the difficulty of the course. Landing zones are analyzed for the scratch (expert) golfer and for the bogey (average) golfer. A scratch golfer is defined as one who can advance the ball 470 yards in two shots, while the bogey golfer is one who can advance the ball 370 yards in two shots (100 yards less). • The distance the ball is advanced creates the landing zone from which the obstacles are assessed. The following nine obstacles are rated on a zero to ten scale: topography, fairway, size of green and shot distance (target), rough and recoverability, bunkers, out of bounds, water, trees, and surface of greens. As mentioned, course obstacles are rated for both the scratch and bogey golfer landing zones. • In addition to obstacle values, course raters consider effective playing length of the course which is impacted by elevation from tee to green, wind, roll, and dogleg forced layups. The results are in, and due primarily to bettermaintained and faster greens than the last rating several years ago, the course ratings and slopes for men from all tees at Oakmont have gone up, i.e. the white tee ratings increased from 69.2/122 to 69.7/124. Regarding rules, Russ is most outspoken about the use of TV evidence to over-rule decisions made by tournament officials on the course. The most prominent examples pertaining to Lexi Thompson and Dustin Johnson. Since TV coverage focuses on the leaders of the tournament only, and not the entire field, its use violates the basic premise of fairness in the rules.


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


First, Paul Phillips, Danny Crobbe, Greg Zawrotny and Art Fichtenberg, 95; second, Bill Hainke, Andy Frauenhofer, Bill Roberts and Joe DiBenedetto, 98; third, Mike Hull, Bob Hartsock, Lew Gross and (blind draw), 99; fourth tie, Jeff Snyder, Bill Salmina, Rusty Sims and Frank James, and Danny Morgan, Mike Isola, Rick Warfel and Chuck Mendenhall, 101. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Gary Smith, 2’4”; #16—Bill Roberts, 4’7”. Closest-to-the-pin (HDCP 20–up): #8—Dan Levin, 10’5”.


First flight (13–19): first tie, Mike Hull/Andy Frauenhofer and Jim Scinto/Bob Baciocco, 59. Second flight (21.5–25): first, Charlie Huff and Rick Warfel, 57; second, Bill Roberts and Phil Sapp, 60. Third flight (26+): first, Chuck Mendenhall and Frank James, 57; second, Frank Giannini and John Garcia, 58. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Eric Lutz, 18’4”; #13—Jeff Snyder, 3’9”; #16—Bob Peterson, 14’1”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Bud Simi, 14’1”; #13—Larry Frediani, 13’10”; #16—Chuck Wood, 9’5”. At the club’s annual board meeting, the president was just about to call for a motion to adjourn when one of the members intervened. “There is one more item that we must discuss: the exclusion of Mr. Petersen.” “Why?” asked the President. “Last week he made love to our new secretary in the bunker on hole 9,” the President was informed. “So, we all would like to do that, it is not a reason for exclusion!” he replied. “Yes, but he didn’t rake the bunker afterwards!” Which reminds me, when raking bunkers, please rake the sand toward the center of the trap (so it does not pile-up along the edges) and leave the rake in the center of the bunker (not along the edge) with the handle facing the pin. Also, as OGC members (coowners of the club), it is useful to remember that we all should do our part to help maintain good course conditions. This would include repairing our pitch marks on greens, and a few others, and remembering to carry a sand bottle and filling our own, and a few others, divots on the fairways. Thank you.


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

18 nDebbie Warfel

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

No sweeps play on April 18. Sweeps results for April 25: Judy Early was low gross winner of the field of 24 players. First flight: first, Judy Early; second, Kathy Faherty, Kim Agrella and Joan DiMaggio. Second flight: first, Mary Jobson; second, Yoshi Smith; third, Ro Nicholson and Linda Yates. Third flight: first, Vicki Eschelbach; second, Patti Schweizer; third, Ellie Baciocco; fourth, Carol Locke.


Sweeps results for April 20: Penny Wright was low gross winner of the field of 14 players. First flight: first, Penny Wright; second, Joan Seliga; third, Eileen Beltrano; fourth, Kathy Mokricky and K.C. Cote. Second flight: first, Vanita Collins; second, Nancy DeSousa; third, Yoshi Smith; fourth, Marie Pierce; fifth, Michele Yturralde. Sweeps results for April 27: Joan Seliga was low gross winner of the field of 20 players. First flight: first, Kathy Faherty; second, Joan Seliga; third, Judy Duport; fourth, K.C. Cote. Second flight: first, Marie Pierce and Linda Barr; third, Yoshi Smith; fourth, Chris Carter. Third flight: first, Vanita Collins and Carol Locke; third, Leslie Wiener, fourth, Nancy DeSousa.

WGANC Play Day #1 at The Olympic Club, San Francisco

This is the oldest athletic club in USA. Having qualified by winning the 2016 Oakmont TOWGC Club Championship, (Gross) and First Runner-Up (Gross), Kathy Mokricky and Kris Peters were honored to play in the WGANC Champion of Champions tournament at The Olympic Club in San Francisco on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 and 26. Unfortunately, Sallie Wood, who had also qualified, was unable to play. The views on the ocean course were spectacular as was the beautifully manicured course itself. Kathy and Kris enjoyed golfing with competitors from other courses from the North Bay and clubs from Chico to Fresno, and made many new friends. Kris, our WGANC Ambassador, also won a medal for her sixth place finish in her flight. Our congratulations to Kris and Kathy for representing Oakmont Golf Club so splendidly! Their hope is that everyone will compete in the 2017 TOWGC club championship on Aug. 31, Sept. 7 and 14, to be eligible to qualify for the experience to play in the next Champion of Champions Tournament to be held at the Claremont Country Club in Oakland California in 2018.

nDebbie Warfel

No Sweeps results for April 20.


First flight: first, Sheila Sada; second, Linda Yates; third, Betty Van Voorhis. Second flight: first, Elisabeth LaPointe; second, Barbara Robinson; third tie, Elaine Foote and Claudine Hilliard; fifth, Debbie Warfel. Third flight: first, Barbara Bowman; second, Joan Eiserloh; third, Nancy Young. Save the date: June 12 is the 9-hole Men/Women Mixer—Shotgun and Luncheon.

Kris Peters and Kathy Mokricky


The Oakmont News / May 15, 2017


Senior Men’s Club


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

nStan Augustine

With over 60 inches of precipitation the winter of 2016–2017 has been the wettest on record. In spite of this torrential downpour, Oakmont has been open for play almost every day, thanks to the work done on the course over ten years ago, which involved the dumping of tons of sand on the fairways and digging numerous French drains. Not all clubs were so well-prepared, including the Santa Rosa Country Club, which was scheduled to open the 2017 Seniors season on April 26. This course was flooded so badly that they had to postpone play on that date to allow the excess moisture to dry out. Instead, the event was rescheduled for a week later on May 3 and the tournament results will be presented in the next Oakmont News, along with results from the May 8 event at Oakmont. Tomorrow, May 16, the club will play at Fountain Grove, and will close out the month on May 31 at Marin. Whew! What a month. It’s too late to sign up for the Fountain Grove but be sure to not miss the Marin trip which is one of everyone’s favorite destinations. On April 4 the club had its spring general meeting and the members present approved the proposed byaws. The officers for 2017 were also introduced: Captain, John Garcia; Treasurer, Wally Juchert; Membership Chair, Jeff Snyder; and Publicity Chair, John Williston. According to the bylaws, the next election of ffficers will be held in the fall meeting. It looks like this will be a banner year for our group of players.

Ten teams, 17 players, braved the elements the morning of April 17 for the Spring Mixer. A first place tie at net 26 was carded by Charlie Perotti and Keith Wise as well as Joe DiBenedetto (and blind draw). The next four low net teams scoring 29 included: Tom Finnerty/Tom Tremont; Phil Sapp/ Dan Sienes; and Stan Augustine/(blind draw). On April 24, 14 players braved the misty morning led by the Low Net of 29 by Don Schulte, followed by Dan Sienes (30); then Tony Apolloni and Ron Bicker at 30.5; with fourth place scored by Jack Robinson (31). Phil Sapp was closest-to-the-pin at 16’7” with Pat Hart’s 59’5” settling on the green. Niners are looking forward to the Ladies and Men’s Mixer on June 12. Sign-ups soon to come!


Tuesday, May 16: at Fountain Grove Wednesday, May 31: at Marin Monday, June 12: at Oakmont—Marin and Bodega Monday, June 19: at Rooster Run Thursday, June 29: at Napa Monday, July 10: at Oakmont—Napa and Rooster Run Tuesday, August 1: at Windsor Tuesday, September 19: at Stone Tree

nTony Lachowicz, OCF Board Member

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.


On Friday, April 21, the Oakmont Boomers Club sponsored a concert by the musical group, More Joy. There is nothing new about a concert by the Boomers. This very popular Oakmont club has several events every year, and they keep Oakmont residents dancing, clapping and enjoying good company. What made the More Joy concert very special was that all the proceeds of the concert went to benefit the Oakmont Community Foundation. The OCF was very fortunate to receive a check for over $1,200 (see photo). The proceeds will help us continue our 10-year tradition of helping Oakmonters make our community a wonderful place to live. Thank you Boomers—you rock! We also wish to thank More Joy, who took no payment for performing before an audience of nearly 200 people. More Joy performers include Oakmont residents Iris Harrell and Ann Benson, plus Ginger Walmsley, Paula Filseth and Spike (Bryan) Connor. Their repertoire for the evening ranged from folk music to a 50s medley, with lots of rock and just plain fun stuff thrown in. We especially want to thank the Oakmont Boomers Board of Directors: Steve Spanier, President; Connie Lachowicz, Vice President; Cindi Clemence, Secretary; Tom Woodrum, Treasurer; Heidi Klyn, Activities Director; Art Day, Systems Administrator; and Carolita Carr, Communications Director. Peace, love and rock ‘n roll!


May 19: Ellen Butterman May 26: Bob Faux Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an email to

Boomers Club President Steve Spanier presents a check to OCF president Sue Millar as other club and foundation members look on.

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May 21: Dr. Tony Kashani Achieving Critical Thinking In Our Schools

Dr. Tony Kashani will explore the ways in which we can implement a systemic approach to teaching critical media literacy in our school system. In the 21st century, the so-called “information age,” media literacy has become a necessity for a citizenry concerned about democratic engagement and authentic living. A Santa Rosa Junior College instructor, Dr. Kashani is an author, professor, media expert, cultural critic and author.

May 30: Memorial Day and Summer Recess

Sunday Symposium will resume on Sept. 10.


The Oakmont News / May 15, 2017


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

The next HSG (Hearing Support Group) meeting is Monday, June 19t at 11 a.m. in Room B of the Central Activities Center (not Berger).

Hidden Hearing loss

The other evening at the More Joy concert with Iris Harrell and Ann Benson I could not make out the words being sung. Musing on that, I realized difficulty deciphering lyrics in music has been with me for a long time. Now I am seeing more research findings on difficulties in hearing conversations in noisy environments, especially restaurants, which is a significant problem. This is called “hidden hearing loss” because it does not show up in an audio test so the audiogram doesn’t reveal it. Those tests use pure tones which don’t require many hairy cells (celias) in the inner ear to transmit that tone to the brain. Research is indicating that many celia transmitters are needed to make sense of the words in a noisy environment and enough may be damaged and thus not providing sufficient data to the brain. More research needed on this. There is help for the noisy restaurant problem, not a complete solution, but a definite improvement. It is a separate sensitive microphone that is placed on or next to the talker(s) one wants to hear (Phonak has one called a “Roger” and Resound has one called a mini or multi-mic). The voice signal is transmitted wirelessly directly to the hearing aid via blue tooth or “mifi” requiring, of course, a wireless equipped HA or a separate wireless gadget reading the microphone that transmits the signal to the HAs via a telecoil.

Lawn Bowling nPhil Bowman


Men’s and Women’s Pairs: These were scheduled for April 26. But, once again Mother Nature had different plans and rain started falling the day before. The tournaments were cancelled, subject to being rescheduled. Upcoming tournaments: Open Pairs—May 17; Memorial Day—May 29. Check the bulletin board and enter. You can’t win if you don’t play. And losing isn’t so bad, at least not the end of the world.


After Five: Mother Nature willing the Bocce Club was to have joined us on May 9, a few days before this column’s deadline. Watch for a report in next edition. Also, mark your calendar for future After Fives: June 13 and July 11, both on Tuesday from 5–7 p.m.

Invisible hearing Aids Bah, Humbug

Who cares if you wear hearing aids—no one except, maybe you. Perhaps the thought of having to have them bugs you. But if you have a hearing loss, you are flirting with brain damage and maybe the suspicion of others that you are losing your memory. The big, full-page ads for invisible hearing aids are a travesty leading folks to think HAs should not be seen. Those little, heavily marketed gadgets have many drawbacks—no wireless capability, no iPhone control, and small batteries. Some can only be serviced by the provider requiring trips back to them for every problem. Those little in-the-ear aids are just not worth it. Much more satisfactory solutions are available with the main device behind the ear (BTE) driving a small transmitter in the ear (ITE) and they are not particularly visible. The BTE aids share the space just fine with eyeglass frames. Oakmont HEARS goal is to help improve hearing for our residents. Do get on the HEARS email list (jctmkt@ and attend the HEARS and HSG meetings.

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Winter 2017 League Schedule. Bowling dates for May: May 16 and 30. No bowling May 23, fourth Tuesday.


The Oakmont Health Initiative has invited Oakmont Lanes to cooperate in a community fitness challenge during the month of May where the goal is to accomplish at least 24 hours of exercise during the month. We will be visited by residents who are encouraged to try new activities while having fun and meeting new people. We will need a few of our bowlers available while they’re not bowling to welcome residents and explain our club. See our website for more information and all scheduled activities during the month.


Our bowlers and substitutes had a good time celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Chicken Enchilada Casserole lunch prepared by Virgina and Juan Fuentes. Thank you!


Demo Days: We are planning two this year—next month on June 21 and the second on September 18. Both are 10 a.m.–12 noon. Short games: A short game may be requested on Tuesdays and Thursdays before the daily draw. Sometimes you feel you need to play less than 14 ends—you may have to get somewhere before 2:30 p.m. or perhaps you just don’t feel up to a long game. There are usually a few bowlers that would be glad to join you in a short game—just ask when you arrive.


If you haven’t gotten your copy of the 2017 edition, there are plenty available for pickup in the bowls room.

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May 2 at 1:30 p.m. the top three teams from the 1:30 League (4 Tops, Strikers and Alley Oops) played the top three teams from the 3:15 League (Strikes and Spares, Pin Heads, King Pins) followed by award presentations and signup for Summer 2017 League starting May 9. Results in June 1 article or see our website.

RESULTS AS OF April 18 (Final week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Strikers; third place tie, Alley Oops and Wii Four (Alley Oops breaks tie with lowest team handicap); fifth place, Pocket Hits; Sixth place, Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Terry Leuthner, 237; Don Shelhart, 234; Christian van den Berghe, 205; Al Thomas, 203; Juan Fuentes, 202. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 246; Robin Schudel, 224; Kathryn Miller, 215; Alicia Panizo, 215; Beverly Shelhart, 213; Vicki Madden, 206; Vicki Robinson, 202; Mariel Green, 201. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes and Spares; second place, Pin Heads; third place, King Pins; fourth place, Wii Power; fifth place, High Rollers; sixth place, Strike Outs. Men’s High Games: Mark Attebery, 247; Bruce Price, 219; Juan Fuentes, 202; Christian van den Berghe, 202. Women’s High Games: Valerie Hulsey, 258; Vickie Jackanich, 257; Diane Price, 243; Maurine Bennett, 233; Irene Lucia, 221; Betsy Smith, 206; Nicole Reed, 201. Sub High Game: Sandy Osheroff, 258; Terry Leuthner, 247; Alicia Panizo, 220.


The Oakmont News / May 15, 2017

Bocce Club nSusan Lynn

Summer is coming and we have a lot in store.

Tennis Club

nTerri Somers

Facts about Tennis in Oakmont

The year 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the Oakmont Tennis Club. We have over 180 members to date and are continuing to receive new members! Tennis is played in sets: first team to win six games wins the set. Matches are best two out of three sets. The average time it takes to play a three-set match is 2 hr. 10 min. The latest research dated April 26, 2017 into the sport of tennis in the U.S. shows that overall tennis participation rose 1% to 17.9 million players, according to the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). The data also shows growth in the number of youth tennis players, and indicates more than 14 million Americans, while not tennis players currently, express an interest in playing the sport. Adult core players in the 18-to-24 age segment dropped nearly 3%, while core players ages 55-plus increased 1%. We have regular groups that have been meeting for years to play tennis once, twice, and three times per week—when the courts are dry, the weather is decent, and when they can get a spot. We have newly formed groups that meet regularly one day a week to play with friends, particularly women who have recently started playing tennis. We have “drop-in” tennis every Saturday, weather and court conditions permitting. We have U.S.T.A competitive tennis leagues out of Oakmont. Playing five different leagues: 40 and Over Men’s and Mixed Doubles, 55 and Over Men’s and Mixed, 65 and Over Men’s, and when we’re feeling

Garden Club

nPeggy Dombeck


“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food, and medicine to the soul.”—Luther Burbank


Congratulations to the winners of the Tax Time Tournament! There was plenty of spirited competitive action on all three courts, but bragging rights go to Eddi Pelton, Chris Duda, Bob Pelton, Lise Bonomi, Barbara Bowman, Ed Burja, Jean-Michel Poulnot, Gil Gilbert, Maurine McHugh, John Magers, Sherry Magers, and Jean Read.

Coming up

Our next contest pits the men against the women. This one, The Battle of the Sexes is always a favorite, so be sure to get in on the fun on June 10 at 9:30 a.m. Players at all levels are always welcome. This month, Oakmont Health Initiative has challenged us, and all Oakmont clubs, to participate in their May Exercise Challenge. The idea is for every person to get 24 hours of exercise in the month of May. No one will be monitoring you and there are no prizes, but you can always track yourself on your calendar, fitness app, or Fitbit. This is a good way for new bocce players to check out our club while getting some low-impact exercise. Try something new this month. You will have fun and we will all benefit! Remember, our summer schedule began on May 1. That means you can now choose to play at 9:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. If you wish to reserve a court (or all three) to play with family and friends or just get in some extra practice, contact Jean Reed at or call her at 538-3874.

Save the date

June 13, 5 p.m.: Evening bocce (members only, please). More details in the next Oakmont News. Finally, the Bocce Club is once again happy to be a part of Grandchildren’s Week this July. Watch this space for dates, times, and signup information in future Oakmont News editions.

really daring we take on the 18 and Over Mixed. We have Tony teaching two afternoons a week to experienced as well as non-experienced players. We have at least eight tournaments a year for members. We have several fantastic social events per year. Our courts are used for Grandparents Day to teach tennis. We will host the In honor of women of the OTC. Wine County Tennis Games aka “The Senior Olympics” again this year. Some of our tennis players are so committed they use rollers and squeegees to dry the courts after it rains just to get in a match or two. We are the most active OVA-sanctioned club. We uphold the commitment to OVA rules to grow, educate, create activities and events, and to provide opportunities to build interest in tennis in Oakmont. We invite you to watch or play in the Sonoma Wine County Games June 3 and 4 at both East and West Courts. Call me to volunteer or ask questions, (925) 876-8074. Go to to register to play. On June 10 it’s the Hatfields vs McCoys Tournament and Picnic. Please sign up. Tennis players of the OTC hate the rain, despise the freezes, want to spread truth about OTC, and invite you to call Paula Lewis at 332-0433 to join.

This year’s field trip will take us to three new and unique sites. Our first stop will be at CalFlora Nursery on Fulton Road in Santa Rosa, which specializes in native plants ( Next is Pond and Garden Nursery in Cotati. Pond and Garden has water features, pond fish, water plants, and many other garden plants. http://www. At about noon we’ll arrive at the garden of Sara Malone, specializing in colorful conifers. You may remember her talk at the May of 2016 meeting. We will have lunch in the garden catered by Chloe’s French Bistro and we’ll have plenty of time to explore the magnificent garden until it’s time to return to Oakmont. The cost of this trip will be $40 per person. This includes all transportation by comfortable motor coach, lunch, an afternoon snack, bottled water, and all taxes and gratuities. Please fill out the sign-up form attached below and mail to Janet Schade, 6546 Stonecroft Terrace, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 or drop in her mailbox. The lunch menu will also be emailed to those whose email address we have and the lunch choice can be emailed back to Janet. Here is Chloe’s menu link: WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, May 16, in front of Berger Center TIME: Leave at 9 a.m., return by 5:15 p.m., probably earlier


• Continue to feed your lawn. Lawns that get a lot of heavy foot traffic may have compacted soil, making it difficult for water, fertilizer, and oxygen to reach the roots. If you can’t push a screwdriver up to its handle into the turf, it’s time to aerate. Use a manual aerator to punch holes in small lawns. Or you can rent a power core aerator from a landscape equipment supplier (look in the yellow pages under Rental Service Stores and Yards) or hire a lawn professional. Aeration works best on a moist lawn. Better yet, remove all or some of it. • Certain vines growing up tree trunks can cause terrible damage. Ivy, for example, can overwhelm a tree completely and choke off its food supply. Other vines to keep off your trees are wild grape, wisteria, honeysuckle, and bittersweet. Stick with vines like clematis that can be kept under control and will not damage trees. • Direct sow beans at mid-month and beyond; sow a short row every two weeks, and also sow pole beans for an even later crop. Wait till month’s end, when the weather is settled, to sow summer and winter squash, cucumbers, melons. • Fertilize citrus. Thin developing fruit. • Flower seeds to plant include cornflower, four o’clocks, marigolds, sunflowers and zinnias. • Prune roses to open the plant to good air circulation. Pick up diseased leaves.

Garden Club Field Trip sign-up form Name____________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________ Email address____________________________________________ # of people attending at $40 each________ Please fill out the coupon and mail to Janet Schade, 6546 Stonecroft Terrace, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 or drop in her mailbox.


The Oakmont News / May 15, 2017


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


WHEN: Saturday, May 20 TIME: 1:30 p.m. Social, 2 p.m. meeting WHERE: West Rec. Center iCloud connects you and your Apple devices in amazing ways. 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 this happens. Remember there is always time for your questions! We look forward to seeing you. Website:


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

nReenie Lucker

Pickleball Corner


People are the heart and soul of every club. There are times when we acknowledge the special efforts given by individuals who step forward to organize club events, manage administrative tasks, and coordinate community outreach. It takes time, energy and patience. Of course there are rewards for their efforts. Like now: hey get their names mentioned in the Oakmont News Pickleball column. Our club gives a pat on the back and a big thankyou to our officers who complete their term of service on June 1: Peter Copen, President; Eric Lutz, Vice President; Connie Medeiros, Secretary; Susan Hazlewood, Treasurer and Membership Chair. Our club also gives a tip of the hat to Melissa Bowers, Social Chair; PJ Savage, New Player Orientation; Shirley Liberman, Grandchildren’s Summer Clinic; and Joan Seliga, Equipment. We recognize the energy, time, and efforts of Iris Harrell, Anita Easland, Noel Lyons, and Tom Kendrick. We extend our thanks to all those individuals who have volunteered their time and talents to make the Pickleball Club a fun and inclusive experience for so many in our community.


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649, a Certified Apple Consultant. A free service to our membership: send your Mac questions by e-mail to OakMUGTechHelp@gmail. com. An OakMUG Mac expert will either get you an answer or will recommend someone who can.

Windows Computer Information

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

nNorma Doyle

Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. at the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so that we can meet and greet you. On May 22 and 29 Norma Doyle will present Proof by David Auburn. The play focuses on Catherine, the daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician who is recently deceased. Catherine tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father’s ex-students, who wants to search through his papers, and her estranged sister, who shows up to help settle his affairs. David Auburn is an American playwright. Auburn wrote several short plays, described as “cockeyed and engaging little one-act comedies.” Auburn is best known for Proof, which won the 2001 Tony Award for Best Play, as well as the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He adapted it into a film, which was released in 2005. Auburn has written and directed screenplays and

a premiere competition that attracts active 50+ sports enthusiasts from all over the country. The sport of Pickleball has become one of its largest draws and is growing larger each year. Dates for this year: Friday, June 9 Women’s Doubles; Saturday, June 10 Men’s Doubles; Sunday, June 11 Mixed Doubles. Competition is divided by age group and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded in each group. Registration is open until one week before the event. Spectators are welcome. The venue for the pickleball event is Finley Center, 2060 W. College Ave. Information is available on-line at: www.


Welcome to our recent new club members: Ed Biglin, Mary Rychly, Sallie and Chuck Wood, Eve Lance, Vicki Owens, Linda Jones, Terri Somers and Cecile Coar.


WHEN: Tuesday, May 23, 2 p.m. WHERE: Room D, Berger Center

Smiling players continue to fill courts.

Shirley Liberman, Grandchildren’s Clinic Chairman, and Melissa Bowers, Club Officer and Dynamo.

Our club continues to grow. We welcome new members and gladly share the fun of pickleball. Our new club officers (to be announced in the next Oakmont News) might consider revising the club scoring system to include giving the first point of a pickleball game to the person who is currently serving as an officer or committee chair. This would be an enticing reward for their volunteer service and competition for those positions would become quite keen (Wink).


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Oakmont Pickleball Play Information

WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Courts Open Daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; group drop-in play daily 9 a.m.–12 noon. New players intro to Pickleball every Tues. 9 a.m.; coached play for beginners every Tues. 10 a.m. ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles available for Orientation. Both paddles and balls are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball courts. WEBSITE: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly. com NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, Email, phone 595-5648 All residents are welcome.


In mid-April Playreaders presented Oleanna by David Mamet. Playreaders were (standing) Sandy White, Ron White and (seated) Jackie Kokemor.

also directed plays by other playwrights. Playreaders in Proof include Susan Bagette, Norma Doyle, Dennis Hall, Jeffrey Sheff and Sandy White.

In late April Playreaders presented Haywire. Playreaders included: (standing) Joyce O’Connor, Dennis Hall, Jackie Kokemor, Max Fenson; (seated) Ginny Smith and Susan Bagette.

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Come See the Oakmont Car Show—Saturday, May 27 nBob Stinson

This is shaping up to be our best car show ever! We are maxed-out and the weather appears to be cooperating. The 15th annual Oakmont Car Show will be held Saturday, May 27 on Memorial Day weekend. Location is the Berger Center parking lot. All Oakmonters are encouraged to come and tour our fantastic collection of classics and relive some memories. We will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. As usual, the Oakmont Market will be there selling coffee, snacks, hamburgers, hot dogs and other munchies. As a special treat we will have some live ragtime piano music! Questions? Contact me at or call at 538-5760.

nBarbara Milan

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The LIFE Foundation of The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International has presented the Visual Aids Workshop with a grant of $500. The grant is to help fund the creation of more Braille hand-made, printed, concept books. These concept books have been and continue to be an important resource for young students on the road to literacy and the enjoyment of literature. They are used by visually-impaired, blind, and mentally-challenged students. The LIFE Foundation grant is to help

make more of these concept books for California recipients. Glenna Yee of Oakmont and Meg Hurt, President of DKG’s Eta Upsilon Chapter, were instrumental in applying for this grant from The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Glenna, Marcia Murray, and Jean Stewart, all DKG members and Oakmont residents, work on the concept books. Thank you Glenna, Meg, and DKG for making this grant a reality. We appreciate all your efforts. For additional information about the weekly workshops that create these concept books, please call me at 538-5321.

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Food Trucks Coming To Oakmont nHeidi Klyn, Boomers Club

WHEN: Saturday, May 20 TIME: 5–7:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center Parking Lot WHO: Fish On Chips and El Coyote (Mexican Food). Please bring cash. There will be tables and chairs on the plaza to relax and enjoy your meal.


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This is a circular path that follows a rolling ridge between two arms of Lake Sonoma. We will hike the trail in a counter-clockwise direction to put as much elevation as possible behind us before lunch. Distance is 5.12 miles and elevation gains to 1,000’. Hiking poles are recommended. Leave from Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Holly Kelley, 843-3155.


May 27 Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

Note: New Location Creating Happiness In Our Lives

“The Gohonzon is the clearest of all mirrors. When we chant to the Gohonzon, we can perceive the true aspect of our lives and bring forth the limitless power of Buddhahood to illuminate all aspects of our lives.”—Living Buddhism, April 2017, pg. 6 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, May 27, and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, May 27, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 7 Oak Leaf Place (note new location). Look for SGI sign at entrance on Oak Leaf Drive. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

Our 13-mile roundtrip hike will start at the Beauty Ranch and make its way one mile to the Jack London Lake where continuing around the lake our hike will lead us on Mountain Trail to the Ridge trailhead. The Sonoma Ridge Trail has a slow elevation gain by a series of switchbacks through lush green forests with viewing opportunities of the Sonoma Valley and even San Pablo Bay on a clear day. At five miles we will reach the beginning of the East Slope Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail and start exploring this new trail. At 6.5 miles we will reach the end of the new trail and make our way back to the Beauty Ranch. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Chris Sork, 495-3196.

Annadel Wildflower Hike. (Photo by Bernie Palk)


This is a moderately-strenuous through hike of about eight miles between the Hood Mountain Regional Park parking lots off Los Alamos Road and Pythian Road. After crossing Santa Rosa Creek, we will climb about 2,000’ via the Hood Mountain and Summit trails, then descend on the Johnson and Pond trails. If it’s a clear day, expect some excellent views. Bring hiking poles, water and lunch. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Leader is Lynn Pelletier,


We will hike on the Tubbs Island Trail near San Pablo Bay and Sears Point. This is a mainly level trail

Mt. St. Helena Long Hike. (Photo by Martin Johns)

along watercourses and marshes. Should see shore birds and maybe harbor seals. This entire trail is 8.5 miles in length so obviously we will do only a portion of it—probably a maximum of four miles. Bring water and a snack if you wish. Note: there are no restrooms available on this hike. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Herm Hermann, 539-1657.


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

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ODC to Host Potluck and Round Table Discussions Friday, May 19, 6 pm, East Rec. Center

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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!

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May 22: Opus (10”) tile June 12: Here comes the sun! June 26: Bijou (2”) tiles 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


Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

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

Rock Around the Clock with the Hot Rods

WHEN: Saturday, June 17 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30–9:30 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m. (no early admission allowed) PRICE: $15 PP, members may invite one guest FOOD: Food Trucks at curbside—El Coyote and Wurst Haus. Tables will be provided outside for dining; please bring cash. It’s a rock n roll dance party! Time for poodle skirts, crinolines, and saddle shoes, T-shirts, Levis and blue suede shoes. The Hot Rods will be bringing their friends from the 50’s—Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis and Fats Domino, and from the 60’s—the Beach Boys, Beatles, Stones, Creedence, and Motown, all the best swinging 60’s dance hits. Make your reservations now. (Our last party sold out a month before the event date.) For reservations, go to our website or fill out the reservation coupon, include a check, made out to Oakmont Boomers, and place all in our file at the OVA.

folk music, but also a bit of rock and even golden oldies for an appreciative crowd. And Oakmont Boomers Club was able to donate $1,600 to the Oakmont Community Foundation for the benefit of the entire Oakmont community.

More Joy’s Stayin’ Connected concert held here on April 21 was a huge success. This group not only provided a unique blend of traditional and modern

Thursday, July 13: St. Francis Winery film series, Grease.

More Joy Benefit Concert

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Boomers President Steve Spanier presents check to Sue Millar, Chairperson of OCF.

Save the Date

Rock Around The Clock Reservation Coupon June 17, Berger Center, 5:30–9:30 PM

Doors open at 5 p.m. Cost is $15 per member and guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member. The two options you have to register for seating for this event are: Reserved Table for Eight: Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $120 and the names of all the people sitting at the table. Please be sure to include a party name for the table example Smith Party. Names:_______________________________________________________________________________________ Party name:_________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed: $________ Unreserved Seating: If you chose unreserved seating and wish to sit with friends, you should plan to arrive together when the doors open at 5 p.m. Full payment must accompany the reservation. Name:______________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed: $________ The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m., June 13. You may also register and pay online. If you have any questions about reservations, please contact, events@oakmont

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Submarine Cribbage nMarlena Cannon

Did you know?

The popularity of cribbage among the men who patrolled the seas in submarines reached a pinnacle one night in 1943 aboard the USS Wahoo. Ordered to patrol for Japanese war ships in the shallow and dangerous waters of the northernmost Yellow Sea, submarine commander, Dudley “Mush” Morton challenged his executive officer Richard “Dick” O’Kane to a game to relieve the tension. Morton dealt Dudley four fives and a Jack—the perfect Cribbage hand yielding 29 points, the highest possible points of a single deal. Sure that it was a lucky omen, the bolstered crew of the Wahoo sank two Japanese freighters that night. O’Kane would go on to survive a POW camp, be awarded a Medal of Honor and attain the rank of rear admiral. Since the end of WWII, it has been the tradition to pass O’Kane’s cribbage board on to the oldest working submarine in the U.S. fleet. In May 2010, it was transferred to the wardroom of the USS Bremerton. The Oakmont Cribbage Club meets Tuesday afternoons, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and running until about 3 p.m. Players can come at any time. To join others in this fast-paced card game, please contact Sandra Stetzel at or call her at 539-0300.

CDR Steven Harrison (left), C.O. of USS Los Angeles (SSN688), hands O’Kane’s cribbage board off to CDR Howard Warner, C.O. of USS Bremerton (SSN-698), when Los Angeles was decommissioned in 2010 and Bremerton became the oldest submarine in the fleet.

Dinner for 8 nLeslie Evans

If our group is of interest to you, please visit us at Club Night in the Berger Center, June 1, 6–7:30 p.m. 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 (April, June, October and December) plus a picnic in August and a cocktail party in February. When joining the group, members agree to host a dinner once during the year and are assigned a month based on their preference. Members are rotated from dinner to dinner, giving an opportunity to meet everyone. Prior to a dinner, the hosts receive their guest assignments and schedule their guests on a mutually agreed upon date. Each host determines their menu and provides the entrée. Each guest is then asked to participate in the meal by bringing an appetizer, 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 with a cocktail party in a member’s home. The club provides wine (supplied by $5 dues per person), and members bring appetizers. The Dinner for 8 picnic is held in a picnic grove in Oakmont on the second Sunday of August. Members bring a dish and their beverage of choice. Dinner for 8 membership is open at any time. Please call me at 843-7408 or Jean Whitridge at 538-1258 for further information.

Art Association

nCarol Decker


The annual Oakmont Art Association Open Studios tour is set for June 23, 24 and 25. There are 23 open studio locations with 31 artists represented. The site at Oakmont Gardens has five artists displaying their works. Normally, a weekend affair, a third day, Friday, has been added this year, to extend the opportunity to visit the studios. Fourteen of the 23 studios have opted to be open for the additional day. The map and more information on the artists and which studios are open on Friday can be found at Paper copies of the map and brochure will also be available at the corner of White Oak and Oakmont Drives on the days of the tour. Studio locations will be identified by bright yellow yard signs.


The Art Workshop of Western Sonoma County (AWS) hosted the Apple Blossom Festival Art Show during both days of the Apple Blossom Festival, one of Sonoma County’s favorite festivals, April 18 and 19. A popular decades-long tradition of Sebastopol’s annual Apple Blossom Festival, this annual art show featured more than 170 new works by AWS members. Juried by artist Tom Soltesz, seven Oakmont artists won a total of 13 awards in five media categories, plus Kathy Byrne won the Founder’s Award for her watercolor, The Knot. Gail Radice won first prize and an honorable mention for her oil paintings. In the acrylic category, Peggy Halter won second place and Trula LaCalle was awarded two honorable mentions. Susan Berg won first and Kathy Byrne second place ribbons for their watercolors. In pastels, Phil Wilkinson won second prize and Valerie Koppala Gardiner took home third prize and an honorable mention. Phil Wilkinson, who is also Oakmont Art Association President, also made

nCarolita Carr

Kathy Byrne.

an impressive showing in photography, with second place and honorable mention awards.

CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS Watercolor Boot Camp Returns

Building on a very successful first session in April, Vic Marcelli is bringing back his Watercolor Bootcamp for Beginners on June 3 and 4 in the CAC Art Room from 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. The fee for the two-session workshop is $100 and includes all materials and tools, except a hand towel which needs to be supplied by participants. Repeat students get $20 off the fee, if they bring their supply kit from the earlier workshop. Contact Dan Fishman to register:

Computer Art App Demo

A computer art demo will be held on June 9 at 1 p.m. in the Berger Center. There will be demos of Photoshop Elements, Art Rage on the iPad, and Painter Essentials on the Mac. Also BeFunky, an online program. The aim is to show a little of each program’s capabilities and then get feedback from the audience on what might be well-received classes in the computer center. The meeting will be about an hour long.

Single Boomers Social Club Join Us!

May 18, 5 p.m.: Happy Hour at The Villa, 3901 Montgomery Dr. We may take in a movie at Summerfield Cinemas afterwards. This is the best happy hour in the area with a wonderful view from their deck. Car-pool from Berger. Recap: Our Happy Hour gathering at Palooza was great fun. We enjoyed adult beverages, good appetizers and played pool and darts. We will have to make this spot a regular on our happy hour schedule. Palooza’s staff was very accommodating, letting us have separate checks. Not something done on a regular basis around the area.

Looking Ahead

Mark your calendars, and respond to the online invitations. May 20, 5 p.m.: Boomers’ British Invasion. We have three tables reserved and filled. May 25: Monthly Mixer-Line Dancing. Bonnie Alexander will be teaching us the line dances done at the Boomer parties during band breaks—Electric Slide, College Hustle, and Lindy Shuffle. Once we

learn, we will then get to dance. Members whose last name begins with N through Z should bring an appetizer to share. As always, BYOB. May 26, 6 p.m.: Funky Friday is back! Music starts at 7 p.m. The first band is The Bruthas, super funky Soul and RandB. Bring a picnic or buy food from food trucks. No personal alcohol is allowed in the venue, but wine and beer is available for purchase. Entry $10, plus parking, free with Regional Park Pass. May 27, 6–8:30 p.m.: Crushers of Comedy Bingo, Landmark Vineyards, 101 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood. Tickets are $20 and available from crushersofcomedy. com. Tickets include three bingo cards with comedy from Priya Prasad. Wine and snacks are available for purchase. Car-pool from Berger. This event sells out fast, so if you are interested, get your ticket now. Members, remember to check your email inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by 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_________________________________________________________________ Phone________________ E-mail (important to receive Evites and Shout-outs)_________________________________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). Signature______________________________________________________________


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

Come and join our Beginner’s Tai Chi class if you have been struggling with balance, agility and breathing issues. It may help according to many western doctors who encourage their patients to practice this ancient Chinese meditation and exercise form. We meet on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the upper west rec. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to). Pre-registration is required so please call me at 318-5284. I would love to talk to you and answer any questions.

Foam Roller nSandy Shaner


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

r Fitness e t a W nValerie Hulsey

The sun is shining and the water is warm so why don’t you join us for fun and a terrific exercise program. The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) sponsors many classes for seniors here in Oakmont. The no fee classes shown below are paid for by the SRJC Adult Program but lately the participation has been poor and those classes are in jeopardy of being canceled. Remember classes must regularly have 15 participants to continue to be sponsored by the JC.


Monday: 9 a.m.—$6; 10 a.m. no fee SRJC Class Tuesday: 9 a.m. no fee SRJC; 10:15 a.m. no fee SRJC class Wednesday: 9 a.m.—$6; 10 a.m. no fee SRJC class Thursday: 9 a.m. no fee SRJC; 10:15 a.m. no fee SRJC class The SRJC season ends on Thursday, May 25, so the week of May 29 Mary will teach on Memorial Day (May 29) for a $6 drop-in fee. She will then be off the rest of the week and Dianne will once again teach all classes the rest of the week for no fee. SRJC Classes resume on June 5. Newcomers are always welcome at all the water aerobics classes. If you have a tender spot, the instructors will work with you to adjust the exercises for your individual needs. Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return.

Julie’s Friday Classes

The $6 drop-in classes will continue until June 16. Friday, June 23 will start the SRJC summer session at 10 a.m. so there will be no fee at that time. If you have questions about the Friday classes feel free to call Julie at 579-3849 (land line, no text) or email

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength. No class May 16, 23 and 25. TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Keep going with your commitment to stay fit! Come join the aerobics, strength and balance classes. You can join at any time! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us! The Aerobic Class format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Balance and Strength class offers.

nTeresa Woodrum

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

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

Oakmont Exercise Challenge: one month—24 hours of exercise

The brochure is available in the OVA office. You may also view and print online at https://sites. oakmonthealthinitiative/ calendar. The goal is to accomplish at least 24 hours of exercise during the month of May. Any type of activity that would be logged in an exercise diary counts (both cardio and strength training)—walking, hiking, tennis, biking, swimming, gardening, weight training, dancing, aerobics, elliptical, circuit training, yoga, stretching, etc. You get the idea. Oakmont’s activity groups have joined the challenge and developed a brochure listing the times that you can drop in. They are looking forward to welcoming you and will help you meet your goals. Please join and encourage friends. Try new activities, increase the length and difficulty of your workouts. Honor system; just track your hours. Sadly, there are no prizes so have fun and good luck! Move, smile, repeat. No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everyone on the couch. Do your best.



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Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Feel Better in Your Body!

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

be your best self and practice yoga

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Classes WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Feel your breath, relax your neck and strengthen your core. Join the class and explore yoga. Yoga is not about achieving goal poses. Yoga is about the process of working towards the goal poses. This is why it’s called a practice! Release chronic tight areas and increase flexibility. Connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive setting. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair Stretch and Balance classes in addition to yoga classes and private sessions. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

The Drop-In Chess players meet on Tuesday afternoons between 1–4:30 p.m. in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Drive. Beginners are welcome and there are no fees or cost— just your time as you see fit. Bring a board and chess set if you have one. The atmosphere is casual and players of varying proficiency, both men and women, take part in these games. If you have not played chess in a while, are new to our Oakmont community, or are just curious and would like to know more about the “Game of Kings,” drop in and check us out. If you have any questions or would like to know more, feel free to contact us at or at 707-225-0661.

Fitness Center

nSue Carrell

OFC Membership the Best “Bang for Your Buck!”

People sometimes ask us why they should have to pay $30 for an annual membership at the Oakmont Fitness Center, especially now, that our Fitness Coach, John Phillips is in the OVA budget. Well, our board members gave some thought to this question at the last board meeting. They came up with some good reasons for a membership outreach. In fact, they came up with a new slogan for 2017: “Membership Has Its Benefits.” Here are a few good reasons to explain why a membership is a good idea (besides having a colorful new T-shirt with the OFC logo): • Educational benefits for members, i.e. the free 20-minute “Tune Up “with John Phillips, just by signing up. Other educational opportunities pertaining to fitness and healthy choices are being planned. • Enable dialogue with each other to make improvements to the Fitness Center experience. • Make our opinion count when there is a need to advocate for what we need and want to address to the OVA Board, or the community in general. • Develop a strategy for easy outreach for planning and broadcasting social events or other news. • Our Annual Holiday Party is the Social Event of the Season!

• And now we are planning our First Annual Picnic on June 24. What better time to come and see us and Grill a Dog or Two! Enjoy healthy salads and lots of ice cold beverages available and provided by your Oakmont Fitness Center members. nPeggy Clark

OFC Members Appreciation Picnic June 24

Members, join us for an Appreciation Picnic. Win a Fitbit tracker—track steps, calories, distance and more. You must be present to win! Please join us on Saturday, June 24, and enjoy a picnic in appreciation of your Oakmont Fitness Club membership. The picnic will be held at the West Rec. Picnic grounds from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Enjoy BBQ hot dogs with all the fixings, assorted chips, fruit salad, Tuscan pasta salad, and cookies for desert. Ice tea and water will be available. BYOB if you prefer special drinks of your choice. The event is complimentary to all OFC members and reservations are required by June 19. Please complete the reservation form below, and return to the OFC folder at the OVA office or drop in the OFC mail slot outside the trainer, John Phillip’s office. Questions? Please call me at (650) 274-4137. We look forward to seeing you there.

OFC APPRECIATION PICNIC sign-up form Saturday, June 24, West Rec. Picnic Grounds, Noon–2 pm

Sign-up deadline is June 19.

Name(s)_______________________________________________________________________________________ Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone:___________________________ Email:________________________________________________________ Please return to the OFC folder at the OVA office or drop in the OFC mail slot outside the trainer John Phillip’s office.

Valley of the Moon Rotary Club nJohn Brodey

We’re No. 1!

No, we really are and that’s quite an accomplishment. This is not game day at a football stadium where fans of a perennially losing team all hold up their index fingers for the camera to indicate a status that does not exist. We know because our recent speaker at the VOM Rotary was Jim Flamson of the Calistoga Rotary who serves our district as the Chair of the Rotary Foundation. He informed us that our parent organization which includes Rotary International as well the Rotary Foundation, as separate entities, was just awarded a perfect 100% score by Charity Navigator. Those of you who have occasion to read this column have heard of that name before. Jim Flamson is our Chair for the It should be your go to source District Rotary Foundation. to determine which charities are most deserving of your donations. What percentage of funds raised actually go to the programs themselves? How much is spent on administration, fund raising, etc.? How is the transparency? Rotary was only one of three non-profits out of the thousands registered in this country to receive a perfect 100% and four stars. Their analysis shows that 91% of each dollar goes to the programs and service organizations we support, with your help of course. Only 3.3% is spent on administration and 6.5% is spent on fundraising itself. This is about as good as it gets especially for an

organization that has 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs in 200 countries. That is why we passed the Bill and Melinda Gates test as they have matched every dollar (2:1) we have raised for Polio Plus and the eradication of the disease worldwide. By the way, there were only five reported active cases of Polio at the end of last year and India has been Polio free for six years. Here at the VOM Rotary, Jim went on to congratulate our club on our performance since we began. There are 18 Rotary clubs in Sonoma County and over the past 16 years our medium-sized club has raised over $200,000. Hopefully, you will accept our thank-you for your support and celebrate with us the validation this review affords a unique organization. Just so you know, our mission here is aligned with both the International arm and the foundation branch. The former oversees international projects that focus on several categories of projects: peace, disease control, clean water, mother/child, education and bolstering local economies. The Foundation side transforms gifts into funding an array of ongoing programs besides Polio Plus. It oversees Peace Fellowships, Community Corps, Youth Leadership programs and awards, Youth Exchange, Service Exchange (for adults), grants and scholarships. Of course, here on the community level, your VOM Rotary has its’ own list of organizations and projects both here in Sonoma County and in other countries. We’ll take a quick victory lap and then it’s back to the business of “service above self.”


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nRay Haverson

Star of the Valley Bingo nPete Hardy

WHEN: Wednesday, May 17 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Star of the Valley Parish Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards $2 each; Miller Hot Dogs, chili, Cole Slaw and ice cream for dessert $7 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for dinner at approx. 5:15 p.m.

nPastor Brinda

How can we serve you? Do you need prayer? As a church, we strive to minister to the spiritual, emotional, social and practical needs of individuals. As your neighbor, we are here for you.

Sha-Boom Events Club Presents 4TH of July Western Hoe Down Featuring The Great Dry Creek Band

WHAT: Fourth of July Hoe Down WHEN: Tuesday, July 4 TIME: Doors open 4:30 p.m.; dinner 5–6:30 p.m.; music 6:30–9:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center MENU: BBQ 1/3 lb Hamburgers, 1/4 lb All Beef Hot Dogs, Ray’s Famous Chili, Potato salad, green salad, garlic bread, water melon, cookies, coffee and lemon water. COST: Members $27, member’s guest $32, nonmembers $37; best value $39 includes membership through Dec. 31. Get out your boots, hats, dresses, jeans and western gear if you so desire and come join us for a good old-fashioned Western style Hoe Down and Fourth of July BBQ. This is the party you do not want to miss out on so get your reservations in early to guarantee you and your guests a spot. This event will sell out fast. You may reserve a table of eight. I will need all names and payment in one envelope. If you have less than a table of eight but want to sit together

A Mother’s Love by Anonymous

There is no love like a mother’s love, no stronger bond on earth Like the precious bond that comes from God, to a mother when she gives birth. A mother’s love is forever strong, never changing for all time And when her children need her most, a mother’s love will shine. God bless these special mothers, God bless them every one For all the tears and heartache, and for the special work they’ve done. When her days on earth are over, a mother’s love lives on Through many generations, with God’s blessings on each one. Be thankful for our mothers, for they love with a higher love From the power God has given, and the strength from up above.

Connect with God and Others

Midweek Bible Study: Oakmont Gardens, Room 116, Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting at the Manse: 6687 Oakmont Drive, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Worship Service at the Berger Center: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Email: Church phone: 595-0166.



Tuesday, July 4: Western B-B-Q featuring The Dry Creek Band Saturday, August 24: Back by popular demand County Line (Kingston Trio Show) Saturday, September 9: TBA Saturday, October 7: TBA Saturday, November 4: Back by popular demand The Great James Garner’s Salute To Johnny Cash Show Saturday, December 9: TBA Sunday, December 31: East Rec. New Year’s Party—first 100 guests, Music by Charley Baker and Company. Details to follow. As you can see we have a lot going on this year. We still have some unfilled slots being held for hopefully great special shows waiting for some conformations yet to come.

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53

Mothers Are Special

Looks like we miss judged the calendar and in the process missed wishing all of the ladies in Oakmont a Happy Mother’s Day. So let us be the first to wish you a happy belated Mother’s Day. However, in the unlikely event that this gets to you before Mother’s Day, come join us for Sunday Service and celebrate your special day with a beautiful carnation and some “Muffins for Mother’s.”We will even share with the dads.

with your friends, all names and payment must be in one envelope at one time as I will be unable to add someone later. This is just a suggestion. The best way to do it, so you can get better seating, is to send one check for all and that person collect from their friends. Please remember that seating is based on the date I receive your reservation payment and we fill seats at all tables as we receive them.

nAl Haggerty


A retired warden at San Quentin State Prison will give his views on prison management and corrections at the May 24 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center. Robert Ayers, with more than 49 years in correction, will discuss indeterminate and determinate sentencing and their impact on prison expansion in the 1980’s and 90’s. He’ll also explore prison gang management and its impact on violence and class action litigation and how it affects taxpayers. After leaving active duty with the U.S. Army in 1968, Ayers started as a correctional officer at San Quentin and over the next 18 years was promoted several times, working in virtually every custodial capacity. In addition to starting and training the prison’s Special Emergency Response Team, he was instrumental in starting the Negotiation Management Team and Employee Post Trauma

Support Program. After several years at a women’s prison in Stockton and Folsom State Prison, he was named chief deputy warden at Pelican Bay State Prison. He was later appointed warden at New Folsom and then warden at Pelican Bay. After retirement in 2000, Ayers participated in fiscal management and inmate mental health remediation efforts for the California Department of Corrections. He was appointed warden at San Quentin in 2005 and re-retired at the end of 2008. Since his retirement he has done corrections consulting in California, Nevada and Alabama. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Drive. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with luncheon at noon catered by the Oakmont Market. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contract Don Green at 539-2046.

Let’s Dance—Together! nTerry Whitten

It’s Country 2-Step Time!

WHAT: Beginning Country 2-Step Partner Dance Classes WHEN: Wednesdays June 7, 14 and 21 TIME: 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $9 pp for single class; $7 pp for two or more classes purchased in advance at beginning of class. Back by request, there will be Beginning Country 2-Step partner dance classes in June. Come learn some basic and fun moves that will get you moving easily around the dance floor. Country 2-Step is very popular in Sonoma County— especially on Sunday nights at Monroe Hall. It is an upbeat and fun partner dance that can be danced to lots of great Country Western music as well as to faster Foxtrot music.

As before, no partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. If you have a partner, that’s great. However, I do know we are short on male leaders here in Oakmont. I’d like to invite any ladies who are interested to come and learn how to lead some basic steps. Once you learn, you will never be without someone to dance with in Oakmont and other venues. Leading can be as much fun as following! Join us for a fun way to get exercise. Some studies also indicate that partner dancing may actually increase mental acuity. It is definitely good for our muscles, balance, brains and spirit! Please let me know if you have any questions. You can email me (Terry Whitten) at twhitten@pacbell. net or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!


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What To Do When an Emergency Strikes? A Step-By-Step Guide nPat Barclay, Chair, Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee

If an earthquake strikes, or if you see smoke or fire in Annadel, do you know what you should do? Should you turn off the gas, power or water to your house? Call the fire department? Get in your car and leave? Go to a recreation center or the golf course? When an emergency occurs, it is too late to plan your response. And in an emergency, don’t assume that your good sense will see you through. When faced with an emergency situation, the stress of the situation tends to cloud our vision. On May 18 at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center, the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) will be presenting a step-by-step approach that residents can follow to best respond to earthquakes and wildfires. We will also be discussing the organizations and agencies that are activated when such emergencies occur, and the support that you as an Oakmont and Santa Rosa resident can expect. Please join us for this valuable and informative presentation and bring your friends and neighbors. In preparation, there are three actions you can take today to help you respond to and survive an emergency: 1. Join COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies), an Oakmont group focused on neighbors helping neighbors; 2. Buy or assemble an emergency kit containing food, water and other supplies to help you survive for 3–7 days in your own home (“shelter in place”) without power or water; 3. Sign up for Sonoma County’s free reverse-911 system, called SoCoAlert. Call them at (866) 939-0911 or visit them on the web at Put it on your calendar: May 18 at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center. We hope to see you there!

nMarlena Cannon

Lifelong Learning

Exciting Summer Program Line-Up

Oakmont Lifelong Learning has a busy schedule planned and for the first time will be offering classes, movies and concerts for residents during the summer months. In conjunction with Sonoma State University, Osher Lifelong Learning will offer two lectures designed to fit everyone’s busy schedule.

the History of the Homer: From Shoeless Joe to A-Rod June 22, 10 am–12 noon Berger Center, Mick Chantler

This two-hour lecture will explore the most exciting play in baseball—the home run. While Mick Chantler is best known as a captivating instructor of early American history, he also is well-schooled in the history of baseball and is a Member of the Society for American Baseball Research.

Utopia at Gunpoint: The Russian Revolution, 1917–2017 July 13, 10 am–12 noon Berger Center, Dr. Bob Kirk

In 1917, a popular uprising ended the incompetent reign of Czar Nicholas only to be replaced by a far worse life under the totalitarian dictatorship of the Bolsheviks, followed by the even more terrible leader, Stalin. Oakmont resident and former president of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County, Dr. Bob Kirk shares has

Name (please print): ___________________________________________________________________________ Email: __________________________________________________ # of tickets_______ at $20 each: $________

Just for Fun Game Club nPhillip Herzog

nBob Stinson

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


Lifelong Learning Events

Movies: In collaboration with Movies At Oakmont Lifelong Learning will offer two movies supporting each lecture. On June 18, at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center, Bull Durham will be shown. Ranked by Sports Illustrated as the #1 Greatest Sports Movie of all time, this romantic comedy stars Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon. On July 9, Russian Revolution in Color will be shown at 2 p.m. at the Berger Center. This documentary is a compilation of rarely seen color and colorized footage that brings the reality of the Russian Revolution vividly to life. Music: Also new this summer, Lifelong Learning will present a Summer Concert Series. June 14: Vintage Grass Trio, will play bluegrass and more at the East Rec. from 7–8:30 p.m. July 13: Musicians from The Valley of the Moon Music Festival will perform two classical pieces at the Berger Center from 7–8:30 p.m. September 14: The Peter Estabrook Jazz Trio will perform at the Berger Center from 7–8:30 p.m. A fourth concert is in the planning stages for July 28. Tickets for each concert are $20 and include a glass of wine and light refreshments. Tickets can be purchased by filling out the form below and dropping it into the Lifelong Learning folder in the OVA office or by paying at the door on the day of the event.

Summer Concert Series sign-up form

Duplicate Bridge Come join us for duplicate bridge

extensive knowledge of European history to bring this explosive time to life. The cost for each two-hour lecture is $25. To register, go to or register at the door on the day of the event.

Genealogy Club nGeorge McKinney

Show and Tell Your Immigrant Ancestors!

Our next regular meeting will be on Monday, May 22, 1 p.m. at the West Rec. This meeting will be your opportunity to share items from your immigrant ancestors and to tell their stories. We’ve spent a lot of time this year on immigration. Did your ancestor bring any special items when they immigrated to America? Can you share these with us? Do you have any stories about their immigration that you’d like to share? This meeting will be our opportunity to talk about our own immigration experiences and listen to others who have a story to share. Our June 26 meeting will focus on adoption. We’ll cover the conventional approach to Adoption research and how DNA can be used. There is no July meeting. The Oakmont Genealogy Club regularly meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except June, July and December) at 1 p.m. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: If you have research questions or would like to receive our e-newsletter, please email:

The Just for Fun Game Club gathers to play games of all sorts and have fun. You name it, we’ll play it! Games of all sorts: board games, card games, tile games, dice games, etc., easy games, strategy games, complicated games, luck games, whatever. You don’t need to bring any games. All you need to do is be there. We meet every Saturday at 1 p.m. and on the second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. We have lots of games on hand: a poker set, several decks of cards, double 6 and double 12 dominoes, Bananagrams, Uno, Cribbage, Monopoly, Parcheesi, Clue, Rummikub, Thryme, Settlers of Catan, The Pillars of the Earth, Pictionary, Yahtzee, Deluxe Rook, Probe and more! Someone usually brings, SkipBo, Phase 10, Sequence, Rack-O, Splendor, Indigo, Split, as well as others. If you have any games that you would like to donate to the club temporarily or permanently, just let me know. We are always looking for more games to add to our collection. You can play games that you already know or learn a new game. If we don’t have what you want to play, bring it with you. Those who are present decide which games to play or gamers can schedule ahead of time for certain games to play. The more the merrier! Our objective is to have fun. For more information email me at goldguyphil@ or call me at 843-3053. If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, then let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust or add another time that works. We hope to see you soon.


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nElizabeth McDonnell

Quilting Bee

Our Quilting Bee was visited on April 26 by Caroline Keller from the Oakmont Computer Center to discuss quilt designing software possibly available through the center for us. Caroline fielded several questions and we’ve decided to explore the issue as well as seek out someone who would be willing to teach the use of the software. We had another visitor that afternoon. Olivia Kinlzer wanted to show her Underground Railroad quilt she had finished the night before. Each individual quilt block was a code which symbolized a safe route or safe house directing slaves North to freedom. Olivia did a beautiful job and we were so happy she stopped in to share her creation. We announced an upcoming Quilt, Craft and Sew Expo to be held at the Fairgrounds on May 18, 19 and 20. Also, the Moonlight Quilters annual quilt show will be held June 3 and 4 at the Veterans Building. Several of our members will have quilts in the show. We then had a technique-sharing discussion on the importance of labeling a quilt and, with ideas from members and samples, showed the variety of ways quilts could be labeled. Sandi McConnell and Cathy Rapp brought several quilts with clever labels that reflected the theme of each quilt. Paula Scull announced the scheduled week that grandchildren will be visiting Oakmont and participating in games and various classes. After discussion it was agreed our group would teach hand sewing techniques. Mary Ann Allen told of a challenge she viewed at a recent quilt show in Concord. She explained that five or six quilters would participate, each making a small quilt which measures 9” x 12”. There was interest in participating in this challenge and several members signed up. Tomi Speed showed us a quilt of her Samoyed dog, Snuffy. The quilt will be raffled at an upcoming Barbara Coast Samoyed Club fund raiser. She also was busy completing a quilt of fairy tale silhouettes for her expected granddaughter due to arrive in the coming weeks. Helen White just completed a very cute baby quilt for her new great grandson. She has given the quilt to the baby, but did show pictures of her work.

Celeste White sadly told us of the sudden passing of her friend and fellow Bee member, Ditto. Celeste has been busy finding homes for Ditto’s sewing supplies. Paula Scull showed a pretty golden colored table runner she recently made. Both Skipper Taylor and Ruth Lachman turned in doll quilts for our ongoing donation project.

Paula Scull.

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


CHIQUITA female Chihuahua 10 yrs old, 9.5lb timid + bonded with Vanna

VANNA female Chihuahua 7 yrs old, 10lb lap lover + affectionate

PEONY female Calico 15 yrs old, 6.5 lb social + sweet

BUTTERS male 20 yrs old, 13lb friendly+ calm

WILLIE NELSON male 7 yrs old, 11lb friendly + funny

BRUNO male Orange Tabby 15 yrs old, 6.5lb sweet + gentle

Tomi Speed and Snuffy.

The American Mah Jongg Club nMarie Haverson

The American Mah Jongg Club is currently looking for experienced players to fill some open spots. We meet the first and third Monday of every month at the East Rec. from 1–4 p.m. We have no dues to pay. We have a great bunch of folks that play. If you would like to join our fun club and meet great people and have a great time then call me at 539-6666 or e-mail at Look forward to hearing from you!

Our adoption fees are sponsored!

thanks to a generous gift from

Lori Pennato

sonoma HUMANE


Santa Rosa 5345 Hwy 12 West

Healdsburg 555 Westside Rd


707- 431-3386

(at the big metal dog)

(at Bacchus Landing Way)

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, List Coordinator

Looking for care for kitty when you’re away? Join the Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative. It’s free! Cat Care Co-op members share care and feeding for kitty when you travel or must be away. It’s easy! Just contact a fellow list member and arrange for care between you. We have members all around Oakmont. It works! The more members we have, the easier it is to find help when you need it. So join today! For more information and to put your name on the list contact me at 849-1581.


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Passages Chester (Don) Haugen, 15-year Oakmont resident, passed away April 6. Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone, 538-4293 or E-mail, to publish the name and date of death of your loved one in the Oakmont News.

OAKMONT VILLAGE REAL ESTATE NEWS May 2017 by Randy Ruark Oakmont inventory remains low, 12 to 15 homes fully available. 15 or so under contract, and 48 closed during the first 4 months of 2017. There are many more buyers than sellers. Are we getting younger? Number of Homes For Sale vs. Sold vs. Pended (January 2016 – March 2017)


Oakmont Parkinson’s/Wellness Support Group

nTom Nunes

Good News! We Can Delay Brain Aging

On Saturday, April 22 at the Oakmont Parkinson/ Wellness Support Group (OPWSG), Judy Neil, our speaker from Vibrant Minds, shared some very encouraging research studies that were conducted by UCLA and the Buck Institute. Also Richard Duncan shared how the Rush University Project, where 900 participants were studied, supported the same encouraging results.

The average sold price was $647,500; average days on the market was 53. Two homes sold for over one million. The ”flippers” are out there and their updated homes are highly sought after. They are acquiring property based upon houses that closed as of yesterday and that fair market value. However, it is the buying public that creates the rising bar. Only if properties are exposed fully to the public, do we learn how high that bar can go. Buyers love the “flippers” finished product and will pay handsomely for that and the flippers become sellers and benefit from that. They are now fully exposing their finished products to the buying public, for exactly the reason I described above. Remember “EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE, EXPOSURE”. It goes hand in hand with “LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION.” Feel free to call me regarding your individual real estate questions, even when it’s just curiosity about the value of your property. We check our stock portfolio often, why not our real estate? For more information,

Back row from left: Richard Duncan, Tom Nunes, Greg Goodwin and Clive Egerton. Front row: Linda Egerton, Dian Nunes and Judy Neil.

What we learned: The Powerful Role of Diet on Brain Health. Even modest dietary changes can slash Alzheimer’s risk by 35% when a healthy diet is consistently followed. The emphasis upon polyphenols from berries and green vegetables produced the best results. No drug has ever achieved the level of cognitive improvement these healthy diet studies produced. In the UCLA/Buck Institute study nine out of ten subjects diagnosed with dementia saw meaningful reversals of memory loss. Bottom line: We all have a lot of control over our health outcome. Summary: 1. Sleep—try to get 7-8 hours every night. 2. Exercise—30 minutes 4-6 times/week (brisk walk plus weight resistance). 3. Supplements—CoQ10, Vitamin D3, Omega’s. 4. Reduce Stress—Yoga, listen to music, meditate. 5. Brain Exercises—use your nondominant hand to do things like writing or brushing your teeth; learn something new like painting, dancing, singing, or anything you enjoy that’s new; computer games ( 6. Food—eat a non-inflammatory diet full of vegetables, good fats, good protein, and low on sugar and grains; Mediterranean diet and diets that contain foods like polyphenol-rich berries (blueberries, strawberries) and leafy green vegetables. 7. When to Eat—eat at least three hours before going to bed and then fast for 12 hours before you eat again. 8. Enrich and develop your friendships. Stay tuned for our next meeting!


All reports presented are based on data supplied by BAREIS MLS. Neither the Association nor its MLS guarantees or is in anyway responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the Association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activities in the market. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

6269 Meadowstone Drive A lovely open and flowing view home plus a studio with bath and kitchen. Three-car garage, lush gardens. Your estate in Oakmont. $998,000 RANDy’S REcENT SALES 225 Belhaven Cr, $695,000 402 Pythian Rd, $670,000 227 Valley Oak Dr 99 Aspen Meadows Cr, $460,00 19 Valley Green Dr, $496,000 3 Oakgreen Cr, $474,000 353 Breeden St, $720,000 675 Magnolia Ave, $605,000

Randy Ruark, a veteran professional in the real estate industry, is associated with Century 21 Valley of the Moon, a locally owned, internationally known real estate office, located in Oakmont Village. She focuses on residential real estate. Since 2004 she has owned property in Oakmont and lives as well as works in the Village. 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. In 2016 she was recognized in CA as one of the Ten Best Real Estate Professionals for Client Satisfaction by The American Institute of Real Estate Professionals. She can be reached at 707-322-2482 or at

Randy Ruark 707-322-2482 CalBRE #00337150


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Free Movies For Seniors Press release

Free Seniors Movie Series at the Third Street Cinemas in Downtown Santa Rosa will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m., and will continue through June 7. As usual, there will be a choice of four movies. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m. It is not possible to publicize an advance list of films, but for a list of the four movie titles for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording the week of the Series: 525-8909 x 2. The movies are free for seniors, 60 and older.

Detailed flyers are on display in the Lobbies of the Roxy 14, the Airport 12, the Summerfield and the Third Street Cinemas, as well as the Raven Film Center in Healdsburg. They have also been distributed to all of the Senior Centers, the Council on Aging, the Social Security Office, and various other facilities for seniors, including Retirement Homes, Senior Apartment Complexes, and Senior Mobile Home Parks. The Series is generously being sponsored by Santa Rosa Memorial Park and Mortuary/Eggen & Lance Chapel, Kobrin Financial Services, and Hired Hands Homecare.

nBarbara Bowman

The Third Street Cinemas is located at 620 3rd Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and “D” Street (behind the Third Street Aleworks). It’s only 1½ blocks from the Downtown Transit Mall, where all City and County busses arrive and depart. There are also two parking garages close by, one directly across from the theatre (no elevator), and the other around the corner on “D” Street (basically, behind the theatre). The rate is 75c per hour, but those with handicapped placards may park free at parking meters on the street. For more info, contact Gwen Adkins at the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, 523-1586 x 21 or 484-7328 (cell).

Movies At Oakmont

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

Sunday, May 21, 2 pm HARRY AND SNOWMAN

After World War II, Dutchman Harry de Leyer immigrated to the United States and became a riding instructor, paying $80 for a plow horse no one else wanted. Calling the horse Snowman, Harry began training him for show jumping; two years later he had a champion. A disarming underdog story about how the two of them, dubbed the “Cinderella Horse” and the “Galloping Grandfather,” saved each other in this moving, fascinating documentary. (2016), NR, 83 minutes.

Sunday, May 21, 7 pm JACKIE

Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, First Lady Jackie Kennedy (Natalie Portman) struggles in the days following her husband’s assassination to maintain his legacy and the world of “Camelot” that she created and loved. Jackie places us in her world, offering an alluring peek into a beloved American public figure’s private life, and giving us an enthralling Academy Award-nominated performance from Portman as well. (2016), R, 100 minutes.

Sunday, May 28, 2 pm HIDDEN FIGURES

In the race to space between the U.S. and the Soviet Union during the Cold War, three black female mathematicians (Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae) play a key role in launching astronaut John Glenn into outer space. Thoroughly entertaining as well as informational, this true story features superb performances across the board, winning many awards, including Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Actress (Spencer). Kevin Costner also stars. (2016), PG, 127 minutes.

Sunday, May 28, 7 pm FENCES

Working as a trash collector in 1950s Pittsburgh, Troy Maxson (Denzel Washington) struggles to support his family—wife Rose (Viola Davis) and two sons—while trying to transcend the bitter experience of being a talented baseball player denied the opportunity to play in the majors because of his race. A compelling drama that won many honors, including Best Picture and Washington’s Best Actor and Director nominations. Davis won Oscar and Golden Globe awards for Best Actress. (2016), PG-13, 139 minutes.

Sunday, June 4, 2 pm THE AGE OF ADALINE

After 29-year-old Adaline (Blake Lively) recovers from a near-fatal accident, she inexplicably stops growing older. As the years stretch on, Adaline keeps her secret to herself—until she meets a man who changes her life. Filmed in the Bay Area, San Francisco looks gorgeous in every decade represented, as do the costumes and settings. Harrison Ford and Ellen Burstyn, in cameo roles, give great performances in this enticing, intriguing film, as does Lively. (2015), PG-13, 112 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m.: Harry and Snowman, (2016), NR, 83 minutes. Sunday, May 21, 7 p.m.: Jackie, (2016), R, 100 minutes. Sunday, May 28, 2 p.m.: Hidden Figures, (2016), PG, 127 minutes. Sunday, May 28, 7 p.m.: Fences, (2016), PG-13, 139 minutes. Sunday, June 4, 2 p.m.: The Age of Adaline, (2015), PG-13, 112 minutes.


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George’s furniture repair and refinishing, antiques and caning. Oakmont references. 30 years Best prices on Gutter Guard experience. Free estimates. Call installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429. George at 987-3059.


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

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 Stephany at 545-2850.



Reasonable rates, free estimates, Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary Luurs, 528-8489.



Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, LCO #2411.


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


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


A to Z home maintenance and repair. Kitchen and bath remodel. Carpentry, tile, plumbing, electric and painting. All phase construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee Moen, 318-5591.

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

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



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



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

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

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


Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, seamless gutters and downspouts. Quality for less. Bonded and insured, free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call 837-5030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell).


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

25+ years experience. Dog and cat care. Daily schedules and routines. Overnight companionship. Insured and bonded. Based in Sonoma. Call Alix, PET CARE 637-6267. Experienced, insured sitters for overnites and exercise walks for dogs and loving kitty care visits. Oakmont BODEN PLUMBING, references. A Mother’s Love Petsitting, HEATING AND AIR 775-7520. For all your plumbing and heating needs. Local plumbers in business since the late 20th century, licensed, bonded MALE CAREGIVER/ and insured. Same day service is often PERSONAL AIDE available. Money-saving coupons! Licensed, experienced with male and CA Lic. #659920. Please call female care in-home, at assisted living (707) 996-8683 or go to homes and hospice care. Mike, (707) 835-7157.


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


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


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


All home repairs. Everything from fixing that leaking toilet to hanging pictures, to replacing that broken light switch. Serving the Santa Rosa area since 1985. $25 per hour. Quality workmanship and excellent ref. Just make a “to do” list and call me. Local Oakmont references on request. 888-2013.



Japanese swords and related items. (707) 938-4436 or (949) 683-3103.


15-year Oakmont resident, collector, not a dealer. American or foreign, 1970s or earlier. Dave, (707) 481-6505.


Personalized computer help in your home. PC and MAC, cell phones and tablets. Patient, experienced technology help in the comfort of your home. $35 per hour. Call Diana at (707) 327-8997.


Do you need a reliable, trustworthy helpful caregiver? Then have no fear— Tammy is near. 14-yr. experience, references. Flexible hours, day/night. Lic. #57044. Call 529-0996.


Nearby in Rincon Valley. Call Karen Titoni, (707) 799-4802.


No appointment hair cuts. Coloring, perms, styling. Great people, great prices. Open 7 days. 140 Calistoga Rd., Santa Rosa.

I will come to you. No travel charges within 10 miles of Oakmont. Cert. #2182594. (707) 829-2203.

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Oakmont News Classified Rates • Classified ads of 150 spaces or less, (payment to accompany this form) $25 per insert • Pre-paid standing ads of 150 spaces or less, for a period of 3 months (6 issues) $120 • Pre-paid standing ads of 150 spaces or less, for a period of 6 months (12 issues) $216 • Pre-paid standing ads of 150 spaces or less, for a period of 1 year (24 issues) $384


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


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

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.

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




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


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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.

locker rentals

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


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


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



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

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Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

PAS Management Company

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

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers

2017-2018 OVA board of Directors

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM May 16–31 Barbara Lowell 538-0333

Ellen Leznik, President

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)

June 1–15 Jack Luceti 833-1110

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, 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Thank you.

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


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: 6:30 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 5:45 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.

Blood Pressure clinic

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


Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Dr. Daily 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

maintenance Office

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

Street Cleaning

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

Ken Heyman, Vice President Carolyn Bettencourt, Secretary Frank Batchelor, Director Greg Goodwin, Director Gloria Yong, Director Association Manager Cassie Turner

OVA Board Meetings 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month 1 pm in the Berger Center All residents of Oakmont are welcome.


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.


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

The Oakmont News welcomes residents’ letters to the editor about Oakmont life. Email letters of no more than 200 words to cat@oakmontvillage. com. Writer’s name, address and phone number must be included. Writers will be limited to one letter published every 90 days. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.

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.

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

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


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OVA-Sponsored Events OVA and OGC Present Music on the Greens nAnita Roraus, OVA

Join a Club Event nAnita Roraus, OVA

Thursday, June 1, 6–7:30 PM Berger Center

The OVA’s “Join a Club Event” is for everyone, not just new residents. Have you been curious about a club or group and would like to learn more? Maybe it’s just time to try something new! Come over to the Berger Center and meet over 50 of the clubs at a tabled event. Talk to current members and find out why they do what they do and why you will want to do it too! The event will run from 6–7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend.

WHEN: Sunday, May 21 MUSIC: Performed by The Floorshakers WHERE: On the Oakmont Golf Club Driving Range, 7025 Oakmont Drive TIME: 3 p.m. food and beverage available; 4 p.m. concert begins RSVP: Call OGC at 539-9215 x 228 or OVA at 539-1611 Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. There will be a designated parking area for golf carts. Full bar will be available and several food stations. Bring cash to purchase $5 food and beverage tickets. No outside food or beverage allowed. Have fun and get your tropical attire on!

Free Shredding and Battery Disposal Event nAnita Roraus, OVA

Friday, June 16, 9 AM–12 PM Berger Parking Lot

It’s time to shred again. This event is sponsored by Oakmont Kiwanis, Oakmont Automotive and OVA. Oakmont residents and businesses are invited to bring their documents and other shreddables to the truck that morning. Please limit your documents to the equivalent of five banker’s boxes. This year we will also be collecting household disposable batteries in a separate container.

E-Waste Collection and Goodwill Donation Truck nAnita Roraus, OVA

june 9, 11 am–7 pm; June 10, 9 am–5 pm

E-Waste Collection will be two days: Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10! They will be parked in the Berger parking lot, 310 White Oak Drive, parallel to the street, 9 s.m.–5 p.m. There is no appointment needed for this event. We have a new sponsor, Conservation Corps North Bay! In addition to E-Waste, you may drop off items in gently used condition such as clothing, furniture, books, shoes, household items, etc. Accepted at the event will be computer equipment (computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, printers, mice, hard drives, tape and zip drives); consumer electronics such as DVD players, VCRs, gaming devices, stereo components, radios, PDAs, cell phones, cables, etc.); televisions (CRTs and LCDs); office equipment such as telephones, fax machines, copiers, etc.); and kitchen appliances such as blenders, toaster ovens, coffee makers, microwaves; household appliances such as hair dryers, irons, curling irons, vacuum cleaners. Goodwill will not accept large appliances and large office equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, stoves dishwashers, air conditioners, water heaters, large copiers, and printers that sit on the floor, etc.

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

707-539-8956 • 6575 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa


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Feel safe and secure with the quality of in-home care that Sequoia Senior Solutions is known for. Compare us to any other care provider: – Certified by California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) – Accredited by the Better Business Bureau with a rating of A+

Some of our services: n Caring



Meal Planning and Preparation


Transportation and Errands


Light Housekeeping


Medication Reminders


Assistance with Bathing and Grooming

– Eight time winner of the North Bay Business Journal “Best Place to Work Award”

Serving Oakmont residents for over 12 years!

Owners, Gabriella Ambrosi, CEO and Stanton Lawson, CFO

6572 Oakmont Drive, Suite E, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Providing specialized care in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Arthritis and Hospice | | Call us today for a free assessment at (707) 539-0500

Synergy Realty Group


by Christopherson 2304 EASTWOOD DRIVE, SANTA ROSA $824,900 CALL fOR OPEN hOUSE DATES



OPEN hOUSE MAy 20 & 21


DESIRABLE hIDDEN VALLEy NEIGhBORhOOD Charming Single Story Living with Great Room

• 4 Bed/3 Ba • 1914± sq ft home • 7481± sq ft lot • MLS# 2170884 • Light & bright • Quality upgrades thru out • Cooking island w/ built-in cook top & guest seating • Quartz counters • Subway backsplash & white custom cabinetry • Great room w/ fireplace • Master bedroom en-suite w/ double surround shower • Dual-sink vanity & walk-in closet • 2nd bedroom en-suite • Hardwood floors thru out • Spacious bedrooms & tile baths • French doors • Dual zones for A/C and heat • Redwood siding • 2-Car garage • Private backyard w/ patio & play structure • Hidden Valley Elementary

Carrie Riggs



SyNERGy GROUP’S NEWEST TRANSfORMATION with Synergy Group’s Signature home Enhancements • Spacious 2,089± sq ft • Redesigned Aspen plan • Shows like a model • Great room w/ fireplace • Gourmet kitchen w/ island & walk-in pantry • Master bedroom en-suite with spacious shower • His + Her closets • Indoor laundry • Double door entry & foyer • Excellent storage • 3 Bed/2 Ba • 7630± sq ft lot • Central air • Private yard w/ gazebo • Cul-de sac


• 4 Bed + Office/2.5 Ba • 3,500± sq ft home • ½ acre lot • MLS# 21707444 • Close to Foothill Regional Park • Open floor plan w/ soaring ceilings & majestic details • Chef’s island kitchen w/ Viking appliances • Breathtaking picture windows • Luxurious master suite w/ fireplace • Sparkling pool & pool house • 2½-car garage + workshop area

Kat Breithaupt (“Bright-hop”)


Please call for details or for other Synergy Group Transformations under preparation for Summer Release Cindy Armstrong




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