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Grapes and Poppies
Revised Elnoka Plan Appears Headed for OVA Approval
May 15, 2014 • Volume 52, Number 10
New Day for Bocce in Oakmont
California poppies brighten this Kenwood vineyard along Highway 12. (Photo by Cassie Turner, OVA Manager)
County Supervisor Holding Town Hall Meeting May 29
A revised plan for the 68-acre Elnoka development just west of Oakmont may get OVA approval as soon as the May 20 board meeting and be submitted to the city for approval within 90 days after that date. The revised plan, which increases the number of single-family casitas from four to 158 and eliminates commercial space and employee housing, was presented to the OVA Board at its April 29 meeting. Board President John Taylor said the agreement between Oakmont Senior Living and OVA, in which OVA agrees to support the Elnoka Village Project, must be revised to comply with changes in the plan. He told the Oakmont News he is “not aware of any significant issues in the way of supporting a revised agreement.” See elnoka on page 11
Berger Accepts $300,000 Offer For Beauty Salon
Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin is holding a town hall meeting in Oakmont on Thursday, May 29, to discuss residents’ general concerns, including the fire risk posed from Annadel State Park. The meeting will be from 6:30–8 p.m. at Berger Center. Representatives from Transportation and Public Works, Sonoma County Fire, Cal Fire, California Highway Patrol as well as Regional Parks and State Parks will be at the meeting. All Oakmont residents are invited, and will have an opportunity to ask questions.
Study: A Snapshot of Who Lives Here nJim Golway
A new study provides the first exact look at who we are: A majority of Oakmont residents are female, the average age here is 76 and more than half of us live alone. Utilizing the most recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Long-Range Planning Committee has compiled a detailed demographic analysis of residents. The study, completed last month, is intended to give community leaders, volunteer groups and prospective business owners a precise statistical profile of Oakmont.
A plaque naming those who supported the 2013 events in honor of Oakmont’s golden anniversary was unveiled at an April 18 reception hosted by Sue Millar and Bob Chapman, co-chairs of the 50th Anniversary Events Committee. “The Plaque of Honor,” said Chapman, “was created to acknowledge the contributions of all those who donated time, talent and treasure to the success of the 50th anniversary events.”
The months-long quest for a new OVA office site has taken a major step toward solution with the acceptance of an offer to buy the beauty salon building on Stone Bridge Road from the Berger Foundation for $300,000. The Oakmont Village Association’s offer, contingent on outcome of a feasibility study, was accepted on April 24, OVA President John Taylor told an OVA Board workshop on May 6. Taylor said OVA, which would relocate its offices to the building, has 120 days to investigate remodeling costs and design; parking, access and maintenance issues, and overall financing of the acquisition. This would be followed by an escrow period of up to six months or longer, he said. Taylor said OVA does not yet have an estimate of the total cost of a purchase and remodeling. The search for new office quarters had produced a proposal to build a new structure near the Central Activities Center, but that idea was abandoned due to costs. Another possibility was extending the lease on the present site on Oakmont Drive, where there have been issues over quality of maintenance support. The new building proposal produced resident comment at board meetings and became an issue for candidates in the recent OVA Board election.
See plaque on page 11
See berger on page 12
50th Anniversary Plaque Unveiled
See study on page 11 Oakmont Village Association 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7 Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5906
Tony D’Agosta, president of the Oakmont Bocce Club, and OVA Manager Cassie Turner preside at a ribbon-cutting to dedicate Oakmont’s new bocce courts at the West Recreation Center. D’Agosta invited officials there for the dedication to join in a game. (Photo by Kathy Sowers) More photos online at oakmontvillage.com/members
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The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration
CAN’T ATTEND A BOARD MEETING? Watch it online at www.oakmontvideos.com. Board meetings will be streamed live. Also, check out past videos.
The listed Oakmont Village Association meetings are open sessions. Any interested Oakmont residents are invited and encouraged to participate in these important meetings.
MEETINGS Architectural (No participation) / email@example.com Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Board OVA Board Workshop
DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Tues. Monthly 2 PM Ste. 6 3rd Tues. Monthly 1–3 PM Berger Center 1st Tues. Monthly 3–5 PM East Rec.
COMMITTEES DATE TIME PLACE* Communications (CC) / firstname.lastname@example.org 2nd Mon. Monthly 8:30–10 AM Rm. B Community Development (OCDC) / email@example.com 2nd Thurs. Monthly 11:30 AM–1:30 PM Rm. B Finance (FC) / firstname.lastname@example.org 4th Thurs. Monthly 2–3:30 PM Rm. B League of Maintained Area Associations (LOMAA) Regular Meetings 1st Mon. Monthly 12 Noon Rm. B Quarterly Meetings 1st Wed. (March, Sept. & Dec.) 7 PM West Rec. LOMAA Workshop 2nd Thurs. (June) 9 AM West Rec. Long-Range Planning (LRP) / email@example.com 4th Tues. Monthly 10 AM–12 Noon East Conf. Rm. Oakmont Bus / firstname.lastname@example.org 3rd Thurs. Quarterly 10:30 AM–12:30 PM Rm. D (Jan., Apr., July, Oct.) 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.
Locations Room B is in the Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Drive. Room D is in the Central (Berger) Auditorium, 6633 Oakmont Drive, right side of stage. Room G is in the Central (Berger) Auditorium, 6633 Oakmont Drive, lobby across from rest rooms.
Oakmont Village Criminal Activity Report April 1–30
Date Time Reported Incident Description Incident Location 4-13 7:18 p.m. Missing person at risk report Pythian Rd. 4-27 2:38 a.m. Hit and run misdemeanor Oak Leaf Dr. 4-27 11:04 a.m. Missing person juv. report Pythian Rd. 4-28 10:18 a.m. Found property Acorn Ln.
CORRECTION The Santa Rosa Police Department says a kidnapping listed in the crime report in the April 15 edition of the Oakmont News was not actually kidnapping. The report on Aspen Meadows Circle was investigated and turned out to be a household incident. No serious crime was committed, a spokeswoman said.
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LOMAA ANNUAL WORKSHOP Thursday, JUNE 12
The subject this year is water conservation. Our speaker will be Randy Barron, water resources specialist from the City of Santa Rosa. Randy will give a presentation on water conservation ideas and tips and will answer water-related questions raised by attendees. The LOMAA Handbook will be updated—be sure to bring your association’s book. A new 2014 Edition Community Association Statute Book (DavisStirling Revised) will be included with the LOMAA Handbook update. Board Nominating Committee 2014 (chair/board members) will hold a short meeting immediately following the workshop. Next Board Meeting: Monday, June 2, 12 noon, Room B LOMAA Annual Workshop: Thursday, June 12, 9 a.m., West Recreation Center. Reservations not required—be there!
Architectural Committee ACTIVITY REPORT
The following is the Architectural Committee Application and Complaint Report for the period from January through April (includes status for prior pending submittals): Applications: 288 (approved: 270; rejected: 1; pending: 15) The greatest percentage of projects included relandscaping, re-painting, re-roofing, and replacement of air conditioners, decks, doors, gates, fences, windows and some solar installations. There were four addition/remodel projects. Complaints: 38 (resolved: 28; pending: 9; not applicable: 1) The greatest percentage of complaints involved holiday lights, landscape maintenance, no application submissions, parking/storage and property maintenance.
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Data listed here is gathered from the Santa Rosa Police Department Website. Report criminal activity as soon as possible to the Santa Rosa Police Department: Emergencies— 911 / Non-Emergencies— 528-5222 / Fire/Ambulance— 528-5151 To ensure the swiftest response, please do not report criminal activity to the OVA Office. Please use the numbers listed above.
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The Architectural Committee is seeking interested community volunteers who are able to spend a few hours weekly as part of our team. We are a committee dedicated to helping maintain Oakmont as a vibrant and beautiful community, working with homeowners to ensure residential properties are improved and maintained within the documented guidelines and standards of the association. 0 Qualifications include a sincere willingness to be of service to your community; experience with building/landscaping plans is a significant plus. Continuous discussions and training are provided for the committee members Interested parties should submit their name, contact information and any relevant experience or background information to the Architectural Office, 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7 as soon as possible. An interview will be conducted that will further define the volunteer position and answer your questions.
The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
OGC nChuck Wood
FUND-RAISING CLOTHING SALE ON SATURDAY, MAY 17
On Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. a clothing sale will be held to raise funds for Junior Girls’ golf. Located in the East Course Clubroom, the Junior Girls’ Golf Closet Sale will gratefully accept your donations of women’s golf apparel right up to the start of the sale. Also, volunteers are sought to help run the sale event. To donate clothing and/or volunteer to help at this event, please call: Kris Peters, 843-7121; Rebecca Wellman, 538-4247; Vanita Collins, 537-6807; or Carol Locke, 537-8405. These ladies will even come by to pick up your donations—so clean out your closets now! And, to add some spice, there will be a mystery sale between 2–3 p.m.
SAVE THE DATE: SEPTEMBER 14
Calling all OGC members: on Sunday, September 14, the Oakmont Golf Club will host its First Annual OGC Men’s and Women’s Club Championships. This event will include determining Overall Gross Champions on the West Course and Overall Net Champions on the East Course—with net winners in all the flights. Entry forms will be available by August 1. More details will be provided soon— both in this column and via notices in our two Pro Shops.
DISPLAY DRAWINGS SHOWING THE COURSES’ NATURAL STATE GRASS AREAS
If you would like to study the architectural plan that depicts the areas of the East and West Golf Courses where existing grasses are being allowed to assume a more natural state, you may now do so. In both the Berger Center (displayed on a set of easels) and the West Course Clubroom (mounted on a wall) we have copy of this plan mounted on cardboard. The designated natural grass locations are denoted by dark, dotted shading. You may recall that the natural state grass areas will be kept at a greater height than the adjoining fairways and will be watered less frequently. As a vital part of our Water Conservation Project, this approach will help us gain our overall goal of reducing water usage by 25%. One thing to keep in mind when studying this drawing: the actual square footages of each designated natural grass area may flex a bit as Scott Stewart and team do the actual mowing and deal with terrain issues. Any reduction in one area, however, will be offset by increases in other areas to ensure meeting our overall planned amount for the two courses.
9-Hole Monday Men’s Club
Senior Men’s Club
We have just completed the fourth round of our five-round Eclectic competition. By the time you read this, the competition will have been decided, so tune in next issue for the results. Scott Stewart, our golf course superintendent, has informed us that, sometime in the first two weeks of May, they will begin spreading and contouring the spoils that were removed from the dredging of the irrigation pond and were spread on the first, ninth and 10th fairways. The spoils (mud) appear to have dried enough to begin the work. After the spreading and contouring, planting will take place and the final results will blend in with the fairways making a more interesting golf course. Have fun and happy golfing!
For the first event of its 2014 season the Oakmont Seniors visited the Santa Rosa Country Club (SRCC) April 30 on a beautiful day. As promised, the rain clouds gave way to a deep blue sky and a contingent of about 40 Oakmont golfers enjoyed a sumptuous breakfast and lunch, a golf course in excellent shape, and the collegiality of fellow golfers, hosts, and staff. And yes, those greens—smooth and true. Hopefully our greens will begin to resemble those carpet-like expanses by the time SRCC comes to visit us on May 12. It’s on days like this that you realize just how fortunate we are to be here and living this lifestyle.
SWEEPS RESULTS FOR APRIL 21 Two-Man Team, Net Total, 11 Teams
First place: Gordon Hopper and Gary Stone with a 57. Second place: Tom Massip and John Munkacsy with a 59.5. Third place: Dan Levin and Wayne Mickaelian with a 60.5. Fourth place: Noel Schween and Keith Wise with a 61. Closest-to-the-pin: Phil Sapp, 13’3”.
SWEEPS RESULTS FOR April 28 Individual Low Net, fourth Round of Eclectic, 23 Players
First place: Clem Maassen with a 28. Second place: Phil Sapp with a 30.5. Third place: Noel Schween with a 31. Fourth place Tie: Bob Marotto and Bob Thorsen, both with a 31.5. Sixth place tie: Don Morse and Keith Wise, both with a 32. Eighth place tie: Bob Krajci and Don Schulte, both with a 33. Closest-to-the-pin: Noel Schween, 33’10”; Phil Sapp, 58’3”
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30 OAKMONT AND RICHMOND AT SANTA ROSA COUNTRY CLUB BEST TWO BALLS OF FOURSOME
First: Ron Feibusch and Mike Laforge (OGC), Jim Pacatte (SRCC) and Jack Lahart (Richmond), 116. Second: Bill Roberts and Andy Frauenhofer (OGC), Roy Edwards (SRCC), and Joe Bodanza (RCC), 117. Third: Bill Salmina and Gary Stone (OGC), George Luke (SRCC), and Tabias Chang (RCC), 119. Fourth: Dennis Cronin and Mike Canar (OGC), Ken Franklin (SRCC), and Chuck Whaley (RCC), 120. For a complete listing of results go to http://www. oakmontgcmembers.com/MSRindex.html. The new golf season is really beginning to heat up. By the time you read this the Oakmont Seniors will have played Santa Rosa, Fountaingrove, and Moraga at home and again at Fountaingrove. The next Seniors’ events are scheduled for early June, as seen below.
SCHEDULE FOR REMAINING 2014 SENIORS EVENTS
Thursday, June 5: at Moraga—away Monday, June 16: Windsor—home Monday, July 14: Rio Vista, Napa—home Tuesday, July 22: at Windsor—away Monday, July 28: Richmond. Marin—home Thursday, August 7: at Napa Valley CC—away Thursday, August 28: at Richmond CC—away Monday, September 8: at Rio Vista GC—away Wednesday, September 24: at Marin CC—away
IMPROVED COURSE CONDITIONS AND MOWING STANDARDS ESTABLISHED
With the rains gone until fall and our mowers and tractors repaired, Scott and his team are getting the courses in great condition. Furthermore, standards have been set for mowing: the greens will be kept at a 9.6 speed rating level; the rough will be mowed to a 2” height; and the natural state grass areas will be mowed to a 4” height. Thus, playability is being nicely improved. Now that the dredging spoils from deepening the storage pond by the 9th green on the East Course have been able to dry, our contractor is returning to shape and seed the mounded areas. This work was scheduled for the period of May 6–8.
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The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
Wednesday Men’s Club
18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club
We have had great weather for our last two outings, especially our mixer on the East Course on April 23. Over 60 golfers turned out for a truly enjoyable morning. What made it even more terrific for our foursome is holding witness to a day-old fawn and her mother by the green on hole #1 on the East. A special thank-you is also in order for the improved conditions to both courses. Thank you to Scott and his team and to the Golf and Greens Committee for all of their hard work. Lastly, we are truly fortunate to live in such a wonderful place!
Hi there ladies. It’s May and I hope all of you had a great round of golf for your Mother’s Day gift. Summer rules, faster greens and longer rolls are the few gifts Mother Nature has given to us! Speaking of rules, that Rules Seminar sponsored by WGANC and given, in part, by our very own K.C. Cote. It was very informative, nicely presented and well attended. If you missed it, be sure to make the next one, as you can always use a refresher on all those rules. The number one rule is to carry the Rules Book in your golf bag!
April 16, East Course INDIVIDUAL POINT PAR NET
First, Keith Wise, 26; second, Gordon Hopper, 22; third tie, Tom Massip and Tony D’Agosta, 21; fifth, Bob Carter, 20. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 0–19): #8—Dave McDonnell, 23’7”; #16—Bob Ure, 19’2”. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20–Up): #8—Jim Norem, 14’8”, and Dan Levin, 28’1”; #16—Gordon Hopper, 14’2”, Dan Levin, 21’0”.
net, K. Downey. Second flight: first low net, M. Yturralde; second low net, Y. Smith; third low net, L. Kilpatrick; and fourth low net, N. Shaw. Third flight: first low net tie, G. Holmes, J. Buell and C. Rexford; and fourth low net tie, C. Carter and E. Huff.
TUESDAY, APRIL 22, 2-5-2 game, WEST, 27 players
Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (78!) First flight: first lowest score for game, L. Paul; second lowest, S. Wood; third lowest, Y. Smith; fourth lowest, N. Leone; and fifth lowest, B. Hulick. Second flight: first lowest score for game, S. Baxter; second lowest tie, E. Huff and R. Nicholson; and fourth lowest, L. Yates. Third flight: first lowest score tie, L. Frediani and C. Rexford; third lowest score, V. Collins; fourth lowest score, E. Foote; and fifth lowest score tie, K. Wittes and C. Locke.
April 16, West Course 3 Best Balls on even and 2 Best Balls on odd
First flight (12.3–18): first, Ross Alzina, Bruce Hulick, John Williston and Dennis Cronin, 154; second, Mike Doyle, Bob Giddings, Sal Cesario and Joe DiBenedetto, 157. Second flight (21.3–30.5): first tie, Bill Smith, Tommy Yturralde, Denny Mool and Rick Yates, and Art Hastings, John Derby, Jack Haggerty and Mike Isola, 152. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Paul Corbitt, 3’6”, Pete Waller, 5’5”; #13—Bob Baciocco, 6’3”, Don Baum, 15’1”; #16—Shelly Brodsky, 7’4”, Phil Sapp, 15’11”. Closest to the pins (HDCP 20–Out): #8—Mike LaForge, 40’0”, no second; #13—Dennis DeSousa, 27’1”, Fred Klingbeil, 44’2”; #16—Larry Frediani, 24’4”, John Derby, 36’4”.
April 23, EAST COURSE 2 BEST ON EVEN, 3 BEST ON ODD HOLES
One flight only: first tie, Pete Waller, John Munkacsy, Gary Novak and Gordon Hopper, and Mike Doyle, Ed Pierson, Dan Sienes and Bob Thorsen, 136; third, Sal Cesario, Bill Roberts, Joe Lash and Keith Wise, 137; fourth tie, Charlie Huff, Rick Yates, Bob Flores and Joe DiBenedetto, and Bucky Peterson, Dan Levin, Noel Schween and Jay Diment, 138. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #5—Bob Branstetter, 3’5”, Pete Waller, 9’4”, #8—Danny Morgan, 13’4”, Paul Corbitt, 17’4”; #11—Dave McDonnell, 8’11”, Charlie Huff, 12’6”; #16—Jim Scinto, 6’1”, Frank James, 12’6”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–Out): #5—no one on green; #8—Dan Sienes, 12’10”, John Derby, 15’9”; #11—Tony Hughes, 8’6”, Fred Klingbeil, 10’10”; #16—Bob Thorsen, 15’5”, Dan Sienes, 45’0”.
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Members Linda Kilpatrick and Vanita Collins, both sweeps winners in their flights and wearing very cool sun glasses!
THURSDAY, APRIL 24, WEST, 19 players
Ladies, remember the Jr. Girls Golf Sale is this Saturday at the East Clubhouse. You can still bring items to sell as the money goes to a great cause. Call Kris Peters or Vanita Collins if you have items to donate. Thank you ladies and thank you Carol Locke, Rebecca Wellman and Jerry Moreno for all your work to put this fun and worthwhile event together. Here are the results of our Sweeps for the end of April.
Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (88). First flight: first low net, Y. Smith; second low net tie, L. Paul and P. Buchholz. Second flight: first low net, L. Kilpatrick; second low net, N. Shaw; and third low net tie, M. Yturralde and R. Nicholson. Third flight: first low net, K. Wittes; second low net, V. Collins; and third low net tie, E. Mickaelian and C. Carter. Wow, can you believe? Linda Paul shot a 78 on the West Course in the wind! You go girl!
TUESDAY, APRIL 15, WEST, 24 players
TUESDAY, APRIL 29, WEST, 34 players
K.C. Cote demonstrating various rules when in a Bunker. JoAnn Banayat and Linda Yates are listening and learning!
Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (90). First flight: first low net, L. Leitner; second low net, S. Wood; third low net, J. Seliga; and fourth low net, B. Hulick. Second flight: first low net, L. Kilpatrick; second low net tie, C. Buchold and M.A. Gibbs; fourth low net tie, G. Holmes and M. Delagnes. Third flight: first low net, E. Foote; second low Congratulations to Becky net, E. Baciocco; and third Hulick. She shot a 91 and won low net tie, L. Yates and E. low net in the First Flight. Huff. Fourth flight: first low net, C. Dominguez; second low net, C. Rexford; and third low net, B. Robinson.
THURSDAY, APRIL 17, WEST, 23 players
Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (86). First flight: first low net, B. Hulick; second low net, P. Buchholz; third low net, S. Wood; and fourth low
Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (83). First flight: first low net, J. Moreno; second low net, L. Paul; third low net, P. Buchholz; and fourth low net, S. Wood. Second flight: first low net, N. Shaw; second low net, K. Faherty; third low net, Y. Smith; and fourth low net, G. Holmes. Third flight: first low net, C. Locke (feeling better!); second low net, J. Buell; third low net, C. Carroll; and fourth low net tie, E. Foote and S. Baxter. Fourth flight: first low net, A. Larkin; second low net, V. Collins; third low net, C. Rexford; fourth low net, K. Wittes; and fifth low net, C. Dominguez. See you out there ladies.
The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club
9 nBarbara Bowman
WHAT’S GOING ON
A compatible mix of Oakmont golfers and Niners played in the Guys, Gals and Pals Shamble today, with everyone enjoying cocktails, lunch and prizes afterward. Details in the June 1 issue. April 24 saw 27 Niners teeing-off on the first day of the Eclectic, with several members scoring well. Sweeps, East front, for that day: First flight: first, E. Foote; second, P. Lash; third, A. Keenley; fourth tie, C. Hilliard and E. LePointe. Second flight: first, J. DiBenedetto; second, C. Rexford; third, H. Williston; fourth, J. Howell; fifth, J. McDonnell. Third flight: first, S. Wood; second tie, C. McCann and J. Meyer; fourth, D. Kiddoo; fifth, P. Mendenhall.
APRIL 17, WEST: SWEEPS 12 PLAYERS
First flight: first, L. Yates; second tie, L. Karjalainen, J. Rockwell and E. Foote. Second flight: first, C. J. Rietow; second, B. James; third, H. Williston. Birdie: Linda Yates, #16
Sleep Apnea Group nBob Flandermeyer
Come and join us for an informal exchange of experiences with the equipment required, as well as new sources of supplies, technical people and any other pertinent subject. These meetings are especially helpful to those about to start or just starting to use the equipment. First-time attendees and new users of the apnea equipment please call me at 538-5277 before the meeting, so we can have enough long-time users to answer questions and pass on their experience. DATE: First Tuesday of every other month (June 3, August 5, October 7 and December 2) TIME: 1–3 p.m. WHERE: Room G in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive
Oakmont Community Church Kiwanis Club of Oakmont nJeff Davis
SHRED DOCUMENTS FREE ON JUNE 4
The semi-annual Oakmont Kiwanis Shredathon has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 4, 9 a.m.–12 noon in the Berger Center parking lot. All Oakmont residents are invited to bring along their documents, receipts, forms, and other paper items that need to be destroyed securely that day and Kiwanis members will help you unload and dispose of these items efficiently at no cost. Mark your calendar now for this opportunity.
ANNUAL PANCAKE BREAKFAST JUNE 14
It’s time to begin thinking about those delicious pancakes because once again the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont and Oakmont Gardens are teaming up to bring the 25th annual Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast to Oakmont. This year’s event at Oakmont Gardens will be Saturday, June 14, from 8 a.m.–12 noon. The food will be plentiful—great pancakes, sausages, eggs, juices, coffee, and tea. You can’t go wrong. Cost for adults is only $8, 12 and under $4. Tickets are available from any Kiwanis member and are available at First Community Bank and Umpqua bank as well. Plan to come and enjoy breakfast with your neighbors on June 14.
nLaurie Hartmann Goldstein, Director of Worship and Arts
Oakmont Community Church invites you to weekly Sunday service in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. Here is some of what is happening in our upcoming 10:30 a.m. weekly services: Sunday, May 25: there will be a special musical service with the Redwood Chordsmen (chordsmen. groupanizer.com) in an a capella concert that will celebrate our country’s great music and rich faith. Sunday, June 1: Erika Buchholtz (www. erikabuchholz.com), a beautiful soprano who currently lives in Berlin, but who will be visiting Santa Rosa, will be singing in the service. Dan Melligan, Pastor will also be beginning a sermon series from the book of Romans sharing the best love story ever. Sunday, June 8: stay after the service for lunch where we can visit and share our stories over a meal. Sunday, June 29: Dennis Studebaker and friends will be bringing a concert of bluegrass gospel and songs of our country to the service. Looking forward to meeting you!
Brass and Piano Concert—June 7 sponsored by Oakmont Community Church
An afternoon of exciting music is planned for Saturday, June 7, at 3 p.m. in the Berger Center. Featured selections include the Arutunian’s Trumpet Concerto (Philip Beard, trumpet; Abbie Gabrielson, piano); Beethoven’s Sonata, Op. 90 (Abbie Gabrielson, piano); and a lively potpourri of quintet music performed by the Wine Country Brass.
Wine Country Brass
Abbie Gabrielson maintains a private teaching studio in Healdsburg and works as a free-lance collaborative pianist, including playing for Oakmont Community Church. She received her BA in piano performance from Lewis and Clark College. This fall, she will pursue her master’s degree in piano performance at Indiana University. Philip Beard is an emeritus Abbie Gabrielson, piano professor of German and Global Studies at Sonoma State University. Having rejuvenated his long-dormant trumpet passion over the last 15 years, he currently performs in six local groups, ranging from the SRJC Wednesday Night Jazz Band to the Sonoma County Philharmonic. The Wine Country Brass has been performing festive music for all occasions to Sonoma County audiences for over ten years. Personnel are Tom Woodville and Philip Beard, trumpets; Paul Philip Beard, trumpet Hadley, horn (substituted for this performance by Colin Speirs); Bill Welsh, trombone; and Nate Riebli, tuba. For further information contact Philip Beard at 4813480 (email@example.com) or me at 888 1104.
The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
Hit and Run Unsolved
Oakmonters, can you help the Santa Rosa Police solve a hit-and-run that will cost the city thousands of dollars? This incident occurred early Sunday morning, April 27, at 2:35 a.m. A motorist was traveling west on Oak Leaf Drive (from Pythian) and failed to make the 90-degree turn north. He or she demolished a city light pole in the 7,500 block, then continued on. The vehicle was last seen turning left (west), still on Oak Leaf Drive, where it parallels Highway 12. This vehicle will have extensive damage to the front, and perhaps damage to the tires, undercarriage and other areas. As of the submission date for this letter, April 30, the individual has not been identified. If you have information about this crime, please contact SRPD officer Tanya Wagner at 543-3600, ext. 7475. Please reference case number 14-5609. Bob Stinson Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines Author must be an Oakmont resident or owner Letter must include topic title, author’s signature and Oakmont address, email address and/or phone number (not published). Maximum length 250 words. Letters not previously printed elsewhere may be given publishing priority. Writers will be limited to one letter per 90 days. Letters may be subject to editing for length or clarity. Personal attacks and inflammatory comments will not be printed. Communications Committee retains its right of refusal to publish Send letter to OVA Office at 6575 Oakmont Drive, Ste 7 or by email to kelly@ oakmontvillage.com.
The game originated in England during the 1880s, where it was played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlour game. The name “ping-pong” was in wide use before British manufacturer J. Jaques & Son, Ltd. trademarked it in 1901. The name “pingpong” then came to be used for the game played by rather expensive Jaques’s equipment, with other manufacturers calling it table tennis. A similar situation arose in the United States, where Jaques sold the rights to the “ping-pong” name to Parker Brothers. Parker Brothers then enforced their trademark for the term in the 1920s making the various associations change their names to “table tennis” instead of the more common but trademarked term. Table tennis is becoming very popular today. Did you know who also play this sport? Just to name a few, Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, David Cameron, Kate Middleton, Prince William, Lady Gaga, Warren Buffett and many movie stars. The Oscar winner, Susan Sarandon, is very active behind SPiN, a series of pingpong social clubs. She even hired Sandesh-Awale, who used to come to play with us when he was still a student at Sonoma State, as her private ping-pong instructor. She is behind the opening of SPiN LA. There are numerous benefits of playing this enjoyable Olympic sport. 1. Health and Fitness: Playing this sport gets the heart rate up. Played at the higher levels, it’s one of the fastest sports around. Just a couple of hours a day, two or three times a week hitting that little orange ball can do wonders for your fitness. 2. Gentle on Your Body: It’s easy on the body. You can play this sport according to your own capabilities and limitations, and still be competitive. You don’t always have to win. 3. There Are no Age or Gender Barriers: Sixty-yearold can play with 15-year-old juniors, or men can play against women, and with everyone having a great time and a close match since it’s not a power game. 4. A Sport for Life: It can be played competitively right up to your 80s and beyond. It’s never too late to start. As you get older, better use of tactics, and technology. 5. Keeps You Mentally Sharp: As you get older, ping-pong is good for the brain. There is an awful lot
of thinking, fast brain-to-hand coordination, planning, and strategizing going on while playing, all of which helps keep your brain active! 6. You Can Play Anytime: Table tennis is an indoor, nonseasonal sport. You can play it all year round, rain or snow, hot and cold, day or night, and you don’t have to worry about bad weather or exposure to those harmful UV rays. 7. You Can Play Anywhere: It’s space efficient. You don’t need a huge amount of space to have fun playing ping-pong . Oakmont Village Ping-Pong club has four foldaway tables in the upper floor of West Recreation Center which are put away when not in use. 8. Make New Friends: Table tennis is a great social sport. You’ll get to meet many nice people at the club. You’ll be able to compete and make friends with fellow table tennis enthusiasts. 9. You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune: There is no fee to play at our club. We provide paddles for new comers free of charge and balls are provided by OVA. A basic ping-pong paddle can be bought for around $35–$50, and will give good service while learning the game. A good racket for intermediate and advanced play would usually be around $100–$150. Even the most expensive of professional rackets wouldn’t be much more than a couple of hundred dollars. 10. Enjoy Yourself: It’s fun! Table tennis is a wonderful sport to take up for life. It’s easy to play, yet difficult to master. You’ll always have another challenge to look forward to, and another mountain to climb.
As a complex game of mind, soul and body, table tennis is one of the most beneficial sports, improving mental and physical condition alike. Everybody can benefit from table tennis, which makes a table tennis an excellent investment for your well-being. Come to join us to play, improve your mental and physical capabilities and enjoy yourself. Our club hours are as follows: Tuesday 10:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.; Wednesday 12–2:30 p.m.; Friday 3:30–6:30 p.m.; Sunday (bring your own partner) 12–4:30 p.m.
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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 richardgduncan@ comcast.net or at 225-0661.
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MAY EVENT: MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR
Two days from now, over 250 of your Oakmont neighbors will be rocking out to their favorite Beatles tunes and dancing their legs off. We hope you’ve signed up already, because we’re sold out. But even if you didn’t manage to reserve a spot, you can still take advantage of the five fantastic food trucks on site! Everyone is welcome and encouraged to use the outdoor tables and chairs to enjoy the food and the vibe. Here are the details at a glance: WHAT: Magical Mystery Tour WHEN: May 17, 5–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center BRING: Your own booze and money for food truck delights PRICE: Sold out, but come for the food!
BOOMERS FOR BOOBS
Chances are virtually 100% that you know or have known someone who’s received a breast cancer
diagnosis. Here’s a great way to honor that person. Oakmont’s Boomers for Boobs team (Susan Lynn, Cindi Clemence and Susan Wurtzel) continues to raise money while training for their 39.3-mile walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. If you’re interested in supporting this cause, place a check made payable to Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in the Boomers’ folder in the OVA Office. You may also donate online by clicking on “Donate to Team” at the team’s website (http://tinyurl.com/ Boomers4Boobs). Questions may be E-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
JUNE SOCIAL: WOODSTOCK REVISITED
“Young men with unlimited capital looking for interesting, legitimate investment opportunities and business propositions.” With that ad in the New York Times, two young men set in motion a series of events that would eventually result in a four-day concert attended by almost halfa-million people. Those people heard some of the most outstanding musicians of that or any other era, including Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who, The Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
BOOMERS FOURTH OF JULY event RESERVATION COUPON July 4, Berger Center, 5–9 PM
Cost is $25 per member and guests. Limit of two guests per member There is no reserved seating for this event. If you want to sit with friends, plan to arrive together when the doors open at 5 p.m. to claim a table. Unreserved seating (full payment must accompany the reservation) Names:_______________________________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed $_________ The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m. Friday, June 27. You may also register and pay online at www.oakmontboomers.org. If you have any questions about reservations, please Email: events@ oakmont boomers.org.
Our June social this year celebrates Woodstock, the 1969 music festival that Rolling Stone magazine has called “one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock and roll.” Here are the details at a glance: WHAT: Woodstock Revisited WHEN: June 19, 7–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center BRING: Your adult beverage of choice and an appetizer to share PRICE: Free!
FOURTH OF JULY event
It’s party season! Not two months after our blow-out Beatles event is the next big Boomers’ event: our annual July 4th happening. We’ll have great BBQ food with all the fixings catered by our own Oakmont Market. The Captain Paisley Band will provide the tunes. There is no reserved seating for this event, so if you want to sit with friends, plan to arrive together when the doors open at 5 p.m. to claim a table. The cost of $25 for members and their guests (limit two guests per member) is the bargain of the summer, as it pays for both the band and the food. Punch and mixers will be provided; you just need to bring your own hootch. Registration is open now, so sign up early and avoid the rush! As always, you can sign up online (recommended) or using the coupon that appears below. Here are the details at a glance: WHAT: Fourth of July event WHEN: July 4, 5–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center BRING: Your adult beverage of choice and a hearty appetite for great BBQ food PRICE: $25
THE BOOMERS CLUB’s WEBSITE
Remember, if you have questions about anything related to the Boomers Club, our website has answers 24/7! Sign up and pay for events, view event pictures, look at schedules and more. Go to www. oakmontboomers.org for all the latest.
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At our last meeting in April, five speakers provided information about the Tea Party, the North Bay Patriots, and the Central Committee of Sonoma County Republicans and “Make Our Vote Count,” an initiative for a popular vote in California. The next meeting of the Republican Club of Oakmont will be held Wednesday, May 28 at 5 p.m. at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Drive. We will be having our yearly event of a potluck dinner and meeting about the future of the Oakmont Republican Club. All those attending are asked to bring either a salad or appetizer for six people. The club will be providing coffee and dessert. For those who want to bring something for cocktails, etc., please bring that to the meeting. After dinner, we will be holding the most important part of the evening. We will be voting on new officers of the club for President, Vice President and Secretary/Treasurer. We are also asking for those who will be providing support for the club in positions of the Phone Bank, Club E-mails, Meeting and Room Set-ups, Programs, Speakers and News Releases. As this is our last meeting before the coming summer, we welcome everyone to come and share this great opportunity for the evening’s meeting. All Oakmont residents and members of the club are welcome! Any questions call me at 293-8938 or E-mail at email@example.com.
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Wally Schilpp, who spent nearly seven years leading the fight for major changes in the original Elnoka plan to eliminate five-story buildings and restrict housing to those over 55, called the new plan “outrageously good” and “as good as we will ever see.” He said OSL “bent over backwards” to meet OVA’s concerns and even met demands they didn’t have to meet.
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Steve McCullagh, project manager for OSL, told the OVA the changes include making Elnoka a gated community and restricting residents to those over 60. He said the three remaining three-story Elnoka buildings will have elevators and underground parking and there will be adequate street parking for single-family units. The development will include three dog parks and OSL will have ongoing responsibility for maintenance, including landscaping. McCullagh said as a state-licensed continuing care facility, Elnoka must provide the option for all residents to purchase three meals a day, or a plan for fewer meals. Prices have not been determined. The village will include an assisted living and memory care facility and its residents will get priority for its use. Oakmont residents will get secondary priority. The single-story homes will range from 1,200 to 2,400 square feet with prices to be determined. The village will include a fitness center and a dining room. Shuttle service will be available for those unable to walk to the dining room. Asked about the effects on Highway 12 traffic, McCullagh said Caltrans has approved a traffic light at the main entrance on Highway 12.
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Schilpp was presented with Oakmont’s Community Service Award in recognition of his years of service on various OVA committees and a partial term on the OVA Board. In presenting the award, Don Appleby called Schilpp “a truly extraordinary” person. “I can’t list all he did,” Appleby said, “but he turned Elnoka from a horror to something good.” “Thank you all,” Schilpp said, and then announced he is “bowing out of all the things I’ve been doing.” Commenting on his years in Oakmont, he said: “You make so many friends you can’t have a party because you can’t fit them all in your house.”
OVA Trips to End
Citing lagging interest and the fact that a private firm offering day trips is now located in Oakmont, the board voted to discontinue all OVA-sponsored off-campus trips with the exception of those already scheduled. It was noted that four recently scheduled trips had to be canceled for lack of interest, requiring considerable staff time to notify residents already signed up and issue refund checks. Taylor said he had approved spending $7,849 to replace a heater at the East Rec. pool and $9,950 for adding two handicapped spaces in the Central Plaza, and manager Cassie Turner approved spending $1,900 for a preliminary layout for pickleball courts. The board voted 4-2 to renew OVA’s contract with CFM, which handles Oakmont’s dues collection and scheduling software, for the fiscal year from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Turner said she negotiated several improvements in the contract, including that $6,000 collected annually in late fees will be kept by OVA instead of CFM. Directors Frances Dias and Andrea Altman voted against the renewal and said they would favor putting the contract out for bid in future years. The board voted to eliminate all facility use indemnification forms except as they apply to the Fitness Center. Watch a video of the board meeting online at oakmontvideos.com; click on “videos.”
In the Spotlight: Blacks Have Deep Roots in Oakmont, Musical Theater
Editor’s Note: This begins an ongoing series of profiles of your Oakmont neighbors, members of our community with interesting backgrounds who bring vibrancy to Oakmont. The stories will appear in the print edition as space allows, and regularly in the online edition, at oakmontvillage.com/members.
Joe and Sandi Black have only resided in Oakmont since 2005, but their roots in the Bay Area run deep. Sandi’s father, David Schneider, retired here after 50 years playing violin with the San Francisco Symphony. Music continues to permeate the Blacks’ lives as producers on and off Broadway. They have partnered and raised money for many shows (La Cage aux Folles, Yank!, The Scottsboro Boys, which opens in London this fall, and Nice Work If You Can Get It). Joe, who has danced, sung and acted since he was seven, majored in theater at college. He also writes musicals and can be found two days a week on Skype with his collaborators. It was bridge that brought the pair together for the first time. They are regulars at Oakmont’s duplicate games when they are not in Dallas, their second home. Sandi, a retired psychiatric social worker, is Joe’s biggest booster, describing him as the original
“renaissance man.” His day jobs have included driving rental cars, working in his family’s engineering firm and substitute teaching in English and math. He is proudest of starting Video Reader Company in 1987 which helped 250,000 remedial students learn English with the help of tapes and Magic Flashcards he patented. Passion for this work continues today. The Blacks attended “Bring Your Parents to Work” at Google with their son. During the Q&A, Joe asked the VIPs if they had considered leading a world-wide literacy revolution. He followed up with an extensive proposal on getting one started. Although Joe acknowledges he is not likely to ever retire, Sandi looks forward to full-time living in Oakmont, participating in Lifelong Learning classes and seeing their many friends and family members year-round.
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About 30 people attended the reception at Berger Center, dubbed by Chapman as the “final 50th anniversary event.” Committee members as well as representatives of supporting organizations were present, including Valley of the Moon Rotary, Kiwanis Club, Oakmont Accounting Services (OAS), the OVA Board of Directors and OVA Manager Cassie Turner. Recalling a series of celebratory events that began in April 2013 and concluded five months later, Millar and Chapman acknowledged a number of Oakmont residents. Among those recognized: John Kiil, who created the 50th anniversary logo; Sally Risberg, who organized the parade; Nick Beltrano, who coordinated the community picnic and concert on the golf course green; and John “Dutch” Lichliter, who created two 50th anniversary videos.
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LRPC Chairman Tony Lachowicz said the study is part of the committee’s effort in developing a comprehensive long-range plan for Oakmont. “It gives us a pretty accurate picture of who we were when the Census was conducted in April 2010.” The study is the work of LRPC Committee member Jim Ouimette who used his analytical skills developed as an engineer to reduce the raw census data into a targeted statistical portrait. By integrating colorcoded charts with numerical data, and his expert interpretation, Ouimette created what has never been done before. He calls it a “Snapshot of our Community.” “Jim’s study gives us a solid foundation upon which to base future studies that will look at where Oakmont is going,” said Lachowicz. While the study confirms what most residents may suspect, Oakmont is overwhelmingly Caucasian, average age of 76, with a majority being female. It does reveal some interesting facts: for instance, more than half our residents live alone, most receive both Social Security and a pension, and the average household income was $75,000. However, it is our income disparity that is most striking. The study shows over 40% of couples had a 2010 income over $100,000, compared to less than $35,000 for 41% of single households. “Oakmont is solidly middle class, and married couples do very well,” said Ouimette. “But based on the statistical data it’s clear that a number of our residents are just getting by.” The complete study is on the OVA members’ website. Click on Long Range Plan, then on 2010 Oakmont Demographics. It is also available in the Oakmont Library.
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50th Anniversary Committee Co-chairs Susan Millar and Bob Chapman (Photos by Kathy Sowers)
“Bob and I both are very gratified about the way Oakmonters embraced this year-long celebration,” said Millar. “We sold every ticket to our events, had wonderful participation in the parade and OGC picnic, and that made all the work worthwhile.” The plaque is mounted on the wall near Room G in Berger Center.
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BEGINNING OF SUMMER BBQ AND DANCE
All Oakmont residents are welcome. WHAT: BBQ and Dance Party WHERE: Berger Center WHEN: June 28. Doors open at 4:30 p.m.; dinner 5–6:30 p.m.; music 6–9:30 p.m. COST: $20 per member, $23 per members; guest, $35 per person if you are not a members’ guest. Best deal—$32, includes dinner and dance and a one-year membership from the date you join. MENU: BBQ chicken and tri tip, potato salad, green salad, garlic bread, Ray’s famous chili and desert. We will have plates, napkins, chili bowls forks, knifes, spoons, coffee, and lemon water. As always it is BYOB or your favorite soft drink. Back by popular demand Mr. Charley Baker and Company! If you have heard them before, you know why they are coming back. Plan on dancing all night long or just enjoy the great sounds. Either way it is a great time for all. Please make all checks payable to Sha-Boom. You may mail your checks to 7111 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may also put your payments in our club folder inside the OVA Office in the folder marked Sha-Boom, or you can drop it off at my house.
Table reservation requests
Tables reservations for eight will be available as long as all money and names are put in at one time. If you are with two, three, four or five people we can seat you all together as long as all names and money are in one envelope at one time. Please make sure the name of a contact person and their phone number is also in the envelope. So please get your party together and your payment in early as our events sell out fast. Any questions feel free to E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 539-6666.
We had our Frank Sinatra potluck and dance on April 19. Mr. Rick Ellis did a fantastic job for us. He had the dance floor packed all night long. I do not think he missed any of Sinatra’s songs. He even did some other songs in his own style. He got all the ladies on the dance floor arm in arm and had them kicking their legs up as far as possible. They danced to what else but “New York-New York” (nice to see you still got it, ladies!) What a great job they did!
I want to thank all the wonderful people who were kind enough to pitch in and help and you all know who you are. Without all your help our parties would not go as smooth as they do. Thanks again to all!
THE RAT PACK SHOW ON NOVEMBER 7
If you are interested, please get you checks in by the end of May so I know whether to pay them and have the show or not. Due to the cost of bringing the Rat Pack to the Berger Center I do need to know. I am sure if you are unable to come in November you will have no trouble re-selling your tickets. This show will be Cabaret-style seating and seating is limited. I do think this show will sell out very fast. So please get your checks in now. The Vegas-style show will feature Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Joey Bishop and their three-piece band. All of Oakmont is welcome, not just the Sha-Boom Club Members. All tickets are $30. Look forward to seeing you all there.
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The one-story beauty parlor measures between 2,150 and 2,200 square feet. It has been expected that a portion of that would be used for restrooms, a lobby and possibly hallways. The present OVA office, in leased space on Oakmont Drive, has 1,430 square feet of office space plus about 600 square feet of meeting space. The purchase would include the building, the adjacent parking area, reciprocal access and parking easements. Taylor said OVA attorneys and a planning consultant believe the lot split required to separate the beauty parlor site from nearby commercial property is feasible. Governmental approvals are expected to take 6 to 8 months. Because of the “significant” expense OVA will incur during the feasibility study, the Berger Foundation has agreed to “go ahead” if the plan is feasible and to “stand still” on any alternative lease or sale agreements.
Cal Alumni Club nMark Randol
WINE TASTING AT MUSCARDINI CELLARS Thursday, June 12
Join fellow Cal Alumni for a wine tasting on the patio of Muscardini’s Tasting Room down Hwy. 12 in Kenwood. Muscardini Cellars is a boutique producer of artisan Sonoma Valley wines. Owner and winemaker Michael Muscardini has followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, Emilio Alchera, who brought the family tradition from Italy to California in 1935 when he founded the St. Helena Napa Valley Wine Company. Michael continues this tradition with his passion to create handcrafted, small lot varietal wines from some of the best vineyards in the region including the famous Monte Rosso vineyards. His Gold Medal and Best-in-Class wines include Rosato di Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Barbera, Sangiovese, Syrah, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Tesoro—a super Tuscanstyle blend. PROGRAM: Wine tasting with passed bread and cheese DATE/TIME: Thursday, June 12 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. PRICE: $20 per person. Limited to 50 people. Bottle discount—20% off all bottles purchased that day! SIGN-UPS: Flyers have been sent to club members
The Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont has arranged group pricing for the concert on Friday, August 15, at 7:30 p.m. Club members have been sent an E-mail with sign-up information. For further information about the Oakmont Cal Alumni Club, go to our website at www. oakmontcalalums.org or contact Membership Chair, Bonnie Lukes at 537-9631.
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On May 3, we had our fourth Cinco De Mayo celebration. What a party that was: we had tamales, cheese and chicken enchiladas, a make-your-owntaco stand, rice, beans and salad. I don’t know about everyone else but after that meal I was ready for a siesta. The dancing and music by Billy Mac was hot. The drinks where flowing and so was our famous conga line (made famous by Michele Maris). We had a lot of great prizes and some fun gag toys. When I got home and put my head on my pillow I went fast to sleep with the sound of Maracas playing in my head.
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SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nDan Crossland
A New Look at an Older War
The guest speaker for our May 28 luncheon will be Christopher O’Sullivan, an award-winning author and historian. He will share some of his more controversial findings about World War II in the Pacific, gleaned from two decades of research in scores of documentary collections around the world. This would include Japan’s path to war, China’s contributions to allied victory, the role of American production and tactical innovation and the USSR’s role in provoking Tokyo to capitulate in 1945. O’Sullivan is a native of San Francisco but now happily calls Healdsburg his home. He received a BA
degree in American History from UC Berkeley and then an MA and Ph.D. in International History from the London School of Economics. His work has drawn numerous prizes and awards, with his interests centering on FDR, the New Deal Era and World War II. His latest book, to be published this year, is Harry Hopkins: FDR’s Envoy to Churchill and Stalin. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Drive. Our social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at 12 noon catered by Café Europe. Any Oakmont men interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.
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Entry Form for may 15 issue Find this picture: 0 hidden in the articles. The winner’s prize is $15.
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Write your answers on this form and bring it in, or mail it, to the OVA Office. Either way it must reach us no later than Friday, May 23.
A new film about one of America’s most influential political cartoonist called Herblock: The Black and the White (95 min.) will be screened this evening. It sets out to capture some of the highlights of Block’s extraordinary career. With the decline in newspaper circulation, mass
media political cartooning may be a disappearing art form, but the memory of this master’s body of satiric work lives on as a powerful reminder of the link between politics and the arts. WHEN: Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose
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Come join us for duplicate bridge
The Duplicate Bridge Club plays twice a week in the Central Activities Center card room, Tuesday evening at 6:45 PM and Friday afternoon at 12:30 PM. 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 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 player’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. General information and partnerships: Marilyn Hillendahl, 833-1032.
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Oakmont Art Association
Single Boomers Social Club
My, the month of May is passing by quickly! After our enjoyable social May 9 at the Quail Inn, we would like to prime you with our upcoming planned activities. Mark these events on your calendar now so that you’ll have plenty of time to plan for our club activities. Friday Night Socials—June 13, October 10, November 14, and December 12: Held at the Quail Inn from 5–9 p.m. Members and guests are welcome. Socials at the Berger Center—September 4, January 8, 2015: 6–9 p.m. BYOB and bring food to share. Members and guests welcome.
VISIT WITH OAKMONT ARTISTS AT OPEN STUDIOS NEXT WEEKEND MAY 17 and 18
Here’s your chance to see what some of Oakmont’s outstanding artists are doing and to visit with them personally as you become acquainted with their work. A number of artists will have their studios open to welcome visitors on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. An intriguing variety of artistic products will be on display. Examples: Kathy Byrne will show her watercolors; Patty Davis works in watercolor and mixed media; Valerie Kopolla Gardner does oil, acrylic and watercolor; Gayla Yates Gordon will display photographic works; Sandy Gravich is a watercolorist; Frank Gyorgy is noted for steel structures and painting; Robert Hastings paints; Ned Luzmoor does paper sculpture, watercolor and pastel works; Joan Childress Muhlstein will exhibit paintings, etchings, pastels and watercolor; Dorothy Pierce does painting and drawing; Gerhard Rossbach works with blown glass; Glenna Yee with fused glass; Earla Snow creates porcelain dolls and jewelry; Patricia Vogenthaler specializes in jewelry design; Elizabeth Wonnacot paints in oils. Additional maps showing the locations of these artists are available at the OVA Office and at the Central Activities Center in the Library and the Art Room.
CLASSES AND WORKSHOP THIS MONTH
Instructor Diana Liebe’s popular workshop on Silk Scarf Painting will be held May 23 for Oakmont residents. Sign up now to be sure the workshop takes place. All materials are supplied. Contact Diana at 245-7512, email@example.com. Elizabeth Wonnacott will begin a series of three weekly classes on the fundamentals of painting with oils starting Friday, May 30 from 1:30–4:30 p.m.
All materials for the class will be included and emphasis will be on individual instruction as well as class demonstrations. Contact Elizabeth if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 595-1332 (home), (303) 921-6257 (cell) or visit her website at www.Elizabetharts.com.
VISIT BERGER CENTER TO SEE OAKMONT ARTISTS’ WORKS
A new display of local artistic works has just been hung in the Berger Center Art Gallery (Room G) and alcove walls. This exhibit should interest any art lover as it represents a variety of media and styles. The featured artists in this exhibit are Betty G. Franks, who is showing mixed media assemblages whose designs use found objects and paper as a basis for creative compositions, and Jim Oswald whose colorful photographs are often on metal instead of paper. Jim currently has works being shown in the Jones and Terwilliger Galleries in Carmel and Palm Desert.
July 12, Hot Dog Roast: 12 noon–4 p.m., Central Rec. Patio August (date TBD): Picnic at Jack London State Park October 25, Halloween Costume Party and Dance: 5:30–10 p.m., Berger Center November 16, Thanksgiving Feast: 2 p.m.–?, East Rec. December 14, Holiday Gift Exchange: 2–6 p.m., East Rec., Members Only Evites and member shout-outs will keep you informed of these activities as they draw near. If you are interested in becoming a member of the SBSC, contact Sandy Throne at email@example.com for a membership application. Not sure? Feel free to drop by any of our Socials, meet our members and get a sense of who we are. You won’t be disappointed! Our club’s purpose is to offer a friendly social environment and to promote fun, camaraderie and entertaining events combined with an opportunity to meet single baby boomers in a relaxed setting.
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Come join us through June 27 from 1:30–3 p.m. in the upper West Rec. Renowned caller, Steve Minkin, teaches square dancing. Fees per class will range from $6–10 per person, depending on the size of the class. Square dancing is a good exercise, great for your brain and reflexes, and it is great fun. Guaranteed you
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will laugh a lot. Anyone can square dance, even if you have never done any dancing. No partner is needed—just come and have fun, and promise not to take it too seriously! Please wear secure shoes—leather soles are best but tennis shoes will work. No flip-flops or clogs—you will dance right out of them.
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The McDougall Plan: Eating Your Way to a Healthier Life Berger Center Tuesday, May 27, 7-9pm / $5 donation The founder of the nationally renowned McDougall diet and lifestyle program appears at a special evening discussion sponsored by the Oakmont Sunday Symposium. A special evening program of the Oakmont Sunday Symposium. Go to our website at www.oaksunsym.org for more details.
This doe and her fawn were photographed in his Oakmont backyard by Keith Sauer.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 21 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Star of the Valley Parish Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards $2 each; pizza with many toppings to choose from and served with coleslaw $6 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for dinner at approx. 5:15 p.m.
Oakmont Friends, Clients & Residents You are invited to McBride Realty’s 4th Annual Summer Kick-Off Picnic & Barbeque June 12th 12:00 – 2:00pm We hope you can stop by! (McBride Realty parking lot) 707-538-2270
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“SUMMER WHITES” OYSTER PICNIC Sunday, June 15, 12–2:30 pm, West Rec. picnic area
We’ll be celebrating the start of summer with fresh oysters straight from Tomales Bay and crisp summer wines that go so well with them. The oyster bar, provided and staffed by The Oyster Girls, will feature raw oysters on the half shell served over beds of ice, as well as barbecued oysters straight from the grill. Oysters will be served with the Oyster Girls’ famous mignonette sauces and accoutrements. There will also be a variety of white and rosé wines that pair well with oysters, two different kinds of salads, and
fresh French baguettes and butter. And in the spirit of our festivities we’ll be wearing our best summer whites! Price is $50 per person for the Enocureans’ members, $55 for non-members. This price is allinclusive—it includes one dozen oysters per person (raw, barbecued, or any combination thereof), four bottles of wine for each table that seats eight people, two salad choices, bread and butter, tax and service. Event registration started on May 1 for members and May 15 for non-members. All Enocureans’ events have a limited capacity, generally 20–40 people depending on the event. Members pay a lower fee and have priority in registration. The membership fee is $15 per calendar year. If you would like to join or have any questions, please contact Ellen Leznik at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The next meeting of the Photography Club will be Wednesday, June 4 at 2 p.m. at the East Recreation Center. The meeting will feature photos taken by members at our forthcoming field trip to the historic Sturgeon’s Mill in Sebastopol on Saturday, May 17.
Current Events Discussion Group
Our Friday discussions invite informed comments from across the political spectrum, from Liberals to Conservatives. Some prefer to listen and learn, still others to moderate. Whatever your comfort level, you will be welcomed when you join us. The discussions are moderated by volunteers within the group.
May 16: Steve Carroll / May 23: Larry Fee May 30: Karen Krestensen / June 6: Jim Duport Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center, and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information please contact Tina Lewis at 539-5546.
FEELING LOST IN THE CROWD? Sturgeon’s Mill is a restoration of a 19th century steam-powered lumber mill, a working museum showing how redwood logs were milled over 100 years ago. On selected weekends volunteers give demonstrations of how the mill worked and docents conduct tours and recount the history of the mill. The mill still houses old hand tools, the steam-powered engine, a blacksmith shop, logging trucks and an extensive photographic record. The descendants of the original owners want to turn this historic steam mill into a functional living history center for the community. Photographers have pretty much open access to the various parts of the mill and to the antique equipment on the grounds and you are not limited by the tours. In addition to the sawmill there is a Woodland Garden created by the former owner which includes a wide variety of flowering plants and trees and several lily pools. Farm animals are also present on the property so there will be a wide variety of photo opportunities.
For more information about the mill go to www. sturgeonsmill.com. All Photography Club members are welcome to attend, as well as any other Oakmonters interested in possibly joining the club. Meet at the East Recreation Center at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 17 to car-pool. Food is available for purchase at the mill or you can bring your own bag lunch. There is no charge for admission to the mill but donations are welcome. For questions about the field trip, contact me at 5394507 or email@example.com. If you miss the field trip and want to see the photos, join us at the June 4 meeting. You are welcome to come as a guest for your first meeting; otherwise dues are $10 per year per family, or $5 June through December. We hope to see you at the field trip or meeting, or both.
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Show Boat at San Francisco Opera
nPenny Gotzmer, OVA Administration
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“Ol’ Man River,” “Make Believe,” “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.” Few musicals have produced as many great songs as Show Boat, and none has proven more important, influential or eternally fresh. A moving sage of tender romance and poignant reconciliation, Show Boat is “full of opportunities for an ensemble of first-rate singers, actors and dancers to do justice to the magnificent Jerome Kern-Oscar Hammerstein II score…..And what a luxury to have a lush-sounding opera orchestra playing the original Robert Russell Bennett orchestrations” (Chicago Tribune).
Francisca Zambello’s “smartly staged and handsomely designed” production (Chicago Tribune), brings to glorious life Edna Ferber’s classic tale. Patricia Racette, Heidi Stober and Nathan Gunn head a dazzling cast. “No one should miss it” (Chicago Sun-Times)! We all know the music and the songs. Treat yourself to hear them in person and at the opera no less! We have Dress Circle tickets for a matinee performance. We will first go to Union Square for lunch on your own, or a bit of shopping, or whatever you choose to do. We usually arrive there at 11:30 a.m. and leave for the opera at 1:20 p.m. This gives you almost two hours at Union Square.
TRIP: Show Boat at San Francisco Opera DATE: Sunday, June 22 TIME: Bus leaves at 10 a.m.; returns approx. 7 p.m. COST: $138 ESCORT: Penny Gotzmer SIGN UP: Now in the OVA Office
Once at the Curran Theater
nPenny Gotzmer, OVA Administration
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Once is a truly original Broadway experience, featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage. Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights…but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams, not living in fear, and the power of music to connect all of us. We have mezzanine seats with a great view. We usually arrive at Union Square for lunch about 11:30 a.m. and since the Curran is just 1½ blocks from the square we can walk to the theater. The show starts at 2 p.m. This means we will have 2½ hours before the show starts. You can enjoy a leisurely lunch on your own or do some shopping. You might just want to enjoy the square. I am really looking forward to seeing this show!
Hope you are. Tickets are $ 119 each and go on sale May 1 at 10 a.m. in the OVA Office.
TRIP: Once at the Currant Theater DATE: Sunday, July 13 TIME: Leave 10 a.m.; return approx. 6:30 p.m. COST: $ 119 ESCORT: Penny Gotzmer SIGN UP: Now in the OVA Office
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Bridge Player Solves Mystery of Missing Boards nJackie Reinhardt
Marilyn Hillendahl, club manager for Oakmont’s duplicate bridge games, recently proved as adept at sleuthing as she is at card playing. Hillendahl plays in a social bridge game that has been meeting for 22 years—initially at participants’ homes and now at local restaurants. The group’s most recent venue, Star Restaurant on Farmers Lane, abruptly closed without notice. The group’s duplicate boards, which hold dealt hands that are hidden from view and passed from table to table, were locked inside the padlocked restaurant.
who can’t play tennis or hike anymore,” she told them. “We can play bridge, but we need our duplicate boards back.” Apparently, her plea was convincing since one of the attorneys representing the owners agreed to meet Hillendahl at the vacant restaurant the following day. They trekked through the dark interior with flashlights and within 25 minutes located the small suitcase containing the duplicate boards. Next month games resume at Coco’s Restaurant thanks to this Oakmonter’s perseverance.
Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck
“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”—Emma Goldman
Marilyn Hillendahl (Photo by Jackie Reinhardt)
Determined to get the boards back, Hillendahl called the county assessor’s office who gave her the address of the building owner in Newport Beach. She tracked down the restaurant owner in Marin County, but his phone was disconnected. Then she called the Star Restaurant in Novato whose owner promised to pass on information about the missing boards. Not to be deterred, Hillendahl called the Santa Rosa Police Department which sent her to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s office. After speaking to someone in county records, she was put in touch with the property manager and then the attorneys for the building owner. “We’re just a bunch of ladies in our 70s and 80s
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American Mah Jongg
Sandy Metzger, Master Gardener, presents “Trash to Treasures Garden Art.” Add fun and delight to your garden by repurposing old dishes, tiles, ladders, glassware, bottles, furniture, etc. Learn how to be creative in your garden. Use thrift and recycle shop finds. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, May 20 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.
FREE JUNE GARDEN TOUR OPEN TO ALL OAKMONTERS AND THEIR GUESTS
We will tour another five lovely Oakmont gardens. Reservations are required and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up at the May meeting or contact Jean Whitridge at email@example.com to reserve your spot. Deadline for sign-up is June 10. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, June 17, Berger Center TIME: Meet at 9:45 a.m. to form car-pools; tour is from 10 a.m.–1 p.m.; please be on time as we start promptly.
MAY 15 GARDEN TIPS
• Summer crops, including corn, squash, and tomatoes, need nutrient-rich soil to thrive. Before you plant these edibles, till a 4–6” layer of compost into beds. Continue sowing carrots, beets, radishes, salad greens, dill. With salad greens, select heat-resistant varieties now for best results as they’ll bump into warmer weather. Direct-sow more kale and chard, too. Sow seeds of cucumber, eggplant, melon, and squash directly in the soil. • Keep garden well mulched. • Plant summer annuals and bulbs; deadhead spring bulbs. • Plant, divide and transplant perennials; keep well watered until established. • Your compost pile will do its best in an area where it will get a little afternoon shade. If you have the space, put the compost pile in an area where you want to plant the next season, and let that beautiful compost work its way into the soil and you’ll get a running start on improving that area. • Mulch your plant containers, especially clay pots, as they tend to dry out, particularly if they’re in the full sun. • Stay vigilant about aphids—spring is the worst time for aphids in Sonoma County gardens. The hot summer weather drives them away. Use insecticidal soap or spray with water from the garden hose as necessary. Wash off spittlebugs. • Keep deer out of the garden by planting plants they ignore, such as Erigeron karvinskianus (Santa Barbara Daisy), Moonshine yarrow, Russian sage (Perovskia), santolina, and Spanish and English lavender.
NEXT MEETING: may 19
Our group will be meeting on the first and third Mondays of the month. WHERE: East Recreation Center. CHECK-IN TIME: 12:30–1 p.m. GAME TIME: 1–3 p.m. DUES AMOUNT: $1 per meeting (to be used for parties and club expenses as needed)
Mah Jongg Update
Our teachers are no longer teaching Mah Jongg, so if you have any questions or need more help, I would be happy to help, as well as other players that are at the meeting. I have also set it up with Carol Jarvis at the Jewish Community Center for those of you who would still like a little more help with the game. WHEN: Second and fourth Tuesdays of every month PRICE: $2 ADDRESS: 130l Farmers Lane, Santa Rosa. It is on the corner just before you get on Hwy. 12 on the right side of the street. Please feel free to still come to our meetings as well. The more you play the faster you will master the game. Thank you so much for supporting the club and making this a fun game for all of us.
Happy & HealtHy aging Ask Your Professional Dear Dr. Bliss~
Why should I see my chiropractor after recovering from my initial complaint?
Dear Recovered patient~
Periodic check-ups are important to maintain spinal alignment and range of motion. Just like seeing your dentist to make sure cavities are not developing, or other problems, you schedule routine check-ups. The same is true with chiropractic. Chiropractic care, exercise and a good whole food diet is your best bet for maintaining a healthy body.
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My sister & I are concerned about mom’s aging & need to broach some sensitive topics with her. How do you suggest we start the conversation?
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How do you begin to talk with your elderly mom about getting some help? When do you discuss giving up the car keys with your dad? What do you say to your brothers and sisters when you’re stuck with all the caregiving and you can’t count on your siblings to assist? When you’re a family caregiver, the list of possible caregiver questions and issues is endless. Home Instead Senior Care can help. WE have a 40/70 booklet & the 50/50 booklet designed to help start just these kind of important conversations. CALL us to day @ 586.1516 to send you a FREE copy or find them on our website www. homeinstead.com/sonoma.
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Push Your Potential nJohn Phillips
This is a very effective fat-burning and strengthbuilding class, utilizing small hand weights (bring your own) and your body weight, based on HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training), modified for Oakmont Residents. WHEN: Mondays 2 p.m., Wednesday and Friday 2:45–3:45 p.m. (ongoing) WHERE: Lower Level of the West Recreation Center COST: 10 sessions for $50 or $8 drop-in fee CONTACT: John Phillips, BA/CPT at 843-6187 Come in and see how far you can push yourself!
Move without strain
Exercise is a crucial part of healthy aging, but highintensity cardio or strength training can also put strain on the body. According to stress expert Dr. Kathleen Hall regular exercise reduces the risk of death by a third and cuts the risk of chronic disease by 40%. Yoga can be an excellent low-impact exercise option that’s easier on the body than activities like running or weight lifting. Yoga does offer strength training because you use the weight of you own body in many of the poses. But unlike regular strength training, because you are not adding any weight you are less likely to get injured. Come to Gentle Yoga and see for yourself. WHEN: Mondays and Thursdays 12:30–1:45 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Recreation Center (across from the tennis courts) FEE: $10 drop-in or $60 for 10 sessions (don’t have to be consecutive) INFO: Class co-taught by Lou and me. Drop-in or call 537-8661 REQUIREMENT: Must be able to get up and down off the mat unassisted.
Fit & Fun nLynn Seng, MSEd, Instructor
SUMMER RECESS: MAY 21–JUNE 18 CLASSES RESUME JUNE 19
“Exercise not only appears to keep skin younger, it may also even reverse skin aging in people who start exercising late in life, according to surprising new research…. Under a microscope, the [research] volunteers’ skin looked like that of a much younger person, and all that they had done differently was exercise.” (New York Times, 4/22/14, D6) Need I say more? You have one more chance to check out Zumba Fit and Fun! before summer recess: Tuesday, May 20 will be the last class for four weeks. Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon classes will resume June 19. If you haven’t done Zumba yet, when I return come see what my Zumba Fit and Fun! can do for you. Exercise, stretch, tone your muscles and memory, and laugh. Beginners welcome: no prior experience with Zumba or any other dance program is necessary. There is no charge for your first two classes. Successive classes, which do not need to be consecutive, are $10 per week or discounted at five weeks for $40 or 10 weeks for $60. And if you are ready to dance Zumba Fit and Fun! twice a week, you can attend both Tuesday and Thursday classes for the cost of one! I look forward to seeing you all when I get back!
nTeresa and Tom Woodrum
Free Fitness Class
WHAT: Stretch and Body Conditioning Class WHERE: Berger Center EQUIPMENT: Non-skid yoga mat, athletic shoes, water bottle, small hand towel. WHEN: Wednesdays from 9–10 a.m. LEADERS: Tom and Teresa Woodrum Good news! The YMCA loved this class! They even agreed to send one of their instructors to lead the class on the last Wednesday of each month. It is thanks to your generous donations to the Oakmont Community Foundation that we will be able to pay these professional instructors. OCF supports the health of our community through physical education. Thank you for your donations! Special thanks to Dr. Robert Bliss D.C. of Oakmont Chiropractic and John Phillips, Oakmont Fitness Trainer. They are generously volunteering their time to serve as safety spotters during class. Just a note: no one goes to an exercise class because it is easy. So we strive to make it worth your time and reward you with laughter and friendship. This is a big class designed for active adults. If you need special supervision, it is advisable to join a smaller 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. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. We welcome Oakmont residents. Guests unfortunately, are not allowed under the OVA’s exercise class agreement. Please join us.
Tai Chi Classes for the Beginner nDr. Kate Ha
A new Tai Chi class for beginners is opening up on Thursdays at 9 a.m. in addition to the ongoing class on Wednesdays in the upper Rec. Center. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop. Classes do not have to be consecutive. Pre-registration is required by calling me at 318-5284. If you have trouble with balance or lack of limberness or short of breath and need a gentle exercise to relieve stress, this is for you. Millions of seniors practice this movement worldwide, especially in China. All are welcome, especially those on a walker or cane. I have been on faculty at SSU for 27 years and have taught in Oakmont for over 25 years. My husband Ed Behen and I are happy Oakmont residents.
Saturday Morning Meditation nSheila Madden, Facilitator
Join a drop-in group of 12–18 meditators, which has been meeting every Saturday morning at 10:30 AM since 2005. A 40-minute period of silence is preceded by a short dharma talk about meditation principles, chiefly (but not exclusively) based on Buddhist ideas. We sit in a circle on comfortable chairs, but anyone who prefers to sit formally on a floor cushion is welcome to bring one and use it. I have been a meditator for 35 years, and have been teaching meditation since the mid-1980’s. Beginning meditators are advised to call me in advance at 538-1716 for some tips on the how-tos of sitting. LOCATION: Central Activities Center, Room B
Pilates nJeanne Marie Manning
Saturday Morning Wake-Up with Deep Stretching for Strength
Core strength is partnered with deep stretching in this unique fusion of Pilates and Yoga. Join us Saturday mornings, 8:45 a.m., upstairs at the West Recreation Center. Bring a Yoga mat and wear loose comfortable clothing you can move in with ease. If you have questions about the class, contact me at 538-2268.
Keep your spring fitness going! Come exercise to a fun aerobic workout at the Lower West Rec. Center. The class is ongoing and you may join at any time. The aerobic format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! We finish the class with core and balance work. The music is fun and catchy and the class is designed for all levels. Call me at 538-8304 for more information. Bring your friends! See you in class! WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays ongoing. Join any time. First class is free. TIME: Tuesdays 5:30–6:30 p.m., Thursdays 4:30– 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $6 per class or $40 for eight classes—good for two months INFO: Please bring a mat, weights and water INSTRUCTOR: Me, 538-8304
All the Toys Fitness (Strength and Balance)
Spring is here! Time for walks, golf and outside activities. Keep strong by joining us in the lower West Rec. Center Wednesday evenings from 5–6 p.m. for a fun fitness class. Using toys, such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves, we work on strength and balance. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of strength. Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of this class. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, bands and a ball if you have them. WHEN: Wednesdays, join any time. First class is free! TIME: 5–6 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST $6 per class or four classes for $20—good for two months INFO: Please bring water, mat, and weights, balls INSTRUCTOR: Me, 538-8304
The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
Visual Aids Workshop nAnn VerPlanck
The Workshop Story
The Visual Aids Workshop is unique to our Oakmont Village community. It is the inspiration of Winifred Thiltgen, who retired in Oakmont. Here she saw a visiting artist demonstrate books for blind children. The idea clicked with her because during her teaching career, visually-impaired children were mainstreamed in her classes. Winifred visited local teachers of the visuallyimpaired to learn of specific needs. Ten friends joined her, and the first year they made 18 books with tactile illustrations. In 1971, the Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop was born! Winifred passed away in 2002, but the workshop she founded lives on today. We hope you will become one of Winifred’s volunteers and join us on Monday mornings from 9–11 a.m. in the upstairs room of the West Recreation Center.
OCF Supports Educational Opportunities in Oakmont
The Oakmont Community Foundation is now in a position to help more Oakmont organizations with their plans to develop educational and charitable activities for Oakmont residents. We have certain criteria to meet and can mentor organizations in developing a request for grant money to fund their plans. We have examples of organizations that started up based on the ideas and creative volunteer efforts of individuals but lacked the funds to carry their plans to the next step. With help from the foundation a strategic plan was developed, a bank account was opened and a grant request was completed, allowing the OCF Directors to favorably consider offering a grant to permit the organization to realize their objectives. As an active adult community with residents ranging in age from the mid-50’s to over 100, there are many and varying needs and ways for maintaining an intellectual and healthy lifestyle. The Oakmont community is fortunate to have so many volunteer organizations ready and able to meet those varying needs. The OCF is here to mentor, accept and respond to appropriate grant requests from approved Oakmont organizations educating Oakmont residents about every form of lifestyle enhancement. The OCF Board is at work identifying Oakmont organizations and clubs that have an educational or charitable identity as part of their mission to see if and how the foundation might be of help in furthering the ambitions of these organizations. Inquiries about possible grants are solicited and will be given consideration if they meet OCF charter and other legal restrictions. Contact any director for more information and a Grant Application form. Anyone may contribute to the OCF at any time by visiting the OVA Office and picking up a Donor Form or by picking up an envelope form at one of the participating grant organizations; by mailing a contribution to the OCF at the OVA address and by placing your form with check in the OCF file in the OVA Office. Questions? Contact any of these OCF Directors: Pat Amedeo, Bob Chapman, Pat Clothier, Bob Giddings, Sue Millar, Sally Risberg; Emeritus, Bill Anderson. Consider OCF in your will, as a memorial or to honor someone.
Buddhist Meeting—May 31
The Buddhist View of Life and Death
“Is there a view of death and what lies beyond that contains a spiritual dimension but does not contradict the known scientific laws of the universe? Indeed there is. Buddhism puts forth a naturalistic, as opposed to a super-naturalistic view of death.”—The Buddha in Your Mirror, p. 184. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, May 31 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy.
MAY 18—THE TRAVELING GARDENER: EXPLORING THE WORLD ONE GARDEN AT A TIME
Yvonne Michie Horn is a full-time, professional writer specializing in travel, although she takes on diverse other subjects as well. Her primary professional organizations are the Society of American Travel Writers, the American Society of Journalists and Authors and the Gardens Writers Association. At the website www. TheTravelingGardener.com she shares her garden finds after they have seen print as feature articles in magazines and newspapers. Yvonne makes her home in Oakmont where she serves as the Yvonne Horn current chair of the Landscape Improvement Committee and head gardener for the Stonebridge Community Garden.
MAY 25—MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND NO SYMPOSIUM SPECIAL EVENING PRESENTATION TUESDAY, MAY 27, 7–9 pm BERGER CENTER THE MCDOUGALL PLAN: EATING YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER LIFE
Dr. John McDougall, who has written extensively on diet and health, will discuss how a change in diet can improve the quality and longevity of one’s life. He emphasizes a plant-based diet while eliminating animal products such as eggs, meat, and poultry. He will describe how he has helped patients to eliminate many medicines as they naturally become healthier from high blood pressure, diabetes, and even helped reduce cancer and heart Dr. John disease in patients through a McDougall change in diet. He maintains that we each determine to a great extent our health and longevity by what we eat and how we look at life. Dr. McDougall is a certified internist with the Board of Internal Medicine and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has written 12 national bestselling books including The McDougall Plan. He and his wife have also written several cookbooks and a newsletter. At age 18, he suffered a massive stroke which he attributed to an animal product diet. Since the mid-
WHEN: Saturday, May 31, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 538-3369 or Pj at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See www.sgi-usa.org for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.
East Recreation Center 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 AM–12 noon $3 Donation www.oaksunsym.org 1970’s, he has followed a mostly vegan diet after observing that his elderly patients from East Asia, who lived mainly on rice and vegetables, were trim and healthy as compared to their offspring tempted by the American diet. He and his wife are residents of Santa Rosa.
JUNE 1—JERRY BROWN—OUR ENIGMA
The Sunday Symposium welcomes Chuck McFadden, author of Trailblazer: A Biography of Jerry Brown. Published in 2013, it is the first biography of California’s governor in more than 30 years. In this presentation, Chuck will explore the unique persona of one of the most idiosyncratic politicians in California history. He is the son of California political royalty who forged his own political style against the tumultuous backdrop of a huge, balkanized state. He was once the youngest governor in California, and when he took the oath of office for his third term in January of 2011 at age 72, he was the oldest person to be Chuck McFadden sworn in as governor. A bundle of contradictions, Brown can attend a Zen retreat in Big Sur and, in the car on the way home, plot the brutal downfall of a rival politician. In many ways, Jerry Brown reflects California—a glamorous and contradictory place, at one time home to Richard Nixon—and Groucho Marx. Brown’s 2010 election victory over the Republican Meg Whitman was remarkable because he was vastly outspent by the Whitman campaign. Now in 2014, Brown is far ahead of his Republican rivals in opinion polls and appears headed for a landslide re-election. Chuck McFadden was a political reporter for The Associated Press in Sacramento for a number of years, covering Jerry Brown and Ronald Reagan. He has served as the press secretary to Wilson Riles, the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction; the public information officer at Cal State Sacramento; and director of communications for the California Medical Association. His last position before retirement was director of media services in the Office of the President at the University of California. He has also written for the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee and the San Diego Union and the political website Calbuzz, among others. For further information on the Oakmont Sunday Symposium and upcoming and past programs, please go to www.oaksunsym.org.
A weekly series offering informative and enlightening presentations on a wide range of topics. Video recordings of the lectures are available any time online at the Symposium website www.oaksunsym.org. Presentation DVD’s are available in the Oakmont Library. Want E-mail reminders? Tell us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
Tennis Club nTina Lewis
IT WAS “THAT’S AMORE” ALL THE WAY AT THE SPRING ITALIAN LUNCHEON ON APRIL 26
Spring Luncheon Chair Eva McGinn, with the help of Sherry Kohut, planned an Italian Affair to remember! Unfortunately, Eva sadly had to miss the event because of a death in her family, so Diane and Neil Linneball, Janet Siela, and Zlatica Hasa stepped up to make the event happen. Oh yes, and don’t forget George Hasa, whose dulcet tones led an Italian-songs sing-along. The Oakmont Market provided a tasty spread of salad, two kinds of pasta dishes, garlic bread, and biscotti. Many hands made the cleanup an easy task. A good time was had by all, so arrivederci till next spring!
Bill Anderson and Judy Burness with new OTC member Jim Knapp at the Italian Spring Luncheon. (Photo by K Jenkins)
HAVE YOU MADE YOUR RESERVATION FOR FRENCH OPEN AT OAKMONT? MAY 29, 3–5 pm, EAST REC.
Cordon bleu? Haute cuisine? It takes both these phrases to capture the tempting morsels you’ll be offered at French Open at Oakmont on Thursday, May
29. Are you ready? Mini quiche, Brie and Camembert cheeses, salmon pate on croissants, crudities platter (veggies), fresh fruit, and for dessert French sponge cookies, petites fours, and chocolate covered fruit. In addition to wine, the piece de resistance will be Korbel Brut Rose sparkling wine. Oh, let’s be daring and call it champagne! Thanks to Debbie McGauley at Korbel, that winery is donating two cases of the bubbly. (You can also taste wine free of charge at the winery!) Terri Somers, Olivia Kinzler, and Sherry Kohut have the event planned to impress even French President Hollande! He would be dazzled by Terri’s creative decorations. You’ve already read what Olivia has chosen for food. Champagne, wine, and dessert will be served by USTA players! And Sherry, as Social Director, is helping to put the entire thing together. And if that isn’t enough, surprise appearances by famous tennis legends will delight you with results and gossip of the French Open played in Paris! One thing you can do to help out is offer to help put the room back together after the party. If you’re willing to be part of the clean-up crew, contact Sherry Kohut at 541-6674. May 23 is the cutoff date for making reservations, so don’t hesitate! Fill out and put the coupon and your check either in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office or mail to Sherry. Her address is on the coupon.
SLIP INTO YOUR BIKINI, GRAB YOUR RACQUET COME TO THE BEACH PARTY ON JUNE 28
It’s good vibrations and fun, fun, fun in the California sun on Saturday, June 28 at the west courts. Terri Somers is telling everyone to come over with your tennis racquet (and clothes, of course), bathing
FRENCH OPEN AT OAKMONT THURSDAY, MAY 29, 3–5 pm, EAST REC. CENTER
Place coupon and money in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office or mail to Sherry Kohut, 6589 Meadowridge Drive. Name(s) ______________________________________________________________________________________ # of members at $12 ______ # of non-members at $17 ______ Check amount $___________ Phone# _______________________________________________
USTA Coach Terri Somers put Bill Wrightson, Jim Oswald, K Jenkins, and Tom Cooke through their paces with doubles drills and court positioning.
suits (maybe not bikinis), and beach towels (regular towels will do) for a morning of tennis and swimming to the music of the Beach Boys. Also bring a brownbag lunch because a picnic will follow. June 28 seems like a long way off, but we want to be sure it’s on your calendar! More details later!
DAVIS CUP IN OAKMONT: JUNE 7
Watch for E-blasts to give you details of this event.
USTA MEN’S TEAM TO COMPETE IN PLAYOFF MATCH
Great news from USTA Captain Terri Somers: “The USTA Oakmont Men’s team has finished the regular season in first place! They will compete in a playoff match in Oakmont on either June 4 or June 5 at 10 a.m. This puts our men at the top of the standing for the entire District of Northern California (44 teams). If we win the playoff we head to Silverado Country Club for the Sectionals June 23–25 to compete against all the top teams. “Come out to support our USTA teams. We have a new season coming up of mixed doubles for men/ women combined teams. Call me at (925) 876-8074 for more information.” The ladies have been playing their hearts out during these USTA matches! They have one more match to play here in Oakmont. It’d be really terrific if all the USTA men and all the women who aren’t playing that day would come out and cheer our gals on. Thanks to USTA Captain Terri Somers for doing such a terrific job of organizing all the USTA matches.
Oakmont HEARS (Hearing Education, Advocacy, Resources, and Support) nLynn Seng
The first meeting of Oakmont HEARS was held on April 23 at 1 p.m. in CAC-B. The objective of this meeting was to identify a wish list of what people are looking for in response to their experiences with hearing loss. From the eager Oakmonters who attended came a recurring theme of “Help! Help! Help!” For example, help with the whole gamut of obtaining hearing aids, from finding a good audiologist (or should it be an ENT specialist?) to successfully using a hearing device, whether from Costco, Kaiser, the VA, or one of the many other providers. We heard of, and shared, the psychological challenges of living with hearing loss, including embarrassment at having to repeatedly ask people to speak up, and difficulty hearing essential instructions or announcements. People commonly feel discouraged from attending events in public spaces (including Oakmont meetings and group activities), or just going out to dinner or the theatre; not being able to participate in conversations. Hearing loss can
lead to isolation and place strains on marriages and family relationships. On the practical side, participants spoke of constant frustration trying to handle tiny batteries with very short life spans; trying to use old or new telephones—with or without hearing aids; trying to set up closed captions on the TV; trying to have a conversation with a grandchild. Some spoke of gadgets they have seen or tried such as “pocket talkers,” personal microphone systems, even rechargeable hearing aids. Over the months ahead, a fundamental goal of Oakmont HEARS is to obtain and disseminate information on various aspects of living with hearing loss. We will look for and, with your help, find professionals who can educate us about hearing loss and hearing aids, like the new breakthrough technologies that now exist for both less expensive hearing aids, and for greatly expanded control of some hearing aids with smart phones. We will invite representatives of hearing
devices to come to Oakmont and demonstrate their products. With you, we will advocate for improved services for individuals and families with hearing loss, e.g., we could begin by requesting improved sound systems in all the meeting spaces in Oakmont. We will share details of resources identified and utilized among ourselves, and those we learn of through broader media. We will develop methods and means for providing support for each other and for the significant others in our lives who live with our hearing loss. Meetings of Oakmont HEARS are the second Wednesday of each month from 1–2:30 p.m. The next meeting will be held June 11. Please note: the meeting earlier scheduled for May 28 has been replaced by June 11, even though it appears in the May calendar. Questions or suggestions can be sent to Carol Haggerty at email@example.com. Please join us for our next meeting in room B of the Central Activities Center at 1 p.m. on June 11.
The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
Friday Morning Bridge
nKate Hill, Instructor
SUMMER BRIDGE SERIES LIKES IT HOT! We’re Going Slammin’, and Reviewing Stayman and Transfers Too
Okay, Bridgesters, lace up your bidding shoes, and let’s spice up your game! No more languishing in Four Spades when 12 tricks are ours for the taking! Our Friday morning bridge lessons will reconvene
nBarbara G. Dudley
on June 6, in the Central Activities Center. The class will run for five weeks: June 6, 13, and 20, July 11 and 18 (please note no class on June 27 or July 4), from 9:30–11:30 a.m. The cost is $75 for the entire series (includes text, Bridge Basics 3). Drop-ins are also welcome ($15 per session). Students may enroll, individually or with a partner, at the first class meeting on Friday, June 6, at 9:15 a.m.
PC Users Group
GOOGLE AND ITS AMAZING APPS
For the Program Meeting on May 19 at 2 p.m., OPCUG will welcome back Eric Skagerberg, an adjunct professor at Santa Rosa Junior College, who has more than 25 years of experience in computer services. As you may recall, Eric spoke to us in May of 2013 and provided us with a hilarious, yet informative, view of Windows 8. We’ve asked him to return to give us his take on Google and its multitude of marvelous apps, a much requested program. Come to learn about applications that go with your online Google Drive storage, including: Word processing, spreadsheets, online forms, screen presentations, drawings, and numerous add-on applications. But it doesn’t end there. He’ll also cover: Maps, Gmail, Calendar, News, Videos, Photos, Shopping, Finance, Translation, Blogging, and much more! Don’t miss this presentation! It’s sure to be entertaining and informative!
Q&A SESSION FOR JUNE
For our Question-and-Answer Session on Monday, June 9 at 2 p.m., E-mail your questions to Bob Mandelstam at BobMandel@Psualum.com to allow him to research them with our team of PC experts. (If you prefer, you can access question forms at our website.)
To celebrate summer and provide you with more hours to fritter away, OPCUG takes its summer break from June through August. During this time, Program Meetings (third Mondays) and newsletters are suspended, while
Q & A Sessions (second Mondays) continue, and only the August Board Meeting is scheduled.
OAKMONT COMPUTER LEARNING CENTER (OCLC) NEWS
The Spring Session is coming to a close at the end of May. You can find a list of the remaining spring classes in the most recent issue of the Oakmont News or in the OVA Office and outside the OCLC. For more information about the classes, go to oakmontlearning.org.
Topics will include: When to Use Stayman; LittleKnown Stayman secrets; Transfers for Fun and Profit; How to Explore for Slam; the new Roman Key-card Blackwood. Is it for you? You belong in this class if your game needs spiffing up. You’ll get many pointers on how to keep your balance and enjoy yourself at the bridge table without getting stressed out. Zero intimidation guaranteed! I’ve succeeded Gerry Fox two years ago as instructor of the popular Oakmont bridge programs. I have taught bridge in the Santa Rosa area for ten years, and am an ACBL-certified instructor, director, and Gold Life Master. The focus of our lessons will be on the fun and camaraderie of the world’s greatest card game. We’ll hone our skills and strive for our personal best while enjoying the companionship of partner and foes alike. We never forget that bridge is about play! No partner is necessary. Come as you are! Feel free to contact me for pre-enrollment, for questions or comments: firstname.lastname@example.org, or 545-3664.
WHAT IS THE OAKMONT PC USERS GROUP?
The Oakmont PC Users Group (OPCUG) meets twice a month to learn about our personal computers and is open to all Oakmont residents. (The Mac users, our compatriots, have their own group.) Find out more at OakmontPC.com.
VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT OakmontPC.com
Here you can find information about upcoming meetings on our Home page, and read timely articles about PC issues on our Past Programs page and past issues of newsletters.
NEED HELP WITH YOUR PC? GET IT FREE!
If you live in Oakmont and want personal PC help, group members are happy to assist you, free of charge. Call our experts: Phil Kenny at 538-2075, or Dan Gaffney at (916) 878-9538.
Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) spring Session • may
Sign up for a class today! Just call 538-1485 to register.
SEARCHING THE NET! PAT BARCLAY SATURDAY, MAY 17
It seems there is always a question you’d like to ask or a topic you’d like to explore! Would you like to learn more about the Internet and how it might be able to help you? Pat will show you the many possibilities of the Internet. Come see—there is always more that can be learned! Remember there is always time for questions! Plan to come early at 1:30 p.m. for coffee or tea, refreshments and fellowship. The meeting begins at 2 p.m., followed by the program in the West Recreation Center. We look forward to seeing you. Website: http://www.oakmug.org.
Dues are $10 per household. There are 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.
MAC TECHNICAL HELP
If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668, Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-1598 or E-mail email@example.com.
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WHEN: Tuesday, May 27, 11 a.m. PLACE: Berger Center PRESENTER: Ronnie Roche
The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
MERRY MONTH OF MAY
Just got home from another trip back east (this time for real) where the long winter has once again given way to spring. At a sports reporters meeting, while doing 12 oz. curls with some friends, we talked golf. The golfers there are finally getting their clubs and golf shoes out to begin play on the newly-sprouted grass. I rubbed it in that out here we’ve been golfing throughout this winter’s drought and added the fact that lawn bowling is played all year long and can be just as challenging as golf. Of course, they laughed. I was surprised how little they knew about our beloved lawn bowling. Cricket I can understand, but not lawn bowling? I explained or debated lawn bowling vs. golf with some duffers and that lawn bowlers have to walk, no golf carts allowed. We get direction from skips not caddies. They talked about their powerful swings, and I countered about our multiple lunges. They argued that their swing and putting needs to be flawless, and I told them that our white uniforms need to be spotless. Their most frustrating situation is facing a 6 ft. downhill putt while our most frustrating situation is when your team looks to have four or five points and the opposing skip hits the jack from 100’ away on their last roll (more difficult than that six-footer) and scores points for their team’s victory. By the way, golfers are our friends and are invited to find out how much fun lawn bowling can be. We had another brew and agreed both sports are fascinating. They both require skill, concentration and strategy. One last thing I mentioned to them—golf can cost a lot of money to play while lawn bowling costs pennies per day. Touché.
Several prospective lawn bowling members enjoyed the thrill of the “spider” competition on the first Demonstration Day, Saturday, May 10. “Spider” is when a bowler rolls their ball closest-to-the-jack from at least 85’ away. Prizes were awarded to the two top winners. If you missed out on the first Demo Day, you still have a chance to compete on our second DD scheduled for Thursday, May 22 from 4–6 p.m. Remember, just wear flat shoes. We’ll provide everything else you need. P.S. Even if you have mild arachnophobia, the “spider” is fun.
THIS COLUMN’S CONCLUSION IS YOUR INCLUSION
Here is an ongoing invitation to try lawn bowling. Oakmonters who are curious about what we actually do are welcome to find out. The best way would be to stop by the green around 12:15 p.m. any day except Sunday and ask a member how to get started. The other easy way would be to contact the greeter of the month and for May that would be Jerry Garland. Give him a call at 538-3119 and he will be happy to meet with you and set up an opportunity for you to try rolling—you may just find out that lawn bowling is your ticket to fun.
LEAGUE OF DISTINGUISHED BOWLERS
Second round of play has now been completed. Leading and currently sharing possession of the prized yellow jersey are the teams Internationals and Let’s Roll. They are followed by the team Three’s Company who are just two points behind. The Commissioner wants me to remind all skips to look ahead at their team’s schedule in order to have the matches played in a timely manner. The Commish stated that he doesn’t want a repeat of running into November trying to finish up the league’s season. This Commish is pretty tough, don’t you think?
Who did he say is in the first place and who goes first?
MEN’S PAIRS (Not Rained Out)
The first round of the 2014 Men’s Pairs Tournament took place on Monday, April 28. Four teams faced off with the teams of Jerry Garland/ Frank Gyorgy and Ed McKee/Jim MacAlistaire advancing to the finals that was scheduled for Friday, May 2. The winning team and photo will be in the next issue. Thank goodness the rain didn’t cancel play this time.
Genealogy Club nGeorge McKinney
Genealogical Research Isn’t Always About Building Trees
The next meeting of the Genealogy Club is on Monday, June 23, at 2:30 p.m. at the West Rec. There is no May meeting. The subject in June will be a discussion led by Krystine Boehme about other reasons we do genealogical research besides building our ancestral trees. More information will be available in the June 15 issue of the Oakmont News. Our April meeting featured a classic 19th Century genealogy research problem. It involved research into the family of Captain Stephen Smith who was awarded the Bodega Grant by the Mexican Government in 1844. He had four families during his life. The last two had been researched, but the first two had not. Starting with two letters written about 1850 by Smith’s oldest son (Stephen Henry Smith), it has been possible to piece together much of Smith’s origins in Massachusetts and Baltimore, the stories of his children by his first two wives, and his activities prior to coming to Bodega. This presentation showed how the information that now exists was gathered from the genealogical records, and illustrated one approach to 19th century genealogical research. The Genealogical Club meets on the fourth Monday of each month, at 2:30 p.m. in the West Rec. Center (except this May, July and December). There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities and programs please visit our website or E-mail questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wii Bowling Oakmont Lanes nTerry Leuthner, President, and Sugar Carlton, Vice President
Remaining bowling date for May: May 20. No bowling May 27—fourth Tuesday.
Ten-week Summer League started on April 29 and ends on July 29 with play-offs on August 5.
CINCO DE MAYO LUNCH
On May 6 we celebrated Cinco de Mayo with a chicken enchilada casserole lunch, prepared by Juan and Virgina Fuentes, salad and drinks. Our thanks to Juan and Virgina for a great lunch. Everyone enjoyed the event. Results of our May 5 Cinco de Mayo bowling event challenge, where a bowler must get five strikes in any game or get a score of 155 or 255 in any game to win a $5 Safeway gift card, will be announced in June 1 article.
RESULTS AS OF April 29 (First week of Summer League)
1:30 PM League: tied for first place, Pocket Hits, Wii Four and Strikers; tied for fourth place, Alley Oops, Wild Turkeys and 4 Tops. Men’s High Games: Terry Leuthner, 246; Gordon Freedman, 232; Christian van den Berghe, 214; Elmer Swanton, 210. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 277; Germaine Byrne, 275; Vicki Robinson, 269; Sugar Carlton, 268; Robin Schudel, 255; Mariel Green, 246; Sue Bowman, 226; Kathryn Miller, 214; Peggy Ensley, 206. 3:15 PM League: first place, High Rollers; tied for second place, Strike Outs and Strikes and Spares; tied for fourth place, Pin Heads and Wii Power; sixth place, King Pins. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 300 twice; Dick Jones, 244; Scott Harris, 227; Mark Attebery. 202. Women’s High Games: Diane Price, 279; Helen Herbert, 236; Nicole Reed, 235; Shirley Jamison, 236; Carolyn Mack, 227; Betsy Smith, 225; Mollie Atkinson, 218; Valerie Hulsey, 210; Barbara Ford, 207; Xandra Seiler, 201; Elisabeth Lac Pointe, 200. High Game Subs: Sue Bowman, 234. Thanks to everyone who help setup and tear down all our equipment each week. Anyone who wishes to join the club as a team bowler or substitute bowler, please call Terry at 538-9177 or Sugar at 539-6295, or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 PM, no bowling fourth Tuesdays. See www.oakmontlanes.com for club information and Summer 2014 League Schedule.
The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
MAY 22 INTERMEDIATE HIKE SEBASTOPOL
A little bit of everything, on a flat hike through funky Sebastopol. Including Florence Ave. with its unique (to say the least) sculptures. We’ll then sample the West County Trail, before strolling down Main St. Finally, a section of the Joe Rodota Trail and the Laguna de Santa Rosa—which ought to be at the peak of spring beauty. Maybe five miles total. Ice cream afterwards is traditional but optional. Dick Shlegeris is leader, 537-6514. Leave Berger at 9 a.m.
MAY 29 INTERMEDIATE HIKE MARIN WATER DISTRICT
Wild flowers! This hike will circle both Lake Lagunitas and Lake Bon Tempe, walking through forest and open grassland with views of Alpine Lake as well as the north side of Mt. Tam. This hike is about six miles with some ups and downs. Note: There is an $8 parking fee. Bring lunch, water, and poles. Hike leader is Jean Reed, 538-3874. Leave Berger at 9 a.m.
MAY 29 LONG HIKE STEEP RAVINE-MT. TAMALPAIS 0
Hiking Steep Ravine on Mount Tamalpais always offers a springtime thrill. The unknown element is seeing exactly which part of the hike will be this year’s highlight. Will it be the waterfalls or the wild flowers or an animal sighting? Walking the Dipsea, Steep
Ravine and Matt Davis trails creates a strenuous, 7.5-mile loop from Stinson Beach to Pantoll Ranger Station and back. This route includes a climb of 1,500’ in elevation. For more hiking details click on this link: http:// www.marinij.com/healthandfitness/ci_25543671/ hike-week-steep-ravines-matt-davis-loop-can.html. Bring water, poles, and lunch. Hike leader is Chris Sork, 495-3196. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.
JUNE 5 SHORT HIKE: KORTUM TRAIL
Starting at Shell Beach parking lot, our Sonoma coast hike will walk toward Goat Rock for approximately 1.5 level miles before returning to Shell Beach on the same path. There are great views in both directions. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Bring water and snack or lunch. Hike leader is Connie Pearson, 538-1508.
JUNE 5 LONG HIKE: BOLINAS RIDGE
The Blinas Ridge hike is 11 miles that will have two starting points: one at the bottom, near Olema, and the other at the top, on Bolinas Ridge. We will exchange car keys when we meet for lunch. The hike is long but not particularly difficult. It varies between redwood forests and open fields with cows. There are spectacular views and, if we’re lucky, some flowers. Hike leaders are Kathy and Randy Vincent. Bring water, poles, and lunch. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.
The Palisades. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)
Lifelong Learning Hikers-in-a-Row. (Photo by Keith Sauer)
JUNE 12 INTERMEDIATE HIKE S.F. LANDS END
OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE AT SSU-OAKMONT The Third Leg of the Stool
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) has three sources of funding: student fees, conservative earnings from the Osher endowment, and donations. We are like a business, and must focus on the three named sources to assure our sustainability. This week we will focus on the donations. For those of you who have donated in the past, thank you! It is greatly appreciated. Many students have told us that since they no longer travel as they once did, Lifelong Learning has become a “new passport to education!” The result is that the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, founded in 2001, has since grown into a win-win program for everyone in Oakmont. It’s based on a caring concept: provide our residents with on-site, high level intellectual stimulation of a kind that very few other retirement communities in the state are able to enjoy. Bernard Osher took a giant leap of faith to originally fund the Lifelong Learning program. We are asking you to follow in his spirit of giving and continue to help financially support the continued success and sustainability of this program. Here is the bottom line: we ask each of you who have taken one of our courses to think seriously. Consider not only what Lifelong Learning has meant to you, but what you can now give back in the way of a donation. These funds help maintain the level of professionalism we enjoy every term. Specifically, what can you do? Donate funds; perhaps to help underwrite a class. Suggest a neighbor or new resident attend an Open House and/or a class.
Students enjoy classes such as The Stuart Dynasty and Lewis and Clark.
Walk the Coastal Trail loop from Lands End Lookout to Seacliff and back. Points of interest include the ruins of the fabulous Sutro Baths, Sutro Heights, the Cliff House, the labyrinth at Lands End and the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Distance is approximately five miles with 650’ of elevation gain, including lots of steps. For interesting historical information search YouTube for Sutro Baths. Bring lunch and water. Hike leader is Larry Maniscalco, 538-2089. Leave Berger at 9 a.m.
A REMINDER TO ALL HIKERS
It is customary for riders to help drivers with gas costs on hikes away from the local area. A suggested amount is $5/person. For additional information on hiking events, go to oakmonthikingclub.com. Hikes are subject to change due to weather.
To receive tax-deductible benefits from your donation, contact the SSU website at www.sonoma. edu/exed/olli or the Oakmont Community Foundation. To see a list of future classes, watch for future articles in this paper or brochures in the OVA Office or the kiosk in the CAC lobby. Please direct questions about Oakmont courses and activities to Co-Chair Paul Heidenreich, at (206) 604-9018 or by E-mail at OakmontLLL@gmail. com. Osher/Lifelong Learning at SSU—Oakmont classes are open to Oakmont residents and invited guests of residents enrolled in the same class.
Poetry Discussion Group
Trained in the Great Books discussions techniques, Larry and Jan Fussell lead poetry discussion groups on the second and fourth Saturday of every month at 10 a.m. in the Private Dining Room. You may pick up copies of each week’s material at the Oakmont Garden’s front desk. Read and think about the poems before the meeting please. For further information or questions, please call Jan and Larry at 537-7683.
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Valley of the Moon Rotary Club nJohn Brodey
Fortunately at the Valley of the Moon Rotary we have our resident computer gurus for all things tech. Members Judie Coleman and Chuck Broward are experts. Judie has many commercial clients and Chuck works with home computer systems. At a recent Rotary breakfast meeting,
Judie gave us a stern warning about protecting ourselves from the ravages of hackers who are becoming increasingly sophisticated in accessing even more of our personal information. She recommended several actions to tighten internet security. • Change the default password on your router, if you have one. It’s the number on the router itself and
Nice weather brings out the crowds and we have had nearly full courts each day we play. We may need to add another day to our schedule soon. We’ll keep you posted on that. Meanwhile you can play anytime you wish if you can get some folks to join you. Nice weather and new courts has also brought out many non-members who wish to use the facilities. That is fine as long as there is not a club function going on or the courts have been reserved. We just ask that you pick up any trash you may have and put down the umbrellas before you leave. Of course there is no eating on the court surfaces but you may well have cold drinks or such at the picnic table. Because there have been some instances of folks showing up to full courts and the possibility of bad feelings over who should get to play, we suggest that you plan ahead when possible and reserve a space. That can be done by calling Tony D’Agosta at 5282151 and he will post a reserved sign. If the courts are all reserved then you will be out of luck on that day. It
is hard to be so popular just as it is hard to be green! Our Mother’s Day Tournament was held on May 10 and results will be reported in the next edition. Following that we will have the Battle of the Sexes Tournament on June 7. This will pit the gals against the guys and what a battle that can be! Mark your calendar as you don’t want to miss this. The Senior Games will be coming up soon. We plan to have some big news for Oakmont as our bocce teams compete with “those other guys.” Some of our members are also competing in others sports during the event. We have bicyclists, tennis players, table tennis players, pickleball and who knows what else. Oakmont is definitely alive and kicking! Stay tuned for all the results. Name badges are still available, order forms are on the bulletin board at the courts. Membership is open as well, application form is shown below. Keep the sun shining on our games! Remember we now start at 10 a.m.
Membership application form Name:___________________________________________________________ Phone:______________________ Address __________________________________________________ E-mail_____________________________ Return with check for $10 made to Oakmont Bocce Club. Place in Bocce folder at OVA.
Oakmont Visual Aids Bridge Marathon nDorrelle Aasland, Chair
Hooray! We are starting up Visual Aids Bridge Marathon for the coming year. This year we will play September through April, 2015. We will have a luncheon in May, 2015 and disburse the prizes at that time. Money not used for prizes will be donated to the Visual Aids Workshop. These proceeds are used to
buy supplies for tactile aids to help children with visual loss throughout the world. The dues for membership are $15. Please sign up and send your check by July 25. It is important that you do this ASAP, so we can arrange the schedules to start in September. I am asking someone to volunteer to handle the luncheon. Please respond.
ANNUAL VISUAL BRIDGE MARATHON SIGN-UP 2014–2015 SEASON
Please return this form, along with your check for $15, made out to Oakmont Visual Aids, by mailing to Dorrelle Aasland, 7358 Oakmont Dr., 537-1518. You may also bring this to the luncheon. Please note on your sign-up the name of your partner! New players, or those needing a partner, are welcome and should call me or Josie Ross at 538-5258, as soon as possible. Deadline for checks is July 25. Advanced: Name______________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Partner_____________________________________________________________
Intermediate: Name______________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Partner_____________________________________________________________
they are easy to decipher. • If you are wireless, use the highest wireless encryption level which is WAP2. WEP is the lowest. Go into your control panel and make changes. • Use a good anti-virus program with your internet security. Know the name and check to see if it is updating properly. • Never-ever access your financial accounts online from a public wireless network. That guy with a laptop entrenched in the corner at Starbucks could be sitting there hacking everyone in the shop. This includes hotels, libraries, etc. • Do not open E-mail from people you do not know. Even if you know them and the RE line looks unusual, do not open. Send them an E-mail and ask if they sent you something. • Always have a second login profile with admin rights on your computer to use as a backdoor to fight dreaded malware. • As for passwords, that is the key. The longer the better and having at least one upper case and lower case letter, one number and no real words is ideal. But how do you remember them? Think of a phrase; “4 score and 7 years ago my cat had kittens,” which turns into 4sa7YAmchK. You can make a copy of them and put them in a bills file with other records. Do not store them in a file on your computer. The internet is a wonderful tool but you can be vulnerable without even knowing it. Be careful.
Live Music at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Press release
Funky Fridays is a summer concert series held each week at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. These fundraisers help Team Sugarloaf maintain and keep our beloved state park open to the public. Bring your family and friends to enjoy listening (or dancing) to Sonoma County’s favorite bands. Support the park through live music! WHEN: 6:30–8:30 p.m. every Friday evening beginning June 6 (Volker Strifler), ending August 29 (A Case of the Willys!) WHERE: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Amphitheater, 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood TICKETS: Adults $10, kids, 18 and under, free! Advance ticket sales available via http:// funkyfridays.brownpapertickets.com For the summer’s performance schedule and more details visit www.funkyfridays.info.
Food Trucks Coming May 17 nLeanne Smith
Once again, the Boomers Club is offering all Oakmont residents an opportunity to purchase tasty cuisine from food-service vendors. Five food trucks will be stationed at the Berger Center parking lot from 5–8 p.m. on Saturday, May 17. They include: The Wurst Sausage Grill—several types of sausage, turkey burgers, hamburgers and hot dogs El Coronel—tacos Bun Slinger —beef-, pulled-pork- and fried-chicken sliders Sushi Shoubu—sushi burritos Cookie Take a Bite—cookies Prices range from $4 to $12, and orders must be paid by cash. Tables and chairs will be provided for al fresco dining.
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On May 19 and 26, Star Power will bring Alive and Kicking by Jules Tasca to Playreaders. Housewife and mother, Gloria Nix, panics when her youngest son announces he and his girlfriend have just gotten married. She tries to sell their house out from under John, her easygoing husband, because she’s decided that with all of her children now married, her life is over. She decides it would be better to live in a small apartment close to a
funeral home. John responds with humor. When Gloria declares she’s going to pass soon, he asks her if she thinks it will be that day because he’s already taken two steaks out of the freezer, but can still put one back. Alive and Kicking is a humorous play about the serious subject of adjusting to the changes in life. Readers are Richard Leathers, Josie Ross, Ron White and Sandy White.
Readers of August, Osage County
Parliamo Italiano (Let’s Speak Italian)
We’d love to have anyone interested in Italian language, Italian culture, or travelers to Italy either in the past or for the future to join us in our lively Italian conversation group, Parliamo Italiano. We meet every Tuesday from 2–3 p.m. in the private
dining room (ground floor) of Oakmont Gardens (across from Berger Center) for Italian conversation or just listening to others’ Italian conversations. For further information, feel free to contact me at 843-7551 or Mary Baum, 539-6782.
harvesting peace of mind
The rapture of strolling on a beach, With warm, moist sand between my toes, Is seeing the onrushing, breaking waves Crashing and surging through chiseled caves.
While searching through treasures of piled driftwood, I discover sculptures of nature’s art. Examining their contours carved through time, I try to imagine what they might impart. Picking and sorting through shapes and sizes, I found the breast and backbones of birds. Imagining all their formational needs, I began to search for feathery leads. Returning home with assortments of driftwood, I fashioned the superstructure of a bird. Gluing bits and pieces for feathers and wings, My vision on spindly legs could all but sing. Ambulation along our coastal shores Reinstills tranquility and repose. The feeling and ideas they both implant Are what your harvest as its habitant.
WHEN: Thursday, May 22 WHERE: AT&T Park and Bay Tour TIME: Bus leaves Berger Center at 9 a.m.; we will return about 5 p.m.
WHERE: Napa Valley WHEN: Thursday, June 26 TIME: Leave Berger Center at 9:30 a.m.; return about 5 p.m. PRICE: $65 per person Our first stop to lovely Napa Valley is Old faithful Geyser out of Calistoga. It is one of three geysers in the world designated Old Faithful. Approximately every 30 minutes, the geyser erupts with steam and scalding water, sprayed 60–100 feet in the air. This geyser has also proven to be a reliable predictor of earthquakes. An underground river provides water for the geyser. It’s a famous geyser, too, as it has been featured in numerous publications. We will eat lunch in Napa at Downtown Joes. Lunch choices are the following: Cheddar Cheese Burger, Pasta Primavera, or Fish and Chips. Then we head for the Oxbow Market, a public market and a local gathering site for food and wine. While there, we will visit the Napa Distillery: 15 people at a time will taste six different products, including Vodka and Rye Whiskey. While waiting for their turn, the rest of the group can walk through the market to taste olive oil, browse the flower market, or have an ice cream. Please indicate your lunch choice when you send your check made out to the Oakmont Walkers to Carolyn Mack, 318 Stone Creek Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Carolyn’s phone number is 537-7347. Her E-mail address: email@example.com. Check out our website: oakmontwalkers.com.
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you say you have time to spare try something new if you dare stop dwelling on the past do something new at last take a walk or stroll along play a tune or sing a song paint a canvas to adore write a poem for evermore write a winning story for the obvious glory if motivation is in need give a push and plant a seed it will be better than nothing if you will just do something. now get up from your lair and use your time of spare
Photos by Lloyd Douglas
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Women’s Friendship Bible Study
We extend an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend one of the weekly Women’s Friendship Bible Classes here in Oakmont. These are exciting women’s Bible studies held each week. It is a terrific time to meet new people and learn new things from the Bible. The classes are informal and a delightful time of sharing with others. The studies are sponsored by Christian Women’s Club and Stonecroft Bible Ministries. The study groups are informal with easy-to-follow lessons. You are welcome to join at any time and attend the group of your choice. For additional information please call one of the numbers listed below:
TUESDAY GROUP I John-Christ Our Life
Are you living a triumphant life? Do you know where to turn for the truth? What you believe in your heart is expressed in the way you live. Gain confidence in your relationship with God through this study of the New Testament book of I John. Please join us as we begin this exciting study! TIME: Tuesdays, 9:45–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Oakmont Gardens, 301 White Oak Drive,
Apartment 106. This group study is open to all Oakmont residents. Coffee, tea and dessert served. STUDY: I John—Christ Our Life GUIDE: Jannece Gill CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309
FRIDAY GROUP: Colossians The Indwelling Christ
The book of Colossians describes our relationship with Christ and the power that is available to those who are trusting in Him. His power supplies all we need for holy living, enables us to resist temptation, gives us the strength and desire to obey God, and helps us maintain right relationships with our families and others. Colossians teaches the importance of connecting; vertically with God and horizontally with other people. Our small, friendly and welcoming group looks forward to meeting you! TIME: Fridays, 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: 6575 Oakmont Dr., Suite 6 (directly across the hall from the OVA Office) STUDY: Colossians: The Indwelling Christ GUIDE: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566
12th Annual Oakmont Car Show Saturday, May 24
Once again we bring you beautiful old cars. Many owners are from here in Oakmont. Last year showcased 100 cars so this year should be equal or better. Enjoy the cars, chat with the owners, and maybe find that car that brings back fond memories from your past. Hours are from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bring your eyes and memories and we will supply the cars, food and unexpected fun. We look forward to seeing you at 10 a.m. on May 24.
Movies At Oakmont WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAYS AND TIMES: Sundays at 2 PM Matinee and 7 PM Evening. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty, Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff, and Larry Metsger.
NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible Sunday, May 18, 2 pm MID-AUGUST LUNCH
As a major Italian holiday approaches, cash-strapped Gianni gets help from his landlord, his friend and his doctor, who offer financial relief in exchange for Gianni looking after their elderly relatives over the holiday. Four mismatched Italian mamas at the same table makes for an awkward, hilarious and touching mid-august lunch in this film festival favorite. A perfectly delicious movie, it mixes warmth and gentle farce with food and dining. (2008), NR, 75 minutes, (in Italian, with English subtitles.)
Sunday, May 18, 7 pm MARY POPPINS
MAO film-goers who enjoyed seeing Saving Mr. Banks a few weeks ago said, “Now let’s see Mary Poppins!” So, here it is: the music-filled movie nominated for 13 Academy Awards. Julie Andrews makes her screen debut and wins an Oscar for her portrayal of the picture-perfect nanny who revolutionizes the prim and proper Banks family. Dick Van Dyke plays her friend, Bert. The film is considered Walt Disney’s plum. (1964), G, 139 minutes.
Sunday, May 25, 2 pm and 7 pm
0 AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS
Alexi Melteff will be your host as you go Around the World in 80 Days. The first half of the movie will be shown as the matinee, and the conclusion at 7 p.m. This Oscar-winning adaptation of Jules Verne’s novel recounts the adventures of Phileas Fogg (David Niven), who takes on a seemingly impossible wager: traveling around the world with his butler (Cantinflas), in 80 days. The whirlwind journey takes the pair to fascinating places where they meet a variety of characters portrayed by stars such as Shirley MacLaine and Marlene Dietrich. Over 40 stars make cameo appearances. Alexi’s commentary about the production of the film will add to your enjoyment of this entertaining movie. (1956), G, 181 minutes.
Sunday, June 1, 2 pm and 7 pm AMERICAN HUSTLE
Nominated for ten Academy Awards and six Golden Globes, Movies At Oakmont is pleased to show American Hustle at both screenings. This fictionalized account of the “Abscam” scandal of the early 1980s follows con man Irving Rosenfield (Christian Bale) and his lover, Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), as they help an eccentric FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) expose corruption among several members of Congress. This fun, energetic romp highlights the horrendous styles and décor of the ‘70s. A comedy-drama, with exceptional acting and an infectious ‘70s sound track, it’s considered one of the top films of the year. Jennifer Lawrence, portraying Irving’s wife, won both an Oscar and a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress. (2013), R (language, sexual content, brief violence), 138 minutes.
For your refrigerator and/or wallet
Sunday, May 18, 2 p.m.: Mid-August Lunch, (2008), NR, 75 minutes. Sunday, May 18, 7 p.m.: Mary Poppins, (1964), G, 139 minutes.
Sunday, May 25, 2 p.m. (first half) and 7 p.m. (second half): Around the World in 80 Days, (1956), G, 181 minutes. Sunday, June 1, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: American Hustle, (2013), R, 138 minutes.
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CLASSIFIEDS E. SANCHEZ ROOFING AND GUTTERS
WINDOW WASHING, GUTTER CLEANING AND POWER WASHING
AC BURNS PAINT CO.
Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, Best prices on Gutter Guard installation! seamless gutters and downspouts. Careful, professional, quality work. Call Quality for less. Bonded and insured, free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call 837Alex, 707-291-0429 5030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell).
HERITAGE ROOFING CO.
Specializing in residential re-roofing. Top quality workmanship. Honest and reliable. Oakmont references. Free estimates. Lic. #673839. 539-4498.
WC’S LOCKS AND KEYS
ZTAXLADY TAX PREP AND BOOKKEEPING
Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, LCO #2411.
Quality workmanship, reasonable prices, free estimates. 15 yrs. experience. Call Long, 707-332-8419.
Year-round service since 2002. Need help in bill paying, balancing a checkbook or organizing papers for your tax return? Specializing in DAN THE HANDYMAN self-employed and rental returns. Helping with your home repair, Reasonable, licensed and bonded. Renee maintenance and improvement needs. L. Cohen, 539-6004. $68/hr., ½ hr. minimum. No dispatch FURNITURE REPAIR or service fees. 10% senior discount. Bonded and insured. Lic. #894070. Dan George’s furniture repair and refinishing, Noar, Owner, 292-4231. antiques and caning. Oakmont references. 30 years experience. Free HANDYPERSON estimates. Call George at 987-3059. All trades, little fix-its and prickly ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, assemblies, gardening and pruning too! Great customer service. 12 years $35/hr. Helping Oakmont since 1988. experience, free estimates, Oakmont Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, 539-5217. references. I’ll work with your budget. Lic. #954364. Call Angel, COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR 707-239-1241.
Oakmont preferred vendor. Interior/ exterior, power washing, decks, wallpaper removed. Will not be undersold. 575-5581. Lic. #834588.
ANYTHING UNDER THE SUN GENERAL CONTRACTOR AND HANDYMAN
A to Z home maintenance and repair. Kitchen and bath remodel. Carpentry, tile, plumbing, electric, painting and gardening. No job too small. All phase construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee Moen, 318-5591.
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.
Want to spruce up your home? Guests this fall? One room at a time or your whole house. Interior and exterior painting. Licensed and insured. Lic. #873519. Call 707-996-4050 for a free estimate.
Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer Services. Call Chuck for all things computer at your home or business. 40+ years experience. $50/hr. Oakmonters receive 20% discount. 293-8011.
BC DOOR AND WINDOW PRODUCTS
Since 1988 Specializing in entry doors, windows, screen doors, Hunter Douglas shutters and blinds. In home sales—professional installation. Local references. Lic. #527924. Call Brad Chiaravalle, 539-3196.
Pre-owned, low cost, low vision CCTV SYS can help. For sale, or rent with option to purchase program. For more information or a no-obligation demonstration call Jack Donnellan, 595-3790.
Trees, hedges and shrubs. Careful work done with an emphasis upon a natural look. Affordable rates, small jobs OK. Richard, 833-1806.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR YOUR HOME
House and window cleaning, moveout, pressure wash siding, driveways, decks, etc. Commercial, residential. References upon request. 15 yrs. exp. Marthal1041@att.net. Call 542-8720 (home) or 548-9482 (cell).
Security monitoring. $8.95 a month with no contract. Save on video surveillance and security lighting. Clothing alterations, repairs, updates Check our website: home-comm.com. Balance and optimize diet, exercise, and household sewing with over 25 sleep, hormones, digestion, overcoming Call John Martinez, 935-0907. years experience. In Rincon Valley. Call fatigue, weight loss. Consultations and CA Lic. #469509. 539-0832. sessions held in home, gym, or pool. VIDEO AND AUDIO TRANSFERS Individualized programs. www.hihofit. LYN’S HOUSE/PET SITTING B&J CONSTRUCTION Video tapes, records and cassettes Reliable, caring, mature and affordable. com. Rhonda Lee, 707-758-7681. BRUCE JOHNSON, to DVD and CD. Video and audio Call 539-1286 (home) or 480-1224 GENERAL CONTRACTOR interviews of life stories. Northern (cell). DRIVER FOR WOMEN Remodeling, kitchens and baths. Lights Recording, 576-7240. www. Services by women, for women! Reasonable rates. Small jobs OK. Free northernlightsrecording.com. Excellent, dependable transportation SCRIVNER GOLDEN estimates. Lic. #428073. Call 996-1454. to appointments, errands, airport. Fair STATE ROOFING CAL CUSTOM BUILDING Serving Oakmont for over 30 yrs. rates. Call Regina at 596-1463. PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, SERVICES, INC. Specializing in re-roofs. Honest quality FAUX FINISHES Kitchen, bath, whole home renovation BILL KUTZ JR. HEATING AND AIR work done at reasonable prices. Free Reasonable rates, free estimates, and accessibility expertise since 1979. Spring A/C and Heating Tune-Up Special estimates. Repairs welcome. Contact us Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary Lic. #377330. Oakmont Resident. 579at 527-0540. CA Lic. #339794. $89. Expert repair, maintenance and Luurs, 528-8489. 9088, www.calcbs.com. HOME GREETING SERVICE unit replacement at low rates. ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. Welcoming new residents since 19 yrs. experience. Call Bill, 230-0564. LET ME BUY YOUR DUSTY CAR A WOMAN'S COMPANION Tired of your extra car taking up space 1975. Have valuable local community Dependable, experts serving you and Reasonable, fair and honest. Available NOSE TO NOSE in your garage? Call me. Joe, 545-4311. PET MAN DAN PET SITTING IN YOUR HOME your neighbors with excellence and information given on every visit. If you for 4 to 24-hr. shifts. References. Call Over 25 yrs. Experience. Dog and cat I am an avid walker and have started a are new to Oakmont and have not had integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, Susan at 539-4861. care. Daily schedules and routines. Day dog walking, pet sitting business. I have ESTATE SALE bonded and insured. Senior discounts a home visit, please call Charlotte at th and overnight companionship. House a license with this city and am insured. Beautiful home on the 17 fairway of available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us 538-9050. SONOMA PATIENT GROUP the West Course. 129 Valley Lakes Drive. sitting available. Insured and bonded. References available. Please call Dan on the web at www.onewayplumb. CANNABIS DISPENSARY Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, MIKE’S REPAIR Call Alix, 637-6267, Sonoma. Lennox, 526-9154. net or call us at 537-1308 for all your We have daily discounts for seniors 9–3. Cash or check only. Plumbing, electrical, appliance, plumbing needs. and limited delivery. Located at 2425 WOOD FURNITURE WANTED heating and air conditioning, general Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa. Call HOME COOKED MEALS Japanese swords and related items. REPAIR AND BRACING handyman (I can fix just about anything). BABE’S 526-2800. From my kitchen to yours, I will cook A personal transportation service for (707) 938-4436 or (949) 683-3103. WoodFormz craftsman. Please call 30 yrs. experience. Honest and your favorite meals and deliver to your 548-8007 or 542-6032 for an reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536-9529, airports, cruises, vacations, family visits, WILLIAM R. KUTZ door. Call Sherry K, 541-6674 or (805) 2009 SLEEP NUMBER etc. Oakmont resident, friendly reliable appointment and I will discuss your emergency—328-6635. GENERAL CONTRACTOR 551-7231. BED FOR SALE service. Call Babe or Joe, 545-2850. repair. Free estimate. Renovations, remodels, repairs, HOME, FURNITURE Asking $2,225, obo. Used 18 months, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, all your LION CONSTRUCTION CO. THE COMPUTER original owner, family member passed CAN’T DRIVE? REFINISHING, RESTORATION home needs. Call Bill Kutz, 575-8335. Lic. Need help with errands, shopping, General Contractor. Residential, TROUBLESHOOTER away. P-5 Twin, Extra Long Mattress, 30 years exp, 6 years Oakmont plus #769510. Serving Oakmont since 1987. commercial remodel and repairs, doctor’s appointments, trips to see Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, with 2” pillow top. Precision Comfort local references. Free estimate, fast winterization, tile, cement work. Fences, adjustable base with massage, wireless children, airports? Call John and Lily, professional turnaround. “I love what complete support for PC’s, Apples LANDSCAPING, YARD WORK and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers Land clearing, clean-up, mowing, decks, ADA upgrades. Free estimates. remote and whisper quiet motor. Two Oakmont residents, 537-9834. I do.” Ian Coffelt, (415) 309-6988 or served. John Bradford. 578-6305. sets Sleep Number bedding (mattress DOG SITTING E-mail: FinishIt@wildblue.net. Website: trimming and hauling. We do it all! Free Small jobs OK. Call Frank, 707-494$40/hour. 4359. Lic. #875552. pads, sheets, pillow cases. blankets). www.furniturerefinishingrepair.org. estimates. Call Temo, 539-2195. Cuddles and companionship for your Contact Jane (Oakmont Resident) Lic. #51982. small pampered pooch (my specialty) at 415-850-4722 (cell/text), jane@ in my Oakmont home. Experience and deepvac.com. references. Call Mary, 537-7609.
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The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
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Hours: M–F 10 AM–4 PM / Tel 707-539-1611 / 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7 OVA E-mail: email@example.com / Info E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.oakmontvillage.com OVA Members-Only Page: www.oakmontvillage.com/members Go to the members only page to view the monthly calendar, Board Meeting Minutes, criminal activity information and more.
Tel 575-7200 E-mail: email@example.com
Condominium Financial management (cfM)
Hours: M– Th 10 AM–4 PM Tel 539-0701 / Fax 539-6537 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Blood Pressure clinic
Wed 10 AM–12 PM, Berger Center, Room D. Contact: Del Baker 539-1657.
ova event notices: There are three OVA bulletin boards, one at each recreation center, where OVA events can be posted. Please bring in notices to the Events Coordinator at the OVA Office. Size is limited to 8.5"x5.5". for sale, for rent and want to buy board: Items “For Sale”, “For Rent” or “Want to Buy” can be put on a 3"x5" card and left at the OVA Office. Cards are posted on Thursdays and must be received by noon. The bulletin board for these items is located outside the Central (Berger) Auditorium. “For Sale” and “Want to Buy” items are posted for 30 days. “For Rent” cards are posted for 60 days. Please notify the OVA office at 539-1611 if you would like your card removed before the posting term ends.
Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone 538-4293 or by E-mail wallyschilpp1@ peoplepc.com if you would like to have published in the Oakmont News the name and date of death of your loved one.
The following are OVA Guest Pass types and duration: 1) Guest from outside Sonoma County— up to 90 days; 2) House sitters—up to 90 days (OVA host must present written request to OVA Office for approval prior to visit); 3) Guests living in Sonoma County—2 days per card, and no more than 3 cards per month. Guest cards are available during regular hours in the OVA Office. Guests accompanied by their Oakmont host are not required to have a Guest Pass.
Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers We provide the following services to Oakmont Residents: n Transportation to medical/ dental appointments in Santa Rosa only n Grocery shopping to Safeway (at Calistoga Center only) n
STORAGE UNITS AND PARKING
Call Oak Creek RV & Storage, P.O. Box 2246, Santa Rosa, CA 95405. 707-538-3230
COORDINATOR May 16–31 Marianne Neufeld, 528-0161 June 1–15 Bonnie Wigen, 538-3194
Meals on Wheels, 525-0383
If you would like to be a volunteer, please call 528-0161. Donations to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers are appreciated and tax deductible. Mail your check payable to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Thank you.
Please call the Volunteer Coordinator listed here, 9 AM–5 PM, Mon.–Fri. Rides before 9 AM or after 4 PM are subject to limited volunteer driver availability. No service on weekends or holidays. Please call at least three full working days prior to appointment. We regret that we are unable to provide either wheelchair or emergency service.
The OVA office has a form listing Oakmont residents who lend out items such as baby furniture and sick room equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.).
Sign-UP PROCEDURE: On the day of the sign up: n At 10 AM, come to the OVA office n An OVA staff person will take your payment and give you your bus seat assignment card(s). (Event tickets will be distributed on the bus). n Payment by check (payable to “OVA”) or cash. No credit cards. n Each person may purchase TWO tickets, only. (After official sign up, additional tickets may be purchased.) CANCELLATION POLICY: 10-days notice is required to assure a refund. Within 10 days, refund paid if your place is filled. There is a 10% cancellation fee on ALL refunds.
Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Dr. Daily 5 AM–9 PM. Closed Christmas day.
Lost & found
Located in the OVA office. Unclaimed items will be discarded after 30 days.
OAS Management Company
Hours: M–F 9 AM–Noon, and 1–4 PM Tel 539-5810 6572 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A (for Association Maintained Homes)
BY OVA ADMINISTRATION Show Boat S.F. Opera Available June 22 Once Curran Theater Available July 13
POOLS & JACUZZIS
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: 8 AM–9 PM (Sat & Sun) 7 AM–9 PM (Mon–Fri) East: 8 AM–9 PM Central: 8 AM–9 PM 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 an adult with a valid pool access card. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY. Please Note: Pool cleaning occurs on Mon., Wed., and Fri. so the pool may not be open until 9 AM on those days.
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.
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.
(Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) Helps seniors with claims, etc. By appointment only. 1-800-434-0222. Berger Center, Room D, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, 1–4 PM.
OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297
Available in OVA Office Gas Shut-off Wrench.....................................$6 Tennis COurt Key.............................................$2 Vials for Life...............................................FREE resident magnetic access card...............FREE replacements......................................$10 ea Guest magnetic access card................$10 ea Guest Facility use Pass............................FREE Emergency Contacts for Residents This form is confidential and used only in case of an emergency to notify your named contacts.
Hours: Daily 6 AM–10 PM Tel 539-6720 Maintenance Building (next to Central Auditorium)
2013-2014 OVA board of Directors E-mail: email@example.com John P. Taylor, President firstname.lastname@example.org John R. Felton, Vice President email@example.com Frances Dias, Director firstname.lastname@example.org Evelyn George, Director email@example.com L.G. Hermann, Director firstname.lastname@example.org Herm Hess, Director email@example.com Jim Kaiser, Director firstname.lastname@example.org Chuck Chenault, Treasurer email@example.com Hugh Helm, Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org Association Manager Cassie Turner E-mail: email@example.com
Public Transportation Available in Oakmont CityBus #16 bus takes residents to 5 different shopping centers weekday mornings and around Oakmont afternoons. n
Sonoma County Transit #30 bus goes to Memorial and Kaiser Hospitals and downtown Santa Rosa. Returns via Oakmont to Sonoma. n
Schedules available at OVA office.
OVA Board Meeting 3rd Tuesday of the month—1 pm* in the Berger Center *All residents of Oakmont are welcome.
The Oakmont News / May 15, 2014
Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee nSuzanne Cassell
Who are Those Folks with the Yellow Vests? 0
If you’ve seen residents in yellow vests wandering your Oakmont neighborhood on a Saturday morning, you have witnessed the Oakmont Emergency Response Team conducting a simulated emergency drill. These folks are volunteer residents providing radio communications from our neighborhoods to our Emergency Centers, relaying any needs for assistance during a major disaster. Called Zone Communicators these volunteers are a critical part of our emergency
response effort, helping to direct first responders and emergency services to neighborhoods and homes where help is needed. If you see a Zone Communicator (ZC) in your neighborhood, take a minute and introduce yourself, talk to them about what they do, and thank them for providing this critical service to our community. If you haven’t seen a ZC in your neighborhood, you are not alone. We have far too few volunteers to cover all of Oakmont. And you can help. If you can walk and talk, you have all the qualifications required to
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