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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Santa Rosa Wants Oakmont Access to Annadel

Total Cost of Pickleball Could Be Under $300k

May 1, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 9

2015 Sees Small Drop in Oakmont Rental Properties

nJim Brewer

nAl Haggerty

nJackie Ryan

The City of Santa Rosa is taking steps to preserve bicycle access between Stonebridge Road and Annadel State Park past the abandoned sewage treatment plant. City Council member Chris Coursey told attendees at an April 14 meeting of the Oakmont Community Development Committee that the pathway is critical now that a court has sided with the Villages at Wild Oak in its effort to restrict bike access into the park. “Forcing bike traffic onto Highway 12 would be a disaster, as far as I’m concerned,” Coursey said at an informal meeting to discuss long-range plans for a Sonoma Valley Trail that would meander between Santa Rosa and Sonoma, but would parallel Oakmont along Highway 12 rather than travel trough village streets. Coursey said that while he supports the trail effort—which could be years if not decades away— “as a city council person, a member of the Sonoma County Transit Authority and as a bicyclist, I’m am interested in making sure we have access in and through Oakmont.” To that end, he said, the city has been in positive discussions with Brad Benson, who owns the property between Stonebridge and the plant, to make the current easement permanent. Otherwise, it would dissolve when a buyer is found for the plant property. Coursey acknowledged that the bridge would have to be widened to accommodate individuals with disabilities, but “those kinds of things can be solved.” On Jan. 7, Superior Court Judge Elliot Daum issued a final judgment in favor of Wild Oak, agreeing that an easement behind the Catholic church on White Oak that leads to Annadel State Park is for pedestrians and emergency vehicles only, not bicyclists, as the city insisted. And while no restrictions have yet been put in place, Coursey said that although the city still can appeal, he is not optimistic that discussions will produce any agreement to keep the path open. The legal dispute arose after pedestrians and dog walkers who use the narrow path said they were repeatedly forced to yield to speeding cyclists. In a letter to Oakmont News, a group representing residents of the Wild Oak developments and Oakmont said requiring walkers to step aside “assumes cyclists have the right of way.” They said the current style of exercise cycling presents “an irreconcilable safety and comfort problem for walkers, especially senior citizens.”

When all is said and done, the total cost of the proposed pickleball courts in Oakmont could come in under $300,000, according to Noel Lyons, co-chair of the ad hoc pickleball committee, who told the Oakmont Village Association at its April 19 meeting that it’s “not a big project.” In clearing up what he called misconceptions about the contentious project, Lyons said four pickleball courts are as big as one tennis court. He said the committee received two estimates (as opposed to actual bids) of $126,000 and $180,000 in 2014. With about $60,000 spent so far, he told the Oakmont News, if the courts can be built for $150,000, even an additional expenditure for landscaping could keep the final cost under $300,000. Lyons said one of the firms which made the previous estimates later estimated the job at $300,000. He said he’s convinced that the firm put the estimate that high because it doesn’t really want the job because it’s not big enough but would do it for $300,000. He called it “a padded” bid, which is not uncommon when a firm has a lot of work lined up and really isn’t interested in the job in question. The board approved spending $6,000 for additional evaluation of the soil at the pickleball site behind Berger Center and to have two consultants present at

In 2015 a 25-year upward trend in rentals in Oakmont took a dip and a smaller percentage of homes sold here became rental properties. That’s according to data collected and analyzed by Oakmont resident statistician Jim Ouimette, who was asked by OVA Manager Cassie Turner to look at recent property data trends.

See board meeting on page 11

New Residents’ and Join a Club Nights Set for May nStaff Reports

If you’ve moved to Oakmont in the past six months, you’re invited to the next semi-annual New Residents’ Reception May 10 at 7 p.m. in the Berger Center. The event is designed to welcome newcomers and help them learn about living in Oakmont. Cassie Turner, Oakmont Village Association Manager, will present an overview of the community, followed by Mary Patricia, Architectural Office Administrator. New residents will be seated at round tables to have an opportunity to connect with other newcomers and enjoy a bite to eat during the 90-minute session. Join a Club night will be held two weeks later on May 24, also at 7 p.m. at the Berger. The evening is open to all residents, owners and tenants, and features almost 70 representatives from Oakmont’s 130-plus clubs and organizations, who will have information on how to get involved in community activities. Invitations are being issued through the mail, or through this article. Advanced sign-up is not required.


2015 Oakmont Home Sales

Ouimette had previously analyzed U.S. Census tract data to write a demographic profile of Oakmont for the Long-Range Planning Committee. Assisted by Cat Gajarski, OVA communications and technology coordinator, he augmented that database and looked at Oakmont tenant data, Sonoma County assessor data and 2015 Multiple Listing Service sales for Oakmont. In 1980, only 2% of Oakmont’s homes were rentals. By 1990, that number had increased to 11%, and more than doubled to 23% by 2010. In the next four years, the percentage of rental property crept up to 25%. But in 2015, Ouimette said, there was a drop of 1%, with some other interesting changes that reflected a possible shift in homes coming in and off the rental market. “My research showed that many homes were taken off the rental market in 2015 by owners who then sold them to new owners who planned to live in them,” he said. Ouimette said the drop in the percentage of rental properties among Oakmont’s 3,200 homes surprised Turner and others, including two local realtors who also reviewed the study’s data. “There was actually a net loss of over 30 rentals in 2015 because they were sold to people who moved into them rather than continuing to rent them out,” said Ouimette. Ouimette’s study of 216 homes sold in Oakmont in 2015 showed the following breakdown: 35% of homes sold had been rentals and then became owner occupied; 17% of the homes sold had been owner occupied and became rentals; 43% of the homes sold remained owner occupied; and 5% of the homes sold remained rentals. While the drop is not a trend, Turner said the data on rental properties is an important part of knowing our community and vital information for future decision making.

Oakmont Projects Status For details on what’s underway in Oakmont, see page 7.


The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016


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97 Aspen Meadows Circle

lovely Redwood model home is located close to both Oakmont’s main facilities & West Recreation area & has many wonderful features including hardwood & tile flooring, dual-pane windows, crown molding, updated kitchen & baths all with solid surface counters plus the master bedroom has a bonus walk-in closet. A sun room has been added off the kitchen/dining room, plus you can enjoy the outdoors from the expanded rear patio which overlooks open space. Listed at $639,000

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The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

Unlicensed Local Contractors Caught in Statewide Crackdown

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration

nJim Golway

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

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

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

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

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1st Thurs. Monthly 3rd Thurs. (Jan., May, Sept.)

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

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.


League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nCarol Callahan

The City of Santa Rosa Smoking Ordinance that mandates no smoking in multiple-family dwellings or within 25 feet of common property is presenting some interesting challenges in Oakmont. The units immediately affected are duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes. Owners are required by the city to post No Smoking signs on their buildings, and associations are required to notify everyone about the ordinance, including landlords. There had been much discussion in LOMAA meetings about making the signage consistent

throughout Oakmont. We believe it will be more effective if all the messages are phrased and presented in the same way. LOMAA has a committee working on the language and look of the signage. Their conclusions will be presented at a future board meeting. The County of Sonoma is taking the lead in distributing information about the Santa Rosa ordinance. Additional information can be found at The website also includes FAQs, sample letters and forms that will be useful to landlords and HOAs.

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A statewide crackdown on unlicensed contractors snagged 13 suspects who offered painting and landscaping bids to investigators from the Contractors Licensing Board posing as Oakmont residents. Conducted April 5 and 6, the Oakmont sting was part of CSLB’s annual “Spring Blitz Sting” operation that took place in six California cities. “We find that sting operations are the most effective way to gauge the level of illegal contracting in an area,” said CSLB spokesperson, Cindi Christenson. “Unfortunately, despite our year-round efforts to deter this illegal activity, unlicensed contractors still think they can beat the system and do work that they’re not qualified for.” The Sonoma County District Attorney’s office assisted in the Oakmont sting. “Unlicensed contractors often prey on the elderly and retirees,” said Ann Gallagher-White, Deputy District attorney. “That’s why CSLB investigators chose Oakmont.” Investigators assigned to Oakmont first searched for possible suspects by scanning through advertisements for contracting services on websites and local newspapers, including the Kenwood Press. After reviewing contractor complaints received by the CSLB and government agencies they decided to target painting and landscaping contractors. Investigators phoned the suspects requesting bids and scheduling appointments. Posing as new residents, investigators met the suspects at two unoccupied Oakmont homes. State law requires a contractor license for construction or repair work that totals $500 or more for materials and/or labor. All the bids exceeded the limit. Suspects who admitted to not having a license or produced fraudulent or out-of-date licenses were cited by onsite D.A. personnel. “Contracting without a license is a misdemeanor punishable of up to six months in jail and $5,000 in fines,” said White. “It’s also illegal to advertise for contracting jobs over $500 without including a license number. Before accepting a construction or home repair bid, White urges residents to verify the status of the contractor’s license at or call (800) 321-2752. “The licensing law is for consumer protection,” explains White. “A contractor’s license assures the customer the person bidding on a project has passed a proficiency test for the specific work being offered.” The statewide sting operation cited a total of 83 persons. CSLB noted that the two homes in Oakmont scored highest in landscaping bids. One suspect offered $8,145, the other $5,000.


The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

To find out more about upcoming events at the Quail Inn, such as Karaoke & Live Music nights, please visit and click the Events Calendar or call 539-9215 x225. Thank you!

The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

Golf News

OGC nChuck Wood


In early May, our club will install combination lock entry systems for three restroom buildings on our golf courses. This step is in response to misuse and overuse of those restrooms—notably by folks other than golfers. The theft of paper products and (even!) some sink plumbing parts has been in addition to the frequent messes left in those restrooms. The restroom buildings that will have new door lock systems are located near the West Course’s 11thhole tee box, the 16th-hole green, and to the right of the 15th-hole tee box on the East Course. We know that those restrooms are often frequented by residents of Oakmont in their daily walks, and by their contractors and suppliers. Previously we asked the Oakmont Village Association, via its board president at the time, Frank Batchelor, if the OVA could help us with restroom maintenance and supplies. Legal restrictions upon the use of Oakmont Village residents’ dues monies preclude their being applied to golf course maintenance in any way. Thus, the door lock initiative. Once our Point-Of-Sale computer system, Jonas, can be programmed we will begin to keep those restroom doors locked. Why the Jonas connection? Well, that system will generate the door lock combination code on the receipts issued by our Pro Shops for daily fee players. Also at that time, the current code will be shown via a placard on the Pro Shop counters for all golfers to see. Moreover, it is planned to provide members the current monthly code (yes, we will change the code monthly) via a notation on our monthly bill statements. Also look for code updates via Mike Ash’s periodic E-mailed briefings. The benefit to us members is the assurance of clean and properly stocked restrooms on our golf courses. Moreover, the Oakmont Golf Club will see lower monthly expenses for the cleaning and maintenance of those facilities.


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

nKathy Faherty

Maybe you are tired of hearing the subject of no “gimmies?” A good example of why we should putt everything out is, (most likely most saw or heard) the first day of the Masters, Ernie Els had about a two-and-a-half-foot putt and six putted, even missed his three-inch “tap in!” Those putts all counted and may have contributed towards him not making the cut for the final rounds. Point being: putt everything out! After the second round of our Spring Eclectic Tournament, the top five leaders are: Dan Sienes, Wayne Mickaelian, John Munkacsy and Keith Wise. As of April 11, the top ten sweeps winners are: Wayne Mickaelian, John Munkacsy, Don Morse, Charlie Perotti, Dan Sienes, Phil Sapp, Gary Stone, Dan Levin, Tony D’Agosta and Noel Schween. Happy Golfing!

On April 5 the Tuesday group played the East Course and carried only four clubs in their bags. Sallie Wood was the Low Gross winner of the field of 35 players. Net winners: First flight: first, Sallie Wood; second, Mary Rossi; third, Leslie Clark; fourth tie, Kris Peters and Joan Seliga. Second flight: first, Jean Reed; second, Yoshi Smith; third, Joan DiMaggio; fourth tie, MaryAnn Gibbs, Judy DuPort, Ro Nicholson, Ellean Huff. Third flight: first, Linda Yates, second, Betty VanVoorhis; third tie, Shy Baxter and Lynn Davis. Fourth flight: first, Vanita Collins; second, Christy Rexford; third, Ellie Baccioco; fourth tie, Roberta Lommori and Vicki Eschelbach; sixth, Elaine Foote. On April 7, Eileen Beltrano was Low Gross winner of the field of 20 players. First flight: first tie, Penny Wright and Mary Rossi; third, Sallie Wood; fourth tie, Eileen Beltrano and Kathy Faherty. Second flight: first, Chris Carter; second, Ellean Huff; third, Yoshi Smith; fourth, Judy DuPort. Third Flight: first, Vanita Collins; second, Laurie Vree; third, Carol Locke. On April 12 the game was “Mutt and Jeff” and Jerry Moreno was Low Gross winner of the field of 32 players. First flight: first, Jerry Moreno; second tie, Iris Harrell and Mary Rossi; fourth, Kathy Mokricky; fifth, Judy Early. Second flight: first, Marie Pierce; second, Jean Reed; third, Charlene Buchold; fourth, MaryAnn Gibbs. Third flight: first, Lynn Davis; second, Laurie Vree; third tie, Shy Baxter and Betty VanVoorhis. Fourth flight: first, Elaine Foote; second, Carol Locke; third, Darlene Bath; fourth, Ellie Baccioco. On April 14, Jerry Moreno and Kelly Downey tied for Low Gross winners of the field of six players. First flight: first, Kelly Downey; second tie, Mary Rossi and Penny Wright; fourth tie, Kathy Mokricky and Kathy Faherty. Second flight: first, Vanita Collins; second tie, Nancy DeSousa and Carol Locke; fourth tie, Yoshi Smith and Christy Rexford.

Sweeps Results for April 4 Two-Man Best Ball

First place: Don Morse and Neil Huber with a net 23. Second place tie: John Munkacsy and Alan Stewart, Paul Lawler and Bob Marotto, all with a net 24. Fourth place: Dan Sienes and Art Boot with a net 25. Fifth place: Gary Stone and Tony D’Agosta with net 26. Closest-to-the-pin: Pat Hart, 32’10”.

Sweeps Results for April 11 Individual Low Net

First place: Noel Schween with a net 27. Second place tie: John Munkacsy and Wayne Mickaelian, both with a net 27.5. Fourth place: Dan Sienes with a net 31. Fifth place: Phil Sapp with a net 31.5. Sixth place: Gary Stone with a net 32. Seventh place tie: Tom Massip and Jim Norem, both with a net 32.5.


You may have already noticed that the main entrance door for the Quail Inn now has an ADA compliant assisted entry system. That is, both on a new post (or bollard—I like that word for some reason) outside the door and on the wall next to Rich’s office you will see new square pressure plates for activating the door opener. Whether you need help in opening the door due to walking assistance equipment or just have your arms full of stuff when coming in, this entrance system will be very handy and much appreciated.


The OVA and the OGC Present Music on the Greens nMarsha Zolkower

Sunday, May 22

Enjoy music performed by the Mike Amaral’s California Beach Boys on the Oakmont Golf Club Driving Range, 7025 Oakmont Drive. 3:30 p.m.: Food and beverage available. 4:00 p.m.: Concert begins. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket. There will be a designated parking area for golf carts. Full bar will be available and several food stations. Bring cash to purchase $5 food and beverage tickets. No outside food or beverage allowed. Have fun and get your tropical attire on! RSVP by calling the OGC at 539-9215 x 228 or the OVA at 539-1611.


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

SWEEPS RESULTS April 7, 27 Players

First flight: first, Lisa Karjalainen; second, Ruth Levy; third, Dee Johnson. Second flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second, Elaine Foote; third, Elisabeth LaPointe. Third flight: first, Debbie Jaffee; second, Roberta Lammori; third, Tammy Siela. Fourth flight: first, Cathie Cunningham; second, Barbara Bowman; third, Audrey Engen.


The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


First flight (12.0–19.0): first, Randy Kephart, Ron Feibusch, Nick Beltrano and John Williston, 144; second, Mike Isola, Bucky Peterson, John Weston and Danny Morgan, 138. Second flight (21.5–up): first, Rodi Martinelli, Bill Wellman, Larry Frediani and John Garcia, 160; second, Chuck Mendenhall, Bob Flores, Dennis DeSousa and Wally Juchert, 139. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Ron Feibusch, 4’7”; #13—Gary Smith, 8’9”; #16—Mike Hull, 8’3”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Gil Moreno, 8’3”; #13—Dennis DeSousa, 8’0”; #16— Dennis DeSousa, 20’7”. Hole #5—Nick Beltrano, 21’8”.


First flight (9.5–15.0): first, Bucky Peterson and Danny Morgan, 69.2; second, Mike Hull and Gary Smith, 70.0. Second flight (18.0–22.5): first, Tom Wayne and Bud Simi, 65.2; second, Gil Moreno and Ted Mokricky, 71.0. Third flight (23.5–up): first, Tommy Yturralde and Rick Yates, 74.6; second, Chuck Mendenhall and Don Streutker, 76.8. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Bucky Peterson, 22’9”; #13—Sal Cesario, 11’2”; #16—Danny Morgan, 8’10”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Tony Hughes, 14’8”; #13—Tommy Yturralde, 13’4”; #16— Suru Subbarao, 6’7”.


On April 6, one foursome was disqualified for an incomplete scorecard. The Guys and Gals Tournament is scheduled for a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4. The OWMC is very pleased to announce a donation of $200 to the Oakmont Community Foundation.


Category: Famous Golf Courses. Answers: 1. Site of Bing Crosby’s Clam Bake. 2. Monterey Peninsula course, ranked #3 in the U.S. 3. Site of this year’s U.S. Open. 4. U.S. Open muni in New York. 5. Site of Amen Corner. 6. Green Monster. 7. Tough course at Ft. Ord. 8. Wynn’s private course in Vegas. 9. Arnie’s home in Orlando. 10. Pete Dyedesign on Lake Michigan. 11. Famous island green on the 17th. 12. U.S. Open venue at Tacoma, Washington. 13. Must play resort on the Oregon coast. 14. Nicklausbuilt course in Dublin, Ohio. 15. On Seinfeld, Kramer’s favorite course. 16. Situated among the Sand Hills. 17. Site of movable, floating green. 18. Postage Stamp green. Questions: 1. Pebble Beach. 2. Cypress Point. 3. Oakmont, PA. 4. Bethpage Black. 5. Augusta National. 6. Doral. 7. Bayonet. 8. Shadow Creek. 9. Bay Hill. 10. Whistling Straits. 11. TPC Sawgrass. 12. Shelter Bay. 13. Bandon Dunes. 14. Muirfield Village. 15. Westchester CC. 16. Pinehurst. 17. Coeur d’Alene. 18. Royal Troon.

New Class in Oakmont!


nJohn Freedom, CEHP

nTerry Leuthner, Treasurer

FEELING IS HEALING: Adventures in Emotional Self Awareness

We’re happy to announce a new class happening in Oakmont. The class is called Feeling is Healing: Adventures in Emotional Self Awareness. We all experience stress, anger, grief, guilt and regret, as well as joy, gratitude, appreciation, love and laughter. This weekly class will include instruction and practice in emotional selfhealing and stress reduction techniques, including EFT Tapping, mindfulness, energy medicine, HeartMath, etc. These techniques are simple, non-strenuous and appropriate for seniors. Benefits people experience include pain and stress reduction, greater intimacy, happier relationships and greater selfawareness. You are invited to join us with an open mind, an open heart, and a sense of humor. I am a counselor, educator and trainer in Santa Rosa. I am an author of Heal Yourself with Emotional Freedom Technique, and serve as research coordinator for ACEP, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. I hold certifications in EFT, NLP, EMDR and auricular acupuncture, and specialize in helping people experience greater success, happiness and high-level wellness in all areas of their lives. A former radio talk-show host and magazine editor, I lead seminars and events throughout the US and in Europe. The first two intro meetings are free, and will be held Thursday, May 5, and Tuesday, May 10, 3:30–4:30 p.m. at the home of John Freedom and Katya Miller in Oakmont. Subsequent (90-minute) classes will be $15/session or $50/month. Love offering option available. If interested (even if you can’t make either intro meeting!) call or RSVP: 537-9077, or E-mail


On March 25, Oakmont Walkers Club had a meeting to determine whether or not the club will remain in existence. The 2015 Board discussed with the membership the Directors and Officers Liability Insurance options and the possibilities of merging with the companies Day Trippers or Trips for You. All options led to trips being too expensive and no one volunteering to be Vice President who plans all our trips. According to our club’s bylaws and the OVA bylaws, we must have a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer on the board to be a sanctioned OVA Club. One of our new members volunteered to serve as president providing the positions of vice president and secretary would be filled. Hearing no volunteers for vice president or secretary, we did not fulfill our board requirements. I resigned after 11 years as treasurer. The Oakmont Walkers Club was then pronounced non-existent as of March 25. A motion was then made to allow the 2015 Board to use the remaining treasury funds for a Farewell Event for 2015 members only. Motion was passed. Oakmont Walkers Club is hosting a BYOB Farewell Sit-Down Dinner Party for Friday, May 6, at the Berger Center from 5–8 p.m. Piano music will be provided by Jim Wittes. NOTE: You must be a 2015 Club member to attend. Please call Carolyn Mack at 537-7347 or E-mail to make a dinner reservation and select your choice of entrée: 1. Salmon Picata, 2. BBQ Tri Tip, 3. Eggplant Parmesan, or 4. Veggie Lasagna. Reservation must be made by Tuesday, May 3. Thanks to all our board members and club members who over the years made our club so successful. Special thanks to Carolyn Mack who served for 12 years as Vice President and who single handedly created and scheduled all our wonderful trips over all those years. The club had a good run, approx 40 years, and will certainly be missed by many Oakmonters. See you at the Farewell Dinner.

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Oakmont Projects Status (A regular feature to keep residents up-to-date) Multi-Use Sports Court (Pickleball): This project was approved by the Planning Commission and City Council. There will be a public hearing by the Zoning Administrator April 21. Meanwhile, the board is proceeding with finalizing the engineering and landscape design in order to obtain construction bids. East Rec. Deck: The Board in March approved hiring MKM and Associates to provide structural calculations and CAD plans for the deck replacement. MKM requested the elevations around the deck be verified for possible ADA path of travel improvements required by the City. The surveyor shot elevations on April 15. Berger Center: The Ad hoc committee is still awaiting a structural survey from Structural Design Group. Central Project Committee (CPC): This committee is tasked with studying broader Oakmont space needs primarily related to the Central Activities Center. There are no new reports at this time. High Speed WiFi: All facility installations are complete. Sauna Remodel: To date one proposal was received

from a painting contractor to sand wood. Carpentry bids will be sought to replace the sauna doors and wood floors of the men’s and women’s saunas at the CAC. Replacement heaters will be installed last. Tennis Courts Resurfacing: Two proposals were received for resurfacing the tennis courts. Because the two bids are not “apples to apples,” Rick Aubert will get clarifications from the bidders for a revised bid price. East Rec. Entrance Sign Replacement: Two companies have submitted proposals on the sign replacement. Sign design and proposals will be in the May Board packet for discussion. East and Central Pool Plaster and Saline Conversion: Rick Aubert is having difficulty obtaining bids for both pool/spa repairs. He has received one proposal from Johnson Pools and is awaiting three more. OVA will not be able to replaster either pool by Memorial Day, and therefore this project will be scheduled for fall. Replace Fence Around the East Swimming Pool: One bid was submitted for the replacement and an additional proposal is expected.

nRay and Marie Haverson


WHAT: Cinco De Mayo WHEN: Saturday, May 7 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open 4 p.m., dinner 5 p.m. COST: $35 per member, $40 member’s guest, $50 nonmembers; best deal $47 per person which includes a Sha-Boom membership until January 1, 2017 and the Cinco de Mayo celebration MENU: Cheese or chicken enchilada, tamales, make your own taco stand, refried beans, rice, mixed green salad, chips and salsa and chocolate and vanilla cake with mixed fruit filling, covered with whipped cream. Drinks: coffee, lemon water and ice. This is our fourth annual Cinco de Mayo celebration and party. This is the only party all year that we have door prizes and our famous conga line of prizes and gifts. You will not want to miss this party so get your checks in early to reserve your table of eight or seats as this one will sell out very fast.

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

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

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The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

Garden Club

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nPeggy Dombeck


“Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.”—Veronica A. Shoffstall


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


• Now that bloom is past, prune all of your Springflowering trees and shrubs like forsythias, weigela, and spirea. This will force new growth and ensure a good bloom next spring. With shrubs, cut back a third of the oldest canes to ground level, then cut back one third of the remaining branches by one third of their height. • You can still plant/transplant, but watch the sun and heat. When transplanting young plants, use lightweight lawn furniture or a box propped up here and there to create shade for the plants as they get accustomed to their new location. Try to wait until fall for any big planting/transplanting projects, as your water use will be much less. • Deadhead your azaleas and rhododendrons once they’ve finished blooming. An estimated 70% of a Rhododendron’s energy goes into the formation of seed. Use a whisk broom to lightly dislodge the dead blooms of Azaleas. Use your two fingers to remove the spent flowers of the rhododendrons just above the two new leaflets. • Lilacs should be pruned lightly after they finish blooming, removing sucker growths and dead blooms. Feed lilacs in May with a good all purpose 10-10-10 fertilizer after they have finished blooming. • Sow seeds of cucumber, eggplant, melon, and squash directly in the soil. • Flower seeds to plant include cornflower, four o’clocks, marigolds, sunflowers and zinnias. • Deadhead perennials. Groom and stake them as needed.

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Oakmont Rainbow Women nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

ORW’s April meeting, with 43 members in attendance, addressed the very timely topic of transgender issues, with a panel of four Sonoma County residents who have transitioned from one gender to another. Jacquie, Mandy, Ariel and Orlando generously shared their personal stories with humor and warmth. Coming to terms with their true identity, for some, happened very early in life while for others it was something they kept hidden even from themselves for many decades. The challenges of coming out as trans have not been trivial but each has faced them as part of a process of learning to love themselves. Living one’s life as a transgender person is hardly easy but for our panelists it has been a decision that ultimately has enriched and validated them personally. A correctional officer, a filmmaker, a counselor and a stayat-home dad, all four now feel themselves to be complete after many years of trying to fit into other ways of being. We thank them very much, as well as Nancy Vogl, a long-time member of the LGB community and counselor at Positive Images. Nancy moderated the discussion and shared her own process of understanding trans issues as an older lesbian coming from a radical separatist background. Solidarity and mutual understanding are more important to our community than ever, with 100+ state-level anti-LGBT bills being considered across America. Sold Out! Tickets for the Holly Near, Barbara Higbie, Jan Martinelli concert on May 14 are all gone. Thank

you for your support. Inspiring music, refreshments at intermission and artist swag plus our raffle (see below) will make a fantastic night together! Raffle May 14: May 14 is also the ORW 10,000 Degrees scholarship fundraiser. To put it plainly: come early and bring your checkbook! A week at a luxury resort in Hawaii, several premium wines, an amazing handmade quilt and several restaurant gift certificates are among the special prizes available to win—so you will want to buy multiple tickets. Better still, you’ll get to choose which prizes you want. Doors open at 6 p.m. so come early and choose your favorite raffle items. Mary’s Pizza May 11: Mary’s Pizza on Summerfield is generously donating 20% of your bill on Wednesday May 11 to our 10,000 Degrees scholarship fund. Dine in or take out, but you must give them a copy of the special flyer so your bill is counted toward the donated proceeds. Flyers are available at the OVA Office in the ORW club folder. History of Women’s Music on May 12: Holly Near will present the history of women’s music from her perspective at the regular May ORW meeting, May 12 at 7 p.m. in the East Rec. What a wonderful combination of events in May! Be Swayed by Suede: Oakmont Rainbow Productions does it again with a fall concert by the fabulous Pop/Jazz/Blues artist Suede. Save September 24—tickets go on sale in May. Meanwhile check Suede out online at

Visual Aids Bridge Marathon

nDorrelle Aasland, Chairperson

SPRING AWARD LUNCHEON Wednesday, May 11, Quail Inn

Festivities start at 11:30 a.m. with a lovely private lunch. This will be followed by awards and social bridge. Luncheon choices: Seared Ahi Tuna Salad Bowl with homemade rolls; Chicken salad on Focaccia Bread with a fresh fruit cup; or Vegetarian plate (chef’s choice). Dessert, coffee and tea and tip will also be included. Cost $22 due before May 5, with completed form.

VISUAL AIDS 2016–2017

It is now time to sign up for next year’s marathon. It will cost $15 which is donation to Oakmont Visual Aids. If you are renewing your membership, please

complete the form below. If you are new and would like to join us, we would love to have you join us. We play once a month at each other’s home from September through April. We play 20 hands of bridge and get to meet and visit. If you would like to play please sign up or if you do not have a partner, please call me at 537-1518 and I can do magic. Please complete the above forms and include your check made out to Rita Kronen, 7103 Overlook Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409(537-7707 if you have questions). The cost is $22 for the luncheon and $15 for next year’s marathon. Indicate on your check “for visual aids.” This needs to be received by May 5. Thank you and looking forward to our lunch and awards.

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Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

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

Oakmont Music Lovers nHarriet Palk


Mae Lucas will present a recital-drama on Teresa Carreño, the most famous woman pianist of the late 19th–early 20th centuries. Ms. Lucas will enact scenes from Carreño’s life interspersed with live piano playing, recordings of chamber and orchestral works and slides.

Teresa Carreño (1853–1917) was born in Venezuela, daughter of an aristocratic mother and the Minister of Finance. She moved to New York at the age of eight, taking New York, Boston and Philadelphia by storm with her debuts in those cities. She returned to Europe where she received encouragement from and studied with Franz Liszt, Giacomo Rossini, Georges Matthias (a student of Chopin) and Anton Rubinstein. Later she taught 12-year-old Edward MacDowell and promoted his works. Although tremendously successful as a pianist (often performing 60 times or more in a season), Carreño had a troubled personal life, marrying four times and giving birth to seven children, two of whom died very young. When she married her fourth husband, her brother disowned her. As a US citizen, Carreño returned to the United States at the start of World War I for safety and financial reasons. Her strenuous tour schedule weakened her health. When she experienced double vision during a trip to Havana, her husband brought her home to New York where she died a few months later. Mae Lucas teaches music appreciation classes in Oakmont, Sonoma and Petaluma through the Older Adults Program of Santa Rosa Junior College and gives private piano lessons. WHEN: May 3, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free


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board meeting

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a zoning administrator public hearing set for April 21 to approve the design of the courts. The project received a green light last month when the Santa Rosa City Council unanimously rejected an appeal of the Planning Commission’s approval. Julie Jones, who has spearheaded an attempt to establish a care and resource center (CARE) for Oakmont elders, said that OVA indicated that the upstairs portion of the West Recreation Center could be used for the senior social club envisioned by CARE. She said it would require approval by the Council on Aging, which would oversee the club, and meeting state licensing, insurance and fire marshal requirements. Board director Ellen Leznik said OVA could not approve the project because it would be an “unauthorized use of funds” and leave OVA open to a charge of misappropriation. Board president Andie Altman said the OVA attorney said the social club is “well within our charter.” However, the board approved Leznik’s motion to get a written legal opinion. While fireside chats, in which board members make themselves available to residents to answer questions or discuss issues in the fireside room at Berger, will continue, two directors said they will not participate because of how they were treated previously. Frank Batchelor, former president, said in two appearances

nCarolita Carr

pickleball was the primary subject and he was “abused” and “not respected.” Director John Felton said his second chat, in which he and the board were criticized and attacked, was “horrible.” “Count me out.” Altman said her first three chats were good but the last one was “atrocious.” “If I’m attacked again,” she added, “I’m out.” Residents, she said, need to be civil. A motion to continue the chats passed 5-1 with Felton abstaining. Director Elke Strunka is on vacation and missed the meeting. While lauding the work of Oakmont committees, calling them “central to how Oakmont works,” Leznik called for a number of changes in OVA committee policy, including creating an elder issues committee, changing the name and scope of the Central Projects Committee, and expanding the membership of some committees, including the pickleball. Altman asked Leznik to provide required advanced written material on her committee proposals for other board members to review. The matter was held over for a discussion at the board workshop May 3. The fee for replacing the electronic card which is needed to enter the Central Activities Center, the fitness center and showers, the library and all three pools, was reduced from $50 to $25. The board unanimously approved renewal of employee insurance benefits.

Single Boomers Social Club

May 5, 6 PM, Quail Inn Cinco de Mayo

Sombreros optional! For our next mixer, we will be gathering at the bar at the Quail Inn for margaritas or your favorite libation. Wear your name badges so we can find each other if there is a crowd. We are working on getting patio seating. Come and meet other singles. Our 2016 Crab Feed is history. The California crab was delicious. We all had a wonderful time with good food and great company. Our thanks go to Sharon Castle for all her hard work in planning, organizing, and pulling this off. Keep up the good work on our behalf, Sharon; we appreciate it. Myra Winovich has planned a theater outing for us on May 1. We will car-pool to the Luther Burbank Center to see Murder on the Nile. Myra promises to organize these outings for us from time to time. She enjoys live theater and wants to share these events with her Single Boomer friends. We are lucky to have members like her. One of our favorite activities in the Single Boomer Social Club is Bon Appétit. Members have the opportunity to dine together in a different restaurant once a month. Karen Hepner has been in charge of this for around two years, and chooses from new restaurants, interesting ethnic restaurants, or maybe old favorites. Restaurants all over Santa Rosa and as far as Sonoma have been chosen. The group, which changes from month to month, can vary in size from as high as 18-20 and as low as six. Karen says she enjoys getting to know more members as the group fluctuates. When asked about

Members of SBSC dance at Karaoke night.

any problems she has faced organizing these dine out experiences, she responded that, for the most part, restaurants do try to accommodate the group. However, she is not fond of the hassles that can accompany settling the bill if a restaurant won’t issue separate checks. A 20% service charge can be added on and people forget that when contributing to the total charge, forcing her to ask for more money. But, she says, enjoying good food and good company makes it all worthwhile. And those of us who like to dine out thank Karen for her commitment. As always, members should continue to check their E-mail inboxes for special invitations and E-mail Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. If you are single, live in Oakmont, and would like to participate in fun activities, join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA Office.


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $ 12 to: SBSC Name______________________________________________________________ Date______________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (important to receive Evites and Shout-outs)_________________________________________________ Phone_______________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). Signature:___________________________________________________________________

Oakmont Walkers Plan Farewell Dinner May 6 nJackie Reinhardt

One of Oakmont’s oldest clubs—The Walkers—will disband May 6 after no one volunteered to lead the 180-member group. The occasion will be marked by a free blow-out dinner for members only at the Berger Center. “It breaks my heart,” said Carolyn Mack who organized trips for 11-plus years until 2015. “Oakmont is losing a real service,” she said. Originally concerned about liability issues, the club was on hiatus for three months and managed to find affordable insurance. What it doesn’t have is a board or people willing to assume leadership. “All good things run their course,” lamented Dolores Salidivar, past president who ran the club with Barbara Powell for two years. Oakmont Walkers was recognized by the OVA in 2003 after years of informal gatherings. Somewhat of a misnomer, the club functions as a social group that transports members by bus on pleasure trips to museums, the theater in San Francisco, wineries and other local sightseeing spots. When newcomers asked how far club members walk, the response was often “we walk from the bus to the restaurant and the restaurant to the bus,” said Mack, a former Macy’s buyer. She often researched the history associated with destinations, baked cookies and even told jokes when she was in charge. “It was a lot of work, but I thoroughly enjoyed it,” she said, adding she tried to negotiate the best prices to make the trips affordable. She estimated that 50 people showed up in late March for an organizing meeting. Volunteers were told they could make changes and do whatever they wanted. Still, nobody stepped forward. “I don’t know what will take its place,” Mack said. “Lots of people have given up driving and this got them out and away from Oakmont.”


The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

Tennis Club


Hearing, Education, Advocacy, Research, Support

nStephanie Wrightson


Calling club members at all skill levels to play in the May 14 Round Robin. Meet for social tennis at 8 a.m., West Courts (with play at West and East Courts). Sign up by May 10 on the OTC website (https:// or contact one of our Tennis Events Co-Directors: Doug Smith (303949-3239 or or George Hasa (843-4527 or Provide your name, phone number, E-mail address and skill level (A, B or C). Stick around—prizes will be presented to the winners. Coffee and light refreshments will be served early in the morning. If you would like to contribute to the refreshment table, please contact George.


“The greatest lesson in life is to know that even fools are right sometimes.”—Winston Churchill. And, there was so much that was right during April Fools’ Comedy Night! Jokes, skits, songs, pantomime, dance. What a fun night! Thanks to all the clubs and neighborhoods who participated in this event and to our party planner and emcee Terri Somers. We love Oakmont!

nJohn Taylor

Next meeting: Tuesday, May 3 10 am–noon, Berger Center Is your brain suffering because you don’t hear well?

Topher sings the blues: she’s hot and, then, she’s not.


Club members: get out your corncob pipes, cut-off jeans and straw hats for the epic feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys on Saturday, June 11! It’s Devil Anse Hatfield of West Virginia against Ole Ran’l McCoy of Kentucky. We’ll find out who gets bragging rights. This is social team tennis followed by a picnic. More details in the next issue of the Oakmont News and soon on the OTC website.


Michael and (OTC Social Director) Cinda Gough reprise an old favorite for OTC members: Woods and Whites. It’s breakfast at Wimbledon along with social tennis. Hunt through your closet for the proper tennis attire (whites, of course). The event will be held on Saturday, June 25 at the West Courts. Registration and details to follow.


April Fools’ Comedy Night— the guys in the East Rec. hot tub opine.

Michael Te-Pei Chang, a California resident and originator of the jumping two-handed backhand, is the most decorated Asian-American tennis player. The recipient of both the Davis Cup and World Team Cup, he’s most famous for being the youngest male player to win a grand slam singles title when, at age 17, he won the French Open (beating Ivan Lendl).

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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

Coming up

Monday, May 9: Tangling with grids Monday, May 23: Tangling cloth bags TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail

Please take note of changed meeting date and place. Come on May 3 to hear Dr. Peter Marincovich talk about the connection between hearing impairment and cognitive decline. Previous HEARS lectures by Dr. Marincovich have been enthusiastically received/endorsed by HEARS attendees. You can expect another informative meeting. At the March 30 HEARS meeting much information, of use to people having trouble hearing (or living with someone who doesn’t hear well), was discussed. With about 30 Oakmonters in attendance, subjects were low cost hearing aids, tinnitus, cochlear implants, interpreting an audiogram, smart phone control, streaming into the hearing aids, VA and Costco hearing aids and more. Tom James, co-founder of Apollo Hearing, told us about their plans and activities which include creation of a website——that identifies many sites of hearing interest. He said those wishing to receive future items of interest from Apollo can do so by putting their E-mail address in http://www.!help-us/vt81a.

Hearing Test

May is a “Better Hearing and Speech Month.” AARP members can take a free hearing test that is offered for a limited time. All one needs is a landline phone. The screening, which takes four minutes per each ear, can help determine if a complete hearing evaluation is warranted. To take it, check out www. For additional information about hearing health, including myths about hearing loss and a roundup of this year’s newest hearing devices, go to the AARP Hearing Resource Center at On a personal note, after 20+ years with five or six sets of hearing aids from Costco, I have new Resound Linx2 hearing aids, (with T coil and controlled by iPhone), from the VA and will report my experiences with them in a future article. Also, I have just acquired a free captioning telephone from an FCC program (not CTAP) for evaluation to see if we should have a HEARS presentation on it.

News Flash

The microphone dropout problem in West Rec. Center has been addressed and the East Rec. Center portable microphones bass/treble levels have been adjusted to reduce the “bassy” sound. Attend the meetings and get on the HEARS E-mail list by notifying Carol at The mailing list is temporarily out of commission but should soon be up and functioning again. We will also use NextDoor for communications.


The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) spring Session — may

Registration: 538-1485


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


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


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

nDonna Kaiser


Social and Dance Club


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


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

DEADLINE: FRIDAY, May 20, 3 pm

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

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


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


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


• All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. • If you want to sit with a specific group, please designate a table name, but first coordinate with others at that table to be certain there is room for you. If you don’t designate a specific table, we will randomly assign you to one.


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

Memorial Day Dance Reservation Saturday, May 28

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


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Lawn Bowling nGreg Goodwin

On a recent Saturday, I went to my two-yearold granddaughter’s birthday party. It was held at Rebounderz in Rohnert Park. Reboounderz is a very large building that features trampoline areas, an arcade, volley and basketball courts, party rooms and play areas. While there, I attempted to shoot baskets with J.J., my 10-year-old grandson. I, like other Oakmont lawn bowlers, idolize Stephen Curry and the Warriors. I trotted on the court with confidence, for I used to be a hoops sharpshooter and was ready to impress J.J. and onlookers. Oops and woops. Somehow my threepoint days are over. Which brings me (us) to Lawn Bowling. I, perhaps you also, need to accept the fact that we aren’t spring chickens anymore. Sports that require lots of physical strength, speed and stamina don’t work for the average 65+ year old. So that is why Lawn Bowling is my ticket and it could be yours too. Go Warriors and go Lawn Bowling!


Allie and I exchanged phone numbers and E-mail addresses. She had to leave for her part-time job but promised to get together for coffee soon. She is a lovely young woman who has one of those faces that seems so familiar. After Nowah finished his lawn bowling match, he sat on the bench exactly where Allie had been just a while before. He watched the last end of my game. He looked very pale. I asked him, “Are you okay?” Later as we were driving home, I told him I made a new friend. Her name is Allie. To be continued...


It will be here before you know it. Friday and Saturday, June 10 and 11 the Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club will host the 2016 Senior Lawn Bowling Games. Home teams will face more “outside” competition this year than ever before. Many club teams from Sonoma County and Northern Ca. will participate. So let’s be ready to rumble.


For two years, the OLBC has held on to the trophy which represents excellence in lawn bowling. This June, we look to three-peat. There’s no stopping us now in our quest to hold on tight to what’s ours.


May 5: Women’s Pairs May 18: Open Pairs May 30: Memorial Day Tournament Check the bulletin board for sign-ups and more information.


Friday, April 15 was not just Tax Day, it was also Paul Edstrom’s birthday. What a milestone this year as Paul turned 100 years young. Paul hasn’t been able to lawn bowl the last couple of years, but he still drives his scooter over to the green regularly to watch all the “youngsters” bowl. Club members helped celebrate his birthday with family and friends by hosing a party held at the Fireside Room. Cake, coffee and some of his favorite wine was enjoyed by all. Happy, Happy Paul!

OLBC Centenarian.

nEd Low


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The designated hotel is sold out but there are other places in the area. Let Holly Kelly (843-3155) know if you are coming and/or check with her for other information. Details are on our website.


Historical hike along the shores of Bodega Bay to Bodega Head—6.2 miles with a 200’ elevation gain. Learn about the ghost ship Marin”, sites from Hitchcock’s The Birds, the Hole In the Head, plus other historical facts. Lunch at the head or save your appetite for two places with great clam chowder after the hike. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Berger. Hike leaders are Dave Engman, 538-5440 and Diane Camilli, 540-0367.

Pepperwood. (Photo by Jason Wilkenfeld)


This hike is along the slender Tamales Point Peninsula. Tamales Pt. is famous for its beautiful wildflowers and Tule Elk herds. We’ll start at the historic Pierce ranch and hike out to the end of the point and back. The hike is 9.4 miles round trip with a total elevation gain of 800’. Hiking boots and poles recommended. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Suzanne Bond, 958-3340.


Walk the scenic coastal trail loop from Lands End Lookout to Seacliff and back. Points of interest include the ruins of the once fabulous Sutro Baths, Sutro Heights, the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Distance is 4.5 mostly flat miles with some steps. For more information search YouTube for “Sutro Baths” or the NPS Lands End site for a brochure and map. Bring lunch and water. Hike leader is Larry Maniscalco, 538-2089.


This is a unique and beautiful hike in Napa county’s Archer Taylor Preserve. It is a demanding 6–7 mile with 1,350’ of elevation gain, several stream crossings, a boulder field, slippery rocks and a narrow trail along the edge of a steep canyon. We will climb into the grotto (devil’s well) where waterfalls cascade

North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

from above. The hike will be limited to experienced hikers and those not afraid of heights. Bring hiking poles, boots, water and lunch. Lots of fun. We will leave from Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Lynn Pelletier is the leader,


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

Intermediate Bridge Series nKate Hill

Rebids by Opener and Responder Starts Friday, May 6

The newest Friday morning bridge series begins May 6, at the Card Room in the Central Activities Center. The class will run for four consecutive Friday mornings from 9:30–11:30 a.m. Cost is $50 for the entire series. Drop-ins are also welcome ($15 per session), and no partner is necessary. Students may enroll, individually or with a partner, at the first class meeting on Friday, May 6, at 9:15 a.m. The last class will be on May 27. It’s easy to remember how to start the bridge auction. We remember the beginning bids by both opener and responder, but do you ever get lost in the middle of the bidding? What are my responsibilities at this point? Am I allowed to pass? I’m sorry I even opened this hand—what do I do now? If you’re like most of us, the little voices inside your head will have you doubting yourself at some point in the auction. Silence them! Take courage!

Remember—this time tomorrow, this hand will be over and (hopefully) forgotten! We will give you the guideposts to good follow-up bids. Which bids require you to bid again, and which ones let you off the hook? How can you make partner keep bidding when you have a great hand? We’ll cover all that, and more. I have taught bridge in the Santa Rosa area for ten years. I am an ACBL-certified instructor, director, and Gold Life Master. The focus of our lessons will be on the fun and camaraderie of the world’s greatest card game. We’ll hone our skills and strive for our personal best while enjoying the companionship of partner and ‘foes’ alike. We never forget that bridge is about play! I look forward to seeing you Friday morning, May 6, at 9:15 a.m. No advance registration is required, but you may contact me with questions, comments or requests at or call 545-3664.


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“I have been very blessed in State University in Massachusetts my life and career with fantastic and Babson Graduate School of opportunities. I frequently check Business, Wellesley. in with myself and say—what are She had a career in cardiology you doing with the gifts God gave technology development and you? Giving them back is what to worked on a device that would do with the gifts.” save precious time in the operating These words from Barb Spangler room. She recalls observing open explain why she devotes so heart surgery standing right next much of her time volunteering in to the surgeon. “It was thrilling to organizations focused on making see this magnificent beating heart lives better for people. She is a past in someone’s chest—this is what I president and currently Assistant want to be doing. Fixing hearts.” Governor of Rotary International After retiring six years ago Barb Spangler and husband Jim, who met and soon will be District Governor and living in Oakmont, she in Oakmont, are both past presidents of overseeing 50 Rotary Clubs in joined Valley of the Moon Rotary. Rotary. (Photo by Michael Reinhardt) Northern California. She serves “Rotary is a very big part of my life,” she says. “Rotary’s mission is to make the world as a health care consultant to primary care clinics a better place, consistent with my values.” Spangler in Sonoma County, is a member adviser to Kaiser regularly participates in Rotaplast missions. A Permanente of Northern California and was on the team of 30 volunteers fly to Third World pockets of team that kept Oakmont Golf Club going a couple poverty and malnutrition to fix children’s cleft lip/ years back by solving irrigation problems. palate abnormalities. “Children with un-repaired Spangler is also on the board of directors and deformities are socially ostracized,” she says. “One finance committee of Redwood Empire Food Bank, young teenager had completely stopped talking the parent agency that supports 180 groups (Meals on when he came to us because everybody made fun of Wheels, etc.) that supply food each month to 82,000 him. After surgery he was a transformed boy, happily food insecure people in Sonoma and surrounding talking and smiling. That’s Rotary. counties. Asked where she finds time to go to another “Rotary together with the World Health meeting, she replied: “As much food resources and Organization and Gates Foundation is going to wipe wealth as we have in Sonoma County no child should polio off the face of the earth. If it doesn’t happen be hungry—but 20 percent of kids are. It’s wrong, before, it will happen in my governing year that the wrong, wrong. I am perfectly happy to go to another world will be free of polio. Just a phenomenal human meeting to address that issue.” accomplishment.” A native of Boston, she attended Framingham

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

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



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

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

9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 2:00 PM OEPC Board B 2:00 PM Boomer Board Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI E 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR 7:00 PM Valley of the Moon WC E 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 7:00 PM Rainbow Women E

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

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

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon BC 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Tension Releasing Exer LW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM OVA New Resident Rec BC


9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Valley of the Moon WC CR 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW




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

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Garden Club BC 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Volunteer Helpers Ste 6 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Tension Releasing Exer LW 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:00 PM Cal Alumni Board EC 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 3:00 PM Lawn Bowling Board Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakmont Book Group B

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM iPad SIG D 2:00 PM Tension Releasing Exer LW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM Rotary Bunco E 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Join a Club Night BC

9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 11:00 AM SIR 53 E 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Valley of the Moon WC CR 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 11:30 AM OCDC B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:30 PM Music at Oakmont BC 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 3:00 PM OLLI E 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Rainbow Women E

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

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM USPS Food Drive BC Pkg Lot 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 7:00 PM Rainbow Women Concert G11BC

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10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 5:00 PM Duffers Potluck UW 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 4:00 PM Picnic on the Greens OGC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


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


29 30 31 10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6

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


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Kiwanis Board Meeting E 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 2:00 PM OEPC General Meeting BC 3:00 PM OLLI E 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Documentary Films E 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Craft Guild AR 3:00 PM OLLI E 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 5:00 PM Single Boomers E 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

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


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

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Parkinson’s Support Group B 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR 1:30 PM OakMUG UW 4:00 PM Boomers, Dance Vibrations BC


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Auto Show BC Pkg Lot 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 5:30 PM Social and Dance Club BC

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


The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

Drop-In Chess

nJohn Hamilton

This is the story of how Don Hamilton and his chess set left Oakmont and how Don’s son John, now an Oakmont resident, brought the chess set back into play at the Oakmont Chess Club several years later. Members of the Oakmont chess club commonly use a portable chess set with a flexible vinyl or silicone board, wooden or plastic chess pieces, and a canvas carrying case. Don Hamilton, a long-time regular attendee at Tuesday afternoon’s Drop-In Chess Club, had such a chess set. The photograph shows a recent game between Richard Duncan, a regular of the club, and John

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Hamilton, Don’s son, playing with the chess set that Don was so proud of. Richard remembers playing chess with Don using the same set back in 2009— when Don was still living in Oakmont. In 2012, Don moved to Fort Collins to be close to family and grandchildren. He took the set with him, and continued to enjoy an occasional game of chess at the nursing facility where he was living. But in 2016, it once again has a proud home here in Oakmont and at the Oakmont chess club. Drop-In Chess is held every Tuesday afternoon in the card-room at the CAC from 1 p.m. Open to all Oakmonters and their guests, players of all strengths are welcome—from beginners to experts.

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nCarol Decker

Oakmont Art Association


Our annual meeting will be held on Friday, May 14, 10:15 a.m. at Berger Center. Election of Officers will follow a short State of the Association presentation. The current slate includes: Philip Wilkinson, President; Mary Baum, Vice President; Cathy Rapp, Secretary; and Joan Rumrill, Treasurer. We will call for nominations from the floor as well. Our general program will follow from 10:30–11:30 a.m. The program presenter for this meeting will be Nancy Winn, well-known local paper mache sculptor. Her quirky, lovable animal sculptures are very popular and in collections of many pet owners.

create some mystery and complexity. At the same time I still want it to be pleasing to the beholder,” he states. Color harmonies and contrasts are very important in this regard.

Painting by David Harris.

Irwin Lachman has exhibited from the East Coast to Sonoma and Marin counties. In recent years, he has turned to monoprint and watercolor as the basis for digital art. “I like to have some recognizable subject matter in my work but also enough abstraction to

nLeslie Evans

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


Cacti Blossoms by Irwin Lachman.


WHAT: The Colors of Music—A Watercolor Workshop with Dorothy Pierce WHEN: May 21, 10 a.m.–12 noon or 1:30–3:30 p.m. COST: $30 fee per two-hour class A few places are still open in Dorothy’s workshops. As we listen to several types of music, we will make individual choices as we paint. Do we see (in our mind’s eye) a certain color as the music continues (dark and moody, bright and cheerful, serene and quiet, pastels and whites)? Do the colors we choose seem to form into a repetitive design, staccato shapes, large floaty shapes, dark spaces, or smooth colors that melt into each other? You have a thousand choices as you listen. For each of us, the music will decide what the painting will be. Dorothy will guide us giving us more ideas as we work. Send a check for $30 made out to Oakmont Art Association, to Cathy Rapp, 369 Green Field Circle. Please include your E-mail address and telephone number on a separate piece of paper. Questions call Sylvia Davis, 539-5698. Ikebana: Ikebana classes with master Ron Brown have resumed on second and fourth Fridays from 10 a.m.–noon in the Art Room. May dates are May 5 and 27. The fee is $15 per class.

Dinner for 8

Our group is the original Dinner for 8, not affiliated with any other group. We share hospitality and dining together in our homes four nights a year, plus a picnic and a cocktail party. Our events are every other month. We have our cocktail party in February, dinners in April and June, our picnic in August, and then dinners in October and December. When joining the group, members agree to host once during the year and are assigned a month based on their preference. On the first day of the month in which we have a dinner, the hosts receive their guest assignments and schedule their guests on a mutually agreed upon date. Members are rotated each time to give an opportunity to meet everyone. When we have a Dinner for 8 night, the hosts and their guests come together in the hosts’ homes for a delightful evening. Each host determines their menu and generally provides the entrée. Each

nTina Lewis

May 6: Malcolm Rodman May 13: Ellen Butterman Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to


The current Berger Gallery show features the works of David Harris and Irwin Lachman. David Harris has been painting detailed, brilliantly colored California landscapes for over 50 years. With over 30 one-man shows in many states, he uses classic styles with brilliant use of color. His murals can be found in many corporate sites. Recently, he painted several murals and a portrait for a Royal Palace in Saudi Arabia. In this new collection of watercolors Harris shows the beauty of local Marin and Sonoma landscapes.

Current Events Discussion Group

guest is then asked to participate in the meal by bringing an hors d’oeuvre, salad, or dessert. The wine selection is suggested by the host to complement the meal. On the second Sunday in February, we start the new year by coming together at a cocktail party in a member’s home. The Dinner for 8 picnic is held in a picnic grove in Oakmont on the second Sunday of August. The guests bring hors d’oeuvres to the cocktail party and the picnic. Our Dinner for 8 (a stand-alone group not affiliated with any other organization) was founded in 2002. Based on meeting new people and widening our circle with an emphasis on fine dining, everyone at the table participates. Dinner for 8 membership is open at any time. Please call me at 843-7408 or Jean Whitridge at 538-1258 for further information.

Emergency Preparedness Residents Forum nSuzanne Cassell, OEPC

On May 19 at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center, the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) will be holding its Spring Residents Forum. All Oakmont residents are welcome and encouraged to attend. As part of our ongoing efforts to assist and educate our community, the OEPC actively looks for ways to improve emergency preparedness and response in our community. In a past forum, we hosted Jeff Young, co-founder of the emergency response team in Dillon Beach, who discussed that community’s approach to preparing for and responding to a disaster. It was very informative and educational and we have examined ways to incorporate certain elements of their approach that would benefit us here in Oakmont. In keeping with this goal, we have invited John McGinnis as our guest speaker for our May 19 forum. John is the Chair of the Disaster Preparedness Committee for the Adobe Creek community in Petaluma. Like the OEPC, John and his committee have sought solutions to help residents prepare for a major disaster. Like us, they have focused on organizing neighbors to help neighbors. In Oakmont, this effort is handled by the COPE group (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies). In Adobe Creek, it is managed by John and his committee. But while the Adobe Creek program has many elements that are common with COPE, there are differences that you may find interesting and valuable in preparing for and assisting your neighbors when the need arises. Please plan on joining us on May 19 at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center for what promises to be an entertaining and enlightening program. We hope to see you there!

ReStyle Marketplace Truck at Star of the Valley Catholic Church nSharon A. Charlton

Help support the works of Catholic Charities in challenging poverty, counseling immigrants, and caring for seniors by donating your gently used items. ReStyle Marketplace’s donation truck will be in the Star of the Valley parking lot on Saturday, May 7, from noon to 4 p.m. to accept donations of high-end/vintage furniture, jewelry, clothing, housewares, garden statuaries, art, rugs, tools, hardware, and office supplies. Star of the Valley is located at 495 White Oak Drive. Call Paula at ReStyle Marketplace with any questions at 284-1700.


The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

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

With summer right around the corner, Tai Chi can be your go-to exercise to relax the mind, strengthen your body, improve your breathing and especially focus on your balance and equilibrium. Classes are small and fun. Do join our workshop. Tuition is $75 for a five-class session which meets on Thursdays at 9 a.m. in the Upper West Rec. Center. Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments. Pre-registration is required by calling me at 3185284. I will answer your questions about this ancient Chinese practice that I have been teaching here at Oakmont for the last 29 years. Please join us.

Saturday Morning Meditation Please join us for Saturday morning meditation. We are a group of 20–25 meditators and have been meeting at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday since 2005. After a brief talk, there is a 40-minute period of silent meditation. We sit in a circle on comfortable chairs, although anyone wishing to sit on a floor cushion is welcome to do so. As most of you know, this group has been facilitated for the last many years by Sheila Madden. Sheila has recently moved away, and Barbara Kanowick, Elyse Puertas, Cassie Turner and Tom Barber have all volunteered to take turns facilitating the group so that it can continue to take place. Each facilitator has been meditating in various traditions for 20 years or more. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barbara at or 539-2733. WHEN: Every Saturday morning promptly at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center, Room B

Tuesday Afternoon Group

There is a smaller meditation group consisting of 8–10 people that is held on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. In this group, we simply sit together for 30 minutes. The Tuesday group is held in the Art Room of the Central Activities Center.

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nCathy Rapp

Spring is here Taxes are done (hopefully!) Jump in the pool It’s time for some fun! To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

spring water aerobics schedule west pool

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

nTeresa Woodrum

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

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself, fostering connections with friends, and inviting loved ones closer. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. Class cancelled on Fridays, May 13 and June 10. Thank you for your generous contributions to Oakmont Community foundation, supporting the health of our community through physical education. The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All free fitness classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, wellsupervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful dear ones.

The Barbara Streisand Tribute Underwritten by the Oakmont Community Foundation

If you missed My Favorite Barbra at the 6th Street Playhouse or the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, you can catch this Streisand Tribute Show right here in Oakmont on Tuesday, June 7 at the Berger Center. In this main stage, one-woman show, actress and vocalist Kelly Brandeburg pays tribute to Barbra Streisand through stories and songs. There will be concert seating. Please bring your water bottle and enjoy a box of fresh popcorn from Summerfield Cinema. Please thank our sponsors: Summerfield Cinema and Suncé Winery (pronounced Soon-Say). Proceeds from ticket sales will support the continuation of Free Fitness Classes, providing healthy opportunities for you and your community. We look forward to welcoming you. Thank You for your support! WHEN: Tuesday, June 7, 5 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center

Streisand Tribute Ticket Purchase Form

Tickets are $20. You may leave your check, payable to Oakmont Health Initiative, in the OHI folder in the OVA Office, or mail it to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Susan Lynn, 11 Oak Forest Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Name of attendees: ____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to confirm receipt of payment) ___________________________________________________________

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

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

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Springtime and the Living Is Easy…! Longer days, sweet fragrant air, warm sunshine. The umbrellas are back along with the seasonal swimmers and sunbathers. Remember we all equally share all facilities. Be welcoming, friendly, courteous, and refresh yourself on the Pool Rules. 1. No food nor drinks, except water. 2. Shower before entering. 3. Rinse off sun lotions when using, they soil the pool and Jacuzzi. (The outdoor, warm shower is near Jacuzzi.) Thanks everyone for keeping the pools in good shape by reporting any repairs as needed.

Flip Turn News

Become a member of this dedicated lap group by sending your info to: There are no dues, nor parties, just a voice or connection between swimmers when needed. Happy lapping!


The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

Fitness Club

Forrest Yoga

nJohn Phillips

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

new monthly workshops working with an Injury Focus on a Spot for Healing

WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 1–2:30 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center, Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by E-mail at “You don’t get to be past 50 unscathed—we get injured, we all have stuff.” Many parts of our mind, body and spirit may need healing or a boost in energetic flow. This workshop is an opportunity to devote your attention to one area that needs healing. Injured areas can shift towards healing by using our curiosity, meditation, and asanas (yoga poses) with focused breath. Move and breathe in a way that brings in new energy and release to your spot. Individuals with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend Monthly workshops will be offered on the first Saturday of the month at 1 p.m.

Ongoing classes

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

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

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

Presentation is on a large screen TV (titles for hearing impaired). Class has workbooks. The Patriarchs is a journey through Genesis 12–50. Discover God’s pursuit of a relationship with man, and marvel as His plan to bless all people unfolds. Full of twists and turns, ruin and redemption, revelation and mystery this Bible study keeps participants captivated by the God who stars in it! Explore concepts such as blessing, covenant, and promise, and the bearing each has on a New Testament believer’s life today. Many of the most profound and enduring concepts in the whole counsel of God’s word are initiated in this marvelous book of beginnings. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the word of God. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! This is a weekly, non-denominational study. Our class is small and informal—a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. DATE: Tuesday TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

Feel good from the inside out. Deepen your breath, build your strength and increase your energetic flow. Challenge yourself and explore yoga poses safely in a supportive and compassionate environment. I guide students with hands-on adjustments and modify poses as needed. My classes integrate breath and core strengthening with a focus on alignment. Let your stress level decrease while you increase your energy level, strength, flexibility and focus. Perfect for new students, senior students and advanced students who need a more restful practice. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Classes cover breath work (pranayama), postures (asana) and strengthening core work. Ease your back and relax your neck! Feel stronger on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and any props you need—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I also teach Chair classes and Stretch and Balance classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.

Playreaders nNorma Doyle

On May 2 and 9 Norma Doyle will present Wife After Death by Eric Chappell. Chappell is an English playwright. He also wrote situation comedies for British television in the 1970s though the 1990s earning a BAFTA award for the best situation comedy. Wife After Death begins on the day of a funeral for a well-known and beloved comedian and national treasure whose friends and colleagues have gathered beside his coffin to pay their last respects. They are, however, about to learn far more about this legendary figure than they ever anticipated. Unanticipated guests arrive and are introduced to the grieving lovedones and a series of revelations and, unfortunately, some secrets of their own are revealed. A funeral with a lot of laughter ensues despite a rather tense environment. Playreaders will include Susan Baguette, Honora Clemens, Norma Doyle, Dennis Hall, Star Power, Ron White and Evelyn Zigmont. Playreaders meet weekly on Mondays from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are welcomed.


Last month I wrote an article regarding adjusting your workouts to accommodate the aging process. The week that article came out; I was working with a client and a Physical Therapist setting up a program. The therapist began to tell me about a class that he had just completed on training for the elderly. The instructor of that class had just completed an extensive study on whether they could determine the number of repetitions needed to be completed, to develop both strength and muscle fiber and if age made a difference. According to this study, we can develop strength and build muscle at any age. According to the researchers, if we want to build strength and muscle we should be working at a challenging weight, with repetitions between 6 and 10. Okay, as I explained in last month’s article the more reps we perform the leaner the muscle is and anything over 15 reps is building endurance in that muscle. What this study discovered is that anything over 10 or 12 reps is building endurance. However, if we still want to build strength and a little muscle mass we can still do that at any age as long as we perform challenging weight at reps between 8-10 and between 2-4 sets. So, let’s think about this for a minute. There are a couple of words in that statement that can be somewhat subjective. Let us start with the word challenging that means that by the last set the muscles working should be tired and you should not be able to perform another repetition. At the same time this weight should be manageable, meaning that you can handle lifting the weight without hurting yourself. This is one of the reasons I suggested increasing the repetitions so that you wouldn’t risk the chance of injury, as long as you are performing the exercise with proper form, which form becomes harder to maintain as weight increases. My suggestion: if you are performing sets of 15 reps, try slowly decreasing your reps and increasing your weight. Make sure you do not loose technique. If you start losing form or if it feels like you my injure yourself, drop the weight, and maintain the lower reps until you feel more confident. There are still some exercises where we want to perform more reps and less weight: the abdominals and the low back/core. These muscles we don’t really want to increase mass unless you have completely burned the body fat that covers the abdominal. But even at that we want these muscles to be endurance muscles able to perform a task for long periods, such as standing. These muscles I would continue to perform at least 15 reps or more. If you have any question about the above subject or any exercise question, please stop by the Fitness Center or call me at 494-9086 or E-mail me your question at I hope to see you at the Fitness Center soon.

Partners Contract Bridge Players nHelen Hargrave

Playreaders in early April for the play Kindness by Adam Rapp were: standing, Star Power, Anne Gero and Dennis Hall; seated, Evelyn Zigmont and Max Fenson.

The Partners Contract Bridge group will be playing in the Card Room at the CAC on Monday evenings May 2 and 16 from 6:45–9 p.m. We keep the same partner throughout the evening and rotate through each table keeping a running score. If you have not played with us, please give a call either to Jeff Hickman at 282-9350 or me at 539-5511, and we will include you and your partner in the group. We are always happy to meet new folks who enjoy bridge!


The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

Pickleball Corner nTom Kendrick


In a lively, energetic and contentious voting season, parties from both sides have claimed victory in our recent OVA Board elections. Ellen Leznik, outspoken Central Park Project critic, was voted in. On the flip side, long-time supporter, Andi Altman, was reinstated and appointed president. But even as the drama continues, both sides seem to be exhibiting a fair amount of adult behavior these days. There have been no assaults, threats or police reports lately. Too bad our national candidates aren’t as civilized as we are!


“Pickleball is the hottest new sport around—it has taken off all over the country and drawn millions of players!” So says reporter Jim Handly of NBC News, Washington D.C. OK, that’s it—I’m headed to the White House. We need dedicated courts on the South Lawn!

Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop nDel Baker

Our “world famous” workshop is 45 years old and still going strong. And what a record we have! Since our start, our men and women have made, packed and sent worldwide 140,000+ of our tactile booklets and games—just for the asking—to anyone teaching blind, visually-impaired or mentallychallenged individuals. Since Sept. 2015 we have sent 3,834 booklets free of charge to anyone requesting them. It’s a great and industrious group that meets for two hours every Monday morning with few exceptions, such as holidays and a summer vacation. Though we have approximately 50 committed volunteers, we still need a few more hands to keep up with the demand of requests. It’s actually fun, and there are many different jobs. So won’t you consider joining us? Stop in to the West Rec. Center any Monday morning between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. or call Barbara Milan at 538-5321 or me at 539-1657 for more info.

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby

Following Jesus with Luke

What would it have been like to walk around with Jesus, watching what He did and hearing what He said? This study will guide readers through the eyewitness accounts gathered by Luke in his Gospel. Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to join our small, welcoming and friendly group. Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know God and grow in His love through exploration of the Bible. Each book includes easy-to-understand explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center, Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

Player profile—Noel Lyons

How long have you lived in Oakmont? Fourteen years! Where from? South Bay—the Peninsula area. School? Working career? I got an engineering degree from Santa Clara University, but my career was in product marketing for the electronics industry. Married? Jackie and I have been married for twelve years. We’re both widowed. Wow. Jackie is awesome. In fact she seems much nicer than you. Yes, she is. Just kidding. So, other than pickleball, do you belong to any other clubs? Dance Club, Hikers, Boomers, ShaBoom, and the golf club. Wow. Any other involvement here in Oakmont? Former OVA Board Director, Treasurer, Berger Ad Hoc, Central Project Committee, Pickleball Ad Hoc. OK, I get it! You’re involved! I like to stay busy. Any cool things you’ve done in your life that you’d

nSusan Lynn

like to share? In 1991 my first wife and I walked from Holland to Nice, France in a three-month period. It was a life-altering experience. How so? When we returned we realized that life was too short so we both quit our jobs and retired. Wow. Well, it sounds like life is good for you these days here in Oakmont! Life is fantastic here. I agree. Thank you, Noel. Sure. See you on the courts. WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Quiet ball play 8–9 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday. Courts available seven days a week. WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people ATTIRE: Proper court attire requested. Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. We have loaner paddles available. WANT A PERSONAL ORIENTATION SESSION? Call PJ (843-7266) or Tom (888-6334) WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266, E-mail


“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.”—Maya Angelou We have two big events coming up so you can dance your way into your summer. First up will be “Dance Vibrations,” coming in May. Choppin’ Broccoli will have you dancing to tunes by Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Journey, Prince, Duran Duran, and others.

Food trucks will be back with a variety of choices to tempt anyone’s palate: Seed on the Go (plant-based cuisine), Fish On! Chips, and Franchetti’s (formerly Rosso’s). You know how quickly these events sell out, so simply visit to reserve your spot, or complete the coupon and deposit it (along with your check) in the Boomers’ folder at the

OVA Office by May 16. WHEN: May 21, 5–9 p.m. (doors open at 4:45 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center COST: $15 per member/non-member guest (only one guest per member, please) BRING: Cash for the food trucks, BYOB

Coming up

Get out your bobby sox and meet us “At the Hop.” The Hot Rods return to play the doo-wop oldies you love. Dance to your favorite hits from the Golden Age of Rock ‘n Roll! More details to follow in future Oakmont News editions. WHEN: June 25, 5–9 PM WHERE: Berger Center COST: $15 If you want to rock it out at either of these events, join or renew now. Go online at Don’t forget, if you’re not a member, you won’t be able to attend our events. Renew your membership or join us at, and while you’re there, check out the bulletin board for notices about other events happening in and around Oakmont. Boomer Trivia: On the eve of a summit meeting between President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev, an American U-2 spy plane was shot down over central Russia on May 1, 1960. Who was the pilot of that plane?


Cost is $15 per member and non-member guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member The two options you have to register for seating for this event are: 1. Reserved table for eight. Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $120. The names of all the people sitting at the table must be listed. Individual names:_______________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Party name:__________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed:__________ 2. Unreserved seating. There will be several unreserved tables available. Full payment must accompany registration. Name(s):_______________________________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed___________ The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m., Monday, May16.


The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

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

The Oakmont Community Foundation is in the process of completing two financial moves that we think will help perpetuate the OCF for future residents. First, we are dedicating a sum of money as an Endowment Fund which will be placed with the Community Foundation Sonoma County. The CFSC handles funds for many Sonoma charities. They do charge a nominal fee for this service, but the advantage is they specialize in investment. By combining funds from several 501(c) (3) organizations they can make safe investments garnering higher returns than we could do on our own. This move by the OCF also separates our board from the investment process and puts it in the hands of a well-recognized nonprofit organization. Now the OCF can concentrate on raising funds and fulfilling qualifying grant requests. The second program we are hoping to launch this spring is the formation of a Legacy Society. This society may be rather exclusive at first because its members will be Oakmont residents who pledge to leave a portion of their estates to the OCF. Some people may feel confident in naming a sum to be distributed to a charity after their death, and others may already have a tax-free charitable trust set up from which they can make contributions now to favorite causes. In that case, one could also assign percentages of the remainder of the trust to those named beneficiaries when the trust is distributed after death. You may have seen our article last month about our donor dinner given to honor our “Valentines” on February 17 at the Ca’Bianca Ristorante. It was a very nice and cozy venue and almost all those invited were able to attend. The food and wine were delicious, and our top tier donors got a chance to meet our board and mingle with them and their partners in a social setting. Our Donor Dinner gave the OCF board members and donors a chance to become better acquainted. A few years ago, we had a very generous donation by bequest. It was a complete surprise, so we had no way of expressing our gratitude to the donor. With the establishment of the Legacy Society, we will be able to honor those who choose to continue giving to our community in their wills or trusts. The OCF wishes to celebrate such generous contributors. How can we start this conversation and convince people to join our Legacy Society? We welcome your suggestions.

American Mah Jongg Club nMarie Haverson


If you want to meet some new friends and have a great time while doing so, then the American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! We meet at the East Rec. Center every first and third Monday of the month. Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on May 2. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. Sorry, we only have openings for experienced players or teams at this time! We will see you May 2.

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Summer 2016 League Schedule. Bowling dates for May: May 3 (first Summer BBQ), 10, 17 and 31. No bowling May 24, fourth Tuesday.


May 3 we will have this year’s first BBQ Lunch from 1–2:30 p.m. served to our bowlers/substitutes.


1:30 PM League: first place, Wild Turkeys, Juan Fuentes, Kathryn Miller, Vicki Robinson (Captain), Sandy Wald. 3:15 PM League: first place, King Pins: Mollie Atkinson, Marie Haverson, Barbara Ford (Captain), Irene Lucia.


On April 12, we had our Winter League Playoff in which the top three place teams from the 1:30 PM League played the top three place teams from the 3:15 PM League to establish the Winter Team Champion. A meeting followed where we presented awards and signed up for the Summer League starting April 19, ending July 19.

RESULTS AS OF April 12 (Winter Team Championship Playoff)

1:30 PM League: first place, Strike Outs; second place, Alley Oops; third place, Strikes & Spares; fourth place, Strikers; fifth place, Wild Turkeys; sixth place, King Pins. Team Champions: Strike Outs— Helen Herbert, Carolyn Mack, Nicole Reed (Captain), Betsy Smith. Congratulations Strike Outs. They will get their team name on our Team Championship trophy and engraved wine glasses. See our website for all awards presented. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 248; Terry Leuthner, 247. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 270; Betsy Smith, 259; Nicole Reed, 258; Beverly Shelhart, 257; Valerie Hulsey, 247; Mollie Atkinson, 245; Kathryn Miller, 244; Phyllis Jennings, 226; Helen Herbert, 213; Vicki Robinson, 211; Carolyn Mack, 208.

Bocce Club nBarbara Bowman


Bocce Club’s new schedule begins today, May 1. Play begins each day at 9:30 a.m., rather than 1 p.m., as we’ve been doing since November. Come on out, enjoy a sociable game on a lovely morning!


We need some more players for the Senior Games to be held at Julliard Park on June 3 and 4. Those who have participated in past games say it’s great to meet people from other cities and bocce courts. The games include a fun dinner with wine and music/ dancing. This is not about winning; it’s about having an enjoyable two days. Contact Sherry Magers, 537-3084, with your information. A few players will be needed as alternates for both days, Friday and Saturday. Let Sherry know if you are interested. Sign-up ($50) continues until all places are filled. Each person needs to handle their own registration online or by phone with the Wine Country Games at the Council on Aging, 525-9143, ex. 121, Leigh Galten.


A good group enjoyed the Tax Time Tournament on April 16. Look for the winners in the May 15 Oakmont News. Next up: May 7, Mother’s Day Tournament. Everyone loves a mother. Come out and honor mothers by playing in the tournament! Don’t forget, the tourney starts at 9:30 a.m., so get there by 9:15 a.m. to assure yourself a place on a team. The Open Doubles Tournament is completed.

Nice delivery, President Sherry! We’re sure it was a winner.

Everyone enjoyed the competition and had a lot of fun playing bocce in a new format. Congratulations to the winners.


Do you have a name badge? If not, you may wish to order one now. It’s easy—just fill out an order blank and put it with your check in the Bocce folder at the OVA Office. Order blanks are available in the folder at the bocce shed or you can use the one below. State your name as you wish it to appear on the badge and choose between a pin back ($9) or a magnetic back ($11). Note: if you have a pacemaker you should not use a magnetic back. Questions? Call Paul Wycoff at 537-7019. Look in the basket in the shed if you’ve already ordered one.

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Craft Guild nLaVerne Polkinghorn

Sharing and Learning

The Craft Guild was started about three months ago. It is designed to be a sharing place for all kinds of crafts. We meet the second Monday of the month at East Rec. Center from 1–3 p.m. At this meeting anyone can bring samples of their craftwork to show. A member will then demonstrate a particular craft. This craft is then taught on the fourth Thursday when we meet in the Art Room of the CAC, also from 1–3 p.m. Classes so far have included Creating Mesh Wreaths taught by me, Mary Stinson taught making brooches from found objects and Pat Vogenthaler taught how to make a Silk Cord Beaded Necklace. Everyone is welcome to come. If you are interested in attending, send your E-mail address to me at We share the E-mail list of members with their craft interest so people can contact one another.

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Sufi Meditation Circle

Rumi and Meditation for Women Only

Have you wanted to try meditation? Or have you been meditating for years? All women are welcome at the Women’s Meditation Circle on Wednesday, May 4, at 11 a.m. at my home, 147 White Oak Drive. Peaceful and friendly!

Come and join us for music, poetry by Rumi and others, meditation, and Sufi wisdom. No fee. It is helpful if you can let me know if you are coming: 5371275 or There will be a place for you in the circle of peace. International Association of Sufism:

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Grab that calendar and mark the dates: Sunday, July 24 through Friday, July 29. This is the special week of the year where the Grandparents’ Club fondly welcomes our grandchildren with a host of activities for all of us. Some of the events we can share with them are the Welcome Party, Coin Toss, Bingo, Wii Bowling, Table Tennis, Quilting and much more. The schedule of events is still being finalized, so watch the Oakmont News for more information. Registration will

Grandparents’ Week Is Coming! begin in early July. We support these events with registration fees as low as possible. To supplement this, we encourage grandparents to join our club with an annual $10 dues. If you have not already joined our group, please consider doing it now. Please make checks payable to Grandparents’ Club and leave them in our folder in

the OVA Office. If you would like to volunteer for Grandparents’ Week, please contact Leslie Brockman at 755-3168 or by E-mail at Join us at our next meeting May 24 at 4 p.m. in Room 6 at the OVA Office to meet others and hear more about the variety of volunteer tasks available.

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The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 19 with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The menu will be Breaded Pork Chops with Rice Pilaf, seasonal vegetables, with a Green Salad and Chocolate Mouse for dessert. The price of the dinner is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members, and includes cocktails before dinner, tax and gratuity. Reservations must be made in advance, and are due by Monday, May16. To make reservations please contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The White Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.

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Oakmont Progressives nVince Taylor

nRosemary Waller


On May 12 the award-winning Calidore Quartet will perform three string quartets by the acknowledged master of the form, Ludwig van Beethoven. This will be the very first all-Beethoven quartet program in Oakmont, and none of the three quartets chosen has ever been heard on the stage at Berger: Op. 18 no. 3, Op. 74, and Op. 132.

on our website. Season passes will be on sale only at the May 12 and Oct. 20 concerts, at the door. Checks for $140 should be made out to Music at Oakmont. WHAT: Calidore String Quartet WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door, or your season pass

SIR Branch #92 nDr. Jim Knapp, Little Sir

May meeting


The 16 Beethoven string quartets, from the composer’s early, middle, and late periods, are now universally regarded as the pinnacle of achievement in that form. Their composition, from 1798 to 1826, offers an intriguing glimpse into the development of genius, as well as the progression from 18th-century classicism to 19th-century romanticism. Beethoven noticed the first signs of encroaching deafness in his late twenties, so not even his early quartets were written while he enjoyed full hearing. Johann Nepomuk Maelzel, inventor of the metronome, created several ear trumpets for Beethoven, but they proved ineffective. By his middle and late periods, deteriorating hearing had left the composer depressed and isolated, but with ever-growing creative powers.

SIR Branch #92 in Oakmont is pleased to announce the speaker for our May 10 meeting at the Berger Center. Mark A. Randol is a retired security and intelligence officer for the U.S. government at various levels including the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, and the US military. He served 8½ years with the US Air Force with assignments in security in many parts of the world, and 3½ years as a civilian on the Army Intelligence Staff at the Pentagon. Mark is a graduate of UC Berkeley and holds a Master’s Degree in National Security Studies from Georgetown University, and teaches courses in domestic terrorism and counterintelligence at Eastern Kentucky University. His talk, entitled “Terrorism after Paris, San Bernardino, and Brussels,” will be the highlight of the SIR May 10 meeting. The meeting starts at about 11:15 a.m. with a social hour, followed by a luncheon, and our speaker’s presentation. SIR is a retired gentlemen’s club dedicated to the enhancement of the lives of our members through fellowship, education, and mutual support. There are over 150 branches throughout California. Any nonmember gentleman wishing to attend should contact me at (415) 336-8844 for more information.


After his Op. 95 quartet, the last of his middle period, there is a huge gap—14 years—before the glorious last five quartets written during his late period. This final output appeared in just over two years, from 1824 to 1826, the year before he died. In April, 1825, during the writing of Op. 132, Beethoven fell dangerously ill with inflammatory intestinal disease. His doctor ordered a strict diet, forbidding all wine, coffee, spirits, and spices of any kind. At the same time, Beethoven’s intractable difficulties with his nephew and sister-inlaw were escalating to explosive heights. Op. 132 was completed after his brush with death and during his subsequent recovery. At the top of the slow movement, Beethoven wrote: “Sacred Song of Thanksgiving from a Convalescent to the Deity, in the Lydian Mode.” A ninth-century Gregorian chant familiar to his listeners, Veni Creator Spiritus, was interspersed with two passages marked “Feeling new strength” and “With deepest emotion.” The work is a remarkable expression of renewed exhilaration, of a gigantic spirit that refuses to be crushed. Complete program notes for May 12 can be found on our website


Our annual Donor Drive continues through May. Donor envelopes will be found in the May 12 programs. Donor checks should be made out to Oakmont Community Foundation, with memo line reading “Music at Oakmont.” Your gifts are entirely tax-deductible, and much appreciated. The 2016–17 season brochures will be available at the May 12 concert, as well as at the OVA Office and

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

May 1: John McCaull Protecting The Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor

The beautiful Sonoma Valley is part of a regional wildlife corridor that stretches from the Marin Coast to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Lake and Napa Counties. The Sonoma Land Trust initiated the Sonoma Valley Wildlife Corridor Project in 2013 with the goal of ensuring safe passage for wildlife such as deer, bobcats, mountain lions and numerous other species. In this symposium presentation, John McCaull, Land Acquisition Manager for the Sonoma Valley, will discuss the use of wildlife camera technology and conservation biology in land protection work. We will have an opportunity to learn more about the work Sonoma Land Trust is doing to preserve and protect the wild places of our beautiful county.

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What a Great Way to Meet Like-Minded Folks!

The first meeting of the Oakmont Progressives was apparently enjoyed by all 50 people who attended. We spent a good part of the meeting having each person introduce themselves and say what change in our government they most wanted. It became clear that almost everyone felt that our government and political parties are hopelessly corrupt. We all want to see the changes that Bernie is working toward. A collection of short videos on Bernie’s history and the current campaign was received by laughter and applause in all the right places. How nice it is to be with people who share our world views. This is one of the major benefits of joining Oakmont Progressives.

We have our next meeting will be on Monday, May 9, at the East Rec. Center. The meeting will be preceded by a potluck starting at 5:30 p.m. This will give all of us a chance to get to know one another better. The guest speaker will be Julie Combs. More details will be posted at and Next Door, but mark your calendar now. Bernie gear—buttons, bumper stickers, T shirts, yard signs and more—will be on sale at our meeting. If you are planning to come to the potluck and meeting, please go to oakmontprogressives. com and follow the link to sign up so we can plan appropriately.


The California primary will occur on June 7. The Democratic Primary allows independents to vote, but in California if you are registered as an Independent, you are registered as a member of the American Independent Party, which is a small rightwing party, and you will be denied voting in the upcoming Democratic Primary. You need to change your registration and select either Democratic Party or “No, I do not want to disclose a political party preference.” You can check your current registration (if registered in Sonoma County) at http://vote.sonoma-county. org. To change your party affiliation, you must fill out a new registration form. California makes this very easy to do online at If you have a CA driver’s license, you can do the complete registration online. Deadline for registration is May 22, 15 days prior to the June 7 primary. Take a moment to be sure you are registered as you intend. To keep up with the latest Bernie news, “like” our Oakmont for Bernie Facebook page. Join together with fellow progressives and support all those now working to take back our country from the control of the corporations, banks and billionaires, for the sake of your children and grandchildren.

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The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson

Attention All Horseshoe Pitchers

If you like to pitch horseshoes, meet some great people, have some fun and get some exercise then this may be the club for you! No experience needed, just a good attitude and a willingness to have a great time and meet some new people. The horseshoe pits are located behind the Central Swimming Pool. Our next meet will be on Thursday, May 5, start times are 9–10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please let me know what times you would like to play and let’s get outside and have some fun in the sun. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666 or E-mail me at

nDel Baker

Have you heard of us? We are group of Oakmont volunteers, ready, willing and able to provide you transportation on weekdays for medically-related appointments and to Safeway on Calistoga. Our only requirement is that you contact us three week days prior to your appointment. These rides are free of charge, though most of our clients send a donation after they have had a ride. Since we all seem to like statistics, you might be interested to know we did 400+ transports last year! About a year-and-a-half ago we started a very successful Caregivers Support Group which meets twice a month and is managed by a professional facilitator. For more information, please contact Vicki Jackanich at 595-3054. Our roster presently has 50+ drivers and 15 volunteers who work the Meals­ On-Wheels program. However, we always need more drivers and coordinators. Do give it a bit of thought, and if interested call Matt Zwerling at 539-8996 or Marianne Neufeld at 528-0161 for more information. nVickie Jackanich

Support for You When You are Caring for Another

Some of our members having a great time!

nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

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

May 1

Julie Miller will be speaking on “The Journey of Grief and Loss.” Debbie Knapp will touch our hearts with her beautiful playing at the keyboards.

May 8

Dan Melligan will speak on “A Lonely Man of Faith” from Genesis 1 and 2. Lucas Sherman will be playing the piano and clavinova.

May 15

Dan Melligan will share a talk called “A Blue Fire,” Isaiah 38:15–20. Debbie Knapp will be on piano.

“It’s an anchor…” “Very supportive…” “A broad spectrum of information...” These are recent comments about the Oakmont Caregiver Support Group. This drop-in group meets twice a month. It is for Oakmont residents who are caring for a family member. Are you providing help to someone who is physically ill and no longer able to do what they used to do? Or assisting someone who has signs of memory loss or dementia? It might be your spouse, a parent, an ill child, or even a dear friend. You are invited to join this ongoing group. It doesn’t matter if the person lives with you, in his or her own home, or in a facility. “It’s an opportunity for people to share concerns, talk about juggling life and caregiving, and find out about local resources, too,” says Dorothy Foster, MFT, who facilitates the group. “The topics of discussion vary from week to week. One week it might be how to keep a loved one safe. The next time it might be where to get quality information on veterans’ benefits. Everyone gets a chance to talk, but members have said that sometimes the biggest benefit lies in hearing how others are handling similar situations.” You don’t have to tough it out alone. The Oakmont Caregiver Support Group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Central Activities Center, Room B. For more information call me at 595-3054 or E-mail dicnvic@

Creative Writing Class nKathy Rueve

Oakmont’s Tuesday morning Creative Writing Class has come to an end. Over the years this venture has taken us through many personal tales, some great short stories, a few novels and remarkable poetry. I am grateful to all who have come through the doors of Room D in the Berger Center over the years to share their stories, their thoughts, their lives. Like so many good books as they come to an end there is a wistful moment, knowing how much our gatherings will be missed. And there’s appreciation for so many memories. Our annual anthologies are in the Oakmont Library for anyone who wants to see work produced in our class. Thank you Oakmont for your support and to all of you who have been part of this class.

Buddhist Meeting May 30 nPennijean Savage

“The True spirit of Tolerance”

“The Lotus Sutra is a teaching that sees the infinitely respect-worthy Buddha nature existing within each person’s life. Based on this standard of value, any other system of thought that teaches the dignity of life deserves our respect as well. On the other hand, we can never accept a philosophy that denies the dignity of life. This is the true spirit of tolerance and compassion,”—SGI President Ikeda, from the January 2016 Living Buddhism, p. 36 (World Tribune, May 1, 2016, p. 6, 7) You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, May 30 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

Textiles Class nWally Filler

Did you ever wonder why we wear certain clothes, choose certain sheets, or enjoy looking at beautiful printed garments? There are many other items to be explored and examined and explained in this course. I am a transplant from the New York metropolitan area, with a BS in textile engineering. My background has been employment in the home of the textile industry for 50 years, and 40 of those owning my own business. In addition, I have taught the undergraduates at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, and seminars to retail stores, designers and anyone who was interested in the making of fabric. The course I will teach will bring together all aspects of the making of fabric, from the fiber (polyester, cotton, linen, and bamboo, etc.) to the yarn (spinning, twisting, etc.), to the weaving (denim, twill, plain etc.) and to knitting (jersey, double knit, etc.), to be dyed, printed and finished and then to be sold to the garment manufacturer or home furnishing for sheets, sofas, wall hangings, etc. Samples of all will be shown. Discussion on what can be patented, confined and information that would add to your knowledge of this most important industry. This course is for anyone who would care to further their interest in how fabrics are woven, dyed, printed and finished. A minimum of 10 residents are needed to complete the quota for the classes. It will be 1 to 2 hours long for a total of 8 to 16 hours. The fee will be $30 for the entire 16 hours. If there is additional interest classes will be added. Please E-mail me at or call at 538-8559, if you have a definite interest or need further information.


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Kiwanis Club of Oakmont

nJeff Davis


As part of Kiwanis International’s 100th Year Celebration, Oakmont’s Kiwanis Club has teamed up again with Oakmont Gardens to hold another of its celebrated annual Pancake Breakfasts with even more things to enjoy than before. This year’s event will be at Oakmont Gardens on Saturday, June 11, 8 a.m.–12 noon. In addition to the outstanding meal of pancakes, eggs, sausages and beverages, a new feature is being

added this year—a Theme Gift Basket Raffle. The gift baskets will feature useful items for a variety of events, sports, teams, entertainment and other activities. The contents for each basket will be both useful and enjoyable. Be prepared to look over the baskets and put in your tickets to win what your heart desires. Also, keep your eyes open around Oakmont for the Kiwanis Golf Cart, a great vehicle for an Oakmont

golfer that will be up for claim in the big Golf Cart Raffle. The number of entries will be limited so that your chance of winning will be greater. Tickets for Pancake Breakfast are $10 each and can be ordered from any Kiwanis member. Donations to the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont Community Foundation are also welcome to help the Kiwanis goal of aiding children in a multitude of ways are also welcome. More details will be available soon.

Just for Fun Game Club


We meet to play card games, board games, tile games, dice games, etc. and to have fun. We play games like Hand and Foot, Parcheesi, Settlers of Catan, Poker, Chicken Foot, Liars Dice, Uno, Chess, Mah Jongg, Bridge, Magic: the Gathering, Mexican Train, Bunko, Set, Rack-O, Monopoly, Acquire, 7 Wonders, Go, Mississippi Marbles, Trivial Pursuit, Canasta, Dominos, Pictionary, Rheinlander, Chinese Checkers, Rummikub, Hearts, Skip-Bo, Pinochle…

nBarbara Bowman

well, I think you get the idea. There are way too many games to list here. We meet in the Card Room on the first Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and the third Saturday at 1 p.m. It’s OK if you can’t be there when we start, just be there when you can. Most of the time people play for one to two hours, but you can play as long as you like. Those who are present decide which games to play. Bring your favorite games with you and teach others

how to play or learn new games or just play what you know. Just come out and play with us. The more the merrier! To get more information or to join the club, E-mail me at If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, then let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust or add another time that works. Oh, and please spread the word!

Movies At Oakmont

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

Sunday, May 1, 2 pm ALEXANDER HAMILTON

In concert with Lifelong Learning, Movies At Oakmont screens this award-winning PBS American Experience program. Alexander Hamilton, one of the most controversial men of his age, was a gifted statesman brought down by the fatal flaws of stubbornness, extreme candor and arrogance. His life and career were marked by a stunning rise to power, scandal and tragedy. This program tells the story of the underappreciated genius who laid the foundation for the nation’s modern economy. (2007), NR, 55 minutes.

Sunday, May 1, 7 pm THE IMITATION GAME

Chronicling mathematical wizard Alan Turing’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) key role in Britain’s successful effort to crack Germany’s Enigma code during World War II, this historical biopic also recounts how his groundbreaking work helped launch the computer age. Among its numerous awards were eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress (Kiera Knightly.) A genuinely fine film about a fascinating true story. (2014), PG-13, 114 minutes.

Sunday, May 8 NO FILMS SHOWN, MOTHER’S DAY Sunday, May 15, 2 pm TRUMBO

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

Sunday, May 15, 7 pm TRUTH

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

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, May 1, 2 p.m.: Alexander Hamilton, (2007), NR, 55 minutes. Sunday, May 1, 7 p.m.: The Imitation Game, (2014), PG-13, 114 minutes. Sunday, May 8: No films shown, Mother’s Day Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.: Spotlight, R, 129 minutes. Sunday, May 15, 7 p.m.: Truth, (2015), R, 121 minutes. Sunday, May 22, 2 p.m.: Woman In Gold, (2015), PG-13, 109 minutes. Sunday, May 22, 7 p.m.: The Danish Girl, (2015), R, 121 minutes.


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


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


General landscape, yard maintenance (with free fertilizer), high weed clearance, clean-up, hauling, trimming, pruning and gutters. Free estimates, references available. Tony Sandoval, 321-2958.


To assist you with personal care, driving, light housekeeping, cooking. Oakmont references. Certified Medical Assistant. Flexible hours and rates. Call Paula, 703-6231.


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


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


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


Carpentry, hand rails, steps, decks, trip hazards. Small jobs OK. Lic. #1008255. Call Alex at 843-1898.


Great service and reasonable prices. For houses, move-outs and offices. Free quotes! (707) 304-6480.


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

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The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Bulletin Boards

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

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

COORDINATOR May 1–15 Barbara Lowell 538-0333 May 15–31 Sonia Moore 539-4119

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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


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


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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


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


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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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

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

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

locker rentals

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

OAS Management Company


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

Association Manager Cassie Turner

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

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

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


The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

OVA-Sponsored Events Oakmont Community Toxic Waste Collection nMarsha Zolkower

Discover what’s new! Click on the online Oakmont News at www.

Tuesday, may 10, west rec. parking lot BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

in sealed containers in the trunk, packed to prevent spills. Syringes/needles in sealed, approved Sharps containers. NOT ACCEPTED: explosives or ammunition, radioactive materials, biological waste (except syringes), TVs, computer monitors and other electronics, business waste. Call 795-2025 to schedule an appointment or ask your questions.

Four times a year Oakmont has a Community Toxic Collection at the West Rec. parking lot, 6470 Meadowridge Drive, from 3–8 p.m. Additional dates in 2016 are September 15 and November 5. This is a free service. LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (with a maximum of five gallons per container) or 125 pounds of solid material. Never mix chemicals. Place

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(Behind St. Francis Shopping Center)

Calistoga Road Hwy 12

Discounts to Oakmont Residents Mon–Fri 9AM–5PM, Sat by appointment only 116 Calistoga Road, Santa Rosa

I’m restless to find a home… a place where I can enjoy the beauty of nature from the safety of a sunny windowsill. As a 4 y/o grey tabby, I’m affectionate, polite and love the company of people, possibly even gentle kids and mellow dogs, just not other cats. Now, if you’d come get me please… it’s time for me to “Gogh” home!

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The Oakmont News / May 1, 2016

Century 21 Valley of the Moon Locally Owned—Internationally Known

Mike & Leila O’Callaghan 888-6583

Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519

new price Jolene Cortright 477-6529

412 White Oak Drive $379,000

223 Oak Shadow Drive $640,000



402 Cresridge Court

451 Pythain Road

Paula Lewis 332-0433


Joey & Claudine Cuneo 694-2634

133 Green Street

Coming Soon

Kay Nelson 538-8777

6529 Stone Bridge Road $495,000

Randy Ruark 322-2482


8851 Oak Trail Court $639,000

Nancy Shaw 322-2344

22 Woodgreen Street

707• 539 • 3200

Sue Senk 318-9595

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

Gail Johnson 292-9798

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Some of our services: n Caring



Meal Planning and Preparation


Transportation and Errands


Light Housekeeping


Medication Reminders


Assistance with Bathing and Grooming

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May 1 Edition of the Oakmont News