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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

November 15, 2015 • Volume 53, Number 22

Community Foundation Helps Activities Thrive nJackie Ryan

If you’re wondering what the Oakmont Community Foundation (OCF) does, look around. Its work shows up in lots of places, improving activities that enhance education and benefit all Oakmonters. Take Zumba, line dancing and balance training, for instance—all typical and traditional offerings from the Oakmont Health Initiative, a program that provides free exercise classes to residents. But a Cher concert? A dance show and John Denver? Exactly. And Teresa and Tom Woodrum, who created the Initiative, say their program couldn’t have gotten off the ground without a helping hand from OCF, which has supported classes and events. Like exercise classes, social gatherings improve well being. “Social networking is important in staying Cara Lee performs as Cher. (Photo by Keith Sauer)

A Morning Surprise

A hot air balloon descending over the Oakmont Golf Club’s east course brightened the morning sky on Friday, Oct. 30. This photo was taken from Miramonte Place by Bob Phillips.

connected to one another as we age,” said Teresa Woodrum. “A concert gets people out of the house and helps them avoid isolation.” The events have been a hit, say the Woodrums, and proceeds help defer the cost of the free health and fitness classes offered three Teresa and Tom Woodrum, days a week. volunteer coordinators of the “We couldn’t have Oakmont Health Initiative, take a spin on the dance floor during a gotten along without Cher Tribute concert in October. OCF,” said Tom (Photo by Susan Millar) Woodrum. “They cover one day of classes taught by professional instructors.”


Sue Millar, president of the foundation, said in the coming year, the foundation is focusing on creating awareness of their role among the many clubs and organizations. “Everybody wins. Clubs get the help they need when members support their favorite activities, and the members get a tax deduction in the process,” she said. Clubs do need to have a bank account and a treasurer to have donations come through the OCF, Millar said. With that simple structure in place, members can make tax-deductible, earmarked donations through the OCF to support specific clubs and activities. The OCF also accepts unrestricted donations, which in turn help the foundation make grants to eligible Oakmont activities. In grant awards, the list of OCF-supported activities is diverse and includes caregiver classes and Lifelong Learning scholarships. The Computer Lab was awarded OCF funds to buy software for its new computers that were purchased by OVA. The foundation supported a successful Art Club show, and a partnership with Music at Oakmont helps bring monthly classical concerts to the Berger Center. Millar said OCF hopes to encourage clubs to apply for grants when they have activities that meet the education and benefit parameters. More information about the Oakmont Community Foundation and how to donate is available on the OVA website


A Wednesday morning exercise class in October. (Photo by Marty Thompson)

Early November Storm

Oakmont resident Martin Johns captured this rainbow from an early November storm. The photo was taken from Miramonte Place toward Sugarloaf across the 17th fairway of the Oakmont Golf Club’s East Course.

2016 Member Assessments Assessments for 2016 will increase by $2.25 for all Oakmont members, going from the current $51 to $53.25 per member per month. Those who are also making installment payments for the CAC loan, will pay an additional $10.50 per month, or $63.75 in total assessments, for the first five months of the year. The original $12 monthly installment was reduced to $10.50 because the CAC loan is being paid off earlier than planned. Beginning June 1 all residents will be paying the same $53.25 per month.


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The Oakmont News / November 15, 2015 CAN’T ATTEND A BOARD MEETING? Watch it online at www. Board meetings will be available two nOVA Administration or three days after a meeting. Also check out past videos. The listed Oakmont Village Association meetings are open sessions. Any interested Oakmont residents are invited and encouraged to participate in these important meetings.

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

Letter to the Editor

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

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

COMMITTEES 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 4th 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)

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. West Rec.

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.


nJohn Renwick

League of Oakmont Maintained Areas Association


The Civil Code points governing association board meetings. Civil Code § 4920: The Notice of a Board Meeting shall contain the Agenda for the meeting. Civil Code § 4930: The Board of Directors of the association may not discuss or take action on any item at a nonemergency meeting unless the item was placed on the agenda included in the notice that was posted and distributed. A member of the association who is not a member of the board is not prohibited

from speaking on issues not on the agenda. The code lists certain exceptions and conditions to the above requirements and should be reviewed by board members. Refer to Community Association Statute Book 2014 Edition distributed to all associations with the LOMAA Handbook update for requirements. General Meeting: Wednesday, December 2, 7 p.m., West Recreation Facility. Speaker—Barbara Zimmerman, Attorney Next Board Meeting: Monday, December 7, 12 noon, Room B

Live Alone? Don’t Feel Alone

Dear Editor, Wally Schilpp (Dec. 1 letter) and I are simply on different tracks. At October OVA Board Meeting, PickleBall players claimed that “PickleBall is the country’s fastest growing sport.” Research of 11 websites surveying the top 10-15 sports 10 didn’t mention PickleBall, and 1 provided information solely from the US Pickleball Association. Having enjoyed most sites throughout the Oakmont area I assure you at the central area the sounds sports you mentioned do not intrude, even with children in the pool, the view of mountains and the sense of tranquility of this area is as calming as experiencing a waterfall.  The CAC project projects northern and eastern and southern views will be significantly blocked. City Planning office has voiced concern about the acoustic impact on CAC pool users. Though it includes an 8 foot high acoustic fence, it will not prevent noise angling over the fencing top. Residents will be impacted by the “pitch” created by the paddles whacking the ball, which at receding angles, is extremely noticeable. According to the CAC project Sound Study, closest housing is 105 feet and 4 other houses on Laurel Leaf Place within impact. Fact, the closest owner felt forced to sell due the projects noise and designated seating for 42 spectators; there are still 420 square foot of “Waiting Area.” (Support Documents Report 8/5/2015). The new owners signed our petition. While there are many hillside houses at both the East and West Rec. areas, each site has only 5 to 7 homes impacted—not dozens—1 within 150 feet.  Kerry Oswald 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

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Get into the Holiday Spirit at Oakmont Dance Club’s Holiday Dinner Dance!

nRay Haverson

nDonna Kaiser


Come kick up your heels at one of the best Dance Club events of the year! We may not have snow to turn Oakmont into a winter wonderland of sleigh bells and snowmen, but we can certainly have holiday spirit! Our Holiday Dance will feature a wonderful meal prepared by Oakmont Village Market and great dancing music provided by The Tom Shader Trio. They are equally at ease with many musical genres that provide for a variety of dance styles such as swing, cha cha, foxtrot, tango, rumba, polka, country, bossa nova, line dance, samba and rock. They firmly believe, “If we’re not having fun, we’re doing it wrong!” Whether you are sitting and watching from the sidelines or lighting up the dance floor, it is sure to be an evening filled with merriment. Singles and couples, boomers or not, are all welcome to come and enjoy a great time during this season of joy.

DATE: Saturday, December 5 PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30-6:30 p.m. hors d’oeuvres, BYOB, set-ups provided, 6:30 p.m. dinner by Oakmont Village Market, 7–10 p.m. dancing to the music of The Tom Shader Trio. COST: $50 for members, $55 for non-members


Appetizers: spinach artichoke dip with baguette slices, black raspberry brie bites, antipasto kabobs, smoked salmon endive boats. Dinner: chopped wedge salad with chunky blue cheese dressing, topped with sweet cherry tomatoes and crumbled bacon; creamy mashed potatoes, mixed sautéed vegetables; beef filet with creamy horseradish sauce or oven-baked salmon with a parmesan herb crust; dinner rolls and butter. Vegetarian entrée is available—eggplant parmesan. Dessert: tiramisu, coffee bar (decaf), tea, water.

Holiday Dance Reservation Form Saturday, December 5

Reservation must be received by 3 p.m., Wednesday, November 25.

Name:_____________________________________________________ Phone:_____________________________ E-mail:___________________________________________________________ Dance Club Member Dinner: $50. Non-Dance Club Member Dinners: $55. # of entrée #1 ________ # of entrée #2 ________ # of vegetarian ________ Check enclosed for $ __________ payable to Oakmont Dance Club Table name request: ____________________________________________________________________________

Entrée choices may not be changed after they are submitted. This especially includes a change of entrée during the event. Make your check payable to the Oakmont Dance Club and place it, along with the completed form, in the Dance Club folder in the OVA Office, or mail with enough time to: Oakmont Dance Club, c/o Norm and Doris Pelton, 320 Singing Brook Circle, 538-3574.


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Wishing you and those dear to you a Wonderful Thanksgiving.


WHAT: New Year’s After New Year’s Party WHEN: January 23, 2016 TIME: Doors open at 5 p.m.; music from 6–9:30 p.m. MUSIC: The Hot Rod Band COST: $43 members, $48 members’ guest, $55 nonmembers not with a member. Best deal $55 includes one-year membership and party. Sorry due to the high cost of crab and The Hot Rod Band we had to slightly raise the price for this year but still a good value. Dinner will include: 1/2 Cracked Crab (about 1 lb. or larger), cocktail sauce, BBQ Chicken, sautéed red peppers and onions shrimp salad, tossed green salad, bread and butter, coffee, lemon water and whipped cream cake with fruit filling. This is a party not to be missed! You wanted The Hot Rods bBack—you got em! What a party this will be. If you like to dance you won’t be able to sit down. Every year this party has sold out very fast so get your money in now so you won’t be left out. And remember, we place tables by the date you paid. All tables of eight or groups must have checks in one envelope with all names and who to contact and that person’s phone number. Sorry, no switching or late payments will be allowed to be placed with another group. We have to turn in a seating chart to the OVA so maintenance can set up the hall that has to be turned in 10 days in advance. You may call me at 539-6666 or E-mail me at with any questions.


This show is sold out!

American Mah Jongg Club

nMarie Haverson

We thank you for your continued support and making this such a fun club!

Attention all Oakmont residents of all ages

If you don’t mind getting out of the house for a few hours on the first and third Monday of every month, if you don’t mind meeting new friends and having a great time in the process, then American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on November 16. We meet on the first and the third Monday of every month. 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. We still have some openings for experienced players only at this time. For more information please contact me by calling at 539-6666 or E-mail to haversonm@ We have a great bunch of Mah Jongg players. You will have a great time and meet some fun people. So call or E-mail today. Look forward to hearing from you.


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2015

Notice: CAC Pool, Spa and Both Locker Rooms Closed November 2–6 Repairs to the men and women’s locker room showers necessitate the closing of the locker rooms from November 2–6. (Time is dependent on everything going smoothly). At the same time, the central pool and spa area were closed. We are repairing the electrical and gas lines in the pool equipment room, installing a new spa heater and filters and adding three-pole lights to the pool area (like the ones at the Berger Plaza). Please use the men and women’s restrooms located adjacent to the card room in the CAC.

OVA Urges Backing to Preserve Community Separators nStaff Report

The Oakmont Village Association is urging the county supervisors to act to put a renewal and extension of community separators on next year’s November ballot. Separators are rural agricultural land meant to remain open to prevent urban sprawl and retain community identify as Sonoma County cities grow. OVA Board President Frank Batchelor has asked the supervisors to put the measure on the ballot. The Oakmont Community Development Committee (OCDC) also is urging residents to weigh in, and time is short as the proposal could come before the supervisors. Chair Susan Millar said residents may send E-mail on the supervisors’ website, http:// Board-of-Supervisors/, and go to ”Contact Us,” or write to Board of Supervisors, 575 Administration Dr., Room 100A, Santa Rosa, CA 95403. Voter-approved measures that keep existing community separators in place will expire without a new public vote for renewal. The protections passed in 1996 with more than 70% of the countywide vote.

Oakmont Village Association Delinquent Assessment Collection Policy (Adopted October 20) Prompt payment of assessments by all owners is critical to the financial health of the Oakmont Village Association (“Association”) and to the enhancement of the property values of all properties within Oakmont. Your Board of Directors (“Board”) takes its obligations very seriously under the association’s governing documents including, but not limited to the Bylaws, Protective Restrictions and the California Civil Code (“Civil Code”) to enforce the members’ obligation to pay assessments. Pursuant to the Association’s Protective Restrictions, Bylaws and the Civil Code, the following assessment practices and policies outlined below have been adopted by the board and shall remain in effect until such time as they may be changed, modified, or amended by a duly adopted resolution of the board. 1. Assessments, late charges, interest and collection costs, including any attorneys’ fees, are the personal obligation of the owner of the property at the time the assessment or other sums are levied. (Civil Code Section 5650(a)) 2. Regular monthly assessments are due and payable on the first (1st) day of each month. It is the owner of record’s responsibility to pay each assessment in full each month regardless of whether a courtesy statement or courtesy late letter is received. 3. All other assessments, including special assessments, are due and payable on the date specified by the board on the Notice of Assessment, which date will not be less than thirty (30) days after the date of Notice of the Assessment. 4. An owner may, but is not obligated to, pay under protest any disputed charge or sum levied by the association, including, but not limited to, an assessment, fine, penalty, late fee, collection cost, or monetary penalty imposed as a disciplinary measure provided the amount in dispute does not exceed the California jurisdictional limits of the small claims court. By doing so, the owner may in addition to pursuing dispute resolution pursuant to Civil Code Sections 5925-5965, commence an action in small claims court. 5. Until all assessments are paid in full, any payments made by an owner will first be applied

to assessments owed. Only after all assessments are paid in full will payments be applied to collection fees and costs, attorney’s fees, late charges or interest. (Civil Code Section 5655(a)) The Association may, in its discretion, enter into an agreement with an owner providing for payments to be applied in a different manner, such agreement shall be controlling. 6. Regular assessments are delinquent thirty (30) days after they come due. 7. All other assessments, including, but not limited to, special assessments, are delinquent thirty (30) days after they come due. 8. Delinquent assessments are subject to a late charge in the amount of $10 or 10%, whichever is greater. 9. Interest on all sums imposed, including delinquent assessments, collection fees and costs, and attorney’s fees shall be at an annual rate of 7% and shall commence 30 days after an assessment becomes due. 10. If a special assessment is payable in installments and an installment payment for that special assessment is delinquent for more than 30 days, all installments will be accelerated and the entire unpaid balance of the special assessment shall become immediately due and payable. The remaining balance shall be subject to late fees and interest as provided herein. 11. The association or the association’s managing agent may send to the owner a late letter once an assessment becomes delinquent. A charge (if any) for the late letter will be added to the owner’s delinquent account. 12. If an assessment is delinquent, the association or its designee, in the event the account is turned over to a collection agent, will send a pre-lien letter to the owner as required by Civil Code Section 5660 by certified mail, to the owner’s mailing address of record advising of the delinquent status of the account, impending collection action and the owner’s right to request that the association participate in internal dispute resolution (“IDR”). The owner will be charged collection fees and costs for the pre-lien letter. See collection Policy on page 11

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Lawn Bowling

nGreg Goodwin

Halloween is over, up next Thanksgiving. What isn’t up is the sun. Days grow short and some people are S.A.D. Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression associated with lack of sunlight which upsets circadian rhythms. Lack of sleep leads to fatigue. By now my readers know I love words, so I’ve discovered a really great one! This word is from an article in the Current Psychiatry June 15 edition. “Exercise is a non-pharmacotherapeutic modality that targets fatigue.” Which leads us to Lawn Bowling. If you’re feeling sad and lonely, there’s a service I can....oops. Fight back activity avoidance by trying Lawn Bowling. There’s no better sleep than after a game of Lawn Bowling, well maybe it’s Sandy says, “Did someone the second best sleep. mention sleep?”


Lawn Bowling doesn’t stop when the green turns dormant and becomes brown. Rain is another story. El Nino may restrict some matches this year when the rinks become spongy. Check the Lawn Bowling Sign to see if games will be played after rains.


On Friday, October 30, six teams participated in the next to last tournament of the season. Some players came dressed up in costume instead of whites which

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added to the fun. If you missed the tourney, there is still one more this season in which to play. Don’t miss the Thanksgiving Tournament on Monday, November 23.


Flash! This is an official OLBC notification. I will continue to write this column for the next year. However, your help is needed. Please send me photos, comments and even reports of club activities to keep this column interesting. It’s about you, not me.


Our Christmas Gala and Awards Presentation is rapidly approaching. Don’t miss out on this fabulous night of celebrating the 2015 Lawn Bowling season. Catering by the Oakmont Village Market includes appetizers, salad, your choice of beef tri-tip or baked salmon, dessert, coffee and tea. BYOB, set-ups and ice will be provided. Jess Petty will entertain us with live music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Jess sings and plays great standards along with wonderful Christmas songs. Check your calendar and get your reservation in now. The price for this terrific event is only $40 per member/partner and $45 per guest. Complete the form below and put it in the OLBC folder at the OVA Office along with your check made payable to OLBC. Reservations must be in by November 27.

OLBC CHRISTMAS GALA and AWARDS DINNER/DANCE Reservation form Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #__________________________ E-mail_______________________________________________________ Number of members/partners a $40 ea.______ Number of guests at $45_______ #of Tri-tip_______ #of Salmon________

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Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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


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nChuck Wood


Members of our dear club sometimes grouse that they are not kept informed of what’s going on within the Oakmont Golf Club. Even the word “transparency” is tossed about. Well, if one attends our monthly OGC Board meetings one will hear quite detailed reports from KemperSports and the Committee Chairs about financial and operational results, as well as, decisions and plans made by the individual standing committees. Meeting attendees may ask pointed questions and raise issues during the Public Comment section of each meeting. Alas, the average number of members attending our monthly meetings is far less than 10. Our next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 25, at 3 p.m. in the Quail Inn. Please view the Calendar in the Members Area of the Oakmont Golf Club’s website to stay current on all the scheduled meetings. Also, the board meetings’ minutes are posted on this website for you to review.

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, December 9

A fund-raising Variety Show will be put on in the evening of December 9 at the Quail Inn. Featuring dinner, live music, guest performers (the Oakmont Players), celebrity appearances and (gasp!) a murder, this special event is not to be missed. The East Course parking lot will enjoy a facelift via the funds raised in this “Wednesday Night Extravaganza.” Look for more details soon.


As endorsed and requested by our Golf Committee and our House and Greens Committee, each of us Oakmont Golf Club members needs to be a better steward of our courses. Very few of us carry sand bottles for mending divots on the tee boxes and fairways (although those containers are readily available to us); pitch marks on the greens are infrequently repaired; and golf carts are often driven off of the paved cart paths, leaving tire track marks in the areas of play. Our club does not have—cannot afford—a maintenance staff to clean up after us. Yet, we and the public golfers upon whom we rely for golf course income are frustrated by un-sanded divots and unrepaired pitch marks that we members can very easily tend to when we play. Other advice from the House and Greens Committee: put the rakes back in the bunkers away from the edges and with the handles pointing back to the tee boxes; use the cart paths only on the Par 3 holes; and share golf carts with others—it is best when there are only two golf carts in use per each foursome.

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nEileen Beltrano

Hi there ladies. Well, Thanksgiving is right around the corner. I was thinking about what to be thankful for in golf when your ball bounces over the bunker instead of going in, when your “skulled” ball still makes it over the creek, or when your ball does a 360° around the hole and then goes in! They’re all something to be thankful for! We’re also so very thankful for all our board members and the great job they did for both our clubs this year. Last but not least, we’re so thankful for the beautiful improvements to our golf course and to our wonderful Pro Shop staff and all the service they provide. We are blessed to have you! Congratulations goe out to the overall winners of the 2015 East-West Partners Eclectic, Chris Carter and Leslie Weiner. Just a reminder to sign up for the End-of-the-Year Christmas Luncheon. The date is Dec. 15 and the sign-up sheet is in the clubroom. Now here are the results of sweeps for the end of October:

Tammy Selia and Cindy Carroll all dressed up for our Halloween Luncheon.


Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (87). First flight: first low net, P. Buchholz; second low net, K. Mokricky; third low net, E. Beltrano; fourth low net tie, S. Wood, A. Miller, M. Rossi; seventh low net, C. Carroll. Second flight: first low net, C. Sharpe; second low net, M. Delagnes; third low net, S. Baxter; fourth low net tie, L. Vree, C. Buchold and L. Kilpatrick. Third flight: first low net, J. Buell; second low net tie, E. Baciocco and C. Locke; fourth low net, C. Rexford; fifth low net, D. Johnson; sixth low net tie, V. Collins and J. O’Toole.

Having some fun after golf are Tues./Thurs. members Becky Hulick, Joann Banayat. Debbie Kendrick and Luncheon organizer (Tuesday Club), Donna James.


Low Gross of Field: Kathy Mokricky. First flight: first low net, K. Mokricky; second low net, K. Peters and third low net, M. Rossi. Second flight: first low net, L. Vree; second low net, L. Kilpatrick; third low net, R. Nicholson; and fourth low net, M. Yturraldi. Third flight: first low net, C. Rexford; second low net, C. Locke; third low net tie, V. Collins and J. O’Toole.


First flight: first place team, M. Rossi, L. Kilpatrick, J. Seliga and L. Davis; second place team, S. Baxter, M. Jobson, C. Carter and M.A. Gibbs. Second flight: first place team, C. Carroll, T. Siela, E. Foote and R. Lommori; second place team, C.

Get well soon Jerry Moreno, we miss you—with Partner Eclectic winner Chris Peters. Not pictured is her partner Leslie Weiner.

Buchold, C. Locke, E. Baciocco and M. Delagnes.


Not enough players for sweeps. I’m very thankful that a special cowboy and cowgirl were at the Halloween Dance the other night. See you out there ladies!

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9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

W nBruce Hulick

nBarbara Bowman


After two days of qualifying rounds, the winners are: Ellie Baciocco, Low Gross Champion, and Elaine Foote, Low Net Champion. Congratulations! Ellie finished with a very nice score of 89. Both Ellie and Elaine will receive trophies for their accomplishments.


First flight: first, E. Baciocco; second tie, C. Silvas and E. Foote. Second flight: first, E. LaPointe; second tie, J. Fulkerson and C. Hilliard; fourth, H. Williston. Third flight: first tie, B. James, B. Bowman and J. Haggerty; fourth, S. Wood. Chip-in: Joan McDonnell, Hole #16.


Congratulations to Elaine Foote, Low Net Champion, and Ellie Bociocco, Low Gross Champion for 2015. Well done, ladies!

Thanks to Championship Tournament Chairs Linda Yates and Maria Mar for efficiently managing the event, and to everyone who participated. Flight winners received cash awards: First flight: first, Cindy Carroll; second, Peggy Lash, third, Linda Yates; fourth, Janie Rietow. Second flight: first, Arlene Keeley; second, Christy Rexford; third, Elisabeth LaPointe. Third flight: first, Cathie Cunningham; second tie, Tammy Siela and Debbie Kiddoo. Congratulations to all the winners.


The annual Boo Halloween tournament and luncheon was held on October 29. Lots of fun and creative costumes! Details in the December 1 Oakmont News.

On October 28, four Oakmont WRENS enjoyed playing in the Soup Bowl at the newly-named Black Rock Golf Club (formerly Rob Roy) with the other WRENS clubs. Amazing that these ladies can put on a fun golf event after the devastating fire the area endured. On November 5, several Oakmont WRENS were in Adams Springs for the President’s Cup. More in the December 1 Oakmont News.


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

The top ten sweeps winners for the year through October 12 are (in order): Noel Schween, Tom Massip, Don Schulte, Gary Stone, Dan Sienes, Tony D’Agosta, Phil Sapp, Dan Levin, Keith Wise and Neil Huber. We have completed the third round of our fiveround Fall Eclectic tournament. The top 11 leaders (in order) are: Gary Stone, Tony D’Agosta, Phil Sapp, Don Schulte, Al Bentham, Joe Lash, Wayne Mickaelian, John Munkacsy, Noel Schween, Art Boot and Tom Massip. I had the pleasure of playing with Gary Stone on October 26. When we reached the 8th tee, the pin was stuck way in the back and the sand trap was separating the tee and the pin. I said to Gary, “That pin placement is for a pro shot.” And, sure enough, Gary stiffed the shot to 5’8” from the hole. Mark your calendars for our December 14 Christmas luncheon. More information to follow. Meanwhile, happy golfing!

SWEEPS RESULTS for OCTOBER 19 Two-Man Scramble, 13 Teams

Janie Rietow, at the Halloween party, being welcomed back from the “disabled list” by Joy Guerber, Josie DiBenedetto and Ada Branstetter. We’re glad to have you with us again, Janie.


The annual Holiday Party will be held on Thursday, December 10. The date listed in the directory is incorrect. Plan on attending this always enjoyable final Niners’ event of the season. Something new for the winter months: the membership voted to extend sweeps through December, January and February. So, even if el Niño shows-up, we’ll also be showing-up on the golf course!


Yellow Tees: first, C. Cunningham; second, R. Levy; third, J. Fulkerson; fourth tie, M. Mar and T. Siela. Chip-in: Henni Williston, Hole #1. Red Tees: first, B. James; second, E. Bociocco.

Wednesday Men’s Club

First place: Don Morse/Neil Huber with a 22.5. Second place: Joe Lash/Greg Carpenter with a 24.25. Third place: Keith Wise/Noel Schween with a 25.5. Fourth place: Art Boot/Dan Sienes with a 26. Fifth place: Paul Lawler/Bob Marotto with a 26.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Greg Carpenter, 12’6”, Neil Huber, 37’7”, Phil Sapp, 45’6.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR OCTOBER 26 Individual Low Net, Third Round Fall Eclectic, 25 Players

First place: Phil Sapp with a 28. Second place: Art Boot with a 29. Third place: Gary Stone with a 30. Fourth place tie: Dan Sienes and Don Morse, both with a 31. Sixth place tie: Bob Marotto and Wayne Mickaelian, both with a 31.5. Eighth place: Rich Silvas with a 32. Ninth place tie: Joe Lash, Paul Lawler and Jim Norem, all with a 32.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Gary Stone, 5’8”, Noel Schween, 24’6”, Tony Apolloni, 53’7”.

October 28, west two-MAN SCRAMBLE

First, Bucky Peterson and Danny Morgan, 61.3; second, Bill Salmina and Alan McLintock, 63.2; third, Gary Novak and Suru Subbarao, 63.9. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Bucky Peterson, 13’8”, Bill Roberts, 15’9”; #13—Danny Morgan, 6’5”, Gary Novak, 16’6”; #16—Bucky Peterson, HOLE-IN-ONE, Phil Sapp, 29’1”. Bucky Peterson aced hole #16 on sandy greens! You owe me a beer, Colonel!

November 4, East TWO-MAN BEST BALL, 18 Players

First, Noel Schween/Blind Draw, 55; second, Gordon Hopper/Rich Silvas, 56; third tie, Tony D’Agosta/Neil Huber, Dan Sienes/Art Boot, Jim Spangler/Bob Ure and Bob Carter/Blind Draw, 57. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Paul Lawler, 22’0”, Joe Lash, 40’1”; #16—Bob Ure, 17’8”, Tony D’Agosta, 33’8”.

November 4, west Two-MAN BETTER BALL

First flight (9.5–16.5): first, Bucky Peterson and Danny Morgan, 62; second, Jeff Snyder and Bill Hainke, 63; third, Ron Feibusch and Nick Beltrano, 63. Second flight (17.0–23.5): first, Bill Roberts and Suru Subbarao, 60; second, Rick Yates and Tommy Yturralde, 63; third, Dave Goulson and Bill Smith, 63. Third flight (24.0–up): first, Ted Mokricky and Gil Moreno, 63; second, Andy Frauenhofer and Bill Faherty, 66; third, Bob Flores and Dennis DeSousa, 66. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Bob Branstetter, 6’11”, Bob Giddings, 7’0”; #13—Tom Wayne, 5’7”, Nick Beltrano, 6’7”; #16—Bill Salmina, 15’4”, Danny Morgan, 18’11”. NOTE: Due to multiple ties for second place in each flight, card-offs were used to determine second and third places. The system used was to start at the 18th hole and compare scores going backwards. This model will be used in the future whenever necessary.


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collection policy

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Notwithstanding the provisions of this paragraph, the association may (i) send a pre-lien letter to a delinquent owner at any time when there is an open escrow involving the owner’s separate interest, and/ or (ii) issue a pre-lien letter immediately if any special assessment becomes delinquent even if the owner is current in paying their regular assessments. 13. If an owner fails to pay the amounts set forth in the pre-lien letter and fails to request IDR within 30 days of the date of the pre-lien letter, the board, by majority vote in an open meeting, shall authorize the recordation of a lien for the amount of any delinquent assessments, late charges, interest and/ or collection fees and costs, including attorneys’ fees, against the owner’s property. The owner will be charged collection fees and costs for preparation and recordation of the lien. The lien may be enforced in any manner permitted by law, including, judicial or non-judicial foreclosure. See Civil Code Sections 5700-5720. 14. The lien may be enforced by non-judicial foreclosure sale when either (a) the delinquent assessment amount totals $1,800 or more, excluding accelerated assessments and specified late charges and fees or (b) the assessments are delinquent for more than 12 months. A delinquent owner could lose ownership of the property if a foreclosure action is completed. The delinquent owner will be responsible for significant additional collection fees and costs for enforcement of the lien against the property. 15. The decision to foreclose against a lien must be made by a majority of the Board of Directors in an Executive Session meeting and the Board of Directors must record their votes in the minutes of the next open meeting of the board. The board must maintain the confidentiality of the delinquent owner(s) by identifying the matter in the minutes by the parcel number of the owner’s property, rather than the name of the owner(s). Prior to initiating the foreclosure sale against a recorded lien, the association shall offer delinquent homeowners the option of participating in IDR or Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”). 16. Upon an owner’s written demand, the association shall make specified association records available for inspection and copying pursuant to Civil Code Sections 5200-5240.

17. In the event it is determined that the owner has paid the assessments on time, the owner will not be liable to pay the charges, interests, and costs of collection. 18. The owner has the right to request a meeting with the Board of Directors as provided by Civil Code Section 5665. 19. An owner has the right to dispute the debt by submitting a written request for dispute resolution pursuant to the association’s “meet and confer” program pursuant to Civil Code Sections 5900-5920. 20. An owner has the right to request alternative dispute resolution with a neutral third party pursuant to Civil Code Sections 5925-5965, before the association may initiate foreclosure against the owner’s separate interest, except that binding arbitration shall not be available if the association intends to initiate a judicial foreclosure. 21. An owner may submit a written request to discuss a payment plan for the debt to the Association’s Board. The board is not required to meet with an owner unless the request is mailed within 15 days of the date of the postmark of the pre-lien letter, in which case the board shall meet with the owner in Executive Session within 45 days of the postmark of the request unless there is no regularly scheduled board meeting within that period, in which case the board may designate a committee of one or more directors to meet with the owner. 22. The association shall provide the owner the standards for payment plans, if any exist. The board will consider payment plan requests on a caseby-case basis and is under no obligation to grant payment plans. Payment plans shall not interfere with the association’s ability to record a lien against an owner’s separate interest to secure payment for the owner’s delinquent assessments. If the board authorizes a payment plan, it may incorporate payment of ongoing assessments that accrue during the payment plan period. If a payment plan is approved, additional late fees from the homeowner will not accrue while the owner remains current under the terms of the payment plan. If the owner breaches an approved payment plan, the association may resume its collection action from the time prior to entering into the payment plan.

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23. Nothing herein limits or otherwise affects the association’s right to proceed in any lawful manner to collect any delinquent sums owed to the association. 24. Subject to Paragraph 17 above, prior to the release of any lien, or dismissal of any legal action, all assessments, late charges, interest, and collection fees and costs, including attorneys’ fees, must be paid in full to the association. 25. There is no right of offset. An owner may not withhold assessments owed to the association on the alleged grounds that the owner is entitled to recover money or damages from the association for some other obligation. 26. The association shall charge the owner a $25 fee for the first check tendered to the association that is returned unpaid by the owner’s bank and $35 for each subsequent check passed on insufficient funds. If the check cannot be negotiated, the association may also seek to recover damages of at least $100, or, if higher, three times the amount of the check up to $1,500 pursuant to Civil Code Section 1719. 27. Owners have the right to provide a secondary address for mailing for purposes of collection to the association. The owner’s request shall be in writing and shall be mailed to the association in a way that shall indicate that the association has received it. An owner may identify or change a secondary address at any time, provided that, if a secondary address is identified or changed during the collection process, the association shall only be required to send notices to the indicated secondary address from the point the association receives the request. 28. All charges listed herein are subject to change upon 30 days prior written notice. 29. Until the owner has paid all amounts due, including delinquent assessments, late charges, interest and fees and costs of collection, including attorneys’ fees, the Board of Directors may suspend the owner’s right to vote, and suspend the owner’s right to use the association’s recreational facilities after providing the owner with notice of a duly noticed hearing before the board. No suspension imposed may prevent the delinquent owner from the use, benefit and pleasure of the owner’s separate interest. 30. The mailing address for overnight payment of assessments is: Oakmont Village Association c/o Condominium Financial Management, Inc., 1001 Galaxy Way, Suite 200, Concord, CA 94520-5735.

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

New name and new location but same great group studying the Bible

This is your personal invitation to join with us in Bible study. This is a weekly, non-denominational study. Our group is small and informal, the perfect place to meet new friends and learn exciting things from the Bible. We are presently studying the following: Beth Moore’s Study in Daniel: Daniel—Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy. Presentation on largescreen TV with titles for hearing impaired. Class has workbooks. 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. Part I: Daniel chapters 1–8 examine Daniel’s life and pressures he faced. Part II: Daniel chapters 7–12 cover the prophecies from Daniel through the second coming of Christ. DATE: Tuesday TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B (new complex building) CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309


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nStephanie Wrightson and Diane Linneball

Oakie Folkies!

Tennis Club


The officers and members of the Tennis Club cordially invite Oakmont residents to our end-of-thetennis-season holiday party. This blow-out will be held on Friday, December 11, 5:30–10 p.m., Berger Center. Don your holiday attire and party with us! The evening includes a scrumptious dinner (Heidi West Catering) and dancing to the fabulous Unauthorized Rolling Stones. In addition to passed appetizers and pastry chef-prepared cheesecake topped with Olivia Kinzler and Dave a handmade chocolate Coar, B-Group, Mixed truffle, members and Doubles Champs. (Photo by guests will be served a S. Wrightson)

pre-selected meal: #1): New York Strip Steak with black truffle vinaigrette, creamy soft polenta with marscapone and pecorino; or #2) Seared Salmon with lemon butter and sea salt, porcini mushroom ravioli with black truffle oil and shaved parmesan. Both meals include French string beans and mixed field greens with persimmon, pomegranate seeds, goat cheese and shallot vinaigrette, BYOB. Registration coupons will be accepted through December 4, subject to space availability. Don’t delay—register today. We’ll have a rockin’ good time at the Berger!


OTC dues are a low $20/year for tournaments, social events, tennis lessons, drop-in tennis, clubmanaged substitution list, interclub tennis, ball machines and spontaneous activities. See the membership coupon below. Existing members must re-enroll and pay dues to maintain membership in 2016. New members who enroll are paid-up through 2016— join now and pay the lower member cost for the holiday dinner-dance. Then, log on to https://oakmonttennisclub. and request access. Questions? Contact Membership Chairman Paula Lewis, paulalewis@century21. com. OTC President Neil Linneball addresses the membership. (Photo by S. Wrightson)

OTC HOLIDAY DINNER-DANCE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 5:30–10 PM, BERGER CENTER OTC Member Name(s):__________________________________________________________________________ Guest Name(s):_________________________________________________________________________________ # of members at $38/each:_______ # of guests at $45/each:_______ # of New York Strip meals:_______ # of Seared Salmon meals:_______ Total enclosed $________ Phone number:__________________________________________

Submit the completed coupon and payment to the Oakmont Tennis Club folder in the OVA Administrative Office by December 4. Reservations for tables of eight require all eight attendees’ names and their meal selections and total remittance.


Complete this coupon and deposit it with a check for $20/person in the Oakmont Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office. (Re)join by March 1 to be listed in the 2016 OTC Roster. Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address: _____________________________________________ Phone number: _____________________ Second member’s name (if applicable): ____________________________________________________________ E-mail address: _____________________________________________ Phone number: _____________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________

nJanet Dove

Playing Music Together is FUN!

Retirement is a great time to get back into music! Most of us Oakie Folkies hadn’t played all that much in the years prior to moving to Oakmont. Maybe we played standards in the 1950s, folk music in the 1960s, or rock ‘n roll in the 1970s, and so on, but we were way too busy with life to spend enough time making music. Once we moved into this great community in the Valley of the Moon, we discovered that acoustic players here gather to jam twice a month. Many of us became regulars, who attend if we’re in town, and if we’re so inclined on a given jam night.

Some of the Guys

The Oakie Folkies have no membership list, no dues, and not many rules/guidelines. It’s a casual jam circle that produces many types of songs, ones that we take turns choosing. Last night, October 28, the listeners (we like to call them “fans”) enjoyed the following songs, among others: “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” “Diamonds and Rust,” “Sister Kate,” “Ashoken Farewell,” “Jamaica Farewell,” “St. James Infirmary,” “Red River Valley,” City of New Orleans,” “Long Black Veil,” “Both Sides Now” and “Angel from Montgomery,” along with several Kate Wolf songs, a couple from the Everly Brothers, some fun ones from almost a 100 years back, and a few teaser bars of “Wipe Out” and “Blue Velvet.” We do have fun! As usual, we wrapped up the night just before 10 p.m. with “Happy Trails.” It’s worth stopping by just to hear that old familiar tune brought back. If you play a stringed instrument or light percussion or harmonica or flute or concertina, and so on, please come by one of our jams to see if you’d like to fit them into your schedule now and then. Listeners (“fans”) are also always welcome to attend! Jams are held every second and fourth Wednesday evening, at 7 p.m. in the Upper West Rec. Center. We also hold a sing-along and entertaining show at the Oakmont Gardens on the first Wednesday of each month. If you are reading this, know that you are most welcome to come by anytime between 1–3 p.m. We have songbooks to share to help you with words to the sing-along songs. Hope you’ll plan to stop by! Our E-mail is


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What’s Growing On At the Oakmont Community Garden? nJulie Cade and Shirley Phillips


The gardeners celebrated the end of summer with a rain-threatened picnic on October 17. The Good Time Recipe: tasty food, rousing tunes from the Oakie Folkies, friendly banter, and rain that never happened!


Enjoying the Community Garden picnic: Jim Jorissen, Joe and Marie Penaz and Mary Lord. (Photo by Leyla Carreon)

Maximize rain sinking into the ground around your house and garden, instead of causing erosion or damage. There are things you can do, besides having your gutters cleaned out. Sonoma County has a free guidebook of good ideas: htm/rainwater.htm.


The Picnic Committee: Rochia Holmquist, Kate Himell, Nancy Smythe and Marjorie Alette. (Photo by Leyla Carreon)

Instead of chopping down dying plant stalks or blowing away leaves, consider leaving them, letting nature take her course. Leaves and plant debris cover, protect, and, as they break down, feed the soil—this is natural mulch, natural compost! Too much fall cleanup creates a barren landscape for birds and other creatures at a time when food supplies and vegetative shelter are becoming sparse.


• Spread leaves over your flowerbeds. As well as providing a rich mulch, they create a superb foraging habitat for towhees, quail, and other birds in winter. Frogs and invertebrates also like to overwinter among damp leaves. • Leave dry plant stems standing in the garden— all kinds of insects will crawl inside to spend the winter. When you do cut them in spring, leave them in a stack for awhile to allow all of the overwintering insects to emerge. • Avoid cutting hedges until the end of winter to provide valuable shelter for birds and give them more time to eat any berries. • Clear your pond out between October and early January—this is when wildlife activity is lowest. However, there will still be plenty of snails, dragonfly and damselfly nymphs and other invertebrates in the vegetation that you pull out, as well as the occasional newt. So sort through it to rescue trapped animals and spread it out on the edge of the pond for a day or two. • Put a few clay (not concrete) roof tiles in the pond to provide cover for overwintering frogs and other aquatic wildlife. If your pond freezes over, don’t leave the ice there because the water will become deprived of oxygen. Melt it by placing a pan of hot water on the surface. Source: BBC Wildlife


McBride Realty in conjunction with the Santa Rosa Chapter of Realtors invites you to share the warmth in its annual

2015 Winter Warmth Coat Drive November 1—December 10

Drop-off Box at McBride Realty 6520 Oakmont Drive (at the entrance to Oakmont) Receive one raffle ticket for each coat you donate & enter to win a bottle of wine and a $100 gift basket full of goodies for your holiday party. Drawing will be held December 10. Please go through your closets & donate your extra coats to those in need. Ask your family & friends to help donate too! We will be collecting coats for men, women & children. Donated coats will go to:

• Catholic Charities Homeless Service Center • Redwood Covenant Church Charities • Redwood Gospel Mission

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Bingo nPete Hardy

Single Boomers Social Club nSusan Ramsey

WHEN: Wednesday, November 18 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Star Of The Valley Parish Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards $2 each; lentil and smoked ham soup, cheese garlic sticks, corn bread and dessert $6 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for Soup Bar at approx. 5:15 p.m.

Quilting Bee nElizabeth McDonnell

In gearing up for the coming holiday season, the quilters discussed our holiday party which will be held on Friday, December 4 at the West Rec. Center. Members quickly volunteered to decorate and set up for the potluck lunch, as well as to clean up when finished. Pam McVey discussed the easy creation of a quilt binding with a flange that can be machine stitched onto a quilt. She passed around a sample and answered questions. Joann Fuller then shared a tip she learned from a class at Fabrications in Healdsburg of cutting thread at an angle to easily insert through a needle. Lisa Boyer discussed sewing machine needles and the need to match thread to needle and the type of fabric on which one is sewing. Sandi McConnell introduced her cousin visiting from Sweden and showed two doll quilts she made for our holiday donation. Our new member, Sukhbir Sodhi, showed us a pretty quilt she made and pictures of quilts she made for her daughter and for her own bed.

October 24th Pumpkins on Pikes Event.

It’s that time again—Holiday Season! Thanks to all who helped make our annual Thanksgiving Feast a success! Be sure to mark your calendars for these other season gatherings: Wednesday, December 9: Redwood Food Bank Volunteer Day (date to be confirmed) Thursday, December 17: Holiday Gathering, Berger Thursday, January 7, 2016: Movie Night, Berger Saturday, January 16, 2016: Crab Feast, East Rec. Center It’s a busy time of year, but we may still fit in a few

Shout-outs so keep an eye on your E-mails. If you’re interested in joining us, please fill out the attached application form, or pick up one in the OVA Single Boomers Social Club folder. For additional information on membership contact Sal Colombo, 303-7028.

Single Boomers Social Club Membership form

Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $12 to: Single Boomers Social Club (SBSC). Name:_____________________________________________________________ Date:_______________________ Address:_______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (important, to receive Evites and Shout-outs):_________________________________________________ Phone:_______________________________________

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

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Pam McVey showed her finished mystery quilt made as a result of a class with the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild. She plans to give it to the Quilt Guild for donation through its Community Quilts program. Barbara Arnold showed a quilt she has finished which is made up of left over blocks and fabric scraps from other quilt projects. A very nice scrap quilt idea!


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Oakmont Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


“A few days ago I walked along the edge of the lake and was treated to the crunch and rustle of leaves with each step I made. The acoustics of this season are different and all sounds, no matter how hushed, are as crisp as autumn air.”—Eric Sloane


Gaius Robinson, Master Gardener, will speak to us about Floral and Greenery Arrangements for Fall, Winter, and the Holidays. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, November 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.


Sandy Metzger will lead a holiday wreath making workshop. Registration cut-off date is November 25. Sign-up is necessary. Members will receive an E-mail with a sign-up form you can fill out and bring to the Garden Club folder in the OVA Office along with your check. Forms can be found in the folder as well. Forms and checks can also be mailed to Janet Schade at 6546 Stonecroft Terrace, SR 95409.

Attention All Horseshoe Players nRay Haverson

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club will have its meet on Thursday, November 19. We will be playing from 9 a.m.–12 noon. Please let me know what hour you would like to reserve. We can play up to eight players per hour. If you are not a member yet you may join our club. The dues are a mere $12 per year. Make checks payable to Sha-Boom. Your dues for this year will pay you up to January 1, 2017. You can E-mail me for your requested start time at or call me at 539-6666. Your play time will be one hour. Come on out and have some fun! The pits are located behind the Central Pool. Please park in the Berger parking lot. See you on Thursday, November 19.

The Enocureans nEllen Leznik

WHEN AND WHERE: Wednesday, December 2 at the East Rec. TIME: 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. COST: $20, which includes instruction and all materials There is no regular December meeting. The next regular meeting will be in January.


• Once your deciduous trees have dropped their leaves, which can be anytime from now through January, look them over for weak branches and any pruning for overall health and development. Especially watch for wind damage and cross-over branches that should be removed. • Now that the ground is soft from the rain, hopefully, go ahead and get bulbs in the ground as soon as you can. • Stop feeding roses and lawns. Turn over and loosen compacted soil; add compost to poor, clayish soil. • Cut back/divide perennials. • Trim off spent blooms and remove summer annuals that have completed their job of brightening your yard. Plant winter-loving annuals. To make sure cool-season annuals become well established before cold weather sets in, get them in the ground before the end of the month. If planted too late, they just sit and pout until spring. From six-packs, try calendula, Iceland poppies, pansies, primroses, snapdragons, stock, or violas. • Continue to sow seeds of beets, carrots, chard, onions, parsley, peas, radishes, and turnips. Set out broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower seedlings. • Clean up debris and fallen leaves around fruit trees, and remove any dried fruit from branches. To control brown rot on apricots, spray with a Bordeaux mixture (hydrated lime and copper sulfate) or other fungicide containing copper. For peach leaf curl on peach and nectarine trees, spray with lime sulfur after leaves fall. Apply sprays on dry days when rain isn’t predicted for at least 36 hours. Thoroughly cover the branches, stems, and trunk as well as the ground beneath the tree.

Our October 13 event at Russian House #1 in Jenner was a real adventure. We tasted traditional Russian food in true Russian style, learned about old Russian customs and even got to sing a Russian song—in Russian! And the lovely sunny weather made our outing simply perfect.

Enjoying food and wine at the October 13 event at Russian House #1 in Jenner.

Wine Tasting, Tour and Lunch at MacRostie Winery Wednesday, November 18, 12:30–3 pm

Our food and wine exploration continues with a trip to the stunningly beautiful and stylish MacRostie Estate House set amidst its 13-acre estate Pinot Noir vineyard on Westside Road, South of Healdsburg. This chic Wine Country abode will wow you with gorgeous interiors layered in warm wood, tan leather, and polished concrete and sweeping, hilltop views through floor-to-ceiling windows or from one of its three lovely outdoor patios. We will be greeted with a splash of MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and, weather permitting, taken on a tour of the winery and vineyards. Upon return, we’ll enjoy a delicious buffet lunch prepared by the winery’s chef and taste two more Chardonnays and three different single vineyard Pinot Noirs (3 oz pours). Lunch menu: tri-tip with a salsa sauce, mixed green salad, pasta pesto salad and chocolate mousse. The event fee is $58 per person for club members, $63 for non-members. To make your reservations or for any information about this event, or joining the Enocureans, please contact me at

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative

nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

Cat Care Coop members share care and feeding for kitty when traveling or during other times of need. All arrangements for care are made directly between members. We have members all over Oakmont so it’s easy to fine help near when you need it. Keep our list growing—join today! It’s free! It’s easy! It works! Please contact me for information and listing at 849-1581.


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2015

Documentary Film Masterworks

nErnie Rose

Painting with light goes back to the fourth century, when cathedrals bathed their interiors with a warm glow from stained glass windows. Today’s artists use man-made illumination instruments not only to help us better see some of the world’s architectural masterpieces, but to create new shapes that stand on their own as works of art (see illustration). One of the most striking examples is a light sculpture created to mark the 75th anniversary of the city’s “other” major trans-bay artery. The Bay Bridge far outranks its more famous sister in both length, and width with ten full lanes of traffic on its eastern span. It is thus fitting that it should now also have been chosen as the bearer of the world’s largest ever light sculpture. How that came to be is a saga worthy of comparison to the suspense of a Hollywood drama, but being a documentary it is all real.

Light as Modern Day Sculpture

nEd Low


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Start from Park Trail Drive on to Rough Go Trail. This trail is a steep rough path to Lake Ilsanjo. Continue on Lake Trail around the lake. Lunch at picnic area. Return via Spring Creek Trail. Hike distance is 5.6 miles, elevation gain 660’. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are George and Zlatica Hasa, 843-4527.


This is a strenuous hike with several steep portions over both well-traveled and also some narrow unnamed trails. It is about 6.5 miles with 1,800’ elevation gain. We will leave the Los Alamos Regional Park lot, hike to the Santa Rosa Creek and cross into the McCormick Addition taking Quercus and Headwater Trails to the Grandmother Oak, pass by the Oak along unnamed, sometimes very steep trails to Red Hill. Here we will have lunch and enjoy views of the north slopes of Hood and Bald Mountains. We’ll continue downward from Red Hill on narrow, unnamed trails to merge with Maple Glen Trail which undulates and eventually crosses a ridge before continuing past Grandmother Oak Trail and returning uphill to the parking lot. Bring poles, water and lunch. Hike leader, Jim Gale, 537-1123. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.

Austin Creek State Recreation Area. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Kent Lake-Samuel P Taylor State Park. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)

Table Tennis in Oakmont


Programming the Dance of Light

Impossible Light (2013, 71 minutes) traces the origin of the idea by renowned light artist Leo Villareal, how it evolved into plans on paper and then as a scale model. It reveals how the challenge of designing and building 25,000 special LED light units was confronted when they had to be light in weight yet strong enough to withstand gale force winds and rain. In order to avoid any distraction to the drivers on the bridge, none of these lights could be visible from the road, yet they had to be easily seen by viewers on the water or on the ground hundreds of yards away. And where does one recruit fearless workmen brave enough to install and test these mini-miracles of technology while working very late at night 500 feet above the freezing cold water below? Yet, all these problems pale by comparison with the enormous task of garnering public support for such an endeavor, and the raising of millions of dollars in private funding to make it all come to pass. But with a spirit unique to great cities like San Francisco, anything can be possible. The project was originally designed to be on display for two years after its completion. So why is it nowhere to be seen today? On March 5, 2014 the lights were turned off on “The Bay Lights”—one of the most spectacular public art installations ever seen in the country. But given the reception it received during its brief lifetime, that very day a campaign was launched to raise enough additional money to make it a permanent Bay Area attraction. During the last two years, extensive maintenance work has been going on, and a sturdier LED bulb has been designed which will replace the original units. If all goes according to plan, in February 2016 “The Bay Lights” will come on once again, casting their magical reflections across the waters of a city that would never give up on the arts. WHEN: Thursday, November 19 at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose

This park is off Hwy. 12, a short distance from Oakmont. Trail is paved and less than three miles with almost no elevation gain. Bring water and snack. We will go if not heavy rain. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Chuck Stanley, 539-1696.


This hike takes us from the main parking lot to the top of Jack London via Mountain, Quarry, Fallen Bridge, Cowan Meadow, and Haystack Trails. We’ll have lunch below the towers and come back by way of Haystack, Mountain, and Upper Lake Trails. The hike is approximately 9.5 miles and about 1,800’ in elevation. Meet at Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Layered clothing, boots and hiking poles recommended. Rain cancels. Hike leader is Suzanne Bond, 538-3340.

nKay Kim

Table Tennis is an excellent exercise for the body, hand/eye coordination and special brain activity. We have an active Table Tennis Club in Oakmont Village. Come and join us to enjoy yourself. La Dolce Vita! All skill levels are welcome. We play at the newly innovated West Recreation Center upstairs as per following schedule: Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesdays: 12 noon–2:30 p.m. Thursdays: 3–5:30 p.m. Fridays: 3–5:30 p.m. Sundays: 12 noon–4:30 p.m. For Sunday play, you must bring your own partner. If you have any questions, call me at 539-4111 or call Bob Vogenthaler at 537-3040.


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Oakmont Art Association

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU—Oakmont

nCarol Decker


Christopher Schink (Topher) has very kindly donated approximately 200 books on art, artists, art appreciation, and techniques, to the OAA. They are stored in several cupboards in the art room at the Central Activities Center. We will use them as a library that is free to all members. There is a catalog of the books on our website, and in the library cupboards which are labeled “Topher’s Library.” To check out a book, just fill out the sign-out sheet in the library. Donations are welcome.


Membership renewal notices, with a printable form, will be going out by E-mail in November to those who have an E-mail address. We will mail the notices to those who don’t have E-mail. Renewals are due by Jan. 1, 2016. Renewals are delinquent after Feb. 15 and delinquent members will be removed from the member roster.


Current featured guest artists are photographer Pat Brownlie and abstract painter, Peggy Halter. Pat Brownlie: Pat has been taking photographs for pleasure and as a serious avocation for over 35 years. Her interest and experience in dealing with the effect of light, line and color in photography has steadily increased over this period of time. You can see more of her work at Peggy Halter: Although she paints with different media, her current focus is on acrylic abstracts. She says, “The influences of color and texture are a never ending adventure for me.” Her technique involves creating the texture, building layer upon layer, then she applies a plethora of colors and “continues until a painting emerges.”


Ikebana with Ron Brown continues on December 4 and 11, 10 a.m.–12 noon, $15 a session. One can start at any time, it is not just for ongoing members. Also, one can come for free and just observe to see if it is a fit. It costs nothing to observe. Call Bonnie Crosse if you want to enroll, 282-9076. Mary Baum’s oil painting class could use a few more members. It is offered the second and fourth Monday of the month, from12:30–3:30. Second Monday: lecture/demo and group painting subject, $20. Fourth Monday: paint on your own with Mary’s assistance when wanted or needed, $10. The current group is advanced beginners/intermediate level. If you need a tune-up, encouragement, or just the chance to paint with a group of people, this class will work for you. Contact Mary Baum, 539-6782 or

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Circle the date on your calendar. Oakmont’s Lifelong Learning Winter Course Preview will be held on Wednesday, December 16 from 3–5 p.m. at the Berger Auditorium. The Preview will give Oakmont residents a chance to hear descriptions of the winter session courses. Winter session classes will begin on January 16, 2016 and continue through February 25.

Mondays ISsues and Politics: Issues and Cases by Dr. Eric Williams

The course will cover some of the landmark Supreme Court cases that have dominated the American Political System throughout our history. From Obamacare to same-sex marriage to the election of a President, it is the Court that ultimately has the final say on most of the important issues of the day. Every issue in American politics ultimately becomes a legal problem and the Supreme Court is the forum in which those issues are settled, at least for a time. But those issues are rarely settled for long. Dr. Williams will go through cases in detail and trace how the Court has shaped the American Political System through its power of judicial review.

Wednesdays Satchmo, Duke, Miles and More: Hearing Jazz through its greatest artists by Len Lyons

This course will explore the lives and music of America’s greatest jazz musicians. Professor Lyons lectures will also include other jazz immortals such as Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock and Winton Marsalis. Satchmo, Duke, Miles and More brings into the classroom the music and life experiences of these artists who changed and helped to define a uniquely American music. The class will trace the lives and artistic development of these great players through multimedia class experiences.

Thursdays Life in the Universe: The Science of Astrobiology by Wayne Pilcher

Astrobiology studies the potential of the universe to harbor life beyond the earth. Astrobiologists draw connections between life, planets and the cosmos, beginning with the study of life on Earth, particularly life thriving under extreme conditions. The course will explore the beginning of life and explain how, along with the planet, both have coevolved over roughly four billion years, and then use this knowledge to evaluate the habitability of other planets and moons in this solar system and the countless potentially habitable bodies orbiting other stars. Join the crowd on December 16 to learn more about these fascinating and thought-provoking topics. Light refreshments will be served after the presentations and volunteers will be available to accept registrations. Direct questions to Oakmont Co-chairs Susi and Paul Heidenreich at (206) 604-6418 or by E-mail at Guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting.

Rovers Club nJudy Sannar

Oakmont Rovers RV Club is for fun, friendship and travel.

Recent Activities

Unfortunately our trip this fall to Yosemite National Park was cancelled due to the fires and smoke while Sequoia National Park was closed because of the extremely dry conditions.

Social Events

Len Lyons at the piano

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The Rovers’ RV Club is more than just a travel club. In August we had a delicious BBQ picnic at the West Rec. Picnic Area. Chris Bargar and Lorene Ritter did all the work fixed pulled pork, grilled chicken and all the extras. Jackie Kinney planned the fall pot luck dinner on the seventh of this month which as usual was well attended. Rover pot lucks are hard to beat with some of the best food in Oakmont.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Currently we have one trip lined up for the 2016 season. Noel Lyons and Jackie Kinney are planning a trip to Death Valley National Park February 22–26, 2016. Call Noel for more information, 539-2308. If you would like to meet our members and learn more about our group, we invite you to come as our guest to one of our events. Oakmont Rovers is a social travel club for RV owners who enjoy the outdoors with the company of fellow campers. We plan at least four social gatherings and 4-6 trips each year. Yearly dues are only $10. For information contact Dan Bargar, 539-1834 or Jim Ritter, 537-8215.


Oakmont Health Initiative Free Fitness Classes

nTeresa Woodrum

ymca healthy living Mondays, wednesdays and fridays 9–10 AM, Berger Center

Mondays: JoRene Wednesdays: Tredia Fridays: JoRene Please join us on Thanksgiving Eve. Do it for the pie! 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— JoRene. (Photo by Keith Sauer) hydration revitalizes. Word to the Wise: 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.

nLynn Seng, Instructor

“Heart failure occurs when the heart cannot supply enough blood to the body. Higher levels of physical activity appear linked to a lower risk of heart failure. A mix of moderate and vigorous exercise, including micro-bursts of 10–15 minutes of intense activity, can help prevent heart failure.” (“30 Minutes of Exercise a Day Not Enough.” Press Democrat, 10/11/15, p. D11) In Zumba, we build muscles and memory by dancing—moving moderately and vigorously to music. We also practice good posture, balance, and having a good time. Come check it out—what do you have to lose? And if not Zumba, do something! Avancé, Tuesdays 8:30–9:45 a.m. and Thursdays 2:30–3:45 p.m.: For the experienced exercise dancer who has been taking the class, or has recently done similar dance exercise elsewhere, or has been doing aerobic exercise on a regular basis. Débutant, Thursdays 1–2:15 p.m.: For the beginner or the person who is returning to exercise after an injury or illness, or who wants to learn dance steps and routines more slowly, or who wants to carefully build up stamina, muscle strength, and balance, or all of the above! All classes are held in the dance studio, lower West Recreation Center. The first two classes are free— just bring your shoes, water and a smile. Classes are discounted at 10 weeks for $60, five weeks for $40, or $10 per week, with no expiration. Feel free to E-mail or call me with questions: or 707-800-7470. Hope to see you soon!

Water Fitness nCathy Rapp

One of many wonderful things about water fitness is what it is not. It is not a competition. You work out at a pace that’s right for you. After all, it’s your workout! To add your name to the water aerobics email list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain (really?) or pool closures and our return to the West Pool, contact Cathy Rapp at 537-9281 or

autumn 2015 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: Note: these classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Participants may decide to continue the classes during the break on a fee basis. Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary 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.—On winter hiatus

Interval Training nJohn Phillips

Call it what you want, it is a fantastic workout. It promotes fat loss, muscle tone, and improves endurance. WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. WHERE: At the lower level of the West Rec. Building EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Light hand weights, nonslip mat, and water COST: $5 drop-in, 10 sessions $50, first session free Come on by and join us. You will be amazed at how much you can get done in 45 minutes!

The Oakmont News / November 15, 2015

Forrest Yoga Classes nCarol King, RYT, Instructor

WHEN: Thursdays 9–10 a.m. Class is cancelled on Thanksgiving, Nov. 26 WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series

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

Explore yoga poses safely in a supportive and compassionate environment. I enjoy giving handson adjustments and can 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 will 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.

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

It’s My Party and I’ll Cry if I Want to… Ever had a party and nobody came? Hope not but this practice week poofed! The Central pool was closed Nov. 2–6 and only one transplant came at opening hour by the second morning! Where’d they go? Weather was too rainy and cool? But the good news is the 6–9 a.m. opening hour East regulars were primed and ready to host the temporary transplants. The second lane divider was installed and we locals practiced how to share a roped lane and how to “circle swim,” a swimming pattern used when three or more share. (The custom is to stay to the right, swim counterclockwise.) Why practice? In 2016 both the Central and the East are scheduled for resurfacing which takes three or more weeks per pool. Learning to share our limited space, being courteous, communicating before entering is what is expected for safety and pleasantness. Thanks everyone for doing your part.

Flip Turn News

With the weather changing, the seasonal users are hunkering down at home. Don’t let this be you! Continue your workouts through rain, frost-freeze, snow, and frigid chills. If you stop the body goes into shock and it’s so hard coming back. Stay the course. Happy lapping and keep practicing the circle swims!

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

November 22: Ann and Alec Peters What It’s Like To Run A Small Town Newspaper in the Valley of the Moon

Over 20 years ago, Ann and Alec Peters moved to Kenwood and took over a newspaper that had previously been published once a month for Kenwood and the immediately surrounding area. They expanded their coverage to include Oakmont and Glen Ellen, began publishing twice a month, and grew from approximately 1,500 copies to the current 8,000. Today the Kenwood Press is one of the few independently-owned newspapers in the county, and is highly respected for its coverage of local issues.

November 29: Thanksgiving weekend—No Symposium A weekly series offering informative and enlightening presentations on a wide range of topics. Want E-mail reminders? Tell us at


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2015

Tai Chi for Beginners

Fitness Club

nDr. Kate Ha, Faculty, Sonoma State University

nTom Pugliese


WHEN: Friday, December 18 TIME: 5–6 p.m. Social Hour/appetizers, dinner served at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center MUSIC: Jami Jamison Band PRICE: $40 per person


Appetizers: Antipasti platter with provolone cheese and baguettes, assorted crudités, red pepper humus dip, broccoli cheese bites. Salad: Mixed greens with gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries, pecans and red onion in a tangy balsamic salad dressing.

Entrée choices (served with petite green beans/ toasted almonds, wild rice pilaf, including cranberry walnut bread and butter): 1. Baked Bodgea Bay salmon filet in lemon white wine sauce; 2. Stuffed chicken breast with apples, brie and herb reduction sauce; 3. Eggplant Parmesan or Vegetarian Lasagna. Dessert: Cheesecake with raspberry drizzle coffee/ tea—regular and decaffeinated. BYOB, we will provide soft drinks and ice. Reservations accepted through December 10. Please make check payable to the Oakmont Fitness Club and place it with the form below to the OFC Fitness Folder at the OVA or drop it in the OFC mail slot outside the trainer’s office. For questions, please call Julie Kiil, 539-5498 or 570-7994.

FITNESS CLUB HOLIDAY DINNER/DANCE reservation form Berger Center, Friday, December 18 at 5 pm Name(s)_______________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone(s): Home ____________________ Cell ____________________ E-mail: ____________________________ Please indicate the number of entrées:

Salmon _______ Chicken _______ Eggplant Parmesan _______ Vegetarian Lasagna _______ Total amount at $40 each: $ _______

Please indicate name(s) of persons with whom you wish to be seated or seating will be assigned at random (8 per table). If you want to guarantee your table of eight please submit your reservation for the full table and enclose the total amount of $320. I wish to be seated with the following guests (list their names and entrée choices) ______________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________

nLynn Wycoff

Bocce News

The Autumn Leaves Tournament was held on Saturday, October 24. Winners are shown below. The tournament was followed by a yummy potluck and then the annual meeting. Officers elected for the coming year were: President, Sal Colombo; Vice President, Sherrie Magers; Secretary, Bev Schilpp; and Treasurers, Jeff and Cindi Clemence. Committee chairs are: Social, Phil and Chris Duda; Publicity, Barbara Bowman; and Court Maintenance, Paul Wycoff and John Magers. Also discussed at the meeting was the matter of lobbing the balls during a game. It was determined that this activity could damage the undersurface of the courts so we are urged to cease this practice. Plans for the Christmas party are complete. It will be Friday, December 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Entertainment will be provided by John and Laura Benwood. Price for members will be $40 and for guests $45. The club will have financed $5 per member. Reservations need to be received by Dec. 4. See the notice on the bulletin board for further information.

Dues for the coming year are due now at $15 per person. Place form and check in folder at OVA Office. Please make separate checks for dinner and memberships as they go to different people.

Saturday Morning Meditation nSheila Madden, Facilitator

Join a drop-in group of 20–25 meditators, which has been meeting every Saturday morning promptly at 10:30 a.m. since 2005. A 40-minute period of silence is preceded by a short dharma talk about meditation principles, chiefly (but not exclusively) based on Buddhist ideas. We sit in a circle on comfortable chairs, but anyone who prefers to sit formally on a floor cushion is welcome to bring one and use it. I have been a meditator for 37 years and have been teaching meditation since the mid-1980’s. Beginning meditators are advised to call me in advance at 538-1716 for some tips on the how-to’s of sitting. LOCATION: Central Activities Center, Room B NOTE: Tuesday afternoon meditation has been restored. If you would like to join a group of 8–10 people who simply sit together in silence for 40 minutes, come to the Art Room in the Central Activities Center, from 4–4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Oakmont Music Lovers nHarriet Palk

If It’s Christmas, There Must be Music! a presentation by Judy Walker

L. to R.: Jeannie Marcinik, Phil Duda, Barbara Newton, Barbara Bowman, Bob Pelton, Irene Aubert, Geoffrey Newton, Dave Clark, George Hasa, Sherrie Magers, Beth Wise and Alan Stewart.

Bocce Holiday Party Reservation form Friday, Dec. 11, 5:30 pm Name:________________________________________________________ Phone __________________________ Menu choice: Beef filet _______ Salmon _______ BYOB

Return with check made to Oakmont Bocce Club for $40/guest $45, no later than Dec. 4 in folder at OVA or to Jim Huseby, 6569 Stonecroft Terrace.

Membership forms Name__________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone # _______________________ E-mail _________________________________________________________ Payable to Oakmont Bocce Club, $15 per person.

Before the holidays, now is the time to become balanced in body and mind by taking advantage of your opportunity to investigate Tai Chi. Perhaps your doctor has been encouraging you to take this ancient Chinese exercise that will decrease your stress and improve your balance as well as move and strengthen many of the bones and muscles in your body without causing strain. The soft music played in class (to encourage gentle stretches) is very helpful. Come join our five-week workshop on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the Upper West Rec. Tuition is $75 for the five classes which do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments. Pre-registration is required, so please call me at 318-5284. I am looking forward to answering your questions.

From the spontaneous outbursts of the ancient Yule carols in recognition of the winter solstice to the present-day wailings of popular holiday songs emanating from the ubiquitous Muzak systems in the department stores, it seems that everybody reacts to these seasonal musical outpourings in some way—even those who don’t pay much attention at any other time of the year. Music evokes a sense of celebration more than any of the other arts, especially in its sheer variety of expression. In this spirit, for the December meeting of the Oakmont Music Lovers, Judy Walker will explore some lesser known offerings of the genre known as “Christmas Music.” She will play compositions representative of different periods in time and countries of origin; so be prepared for something other than “The Messiah” (only a small section of which is Christmas-oriented anyway) and “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas,” both of which are wonderful in their own way but certainly not the sum total of what is available to help us enjoy this time of the year. WHEN: December 1, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2015

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

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 Rec. Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action (no bowling fourth Tuesdays). See www. for club information and Fall 2015 League schedule. Remaining bowling date for November: Nov. 17, Fall League Playoffs. No bowling Nov. 24, fourth Tuesday.


Our Fall League Playoff in which the top three teams from the 1:30 PM League plays the top three teams from the 3:15 PM League will take place on Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. followed by a meeting at 3 p.m. where we will have Award Presentations and sign-up for Winter 2016 League.


This year we will have our Christmas Party on Tuesday, Dec. 1 from 1:30–4 p.m. at the Berger Center. All bowlers, substitutes and guests are invited. We will celebrate Christmas cheer with pizza, salad, coffee, diet sodas, sparkling apple cider and egg nog. BYOB. Mark your calendar. We will also present awards to the Fall Team Champions.

RESULTS AS OF October 20 (Week #9 of Fall League)

1:30 PM League: first place, Wild Turkeys; second place tie, Alley Oops and Strikers; fourth place, Pocket Hits; fifth place tie, 4 Tops and Wii Four. Men’s High Games: Gordon Freedman, 232; Terry Leuthner, 222; Juan Fuentes, 212; Christian van den Berghe, 203. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 268; Robin Schudel, 237; Phyllis Jennings, 236; Sandy Wald, 232; Mariel Green, 217; Mary Knight, 209; Vicki Robinson, 202; Sue Bowman, 200. High Game Subs: Elisabeth LaPointe, 204. 3:15 PM League: first place, King Pins; second place, Strikes & Spares; third place, Pin Heads; fourth place, High Rollers; fifth place tie, Strike Outs and Wii Power. Men’s High Games: Mark Attebery, 228; Bruce Price, 228; Al Bentham, 221. Women’s High Games: Debbie Miller, 268; Barbara Ford, 255; Diane Price, 248; Valerie Hulsey, 237; Nicole Reed, 234; Jan Blackburn, 226; Helen Herbert, 224; Mollie Atkinson, 216; Carolyn Mack, 212; Doris Ruh, 211. High Game Subs: Sue Bowman, 244; Mariel Green, 238; Sandy Osheroff, 237; Terry Leuthner, 231. Our website has team schedules to remind team captains when it’s their week to bring cookies and either help set up or tear down equipment. A total of 48 cookies per team seem to be the magic number.

Oakmont PC Users Group For information, visit our web site: E-mail address: Free help: Phil Kenny, 538-2075; Dan Gaffney, (916) 878-9538.

nPennijean Savage

November 28 Buddhist Meeting

Fundamentals: Excerpt from The Wisdom for Creating Happiness and Peace

“Our health, courage, wisdom, joy, desire to improve, self-discipline and so on, could all be said to depend on our life force. Chanting Nam-myohorenge-kyo enables us to bring forth limitless life force. Those who base themselves on chanting Nam-myohorenge-kyo are therefore never deadlocked.”—Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, Living Buddhism, November 2015, p 5. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, November 28 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy.

WHEN: Saturday, November 28, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 5480225 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.

nRosemary Waller

STRANGE SAGA OF THE STOLEN STRAD Several years ago I had the pleasure of hearing Frank Almond, concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, at Music in the Vineyards. His superb 2013 CD A Violin’s Life, featuring music historically connected to the “Lipinski” Stradivari violin he plays, prompted me to explore bringing him and pianist William Wolfram to Oakmont. Though the date agreed upon was over two years away, I knew that Dec. 10, 2015 would be very special. Imagine how my heart sank on Jan. 28, 2014, when international news covered the astonishing theft of the “Lipinski.” At Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Lutheran College, Mr. Almond had just performed Messiaen’s hauntingly beautiful Quartet for the End of Time. Returning to his car, he was Tasered, and the violin snatched. Fortunately, he was not seriously injured. Police responded quickly, but seemed unsure just what a Stradivari was. A Milwaukee Symphony board member, called at midnight, immediately contacted his friend, Milwaukee Chief of Police Edward Flynn. Mr. Flynn, a classical music buff, leapt into action, ordering “Call the cavalry!” The “cavalry” proved brilliant: within nine days the violin was found and the robbers apprehended. Some background: Antonio Stradivari built around 1,100 stringed instruments, his remarkable career spanning 70 years. About 600 survive, and they have become enormously valuable, the most recent sale

fetching $16 million. The 1715 “Lipinski” (named for a previous owner) is from Stradivari’s “Golden Period,” 1700–1720. Now owned by an anonymous Milwaukeean, it has been on loan to Mr. Almond since 2008. Using a Taser was a stunningly poor choice. When fired, a Taser shoots out many confetti-like paper strips, all bearing the weapon’s serial number. A few mouse clicks identified the purchaser: a Milwaukee barber named Universal Knowledge Allah (you can’t make these things up!). Known as “Uni,” he had already bragged to a customer about knowing details of the robbery. Although not present at the crime scene, “Uni” had been asked by the mastermind, Salah Salahadyn, to buy the Taser. Salahadyn himself was unable to get a gun license because of prior convictions. During one jail term, he had confided to another inmate his dream of stealing a high-end violin. When the “Lipinski” story broke, the inmate helpfully E-mailed this information to the Milwaukee Symphony. In a plea bargain, Salahadyn led police to the unharmed violin, hidden in the attic of an acquaintance. Salahadyn is now serving seven years, and “Uni” three-and-a-half. Frank Almond and the “Lipinski” are happily reunited. Both will appear, with pianist William Wolfram, in Oakmont on Dec. 10. Another twist: on Aug. 23, 2014 Frank Almond returned to Napa to perform at Music in the Vineyards. The 6.0 earthquake the next morning ejected him from his bed. And the “Lipinski”? Invincibly snug and serene in its case, on the floor. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, December 10, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door or your season pass

nJerry Thompson


WHEN: Saturday, November 21 TIME: 1:30 p.m. Social, 2 p.m. Meeting PLACE: West Recreation Center This is the last meeting of the year and Ronnie is coming to share with us all the news of what Apple has been doing this past year. You won’t want to miss it! This is always a fun program. We look forward to seeing you! Website:


Dues are $10 per household. Three ways to join: 1) at any meeting; 2) a check made payable to OakMUG and sent to Justine Haugen, Treasurer, 8926 Acorn Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409; 3) or you may put your check into our file in the OVA Office. Please include your phone number.

Members receive a discount on the entire catalog of O’Reilly and Peachpit books.


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668. Both are Certified Apple Consultants.

A free service to our membership

Send your Mac questions by E-mail to the following E-mail address: An OakMUG Mac expert will either get you an answer or will recommend someone who can.

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WHEN: Tuesday, November 24 at 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Paul Rasore


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2015

New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball nDonna Kaiser

The Dance Club and the Oakmont Village Association are pleased to invite you to our annual New Year’s Eve Black and White Ball!


DATE: Thursday, December 31 PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 7–8 p.m. Happy Hour with hors d’oeuvres; 8 p.m. dinner by Epicurean Escape Catering; 8:30 p.m.– midnight dancing to the music provided by DJ Steve Luther COST: $90, includes hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, open bar and champagne toast


Open bar throughout the evening. Hors d’oeuvres Station: Caramelized onion and goat cheese tartlets with apple wood smoked bacon; a sip of carrot, ginger-orange bisque with fresh thyme; Meyer lemon Bay Shrimp cocktail on endives with Bloody Mary cocktail sauce; Cajun spiced deviled eggs with house made bread and butter pickles; Charcuterie Platter with house made pate, preserved fruit mostarda, assorted mustards. First Course: Truffled wild mushroom bisque with fresh chives and garlic thyme croutons. Entrée #1: Shrimp, lobster and scallop encroute with tarragon white wine cream sauce, and roasted pearl onions.

Entrée #2: Beef wellington with wild mushrooms and thyme, red wine jus. Vegetarian Entrée: Winter root vegetable risotto with wild mushrooms, and truffle, shaved parmesan. Dessert: Earl Grey and vanilla bean infused panna cotta with wild berry chocolate fondue and ginger butter cookies.


All reservations must be received no later than Wednesday, December 23 at 3 p.m. Because our dinner/dances are so popular, and because there is a limit of 180 guests, it is important that you sign up as soon as possible. Reservations are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wait to sign up it could be too late, even though you meet the deadline.


All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. If you want to reserve a table for eight, please submit the amount due and forms for the entire table in one envelope, along with the name of a contact person. If you want to sit with a specific group of fewer than eight, 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.

New Year’s Eve reservation form Thursday, December 31

Reservation must be received by 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 23.

Name:_____________________________ Phone: ________________ E-mail:______________________________ All dinners: $90 Check enclosed for $______________ # of Entrée #1 ______________ # of Entrée # 2 ______________ # of Vegetarian Entrée ______________ Table name request: ____________________________________________________________________________

Make your check payable to the Oakmont Dance Club and place it, along with the completed form, in the Dance Club folder in the OVA Office, or mail with enough time to: Oakmont Dance Club, c/o Norm and Doris Pelton, 320 Singing Brook Circle, 538-3574. Entrée choices may not be changed after they are submitted. This especially includes a change of entrée during the event.

Duplicate Bridge

nBob Stinson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

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

Oakmont Ukesters nLinda Webster


a. How many chords do you need to know to play “Amazing Grace” on the ukulele? b. How many chords do you need in order to play “Clementine?” c. How many chords for “I Can’t Stop Loving You?” d. How about “Bye Bye Love,” “I Walk the Line?” Answer: For each of these songs, you need to know four or fewer chords (a:3; b:2; c:4; d:4, 3). What’s more, you do not need to know how to read music in order to play the ukulele! Playing the ukulele is not that difficult! Once you master some of the basic chords, you are ready to start strumming and having fun. Why not try? Playing the ukulele is not only fun, it is good for you. It helps you keep learning while having a good time. The Oakmont Ukesters invite you to come join them as we play our ukuleles every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. in the crafts room at beautiful Oakmont Gardens. There is no charge. For those with less ukulele experience, the first hour is set aside for songs with fewer chords such as those listed above. Are you tempted? Give me a call at 978-2790 and I will be more than happy to share with you how others have started. We have all levels of experience and there is definitely room for you. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed.

Oakmont HEARS

(Hearing, Education, Advocacy, Research, Support) nJohn Taylor, HEARS President

A very informative HEARS meeting with Audiologist Dr Peter Marincovich of Audiology Associates was held Oct. 21. (The scheduled presentation Hearing, Health, and Brain Fitness was changed on very short notice because of late withdrawal by the presenter.) The subject was Lip Reading and Listening, with about 30 attendees. Dr. Marincovich opened by requesting audience questions which led into “How We Hear” with considerable information on the human auditory anatomy, binaural and brain functions on hearing. He also described characteristics of familiar sounds we strive to hear with special reference to the difficulties hearing the higher pitch f, s, th, and k consonants. He emphasized that addressing hearing problems is similar to dealing with visual problems in that it may take multiple visits to the glasses or hearing aid provider to arrive at the best solution. The communication cycle is Talker-MessageEnvironment-Listener. He covered these areas with clarity. If you didn’t attend you missed an exceptionally well done informative session! We plan to have him return next year to cover additional hearing related subjects. On a personal note, I now am using an answering machine and a telephone from the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) which provides free specialized equipment for the hearing or visually impaired. Now I can understand the voices left on my answering machine which was nigh on impossible with my old ATT device. The telephone has a number of enhanced functions for loudness, tonality, speed, ringer, and speakerphone. I expect that it will allow me to communicate with those fast talking high voice pitched females on various airline and other locations without having to ask for help from my playmate. For more information about CTAP call 1-800-8061191 or visit

Walkers nCarolyn Mack

Are you ready? Here come the holidays! Let’s get together and have some fun before we get too busy. DATE: Tuesday, December 8 TIME: Bus leaves Berger Center at noon and will return around 9 p.m. PLACE: San Francisco, Novato and Rohnert Park We will start off spending about two hours in San Francisco’s Union Square. You will be on your own to do as you please: you can shop, watch the ice skaters or admire the decorations. If it is raining we will go to the Stonestown Mall, which is enclosed. Then we will head back north and have dinner at the Wild Fox in Novato, where you will order off a selected menu. From there we will go and see a very decorated house in Novato. Here we get off the bus and go inside the house, as well as admire the outdoor decorations. Then back on the bus to continue north to Rohnert Park to see the celebrated “best of show” house. If it is not too late we will continue to check out the local decorations, but if everyone is tired we will head home. The price is $60 per person, which covers all gratuities transportation and a delightful threecourse dinner. This trip is limited to 40 members and, as always, it is first-come, first-served. Please eat your lunch before boarding the bus in Oakmont and dress in layers, in case it is cold. NOTICE: Please send your checks, made out to Oakmont walkers, to Carolyn Mack, 318 Stone Creek Circle; 537-7347, Walkers’ annual dues are $5 for one year and an additional $6 for a name badge.


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2015

Pickleball Corner

nTom Kendrick

Pickleball in Pennyslyvania! From Trib Live

The sport of pickleball is popular with an evergrowing population age 55 and older, owing mostly to the smaller court and slower pace of play. “Anybody can do it. Whether they’re ready for championships or not, they all like to hit and laugh and giggle.” “You still run around, but it’s not like tennis,” said Helen Brincka, 70, of Whitehall.


Connie Medeiros and her husband, Al, enjoy the wineries and restaurants in the area, so they came up from Morgan Hill and took the Oakmont tour. Connie said, “One of my first questions was, do you have pickleball here? It’s a priority for me.” Well, the Medeiros have been Oakmont residents for two weeks now. “Oakmont pickleballers—what a fantastic group of people!” Welcome to paradise Connie and Al—we hope you love it here as much as we all do!

Heard from an Oakmont resident: “I don’t play racket sports due to neck problems but Go Pickleball! This is the 21st century and as a resident of Oakmont I can only hope that we, the residents, are active participants in it.” Wait a minute, all this sounds like it’s written from someone who is biased towards building pickleball courts in Oakmont! (That is correct). The “Stir It Up” Island-themed party was a blast. Music by the Caribbean Connection put everyone in the island mood, and kept the dance floor filled. Lots of thank-yous to Melissa, Eva, Judy, Reenie, Kathy and Jackie for putting together such a great evening! People are always asking me, “Hey, I want to give pickleball a try, when should I show up?” Well, PJ runs her beginner clinics every other Monday, but hey, just come on down any day after ten. Someone will take you aside and get you started on the basics. Chances are you’ll be “pickling” within a few minutes!


With cooler weather, more picklers showing up, and only two courts, we’ve added an afternoon session beginning at 3 p.m. WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome. WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Seven days a week. Morning session at 10 a.m., afternoon session at 3 p.m.


nSusan Lynn

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”—John F. Kennedy Our last big event of 2015, Starry Night, was a smashing success. Our members dressed to the nines and danced, danced, danced, as the City Lights band took us on a musical journey through the decades. As always, thanks to Heidi and her team of volunteers for creating such a great evening. Since we always want to involve our members in club activities, we need your input. If you have ideas for our 2016 big events or socials, send them to

A defining moment for us Baby Boomers was the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, and we probably all remember exactly where we were when we heard the terrible news. I was in college, in Sociology class, and people were streaming out of classrooms and into the halls. I spent the next four days glued to the TV. Where were you? Let us know your memories of that awful day.

Coming up

The Third Annual Member Appreciation Social is the board’s way of thanking all of our members for continuing to support our club. Please join us on December 10 to celebrate another fantastic year. We’ll provide the sandwiches (meat and vegetarian choices), salads, and cookies; you bring your beverage of choice and holiday cheer. You will need to RSVP for this members-only event so that we are sure to have plenty of food, and you can do it on our website—www.oakmontboomers. org— by clicking on “Club Events” and then on the “Register Button” on the Holiday Party page. You can also fill out the coupon below and leave it in the Boomers’ folder at the OVA Office by December 4. WHEN: December 10, 6:30–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center BRING: BYOB COST: Free

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. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER ORIENTATION: First and third Mondays 9–10 a.m. NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266; E-mail:

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby


What does it mean to have the Holy Spirit directing your life? What do you know about the third member of the Trinity? This study will reveal who He is, what He does, and what life is like when He lives within you. Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, join our welcoming and friendly group to explore the answers to these questions. This Stonecroft study has six lessons, but we progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays. No class November 27. TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 6 (room is directly across the hall from the OVA Office) LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566


As an 11-year-old beauty queen I’ve had plenty of time in the spotlight. All I really want now is some quiet time in the sunshine and the occasional thought-provoking conversation with my people. Speaking of my people, do you know anyone who fits my profile? I’m still looking, but I know the right match is worth the wait.


You can E-mail me at, or leave your submission in the Boomers folder at the OVA Office by November 24 so that I can share your story in a future Oakmont News article. Boomer Trivia: Who was the first Bond Girl?


Deadline for RSVP is no later than 3 p.m. Friday, December 4. How many members is this an RSVP for?____________


There is no charge for this event, and there is no reserved seating. Please place completed coupon in the Boomers’ folder at the OVA office.

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The Oakmont News / November 15, 2015

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53


nJackie McDonald

nAl Haggerty


Oakmont Village Association Manager Cassie Turner will speak at the Nov. 25 luncheon of SIR Branch #53. She will discuss the various forces that have shaped Oakmont and made it into the association it is today. Turner is an experienced association manager with both a state and nationwide designation in community management. She is a Certified Community Association Manager (CCAM) and a Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM). Turner spent most of her career managing associations in Los Angeles, where she received a Speaker of the Year award and served as chair of the Los Angeles Community Managers’ Program Committee, developing educational programs for association managers. About 10 years ago, Turner and her husband, Dave, decided it was time to leave Los Angeles and head for the mountains to live a less hectic lifestyle. Turner accepted a position in Calaveras County as branch manager of a national community management company called Associa. After working seven years with Associa, the Turners decided to relocate to an area where they could eventually retire. She submitted her resume for the position as OVA manager and the rest is history. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Grill & Café. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.

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On November 16, Kay Hardy will bring four short one-acts by Wendy Wasserstein to Playreaders. The Man in the Chase was inspired by a play with the same name by Chekov. Medea is a highly-satirical story of Medea’s avenging her husband’s betrayal by killing their children. In Waiting for Philip Glass, a socialite throws a party at her posh estate for Philip Glass who fails to show up, and Boy Meets Girl where two New Yorkers in their 30’s are afraid to make a commitment to marriage. Readers are Honora Clemens, Charlie Ensley, Anne Gero, Jerry Gow, Steven Litzenberger, Jackie McDonald, Star Power and Jeffrey Sheff. On November 23 and 30 Star Power will produce Theft by Eric Chappell. Homeowners and their two guests return to their house from an anniversary celebration to discover their home has been burglarized and the burglar is still in the house. At first he convinces the returning couples that he is a policeman, but they soon find out the truth. He then reveals that he knows some disturbing secrets that would seriously disrupt two seemingly happy marriages and one strong friendship. Readers are Marilyn Cassel, Anne Gero, Dennis Hall, Stephen Litzrenberger and Ned Luzmoor.

Readers of California Suite.

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

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

Partners Contract Bridge nHelen Hargrave

The Partners Contract Bridge group will be playing in the Card Room at the CAC on Monday evening November 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 either me at 539-5511 or George McKinney at 538-7264 a call, and we will include you and your partner in the group. We are always happy to meet new folks who enjoy bridge!

Valley of the Moon Rotary nJohn Brodey

W.H.O. Knew?

Apparently the World Health Organization has decided that eating red and processed meats is going to adversely impact our health and longevity. Years ago on my grandmother’s 94th birthday, I brought her the usual box of chocolates. She adored them, but this time she declined saying, “my doctor told me I had to cut out sweets.” Yikes! First of all, at what age does longevity become a moot point? If you’ve been eating hot dogs for 75 years, is their some maximum number of dogs allowed before your body shuts down? How about a victory lap instead, after all, you’ve done pretty well. The wisdom that comes with aging should reveal two truths: don’t believe everything you read, doctors aren’t always right and life is meant to be lived (okay that’s three things). No more studies please. We all understand the principles of moderation, exercise and optimism. The real problem is not that people are dying early from eating poorly, but that they don’t have enough to eat to begin with. Eighty percent of the world’s population (4.8 billion) lives on less than $10 a day and 60% of those are classified as living in extreme poverty. Ironically, it would take only $60 billion a year to feed those suffering the most and according to OxFam, this amount represents only a quarter of the income made by the 100 richest billionaires in the world. As we approach a holiday that has become synonymous with food, all of us at the Valley of the Moon Rotary hope you will remember to do something for those who can’t count on having enough to eat right here in Sonoma County.

We are proud to support the Redwood Empire Food Bank and the work they do, every day (an A+ rating from Charity Navigator). There are also a number of local shelters and missions whose work includes providing meals to those who would otherwise go hungry. Financial contributions are always welcomed but don’t forget that there are a number of banks, supermarkets and schools that conduct food drives this time of year. This is simply a matter of adding a few extra items to your shopping list that will be marked for donation. This is a busy time of year for solicitations by one cause or another, but do your homework to make sure your money is going where you intended. A food donation does cut down on the possibility of misappropriation as actual goods are most likely reach those who need it most. Here’s to a great Thanksgiving and we hope you have a chance join us for a little breakfast sometime soon at the Quail Inn, Friday mornings at 7:15 a.m.


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2015

nBern Lefson

Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont

IT’S TIME FOR THE BIG GAME Saturday, November 21

All alumni, family and friends of Cal and Stanford Alumni Clubs are invited to watch the Big Game on a large screen TV. WHERE: Berger Center WHEN: Saturday, November 21

GAME TIME: TBA (by TV stations) two weeks before the game begins MENU: Hearty Appetizers by Oakmont Village Market. Hosted wine, beer, soft drinks with table seating for everyone. COST: $23 per person. Reservations required.


Due by November 18. Make check payable to Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont and mail to Helen Young, 362 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Name(s): ______________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail: ______________________________________________ Phone #: _________________________________ Number of people at $23: ___________ Donation to Scholarship Fund: $___________ Total: $___________

nBarbara Bowman

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, November 15, 2 pm—FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD

In this late 19th-century drama based on Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, fiercely independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan) wins the hearts of three disparate men: sheep farmer Gabriel Oak, dashing soldier Frank Troy and William Boldwood, a moneyed older man. This latest adaptation of the book combines fine acting with equally fine camera work, costuming and direction—all worthy of Oscar nominations. (2015), PG-13, 119 minutes.

Sunday, November 15, 7 pm—THE SECOND BEST MARIGOLD HOTEL

In this well-executed sequel to the Golden globe-nominated film, hotel owner Sonny (Dev Patel) is overwhelmed with the task of finding a second property to accommodate the influx of new residents, while his upcoming wedding plans have created excitement for his family and the hotel staff. Maggie Smith, Judy Dench, Bill Nighy, Penelope Wilton and David Stratham reprise their roles in this comedy, while Richard Gere’s addition to the talented cast brings a new twist to the film. (2015), PG, 123 minutes.

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

Need Organizing?

The next meeting of the Oakmont Genealogy Club will be on Monday, Nov. 23 in the West Rec. Center at 2:30 p.m. Last summer a survey was taken of Genealogy Club members, and the number one issue that people had was: How do I start organizing all my genealogy information and papers? So the meeting will concentrate on both computer and document organization, and is especially directed at people just getting started in their family history or those that are simply overwhelmed by their collection of “stuff.” October’s meeting was a reprise of George McKinney’s DNA 101 session for those who missed it last month due to attending the Lifelong Learning class. In addition he discussed four DNA analysis companies where you submit your DNA and get various types of information back from them depending on the company and whether you are male or female. George also gave the results of the club survey, showing people’s areas of interest, both topical and geographical, and what type of genealogy computer program they use, etc. This helps us know what subjects to present at future meetings. Also discussed was the possibility of having some joint sessions right here in Oakmont with the Sonoma County Genealogical Society. The Genealogy Club meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. (except July and December). There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at www. If you have research questions or would like to receive our newsletter, send an E-mail to:

Sunday, November 22, 2 pm—EVIL UNDER THE SUN

Hercule Poirot (Peter Ustinov) is called in to investigate a diamond that was purchased by wealthy, arrogant Arlena Marshall, who turns up dead while on her honeymoon at a tropical island hotel. When he arrives at the island paradise to sort out the long list of suspects, Poirot finds that Arlena had made many enemies. Great fun, and elegant Cole Porter music in this camp adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery novel. Maggie Smith, James Mason, Diana Rigg and Roddy McDowell also star. (1982), PG, 116 minutes.

Sunday, November 22, 7 pm—MONSIEUR IBRAHIM

1960s Paris is the backdrop for this touching drama about Momo, a teenage orphan who lives in a working-class neighborhood and has very few friends—save for the kindly local prostitutes. Eventually, Momo finds a father figure in the older, wiser shopkeeper Ibrahim (the late Omar Sharif), who takes him on a journey of self-discovery that will change both of their lives. Nominated for a Best Foreign Film Golden Globe, it includes a stellar ‘60s sound track. (2003), R (some sexual content), 95 minutes. (In French)

Sunday, November 29—NO MOVIES: THANKSGIVING WEEKEND Sunday, December 6, 2 pm—WATER DIVINER

Following the carnage of the World War I Gallipoli campaign, an Australian farmer (Russel Crowe) travels from his home to the battlefields of Turkey in an attempt to find his three sons, all of whom went missing during the conflict. A story full of emotional moments as well as adventure, the film has been lauded for its scenic cinematography. Crowe’s directorial debut was released on the 100th anniversary of the start of the campaign. (2015), R (war violence), 111 minutes. NOTE: Movies At Oakmont will observe a winter break during December and January. Only matinees will be shown until February 14, 2016.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, November 15, 2 p.m.: Far From The Madding Crowd, (2015), PG-13, 125 minutes. Sunday, November 15, 7 p.m.: The Second Best Marigold Hotel, (2015), PG, 123 minutes. Sunday, November 22, 2 p.m.: Evil Under The Sun, (1982), PG, 116 minutes. Sunday, November 22, 7 p.m.: Monsieur Ibrahim, (2003), R, 95 minutes. Sunday, November 29: No films shown, Thanksgiving weekend Sunday, December 6, 2 p.m.: Water Diviner, (2015), R, 111 minutes.

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. The sermon series is: Isaiah 40-66 “Good News Now!“

Sunday, november 15

Tamara Buchan will be speaking on Isaiah 61, “The Release of our Generational Inheritance.” Lucas Sherman will be with us at the piano and Chris and Miriam Chesbro will be providing guitar and vocals.

Sunday, November 22

Bill Barnett will be speaking on Isaiah 62, “A New Name, A New Outlook.” Debbie Knapp will be playing piano and the choir will be singing.

Sunday, November 29

Jonathan Carr will be sharing from Isaiah 63. This will also be the first Sunday of Advent. You are invited to join us for this advent season as we embrace the arrival of Jesus being born on earth to come along side us.

Choir is happening! Thursdays 6:30–8 pm, Room D, Berger Center

Do you love to sing? Do you like to sing in community? Join us as we prepare for the Christmas concert to be held on December 6. Come as you are, not as you think you should be!


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2015


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

Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont LCO #2411. references. I’ll work with your budget. HANDYPERSON Lic. #954364. Call Angel, All trades, little fix-its and prickly 707-239-1241. puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. assemblies, gardening and pruning Dependable, experts serving you and too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since your neighbors with excellence and 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, 539-5217. bonded and insured. Senior discounts COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. HOME GREETING SERVICE net or call us at 537-1308 for all your Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community plumbing needs. information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had THE COMPUTER TROUBLESHOOTER a home visit, please call Charlotte at Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, 538-9050. complete support for PC’s, Apples MIKE’S REPAIR and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers Plumbing, electrical, appliance, served. John Bradford. 578-6305. heating and air conditioning, general $40/hour. handyman (I can fix just about AC BURNS PAINT CO. anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest Oakmont preferred vendor. Interior/ and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536exterior, power washing, decks, 9529, emergency—328-6635. wallpaper removed. Will not be LEE MOEN CONSTRUCTION undersold. 575-5581. Lic. #834588.


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


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


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


Want to spruce up your home? Guests this fall? One room at a time or your whole house. Interior and exterior painting. Licensed and insured. Lic. #873519. Call 707-996-4050 for a free estimate.

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

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


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


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.


WeCare Home Assistants is looking to fill part-time and full-time shifts, weekends and evenings. Living in Oakmont a plus. Must be experienced. Call us today at 843-3838.


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


A personal transportation service for GARDEN TRIMMING airports, cruises and vacations. Call for AND PRUNING reservations. Plus Babe is on the road Trees, hedges and shrubs done with an again for local doctor visits, shopping, emphasis upon a natural look. Small etc. Call Jacque at 545-2850. jobs OK. Richard Garety, 833-1806.


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


Repairs done onsite or close location (24 Elaine Dr.) 15 yrs. experience. City lic. #303691. Call Ernie, owner, 573-0655.


Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma resident. 13 years experience. Senior pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334.


When quality and reliability count, call on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior and exterior painting specialist, drywall repairs and textures. Licensed and insured. Call us for your Free Estimate today! 707-833-2890.



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


General Contractor. Residential, commercial remodel and repairs, winterization, complete drywall, tile, cement work. Fences, decks, ADA upgrades. Free estimates. Small jobs OK. Call Frank, 707-396-6901. Lic. #875552.


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


Home, office, move-outs. Full service cleaning, with more than 19 years of experience. References upon request. Lic. #343515. Call 548-9482 or 542-8720.


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

BRAD CHIARAVALLE CUSTOM DOOR INSTALLATION Entry doors, patio and French doors, screen doors, barn doors, interior doors. Oakmont references. Free estimates. Lic. #527924 since 1988. 539-3196.


Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 years. Focus on small jobs, projects and “honey-do” lists. Pressure washing, gutter cleaning. Free estimates, very reasonable rates. Please contact me at 533-7741. Thank you.


Ruth Hansell, 24 years organizing experience. Home office/filing system, garages, closets. Oakmont references CHRISTO LIMO available. Call 799-0097 or E-mail to Professional and commercially licensed transportation for Oakmont residents. PIANO AND SINGING LESSONS Wine tours, cruise lines, airports and IN YOUR HOME hotels. Always available and reliable too! Oakmont homeowner. Call Chris at Since 1983 I have been teaching in the US and Europe. Professional musician, (707) 206-5018. Oakmont resident. Francesca, HOME, FURNITURE 546-7987.


Free estimate, fast professional turnaround. 30 yrs. exp. Oakmont and local ref. “I love what I do.” Ian Coffelt, (415) 309-6988.


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


Honest, loving, compassionate, reliable care. Serving Sonoma-Oakmont residents for almost 20 yrs. Assist with dementia, Alzheimer’s. Companionship and meal prep, medication reminders, incontinence care, housekeeping, etc. Finger printed by Council on Aging, IHSS and through the state. CNA, HHA. Affordable, exc. refs. 24-hr. care available! Call Martha L. at 236-5487.


Over 45 years of experience in North Indian cooking. Also give cooking lessons. Reasonable rates. Call 535-6246 or E-mail For all your plumbing and heating needs. Local plumbers in business since the late 20th century, licensed, bonded and insured. Same day service is often SELL ME YOUR DUSTY CAR Unused car taking up your garage? available. Money-saving coupons! Sell it to me. I am not a dealer. Call Joe, CA Lic. #659920. Please call 545-4311. (707) 996-8683 or go to



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


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


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

Available in OVA Office Gas Shut-off Wrench.....................................$7 Tennis COurt Key.............................................$2 Vials for Life...............................................FREE resident access card..............................$25 EA replacements......................................$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.

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

ova event notices There are three OVA bulletin boards, one at each recreation center, where OVA events can be posted. Please bring in notices to the Events Coordinator at the OVA Office. Size is limited to 8.5"x5.5". for sale, for rent and want to buy board Items “For Sale”, “For Rent” or “Want to Buy” can be put on a 3"x5" card and left at the OVA Office. Cards are posted on Thursdays and must be received by noon. The bulletin board for these items is located outside the Central (Berger) Auditorium. “For Sale” and “Want to Buy” items are posted for 30 days. “For Rent” cards are posted for 60 days. Please notify the OVA office at 539-1611 if you would like your card removed before the posting term ends.


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


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

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

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 November 16–30 Lois Kelly 538-3278 December 1–15 Patresa Zwerling 539-8996

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

If you would like to be a volunteer, please call 528-0161. Donations to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers are appreciated and tax deductible. Mail your check payable to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Thank you.

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

Lost & found

Located in the OVA office. Unclaimed items will be discarded after 30 days.

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

2015-2016 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Frank Batchelor, President Andie Altman, Vice President Elke Strunka, Treasurer John R Felton, Secretary Bob Giddings, Director Alan Scott, Director L. G. “Herm” Hermann, Director


SUMMER SCHEDULE: Access to OVA pools is by magnetic card. Call OVA Office, 539-1611 if you need a permanent new member pool access card or to register for a temporary guest pool access card. West: 7 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Wednesdays for cleaning) East: 6:30 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 5:45 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Tuesdays for cleaning) JACUZZI HOURS: Same as facility. No one under 18 years in West and East pools and Jacuzzis. Central Pool Children’s Hours: 11 AM–2 PM (Exception: 12 Noon –4 PM Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day.) Children must be accompanied by an OVA member or an 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. Daily 5 AM–9 PM. Closed at 7 PM on Tues. for cleaning. Closed Christmas day.

Goodwill Donation Truck

First Saturday of each month, Berger Parking Lot, 9 AM–1 PM.

Loaner equipment

The OVA office has a form listing Oakmont residents who lend out items such as baby furniture and sick room equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.).

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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


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


(Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) Helps seniors with Medicare-related questions. By appointment only. 1-800-434-0222. Berger Center, Room D, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, 1–4 PM.


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.

OAS Management Company

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 the Member’s Only webpage and click on the link to join the E-mail list.


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2015

OVA-Sponsored Events It’s a Wrap! OVA-Sponsored Event nMargaret Bonkowski, Volunteer, Bergin University of Canine Studies

Don’t let those unwrapped holiday gifts get you down. Feel like you’re all thumbs when it comes to gift wrapping because your fingers aren’t as nimble as they used to be? Creative juices don’t flow through your body? Short on time? Whatever your reason, the volunteers at Bergin University of Canine Studies have the perfect solution for you. Let us wrap your gifts. Representatives will be in the Berger Center, Room G, from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. on Monday, December 14, and Thursday, December 17. Wrapping paper, gift bags, tissue, bows, gift tags— we’ll have it all, and we’ll use our expertise to produce a finished product that you’ll be proud to present to anyone on your gift list. Your donations for this giftwrapping service will help volunteers raise funds for the university’s many programs. Not familiar with Bergin University? We’re the only university in the world accredited in canine studies, offering AS, BS, and MS degrees. Students in these programs learn to train service dogs for people with mobility challenges. Our Dogs Helping Veterans program engages active military and veterans with PTSD in training service dogs who are then placed with their fellow wounded warriors struggling with combat-related disabilities. Your participation in this fundraiser is a win-win situation. Your generosity will support our important programs, and your holiday preparations will be less stressful. Don’t have any presents to wrap? Stop in anyway and learn more about us and what we do. Relax while you pet our beautiful dogs. If they look familiar to you, maybe it’s because you’ve seen one of their canine relatives around the community. A number of Bergin University dogs have been welcomed into the homes of Oakmont residents. Who can forget Susie Newland buzzing around in her golf cart exercising Will, a Bergin breeder dog? Other breeders residing in Oakmont included Nari and Mary, who lived with Rod Clayton and Ann Wellhouse, respectively. Glenna Yee and Gerhard Rossbach adopted Savannah when she had a career change from breeder to loving pet. Ann and Perry Free have been Puppy Parents or have fostered eleven dogs. Now that’s dedication! Why do your neighbors support Bergin University by caring for and loving our dogs? Come and see for yourself on December 14 and 17 at the Berger Center. Don’t forget to bring your presents!

Oakmont Community Toxic Waste Collection nMarsha Zolkower

North Bay Veterans Resource Center

Tuesday, november 17 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!

nMarsha Zolkower

Learn About Resources Available to US Veterans November 17, Berger Parking Lot

All veterans living in Oakmont are invited to visit with Robert A. Fisher, Outreach Coordinator from the North Bay Vet Center the Berger Parking lot on Tuesday, November, 17, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Don’t be surprised if you still aren’t aware of all of the resources available to you! North Bay Vet Center provides readjustment counseling to combat veterans and their families. North Bay Vet Center also provides outreach and referral services to eligible veterans.

Call 795-2025, Mon.–Fri., 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. or leave a message anytime. E-mail: toxicsdisposal@ This is a free service. COLLECTION DATE: Tuesday, November 17 PLACE: West Rec., 6470 Meadowridge Dr. TIME: 3-8 p.m. Please do not show up without an appointment. LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (with a maximum of five gallons per container) or 125 pounds of solid material. Never mix chemicals. Place 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.




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