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Board Adopts $3.2m Budget, $4.75 per Person Increase in Dues nAl Haggerty

The Oakmont Village Association adopted a $3,269,734 budget for 2017 and a monthly dues increase of $4.75 per person, or $9.50 per couple, at an Oct. 25 meeting at Berger Center. The $4.75 per person increase raises the monthly dues from the current $53.25 to $58 per person and from $106.50 to $116 per couple. The new dues are effective in January. Only a handful of Oakmont residents were on hand on a bleak, rainy day as the board voted unanimously on the new budget with relatively little discussion and no controversy. See board on page 3

New Group to Focus on Berger Future

OEPC Volunteers at Work It was a simulated emergency that brought Oakmont volunteers out in the neighborhoods and at key locations for an emergency drill Saturday, Oct. 22. Bright yellow vests set off area volunteers walking their neighborhoods, coordinating with communications volunteers at each of Oakmont’s major venues. It was one of three drills held every year to sharpen volunteers’ readiness to respond to and recover from a major disaster. If a problem can’t be resolved at the neighborhood level, the problem is relayed to operators in emergency centers. Problems that require further help are transmitted to an emergency operations center at the Berger Center. Volunteers there can request help from Santa Rosa Fire Department Station 7, which is part of the Santa Rosa emergency operations system. Photos by Fred Polkinghorn. More photos online at

nStaff Report

This holiday season, the OVA Board is shining a spotlight on the dedication of Oakmont’s 15 non-management employees. A new employee appreciation fund has been established to show them our appreciation and support. Donations will be distributed at the end of the year. Members who wish to make a donation—however large or small—may contribute via check to the OVA Office, 6575 Oakmont Drive, by Dec. 15. Participation, of course is voluntary. Please make checks payable to the OVA and in the lower left corner check memo write that it is for the EMP APP Fund (OVA Employee Appreciation Fund). Checks can be mailed or hand delivered to a special box located in the OVA Office. We hope the fund puts a little extra cheer into the season for a very deserving group of employees.

nJudy Burness

Mike Noble, left, and Douglas Payne working at the emergency operations center.


The board appointed a nominating committee to choose candidates for the 2017 election. Members are Pat Clothier, Alan Scott, Pat Olive, Bev Leve and Jackie Ryan. Director Ellen Leznik sought unsuccessfully to add a sixth member. After a lengthy discussion of proposed new election rules, the board decided, due to how soon the See berger future on page 3

Employee Appreciation Fund New This Year

Dog Walkers: Toxic Mushroom Danger

nMarty Thompson

A new committee of people with backgrounds in construction and project management will take the next steps to plan updating or replacing Oakmont’s prime meeting space, the Berger Center. The five-member Berger Action Committee was appointed by the OVA Board at a Nov. 1 meeting. “This is a hugely exciting project, vitally important to the community,” President Andie Altman said. “It is a phenomenal position for us to have that many good people for the job,” she said. Members are Claudette Brero-Gow, David Dearden, Art Fichtenberg, Bob Jackson and Ruthie Snyder, who is the committee chair. Altman said the committee and the board will probably meet together to get started, in a public session so anyone who’s interested can be there. A date and time will be announced. Herm Hermann, a board member who has headed groups studying the future of the Berger and the use of existing Oakmont facilities, said he expected to be part of the meeting. The Action Committee will pick up where two predecessors have gone. They developed possibilities ranging from simple remodels of the Berger to razing and replacing it.

November 15, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 22

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With the arrival of rain at last, parts of Sonoma Valley are seeing an eruption in the mushroom population. Since some varieties are both toxic and attractive to pets, pet owners should be vigilant. At the Wild Oak Polo Field, where many Oakmonters exercise their dogs, several varieties of mushrooms are visible in the thousands. A resident recently sent photos of the most prevalent Polo Field mushrooms to Darvin DeShazer, the mushroom poisoning contact at the Sonoma County Mycological Association (SOMA). Based on the pictures, he said these did not appear to be toxic varieties. However, he added, new varieties can pop up any time, and there is reason for concern wherever dogs and mushrooms both are present. This applies to cats, as well. On the encouraging side, DeShazer says he knows of no documented instances of mushroom poisoning by contact without being ingested—e.g, a dog just walking on the Polo Field. If your pet has free access to an area where mushrooms develop, such as your backyard, you might wish to have the mushrooms identified. DeShazer, a volunteer with SOMA, can be reached through the SOMA website, address below. Experts advise contacting your veterinarian immediately if you suspect your pet has consumed a poison mushroom, or is showing symptoms such as nausea and vomiting. The North American Myological Association, which tracks mushroom poisonings, reports that “a great many dogs die each year from consuming mushrooms,” but most can recover if they get appropriate treatment immediately. Different varieties of mushroom have different toxins, with different symptoms and treatment. Consequently, when an emergency arises, if convenient it is advisable to collect a specimen of the mushroom for identification. But first of all: (1) absolutely no wild mushrooms for your dog and (2) when needed, get veterinary help immediately. See dog walkers on page 3


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nominating process must start and disagreement over language in the new draft, to stick with its old rules for the forthcoming election while working to refine new rules for the voting two years from now. A new election rules draft will come back to the board, but some aspects appeared clear from the directors’ discussion. They include increasing ballot box security by moving it from the OVA Office to the inspector of elections’ office, meaning that once new rules are in place members will mail ballots to the inspector and they could not be dropped off at OVA. The ballot box will remain at the OVA for the next election, however. Whether board members can serve on the nominating committee sparked debate. “I don’t believe board members should serve on the nominating committee, it could be a conflict of interest,” Hermann said. Others agreed and the idea was dropped. There also was discussion on language describing term limits for directors, generally accepted as consecutive two-year terms, and on how many candidates should appear on a ballot. In addition to those proposed by the nominating committee, members also may self-nominate and others can be written-in on election day. “No one who is qualified should not be on the ballot,” Leznik said. Felton reported that Oakmont’s application for a permit to build pickleball courts remained on track with the city. “Nothing has been denied,” he said, and OVA had answered all of the questions raised to date by city planners. “It’s the normal process,” he said. Responding to a request by an Oakmont resident, the board said it does not have the authority to conduct neighborhood rat eradication, but did agree to assist in a public information campaign if there is enough community concern. Resident Greg Goodwin said a growing problem with rat infestations in certain neighborhoods is placing undue burdens on individual homeowners. (Watch a video of the meeting online at www.

For more information, here are two of many informative and interesting sites on the Web: North American Mycological Association,; and Sonoma County Mycological Association, http://www.



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Board President Andie Altman expressed disappointment at the low turnout. “I can’t believe that only a few people show up when we’re deciding how to spend their money,” she told the Oakmont News. Director Herm Hermann also expressed surprise and frustration. “This is the most important meeting of the year,” he said in commenting on the sparse turnout. The projected operating expenses total $2,507,194, which is reduced to $2,423,994 by $83,200 in miscellaneous income. The biggest item in the operating fund, accounting for 40% of the total, is $1,215,490 for payroll, followed by $508,605 for administrative expenses, making up 20% of the total. Other items include $149,900 for custodial and maintenance, $136,000 for grounds repairs and maintenance, $130,400 for recreation area expenses, $28,220 for patrol and fire systems, $298,580 for utilities and $40,000 for contingencies. Bringing the total budget to $3,269.734 are contributions of $695,740 to the asset replacement fund and $150,000 to the capital improvement fund. As their names indicate, the ARF pays for the replacement of facilities and equipment as they wear out and the CIF pays for new projects such as the planned pickleball courts.

Sleep Apnea Special Guest nBob Flandermeyer

Dr. Greg Ackroyd, M.D., pulmonologist from Santa Rosa North Bay Sleep Institute, will be our guest at the December 6, 1 p.m. meeting. He will discuss equipment and answer any questions you may have. Bring your equipment, paperwork, questions and get an independent, professional perspective. Any questions, call me at 538-5277.

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League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick


The time has come to review your fall and winter landscape work. Tree pruning is best during the dormant winter months. Your landscape contractor should be of assistance in planning any shrubbery pruning and in many cases tree work, although an arborist may be the best choice for your association’s problems. Fall and winter may also be a good time to review your irrigation system for rebuilding and upgrading. It is also a good time to start any changes in the turf areas to reduce water consumption. Contractors will not be as busy as in the summer when they to try keep systems operating. In addition the ground is a little easier to dig when wet. Next Board Meeting: Monday, December 5, 12 noon, Room B Quarterly Meeting: Wednesday, December 7, 7 p.m., West Rec.

Oakmont Office Building Gets New Owner nStaff Report

The “blue roof” building that currently houses the OVA offices and a dental practice has been sold to a Mill Valley builder who expects to attract more medical tenants. Oakmont Properties, LLC, announced last month that the building at 6575 Oakmont Drive has been sold to Van Acker Construction Associates, which hopes to attract more medical practices now that a new memory care facility is coming to Oakmont. Santa Rosa agent Dhanendra (Dan) Shah of ACRE-Alliance Capital Real Estate notified the OVA of the sale on Oct. 27. The OVA is on track to move to new offices in the Benson Building behind Umpqua Bank before the end of the year. The new office will have almost twice as much space as the old one.

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nNorma Doyle


In late October Evelyn Zigmont presented Side Effects by Eric Chapell. Chapell is an English playwright and comedy writer who wrote and co-wrote a number of the UK‘s biggest sitcom hits during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s winning several awards including the Bafta. Side Effects is a hilarious comedy which takes place within a contemporary nursing home. The play focuses on Frank, an anti-clerical and recent and resentful invalid, his long-suffering wife June and Reverend Paul, who is recovering from a heart transplant and, who is now exhibiting such odd behavior that it is alarming his wife Sarah. Into the mix comes Tracey an attractive young woman, who firmly believes that the transplanted heart is from her deceased, dare-devil lover who has also passed on his personality traits. This situation provides Frank with a delightful opportunity to watch the increasingly rambunctious vicar have a possible fall from grace. Readers included Joyce O’Connor, Dennis Hall, Kay Hardy, Jackie Kokemor, Bob Sorenson and Evelyn Zigmont. On November 21 and 28 Ron White will present What the Butler Saw by Joe Norton. Orton was an English playwright and author. His public career was short but prolific, lasting for only three years until his unfortunate death at age 34 at the hands of his partner. During this brief period, he shocked, outraged, and amused audiences with his scandalous

black comedies. His play Loot in 1966 opened to rave reviews garnering him several awards and establishing him in English theater. In his very active and prolific period following this he revised many of his works and completed his final full-length play What the Butler Saw. The play revolves around Dr. Prentice, a psychiatrist who is attempting to seduce his attractive prospective secretary, Geraldine Barclay. The situation becomes more intense when Mrs. Prentice enters and he attempts to cover up his activity by hiding the girl. His wife, however, is also being seduced and blackmailed by a Nicholas Beckett. She therefore promises Nicholas the post as secretary, which adds further confusion. Dr. Prentice’s clinic is also faced with a government inspection, led by Dr. Rance, which reveals the chaos in the clinic. Dr. Rance talks about how he will use the situation to develop a new and shocking book. The play incorporates a combination of British dry humor and seamier content. It could be argued that the play is a story about the way men and women feel and communicate, and their desire for power. Playreaders for What the Butler Saw include Susan Baguette, Bernie Cheriff, Charlie Ensley, Pete Folkens, Kay Hardy, Sandy White and Ron White. Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome.

Let’s Dance—Together! nTerry Whitten

WHAT: Beginning Foxtrot Review class WHEN: Wednesday, December 7 TIME: 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $7 pp for this single class Thank you to all who have attended the partner dance classes over the past four months. It’s been a lot of fun getting to know you all and teach you some basic partner dance steps. For December, there will be one Foxtrot Review class in order to go over some of the material taught previously in October and reinforce what you have learned. Most of us only retain about 10% of what we hear, see or read. Periodic repetition of the same material is key to both brain and muscle memory! The prerequisite for this review class is to have attended at least two of my October Beginning Foxtrot classes or have the equivalent experience. If you did not attend any of the classes taught in October but have some experience with Basic Foxtrot, please contact me first if you are interested in joining us ( or 415-265-7590.) As before, no partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. Thank you to the five ladies who did learn to lead the steps in the different classes. After December 7, we’ll take a break for the holidays and start new classes in January. Country 2-Step and Cha Cha have been requested to start with. I’m also open to hearing from any of you as to what partner dances you’d prefer to be taught sooner than later. For future classes, please check upcoming issues of the Oakmont News for the dates and dance to be taught. Please let me know if you have any questions. You can E-mail me (Terry Whitten) at twhitten@pacbell. net or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell) or 539-6265 (home.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!

Ukesters Playreaders in October for Side Effects included: (standing) Dennis Hall, Evelyn Zigmont, Joyce O’Connor, Bob Sorenson and (seated) Jackie Kokemor and Kay Hardy.

Playreaders in Guide to Mourning during September were: (standing) Gail Doremus, Ron White, Norma Doyle, Max Fenson, Jeffrey Sheff, Dennis Hall and (seated) Pete Folkens.

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Got a ukulele? Like to play? Don’t have a ukulele but like to sing or just listen to good music? Want to learn how to play the ukulele? The Oakmont Ukesters Club invites you to come join them each Tuesday morning, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the beautiful Oakmont Gardens Crafts Room. The club has been playing together for over a year and has built an exciting repertoire of songs for easy listening, singing and playing. Members of the club have various levels of experience playing the ukulele. Some have played for years while others are beginners. It doesn’t matter because the goal is to have fun in the company of people who enjoy playing this wonderful instrument. There’s room for everyone, even you! The ukulele is a versatile musical instrument that is fun and easy to play. It has four strings and comes in different sizes from the small (soprano) to the large (tenor and baritone). You do not have to read music in order to play since you learn basic chords and strum those when you see them in a song. Once basic chords are mastered you are able to play music and have great fun. What’s wonderful is that it’s impossible to be unhappy, worried, or in the dumps when you are strumming your uke! And, a bonus is that as you master your ukulele, you are helping your brain keep challenged in an exciting way. Playing the ukulele is good for you, just as listening to it is! Want more information about the ukulele and how you can learn to play it? Call 978-2790 and I will be happy to tell you and answer questions you may have. Whatever you do, come join the club on Tuesday and join in the fun!


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Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


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“Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn.” —Elizabeth Lawrence Denise Baxter, co-owner of Pricketts Nursery, will speak about forcing bulbs for the holidays and bulbs for Spring blooming. She will bring bulbs for sale. She will also speak about and bring dormant spray for fruit trees and roses. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, November 15, Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m. NOTICE: There will be no regular meeting in December. The next meeting will be in January



This moderately strenuous hike above Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve is a loop covering the Gilliam Creek and Austin Creek trails. We will start by descending 1,400’ to the confluence of the two creeks. After lunch it will be all uphill. The beginning and ending of this nine-mile hike offer outstanding views. Bring water, lunch, poles and an adventurous spirit, and be prepared for stream crossings. Hike leader is Dave Chalk, 539-8847. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.

Lake Sonoma Recreation Area. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)



• Service your mower when you put it away for the season. Do the same for pruners and other hand tools. Consider a good cleaning and wipe down with oil on the blades, and be sure to sharpen as needed. • Apply winter lawn fertilizer. You can feed with organic fertilizer every six weeks throughout the winter which will keep your lawn healthy but not produce tremendous bursts of growth which will require frequent mowings. Now that the ground is soft from the rain, go ahead and get the bulbs in the ground as soon as you can. • Turn over and loosen compacted soil in your vegetable plots. Add fresh manure so it can age over winter and early spring before it has contact with the plants. Work it into the soil a little. If you don’t have access to manure, add composted organic material. Adding 4-6 inches of either is best. Your soil will be good to go, come spring. • Continue planting perennials, trees, shrubs and annuals, ground covers. Trim off spent blooms and remove summer annuals that have completed their job of brightening your yard. This is a good time to think about planting pansies and other winter loving annuals. • Continue to sow seeds of beets, carrots, chard, onions, parsley, peas, radishes, and turnips. Set out broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower seedlings. • Clean up fallen leaves and spent flowers around your plant to prevent overwintering insects.

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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 strenuous hike begins at the Los Alamos Road entrance to Hood Mountain Regional Park. After crossing Santa Rosa Creek, we will climb on the Quercus and Headwaters trails to the Grandmother Oak. From there we will continue our ascent to the summit of Red Hill. Our return to the trailhead will include the Maple Glen Trail. Distance is about 8.4 miles and elevation gain about 2,800′. Bring water and lunch, and wear appropriate clothing for rain or shine. Boots and hiking poles are recommended. Hike leader is Lynn Pelletier, Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m.

Mt. Thielsen as seen from Crater Lake, OR. (Photo by Z. Hasa)

December 1 Short Hike: Sonoma Valley Regional PARK

About three miles with a couple of short steep areassome rougher trails—some paved trails. We will start at the Glen Ellen entrance to the park, on Arnold Drive just south of Jack London Village, so no park pass is needed. If heavy rain, hike is cancelled. Light rain or mist we go. If it has been wet some areas may be slippery and hiking sticks recommended. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Herm Hermann, 539-1657.


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


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nSusan Lynn

“If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.”—W. Clement Stone Our Spooktacular event last month was a great success! Congratulations to our costume contest winners, Lynn Colborn, Dawn Longoria, and Randy Kephart, and Marianne Johnstone, who shrieked her heart out to take the prize for best scream. New members, many of them new to Oakmont, were in attendance, and we’re glad they got to see the Boomers at their partying best. As always, there was a lot of dancing to the music of the Joe Sharino Band, and we are already working on having the band return to Oakmont next year.

Coming up

It’s just two days until our Trivia Night at the Berger Center, and there’s still time to get a team of six or eight together and compete for bragging rights and prizes. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., but the game begins at 6 p.m.

Save the date

Our annual Member Holiday Appreciation Party is just around the corner, and this year we’ll have music provided by Black and White Jazz, thanks to Boomer Jim Castrone and his band. Please RSVP by visiting our website or leaving the coupon below in the Boomers’ folder at the OVA Office. For extra fun, get in the holiday spirit by wearing your favorite holiday/ugly sweater.

Join a Club Day

WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 6–8 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center BRING: BYOB COST: Free (member only, please)

Save the date

Our annual Mardi Gras bash with music by Second Line will be on February 25, 2017. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on our most wellattended celebration of the year, and watch this space for details in upcoming Oakmont News issues.

New Year, New Groups

Do you enjoy cooking, drinking wine, and the company of others? New groups are now forming for the Boomers Wine and Dinner for Eight for the January through June 2017, time period. Groups of eight meet four times within a six-month period and will rotate hosting duties: appetizer, a salad or a dessert. You will need to be able to seat eight people for dinner, but two tables could be used if necessary. Contact Bonnie Dunn at BonnieBDunn@comcast. net for information or to sign up. Finally, the Boomer Board is looking for someone to join the board and take over writing the Oakmont News column. Interested? Call Steve Spanier at 779-9718.

nStaff Report

People new to Oakmont, along with some who’ve lived here for years, worked their way around the Berger Center, talking with representatives of the community’s clubs and organizations on Thursday, Oct. 27. It was Join a Club Day, a time to find out more about activities and make connections with new things to do. One newcomer said she had been here only six days—and, with help, was unpacked! Another said she has lived in Oakmont for 13 years. The event is held twice-yearly, designed to help people new to the community connect with some of the more than 130 clubs and organizations here. Photos by Michael Reinhardt.

Brinda Peterson (left) talks with Bob and Judiann O’Connell about Rovers while Betty Seacord (center) looks on.


Deadline for RSVP is no later than 3 p.m. Friday, December 2. How many members is this an RSVP for? ____________

Name(s)______________________________________________________________________________________ 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. Julie Kiil (left) talks with Karen Etheridge about the Fitness Club.

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Golf News OGC


nChuck Wood

During the Candidates Night forum on October 24 some members posed questions about how the Oakmont Village Association (OVA) and the Oakmont Golf Club (OGC) can better work together, especially in regards to financial help from the OVA for golf course maintenance and beautification. With our organizations being separate businesses, financially and legally, there are stringent restrictions on the extent of possible joint actions. The Oakmont Village Association is essentially an HOA. Its primary mission is to use members’ dues money for provision of recreation facilities and enforcement of architectural and landscape standards. California’s Davis-Sterling Act is a standing law that governs the financial actions that the OVA, as well as the 37 smaller HOAs within Oakmont, may make. Specifically allocating members’ dues money to fund the operations of a separate for-profit business (the OGC) is prohibited. And yet, members of the OVA’s Board of Directors have very openly expressed their understanding of the many values that the Oakmont Golf Club, its facilities and open spaces, brings to the Oakmont Village community. They are concerned about our financial viability. The OVA/OGC Joint Task Force was formed four and one-half years ago by the two organizations’ boards. Its charter was and is “to investigate and study areas of joint concern and potential benefit to the two organizations and to make appropriate recommendations to the governing boards.” Over the years the Task Force has, indeed, made recommendations for joint action that was enacted. For instance, we have now had three jointly hosted picnic and concert events on OGC property. We have each granted free use of available gathering spaces for specific needs. The OVA Board, supported by legal advice, approved the funding of supplies to help maintain three golf course restroom buildings that are frequented by non-golfing Oakmont residents, their contractors and service providers. And recently each board considered joint action to enable the placement of barn owl nesting boxes on golf course land to help deal with rat infestation issues on residents’ properties. Each organization’s board designates an official liaison member to serve on the Task Force. Currently Frank Batchelor is the Liaison for the OVA and I am the Liaison for the OGC. In January 2017 the newlyconstituted OGC Board will name a new liaison; and the OVA Board will do likewise in April. As things stand now, I will remain the Task Force’s chairperson and Frank will remain on the Task Force after his term on the OVA Board ends. If any of you have an issue you’d like the Task Force to consider, please let me know ( One more thing: individual property owners can and have (!) contributed funds to the OGC for specific maintenance and beautification projects on our courses. For instance, some new pond sprayers have been placed. The empty area behind the 12th tee box on the East Course now has a lovely landscaped entrance area for the Twin Lakes neighborhood (see my next article for details). Mike Ash is always open to your new ideas and requests—and funds.

nKathy Faherty


October 18 was Yellow Ball Ten Tournament. There were 32 players. First place team: Becky Hulick, Laurie Vree, and Carol Locke. Second place team: Mary Rossi, Ro Nicholson, and Michele Yturralde. Third place team: Kim Agrella, Shy Baxter, and Mary Jobson. Fourth place team: Vanita Collins, Christy Rexford, Patty Buchholz, and Patti Schweizer. October 25 was rained out.


October 20: Sallie Wood was low gross of the field of 16 players. First flight: first, Michele Yturralde; second, Sallie Wood; third, Kathy Mocricky; fourth tie, K.C. Coté and Judy Duport. Second flight: first, Ro Nicholson; second, Vanita Collins; third tie, Carol Locke and Christy Rexford. October 27 was the joint Tuesday/Thursday Halloween Tournament and Luncheon. Although the golf tournament was cancelled due to wet conditions, John Theilade set up an indoor 9-hole putting course that turned out to be so much fun that we’re hoping it rains again next year! The food was delicious and the costume parade was lots of fun. Thanks to Becky, Eileen, and Elly for making such a fun day possible! Watch the bulletin boards for sign-ups for the joint Christmas Luncheon on Tuesday, December 6. This celebration culminates the 2016 year of golf for both women’s groups. Be sure to Elly Frauenhofer is the pregnant nun. sign up and attend!

nRick Warfel

October 19, WEST COURSE 4-MAN TEAM, 1-2-3 GAME

First flight (13.3–18.3): first, Jim Scinto, Bob Baciocco, Charlie Huff and Frank Giannini, 129; second, Bob Thompson, John Williston, Tom Parker and Charlie Perotti, 130. Second flight (19.5–up): first, Dave Goulson, Ted Mokricky, Art Fichtenberg and (blind draw), 120; second, Bob Giddings, Bob Hartsock, Mike Doyle and Sal Cesario, 124. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Bill Hainke, 7’4”; #13—Bob Baciocco, 10’0”; #16—Bob Giddings, 11’10”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Bill Smith, 17’1”; #13—Ted Mokricky, 0’11”; #16—Rodi Martinelli, 13’6”; #5—Sal Cesario, 30’7”.


First place, Bob Carter, 62; second place, Dan Levin, 65; third place tie, John Munkacsy and Tom Massip, 66. Closest-to-the-pin (HCP 0–24): #16—Bob Carter, 38’10”. Arnold Palmer is playing in a big tournament and comes to a 235 yard par-3. After some deliberation, he takes out his 3 iron and sails the ball 20 feet over the pin and backs it up to within 3 feet of the pin. A fan in the crowd said, “Mr. Palmer, how do you make a 3 iron back up like that?” Mr. Palmer replied, “Do you own a 3 iron?” The fan said, “Yes, sir I do.” “How far do you hit it?” said Palmer. About 160 yards was his reply. Palmer calmly said, “What the hell do you want it to back up for?”

nBetsy Smith

Pumpkins are Patti Sweizer, Christy Redford, Vanita Collins, and Vicki Eschelbach at the Tuesday/Thursday Halloween Luncheon.



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

Coming up

Be sure to designate the

Sonoma Humane Society as your charity of choice.



Wednesday Men’s Club

Zentangle™ Art Classes

photo by Robert Couse-Baker


18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

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November 28: Christmas Tree December 12: Folded Christmas Star—last class of 2016! See you in 2017 for more creative adventures! TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail


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9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nValerie Boot

nTony D’Agosta

Due to less than 12 players on October 20 and rain on October 27 there are no sweeps to report. Despite the rain we had a wonderful time at the Halloween Luncheon as pictured below. Put December 8 on your calendar and be sure to sign up at the East Pro Shop for The Holiday Luncheon, which is a wonderful time to kick off the season with good food and good friends. A nice win for Betty Van Voorhis on September 29. She put her quarter in the Chip-In Box and on hole #1 she chipped in. Apparently several weeks had rolled over by then with no winners, so Betty got a $28.25 award. Good job! Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Rain! It’s that time of the year when “cart paths only” are in effect. We have a couple of Niner relief rules: “lift, clean and place” in fairways and rough. If ball is in a wet bunker, remove and place in grass behind the bunker keeping the bunker between the ball and the flag forcing to shoot over the bunker. Remember to keep all four wheels on the cart path at all times. The members expressed a desire to postpone the December Holiday lunch due too many functions during the holidays. The luncheon is rescheduled to a kick off lunch on January 9, 2017. More information to follow. Currently, all Niners are members of NCGA. This makes an even playing field establishing handicaps. A bylaw change is needed to require all Niners to be NCGA members. We will attempt to adopt the change through E-mail. Meanwhile, Happy Golfing!

(Photographs taken by Ruth Levy. Thank you Ruth)

Sweeps Results for October 17 2-Man Scramble, 11Teams

First place: John Munkacsy/Dan Levin with a net 23.75. Second place: Art Boot/ Dan Sienes with a net 25.75. Third place: Charlie Perotti/Joe DeBenedetto with a net 26.25. Fourth place: Keith Wise/Joel Goodman with a net 26.75. Closest-to-the-pin: Ron Bickert, 25’11”; Phil Sapp, 60’10”. Our Co-Captain Joanne Finnerty, a glamorous witch, opening the event.

Sweeps Results for October 24 Individual Low Net, 27 Players

First place: Tom Finnerty with a net 29.5. Second place: Jim Norem with a net 31. Third place tie: Bob Ure and Greg Carpenter, both with a net 32. Fifth place: Dan Sienes with a net 32.5. Sixth place tie: Rich Silvas, Wayne Mickaelian, Charlie Perotti and Gary Stone, all with a net 33. Tenth place: Don Schulte with a net 33.5.


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


WHEN: Saturday, November 19 TIME: 1:30 p.m. Social, 2 p.m. meeting WHERE: 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:

iPAD SIG: SHOW UP AND SHARE WHEN: Tuesday, November 22, 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Bev Leve

Windows Computer Information nPhil Kenny

As members of the former Oakmont PC Users Group, we continue to offer our free help to all Oakmont residents. Call Phil Kenny, 538-2075 or Al Medeiros, 843-4447. Although the Oakmont PC Users Group has closed its doors, its Web Master continues to update and maintain its online presence ( This site will remain active through February 2017.

Women of Faith Bible Study

nGayle Miller


The costume competition winners: Sarah Wood, Ann Miller, Debbie Jaffee and Audrey Engen.

East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon $2 donation

nJim Brewer

November 20: Scott P. Bartley The 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco

This presentation will focus on the creation, design and social importance of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915 celebrating both the city’s rebirth following the disastrous 1906 earthquake and fire and the completion and opening of the Panama Canal. Often referred to as the last Great Exposition, occurring during the beginning of World War I, and during a time of significant social and technological change, the fair embodied the idealism and energy of the City of San Francisco. Bartley is a principal in the local architectural firm Hall and Bartley. Scott previously served on Santa Rosa’s City Council and also as Mayor. A successful architect, Scott is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

November 27: Thanksgiving No Symposium

Presentation on large screen TV (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. This in-depth women’s Bible study draws parallels between the captive Israelites of the Old Testament and New Testament believers in Jesus as the Promised Messiah. Beth looks at the Book of Isaiah through the lives of the kings who ruled during the prophet’s ministry. These kings exemplify many of the obstacles to freedom with which we must deal. Using Scripture to help identify spiritual strongholds in your life, no matter how big or small, Beth explains that anything that hinders us from the benefits of knowing God is bondage. Join us on a Bible journey unlike any other. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! This is a weekly, non-denominational study, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal; a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. Please call me for additional information. DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center GUIDE: Karen Vail CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309


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Bocce Club

nBarbara Bowman


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. Pastor Brinda Peterson has begun a Sermon Series entitled, “10 Steps Closer to God.” As a community we will together move closer to the one who knows us best and loves us the most.

Midweek Bible Study

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


Rehearsals for the December 11 am Christmas Concert are starting on Thursday evenings in November in Room D from 7:15–8:30 p.m. Science says that singing together releases the friendship, trusting or empathy chemical: oxytocin. No wonder we feel so good after choir rehearsal! Call me at 829-0158 for more information.


On October 30, Pastor Brinda shared in the service about Brother Lawrence, as an example of a person who offered more of himself to be integrated with the Spirit. Brother Lawrence lived in a Carmelite monastery in the 17th century, but he was not a monk. He was one of the laymen who lived alongside the monks. While he participated in some religious disciplines, he largely provided support for the religious community. The very brief book, The Practice of the Presence of God, contains interviews and letters from Brother Lawrence. In it there are significant things that we can learn about faith and work from Brother Lawrence. “In his business in the kitchen (to which he had naturally a great aversion), having accustomed himself to do everything there for the love of God, and with prayer, upon all occasions, for His grace to do his work well, he found everything easy during the fifteen years that he had been employed there”. Peeling potatoes was as essential for Brother Lawrence’s spiritual growth as attending the evening prayer service, because Brother Lawrence recognized that God was there in the kitchen as much as he was in the chapel. A compartmentalized faith and work in the lives of Christians is not new to the 21st century. Brother Lawrence writes, “Our sanctification [does] not depend upon changing our works, but in doing that for God’s sake which we commonly do for our own.” Cooking, creating a garden, listening to a neighbor, are all ways that the gospel can be demonstrated. These activities can all bring us closer to God, if we do them for his sake. Excerpted from At Work and Theology by Andrew Spencer


On December 10 we’ll gather at the East Rec. Center for our annual Christmas Party and final event of the year. Appetizers will be served at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner of salad, entrée and dessert. Entrée choices are Beef Filet with Baked Potato, Baked Salmon with Rice Pilaf, and Vegetarian Lasagna. All this and dining with the incomparable company of bocce players for $40 (members/$45 non-members). President Sherry says there will be a fun surprise program after dinner! Complete the party reservation coupon below and place it with your check in the Bocce folder at the OVA by December 5. Don’t miss out on a lovely evening. Questions? Call Social Co-chairs Chris or Phil Duda.


Bocce members flocked to the courts on Saturday, October 22 to play in the Autumn Tournament, our next-to-last tourney of the season. Winners as well as losers received a candy bar, of course. Afterwards, members gathered at the West Rec. to enjoy our members’ tasty potluck dishes and learn about the club’s activities at its Annual Meeting, which included voting for the 2017 Board. Sherry Magers will stay on as president, Bev Schilpp as secretary and Cindi and Jeff Clemence as co-treasurers. New members of the board include Jean Reed, Vice President, and Susan Lynn, Publicity. Pat and Don Paulson, and Eddi and Bob Pelton will join returning social co-chairs Chris and Phil Duda to form a six-member social committee (the Bocce Club has a very active social agenda!). John Magers will continue to maintain the courts and Paul Wycliff the badges.

Thanks to all of you who so generously volunteer your time to make bocce and its events possible for each of us. And, thanks once again to Chris and Phil for organizing this successful event.

Happy Autumn Tournament winners: Jean-Michel Poulnot, Bev Schilpp, Barbara and Geoffrey Newton, and Sherry and John Magers.

Margarete Schmidt, Carol Green and Pat Paulson also won at the Autumn Leaves Tourney.


Return this completed form to the OVA Bocce folder, along with your check made payable to the Oakmont Bocce Club, by December 5. Bocce Member Name(s):________________________________________________________________________ Guest Name(s):________________________________________________________________________________ Phone number___________________________________________ # of members at $40 each:________ # of guests at $45 each:________ Total: $________ # of beef filet:________ # of salmon:________ # of vegetarian________ Plus we are renewing our membership(s) for 2017 at $15/per person.

Name(s)________________________________________________________________________ Total $________ My check (for dinner and membership, if applicable) is attached. Total $_________

Unfortunately, I/we can’t attend the Christmas Party, but I/we want to renew membership(s) for 2017: Name(s)_______________________________________________________________________________________ Address:______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone:__________________________ E-mail:_______________________________________________________ Please write legibly or print.

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Quilting Bee

nElizabeth McDonnell

Bee members were off in different directions in October enjoying our quilting interest. Several members attended our sewing day, working on their own projects. On the same day a carload of members went on a field trip to visit a new quilt shop and gallery in Richmond and another quilt shop in Berkeley. The field trippers gave glowing reports on Bay Quilts and New Pieces and had a fun day. Several want to return to the shops again.

pumpkins eventually start to deteriorate, the tops can be cut off and the top plus succulents can be planted. Carol Jarvis showed a lovely wall hanging of a beach scene. It is a panel which she bought some years ago but just picked it up again with the aim of completion. Pam McVey showed a quilt she made from a class taught by Karen Combs a number of years ago. Ms. Combs will be returning to Santa Rosa to teach another class in November. Robin Gibeson told of recently attending a workshop taught by Alex Anderson. Robin chose to work on a “UFO” and showed us the finished project. She also

Sandi McConnell.

Other members attended the Pacific International Quit Festival in Santa Clara. The show is overwhelming in the amount and variety of quilts displayed from around the world. Not only that, there are a large number of vendors. It’s hard to adequately view and shop at the show in just one day, however, many of us gave it the old college try! In October Helen White taught a class in wool appliqué to members. Five of us have now started new projects with a “new to us” appliqué technique. I need more hours in my day! Paula Scull brought a large and several small pumpkins to our meeting which had been decorated with moss and succulents on the top. When the

Robin Gibeson.

displayed a pretty quilt made and sold by Alex at the workshop. Barbara Arnold showed her lantern quilt top she just finished paper piecing. Nancy O’Brien finished and showed her “grapes” quilt, gave us an update on her owl quilt and told us of her next project. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

The Brits (and Germans and Irish) are coming!

The next meeting of the Genealogy Club, on November 28, will focus on British, German, and Irish genealogy, as many Americans have at least one of these groups in their ancestry. We are planning on having three discussion tables, one for each group, with a discussion leader at each table. For part of our time we’ll focus on beginning research in Britain, Germany and Ireland, including how to find where your ancestors came from. Then we’ll move on to more advanced research techniques in those countries. Come share your experiences and questions with others with similar research interests! Our October 24 meeting was a big success featuring the well-known genealogist Steve Morse, famous for his great website His program, well attended by many Oakmonters, was both very informative and entertaining. Steve’s site is best known for his “One-Step Webpages” concept, an easy way to research immigration records; census records in the US, Canada, and UK; New York City records; and much more. The Genealogy Club meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except June, July and December) at 1 p.m. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For lots of information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: www. If you have research questions or would like to receive our E-newsletter, please E-mail:

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

2016 Winter Warmth Coat Drive November 1—December 9

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:

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

707-538-2270 • 6520 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

CalBRE #01151843


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Lifelong Learning nDavid Dearden

OLLI Keeps on Growing

As many of you know, Oakmont Lifelong Learning (OLL) is a partner with Sonoma State University (SSU) in providing college courses here in Oakmont as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). OLLI is a nationwide initiative designed to meet the continuing education needs of mature students funded, in part, by the Bernard Osher Foundation. We are a satellite campus of SSU for OLLI courses, and for the last 10 years Oakmont has contributed enormously to the success of the program in Sonoma County. However, while many of us never miss an OLLI course each semester, as our community continues to welcome new residents it is important to make sure everyone knows why OLLI is such a unique Oakmont treasure. Sustaining college courses in a retirement community is a challenge. SSU has tried a number of venues for OLLI from Sonoma to Healdsburg. And so far, Oakmont is the only Goldilocks location. There are a number of contributors to Oakmont’s success as a college campus and as a reliable partner for SSU: we are big, and can provide a critical mass of intellectually curious students for nine courses each year; we have great facilities at Berger and East Rec.; two residents, Fradel Been, Program Coordinator, and Jane Gyorgy, IT/AV guru, are able to provide professional support for 54 classes each year on a very modest stipend; our free parking is nice and close; we have active, ongoing support from the OVA Board and OVA staff; and perhaps most important of all, Oakmont residents step up and give their time and energy as OLL volunteers to make this program work year after year. Each week, up to a dozen OLL volunteers are busy upfront and behind the scenes to make OLLI work. Frequently, OLLI courses at Oakmont enjoy something extra and special beyond six weeks of classes, which we call enhancements. Enhancements are volunteerinitiated activities designed to complement the course work. They range from all-day museum excursions and field trips, to in-class presentations of personal memorabilia, to food and maybe a little wine. As an example of an enhancement, last month OLL volunteers Sally Risberg and Kay Wittes worked with South American Sojourn instructor, Tyra Benoit, to present a catered Peruvian lunch by local Santa Rosa restaurant, Sazon.

Enjoying Sazon before class in October. Only a sip of wine, of course, just sufficient to maintain the relaxed concentration Oakmont is so well known for. (Photo by Juli Kiil)

OLL is looking for a few good volunteers. If you are interested, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Kathie Brix, at


nCarolita Carr

Single Boomers Social Club

December 18, 6 PM, East Rec. Center Holiday Cheer

Time for hot chocolate (and peppermint schnapps, if you bring it…) and holiday tunes. Maybe Myra and I will repeat our foreign language renditions of “Silent Night.” And maybe not, depends on how large the bribes are and how much the wine flows. We know you won’t want to miss this evening of good cheer with your SBSC friends. Thank-yous are in order to Susan Mullaly for organizing last month’s theater outing to the 6th Street Theater, and to all the club members who brought champagne and delicious hors d’oeuvres to our Anniversary Party. By the way, here are a couple of overheard comments from our Anniversary Party, “Damn, we look good when we dress up!” “And we’re good cooks, too!”

We extend a big SBSC welcome to Sandy, our newest member. We know that as you attend our functions, you will meet new people and make friends. This club is about having a great time while making friendships and forging bonds with other singles here in Oakmont. Our dues are $12 per calendar year, but anyone who joins us as a brand new member between now and January will have their 2017 dues included in their payment. So if you have been thinking of joining, now is the time! Members, remember to check your E-mail inboxes for special invitations and E-mail Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA Office.


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

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

nNancy Caldwell

Needles and Hooks

Do you knit or crochet?

Come join us for fun and accomplishment. You may do whatever hand work is your love. If you like people and chat, you may join in. If you like to sit and listen, you may do that too. It’s a “do you own thing” group! We meet each Tuesday in the Art room in the CAC

from 1:30–3:30 p.m. officially but some come earlier since the room is vacant. You may come at any time and leave if you need to do so. Come each week or when you can. We are a very flexible group and would love to have you join us for the fun! Call me at 538-4153 or E-mail ncaldwellster@gmail. com if you have questions. Hope to see you soon!


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nReenie Lucker

Pickleball Corner

Pickelball Bounces Forward in Oakmont

Oakmont Club Day on October 27 at the Berger Center gave many residents an opportunity to learn more about one of the fastest growing sports in America: Pickleball ( Interested folks gathered at the Pickleball Club table, including several new residents who already play the game and who are eager to meet other players. Club President Peter Copen and Vice President Eric Lutz spent the morning sharing their enthusiasm for the game, extolling the friendliness of pickleballers and inviting new residents to join the fun. For the winter months, effective immediately, Pickleball Orientation for beginning players will be offered at 10 a.m. on Tuesdays (a change from the 9 a.m. summer schedule). Coached play will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesdays. 2017 Pickleball Club Dues are due by January 31, 2017. Dues will remain at $20 per person. Renewal

forms will be emailed to current members, and there are forms in the Pickleball folder at the OVA office. Please drop your form and check in the folder. New members joining in November or December 2016 will pay $20 and be considered paid for 2017.

Court Resurfacing

Pickleball play is temporarily suspended on the Oakmont courts while the east tennis courts are being resurfaced. Play will resume as soon as the work is completed, subject to the weather.

nJeff Davis


As part of their primary aim to serve children in our community, the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont has entered into a partnership with Memorial Hospital of Santa Rosa to provide a Rock-A-By Reader to the family of each new baby born at the hospital.

Indoor Play Offered at Rohnert Park

Indoor Pickleball is offered in Rohnert Park at Callinan Sports and Fitness Center, 5405 Snyder Lane (East side of town—east on Rohnert Park Expressway, right corner of Snyder at the Community Center). The newly-started indoor play has a $4 drop-in fee. Play is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. during open gym time and uses half the gym. It’s a fun activity for a rainy winter day and could easily be coupled with a hot meal in a local restaurant.

Oakmont Pickleball Play Information

Club President Peter Copen and Vice President Eric Lutz promote Pickleball fun at Club Day.

Kiwanis Club of Oakmont

WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Courts open daily 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; group drop-in play daily 9 a.m.–12 noon; new player intro to pickleball Tues. 10 a.m.; coached play Tues. 11 a.m. ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for orientation. Both paddles and balls are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball courts. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, E-mail, phone 595-5648 Join the fun, exercise, and meet nice people.

A typical pair of pages from Rock-A-By Reader.

Rock-A-By Readers are unique books that contain familiar and colorfully-illustrated rhymes to read to babies and interact with them at the same time. In addition, the books contain materials for the parents that describe the critical contribution that reading to baby makes to its development as well as ideas for things to do with each of the rhymes. This approach is based on the well-established finding that children learn more in the first three years of their life than at any other time. As a result their future capabilities for learning are dramatically strengthened by activities such as this. Rock-A-By Readers will be provided for both English and Spanish speaking families and the effort will be coordinated with Tony Boyd, Director of Women and Children’s Services at Memorial Hospital. Rafaella Morillas, President of the Oakmont Kiwanis Club, conceived and spearheaded this effort.

American Mah Jongg Club

nMarie Haverson


If you want to meet some new friends and have a great time while doing so, then the American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! We meet at the East Rec. Center every first and third Monday of the month. Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on November 21. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. Sorry, we only have openings for experienced players or teams at this time! We will see you November 21.


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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.

Lawn Bowling

nPhil Bowman


Open Singles: Tom Ternullo retained his title defeating Jim MacAlistaire in the finals. Novice Singles: Six newer bowlers started and then only two were left: Jim Krause prevailed over Elaine Monney in the finals. Congratulations to Jim and to all who participated.

Board of Directors.


Nov. 18: Karen Krestensen Nov. 25: No meeting Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

Oakmont Art Association nCarol Decker


Regular meetings and programs will resume in January.

Jim and Elaine.

Thanksgiving, November 22 at 12:30 p.m.: Put your name on the sign-up sheet and participate.


The meeting was held on November 3 (after the deadline for this article), results in next edition. Meanwhile you can find out by checking the club’s website:


Susan Ball is going to teach the ongoing oil painting classes every second and fourth Mondays from 12:30–3:30 p.m. in the art room at the Central Activities Center. Susan likes to paint landscapes and still lifes, lives in West Sonoma County, and her works are represented in several galleries, including Graton Gallery. She takes part in Art at the Source each year. Those wanting to join the class can contact her at

Reminder: instead of having our typical holiday party this year, we are having a gift wrapping party. Check the details on the bulletin board. If you haven’t already done so, please go to the bowls room and choose a tag from the Christmas tree for a foster child (identified by Child Protective Services). Then purchase a gift for the child and bring it to the party to be wrapped. After wrapping the gifts, we’ll enjoy pizza and salad (BYOB), and the championship trophies will be awarded to the 2016 bowling champions, followed by the presentation of the Dorr Mott Award.





Classes with Ron Brown, Ikebana master, are held in the Art Room at the CAC, from 10 a.m.–12 noon. Cost is $15 per session. On December 2, the project will be a two-part arrangement in a low dish. For December 16, the arrangement will incorporate holiday decorations—ornaments, candles or any holiday accessories.

On October 20, President Jim MacAlistaire organized a tournament among the board of directors. All participants were required to wear Hawaiian shirts with white bottoms.

The rules included a provision that Prez had the authority to “enforce, amend and change the rules as desired.” The tourney had another wrinkle: scoring would be determined by a yardstick. All bowls within the yardstick radius of the jack counted 1 point and the closest of them got two points. The team with the most points after all games were played would be the winner. The board was divided into four teams of pairs. Play consisted of two rounds of ten ends with a beverage break between the rounds. After the break opponents were switched. After both rounds, president declared Bob and Frank took first with 58 points, Jim and Jeff were second with 44 points, Tony and Phil were third with 43 points and Marilyn and Gary were in fourth with 35 points. Some noted the third and fourth place teams each had one win and one loss but Jim and Jeff lost both of their games. Well, it was Jim’s tournament and rules.


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SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53

nAl Haggerty


John Phillips, personal trainer at the Oakmont Fitness Center, will explain how exercise can make people feel and look younger at the Nov. 23 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center. Phillips will interact with his audience as he discusses types of exercise, including cardio, weight training and spiritual workouts. Cardio includes walking, running and elliptical. Weight training includes working out with hand weights or weight

machines and spiritual workouts take in Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates. He will also outline ideas that can make participants feel and look younger. He will discuss posture and the difference between a straight and a curved spine. He’ll also outline exercises that work on the core (the midsection of the body) to correct posture. A trainer since 1986, Phillips holds a Bachelors Degree in health and wellness from the University of Nevada, Reno. He is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and active member of the Idea Health and Fitness

Tennis Club

nStephanie Wrightson


The following club members were identified by the Nominations Committee and elected by membership show-of-hands at the OTC annual meeting: President, Terri Somers; Vice President, Jim Oswald; Treasurer, Paula Lewis; Secretary, Diane Linneball; Tennis Events Director, Chuck Hinckley; and Social Events Co-Chairs, Barbara Kanowick and Connie Carroll (Barbara will serve as the voting member on the board). Neil Linneball will continue as Ex-Officio. The new board will meet in January to set the 2017 tennis and social event calendar.

Committee positions for 2017 are filled as follows (*reappointed): Membership, Paula Lewis*; Court Maintenance, Peter Merola*; Interclub Tennis, Sumner Johnson*; Saturday Drop-in Tennis, Hanns Ullrich* and Sumner Johnson*; Newspaper Reporter, Kay Kim; Web Reporter, Stephanie Wrightson*; Roster Publisher, Zlatica Hasa*; Sunshine Person, Olivia Kinzler. Beginning in 2017, articles will appear in the Oakmont News once a month. We still need some volunteers. If you would like to co-report so that articles appear more often, if you’re interested in serving as the Website Coordinator or if you would like to manage a club fundraiser, contact Terri Somers.


The 2017 OTC annual dues will continue to be a low $20/year. Over the past two years, our club president conceived of and managed four fundraisers to subsidize OTC expenses. Even with this, it was challenging to provide the tennis and social events that members have come to expect. Just like your household expenses, the club’s expenses also increased. (Re)joining now will help the OTC Board set the 2017 event schedule based on existing and projected budget. Use the coupon to re(join). In addition, please plan to participate in future social events and fundraisers—not just to have a ton of fun—but also to ensure a financially healthy club. Questions? Contact Membership Chair, Paula Lewis, paulalewis@ or 332-0433. 2017 OTC Board: Neil and Diane Linneball, Paula Lewis, Terri Somers, Chuck Hinckley, Barbara Kanowick, Connie Carroll and Jim Oswald.

Annual OTC Membership Meeting.

Association. He holds certificates as a Fitness Nutrition Specialist and a Mat Pilates instructor. Phillips began training at a fitness center in Reno, then trained with 24 Hour Fitness in San Francisco before coming to Oakmont in 2008. He enjoys working with a more mature clientele because “they present some very interesting situations that really, at times, make me think ‘I really enjoy the challenge.’” SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Country Catering. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.

Travel and Adventure Club nCarolita Carr

December 6, 6:30–8 PM East Rec. Center

Our guest speaker for the December meeting will be from National Parks Revealed. We will also have a social with light treats from your favorite countries. Bring a finger food to share and the beverage of your choice. Plates and napkins will be provided. Come join us as we discuss traveling and share our adventures. Our meeting in November featured Spencer Gold, a tour director from the Daytripping Tour Company which has an office here in Oakmont. Spencer has recently joined Daytripping full time and is extremely enthusiastic about his role in the company and what it has to offer. They have many day trips all over Northern California on their full schedule, but they also offer longer trips to places all over the US. Currently, the only out of the country trip is to British Columbia, Canada.


Club members greatly appreciate the improved appearance and safety of the Oakmont tennis courts. Significant cracks were smoothed and filled, and courts were resurfaced—removing tripping hazards. We are proud of Oakmont’s reputation for having some of the most beautiful courts and settings in Sonoma County, and look forward to increased club membership as tennis players move into our neighborhood. Welcome to our newest club members: Joanne Bender, Steve Burdick, Jean Gilbertson, Henry Lopez and Yongsook Rogers.


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 February 28 to be listed in the printed 2017 OTC Roster. By providing your E-mail address, you agree to your E-mail being listed in the printed roster that is distributed to other OTC dues-paying members. Your email address will not be posted on the OTC website or elsewhere. Name(s): _____________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address(es): __________________________________ Phone number(s): __________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________

Spencer Gold speaks to a full house.

After a brief Q&A session with Spencer, September Holstad (the lady who pulls all this together for us) led us in a discussion of our experiences with group travel. Most people had had positive experiences and shared the names of reputable companies. We all left the meeting thinking about our next travel adventure. If you are interested in hearing more about travel and travel ideas, just drop in to our meetings, held at the East Rec. Center on the first Tuesday of each month.


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2016

Fitness Club nFitness Club Board nTeresa Woodrum

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

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

Afternoon Exercise Class

nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength. No classes November 22 and 24. Happy Thanksgiving! TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), Keep fit with aerobics, strength and balance classes. You can join at any time! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us! The Aerobic Class format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Balance and Strength class offers.


WHEN: Friday, December 16 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 5–6 p.m. Social Hour/appetizers; dinner to follow COST: $45 per person MUSIC: Jami Jamison Band MENU: Appetizers—Antipasti platter with provolone cheese, salami, olives and baguettes, assorted cheese platter with fig tapenade and smoked almonds. Salad—Romaine with gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries, green apples, red onion and pecans in a tangy balsamic salad dressing. Entrée choices (served with petite green beans with toasted almonds, wild rice pilaf, including cranberry walnut bread and butter): 1. Baked Bodega Bay salmon filet with orange citrus glaze; 2. Stuffed chicken breast with apples,

brie and herb reduction sauce; 3. Eggplant Parmesan or Vegetarian Lasagna. Dessert—Italian dessert, coffee/tea—regular and decaffeinated. BYOB—we will provide soft drinks and ice. Reservations accepted through Dec. 9. Make check payable to the Oakmont Fitness Club and place it with the form below in the OFC Fitness Folder at the OVA or drop it in the OFC mail slot outside the trainer’s office. Questions? Call Julie Kiil, 570-7994, Peggy Clark, (650) 274-4137 or Claire Fugate, 521-9153.

Notice of Fitness Club Dues Increase

Beginning in 2017, dues will increase to $30, irrespective of the month in which you sign up, and the membership will run through the end of December 2017. Therefore, future memberships will be on a calendar-year basis. Those joining or renewing in November or December, will be credited with 14 or 13 months membership respectively. Those who have already paid $20 dues in October will need to pay an additional $10 for the full 2017 membership.

OAKMONT FITNESS CLUB HOLIDAY DINNER/DANCE reservation form Berger Center, Friday, December 16, 5 pm, $45 per person Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone(s): Home_____________________________________ Cell_______________________________________ E-mail: ______________________________________________________________ # of entrées: Salmon_______ Chicken_______ Eggplant Parmesan_______ Vegetarian Lasagna_______ Total amount of entrées x $45: $ _____________ 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 $360. List the total eight entrées above and the names and entrée choices below for all persons at your table. I wish to be seated with the following guests: Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

nJohn Brodey

Valley of the Moon Rotary Spread the Word

Well, the frost is on the pumpkin as we used to say back in New England and the dust has settled on the election, mercifully. I do have a lingering headache from laboring over some of the convoluted ballot measures but I’m happy to say a visit from David Dodd, collection development librarian for the Sonoma County libraries, made it all better. He visited the VOM Rotary Friday breakfast meeting several weeks before the election to share some information he hoped would lead to Measure ‘Y’ passing. His approach was simple: just let us know why libraries are so important to all communities. It turns out that all of us Sonomans, despite the encroachment of technology, love our libraries. We are a county of 500,292 people of whom 240,989 have a library card! There are 14 libraries served by a staff of 151 who curate a collection of 836,076 titles (books, music, movies, etc.) and last year 3,390,999 items were checked out. The future of our library system is in jeopardy as budget cuts six years ago left our local libraries reeling. Previous ballot funding initiatives in 2012 fell short. As a result, hours were cut across the board for all branches, limiting access for so many. To realize what’s at stake we have understand the role our libraries play. They are vital in providing support for childhood literacy efforts, public access to computers, specialized databases, a social community

for retirees, a home for book clubs, teens with access to educational resources and expert help/support. Libraries love the computer age and it’s only made them more relevant. They embraced the internet in 1993. Today 98% of all libraries provide computers with broadband to cardholders. But only 76% of all Americans have computers and 30% of those have no internet access. Our SoCo libraries offer a total of 212 computers. In the future, there are plans to feature 3D printers and technology classes countywide. If one is a fiscal conservative, the statistics speak to the fact that we receive a lot for a little. Our county per capita funding amounts to $33. In Napa, it’s $85 per resident. In Marin, it’s $106. Compare that with the return on investment. Huh? Yep, access to all the material used by the average cardholder would run $450-500 per year if one had to pay for it. Not bad. By the end of his talk, David showed the $12 million deficit the library system faces could be erased by a minute increase in the sales tax equaling an eighth of a penny. That translates to 12.5 cents on purchases totaling $100. Raising funds in the form of a tax also means that tourists will be contributing to our quality of life as well. Libraries are a lynchpin in our educational system and a sanctuary of enlightenment in healthy communities. So, if you’re among that card-less 52% of our population, step right up, they’re free.

The Oakmont News / November 15, 2016

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Chair Stretch and Balance nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

WHEN: Thursdays 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center–Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series

Feel Better in Your Body

This class is designed to get your blood and oxygen moving! Connect your movements with your breath with attention to alignment. Feel and use your core, strengthen it, even while seated. Students have the option to get out of the chair to explore balance. Students may remain seated for the entire class. The class combines gentle movements and faster movements to gain cardio benefit. Small free weights are used to strengthen and tone the upper body. Equipment: Bring a set of free weights—your choice of 1, 2 or more pounds—the weight you want to work with. Please bring water to class.

Ongoing Forrest Yoga Classes

WHEN: Tuesdays 12:30–1:30 p.m., Thursdays 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Feel great inside and out. Support yourself and

nDonna Connell (IYT)

commit to your Yoga Practice. Clear your brain and connect to yourself on many levels - physical, emotional and spiritual. Deep breathing encourages inner calmness and supports your exploration of the practice. Build core power and challenge your abs. The poses and movements are sequenced to provide gentle expansion and lengthening of the skeletal system while promoting increased strength, mobility and healing. Feel stronger and more centered on and off the mat. Poses are modified as needed to meet you (it’s a practice after all). My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive setting. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair classes. Feel free to contact me carolking1234@ or 696-5464. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.

Holistic Yoga

This popular ongoing class focuses on flexibility, strength and balance through conscious movement—a holistic approach to a healthy spine, greater range of movement and stronger muscles, while learning to quiet the mind through proper use of the breath. Our class has helped many become more flexible, strong and balanced while relieving stress and maintaining a positive approach to life. I am a certified Integrative Yoga Therapist, combining yoga with aspects of personal healing, aiding the individual in promoting a safe and effective practice. I teach with compassion, understanding,

intuition, and a clinical knowledge of the body and yoga philosophy, combining the physical, emotional and inner perspective. I have been teaching in Oakmont since 2001. Experienced and safe yoga instruction doesn’t have to be expensive. This class is half of the cost of any yoga studio in the county. WHEN: Monday at 8:45 p.m., Wed. and Fri. at 9 a.m. WHERE: West Recreation Center COST: First class free (with the purchase of a pass, $75/eight classes) QUESTIONS:, 799-3099

Oakmont Social and Dance Club nJeanine Haggerty


Join us to celebrate New Year’s Eve in Oakmont, Big Apple Style, sponsored by the Oakmont Social and Dance Club and OVA. This fabulous evening will include: Open bar all evening plus a champagne toast; assorted appetizers at your table; delicious buffet including Prime Rib carving station, Sole

Menquire, Arugula salad, herbed mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, vegetable terrine and flourless chocolate cake; coffee, tea and rolls; and dancing to the Tom Shader Band. The all-inclusive price will be $90 per person. All of Oakmont is invited to join us at the Berger Center as we watch the ball drop in Times Square. Don’t miss this exciting evening, December 31, 5:30–10 p.m.

NEW YEARS EVE RESERVATION FORM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 31, 5:30–10 pm All reservations must be received by 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16. Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________ E-mail__________________________________ Check enclosed for $_______ Table name request______________________________________________________________________________

All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. If you want to sit with a specific group, please designate a table name and coordinate with all others at the table. If you don’t specify a table, you will be randomly assigned one. Make checks payable to Oakmont Social and Dance Club. You can put reservations in the Dance Club folder in the OVA or mail to: Karen Sites, 7294 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.


nCathy Rapp

Now that winter has arrived, do you hesitate to get wet? Then an insulating shirt or jacket might be just the thing to warm you during rainy or breezy weather. Locally, you can find them at Seal Sports on Armory Drive. There are also several vendors on line. H2O Wear and Speedo are favorites but you’ll find plenty of options—just google water jackets/shirts. In order to keep the JC classes going through the winter, we’ll need 15 in the water for each class. Rain or shine—don your water jacket and jump in! To add your name to the water aerobics email list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact Mme at 537-9281 or

fall water aerobics schedule west pool

Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return. **Free Classes through SRJC: Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary **Note: the free SRJC classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—CD (no fee) Friday: 9:45 a.m.—class on winter hiatus

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

If you have never studied Tai Chi or Qi Gong before, this is your opportunity to be instructed on this 5,000-year-old practice from China which calms the mind, reduces stress, improves breathing and balance and increases agility. This is a fun and small class. Won’t you take your doctor’s advice to improve your balance? Join us on Thursdays in the Upper West Rec. from 9–10 a.m. Pre-registration is required, so please call me at 318-5284. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop (your Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to). I would love to answer your questions and turn you on to this healthful and joyful practice. This is our 29th year of presenting this class in Oakmont. Won’t you join us?

Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson

Attention All Horseshoe Pitchers

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


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2016

November Buddhist Meeting

nRosemary Waller


On Thursday Dec. 8 at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center, Music at Oakmont is pleased to present two outstanding young artists of international stature in a violin and piano recital. Rachel Lee Priday: Critics have praised violinist Rachel Lee Priday (pronounced PRY-day) for her “dazzling, forceful technique,” and “rich, mellifluous sound.” The Chicago Tribune described a recent performance: “Her sound is big and luscious enough to ride the orchestral crests comfortably, yet supple enough to make the singing paragraphs soar. Her bow work combines dazzling dexterity with an idiomatic feel for Prokofiev’s quirky Slavic rhythms. Not only did she pour out endless floods of ardent lyricism in the slow movement, but she also dispatched the finale’s whirling bravura with irresistible panache.” Ms. Priday has appeared as soloist with major orchestras including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Seattle, and National Symphony Orchestras, the Boston Pops, and the Berlin Staatskapelle. Her recital performances have brought her to such distinguished venues as the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, Ravinia’s “Rising Stars” series, the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Series in Chicago, the Louvre Museum in Paris, as well as the Aspen and Verbier Festivals. She has performed in Korea as well as in Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and Hanoi, and in an eight-recital tour of South Africa. A student of Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman, she holds degrees from Harvard University and the New England Conservatory. Andrew Armstrong: Pianist Andrew Armstrong’s solo appearances with orchestras across the globe have featured him in a diversified repertoire of over 50 concertos. A solo recitalist as well as chamber musician, he has performed with the Elias, Alexander, American, and Manhattan String Quartets, and also as a member of the Caramoor Virtuosi, Boston Chamber Music Society, Seattle Chamber Music Society, and the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players. In addition to his many concerts, he is heard regularly on National Public Radio and WQXR, New York City’s premier classical music station.

Mr. Armstrong’s debut solo CD featuring Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Sonata and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition received much critical acclaim, with American Record Guide reporting: “I have heard few pianists play (the Rachmaninov sonata), recorded or in concert, with such dazzling clarity and confidence.” Other award-winning discs have followed, including several with his longtime recital partner, the eminent Canadian violinist James Ehnes. Ms. Priday’s and Mr. Armstrong’s Oakmont concert will include sonatas by Brahms, Corigliano, and Beethoven.


As is our custom in December we invite the audience to remain in Berger after the concert for a celebration of the birthday of our founder, the illustrious Bob Hayden. Please plan to share some birthday cake and a toast to Bob! WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door or your season pass





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Documentary Film Masterworks nErnie Rose

Final Program in this Series

In England the term “Sport of Kings” has historically included such activities as jousting, polo and fox hunting, but it’s most common meaning today refers to horse racing. Since owning and training a show horse costs a lot of money, it has always been limited to the wealthy. But betting on the horses has not only preoccupied the upper classes, it has also helped impoverish a lot of commoners.

nNancy Crosby

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study

Following Jesus with Luke

Last spring we began a study of the Gospel of Luke, but only got through the first three chapters of a nine-chapter study book. Our study picks up this fall near the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, so there is much more to learn! Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to join our small, welcoming and friendly group. Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know God and grow in His love through exploration of the Bible. Each book includes easy-to-understand explanations and

applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays. Please note: class will not meet on November 25. TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

45^fifl¢∞§45^fifl¢∞§ OAKMONT VILLAGE REAL ESTATE NEWS November 2016 by Randy Ruark

Betting on a winner.

The inventory of homes being offered for sale is extremely low. Just 9 fully available as of this writing. Prices are escalating particularly in the smaller homes in Oakmont. (under 1300 SF). Of the 13 homes on the market only two were under $600,000. (as of 11/7/16). Our prices have risen 49% in the past five years. Number of Homes For Sale vs. Sold vs. Pended (Aug. 2015 – Oct. 2016)

Part owners of Welsh race horse.

Among those definitely absent from the aristocracy are the residents of a small economically depressed community in Wales. Dark Horse (85 min., 2015) is the uplifting true story of a middle-aged bar maid who takes on as a goal in life the task of conferring a kind of status for their Welsh village—by acquiring a horse. Since none of the residents has any money for such frivolity, she convinces her friends to pool their resources and form a cooperative. In place of tips for her services at the bar, each person agrees to buy a small share in the endeavor which slowly accumulates during the year. One of the film’s great joys is the friendship and solidarity these unostentatious Welsh folks share. They remain warm-spirited and loyal to each other through thick and thin. Their efforts ultimately achieve success, and the baby horse is born and cared for on a slagheap. As time goes on, to their great surprise, they discover that their collectively-owned horse can run very fast! Even more suspenseful is what happens when it begins competing with some of the finest thoroughbreds in the land. Whether you have any interest in horse racing or not, this feel-good movie well illustrates what a group of ordinary determined Welsh man and women can do to bring pleasure into an otherwise dreary world. WHEN: Thursday, November 17, at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose


Medium and Average prices can be very misleading. There is a huge difference in homes in Oakmont. The properties that have been remodeled are obviously worth much more than original condition properties. The “FLIPPERS” in Oakmont are easy to follow. The price they buy for and the price they sell for is public knowledge. One recent property sold for $450,000 to the “flippers” and after the remodel they sold it for $619,000. Do Flippers pay fair market value? Not necessarily. They are in the market to make profits. Buyers who are interested in doing their own remodeling will frequently pay more than a flipper, because they want that location and/or floorplan and/or the lot. If you are thinking about selling, get qualified opinions, and by that I mean a professional who Is familiar with the properties that are used in forming an opinion of Fair Market Value (FMV). Do not rely only on computer driven statistics. Fee appraisers frequently do just that and as a result use incorrect information to determine the FMV. I continue to see mispriced sales in Oakmont. Buyers, not agents set the ceiling on what they will pay. If you are the seller, price it according to a knowledgeable Realtor’s market analysis, and then “EXPOSE” it to the buying public. The public will take it to whatever that ceiling is at the time. An inviting price, will bring in offers usually above asking in this escalating market. Feel free to call me for an opinion of FMV. We check our stock portfolio often, why not your real estate. All reports presented are based on data supplied by BAREIS MLS. Data maintained by the Association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activities in the market. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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

Randy Ruark

6580 Oakmont Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95409


CalBRE #00337150


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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 and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge— compliments of the OVA

Sunday, November 20, 2 pm, BIG EYES

This delightfully entertaining biopic tells the complex story of Margaret Keane (Amy Adams), the American painter who came to prominence in the 1950s and was known for her pop-art paintings that often featured children with large doe eyes. The film perfectly portrays the colorful history of the personal and legal war between her and her husband Walter (Christoph Waltz) over his plagiarism, and also wonderfully recreates Beat-era San Francisco. A Golden Globe for Adams. (2014), PG-13, 105 minutes.

Sunday, November 20, 7 pm, LOCAL HERO

In this good-natured comedy-drama, disenchanted Texas oil tycoon Felix Happer (Burt Lancaster) sets out to buy an entire Scottish town in order to drill offshore. When one curmudgeon stands in his way, refusing to sell his precious beach, Happer calls off his negotiating dogs and visits the town himself to finish the deal. Of course, it’s not long before the quirky, small-town vibe works its magic on this cynical outsider. The film won several awards for screenplay and directing. (1983), PG, 107 minutes.

Sunday, November 27 NO FILMS SHOWN, THANKSGIVING WEEKEND Sunday, December 4, 2 pm, THE MAIDEN HEIST

Over the years, museum security guards Roger (Christopher Walken), Charles (Morgan Freeman) and George (William H. Macy) each fell in love with a work of art in their care. But now, the new curator is shipping them out. Desperate to save their favorite pieces, the men hatch a plan to steal them. This unlikely trio of thieves are laughingly inept as they go about their heist attempt. Great chemistry among all the actors, including Marsha Gay Harden as Roger’s wife. (2008), PG-13), 90 minutes. Movies At Oakmont will be observing a winter break during December, January and February. Only matinees will be shown until March 1, 2017.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, November 20, 2 p.m.: Big Eyes, (2014), PG-13, 105 minutes. Sunday, November 20, 7 p.m.: Local Hero, (1983), PG, 107 minutes. Sunday, November 27: No films shown, Thanksgiving weekend Sunday, December 4, 2 p.m.: The Maiden Heist, (2008), PG-13, 90 minutes.

Oakmont Care and Resources for Elders Presents Bob Dylan, the Early Years nJulie Jones

WHAT: A benefit concert to support Oakmont Senior Social Club. All performers are Oakmont residents. WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 7–8:30 p.m. COST: $10 per person. Make checks to Kiwanis Club of Oakmont Foundation and place in CARE folder at the OVA Office. INFORMATION: Call 888-6334

Oakmont Music Lovers nJudy Walker

AMERICAN FOLK SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS AND OTHER HOLIDAY GEMS Presenters: Dr. Amy C. Beal and Larry Polansky (UC Santa Cruz)

UC Santa Cruz music professors Amy Beal and Larry Polansky return to the Oakmont Music Lovers series with a special program of holiday music. Their lecture will focus on American composer Ruth Crawford Seeger’s 1953 publication American Folk Songs for Christmas, incorporating live performances on piano, guitar, mandolin, mandocello, and dulcimer. Dr. Amy Beal. Ruth Crawford Seeger— step-mother to folk legend Pete Seeger and mother to singers Mike and Peggy Seeger—was an important early 20th century collector and arranger of American vernacular music. The songs and fiddle tunes included in her book came largely out of the “shapenote” tradition and stemmed from all regions of the United States. The discussion of Seeger’s work with American folk song will be enhanced by a performance of jazz composer Carla Bley’s Christmas ballad “Jesus Maria,” and by a sing-a-long Hanukkah round composed by Polansky. Please join us for a toetapping Tuesday in December! WHEN: Tuesday, December 6, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

Craft Guild— A Successful Year nLaVerne Polkinghorn

The Craft Guild has had its final program for the year. It was Paula Scull teaching us how to make gorgeous succulent decorated pumpkins. The Guild was started by Pat Vogenthaler and me with the goal of uniting those who do a variety of crafts. We meet on the first Monday of the month to observe one of our people demonstrating their special craft. That person then offers a workshop on the fourth Thursday of the month to teach attendees to create what she/he demonstrated. This format has been successful, and we have been exposed to a tremendous variety of crafts. We have created several forms of jewelry made of items such as plastic, fiber and silk. In addition we have been explored making Ribbon Flowers, Card Making, Garden Flowers, Polymer Clay, Stencil Art, and Mesh Wreaths. At the Monday meeting, members are encouraged to bring “Show and Tell” items and also have the opportunity to use the “Take-it Table” where members offer unneeded supplies to others. The guild is great for meeting like minded people, for getting ideas that one can incorporate into one’s own work, and for expanding our knowledge. There will be no meetings in November and December, but will restart in January. We have volunteers for the first six months of next year. If you have a skill you would like to share with others, please let Pat or me know so we can put you on the schedule. If you would like to be added to the membership list and receive a newsletter, send your E-mail information to Pat at trishes.wishes@comcast. net or me at



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Dependable, experts serving you and your neighbors with excellence and integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, Best prices on Gutter Guard bonded and insured. Senior discounts installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429. available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. net or call us at 537-1308 for all your HERITAGE ROOFING CO. Specializing in residential re-roofing. plumbing needs. Top quality workmanship. Honest and THE COMPUTER reliable. Oakmont references. Free TROUBLESHOOTER estimates. Lic. #673839. 539-4498. Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, complete support for PC’s, Apples WC’S LOCKS AND KEYS Professional, experienced locksmith for and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers all your security needs. Senior discount. served. John Bradford. 578-6305. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, $40/hour. LCO #2411.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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



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

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.



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.

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



Private Home Health provider with 20 yrs. experience. Compassionate, hardworking, dependable. All aspects of in-home care. Will care for you like I care for my loved ones. Avail. 5 days a week, Mon.–Fri., 7 p.m.–7 a.m. References available. Call Olive, (707) 393-0446.


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


Dedicated and professional caregiver Free estimates, consultation. Oakmont with 22 years experience. Personalized care. Assistance with all types of needs. references. License #527924. Call Includes housekeeping and errands. 539-3196. CPR and First Aid Certification current. Fingerprints on file with Department of BODEN PLUMBING, CHRISTO LIMO Commercially licensed, transportation Justice. Excellent references available. HEATING AND AIR Karen, 321-6033. for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 For all your plumbing and heating needs. Local plumbers in business since owner-operated with several years the late 20th century, licensed, bonded experience. Oakmont homeowner too. NOSE TO NOSE PET sitting 25+ years experience. Dog and cat and insured. Same day service is often Call Chris, (707) 206-5018. care. Daily schedules and routines. available. Money-saving coupons! CA Overnight companionship. Insured and Lic. #659920. Please MARTHA L. PROFESSIONAL bonded. Based in Sonoma. Call Alix, call (707) 996-8683 or go to HOUSE CLEANING 637-6267. Home, business, move-outs. Windows, bed linen changing and more. Over D. CEBALLOS HOME REPAIR 18 yrs. of experience. References upon PET CARE Experienced, insured sitters for request., SMALL JOB SPECIALIST overnites and exercise walks for dogs 548-9482 or 542-8720. Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 and loving kitty care visits. Oakmont years. Focus on small jobs, projects and references. A Mother’s Love Petsitting, “honey-do” lists. Free estimates, very E. SANCHEZ ROOFING 775-7520. reasonable rates. Excellent Oakmont AND GUTTER references. Please contact me at Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, CAREGIVERS 533-7741. Thank you. seamless gutters and downspouts. Caregiving built around your needs. Quality for less. Bonded and insured, AM or PM. Call Pam, (707) 292-0661 or GARDEN TRIMMING free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call Donna, (707) 318-1467. 837-5030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell). AND PRUNING An emphasis upon a natural look and ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS no leaf blower used. Small jobs OK. LYN’S HOUSE/PET SITTING Great customer service. 12 years Richard, 833-1806, Oakmont. Reliable, caring, mature and experience, free estimates, Oakmont affordable. Call 539-1286 (home) or references. I’ll work with your budget. 480-1224 (cell). LOU DEMME PAINTING Lic. #954364. Call angel, 707-239When quality and reliability count, call 1241. on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting CREATING AN EXCEPTIONAL Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior LIFE AFTER CANCER HANDYPERSON and exterior painting specialist, Group coaching for cancer survivors. All trades, little fix-its and prickly drywall repairs and textures. Licensed Wednesdays for 8 weeks. Register at puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, and insured. Call us for your free or 536-9323. assemblies, gardening and pruning estimate today! 833-2890. Coupon code OAKMONT50 for 50% too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since discount. 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, Emergency services, regular service, water heaters, clogs, remodels, repair. Local business, owner-operated. Call (707) 800-2043.


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Helping families in Sonoma County for over 20 yrs. I will custom tailor a plan for you based on your unique needs. Complimentary first visit. Many homes start at $100. Jef Brunstetter, 576-1793 or


Sonoma Star Construction. Lic. #1008255. Bonded. Services include: interior and exterior, trim, cabinets, shelves, fences, gates, decks, dry rot. Call Alex at 843-1898.


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Reliable and friendly service. Reasonable rates with attention to detail. Excellent references. Call 588-7493.


Experienced, loving, professional, English speaking. Résumé package available with copies of excellent references. Midge, (707) 236-5866.


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM November 16–30 Vickie Jackanich 595-3054 December 1–15 Leanne Smith 539-6795 Rides Within Oakmont Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

Andie Altman, President

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


WINTER 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 (Sat & Sun) (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) Thanksgiving to first Saturday in April: No one under 18 years in WEST and EAST or CENTRAL pools or Jacuzzis. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.


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.


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

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers 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

OAS Management Company


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.


John Felton, Vice President Frank Batchelor, Secretary Elke Strunka, Treasurer Herm Hermann, Director Gloria Young, Director Ellen Leznik, Director Association Manager Cassie Turner

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

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

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


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OVA-Sponsored Events

Oakmont HEARS

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

Hearing and Audio Visual Systems in Oakmont meeting rooms

nHelen Hargrave

Band Concert at Berger Center

The New Horizons Concert Band of Sonoma County (NHB) returns to Berger Center on Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. to delight the Oakmont audience with a variety of musical genres. The annual Fall Concert will feature light classical selections including a “Salute to American Jazz,” highlights from Guys and Dolls, and A Charlie Brown Christmas.

nPhillip Herzog

The NHB has grown to 84 members, all of whom are seniors. Several live in Oakmont: Dan Durham, Jud Goodrich, Helen Hargrave, Gene Isaeff, Roger Morcomb, John Ray, Rose West and Ed Kelleher. So mark Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m. at Berger Center on your calendars and plan to attend an hour or so of easy listening band music. The concert is free, but donations are gratefully accepted.

Just For Fun Game Club

We gather to play games of all sorts and have fun. We meet twice a month in the Card Room in the CAC: the second Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and the fourth Saturday at 1 p.m. You don’t need to bring any games. All you need to do is be there. You name it, we’ll play it! Games of all sorts: board games, card games, tile games, dice games, etc., easy games, strategy games, complicated games, luck games…whatever. We have the following games on hand: a poker set, several decks of cards, double 6 and double 12 dominoes, Bananagrams, Uno, Skip-Bo, Phase 10, Sequence, Rack-O, Cribbage, Monopoly, Sonopoly, Parcheesi, Clue, Thryme, Splendor, Indigo, Settlers of Catan, The Pillars of the Earth, Pictionary and someone usually brings Rummy Cube and Scrabble,

Splendor and Indigo. If you have any games that you would like to donate to the club temporarily or permanently, just let me know. We are always looking for more games to add to our collection. Play games that you already know or learn a new game. If we don’t have what you want to play, bring it with you. Those who are present decide which games to play or gamers can schedule ahead of time for certain games to play. The more the merrier! Our objective is to have fun. For more information email me at stoetz@yahoo. com or call me at 843-3053. If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, then let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust or add another time that works. We hope to see you soon.

This is a subject near and dear to me, as I attend many meetings, classes, and board meetings in Berger Center, East Rec. Center, West Rec. Center, Suite 6, and rooms B and G in Berger. What I am able to hear (decipher) with my defective hearing varies greatly depending largely on where and how the meeting is set up and conducted. With the help of the T-coils in my hearing aids, I can decipher almost everything in the Sunday Symposiums in ERC, OLLI classes in Berger, and OakMUG meetings in WRC, provided that the speaker utilizes the microphone correctly. (Suite 6 is acoustically good and doesn’t need a PA system). Rooms B and G in Berger are acoustic disasters for me and its hard work to figure out what people are saying. There has been much improvement in Oakmont audio systems in the past several years. The hearing loops in the big rooms all work well now, the microphones have been repaired, A/V system adjustments in ERC have improved the sound quality, and a new A/V system has been installed in WRC. Emphasis on using the mikes properly has improved but still needs continuous attention. Holding it too far from or too close to the mouth reduces and/or loses the speech clarity. It’s difficult for an inexperienced speaker to concentrate on what they want to convey and, at the same time, remember to keep the mike properly positioned. The head mounted mikes eliminate that problem but only if they are mounted properly so that they don’t move around. Remember, it takes a few moments for a portable microphone to make the wireless connection, so wait it out. Our maintenance folks frequently encounter damaged A/V equipment or are blamed for what is user malfeasance. The A/V equipment needs to be treated gently and an individual who can control the A/V system should be on hand for every meeting in the big rooms. Each group leader/organizer has a responsibility for the hearing quality in the meetings they arrange. When there is a hearing problem, the meeting organizer/leader should fix it by, if necessary, stopping the meeting to make changes including telling the speaker how to hold the microphone. An attendee having a problem hearing should wave an arm around as a signal of hearing problem (not to ask a question). Those of us with impaired hearing must take whatever steps are needed to reduce our own problem, including up-to-date hearing aids, sitting close to the speaker, and using listening strategems as discussed in the recent HEARS meeting. We know that the A/V systems are capable of providing good hearing, we must insist that they be properly utilized. Oakmont HEARS exists to improve hearing for our residents. Please make known your suggestions for meeting subjects and information desired, attend the HEARS meetings, and get on the HEARS E-mail list,

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